Meet the new head boys varsity basketball coach at Maspeth High School

Dan Franchese is the new boys head varsity basketball coach at Maspeth High School. He is replacing former coach Anastasia Bitis, who was recently tapped to coach the York College women’s basketball team.

IMG_9412As the head jv coach and assistant varsity coach for the past 3 years, Franchese has been a vital piece of the winning culture that the Maspeth High School basketball program is known for.

Franchese posted a 16-4 record with his jv team last year, and plans to keep the same consistent winning attitude gonig into the 2017-2018 varsity season.

“Intense focus, family atmosphere, and a positive mindset are the pillars of the winning culture that coach Bitis & I have built over the past few years,” said Franchese.

“We have intense practices and everyone in our program buys in to the system and ‘the process’ of what we’re trying to accomplish,” added Franchese.

Throughout the past 4 years, Franchese has coached most of the boys in the program. He has helped developed the now seniors, and after last year’s season, he helped send 3 graduates to play basketball at the next level.

Nathaniel Nickel is a freshman at SUNY Cobleskill, Derian Puente is a freshman at York College, and Tamer Tamer is a Redshirt Freshman at Lycoming College.

“Franchese is a great coach and an even better person,” said John Sanchez, the varsity coach at Martin Luther High School. “He sent three graduates from last year’s program to play basketball at the college level, so it’s obvious that he knows how to develop college level players.” “I look forward to our December 3rd matchup at MLS,” added Sanchez.

Maspeth High School competes in the PSAL B division. They play opponents such as Academy of American Studies, Eagly Academy III, Martin Luther School (non-league), and McClancy (non-league).

Stay tuned for the posting of their 2017-2018 regular season schedule.

The Camera Store is solving problems for photographers and videographers in Queens

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Buying a camera or video equipment online and know what you need? Great – The Blattworld Camera Store has a huge selection of competitively priced new and used photo products online.

New to the photography / videography game and want to actually test out a camera & other products in-store? Looking for something retro, or want a professional opinion?

Enter, The Camera Store.

 

1When a customer walks into BlattWorld, located at 60-18 Fresh Pond Road on the Maspeth / Ridgewood border, he or she is surrounded by a sea of cameras, equipment, cases and other technology.

With walk-in camera stores declining because of e-commerce, Robert Blatt’s company, The Camera Store, is thriving due to hands-on purchasing and knowledgeable management.

“Actually, for the consumer it’s even better. On the Internet, you don’t see what you’re getting. Here, you can come in and buy the same thing and you can walk out with it,” Blatt told The Maspeth Blog.

Owner Robert Blatt takes pride in the wide selection of items his store offers, ranging from special collector’s items to 100-year-old cameras and newer gadgets. He also has a camera repair service in Maspeth, Queens that is top-notch, according to the community. He has darkroom equipment, filters, lenses, gaming printers, panoramic cameras, voice recorders, binoculars, telescopes, and so much more.

BlattWorld, which started in Williamsburg back in 2000, now does most of its business on the Internet.

“It’s still competitive pricing worldwide because we ship all around the world,” Blatt said. BlattWorld sells on its website, advertises on social media and thrives on Ebay sales.

Despite his store’s online presence, Blatt said he would still like to have more foot traffic inside his shop. BlattWorld isn’t located on the “retail end” of Fresh Pond Road, he said, and it’s become worse since the Staples nearby closed.

“We are trying to give the same opportunity to people to buy and come in and see the merchandise,” Blatt said.

Blatt said the more that customers buy over the Internet, the harder it is for stores to stay alive. That’s why he’s leveraging multiple avenues to reach out to customers.

Looking forward, Blatt said he intends to have more business and better deals for his customers. “We have tremendous amounts of different hard-to-get items, regular items,” he said. “If we don’t have it, we can always get it for them at the right price.”

Blatt’s ‘The Camera Store’ can be reached at 855-267-4700.

What’s it like in that big restaurant on the corner of 58th st.? We have your answer…

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 2.46.40 PMMany travel past the big restaurant on the corner of 58th street and BQE Service Road Eastbound, and wonder, “what’s it like in there?”.

The Maspeth Blog has your answer…

Andres Carne de Tres at 51-05 58th street, was established in 2007, and the family-oriented Colombian restaurant has earned its place as a great spot to grab a bite to eat or host a party in Queens.

 

c700x420The food served at Andres is mainly Colombian but also draws culinary inspiration from several other countries. From paella to skirt steak, Andres has a number of dishes to satisfy any hungry patron.

Parents looking for a place to bring the kids? Andres Carne de Tres is kid-friendly! On Saturday’s and Sunday’s kids eat free from 12-5 with an adult meal purchase.

 

 

1345556550773In addition to being a steakhouse, Andres Carne de Tres acts as a nightclub after 10 pm featuring a local DJs and Barranquilla Carnivals.

For over six years now, Andres Carne De Tres has been the host of over 30,000 parties for adults and children alike.

Andres Carne de Tres can also be an event space for corporate events with a party room at 100 person capacity.

 

maxresdefaultThis restaurant is awesome for a meal or a party!

Call 718-205-7773 to make a reservation or visit online at www.andresny.com.

 

 

 

 

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Martin Luther School Harvest Fest & Open House is this Saturday, October 14th, 11AM-4PM

mlsharvestfest2017WEBThis Saturday, join the Martin Luther School community at their annual Harvest Fest & Open house.

The whole community is invited to the School, located at 60-02 Maspeth Avenue in Maspeth, to partake in festivities, including:

Arts and Crafts, Basketball Clinics, Bounce House, Dance Performance (A Place to Dance), Face Painting, Food and Baked Goods (for sale), Games, Mr. Fred’s Wacky Science Experiment, Pony Ride (Available 2pm-3pm), & Raffles.

School Tours (Middle and High School) will be available to all families that want to learn all about the exciting Martin Luther School experience. Attendees will get a chance to see their new look, as the school recently underwent some new modern renovations.

98% of MLS graduates attend college is a statistic that open-house goers will learn this Saturday. Another nice fact is that MLS students can earn up to 36 college credits with MLS’ local college partners.

Join Varsity & JV Basketball Coaches, John Sanchez & Jon Kablack, for a fun basketball clinic from 12PM – 4PM in the gymnasium.

Families will also learn about scholarship and sponsorship opportunities that Martin Luther School has to offer.

Call Amanda Slinger, Director of Admissions, with any questions regarding the Open House / Harvest Fest: 718-894-4000

Knockdown Center bucks back with all ages event schedule

knockdown-centerWith or without permanent assembly and liquor permitsThe Knockdown Center, located at in Maspeth at 52-19 Flushing Ave is trucking on.

Although the local community board has been putting stress on the venue, The Knockdown Center has several upcoming events with promise. The goal of the venue, as outlined on the Knockdown Center website is, “to create an adaptable environment that thinks beyond what ‘is’.”

Tomorrow, for example, the center is hosting a benefit for the Traysh Island multimedia arts festival in the Appalachian Mountains of local and international talent from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

The show will feature artists like:

Underground, international singer-songwriter legend R. Stevie Moore

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Xenia Rubinos

Little Band of Sailors

Jimmy Whispers

Alta Vida

Jaytram

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The Doors of Knockdown

Deriving from an old construction factory, the atmosphere is trendy and spacious. With high ceilings and 50,000 square feet, people can pour in comfortably.

US2799370-1The Knockdown Center was originally built in 1903, but has recently been taken over and restored. The name of the venue comes from the Knock-Down Door Buck or the K-D door frame which was a more efficient construction of the one piece steel door frame. The K-D door frame made the transportation easier due to it’s make-up of three separate pieces. This revolutionized the industry of construction allowing a more efficient process and was manufactured in The Knockdown Center for 3 generations.

There have been many events already at The Knockdown Center such as, a Roberta’s Tiki Disco, Swing Lessons and a concert featuring hit artist MIA. Partnering with a new app-friendly transportation company, Uber, The Knockdown Center makes it easier than ever to arrive and depart from the venue for the various events.

Turnout For the Veterans

Maspethparade_14The 2014 Maspeth Memorial Day parade proved how many members of the community are dedicated to showing their appreciation for the people who have served in the forces.

The parade was packed with different organizations marching to show their support including The Maspeth Town Hall Community Center, St, Stan’s School, Juniper Park Civic Associations, and many more local groups and committees . The number of young people who were not only marching, but also in attendance was very refreshing, showing how support and respect knows no boundaries.

One of the most elaborate floats that rode down Grand Avenue was the Maspeth’s Lion Club, honoring the women in the military. The brightness of the yellow and purple float exuded happiness, as it floated down the Avenue and showcased the strong women aboard.

As the parade came to an end, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank co-hosted a Barbecue as well as a performance by the dolled-up USO girls with music by Joe Fuoco. As always, the turnout for the parade was impressive. The amount of people in attendance was nothing compared to the unity that was felt among the attendees. The members of the community continuously prove their appreciation and respect for the brave souls who served the nation.