Manasquan teen brothers create scholarship so military son can attend CBA for free

You may think millennials are glued to their phones, self-centered and disconnected from reality. If so, you should know about Peter and Max Ferraro.The teenage brothers from Manasquan have launched an ambitious but worthwhile project: raising $100,000 so a military son can attend Christian Brothers Academy for free. "Brothers for Brothers" is the campaign's name. “People don’t expect two kids to get something this big across,” said Peter Ferraro, the elder brother and a junior at CBA. “Coming up with $100,000 is daunting for anyone, but everyone’s been really encouraging. We’re looking forward to making it happen.”Peter and younger brother Max, who is a freshman at CBA, earned scholarships of their own from the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund. They had pitched the "Brothers for Brothers" concept in their applications. A Middletown native, Zilinski was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. He was 23.“Kids (at CBA) know his name, so being awarded his scholarship is special to me,” Peter said of Zilinski. “The way we were raised, it’s important to pay it forward.”“Brothers for Brothers” launched last spring. With the help of their father Pete Ferraro, a chiropractor with NFL clients, the boys raised $5,000 through a flag football game that included retired pro football players Ottis Anderson, Jim Burt, Bart Oates and Bruce Harper. In the midst of a full-blown culture war over football players kneeling during the national anthem, this is worth noting.“This is not the political side of it,” the elder Pete Ferraro said. “This is the good side, where everyone can participate in something great.”It caught the attention of Jim DiOrio, a Rumson resident and West Point graduate who founded the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in 2011. The fund finances the education of children whose military parents are killed in action. DiOrio Continue Reading

What’s the right smartphone for you?

Just as computer shoppers often decide between a Windows PC, Mac and Chromebook, you’ve got a choice to make when looking for a new smartphone: Apple’s iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry.While there are many similarities, each operating system has a different look and feel. App selection could vary greatly. And so can the price and form factor.Choice is good, but it can also be overwhelming. How do you know which phone will best suit your needs?We can help.The following is a closer look at the features of each major platform. iOSOut of all of the phones available, iPhone – which runs Apple’s iOS operating system – is probably the easiest to use. If you’re not very tech savvy, this one is for you.Simply tap an icon to launch an app (program) and swipe left or right on the screen to see additional apps. Swipe down to search for something or swipe up to access settings, like screen brightness and volume.Press and hold the circle button to talk to Siri, a voice-activated personal assistant.That circular Home button on iPhone can also read your unique fingerprint. Called Touch ID, this feature makes it easy to log into your phone, purchase apps and media (such as music), and even use your iPhone to shop at supporting retailers via the Apple Pay mobile payment service.iPhone also works with iTunes, which you might be using to manage media on your computer, and iCloud, used to back-up your important files and wirelessly synchronize content between multiple devices. Apple’s AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream between supported devices, such as your iPhone sending photos and videos to your Apple TV box, which is connected to your TV.Apple’s App Store has more than 1.4 million downloads, many of which are free or close to it. Almost everything you download for iPhone will work on iPad and iPod touch, too.Apple’s iPad Air 2 (9.7 inches) and iPad mini 3 (7.9 inches) are the most popular tablets on the market, with a Continue Reading

Voice of the people for July 13, 2011

Brooklyn: I am writing about a quote from your July 10 article "A-list eatery: Grade is tough to swallow." Adrian Perry said, "the Martha Stewarts, Bill Clintons and Tyra Banks of the world eat here. If this is a C, then how do dirty jerk chicken joints in Flatbush get A's?" I am Jamaican-born and know that Caribbean people take pride in the cleanliness of our homes and restaurants from Kings Highway to Kingston. Yvonne Graham, Deputy Borough President Brooklyn: Shame on Adrian Perry for his disparaging and uncalled-for remarks toward the Flatbush restaurant community. I represent Flatbush and East Flatbush, including the hardworking restaurateurs of the "dirty jerk chicken joints." They have earned their high marks from their inspections. I welcome Perry to our many top-graded jerk chicken establishments, as well as the other delightful Caribbean restaurants I proudly represent. Councilman Jumaane D. Williams Captain Derek Dairyland, N.Y.: Congratulations, Derek Jeter, on having achieved your extra-special goal, and for having memorialized so beautifully what would have been the 90th birthday of my beloved father, Morris Kross. Of all the recent Yankees, my dad had admired him the most. Perhaps that was because, like Jeter, he was known for his goodness, kindness, reliability and integrity. Derek, may you be blessed with many more successful years at the helm of the Yankee ship. Susan Kross Jackpot homer Queens Village: I'm tired of hearing how Christian Lopez did the right thing by giving the ball back to Derek Jeter. Let's get real. Jeter is a multimillionaire who plays a game for a living. That ball could pay off Lopez's student loans and then some. The Yankees can keep their free tickets and memorabilia (and I'm a Yankees fan). The right thing for Jeter to do is to pay Lopez for the ball, plain and simple. Joe Puccio Just a game Port Washington, L.I.: Derek Jeter, Derek Jeter. Enough is enough. He's only a baseball Continue Reading

‘The Mighty Macs’ review: Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz star in spunky film about girls’ basketball

With Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn. A woman gets a job coaching a high school basketball team. Director: Tim Chambers (1:37). G. At area theaters.Carla Gugino has yet to find the right movie that clicks with her spunky outsider appeal, but "The Mighty Macs," a gauzy, inspiring true-life drama about a girls' basketball team, at least gets her close and provides a lot of assists.Gugino plays Cathy Rush, a once-promising basketball player who gave up the game after she got married. Her life in the early 1970s is a stifling mix of watching her husband (David Boreanaz) referee NBA games while wishing she could find a job that suited her. She comes upon it at Pennsylvania's Immaculata college, a strict Catholic girls' school that needs a coach.The school's Mother Superior (Ellen Burstyn) sees that while Cathy is a firebrand, she's also a find, since she'll do the job for less than the school was prepared to pay. Cathy, of course, would have done it for free.The team is the usual mix of squirrelly and defiant personalities - writer-director Tim Chambers shortchanges them, and us, by resorting to clichés - but the amiable young nun Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton) becomes Cathy's confidante and assistant coach. Sunday, devout but not humorless, has given up things as well, and she and Cathy wind up turning the Immaculata squad, nicknamed the "Mighty Macs," into a winning team.The movie's look, courtesy of cinematographer Chuck Cohen, tries to evoke "Hoosiers," and the film feels at times like a farm-team "Dead Poets Society." But there's something refreshingly unpushy about the movie and its beliefs, and Gugino seems to be sauntering through on her way to a different, spikier movie, the kind that is her stock in trade.The sweet surprise here is that she doesn't appear to be doing penance, and the movie rises to match her. Magic Moment: Cathy and Sister Sunday share a beer and different views of life's paths. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

With correction-officer mom by his side, Bed-Stuy’s Jaiquawn Jarrett gets ready for the NFL draft

PHILADELPHIA - The big hit took place in South Philadelphia. In a game against UConn on Sept. 18, Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, ran toward the sideline and crashed into Husky running back Jordan Todman, lowering his shoulder and blasting Todman several feet backward. It was the type of collision that leaves both players spinning, but Jarrett, a safety from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, rose to his feet quickly and nodded his head in approval, fully enjoying the results of his work. Sitting in the stands at Lincoln Financial Field that day was Jarrett's mother, Audrey Young. "That's my son!" she likes to belt out to anyone within earshot, in case the No. 5 jersey bearing the words "Jarrett's Mother" on her back doesn't convey the message. She has always been there for her son, raising him, along with his three siblings, as a single mother, playing the role of caretaker, breadwinner, cheerleader, and when she had to be, law enforcer, keeping her kids in line. That last attribute - the disciplinarian - may have been the easiest role for her to adapt. For the past 21 years, Young has worked as a corrections officer at Rikers Island, guarding an all-male population of murderers, rapists and drug dealers awaiting sentencing. Jeff Legree, Jarrett's stepfather who coached him in youth football, knows for sure where Jarrett gets his toughness and spunk. "He gets it from his mother," Legree says, who married Young in 2007, with a chuckle. Jarrett, who won back-to-back city championships for Fort Hamilton High School from 2005-2007, is poised to become one of the first safeties taken in this month's NFL draft. Depending on who you speak to, Jarrett could be selected anywhere between the third and fifth rounds, possibly by the Jets or Giants, since both teams have worked him out. While there are more well-known players from bigger programs in the draft, it's unlikely they have a resume that matches Jarrett's, or a tough-as-nails Continue Reading

How to pick the right Apple computer for you – and save money while you’re doing it

So you have decided to buy an Apple computer because a Mac is incredibly reliable and easy to use, but you aren’t quite sure what model to purchase. Shopping for a computer can be an exhausting experience with so many different new models to choose from. You want to find the perfect balance between a computer that fits within your budget and has all of the features that you need. If you're making the switch from a Windows PC to a Mac, many of the specifications are similar, but Macs use their own operating system, they look and feel different, and the price tag is much higher. You'll need to do some research before picking out your first Mac. Mark Riddix, a writer for the Money Crashers personal finance blog, has put together some useful information on how to pick the right Mac computer and save money doing it.  MacBook vs. MacBook Pro The MacBook Pro offers all of the same features as the MacBook and a few more. The LED screens are available up to 17 inches. Graphics can be purchased as high as 1920 x 1200 compared to the standard 1280 x 800 graphics of the standard MacBook. The speed of the Pro can range from 2.26 GHz to 3.06 GHz. Most MacBook Pro models have 4 gigabytes of RAM and can cost anywhere from $1,199 to $2,499 depending on features and options. If you plan on buying the standard version of either model, then the MacBook is your best choice because it will fit most of your computing needs and can save you $200 bucks. But if you are a serious hardcore computer user looking for multitasking, graphics intensive applications, and high-end gaming, then the MacBook Pro will fit your needs. If you want to save money, you can also buy a refurbished (Apple-certified) Macbook, especially if you're buying a laptop computer for a college student. MacBook AirEngadget. This is a beautiful notebook computer designed specifically for wireless mobile computing. All of that portability comes at a cost. The Air has limited features, less options Continue Reading

Voice of the People for October 31, 2010

Teacher data slights tough jobs Douglaston: My experience during 35 years as an educator is that my personal preference to teach students in the lower tracks would set me up as a poor teacher, given the newly proposed teacher-evaluation paradigm. My reputation, however, was such that parents and students requested me as a teacher, through the grapevine, year after year. Later, as a supervisor and administrator, I assigned my staff accordingly, and the students continually achieved well when they took the Regents exams, a requirement of our lower-track program. Under the proposed evaluation system, I would not risk my reputation or my staff's by assigning the best teachers to teach the lower-track program. And, consequently, those students would not receive the benefit of good teaching. Politically - that is, in terms of the media and the education bureaucracy - teachers in the lowest and highest rankings will be sacrificial victims in spite of promises by bureaucrats and media to mitigate the ranking data with impacting realities. It is far easier - is it not? - to sell newspapers and to justify subjective tenure recommendations by giving the public and superiors at City Hall the bottom line, the unmitigated (and therefore invalid) data. Raymond A. Rombone, Ed.D. Funny-looking kids I Middletown, N.J.: To Voicer April Pederson: You, madam, are ignorant. Yes, some people who have pets and no children consider their pets to be their children. So what? Theresa Leone Davidson Funny-looking kids II Franklin, N.J.: To Voicer April Pederson: Although it is a terrible tragedy what happened to Xiu Ming Li, the fact of the matter is he trespassed on clearly marked private property. No excuses for not understanding, he's been in this country for more than 25 years. And yes, I, too, consider my dogs my children. Kathy Ricker Writing on the wall I Brooklyn: To Voicer April Pedersen: you blame the owner of those pit bulls because someone wandered Continue Reading

A real Big Mac attack: Free Internet access gives cyberspice to fast food

Because your laptop keyboard works better with ketchup covering the "m," "y," "s" and "e" keys ...Because you have always been bored by focusing only on your Big Mac - and have been champing at the bit to read The Economist online along with it, for the latest update on inflation in Zimbabwe ...Because those two apple pies taste good - but taste even better when you can do some virtual apple-picking on your Macintosh while biting into them ...Because the one place where you most want to kick back, linger and surf the web in leisurely fashion is in that booth in the corner under the flickering fluorescent light ...Because you really want to double-check that calorie count on the menu board by googling "Angus Third Pounder" ...Because there aren't enough places in this city, in this world, where you can be connected to something distracting, so for heaven's sake, let's have more ...Because a fast-food bathroom is the ideal place to watch the ESPN GameCast of the Yankee game.For all these reasons and more, we are happy to break the news: Wifi at McDonald's is now free.You may return to digesting your lunch. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Best of the Tribeca Film Festival for free

Tribeca/ESPN sports day From interactive basketball hoops, courtesy of the Knicks, to a New York Rangers hockey rink, there’s something here for every sports nut. The X Games BMX Jams Tour brings athletes, dance teams and mascots, while New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis presses the flesh with fans. And don’t miss Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, baseball’s Brooklyn Cyclones and dancers from the New Jersey Nets and Knicks City Dancers squads. (May 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., N. Moore St., between Greenwich & West Sts., 212-941-2400 or Tribeca talks Barnes & Noble Union Square hosts a new Pen to Paper discussion series with panelists from films in this year’s festival. Check out “As Good as the Book?” this Saturday, “Directors as Writers” on Sunday and “Writing Big and Small” on Monday. (Saturday-Monday, 2 p.m., 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810) The tribeca drive-in Catch three outdoor screenings at the World Financial Center Plaza. The fresh-air fest kicks off Thursday with the 1990 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, in honor of the green machines’ 25th birthday. Friday celebrates the 40th anniversary of  “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and Saturday wraps the free screening series with the Harlem-based documentary “P-Star Rising,” including a performance by the Electric Company. (Thursday-Saturday. Seats open at 6 p.m., movies at 8:15 p.m., North Cove at 100 Vesey St., at the West Side Highway & Hudson River, 212-941-2400 or Tribeca family festival street fair This festival favorite floods Greenwich Street with Broadway performers from “Shrek the Musical” and “In the Heights,” local jugglers, stilt walkers, dancers and clowns, plus kite and bubble gardens, an arts & crafts tent, live music from the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Hot Peas Continue Reading

Voice of the People for Sept. 20, 2008

Stadiums strike out Manhattan: Mayor Bloomberg seems to think the new stadiums will generate loads of jobs. But who will be able to afford to go to a game? Marianne Twohie What about us? Jersey City: The government has bailed out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and now AIG while giving Iraq billions to rebuild the country after this administration destroyed it. When is the government going to start bailing out the American people? We need to worry about this country and people first, then the rest of the world. Sam Lopez What about me? Manhattan: I have student loans that are on the brink of defaulting and by my standards are too big to fail. Do these qualify for a bailout? I think not. And neither do Curly, Larry and Moe, aka Freddie, Fannie and AIG. Krys Morgan Does not compute Branford, Conn.: Since John McCain now says excessive greed is the cause of our economic troubles, his first move should be to direct his chief economic mouthpiece, Carly Fiorina, to return the $40 million severance package she received from Hewlett-Packard after she ruined the company and threw 20,000 skilled workers out of jobs. Stan Trybulski Home-grown disaster Manhattan: To Voicer Oren M. Spiegler, who wants to blame homeowners for the economic meltdown: Do you mean the poor and uneducated people who were bamboozled into signing mortgages with balloon payments hidden deep within the agreement? Who couldn't afford attorneys and were lied to by the lawyers working for the lender? Do you mean people who took out home-equity loans and found out later they had signed second mortgages with ruinous interest rates kicking in later? Jean Malizia Private agony Yardley, Pa.: One can only imagine what would be happening right now if the idiocy of President Bush had prevailed and Social Security had been privatized. Joyce M. Golliver True enough Brooklyn: To Voicer Greg Hecht: One difference between Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is Continue Reading