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Bayside Boxer Triumphs At Golden Gloves

Stepping into the ring at the Barclay’s Center on April 2, 25-year-old boxer Stylianos Kalamaras of Bayside was confident he would defeat his opponent Franklin Johnson and take the title as the 2015 New York Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion. With five victories under his belt – two by way of knock-out – Kalamaras was the only contender to knock his opponent to the canvas. “I fight very aggressively,” Kalamaras said. “In the amateurs, you don’t really see people getting knocked out a lot.”

Originally appeared in the April 9 – 15, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

Throughout 14 of his fights, Kalamaras said not one of his opponents made it out without bleeding or getting hit to the floor. The main event, on April 2, was no different. “I feel amazing,” Kalamaras said about winning this year’s Golden Gloves tourney. “This is something everyone dreams about.”

Kalamaras said winning the Golden Gloves was something he had been trying to do since 2011, when he was eliminated by majority decision in the tournament semifinals over a heavily favored opponent.

Before becoming a Golden Gloves contender, Kalamaras was a three-time junior Olympic gold medalist, five-time national champion and six-time international champion in judo. By age 16, when he decided to pick up the gloves for the first time, he was already a natural.

“I don’t get nervous [fighting in front of people],” Kalamaras said. “I knew I would make it.”

Today, Kalamaras serves as an engineer with the U.S. Navy and is a full-time student at Queens College, where he is pursuing a degree in exercise science and nutrition. He added that winning this year’s Golden Gloves Championship was a once in a lifetime experience, which he hopes will open more doors to future competitions.

Still Kickin’ After All These Years

Alive N’ Kickin’ couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this classic rock cover band, which has continued to perform hit music for more than 40 years.

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Chinx Drops Second Posthumous Album

Tragically, in May 2015, Chinx was unexpectedly shot and killed on Queens Boulevard in Ridgewood. He never made it to see the success of his debut album, Welcome To JFK, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard.com’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts.

In an interview with Salute Magazine, last year, the slain rapper’s Executive Producer/Manager Douglas “Biggs” Ellison indicated that Chinx left behind several unreleased demos, which were used to construct the rapper’s second posthumous release, aptly named Legends Never Die.

So, on the first anniversary of the slain rapper’s death, Ellison and 4 Kings Management honored his memory by announcing the release of his sophomore album.

Q&A w/ Rapper Porche Boxx

Far Rockaway rap artist Donald Bradley, a.k.a. “Porche Boxx,” feels his community always gets a bad rap. That’s why he hopes to spread a more positive message to the easternmost part of the peninsula, with his upbeat bars and rhymes.

Bradley grew up in a difficult situation. Never knowing his father, he was raised by his mother, who inspired him to write. Outside of school, Bradley spent a lot of his time at the Ocean Bay Action Center.

“We would play ball to stay out of trouble,” he recalled.

The Wave recently met up with the upand coming rapper, Porche Boxx, at the Queens Public Library on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, to talk about his music, community and his love of basketball.

Q&A w/ Rockaway Riot Squad Co-Founder Cau2Gs

Flashback to the early 2000’s, when four up-and-coming rappers from the same community in Far Rockaway, Queens, joined forces as the Hip-Hop “supergroup,” Tha Riot Squad. Rappers Bynoe, Chinx Drugz, Cau2G$ and Stack Bundles grew up in the same neighborhood, attended the same schools and knew a lot of the same people.

However, in 2007, Stack Bundles was shot and killed by an unknown assailant outside of his apartment building. To this day, investigators have not found any leads on the perpetrator. The following year, when Chinx was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence, members of the Rockaway Riot Squad tried to pick up where they left off.

Sadly, the 31-year-old recording artist also met with an untimely death on May 17, 2015, when he was shot and killed at the wheel of his Porsche Panamera in Briarwood, Queens – just three months before the release of his debut album, Welcome to JFK.

Now, more than a year later, both of the surviving members of the Rockaway Riot Squad will be reuniting on a new track, entitled “All Good,” dedicated to the memory of their fallen comrades.

Riot Squad Co-Founder Cau2G$ has worked with such big name artists as Nicki Minaj, Tony Yayo, Kanye West, Joe Budden, and Cory Gunz, and has been featured on several of the Riot Squad’s mixtapes. AMW recently caught up with Cau2G$, outside of his childhood home on Mott Avenue, to talk about new music, living in Far Rockaway and the current trend of violence in Hip-Hop.

Court Square Wants Its Parking Back

Residents and business owners around Court Square in Long Island City joined city Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) outside of a five-story parking facility last week, to call on the city Department of Transportation to restore 190 public parking permits that were withdrawn by the agency in April.

“The city has to have sensible parking,” Van Bramer said on June 12. “But the Department of Transportation, a few months ago and without consultation, changed the rules.”

Van Bramer said that in addition to reducing the number of monthly permits, the DOT imposed a new policy to distribute 210 permits on a first come, first serve basis. But because the permits must be renewed monthly, the policy has created a “Hunger Games” like situation, leaving people to fight in line to renew their existing permits.

Harrison Water Rates Hiked 17 Percent

The Harrison Town Council approved a 17 percent water rate hike on July 5, just days after a relatively nominal–yet nonetheless dramatic– 11 percent increase was estimated by town officials.

The 3-2 approval of the new rates came after representatives of Westchester Joint Water Works made a public presentation, which had several members of the council scoffing at the fiscal management of the utility.

The Westchester Joint Water Works, a utility jointly run by municipal leaders in Mamaroneck and Harrison, proposed the town approve the hike for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in order to keep up with the increased cost of supply from New York City, where the water works purchases its water. The city increased its sales rates by 9.8 percent.

This originally appeared in the July 13, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report. 

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