New York Mortgage Company opens in Burlington

first_imgThe New York Mortgage Company Is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Robbins of S. Burlington, VT has opened a satellite mortgage lending office in downtown Burlington, VT, allowing us to expand and serve the Vermont residential and commercial mortgage markets.Jeffrey has many years of dedicated experience in the financial services industry. Most recently he was employed by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 16 years where he held the position of District Sales Manager for the past 12 years.The New York Mortgage Company, LLC was formed in 1998 and is one of the nations largest and fastest growing mortgage banks. We have the resources and expertise to make loans directly as well as to broker the loan programs of several other lenders, enabling NYMC to provide a vast array of residential and commercial loan alternatives under one roof!Jeffrey Robbins can be reached at:149 Cherry St.Burlington, VT 05401Cell phone: 802.343.0424Office phone: 802.864.6962Email: sends e-mail)last_img read more

Christmas posts double-double with 7 blocks, leads Syracuse as lone healthy center

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 16, 2014 at 1:01 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Rakeem Christmas wagged his pointer finger three times as he strode back toward the Syracuse bench.The Orange had survived again. With the weight of an undefeated No. 1 team on his back, it was Christmas — the team’s lone healthy center — who walked the foul-trouble tight rope once more to lift Syracuse to its second straight victory without Baye Moussa Keita.“Rakeem played a great game for us,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “If he doesn’t play the way he played, we don’t come out with the win.”Christmas turned in arguably the best performance of his career with a team-high 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as the top-ranked Orange (25-0, 12-0 Atlantic Coast) staved off North Carolina State (16-9, 6-6) 56-55 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.He knocked down all six of his free throws in the final 10:08 and made the defensive play Syracuse needed in the waning seconds, jumping Anthony Barber’s pass to Kyle Washington and starting the break that resulted in Fair’s game-winning layup. But most importantly, he put SU in position to beat the Wolfpack by committing just three fouls, and altering more than just the shots he got his hands on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought he was really the difference in the game,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Christmas’ dominance started early. First, a 15-foot jump shot from the right wing. Then a pair of powerful slam dunks. And finally an impressive save underneath the basket that nearly led to a Trevor Cooney 3-pointer.With the rest of SU’s frontcourt floundering, he was the lone constant. After a swatting of N.C. State guard Tyler Lewis with 5:31 left, even Boeheim clapped.“I was just trying to go out there and block everything,” Christmas said. “They were trying to take a lot of jump shots, and I was lunging at them and I was getting them. I was just trying to do that and be disruptive.”Christmas blocked six more shots in the second half, commandeering an interior resilience that limited N.C. State to grabbing just 13 rebounds after the break.Each time the Wolfpack penetrated the 2-3 zone, Christmas was there to either block or alter the shot attempt.He rejected T.J. Warren’s jumper 18 seconds into the second half and then Jordan Vandenberg’s two minutes later.He turned Warren away twice more in the following three minutes before denying Barber’s baseline drive at the 12:56 mark.Christmas said he’s mastered the process of deciding whether or not he’ll try to block a shot. If there’s space between him and the offensive player, he’ll go for it. But if their bodies are already in contact, he’ll just stick his arms straight up.It’s been a gradual process, but one that’s paid tremendous dividends in SU’s two games without Keita and sophomore center DaJuan Coleman, who underwent season-ending knee surgery on Jan. 28.“I’ve been doing that since high school,” Christmas said. “That’s one thing I’ve learned to do is block shots.”It wasn’t until this summer, though, that Christmas put as much effort into his free-throw shooting. Christmas said assistant coach Mike Hopkins pushed him to practice at the line throughout the off-season.After shooting 57.4 percent from the foul line last season, the junior is up to 68.4 percent. And when the Orange needed him on Saturday, he came through when Jerami Grant, Tyler Ennis and Fair didn’t.His last free throw gave SU a 51-50 edge with 4:43 to play.“It’s something that now we’re getting used to and we’ve got to expect,” Grant said. “If he didn’t play like this, we would’ve lost this game.”But Syracuse didn’t.After Grant and Cooney trapped Barber in the corner, Christmas swiped his pass and flipped the ball to Ennis. Moments later, Fair hit a layup and the Orange escaped with its second exhilarating win of the week.Keita is expected to return soon, and when he does much of the pressure currently placed on Christmas will be relieved.But until that happens, Syracuse will need him to continue his high rate of efficiency if it wants to stay undefeated.Said Christmas: “Without DaJuan and Baye, I have to step up.” Commentslast_img read more

Gibson to be inducted into Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer Penn Hills and University of Pittsburgh standout Demond Gibson will be among 10 honorees at the 26th annual Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet April 23 at Churchill Valley Country Club in Penn Hills. Other inductees include Dave Bittner, Larry Braun, Jill Catone-Vecchio, Bob Crossey, Erin Milfeit-Richmond, Janet Palmieri-Parks, Sergio Pampena, Steve Price and Kevin Romango. DEMOND GIBSON Gibson was born May 25, 1977 in Pittsburgh. His parents, Lynn and James Dillingham, raised him in a very structured and religious home. Gibson was involved in the church and became fond of the drums early on resulting in him playing now for over 20 years. He has always been an athlete participating in baseball, basketball and football. However, his love for football took center stage and became his main focus.His high school career began at Penn Hills Sr. High in 1993 under head coach Neil Gordon. As a sophomore, Gibson earned a starting position as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. As a senior, he was a captain on the 1995, 15-0 State Championship Team. He received many honors from his playing days at Penn Hills including 3-time All Conference, Fabulous 22, Street & Smith’s Top 10 Players in the country, Lions Club Player of the year, Kiwanis Club Citizen of the year, Team Captain in Big 33 Football Classic, and Runner-up Pizza Hut Pennsylvania Player of the Year.Gibson was highly recruited by many Division I colleges and accepted a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. As a freshman, he started at defensive tackle and was a four-year letterman. He played in 48 straight games as a Panther and led the Panther D-Line his junior and senior years with 70+ tackles. As a senior, Gibson was a Dapper Dan honorary, named to the 1999 All Big East team, and the Defensive Lineman of the year. He received his greatest honor by playing in the final Pitt game in Pitt Stadium in which the Panthers defeated Notre Dame. One of his greatest achievements, however, was receiving his bachelor of science in communications from the university.Gibson went on to enjoy a five-year professional career with three major leagues: NFL (New Orleans Saints), CFL (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts) and AFL (Orlando Predators, Buffalo Destroyers, Columbus Destroyers).Gibson currently lives in Penn Hills with his wife, Cerise, and two children, Demond Jr., 11, and Mariah, 4. He is entering his seventh season as Penn Hills Indians defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator.(For more information, see, or contact Linda DeRiggi at or Ed Adams at read more