Tune Into Melissa
Home: Richmond Hill
Weight: 90 lbs.
Since her 2011 appearance in the pageant, Melissa has studied modeling at the Barbizon NYC modeling school, which piqued her interest even more. While she has plans for life without modeling, Melissa would be happy staying in front of the camera.
“If I can make it big, why not?” she said. “That would be a dream.”
Melissa said she already has some offers from agencies, but hasn’t yet decided which to take.
In her spare time, Melissa loves to read, having recently gotten into the “Discovery of Witches” series by Deborah Harkness. She also loves writing when she gets the chance.
“It’s a really good way to get your feelings out,” she said.
The writing may have helped to lead her into her “back-up” career choice: reporting. Enrolled at Pace University, Melissa is studying communications in the hopes of one day being a TV news personality. Her dream job? Reporting on Fox News.
“It’s the news channel my family and I grew up watching,” she said. “And someday I hope it’s the channel people watch me on.”
He’s No Knucklehead
|Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey|
The 38-year-old received 27 of the 32 first place votes and was second on the other five ballots, earning the title by a huge margin.
With an impressive 2.73 ERA, Dickey beat out the 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals. The star pitcher also led the National League in innings pitched (233.2), shutouts (three) and complete games (five).
The Mets have at least one thing to smile about.
Remember the Elmo
Last week, reports of Clash’s alleged gay sexual encounter with a minor put him under legal fire, forcing him to take a leave of absence from Kaufman Astoria Studios, where Sesame Street is filmed, in order to deal with the accusation.
The accuser, Sheldon Stephens, 23, said he and Clash allegedly engaged in sexual acts when he was 16 and Clash was 45 – a claim which was later retracted.
In response the Stephen’s retraction, Clash released a statement that read: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.”
Though Clash’s image might be slightly tarnished in light of the ordeal, Elmo managed to walk away unscathed.
Are They Blue?
Though they aren’t likely to improve their winning percentages, the new all blue jerseys are quite swanky. Much better than the black, which had no connection to the team’s history. In a literal sense, a dark era in Mets history is coming to end. In a figurative sense, not so much. At least the Mets will be looking fresh in 2013.
Let’s hope they start looking harder for wins, too.
Given the destruction from Superstorm Sandy, many people are giving what they can to help the recovery effort. One Brooklyn resident is showing his charity in a different, and not legal, way.
The anonymous man is using his position as a marijuana dealer to raise money for the Rockaways. His peddling has so far raised $700, which he said he will use to buy hot meals, baby supplies and blankets for storm victims.
“Look, there are probably some people down there who want some marijuana — but that’s not going to clothe and feed them,” he said.
While we here at QConf do not condone drug dealing, but do commend this man’s contributions and his ability to think outside the box. Or outside the bong.
Right after President Barack Obama won re-election, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced he would hold a lottery on Dec. 14, for residents in New York to win a chance to go to the Jan. 20 Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington DC.
Enter by Dec. 13 at: www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/inauguration.cfm. Two tickets will be given to each lottery winner, although Schumer’s office did not announce how many tickets would be raffled off.
While Schumer’s office said they had gotten a large number of requests for tickets, chances of winning are probably still better than playing the New York State Lottery.
Hey, you never know.
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