December 5, 2007 RSS feed / Features

Council OK's Major Clean Air Bill

Attacking the global warming problem locally, the City Council has passed a bill designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the five boroughs to guarantee that the city remains green, clean and sustainable in the future. More...

N.Y. Lawmakers Blast Anti-Terror Funding Cuts

Sounding a familiar refrain, New York area lawmakers bashed the Bush administration over the weekend for proposing very sharp reductions in anti-terror funding for New York City, New York state and other states. A bewildered U.S. More...

Crowley: Create 'Fund For The Middle East' To Help Achieve Peace

An International Fund for the Middle East designed to provide financial support for hundreds of non-governmental organizations working to promote economic partnership, peaceful coexistence and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians and ot More...

Christ The King Food Drive Benefits St. Matthias Church

The 2007 annual canned food drive sponsored by Christ the King Regional H.S. was a huge success, with the collected food donated to the food pantry at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Ridgewood. More...

Workshop Grads Hear Stories From Entrepreneurs

Those who would be business entrepreneurs are often advised that they need fiery passion about what they want to do and the toughness to endure setbacks and unforeseen events that would curtail or even destroy their intended achievements. More...

Community Outreach Lessens Construction Impact

"Dust, noise, and heavy equipment are intrusive but common elements of construction," warns an advisory concerning work on the reconstruction of 47th Avenue posted on the New York City Department of Design and Construction Web site. More...

Shin, Hey, Gimel, Nun

One of the best known symbols of Chanukah is the Dreidel. A dreidel is a four sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side. More...

Have Yourself A Safe And Merry Christmas

City fire officials have once again released the FDNY's Annual Holiday Guide listing safety precautions for the use and decoration of Christmas trees, wreaths, and other holiday ornaments. More...

Albany Leaders Want Cuomo's Doctor Rankings As Law

The agreement worked out by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and six of the major health insurers in New York state for a consumer-friendly doctor ranking code is to be enacted into legislation under an agreement between Cuomo and legislative More...

The Pulpit

Times and dates are subject to change. Please call event sponsors to confirm. All Saints Lutheran: •Dec. 8, Saturday/Dec. 9, Sunday, 7 and 8 p.m. More...

Borough-Wide Blotter

104th Precinct Muggers Glue Victim's Eyes Queens detectives are seeking help from the public in their search for two thugs who slashed a woman and glued her eyes shut on November 29. More...

Shoeboxes of Love

Last month, for the 11th consecutive year, students at Evangel Christian School packed shoeboxes with toys, candy, school supplies and toiletries for donation to needy children throughout the world. More...

Unusual Holiday Gift

I t's the holiday season, and for the gardener in the family the gift of choice often is a holiday plant. Over the years I've given and received my share of poinsettias, amaryllis, and Christmas cacti as gifts this time of year. More...

The early bird gets the special ...

For those shoppers getting out before Halloween costumes even appear, remem ber: time is your friend. Holiday trend experts offer the following tips for taking advantage of the extra time you have given yourself to get everything done. More...

Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Holds Annual Auction

The Astoria/Long Island City Kiwanis Club held its annual Holiday Auction at Riccardo's By the Bridge, 21-01 24th Ave., Astoria, on Monday, December 3. More...

Make the Season Bright, Pack Right

It's the most wonderful time of the year - decorating, baking, shopping, addressing holiday cards, and send ing festive packages to friends and family. More...

Recycling the Holidays

Reports estimate that a whopping six million tons of extra waste are generated nationwide between Thanksgiving and NewYear's. More...

DOT, DEP: BQE Not To Blame For Woodside August Floods

Congressmember Joseph Crowley said that until August 8, he had never seen a flood on 65th Street, where he lives, nor had he ever heard Woodside declared a disaster area, as it was in the aftermath of the flood. More...

UCCA Presents Awards, Holds Raffle

Departing from a tradition more than a decade long, the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) moved its holiday brunch from the LaGuardia Marriott to Ammos at 20-30 Steinway St. More...

Pistilli Building Receives Chamber Honors

Some people looked at an unused former Eagle Electric Company factory at 19-19 24th Ave., Astoria as nothing more than a derelict shell. Joseph Pistilli, president of Pistilli Realty, saw the building's potential. More...

Pete's Grill Opens In Sunnyside

Anyone driving east through Sunnyside is sure to spot Pete's Grill at 39-14 Queens Blvd. Passersby, pedestrian or vehicular, can't help but notice the fresh, new exterior décor, a theme carried through in the sparkling interior. More...

Starbucks Offers Holiday Beverage Trio, Sweet Treats

Many people believe that good things come in threes- and this is certainly the case at Starbucks during the holidays. The much anticipated "beverage trio" is back, this year with a sugar-free component that is sure to tempt the taste buds. More...

Cortellini Joins White Coffee Corporation

Long Island City-based White Coffee Corporation, a thirdgeneration, family owned coffee importing and roasting business, has announced that Charles Cortellini has been hired as a consultant for the corporation. More...

Queens Average Building Prices 2nd Highest In NYC

Despite a dip in median prices per square foot for walk-up and mixed-use buildings in Queens, prices in the borough are second highest in the city, trailing only Manhattan, according to a new report by Massey Knakal Realty Services, a full service More...

Small Biz Owners Rate Commerce Bancorp No. 1

A recently released J.D. More...

114th Precinct Crimes Show Significant Decrease

With less than a month left in 2007, crime is down by 8.31 percent, compared to 2006 in the 114th Precinct. Doubledigit decreases are reported in four of the seven major crime categories as of Thanksgiving week. More...

Dem Slugfest In Iowa

Each of the candidates wants a victory in Iowa, the first of many primaries, to validate his or her candidacy...

With the Iowa caucuses, the first real test of candidates in the 2008 presidential election, just 30 days away, the leading Democratic candidates are locked in a statistical tie and have turned up the rhetoric as the contest gets closer. More...

Paul Vallone To Seek City Council Seat In 2009

Following in the tradition of public service and community involvement displayed by his father and brother, Paul Vallone has announced that he plans to run for the City Council in 2009. More...

CUNY Law Has Highest Bar Pass Rate In School's History

CUNY School of Law posted the highest New York State Bar Exam pass rate in its history, with 82.75 percent of students passing the July 2007 exam on their first try. More...

8 Queens Community Groups Get Improvement Grants

Eight Queens-based community groups were among more than 50 citywide to receive New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods grants to support programs that will improve the quality of life in local communities all across the five boroughs. More...

Vallone Bill Would Limit Homework Hours For Public School Kids

Taking a stand to "just let children be children", City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. More...

Chanukah

A Spiritual Holiday

There have been many times that oppressive nations have sought to destroy the Jewish people, who were miraculously saved from their designs. More...

What is Chanukah?

According to the Talmud, beginning with the 25th of Kislev, eight days of Chanukah are observed, during which no eulogies are delivered, nor is fasting permitted. More...

Apply For HEAP, Beat Energy Costs

As the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) kicked off its 28th season in early November, city Department For the Aging Commissioner Edwin Méndez-Santiago, LCSW urged older New Yorkers to apply for a HEAP grant to help meet the challenge of p More...

2008 Motor Trend Car Of The Year Debuts In Queens

The first car from General Motors to be deemed Motor Trend Car of the Year since 1998 is available now at City Cadillac, 43-60 Northern Blvd., Long Island City. More...

Saint Nicholas Book Debuts In Time For Saint's Day

Published just in time for Christmas and for the name day of Saint Nicholas, December 6, is In the Footsteps of Saint Nicholas, a scholarly work by Andreas George, More...

Special Toys For Special Kids

Toys 'R' Us has partnered with the National Lekotek Center to develop the "Toys 'R' Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids." The guide, available online and in Toys 'R' Us stores, offers qualified toy recommendations for children with disabilitie More...

The holiday shopping countdown

"BLACK FRIDAY" has long been regarded as the kick off of the holiday shopping season. More...

Gifts That Give Back

Tis the season to remember, it's better to give than receive. And giving the holiday gift that also gives back to a good cause is better still. More...

St. Nicholas Church Opens Educational-Cultural Center

Nearly three years after ground was broken for the Michelis Hellenic Cultural and Educational Center at St. More...

Toys forTots- Delivering Holiday Cheer for 60Years

Since 1947, Toys for Tots has been distributing toys to needy children throughout the U.S. This year, the organization is once again joining forces with The UPS Store to brighten the holidays for millions of children. More...

For 23 Years, Macy's Parade Clown Makes 'Em Laugh

Even after 23 years, his stint as a clown in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade never palls for Jackson Heights native Joseph William Ricevuto. Getting up at 3 a.m. More...

Padavan, Community Blast Student Off-Campus Dorm In Jamaica Estates

Declaring that St. More...

Oh Fudge!

An Easy And Unique Christmas Gift

Looking for an exceptional gift, but short on time? Get into the kitchen and whip up these super-fast, super-easy candy cutouts. Showcase the shapes and tastes of the season with just a couple ingredients and your favorite cookie cutters. More...

Ham Offers Simple Holiday Recipe Solutions

The holidays are upon us! From planning for the big office party to preparing to host relatives from out of town, it can be a little overwhelming for all of us. More...

How To Stay Safe While Playing Santa

It's that time of year when lights twinkle and bells jingle, and we head out to shop for gifts. But remember, behind every "Ho! Ho! More...

Holiday Blends, Espresso Make Season Bright

The holidays are a time for sharing traditions. And at Starbucks, it's about sharing a tradition rooted in more than three decades of expertise and passion for coffee. More...

News Of The Neighborhoods

Water-Soaked Homeowners File $1.6B In Claims Rain soaked Queens homeowners have filed $1.6 billion in claims against the city for damages they suffered during flooding on July 17, according to the city comptroller's office. More...

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