February 13, 2008 RSS feed / Features

Clean Street Program Will Keep Up Commercial Districts

City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. announced a new program that will offer development corporations, merchants' associations and other neighborhood organizations additional sanitation services to keep commercial corridors clean. More...

Now Get E-ZPass Applications In Queens

MTA Bridges and Tunnels has made it more convenient than ever to sign up for an EZPass account by making applications available at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles' (DMV) following locations: College Point DMV, 30-56 Whitestone Expwy More...

Job Ops In After School, Summer Programs

The Child Center of NY is looking for college students to work in after school programs throughout Queens neighborhoods. Positions are currently open at P.S. 56, Richmond Hill; P.S. 188, Hollis Hills/Bayside and P.S. 223, South Jamaica. More...

114th Precinct Blotter:

12-Year-Old Missing From Roosevelt Island Home

Police are asking for the public's assistance in finding Jaslyn Gonzales, a 12-year-old black female, who was last seen on January 19 at approximately 12:15 p.m. More...

13th Flushing Lunar New Year Parade Draws Crowds

Thousands of people- Asian-Americans by birth and by choice- lined 37th Avenue from Union Street to Main Street in Flushing last Sunday, February 10 to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year. More...

Chocolate Spoon Coffee House Opening Celebrated

City Councilmembers Eric Gioia and Peter Vallone Jr. cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Chocolate Spoon Coffee House, 37- 03 31st Ave., Astoria, with owners Odette Bernardes and Patricia Faria last Friday, February 8. More...

The Pulpit

Times and dates are subject to change. Please call event sponsors to confirm. Feb. 14 Race Relations Day; Feb. 17 American League of United Latin Citizens Founded; Feb. 24 Mexico Flag Day; Mar. 1 St. David's Day; Mar. More...

Views On Economic Outlook Run From Grim To Optimistic

At the end of January there was still time to look forward to 2008, as the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Sovereign Bank did in their breakfast meeting at the Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel in Flushing. Thomas P. More...

Felix Farenga, Funeral Director, WW II Vet, Dies

Felix Farenga, a New York State Licensed Funeral Director and former president of Joseph Farenga & Sons Funeral Home, Astoria, died February 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 80 years old. More...

Gennaro's Stormwater Mgt. Plan Hailed By Environmentalists

Environmentalists and Queens community leaders hailed the passage last week of City Councilmember James Gennaro's stormwater management plan, aimed at ending basement floodings following heavy rain- and snow falls in various parts of the city, incl More...

Optical Scan Voting Machines In Use By Fall 2009

The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed after the 2000 presidential election to ensure better counting of votes and access for the disabled.

With the presidential primary over, the city's ancient voting machines are back in storage. At 1,369 polling places throughout the city, 7,780 mechanical-lever machines did their job once again. More...

Astoria Man Wins $800G Thanks To Designer Jeans

A 42-year-old Astoria man won an $800,000 slot jackpot in Atlantic City on January 25, while waiting to buy a pair of designer jeans for his girl friend. More...

Charter School Accepting Applications

City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. announced that the Our World Neighborhood Charter School (OWN) is now accepting applications. The deadline for applications, available at Vallone's office, is April 4. More...

Free Job Training Programs For Women At QCC

On February 21, 11 a.m., Queens College, Flushing, is holding a "Women and Work" open house event in the Music Building, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., and in Manhattan go to 25 W. 43rd St., 10th Floor, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Thursday through February. More...

News Of The Neighborhoods

Domestic Violence To Be Electronically Tagged A Bronx assemblyman has introduced a bill that would require anyone with an order of protection against him or her to be forced to wear an electronic monitoring device. More...

Major Hillary-Obama Clashes Loom

About six weeks ago, Illinois Senator Barack Obama sprung his first surprise of the presidential primary season with a solid victory in the Iowa caucuses that left a dazed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton languishing in third place. More...

State Senator Onorato Swears In FIAOQ Officers

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens held their annual installation of officers last Saturday, February 2 at the Istria Club on Astoria Boulevard. State Senator George Onorato swore in Joseph Di Pietro as president. More...

Starbucks Mochas, Lattes Offer Skinny Options

Don't let the bitter cold get to you- sweeten up your day with new guilt-free, "Skinny" options at Starbucks! Flurry into Starbucks for a new Skinny Mocha or a Skinny Latte! More...

David Oats, 58, Historian, FM-C Park Champion

David Oats, journalist, borough historian and watchdog of Flushing Meadows- Corona Park, died Friday, February 8. He was 58 years old. Oats served three stints in the course of a 30-year career as the managing editor of the Queens Tribune. More...

Maltese, Padavan Push For Tougher Parole Rules

Republican lawmakers from Queens announced new legislation last week which would restrict the release from prison of potentially dangerous violent felons, strengthens victims' rights and increases transparency in the parole process. More...

St. Michael's Cemetery Plans First Responders Memorial

With the support of many, St. More...

Borough-Wide Blotter

104th Precinct 19-Year-Old Asleep At The Wheel Police arrested a 19-year-old Queens man on January 27 after he was caught asleep behind the wheel of his 1993 Honda Civic. More...

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