March 4, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

108th Precinct Cops Nab Bank Robber, Earn Awards

The February meeting of the 108th Police Precinct Community Council had a Cop of the Month ceremony involving five officers and a crime report that moved Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Thomas Kavanagh to lament the persistence of bank robberies, More...

Riis Settlement House Holds Black Cultural Expo

The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House at 10-25 41st Ave., Long Island City, celebrated the rich history and culture of the African-American community at its annual Black Expo on February 21. The theme of this year More...

American Airlines Puts Int’l. Destinations On Sale

Get out the guidebooks and take the suitcases out of the attic: American Airlines is putting nearly all its international destinations on sale for travel now through mid-May. More...

Feds Cream Fake Mr. Softees

Two Queens ice cream vendors last month took a licking from a federal court judge who ruled the pair were selling soft-serve cones from fake Mr. Softee trucks. More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

Community Meetings Associations Mar. 5, Apr. 2, 7:30 p.m., sharp, United Community Civic; Augustana Lutheran Church, 69-05 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Heights. Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11, 7 p.m., United Forties Civic Association; St. More...

Restaurant of the Week

The Zone...Sports, Restaurant and Lounge

The Zone on Steinway Street is your go-to place for delicious food, fabulous cocktails, dancing and, of course, sports. More...

Seniors

Tips To Help Decide About Retiring Abroad

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good resources to help people interested in retiring abroad? My wife and I will be retiring in a few years and have always thought it would be fun, and more affordable, to live abroad. More...

Gioia Honors Woodside Resident's 100th Birthday

On Tuesday, March 3, City Councilmember Eric Gioia helped Queens resident Burchard Taylor celebrate his 100th birthday at the Woodside Senior Center, where Taylor is an active member. More...

Obama Budget Proposes Major Changes In Medicare, Medicaid

As part of his first budget proposal—a gigantic $3.5 TRILLION spending plan for 2010—President Barack Obama is including a $634 billion plan for healthcare reform over 10 years that will impact Medicare and Medicaid for seniors. More...

'Junior-Senior Partnership' Explores Relationships

The "Junior-Senior Partnership", an intergenerational program created by the Queens Health Coalition (QHC), taps into the experiences and expertise of young and older adults to engage and empower both ends of the spectrum with healthy tips for heal More...

Gianaris Assured That Poletti Plant Will Close Next January

Assemblymember Michael Gianaris has received assurances from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) chairman that the Poletti power plant in Astoria will close as scheduled by next January. More...

Community Education Council Election Process Begins

The Department of Education (DOE) has begun the 2009 Community Education Council biennial election process by responding to criticisms that parents do not have enough say in matters pertaining to their children More...

Gregory B. Braca Is TD Bank New York Metro President

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Police News

Car Fumes Kill Queens Senior, 79

A 79-year-old man died and his wife was hospitalized on February 28 after fumes from their idling car crept from their garage into the couple More...

Queens Blaze A Murder/Suicide

The father of a Queens College student left the girl a final voice message last week before murdering his wife and then setting fire to their apartment to take his own life, law enforcement officials said. More...

Political Page

Does Silver Have Votes To Enact Tolls?

The knee-jerk reaction when hearing the allpowerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announce he's in favor of tolls on bridges in the city is to say, "It's a done deal." But then on reflection, one realizes that the toll proposal would also requir More...

Smith Stalls Vote On Toll Plan

Stiff opposition from state senate Republicans and less-than-enthusiastic support from Queens and Brooklyn Democratic senators are endangering that house's passage of a bridge toll plan needed to bail out the deficit-ridden MTA and stave off steep More...

Editorials

Bridge Tolls Are Bad Idea

Tolls of $2 a trip on the bridges spanning the Harlem and East Rivers will be imposed shortly if Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has his way. More...

Letter to the Editor

NAFTA Is No Good To The Editor: The NAFTA superhighway highway and the North American Union are being blown off as myths by some people in the media and the old guard Bush supporters. More...

Features

114th Precinct, PSA 9 Nab 4 In Food Delivery Robberies

Police Officers Jose Velez and Lisaura Mesa were recognized with Cop-of-the-Month honors at the February meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council. More...

New Voting Machines Are Complex To Use, Operate

During the February 24 special elections for City Council, the venerable pull-lever voting machines were rolled out for duty once more. More...

Gioia, Liu Urge Straphangers To Oppose MTA Fare Hikes

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, City Councilmembers Eric Gioia and John Liu, at the 74th-Broadway station on the No. More...

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