December 8, 2010 RSS feed / Features

Holiday Decorations Light Up Skillman Avenue

On December 1, the first night of Chanukah, the communities of Sunnyside and Woodside came together for a unique Festival of Lights celebration. More...

Vallone: Notify Community When Cell Towers Go Up

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. More...

Chancellor-Designate Black Tours LIC Schools

Having cleared the hurdle of being issued a waiver, Cathie Black isn’t waiting until January 3, when she will officially assume the title of chancellor to begin visiting schools. More...

Nolan & Van Bramer Tour With Black

On December 1, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and New York City School Chancellor-Designate Cathie Black toured P.S. 111 and P.S. 78 both in Long Island City. More...

Santa’s Holiday Snacks

Every year, children follow the tradition of leaving Santa Claus cookies and milk by the fireplace or Christmas tree along with carrots for his reindeer. In many cases, a note is often found thanking them for the snack. More...

Vallone Warns Holiday Shoppers About Identity Theft

As millions shopped for deals online on what is known as Cyber Monday, the Public Safety Committee, chaired by City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. More...

Queens D.A. Warns: Beware New ID Theft

Officials at the Queens District Attorney’s office are warning cyber shoppers to beware of a new form of ID theft that can cost unwary buyers. More...

The New Face Of Hunger In NYC

Continued unemployment has increased the numbers of first-time visitors to New York City food pantries and soup kitchens significantly, with 93 percent seeing an increase. More...

26 Years Of Clowning Around

“Muscleman” Joe Ricevuto, from Jackson Heights, is seen here during his 26th annual outing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More...

QSAC Holds Annual Toy Drive

The annual toy drive for Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) sponsored by Paul Halvatzis (r) and the Long Island City/Astoria Kiwanis Club officially began on December 2. More...

Letters To Santa

It really didn’t matter if the gifts we found underneath our Christmas tree weren’t those we asked Santa to bring. We still believed that he read our letters and found his way into our homes—even those without a chimney. More...

Caring For Blooming Gifts

Poinsettias, African violets, cyclamen, azaleas, holiday cacti, and kalanchoe - all are popular holiday gifts to give and receive. But once they are settled in their new homes, how do we keep them healthy and thriving? More...

Christmas Bells

They toll for good times. They herald in the New Year, and announce the arrival of the holiday season and the birth of Christ. More...

It’s Peppermint Season!

Headline your holiday with the quintessential flavor of the season - peppermint. These extra special sweets offer a bountiful buffet of peppermint possibilities. More...

Kiwanis Club Aids Children Worldwide

The Astoria-Long Island City Kiwanis Club, which meets at Ponticello Restaurant at 46-11 Bway., in Astoria is part of the larger collective network of Kiwanis International Clubs. More...

Edward Jones Financial Advisor To Host Seminar

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Bill Manolopoulos of Astoria will host a seminar called, Tax-free Investing: It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep, at 6 p.m. from 8 p.m. on December 9 at the Steinway Library, 21-45 31st St. Astoria. More...

Two Astorians Re-Invent Granola

Although they come from two separate cultures and are new to the competitive business world of America, French born Fanny Reboul and Russian born Victoria Khaydakova never gave up their dream of sharing their passion for cooking with the world. More...

Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

Christmas trees come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, including the Douglas Fir, the Sheared Balsam, Scotch Pines, Spruces, Norway Spruces, the Fraiser Fir and the “Fat Albert”, also known as the Colorado Blue Spruce. More...

‘Sweet’ History

What little-known U.S. holiday is celebrated on December 26? It’s National Candy Cane Day! Here’s some candy cane history to satisfy the sweet tooths of holiday historians. More...

The ’87 Truck

I came to a sharp fork in the deeply rutted road of my life this fall. I had to decide if I would continue to limp around on Saturdays in my beloved but inefficient ’87 pickup, or sell it off to some poor soul in more need of it than I. More...

Ten Christmas Movie Favorites

There are a number of Christmas movies that come out every year, adding to the constantly expanding list of holiday favorites. Here is a list of the ten most-watched Christmas movies shown every year: More...

The Real Story Of Rudolph

When Clement Moore penned his Christmas classic “The Night Before Christmas” in 1923, he wrote of “...eight tiny reindeer” who lead Santa’s sled, delivering toys to children in all corners of the world. More...

Queens Teachers Honored For Excellence In Science And Math

Eight teachers were honored on November 18, with the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Math. Two of the teachers work in public high schools in Queens. More...

$50,000 Grant From NASA For LaGCC

Three LaGuardia Community College professors have received a $50,000 grant from NASA to embed into their physics, engineering and computer science courses a research component that will have their students involved in serious scientific work on glob More...

108th Precinct Holds Last Council Meeting For 2010

The November 30 meeting of the 108th Police Precinct Community Council was the last to be held this year. More...

Raging Bar Patron Arrested

Police at the 114th Precinct put the brakes on an Astoria lounge patron who went into a rage after he was booted from the bar. More...

The Pulpit

Times and dates are subject to change. Please call event sponsors to confirm. All Nations Baptist: More...

LaGuardia Again Ranked Worst Airport

LaGuardia Airport has earned the dubious distinction of being dubbed the worst airport in a survey released last week for the fourth consecutive year. More...

So You Want To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree?

Whether your family has a tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree or you have decided to brave the cold to start a new tradition, choosing and cutting your own evergreen can be a fun experience. More...

In Memory Of John Lennon

On the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.... ‘Give Peace A Chance’

John Lennon rehearses ‘Give Peace A Chance’ in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1969. More...

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

Welcome to our second Internet In Bloom For The Layperson. Again my thanks goes out to the Queens Gazette staff for their efforts on behalf of this column. More...

Liu Urges Passage Of DREAM Act

Citing his own personal experience, City Comptroller John Liu has called for passage of the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide an opportunity for almost a million young undocumented aliens to become U.S. More...

Senate Dems Bringing 9/11 Bill Up For Action

BY JOHN TOSCANO Still one vote short of the 60 votes needed to pass the vital 9/11 health bill in the U.S. More...

Facilities For North Shore-LIJ Discussed At Boro Cab Meeting

A presentation entitled, North Shore-LIJ and the Borough of Queens: A Populationbased Health Care Partnership was given at the November 16 meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet at Borough Hall. More...

St. Michael’s And The USMC Host Toys For Tots

On December 3, St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst hosted its first Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corp. The event was held in the cemetery’s All Faiths Chapel. Sgt. Joshua Matthews and Cpl. More...

Koo Keeps Promise, Aids Local Groups

Continuing to honor a campaign pledge made in 2009, City Councilmember Peter Koo (R–Flushing) last week donated $2,000 to each of 10 local organizations and promised to donate additional money to other groups over the next six months. More...

Woodside On The Move Holds 35th Annual Tree Lighting

The 35th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Woodside’s Sohncke Square Park was held on December 4 and attracted many people from the community. More...

Nativity Light Shines On Broadway

On December 1, with the flick of a switch, four Christmas trees shined their lights on Broadway as part of a celebration of the season in Astoria. More...

Local Businesses Help The Needy On Thanksgiving

For the ninth successive year, Paul Halvatzis, a licensed real estate broker with Amorelli Realty of Astoria, and his friends, have assisted St. Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church of Flushing with its annual Thanksgiving food drive. More...

Students Document WPA Works of Art In Queens

A select group of LaGuardia Community College commercial photography students have been called upon by the Greater Astoria Historical Society to take on a very important assignment; to photograph 29 Depression-era works of art that are scattered thr More...

Are You Ready To Put A Pet Under Your Christmas Tree?

Finding a puppy, kitten or other furry friend under the tree is a sure way to put a smile on the faces of children and adults on Christmas morning. More...

Guide To Toys For Kids With Special Needs

Toys ‘R Us has again developed a 2010 “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 disabilities. More...

The Logistics Of A Hassle-Free Holiday

The holidays are supposed to be filled with love and good cheer, but the logistics can leave even the jolliest of people in a Scrooge-like mood. Fortunately, there are some ways you can take the hassle out of the holidays. More...

Woodside Library To Celebrate Centennial

In observance of the Queens Library Woodside branch’s centennial, the community will be invited to join Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Library CEO Thomas W. More...

Santa’s Elves

Elves are magical, whimsical folks who live longer than anyone else, but never show their age. The elves are the best toy makers in the world, they love caring for reindeer and keeping lists of good and bad children. More...

Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Holds Annual Holiday Auction

On December 6, the Kiwanis Club of Astoria/Long Island City, held its annual holiday charity auction at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 21st Street & 24th Avenue in Astoria. More...

Good Meat Educates About The Healthy World Of Meat, Poultry

Deborah Krasner’s new 400 page book, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; September 1, 2010; $40 /US; ISBN 978-1584798637) is a new work that is set to revolutionize the way people More...

On the brief side...

Obama-GOP Tax Cuts Deal OK’d President Barack Obama reached an agreement with Republican leaders on Monday that saves taxes for the rich, the poor and business owners, and extends benefits for 13 weeks for the long term unemployed. More...

Tips For A Happy Holiday Season

The holidays are meant to be a happy, enjoyable season. Yet the stress of shopping, decorating and entertaining can sometimes dampen the spirit. Here are some easy tips to help you make this a great, stress-free holiday season: More...

Top Ten Gadgets For 2010

Over this past year, many new innovations in up-and-coming technology have been introduced to the public for individual use. More...

Preserving Memories Of Queens

In 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that there were over two million people residing in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation. More...

Festive, Flavorful Figs

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and that means serving something special to your guests. These festive recipes make the most of golden, slightly nutty-flavored Calimyrna figs and dark, sweet-tasting Mission figs. More...

Van Bramer Helps Light LIC’s Tallest Menorah

On December 5, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined Rabbi Zev Wineberg of Chabad Long Island City and local yeshiva students to help light the tallest menorah in Long Island City in celebration of Chanukah. More...

Sugar and Spice

Scrumptious ways to make the holidays nice

Bring on the holiday “yum” by using favorite flavors in a whole new way. By combining ingredients that naturally complement each other, you can create dishes that will spice up the holidays for everyone on your guest list. More...

History Of Christmas Ornaments

For most people, decorating their homes and Christmas trees with ornaments is one of the most traditional ways to capture the excitement and magic of the holiday season. More...

Flushing Girl Escapes Kidnap Try

Queens detectives are searching for two men who attempted to snatch a 13 year old girl, on December 1, from a Flushing street, in broad daylight. The girl was walking by Bowne Playground on Barclay Avenue and Union Street at about 8:15 a.m. More...

Police Hunt For 36th Avenue Armed Bandits

Police last week released photos of four suspects sought in connection with a November 20 armed robbery at a 36th Avenue deli. Cops said the four brazen bandits entered the deli at 32-02 36th Avenue at about 10:20 p.m. More...

Broadway Welcomes Starbucks, Quantic Bank

Things will be percolating on Broadway in 2011, with the opening of a Starbucks Coffee Shop at the former site of the Oyster Bay Caterers. The trendy java café will share the space at 31-09 Bway. More...

Children Choir Performs At Arts Westchester

On December 4, Arts Westchester with the Axion Estin Foundation presented a concert titled “Mostly Orthros: A Concert of Byzantine Chant and Folk Music” in the Grand Banking Room of the historic Arts Exchange, located at Arts Westchester More...

Stavisky Lights The Menorah

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky lights the first candle on the Menorah at Selfhelp’s Hanukkah celebration at the Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. Students from I.S. More...

K-Rod Ducks Jail Time, Deportation

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, KRod, last week was spared jail time and a one-way ticket back to his native Venezuela by pleading guilty to attempted assault for attacking his girlfriend’s father in August. More...

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