March 9, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Avella Stands With HANAC Seniors

State Senator Tony Avella was joined by dozens of senior citizens to protest the potential closure of the Angelo Petromelis Senior Center in College Point.  More...

Reward For Elmhurst Church Robbery

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a thief who went into an Elmhurst church on February 26 and took 10 religious objects, including five chalices, two chalice cups, and a Communion Box used to serve Communion at More...

Federal Reserve VP Tracey To Visit Crystal Windows

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has scheduled a series of meetings with businesses and trade associations in Queens in order to better understand the issues and challenges faced by businesses in New York City. More...

Deadline For UNCF, Verizon Black History Essay Contest

In honor of Black History Month, Verizon Wireless and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have been sponsoring an essay contest during the past month in five regions where eligible high school students have the chance to win a total of 15 scholarships. More...

Crowley Rails Against GOP $25B Middle Class Tax Hike

Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx) sharply criticized the House Republican majority last week after imposing a tax increase on middle class American families and in the process, breaking a campaign pledge they made last year. More...

Addabbo Receives Award From Community Group

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. received the Champion Award from the New York Association on Independent Living at Independence Residences, a Woodhaven based group dedicated to advocating for those individuals with disabilities. More...

Miller Teaches Respect For All

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) traveled to P.S. 254 in Richmond Hill where he read the book “Terrible Things” by Eve Bunting in an effort to teach the students about respect during “Respect for All Week”. More...

The Downside Of Good Fortune

The rates of China’s economic growth are often reported in a wide variety of sectors. But China is experiencing another bonanza, too. More...

Developments In Five Neighborhoods Show Borough’s Promise

Queens College President James Muyskens opened the Queens College Business Forum breakfast on Friday, March 4 by hailing the “lessening of mistrust” between academia and business. More...

Quinn Reports On Finances, Zoning, Business Regulations At Board 2

A visit from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a review of the Sunnyside-Woodside rezoning study and a landmarks preservation matter were among the topics covered at the March meeting of Community Board 2, held at Sunnyside Community Services. More...

114th Precinct Keeps Astoria Nightlife Safe, Orderly

There are 460 premises licensed to serve alcohol in Astoria, according to 114th Police Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Stephen Cirabisi. More...

ERDA Provides Free Tax Prep

On March 1, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Peter Vallone Jr. More...

Cops Looking For Flushing Sexual Predator

Queens police are searching for a sexual pervert who has been terrorizing women in Flushing for the last six months. The suspect has been preying on women since last September 2010, when he grabbed a 37-year-old victim from behind and sexually assau More...

Get Ready For New Area Code In Queens

Queens residents who had a tough time adjusting to the 718 area code when making phone calls within the borough will soon face another obstacle when dialing out. Beginning April 16, residents in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx who requ More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

Community MeetingsDates & times are subject to change, More...

Restaurant of the Week

ARMONDO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

We are proud to honor Jerry Crisci, owner of Armondo’s Italian Restaurant in Jackson Heights, who is about to celebrate 40 years in business. More...

Editorials

JFK Fence Must Be Fixed

A security system designed to protect the perimeters of local major airports has serious flaws, the latest one being a gap in the fence on the eastern side of John F. More...

Letters to the Editor

A copy of this letter was received by the Gazette. Astoria Energy Project Dear Stakeholder: More...

Beg Pardon

In last week’s Gazette in the article about the Queens Botanical Garden, the story incorrectly stated that there was a request to replace the parking lot blacktop with permeable pavement. That project has already been completed. More...

Detective Shares Survivors Tale, Forgiveness

Twenty-five years ago, Detective Steven McDonald was shot three times in the line of duty as he was questioning a 15-year-old about bicycle thefts in Central Park in Manhattan. More...

Sunnyside DYCD Welcomes Mullgrav

On March 1, Department of Youth and Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav and Sunnyside Community Services Executive Director Judith Zangwill greeted participants in the Sunnyside Family Literacy Program. More...

Electeds Unite To Oppose Maspeth Bus Depot

On March 4 Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer, Elizabeth Crowley and Assemblymember Marge Markey united with local elected officials and concerned residents to speak out against the possible bus depot site in Maspeth. More...

FDNY Warns Don’t Use Gasoline Products On Bedbugs

Queens fire officials last month issued a warning to borough residents to steer clear of gasoline or gasoline products to fight bedbug infestation at home. FDNY officials said residents in Astoria have called 911 to report a gasoline odor coming fro More...

Council Committee Questions Hydrofracking Testimony

Councilmember Jim Gennaro questioned testimony from the city Department of Environmental Protection on March 1 during a City Council Committee on Environmental Protection hearing about the continued examination of the controversial drilling method kn More...

Firefighter Rescues Hurt Hawk

A raptor found itself  no match for the densely populated neighborhood near Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside. More...

Weiner Awards Bronze Medal To Student

On February 24, Congressmember Anthony Weiner issued the Bronze Medal on behalf of the Congressional Award, to Dan Wang, student of Hunter College H.S. More...

Koslowitz Goes Door To Door With Citymeals-On-Wheels

Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) recently joined Citymeals-on-Wheels in delivering well-balanced nutritional meals in Forest Hills. More...

Meng Protests Funding Cuts To Queens Library

Assemblymember Grace Meng (D-Flushing), a member of the Libraries Committee, met with staff members of Queens Library on March 2 to discuss many of the pressing issues affecting the library. More...

Queens Library Receives Largesse From China Overseas Exchange Association

On February 23, Queens Library received a large donation of Chinese books and DVDs from the China Overseas Exchange Association (COEA). More...

DOT Repairs Queens Roadways

City Department of Transportation (DOT) on March 4 conducted strip paving operations along stretches of two Queens roadways as part of the city’s ongoing effort to bring streets into a state of good repair following the extreme weather of this More...

Flushing Mom Charged With Murder Of Wheelchair-Bound Son

The Flushing mother who last week fatally stabbed her wheelchair-bound son and then tried to take her own life, remains in stable condition at New York Hospital Queens, where she is facing murder and manslaughter charges. Migdalia Vera, 57, told inv More...

Borough-Wide Blotter

Compiled By Liz Goff 106th Precinct Dispute Leads To Gun Charge Police arrested a 33-year-old Ozone Park man on February 28 after he threatened to blow off his neighbor’s head during a heated dispute. More...

Political Page

Looks Like Tough Budget Talks Ahead

With only 23 days remaining until the April 1 deadline to pass the state’s 2011—2012 budget, the Democrat-controlled Assembly opened what will probably be their most confrontational front in this year’s battle with Governor Andrew C More...

Features

Liu: The Upcoming Budget Is ‘A Time Of Choices’

“A time of choices” was how City Comptroller John Liu described the upcoming budget. No longer directly involved in negotiations traditionally between the mayor and the City Council, Liu, a former councilmember still finds ways to help. More...

Gianaris Honored By Dems

On March 3, state Senator Michael Gianaris was given the Public Service Award at ANOROC Democratic Club’s 82nd Anniversary Dinner Dance. More...

On the brief side...

Schumer Grant Aids Queens YMCAs A program that will continue to put students on the path to a college education will receive a $1 million grant secured by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for several YMCAs in Queens. More...

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