March 30, 2011 RSS feed / Features

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Miller Welcomes Sales Tax Relief State Assemblymember Mike Miller (D–Woodhaven) announced beginning April 1, that clothing, footwear and related items sold for less than $55 each will be exempt from the state’s four percent sales tax, as More...

Four Alarm Blaze Destroys Astoria Cafe, Apartments

Fire marshals are looking into the cause of a four-alarm blaze that tore through an Astoria café early Tuesday morning on March 29. Smoke started pouring from the building that housed Flo Café at 37- 23 30th Ave. at about 7:20 a.m. More...

Spyropoulos Students Celebrate A Slice Of Pi

Students of the William Spyropoulos School paid tribute to the infinite value of p on March 14 (3.14) at the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing, celebrating the circumference of any circle - big or small. More...

Police Department Numbers To Reach 20-Year Low In 2012

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO The number of uniformed police officers in New York City will drop to its lowest total in 20 years next year, according to the city Independent Budget Office (IBO). More...

Queens County Savings Bank To Open In College Point

Queens County Savings Bank is celebrating the grand opening of its new College Point branch, 133-11 20th Ave., with a special event called, Everyone is a Winner, from March 26 through April 2. More...

Halloran Delivers New Four-Way Stop Signs

Thanks to the efforts of Councilmember Dan Halloran (RWhitestone), residents of Whitestone will be safer at a once-dangerous intersection. Traffic speeding down 15th Avenue and 147th Street past P.S. More...

New Area Code Reflects Phone Number History

At the beginning of this month, Verizon announced that a new area code for Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx. The new number, 929, will be distributed to new subscribers. More...

Van Bramer Reaches Out To Local Small Businesses

Reaching out to local small business owners, in particular those of District 26, was the purpose of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer’s March 24 Town Hall meeting at LaGuardia Community College. More...

Reward For Queensbridge Birthday Slaying

A gunman opened fire inside an apartment at the Queensbridge Houses on March 26, killing a young mother and wounding her boyfriend during a party celebrating the woman’s 27th birthday, police said. More...

Astoria Students Create Special Gift For Tsunami Victims

On March 24, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined middleschool students at P.S. 122 in crafting 1,000 paper origami cranes as a symbol of peace for the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan. More...

Mount Sinai Queens Plans Expansion Despite Medicaid Cuts

Mount Sinai Queens, as of now the only hospital in Western Queens, serves about 250,000 people. That number increases to approximately 700,000 people when nearby communities in the borough are counted. More...

Despite Local Opposition Queensboro Bridge Is Re-Named

BY JOHN TOSCANO Despite some latedeveloping resistance from Astoria/Long Island City residents and local officials, the City Council voted last week to re-name the Queensboro Bridge in honor of former Mayor Edward I. Koch. More...

Maloney Introduces ‘Start Up Visa’ Bill To Create Jobs In U.S.

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan) has introduced a bill to encourage innovation and economic growth by allowing immigrant entrepreneurs to have greater access to temporary U.S. visas. More...

Community Learns About Dangers Of Hydrofracking

The hunt for underground wells of natural gas using the controversial hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking method has raised concerns from local residents and political leaders. More...

APAC Honors Local Support For The Performing Arts

Members and supporters of Astoria’s Performing Arts Center gathered on March 24 for an evening celebrating the organization’s 10th Anniversary, honoring those who have helped in its expansion and growth. More...

Gianaris Celebrates Greek Independence Day

On March 27, state Senator Michael Gianaris joined thousands of cheering parade goers for the Greek Independence Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. More...

APAC Honors Vallone Jr. And Rosenbluth At Anniversary Gala

Devotees of the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) gathered at Cienna Restaurant on 31st Street in Astoria on the evening of Thursday, March 24, to celebrate the theater company’s 10th anniversary and to honor long time APAC supporters, Coun More...

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‘Political Diary’ Rises At Seaburn Books

Sam Chekwas, owner and publisher of Seaburn Publishing Group anounces the release of George Onuorah’s The Political Diary of A Rising Son, ISBN: 1-59232-273- 5, pp. 256, $20. More...

Holiday Bandit Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Ninth Bank

The FBI, along with members of the NYPD, arrested Marat Mikhaylich for his alleged involvement in nine area bank robberies this morning. He was arrested without incident in Woodhaven around 9:30 a.m. More...

Crowley Marks Anniversary Of Healthcare Law

On March 23, the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act into law, Congressmember Joseph Crowley (DQueens/ The Bronx) joined seniors from Elmcor Senior Center in Elmhurst for a discussion on how the l More...

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