April 13, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Bell Toll Commemorates 150th Anniversary Of Civil War

At noon April 12, the bell at Maple Grove Cemetery began tolling to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The war began April 12, 1861 when Fort Sumter was fired upon. It  ended in April, 1865 when General Robert E. More...

Lexington Students Take First Place At National Science Fair

Students from The Lexington School for the Deaf in Jackson Heights recently took first place in the High School Team Division at the prestigious 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student More...

Van Bramer Honors Bryant Women’s Basketball Team

On April 6, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer honored the Bryant H. S. Girls Basketball team for their outstanding accomplishments in the PSAL 2010-11 Regular Season. Van Bramer presented the team, their coach and Bryant H. S. More...

Peralta Announces $50K For Library Materials

On April 8, state Senator Jose Peralta announced that he has procured a $50,000 state Legislative Grant for library materials for Queens Library. More...

Dealership Cars Towed On Northern Boulevard By NYPD

Several car dealerships on Northern Boulevard in Bayside have been bad neighbors. Some are operating with expired variances, while others are violating the restrictions placed within their Certificates of Occupancies and park many more vehi More...

114th Precinct Crime Watch

Arrest In Restaurant Dispute  Police at the 114th Precinct arrested a 50-year-old Queens man on April 6 after he brandished a loaded weapon during a heated dispute at a now defunct Long Island City restaurant. More...

Queens Trees Reflect Rich History

Tree planting has become a popular method of contributing to the environment in the past few years, especially after the tornado and macroburst incident on September 16, 2010, in which many trees were lost. More...

Cuomo Signs Extension Of Jobless Benefits

Legislation extending federally-funded unemployment insurance benefits through 2011 has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, it was announced by the bill’s supporter, state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach). More...

Addabbo Bill Would Use Schools To Teach ‘Hate’ Crime Prevention

Responding to last month’s gang-related murder in Woodhaven, which is also being investigated by the NYPD as a possible hate crime, state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. More...

Vallone Returns To Alma Mater For Career Day

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. returned to his alma mater St. John’s Preparatory H.S. in Astoria on April 7, where he took questions from three classes during their annual career day. More...

New Exhibit Remembers Slocum Tragedy

The Queens Historical Society will unveil its new lobby exhibition of the General Slocum Disaster at the Kingsland Homestead on April 26. More...

London Lennie’s Explores The History Of Seghesio Winery

On April 11, the staff of London Lennie’s was visited by Seghesio Family Vineyards lead enologist Sonja Bugica, who offered the curious crew a lesson on Italian-style winemaking in the United States. More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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

Queens County Bird Club Monthly Meeting

QCBC will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. at: Alley Pond Environmental Center (Alleypond.com) 228-06 Northern Blvd Douglaston, NY 11362-1906 All members and guests are welcome to attend.   More...

Seniors

Hospice Care: A Peaceful Way To Go

Dear Savvy Senior,  Can you give me some information about hospice? My aunt has terminal cancer and wants to stay in her own home as long as possible.  Preparing for the End  Dear Preparing  More...

Features

The Civil War Comes To Life On Eve Of Conflict’s Anniversary

On April 12, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It began with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay and ended at Appomattox in Virginia. More...

Simotas: City’s Prosperity Lies With Private Sector

Aravella Simotas, the new representative of the 36th New York state Assembly district in Astoria, was the guest speaker at the first of two April breakfast meetings of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation (LICBDC), this one being hel More...

Maloney Announces Bill To Create National Museum Of Women’s History

Bipartisan legislation which would establish a National Museum of Women’s History on the National Mall in Washington was announced last week by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (DQueens/ Manhattan).  More...

Launch Of $10M Renovation For Boys/Girls Club in Richmond Hill

The first shovel went into the ground last Thursday to launch a $10 million renovation of the South Queens Boys and Girls Club in Richmond Hill. More...

Time Warner Cable Announces Second Annual Connect A Million Minds Week

Time Warner Cable New York City hosted its second annual Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) Week from April 4 to 8 with local organizations. More...

Trees Return To MacDonald Park

MacDonald Park in Forest Hills was reborn on April 9, with the planting of 79 new trees. More...

Missing

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person who resides within the 114th Precinct. More...

Edward Jones To Host Open House

Bill Manolopoulos, a local financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites the community to attend an open house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday April 29 at 29-20 23rd Ave., Suite 301 in Astoria. More...

Gianaris Working To Protect Accident Cafe

On April 7, state Senator Mike Gianaris visited the café that narrowly missed being hit by the cars that exited off the Queensboro Bridge off-ramp in Long Island City. More...

Cops: ‘Yahoo’ Busted In Foiled Bank Heist

Police in Forest Hills are shaking their heads and chuckling at the antics of a “wannabe” bank bandit who stole a page from Woody Allen’s “Take The Money And Run” when he tried to rob a Forest Hills Bank of America branc More...

Borough-Wide Blotter

108th Precinct  Student Pepper Sprays Classroom  A sixth-grade student at I.S. 125 in Woodside last week was taken into police custody and issued a Juvenile Report after she doused a classroom with pepper spray. More...

Straphanger ‘Bill of Rights’ Under State Review

A Flushing lawmaker recently introduced legislation calling for a “Transit Bill of Rights” designed to protect straphangers and clarify the responsibility of New York state officials to provide timely, accessible, safe and clean mass tran More...

Dromm Initiative Sparks Elmhurst Restaurant Week

Councilmember Daniel Dromm has sponsored a new initiative that aims to stimulate commercial activity and jumpstart the economy in Elmhurst by showcasing the multicultural neighborhood as a place where many of the city’s best and most eclectic r More...

Queens Pols, Increase Safety At Koch-QB Bridge Exit

Lawmakers representing neighborhoods surrounding the [Ed Koch] Queensboro Bridge are calling for a comprehensive study to review safety of bridge exit ramps after a second crash left a woman dead and severed the arm of a second driver. More...

SB 30: Keep Current Teacher Staff Levels

Community District Education Council 30 has voiced its support for maintaining current teacher staff levels in the face of threatened layoffs. More...

Issues Raised At Board 2 On Gotham Center Parking

The large docket of items on the agenda for the April meeting of Community Board 2 was overwhelmed by a dispute about parking facilities on the north and south sides of Queens Plaza. More...

Gianaris Bill Protecting People From Hidden Dangers

State Senator Michael Gianaris’ (D-Astoria) legislation making it illegal to install or possess a concealed compartment in a vehicle passed through the New York State Senate Codes Committee. More...

Political Page

Black Out, Walcott In As Mayor Shakes Up DOE

In recent months, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s official life has taken on a Perils of Pauline quality, moving from crisis to crisis. More...

Restaurant of the Week

Exo Cafe

Everyone's talking about Exo Café on Austin Street in Forest Hills, the newest addition to this lively, food-centric neighborhood. More...

Editorials

Japan Quake Focuses Attention On Indian Point

On March 11, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Japan struck the island nation’s northeastern coast. A tsunami (seismic seawave) followed almost immediately, devastating miles of coastline and causing damage as far as six miles inland. More...

Letters to the Editor

Qaddafi’s Got To Go To The Editor: Libya would have been a problem for [President Barack] Obama regardless of what he decided to do. The situation created by [Muammar] al Qaddafi combating the rebels is a morass without clarity. More...

When The Federal Government Forgets How To Count

Every ten years the U.S. Census is supposed to offer Americans a unique opportunity to learn more about our communities. More...

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