May 25, 2011 RSS feed / Features

Community, Officials And Library Staff Rally For Queens Library

A downpour on May 18 couldn’t keep away a concerned community who gathered at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library, New York state’s busiest branch library, to fight against the unjust cuts to Queens Public Library.  More...

Floyd Honored By Ridgewood Democratic Club

On May 19, the Ridgewood Democratic Club honored International Brotherhood of Teamsters City Employees Local 237 President Gregory Floyd. More...

Walcott Defends School Closings As Suit Is Filed

“As some of you know, today a lawsuit has been filed,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott began his remarks at the city Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) meeting May 18. More...

Astoria Civic Holds Annual Bike Race

More than 200 youngsters, ages 3 to 12, came out on an overcast Sunday afternoon on May 22, for the Astoria Civic Association’s 31st Annual Novice Children’s Bike Race in Astoria Park.  Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. More...

First Official Rx Discount Card Launched In NYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs launched the city’s first official prescription discount card on May 20 offering substantial discounts throughout the five boroughs. More...

Union Jobs Available

The Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Local 1 will be recruiting apprentices on June 24, September 30, October 28, November 18 and December 16. More...

Steinway Sidewalk Savings Attract Shoppers

The Steinway Street Sidewalk Sale Days were held on May 20 and 21. Shoppers made their way from 28th Avenue to 35th Avenue in pursuit of spectacular savings. Bobo the Hobo entertained many of the attendees. More...

Cuts In FY 2012 Budget Threaten Schools, FDNY

Faced with the loss of 6,000 teachers and 20 firehouses, among other cuts to city services, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer are going to be very busy.  More...

Elected Officials Visit Townsend Harris

Townsend Harris H.S. at Queens College in Flushing held their annual Legislative Luncheon on May 20. The event was hosted by the school’s PTA, and led by Principal Kenneth Bonamo. More...

The Origins of Memorial Day

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of former Union soldiers and sailors - the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) - established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dea More...

Lawmakers Vehemently Oppose Fire Company Closings

The release last week of the city’s long awaited list of fire company closings has Queens lawmakers fuming, vowing to keep open as many of the targeted units as possible.  The list, released by FDNY officials on May 18, includes four Quee More...

Quontic Bank Opens New Astoria Branch

Quontic Bank, a full-service bank owned and operated by local entrepreneurs, had a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 23 in celebration of the opening of its newest branch at 31-05 Broadway in Astoria.  The new bank offers all the advanced te More...

Money Matters, Strikes Make Headlines In May 1882

Get into a conversation with a long time Queens resident and you’re likely to discover a subscriber of the Long Island Star–Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. More...

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Hellenic Times Scholarship Foundation Holds Anniversary Gala

The 20th anniversary of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Foundation (HTSF) Gala was held on May 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis. A record amount of scholarships were awarded despite a time of economic depression. More...

Maloney Announces: $295M Fed Grant Will Create Jobs

A $295 million federal transportation grant to improve a key rail junction in Long Island City will create more than 900 jobs and boost the local economy by almost $600 million, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney announced last week.  More...

Commissioner Lewandowski Visits Clinton Democratic Club

The Clinton Democratic Club held its monthly meeting on May 18, with city Department of Parks and Recreation Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski as the featured speaker. More...

St. Francis Prep Receives Music Accreditation

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSA) has seen fit to award St. Francis Prep’s (SFP) music department with the first-ever accreditation given to a high school music education program. More...

Flushing House To Hold Month Long Elder Law Seminar

Flushing House will hold three Elder Law Seminars for Spring 2011. The seminars focus on Medicare changes arising from the recently passed Affordable Care Act (ACA), with particular emphasis on changes that will occur in 2011. More...

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

At a party in Los Angeles I ran into a Hollywood pyrotechnician. I tried to convince this wealthy, theatrical union member why movies needed more realism in their action scenes. More...

TD Bank Encourages Support For Special Olympics

TD Bank launched its annual donation drive on May 18 for the “Be A Fan” campaign, continuing its support of Special Olympics through employee and customer donations within its stores from Maine to Florida.  More...

Young Dems Host Democratic Leadership For The 21st Century

On May 18, the Queens County Young Democrats (QCYD) hosted Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21C) and several local officials at Sidetracks Restaurant and Bar in Sunnyside. More...

Mets Attendance Records Reflect Interesting History

One of baseball’s first expansion teams, the Mets debuted in 1962. In their first two years in the league, they played their home games at the Polo Grounds in Harlem. In 1964, they moved into the newly constructed Shea Stadium. More...

Key Anti Terror Program Avoids A Cut

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan) had high praise for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after her announcement that New York City would not be getting a reduction in a key counter-terrorism grant program.  More...

Van Bramer Presents Artist Panel At MMI

Key figures in theater, dance and film came to the Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) in Astoria on May 21 to participate in a special three panel discussion about the importance of the arts and the role it will play in the future of New York City.&nbs More...

A Memorial To The Many Fallen

The final resting place for 1,102 (75 were recovered) crewmen of the U.S.S. Arizona who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. They are still entombed within the Arizona herself. More...

Mayor Pummeled On Firehouse Closings

The release of the proposed 20 firehouse closings last week had Mayor Michael Bloomberg dodging brick-bats coming at him from every direction—even from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in Albany. More...

Unidentified Patient At Elmhurst Hospital Center

Elmhurst Hospital Center is seeking the public’s help in locating the family of this unidentified patient. More...

Gasland Comes To East Elmhurst

Residents of East Elmhurst and greater Queens were treated to a free screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary film, Gasland at the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf.  The event was sponsored by the United Community Civic Assoc More...

Chamber Of Commerce Gets Nod From LIC Business Owners

A meeting in May to propose the formation of a chamber of commerce in Long Island City brought several persons to a luncheon at the Waterfront Crabhouse, all apparently enthusiastic about the idea. More...

Living On A Different Clock

It’s obvious that miners focus on the highest concentration of gold or copper they can find, and geologists like me are always on the lookout for unusually high concentrations of metals in veins and rocks. More...

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