June 8, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

One Mother’s Triumph Over the Scars of 9/11

Shock. Disbelief. Screams of mortal terror. More...

Weprin Attends Celebrate Israel Parade

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assemblyman David I. Weprin at the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 5 in Manhattan. More...

Queens Students Receive Awards In Astoria Federal Savings Teen Photo Contest

Astoria Federal Savings has announced the 12 winners of its annual Teen Photo Contest, open to 13 to 19 year olds. More...

Councilmembers, Families Of Children With Autism Urge Restoration Of Council Initiative

Councilmembers from across the city joined hundreds of families of children with autism and autism service providers to urge the restoration of the New York City Council’s Autism Initiative, which provides autism services to children and famili More...

Hillcrest H.S. Students Perform Their Own LeAp Plays At Frank Sinatra H.S.

On June 2, students from five city middle and five high schools had their plays performed at the Fidelity FutureStage Celebration Day at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Long Island City. More...

Gold-ing, Gold-ing, Gone

As the deep voiced male announcer loves to proclaim on those ads with the terrible chart graphics, "Gold is going wayyy up! Buy now! More...

Summer Kids Movies At Highland Park

Councilmember Jim Gennaro and Assemblymember Rory Lancman (l.) serve some popcorn to a young attendee who came to see Shrek Forever After at Captain Tilly Park on June 3. The movie was free to the public thanks to an allocation from the councilman. More...

Pedestrian And Driving Safety

As we are entering the beginning of summer, there are more children riding bicycles, skateboarding, and outside playing with their friends. There are more pedestrians taking walks and there are more people in the street. More...

Gennaro Congratulates Graduates

Councilmember Jim Gennaro spoke to the 2011 graduating class at Queens College on June 2. The ceremony was the 87th commencement held at the college. More...

Koo Joins Colleagues To Save Senior Centers

At a May 9 press conference held on the steps of City Hall, Councilmember Peter Koo joined colleagues to speak out against proposed budget cuts by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state assembly. More...

Council Secures Agreement With Bloomberg Administration On Co-Op, Condo Property Tax Reform

s, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Finance Chair Domenic M. More...

Queens Bus Driver Charged In Virginia Smashup

The Flushing operator of a tour bus that crashed on May 30 was charged last week with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, who had been free on bail on a reckless driving charge, was sent to jail after prosecutors in Virginia More...

Whitestone Teen Advances To National Beauty Pageant

Katherine McQuade, 15, of Whitestone, recently won the prestigious title of Miss New York Jr. National Teenager. McQuade attends Professional Performing Arts H.S. More...

Sikhs Donate Materials To Queens Libraries, Improving Public Relations

On May 20, local Sikh leaders donated books, DVDs and pamphlets to Queens libraries in an ongoing campaign to increase awareness of Sikh culture, history and religion. More...

Authorities Put Brakes On ‘Global’ Auto Theft Ring

Police and state law enforcement officials last week arrested a Corona man and his Queens accomplices for running an international auto theft ring, authorities said. Alleged ringleader William Cruz, of Corona, headed the operation that stole more th More...

114th Precinct Crime Watch

Compiled by LIZ GOFF Do You Know This Man? Police officials last week released a photo of a suspect sought in connection with a May 24 livery holdup in Long Island City. More...

Ben’s Best Scores High In Zagat

On April 27, Zagat released its annual 2011/12 Food Lover’s Guide, featuring Rego Park’s own Ben’s Best Kosher Deli with an impressive rating of 25 of 30 possible points for quality. More...

Miller Hosts Job Fair In Glendale

Citing the need for economic recovery in Queens, Assemblymember Mike Miller hosted a job fair at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale on May 31. More...

Missing Person

John Allen, 82, of 114-21 Inwood St. in Queens was last seen in Jamaica in the vicinity of the 113th Precinct. More...

Van Bramer Attends NAACP Youth Fundraising Breakfast

On May 21, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer attended the NAACP Youth Fundraising Breakfast held in Jacob Riis Settlement House in Long Island City. During the event, Van Bramer made a personal donation of $100 to sponsor 20 new youth members. More...

City Council To Albany: Give Prosecutors More Power To Stop Fraud

On June 1, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. More...

Marshall, Van Bramer Attend Maspeth Memorial Day Parade

Elected officials applaud Boy Scouts of America as they pass by the reviewing stand during the annual Maspeth Memorial Day Parade on May 29. More...

Helen Hipsman, Astoria Resident, Dies At 93

Helen Hipsman, a long-time resident of Astoria, passed away June 2 just short of her 94th birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Hipsman. Cherished mother of Elaine, Susanne and Ellen. More...

Restaurant of the Week

good old gaudio’s

Don't let the humble facade fool you. Gaudio's Pizzeria and Restaurant serves top quality Italian regional dishes that rival those in "fancy" restaurants. More...

Features

Borough Historian Leads Tour Along Forgotten Rail Line

There are many places in Queens that are marked by the footprints of a former world. More...

10th Annual Dinner Dance To Raise Money for 9/11 Scholarship Fund

Osama Bin Laden’s death gives special meaning to this year’s biggest fundraiser for the Firefighter Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund. More...

Livery Cabs Head Town Hall Agenda

Livery cabs lining 31st Street near Ditmars Boulevard occupied a large part of the agenda at a June 2 town hall meeting sponsored by state Senator Michael Gianaris and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA). More...

Elmhurst Park Opens At Gas Tank Site

On June 6, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and city Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe opened Elmhurst Park. More...

City Falters On Window Guard Inspections

City Comptroller John Liu last week released the findings of a city audit that shows officials dismissed a startling number of window guard violations without checking to see if child safety measures were in place. More...

Gennaro Under The Big Top

Councilmember Jim Gennaro assumed Ringmaster duties at the Big Apple Circus where he welcomed students from P.S. 82 on June 3 in Jamaica. The students attended the big top event free of charge thanks to an allocation from the councilman. More...

Van Bramer Unveils Street Sign to Honor Sunnyside Community Advocate Claire Kraft

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined civic leaders and community members to co-name 45th Street and 48th Avenue in honor the late Claire Kraft of Sunnyside. More...

Marshall Hosts Consul General Of Philippines At Independence Day Celebration

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall will be joined by the Consul General of the Philippines, the Honorable Mario de Leon, at a celebration of Philippine Independence Day on June 8 at 5 p.m. More...

Dromm Applauds MTA Move To Lease Vacant Property At Roosevelt Avenue Transit Hub

Councilmember Daniel Dromm is pleased to learn the MTA is finally leasing the vacant retail space at the Jackson Heights Transit Hub. More...

Murder Mystery Novel Set In Subway, Book Signing In Astoria

While last summer's news told about Queens' murder rates which rose nearly 30 percent, this summer's news reports that murder mystery novels are also on the rise. More...

OWN Students Perform Disney's “My Son Pinocchio"

On May 25, students of Our World Neighborhood Charter School (OWN) of Astoria performed Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio,” a story by David Stern with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. More...

Con Ed Ready For Summer Heat

Con Edison said it is ready to handle the summer heat and urged consumers to take advantage of energy-efficiency programs to reduce usage and save money. The company said it has invested $1.1 billion to strengthen its electric delivery systems for t More...

Van Bramer And Marshall Unveil Revitalized Lou Lodati Park Plans

On June 2 Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Borough President Helen Marshall and City Department of Parks and Recreation Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski unveiled plans for the newly redesigned Lou Lodati Park.  More...

Martin Luther School Names Chin-Sinn Principal Of Middle School Program

Martin Luther School of Maspeth is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Chin-Sinn as principal of the Middle School program, which will officially begin in September. More...

Queens College Honors 9/11 Hero

Queens College graduating senior Anam Ahmed, (l.), is greeted by Talat Hamdani, (c.), mother of deceased 9/11 hero and Queens College alumnus Mohammed Salman “Sal” Hamdani. More...

Bribery Doesn’t Pay

Two Queens restaurant owners were arrested last week after they offered cash to undercover city investigators posing as health inspectors, a spokesperson for the city Department of Investigation said. Officials said Vasko Todoroski, 50, allegedly of More...

Queens Resident Pens Opus On History Of City Mayors

For more than 340 years, the office of mayor of the city of New York, has been one of the most coveted political posts in the country. More...

Edison H.S. MOUSE Team Trains Stavisky To Be Techie

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky works on a computer central processing unit under the guidance of members of the Edison H.S. MOUSE Team, who visited Albany in May. More...

Borough-Wide Blotter

Compiled By Liz Goff 110th Precinct Two Charged In Drag Race Two drag racers remain behind bars this week, accused of assault and reckless driving charges for holding a 60 mph drag race down an East Elmhurst street that injured a family of four on More...

Three MTA Bridges Home To Nine New Peregrine Falcon Chicks

Three new sets of peregrine falcon chicks recently hatched at the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway and Throgs Neck Bridges. One set of three were born 360 feet up, on The Bronx tower of the Throgs Neck Bridge. More...

Weprin, Local Leaders Attend Memorial Day Parade

Assemblymember David I. Weprin attended the annual Memorial Day Parade in Laurelton where he was joined by local civic leaders and community members. More...

Forest Hills Gardens Holds Flag Day Celebration

Flag Day, which is celebrated in the United States on the 14th day of June every year, commemorates the adoption of the first national flag. Forest Hills Gardens celebrated Flag Day on June 4. More...

Cuomo Announces Multi-Million Dollar Project To Increase Renewable Enrgy

Governor Andrew M. More...

114th Precinct Fellowship Honors Police Officer Of The Year

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. at the 114th Precinct Fellowship breakfast, where Police Officer Ralph Rezza was named Police Officer of the Year on June 1. More...

Dromm Announces Second Annual June in Jackson Heights Cultural Series

At a press conference on May 26, Councilmember Daniel Dromm announced the Second Annual June in Jackson Heights, an initiative designed to highlight the wealth of unique artistic talent, businesses and restaurants in the most diverse community in the More...

Van Bramer Honors Veterans At Woodside Memorial Day Parade

On May 31 Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined veterans, active service members and members of the community for the Woodside Memorial Day Parade which was sponsored by St. Sebastian Catholic War Veterans of Woodside. More...

The 2011 Blessing Of The Southampton Kimisis tis Theotokou Church Southampton Building Project

No man can survive on his own. It requires the help of many. Everyman is part of a bigger picture, a greater world. This applies to the ethnic community I am part of. Loyalty is carried from generation to generation for our Greek ties. More...

Political Page

Future Looks Bleak For Weiner

For a media conscious pol like Congressmember Anthony Weiner, all of the media space he has hogged during the past two weeks should have been priceless. More...

Editorials

Honor The Flag On Flag Day

Sandwiched as it is between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, Flag Day, June 14, this year falling on a Tuesday, never seems to get the sort of attention it deserves. More...

Letters to the Editor

More Seats For Schools To The Editor: Amidst all the budget doom and gloom, some good news: I met in Albany recently with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who informed me that more than 2,000 classroom seats in District 24 have been restored to the More...

To Congress, Every Day Should Be Memorial Day

In 1873, New York became the first state in the union to officially recognize Memorial Day. More...

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