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Flushing Bank Helps Build Foundation For Home Improvement Training

Flushing Bank’s John Siu visited a session of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Home Improvement Training Course on March 24 at the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce of America on 38th Avenue in Flushing. More...

Possible Plea Deal For Gibbons Killer

The Brooklyn man charged with killing a well-liked Maspeth bar owner might avoid a lengthy prison sentence under a plea deal under consideration by Queens prosecutors, law enforcement sources said. More...

Cops Hunt OWS Train Vandals

Police are searching for a team of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters who last week claimed responsibility for acts of vandalism at more than 20 subway stations across the city. More...

Astoria Speaks Out Against Gun Violence

On March 27, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined East River Development Alliance President Bishop Mitchell G. More...

Elected Officials Protest Beacon Program Elimination

On April 3, Queens Community House (QCH) staff, participants and supporters joined Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, Grace Meng, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall at a Press Confere More...

Questions Remain In Bizarre Cemetery Death

Queens detectives are awaiting the results of tests performed by the city medical examiner to determine the cause of death of a 42-year-old Woodside man whose half-naked body was discovered inside Calvary Cemetery on March 25. More...

Neighbors In Shock Over Corona Murder

Neighbors in a close-knit Corona neighborhood are in shock this week as they try to cope with the brutal murder of the elderly, “neighborhood patriarch”, who was found bludgeoned to death inside his 43rd Avenue home on March 26. A careta More...

Time Warner Cable Sponsors Youth Leadership Conference Aboard Intrepid

A group of students from Queens, NY, recently went to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum to attend the Youth Leadership Conference, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Students from I.S. 59 in Springfield Gardens, along with J.H.S. More...

Women And Social Security

March is Women’s History Month—a time to focus not just on the past, but on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century. More...

Recommended Vaccinations For Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior What types of vaccinations are recommended for seniors? I know about flu shots, but what else is recommended and what’s covered by Medicare?  Cheap Shot Sally More...

Rescuers Abandon Search For Death Plunge Painter

Police, firefighters and the Coast Guard last Friday night abandoned a day-long search for a union painter who tumbled 140-feet from the Throgs Neck Bridge into the frigid waters of Long Island Sound. John Massas, 35, was working on a platform under More...

Local Pokemon Champ Clinches Third

After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, Frank LaSalle Jr., 7, clenched third place at the 2012 Connecticut Pokémon State Championships, earning a top state ranking and Championship Points that count tow More...

Peninsula Hospital To Close

Congressmember Bob Turner and Councilmember Eric Ulrich sent a letter to New York State Department of Health Commissioner, Nirav Shah, requesting a public meeting in the Rockaways to address increasing questions regarding their decision to close the More...

JetBlue Initiates "One Thing That's Green"

New York Restoration Project and its MillionTreesNYC initiative, in partnership with JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline, has announced the fifth annual One Thing That’s Green tree planting event. More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

EL OLIVO

For a special occasion or anytime comfort, El Olivo in Astoria serves wonderfully delicious Spanish cuisine. More...

Editorials

April Opens Season Of Renewal

“April is the cruelest month…” Nobel Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot wrote in the opening lines of his massive work The Waste Land. We would beg to differ. More...

Letters to the Editor

What’s In Your Wallet? To The Editor: More...

Women’s Rights: Progress and Challenges

As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March, we should reflect on the progress of women in the United States and here in Queens. More...

Queens Boulevard Maintenance Work Will Remove Manhattan-bound E and F Local Track From Service

A major track renewal and component replacement project along the Queens Boulevard Line will require Manhattan-bound E and F customers boarding at local stations between the Sutphin Boulevard (F) and 75th Avenue (E, F) stations to back-ride Queens-bo More...

School Turnaround Protested

Elected officials gathered on the steps of Queens Borough Hall on March 30, to protest the Department of Education’s proposal to close 33 schools and reopen them under the Turnaround method. More...

Woman Injured In LIC Motorcycle Accident

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Forest Hills Teenager Is Councilmember For A Day

Michelle Coleman, 16, of Forest Hills, enjoyed the experience of serving as the 29th District Councilmember for a Day.  As part of Women’s History Month, members of the New York City Council’s Women’s Caucus each brought in the More...

Baby-Dump Mom Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

A 29-year-old Woodside woman is facing 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter for tossing her newborn daughter in a hospital trashcan in May, 2011. Dawa Lama admitted to tossing the baby inside a trash can in an Emerge More...

Exemption For State Sales Tax On Clothing, Footwear Begins April 1

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced today that New York state will no longer collect sales tax on clothing and footwear under $110. The sales tax exemption will begin April 1. More...

Boro-Wide Blotter

104th Precinct Hunt Armed Deli Bandits Police in Ridgewood are seeking help from the public to identify and locate an armed suspect and his accomplice who held up a local deli. More...

114th Precinct Crime Watch

Straphanger Falls To Death Police said a man in his 20s fell to his death on the tracks of the Broadway station on the “N”  line in Long Island City early Sunday morning, April 1. Cops who arrived at the station at 5:20 a.m. More...

12-To-Life For Astoria Man In Pit Bull Attack

A 43-year-old Astoria man was sentenced last week to 12-years-to-life in prison for ordering his pit bull to attack a police sergeant in 2010. Jeffrey Cofield represented himself at a three-day, non-jury trial in February where Queens Supreme Court More...

Astoria Dog Killer Pleads Guilty, Faces One Year

A heartless Astoria bodybuilder is facing one year in prison after pleading guilty to throwing his dog out the window of his third-floor apartment last September. Milan Rysa, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment on March 15 at a More...

St. John’s Prep Blood Drive A Success

The St. John’s Prep Spring Blood Drive was a great success. Eighty eight pints of blood were donated to the New York Blood Center. Appreciation is owed to administration, faculty, staff and students who donated their blood. More...

Forest Hills Restaurant Owner, Staff Win Second In Mega Millions Jackpot

Diancai Zhou, 38, owner of Fuji Japanese Cuisine in Forest Hills along with a dozen staffers and their friends will split a second place prize of $250,000 from last week’s Mega Millions jackpot of $640 million. The group got all five of the nu More...

Vallone Fights Back With Library Surveillance Cameras

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. continues to wrestle crime in his district, installing a series of surveillance cameras in the area to help snare unsuspecting criminals caught in the act. More...

Crowley ‘Shocked’ As House GOP Reject Family Protections

Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx) expressed shock that House Republicans rejected his amendment intended to protect families from the hidden dangers posed by wireless audio and video baby monitors. Crowley said his amendment would h More...

Vallone Brothers Return To High School

On March 28, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. returned to his alma mater, St. John’s Preparatory H.S., formerly Mater Christi, with his brothers Perry and Paul, where they spoke to students during their annual career day. More...

Political Page

Simotas Files Bill To Toughen Rape Law

Following a sensational trial, in which a police officer forced a 25-year-old schoolteacher into an alleyway and was convicted on several counts, but not rape, an angry Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D–Astoria) introduced legislation on Monda More...

Heroic Con Ed Employees Honored

Councilmember Dan Halloran presented City Council proclamations to three heroic Con Ed employees at a small ceremony in City Hall yesterday. More...

Features

QSAC Stache For Cash Campaign Going Strong

With the help of Wayne Scherif of the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach, Queens County Savings Bank and NY Community Bank, the Shave the Stache for Cash Campaign, is continuing its successful run. More...

Community Fights To Save Bryant H.S.

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas held a rally at William Cullen Bryant H.S. on April 3, in opposition to the city Department of Education’s proposal to dramatically overhaul the structure of the Western Queens institution. More...

Astoria Civic Holds Annual Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser

The Astoria Civic Association (ACA) held its annual gala dinner to raise funds for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. More...

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