December 12, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Crowley To hold Holiday Toy Drive

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Van Bramer, Sunnysiders Rally For Foodtown

On December 6, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer rallied with more than 100 local residents, Community Board 2 Chair Joe Conley, and supermarket workers to save Sunnyside’s Foodtown. More...

Sky View Center Welcomes Santa Claus To Kick-Off The Holiday Season

 Sky View Center announces the arrival of the mall’s first full-time Santa Claus on November 17. More...

The Pancyprian Choir

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It’s In Queens!

(Dec. 13 through Dec. 19)

It’s double the fun on Thursday, as two art shows hold openings and the Laughing Devil Comedy Club hosts a pair of laugh fests. More...

Goldfeder Announces Hurricane Sandy Storm Assessment Relief Tax

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced legislation that he sponsored More...

Koslowitz Hosts Community Forum

On Wednesday, December 5, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz held her first annual community forum at the Central Queens YM-YWHA in Forest Hills. More...

Christmas Greetings, In Any Language

Keeping with the explosion of cultures in Queens, the most ethnically diverse place on the plant, the Gazette has gathered greetings from all corners of the globs::   More...

Crowley Congratulates Thoughtful Sixth Graders

On December 7, Councilmember Elizabeth S. Crowley (D-Middle Village) visited the Ridgewood Post Office at 60-80 Woodbine Street to thank sixth graders from I.S. 93 for collecting holiday care packages to send to our troops serving overseas. More...

New York Cares Coat Drive Extended

Each winter tens of thousands of New Yorkers are faced with a cold choice: buy a winter coat or put food on the table.  Since 1989, New York Cares has helped warm those in need by collecting more than one million coats for distribution to c More...

Santa’s Reindeer: Rudolph And The Other Eight

Did you know, the reindeer that lead Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve are the only known flying reindeer?  Reindeer were first sighted in Finland in the mid-1800s and they were discovered in the North Pole in 1923 – years after Clement Moore More...

Senators Bring Cheer To Families Affected By Sandy

State Senators Jose Peralta, Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Malcolm Smith, in conjunction with Queens Center, provided toys and holiday cheer December 8 to more than 400 children from Queens communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. More...

Christmas Facts And Traditions

Have you ever wondered how large the largest Christmas ornament is? More...

Spice Up The Season With Holiday Trivia

In keeping with a Gazette holiday tradition, we offer the following holiday trivia to spice up the season:    History Of The Yule Log  The Yule Log began as a pagan ritual in the time of the Druids, when peasants would l More...

ACS Fights To Have Juveniles Returned ‘Home’

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is the primary city agency for child welfare and juvenile justice. More...

114th PCC Hosts Christmas Party For Local Children

On December 1, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined Ann Bruno, members of the 114th Community Council and officers of the 114th Police Precinct at their annual Christmas party and toy giveaway. More...

Welcome Winter Solstice

The winter solstice, or Yule, is traditionally celebrated on or around December 22, marking the shortest day of the year.  The word solstice is derived from an ancient Latin word meaning, “stop,” or “stand still.” Ancient beliefs held that More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

The Family Restaurant

For 38 years, The Family Restaurant has been known for fine Italian cuisine served in a warm, family setting. Co-owner Robert Webb and the effervescent Rosa greet everyone like family at this cozy, classy eatery. More...

Features

UCCA Holds 20th Annual Holiday Brunch

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its 20th annual holiday brunch at the LaGuardia Marriott, where several elected officials and community members were honored.  The Sunday, December 9 morning event was well attended and featured More...

St. Michael’s Hosts Toys For Tots

(L. to r.); Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides, St. More...

Kiwanis Club Donates 50 Turkeys Through QSAC

The Kiwanis Club of Astoria/Long Island City and St. Andrew’s Church of Flushing donated more than 50 turkeys for low-income families affected by autism. More...

Federal Officials Praise Queens DA's Office In Cracking $1.9 Billion HSBC Laundering Case

U.S. government officials – including Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York – praised Queens District Attorney Richard A. More...

Borough President Marshall Launches Mobile Disaster Relief Information Center

On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Queens Borough President Helen Marshall launched a mobile Disaster Relief Information Center at Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd.  The Center provides individual assistance to residents and business owne More...

Teen Pleads Guilty In Cell Phone Brawl Slay

A Queens teenager who plunged a knife in the neck of her 20-year-old half-brother during a violent fight over a cell phone pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder – and will be sentenced to five years in prison for the crime.   More...

TD Bank Donates $100,000 To Volunteer-LED Environmental Initiatives

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, has donated  $100,000 to Citizens Committee for New York City to launch the “Citizens Committee/TD Bank Environmental Grants” program.    More...

Even The Dark Of Winter Looks Brighter

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, winter arrives at 6:12 a.m. eastern standard time on December 21. For many people, winter means shorter days, chillier temperatures and more time indoors. More...

Recognizing Efforts To Expand Healthcare Access

Councilmember James Gennaro (second from l.) celebrated the opening of Queens Hospital Center’s new Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 3 along with (l. More...

How To Save Money By Donating Your Body To Science

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about body donations? With little money to spare, I’m looking for a cheap way to die and have heard that donating my body to science is free, not to mention it benefits medical research. Old and PoorDear Old More...

114th Precinct CRIME WATCH

Cops Hunt Thugs In Pistilli RobberyQueens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate two masked bandits who robbed a Pistilli Realty office in Astoria on December 6. More...

Koslowitz Meets With Forest Hills Boy Scouts

On December 6, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (c.) was invited as a special guest of Boy Scout Troop 349 at the Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills. More...

Celebrate Candy Canes!

The history of candy canes dates back to December 1670, when the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany gave sugar sticks in the shape of shepherds’ crooks to his young singers to keep them silent during a long performance of “The Nativity.” More...

Queens Zoo Accepting Applications For Volunteers

 The Wildlife Conservation Society’s  (WCS) Queens Zoo seeks volunteers. More...

Something New Brewing In Astoria

On December 8, the Single Cut Brewery, located at 19-33 37th St. Astoria, held its grand opening as the first micro-brewery in Astoria since prohibition. The owner, Rich Buceta (r.), held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Councilmember Peter F. More...

Elmhurst Man Guilty In 2010 Subway Slay

A Queens jury last week convicted a 21-year-old Elmhurst man of the cold-blooded murder of a Woodhaven man who intervened in a subway attack on his brother in July 2010.   More...

Miller Honors Eagle Scouts

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. honored three members of Troop 427 on achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. More...

Aktion Club Hosts Annual Holiday Party

Assemblymember Mike Miller, along with the Kiwanis Club of Glendale, Lefferts-Liberty, and Queens Boulevard; and the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association sponsored a Christmas party for the members of the Forest Park Aktion Club. More...

Letters To Santa

Nothing is quite like the look of pure joy on the faces of children on Christmas morning. More...

Vallone Discusses Rebuilding With Rockaway Residents

On December 1, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined U.S. More...

Political Page

GOP Snatches Victory From Defeat, Takes State Senate Helm

The deal by state Senators Dean Skelos, a Republican, and Jeff Klein, a Democrat, to run the senate jointly for the next two years, got hit from the left and right last week, but it’s a done deal and a huge blow to that body’s Democrats w More...

Editorials

Better Days Ahead

Leading a country to the edge of a precipice, or in this case, a Fiscal Cliff, is ultimately ruinous to a nation. More...

Letters to the Editor

Run 7 Train During Festival  A copy of this letter was received at the Queens Gazette. November 26, 2012 Hon. Joseph J. More...

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