December 19, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Resources For Making A Home Senior-Friendly

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are both in our 60s and are interested in making some modest changes to our home to make it more practical and senior-friendly, but aren’t sure what to do. More...

Heart Healthy Holidays

You’ve made a list and checked it twice—but what about your heart health during the holidays? More...

Miller, Volunteer Ambulance Corps Support Sandy Victims

Assemblymember Mike Miller ( D-Woodhaven) and the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps continue to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. More...

Mets Don’t Forget Their City

Mets hosted a holiday party for 100 children from Far Rockaway, whose schools, P.S. 43 and Scholars’ Academy,  were so badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the students are scattered to other schools. Cy Young winner pitcher R.A. More...

Van Bramer Announces Funding For Tech Upgrades At H.S.

On December 13, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer spoke at a special Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Meeting at Queens Vocational H.S. in Sunnyside. More...

Marshall At Mets Holiday Party For Sandy Kids

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall joined the New York Mets in bringing holiday cheer to schoolchildren from P.S. 43 and the Scholars’ Academy in Far Rockaway, areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Mets players, Cy Young Award winner pitcher R.A. More...

Miller Participates in American Legion Toy Drive

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) participated in the Woodhaven American Legion Post 118 Auxiliary Toy Drive. More...

Sliwa Lights Menorah With Chabad Of Rego Park

Curtis Sliwa, a well known talk radio host and founder of the Guardian Angels, participated in the public Menorah Lighting organized by the Chabad of Rego Park. More...

Falcon Sighting At Martin Luther School

Peregrine falcons were on the federal government’s endangered species list until the 1990s. More...

Miller Attends Christ Tabernacle’s Christmas Party

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) attended Christ Tabernacle’s holiday party for children with special needs. The party featured indoor snow, pictures with Santa, toy giveaways, and much more. More...

Miller, Volunteer Ambulance Corps Support Sandy Victims

Assemblymember Mike Miller ( D-Woodhaven) and the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps continue to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. More...

Space Womb Gallery Presents ‘Postcard’ Exhibit

The Space Womb Gallery is presenting  “Postcard”, a group exhibition featuring a variety of 4” by 6” works from artists around the world. The exhibit will run until Jan. 4, 2013. More...

Cops Hunt Break-In Rapist

Police last week released a sketch (see sketch) of a man wanted in connection with the December 9 rape of a woman at her Elmhurst residence.  Cops are seeking help from the public to identify and locate the suspect, who used a ladder to cli 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...

Tips To Prevent Post-Holiday Fires

The risk of home fires increases as the holiday season comes to an end, when temperatures drop and Christmas trees dry up and needles turn brittle, fire officials said.  Officials at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are offer More...

Offer $2G Reward For Ravenswood Shooter

Police at the 114th Precinct are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect wanted in connection with two shootings outside the Ravenswood Houses.  Cops said two men, both 21, were standing on 12th Street outside the Rave More...

An Insider’s Look At The Films Of 2012

This year I've enjoyed an opportunity allowed a just a few hundred people: to be on the Nominating Committee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. More...

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 20 through Dec. 26)

Christmas is here, and aficionados of Judaism are in for a treat. An Astoria eatery will hold its second annual feast/entertainment extravaganza featuring Jewish and Chinese cuisine and culture on Dec. 24. More...

Who Is Santa Claus?

Just who is Santa Claus? Why, he’s the proprietor of the North Pole Toy Workshop, someone beloved by people of all shapes and sizes. He’s an animal lover – and he has a better record of on-time deliveries than the U.S. More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

Donato’s Italian Bistro

Donato’s Italian Bistro opened just six months ago but comes with an impressive 16-year history of success at Donato’s in Woodside. The Donato Family brings their recipes for success and fine Italian cuisine for all to enjoy in Astoria. More...

Editorials

Happy Holidays To Everyone

There are moments that make us pause and reflect on the wonder underlying the celebrations and rituals of the season.  More...

Cellphones Can Be Lifesavers

The school shooting that took place December 14 in Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School still leaves our nation baffled and appalled. More...

Letters to the Editor

ABCs Not PCBs  To The Editor:  Recently, I proposed that New York City issue Green Apple Bonds to get the thousands of toxic PCB-carrying light fixtures out of our public schools.  More...

Gianaris Appointed As Deputy Leader

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LAGCC Developing Intercollegiate Athletics Program

LaGuardia Community College is finally going to have a team of its own.  Actually, six teams, when its intercollegiate athletics program is officially launched next fall. More...

History Of Mistletoe

Mistletoe has long been considered a symbol of love, peace and goodwill. In fact, the ancient Druids would stop their battles and declare a truce whenever they spotted mistletoe in their paths – a practice that led to the traditional kiss under More...

Miller Sponsors Blood Drive

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) is sponsoring a blood drive in conjunction with the Queens Health Network Blood Donor Program. The blood drive will take place on December 8 at Miller’s district office, 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd. More...

The Medicare Age Is Still 65

If you’re in your 60s, you probably know that the age to receive full retirement benefits has changed. But it’s important to remember that the age to begin receiving Medicare has not—it is still 65. More...

Miller Sponsors I.S. 77 Student of the Month

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) honored students from I.S. 77 with Student of the Month awards for the months of October and November. These students received these awards for their great academic achievements. More...

Rescued Puppy At BluePearl Vets

Doctors and veterinary technicians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Forest Hills are treating a puppy who was rescued from an apartment fire December 11. More...

P.S. 85 Harvests Funds For Sandy Relief

On December 12, P.S. 85 students visited the offices of Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. as part of their Hurricane Harvest program – an initiative aimed at raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief. More...

Vallone Removes Dangerous Debris From Playground

On December 14, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. More...

Van Bramer, Gianaris Join Friends Of Shady Park To Cleanup And Decorate

On December 14, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and state Senator Michael Gianaris joined the Friends of Shady Park (also known as Andrews Grove) in Long Island City to clean up the popular neighborhood playground before its official opening. More...

Ferreras’ Week In Review

On December 13, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras collaborated with the American Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Screening Program and P.S. 307 to hold their Mammography Screening. More...

Marshall Hosts Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall hosted a Chanukah Menorah Lighting ceremony on the front lawn of Borough Hall at sundown on Tuesday, December 11.  Officiating at the ceremony was Rabbi Mordechai Hecht of the Chabad of Forest Hills Gardens / C More...

Miller Marches in Woodhaven Holiday Parade

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) participated in the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s (BID) Annual Woodhaven Holiday Parade. The parade began at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue and ended at Dexter Court and Jamaica Avenue. More...

Christmas Bells

They toll for good times. More...

Bridge Driver Nixes Plea, Faces Manslaughter Rap

A driver who turned down a six-month plea deal after he sped his car off the Queensboro Bridge, killing a passerby and destroying two businesses, is facing up to 25 years in prison for the alcohol fueled crash.   More...

The Really, True Story of Rudolph

Have you ever wondered how Rudolph became the best known of all Santa’s reindeer? Or how he got that shiny, red nose? More...

Elves Bring Magic To Christmas

Christmas is a season of magic – elfen magic, that is.  Of course, the best known elf is Santa himself, but even he needs help to make Christmas magic.  More...

Holiday Dimwits And Christmas Crime

It’s a well-known fact that criminals don’t take a holiday – and most are not too bright. More...

Lavish Christmas Celebrations By Prometheus Teachers Society

Abundant Long Island evergreen centerpieces decorated the hall transforming an urban setting into Christmas. Greek cuisine donated by Astoria restaurants emitted the scent of Mediterranean cuisine. More...

Holiday Greetings From Dep. Inspector Stephen Cirabisi

It’s that time of year, when we take measure of our accomplishments and send greetings to family and friends.  In keeping with a recent Gazette tradition, Dep. More...

Political Page

Mayor Revs Up Gun Control Debate

The wanton killing of 20 school children in Newtown, Connecticut last week has brought the gun control issue back into the headlines again and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, perhaps the most ardent advocate to get the weapons out of circulation, took to th More...

Mayor Revs Up Gun Control Debate

HALLORAN PRAISES MTA: Councilmember Dan Halloran (R–C–Whitestone) had high praise for the MTA’s Bridge and Tunnel (B&T) division for “accommodating the concerns of the community” recently when they announced they wou More...

Features

Stars Come Out For Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala

On Tuesday, Dec. 4th the Manhattan Penthouse was swinging as Louis Armstrong lovers from around the world gathered to celebrate Armstrong’s legacy and raise funds for the Louis Armstrong House Museum. More...

Santa Comes To QEDC/QTC Hurricane Relief Benefit At Applebee's

The Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council invite you to kick-off the Holiday Season while showing support for the hurricane-ravaged Rockaways. More...

Simotas Celebrates Small, Local Businesses

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas said that supporting local business is “one of my favorite things to do”, and showed her support on December 12 when she made an appearance at KrisTees, a women’s wear shop located in her Astoria dist More...

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