February 27, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Future Tech School Plans Discussed At CB1

With New York City poised to play a major role as a technical center in the coming decades, Community Board 1 (CB1) has a bold idea to propel Western Queens into the future as well. More...

Reelabilities Film Festival Coming To Central Queens Y

People with disabilities will be celebrated at the fifth annual Reelabilities Film Festival, the country’s largest film festival devoted to them, on March 10 and 11 at the Central Queens Y. More...

Corona CAN Makes Donation To P.S. 16

To express gratitude for the PTA’s many wonderful recent activities, the Corona Community Action Network (CAN) donated $300 to P.S. 16 on February 15. The funds will be used for improvements to the 104th Street school’s library. More...

Halloran Endorsed By NYPD Captions Endowment Association

In front of the 109th Police Precinct in Flushing, Captains Endowment Association President Roy Richter said, “Today, the Captains Endowment Association of the New York City Police Department is pleased to announce our endorsement of Councilmember Da More...

LIC/Astoria Chamber Holds Monthly Breakfast

For its February breakfast, the Long Island City/Astoria Chamber of Commerce met on the ground floor of Court Square Place. More...

Queens College Conference On Female Activism

Massive protests against India’s treatment of women – sparked by a fatal gang rape on a bus in New Delhi – recently spurred the passage of laws to protect female victims of violence.  With the global influence of women on political and historica More...

Van Bramer Joins Sunnyside Residents For Wheeler Family Benefit

On February 23, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer attended a fundraiser and concert for the Wheeler family at Sunnyside Community Services. More...

Portrait Of A Giving Girl

Linda Derry is an 8-year-old honor student from Springfield Gardens who has been a “Kid Who Gives” (distributing donated toys at local shelters), she has reforested trees at Alley Pond Park and gave out T-shirts to participants of  the Juvenile More...

How To Divvy Up Your Stuff

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best, conflict-free way to divvy up my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone? More...

Crowley, Fudge, Ferreras Celebrate Black History

Congressmember and Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx), along with special guests Congressmember Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Councilmember Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), celebrated Black History Month at More...

Crowley, Maspeth H.S. Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Maspeth H.S. Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, other elected officials joined the Maspeth H.S. More...

LaGuardia CC Students Dazzle At Theater Festival

At the Kennedy Center’s American Collegiate Theater Festival, a theater showcase where more than 200 theater students from colleges and graduate schools throughout the northeast were competing, the same question was being asked by amazed students and More...

Bloomberg Signs Councilmember Gennaro's Green Bills Into Law

Councilmember James F. More...

MTA Reminds Customers That Fares and Tolls Will Increase In Early March

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is reminding customers that fares and tolls will increase at the beginning of next month. More...

Vallone Wishes Shandong Association A Happy New Year

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended the New York Shandong Association’s Lunar New Year Dinner.  Vallone was greeted at the event by Lawrence Jiao, the president of the New York Shandong Association. More...

Feds Bust Three For Trafficking Fake Car Parts

Federal agents raided a Long Island City warehouse, where they arrested three men last week on charges of selling counterfeit brake pads and other auto parts to repair shops – many of which service the city’s yellow taxicabs and licensed More...

It's In Queens! (February 28 Through March 6)

Consider the following: outrageous comedy, wormy compost, geographical trivia, community theater, German wine, live jazz, intergenerational theater, performance art, a walking tour with food, lantern-making, historical-to-modern lectures and an inter More...

Goldfeder Joins Waldbaums In Welcoming Back Residents

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder joins Waldbaum's Regional Manager Steven  Stout, local employees and residents at the grand re-opening of their Belle Harbor store  on Beach 112th Street in Rockaway after it was completely rebuilt in the after More...

Skyview Center Celebrates Lunar New Year

Held last weekend on February 17, 2013, Sky View Center hosted an afternoon-long celebration for Lunar New Year, otherwise known as the Chinese New Year. More...

NYPD Sergeant Charged In Online Baby Molest

A New York City police sergeant last week was arraigned on numerous child pornography charges after investigators at the NYPD Internal Affairs Unit found several explicit images on his laptop computer.  Law enforcement sources said the twis More...

Boro-Wide Blotter

IRS Going After St. John’s Dean Cash  Officials at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed papers in Brooklyn Federal Court earlier this month in the agency’s first attempt to grab ill-gotten cash and assets from late St. More...

‘Bad Tenant’ Website IDs Troublemakers

Owners of rental units in New York City have a new weapon in their arsenal to weed out undesirable tenants.  The website, www.donotrento.com was designed several years ago to provide landlords with information on potential “bad tenants,” wh More...

Political Page

Vallone Leads Pack In First Poll On B.P. Race

In the first poll on the Queens borough president race that we’ve become aware of, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. More...

Meng Meets Obama

Congressmember Grace Meng (DQueens) met President Barack Obama during the recent Democratic issues conference held in Virginia, an annual event for House Democrats. More...

CROWLEY HOSTS BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT:

Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, was joined by special guests Congressmember Marcia Fudge (D–Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Councilmember Julissa Ferreras More...

Features

Crowley, Peralta Address CB 1

Representative Joseph Crowley has been a member of Congress since 1998. Now representing the newly created 14th Congressional District, a majority (70 percent) of his district lies within Queens for the first time.  More...

Local Leader Receives Child Safety Award

George Stamatiades, president of the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation (CALDC), was recently acknowledged with a special Child Safety Award for his presentation and participation in a cit More...

Queens Botanical To Hold HSBC Children’s Garden Family Day

On Saturday, March 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden will host a lively afternoon of family fun at the HSBC Children’s Garden Family Day. More...

Vallone Jr Visits JFK Democratic Club

On February 27, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. visited the John F. Kennedy Democratic Club. Vallone was greeted by club President Matthew DiStefano, District Leaders Jorge Fanjul and Maureen Allen and dozens of club members.   More...

Astoria Community Dives Into Amphitheater Project

On February 20, Councilmember Peter F. More...

Avella Helping Family Keep Pet Pig

State Senator Tony Avella was joined today by the Forgione Family at a rally urging the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to explore options that would allow the family to keep their beloved pet pig, Petey.  The city has ordered the f More...

Holy Cross Senior Signs With Southern Connecticut State

Holy Cross Senior Demeji Bamishile who signed with Southern Connecticut State as a defensive tackle. More...

Van Bramer Speaks With Girl Scouts About Public Service

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was invited to be the guest speaker at the Sunnyside/Woodside Girl Scouts Sleepover at St. Sebastian’s Parish Center in Woodside on February 23. More...

112th Precinct CC Welcomes Meng, Honors Cops

The 112th Precinct Community Council held their February 20 meeting, with (L. More...

Councilmembers Hold Hearing On Botched DNA

On February 15, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (third from l.), Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, chair of the Health Committee (second from l.), and Councilmember Julissa Ferreras (r.), chair of the Women’s Issues Committee held a joint o More...

Questions And Answers

General Question: I applied for my child’s Social Security card in the hospital but have not received it. How long must I wait? Answer: More...

Vallone Honored By Local Ecuadorian Group

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended the Ayazamana Cultural Center’s “Night of Thanks” celebration at St. More...

Lions Club International Honors Queens Pride Lions Club

Lions Club International, which is traditionally thought of as a heterosexual, family values group of volunteers is recognizing the extraordinary work of the first LGBT group of Lions volunteers in New York state. More...

Vallone Celebrates Lunar New Year

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. marched in the Lunar New Year Parade on February 16, and attended the New Year Festival Celebration, organized by the 2013 Lunar New Year Festival Committee. More...

Vallone Celebrates Black History Month At Queens Hosptial Center

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended Queens Hospital Center’s Black History Month Celebration. More...

Vallone Talks Safety With Howard Beach And Holliswood Seniors

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. continued his Queens-wide Public Safety Tour by visiting the Howard Beach and JASA Holliswood Senior Centers on February 19. More...

Vallone On Safety Tour Visits Jackson Heights Civic

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. continued his Queens-wide Public Safety Tour by visiting the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association of Jackson Heights on February 14. More...

Queens Botanical Garden Hosts March For The Earth

Queens Botanical Garden will be celebrating the Vernal Equinox with a day of service and unity on March 23, beginning at 10 am. More...

Avella, Flushing Residents Protest Overpass Closure

State Senator Tony Avella was joined February 22 by several Flushing residents and business owners to protest the horrendous traffic conditions created by concrete barriers that have been left in place on the 149th Street LIRR Bridge because of shodd More...

NY Knicks Legend Larry Johnson Helps Re-Open TWC Store In Jamaica

New York Knicks great Larry Johnson and the Knicks City Dancers cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of Time Warner Cable’s store in Jamaica, with Jim Netska, Time Warner Cable’s VP of Retail Sales and Brien Kelley, Area Vice President of Operation More...

Goldfeder Updated On Sandy Recovery Progress

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder joined Jill Weber, Rockaway Administrator of the NYC Parks Department to get an update on the progress of fixing the damaged boardwalk, beach wall and eroded beaches destroyed by Sandy. More...

Sligh Honored By Brown

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown (on right) last week presented the 2013 William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award to Executive Assistant District Attorney Jesse J. More...

Vallone Calls For Resolution Of Parking Lot Woes

Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr. is trying to spark action on the part of Con Edison officials and city agencies that are holding up the opening of a parking lot on Astoria Boulevard near 29th Street in Astoria.   More...

Jury Hears Opening Arguments In ‘Cannibal Cop’ Case

Opening statements were presented this week in Manhattan Federal Court in the trial of NYPD “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle, who was arrested by federal agents in October 2012 and charged with plotting to “kidnap, rape, torture, cook and cannibalize” u More...

Cops Warn Seniors Of Utility Pair Scam

Residents in Astoria are being warned to beware a pair of burglars who masquerade as utility workers to dupe senior citizens to gain entrance to their homes, to steal their belongings.   More...

Queens School Of Inquiry For Grades 6-12 Boasts 100 Percent College Acceptance Rate

Ilana Kohen entered the Queens School of Inquiry (QSI), an early-college secondary school in Flushing, when she was in 6th grade.  By the 9th grade, she was taking college-level coursework there, and as an 11th grader, she began taking courses a More...

Restaurant of the Week

Thai Pavilion

I’ve been eating at Thai Pavilion since they first opened on 30th Avenue in Astoria some 20 years ago. More...

Editorials

Save Saturday Postal Service

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is proposing to cease regular Saturday delivery effective August 2013. For the most part, the USPS does an admirable job delivering vast quantities of mail to every nook and cranny of the U.S. More...

Letters to the Editor

Meng On Flight Noise  A copy of this letter was received at the Queens Gazette. Michael P. Huerta Administrator Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. More...

Gun Control Fight Has Only Just Begun

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s courageous NY SAFE Act is a model for states and local municipalities across the U.S.  More...

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