March 20, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Dream Foundation To Fulfill Dying Maspeth Man's Final Wish

Dream Foundation—the first and largest national wish-  granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness—will fulfill  Raymond Finerty’s final wish to visit the famous Augusta National Golf Club and atte More...

Nolan, DenDekker At Board Of Regents Elections

Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Assemblymember Michael DenDekker congratulate New York state Education Regent Geraldine D. Chapey on being elected to serve another term as Regent. More...

Goldfeder Demands HSBC Not Abandon Loyal Customers In Time Of Need

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder is urging HSBC, one of New York’s largest banking and financial institutions, to keep its doors open to Rockaway residents and support their loyal customers as they recover from Sandy devastation. More...

Community Board 9 Elects Officers

On Tuesday, March 12, Community Board 9, which represents the Central Queens neighborhoods of Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven, elected the following officers: James Coccovillo, chairman; Ivan Mrakovcic, first vice chairperson; A More...

Addabbo Meets With American Legion, VFW Reps

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. More...

City Lawyers Probe Prank Website

Attorneys at the New York City Department of Law are trying to determine the roots of a website that has been masquerading as the official online page of Community Board 1 in Astoria.  City lawyers are trying to determine who created the pr More...

Cops Nab Suspect, Hunt Four In Brush Fire Deaths

Police last week arrested a 34-year-old Brooklyn man in the murder of two ex-cons, who were shot and gagged, their bodies stuffed in plastic bags and burned in a remote marshland in Howard Beach, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. &nbs More...

Cops Hunt Gunmen In Astoria Robbery

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate three suspects wanted in connection with a March 2 gunpoint robbery in Astoria.  Cops said three men carrying cardboard boxes posed as deliverymen to enter a store at More...

Van Bramer Rallies For Improved Safety Measures At Fatal LIC Site

A group of angry students, residents and community leaders gathered on March 14 at a rally hosted by City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer at the site of last week’s tragic traffic accident to blast city transportation officials for failing to institut More...

Cops Offer $2G Reward For Suspects In Brutal Park Attack

Queens detectives are searching for a gang of eight to 10 suspects who jumped and viciously beat a 39-year-old bicyclist in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on March 9.  Cops said the unidentified victim was riding his bike in the park at about More...

Stavisky Offers Contribution To Rabbi

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky offered a contribution to Rabbi Shmuel Butman of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when the Rabbi gave an invocation before the state senate on March 11. He collected dollar bills in a charity box called a “pushka”. More...

LAGCC Art Professor’s Work In Prestigious Exhibition

Associate Professor and mixed-media sculptor, Arthur Simms, was among 34 contemporary artists chosen to exhibit their work at the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Invitational Exhibition. More...

Cops Say ‘No Way’ To Speed Cams

The president of the union representing New York City cops last week urged lawmakers to put the brakes on legislation backed by the Bloomberg administration that would call for installation of speed cameras at intersections throughout the five boroug More...

March Madness At Social Security

It’s that time of year! Basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness—a time when the final four teams in the NCAA fight for the title of national champion. More...

Dutch Kills Hosts 114th Pct., Discuss Crime, Transportation

The March Dutch Kills Civic Association (DKCA) meeting had a report from the 114th Police Precinct. More...

Crowley Addresses Sunnyside Chamber

In March, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce (SCC) welcomed Congressmember Joseph Crowley of the 14th Congressional District, to its monthly luncheon at Dazies Restaurant on Queens Boulevard, where he spoke on many different topics after warning the a More...

Van Bramer Swears In New QHRA Members

On March 16, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer swore in new members of the Queensbridge Houses Residents Association at an initiation ceremony at the Jacob Riis Settlement House. More...

Vallone Helps Rockaways Celebrate Passover

On March 18, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. helped the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) distribute Passover necessities, including grape juice, matzah and chicken, to Rockaway residents in need. More...

Employment Resources For Older Job Seekers

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I’m 62 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help.  Looking For Work Dear Looking, More...

Avella And Douglaston Residents Rally Against Historic House Alterations

State Senator Avella was joined today by Douglaston residents and preservationists at a rally against the proposed alteration of 38-60 Douglaston Parkway, a historic house dating back almost 150 years and part of the original Douglaston.  The cu More...

It’s In Queens! (March 21 through March 27)

Mother Nature appears to disagree, but spring attractions have arrived! More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

To be considered for the Calendar listing, event More...

Restaurant of the Week

DEE’S

Dee’s opened in 1993 just down the road from its current location and made its name by making extraordinary pizza in a 100 percent wood-burning oven, using handmade dough, fresh mozzarella and T.L.C. More...

Features

Crowley Celebrates Women’s History Month

On Monday, March 11, Congressmember Joe Crowley (DQueens, The Bronx) joined women from across New York’s 14th Congressional District to celebrate Women’s History Month and to honor community leaders during his 10th annual Women’s Hi More...

Maloney Hails Movement Of Gun Safety Bills

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of a bipartisan House bill to make gun trafficking a federal crime (H.R. 452) and another bill to lift a ban on government funded public health research into gun violence (H.R.  More...

Accident At Tower Square Shopping Center

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on March 18, a rider on a motorized scooter was hit in front of the Tower Square Shopping Center on Northern Boulevard in Woodside. More...

Maloney Hails $752,000 In Federal Funding For Stein Senior Center

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn) joined with administrators, senior citizens and local elected officials at the Stein Senior Center in Manhattan to hail the allocation by the New York City Department for the Aging of More...

22nd Hermes Expo International: Explore, Discover And Connect At The Largest Event In The Greek American Business World

America is another name for opportunity,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. The 22nd Hermes Expo International is one’s gateway to opportunity. More...

Commenting On Woodgaven Boulevard's Proposed Selected Bus Service

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) should all be held accountable for proposing and budgeting preliminary engineering s More...

Crowley Urges New Yorkers To Claim Tax Credits

On March 11, Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx), along with Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the Food Bank For New York City, and other community organizations kicked off the federal tax s More...

Vallones March On, In St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

On March 16, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and former City Council Speaker Peter F. Vallone Sr. marched in the 252nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the 25th consecutive year that Vallone Jr. More...

Assembly Gives Nod To Adult Entertainment Disclosure Bill

An attorney for an infamous Astoria bikini bar last week told reporters that the bar owner is bowing to community pressure and is closing its doors.  More...

122 Gifted And Talented Program

As a former student of the gifted and talented program at 122, this story brings rather unpleasant news. There has been some recent news stating the prestigious academy at 122 will be forced to shut down impending further city council interaction. More...

Doc’s Queens Lacrosse Registering Kids Ages 5 - 15

Doc’s Queens Lacrosse announced today that registration for the spring 2013 season is now open.  Doc’s Queens Lacrosse serves boys and girls, ages five through 15 years old, living in New York City. Doc’s Queens Lacrosse is comprised of thr More...

Miller: Assembly Invests In Higher Education System

Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Queens) announced that the Assembly passed a 2013-14 state budget proposal that would bolster our higher education system by increasing support to $2,422 per-Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student at SUNY community colleges More...

Vallone, PTA Rally Against Changes To P.S. 122 G&T

On March 14, the PTA of P.S. 122 and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. More...

Rozic, Caucus Discuss Gun Safety In Congress

State Assemblymember Nily Rozic was on Capitol Hill with the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus for the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence on March 15. More...

Greek National Nabbed In Queens Stun-Gun Rape

Port Authority police and federal agents arrested a Greek national at JFK International Airport on March 13 who allegedly raped and assaulted his Queens girlfriend and then tried to flee the U.S., Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. &nb More...

Ex-Con Shoves, Injures Housing Cop

A Queens Housing cop suffered a broken leg on March 15 when a violent parolee shoved her down a flight of stairs at the Ravenswood Houses.   More...

Vallone Celebrates With St. Patrick’s Society Of Queens

On March 14, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended the 101st annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner of the St. Patrick’s Society of the Borough of Queens. More...

Van Bramer Honors Women For 300 Years Of Service

On March 13, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer honored the remarkable community service and dedicated hard work of Gertrude McDonald, Ethel Plimack and Mannie Wilson who altogether represent nearly 300 years of living women’s history. More...

Build It Green! NYC

New York, and the world overall, is starting to get much greener, and in Astoria, Build It Green! NYC (BIG) is trying to lend a hand. More...

City Organizations And Kaufman Astoria Studios Attend CB 1 Gathering

There was no Community Board 1 cabinet meeting in February, so the March meeting might draw more visitors than usual “in any given year”.  Still, no one familiar with these meetings at Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS) expected such a turnout as occ More...

NYC Lien To Occur Next Month

The annual New York City lien sale will take place on May 17.  When property taxes, water charges, or other property charges remain unpaid, the liens on these taxes and charges are sold by the city to an authorized buyer. More...

Rocking And Rohling All Night Long

Music by such mega-stars as B.B. King and Ray Charles filled Sunnyside Reformed Church on March 16, when the Rohling Band gave a free concert. More...

Veria: Travel Impressions

 “We met a wonderful couple from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” said Despina Siolas and Susan Achtziger. “Antonios and Thalia Parisiou are from Veria. They were our fellow travelers at the Sunrise Tour of Smyrna and Tseme. More...

Political Page

Liu, Queens’ Mayoral Candidate, Enters Race

Still plagued by questions about his fundraising, but determined not to back down, City Comptroller John Liu officially announced to a large crowd in front of City Hall on Sunday, that he is running for mayor of the city of New York.  More...

Editorials

Spring Breaks Through Dreary Winter

On the Vernal Equinox, which takes place this year on March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere, where we live, night and day are exactly the same length of time, and the sun’s path crosses the celestial equator and begins moving northward. More...

Letters to the Editor

Pass DREAM Act  A copy of this letter was received at the Queens Gazette. March 8, 2013 Honorable Andrew M.Cuomo Governor of New York State State Capitol, Executive Chamber Albany, NY 12224 Re: DREAM Act   More...

Use Taxpayer Funding Fairly, Support Community Newspapers

There’s an old saying in politics: “You go where the voters are.”  More...

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