June 26, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Comrie Visits LIC/Astoria Chamber Meeting

A visit from Councilmember Leroy Comrie and a look at Informational Technology H.S. More...

Strong Families Survive, And Social Security Helps

In June we celebrate National Family Month, which is a great time to reflect on your family and how to make it stronger. As the U.S. More...

Bloomberg Signs Renaming Legislation For 52 Locales

At a public hearing on local laws Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg stated: More...

Christ The King Students Celebrate Seventh Annual Senior Almost Senior Prom

Students from Christ the King High School and the residents of Dry Harbor Rehabilitation Center enjoyed their 7th Annual Senior-Almost Senior Prom on at Dry Harbor Nursing Home. More...

Places To Cool Off During Current Heat Wave

With temperatures around 95° F or higher, and due to high heat index, a heat wave advisory still in effect in New York City.   Cooling centers are opened to the public in air-conditioned facilities during heat emergencies to those expe More...

110th Precinct Community Council Meeting Highlights

The 110th Precinct Community Council presented its Cop-of-the-Month award to Police Officer David Russo at its June 17 meeting held at Flanders Field VFW Post 150 in Corona. (L. More...

Richmond Hill Woman Race Car Driver’s Story Published

Many years ago, Friends of Maple Grove President Carl Ballenas discovered old newspaper articles about a forgotten female race car driver, Joan Cuneo, and wished to know all about her life. More...

GWDC Holds Happiness Is Spring Dinner Dance

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s (GWDC) Happiness is Spring Dinner Dance was held on June 7. (L. More...

Woodhaven BID Participates In Make Music New York

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District joined Make Music New York, a citywide musical celebration, on Friday, June 21, with music by the band, Gold Echo, on the Forest Parkway Plaza area. More...

Questions And Answers

General Question: My wife doesn't have enough work under Social Security to qualify for Social Security or Medicare. But I am fully insured and eligible. Can she qualify on my record? More...

Van Bramer Honored At Queens Theatre Gala

On June 17, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was honored for his outstanding contributions and support to the Queens Theatre at the institution’s 2013 Gala in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. More...

Pops Is Tops At Corona Jazz Series For Schoolchildren

Queens schoolchildren wiggled, jiggled, danced and clapped at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona last week. More...

Marshall Honored At Borough Hall General Assembly

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (c.) was surrounded by members of her Queens General Assembly and their guests during the group’s celebration and tribute to the borough president at Borough Hall, Thursday, June 13. More...

Rozic, Goldfeder Commend Service At Brandeis Lunch

On June 9, Assemblymembers Nily Rozic and Phillip Goldfeder presented Proclamations from the New York state Assembly to Special Honoree Judge Allen Beldock and the recipient of the 2013 Barry Tivin Community Service Award, Mark Weliky, Esq. More...

Kevin Spacey Gives Forest Hills Native The Green Light

On June 19, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Willem Dafoe were in attendance at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn to celebrate the United States winner of the Jameson First Shot competition. More...

Christ The King Valedictorian Accepts National Scholarship

Christ the King H.S.’s Class of 2013 Valedictorian April Weeks was the recipient of the $25,000 Buick Achievers National Scholarship. Weeks will apply her scholarship towards attending Manhattan College, where she intends to major in engineering. More...

Stephen And Areti Cherpelis Greek School Holds Commencement

  “The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes,” Aristotle. The “Stephen and Areti Cherpelis” Greek School of St. More...

Boro-Wide Blotter

102nd Precinct  Cat Killer Guilty  A Queens jury last week convicted a 51-year-old Ozone Park man of fatally beating a homeless cat outside a local tavern in February 2012.  More...

Rikers Guards Land In The Joint

Two city corrections officers were arrested at work on June 17 and charged with allegedly transporting drugs and weapons to maximum-security inmates on Rikers Island, authorities said.  Autin Romain and Khalif Phillips, both 31, were taken More...

114th Precinct Rime Watch

Hunt Pocketbook Thief  Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect wanted in connection with the June 11 theft of a pocketbook from a parked vehicle.  More...

Cannibal Cop Seeking New Trial

Attorneys representing Queens’ infamous “Cannibal Cop” filed papers last week, asking that the kidnapping and conspiracy conviction faced by disgraced former NYPD Officer Gilberto Valle be tossed out.  “Gilberto Valle is innocent,” his lawy More...

Cops Ready To Put Kabash On Kaboom

Fourth of July revelers take note: if you are caught by police purchasing, displaying, storing or lighting illegal fireworks this summer, you will be arrested and put through the system – without exception.   More...

Sixth Annual Senior Olympics At Parker

The residents who participated in the sixth annual Senior Olympics at the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation may have raised some eyebrows: age and disability might have slowed their pace, but not their competitive spirit or j More...

Schumer Addresses Exploding Batteries Issue

U.S. Senator Charles E. More...

Goldfeder Attends New York Families For Autistic Children's 7th Annual Car Wash

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, chairman of the Assembly Sub-Committee on Autism retention, joined dozens of volunteers at the New York Families for Autistic Children's (NYFAC) 7th Annual Car Wash. More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

Mojave

On a glorious, early summer evening bathed in golden beams from the late day sun, the outdoor patio at Mojave felt like an oasis from the hectic pace of life in New York. More...

Editorials

Bring Back The Personal Touch To The MTA

As modern technology advances, the presence of manned station booths in subway stations has been reduced in the city’s subway system.  Passengers now rely on MetroCard dispensing machines and maps, both physical versions and those download More...

Letters to the Editor

Smoke-Free Buildings  To The Editor:  More...

Features

Steinway Astoria Partnership Holds Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, June 19, the Steinway Astoria Partnership gave their annual report at Tu Casa restaurant on Steinway Street to landlords, merchants and residents and highlighted recent accomplishments and future goals.  More...

Van Bramer Dedicates George S. Kaufman Courtyard

On June 18, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer hosted a dedication ceremony for the newly completed George S. Kaufman Courtyard at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. More...

Schwab Discusses Mount Sinai’s Future

Caryn Schwab has been the executive director of Mount Sinai Queens for the past 14 years. In that time, the need for a bigger hospital in Astoria has become apparent.  More...

Forest Hills Greenmarket Donates Food To Soup Kitchen

Farmers at the Forest Hills Greenmarket donated hundreds of pounds of leftover fresh fruits and vegetables June 23, to Masbia Rego Park, located 15 blocks from the market. More...

Hennessy Addresses Crime In The 108th Precinct Council

In June, Captain Brian Hennessy, commanding officer of the 108th Police Precinct led his second meeting of the 108th Precinct Community Council by announcing that several index crimes have been on the rise in the month to date. More...

How To Choose A Home Stair Lift

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife is having an increasingly difficult time going up and down the stairs in our house. We are interested in purchasing a stair lift, but aren’t sure what to get or where to look. More...

BP, City Council Candidate Forums On Sustainability

From polluted waterways to post-Sandy rebuilding, the need to address sustainability issues in Queens has never been greater.   More...

A Beautiful Blast!

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) held its 31st annual Independence Celebration on June 24 in Astoria Park where more than 20,000 people gathered to watch a fireworks presentation by Grucci.  More...

Queens Youngsters Enjoy Police Athletic League's Junior Police Jamboree

On June 12, 2013, more than 150 young people from Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers across the five boroughs gathered at New York’s Police Academy for the 4th Annual Junior Police Jamboree.  The young “recruits” from PAL’s Edward Byrne Ce More...

Lodati Playground Reopens

On a beautiful Saturday morning, June 22, several dog owners and interested parties gathered at Lou Lodati Playground in Sunnyside to celebrate its reopening. More...

Flushing YMCA Journalism Program Publishes Annual

Making Our Mark is a publication by the teens of the Flushing YMCA. The Journalism program is geared towards teens that have a strong desire for expression through the vehicles of writing, photography and other arts. More...

Kindergarteners Graduate Immaculate Conception

Aidan and Jillian Vella celebrated after their son Joel’s kindergarten closing ceremony at Immaculate Conception School on Saturday, June 15 in Lyons Hall. More...

New Ice Cores Shed More Light On Past Climate Change

Late in the last century, scientists published reams of data about Earth’s climate derived from ice cores taken from Greenland and Antarctic glaciers. More...

Go Red For Women Holds Sixth Annual Dinner In Flushing

People from Queens joined a movement on Wednesday, June 12 by attending the hugely successful American Heart Association Go Red For Women Dinner at Terrace on the Park in Flushing. More...

Van Bramer Cuts Ribbon At QCA’s New Astoria Space

On June 22, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) to celebrate the official opening of the cultural organization’s new space at 37-11 35th Ave. in Astoria. More...

Braunstein Announces Essay And Poetry Winners

Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the winners of his Mother’s Day Essay and Poetry Contest for students in grades two through five:• Second Grade Grand Prize award: Allison Petrenas, who attends St. More...

Crowley Announces Elmhurst LIRR Ridership Survey

Congressmembers Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx), Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst) joined MTA LIRR President Helena Williams to announce the commencement of a ridership survey to collect data from More...

Braunstein Presents Resolution Honoring Bee Winner

On June 18, Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) presented a New York state Assembly resolution that he introduced, to his constituent, Arvind Mahankali, a Bayside Hills resident and student from Nathaniel Hawthorne M.S. 74. More...

Marshall Allocates $2M For 57 Surveillance Cameras

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced on Thursday, June 20 that her allocation of $2 million in capital funds is leading to the NYPD’s installation of 57 new surveillance cameras in locations throughout Queens. More...

Chief Banks Visits The 112th Precinct Community Council

The 112th Police Precinct Community Council meeting on June 19 featured a special guest. More...

Addabbo, Miller Hold Safety Event In Forest Park

State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. More...

Queens College Holds Business Forum

Commissioner Kenneth Adams of the New York State Department of Economic Development was the speaker at the June Queens College Business Forum Breakfast, the last such event of the season.  He gave his audience a review of current attempts to rev More...

Huang Pleads Guilty To Beat Jail Time In Latest ScamG

Notorious Queens developer Tommy Huang and his wife, Alice, last week pleaded guilty to making under-the –counter real estate transactions – in direct defiance of a state ruling that barred him from building and selling condominiums, state Attorney G More...

Investigators Call For Re-examination Of Flight 800 Crash

Investigators from the first probe of doomed TWA Flight 800 are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to re-examine the crash, to determine if the aircraft was a victim of a missile attack.  TWA Flight 800 departed JFK More...

Body Hunt Digs Up Human Bones At Goodfella’s Home

NYPD and FBI investigators last week unearthed human remains at the Ozone Park home of the late “Goodfellas” mobster James (Jimmy The Gent) Burke, law enforcement sources said.  Acting on a tip, the organized crime investigators showed up a More...

Museum Of The Moving Image Holds Mayoral Candidates Night

The Museum of the Moving Image auditorium in Astoria was full on June 17 with twenty and thirty-something techies fiddling with their latest devices and listening to Democrats Anthony Weiner, Sal Albanese, John Liu and Independent Alfonso Carrión Jr. More...

AT&T Ready To Charge Up Borough's Technology

 New Yorkers needing a little extra juice will have some new options this summer.  The city and AT&T will install 25 solar-powered charging stations in parks across the five boroughs. More...

Can NYC Keep Astoria's Streets Clean?

Is it too much to ask for the city of New York to keep our streets clean? Is it too much to ask for all of us neighbors here in Astoria to be considerate of each other and find the appropriate trash can in which to place our refuse? More...

It’s In Queens! (June 27 to July 3)

The world comes to Queens yet again. The internationally famous MoMA PS1 Warm Up series starts this week, and two internationally famous music acts – Patti Labelle and Reggae pioneers Toots & the Maytals – will perform at an outdoor concert. More...

Political Page

Catsimatidis Calls On Big GOP Stars To Help

The borough of Queens has sometimes shown a tendency in mayoral races to turn out a strong Republican vote for the party’s candidate, resulting in a GOP victory. More...

Costa Pays A Visit To The Gazette

Costa Contantinides, district leader and candidate for City Council, stopped by the Queens Gazette for a visit on June 20, where he met with the editorial staff and Publisher Tony Barsamian.  More...

Crowley Stands Up For Marriage Equality, Joins NOH8

Posing with the NOH8 (no hate) Campaign’s iconic face tattoo and duct tape, Congressmember Joe Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx) joined nearly 70 of his colleagues in Congress in standing up for ma More...

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