August 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Marshall, Amerivents Sponsor US Open Job Fair

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall welcomed new Patrol Borough Queens South Commander and Assistant Chief Kevin Ward at Borough Hall on August 8. Marshall congratulated Ward and wished him well following his appointment to his new post. More...

Dromm Celebrates Eid With Muslim Constituents

Councilmember Daniel Dromm joined his Muslim neighbors at two Eid celebrations in his district on August 9. Eid is the Muslim celebration ending a month of fasting known as Ramadan. More...

Stavisky Meets With KACE Interns To Discuss Issues

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with interns from Korean-American Civic Empowerment (KACE) to discuss the Korean American community, government and youth involvement. More...

Social Security Column:

Allow Social Security Lighthouse To Guide You Into A Smooth Retirement

August 7 is National Lighthouse Day. More...

Why Middle Class Continues To Struggle

Since the mid-1980s, unrestrained household spending has damaged American family finances—despite the fact that globalization and technological change have caused consumer prices to fall widely, said Queens College sociologist Joseph Nathan Cohen.&nb More...

QBG, SkyView Center Shops To Offer Free Crafts For Kids

The Shops at SkyView Center has partnered with the Queens Botanical Garden for an array of free, children-friendly events. Starting at the end of August, the events run on select Sundays through December. More...

New Technology For Solar Panels

I recently pulled some weeds in my yard. I can only do a little bit at a time, having to take it slow due to arthritic knees. But one thing about pulling weeds in August stands out, even when taken in small doses: it’s hot work. More...

Vallone, Simotas Address BELL Summer Learning Grads

It was a full house at P.S. 17 on August 9; more than 150 parents attended their children’s closing ceremony for the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) summer learning program.Councilmember Peter F. More...

Interactive Science Show For Kids At Flushing Library

On Wednesday, August 14, the interactive science storytellers, otherwise known as the Sciencetellers, will be presenting a show at the Queens Library in Flushing. More...

1910 Fruitgum Co. Names Vallone Honorary Member

On August 9, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined The 1910 Fruitgum Company – which had several Top 100 hits in the 1960s – on stage for two songs during the band’s Astoria Waterfront Concert on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park. More...

Bloomberg, Walcott Explain State Test Results

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. More...

Viewpoint: Chios Merchant Shipping a Success Story

            “The sacrifice of the Greek maritime community in the 1821 Revolution should not be forgotten,” said Dr. Demetrios Kokkinos, whose roots are in Megalopolis, Arcadia, Greece. More...

A Look At Implementing The Affordable Care Act

The second annual two-part review of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—sponsored by Queens Chamber of Commerce, is worth looking at in the latest version because, as QCC’s Executive Director Jack Friedman said of the ACA:  “The more I learn abou More...

Hunt Phony Electricians In Astoria Senior Scam

Police this week released surveillance photos (see photos) of two men wanted in connection with a grand larceny at residence of an elderly Astoria woman.  Cops said the two heartless suspects posed as electricians to get into the woman’s ap More...

Offer $2G Reward For Armed Astoria Bandits

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate three suspects wanted in connection with a brazen, armed street robbery in Astoria on July 29.  Police last week released surveillance photos of the suspects (see pho More...

Feds Rule Out Mechanical Failure In Southwest Airlines Crash

Federal investigators probing the crash last month of a Southwest Airlines jet at LaGuardia Airport released an update indicating that mechanical failure did not play a part in the July 22 crash.  The National Transportation Safety Board (N More...

A Letter From QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein

I usually try to find a special birthday card for my wife, but I was under the gun with grant applications this past week and only had time to rush to the local chain drug store before meeting her for dinner last Wednesday. More...

Cops Hunt Sunnyside Burglar

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined the ranks of the city’s crime victims last weekend when his Sunnyside home was burglarized, authorities said.  Van Bramer, whose district includes Long Island City, Dutch Kills, Sunnyside and Woodside, More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Gandhi Indian Cuisine is a great place to go for both southern and northern Indian dishes, all prepared on the spot with fine ingredients. More...

Editorials

New York’s New ‘Normal’

We usually get a heads-up from meteorologists about approaching storms. Sometimes it turns out to be “not enormous” to quote Mayor Michael Bloomberg referring to the impact of Hurricane Irene in 2011; sometimes it is worse. More...

Letters to the Editor

P.S. 130, Not Keil Land  To The Editor:  The School Construction Authority (SCA) says that if residents do not want a new elementary school on the Keil property in Bayside, an alternate site should be recommended.  More...

Features

Honoring Prentzas

Queens Medallion hosted a successful campaign event in support of Gus Prentzas who is currently runnng for City Council. His campiagn thanked President Basil Messados and Vice President Tony Georgiton for their assistance. More...

Pan Am Worldport Meets The Wrecking Ball

It is an everlasting icon of the Jet Age. The Pan Am Worldport, with its distinctive flying suacer shape, opened in 1960 when John F. Kennedy International Airport was known as Idelwild. It was used by the famous airline until it folded in 1991. More...

CALDC’s Movies And Music At Astoria Park Wind Down

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) Movies on the Waterfront at Astoria Park continues Monday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m. featuring the film version of the Broadway musical, Annie (rated G).  More...

National Night Out At Astoria Park

On August 6 in throughout the city, policemen and guests alike celebrated the 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime event. More...

Marshall Welcomes New Commander

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall welcomed new Patrol Borough Queens South Commander and Assistant Chief Kevin Ward at Borough Hall on August 8. Marshall congratulated Ward and wished him well following his appointment to his new post. More...

EmblemHealth Hosts CellPhone Workshop For Seniors

About 20 Queens seniors learned to send text messages, save contact information and use their phone in an emergency on the morning of July 11. More...

Simotas, Gianaris and Global Kids Discuss Climate Change

On August 6 Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris welcomed students and representatives from Global Kids to their district offices for a discussion of the Greening Western Queens summer initiative. More...

Vallone Participates In P.S. 122 Children’s Soccer Camp

On Tuesday, August 6, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. visited P.S. 122’s Summer Soccer Camp, organized by the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF). More...

Savvy Senior:

Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80-year-old mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed? More...

Goldfeder Joins Hundreds Of Breezy Point Shareholders

At the Annual Breezy Point shareholders’ meeting, Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder joined the newly elected Breezy Point Co-Op Board and more than 1,000 residents on the baseball field to discuss the progress made over the last few months since Super More...

Nolan Attends LIC Parents Group Monthly Meeting

Assemblymember Catherine Nolan with members from the Long Island City Parents Group at their annual monthly meeting. More...

It’s A-MAZE-ing

Corn is growing in leaps and bounds on a sidewalk in the Dutch Kills community in Long Island City. More...

Addabbo Thanks Veterans With Fifth Annual Barbecue

Before the summer is over, state Senator Joseph P. More...

Forest Hills Night Out Against Crime Celebrates 30 Years

Hundreds of residents from Forest Hills and Rego Park joined elected officials, community and civic groups, businesses and local law enforcement from the 112th Precinct on August 6 to celebrate Night Out Against Crime.Those who attended were treated More...

Gianaris Brings Real Time Train Countdown To Astoria

Life will get easier for straphangers on the N and Q trains in Astoria. More...

Archbishop Demetrios Visits Transfiguration Church Of Mattituck

            “We welcome His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America to our Parish on the fore feast of the Transfiguration Church,” said Parish Council President Anthony “Tony” Coutsouros of th More...

Cops Offer $2G Reward For 2X Robbery Suspects

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate four suspects who robbed two teenagers in a Jackson Heights home on July 23 – and returned 10 days later, when they shot a man while trying to rob the apartment a second time.& More...

Hunt Steinway Street AT&T Store Thieves

Police last week released surveillance photos (see photo) of four men sought in connection with the August 5 robbery of an AT&T store on Steinway Street in Astoria.   More...

Hunt L.I.C. Lunch Break Bandit

Police are searching for a brazen thief who last week broke into a Long Island City diner – in broad daylight – and slipped away with than $6,000.  Cops last week released a surveillance photo (see photo) of the suspect, who unlocked a side More...

It’s In Queens! (Aug. 15 to Aug. 23)

Good things come in twos this week, as Queens offers a double dose of Irish culture, outside jazz, walking tours, cover bands and film festivals. There’s also the opportunity to watch a sneak preview of an upcoming blockbuster. More...

Owner Critical In Whitestone Restaurant Blaze

City fire marshals are probing the cause of a blaze at a Chinese Food restaurant in Whitestone that left the owner in critical condition, with burns to more than 50 percent of his body. More...

Political Page

Glendale Homeless Shelter Opposed

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. More...

Crowley Discusses Immigration Reform With Advocates

Congressmember Joe Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and a leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, recently met with a diverse group of New York immigration advocates to discuss the importance More...

Constantinides’ Plan For A Cleaner Environment

Costa Constantinides, an environmental activist and Democratic candidate for the City Council’s 22nd District, unveiled a five-point plan for a cleaner environment and better air quality throughout Astoria.  More...

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