December 18, 2013 RSS feed / Features

Eight Banks Robbed In Astoria/LIC Area

A total of eight banks in Astoria and Long Island City were robbed with a demand note.  Two of the bank robberies occurred in the confines of the 114 pct.  The first was on November 25 at Chase Bank 31-05 30 Ave,  The second robbery wa More...

Brown Honors Three Queens Assistant District Attorneys

Queens District Attorney Richard A. More...

Woodhaven's Christmas Tree Lighting And Menorah Event

At the Woodhaven Business Improvement District sponsored Christmas Tree and Menorah Ceremony in the Forest Parkway Plaza area all counted down to the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Leading the festivities are (l. More...

Rower’s Tribute to Mandela

South African Arts International Executive Director and Founder Victor Mooney announced on December 11 that the Spirit of Malabo is being dedicated to Nelson Mandela. More...

Queens Pride House Holds 16th Anniversary Benefit

Queens Pride House honored Richard Saenz, HIV/LGBT Advocacy Project staff attorney at Queens Legal Services and Angeline Acain, publisher of Gay Parent magazine and Gay Parent magazine-New York, who accepted awards for their service to the LGBT commu More...

Stavisky Tours Pre-K Classrooms At Shield Institute

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) toured the Shield Institute of Flushing to visit the center’s on-site classrooms and learn about the services they provide to developmentally disabled children and adults throughout New York City. More...

Con Edison Employee From Bayside Wins YWCA Leadership Honor

A Con Edison employee from Bayside, Queens has received recognition from the YWCA of the City of New York for her professional achievements, civic contributions and leadership.Nancy Shannon, director of Environmental Health and Safety Field Services, More...

‘Little Messengers’ Make Christmas Magic

Even Santa needs help sometimes, to make Christmas magic. So he calls on his smallest and most powerful friends to help brighten the holiday season - and keep things at the North Pole running smoothly throughout the year.   More...

Santa’s Reindeer Battle Flying Imposter

Santa’s reindeer are searching for an imposter – an interloping impersonator who goes by the name, “Donner” to travel the world with Santa on Christmas Eve. More...

Queens Man Pleads For Uncle’s Lost Ashes

A 64-year-old Queens man is asking for help from a local taxi driver and the public to retrieve his uncle’s ashes  - which he left behind in a cab he took home from LaGuardia Airport on December 13. More...

Dutch Kills Gathers For Last Meeting Of 2013

The first three weeks of December are busy for a lot of people, who are called to a lot of meetings and often have to choose between or among them.  The Dutch Kills Civic Association announced that the speaker at its December meeting would be De More...

Eastern New York Youth South Association

The Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) congratulate Giulio Petruccelli on being inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame. More...

Crystal Windows Renewed For Next Season of TV's Flipping Boston

Crystal Window & Door Systems, the national manufacturer of quality window and door products, has been chosen by the producers of the hit A&E TV show Flipping Boston to continue as the exclusive window supplier for the coming third season in More...

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Tom Finkelpearl

Tom Finkelpearl is the executive director of the Queens Museum where he worked on an expansion that doubled the size of the museum. More...

Constantinides Releases His List Of Priorities

District 22 Councilmember-Elect Costa Constantinides is raring to go, with a list of priorities ready for when he is sworn in in January.  More...

Helping People With Disabilities Open Doors

The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held annually on December 3 to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. More...

Legislation Prohibiting East River Tolls Announced

State Senator Tony Avella was joined on December 13 by Assemblymember David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), the Queens Civic Congress, and the Queens Chamber of Commerce at a press conference announcing legislation Avella will be introducing in the state s More...

STAR Deadline Is Approaching

The December 31 deadline is fast approaching for home, condo and co-op owners to apply for New York STAR (School Tax Assessment Relief).  More...

Gazette Welcomes Food Bazaar

The folks at Bogopa Service Corporation cut a ceremonial ribbon on December 12, marking the opening of a new Food Bazaar Supermarket in Long Island City. More...

From Washington State To Washington, D.C.

I know we are still only in Advent. But at this point in December, my mind starts to turn toward Christmas. It just can’t be helped, especially in light of all the ads featuring Santa.  More...

Van Bramer, LIC Residents Rally For Traffic Safety

On December 16, Long Island City residents joined Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to call on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a crosswalk and additional signage along 49th Avenue. More...

Halvatzis And Friends Help The Needy On Thanksgiving

For the 12th consecutive year, Paul Halvatzis, a licensed real estate broker with Amorelli Realty and his friends have assisted St. Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church of Flushing with its annual Thanksgiving food drive. More...

Jackson Heights Girl Scouts Collect Food For St. Mark’s

On December 14, 10 Girl Scouts from Jackson Heights distributed food baskets to 35 families. More...

A Christmas Poem

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Physical Comedy Troupe Coming To Queens Theatre

Families looking for something fun to do together between New Year’s Eve and Christmas need search no further than Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park. More...

The Pulpit

Astoria Adventist Church: •Saturday, Dec. 21, 4 pm: Christmas Special Musical Program. •Fridays, 7:30 pm: Jewish Ministry Group meets. •Saturdays, 3:15 pm: Bible Study Group meets. More...

Holiday Cheer Comes To Bay Terrace

The spirit of the holidays was upon the guests at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside who were treated to a visit by Santa Claus and a horse-drawn wagon ride around the parking lot. More...

110th Precinct Community Council Celebrates Children's Holiday Party

The 110th Precinct Community Council celebrated its traditional children's holiday party on Monday, December 16, offering children from Elmhurst and Corona a chance to celebrate the season with officers from the New York City Police Department. More...

Diversity Plaza Tree Lighting

Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst), state Senator Jose Peralta, nonprofit SUKHI NY, Moin Choudhury of the Association for Justice, and Friends of Diversity Plaza, which includes Dromm’s office, the Jackson Heights Beautification More...

Queens Students Participate In Chess In The Parks Fest

Local Queens students and residents attended the 13th annual Chess in the Parks Festival recently held in Central Park. More...

Lions Quest Teacher Training Applauded

The New York City Lions have just conducted a training of city schoolteachers on a social and emotional learning curriculum that complies with the New York state Common Core standards and the “Dignity For All Students Act”. More...

Stavisky Meets With Francis Lewis H.S. Students

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis H.S., to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies cla More...

Quincy Jones Honored At Louis Armstrong House Gala

On December 11, guests from around the world celebrated the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s (LAHM) Gala 2013 at the Manhattan Penthouse. More...

Ridgewood Building ‘Likely’ To Be City’s 3rd Superfund Site

A Ridgewood factory building formerly involved in the development of materials for the Atomic Energy Commission and the Manhattan Project will likely become the third site added to the federal Superfund list, authorities said.   More...

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Extension Of East River Ferry Service Through At Least 2019

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robert K. More...

Cop In Astoria Extortion Denied Bail

The NYPD officer charged with extorting an Astoria restaurant owner remains behind bars after he was denied bail at a hearing last week in Brooklyn Federal Court.   More...

Queens Cops Bust $2M Car Theft Ring, 16 Arrested

Police at the NYPD Queens Auto Crimes Division last week put the brakes on a crew of high-end car thieves who swiped dozens of luxury vehicles off city streets over the last three years, authorities said.   More...

Two Predators Charged With Pimping Teen Girls

Two Queens men were arraigned last week for forcing three girls, aged 13,15 and 18, to work as prostitutes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.  Peter (Prince) Gerardi, 28, of Forest Hills, was arraigned on December 8 on an indictm More...

CB1 Meets For Last Time In '13

Community Board 1’s last cabinet meeting of the year was carried out in the absence of its usual moderator, CB 1’s District Manager Lucille Hartmann, home with an illness.  She was spelled by her associate, Florence Koulouris, who introduced spe More...

Queens Botanical Garden Announces The Elections Of New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Queens Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that two new members were elected to its ranks on December 10, 2013. More...

St. Irene Monastery Held Christmas Luncheon

 “Greek Orthodox Churches open, not close. St. Cosmas  (of Aetolia) said  ‘Things will come out of the schools that your mind does not even imagine.’ Schools build a community,” said V. Rev. More...

St. Michael’s Cemetery Hosts Annual Toys For Tots

St. More...

Vallone Announces Triborough Bridge Park Improvements

On December 12, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. announced upcoming improvements to Triborough Bridge Playground-A in Astoria.  More...

Arista Hellenic Charter School Holds Outreach

The Arista Hellenic Charter School of Corona held a public outreach event that included a live concert by Gregory Maninakis and his orchestra and an authentic Greek dinner on November 16. More...

NYPD Cop Latest Victim Of Queensboro Bridge Exit

Investigators at the NYPD Accident Investigation Unit this week combed through the remains of a horrific crash that killed an off-duty NYPD officer early Tuesday morning. More...

Elmhurst Hospital Center Provides Thanksgiving Dinners

Each Thanksgiving many Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) patients and their families get to enjoy a complete turkey dinner thanks to the hospital’s annual Turkey Drive, which is co-sponsored by the EHC Departments of Social Work and Engineering an More...

Simotas Congratulates Girl Scouts

On December 13, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas joined the Brownies of Girl Scout Troop 4293 for a ceremony in which the scouts were awarded badges for community service and volunteerism. More...

Blink Fitness Opens On Steinway Street

Blink Fitness opened its second Queens location on December 12. The 15,106-square-foot club in Astoria marks the 19th club for Blink Fitness in the tri-state area. More...

FDNY Graduates 200 Probies

A tradition of 148 years continued on December 5 when 242 new probationary firefighters, or “probies”, graduated to more than 200 FDNY houses.  All 242 probies completed a grueling 18-week training course at the FDNY academy known as More...

Kiwanis Holds Annual Holiday Auction

On December 2, the Kiwanis Club of Astoria / Long Island City held their Annual Holiday Auction at Riccardo’s by the Bridge. Each year this event seems to grow and grow, with more enthusiasm than the year before. More...

Santa’s Last Special Guest Appearance On Steinway

Santa Claus is making his yearly visit to Steinway Street to spread some Holiday cheer. More...

How Technology Can Simplify Your Holiday Season

The advancements in technology have changed many things in our daily lives including how we celebrate the holidays. More...

History Of Jamaica Explored In 200 Images

In Carl Ballenas’ book, Jamaica, written with the students of the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School, the award-winning teacher, author and local historian explores one of the oldest neighborhoods in Queens in gorgeous de More...

Bayside H.S. Teacher Funds New Chemistry Labs

Bayside’s very own, Mr. Borlongan has been selected receiver of DonorsChoose.org funding. The money will go towards new chemistry labs to support the newly created advanced placement (AP) chemistry classes. More...

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