June 25, 2014 RSS feed / Features

It’s In Queens! (June 26 to July 2)

The city’s big Reggae and beach band festivals come to town this week, as do musicians Melba Moore (Disco, R&B), Patti Smith (Punk), Albita (Salsa), Catherine Russell (Jazz), and the Queens Symphonic Orchestra. More...

Stavisky Learns Bricklaying

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined Bricklayers Local 1 for a quick lesson in bricklaying on the Capitol concourse in Albany. More...

Athena Peters: A Person Who Gave Meaning To The World

Athena Peters of Bayside was a courageous person who put a smile on the faces of everyone she met. She passed away on May 26, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. More...

Meng Honors Student With Congressional Medal

Congressmember Grace Meng (D-Queens) presented Forest Hills student Soham Daga with the Congressional Award Gold Medal, Congress’ highest award for youth. More...

Goldfeder, QC To Study Rockaway Beach Rail Options

In partnership with the Queens College Office of Community Studies, Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder announced that the department will begin distributing survey questionnaires to conduct a study on the potential community impacts of various proposed re More...

DA Brown Attends Government Leadership Forum

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown (c.) joined his fellow city prosecutors at a Government Leadership Forum on June 17, hosted by the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavin on the opportunities and challenges they face. (L. More...

Corona Student Accepted To U.S. Naval Academy

Congressmember Joe Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced on June 19 the appointment of Corona resident, Flor Landi, to the highly competitive United States Naval Academy. More...

CHAZAQ Holds Night Of Prayer For Kidnapped Israelis

On June 21, hundreds of members of the Queens community joined together at Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim for a night of unity and prayer on behalf of the three teenagers kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Israel. More...

Mets Legends Honor Wounded Vets At Softball Game

Mets legends Doc Gooden and John Franco came to Citi Field on June 18 for the third annual Fisher House Charity Softball Game. The softball game was played by heroic military veterans representing the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. More...

Meng’s Nominees Accepted To U.S. Service Academies

Congressmember Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced on June 17 that seven local students from Queens have been accepted to the United States Service Academies after she nominated them to attend the prestigious institutions. More...

Goldfeder Brings MetroCard Mobile Van to Senior Centers

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder has sponsored a Mobile MetroCard Van for seniors and residents with disabilities at locations in Howard Beach and Rockaway on June 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Music At Mary's Nativity Presents "The Magic Of The Baroque"

“MUSIC AT MARY’S NATIVITY” presents “THE MAGIC OF THE BAROQUE!” More...

Bennett, Gaga Visit Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts

What better way to end the school year than with a surprise visit from not one, but two famous music stars? More...

Community Enjoys Annual UCCA Barbecue

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its annual BBQ fundraiser and reception on June 20 at Central Lounge in Astoria. More than 100 people attended, including members from Mount Sinai Queens.  More...

Doral Named A Top U.S. Bank

Doral Bank has been recognized by personal finance Web site, NerdWallet, for its consumer friendly products and services. Doral was named a top U.S. bank in NerdWallet’s Consumer Banking Index.  More...

Regal Heights To Hold Annual Community Health Fair

On Sunday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center will hold its annual Community Health Fair in the facility. More...

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Raymond Schwartz

Raymond Schwartz, executive director of Venture House, has more than 30 years of experience working in the public mental health field. More...

Queens Library Board Chair Responds

In response to the passage by both houses of the state Legislature of the Queens Library reform bill, Gabriel Taussig, chair of Queens Library’s Board of Trustees responded, “This bill has generated grave concerns and raised red flags wit More...

Archie Comics Artist Resides In Queens

Many comic book fans may not be aware that a Queens resident is the artist of their beloved Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica along with a cavalcade of iconic comic book characters.  More...

Christopher Tanner

Former marine and resident of Astoria, Christopher Tanner, 54, passed away in Anaheim, California on May 3, 2014, leaving behind parents Patrick and Arlene Tanner-Glynn, children Christopher, Salvato More...

Athena Peters

Athena Peters of Bayside was a courageous person who put a smile on the faces of everyone she met. She passed away on May 26, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  More...

Unveiling For Boxing Champion Emile Griffith Celebrated At St. Michael’s Cemetery

Muhammad Ali, the legendary heavyweight champion, was once quoted saying, “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”  More...

Farina Announces Big Apple Teacher Award Winners

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on June 19 the winners of the second annual Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City, which celebrates the incredible and life-changing work of public school teachers in New York Cit More...

Stavisky Elected Treasurer Of Legislative Women’s Caucus

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) last week was elected treasurer of the New York state Legislative Women’s Caucus. More...

Eat Like A World Traveler

Eating like a local in Queens actually means eating like a world traveler, with countless ethnic cuisines around every corner. More...

Miller, Addabbo Host Public Safety And Health Event

On June 24, Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. hosted a free public safety and health event in the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot. More...

Now More Seniors Can Freeze Rent Via SCRIE

As of Jul. 1, 2014, the income eligibility has increased and more seniors who live in a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled apartment can stop their rent from increasing by applying for the SCRIE program. More...

Nolan, Ridgewood Dems Hold 106th Annual Dinner Dance

Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and the Ridgewood Democratic Club (RDC) held its 106th Annual Dinner Dance at Riccardo’s by the Bridge. More...

Vallone Sponsors Family Fun Day at Crocheron Park

On June 14, Councilmember Paul Vallone sponsored a Family Fun Day at Crocheron Park with Friends of Fort Totten Parks and the city Department of Parks and Recreation. More...

Vallone Unveils Cilmi Place

Councilmember Paul Vallone hosted a street co-naming ceremony in honor of Geraldine Cilmi, who was a beloved science teacher at P.S. 41 in Bayside, who lost her life after battling cancer. More...

Chubby Checker Twists The Night Away At Resorts World

Legendary entertainer and oldies icon Chubby Checker performed at the Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica on June 14. More...

Van Bramer Honors NBA’s First Openly Gay Player

On June 18, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and his colleagues in the LGBT Caucus to honor professional athlete Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets at the council’s 2014 LGBT Pride More...

Goldfeder Congratulates Class Of 2014

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder presented New York state Assembly Certificates of Merit for community service and leadership to graduates, Kiara Gonzales, Alicia Luna and Angelica Ford at the P.S. 197 graduation ceremony. More...

Katz Speaks At QICA Town Hall On Senior Exemption

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz spoke at the annual Town Hall meeting of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging (QICA), which was held at Queens Borough Hall on June 18. More...

CB 1 Votes On Astoria Cove Project

Community Board 1 took a strong position and voted against nine proposed zoning variances on the Astoria Cove development.  By a 44 to 0 unanimous vote at its June 17 meeting held at Astoria World Manor, the board followed the recommendation of More...

T.H.H.S Gets Honorable Mentions In National Contest

Assemblymember Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) and Congressmember Grace Meng presented awards to Townsend Harris H.S. award winners of C-SPAN’s annual student documentary contest. More...

Pavilion Group Visits CB1; Announce Mets Tix Offer

People For the Pavilion (PFP) recently attended and addressed the Community Board 1 regular monthly meeting and public hearing in Astoria, held on June 17. More...

Parker Jewish Institute Announces RN Career Ladder

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation announced the launch of a new Associate Degree RN Career Ladder program in conjunction with the New York State Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.  More...

Katz Thanks Legislature For Passing Library Reform Bill

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz praised members of the state senate who on the morning of June 20 voted 59 to 1 in favor of a bill that would reform the governance structure of the Queens Library and require the Library to adopt best practice r More...

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Alfred A. Puglisi

Alfred A. Puglisi passed away on Jun. 23, 2014, at 91. Born in the Little Italy section of Lower Manhattan of Sicilian immigrants in 1922, loved Italy, Italian food, wine and song. WWII vet, landed with the U.S. More...

Louis Armstrong Archives Celebrates 20 Years

Before the Corona home of jazz legend Louis Armstrong was turned into an historic house museum, all that existed were 72 boxes of Armstrong’s artifacts located at the Rosenthal Library at Queens College.  The journey of how those boxes got More...

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