June 24, 2015 RSS feed / Features

Senate Bill Calls For Stiffer Penalties For Unlicensed Drivers

The state Senate recently passed legislation that will increase penalties for drivers who cause serious injury or death while operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.Under the measure reintroduced by state Sen. More...

New Astoria Speed Zone

Community Board 1 members last week voted unanimously to approve a plan to create a new “Speed Zone” in Astoria.The plan proposed by city Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, calls for the establishment of a speed zone bounded by Steinway St More...

Transit Perverts Face Tougher Penalties

Perverts who bump, grope and grind themselves against straphangers on public transportation will soon face tougher penalties for their moment of pleasure. Under a new “Subway Grinder” bill passed on May 20 by the state Senate, anyone caught maki More...

Crowley Rallies For Queens Library Funding

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley joined students and her colleagues in government to rally outside of the Ridgewood Library, advocating for the administration to include more funding for Queens Library in its Executive Budget. More...

Rebirth Of A Church: Transfiguration Of Christ Church, Mattituck, 1978-2015

“Take charge of your thoughts. You can do what you will with them”. Plato (428-327 BC). More...

Peter Latos Lives On Through Prostate Cancer Foundation

The story of Peter Latos should have had a happy ending. Born in the Bronx in 1965 and raised in the Greek-American community of Astoria, this son of middle class Greek immigrants had led a life that fit the tale of the American dream come true. More...

Steinway’s Hallmark Closing

After 32 years, Hallmark on Steinway Street will be closing their doors on June 27. Everything in the store is 80 percent off – shop now. More...

DenDekker Unveils 9/11 Fallen Heroes Mural

Assemblyman Michael DenDekker unveiled on June 13 the 9/11 Fallen Heroes Mural in Jackson Heights, which honors three local residents who were killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center: Marcello Matricciano, Edward Lehman, and Jame More...

Stavisky Reelected To Women’s Caucus

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) was reelected to serve a second term as Treasurer of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. More...

Vallone’s Family Fun Day

Councilman Paul Vallone hosted another successful Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 13 at Fort Totten in Bayside. More...

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Cop Dad: ‘Hell Raiser’ Should Rot In Hell

If the father of murdered NYPD Detective Brian Moore had his way, Demetrius Blackwell would rot in hell – and the heartbroken dad would be the one to “pull the switch.”  More...

Cornell Tech Stimulates Digital Industry For Borough

“The STEM disciplines are absolutely vital in keeping our children globally competitive and our country the leader of innovation. More...

Astoria’s 150-Year-Old Elm To Be Cloned

The 150-year-old tree that was cut down in Astoria along 34th Street earlier this spring may soon be reborn. More...

NYPD Launches Summer ‘Vision Zero’ Enforcement

Summer’s back – and so is increased enforcement of driving and traffic rules by the NYPD under Mayor Bill deBlasio’s “Vision Zero” traffic safety initiative.Police from the Queens Highway Patrol Unit and Borough Task Force cops hit the streets this w More...

Have You Seen This Child Sex Predator?

Police are offering a substantial reward to anyone with information regarding a child predator who exposed himself to a 10-year-old Elmhurst girl on May 28.Cops last week released a sketch (see sketch) of the pervert who approached the girl as she wa More...

Rocking Out With The Beatles

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, attended a Beatles Tribute Concert, put on by Borough President Melinda Katz, as part of her summer Katz Concert Series. The Assemblyman ran into friends from around the district and stopped to chat with (l. More...

Driving Safely With Dementia And Knowing When To Quit

Dear Savvy Senior, Is it safe for seniors with dementia to drive, and if so, when should they stop? My dad has early Alzheimer’s disease but still drives himself around town just fine. Looking Ahead Dear Looking, More...

Donato And Hartmann Honored At CB1 Meeting

A Proclamation declaring June 16 “Vinicio Donato and Lucille Hartmann Day” in the borough of Queens by Borough President Melinda Katz highlighted the last meeting of Community Board 1 before the summer break.  More...

CB1 Down To Three Candidates For District Manager

The process to select a new district manager for Community Board 1 is almost complete.  “We’re down to three candidates,” said Chairman Vinicio Donato at the June 16 board meeting.  A meeting of the board’s personnel More...

Free Wi-Fi Comes To Astoria’s Business District

Steinway now has free public Wi-Fi, from 28th to 31st Avenues. In a few weeks more Steinway shoppers will have free access to Wi-Fi; the network will be extended to 35th Avenue to provide access for six blocks of free Wi-Fi. More...

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Edward Walters

We asked Edward Walters for some background information about himself, and this is what he said:  More...

Saint Demetrios HS Holds Commencement

Senior Commencement Exercises were held at the Saint Demetrios Patrides Cultural Center on June 5. More...

West Point Band To Play Independence Celebration

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s Annual Independence Day Celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 30 on the amazing Great Lawn of Astoria Park’s waterfront.  More...

Wheel Fun Rentals Biking Buddies With Big Sibs

Wheel Fun Rentals, the number one recreational rental company in the country, announced it is renewing a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a program called “Biking Buddies.” For the ninth consecutive year, Biking Buddies provi More...

Man Found Dead In Astoria Apartment

Police are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect in the stabbing death of a 54- year-old Astoria man whose body was found inside his apartment.  More...

5Pointz Artists Seek Damages For Lost Artwork

Attorneys for nine of the 5Pointz graffiti artists filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court on June 12, seeking punitive damages from developers Jerry and David Wolkoff who, they say, destroyed their artwork in a “disgracefully crude, unprofes More...

Smorgasburg Is Coming To Queens

On July 11 the Brooklyn-based flea market, Smorgasburg, will open at a new location in Long Island City. Smorgasburg will feature a variety of Queens-based vendors every Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.  More...

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