December 9, 2015 RSS feed / Features

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It’s In Queens! (Dec. 10 to Dec. 16)

Korean music and dance. African music and dance. Mexican music and dance. Chinese flower-themed music and dance. Then, jazz, Baroque masters, a youth orchestra, protest songs, and Christmas and Chanukah ditties. More...

Mount Sinai Queens Wins Patient Experience Award

In recognition of its innovation and leadership toward measurably improving the patient experience, Mount Sinai Queens was recently named a 2015 Success Story Award winner by Press Ganey Associates. More...

PEP Approves Success Academy Co-Location

The Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) has approved the proposed opening and co-location of a Success Academy charter school in Far Rockaway’s District 27, the third such school in the borough, for the academic year beginning September 2016. More...

Workshop On Traffic Safety Along Astoria Boulevard

Nearly 50 community members came together on December 2 to discuss traffic safety improvements along Astoria Boulevard, between 77th to 92nd Streets. More...

LIC Holiday Lighting Party

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, LIC Partnership, JetBlue, LIC Business Women and LIC Bar present the Long Island City Holiday Lighting on December 10. Festivities begin at 5 pm at LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard. More...

LIC/Hunters Point Workshops

A Community Workshop co-hosted by the city Department of Transportation, city Department of Design and Construction, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will be held tonight, December 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the CUNY School of Law Building (2 Court Squ More...

Margie Schmidt

Local-Express

Ninety years ago, in 1925, Margie Schmidt’s grandfather, a German immigrant, opened his shop at 94-15 Jamaica Avenue under the BMT “El” train in Woodhaven. More...

Toy Drive For Children With Special Needs

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, in partnership with Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-28) and Queens Community Board 6 is sponsoring a Toy Drive to benefit the Interdisciplinary Center for Child Development (ICCD). More...

Queens Library Board Of Trustees To Meet

A Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library will meet at 6:15 pm on Thursday, December 10, in the Robert T. Groh Board Room at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica.  More...

Quontic Bank Collecting Toys For Tots

Quontic Bank continues to support the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program by offering its Astoria branch as an official toy drop location.  Quontic Bank is pleased to announce its continued support of the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys F More...

Vaughn College Hosts Top Aeronautics Executives

Vaughn College hosted top aeronautics executives at two talks on December 4. The speaking engagements afforded Vaughn College’s students a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge from seasoned professionals in the aviation industry. More...

Chancellor Fariña Chooses IS 145 For Dual Language Prog.

On Friday morning, December 4, City Council Education Committee Chairperson Daniel Dromm, IS 145 Principal Dolores Beckham, IS 145 Assistant Principal and International Academy Director Ivan Rodriguez, IS 145 teachers and parents gathered in front of More...

Hevesi Questions Cuomo Management Expertise

Governor Cuomo drew sharp criticism from Assemblyman and Social Services Chair Andrew Hevesi, who released the following statement on December 4 in response to Cuomo’s statements regarding the homeless crisis. More...

NYC Parks Honors Local Leader With ‘Golden Trowel’

On December 2, Whitestone resident Maureen Regan was awarded the Queens “Golden Trowel Award” from citywide group, Partnerships for Parks. More...

St. Anastasia, Knights of Columbus Raise Funds

The St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council 5911 took a table at St. Anastasia’s Christmas Fair in Douglaston on December 5, for the support of Divine Wisdom Academy. More...

Make the Season Brighter For Families in Need

For many of us, a cozy winter’s night isn’t complete without milk and cookies or a warm cup of hot cocoa. But families in need in your community may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients.  More...

Louis Armstrong Celebrated At Gala

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz posed with a cutout of the late great jazz musician and longtime Corona resident, Louis Armstrong, during the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s annual Gala on More...

Helpful Holiday Hints

No matter who you’re buying for this holiday season, your shopping list is sure to be long and complex. Simplify it with these holiday hints, which feature something for everyone on the list. More...

Oratorio Society To Sing Messiah At Holiday Concert

The Oratorio Society of Queens will perform portions of Handel’s Messiah, as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs on Sunday, December 20 at 4 pm in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), Queensborough Community C More...

De Blasio: Demand Higher Standards From Candidates

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement denouncing latest comments by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. More...

CALDC Celebrates Holidays With Annual Tree Lighting

Share a marshmallow world: hundreds gathered at the Great Lawn in Astoria Park on December 5, as officials of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) helped light up Astoria for their More...

Peralta Distributes Hundreds Of Toys At Queens Center

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), in cooperation with Queens Center, distributed hundreds of toys to non-profits and family shelters as part of his annual Holiday Toy Drive. More...

The Pulpit

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Trinity Lutheran Church Decorated For Christmas

Trinity Lutheran Church of Astoria was decorated at the start of Advent, in celebration of the Christmas season. More...

Colette Coyne: A Mother Fighting Melanoma In Her Daughter’s Memory

The worst enemy for the mostly private entrepreneurs who own and   operate tanning salons (aka indoor tanning) here in Long Island and throughout New York State is a lovely 80 year old woman named Colette Coyne. More...

Simotas Hosts Affordable Housing Seminar For Seniors

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas hosted a free seminar for senior citizens to offer information about the Senior Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), affordable housing options, and useful local resources. More...

UCCA Honors Community Service

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its Annual Holiday Brunch and award ceremony at the LaGuardia Marriott on December 6, where hundreds gathered to honor those who help make their community better.  More...

City Growers Wins Tom’s Of Maine Grant For Education

City Growers has been selected as one of 52 winners from across the country in the seventh annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program. More...

First Central Savings Bank Assembles Stellar Team

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The Nice List

Heat Up Your Holidays This chilly holiday season, give the gift of heat to the outdoorsman who loves to hunt and camp, a friend The Gift of Sight More...

Jefferson Democratic Club Holds Holiday Extravaganza

(L. to r.); Borough President Melinda Katz, District Leader Carol Gresser, and Jefferson Democratic Club President David Fischer at the Jefferson Democratic Club's 105th Annual Holiday Extravaganza. More...

The Queens Consort To Perform A Yuletide Concert

The Queens Consort will perform “A Yuletide Concert” on period instruments Saturday, December 19 at 7 pm at St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd Street, Jackson Heights. Tickets will be available at the door, $15/10. More...

Sensational Sides For The Holidays

The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing a dish, why not whip up some stellar sides to pair with the bird or roast? More...

Gingerbread Kiosks of Moscow

Off the Beaten Trail:

“Good Deals” in Astoria has gingerbread house ornaments. Hansel and Gretel and their gingerbread looking house excite every child. Every department store has gingerbread kits assembled and unassembled. More...

Astoria Restoration Offers Help With HEAP Grants

Senior Citizen homeowners or tenants, and low-income families can apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grants for up to $350-$650 for homeowners, and $30-35 for renters. More...

Queens College Women’s Basketball Jumps In Polls

Following an 11-point victory over previously unbeaten Assumption College, the Queens College women’s basketball team jumped two spots to 15th place in the latest USA Today Sports Division II T More...

Con Ed To Pilot Test Residential Methane Detectors

Con Edison plans to place methane detectors and alarms in dozens of homes next year to test the detectors’ effectiveness in alerting residents to natural gas leaks.  More...

Christ the King Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Christ the King community kicked off the 2015 Christmas Season at their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last Friday. More than 300 people from the community joined in the festivities. More...

American Airlines, PENCIL Bring Students To JFK

American Airlines and PENCIL brought education out of the classroom and into the workplace December 3 with the culmination of a semester-long partnership program that brought 65 Astoria sixth graders to John F. More...

Chanukah, However You Spell It, By Julie Wager

The following is an account of the history of Chanukah as told in December 2008, by the late Astoria icon and Gazette teammember Julian “Julie” Wager. More...

NYC Parks’ Unconventional Wreath Interpretations Show

Just in time for the holiday season, Wreath Interpretations celebrates its 33rd anniversary with more wreaths than ever before. More...

‘Save The Village’ Walking Tour

Based on the photo exhibit of the works of Fred W. More...

Simotas Moves To Prevent Laundry Pod Poisonings

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas recently introduced legislation to stem the tide of accidental poisonings by socalled laundry pods. More...

Oppose Proposed Toll On East River Bridges

Assemblyman David I. More...

Queens College Choral Society Celebrates 75th Year

To celebrate its 75th anniversary season, the Queens College Choral Society will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat in concert on Saturday, December 12, at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. More...

ID Of Serial Arsonist Possibly Revealed In New Photo

Police this week released a new photo of a person of interest wanted for questioning in a series of arsons in Forest Hills, and have increased their reward to $12,500 for information on the man. More...

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