Schools, Budget Are Marshall’s Primary Issues

Schools, Budget Are Marshall’s Primary Issues Saying it will take a combined effort to keep Queens growing, Helen Marshall, for the first time as Borough President, addressed the Queens Chamber of Commerce at its sixth annual joint meeting with the borough cabinet on February 20 at the Crowne Plaza LaGuardia in East Elmhurst. Marshall succeeded Claire Shulman on January 3 […]

Vallone Jr. Pledges Aid For Anti-Terrorism Fight

Vallone Jr. Pledges Aid For Anti-Terrorism Fight by john toscano City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. has promised to make every effort to secure the funding for the Police Department’s new counter-terrorism program, which Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly estimated would cost about $700 million when he testified before Public Safety Committee, which Vallone chairs, last week. Vallone declared, "These ambitious, yet […]

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Mar. 3, noon to 5 p.m., 26th Annual Irish Cultural Day; St. Mel’s Church auditorium, 26th Avenue and 154th Street, Whitestone; 746-3837. Mar. 7, 2 p.m., Queens Chamber of Commerce luncheon; Terrace On The Park, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park; 898-8500. Community Meetings Mar. 4, 8 p.m., Community Board 11; M.S. 158, 46-35 Oceania St.; 225-1054. 8 p.m., Jackson […]

Pulpit Listings St. Adalbert Bereavement:

Pulpit Listings St. Adalbert Bereavement: •Feb. 28, yhe last Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m., "Bethany," general bereavement support group, meets in upper cafeteria. •Mar. 4, the first Monday of the month, "Bereaved Siblings" and "Children Grieve Too," meet in teachers’ room, •Mar. 18, the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., "Lost Miracles," bereavement support group for […]

Library Locations:

•Astoria Branch, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., L.I.C.; 278-2220. •Auburndale/Clearview Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing; 352-2027. •Baisley Park Branch, 117-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica; 529-1590. •Bayside Branch, 214-20 Northern Blvd.; 229-1834. •Bay Terrace Branch, 18-36 Bell Blvd., Bayside; 423-7004. •Briarwood Branch, 85-12 Main St.; 658-1680. •Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, LIC; 721-2462. •Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica; 990-0781. •Corona Branch, 38-23 104 […]

Mayor, Council Clash On Taxes, Traffic Ban And Bridge Tolls

Will the first major clash between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council be over taxes? So it appeared last week when the mayor, asked about reports that the Council was exploring a possible property tax increase, gave the idea a firm and unequivical "no". But Council Speaker A. Gifford Miller (D–Manhattan) and Finance Chairman David Weprin (D–Hollis) used the […]

FIAOQ Officers Sworn In

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall swore in Rodolfo (Rudy) Sarchese and other elected officers of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens on Friday, February 8. Sarchese took over as the president of the Federation succeeding Vincent Iannece after Iannece, now executive chairman, served almost 30 years in office. Present were: Joseph Di Pietro, third vice president, Rose Marie […]

Hail New Law Improving Vets’ Health Benefits

Veterans’ healthcare benefits will get a boost under a new law signed recently by President George W. Bush, which includes a provision that modifies the Veterans Administration system of determining the ability of non-service-connected veterans’ ability to pay for VA health care services. The new law, signed by the president recently, but scheduled to take effect next October, will take […]

Councilmanic Report Card

Councilmembers Get A For Effort

A resolution is expected to be introduced today in the City Council to turn over the function of naming streets to community boards, thus relieving councilmembers of a duty which has brought them constant ridicule, criticism and derision over the years, and freeing them up to deal with more substantive and crucial matters, such as the budget. If nothing else […]


Hails Hughes

To The Editor: As we watched Sarah Hughes skate into the annals of Olympic history we were left in awe of her accomplishment. To come from behind in the short program and then rise to the occasion in the long program was just amazing. She won the gold based on her skill but also on her tenacious efforts to be […]