Court Is Key To Keeping Engine 261

Any hope of keeping Engine 261 in Long Island City open and operating now rests with Judge James Starkey, who is hearing a suit seeking to keep Engine 261 and five other firehouses open. His decision could come any day. The six facilities were shut down on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. pursuant to an order from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, […]

Marshall Says Closing Zoo Unprofitable

Borough President Helen Marshall is encouraging everyone to visit the Queens zoo, or as she put it, "Save the zoo means the same thing as visit the zoo." At the May borough cabinet meeting, Marshall said it was difficult to understand why closing the Queens Wildlife Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, as the zoo is officially known, is among cost […]

Did Jack The Ripper Visit New York City?

Did Jack The Ripper Visit New York City? Get into a conversation with a long time Queens resident and you’re likely to discover a subscriber of the Long Island Star–Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. A banner across the Star–Journal masthead reminded readers that the newspaper’s name came […]

Astoria Music Society Formed

Astoria Music Society Formed Silas Nathaniel Huff, conductor, composer, and resident of Astoria, has announced the formation of the Astoria Music Society, an organization dedicated to the musical enrichment of western Queens. The Astoria Music Society will consist of a symphony orchestra (the Astoria Sinfonia), a jazz orchestra, a modern music ensemble, and a youth program. The society will also […]

Memorial Day Ceremony Honors War Dead

Memorial Day Ceremony Honors War Dead Assemblymember Michael Gianaris and the United Community Civic Association teamed up to sponsor this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony in McManus Memorial Park on Sunday, May 25. Refreshments after the ceremony were hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City Department of Correction. Police and Correction Department […]

The City Council Stalls Sales Tax Approval

City Comptroller William Thompson
Photo: Marla S. Maritzer

City Comptroller William Thompson Photo: Marla S. Maritzer As the deadline for negotiations between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council grows nearer, the two sides appear to be hung up over approval by the council of the city increase in the sales tax. Among the reasons underlying the holdup may be the council’s strong feeling that twice-a-week garbage pickups […]

Community Meetings


Community Meetings Associations June 3, 8 p.m., sharp, Astoria Civic Association; Riccardo’s, 21-01 24th Ave., Astoria; 718-545-5353. Boards May 28, 7:45 p.m., Community Board 6; Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., suite 202; 718-273-9250. June 3, 7:30 p.m., Community Board 4; Lisa Memorial Center, 51-13 108th St., Corona; 718-760-3141. June 5, Community Board 2. June 9, 7 p.m., sharp, Community Board 7; […]

In Fine Voice

In Fine Voice Tenor Dino Rosi, "La Voce De Napoli," will be performing at the Corona Senior Center on June 4. Call 718-639-2000 for further inforamtion.

Public Service Announcements

Public Service Announcements Flushing Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps, volunteers needed for clerical, dispatcher and other positions; 718-353-4965. Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, volunteers needed to serve as dispatchers and ambulance crew personnel; 718-347-1637. Long Island Consultation Center, free counseling, 97-29 64th Rd., Rego Park; 718-896-3400. Women of Substance, domestic/dating/teenage violence, elder/child/emotional/verbal/financial/spiritual abuse, marital rape; 866-86ABUSE. Guide Dogs for the Blind, honor […]

Bella Italia Mia

2003 Cultural Events

2003 Cultural Events June 28, Images of America… book signing. July 13, Mediterranean cruise. July 26, meeting. Aug. 30, meeting. Sep. 27, Dr. Anne Paolucci lecture. Oct. 25, Sons of Italy-Medal of Honor celebration. Nov. 29, Sixth annual party, reserve now. Dec. 27, "La Befana," The Epiphany. Bella Italia Mia cultural events are held on the last Saturday of the month from […]