Property Tax May Go Down

Property Tax May Go Down By Richard Gentilviso The very unpopular 18.5 percent property tax increase instituted last year may soon be lowered, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) October meeting in Astoria Heights. Based on a formula of an expected $150 million increase in city revenues and a $300 million reduction in city expenditures next year, Bloomberg said, "I […]

LIC HS Teachers Stage Overcrowding Protest

LIC HS Teachers Stage Overcrowding Protest Some 100 to 150 teachers picketed outside Long Island City H.S. throughout the morning of October 16 prior to the start of their day to protest overcrowded conditions at the school. Personnel at the school have staggered, overlapping schedules so a continual flow of teachers and other school personnel came onto the picket line prior […]

Calendar of Events

Community Meetings

Calendar of Events Community Meetings Associations Community Meetings Associations Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Kew Gardens Hills Civic Assn.; Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, 71-25 Main St.; 718-263-1760. Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Juniper Jr. Civic Assn.; 7:45 p.m., Juniper Park Civic Assn.; Our Lady of Hope Auditorium, Eliot Avenue, Middle Village; 718-651-5865. Nov. 13, United Community Civic Assn. and Assemblymember Michael Gianaris […]

Boo At The Zoo

Boo At The Zoo Mummies, daddies, ghouls and gals are invited to a spectacular Halloween event on Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and October 26. The Queens Zoo is hosting a frighteningly good event—"Boo at the Zoo" with creepy crafts, mysterious melodies and festive activities. Activities are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include: •dance and sing-along with Jerry Joy […]


Peek-a-BOO! This porcupine is one of many that might "hang on" for a good time at the Queens Zoo, October 25-26, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.

Ion politics

Urge Mayor To Return $110M Bonanza To Taxpayers

Ion politics By John Toscano Urge Mayor To Return $110M Bonanza To Taxpayers Ion politics Several city councilmembers from Queens took the opportunity last week to tell Mayor Michael Bloomberg to go ahead with his promise of returning some of the 18.5 percent tax increase to taxpayers because an unexpected $110 million windfall had been dropped into the city’s lap […]

Students Thank Padavan For Pre-K

Students Thank Padavan For Pre-K State Senator Frank Padavan (R–C, Bellerose), a key supporter of pre-kindergarten funding earlier this year, recently visited the Bayside YMCA preschool program to receive thanks from students and staff for his vote on funding pre-K. The Bayside school relies on the money to operate its program. Padavan received a greeting card from the young students. […]


Of The WeekIt

Restaurant Of The Week By Teresa Barile It’s Tierras Mexicanas For Upscale Mexican Cuisine Of The Week It’s Tierras Mexicanas For Upscale Mexican Cuisine I’m going to begin this article by telling what Tierras Mexicanas is not. Tierras Mexicanas is definitely not a take-out style taqueria. It’s not a fast food Mexican place where everything is covered in refried beans […]

Senior Spotlight

Medicare Premium Going Up Again Next Year To $66.60

Senior Spotlight By John Toscano Medicare Premium Going Up Again Next Year To $66.60 Here we go again! Last week, the George W. Bush presidential administration announced that the Medicare monthly premium for 2004 will rise to $66.60, an increase of $7.90 from the $58.70 that Medicare members paid this year. Anyone on Medicare has the premium deducted from his […]

Nursing Home Residents, Minorities Under-Treated For Recurrent Stroke

Only half of elderly Americans in nursing homes are treated to prevent recurrent strokes, according to a review of nursing home admission records reported in the rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The study also showed racial minorities receive blood thinners for recurrent stroke less often than whites do. Blood thinners help prevent stroke-inducing blood […]