City Will Compensate For Damage



Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s surprise announcement on Monday that the city will compensate all victims of the February 16 water main break and widespread flooding in Astoria removed a tremendous weight of worry and concern from the hapless victims. The mayor’s action was preceded by a letter written to him last Friday by City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. requesting that the […]

Local Businesses Aid Flood Relief Workers



Four area funeral homes joined forces to provide food and coffee to workers from city agencies and other organizations assisting in the cleanup after a 20-inch water main broke and flooded houses along a stretch of Ditmars Boulevard Feb. 16. Sean Anderson, general manager of Thomas M. Quinn & Sons Inc., with David Funeral Home, both at 35-20 Broadway, and […]

IOC Tours Flushing Meadows



Borough President Helen Marshall (second from r.) and Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff (third from r.) speaking to tennis legend Billy Jean King, accompanied members of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) evaluation commission as they toured prospective venues for various games in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on February 22. The IOC commission arrived in New York on Sunday night, February 20, to […]

DiMeglio Gets Presidential Service Award



Nancy DiMeglio, vice president of the 114th Police Precinct Community Council, received a President’s Volunteer Service Award at the council’s January meeting. James D. Pollock presented DiMeglio with the award, citing her years of volunteer work in the community. DiMeglio was born and raised in Astoria, where she was a school crossing guard for eight years. She first joined the […]

Anti-Graffiti Task Force To Include Part Of 114th Pct.



In 2003, almost 57 million square feet of graffiti vandalism was removed from more than 6,000 sites in New York City. Last year, 10,000 sites were cleaned up. This year, when the annual citywide anti-graffiti cleanup begins on April 2, graffiti vandalism within the 114th Police Precinct will be targeted. “Major cleanups are in store for this spring,” Antonio Meloni […]

More Study Needed On Cell Tower Effects On Human Body



A Columbia University professor testified at a state Assembly hearing in Albany last Friday that research saying cell phone clusters pose no danger to residents living near them is not accurate and residents must proceed cautiously when near the towers. Professor Martin Blank, identified by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris as an expert on the cell tower issue, said that studies of […]

Engagement Announced



Assemblymember Michael Gianaris and Clare Cusack have announced their recent engagement to be married. Gianaris represented Astoria and Long Island City in the State Assembly for the past four years and looks forward to continuing in public service for years to come. Cusack, originally from Long Island, is a third-year student at Fordham Law School and will be joining the […]

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Basketball By Richard Kagan

Duke Holds Off Red Storm Effort For 58-47 Win They came oh, so close. But “coming close”, as the adage says, only counts in horseshoes. St. John’s won’t make the NCAA post-season this year, nor will the university’s basketball team compete in the upcoming Big East Tournament. But the Red Storm faced a very good Duke University team with guts, […]

Variety Club Basketball Game Draws Full House



Something special is going on at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens. That “something special” drew approximately 250 parents, friends, and children who came to see the Variety Club All-Stars play the WBLS Sure Shots in a friendly basketball game held for charity. The game, played last Saturday night in the gym at the Variety Boys & Girls […]

Calendar of Events



Calendar of Events Hippity-Hoppity Time Mar. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Commerce Bank is offering free photos with the Easter Bunny, and prizes, and more,Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village; 718-894-6218; Mar. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. . 31-90 Steinway St., Astoria; 718-269-6000; Community Meetings Associations Mar. 3, 7:45 p.m., Juniper Park Civic; Our Lady of Hope Auditorium, Eliot Avenue, […]