Mayor Joins In Orthodox Easter

Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended Midnight Mass celebrating Greek Orthodox Easter at the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing last Saturday night. Bloomberg arrived at 11 p.m. to join in the candlelight procession of thousands of parishioners outside the church. He received the Holy Light symbolizing the resurrection of Christ and in turn lighted the candles of other […]

Calendar of


Mother’s Day May 7, 10 to noon, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center “Wild Mother’s Day,” pre-registration required, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston; 718-229-4000. May 8, 10 a.m, Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center boutique; noon, lunch; 1 p.m. musical tribute, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. Community Meetings Associations May 5, 7:30 p.m., United Community Civic; Augustana Lutheran […]

The Theatre Sans Fils At the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Theatre Sans Fils, an award-winning puppet company inspired by the Japanese tradition of Bunraku theater, will perform a magical production based on children’s dreams at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center on May 21. “The Dream Catchers” follows Melissa and her little brother Jeffrey on a journey from the most innocent dream of a delightful garden, to a scary one with […]

Gianaris Travels Far And Wide To Build Campaign War Chest

Assemblymember Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) says he hasn’t made up his mind yet about running for New York State attorney general, but in preparing for that possibility, you’re likely to find him in New Orleans or Boston or on Ditmars Boulevard in his quest to raise funds for a campaign. Gianaris said in an interview this past Wednesday that he’s already […]

Lawmakers Celebrate Sikh New Year

Councilmember David Weprin (D–Hollis), second from right, was joined recently by colleagues James Gennaro (D–Fresh Meadows), far left, and Helen Sears (D–Jackson Heights), second from left, in celebrating the Sikh New Year. Weprin gave out several Council proclamations honoring achievements of members of the Sikh community. The celebration also included a cultural performance, featuring dances, songs and drumming.

On the brief side…

Maloney Urges Retirement Credit For 9/11 Service

Assemblymember Carolyn Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan) has introduced legislation aimed at redressing a technicality that is preventing some National Guard troops from receiving federal retirement credit for service after 9/11 while others got credit for similar service. Maloney explained that several hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard who responded to the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist […]

The Ranger Texas Barbecue At Legends Sports Bar

71-04 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights 718.779.6948

The Ranger Texas BBQ At Legends Has Good Eatin’ Legends Sports Bar is a friendly, neighborhood place that offers a wonderful surprise inside. Beyond the hefty wooden bar filled with chatty folks, The Ranger Texas Barbecue cooks up some of New York’s finest barbecued brisket, ribs, pulled chicken, pork and more, right here in Jackson Heights. Jim Giannone has owned […]

Congress OKs Budget, Including Medicaid, VA Cuts

In line with the Bush presidential administration’s call for spending cuts in most domestic programs, Congress passed a budget last week which will reduce spending on Medicaid by $10 billion over the next four years. The change in funding will not start until the 2007 fiscal year, but many states, including New York, have already cut their Medicaid programs in […]

Regal Heights Hosts Health Fair

Regal Heights Rehabilitation Center, 70-05 35th Ave., Jackson Heights, will host a Holistic Health Fair for residents, staff and visitors to celebrate National Nursing Home Week on May 11 from 2 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Integrated Medical Care, the fair will include massage therapy, yoga instruction, chiropractic care, Tai Chi, acupuncture, pain management, sleep pattern study, nutritional information, a […]


Save Our Children

Last week, Governor George Pataki called for strengthening New York state’s version of Megan’s Law, the law that requires sex offenders to register with local police departments. Megan’s Law was signed by President Bill Clinton on May 17, 1996 after the brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka by a previously registered sex offender who had taken up […]