Queens Commuters Stranded

Queens bus workers staged the opening act, making Monday morning’s commute chaotic. The city’s transit workers followed with a crushing blow about 24 hours later, striking the entire subway and bus system and with just three shopping days left until Christmas throwing the city into confusion and gridlock. The strike, coming at 3 a.m. yesterday caught 7 million daily commuters […]

Calendar of Events

Holiday Galas Dec. 26, 27, Queens County Farm Museum Holiday Open House, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park; 718-347-FARM. Dec. 29, 3 to 5 p.m., New Year Concert & Art Exhibit with Andranik and Arshak Hayotsyans; North Fork Bank, 40-20 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside; 718-392-9470. Community Meetings Community Boards Jan. 5, 2006, 7 p.m., Board 2; Sunnyside Senior Center, 43-31 39th […]

Gianaris Named To Important Democratic Party Finance Post

Apparently impressed with the campaign fundraising talents exhibited by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris over the past two years as he tested the waters for a possible run for state attorney general, state Democratic Party leaders have selected the Astoria lawmaker to be the finance chairman for the statewide organization for next year’s crucial elections. The title confers responsibility upon the 35-year-old […]

Follow Your Destiny

Follow Your Heart: Your Best Friend’s Boyfriend (Scholastic Paperbacks; January 2006; $4.99, ages 12+) by J.E. Bright is a follow-your-own-destiny romance where you can decide your own fate. The star of the schools’ rival soccer team, Mike, is dating your best friend Sally. When Mike flirts with you, should you flirt back or tell Sally? Can you make Sally lose […]

Gazette on film a movie review

Movie Version Of

by Rose A. Whitney Although not as visually spectacular as the screen version of “Chicago”, the movie version of “Rent” is definitely a notable contribution to the recently revived genre of movie musicals. The movie’s theme is very loosely based on the opera “La Boheme”. (In fact, one of the main characters in named “Mimi”). It focuses on a group […]

10 Days To Start Of New Medicare Drug Program—Problems Reported

It should be obvious to everyone that getting the new Medicare prescription drug program off the ground is a monumental task getting about 41 million prospective enrollees into about 100 programs no two of them nearly alike. The enormity of the task becomes more difficult when the emotional impact on everyone involved, the sensitive medical and financial questions, and the […]

City Seniors’ Agency Has 38 Centers To Help Enroll People In Federal Drug Subsidy Plan

With 10 days to go before the start of the new Medicare prescription drug program, designed to help seniors lower the cost of their medications, the city Department for the Aging (DFTA) has 38 centers throughout the city ready and willing to assist seniors and the disabled to enroll in the new program. Enrolling in the program, known as Medicare […]

Seniors Attend Forums On Medicare Part D

More than 150 Western Queens seniors braved cold and snow last week to attend three public forums on the complicated new Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, which goes into effect January 1. The forums, hosted by state Senator John Sabini (second from r.), were conducted by StateWide Senior Action Council Medicare/EPIC Project Director Amy Button (standing) and Marlene Ruiz […]

Holiday Season Belongs To Us All


A few holiday seasons ago, clerks in some stores were reprimanded for wishing their customers “Merry Christmas” as they finished ringing up a sale. The proper formula, they were told, was a nonsectarian “Happy Holidays”. This year, the situation is different. Customers are to be sent on their way with “Merry Christmas”, or so store workers are instructed. At the […]

Simple Steps Will Help Prevent Tragic Fires


Recently, the holiday season turned tragic for the Gaston family, when a fire ripped through their home in Elmhurst, claiming the lives of three of their children and an elderly man who was in the same building. But the most heartbreaking part of this story is that the blaze could easily have been prevented: It was started by a barbecue […]