2008-11-05 E-Edition

Elections 2008

As the Gazette went to press, U.S. Senator Barack Obama had a large lead in the Electoral College and seemed to be on his way to victory in an historic election that can make him the first African-American president of the United States. A national news agency declared him the winner at 11 p.m. last night, even though returns from […]

Whitestone Man Arrested For Queens Diner Arson

Whitestone Man Arrested For Queens Diner Arson Michael Trantel, 42, of Whitestone Michael Trantel, 42, of Whitestone was arrested November 6 after an investigation by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) into a November 2 fire at a Whitestone strip mall at 153-31 Cross Island Pkwy. at 14th Avenue. The second-alarm fire, reported at 1:10 a.m., gutted the Lolli […]

Gazette Calendar Of Events

Thanksgiving Nov. 27, 9 a.m., LIC YMCA Turkey Trot, suggested donation $10, all proceeds support the Strong Kids Campaign; 718.392.7932, x. 242. Community Meetings Associations Nov. 13, 7 p.m., United Forties Civic, parking available; St. Teresa Parish Center, 45th Street, Rectory Basement; 718.392.0416. Boards Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Board 2; Sunnyside Community Center, 43-31 39th St.; 718.533.8773. Nov. 10, 7 […]

Vallone Makes Plea To Restore Vallone Scholarship Fund

The Vallone Scholarships, created by then City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., awarded to anyone who graduates from a New York City high school with a B average or better and attends a CUNY college, have been greatly reduced in this year’s budget. However, efforts are being made to restore the funds. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. (D- Astoria) recently attended […]

‘Things Just Great In 108’ Community Council Told

Things are just great in the 108th Police Precinct right now, according to its two top officers. At the October meeting of the precinct community council, Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Thomas Kavanagh previewed his 28- day crime report by proclaiming it “Outstanding!” Lieutenant Mark Wachter, head of the precinct’s anti-crime unit, said, “We’re doing excellent in the 108th.” Kavanagh hailed […]

Vallone Secures HPD Grant Funding For CALDC

City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. has secured a $39,715 grant from the City Council for the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC), a local group that provides services for landlords and tenants in the community. The grant, the HPD Community Consultant Contract, had been awarded to the group for the past ten years. This year, CALDC was in danger […]

Nucleus Of Opposition To ‘Candidate’ Bloomberg Forms Over Term Issue

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was forced to listen to the sharpest criticism to be voiced during his almost seven years in office in an unprecedented four-hour hearing at City Hall on Monday. It was just a preview of what he’ll be hearing in the course of his campaign for mayor next year. Several speakers among the 137 to appear before him […]


37-33 74th Street Jackson Heights 718.507.0666

t his festive restaurant in Jackson Heights’ “Little India” will delight all your senses. The sunny yellow walls are decorated with brightly colored murals depicting the diverse people of India and the exotic aromas will tantalize you. The top floor of the restaurant provides an ideal spot for a private party of 50-60 people. Delhi Palace has been around for […]

Thompson Seeks Alternative To Closing NYCHA Senior Centers

City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. in a letter urged Department For The Aging (DFTA) Commissioner Edwin Mendez- Santiago to block plans of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to close numerous community and senior centers throughout the city. Thompson noted that NYCHA, the largest landlord of indigent elderly in the city, “confronts substantial budget shortfalls and must make some […]