2009-01-07 E-Edition

Choosing Cholesterol- Lowering Foods

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there certain kinds of foods a person can eat to help lower their cholesterol? Cholesterol Concerned Dear Concerned: What you eat can actually play a huge role in lowering your cholesterol, and for many, cholesterol lowering foods may even eliminate the need for cholesterol-lowering medication. Know Your Numbers As you may already know, your cholesterol level […]

Queens Troops Show Love Of Country, World


Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill authorizing the renaming of 49 streets, avenues, intersections and thoroughfares throughout New York City. Of the 49 people for whom streets were renamed, six were from Queens. Two of the six were members of the Armed Forces of the United States who were killed in the line of duty while serving in […]

Letters to the Editor

Mideast Is Still The Same To The Editor: The chickens have come to roost. The evil that is the Middle East is a cauldron of hate mixed with religious bigotry and fundamentalist terrorism. Not one party is innocent nor is one totally guilty. Hamas acted as if there would be no response from Israel from rocketing civilian settlements. Perhaps the […]

Borden Avenue Bridge Closed For 6 Months

The Borden Avenue Bridge in Long Island City closed at noon Dec. 31, 2008 and will remain closed through July 2009 for a reconstruction project, according to an announcement from the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The decision was made after studies of one of the bridge’s abutment walls showed a need for expedited repair. The 100-year-old Borden […]

HEAP Increases Household Income Limits

Senior Citizen tenants or homeowners and low-income families can apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP recipients will receive a grant in the form of a credit through their utilities/oil supplier to cover either heating fuel costs or electric and gas. Eligible applicants for HEAP must meet income guidelines and be 60 years of age or older or […]

‘Continue Operations’ Of Queens Transit Task Force

Again raising the point that fewer cops on patrol, in this case the Queens Transit Task Force (QTTF), will lead to more crime, City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. has requested that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly rescind his order to reduce the special unit because it will cause an increase in crime. In calling on Kelly to leave the QTTF intact, […]

Vallone Again Criticizes Tax On Non-Diet Sodas

City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. has again voiced his opposition to Governor David Paterson’s proposed tax on non-diet carbonated soda, reiterating that many experts say diet sodas may cause a number of adverse health conditions. Vallone (D- Astoria), who first criticized the so-called “obesity tax” when the governor announced it as part of his proposed 2009 state budget, stated his […]

Efforts To Build Case Vs. Monserrate Continue

As Hiram Monserrate prepared to go to the state capital in Albany for today’s inaugural meeting of the state senate, law enforcement officers visited his Jackson Heights apartment on Monday, seeking more evidence to develop a case against him for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend there on December 19. Meanwhile, sources close to state senate Democrats report they have hammered out […]

14-Year-Old Former Astorian In ‘Doubt’

Ariana Silvestro, a former resident of Astoria who attended P.S. 2 in Jackson Heights, has aspired to acting since she was a mere child. A singer, dancer, actor Ariana has studied with Variations in Huntington, Long Island, Steps in Manhattan, Landrum School of Dance in Whitestone, Camp Broadway in Manhattan and Lisa Regina, a private coach, in New York. Silvestro, […]