2010-03-03 E-Edition

Borough-Wide Blotter



102nd Precinct Feds Hunt $7 Million Man FBI agents are searching for an Ozone Park man who disappeared last week to avoid arrest on charges that he masterminded a $7 million mortgage scam. Federal agents who went to the home of Ishwardat (Danny) Raghunath, 46, on February 22 found that he was gone without a trace, authorities said. Raghunath, a […]

YOUTH 2000 Retreat In Astoria



The Immaculate Conception Parish will be hosting a YOUTH 2000 NY retreat weekend for people ages 15 to 30, Friday to Sunday, March 12 -14. YOUTH 2000 is organized by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for young people in the metropolitan area. YOUTH 2000 was invited by the World Youth Day committee to lead Eucharistic Adoration at the World […]

Two Parades Mark St. Patrick’s Day In Queens



While St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally celebrated  on March 17, which this year falls on a Wednesday, the Irish community in Queens will host two St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the preceding weeks. Woodside and Sunnyside are home to many recent and older Irish immigrants. This year, the St. Pat’s For All Parade and Irish Fair will take place in […]

Maloney Calls For Congressional Hearings On Greece Financial Crisis



Congressmember Carolyn Maloney has issued an urgent call for congressional hearings on the suspected involvement of U.S. financial firms in Greece’s current debt crisis. Maloney compared that crisis to the unprecedented near total collapse of this country’s financial system in 2008. “These reports, if true, are a shocking echo of the financial crisis that faced the U.S. in 2008, whose […]

Kerouac Was Queens Recluse



Last week the Queens Gazette ran an article about a lecture given by Pat Fenton about author Jack Kerouac’s life in Queens. The article attracted the attention of Larry Myers, a playwright and associate professor of rhetoric and communication at St. John’s University, who has also been studying the prolific author and his movements, not only in Queens, but also […]

Queens Food Bank Gets $10K From TD Foundation



The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®, recently donated $10,000 to Queens Galley Food Bank to help with the increased demand on the organization.  On Wednesday, February 17, TD Bank executives visited the Queens Galley for a tour of the facility and to help stock and replenish shelves. The Queens Galley, […]

Flights To San Jose, Madrid, Manchester To Start



American Airlines announced on February 18 that it will expand its international presence in New York this spring with three new routes between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, Spain; and Manchester, England. The new flights to San Jose will begin on April 6, while service to Madrid will start on May 1 and […]

LICBDC Looks At Parking, Parks, Crime



The year’s first business breakfast of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation (LICBDC) was a respite from a cold and wet February morning and provided interest and information that attendees would want in any weather. Speaking at the Riverview Restaurant on 2nd Street were Maura McCarthy, Department of Transportation’s commissioner for Queens; Paul D’Amore, Department of Parks & Recreation […]

Are Home Genetic Tests Worth Their Cost?



Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about home genetic tests that predict the risks of developing certain diseases? My mother died from breast cancer and dad died from a heart attack many years ago, and I’m wondering if these diseases are in my genes too. Genetically Concerned Dear Concerned: It used to be that genetic tests were only […]