2012-12-19 E-Edition

An Insider’s Look At The Films Of 2012



This year I’ve enjoyed an opportunity allowed a just a few hundred people: to be on the Nominating Committee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. This is not the same as the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes, wherein members vote for Best Actress and Actor as well as Best Picture, Director, Cinematography etc. For the Screen Actors Guild Awards, […]

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 20 through Dec. 26)



Christmas is here, and aficionados of Judaism are in for a treat. An Astoria eatery will hold its second annual feast/entertainment extravaganza featuring Jewish and Chinese cuisine and culture on Dec. 24. Those looking for more traditional Yuletide activities can attend Nutcracker and Scrooge performances, eat breakfast with Santa Claus and attend a hip hop event with the Jolly Man […]

Stars Come Out For Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala



On Tuesday, Dec. 4th the Manhattan Penthouse was swinging as Louis Armstrong lovers from around the world gathered to celebrate Armstrong’s legacy and raise funds for the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The Museum honored Stanley Crouch, distinguished author and President of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation; Jimmy Heath, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and Queens College Professor Emeritus; and George Wein, legendary […]

Santa Comes To QEDC/QTC Hurricane Relief Benefit At Applebee’s



The Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council invite you to kick-off the Holiday Season while showing support for the hurricane-ravaged Rockaways. Enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at four local Applebee’s and raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy.   On Dec. 22, the Jolly Man in Red will be on site (Bayside, 213-29 26th Ave.; Rego Park, 95-25 […]

Holiday Greetings From Dep. Inspector Stephen Cirabisi



It’s that time of year, when we take measure of our accomplishments and send greetings to family and friends. In keeping with a recent Gazette tradition, Dep. Inspector Stephen Cirabisi, commanding officer of the 114th Precinct, is sending the following holiday message to folks that live and work within the 114th command: “I would like to take this opportunity to […]

Who Is Santa Claus?



Just who is Santa Claus? Why, he’s the proprietor of the North Pole Toy Workshop, someone beloved by people of all shapes and sizes. He’s an animal lover – and he has a better record of on-time deliveries than the U.S. Post Office. There is no exact date of birth on record for Santa Claus, but his age is estimated […]

Christmas Bells



They toll for good times. They herald in the New Year, and announce the arrival of the holiday season – and the birth of Christ. Ringing bells may be traced back to ancient winter celebrations where people simply had fun by ringing them to make noise – a precursor to noisemakers. The soft, cheerful tones of the bells blend well […]

Cops Hunt Break-In Rapist



Police last week released a sketch (see sketch) of a man wanted in connection with the December 9 rape of a woman at her Elmhurst residence. Cops are seeking help from the public to identify and locate the suspect, who used a ladder to climb into the victim’s bathroom window at about 4 a.m. on December 9. Police said the […]

Bridge Driver Nixes Plea, Faces Manslaughter Rap



A driver who turned down a six-month plea deal after he sped his car off the Queensboro Bridge, killing a passerby and destroying two businesses, is facing up to 25 years in prison for the alcohol fueled crash. Grant Riddell, 38, was recently indicted on drunken driving, vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and vehicular assault charges in the March 28, […]