2014-06-11 E-Edition

CB 2 Meets Before Summer Break



The last Community Board 2 meeting before the two-month summer break was long, a great part of it being devoted to a uniform land use review process (ULURP) application by the Fire Department that skeptics and outright opponents were waiting for.  Another presentation on the agenda came from the Department of Transportation, which, in the name of Vision Zero, was […]

Healthy Lifestyle



More than 1,300 people enjoyed a free day of fun and lessons on health and exercise at the annual Community Health Fair held on June 7, and sponsored by Mount Sinai Queens and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA). It was a festive atmosphere at Most Precious Blood in Astoria, where the fair was held, and featured dozens of booths […]

Measure Twice, Cut Once



Immediately following a June 6 meeting with the city Department of Transportation (DOT), Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall and other DOT officials, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced at a press conference at Queens Borough Hall that the long-defunct 149th Street Bridge must be completely rebuilt before it can be […]

Maloney Hails Opening Of Relocated Astoria Post Office



Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined U.S. Post Office District Manager and Executive-in-Charge of the Triboro District Frank Calabrese, Post Office Operations Manager John Tanna, and Officer-in-Charge of Long Island City Scott Farrar to celebrate the opening of the new Astoria Post Office, located at 30-11 21st Street. Nine months ago, the Astoria Post Office lost its lease requiring the […]

Simotas’ Bill To Protect Debtors Passes Assembly



Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D–Astoria) announced her bill to protect New Yorkers against improper debt collection tactics has been passed by the Assembly. The legislation, she said, is part of a comprehensive legislative package “intended to ensure greater fairness in the debt collection process”. Simotas explained, “Those working to pay off their debts are being unfairly harassed and targeted with intimidating […]

Maloney Honors Vets For D-Day Anniversary



Just days before the 70th anniversary of DDay, Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) held an emotional ceremony on June 3 at the VA Hospital in Manhattan to honor the bravery and service of veterans of World War II and those who stormed the beaches at Normandy in the fight to liberate France from Nazi occupation. Maloney, joined by the Mayor’s […]

Bikers Against Breast Cancer Raise $17K For Nonprofit



This past Sunday, June 8, was the 21st annual Bikers Against Breast Cancer ride to benefit SHAREing & CAREing. With more than 200 bikers, the organization raised $17,912, with Jeffrey C. Gold personally raising $9,000. The ride lasted for 55 miles, beginning in Long Island City, and ending in Forest Park. Once again, Peter Vallone Jr., who has worked tirelessly […]

LaGuardia Holds Its 42nd Annual Commencement



The 42nd commencement of LaGuardia Community College was held on a rainy June 5 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. The keynote speaker was Ray Suarez, who spent nearly 20 years as a news correspondent with National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting System before joining Al Jazeera last year as host of “Inside Story”. He began his […]

Celebrate Dads On Their Day



Father’s Day was first celebrated on Jun. 19, 1910, by Sonora Smart Dodd. She and her five siblings had much to thank their dad for. Civil War veteran and widower William Jackson Smart devoted himself to raising his six children alone. Though Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Lyndon Johnson contributed to the creation of a national holiday, it was […]