2014-10-01 E-Edition

2014 Hermes Expo Aided Thalassemia Awareness

         Thalassemia originated in the Mediterranean region. It is a disorder caused by the weakening and destruction of red blood cells, caused by missing genes that affect how the body makes hemoglobin. It is a genetic illness. The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization is a strong partner for families living with Thalassemia. Maria Hadjidemetriou, a member of […]

It’s In Queens! (October 2 to October 8)

The written word is alive and well in Queens this week with a poetry reading featuring a “Genius Grant” recipient, a presentation by the author of a new book on Steve Martin, the opportunity to recreate a historical figure, and a discussion with a prolific feminist author. The week also sizzles with an art exhibit in the newly renovated SculptureCenter, […]

Why Should We Remember The Asia Minor Catastrophe?

           “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat,” George Santayana (1863-1952). We are celebrating the 92nd Anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe at the time of a counter terror operation in Syria and Iraq against ISIS in September 2014. Why remember?             “Even today, Greeks call it ‘The Catastrophe,’ referring to the eradication of the Greek presence […]

Resorts World Casino New York City To Host “Cigars Under The Stars” Event

Resorts World Casino New York City will host “Cigars Under the Stars,” a one night event on October 3 showcasing a wide selection of well-known, high-quality cigars. Vincent Pastore, star of the hit HBO show The Sopranos and an avid cigar enthusiast, will also attend. Arthur Avenue Cigars, located in The Bronx will provide the cigars. The family-owned business has more […]


The City Planning Commission voted on September 29 in favor of the Astoria Cove housing development. The complex will include 1,700 apartments in 2.2 million square feet of new development. Despite this approval by the City Planning Commission the project still requires final approval from the City Council. The final issue to be resolved is the amount of affordable housing […]


The Bayside Historical Society (BHS) at Fort Totten held a three-day celebration in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Bayside Day. Starting on September 26, BHS held a cocktail reception at its headquarters at the historic Officers’ Club, featuring appetizers and drinks made from original recipes dating back to 1914. On September 27, a grand gala was held on the […]

Crowley Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

On September 22, Congressmember Joe Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx) celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an event to recognize the extraordinary contributions Hispanics have made not only in his district but across the country. During the event, Crowley also paid special tribute to Congressmember Joaquin Castro (D-TX) who delivered the evening’s keynote address. “Hispanic Heritage Month is a time […]

Area’s Reps Get $306,500 Grant For Key High Tech Plan

Area lawmakers in Washington congratulated Coalition for Queens (C4Q) last week upon receiving a $306,500 federal grant to promote economic opportunity and expand diversity within the existing tech community and develop a sustainable tech-cluster in Western Queens. The funding is earmarked for Phases II and III of the Queens Tech Strategic Plan, which is aimed at spurring the region’s technology […]

Vallone Introduces Full Service Animal Shelters Bill

At the September 23 Stated Hearing of the City Council, Councilmember Paul Vallone introduced a bill that would mandate full service animal shelters to be built in Queens and The Bronx. In 2000, the City Council led by then Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. passed a law which required the city to establish full service animal shelters in all five boroughs, […]