2014-12-24 E-Edition

It’s In Queens! (December 26 to December 31)



After a calm Christmas day, the Queens calendar heats up until New Year’s Eve with a national tennis tournament, Kwanzaa celebrations, arts-and-crafts workshops, and an open house at a farm. There’s also a distinctly Queens version of The Nutcracker with salsa, hip hop, and belly dancing, plus great options to watch the ball drop. Here’s the rundown. Dec. 26-31, USTA […]

For Those In Need



Councilmember Costa Constantinides was joined by state Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at his office on December 23 for the annual holiday coat drive. “It is important during this holiday season that we help those in need,” said Constantinides. “Many in our city do not have a place to keep warm or clothing to cover themselves during the […]

Central Astoria’s Holiday Tree



Kim: Victory For Tolerance



Queens legislators gathered in front of P.S. 20 to celebrate the signing of a bill that will allow schools to celebrate cultural holidays in New York City. The legislation (A.7756 Kim, Silver / S.6688 Golden, Squadron) was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Cuomo. The law will allow boards of education or trustees to close school on a day where […]

Happy Holidays!!!



We start off today’s column by heartily wishing all our Gazette readers and their families, the Gazette staff and their families and friends, and everyone on the planet: the happiest, healthy and wealthy Christmas, Chanukah and New Year, with the fervent hope that 2015 will be a magical year that will end wars and terrorism and threats and killings all […]

DA Brown’s Office Donates A Bounty Of Toys



The annual Yuletide Toy Drive by the Office of Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown has resulted in the donation of more than 200 toys that will be distributed to needy children. Brown said, “I am proud of our generous and thoughtful staff members who always remember to donate a toy so that needy children can share in the spirit […]

Serao Hosts Celebration For SHAREing & CAREing Board



On December 12 Michael Serao, regional vice president of Quontic Bank, and his partner, Dr. Fidel Abreu of Fidel Abreu DDS, hosted the SHAREing & CAREing board of directors at their home in Hewlett Harbor for a holiday gathering. “Throughout the year, this dedicated group of community leaders works tirelessly to provide cancer support service to our community, their tireless […]

Joy To The World



This past Sunday marked the winter solstice, or the day when the hours and minutes of daylight are shortest. Diminishing hours of daylight and unseasonably cold air temperatures for several days in a row can make gloom appear pervasive. However, we find that the attitude toward the winter solstice can be a function of whether one regards the glass as […]

Letters to the Editor



Library Interim Prez To The Editor: I want to introduce myself to you and the residents of Queens. I started my library career as a children’s librarian trainee in Suffolk County, while pursuing my Master of Library Science degree at St. John’s University. I served customers at the front desk for many years and then managed small and large public […]