2015-05-20 E-Edition

Community Concerns Addressed



The Sumner M. Redstone Theater at the Museum of the Moving Image was center stage for a Town Hall meeting, dominated by continuing conflict concerning a homeless shelter, jointly hosted by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and the United Community Civic Association. “This is very, very important,” said Simotas at the May 14 event to address community concerns. “I get some of […]

Victory For Whitestone



Councilman Paul Vallone was joined by Whitestone residents, members of Community Board 7, state Senator Tony Avella, Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, Welcome to Whitestone, and We Love Whitestone, for an afternoon rally on May 17 in Whitestone at the water’s edge. The reason for the gathering was in recognition of the developer Edgestone Group’s decision to return to the […]

Ragtime Legend Joplin Honored With Annual Concert



Hundreds of ragtime music enthusiasts came to St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst to enjoy the 10th annual salute to the “King of Ragtime,” Scott Joplin. The May 16 concert featured live music performed by Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra who played two hours of famous ragtime tunes, including Joplin’s “The Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer,” […]

Celebrate Astoria! International Cultural Fest



The Central Astoria LDC, famous for its Astoria Park events – Astoria Park Carnival, Independence Celebration, Waterfront Concerts and Movies on the Waterfront – has added yet another event to their repertoire: Celebrate Astoria! International Cultural Fest. Funding for this program has been provided by Councilman Costa Constantinides under the city Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Immigrant Initiative. The initiative, […]

Weprin Quits City Council, Lands Job With Cuomo



In a surprise development, Councilman Mark Weprin is resigning his position in city government, ending a 21-year career as an elected official and taking a job in the Cuomo administration. In a prepared statement, Weprin (D–Queens Village) stated: “Today, I am announcing that I have accepted a position in the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where I will be […]

They Did Not Die In Vain



For those who are impatient for celebration, outdoor fun, sunshine, and vacation, Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer. It is for many a three-day weekend with perhaps a short trip, a barbecue and bathing suit shopping planned. Of course, as with all our holidays, it is a commemoration of something larger than our individual plans. Memorial Day started […]

Letters to the Editor



Designate A Driver To The Editor: The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, is right around the corner. It’s a time when families and friends gather to celebrate with backyard barbecues, water sports and other fun outdoor activities. To keep this holiday weekend safe for everyone, remember to drink responsibly and make a designated driver or designated skipper part of […]

Vallone To Host Birthday Fundraiser



Councilman Paul Vallone is holding a birthday party and you’re invited: it will be on June 4 at Vivaldi Ristorante & Ballroom, located at 201-10 Cross Island Pkwy. in Bayside, from 6 pm until 9 pm. If you cannot attend the birthday celebration, but would like to contribute to the campaign, send a check made out to “We Support Paul […]

LIC Arts Open Presents: Queens Is Not New



Part of the LIC Arts Open, “Queens is Not New” is a four-person show running from May 15-31 at Local Project, 11-27 44th Rd., in Long Island City, between 21st and 11th Streets. The Opening Reception was on Friday, May 15, featuring the works of Carol Crawford, William Garrett, Thaddeus Radell, Eleen Lin. There were performances, both by Raleigh Veach […]