2017-12-06 E-Edition

Following Byzantine Footsteps: Interview with Father Nicola Madaro

History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill St. Nicholas Feast Day is approaching on December 6th, 2017. We had the honor of interviewing a Nicholas. Professor Father Nicola Madaro at St. San Giorgio dei (“Saint George of the Greeks”) Church in Castello, Venice, northern Italy gave us a glimpse of Byzantine civilization. The Church was the center of the Scuola dei Greci, the Confraternity of the […]

108th Police Precinct Community Council Talks Crime Prevention During Holidays

At the 108th Police Precinct Community Council meeting for November, a Cop(s) of the Month ceremony, a crime report, a talk by a crime prevention officer and the usual holiday season warning about protecting your valuables were all taken care of at Sunnyside Community Services, within a half-hour’s time.  Such brevity was fine for Commander Captain Ralph Forgione, who had […]

History Of Black Indians Explored In Book & Lecture Series

Author and lecturer, Professor William Loren Katz gave an insightful presentation on the history of African Americans and their relationship with Native Americans to a diverse audience at the Central Library in Jamaica. Prof. Katz based his lecture from his bestselling and groundbreaking book Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage.  An author of more than 40 books, Katz has painstakingly researched […]

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 8 to Dec. 13)

Charles Dickens, Jedi warriors, Jim Henson, and Bach compete for glory over a holiday-influenced week in Queens. Lucky them. They’ll have some great pop-up markets and historic houses to visit. Plus, they’ll be able to savor Turkish cuisine, relax to harmonies, and critique dance programs. Dec. 8, A Christmas Carol: The Tradition Continues, Dec. 22. Titan Theatre Company presents its […]

Cops Nab 5 Women In Show Palace Prostitution Bust

Queens Vice cops raided the notorious “Show Palace” jiggle joint in Long Island City on December 1, where they arrested five women on prostitution charges, police sad. The cops entered the club on 21st Street near 43rd Avenue at about 4 a.m. on December 4 to part of an investigation into violations of state liquor laws, police said. The officers […]

How To Stay Safe While Playing Santa

It’s that time of year again, when lights twinkle and bells jingle as we brave the winter chill to find those perfect holiday gifts for friends and family. But remember, behind every “Ho! Ho! Ho!” there’s a thief, a rip-off artist, or a small time thug waiting to fill his stocking by emptying your pockets. It’s sad, but true. Crime […]

Christmas Tales And Traditions

Have you ever wondered how large the largest Christmas ornament was? Or what will happen if you sit under a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve? The following is a compilation of little known Christmas facts and traditions: Holly is a symbol of rebirth The first-ever singing commercial was aired on Christmas Eve, 1029, for Wheaties Cereal Did you know Franklin […]

Follow Santa’s Journey

The young at heart can tune in to follow the jolly old elf as he makes his annual holiday trek around the world! The Smithsonian Channel is presenting “Santa’s World Tour Marathon” beginning at 9 p.m. on December 23. The tour will follow Santa from his North Pole workshop and around the world, as he delivers Christmas toys and cheer. […]

Green Gifts For A Season That Sparkles

Are you struggling to find a unique gift for that hard-to-please person on your list? This holiday season consider giving a “green gift” that gives back to the environment, or a gift that helps a favorite charity. There are dozens of websites that list gifts that give back in many ways – from helping in one of many ways to […]