January 18, 2012 RSS feed / Features

Cop Suicide Stuns Bayside Precinct

Family, friends and fellow cops are trying to understand why a well-liked officer assigned to a Queens precinct took his life on January 19.    Police sources said the fiancee of Police Officer Terrence Dean called the 111th Precinct on T More...

Students Film Van Bramer’s Anti-Graffiti Efforts

On January 10, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was interviewed by 10th graders from the High School for Applied Communications (HSAC) in Long Island City. More...

DOT Disconnect Aids Attackers

Astoria lawmakers are fuming that the city Department of Transportation (DOT) failed to maintain security cameras in a local parking lot – a move that assisted a pair of thugs who escaped capture after the brutal beating of a Ditmars shopkeeper More...

$20G Snowstorm Lawsuit Heats Up

The family of a 75-year-old woman who died while waiting for an ambulance during the 2010 Christmas Eve blizzard is moving forward with their $20 million lawsuit against the city, charging unplowed streets kept emergency responders from reaching the More...

Livadas Of Cephalonia, Greece Dies At 107

Miss Adrienne Livadas of Cephalonia, Greece died at the age of 107 from natural causes.  Miss Livadas was born in the small village of Angon, Cephalonia. More...

Community Board 1 CERT Team Chief Recognized

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno and Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. More...

Dromm Secures $107,000 For Re-Entry Program

For more than 40 years, the Fortune Society has been developing model programs that help formerly incarcerated men and women successfully re-enter their communities.  More...

Crowley Travels To India, Burma

Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx) declared his strong support for unconditional release of all political prisoners in Burma during his trip there last week.  More...

MTA Officials Face 7 Line Riders At Town Hall Meeting

The No. 7 line will be shut down between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square for 11 consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, January 21 and ending early Monday morning, April 2. More...

$500K Federal Grant Awarded To Astoria House Youth

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. More...

Vallone Visits Latest Exhibit At Noguchi Museum

On January 10, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. toured the Noguchi Museum’s most recent exhibit, Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City. More...

30th Ave. Merchants Donate $500 For Autism

The 30th Avenue Merchants Association recently donated a $500 check to Paul Halvatzis’ “Shave the Stache” fundraiser in support of Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC). More...

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Mary Louis Academy Parents Club To Hold Night Of Chance

The Mary Louis Academy Parent Club, 176-21 Wexford Terrace in Jamaica Estates, will be holding its annual Night of Chance on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. This year’s theme is Casino Royale. More...

Feds Hunt Bank Robber

The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who held up a Sovereign Bank branch in Jackson Heights.  More...

Noise Relief Comes To Forest Hills LIRR

The sound of loud speaker announcements, horns and door chimes warning passengers of closing doors and platform gaps that have disrupted the lives of residents near the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station has come to an end. More...

Boro-Wide Blotter

Police this month arrested a 31-year-old Queens man suspected in a string of 11 armed robberies throughout the borough and three robberies in Nassau County.  More...

Queens Scam Family Gets 418 Years

A fuming Queens judge last week threw the book at a Richmond Hill family of con artists, sentencing them to a combined 418 years in prison for a brazen immigration and real-estate scam that duped 19 families out of $1.8 million over a six-year period More...

Board 1 Cabinet Hears APAC, Sanitation Department, Plans

Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Drongowski Sacramone, described the group’s winter-spring rehearsal and performance schedule to the Community Board 1 District Cabinet at the cabinet’s first meeting of 2012 on Janua More...

LIC Resident Elected To Top Post In U.S. Coast Guard Aux

Long Island City resident Anthony Reardon has been elected a division commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. More...

Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Trees Throughout Region

A new destructive beetle from Asia has taken hold in North America and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is sounding the alarm. More...

Proposed Strip Club Prompts Rally

On January 12 Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer rallied with community residents and elected officials against Gypsy Rose. More...

Hunters Point South Planners, Developers Grilled At Forum

The latest meeting about Hunters Point South, the city-sponsored housing project on the verge of construction where Newtown Creek and the East River meet, was held January 12 in an entrance area of the PS 1 MoMA Museum of Contemporary Art on Jackson More...

Simotas Calls For Change To Prescription Regs

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas called on the state Department of Health (DOH) to allow the electronic transmission of prescriptions for controlled substances. More...

P.S. 234 Elementary School Gym Repaired

Following a joint effort by Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and state Senator Michael Gianaris, the gymnasium at the Astoria Elementary School, P.S. 234, which suffered substantial flood damage, has been repaired and is now in use.  More...

Community Leader Visits South Africa

Astoria residents George and Elpida Alexiou are seen here on their trip to South Africa last December 2011. More...

Ring In Lunar New Year With Queens Zoo

East meets West as the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo rings in the Year of the Dragon with a special two-day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22 from noon to 4 p.m.  More...

Five Common Misconceptions About Cats Debunked

There are some things that everybody knows about cats, such as they purr when they're happy. But you might be surprised to learn that many of the "facts" you know about cats are actually untrue. More...

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