Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


Queens World Film Festival kicks off in Astoria

The 5th annual Queens World Film Festival is two months away, but the husband-and-wife co-founders, Don and Katha Cato, held their kickoff party Sunday in Astoria. Nearly a hundred filmmakers, actors, volunteers and alumni gathered at Monika’s Cafe Bar, across the street from the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Comment.

Avella wants to legislate forced tree planting

Whitestone resident Joseph Cozeolino spent $140,000 in repairs to his home from damage caused by foliage. Comment.
Little Neck

Chancellor calls Little Neck’s MS 67 one of her favorite schools 

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. But that involvement must go beyond classrooms and textbooks. Comment.

Morgan, Mary Louis bounce back with win over Woodlands

Struggling Mary Louis forward Celeste Morgan had something to prove to coach JoAnn Arbitello and herself after being taken out of the starting lineup. Comment.

Compliance can help quiet ‘war on police’

In regards to the column by William Lewis (TimesLedger, Jan. 9), he neglects to mention what started the whole “War on the Police” as he calls it. The medical examiner ruled the death of Eric Garner by a police officer a homicide. We saw with our own eyes how that officer put a chokehold on Garner which is banned by the department. That officer murdered Eric Garner and we all saw it on video. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015


Man shoots, kills three family members in Rosedale: Cops

Three members of a family in Rosedale were shot and killed in a rampage that left a 12-year-old girl fighting for her life at Long Island Jewish Hospital, police said Saturday. Comments (2).

O’Neills raises big bucks for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

George O’Neill, the bulldog-tough owner of O’Neill’s Restaurant in Maspeth, used the uncharacteristic word “grand” to describe the fund-raiser he staged over the weekend for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Tuskegee Airman’s story inspires the young

The unassuming Dabney Montgomery entered Merrick Academy’s auditorium supported by a dark cane and made his way toward the empty seats behind the podium. Comment.

Costa holds Learning Day for Astoria Cove job seekers

Two months after the massive Astoria Cove construction project got final approval by the City Council, nearly 150 people came to PS 85 to learn more about job opportunities the development will bring. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted Astoria Cove Learning Day with the help of community groups such as Build Up NYC and Urban Upbound. Comment.

Queens Symphony Orchestra director steps down

After eight years at the podium, Queens Symphony Orchestra Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos has announced his resignation, effective immediately. Comment.

NY1 anchor learns ancestor was a slave

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with community leaders and officials, poets, dancers, musicians and keynote speaker Cheryl Wills, a television anchorwoman for NY1 local news channel. Comments (2).

St. John’s can’t close out DePaul in first place battle

Free throw shooting has not been St. John’s strong point the last two seasons. The Red Storm, however, has made them when it counted most. It is what made the misses by stars Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant at the end of regulation against DePaul that much more surprising. Comment.

IDC launches 15-point ‘Invest New York’ agenda

The Independent Democratic Conference Monday launched its 2015-16 policy agenda, a 15-point plan designed to tackle everything from minimum wage to public housing revitalization in New York. Comments (1).
The Play’s the Thing

Censorship is alive and well on American school stages

Freedom of speech is very much in the news these days, so an article in American Theatre with the headline “Who Cares about Censorship on School Stages?” particularly caught my attention. Comment.

Defending our right to choose

Why do I need a politician to tell me where I can shop? And why pick on Walmart? Comments (1).

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015


Museum of the Moving Image focuses on Julianne Moore

The frontrunner for this year’s Best Actress Oscar, Julianne Moore, was in Astoria last week to introduce her newest motion picture, “Still Alice,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment.

Katz donates African-American books to Queens libraries

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz made a special donation of books honoring the African-American experience at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica Saturday afternoon. Comment.

Turnovers doom Lewis in loss to St. Mary’s

The final minutes were just a microcosm of Francis Lewis’ struggles all game against St. Mary’s. Comment.
St. Albans

Hundreds turn out for job fair in St. Albans

As the economy gains momentum, the unemployment rate in Queens and New York state has also dropped steadily over the last few years. Comment.
Political Action

Regaining respect for teachers and police

In past years, school teachers and police officers were the lynch pins that held society together. Today, that is no longer the case to the extent that it was during the early and middle part of the 20th century. Comment.

Mayor de Blasio must use some horse sense

One fact has not been mentioned and that is New York City is being considered as a possible location for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015


Emotional Wilson beats buzzer, Xaverian for Holy Cross

Christian Wilson’s day was filled with emotions, from one of the lowest of low to the highest high. Comment.

New York remains in local sports rut

One of the many great things about living in New York City is the abundance of sports teams. In every major sport, New York has at least two professional teams — a luxury not afforded to smaller cities such as Cleveland, or even more cosmopolitan ones like Boston. Comments (3).

Dr. King’s legacy

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday had a particularly strong impact in Queens this year as events across the borough marked the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, which he led, and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Comment.

Unity of police, community is the best policy

That the majority of police are “good guys” and should be respected is a no-brainer. They are in a position of power by virtue of their uniforms, and being armed. Comment.

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