Astoria Times

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jackson Heights

Corona remembers fallen hero

Several hundred Corona residents lined the streets last weekend to honor the memory of a neighborhood soldier whose remains were found in Iraq last year by renaming a portion of the block on which he grew up in his name. Comment.
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Astoria’s Sabra ready to launch new hummus products

If the folks at Astoria-based Sabra Go Mediterranean have anything to do with it, America’s future food consumption habits will be heavily reliant on chickpeas. Comment.
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Italian newcomer salutes its Old World roots

Manducatis Rustica VIG is the brainchild of the offspring of the very well established Manducatis Restaurant, both in Long Island City.Gianna Cerbone (Manducatis is not the family name, it’s Latin for “come and eat”) may have majored in Art History in college, hoping to become a curator, but she was born with a cooking spoon in her mouth.She surrendered to her biological imperative about eight months ago, opening this charmingly retro bakery/café/pizzeria/market/restaurant. Comment.
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Elmhurst woman sues NYPD in sodomy case

An Elmhurst woman whose apartment was allegedly raided by the Queens narcotics unit of the NYPD has filed a suit against the city claiming she was sodomized in a precinct house bathroom by a detective from the squad who demanded sex in return for allowing her to keep custody of her children. Comment.
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Hall of Science mini golf pairs links, lunar landers

The New York Hall of Science opened a new outdoor space for borough families that could pave the way for the next Neil Armstrong — or even Tiger Woods. Comment.
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Harassment suit filed vs. ex-CB1 head

A former staff member at Astoria’s Community Board 1 has filed a lawsuit which accuses former district manager George Delis of sexually harassing her during her three-year stint at the board’s office. Comment.
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Mayoral control stuck in state Senate limbo

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg waited for the unruly state Senate to follow the state Assembly’s lead and act on mayoral control, he again touted his educational record and said his leadership has paved the way for the highest graduation rates the city has seen in 22 years. Comment.
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Kermit, Miss Piggy move to western Qns.

It’s time to meet the newest tenants of the former Standard Motor Products building in Long Island City: The Muppets. Comment.
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42% of NY‘embarrassed’ by pols: Poll

Not surprisingly, a Quinnipiac poll released Monday morning found that voters disapprove of the stalemate in Albany by a nearly 4-to-1 margin, with respondents evenly parsing out blame between Democrats, Republicans and the governor. Comment.
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Nolan bill would allow aid for swine flu schools

Queens public schools that lost class time due to the swine flu pandemic were one step closer to not being penalized after a bill passed the state Assembly Monday. Comment.
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Rikers paintings on display

A group of young artists from three Rikers Island-based schools are displaying their work at the Queens Museum of Art for one month in a program that allows them to explore their feelings through painting, sculpting, filming and digital technology. Comment.
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Meltdown endangers pro-tenant rent bill

One of the state’s most powerful lobbies, the real estate industry, has been dealt a favorable hand amid the chaos in Albany with rent regulation bills up in the air. Comment.
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Weprin tries comedy at odd fund-raiser

It was a tough crowd. Comment.
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Home robberies up in boro during last 2 months: Cops

Despite a drop in crime across the borough, police officials say there is a growing problem with burglaries and home invasions in the area. Comment.
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North Shore staff says mummy not a she but a he

A 2,600-year-old mummy named Lady Hor was hiding a surprising secret under layers of aging gauze: a penis. Comment.
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Crowley pushes for lower malpractice rates in state

Queens’ health care system, already hit hard by the recent closures of three hospitals, is facing another painful blow as a looming increase in malpractice insurance rates threatens to slash the ranks of medical professionals who deliver babies. Comment.
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Circus without a ringleader

Call it the greatest show on earth, but do not call it a functioning branch of government. Comment.
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171 graduate from Bramson ORT

They hailed from all different backgrounds — a veterinarian from Albania to a mother from Far Rockaway— but for one night the students from Bramson ORT College in Forest Hills all had something in common: They were graduating and despite tough economic times shared a hope the degree would bring them the future about which they once only dreamed. Comment.
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Richmond Hill’s revered Hindu spiritual leader dies

Shri Prakash Gossai, a charismatic Hindu priest who led a Richmond Hill temple and was known as “the mahatma of the 21st century” by his followers, died last week of a massive heart attack. He was 56. Comment.
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Noguchi’s vision enhanced at renovated museum

They say things improve with age and for the renowned Noguchi Museum located in Long Island City this saying proves true. With the second phase of the museum’s renovation complete and the reinstallation of Isamu Noguchi’s original works, this legendary institution has gone from remarkable to bordering on perfection. Comment.
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Rosenbergs’ son welcomes revelations in 1953 spy case

It was a late spring Friday evening at Sing Sing with trainload after trainload of the outraged and the merely curious joining the throngs of protesters outside the prison’s grim walls. Comment.

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