The word “titan” conjures visions of enormous strength and size. So it seems appropriate that the five-year-old Titan Theatre Company is gradually building itself up into one of the borough’s predominant performance groups.
Its latest production, William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” an intimate family drama about an aging king as well as an explosive political commentary, will open at what is often referred to as the borough’s premier performance space, Queens Theatre.
An epidemic of apathy, perhaps complicated by cowardice, is wasting us like a flesh-eating disease.
Two hundred fifty UPS personnel in Queens were recently fired almost on the spot after they took a few minutes off to protest the insensitive termination of a colleague. Assuming this action was a contractual violation, there no doubt were remedies far short of such draconian action by management. The sackings were not about the rule of law but rather about the raw exercise of unbridled executive power. That’s what the traditional beneficially adversarial (though not necessarily antagonistic) relationship between bosses and workers has degenerated into these days.
To the credit of management, it subsequently reinstated the workers and imposed 10-day suspensions on them instead of leaving them to twist in the wind, as originally intended. Whether UPS mitigated the penalty because of pressure or a sudden flash of enlightened decency doesn’t matter. It did the right thing, though I suspect begrudgingly.
Whether we are union members or not, we should feel outraged at the breakdown that prompted the original slaughter. No doubt the rash and severe action first taken by UPS will be slavishly imitated by management elsewhere.
When UPS fired the workers, there should have been a deafening public outcry from all segments of society. Maybe the sympathizing workers deserved some disciplinary action, maybe not. They could have been docked or censured. But to obliterate their livelihood is like imposing capital punishment for putting your recyclables out on the wrong day.
In another case, a sanitation worker, with an unblemished history, on one occasion this past dark winter slipped up and reluctantly accepted a $20 expression of thanks from a resident who had insisted on showing her appreciation for extraordinary thoughtfulness. He was axed.
Whether allowed by labor law or forbidden by the apparently anachronistic common law of decency, is this heartless penalty another illustration of American “exceptionalism”?
In Europe, masses would have taken to the streets in sacramental indignation. Over here, not a peep and hardly a ripple. Incitement to riot is not the answer. But a wee dose of responsible civil unrest may be prudent. Let there at least be protest by all right-minded New Yorkers.
Although elements of the media have established in many people’s minds an artificial demarcation between union workers and other aspiring middle-class residents’ interests, those interests apply to us all and should unite, not split us.
No matter what party or wing you belong to, if you possess the spiritual values that all faiths teach us and which most people profess to share, you will be angry and hurt by the unjust treatment of ordinary folks in the workplace.
And the abuse of power will be replicated all across this city and indeed the nation if the backbone of our country, wage-earning workers, doesn’t rise up resoundingly though within the law, to re-assert the unspoken, unwritten agreement that we are all human beings who deserve fairness and, now and then, compassion even beyond the mandates and protections of technical contracts.
Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded
In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.
When the former consul general of Israel in New York, Alon Pinkas, speaks at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills on April 27, he will mark a return to a scene of his youth.
It was in Forest Hills, in fact, where he developed a love for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. “That’s what happens when you spend some years of your childhood surrounded by Mets and Jets fans,” he explained with, one would think, tongue planted firmly in cheek.
There are over two million stories in Queens. Everyone who lives or works here, or is just passing through, has a story to tell.
And Briarwood resident Amy Wu wants to share as many as she can via “QNSMADE” — one human at a time.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) addressed an audience of over 200 students and faculty at Queensborough Community College in Bayside last Thursday on “Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard,” drawing a near-capacity crowd.
The talk was the culminating event of a three-week-long ongoing series of related activities, all part of the college’s Common Read Initiative, inspired this year by the featured text, “The Road to Lost Innocence,” the true story of a Cambodian woman who overcame great obstacles and used her experiences to help others stand up for human rights.
Vivian Barna of Forest Hills could not be more passionate about saving rabbits discarded by owners who no longer wish to care for them. The full-time real estate broker founded All About Rabbits Rescue and dedicates her personal time to caring for rescued rabbits, setting up adoptions, rabbit education and volunteering at pet shop adoption locations.
Barna grew up with dogs and once worked to rescue them until the day she came across a stray rabbit with upper respiratory problems in Queens, who became her first pet rabbit. After that, she was all about rabbits.
(NAPSI)—With a background in business, baby boomer Brenda Granger was interested in learning more about her community and human services. She also wanted to make life better for older adults in her community.
The Department of Homeless Services has extended invitations to area elected officials for a meeting later this month regarding the proposed Glendale homeless shelter.
A 125-family shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. has been a thorn in the side of politicians, Community Board 5 and area residents over the last year, and DHS has confirmed the elected officials opposed to the project will be able to speak their mind in a conference with agency commissioner Gilbert Taylor.
The winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia are barely over, but anticipation for the next ones in PyeongChang, South Korea is starting to grow among the area’s Korean-American community.
But four years is a long time away and South Korea is a long distance away, so the excitement is only just gaining momentum.
So often do extraordinary occurrences get touted as proof of a higher being. Choosing not to go to work on the day your train crashes or surviving a topple off a building are instances of surviving the unsurvivable.
“The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens” attempts to decipher the meaning of survival when the meaning of life isn’t so obvious.
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity braved the cold last Saturday to refurbish an abandoned house at 178-25 93 Ave. in Jamaica.
Held less than a week before Valentine’s Day, the event was promoted as an opportunity for singles looking for others with an interest in community work to meet.
The day of love will be full of candy hearts and smiling teddy bears but Broadway’s Christine Andreas and her husband, Martin Silvestri, will fill the LeFrak Concert Hall with their love for each other and their music in their Valentine’s Day program, “Love is Good.”
“I developed it with my husband and basically we’re performing the music that has found us through the years,” Andreas said. “It’s our lives in music and without being sloppy and sentimental, it can be interesting to watch a couple sing together.”
The food stamp program, Medicare and Social Security benefits, affordable housing and funding for transportation are among the immediate concerns to the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, which is sponsoring its 31st Annual Legislative Forum on Feb. 7 at Queens Borough Hall in the hopes of seeing some positive action on behalf of the borough’s seniors.
(Family Features) - There may not be a lot you can do in your garden during the winter months, especially if you're in a colder part of the country. But there is plenty that you can do right now that will keep you connected to the garden you love while helping you prepare to get your hands dirty in the spring.