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The musicals “Anything Goes” and “Children of Eden” couldn’t be more different from one another. Currently on the local theater boards, each delivers entertainment clearly aimed at particular audiences.
“Anything Goes,” a staple since its Broadway debut in 1934, has undergone various incarnations over the years. It is frequently revisited by community groups, which are undoubtedly drawn to its giddy story line — set aboard an ocean liner bound for England and surrounding the misadventures of a female ex-evangelist, “a broken-down broker,” Public Enemy #13 and others — and a superb score by Cole Porter.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said, if Congress continues to “gridlock” his agenda, he would invoke his inherent powers and issue executive orders. Shouts of impeachment rang out in the GOP-controlled House!
Laws are made almost exclusively by legislation originated as acts of Congress; such acts are either signed into law by the president or passed into law by Congress after a presidential veto. However, presidents can issue orders, which have the force of law.
All presidents invoked this power except William Henry Harrison, our ninth president. John Adams, James Madison and John Monroe each issued only one. The three highest were Teddy Roosevelt (1,081), Woodrow Wilson (1,803) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (3,522).
Here are samples of presidential orders: Wilson provided conditions for employment for the Panama Canal. John F. Kennedy created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jimmy Carter established the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ronald Reagan created the president’s commission on th
e HIV epidemic. Obama signed on Feb. 12 an executive order that requires federal contractors to raise their minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10, effective in 2015.
Readers, for your information, the numbers of executive orders by our last three presidents are: Bill Clinton (364), George W. Bush (291) — and, for the past five years, Obama (169).
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.
With a sunny, and mostly musical, community theater spring season in the forecast, and more than half a dozen shows scheduled to open between now and late April, it’s time to sing the winter blues away!
First up is the Parkside Players’ production of “The Uninvited,” a good old-fashioned ghost story which begins thrilling audiences Friday night. The play, by Tim Kelly, is directed by Bill Logan and features a cast headed by Laura Cetti and Nick Radu.
State Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) said he won’t allow a vote on Mayor de Blasio’s request to permit New York City to raise its taxes on residents with incomes over $500,000 a year to fund universal pre-kindergarten in the city.
“This isn’t just a home-rule issue,” Skelos told reporters Monday. “It infected the entire state in terms of revenues, in terms of the finance industry. The last thing we need to see is high earners leave New York State.”
UPDATE: Below this article is a transcript of an interview about the snow with Mayor de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, issued by the Mayor's Office at 4:11 p.m.
A lone chair remained in place atop an array of tables in the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center as Community Board 12 prepared for its monthly meeting on Jan. 15.
It was the chair occupied for many years by Cardinal Sandiford, a 14-year veteran of the board, its long-serving Land Use Committee chairman, and a fixture at area events of every nature.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
There will be little joy in the stables this Christmas in Fresh Meadows.
The Western Riding Club, located at 169-38 Pidgeon Meadow Road for the last three years and run by Joy Tirado, will have to close Dec. 31. A judge last week threw out Tirado’s lawsuit to delay eviction until she raised money to purchase the property.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
Amidst some disappointment from Community Board 12 leaders, the property at 150-13 89th Ave., formerly the Mary Immaculate Hospital, is set to become a residential facility, according to its owner, Meyer Chetrit.
Following its bankruptcy in 2009, the hospital was sold in an auction to Guttman Realty for $26.6 million, after which sole ownership went to Chetrit a few weeks later. When news of the closing hit, Queens leaders including Borough President Helen Marshall were vocal about maintaining the building as some sort of healthcare facility.
Angry parents and students gathered in the Richmond Hill High School auditorium last Thursday night to fight against the city Department of Education’s attempt to close down the school’s annex several blocks from the main building and turn it into a new high school.
Several students talked about how the annex, located at 94-25 117 St., serves as a transitional location for freshmen to adjust from middle school to high school. It also increases morale and school spirit, they said.
The developer of a planned hotel near JFK Airport say their project will not do the community any harm, but a cautious Community Board 10, mindful of its lack of input on other hotel projects along the Belt Parkway and the situation at the former Skyway Motel, now a men’s homeless shelter, are not rushing to approve a zoning variance to allow it.
The hotel is planned for a triangle zoned for manufacturing between 149th and 150th avenues and 132nd Street in South Ozone Park. The location at 132-10 149 Ave. is directly across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn, JFK Sheraton and the Skyway men’s shelter, where a number of registered sex offenders live. Because of the manufacturing zoning, the hotel’s developer would need a variance to construct the building. The location is one block south of the Belt Parkway and about a quarter of a mile west of the main entrance to JFK Airport.
A former gas station at the busy intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Centreville Street in Ozone Park is being redeveloped as a strip mall.
The site is currently under construction and, according to information provided by the owner of the property, will house a strip mall with a parking lot that could be home to as many as a dozen stores.
Once a year every November, a ringing bell breaks the quiet of a cold early morning in South Jamaica. It rings 50 times, once for each bullet that police officers fired on the fateful morning that killed Sean Bell.
Valerie Bell remembers calling her son every day to check up on him. To her concerns he would reply, “Ma, I got this,” a saying that encompassed his confident outlook on life that he seemed to have since a young age. At 6, he had hit his first home run, and by high school, he was the popular kid his friends would go to for advice about girls. In his senior year at John Adams, he had 97 strikeouts as a pitcher, and that same year he met his future fiancÈe, Nicole Paultre. The two eventually had a child together, which led to Bell dropping out of college to support his growing family.
The Young Adult Borough Center at John Adams High School received a $100,000 check this week from the city, allocated by Councilman Ruben Wills.
Operated by the city Department of Education and Queens Community House, the program works with young adults, ages 17 to 21, who desire to pursue their high school diploma and develop their career and employment skills. It is one of 23 YABC sites in New York City high schools and caters to students from all over the borough.
The public hearing on the proposed new high school co-location at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park on Oct. 23 was unlike most co-location hearings. It wasn’t a long night for irate parents and teachers demanding Mayor Bloomberg’s and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s heads on a platter.
Whether it was support, apathy, or just cynicism, only five parents of students at JHS 226, and the middle school that was co-located in the same building this year, MS 297, spoke against the proposed new high school at the hearing, which lasted just about 25 minutes.
The Ozone Park Kiwanis Club honored two of its eldest members on Sept. 21.
Anthony Gasparello, left photo, and Nick Sangiamo received special plaques honoring their more than 100 years of combined service to the community. Both were founding members of the Ozone Park Kiwanis Club, which is 60 years old this year.
The city is looking into two different flooding problems in two locations in southern Queens.
The first issue, at the corner of Cross Bay Boulevard and 165th Avenue in Howard Beach, has already gotten a response by the city Department of Environmental Protection, while the other location, outside John Adams High School in Ozone Park, may be eyed for a fix, according to Rudy S. Giuliani, chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park)
A Brooklyn man who struck and killed a special education student outside John Adams High School in 2005 and then fled the country for seven years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Bartolo Paula, 56, of Brooklyn hit 15-year-old Jeffrey Javier with his vehicle on Oct. 26, 2005, while making a left turn onto Rockaway Boulevard from 101st Street.
A drenching summer downpour turned Rockaway Boulevard into a river last Thursday evening.
The sudden flash flood inundated Rockaway Boulevard between 101st and 102nd streets in front of John Adams High School around 6 p.m., at the height of rush hour, shortly after a thunderstorm blew through the neighborhood.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has dropped from first place among likely Democratic primary voters in the race for mayor a week ago to fourth place today, following revelations that he continued carrying on sexually explicit online relationships after quitting Congress, according to a survey released July 29.
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University has City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) back in the lead in the Democratic primary, with the support of 27 percent of survey respondents, compared to 16 percent for Weiner. In between were Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, with 21 percent, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, with 20 percent. They were trailed by Comptroller John Liu at 6 percent and former Councilman Sal Albanese at 2 percent.