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All that a 38-year-old Robert Giugliano wanted was to leave his city office by 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 1993 to see his daughter rehearse for a Christmas event. But, work kept him long, and so he ended up taking his usual 5:33 p.m. LIRR train to Hicksville, nodding to familiar commuters and taking his regular third seat on the third train.
And then at Garden City, Colin Ferguson stepped on, permanently and horrendously changing Giugliano’s life.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
The workers, employed by cleaning, maintenance and security companies, say their pay, insurance benefits and other working conditions are substandard compared to people employed directly by the airlines or the Port Authority, which operates LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce held its annual holiday party and networking dinner at Edison Place Restaurant in Glendale this past Monday, where they raised $300 in much-needed funds for the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Chamber President Patricia Gatt is an account executive at the Queens Chronicle.
“Mental health is not the sexiest topic.” So suggested Dennis Romero, speaking before a room filled with upwards of 100 senior citizens at Queens Borough Hall on Wednesday morning.
Romero, Region II administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, was one of two speakers who addressed members of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, which sponsored the event.
It’s time for the Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative.
Also be sure to say whether you are an amateur or professional photographer.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
What started out as a routine round of blood tests has led a woman to sue two defendants in two separate incidents in one lawsuit.
Filed in March, the lawsuit by Debrahlee Lorenzana, who then lived in Little Neck, named Quest Diagnostics and Brian Olenick as the defendants, claiming that both had aggravated a rare condition known as “reflexive sympathetic dystrophy.”
Whenever the history of Forest Hills is discussed, the names Cord Meyer and Frederick and Ascan Backus always come up. Relatively few people remember another major player in the area’s history — the Springsteen family.
The Springsteens were farmers of Dutch descent who owned a large portion of land on the south side of Queens Boulevard, unlike the Backus family, which was dominant on the north side. Springsteen’s holdings started at Ascan Avenue and extended to 77th Avenue.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Things sure looked a lot brighter for the Jets a month ago when they went into their bye week with a 5-4 record, as they had just knocked off one of the NFL’s best, the New Orleans Saints. The conventional wisdom was that the two-week break would give Rex Ryan’s troops much-needed rest and a chance for some injured players, such as their best wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, a chance to fully recuperate.
Sadly for the Jets and their fans, things have not gone that way. Gang Green lost badly on the road to both the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Still, there was no sense of panic because historically the Jets have always had trouble winning in those places. The common thinking was that the Jets would right the ship when they would take on the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium to begin December. A win over Miami would put them in a strong position to earn a playoff berth.
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a fan of pop music, or having a hard time shopping for a follower of late punk legend Lou Reed, who died in late October? Either way, there are albums out that are just what you’re looking for. Maybe you even know somebody who’d appreciate both!
Ever since June, Queens residents have been taking full advantage of a state appellate court ruling allowing specially licensed green livery cars to accept street hails.
But with the landslide election this month of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, the program faces an uncertain future, and City Council members representing some of the areas where the Granny Smith-green cabs have been most popular are not commenting as to just where they stand on the matter.
Ever since the city started installing traffic islands on College Point Boulevard in Flushing a couple of months ago, accident rates have gone up significantly.
Officers at the 109th Precinct report numerous phone complaints from drivers about the islands because they don’t see them until it’s too late and end up hitting them. Gene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7, says the design makes no sense, causing a problem where there wasn’t one before. Crashes are up fourfold.
“I think we let Iran off the hook,” said City Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman, echoing similar reactions other Jewish leaders representing Queens had about the new nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.
On Saturday, President Obama announced the Joint Plan of Action a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) to greatly reduce Iran’s nuclear activity for the next six months. Iran will have to permit inspectors daily access to its facilities while the P5+1 countries will curtail its sanctions in certain areas including the auto industry, oil and gold exports.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
How wonderful it was reading your special section called “News Makers” in the Nov. 14 35th anniversary edition of the Queens Chronicle.
Indeed it was so enjoyable reading the bios of those people you included in this issue that we clipped out the bios and will enclose them in letters to friends so that they too will enjoy.
We hope this will be a continuing part of your format at the Queen Chronicle — even if only one bio appears weekly in your publication. Incidentally, thank you for your wonderful newspaper that serves our community so well.
Editor’s note: If you missed “News Makers,” you can find all the stories online at qchron.com.
Rosedale, at the very southeastern tip of Queens, was home to a large farming community as late as the 1930s. Some of the better known and larger ones were Anton Hoffner’s Farm, Joseph Brothers Farm, John Miller and Sons Farm, John Santa Marie’s Farm, Albert Schmitt and Brothers Farm and the George Schmitt Farm.
In the late 1930s the construction of homes in an area off Laurelton Parkway called Beaux Arts Park began. The builder was the Parkway Construction Co., owned by Morris Praver (1893-1978), who lived a short distance away on 231st Street in Laurelton with his wife, Hilda, and their two sons. The salesman was his younger brother Albert Praver.
The following remarks are in reference to David Rivkin’s Nov. 14 letter “The ignorant Left.” We Democrats may be ignorant on some issues, however, the stupid GOP right is always on the wrong side of history. Just compare our domestic legislation to their “just say no” legislation.
David you wrote, “Readers should also realize that filibuster of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in keeping with all filibuster speeches ever recorded in the senate ...” Our Senate is the only legislative body in the world that allows filibustering as an obstructionist tactic to defeat legislation favored by a majority.
Here is a tragic example why the Senate should end Senate 22 rule. President Wilson asked Congress on Feb. 26, 1917 for authority to arm merchant vessels in the hope of deterring German subs from attacking. The House passed the bill 403-14, and 75 senators signed a statement that they would vote for it if given the opportunity. In the Senate, a “little group of willful men” (as Wilson characterized seven Republicans and five Democrats) filibustered the bill until the end of the session. The tragic action prevented the measure from coming to a vote — thus killing the bill!
Twenty-first century America needs to end old parliamentary rules which cause the wheels of government to turn into a “horse and buggy” era.
And to the Chronicle, hooray for 35 years of service to Queens!
Queens Chronicle staffers Tess McRae, associate editor, and Christopher Barca, reporter, hold up gifts that have already been dropped off for the toy drive.
Please support small retailers by joining your neighbors on Third Annual National Small Business Saturday, on Nov. 30. Do the same as often as possible during the other 364 days a year.
Skip the national chain stores’ annual Black Friday madness, which now starts early Thursday at most large retail stores. Only PC Richards is closed. They allow their employees to stay home with family. Take a pass on Cyber Monday for those who want to shop on the Internet.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. Get a good night’s sleep and come out and support small business by shopping local. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your neighborhood businesses. There are so many great options. These people are our neighbors. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment without the support of government subsidies at taxpayers expense. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support our Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.
A full audience of Jackson Heights residents raised their hands Monday night when Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies, asked if they were tired of planes flying over their houses every minute, one after another, like a brigade of B52 bombers.
McEneany and Bob Whitehair, founders of Queens Quiet Skies, an advocacy organization that fights for noise regulations, gave their 26th community education presentation as part of a town hall meeting on the issue organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance.
The synagogue was devastated last year by Hurricane Sandy, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage, according to its executive director, Barry Rachnowitz.
But now things are looking up, and Rachnowitz spent much of this week helping prepare a Thanksgiving feast, which brought together the temple’s pre-school students and their families on Tuesday afternoon.