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Steinway Mansion’s Tangled History

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Astoria’s iconic Steinway Mansion sits in an unglamorous corner of Ditmars, up a shady hill from concrete warehouses and next to a small junkyard. The mansion’s history, however, is much richer than its surroundings would suggest – and its recent purchase for $2.6 million dollars marks an important new chapter […]

FH Tennis Stadium Has Long History Of Music

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Long before current artists like Zac Brown Band and Modest Mouse played the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the facility was a must-stop for many classic artists. Many are familiar with the stadium for being the host of the U.S. Open until 1977, but it went back to its roots when […]

City Council Restores Peter F. Vallone Scholarship

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The Peter F. Vallone Scholarship is back. Missing from the budget since 2011, the scholarship that gives financial relief to thousands of CUNY students was restored for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that was passed by the City Council on June 25. It will start up again for this fall’s […]

John Liu Discusses Tense Senate Race

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer By his own admission, a race for elected office was not something John Liu was considering for 2014. However, he said he saw an opportunity to make a difference in the State Senate. Liu is challenging State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who joined the Independent Democratic Conference earlier this year. […]

Parents Push For School Redistricting

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A small group of Northwestern Queens parents are tired of being juggled from one school district to another. A two-block region known by locals as the “lost peninsula” sits against two districts – students living there spend third, fourth and fifth grade in District 24, but are in District 30 […]

City Monitor For Sandy Recovery

Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and Mark Treyger introduced legislation last month that would create a city monitor at the Department of Investigations (DOI) to ensure the honest, proper and efficient use of taxpayer dollars earmarked for Superstorm Sandy recovery. This legislation requires the DOI Commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse in order to […]

Crossing Guard Bill Passes

Last month, the Legislature passed a bill making any assault on School Crossing Guards a “D” felony. On July 7, standing outside IS 145, a group of Queens School Crossing Guards were joined by Local 372 President Santos Crespo, Jr., to express their thanks to State Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker who co-sponsored […]

Vets Get New Opportunities

Legislation approved by the State Senate and Assembly, with the strong support of State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr., will provide new opportunities for veterans who are public employees to purchase up to three years of retirement credit for their military service. “Under current law, this option is only available to veterans who served their country […]

Expand Summer Bus Service

In effort to ease the commute time for daily travelers and reduce traffic congestion during peak summer months, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has sent a letter to the Metropolitan Transit Authority to provide additional bus service and more frequent limited-stop connections to the A train at rush hours. “The Rockaways are already limited when it comes […]

Children Read To Vet Parents About Freedom

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While many people spent the Thursday before the Fourth of July preparing for barbecues and fireworks, a few children read letters to their military parents about the meaning of freedom. In North Shore-LIJ’s Community Health Building in Manhasset, three members of the armed forces came together to listen to their […]