Mom remembers daughters killed in Conn. Christmas Day blaze, calls tragedy ‘incomprehensible’


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Mom remembers daughters killed in Conn. Christmas Day blaze, calls tragedy ‘incomprehensible’   Calling the Christmas Day fire that killed her three daughters and parents “incomprehensible,” fashion ad exec Madonna Badger told hundreds of people packed in a Fifth Avenue church this morning that she’ll never forget her family. “Why did this happen to my […]

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Christmas tree collection to begin today


| brennison@queenscourier.com

The presents have been opened, the stockings unstuffed and the time is coming to take down the decorations and dispose of your Christmas tree. Beginning Wednesday, January 2, the Department of Sanitation will collect the Christmas trees that have been placed curbside.  All trees should be removed of tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands. The program […]

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Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation Announces Plans For Christmas


By Queens Courier Staff

The Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation has gained much notoriety from the community for hosting the annual Columbus Day Parade and also for bringing holiday lighting to Crossbay Boulevard for the first time in the history of the commercial strip. Beginning back in 2006, the Foundation spent over $42,000 when it draped the boulevard in […]

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Sunnyside Shines BID names holiday window photo contest winners


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Sunnyside Shines BID

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) announced on Tuesday the winners of this year’s holiday window photo contest, which brought it more than 1,100 votes.

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New law permits schools to close for more religious and cultural holidays


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo via UrbanUrban_ru/Flickr

For decades, the city closed schools for Christian and Jewish holidays but other religions’ holidays — like Eid al-Fitr and Diwali — didn’t receive the same benefit. But the passage of a new law backed by elected officials in Flushing is changing that.

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Titan Theatre Co.’s ‘A Christmas Carol’


| ckasden@queenscourier.com

Photo by Lloyd Mulvey

Bah, humbug! What possible spin could be added to this holiday classic? Just include some wit and warmth to compete with Charles Dickens’ original version. The result is the Titan Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol.” This new adaptation by Emily Trask and director Lenny Banovez begins with a kindly “grandfather” who shares his storybook introduction. […]

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Countdown to Christmas at the flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Through Dec. 21, the popular Long Island City flea market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, has two floors of a mix of 60 vendors offering a selection of unique, local, handcrafted and vintage items.

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Whitestone family brings the Christmas lights back after winning reality show


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

After winning a reality competition series on spectacular Christmas lights last year, the Lynch family has put up their sparkling holiday decorations once again with a bunch of improvements and a whole new fan base. ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” brought the family a winning prize of $50,000 and a level of fame that stretches past the borders of their Whitestone neighborhood.

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