Elmhurst man killed in Christmas morning hit-and-run


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A man died early Wednesday morning after a car struck him in East Elmhurst before fleeing, police said. Enrique Clemente-Ovando, 29, of Elmhurst, was crossing Astoria Boulevard, near 103rd Street, about 4:30 a.m., when the vehicle hit him, according to the NYPD. Clemente-Ovando was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The car, which […]

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Workers left unemployed for Christmas after Trade Fair abruptly closes


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of RWDSU Communications

Rafael Polanco is going to have to tell his two children that Christmas this year might come without presents.
The East Elmhurst resident, along with 49 other union workers, all lost their jobs on Tuesday, December 10 when the Trade Fair Supermarket on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights closed its doors abruptly without giving the workers any notice.

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Number of Christmas movies drops in recent years


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by KC Bailey/Lionsgate Publicity

A traditional activity during this time is movie-going, for you may relax and immerse yourself in a world of candy canes and mistletoe. Now a days, however, options are much more limited than expected. The presence of Christmas films has declined dramatically, due to the demand for realism in film by the older movie viewers and the demand for horror films by the younger demographic.

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Little North Pole Christmas celebration


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo by Vito Catalano

The North Pole came to Neponsit Beach for a night and the community celebrated Christmas in style. Lights showered Joe Mure’s Neponsit Avenue home where he hosted his annual “Little North Pole” event to benefit juvenile diabetes on Saturday. A Christmas display surrounded the house and close to 5,000 people came to see the show, […]

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Whitestone family wins ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ on ABC


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Tina Lynch

The Lynch family from Whitestone won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” Dec. 9. They beat out three other houses in the nation and collected the $50,000 prize.

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Watch Whitestone family compete for best Christmas lights on ABC


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Tina Lynch

The Lynch family will find out Monday night if their Whitestone home won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” The new reality-competition show airs Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

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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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Cards for Christmas: Students help ill boy reach record


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photos by Elizabeth Smalios

Bayside youngsters have risen to the challenge of fulfilling a terminally ill Kentucky boy’s dying wish. Students at P.S. 46 have joined a worldwide initiative to help nine-year-old Dalton Dingus reach a world record for receiving the most holiday cards. Dingus, who is in stage 4 of cystic fibrosis, skyrocketed to national stardom this month, […]

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NORAD, Google track Santa’s Christmas Eve journey


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Screenshot/noradsanta.org

After more than 50 years of tracking Santa, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) continues to update millions on his whereabouts on Christmas Eve. The tradition started in 1955 when a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa, according to noradsanta.org. Those calls went to […]

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The Courier, Queens Chamber of Commerce & Russo’s on the Bay team up to make Christmas bright for kids


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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Under the sparkling chandeliers and twinkling Christmas lights, seventh grader Maddie McDade smiled brightly. The St. Francis de Sales student’s Belle Harbor home burned down during Superstorm Sandy, leaving her and her family displaced to parts of Long Island and Brooklyn just weeks before the holidays. She, and students from five south Queens schools, attended […]

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Help us bring Christmas to those affected by Sandy


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Our borough is still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy – but The Queens Courier is determined to not let her be “the Grinch that stole Christmas.” That’s why we are asking you, our readers and advertisers, to help us collect toys and clothes for the children hardest hit by Sandy – those in […]

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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 January 3


| brennison@queenscourier.com

After the presents have been unwrapped, the stockings unstuffed and the new year has passed, comes the time to take down the decorations and discard the Christmas tree. Beginning Tuesday, January 3, the Department of Sanitation will collect the curbside Christmas trees that should be removed of tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands.  The program will […]

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