Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist. He continues to write about government, budgets, politics, media, transportation, urban history, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over 20 years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens and the New York metropolitan area along with various national newspapers and magazines.
Several years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo created 12 Regional Economic Development Councils around the state with a budget of over $1 billion in an attempt to create new jobs and businesses. To date, they have given out almost $1 billion of your hard earned tax dollars. Just how many new businesses and jobs have been […]
For many summers, I have had the treat of taking my children and their growing brood for an end-of-summer getaway. Fortunately for me, I had a magical weekend with my Yunis family. This is a week with my Schneps family. How powerful it is in the hectic lives we lead to take a break and […]
“Feed me, Seymour, feed me!” demands Audrey II, the man-eating, skid row plant. What’s a flower shop to do? Business has gone to seed and is getting worse. Luckily the Rockaway Theatre Company can nip it in the bud. Their version of the sci-fi musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is as fresh as a daisy. […]
The world premiere of playwright Eddie Aronoff’s dark comedy “Inspector Descending” has received overwhelming approval at Secret Theatre’s “UNfringed Festival.” The festival continues through the end of the month in Long Island City. It showcases six new productions that are irreverent and distinctive. At Aug. 20’s ’s premiere, director Thomas G. Waites and producer Shelley Molad […]
It was a bittersweet reunion on Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore and the following weekend a joyous gathering of the Yunis family in Kent, Connecticut. For years, my late husband Stu’s daughter Mimi and her husband Jim have hosted their and my family at their getaway country house. Each of these two weekends, […]
What started out, after a year of planning, as a joyous family reunion ended with the death of the 91-year-old family patriarch, but the children, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren were all there to support the widow because they were serendipitously in town for the family gathering. Their presence softened the pain of the […]