As founder in 1985 of Schneps Communications,Victoria Schnepsis Publisher/CEO of groups of weekly community newspapers in Queens and Brooklyn. The Queens Courier and Brooklyn Home Reporter and Spectator. They also publish El Correo de Queens, and monthly pubs including Queens Business, the Long Island City Courier, North Shore Towers Courier, LeHavre Courier and Aspire.
Inspired by the power of the press during her advocacy work on behalf of her daughter Lara, brain damaged at birth, Ms. Schneps pursued her dream of being in the news business. She started a neighborhood newspaper in her Bayside living room, with a partner and a $250 investment.
Today, Schneps Communications publishes over 17 newspapers and magazines. The Queens Courier was chosen as one of the top 10 newspapers in New York State and their website as #1 for two years by the New York State Press Association.
What fun it was to be live on the Aurelia & CAStyles XYz TV show last Friday. The effervescent Aurelia has created a variety show, and I had the pleasure of talking with her during the hour-long show seen on Time Warner, RCN, Verizon FiOS and Cablevision. Her husband and co-producer Al Chico started the […]
Getting homework from class, it is really a task. Talking to my friends, it will never end! Doing math as a class, trying to finish really fast. This is life in second grade, it is quite the parade. I hope everyone is enjoying their class this year. Second grade is a little harder than I […]
The stock of industrial and warehouse space in Queens has become increasingly unavailable through this past year. Recently featured in the news is the gain in both sales and rentals Long Island is experiencing due to this lack of product in the Queens marketplace. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nassau County saw a 133 […]
Schools are open, but once again out-of-work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonably priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Year after year and now decade after decade, polls of ordinary New Yorkers […]
A blackened warehouse is pierced by the glow of a dozen lights. Shadowy figures pour onto the stage and into the orchestra pit. Trumpet blasts! Full stage lights! The musical story of “Godspell,” as told by the Rockaway Theatre Company, is about to unfold.
Eating fresh fruit off the tree, seeing chickens run free. Watching beautiful birds, and cows moving in a herd. This is my life in Puerto Rico. This August, I am in Isabela, Puerto Rico. This is the town that I am named after. It is where my mom is from. I would love to tell […]
Dodge City! The name alone stirs the emotions of 12-year-old kids…and their fathers and grandfathers. Synonymous with the mystique of the Old West and the famous lawmen and outlaws that populate books, movies and television covering both fact and fiction, Dodge City today revels in its history and culture. While much of the area is […]
You’re thinking of selling your house and mention it to a neighbor. The neighbor calls you the next day and says maybe their daughter or other family member may want to buy the house. Your family knows you are going to sell your home and a relative all of a sudden brings investors they know […]
Blame both President Obama and Congress for the continued gridlock in Washington. The president spends more time building up frequent flyer mileage, going on vacations, playing golf and traveling around the nation for Democratic Party fundraisers. Now he is off to a two week vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Congress is no better having just adjourned […]
One of my biggest delights being a newspaper publisher is to meet unique people. This past week I had the pleasure of having dinner with two remarkable people, John Ciafone and his wife Gina Argento, and, as an added bonus, my son Josh joined us since his wife was visiting her mother in California with […]
OK, so this summer has been a mixed bag when it comes to weather. July has been hot and humid but hasn’t seen a sustained heat wave, unusual for the entire month. There’s been a lot of rain in some places while others are facing a pretty severe drought. That’s no excuse to stay home […]
Has anyone noticed the recent media blitz by the Empire State Development Corporation at taxpayers’ expense? The total cost of this ongoing seven month media blitz is now $161 million dollars and counting. The commercials run in heavy rotation several times per hour on television stations. They have a catchy beat reminiscent of Bobby McFarins […]
I felt déjà vu on the visit to the day camp my grandchildren are going to, because it’s the same one my daughter attended. Then, a few days later, I visited my grandson at sleepaway camp which totally reminded me of the sleepaway camps I had gone to ‘til I got married! The sun was […]
Ahh, the joys of Club Med. Sand and sea. Beautiful beaches. Sexy girls for the guys. Sexy men for the girls. Snow capped peaks. Snow capped peaks? Hey, this ain’t your mom and dad’s Club Med. Welcome to the 21st century. Known over the years for its inclusive resorts, Club Med has operated ski resorts since […]
At the end of the day Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s creation of a Transportation Reinvestment Commission to develop a 100 year blue print to plan for the future of public transportation will not be worth the paper any final report is printed on. It will however like many previous planning studies or commissions, generate him some […]