My name is Isabella Taxilaga and I am in the first grade a P.S. 122 in Astoria.
My favorite things to do are reading, writing and drawing. I love to write poems, songs and stories about my family and what I feel. I really love doing this job and I’m very happy and proud to write for everybody. Anyone can write as much as they want and become really good — I did that, too.
Writing makes me really happy, I hope it makes you feel wonderful, too!
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 […]
As the sun broke through the clouds we made our way into the Fordham section of the Bronx to find the “catering” gate of the enormous Bronx Botanical Garden to attend the wedding of dear friend Claire Shulman’s granddaughter. I’d never been to the famous and expansive 250 acres of gardens. But I heard that […]
After decades of internal civil wars for control of the Queens County Republican Party, the most recent factions sat down for peace talks. Sadly, it is too little too late. With the recent indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone, NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich is now […]
My favorite weekend moments are when I can watch the Sunday Show, eat breakfast in bed and read my Sunday newspapers. I guess because it happens that way so rarely, that when it does it’s a real treat and so a perfect Sunday began. The market in Astoria features many vendors with unique items and […]
Talk about making a splash. Austrian Airlines took that phrase to a whole new level with its arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport. Although it has been a fixture at JFK for many years, Austrian decided that they were missing out on a major market that not only served New Jersey but was equally convenient […]
On April 24, 1834, the Long Island Rail Road was officially chartered by the State of New York. In 1900, the Pennsylvania Railroad bought a controlling interest as part of its plan for direct access to Manhattan which began on September 8, 1910. The Pennsylvania Railroad subsidized the LIRR into the late 1940s. This provided […]