Author Archives: Bob Doda

[UPDATE] Grapel arrives in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Nargas Karimi.

[UPDATE] Ilan Grapel has arrived back in Queens, landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday after months in an Egyptian jail following allegations he was an Israeli spy.   [UPDATE: Thursday, October 27] Ilan Grapel has arrived in Israel. Congressmember Ackerman, joined by Ilan’s mother Irene, met Grapel on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport. They will soon […]

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Escaping with The Yes Team


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Jonathan Walsh, Kinnie Dye, Jackson Price, TJ Moss are The Yes Team

While so many people just dream of leaving their troubles behind, packing a van full of essentials and heading to the Pacific Ocean, The Yes Team actually did it. In what they dubbed “The Kindness of Strangers Tour,” The Yes Team – a folk, pop and roll band straight out of Astoria featuring young musicians […]

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Bayside Hills home granted variance, community outaged


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Photo Courtesy of The Queens Courier

Despite months of rallying by local residents, politicians and Community Board 11 against a land variance request in Bayside Hills, the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) unanimously voted recently in favor of what many believe to be a precedent setting matter. Michael Feiner, Bayside Hills Civic Association president, has been uniting the opposition against […]

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What’s happening this week


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Flushing Town Hall

EDITOR’S PICKS Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: Second Annual International Costume Party; with all star DJ Willie Cruz spinning progressive world house, electro-house, all kinds of Latin and more; this historic 1856 land-marked building will be decorated like a derelict mansion and includes a costume contest and scary live performances; call […]

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Egypt to release Queens native


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Photo by Nargas Karimi Daniel Grapel, Ilan's father, answered media inquiries outside his Oakland Gardens home.

The Prime Minister of Israel announced that Ilan Grapel, the Queens native and law student arrested during the Egyptian uprisings in June, will be released in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners, according to Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s office. Grapel had been a member of the Israeli military serving as a paratrooper and was injured in southern […]

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Mets ’86 champs reunite at Strawberry’s


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THE COURIER/Photo by Bob Doda

The World Series Champion 1986 New York Mets – one of the most memorable teams in New York baseball history – recently gathered for their 25th anniversary celebration at Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston. With Game Six on every television screen, almost all of the storied team filed in, including fan favorites Keith Hernandez, Mookie […]

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DOE cuts leave their mark


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For Gary Haberski, reporting for his six-hour shift each weekday at Bayside High School was not only a delight, but his daily workout. “I used to walk to school every day since I only live two miles away,” said Haberski, 62, of Whitestone, one of 700 Department of Education (DOE) employees let go recently. “I […]

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Egypt and Israel close to a deal for Queens resident


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Photo courtesy of Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s Office    Egyptian officials arrested Queens native Ilan Grapel in June and accused him of spying for the Israeli government.

An Oakland Gardens law student is close to a ticket home after being arrested on spy charges in Egypt during their uprisings this past summer. As reported in The New York Times, Ilan Grapel, 27 – who has dual citizenship with the United States and Israel – would be exchanged for 80 Egyptians who had […]

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News Briefs: Small Business Workshop in L.I.C.


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LONG ISLAND CITY – The Queens Economic Development Corporation will offer workshops and clinics for small business owners this fall. While the clinics are free, workshops will cost $25 in order to cover costs. Topics covered will include networking, taxes, pricing and compliance with city regulations. The workshops and clinics will take place at the […]

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Health Department fines frustrate Queens restaurant owners


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Photo by Bob Doda

While the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) officials are cleaning up restaurants throughout the city, restaurant owners are claiming their wallets are being cleaned out at the same time. Starting in July 2010, the DOHMH made it a requirement for restaurant owners to post the letter grade results of their sanitary inspection. […]

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Occupy Wall Street reaches Bayside


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THE COURIER/Photo by Bob Doda Occupy Bayside protesters outside the Bayside LIRR station called for an end to corporate greed.

Now in their fourth week in Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement that has gained national attention made its way to Bell Boulevard on Thursday morning, October 13. Standing outside the Bayside LIRR Station, almost a dozen protesters held signs calling for taxes on corporations; more specifically, the Tiny Speculator Tax. Those in attendance at […]

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Douglaston Fairway weeks away


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Photos courtesy of Fairway Market Fairway in Douglaston will open it’s doors to the public on November 16.

To the delight of grocery shoppers in northeast Queens, Fairway Market in Douglaston is only weeks away from its grand opening. On November 16, Fairway – located at 242-02 61st Avenue in the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center’s Lower Level – will take over the closed Waldbaum’s with 56,000-square-feet of wall-to-wall food products, fresh produce, a […]

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109th Precinct says citizens should be wary


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The 109th Precinct recently took a time-out to remind the residents of Flushing, College Point and other communities to use common sense tactics against criminals. The iPhone 4 continues to be the most popular item stolen by perpetrators, who simply snatch the phone out of a user’s hand either on foot or on a bike, […]

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Astoria Boulevard: Voices in Motion


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Astoria Boulevard – one the most popular indie folk/pop acts in the New York City circuit – was never meant to be a band. It happened by chance. Founding members Dan Scott and Phillip Drennen, who met while on the national tour of Altar Boyz – a mockumentary musical of sorts – passed the time […]

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