Author Archives: Bob Doda

Halloween safety tips


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While having fun is a prerequisite for any Halloween, safety should never take a backseat. With the devastation the city suffered during Hurricane Sandy, many will be forced to forego trick-or-treating, but for those that do there are several safety tips that should be followed. Con Ed offered some tips post-Sandy safety tips: Avoid any […]

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[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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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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