Author Archives: David Beltran

111th Precinct: Former commander says goodbye


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by David Beltran

After 20 months as commander of the 111th Precinct, former Captain Ronald Leyson, promoted to Deputy Inspector and transferred to the 110th Precinct, stopped by the 111th’s Precinct Council meeting to say goodbye. “I thank you for everything for the past 20 months,” said Leyson. “We couldn’t have had the success that we had without the partnership […]

Read More ...

Valentine’s Day Love Stories: Sandy and Stanley Gussin


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Sandy and Stanley Gussin (1)w

With Valentine’s Day upon us, The Queens Courier asked local couples what made them fall – and stay – in love. Sandy and Stanley Gussin Q: How long have you been together? A: We’ve been married for 53 years. Q: How did you meet? Sandy: It was out of spite. I was expecting two phone […]

Read More ...

Valentine’s Day Love Stories: Leonard and Beverly Ciaccio


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Leonard and Beverly Ciaccio (2)w

With Valentine’s Day upon us, The Queens Courier asked local couples what made them fall – and stay – in love. Leonard and Beverly Ciaccio Q: How long have you been together? A: We’ve been married 57 years Q: How did you meet? A: We met at a dance Q: Do you have any plans for […]

Read More ...

Valentine’s Day Love Stories: Louis Mascaro and Rosemary Stanton


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Louis Mascaro and Rosemary Stanton (1)w

With Valentine’s Day upon us, The Queens Courier asked local couples what made them fall – and stay – in love. Louis Mascaro and Rosemary Stanton Q: How long have you been together? A: Seven years Q: How did you meet? LM: I was sitting in some corner feeling sorry for myself and she came […]

Read More ...

Valentine’s Day Love Stories: Ellie Greenberg and Abraham Feldman


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Ellie Greenberg and Abraham Feldman (1)w

With Valentine’s Day upon us, The Queens Courier asked local couples what made them fall – and stay – in love. Ellie Greenberg and Abraham Feldman Q: How long have you been together? A: Twelve years Q: How did you meet? EG: At the center. I gave him a card with name and number on […]

Read More ...

Valentine’s Day Love Stories: Mary Nally and Tony Gugliucci


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Mary Nally and Tony Gugliucci (1)w

With Valentine’s Day upon us, The Queens Courier asked local couples what made them fall – and stay – in love. Mary Nally and Tony Gugliucci Q: How long have you been together? A: Twelve years Q: How did you meet? MN: We met right here [at the Howard Beach Senior Center]. I used to […]

Read More ...

Rally to keep Key Food in Flushing


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by David Beltran

Some Flushing residents have one thing to say to a local landlord: keep our Key Food. At a rally on Wednesday, February 8, they joined elected officials, including Senator Toby Stavisky, Councilmember James Gennaro and Assemblymembers Michael Simanowitz and Rory Lancman, along with Key Food owner David Mandell to protest plans of replacing the supermarket […]

Read More ...

Verizon workers rally for contract


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

DSC_0137w

Verizon workers, without a contract since last August, are sending a clear message: “Can you hear me now?” Over 300 workers, including many Communications Workers of America union members, rallied in front of the Verizon telephone building in Jamaica and in front of a nearby Verizon Wireless store. According to Amy Muldoon, employees are currently […]

Read More ...

Vallone lead self defense in Astoria


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

DSC05103w

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. joined self-defense expert Antonio Meloni, Crime Prevention Officer John Glynn of the 114th Precinct, Safe Horizon representatives and auxiliary police at a free self defense and crime prevention seminar in Astoria. Despite freezing temperatures, over 100 people attended the seminar, held at Immaculate Conception School. Residents were provided with information on […]

Read More ...

Towers residents loved the show


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Diane Cypkin 2W

“Oy vey!” It was quite a night in the VIP Room on January 13 as many “yentes” came out to see Dr. Diane Cypkin, professor of media and communication arts atPaceUniversity, salute and sing the songs of Molly Picon —considered by many as the first lady of Yiddish theatre. The concert, which began at 8 […]

Read More ...

Talent on parade at Howard Beach Senior Center


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by David Beltran

It was an afternoon full of laughs and smiles at The Howard Beach Senior Center as they held their first of two talent shows this year. Over 200 people, including Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, attended the show, which featured a variety of acts, from singing to belly dancing to stand-up comedy. Mark Frey, the executive director […]

Read More ...

Community Board discusses hydrofracking, new gym


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

There were several important issues brought up at Community Board (CB) 5’s first meeting of the new year, but none drew as much attention, or speakers, as the issue of hydrofracking. In the process of hydrofracking water, sand and chemicals are shot into the ground to push out natural gases. One of the many problems, […]

Read More ...

Strong support for united districts in eastern Queens


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Civic leaders, city officials, and residents came to the Eastern Queens United rally recently in support of new district lines to keep eastern queens communities united and maintain a strong voice in politics. Every 10 years after the census is complete, district lines must be re-drawn. Many residents and civic leaders said that because of […]

Read More ...

Board discusses convention center, elevator


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to build the country’s largest convention center in Queens overshadowed any previous items on Community Board 10’s agenda. During the board’s first monthly meeting of the year, officials cited current problems with traffic near the Racino and said it would only get worse without any direct transportation to the proposed convention […]

Read More ...