Author Archives: Mitchell Kirk

Astoria musician sees value without dollar signs


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“We knew after graduation we were going to move to New York, just because that’s what one does,” said Moppa Elliott, the Scranton, Pennsylvania native, now residing in Astoria, who came here with friends in 2002 to pursue a career in jazz music. His nickname derived from his “moppy” hairstyle as a boy. His character […]

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 At 10:30 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 22806 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, will be holding an event titled “Young Chefs,” which invites kids to prepare homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split milkshakes. All materials will be included. Space is limited to eight participants and registration is required. Recommended for […]

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Star of Queens: Jack Fried


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Star of Queens: Jack Fried President,  111th Precinct Community Council COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The 111th Precinct Community Council is made up of neighborhood residents. As president, Jack Fried leads the Council at its regular meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Meeting topics include giving a rundown of crime statistics, discussing local issues […]

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Star of Queens: Bob Widdows


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Star of Queens: Bob Widdows President, East Coast Car Association COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Bob Widdows became president of the East Coast Car Association (ECCA) after Eddie Walter, the organization’s founder, passed away in 2007. Widdows says the ECCA currently has around nine members who work together to organize car shows and cruise nights, which are held every […]

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Nissan offering vehicle assistance for victims


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Two area Nissan dealerships are participating in the automaker’s Tri-State Vehicle Assistance Program, offering repair and replacement services to all residents whose vehicles were damaged by Sandy. As a part of the program, Great Neck Nissan and Nissan of Queens are providing transportation, assessment and repair of damaged vehicles at no cost to the consumer […]

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Star of Queens: Paula Snider


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Star of Queens: Paula Snider Tutor with Sunnyside Community Services After School Program COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Whether it’s math, writing or reading, Paula Snider helps elementary school students with their homework after school. She says she usually ends each session by reading the kids a story. PERSONAL: Born and raised in the Bronx, Snider attended college […]

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Podiatry & Wound Care Hyperbaric Center: Friendly, patient-focused care


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Podiatry & Wound Care Hyperbaric Center has been at 46-04 31st Avenue, Long Island City for the last two years. At the facility, Dr. Mary Andrea and her staff provide both hyperbaric oxygen therapy as well as an array of podiatric services — all with friendly, patient-focused care. Originally located in Parkway Hospital, Dr. Mary […]

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Crystal Window’s national ‘exposure’


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Talk about some good exposure. Crystal Window & Door Systems, located at 31-10 Whitestone Expressway, will continue to be featured in this fall’s season of A&E’s “Flipping Boston.” The recent deal represents a continued relationship between Crystal and A&E home renovation shows, the company having supplied individual projects for previous seasons of “Flipping Boston” as […]

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Star of Queens: Tyler D. Cassell


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Star of Queens: Tyler D. Cassell President, North Flushing Civic Homeowners Association COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The North Flushing Civic Homeowners Association represents the needs of homeowners in a 90-block area between Union Street and Murray Street. Tyler D. Cassell said the organization was started around 15 years ago to combat overbuilding in the community. “When a problem arises […]

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Cristián Pietrapiana’s naturalistic realism


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From Buenos Aires to Long Island City, Cristián Pietrapiana has seen his art career go from helping out his painter grandfather in his studio to having over 30 exhibitions, his work featured in private collections and galleries, several commissions, and the opportunity to study all over the world. While Pietrapiana appreciates art that strives to […]

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Life’s WORC named one of ‘50 Most Engaged Workplaces’


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Life’s WORC, a private, nonprofit organization offering care for people with developmental disabilities in Queens and Long Island, was recently awarded a spot on the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Award for 2012. The Achievers is a company that provides reward and recognition software to organizations to use as a more modern means of employee […]

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Sandy also leaves heroes in her wake


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Late last Monday night and into early Tuesday morning, waters were rising as Howard Beach was bearing the brunt of Hurricane Sandy. Sergeant Paul Jonathan “PJ” Marcel of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, along with his friend Frank Spallino, a former marine, pulled up to a rapidly flooding home in Marcel’s monstrous A.M. General […]

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Woman keeps running, inspiring . . . despite all odds


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Queens resident Tessa Wehrman has always had a good reason to run. It was a way to improve her performance on her high school track, tennis and basketball teams in Urbana, Ohio. When she moved to New York, she described it as a “cheap way to see the city.” The marathon runner said she has […]

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Star of Queens: Gemma Cullen


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Gemma Cullen Volunteer at Sunnyside Community Services COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Gemma Cullen does secretarial work in the Social Services department at Sunnyside Community Services, a social service agency providing assistance to those in need through programs for senior citizens, home care or afterschool programs, among others. PERSONAL: Cullen was born and raised in Sunnyside. After retiring […]

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A born leader


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As a civic leader who also fences, 17-year-old Townsend Harris High School senior Jason Mills is a modern-day Julius Caesar of sorts – only with more mock trials and less arrogance and conspiracy. The Cambria Heights resident currently leads his school in the hallways as student body president and on the fencing strip as captain […]

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