Author Archives: Nargas Karimi

The Global Penicillingirl Project brings its mission of health to developing countries


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After volunteering on several medical missions, Nina Yousefzadeh knew she wanted to do more to help. “I wanted to start a non-profit and create new possibilities,” said Yousefzadeh. And so she founded The Global Penicillingirl Project in February of this year, which provides U.S. hospital standard medications, nutritional supplements and health care from highly-trained medical […]

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From heavy metal to opera performer


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Astoria artist Adelmo Guidarelli, 40, has been named the 2011 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) award winner for best Comedy/Musical Comedy Performer. “It’s not something I ever thought about. I mean, I think I’m pretty funny, but this is on a completely different level,” said Guidarelli. “The award is for my performance in […]

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DSNY and Goldfeder update Community Board 10


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Bring on the snow. During the last meeting of the year for Community Board 10, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) said they were ready for the winter weather and any blizzard it may bring. According to DSNY Deputy Commissioner Vito Turso, last year’s snow storm on December 26 stopped the city for […]

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Queens boys are ‘Blue Collar’


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Photo Courtesy Alexandra Fournier.

The NewFilmmakers Film Festival will premiere “Blue Collar Boys,” a New York-based independent film, starring Queens natives Gabe Fazio and Joshua Paled. Fazio, 38, has been living in Queens since 2003. He has the lead role in the film, playing the character of Charlie Redkin (Red), 27, a construction worker set on self improvement as […]

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Students protest tuition hikes


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City University of New York (CUNY) undergrad students protested the fact that over the next five years, their tuition will increase by $300 – annually.   “I still have another three semesters to go. The increase will definitely take a load out of my pockets, especially since I’m considered an ‘out of state’ student and […]

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Queens Center tree lighting kicks off Christmas season


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THE COURIER/Photo by Nargas Karimi.

Three . . . two. . . one. . . holiday lights! To kick off the holiday season, nearly 250 people of all ages gathered for the tree lighting ceremony at Queens Center Mall on November 19. “This is the 8th annual tree lighting event. It doesn’t take too long to plan this event, but […]

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St. John’s University honors Queens veterans


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THE COURIER/Photos by Nargas Karimi

They gathered to pay tribute to those who served.             On Friday, November 11, 150 Queens Veterans attended the annual St. John’s University (SJU) Veteran’s Day Ceremony at St. Augustine Hall.             “The last 10 years, in an effort to bring more awareness to our students that it’s Veteran’s Day, we started with inviting various […]

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Ilan Grapel arrives in Queens


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Ilan Grapel has arrived back in Queens, landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, October 29 after months in an Egyptian jail following allegations he was an Israeli spy. Grapel was released from jail on Thursday, October 27 and flown to Israel, where he was reunited with his mother Irene and Congressmember Gary […]

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Woodside issues discussed at town hall


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Assemblymember Michael DenDekker explained the different issues that New York faces during a Woodside Town Hall meeting on October 26. “Our everyday problems mean absolutely nothing to legislators that represent Rochester, Buffalo, Tonawanda and Niagara. We talk about parking, sanitation, noise and train issues, while their issues are jobs, agriculture and property taxes,” said DenDekker. […]

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London Lennie’s staff sips with sommelier


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London Lennie’s staff learned how to find the perfect bottle of Bordeaux, which has risen in global popularity as both a high-end and everyday drinking wine. Stuart Randall, the president and founding partner of Bayfield Importing, Ltd., which specializes in estate-bottled wines and spirits from around the world, recently joined London Lennie’s owner, Leslie Barnes, […]

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Call Dr. Ronit Vilan tonight for infertility tele-seminar


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Dr. Ronit Vilan

Infertility stress can wreak havoc on any couple trying to bring a child into the world. The extreme physical and emotional toll the treatments can take are extreme enough – add in the financial cost and the frustration is enough to bring someone to tears. That is why Dr. Ronit Vilan of Bayside Chiropractic is […]

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Cops who saved woman honored at 106th Precinct Community Council meeting


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Two officers were honored at the most recent 106th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ozone Park. Captain Thomas Pascale announced officers Christopher Sekela and Mark Ferranola as Cops of the Month during the Precinct Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 12. Pascale said they were awarded for their active role in a missing person’s case. […]

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106th Precinct Honors Cops


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Two officers were honored at the most recent 106th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ozone Park. Captain Thomas Pascale announced officers Christopher Sekela and Mark Ferranola as Cops of the Month during the Precinct Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 12. Pascale said they were awarded for their active role in a missing person’s case. […]

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‘Contractor to the stars’ in Maspeth


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DIY [Do-It-Yourself] Network’s show “Million Dollar Contractor” focuses on the details, the materials and the amount of money clients spend to allow Stephen Fanuka, the “Contractor to the Stars,” to create million-dollar projects. The half-hour long series premieres on Sunday, October 16 at 10 p.m. It gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the […]

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School aides protest pink slips


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As Local 372 members return to their jobs, bureaucrats at the Department of Education (DOE) are pre¬paring pink slips and layoff notices for nearly 800 school aides. “During the budget negotiations this June, the Chancellor [Dennis Walcott] called Lillian Roberts [DC 37 executive director] to try to work with DC-37 to avert DOE layoffs. Unfortunately, […]

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