As founder in 1985 of Schneps Communications,Victoria Schnepsis Publisher/CEO of groups of weekly community newspapers in Queens and Brooklyn. The Queens Courier and Brooklyn Home Reporter and Spectator. They also publish El Correo de Queens, and monthly pubs including Queens Business, the Long Island City Courier, North Shore Towers Courier, LeHavre Courier and Aspire.
Inspired by the power of the press during her advocacy work on behalf of her daughter Lara, brain damaged at birth, Ms. Schneps pursued her dream of being in the news business. She started a neighborhood newspaper in her Bayside living room, with a partner and a $250 investment.
Today, Schneps Communications publishes over 17 newspapers and magazines. The Queens Courier was chosen as one of the top 10 newspapers in New York State and their website as #1 for two years by the New York State Press Association.
Nothing beats a day at the Pouran Spa at North Shore Towers for recharging my batteries. As I recently drove up to their gatehouse off the service road of the Grand Central Parkway, I was struck by the blazing colored leaves on the trees and the fabulous fall plantings. I’ve known for years as the […]
My childhood friend hit the jackpot and is now known as Judge Judy to the world. Our friendship has lasted the test of time and I relish her every success. This season, she came up with the idea of a show featuring three judges on the bench hearing individual cases. And so it got produced […]
There are some people who say newspapers and books are dead, but the brilliant Mark Twain said, The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. So true for newspapers and books. There is something special about holding a book, feeling its silky pages and shiny covers and feeling a newspaper in your hands. The Kindle […]
It was hours of pageantry and majesty as St. John’s University held its investiture for its new president Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, the 17th president in almost 150 years. Then I had the fun of having all my grandchildren dressed in their Halloween finest for a dinner party “Spookfest.” A huge contrast, but both events were […]
It was with a heavy heart that I visited dearest friend Dolly DeThomas with Claire Shulman and Debby Markell. We were going to say goodbye to our “sister” now in hospice. She looked so beautiful and peaceful, with her cancer pain under control. Her daughters are treating her like a queen having her in their home watched over day […]
As our Kings of Kings County made their way to the stage, their smiles were as bright as the full moon that night. I was so happy to see the joy on their faces as each man received a well-earned “Vicki” statue for their accomplishments. It added to the night that our impeccably dressed “King” […]
It was over two decades ago that I met Nick Nubile of Whitestone, and I was saddened to learn that he passed away last week after unsuccessful heart surgery. It is a huge loss to his family but also to the community to which he was so generous. Nick became a strong supporter of Life’s […]
As I began the celebration of the New Year in my new synagogue, I couldn’t help but remember the days of my childhood going to Shul with my mom and dad and then the huge family feasts after the services. And so the tradition continues. Since my 8-year-old Blake was beginning his training for his […]
What fun it was to be live on the Aurelia & CAStyles XYz TV show last Friday. The effervescent Aurelia has created a variety show, and I had the pleasure of talking with her during the hour-long show seen on Time Warner, RCN, Verizon FiOS and Cablevision. Her husband and co-producer Al Chico started the […]
One of my biggest delights being a newspaper publisher is to meet unique people. This past week I had the pleasure of having dinner with two remarkable people, John Ciafone and his wife Gina Argento, and, as an added bonus, my son Josh joined us since his wife was visiting her mother in California with […]
I felt déjà vu on the visit to the day camp my grandchildren are going to, because it’s the same one my daughter attended. Then, a few days later, I visited my grandson at sleepaway camp which totally reminded me of the sleepaway camps I had gone to ‘til I got married! The sun was […]
As the sun broke through the clouds we made our way into the Fordham section of the Bronx to find the “catering” gate of the enormous Bronx Botanical Garden to attend the wedding of dear friend Claire Shulman’s granddaughter. I’d never been to the famous and expansive 250 acres of gardens. But I heard that […]
My favorite weekend moments are when I can watch the Sunday Show, eat breakfast in bed and read my Sunday newspapers. I guess because it happens that way so rarely, that when it does it’s a real treat and so a perfect Sunday began. The market in Astoria features many vendors with unique items and […]
Last year, my son Josh and my daughter Elizabeth created the flea market in LIC, and this year, they created the Astoria Flea & Food at the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios. And I’m addicted to both. First I love a bargain, but most of all I love the creative people who bring their food […]
It was our annual Yunis family gathering hosted by Stu’s daughter Mimi Broner in Kent, Conn., but what added to the joy was that Stu’s son Jon, who lives in Sarasota, Florida, was getting married to his lovely bride Hillary. It was a glorious sunny weekend and made even brighter by the love in the […]