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Rego Park resident competes as ‘worst’ on Food Network
Rego Park resident competes as ‘worst’ on Food Network
Entertainment Alexa Altman 2/01/2012 at 4:14PM

Richard Allen Chen’s girlfriend concludes that he is the absolute worst cook in America, gagging and cringing when forced to consume his culinary creations. And she might be right. Chen, an attorney and resident of Rego Park, was selected to compete on Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America,” a program that pits 16 of the [...]

Scout gives back to Flushing
Scout gives back to Flushing
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 1/23/2012 at 2:26PM

Eagle Scout candidate Justin Lieu is on the verge of earning his wings, with seven years of Boy Scout training and the required 21 merit badges under his belt. He just needs to turn in the paperwork. Lieu, a Francis Lewis High School senior, used his years in the Scouts to improve his neighborhood. “The [...]

Former chair and district manager of Community Board 4, Richard Italiano, dies
News Queens Courier Staff 1/20/2012 at 3:42PM

Richard Italiano, former chair and district manager of Community Board 4, passed away last week. “Mr. Italiano’s passing leaves a great void in the heart of our community,” said Councilmember Julissa Ferreras. “He was a dedicated public servant who worked diligently and tirelessly in the community; this was truly his life work.” “For decades, he [...]

Program seeks volunteers to help the elderly
Program seeks volunteers to help the elderly
News David Beltran 1/12/2012 at 5:26PM

Chris Schneider spent 33 years as a social studies teacher before he joined the Northeast Queens Senior Services. Now, as program manager, he spends his time finding volunteers to visit lonely seniors. “It’s a tragedy,” said Schneider. “The elderly seem to be forgotten. Today, it’s becoming frequent that children don’t live near their parents because [...]

People Making a Buzz
People Making a Buzz
People Toni Cimino 1/06/2012 at 6:19PM

CHRONICLING THE HOLOCAUST   Assemblymember Rory Lancman presented awards to students who have documented the stories of local Holocaust survivors, keeping their stories alive for future generations. The ceremony was held at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, where the students presented their work. Each student participating in the Holocaust awareness program conducted [...]

Star of Queens: Anna Marie Neubauer
Star of Queens: Anna Marie Neubauer
People Alexa Altman 1/05/2012 at 5:23PM

Anna Marie Neubauer Volunteer Dancing Dreams Community Involvement: Seventeen-year-old Anna Marie Neubauer has been a volunteer at Dancing Dreams, an organization that helps little girls with developmental disabilities learn to dance, for six years. “It’s just something I love to do,” said Neubauer, who acts as a “helper” for an 11-year-old Dancing Dreams participant named [...]

Astoria’s trivia buff
Entertainment Billy Rennison 1/03/2012 at 1:07PM

Answer: A Queens trivia junkie, “Jeopardy!” champion, singer, mixologist and podcast host. Question: Who is Tony Hightower? Hightower, whose array of interests is matched only by his passion for knowledge, appeared on two episodes of “Jeopardy!” in December after “half-heartedly” taking the popular game show’s test. The 43 year old has harbored a soft spot [...]

Student Entrepreneurs
Student Entrepreneurs
People Jay Lane 1/01/2012 at 12:24PM

LaGuardia Community College student Karel  Powery is one step closer to realizing her dream of start-ing an online shoe store — Shoe Life — after she com-peted to win the top prize in the Capital One Student Design Entrepreneur Challenge on Friday, December  16. Powery will receive business counsel from Capital One Small Business Bankers [...]

A mission born from a cause
A mission born from a cause
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 12/20/2011 at 1:06PM

Fifteen-year-old Carly Rose Nieves is turning ordinary people into heroes, one pint of blood at a time. For the second year in a row, the Middle Village teen — and her team of family members and friends — organized a blood drive and bone marrow registry at Christ the King (CTK) Regional High School. The [...]

Small business owners air their concerns
Business Melissa Chan 12/20/2011 at 12:24PM

Restaurateur Herbert Duarte cannot undo the headaches, unwind the hours or take back the thousands of dollars he lost, but he can make sure the city council hears his voice. Since Duarte opened up Saffron Restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard a little over two years ago, he said the fire department has visited him over [...]