Sunnyside woman talks novel set in Croatia during war


| kmedoff@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of Sara Nović

Sara Nović, 27, of Sunnyside, traveled to Croatia after high school in 2005 because of family ties in the country, and she talked to a lot of people there about the civil war that had broken out in Yugoslavia in 1991, the beginning of the Croatian War of Independence that would last until 1995.

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Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s birthday with live jazz on July 4


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong House Museum

There’s some controversy among music historians about Louis Armstrong’s birthday. Some say it’s July 4, as he believed and his driver’s licenses noted.

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PHOTOS: An early Independence Day fireworks show on the Astoria waterfront


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The Astoria waterfront shined bright Tuesday night, as the neighborhood celebrated the nation’s birthday a few days early.

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Glendale author to be featured at Barnes & Noble book fair


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Rosaria Lucia Photography

In celebration of Get Pop-Cultured: Outlander Day, the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Forest Hills will host a book fair featuring Glendale author and founder of the Excalibur Reading Program, Angelica Harris.

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Exhibition on World’s Fair architecture at Queens College


| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of Godwin-Ternbach Museum

On June 29, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum launches Persuasive Images, an exhibition consisting of more than 100 photographs depicting rarely seen images of structures built for the fairs that were selected from an array of local, national and international archives.

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Cyclists compete at Red Bull Mini Drome race in Maspeth


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy M&C Saatchi Sports and Entertainment

The fastest athletes on two wheels faced intense competition on a rare figure-eight mini velodrome racetrack in front of hundreds of spectators at the Red Bull Mini Drome Race held at 56-70 58th St. in Maspeth, on June 19.

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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July on the LIC waterfront


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Photo by Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography Office

With the Fourth of July just two weeks away, here is some information that will make that day even brighter with your family and friends.

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Fresh Pond Road street festival to hold student poetry and art contest


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Angelica Harris

Organizers of the Fresh Pond Road street festival in Ridgewood will present something new at this September’s fair: a poetry and art contest open to local schoolchildren.

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Enjoy an early Independence Day fireworks show on the Astoria waterfront


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/File photo

Fireworks will light up the evening sky over Astoria on June 30, during the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (LDC)’s Annual Independence Day Celebration on Astoria Park’s waterfront.

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Queens Symphony Orchestra visits Hamilton Beach


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Facebook/New Hamilton Beach Civic Association

The sounds of the Queens Symphony Orchestra filled the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department on June 18, as Hamilton Beach residents were treated to songs that celebrate New York City.

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Kew Gardens native, television icon Dick Van Patten dies at 86


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Actor and Queens native Dick Van Patten, best known for his role in the late 1970s show “Eight is Enough,” died Tuesday morning, according to published reports.

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Web series to be filmed in Ridgewood’s Valentino Food Market on Thursday


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of Property Shark/Nicholas Strini

Four locations in Ridgewood, including Valentino Food Market on Fresh Pond Road, will be in the spotlight as the web series “Sounds of Enjoyment” is scheduled to film in the neighborhood on Thursday.

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