Star of Queens: Harold Rutgers, contributor, Jewelers For Children


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Harold Rutgers is associated with Jewelers For Children. It is a nonprofit organization that donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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Former Community Board 2 district manager Dolores Rizzotto passes away


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Dolores Rizzotto, former district manager of Community Board 2 for more than 15 years, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, according to CB2 chair Joseph Conley.

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Priscilla Morgan, founding board member Noguchi Museum, passes away


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Sara Wasilausky, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York

Priscilla Morgan, a long-time supporter of the arts and a founding board member of Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum, has passed away.

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Obituary: Michelle ‘Mickey’ Prendergast


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Michelle “Mickey” Prendergast (nee Caputo) passed away on Wednesday, May 15. She was 59. She is remembered for her ability to make people feel welcome and find the good in them, said her husband, Mark J. Prendergast, professor at St. John’s University. “She always had a smile, a joke, a story and a touch on […]

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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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Frank Macchiarola, former New York City schools chancellor, dead at 71


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Former New York City Schools Chancellor Frank J. Macchiarola died on Tuesday, December 18, announced St. Francis College, his alma mater, where he served as president for 12 years, beginning in 1996. As president, Macchiarola would continuously go through student transcripts, looking to help those that seemed to be struggling and to reward others who […]

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Star of Queens: Kevin Alexander


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Star of Queens: Kevin Alexander Executive Director, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Kevin Alexander is executive director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), which is working throughout the Rockaways to rebuild and improve the quality of life for the peninsula. “You’d never expect the number of people that come out […]

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Obituary: Judge Lawrence V. Cullen


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Honorable Lawrence V. Cullen died in the early hours of Sunday, November 25 in his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 64. He had battled multiple myeloma for several years. He is survived by his wife, Malgorzata “Margaret” (nee Zysk), and two children, Anya Sinead, 17, and Patrick Lawrence, 15; in addition […]

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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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Obituary: Carol Elizabeth Brostek


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Carol Elizabeth Brostek of Flushing passed away on Friday, November 9. Beloved wife of Joseph for 56 years. Cherished mother of Jeanne Altenau of Eastchester; the late Brian; Carol Benedetto and husband Paul of Massapequa; Gerard and wife Catherine of Merrick; and Annemarie Brostek Martines and husband Peter of Port Washington. Brostek was adored by […]

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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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