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Street Talk: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Vartanoush Krastev

“I will spend it with my extended family. My son and I will be visiting his wife’s family. I won’t be cooking; [I] will do that for Christmas.”
Vartanoush Krastev

Nijah Taylor

“I will go with my family to my aunt’s house in Montgomery. She is having a family get-together. We’ll be eating ribs, lasagna, rice, ham and turkey, play music and just have fun.”
Nijah Taylor

Lourdes Aguilar

“My sister and I will go to our parents’ house for Thanksgiving. My dad will cook and we’ll bring wine.”
Lourdes Aguilar

Bit Chang

“We’ll just have a nice family gathering. I’ll help with the cooking.”
Bit Chang

Joseph McAteer

“Nothing special. I’ll go to church in the morning, watch ballgames and eat turkey.”
Joseph McAteer

Nicole Kopczynska

“I’ll go to my parents’ house in Howard Beach. I won’t be cooking, I’ll just eat what they cook.”
Nicole Kopczynska

Jeffrey Cabreja

“I am going to spend the day with my girlfriend. We’ll go to her parents’ house first and then go to my dad’s house in New Jersey.”
Jeffrey Cabreja

Jorge Chavez

“I’ll be working two jobs that day. I’ll miss out on being with family.”
Jorge Chavez

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Street Talk: What do you think about the 25 mph speed limit that goes into effect Friday?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Cathy Cacavas

“Let’s give it a try and see how it goes. Sometimes, people don’t even stop when there’s a stop sign.”
Cathy Cacavas

Max Hom

“This is a very good idea. It’s good for children as well as school areas because it’ll be safer, but I’m not sure how much a difference of 5 mph will do.”
Max Hom

Leo Wei

“Yes, it might lower some accidents, but people speed all the time, so I’m not sure how this will help much.”
Leo Wei

Frank Morales

“30 mph is too slow to begin with, and 25 mph is too excessive. It’ll be too slow during the morning commute.”
Frank Morales

Claire Leder

“I think it’s good. The new speed limit is going to make everybody more cautious with driving and will reduce accidents.”
Claire Leder

Alvin Billings

“Strongly disagree; 25 mph is too unrealistic, especially with traffic conditions. If they try to enforce that strictly, the cost will be snowed under. What are they going to do? Put an officer at every corner?”
Alvin Billings

Cedric Herbin

“It’s not really going to make a difference. There’ll be more traffic and more road rage.”
Cedric Herbin

Lynus Ora

“The speed limit should really stay the same or be 35 mph. I normally drive around 30. Yes, the new speed limit will prevent some accidents, but there’ll be more traffic.”
Lynus Ora

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Street Talk: What do you think about the 21-day quarantine for those returning from West African countries that are affected by Ebola?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Carlos Cruz

“I understand why the quarantine is important but I think we should facilitate aid workers to attack it at its source.”
Carlos Cruz

Victor Giler

“I agree with it. I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Victor Giler

Evelyn Summer

“It is necessary, but I was not happy with what I read and heard about the quarantined New Jersey nurse’s living conditions.”
Evelyn Summer

Laura Levy

“I think it’s a phenomenal idea. It’s a great plan to prevent those affected from affecting anybody else.”
Laura Levy

Marlee Beyda

“It is probably a good idea if they could catch those with the symptoms first.”
Marlee Beyda

Carlos Cruz

“It’s a good idea but on second thought, those affected should be placed in humane health environments.”
Carlos Morales

Tatiana C

“To protect the public, yes, but those affected should be given proper amenities and be placed in good medical facilities. We did it for tuberculosis and we can do it again.”
Tatiana C.

Cindy Niedoroda

“It is necessary because there could be so many people who can get affected by that one person who has it and wasn’t quarantined.”
Cindy Niedoroda

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Street Talk: Does unisex perfume ‘Queens’ capture the scent of the borough, and what do you think of the smell?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Allison Lee

“It reminds me of the women in Jackson Heights. Also smells like an older woman.”
Allison Lee

Fanny L

“Too strong. Definitely not for me.”
Fanny L.

Peter Rutledge

“I hope Queens smells like that. It’s very nice but I personally won’t wear it. But some men might like it.”
Peter Rutledge

Julia Blechner

“It’s a great unisex perfume. It smells really good and it reminds me of grandma.”
Julia Blechner

Alex O'Brien

“I don’t mind wearing it from time to time. It’s a pretty good smell.”
Alex O’Brien

Katarina Prasso

“Very flowery. It’s more of a women’s scent and it’s a bit too sweet for men to wear. It also has a very nature-like smell to it.”
Katarina Prasso

Fernando Aguilar

“Yes, I like the scent, so it’s good for both men and women.”
Fernando Aguilar

Colin Wilkinson

“Very appealing. I like the aroma and unlike a lot of perfume the scent lasts a little longer and it does not disappear.”
Colin Wilkinson

Read more about the fragrance, Bond No. 9 Queens. here.

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Street Talk: Who is your favorite superhero?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Jeffrey Boursiquot

“Superman.”
Jeffrey Boursiquot

Jayson Bell

“Batman.”
Jayson Bell

Matthew Nikol

“Iron Man.”
Matthew Nikol

Sindy Gonzalez

“Wonder Woman.”
Sindy Gonzalez (mother)

Lisa Scoppa

“The Wolverine.”
Lisa Scoppa

Oliverio Bosi

“Batman.”
Oliverio Bosi

Mia Ferrarai

“Spiderman.”
Mia Ferrari

Pasquale Mulave

“Superman.”
Pasquale Mulave

Connor Hirsch

“Superman.”
Connor Hirsch

Jesse Pyun

“Iron Man.”
Jesse Pyun

Hako Mrkulrc

“Batman.”
Hako Mrkulrc

Paul Sinanis

“Wolverine.”
Paul Sinanis

Ryan Chan

“Spiderman.”
Ryan Chan

Logan Messler

“Thor.”
Logan Messler

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Street Talk: What are you going to be for Halloween?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM AND ASHA MAHADEVAN

Benjamin-Tracy-Friedman

“A Mummy.”
Benjamin Friedman (left)

“A butcher with a bloody scar, along the lines of Sweeney Todd.”
Tracy Friedman

Daniel-Carol-Aguasaco

“Origami Yoda.”
Daniel Aguasaco

“Elsa from ‘Frozen.’”
Carol Aguasaco

Michaela-Turck

“Superwoman.”
Michaela Turck

Dylan-Drebaul

“I’m going to wear a clown mask.”
Dylan Drebaul

Julia-Blenzig

“A clown.”
Julia Blenzig

Iman-Zara

“Elsa.”
Iman Zara

Angela-Perez

“Anna from ‘Frozen.’”
Angela Perez

Jasmilkis-Santos

“A vampire.”
Jasmilkis Santos

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Street Talk: Who will you vote for in the Democratic primaries on Sept. 9?  


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Grace Carton

“I have to look them up to see who to vote for, but I’ll definitely vote.”
Grace Carton

Philip Robinson

“I am not sure if I am a registered Democrat, but if I am, I will vote for the first one on the list. I don’t care who it is.”
Philip Robinson

Ioannis Naoum

“I have not decided yet, but I will vote.”
Ioannis Naoum

Gregg Sullivan

“I need to do more research, but I will vote. I love Avella.”
Gregg Sullivan

Lynn Greenhut

“I have not yet decided who to vote for.”
Lynn Greenhut

Andrew Shin

“I have not decided whether I will vote at all or not.”
Andrew Shin

Cathy Brun

“I’ll vote for John Liu. He has integrity.”
Cathy Brun

Rob Rohena

“I am not going to vote at all. I don’t think it makes any difference.”
Rob Rohena

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Street Talk: Are you excited to go back to school?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ECLEEN CARABALLO

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“I’m excited, I like school!”
Emon D.

Gina D.

“My kids are in second grade and kindergarten so we’re planning to get the school supplies this week and I’m verbally preparing my little one.”
Gina D.

Elizabeth F.

“We’re going to the hair salon.”
Elizabeth F., age 4

Mike E.

“I guess we’re not preparing… we’re just focusing on enjoying the summer as much as possible.”
Mike Eudabin

Isabella K.

“She’s really excited. She’s not scared, I’m scared.”
Isabella K.

Michelle M.

“Nothing, I’m in denial. I’ll go shopping on Friday – that’s my deadline.”
Michelle Mietzner

Wayne C.

“We already did our shopping because the school doesn’t supply anything anymore, so we have a very long laundry list.”
Wayne C.

Corey C.

Yes and no. Yes because we have recess, and no because we may have to walk too much.”
Corey C., age 6

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Street Talk: What is your favorite summertime beer?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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CHRIS BUMBACA

“I like Bud Light, because it’s cheap!”
Tom Twist

“Curious Traveler Summer Shandy, it’s really good, and only available in the summer.”
Eric Berman

“Victoria beer, for the taste.”
Paco Castillo

“I like Sol beer, because it’s light and a good alternative to Corona.”
Ryan Gamble

“I like Sol, too, because it’s light and refreshing.”
Cheyne Gamble

“IPA Sam Rebel is nice.”
Joe Brandon

“Amstel Lite, for the taste.”
Eddy Filangeri

“I like Brooklyn beer, because my son introduced me to it.”
John Clark

 

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Street Talk: How do you think the Mets will end up this year?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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They’re going to be horrible.  I don’t think they have enough hitting, so they’ll probably [win] about 70 games.
Lou Gittler

Hopefully they’ll do better; I haven’t lost hope. I’ve lived in Queens for 32 years, so I’m a big Mets fan.
Anna Fernandez

My guess is about 75 wins.  They have more questions now than they did before spring training.
Mike Ingordo

Unfortunately not well, but I do think they’re going to have an amazing 2015.
Steve Schawrtz

Horrible, they haven’t made much improvement. The improvement they made was minor – like minor league.
Nick Kara

I think they’re going to end strong. I’m pretty optimistic that they can keep it together.
Brandon Ilg

I think they’ll be about .500. I do think they’ll do better than they did last year, but I don’t think they’re a playoff team yet.
John Burkart

Due to organizational structure, the performance will be just like the management: terrible.
Carlos Riano

-BY HARVIND JAPRA

 

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Street Talk: Do you think more should be done to keep students with special needs safe in school?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Kids with special needs need to be able to be tracked when in school. I think Schumer’s “Avonte’s Law” is a good idea and is necessary.
Ken Kupetski

Yes, I believe more should be done because it’s too dangerous out there, even for kids without special needs.
Caitlin Neil-Karhut

Yes, I used to work with kids with special needs and some are not able to fend for themselves, so keeping students safe should be the priority right now.
Esther Park

Definitely, more needs to be done. What happened to Avonte should never happen again.
Kevin Collins

Yes, I do feel there isn’t enough being done. There isn’t enough funding for schools and I feel there should be longer hours in school, so teachers can help the students even more.
Arthur B.

I believe schools aren’t doing enough for kids with special needs. It is always better to have more protection.
Julia Vennitti

I believe it is the school’s responsibility to make sure students are safe, so I feel they need to figure out a better and safer plan to keep kids in school when they are supposed to be in school.
Maya Schallcross

Yes, I feel the more protection the better; the most important thing is that these kids are safe.
Juliet Hainline

 

-BY KATELYN DI SALVO

 

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Street Talk: What are your plans for the Super Bowl?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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I will be staying home with my family and watching the game.
Ryan Arboleda

I plan on throwing a party at my house.
Erick Alvarado

I plan on throwing a party and having some drinks with my boys.
Wilfredo Zelaya

My plans are not too exciting. I’m going to be on a concert gig.
Jeremy Arnold

Unfortunately, I’ll be working for the Super Bowl.
Brad Crandell

I’m going to a local bar with some friends.
Manny Lalonde

I’ll be staying home watching the game with some appetizers, beer and friends.
Bridget Cronin

I’m going to my friend’s house in Brooklyn for a party to watch the Super Bowl as well as celebrate my 60th birthday.
Lou Gittler

-KATELYN DI SALVO

 

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Street Talk: What do you think of Governor Andrew Cuomo legalizing medical marijuana?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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I think it’s a great idea for those who need it for medical reasons because it’s supposed to help with pain and improve living. I believe this is a necessary step, as long as the use of medical marijuana is contained.
Bridget Delaney

I could understand him legalizing it for medical purposes.  It’s just a matter of control so that those who are using it for other reasons do not get their hands on it.
Louisa Samolis

Personally, I think legalizing it is a good idea, people are already using it anyway so making it legal is something that needed to be done, since other states in the country have also legalized it.
Demos Samolis

It’s about time, and I believe he hasn’t done enough with it yet.
Walter Klimetz

I believe that medical marijuana is a good drug for people who need it, and thanks to Governor Cuomo these people are now able to get it.
Michele Dregei

I think medical marijuana is beneficial for patients in need of it and it’s about time Governor Cuomo did something about it.
Mary Jacobini

Legalizing medical marijuana is good and bad:  it’s good for those who need it, but bad if it’s introduced to the wrong person who can’t handle it and takes it in the wrong context.  So, this has to be handled very carefully.
Grace Thomas

If it’s something that a doctor is prescribing to the patient because it’s going to help them feel better, then yes, I believe this is beneficial. But, if a person is using the excuse that it is for medical reasons and using it for recreational purposes, then I think it can be a bad thing.
Audrey Anderson

-KATELYN DISALVO

 

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Street Talk: How do you think Mayor de Blasio handled Hercules?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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He did an excellent job; the snow was moved from the streets right away.
Anthony Palermo

The new mayor did a good job with the snow; hopefully we will continue doing well in other areas as well.
Rocco Manzolillo

It seems he did fine. I noticed there were fewer streets that were unplowed.  I’m not sure if that would mean giving the mayor credit or if he just has good people working for him, regardless it got done.
Linda Gold

I was surprised that schools were actually closed, but I love a snow day.  I thought everything was cleaned up well the next day.
Jennifer Fioranelli

It seemed everything was adequately done. There were trucks cleaning up throughout the night and day.
George Nichols

Around here everything was cleared out and I feel de Blasio handled it more effectively than Bloomberg had done in the past.
Ethan Geffen

I think he did a good job cleaning up the snow.
Daphne Dimitriadiou

This was his first real test as mayor and I feel that he succeeded.  I did not notice any major problems in my neighborhood, so I feel he did a good job in cleaning up the snow.
Ayda Zuniga

 

-KATELYN DISALVO

 

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Street Talk: What is your New Year’s resolution?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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JOHANN HAMILTON

My New Year’s resolution is to watch less television and go outside more.
Tammy Carlson

 

My resolution is to stop going back to my ex-girlfriend and to move on.
Terence Clarke

 

My resolution is to try to become better at basketball. I’ve always been a fan, but I’m not that great at it personally.
Jerome Turner

 

My resolution is to quit smoking, or at least cut down on it.
Phillip Palmer

 

Next year, I want to spend less time on Facebook and socialize more.
Lydia Kelley

 

I’m planning on starting my own business next year, so my resolution is to make that happen.
Thelma Thompson

 

My resolution is to spend more time with my family and friends.
Amy Garcia

 

My resolution is to find other activities to do on the weekends.
Deborah Jordan

 

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