Impact Astoria: ‘Tis the season to be giving

BY GABRIELLE C. SHERB When beginning to write Impact Astoria in March 2015, I wanted to give back to the community that has been my home for close to a decade. Over these last several months I have gained so much more than anticipated. Thank you to the Queens Library (Steinway Branch), Councilman Costa Constantinides, CIANA, […]

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Participatory budgeting for District 26 to begin Thursday
THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Residents in Woodside, Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside will get a chance to decide how more than $1 million in capital discretionary funding will be used to improve their communities. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting a kickoff party to celebrate the second year of participatory budgeting in his district. Last year, $1.5 million […]

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Community project ideas on display at Sunnyside participatory budgeting expo
Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO Residents in the 26th City Council District got the chance to view project proposals that will be put to a public vote later this month during Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s participatory budgeting (PB) project expo Monday night at Sunnyside Community Services. “This is a chance for residents of this district to really get […]

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Tumbling crime numbers top 108th Precinct Council meeting in Sunnyside
TIMES NEWSWEEKLY/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO Crime plunged in the 108th Precinct over the last four weeks, the force’s commanding officer reported during Tuesday’s 108th Precinct Community Council meeting at Sunnyside Community Services. Capt. John Travaglia said that the precinct, which covers all or parts of Long Island City, Maspeth, Sunnyside and Woodside, recorded a 28 percent drop […]

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New 108th Precinct commanding officer wants to ‘harden’ community against crimes
THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The new top cop at the 108th Precinct wants to enlist the public in the battle against crime as he steps into a new job he said he feels lucky to have landed. Captain John Travaglia was named commanding officer of the precinct, covering Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Maspeth, on Nov. 17, replacing […]

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