Boast: Best of Astoria Winter Party 2018

On Sunday the 21st at 5 pm come and celebrate the recently announced BOAST: Best of Astoria 2017 winners!  The party will take place at Queen’s Room located at 36-02 Ditmars Blvd. Queen’s Room has a number of BOAST wins to its name, including Best Cafe, Best Hot Chocolate, and Best Place to Use WiFi. Not only does Queen’s Room have great coffee and hot chocolate, but there is also a huge selection of food.

Snacks and punch will be provided, and other drinks will be available for Happy Hour prices throughout the party. Regular entreés will be available for purchase as well.

If you reserve your $15 ticket by Wednesday, Jan. 17, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to The Thirsty Koala!

Queens Fulbright winners complete prestigious program

image001Two Astoria residents were among the Fulbright Award winners who have completed their year-long program abroad.

Alexandra Garcia and Jennifer Spindler met with Congressman Joseph Crowley last week, who congratulated the Fulbright winners for completing their prestigious program. They were given certificates of Congressional recognition.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright program sponsors Americans complete teaching or research in other countries. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between countries.

Garcia spent her year in Spain, where she taught English, international civic and personal finance. Spindler worked with a child development nonprofit organization in Chile.

Mulchfest 2018 comes to Astoria Park

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On Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your holiday tree to Astoria Park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city.

Join NYC Parks, the New York City Department of Sanitation,and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips.

These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree.

More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. Help NYC Sanitation top this number.

You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 6 and 7. Officials will chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!

You can also bring your tree to a drop-off site until Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Leave your tree with Parks and Sanitation, and they’ll recycle it for you later.

For more information and dropoff/chipping locations visit:  https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest.

Drunk Restoration Comedy Presents: A Christmas Carol

12/30/2017 <BR>9:30 - 11:00PM <BR>Drunk Restoration Comedy Presents... A Christmas Carol

On December 30th from 9:39-11:00 pm, join Drunk Restoration Comedy for their boozy adaptation for Charles Dickens classic tale, “A Christmas Carol”.

Part scripted, part improvisation, part drinking game, Drunk Restoration Comedy allows the cast to utilize a combination of their professional training, both on stage and off (in the bar), as audience members “choose-their-own-adventure” by deciding which performers will have the most mighty hangovers come Saturday morning.

For tickets head here, https://goo.gl/HuJvKs.

Aravella Simotas’s strong finish to 2017

Aravella Official HeadshotAssemblywoman Aravella Simotas is having quite a year.

Earlier this month, she announced, with other elected officials, that the state Department of Transportation is allowing big trucks to stay on the BQE from the RFK Bridge to the LIE.

That means those large 18-wheelers will no longer have to get on local Astoria roads, bringing danger, pollution and headaches to residents.

This change will begin today, she tweeted.

Yesterday, her office announced that Governor Cuomo has signed three bills that she authored to cut red tape and help small businesses. That’s huge. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Her first bill helps small businesses comply with regulations by requiring state agencies to create plain language guides. They will include info on the most common regulatory violations, and actions small businesses can take to minimize those violations.
  • The second bill extend the time to review and comment on rules proposed by state agencies to 60 days, an increase from 45 days.
  • The last bill allows people to email their requests for notices of proposed new rules, rather than by snail mail.

Astoria’s lawmakers are on a roll. Let’s hope they continue this activity in 2018.