Astoria resident Kyle Scheafer, McClancy Standout, Signs letter of intent to play ball at Marshall University

Msgr. McClancy student-athlete Kyle Scheafer, from Astoria, was the center of attention Wednesday at a college signing ceremony at the East Elmhurst High School. Playing division 1 baseball is a dream for millions of kids around the country, but today it became reality to a young man who apparently has was much promise on the filed as off.

The McClancy baseball standout participates in the honors program at McClancy as well. He played his travel baseball under coach Greg Modica with the Midville Dodgers. At McClancy he was voted 2nd team all-city and signed a letter of intent to play ball at ‘Division 1’ Marshall University.

“The top priority for our athletes is to excel in the classroom,” said McClancy’s director of admissions and varsity baseball coach, Nick Melito, as he introduced Kyle with his family to the crowd of 100 at the event. “Not only is Kyle a role models on the field but he excels in school. So he makes us proud on the field and in the classroom,” he said.

Kyle, his coaches and family at McClancy Wednesday.

Kyle, his coaches and family at McClancy Wednesday.

Constantinides re-elected to City Council


Costa Constantinides will be Astoria’s councilman for four more years.

In yesterday’s general election, Constantinides won in a landslide over “Dive In” party candidate Kathleen Springer, who ran on restoring and reviving the Astoria Diving Pool.

According to the unofficial early returns on the Board of Elections website, Constantinides took home 16,915 votes out of 18,199 total votes. That comes out to 92.94 percent.

Breaking it down by party, the incumbent won 14,722 on the Democratic ticket, and another 2,193 votes on the Working Families line.

Springer collected 1,186 votes, good for 6.52 percent.

Constantinides, a stalwart for environmental protection, has fought for issues like cleaner power plants and lowering the asthma rate. In Astoria, he has funded improvements for parks, new technology in schools and more cleaning services for major commercial corridors.

Astoria pol backs “Fair Fix” plan

Costa_PB_2 copyCouncilman Costa Constantinides is among 27 council members who have announced their support for Mayor de Blasio’s Fair Fix proposal.

The plan would increase taxes on the city’s wealthiest to raise $800 million annually to fix the crumbling subway and bus system. It would also pay for half-fare MetroCards for 800,000 low-income New Yorkers.

“The MTA has allowed our subways to go without long-term infrastructure improvements that would alleviate delays, maintain signals and improve the train tracks. We need a fully-funded, on-time and functional subway system,” Constantinides said. “A tax increase on the top 1 percent of the city’s wealthiest residents would help improve income inequality by paying for this dedicated revenue stream and for half-priced fares for low-income New Yorkers. We deserve better than an MTA with no accountability to improve our commutes.”

Fair Fix would need to get through Governor Cuomo’s Albany, which seems unlikely considering the governor is pushing congestion pricing, which the mayor opposes. Let’s not forget that the mayor and governor can’t seem to get along, and are in a constant political fight to top one another.

But with 27 supporters from the City Council, Mayor de Blasio’s plan appears to be picking up momentum.

Time will tell which plan will prevail. Either way, New York City commuters are just hoping that a solution comes soon.

Maspeth Federal Savings Awards Heroes Basketball League Champions

Last Sunday, two Heroes Championship teams were crowned at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Astoria.

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank awarded custom MVP trophies and basketballs to the championship teams.

“Supporting this summer’s Heroes Basketball League and other programs that bring the community and our youth together is important to Maspeth Federal Savings and has been for 70 years.” – Christina Zanca, VP & Marketing Director of MFS


Western Conference Champions, One Eleven


Western Conference MVP, David Burgos


Eastern Conference Champions, CM3 Elite


Eastern Conference MPV, Jahleel Gary

Fall leaf collection is back!

IMG_1799 copyIt’s (finally) fall again, so you know what that means. Fall leaf collection is back!

The Department of Sanitation is turning your leaves into compost for New York City’s street trees and community gardens, rather than letting the leaves rot in a landfill. Did we mention that’s not the best for the environment?

Certain neighborhoods across the city will receive special DSNY leaf collection services, including Community Board 1 in Astoria.

Leaves can be set out in either a part lawn and leaf bag (see above)  or in an open, unlined container. Please don’t use plastic bags!

Collection will be after 4 p.m. on these days:

  • Saturday, November 18
  • Saturday, December 2


Voter Guide for NYC Local Elections on November 7th

The NYC local city office elections on November 7th are rapidly approaching and New Yorkers need to get informed!
In order to ensure this education, Vote NYC announced the broadcast schedule for the city’s official nonpartisan Video Voter Guide ! The guide contains statements from each candidate about their stances and plans for the city. The video edition of the guide began airing Sunday, October 29th and will be on every night at 7pm (4pm on election night) from now until the election on the NYC Gov station (see channel depending on carrier below).

NYC Gov Channels and Carriers
Spectrum (TWC)….74
Verizon FiOS……….1960 HD | 24 SD
Over the Air (Broadcast)……….25.2

The video guide will also air on borough-based public access stations; check local listings for time and dates on BRIC, QPTV, MNN, and BronxNet.

The Voter Guide information can also be found online at as well as in print when it is delivered to every household with registered voters in the five boroughs.

Aspects of daily life such as affordable living and public schools will be affected by these local elections so make sure to learn about the candidates and get out there and vote!

Newest Astoria Hot Spot CHICK-N-SOUP Hits Soft Opening For Variety Boys & Girls Club

There are ‘good guys’ and then there are ‘great guys’ who open eateries in Astoria. Well, Louis, owner of the ‘soon to be open’ Chick-n-Soup at 30-12 Astoria Blvd. hosted a party for the Young Professional Board of the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Astoria on Thursday night. on Monday, November 9th.

25 volunteers from the Club came to network and raise funds for scholarships & programs for the kids at the Club, located on 21 St & 30 Road in Astoria. It has been running since 1955. Matt Troy is the Executive Director, John Sanchez is the President of the Young Professional Board – which has representatives from Amazon, Skanska, Microsoft, Makers Space, United Print, MK Vision Center, The Queens Ledger Newspaper and more on the board.

Tonight the group posed for a shot here in front of the new eatery’s signature mural painted by the artist Rizz22. The comfort food with a spanish twist in this joint will be available for the public when the place opens on Monday, November 13th.

Louis, 4th from left, is the proprietor of Chick-n-soup at 30-12 Astoria Blvd.. It will open November 13. Pictured here with friends from Variety Boys & Girls Club in of Queens.

Louis, 4th from left, is the proprietor of Chick-n-soup at 30-12 Astoria Blvd.. It will open November 13. Pictured here with friends from Variety Boys & Girls Club in of Queens.