2014-10-01

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Helping Our Children

Chris Pizzolo
With more and more young families moving into Astoria, it’s important for families to know that Astoria houses more than just food and dining spots. 
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Astoria’s Scariest Sites

BY JUDY CLOSE AND JASON D. ANTOS
Hallowe’en, oh what funny sights are seen! Witches&rs 
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Spielberg Shoots In Astoria

Steven Spielberg was on 18th Street and 26th Avenue in Astoria on September 15, filming St. James Place, a cold war thriller starring Tom Hanks. The film is set to be released in October, 2015.
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Astoria Is Home To City’s Oldest Residence

BY JASON D. ANTOS
As one drives down the narrow one-way path of 19th Road in Astoria Heights you might notice an ancient, yet beautiful home constructed in the early Dutch style surrounded by shrubbery, and almost hidden from view.
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Saigon Café:

—Chris Pizzolo
Has anyone noticed that Astoria prides itself on being the melting pot for food and nightlife? Egyptian, Italian, Greek, Brazilian, Czech, German, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Australian food joints are just a small portion of what occupies the belly, and heart of Astoria. 
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Turn That Oven On Again

Lynette Pettinicchi
There’s something magical about fall’s in-season fruits and veggies. They remind us that the leaves are about to change and it’s time to start getting out boots and sweaters. It also means it’s time to venture upstate or to Long Island for some good old-fashioned apple and pumpkin picking. 
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The Versatile Pumpkin

—Melissa Mennona
Autumn is upon us, and it seems like the cooler temps are making people crave the taste of pumpkin. Everything from coffee to cocktails are being laced with pumpkin flavor, so here are a few local spots to help you indulge in your pumpkin cravings:  1. Martha’s Country Bakery,   36-21 Ditmars Boulevard has created Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Lattes. 
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Tunes and Taverns:

GRLFRNDWRKS [pronounced “Girlfriend Works”] is a local DJ/producer from Astoria. He’s gigged with bands like Tim William and the Arcade Stars, produced tracks with indie rock champion, Bjorn, from Peter Bjorn and John, and Queens hip hop King, LL Cool J. Now GRLFRNDWRKS, aka Hector Merejo Jr. is beginning his journey towards making a name for himself. 
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Samhain, ‘The Dark Half’

—Annette Hanze Alberts
Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is the Gaelic holiday celebrating the start of the winter and is considered to be where our Halloween originated. Samhain, the Celtic word for November, is believed to mean “winter’s night,” and was observed in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man and in other Celtic lands from sunset October 31 until sunset of November 1. 
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Take A Sea Cruise

—Anaé Petito
We all love and hold Astoria close to our hearts, but an occasional vacation from home is sometimes necessary for a change of pace and renewed appreciation. Plus, what could be a better way to appreciate our neighborhood than being away from it for a while? 
  
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