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Monday October 8, 2012

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce announces a "LOGO AND STATIONERY DESIGN CONTEST". The purpose is to solicit original designs for a LOGO and STATIONERY to be used by the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce. Local LIC / Astoria / Sunnyside / Woodside / Dutch Kills Artists and Designers interested in participting should sign in at the LICChamber.org website. You are eligible if you live in the area, work in the area, or have a connection to the area in some way. $500 PRIZE to be awarded to the Winner is offered by ALMA BANK. The designs will be made available to the Board of Directors who will vote on those submitted. Applicants are requested to submit by October 10, 2012.

Historic Site of Sunnyside Garden Arena is Dedicated by Ring 8 Veteran Boxers Association with a Monument to Boxers

Ring 8 Veteran Boxers Association dedicated a Monument to Old Sunnyside Garden Arena October 6 , 2012 at 12:00 noon at Wendy's 45th and Queens Blvd, Sunnyside. The site is now the location of a Wendy's Hamburger location, who graciously donated the use of their property for the historical Monument to commemorate the boxer.

The event was attended by several boxing dignitaries as well as the New York State Athletic Commissioner, Melvina Lathan.  New York Assembly Member Cathy Nolan and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer spoke about the importance of the history of Sunnyside Garden Arena and the importance of the sport of Boxing.

OurLIC participated in the event and presents full video coverage and photographs as part of this OurLIC NEWS article.

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US Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney to Speak on "Defining the Future for Small Business: Opportunities and Challenges for Long Island City / Astoria Companies"

Congresswoman Maloney will administer oaths to install the first Officers and Directors of the newly incorporated Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, Inc. at an October 18th Reception and Meeting to be held at the Terrace Room at the Waterfront Crabhouse.

Congresswoman Maloney will administer oaths to the first Officers and Directors of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

The Congresswoman will address attendees. TOPIC: "Defining the Future for Small Business: Opportunities and Challenges for Long Island City / Astoria Companies"

The RECEPTION and MEETING will begin at 12:00 Noon at the Waterfront Crabhouse, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island City.

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Community Children Plant Trees of Knowledge During Ceremony to Dedicate Site for New Queens Library at Hunters Point

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Galante, President & CEO of Queens Library, talks with OurLIC about the special relationship between the Queens Library, the business community, and residents.

Community leaders, elected officials, members of Friends of the Queens Library at Hunters Point, and residents turned out in full force to dedicate the site for the new Queens Library to be built on Parcel 8 land adjacent to the Gantry State Park.

Ed Sadowsky; Trustee of the Queens Library, former NYC Council Member, and long resident of Long Island City; delivered an inspirational  speech.  Saying it was a "homecoming for him", he said  "We promised that this site, perhaps one of the most important in the world...on the East River across from the United Nations, would be a library."  After reviewing the fourteen year history of the site during the development of Queens West, Sadowsky quoted Assemby Member Cathy Nolan who said that "This was a test of Democracy."  He continued  "This is what Democracy is all about.  The only way that you get to what you want is to have an aroused citizenry.  The community here was simply extradordinary....and is proof that Democracy does work after all." He said "We did it!" After fourteen years of advocating for this library, Sadowsky added that "It must be completed in my lifetime."

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Peter Vallone, Jr,  Stands Up for Small Business....and Wants Drinking Water to be Safer in NYC

NYC Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. speaks at Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Meeting on a variety of topics 9/20/2012

On September 20th, Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. was a guest speaker during a meeting of the LIC/Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

During the meeting, Vallone stressed that he, like them, was a small business owner in Astoria and that his family firm had been at the same location since 1932, and he spoke of his support for lower taxes and fewer government mandates on businesses. The Council Member also fielded questions from the chamber members.

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RESIDENT PETITION: "We Need Street Cleaning in Long Island City"

We as a community petition for an expeditious timetable made in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation to bring street cleaning to Hunters Point, Long Island City in 2013

The residents of Long Island City are asking for the City to clean its streets.

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NYC Sets in Motion Five New Programs to Support Small Business

New Legislation, developed by the City Council and Mayor, will designate agency liaisons to serve as points-of-contact with Chambers of Commerce and industry groups to assist with small business growth.

The measures announced today include:

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OURLIC SPECIAL REPORT: NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE in Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City

The attractive neighborhoods in Greater Long Island City are changing. New trends emerge.

Lifestyle trends  are often subtle. Transformations in a community are slow.  They sneak up on us, and suddenly, something has changed...and things are different. What we say "WILL" happen, is suddenly a reality.

When trends become reality, it changes the way we look at everything that is important to us.   Trends in a community influence where we live and what we do....where we shop and what we eat. They influence travel, entertainment, investments, relationships and just about everything else.  It is not unusual in history for trends to emerge during recessions. People have ways of adapting. Even policy makers, Community Boards, and others manage to spot trends and adapt their thinking and decisions, once their meaning is understood. Even politics change, as new voters move into districts in large numbers. Shifts in population effect everyone and everything.

Since its beginning in 2008, OurLIC has been like a SCOUT...looking under the surface and behind the doors to explore and reveal the hidden virtues of "our" Long Island City community.   We've identified the new things and tied them together with the old to help make sense of change that has been part of the vision of the community for its own future. The camera has been an incredible tool to chronicle the changes. "Everything Important. Everyone Important. Every Day"....has brought the photos and videos from economic development to block parties and kitten adoptions.

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New Healthcare Laws  Explained: Sher Sparano, Benefits Advisory Service, Expert

Presentation given to business owners at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Meeting 9/20/2012

Now you can find out what you need to know about Obamacare and its impact on you as an employee and as a business owner...from an experienced expert!



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Rally Opposing the Liquor License Application for "Racks" on Steinway

"When all of us come together like this, it is clear that this "bikini bar" has no place in our community," NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas said.

Working to protect the character of our neighborhoods, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas hosted a rally opposing the liquor license for "Racks," a proposed "bikini bar."  Simotas was joined by Congressman Joseph Crowley, State Senator Michael Gianaris and community leaders in voicing the community’s objections to adult entertainment in the heart of Astoria.  There is no place for an adult entertainment venue in the heart of Astoria.  The rally was held Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Woodtree Playground at 38th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria.

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OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant Earns Recommendation from CityEntree

Put OKEANOS at the top of your "to go" list. It is on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria.

We are excited about the food at OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant. It is delicious and world class, offering diners a great value.  Food is abundant and presented in an appetizing way.

OKEANOS is a CityEntree RECOMMENDED restaurant.

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MTA ADVISORY NOTICE: 7 Subway Interruptions Scheduled for the 7 line between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza on five weekends this fall.

The next service diversions are scheduled for the October 6-8, October 20-22, October 27-29, November 10-12 and November 17-19, 2012 weekends. On these weekends, there will be no 7 line subway service between the Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza stations from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday.

This is to advise you of upcoming work in the Steinway Tunnel, which the 7 line uses to run between Queens and Manhattan, and other necessary work that will take place at locations along the 7 line in October and November of 2012.

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LIC / Astoria Chamber...Making the News 9/27/2012

The Queens Courier, The Queens Gazette, and The Long Island City / Astoria Journal each carried news articles.

The Queens Courier, The Queens Gazette, and The Long Island City / Astoria Journal each carried news articles in their September 20th editions that covered the newly incorporated Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

The Courier published "LIC & Astoria Chamber Gets Off the Ground" by reporter Christine Show.  Show did a round-up series of interviews with Arthur Rosenfield, President and founder of the Chamber; Renos Kourtides,  Chief Planning Officer of ALMA Bank; Raquel Salas, Owner of Bigcitygraph-x; Leslie Nilson,Owner of Sage General Store; and Marvin; CEO of WestGroup. The article focused on the values of the LIC / Astoria Chamber as a new resource for the business community.

Tom Cogan, Report for the Western Queens Gazette who has followed the development of the LIC Chamber since it's first formation meetings in May 2011, concentrated on the content of Peter Vallone, Jr. comments during his address to the LIC Chamber on September 20th.  In "Vallone Addresses LIC/Astoria Chamber of Commerce", he also recapped the content o that meeting's second speaker, Sher Sparano of Benefits Advisory Service, who presented inights into the implications of the new Obamacare law for small business owners. He also covered Dr. Charles Krieger's planned Community Wellness Day that is being coordinated wit NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas.

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