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To celebrate the array of culture, delicious foods and dining experiences in Astoria, the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation (CALDC) will host “Dining Astoria” week from June 24 through 30.
Hundreds of restaurants will participate, offering prie-fixe menus, discounts and specials throughout the week.
A preliminary list compiled by CALDC includes Adriatic, Middle Eastern, South American, East and Western European, Asian, African, American and Continental restaurants, taverns, diners and ethnic fast food outlets.
At an unrelated event, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said Dining Astoria will spread awareness to the few people who may not already know that Astoria is the food capital of the city.
“I ‘Dine Astoria’ just about every day of my life,” Vallone said. “Few are still unaware of the food in Astoria, but for those who maybe just moved to New York City, they should know that not only can you get any kind of food imaginable in Astoria, it’s also the best tasting.”
Vallone added that eating in Astoria involves a whole experience, from dining in the ethnic holes-in-the-walls to lounging in the outdoor cafe’s along 30th Avenue.
“It’s an entire nice experience and this is going to get even more people to be aware of it,” he said.
Teresa Power, an Astoria resident who lives near 30th Avenue, said she also prefers to eat in her own neighborhood.
“I love it here, we eat here all the time,” she said.
Power said she prefers to eat along 30th Avenue because she can sit outside, but that Astoria as a whole has such good food because of its cultural diversity.
“There’s always people outside, which I love,” she said. “There’s such a mix of so many people.”
For more information on Dining Astoria, visit CentralAstoria.org.
Jill Ann Rudzewick-Vik, 46, passed away Thursday, June 7, after a battle with cancer.
Rudzewick-Vik was a graduate of St. Stanislaus Kostka Elementary School, Christ the King, Mercy College and she did her master’s work at St. John’s University. In more recent years, Jill turned her attention toward helping St. Stanislaus School in Maspeth grow in enrollment and prestige. She was recently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
“Jill was a person of intense love,” said St. Stanislaus principal, Sister Rose Torma. “Love for her family, love for Maspeth, but especially love for St. Stanislaus.
Sister Torma said that Rudzewick-Vik would often visit the classroom and teach the students about financial responsibility.
“She really wanted to inculcate in the children the habit of saving through their school bank accounts,” she said.
But Rudzewick-Vik’s lasting legacy at the school will undoubtedly be the annual dinner dance held to raise funds for scholarships at St. Stanislaus. Rudzewick-Vik was the primary organizer.
“She was working on it right up to the very end,” said Sister Torma. “The endowment will be her lasting legacy here at the school.”
She is survived by her parents Barbara and Kenneth, brothers Thomas, Glenn and Roger, and son Kristian and daughter Emily.
A wake was held on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, at Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth. A funeral was held on Monday at St. Stanislaus Church, 57-15 61st Street, Maspeth.
To honor Rudzewick-Vik’s memory, donations can be made to St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 61-17 Grand Avenue, Maaspeth, NY 11378.
Monday, June 4
Joshua Rodriguez was arrested at 60-88 Myrtle Avenue for assault by Officer Abenati.
Bernius Maldonado was arrested at 60-88 Myrtle Avenue for assault by Officer Abenati.
Lomont Smith was arrested at 862 Onderdonk Avenue for assault by Detective Murray.
Tuesday, June 5
Gus Englezos was arrested at 803 Seneca Avenue for assault by Detective Diaquoi.
Rezyn Estrada was arrested at 79-12 60th Street for criminal contempt by Detective Houlihan.
Wednesday, June 6
Felipe Regalado was arrested at 863 Seneca Avenue for robbery by Officer Williams.
Erick Weglarz was arrested at 53-07 73rd Street for menacing by Officer Skorzewski.
Jovany Pagan was arrested at 60-19 68th Road for assault by Officer Eastman.
Jose Pizarro was arrested at 1715 Weirfield Street for criminal contempt by Detective Chichotky.
Mark Kramer was arrested at the intersection of Cooper Avenue and 66th Street for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Moseley.
Roxanne Pincay Mora was arrested at 61-14 75th Place for petit larceny by Detective Spagnola.
John Pasquino was arrested at the intersection of Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues for leaving the scene of an injury accident by Officer DuPont.
Anna Sibiga was arrested at 63-12 Eliot Avenue for criminal mischief by Office Vingelis.
Thursday, June 7
John Doe was arrested at 1819 Palmetto Street for criminal mischief by Officer Inga.
Christopher Barbara was arrested at 1819 Palmetto Street for criminal mischief by Officer Inga.
Ivan Collazo, Jr. was arrested at the intersection of Hancock Street and Wyckoff Avenue for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Rodriguez.
John Duran was arrested at the intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Woodbine Street for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Lovallo.
Edward Saar was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Stanhope Street for criminal mischief by Officer Aviles.
Cesar Guzman was arrested at the intersection of Woodbine Street and Seneca Avenue for possession of a forged instrument by Officer Miller
Matthew Rivera was arrested at the intersection of Eliot Avenue and 63rd Street for criminal mischief by Officer Oswald.
Friday, June 8
Angeline Andreau was arrested at 60-27 67th Avenue for assault by Officer Skorzewski.
Edward Holohan was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Day.
Janet Panuela was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Day.
Givoris Riera was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Day.
Edward Cerna was arrested at 803 Seneca Avenue for grand larceny by Officer Williams.
Lose Ovallesarias was arrested at 57-17 Myrtle Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Day.
Saturday, June 9
Ingri Matos was arrested at 1819 Palmetto Street for assault by Officer Inga.
Anthony Leggio was arrested at 1819 Palmetto Street for assault by Officer Inga.
Sunday, June 10
Jarius Smitherman was arrested at the intersection of St. Nicholas and Woodbine Street for an outstanding warrant by Officer Lewis.
Emanuel Soriano was arrested at 66-47 Forest Avenue for criminal mischief by Officer Sullivan.
Joseph Dalessio was arrested at 52-30 65th Palce for assault by Detective Webb.
Joshua Paulicelli was arrested at the intersection of Weirfield Street and Cypress Avenue for criminal possession of stolen property by Officer Dove.
Gilver Parra was arrested at the intersection of Menahan Street and Grandview Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Berke.
Jorge Delgado was arrested at the intersection of Cooper and Cypress avenues for driving while intoxicated by Officer Wynter.
Angel Yrgles was arrested at 1675 Grove Street for assault by Officer Lewska.