People Of Southeast Queens: July 7-13, 2017

Several Queens students received their degrees during Lehigh University’s commencement ceremony on May 22—including Jamaica’s Kester Gibbons (bachelor of arts degree with a major in biology), Sunnyside’s Nicholas Mietkowski (bachelor of science in mechanical engineering), Astoria’s Alejandra Silguero (bachelor of science in business and economics and business information systems), Elmhurst’s Roxanne Chu (bachelor of science in integrated business/engineering), Forest Hills’ Olga Voronetskaya (bachelor of science in integrated business/engineering), College Point’s Katerina Traut (bachelor of arts degree with majors in political science and Africana studies) and Flushing’s Daniel Chi (bachelor of science in business and economics degree with a major in finance).

The University of Rhode Island has named several Queens students to its dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester, including St. Albans’ Kelly MacDonnell, Astoria’s Lauren Eng, Long Island City’s Elizabeth Piotrowski, Woodhaven’s Daniela Doneva, Forest Hills’ Alexa Stewart and Roxanne Krawczyk, Bayside’s Yvonnie Phan, Flushing’s Catherine Nolty and Whitestone’s Athena Kalogeras, Christine Kim and Denna Vecchio.

Marist College has named several Queens students to its dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. Local students to make the list include Hollis’ Kai Manners, Rockaway Park’s Anna Pastina, Richmond Hill’s Katherine Maradiaga, Breezy Point’s Laurie Klein, Maspeth’s Marika Cygert, Middle Village’s Jake Crifasi, East Elmhurst’s Nicole Doyle, Oakland Gardens’ Nicholas Garcia and Katerina Tzannes, Fresh Meadows’ Parkash Garcha, Little Neck’s Carla Valenti, Jackson Heights’ Juan Vasquez, Bayside’s Stephanie Yost and Whitestone’s Athanasia Vlahos.

Throwback Thursdays – Summer In The Rockaways


When the enormous crowds followed the railroads into the Rockaways in the early 1900s, the peninsula earned its name as “New York’s Playground.” New York City has about 1,000 life- guards each summer—and about half of them are detailed to stand duty in the Rockaways.

If you have historical photos or postcards you would like to share with the PRESS of Southeast Queens, send them to us by mail at PRESS of Southeast Queens c/o Throwback Thursday, 150-50 14th Rd., Whitestone, NY 11357. Or you can email them to or tweet us @QueensTrib with the hashtag #TBT

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