Pretty Simple Girl
Middle Village 19-year-old Christine Congelosi
a self-proclaimed “pretty simple girl.”
Her life right now
is mostly about school and work... just like any
teen, she said.
Oh yeah, and
there’s the modeling thing, too.
teen beauty is a junior at Queens College, studying communications. She got into
modeling only recently, signing up with the popular modeling agency Umodels.com
which recently changed its name to Impression Management.
used to want to travel very, very far...with hopes of becoming an astronaut.
astronomy class, though, and Christine “realized it’s not for me.”
she’s settling on more Earthly travels, hoping that a future career in PR will
bring her to different points across the globe.
she’s not in school, Christine is usually working at a clothing store in
her free time she pursues her fledgling modeling career. She’s recently tried
out for gigs with ADIDAS and Maxim Magazine and is trying to become a trade show
just a months-old hobby right now, but Christine said she would pursue modeling
as a career if it went that far.
for her free time, Christine enjoys swimming... and life in Queens.
love it,” Christine said of the borough she calls home. “It’s not as
crowded as Manhattan; it’s better living.”
although Christine wants to travel the globe someday, she has no intention of
hanging her hat anywhere but Queens. She said she could “stay in Queens
forever,” noting that she’s happy in Middle Village.
fact, Christine loves her neighborhood so much that she said there aren’t even
many other places within the borough where she’d like to live.
maybe one other.
Astoria,” she confessed. “My friends live out there.”
Everyone Loves Raymond
Ray Romano, the “Everybody Loves Raymond” star who as a kid ate at Lillian Pizzeria on the corner of Harrow Street and 69th Avenue, is making his co-stars green – with envy that is.
reports have the show's production behind schedule because of absent cast
members who have come down, in coincidental succession, with mysterious
cause seems to be that Romano is set to make a reported $43 million plus this
season, with the nearest salary, – that of Brad Garrett, Raymond’s
brother Robert on the show, – weighing
in at a measly $4 million.
who won an Emmy last year, has been written out of the first episodes while his
agents renegotiate his contract.
the only one who hasn’t been sick is Ray himself. While it’s true
“Everybody Loves Raymond” isn’t a show without Raymond, the same can be
said if there’s no “everyone” to love him.
Along With Tony Bennett
Astoria’s own Tony Bennett recently released his newest album, only you won’t be hearing Bennett’s familiar voice on this CD.
you can listen along as Bennett presents his favorite songs by other artists.
album, titled – “Tony Bennett: Artist’s Choice” – is the latest
release in the “Artist’s Choice” series.
known for singing hit songs like “Because of You,” “Cold, Cold Heart,”
“Just In Time” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” has won countless
awards, including Grammy’s and World Music Awards.
MTV Unplugged album stayed at the top of the U.S. Jazz chart for 35 weeks.
have dedicated my entire career to keeping the Great American Songbook alive.
There is no such thing as old music, just great music,” Bennett is quoted as
saying during an interview with Hear Music.
favorites in “Artist’s Choice” include:
April In Paris - Count Basie & His Orchestra
I Love Samantha - Bing Crosby/M-G-M Studio Orchestra
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
Tea For Two - Art Tatum
Theme From The Threepenny Opera (Mack The Knife), - Louis Armstrong &
His All Stars
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - Frank Sinatra/Bill Miller
Researcher Opposes Smoking Ban
resident Isaac Sasson, who is challenging Flushing Councilman John Liu
in the Democratic primary, is a relative newcomer to the political scene.
when Trib Publisher Mike Schenkler hosted the two rivals for a
friendly pre-Primary chat, Sasson began with a brief personal introduction.
professional credentials are sterling: Army vet, CUNY grad, Ph.D. recipient in
chemistry from the U of Connecticut. And, for current employment, Dr. Sasson
serves a noble scientific cause. “I am now working at the Institute for Cancer
Prevention,” he said.
it seems Sasson’s day job does not hold undue sway over his political views.
When asked to name which of Liu’s City Council votes he disagreed with, Sasson
replied, “I think the thing about the smoking.”
voted with the majority to ban smoking at most city bars and restaurants.
anti-cancer scientist explained, “People go to bars to smoke, and now they are
standing outside… The idea of a bar is that people go there to have a drink.
People who work in bars would know that that’s where people are going
to be smoking.”
bizarre contortions of political thought led a man who spends his days cooking
up a cure for cancer to oppose the smoking ban?