Monthly Archives: March 2011

Reagan Republican Club Elects New Officers

The Ronald Reagan Republican Club of Howard Beach got off to a fresh start on Monday night when they held their March meeting in new “digs” at Lenny’s Clam Bar. Along with a location change, the club cleaned its former slate by electing a new board in front of a packed crowd of interested parties and new members. Councilmember Eric Ulrich got the evening off to a start with a review of the organizational by-laws and energized the crowd, praising … Continue reading

Shrine Planned for St. Helen’s: Society Fulfills Founder’s Mission

The International Society of SS. Cosma & Damiano announced plans at their annual dinner last week to build an outdoor shrine at St. Helen’s in Howard Beach. For the organization, dedicated to fundraising for charities that help children—especially those with life-threatening illness—the shrine symbolizes the culmination of lifelong dreams and a rich history of achievement. Joseph DeCandia Sr. founded the Society in 1978 because of his belief in and devotion to Saints Cosma and Damiano. To help spread the word … Continue reading

Woodhaven Mourns Hate: Community Remembers Anthony Collao at Candlelight Vigil

As neighbors peered out of second story windows, a candle-lit crowd circled on the corner of 90th Street and 89th Avenue in Woodhaven to mourn Anthony Collao and speak out against hate-driven violence. Collao, 18, a former Woodhaven resident and recent high school graduate, was assaulted on March 12 after leaving a party in an abandoned home. He had suffered severe head trauma by the time police arrived. His attackers, five teens who had crashed the party yelling anti-gay slurs … Continue reading

Diverse Styles Coming to Woodhaven Art Show

When Ed Wendell’s father passed away, Wendell inherited his art supplies. An old easel his father used soon found a home at the Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association (WRBA) offices and Wendell found a new hobby. For nearly 18 months the sparsely used easel sat near an office window until Woodhaven artist Jose Moya came into the office in February to make a complaint. After noticing the easel, Moya asked after the owner, and later brought Wendell photos of his own … Continue reading

‘Tag Team Effort’ Helps Renovate Ridgewood Library

  Ridgewood Library has come along since 1999 when its second floor was shuttered and its basement used for storage. With a push from the Friends of Ridgewood Library and local officials, the storage room became a new children’s library in 2006, and last Saturday a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the library’s complete renovation. “It took several years but we did it, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result,” said Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante. Ridgewood … Continue reading

State Budget Agreement Reached; City Funding Drastically Cut

In a major victory for freshman Governor Andrew Cuomo, a budget agreement was reached on Sunday. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) announced they have agreed to an approximate $132.5 billion budget without adding new taxes. “I have said that New York is at a crossroads—one road leading to further dysfunction and decline, the other towards fiscal responsibility and government efficiency. I believe this budget puts us on the right path,” Cuomo … Continue reading

Trailblazing Legislator Geraldine Ferraro Dies

Geraldine Ferraro, the first female Vice Presidential candidate for a major party, passed away on Saturday due to complications with multiple myeloma. She was 75. Ferraro represented New York’s 9th Congressional District—now held by Anthony Weiner—from 1979 to 1985. In 1984, Democrat Walter Mondale selected her to be his running mate for the presidential election. Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush soundly defeated Mondale and Ferraro to stay in the White House for a second term. During … Continue reading

Counting Down to New York Census Battle

Results Show Growth of Only 1,300 Residents in Queens Over the Last Decade Since the 2010 Census results on New York’s population were released, the Mayor’s office has been crunching the numbers and preparing an official appeal. The count, they say, is far too low—especially in Queens. If an appeal is rejected, the city could head to court. “Our administration has been looking at the Census numbers non-stop since they were released last Thursday,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “And we … Continue reading

News Briefs – Oliva, Holiday Bandit, Khan

Rumors For Plea Deal For Bob Oliva Bob Oliva, the former Christ the King High School basketball coach accused of molesting a former youth league player, is heading back to court. A pre-trial hearing in Massachusetts, where Oliva is accused of molesting Jimmy Carlino in 1976, will be held Monday. Oliva is expect to plead guilty in a deal that could keep him out of jail. Oliva, 66, is not being charged in New York because the statute of limitations … Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting

  MacDonald Park along Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills was always lush with trees. After the tornado last September, all that remained were tree stumps and fallen branches. Local residents are now being asked to donate their time to help replant trees throughout Forest Hills. More than 3,000 trees were destroyed citywide, with nearly 2,800 in Queens. MacDonald Park lost most of its trees. JetBlue, teaming up with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), is holding its One Thing That’s … Continue reading

Grover Cleveland Park Dominates CBR Meeting

Citizens for a Better Ridgewood has been proactive in alerting the 104th Precinct and the Parks Department about problems at Grover Cleveland Park. Michael Hetzer, representing the group, said the goal is to voice complaints to various departments before the end of the summer, when it is too late for officials to rectify problems. Rene Herrera, new community parks manager for Community Boards 5 and 6, and Community Affairs Officer Thomas Bell listened and promised to look for solutions. Herrera … Continue reading

Teen Arrested for DWI After Horrific Wreck

A teenage driver was arrested for a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) on Thursday night after a high-speed collision resulted in five injuries, one of them life threatening. Police report that Avinash Rupert, 19, of 90th Avenue in Jamaica, was driving on the south on Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach when he lost control of his vehicle. Rupert was reportedly in the center lane in between 162nd and 163rd avenues and as he moved into the right lane struck two parked … Continue reading

Hangman’s Noose Found in Lindenwood

A hangman’s noose was found dangling from a tree on 84th Street between 153rd and 155th avenues, adding to a recent string of apparent bias attacks throughout Queens and New York City. A Lindenwood resident called police about the situation on Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. The noose was subsequently removed and is being tested for DNA and fingerprints, and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident as a bias attack, a source within the precinct said. The … Continue reading

New Café Feeds Hungry; Helps Less Fortunate

In the time it took to order and eat a burger—which was delicious—at newly opened Independence Café, four different customers raved about the food. With freshly prepared food made each day by chef Jim Klapak, the new establishment on Jamaica Avenue is set to become a staple for Woodhaven’s breakfast and lunch needs. But this isn’t a restaurant review. Independence Café’s profits help support Independence Residences, Inc., a not-for-profit group that provides support for people with developmental disabilities and visual … Continue reading

Graffiti Charges Color NYPD Efforts

The police of the 104th Precinct continue to paint the town with graffiti arrests as the Queens District Attorney’s office backs them up. The latest charges were brought against alleged vandal Matthew Young—93 counts of spray painting throughout Queens, including vandalized properties in Richmond Hill and Forest Hills. Young’s tags, SA, SA ONE and RIP ZIC, have caused thousands of dollars in damage, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Young reportedly posted his monikers on 45 separate occasions between … Continue reading