Monthly Archives: July 2011

Residents Find Ways to Beat The Heat

High temperatures weren’t the only numbers tempting the record books during last week’s oppressive heat wave. According to Con Edison, New York’s energy use broke records as well. While temperatures in the city rose above 100 degrees throughout the weekend, ConEd pressed for energy conservation and even implemented rolling brownouts and reduced voltage in parts of Queens and the rest of the city. Nevertheless, overall electric use peaked at 13,189 megawatts (MW) at 4 p.m. on July 22, surpassing the … Continue reading

New Legislation to Capture Raccoons Implemented

Lifelong Middle Village resident Teresa Hubert, like many of her neighbors and other city residents, has seen a noticeable increase in the raccoon population. Unfortunately, she found that she was all alone in getting rid of the furry bandits—the city or state would only help residents capture raccoons if it was rabid. Thanks to a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Hubert and other residents will now receive statewide assistance to remove any raccoon—rabid or not. Assembly bill A.295, … Continue reading

104th Precinct Captain Discusses Tips to Prevent Auto Thefts

A dozen Maspeth residents met with officers from the 104th Precinct last week to discuss local police issues including larceny and traffic. Captain Michael A. Cody, commanding officer of the 104th precinct, reported that compared to last year, total crime in the area is down 16 percent over the past 28 days. Burglaries decreased by 40 percent over the past 28 days. However, there were 42 grand larcenies, a 16 percent increase compared to last year. With a reported increase … Continue reading

Koch Endorses Turner

The September 13 special election to be held to replace former Congressman Anthony Weiner is, according to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, something very special indeed. Koch, a Democrat, was in Howard Beach on Monday to formally endorse Republican candidate Bob Turner in the contest against Democrat David Weprin. And if the political veteran has his way, this local race could turn out to be a major factor in shaping national foreign policy. Koch’s feverous crusade began in … Continue reading

Local Little Leaguers Get Big League Help

When the kids from the Ozone-Howard Rangers Little League came to practice on Tuesday afternoon, most of them had no idea that a former Major League baseball All Star player was going to drop by to give them some advice. Former Yankees and Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry stopped by Centerville Field in Centerville to give the Little Leaguers batting and fielding tips and sign autographs before their game Tuesday evening in Glen Cove. Mike Frazzetta, who coaches the team with … Continue reading

DOE Fumbles Education Council Election

A mismanaged election for Community Education Council (CEC) representatives earlier this summer is still reverberating throughout Queens. Amid reports of dismal voter turnout and one invalidated election, some parent representatives are claiming the Department of Education (DOE) violated federal law in selecting the board members to CEC 24, which includes Ridgewood, Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. In May, the DOE holds elections for CEC members every other year. This year, votes from parents were first tallied and then used by … Continue reading

Amber Alert System Coming for Vulnerable Adults

Since its inception in 2002, the nationwide Amber Alert system has helped save the lives of 540 abducted children by quickly providing the public with updates and information. On Monday, New York joined a number of states that will begin using that technology to help find missing vulnerable adults. The new statewide system, like the Amber Alert, can rapidly alert residents about missing adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments. Under the new law, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo … Continue reading

Sheehan Trial Date to be Set on Friday

Supreme Court Justice Robert Mcgann, newly assigned to the Barbara Sheehan murder case, announced on Tuesday that the court will reconvene on Friday to give him time to study the case. He will announce a trial date and whether he will allow Sheehan to use the battered woman defense. Sheehan, a Howard Beach resident, has admitted to shooting her husband, retired NYPD Sergeant Raymond Sheehan, in their Howard Beach home in 2008. Sheehan claims that her husband physically and mentally … Continue reading

Another Queens Hospital Faces Closure

Peninsula Hospital, one of two hospitals in Far Rockaway, may soon be shuttered. It would be the fourth Queens hospital to close in the last several years, and southern Queens residents would lose 200 hospital beds and nearly 1,000 jobs. According to several reports, Peninsula Hospital, like many other hospitals in the region, is undergoing a severe financial crisis after cuts to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. “Cuts in Medicaid reduce the reimbursements that the hospitals get for the patients who … Continue reading

Borders Closure Becomes Another Question Mark for Atlas Park

Unable to climb out of financial hardship, Borders is preparing to shut all of its 399 bookstores nationwide, including their location in the Shops at Atlas Park. The bookstore, at 80-16 Cooper Avenue, has been one of the most successful shops in the Glendale mall and remains Atlas Park’s biggest draw. The Borders bookstore is expected to close its doors in September. Earlier this year, Borders closed seven of its 19 regional locations; at the time, the Atlas Park Borders … Continue reading

Push Continues to Bring Table Games to Aqueduct

When Genting made its first pitch to the community about operating a casino at Aqueduct racetrack, company President Mike Speller said the goal was to be more than just “slots in a box.” The crown jewel in that plan may be getting table games added to the Ozone Park casino. Resorts World Casino New York City is scheduled to open later this year with 4,500 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs). The VLTs will include some electronic versions of games like roulette, … Continue reading

Weprin Refocuses Debate on Social Services

David Weprin, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 9th Congressional District, visited a Forest Hills senior center on Tuesday to talk about the importance of social services like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. A day after Republican candidate, Bob Turner, scored a major endorsement from former Mayor Ed Koch [see page 4], Weprin criticized current GOP policies, specifically the Republican plan to cut government spending and increase the debt limit ceiling without raising taxes on the rich. “What the … Continue reading

Walder Resigns as MTA Chief

In a surprising move last week, MTA CEO Jay Walder announced he is leaving the organization effective October 21. Walder accepted a position as the chief executive of Hong Kong’s MTR rail service. Walder, a Queens native, was appointed by then Governor David Paterson in 2009 and was tasked with the difficult responsibility of restoring fiscal stability to the flailing system. Reports are mixed whether Walder was an effective leader. The MTA touts that under Walder, vast changes were made … Continue reading

City Celebrates First Day of Marriage Equality

On the first day of marriage equality in New York State, 484 couples were married in the five boroughs. On Sunday, 659 marriage licenses were issued throughout the city, including 89 in Queens. The City Clerk’s office extended its business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and State Court Judges volunteered their time to perform the ceremonies. Seventy seven percent of couples served had at least one spouse from New York City and 23 states were represented. “Today was … Continue reading

Suspects Sought in Kew Gardens Shooting

Tempers flared over a double-parked car on Austin Street in Kew Gardens, before the confrontation turned deadly on Thursday night, leaving one dead and another injured. Police responded to a 911 call shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday reporting that Roberto Adanes, 25, and his brother Jovanny, 30, were shot after clashing with two men over their parked car near 125th Street. The shooter, described as a middle-aged Russian man, was reportedly laughing as he shot the Adanes brothers. Eyewitnesses … Continue reading