Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sheehan Released Pending Appeal

Friends and family of Barbara Sheehan crowded the 6th floor courtroom in Queens County Criminal Court on Monday morning to wait for the release of the Howard Beach school secretary acquitted in the murder of her husband, retired NYPD sergeant, Raymond Sheehan, in 2008. Sheehan was led into court, her hands cuffed behind her back, before Justice Steven Paynter, where it was determined that her bail, according to the testimony of bail bondsman James Carfora of Affordable Bails New York, … Continue reading

Woodhaven Man Admits to Killing Wife in 2007

Former Woodhaven resident Edwin Fuentes pleaded guilty Tuesday to choking his wife to death in June 2007 and spreading her remains through Forest Park. The 44-year-old Fuentes will spend 20 years in prison for manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. Fuentes admitted he strangled his wife, Reina De Los Santos Reyes, between June 19, 2007, and June 22, inside their apartment at 78-17 88th Road. As part of the plea deal, Fuentes will lead investigators and a cadaver-sniffing dog to … Continue reading

Woman Accidentally Shot By Friend In Maspeth

A Queens woman is clinging to life after being accidentally shot in the head by a friend allegedly toying with a handgun while visiting his Maspeth apartment on Monday night. So far, police have arrested Elijah Stamateris, 22, in connection with the shooting. Delilah Cordoba, 21, was sitting on a living room couch with Stamateris and two other friends at his basement apartment at 50-43 64th Street between 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. when the incident occured, according to the … Continue reading

Police Nab Two Men Jacking Tires In Maspeth

Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning after being spotted trying to steal the tires from a luxury car in Maspeth. According to Captain Michael Cody, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, an unnamed witness spotted Cesar Cosme, 22 and Michael Rivera, 24, both of Brooklyn, before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning removing lug nuts from the wheels of a Cadillac Escalade in the vicinity of 58th Place and Maspeth Avenue. After the witness allegedly confronted the two men, they allegedly … Continue reading

Martin Luther School Honors Four as Student of the Month

Martin Luther School recently announced the school’s Students of the Month for September, 2011. Students are nominated by their teachers; these nominees are then evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty and administration, and the winners are selected by the entire faculty. “The purpose of this program is to recognize MLS students who work to the best of their ability,” explained Mr. Steven Hicks, Dean of Students. “To be chosen, students must display school pride and distinguish themselves in the … Continue reading

Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Redistricting Plan

Nearly a hundred residents and parents filled the auditorium of PS 58 Tuesday night to send a loud message to city education officials about the proposed rezoning plan that would affect Middle Village’s PS/IS 49—send it back to the drawing board. In what could be a precursor to tonight’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting, Tuesday’s Community Education Council 24 meeting was dominated by complaints from angry parents who argued that the proposed plan to send students living in certain areas … Continue reading

Addabbo Brings MetroCard Van Back to Howard Beach

In an effort to provide more accessible service, New York City Transit has a mobile outreach program designed especially to serve their needs in their own communities. Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. a member of the Senate’s Committee on Aging is again sponsoring the agency’s MetroCard Van to visit his district again in November. To service disabled and senior members of our community, a specially-equipped MetroCard Van will park at the Howard Beach Senior Center, 156-45 84th St. from 10 … Continue reading

Howard Beach Kiwanis Prepare for Parade

The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club will host its annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 29th at 11 am. To mark the 25th year of this favorite neighborhood event, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer will serve as Grand Marshall. The fun starts at 159th Avenue where the lineup begins. Costumed kids of all ages will parade down Crossbay Boulevard down to 165th Avenue where they will be treated to free food, goodie bags, rides for the kids, and a pumpkin to … Continue reading

Water Main Breaks in Howard Beach

A water main break on 102 Street between 157th Avenue and 158th Avenue caused city officials to shut down part of the street on Tuesday afternoon. According to Mercedes Padilla, a spokeswom- an from the city Department of Environmental Protection, the six-inch water main broke around noon and caused minimal street damage to the area. Padilla said that 15 to 25 single family homes were affected from the main break as water was shut down for about 3 hours as DEP … Continue reading

Man and woman indicted for sex trafficking in Queens

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that a Queens County grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old Jamaica, Queens, man and a 26-year-old woman on charges of having a 14-year-old girl perform sexual acts for pay at a motel in Queens County. Brown said, “The female defendant is alleged to have lured her young teenage friend into prostituting herself with the promise of making money. Unfortunately, for the victim, she discovered all too late that few activities are as … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Fire Injures Eleven

Eleven people were injured yesterday after a fire broke out on the back porch of a home on 91st Avenue in Richmond Hill. Firefighters responded to a call at 7:20 p.m. and had the blaze out by 7:46 p.m. In that time, 11 people — six civilians and five firefighters — were injured. An FDNY spokesman said all the injuries were minor, but five of the civilians and two of the firefighters were transported to Jamai- ca Hospital Medical Center. … Continue reading

MTA Releases 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released results yesterday from its series of customer satisfaction surveys con- ducted annually for all MTA services. These surveys show that overall satisfaction trended upward on subways and buses. Satisfaction in the railroads was adversely impacted by weather-related disruptions and other exter- nal factors. This year’s survey was conducted in June 2011. On New York City subways, 84 percent of subway customers reported being satisfied with the overall comfort and convenience of using the subway, … Continue reading

Addabbo Brings Free Mammography Van Back To Woodhaven

On Saturday, Nov. 19, between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. in collaboration with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF), is sponsoring a free Mobile Mammography Van with staff from Multi-Diagnostic Services (MDS), in front of the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78- 15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven. An appointment is necessary; call toll free 1-877-628-9090. Women ages 40 and over are urged to have a free screening for cancer and clinical breast exam. This is the … Continue reading

Editorial: We’re All At Risk

We have heard for years about the dangers posed by illegally converted apartments. We have seen countless examples of lives lost when fire breaks out in the basement of a single-family house filled with mattresses separated by sheets. We’ve watched tragedy strike many times, including the 2009 fire in Woodside that claimed three lives in an illegal home that was the subject of two prior complaints. Residents have long complained that the quality of life on a block is destroyed … Continue reading

Plea in Kidnapping of Eight Children

The Manhattan couple that took their eight children from a Forest Hills foster care center last month pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of second-degree custodial interference. They will spend 90 days in jail and three years on probation. Shanel Nadal, 28, and Nephra Payne, 34, were originally charged with eight counts each of second-degree kidnapping, first- and second- degree custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child when they were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Oct. 13. … Continue reading