Monthly Archives: January 2012

Howard Beach Man Gets 18 Years for Cop Beating

A 26-year-old construction worker from Howard Beach was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week following a 2009 attack of an off-duty police officer during a traffic dispute. The ruling against Joseph Meyer came at the chagrin of an online community that has sprung up to support him with a “Free Joseph Meyer” Facebook page boasting almost 900 supporters. Meyer’s attorney, Anthony Lombardino, blasted the decision. “In 52 years of practicing law, I’ve not seen a more excessive sentence,” … Continue reading

Note Bandits Hold Up Four Banks in 10 Days

Four banks in a two-mile radius were hit by robberies in the last two weeks, including two neighboring banks held up back-to-back in Middle Village. In all four cases, a sole perpetrator matching one of two descriptions used a threatening note to extract money from a teller. It worked at all but one of the banks. Three of the banks are within blocks of each other along Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. A fourth bank about a mile and a … Continue reading

Community Education Council 24 Pushes for Transparency

Parents rallied Tuesday at their local Community Education Council meeting, putting pressure on the Department of Education to install a new system for parents to request bus service for kids who must walk a hazardous route to school. At the CEC 24 meeting that covers a swath of Queens including Middle Village and Ridgewood, parents in the audience cheered as the council voted unanimously to support a resolution asking to reveal an opaque process that parents say covers life and … Continue reading

Bus Shooter Indicted

The man who allegedly shot up a Q111 bus in Jamaica was indicted on Jan. 18 and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to a statement from the Queens District Attorney’s office. Damel Burton, 34-year-old, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder for a shooting spree that ended on a bus in Jamaica. He faces 25 years to life in jail. “This defendant’s alleged actions have forever … Continue reading

Explosion Kills Man in Ozone Park Home

A man described by neighbors as increasingly paranoid was killed Monday morning by an explosion in his home on the corner of 111th Avenue and 113th Street in Ozone Park. Theodore Ellinghaus, 50, who goes by Teddy, was holding the explosive close to his body when it went off. Frank Kleineisel, a friend at the scene, said Ellinghaus’ father heard an explosion. When Ellinghaus’ twin brother, Michael, went upstairs to investigate, he found Ellinghaus dead. Fire officials responded to the … Continue reading

Casino Celebrates Chinese New Year

Dragons ran amuck in Ozone Park last Monday, but don’t worry–these dragons breathe out money instead of fire. Resorts World Casino gave visitors a taste of Chinese culture as it kicked off its Chinese New Year Extravaganza on Monday afternoon. The event started with traditional Chinese celebrations, including lion and dragon dances, marching to a drum beat down the Casino’s main entrance on Rockaway Boulevard. Before the mini-parade began, Resorts World Casino President Michael Speller dotted the eyes of the … Continue reading

State of the Borough Celebrates Immigration, Confronts its Side Effects

Ever the optimist during Tuesday’s State of the Borough address, Borough President Helen Marshall celebrated Queens. She reveled in newly-built parks, redevelopment and newly opened medical centers, touting them as a huge draw. But she called Queens “a victim of its own success,” blaming thorny issues such as school overcrowding and a lack of hospital beds on the inability of the federal government to keep up with Queens’ changing face and draw immigration. To help her borough understand this, Marshall … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Neighbors Seek Answers on Abandoned ‘Problem’ Home

Since moving into his home on Park Lane South in Richmond Hill 28 years ago, Dan Seaman notes that his neighborhood had been relatively peaceful. “It was a pretty quiet place, no problems,” he said. That changed around November, when an abandoned neighborhood home on the block, 102-16, began attracting squatters, teens and other individuals in what has become a problem for residents. “What’s going on right now is really very unusual for this neighborhood,” Seaman said. Since that time, … Continue reading

A Daughter’s Quest

Inside her Woodhaven apartment, where she and her mother, Oneida, live, Ismelda Rosario, 24, remembered her late father, Carlos, as a hard working man with a few joys in life—his family, his Dominican Republic roots, and watching New York Yankees baseball. “He was a huge Yankees fan,” Ismelda recalled with a small smile; so much so, in fact, that Ismelda had given the Dominican Republic-born man and owner of Bushwick Tire Shop tickets to a Yankees game as a present … Continue reading

Flushing Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Rape

A 41-year-old Flushing man will spend two decades in prison after he was sentenced on Friday, Jan. 20 for a 2009 sexual attack on a 19-year-old girl. John Dixon, who lived on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of first-degree rape, second-degree assault and first degree sexual abuse in April 2011. According to testimony, Dixon lured the girl into his car offering her a ride to work on the … Continue reading

Councilman Koo Drops GOP, Switches to Democratic Party

The Queens Republican Party is now officially down one member as City Councilman Peter Koo switched sides this week, dropping his affiliation with the Queens GOP and joining the Democratic party. The move was made official on Monday. Koo—elected to the city council in 2009 as a Republican councilor for District 20, represents Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale and part of Whitestone—released a statement explaining his decision to cross party lines. In his statement, Koo … Continue reading

Remembering Susan Farrell

Woodhaven lost a long time community staple this past weekend when Susan Farrell died following a bout with the flu. She was 53. A member of Community Board 9 since 2002—where she served on its Public Safety Commission— Farrell also served on the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA). Ed Wendell, president of the WRBA and a friend of Farrell’s, said he was “very, very sad” when he heard the news. Wendell credited Farrell for bringing a controversial proposal to change … Continue reading

Planning Rep Answers Questions on Redistricting

As the city Department of Planning (DOP) prepares to push its rezoning plan in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill, Woodhaven residents were greeted to a preview of the current plans on file Saturday at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block  Association regular meeting. Brandon Pillar, a DOP representative, fielded questions on the proposed plans from Woodhaven residents on how the rezoning proposal would affect them. The proposal would affect a 229-block area in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill, bounded by Park Lane to the … Continue reading

Christ The King High School, St Matthias Pastor Head To Washington March For Life

Students from Christ the King High School had a taste of civic activism this week. Chilly winter weather couldn’t dim the smiles and determination of more than 50 students and four faculty members from Christ the King High School as they boarded the bus for the 2012 March for Life in Washington, DC, which was held on Monday Jan. 23. A welcome guest on the bus departing from Middle Village was Msgr. Edward B Scharfenberger, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish in … Continue reading

Days Gone By: Employees Recall Famous Local Eatery Big Bow Wow

So, how popular was the famous Big Bow Wow restaurant in Howard Beach back in its golden years? Popular enough that not even a fire on the premises could make people standing in line for the iconic local eatery’s sandwiches leave their places. Tony “Bow Wow” Giampietro, 79, the assistant manager of the now-closed restaurant, can still remember it like it was yesterday. “It was during the 1970s,” he said, with a laugh as he recalled the incident. “And there … Continue reading