Monthly Archives: March 2012

Weather, New Regulations Slightly Bump Crime in 112th

Felony crime in the 112th Precinct is up slightly compared to last year, the precinct’s commanding officer reported last week, but that’s largely due to weather and changes in assault law, he said. Deputy Inspector Christopher Tamola, told members of the local precinct council at its meeting March 22, that there have been 176 crimes this year compared to 168 at this time last year—a 4 percent increase. He emphasized though that his patrol area—spanning Forest Hills and Rego Park, … Continue reading

City Stacks up Fines Against Forest Hills Veterans Post

Forest Hills veterans feel like they are under attack from the city. Health inspectors are treating American Legion Post 1424 on Metropolitan Avenue as if it’s a restaurant. There is a C grade posted, and the location has wracked up $4,900 of food-handling fines. It’s been penalized for things like not having a washbasin next to the grill in the back yard and not having a lock on the ice chest, Gene Burch, a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran and the post’s … Continue reading

Howard Beach Man Killed in Subway Scuffle

  Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a Howard Beach man. 20-year-old Joshua Basin was killed when a subway hit him last week after a scuffle ended with him on the tracks of the L Train in Williamsburg. Now in custody, 33-year-old Ryan Beauchamp, allegedly fought with Basin and fled from the scene. As of press time, Beauchamp was awaiting arraignment at the Brooklyn Criminal Court. According to police, the March 23 incident started at … Continue reading

Cupcakes and Cocktails Raise Big Bucks for Ave Maria Catholic Academy

The Ave Maria Catholic Academy held its 11th Annual Ladies Night Out last Thursday. Almost 300 guests filled Roma View Catering and were treated to a wonderful evening beginning with a full buffet and signature cocktails ending with a dessert extravaganza, featuring 800 mini cupcakes created by PaddyKakes Custom Cupcakery. Among the custom flavors created specially to coincide with the evenings Cupcakes and Cocktails theme were the Bloody Mary, Marguerita and Café Patron Espresso cupcakes in addition to seven other … Continue reading

Robbery at Resorts

An unidentified Queens man was robbed of more than $10,000 at the Resorts World Casino early Wednesday morning, The Forum has learned. Police sources say this is the first robbery at the casino since it opened five months ago. According to the police, a black man in his twenties approached a man described to be in his fifties, playing at a slot machine, and sprayed mace into his face and eyes. The victim was blinded and the suspect grabbed a … Continue reading

Peninsula Hospital to Close, State Confirms

In a stunning about-face, despite recent efforts to get Peninsula Hospital up and running, the hospital will be closing its doors for good. Hospital workers told The Forum this week that they had received word that the Far Rockaway-based hospital, which has been partially shut down since February, will now be closing after a last-minute bankruptcy filing on Monday. The Daily News first reported Monday that Lori Lapan Jones, who is a court-appointed trustee that is handling the hospital’s proceedings, … Continue reading

Plea Deal Could Get Accused Killer 3.5 Years

A plea deal could end the suspense for a Maspeth family waiting to see what happens to the man accused of killing a beloved brother. Peter Rodriguez allegedly killed local bar owner George Gibbons in a hit-and-run drunken driving incident. He is now expected to take a deal that will land him in prison for three-and-a-half to seven years. “This is all crazy news to us,” Siobhan Gibbons, George’s sister, said at the Queens Criminal Court on Friday, March 23. … Continue reading

Man Gets 20 Years for 2009 Murder

A man convicted for his part in the 2009 slaying of the Ozone Park son of a local pizzeria owner was sentenced last week before a Queens judge. The Queens District Attorney’s office confirmed that Vincent Mineo, 29, of Ozone Park, appeared before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter on March 20, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for first-degree burglary in the September 2009 murder of Gerardo Antoniello, 29, in a home invasion gone wrong in Ozone … Continue reading

Editorial: Not Enough Time

By all accounts George Gibbons was a great guy; beloved by family, friends, neighbors and customers at his business, Gibbons’ Home, a local bar in Maspeth. He had worked for years as a bartender, saving enough money to finally open his own business. It was his dream come true. He was a neighborhood fixture, looked upon by all who knew him as the guy who was always smiling; one without a mean bone in his body, always there to lend … Continue reading

From Many Roads, One Path Leads Youths Towards Helping Others

What can bring together a performer, a graphic designer, a developing martial artist, an aspiring engineer and a small child together in one place for a Saturday afternoon? If you answered “The Breakfast Club,” you’d be wrong. The answer is the spirit of volunteering and generosity, something that unites many of the local youths that participate at the Richmond Hill-based nonprofit River Fund New York. Swami Durga Das, the founder of the River Fund New York, has often referred to … Continue reading

Plans Discussed for Returning Train Service in Elmhurst

Is the return of train service to Elmhurst coming full throttle ahead? That is what city officials and local advocates are hoping is the case, as recent talks with officials from the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) appear to have yielded hope that the long inactive Elmhurst train station could once again be activated. According to city Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who represents Elmhurst, LIRR officials recently sat down with representatives from both his office and that of U.S. … Continue reading

Glendale Will Love its Neighbors on Earth Day

Kathy Masi woke up one morning and decided she needed to do something for Earth Day. At Community Board 5’s meeting this month, she stood up—without a plan—and announced that she and the Glendale Civic Association would organize a day for residents to meet each other and clean up their neighborhood. “I figure that once I open my mouth I’m committed,” Masi, who heads the Glendale Civic, said. She was committed, and now she has a growing number of volunteers … Continue reading

Charter School Could Open at Christ the King in 2013

The public got a glimpse Tuesday night of the intermediate charter school that could open at Christ the King Regional High School by the 2013 school year. If approved by the Department of Education (DOE), the Middle Village Preparatory Charter School could take 360 students into a intense study program featuring double math and English periods plus three years of Latin. At Tuesday’s public hearing on the proposed school, Michael Michel, president of Christ the King Regional High School (CTK), … Continue reading

Three-Alarm Blaze Guts Maspeth House

Seven firefighters were injured while battling a blaze in Maspeth for more than three hours Tuesday night. At around 8 p.m., a three-alarm fire ripped through the entire interior of a two-story home at 65-55 Maurice Ave. The occupants were able to escape with no injuries, and the cause is still under investigation, an FDNY spokesman said. More than 100 firefighters responded to the call, which originally came in at 7:49 p.m. Within five minutes, it was upgraded to a … Continue reading

GOP Councilman Enters Queens Congressional Race

The three Democrats lined up to fight for New York’s 6th Congressional District got a glimpse of their Republican challenger if they can make it through their primary. GOP Councilman Dan Halloran won the backing of his party and announced on Monday that he will take on whoever comes out of the Democratic race among Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Ensconsed by supporters at Bowne Park in Flushing, Halloran came out swinging on national security. … Continue reading