Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fellow Students, Community Mourn the Loss of Teen Sal Pollizzi

Howard Beach was rocked by tragedy over the weekend after news of the accidental death of a popular teen reached the close-knit community. Salvatore Polizzi, an eighth grade student at M.S 207 was killed on Saturday night while on a holiday getaway with his dad for the Memorial Day weekend in Pennsylvania. The fatal accident involved a dirt bike. The 13-year-old is the son of Lysa King, former manager at Carosello Restaurant, now managing Bruno’s Ristorante, and Sal Polizzi, the … Continue reading

Two Queens WWII Vets Honored at Parade

Longtime Queens resident and World War II veteran Michael Tasik remembered well what the first thing on his mind was when he was hospitalized in combat during the Battle of Saint Lo in 1944—getting back to his battalion. “I still had my arm in a sling when one of the guys in my company told me they were shipping out,” he said in an interview from his East Elmhurst home. “So, I grabbed my helmet, left the hospital AWOL and … Continue reading

Howard Beach Parade Honors VFW Commander

Some things never change. Every year, during the first week in May, a letter from VFW Bernard J. Coleman Post No. 2565 goes out to the Howard Beach community announcing the annual Memorial Day Parade and inviting everyone to attend. The letter encourages readers to pay homage to our veterans and asks that we all show our respect and gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. It’s signed off by Commander Patrick G. Connolly—in fact, most … Continue reading

Forest Hills Rabbi Elected Rabbinical Assembly President

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, spiritual leader of The Forest Hills Jewish Center, was elected president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Rabbis, on May 7. The Rabbinical Assembly is an international body of Conservative and Masorti rabbis, representing approximately 1.5 million Conservative Jews. Rabbi Skolnik has been senior rabbi at The Forest Hills Jewish Center, the largest Conservative congregation in Queens, since 1984. In one of his first official duties, Rabbi Skolnik had the honor of introducing Vice President Joe Biden … Continue reading

Forest Park Carousel Reopens

After four years, the Forest Park Carousel has finally reopened. The long-shuttered Woodhaven merry-go-round opened its doors on the morning of Saturday, May 26. It was the first time it had been open to the public since 2008. “Welcome to the carousel, the first riders in many years,” said Ami Abramson, speaking to eager customers who trickled into the carousel’s entrance seconds after it opened. Abramson is part of New York Carousel, the operating company that was selected to take … Continue reading

Family Day Turns Into Violent Attack

A play date between a mother and her daughter turned into a bloody scene Tuesday morning, leaving 9-year-old Briani Davis clinging to life at Jamaica Hospital and her mother in police custody, charged with her stabbing. Police said Anne Carimbocas and her daughter were at a house on 176th Street off 145th Avenue in Springfield Gardens for a visit, when something went terribly wrong. It is believed the child was stabbed four times, with an 8-inch chef’s knife, resulting in … Continue reading

Engine 294 Faces the Ax Again

Residents of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill stood outside of Engine 294 on Tuesday morning, along with elected officials, to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 fire companies, including the one based in Woodhaven. Earlier this month, it was revealed that 20 companies would be on the chopping block in the $68.7 billion executive budget for the 2013 fiscal year. For the residents of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill, this news does not come as a surprise, as that engine … Continue reading

Editorial: This Ain’t No Horse Whisperer

Politicians are supposed to represent the people. To speak for those who have no other voice. Not to parrot hand-fed answers and read from a script – for that, we have actors. Less than a week after she was audibly fed answers by Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch during a press conference, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley was caught playing with her phone during a debate. Several different videos taken during the debate show extended periods of scrolling, eyes locked onto … Continue reading

RH South Civic Installs Officers

The Richmond Hill South Civic held its annual Installation of Officers on Thursday, May 24. Councilman Eric Ulrich was on hand to dismiss the officers from their term 2011-2012 and Sen. Joe Addabbo was there to install the new officers for 2012-2013. The installation of Margaret Finnerty was a momentous occasion for the group, as she was sworn in for her 19th consecutive term as president. The civic also honored Mike Matarazzo, the owner of One Hour Photo as their … Continue reading

Man Killed by Train in Forest Hills

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service in Forest Hills was shut down during rush hour on May 29, after a person was struck by an oncoming train west of the train station. According to Sam Zambuto, an LIRR spokesman, a 50-year-old man was hit and killed by the train at approximately 4:20 Tuesday evening. Although the victim has yet to be identified, Zambuto said that MTA police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide. The train that struck the … Continue reading

DOE Ups Special Ed Spending

Funding to special education will be increased this year, in part to fund the city’s reform of the special education system. Members of Community Education Council 27 (CEC 27) discussed the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year at their last meeting on May 21. According to a power point presentation shown at the CEC meeting, the DOE’s total budget for 2013 is $24.4 billion, with an operating budget of $19.7 billion. This total budget includes … Continue reading

Meng Wins Ackerman’s Endorsement

Assemblywoman Grace Meng, one of the contenders for the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District Seat, collected an important endorsement on May 29 – that of Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, who holds the seat now. Ackerman shocked the political world in March when he announced he would not seek re-election. Since Ackerman dropped out, the field filled with candidates, and the race has been a hotly contested one ever since. There are four candidates in the tempestuous Democratic primary: Meng, Councilwoman … Continue reading

Halloran Undergoes Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

In an email to supporters on Friday, Councilman Dan Halloran announced that he would undergo surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Halloran said he had been diagnosed in March, but this was the first time he shared the news publicly. The operation was scheduled for May 23, and Halloran said he would be in the hospital for the rest of the week for the lengthy procedure. “My doctors expect a speedy recovery, and I hope to be back on … Continue reading

Cemetery Fights Mother’s Day Fines from City

Days before Mother’s Day this year, city health inspectors nailed All Faiths Cemetery with a $1,200 fine, penalizing them for vases of flowers and water left at graves. Inspectors said they found mosquito larvae and breeding grounds for more. Dan Austin, president of the cemetery in Middle Village, says he will go to court to fight what he calls extortion. “This isn’t about public health,” Austin said. “This is about shaking people down and extorting money.” For years, the city … Continue reading

Business Booms on Cross Bay Boulevard

What do you get when you combine an outstanding product, a beautiful store and a great location? If you happen to be in Howard Beach you can answer that question with a visit to Twist It Top It–and if you’re not in Howard Beach, maybe you should take a ride. The sleek new yogurt emporium opened this week to high praise from the locals after kicking off with more than 300 family members and friends on Tuesday night at a … Continue reading