Monthly Archives: July 2012

Concerns Over Lindenwood Parking Lot

A debate over conditions in the park- ing lot at the Lindenwood Shopping Center has escalated after some civic leaders and residents say inaccurate information about the situation in and around the lot has been put forth. Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder, whose district includes the Linden- wood area in Howard Beach, asked the lot’s owner, Howard Beach Realty, to repaint the parking space lines and fire zone lines along the front of the shopping center because, Goldfeder says, he personally witnessed … Continue reading

Ambulance Corps Asks for Help After Funding Dwindles

As grants, government funding and local donations have dried up, the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps has been forced to cut costs and try to find any support they can from the community. Samantha Gunning, a captain at the corps, said the nonprofit has lost tens of thousands of dollars of funding over the past few years. It’s donations, grants and allocations from local politicians she used to rely on. On Saturday, the nonprofit is holding a $15 per plate pasta … Continue reading

Crowley Speaks at Girls Leadership Academy

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) spoke to about 30 girls earlier this month as part of a summer leadership academy put on by PowerPlay NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to building self-esteem and confidence of young women to help them develop into future leaders. On July 17, Crowley stopped by the free, eight-week program where high school girls participate in recreational activities, career training and mentoring opportunities. The young women asked Crowley about her life experiences and her path to elected … Continue reading

Off-Duty FBI Agent Shoots Man Who Tried To Rob Vehicle

An off-duty FBI agent shot one of three vandals trying to break into his car near his South Ozone Park home in the early morning hours last Wednesday. The incident took place around 5:15 a.m at Sutter Avenue and 130th Street. According to police, when the unidentified agent heard a group of men attempting to break into his vehicle, he called 911 and then shot one of the men in the back. It is believed that two of the sus- … Continue reading

NYU Dental Van Give Free Service to Rego Park Kids

Rego Park children as young as 2 years old got free dental treatment at the Smiling Faces, Going Place Mobile Dental Van on July 16 and 17 right in front of P.S. 139. The van is run out of New York University’s College of Dentistry, and the city council partnered with the program to bring it to locations throughout the city. In the 2013 budget, the council as a whole gave $268,000 to the program. In Rego Park and anywhere … Continue reading

HB Post Office Scare

Havoc broke out at a Howard Beach Post Office on Tuesday after- noon around 1 p.m. after a customer on line to mail a package said the parcel contained a bomb. Postal officials and NYPD im- mediately closed the facility down sending customers and employees onto the street. Authorities said the incident started when a postal worker weigh- ing the package checked with the customer as to whether the box contained any perishables or liquids. The customer allegedly answered by … Continue reading

Jimmy Meng, Former Assemblyman and Father of Congressional Candidate, Arrested

Jimmy Meng, former assemblyman and father of congressional candidate Grace Meng, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he arranged to receive a bribe worth tens of thousands of dol- lars hidden in a fruit basket. According to federal charges, Jimmy Meng claimed he could reduce time in prison for a defendant if the man delivered $80,000 to a lumber- yard owned by the former assembly- man. Jimmy Meng allegedly said he would then distribute that money to prosecutors in exchange … Continue reading

High Concentration of Sex Offenders in CB 10

The Skyway Hotel homeless cen- ter created a lot of controversy last spring when it seemingly overnight went from a family homeless facil- ity to a male only shelter. Commu- nity Board 10, neighbors, and local elected officials all condemned the transition for the lack of community notification and claimed their area was forced to service an unfair por- tion of the homeless population. At community board meetings, residents also expressed fear of an increase in criminal activity. Now it … Continue reading

Assemblyman Wants DEP, Water Board Audited

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) is pushing for a full audit of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection and Water Board after what he calls a “drastic” rise in water rates and disputed bills. “Our water rates – which are determined by a select few – have continued to drastically climb year after year for hardworking Queens families,” Goldfeder said. “What little trans- parency is offered now is not enough. Our families deserve to know where their money is going … Continue reading

Theater Security Still Tight after Colorado Shooting

Hours after the deadly shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 at an early- morning screening of the “The Dark Knight Rises,” NYPD Police Comissioner Ray Kelly said police would tighten security at local movie theaters. “As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Depart- ment is providing coverage at theaters where the ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is playing … Continue reading

Editorial: Deadly Decisions

Newspapers across this country and many from around the world have this week been clamoring to express their opinions about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado last Friday. The latest citizen massacre has even prompted Mayor Mike Bloomberg to pen his thoughts on the issue in Wednesday’s Daily News. The aggressive debate arena of gun control has once again been sparked. It will rev up to a veritable frenzy in the media, as this nation has become accustomed to, and then … Continue reading

Q41 Update – Community Still Feels Slighted

It’s been about a month since resi- dents along 109th Avenue in South Ozone Park have had their daily routines uprooted by the unexpected re- routing of the Q41 bus services from 111th Avenue to their street, causing them to compete for already limited parking spaces, battle the trash and noise byproducts of bus riders, as well as worry about an increase in traffic incidents. But, despite a strong community uproar and a substantial amount of media coverage, not much … Continue reading

Kindergarten A Must For 5-year-olds

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law last week legislation that requires all 5-year-olds in New York City to attend kindergarten. Formerly, city children were not required to attend school until the age of six, often times bypassing kindergarten all together. Private school or home-schooled children are exempt from the law. The signing of the bill does not however immediately render this measure effective. According to a spokesperson for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, it is now up to the Department … Continue reading

Jamaica Bay Center Renamed

On Monday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill pushed by Con- gressman Bob Turner (R-Queens) to rename The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in honor of Senator James L. Buckley. Buckley served as a U.S. senator from New York in the 1970s and had a hand in creating the Gateway National Recreation Area—a 26,000 acre area which includes the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The visitor center at the Jamaica Bay refuge will now bear Buckley’s name. … Continue reading

Queens Organization Offering Food Entrepreneur Course

Ever dreamed of someone enjoying your homemade cupcakes as much as you do, or stared longingly at the person behind the counter at Greek restaurant whipping up the batches of their mother’s recipe for tzatziki dip on your lunch break? The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), a nonprofit that provides services to hundreds of local small businesses, says it has the recipe for success for aspiring food-based business owners. The organization is once again offering its five-week, low-cost training course … Continue reading