Monthly Archives: August 2012

All Gone: Howard Beach Residents Get Their Weeds Whacked…Finally

  Residents along 165th Avenue in Howard Beach have something to smile about this week. The overgrown weeds consuming the sidewalks and acting as a harbor for rodents and garbage have finally been cleared. Two weeks ago, after neighbors alerted this newspaper about the conditions along the avenue, the office of Councilmember Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and New York City Sanitation Department office of Public Information and Community Affairs were both contacted. The overgrown vegetation severely compromises the quality of … Continue reading

Prayers Answered: Cops Capture Thief Who Stole During Worship

  Police arrested Roman Iskhakov, the bold thief who stole thousands of dollars worth of silver from three Queens synagogues this summer. One of the temples, Young Israel of Queens Valley, caught the act on surveillance video and determined the thief had taken two silver torah crowns and other silver ornaments from their social hall, just one floor below worshipers during a Thursday evening prayer service. The suspect has been charged with breaking into two other Flushing synagogues this summer—Congregation … Continue reading

New Pedestrian Rail Barrier Installed in Broad Channel

Residents in Broad Channel who have been asking for a pedestrian barrier on a long stretch of road have finally gotten their wish. The barrier along the Broad Channel portion of Cross Bay Boulevard is aimed at protecting pedestrians who walk alongside the highway, which is known for its speeding cars. Jonathan Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14 (CB 14), which covers the neighborhood situated between Howard Beach and the Rockaways, said that there were long-time concerns about the … Continue reading

Middle Village Residents Combat Fast-Growing Cat Population

The residents of 79th Place in Middle Village have long been struggling to maintain the overpopulation of cats on their block. When nearly 40 feral cats and kittens began to call the block their home, residents were worried that if they did not act quickly, the number would soon multiply. The solution seemed simple enough to Donna Dicesare, a concerned neighbor, who ironically, considers herself a dog person. She planned to trap the cats and spay/neuter them so they would … Continue reading

Father Arrested for Leaving 7-month-old Daughter in Car

An unattended 7-month-old baby girl was taken to Jamaica Hospital for observation on Sunday afternoon after she was discovered in the back seat of a car and crying and strapped into her car seat. Police say Robert Brown, 32, of Ozone Park, was out with his daughter when he parked his Red Mitsubishi Galant on Cross Bay Blvd. outside a laundromat near Pitkin Avenue. Brown left his daughter in the back seat with the windows rolled up and the air … Continue reading

Queens Politician Indicted For Helping Steal $30,000

  A State Senator surrendered to authorities on Monday, becoming the latest elected official slammed with corruption charges. According to several published reports, Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) was led away from the Nassau County Courthouse in handcuffs following Attorney General Eric Schneidrman’s announcement of the charges against her – falsifying business records, conspiracy and tampering with the investigation of her alleged scheme to steal taxpayers’s dollars using a misleading non-for-profit. Three others, including the politician’s niece, Lynn H. Smith, and an … Continue reading

Primary Primer – Candidates Hope for Turnout

A Democratic and a Republican state primary – two Queens races that have been dubbed rarities – are coming down to wire, with elections held on September 13. The match-ups this year are made even rarer by the fact that ballots will be cast on a Thursday, instead of the customary Tuesday, due to the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack falling on that date. Vying for a spot to take on incumbent Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) in the general … Continue reading

Editorial: Primary Picks – Vote Thursday September 13

So here we are again, approaching primary day for some key and consequential races in our district. Let’s star out by talking about the Republican primary between incumbent City Council member Eric Ulrich and challenger Juan Reyes, a Forest Hills attorney. In this contest to unseat Sen. Joe Addabbo, Reyes comes to the table with the nod of GOP party bosses, whose organization is under Federal investigation, no experience and at the helm of what is shaping up to be … Continue reading

Broken Pipeline Has Environmentalists Concerned

A broken pipe in a local body of water has environmentalists concerned about when it will be fixed and the amount of damage it has done and could do in the future. The damaged pipe line runs through both the saltwater and freshwater ponds of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. If it was working properly, the pipe and valve system at the bay would filter out the salt in the water, allowing for the creation of the … Continue reading

P.S/I.S 119 Students Rally For Excessed Teacher

Parents and students from P.S/I.S 119 crowded the entrance of P.S. 153 in Maspeth on Tuesday afternoon in their continued support for Evan Behlivanis, a drama teacher from the Glendale school who was recently excessed due to low funds. The rally was the first chance for the kids to band together and show why they want their teacher to come back to the school. The students and parents gathered at the public school’s playground and walked down to its entrance … Continue reading

Students Demand CEC 24 Take Action To Save Mr. B

Nearly 40 I.S. 119 students sat in at the year’s first Community Education Council 24 meeting to protest the dismissal of their beloved drama teacher, Evan Behlivanis. Students, teachers, alumni and parents pleaded with the members of council to take note of how many lives the drama teacher has touched and demanded CEC 24 take action. UFT District 24 representative, Rosemary Parker, opened the floor with a speech that brought several students to tears. “I say shame on the DOE … Continue reading

Underage Drinking at Juniper Leads to Vandalism

For years, neighbors have witnessed teens gathering at Juniper Valley Park on warm summer nights to indulge in underage drinking. Although some have dismissed the drinking as typical teen behavior and turned a blind eye, Bob Holden, President of the Juniper Park Civic Association, is taking a stand saying it is not only illegal, but it leads to more serious problems like vandalism. On multiple occasions, Holden said he has driven by the park late at night and noticed groups … Continue reading

Man Killed in Front of Night Club in Ozone Park

A man was shot and killed outside an Ozone Park night club in the early morning hours of Monday, August 27 and police are searching for a suspect in connection with the shooting. The incident happened at around 4 a.m. near the club Flirt Lounge on 80th Street and Rockaway Boulevard close to the intersection where Rockaway and Atlantic Avenue meet. According to police, the suspect shot the male victim in the face, who was rushed to Jamaica Hospital. When … Continue reading

American Softball League: Turning Dreams into Reality

For David Osofsky, being able to play a sport he loves is a dream come true. There are countless softball leagues to join for a summer, but the options for adults like David, who has Downs syndrome, are much scarcer. Luckily, The American Softball League, an organization for the developmentally challenged adults, helps those who suffer from mental disabilities channel their inner ball player once a week in a fun, noncompetitive social environment. “I like playing left field, outfield and … Continue reading

Wanted: Forest Hills Rapist and Accomplice

The man who attacked three women in Forest Hills and one in Corona is still on the loose, and police need the public’s help finding him and identifying an accomplice. Police have identified Ibrahima Ragis as the suspect in four attacks, they say. • On Saturday, May 19, at 3:30 a.m., the victim, a 19-year-old woman was entering her home in Forest Hills when the suspect, armed with a knife, grabbed her, pulled her into a walkway and sexually abused … Continue reading