Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ozone Park Man Struck and Killed on Cross Bay

An Ozone Park man was killed on Monday night after he was struck by a car on Crossbay Boulevard. Francisco Camacho, 59, of Tahoe Street stepped out into the street somewhere after 8 p.m, preparing to cross the boulevard near the busy strip of stores that includes Animal Pantry and a 24-hour convenience store and laundromat off Albert Road. As he neared the center of the road, Camacho was struck by a late model BMW. He was flung into the … Continue reading

Noisy Skies Over Middle Village Have Residents Upset

It’s a familiar scene for residents throughout parts of Queens – a quiet afternoon at home or in a park, maybe reading a book or taking a nap, only to have that silence shattered as an airplane flies overhead with its jets blasting noise to the houses below. And at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting, residents of Middle Village were fed up with these aircraft’s constant clamor, which many community members said disturbed them every 60 seconds on … Continue reading

Tudor Village Residents Concerned About Auto Break-ins

A small crowd at last Thursday’s Ozone Park Tudor Civic Association expressed their concerns about activity going on in Tudor Village. 106th Precinct commanding officer Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale made an appearance at the meeting to go over what has been going on in the command overall and the Tudor Village section of Ozone Park. Pascale said that there is a robbery problem specifically occurring at night and near subway stations. The Deputy Inspector said women that are carrying purses … Continue reading

Eagle Scouts Honored at Ceremony

Boy Scouts Thomas and Matthew Caiazza of Troop 139 were honored at a ceremony held in St. Helen’s School last Saturday for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., Councilmember Eric Ulrich and Congressman Bob Turner all made appearances to recognize the accomplishments of these young Scouts. The boys were named Eagle Scouts – the highest honor in Boy Scouts – after they each completed a required Eagle Scout Project. Matthew sent care packages to U.S. … Continue reading

Turner and Miller Fight for Unique Glendale Zip Code

In an ongoing effort to secure a unique zip code for Glendale, Queens, Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-38) have filed a formal appeal with the United Stated Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. Miller and Turner sent the letter after the USPSTriboro District rejected their request for a separate Glendale zip code. They are pushing for the USPS to assign the vacant, adjoining 11384 zip code to Glendale. Currently, Glendale and Ridgewood share the 11385 zip … Continue reading

Cop of the Month

Detective Gregory Bahrenburg (right) poses with 112th Precinct commanding officer Captain Thomas Conforti as he received the cop of the month award at the precinct’s community council meeting on Wednesday, September 19. Detective Bahrenburg got the award for capturing Roman Iskhakov who was was wanted for stealing artifacts from the Congregation Ahavath Sholom synagogue on 113th Street in Forest Hills back in June. Conforti said that Bahrenburg conducted an investigation, which led to Iskhakov’s arrest in late August. Because of … Continue reading

Ulrich and Addabbo Face Off at Woodhaven Candidate’s Night

  In a debate between Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Councilmember Eric Ulrich this past Wednesday night, the two candidates vying for the New York State Senate seat paired off on a number of local issues. The Greater Woodhaven Development Cooperation (GWDC) conducted the debate before an audience of concerned residents inside St. Thomas the Apostle School on 87th Street. As Ulrich made his opening remarks, he focused on topics he considered most important to the people of Woodhaven — … Continue reading

Ozone Park Man Grabs Robbers Gun, Shots Fired

  A small band of armed thieves in search of cash and gold got a different payoff than they expected during a home invasion in Ozone Park early Tuesday morning. One of them wound up in Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound that came from his own weapon. Ghulam Kahn was soundly sleeping with his wife Joreena, when he woke to find two masked men standing over their bed and pointing a gun at him. “One of them was screaming,” … Continue reading

Carousel Could Receive Landmark Status

The Forest Park Carousel could receive a designation that isn’t common for a structure like the merry-go-round. An application has been submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) that would designate the carousel as a historic landmark. According to a LPC spokeswoman, the city agency has received that application and it is currently undergoing its review process. The spokeswoman said that three things must happen before the carousel could receive that designation. The agency must vote whether or not to … Continue reading

Trader Joe’s Must Recall Peanut Butter

A product recall has been established for Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter which has been linked to salmonella cases in 18 states. The company’s voluntary recall now includes 76 varieties of almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini and toasted blanched peanut products as a precaution, according to a press release. Only the peanut butter product sold under the Trader Joe’s label, however, has been connected to salmonella. All cases of salmonella occurred between June 11 and Sept. … Continue reading

Editorial: When Helping is No Help

This week word came down that Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to add to the city’s roster of homeless shelters within New York. The move comes as a result of a substantial increase in the homeles across the city. Two shelters will open in the Bronx , with Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn each getting one. Although it’s tough to get the agency types involved to really give a statistically definitive answer, our best guess, based on several reports, is that the … Continue reading

Teenagers Get Involved in Their Community

A group of young teenagers has gotten involved in their local community, cleaning up eyesores and improving their community as much as they can. The group is called Young Governors, a youth program based in the Elmhurst section of Queens Boulevard that is involved in their community and trains teenagers to become community leaders. The organization has about 30 volunteers along with a small staff that oversees the youth group. One of their current projects is turning an empty lot … Continue reading

Captain Conforti Introduces Himself to Residents

The first 112 Precinct community council meeting of the fall season served as an introduction for its new commanding officer, who was named to the position earlier this month. Captain Thomas Conforti took center stage at the meeting to introduce himself to residents and go over some of the crime that has been going on in their command. The captain, who replaces Deputy Inspector Chris Tamola as lead officer of the 112, briefly went over his NYPD career before he … Continue reading

Major Crimes Down in 104 Precinct

At the Juniper Park Civic Association Meeting last Thursday night, Deputy Inspector Michael Cody released crime statistics for the 104 precinct over its last 28 day period. Over this time, his patrol area has seen a decrease in major crimes of about 22 percent. “It went up a little during the summer, but we had a busy summer,” Cody said, whose patrol area includes Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood. During the last 28 day period that ended on September … Continue reading

Science Lab Opens at a PS 232

Students at a Lindenwood elementary school will now get a chance to conduct their own science experiments in a state-of-the-art science lab, thanks to the efforts of Councilman Eric Ulrich. City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) joined students and teachers from P.S 232 in Lindenwood as they opened its new classroom science lab last week. The lab was first announced two years ago by the councilman who secured $500,000 in funding for the project, which will help the students study … Continue reading