Category Archives: Feature

Steady Recovery for Ozone Park Hit-And-Run Victim

A brutal 52 stitches to the stomach and severely injured back have not stopped 29-year-old Sandeep Singh, who has been on the mend since the driver of a white truck called him “Osama” before running him over late last month. Brother Navindeep Singh said his family was shocked to see the beloved father fall victim to such a hateful act in modern day New York City. He stood with city leaders in Richmond Hill last Thursday to denounce Joseph Caleca, … Continue reading

106th Catches Lindenwood Car Thief: Schiff

A Lindenwood man was caught redhanded behind the wheel of a stolen car earlier this week, hopefully putting an end to a string of related crimes in southern Queens, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said.   Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested Monday after cops alleged he stole an unattended running vehicle early in the morning in Ozone Park. Plain-clothes officers spotted the suspect soon after his description hit police radio waves and arrested him to find out he was already a … Continue reading

Saint Thomas Parents Push to Save Basketball Program

Saint Thomas the Apostle’s precious CYO basketball program was put on the chopping block this summer and parents of the young athletes came out in big numbers to plead for its renewal before the buzzer runs out. Jimmy Cooke, an athletic director at Saint Thomas, led the charge with a Facebook post shedding light on the more than 50-year-old program housed in what he said was one of the nicest gyms in the area. The post elicited heartfelt pleas for … Continue reading

Ozone Park Biz Owners Decry Plaza Presence

Concerned Ozone Park entrepreneurs turned out last week at a Community Board 9 meeting to detail how they believe a pedestrian plaza has had a profoundly negative effect on their bottom lines. In addressing several CB 9 members, civic leaders, representatives from the city Department of Transportation and elected officials at Thursday’s Borough Hall confab, the business owners, all of whom run establishments near the dedicated open space on 101st Avenue at Drew Street and Liberty Avenue, returned consistently to two … Continue reading

Goldfeder Grapples With Kids’ Graffiti Kit

A southern Queens lawmaker is calling out a national toy chain after spotting a kid-friendly graffiti starter kit on the shelves. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) chalked up “Kidfitti” as a potential slippery slope for city kids experimenting with graffiti stencils and fired off a letter to Toys “R” Us and other retails calling for the product’s removal. Toys “R” Us did not comment. “This product is using marketing ploys to encourage unsuspecting children to deface their communities,” Goldfeder … Continue reading

Work Begins on New Hamilton Beach Walkway

Superstorm Sandy left many things mangled in its wake. The Hamilton Beach walkway connecting the small southern Queens community to the Coleman Square train station was just one of them. But finally, nearly three years later, the city has put plans in motion that will bring back the abandoned boardwalk. “This pathway is just a straight run—everybody used it. It is a vital way in and out,” said Roger Gendron, president of the Hamilton Beach Civic Association. “Anybody who lives … Continue reading

Reimbursement Offers For Lindenwood Flood Victims

Lindenwood is looking for flood recovery money to flow as rapidly as the water did into their homes earlier this year. City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office doled out initial offers to victims of the April 30 flood in Lindenwood this week, but residents said the returns were minimal. Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic, said neighbors have been reporting insulting and miniscule reimbursement figures in the neighborhood of $500 to $750 when they sustained damages beyond thousands … Continue reading

Resorts World Donates $40K for Hamilton Beach Playground

Playtime has arrived in Hamilton Beach. Roger Gendron of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association could barely contain his excitement when announcing the news at last Thursday’s summer meeting. After years of waiting, his community was finally going to see change at its old, decrepit playground by September and nearby Resorts World agreed to pick up the tab. “This is really going to go a long way to help this community,” he said. “It’s not just damage from [Hurricane] Sandy. … Continue reading

Flood Relief on the Broad Channel Horizon

Pete Mahon may be a lot of things – husband, dad, retired Rikers Island warden, meteorological sciences buff, blogger, civic leader. But you can never accuse the 20-year Broad Channel resident of being hopeless. After staring down what seemed like an endless, flood-ravaged tunnel for decades, Mahon and his neighbors on beleaguered West 12th Road can finally catch the faint flicker of light that is relief on the horizon. Even as they continue to weather a rough August, one which to … Continue reading

Ozone Howard Baseball Claims Borough Cup

Call them the comeback kings. The Ozone Howard Rangers rallied their way to victory in this weekend’s Borough Cup citywide tournament, rallying back from a 5-0 deficit to beat the undefeated YSL Bombers of Brooklyn 7-6 in extra innings at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. And they did it in true comeback fashion. The bases were loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning. Right fielder Jordan Bellman took to home plate, where he clocked in a line drive … Continue reading

Ozone Park Hit-and-Run Suspect in Custody: DA

Cops arrested a man suspected of being behind the wheel when his truck hit and dragged a Sikh father in Ozone Park before speeding off, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, Long Island, was accused of using racial slurs, including calling 29-year-old Sandeep Singh “Osama,” before ramming his white Chevrolet pick-up truck into him, dragging his body along the street several feet near 101st Avenue and 99th Street before fleeing on July 30, police said. “The defendant … Continue reading

Woodhaven Ups Anti-Graffiti Game

Graffiti vandalism has been a significant problem in Woodhaven this year, civic leaders said. Light volunteer numbers and a harsh winter both made it hard for the neighborhood’s own Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association to paint over all the swirling tags on mailboxes. But that did not deter Martin Colberg, president of the WRBA, from going out with volunteers Sunday to clean up any tags that might be found on the more than 100 mailboxes in the community. “I think we’re … Continue reading

Weiner Readies Rockaway Restaurant

Anthony Weiner is dishing out something new for Rockaway residents. The former congressman and mayoral candidate announced plans to launch a nonprofit restaurant on the Rockaway peninsula and said he was looking to bring a unique brand of eating that residents currently do not see. For the past eight months, Weiner has been working behind the scenes to help launch the Rockaway Restoration Kitchen to serve healthy food options to hungry peninsula patrons while also providing employment options for those … Continue reading

CB 9 Looks for Progress at Ozone Park Pedestrian Plaza

Concerned residents in Ozone Park will be getting together next week to mull over potential plans to improve a controversial pedestrian plaza there after several complaints of it taking up valuable parking spaces nearby. Community Board 9 announced a special summer meeting for next Thursday, Aug. 21, where all stakeholders can get together and discuss various fixes to the plaza at Drew Street, 101st Avenue and Liberty Avenue, which the board voted in support of back at its October 2013 meeting. … Continue reading

Howard Beach Ball Players Fight for Borough Cup

The team grew up together and has since blossomed into one beastly baseball club. The Ozone Howard Rangers was born nearly five years ago, and most of the 12 boys have been playing ball together ever since. This summer, the team took on one of its greatest challenges to date when it signed up for the citywide Borough Cup tournament and made it all the way to the finals set for later this week. The Borough Cup – the first … Continue reading