Category Archives: Feature

Veterans, Community Honor Service Members in Coleman Square

A small, yet diverse group on Veterans Day gathered at Bernard Coleman Memorial Square in Howard Beach to honor all service members; from those who fought on the beaches of Normandy, to active-duty troops tasked with stemming the tide of new threats in the Middle East. Patrick Connolly, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2565, led the brief ceremony on a spring-like Tuesday morning in front of the hulking stone monuments that commemorate area veterans who gave their … Continue reading

Study Proves Area Needs Rockaway Beach Rail Line: Advocates

The defunct Rockaway Beach Rail Line could generate a half a million subway rides per day, and many residents in the communities through which the line runs favor reactivation over transforming it into a park, according to the highly anticipated findings of a Queens College study that were released this week. The student-led Department of Urban Studies analysis, “A Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way,” surveyed thousands of residents and researched available census … Continue reading

Gunmen Rob Liberty Travel in Broad Daylight

Police are on the lookout for two suspects in connection with a robbery at Liberty Travel on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, which occurred just before 10 am last Friday, Nov. 7. The two men, both carrying firearms, burst into the agency and announced a holdup.  They ordered six employees to the back of the store, zip-tied them, located the safe, and stole an undetermined amount of cash.  They also took the employees’ own money and cell phones. Police … Continue reading

Port Authority, FAA to Upgrade Noise Pollution Standards

More residents living near Kennedy and LaGuardia airports could be eligible for federal grants to pay for insulating houses from aircraft noise, if the Federal Aviation Administration adopts new standards. Recent changes to FAA flight procedures require that aircrafts fly lower along more precise paths. Therefore, while actual noise generated by aircrafts has decreased, and the number of people subject to noise has decreased somewhat, lower altitudes and “focused” noise tends to make the situation much worse for those under … Continue reading

You Could be a Hero: Hamilton Beach Man Needs Another Kidney Transplant

Theirs is a love story, the old-fashioned kind—more Bogey and Bacall than Kimye. It is old school, but one that brings new meaning to the vow “…in sickness and in health…” Theirs is a love story, born in Howard Beach and raised in Hamilton Beach, strengthened along the way by the arrival of two boys, and overcoming seemingly endless medical obstacles. And the latest in 20 years of health-related tests for Tim and Christina McCabe is a familiar one: Tim … Continue reading

Oh Rats!

  In an effort to combat growing rodent infestations in the community, particularly around Sandy-damaged properties, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Howard Beach) has called on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to do a comprehensive inspection of abandoned properties and other problem areas in the community; and to place rat traps and rodenticides to curb the growing health emergency.   Joann Ariola, President of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic, described a particular area under the Belt … Continue reading

Mayor’s School Space Task Force Weighs-in on Overcrowding

Space issues such as chronic overcrowding, the use of mobile classrooms and problems with co-located schools, whereby charter and public schools occupy the same building, have long plagued schools across the city. So, in an effort to tackle these problems, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School Space Working Group, formed earlier this year to address space issues, recently released a set of guidelines and recommendations to help make space decisions both more equitable and transparent. The group, co-chaired by Schools Chancellor … Continue reading

City Investing $150 Million in Struggling Schools

In a move that seems to further establish an educational policy philosophy that is in sharp contrast to that of the 108th mayor of the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday unveiled the School Renewal Program, a new strategy aimed at turning around the Big Apple’s most challenged public schools. Unlike his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who sought to cut the city’s losses by phasing out or shuttering failing institutions, de Blasio said the SRP will invest $150 million into changing … Continue reading

Addabbo Earns Another Term but GOP Takes State Senate

Cuomo cruised, but the state Senate Democrats were bruised on Tuesday night as control of the Legislature’s upper body shifted to the GOP. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned his second four-year term by beating Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino by nearly 500,000 votes. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, both Democrats, also won reelection. And in what came down to the only area race for state office, Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) survived a national … Continue reading

Horror House is a Hellish Hit in Howard Beach

He’ll turn 57 on Saturday, but Nick Colavito is a little kid around this time every year. In a neighborhood filled with garish mansions and cars so expensive you can’t even pronounce them, Colavito’s house is one of the most famous in all of Howard Beach—perhaps all of Queens. That’s because every Halloween, people of all ages flock to his home on 84th Street near 161st Avenue in numbers so large—he estimates approximately 1,000 people—that last Oct. 31, Colavito said … Continue reading

Police Kill Ax-Wielding Man After he Injures Two Rookie Cops

A wild scene broke out last Thursday on Jamaica Avenue when police officers shot and killed a man after he attacked four cops with a hatchet, injuring two of them, including one with a serious head injury. According to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the incident occurred around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 162nd Street. Four uniformed police officers assigned to the 103rd Precinct were on a foot post when they were approached by a freelance photographer … Continue reading

Civic Says All (Illegal) Signs Point to Failing Grade for Sanitation Department

In a new, exhaustive report that was four years in the making, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association says that the city Sanitation Department has been dropping the ball when it comes to enforcement, regulating the posting of illegal signs throughout Woodhaven, as well as the rest of the city. The group says that the illegal signs—which can be found tacked to public property such as street signs, lampposts and mailboxes, among other places—have long been an eyesore that negatively affects … Continue reading

Goldfeder Rips FEMA for ‘Recoupment’ Letters

  Two years later, and still many victims of Superstorm Sandy are trying to piece together their homes, their businesses, their lives. Two years later, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency wants its money back—at least $5.8 million. The agency recently sent letters to some recipients of government storm aid who, as a result of poor FEMA record keeping and clerical issues in the aftermath of Sandy, received more funds than they were originally supposed to get. The policy, known … Continue reading

City Touts Progress, Community Demands Ferry at Rockaway Sandy Meet

Dozens of victims of Superstorm Sandy on Monday night trekked to Beach Channel High School for a town hall and resource fair, during which they listened to the heads of many city agencies tout the admittedly slow, but sure, recovery process, and what sounded like the death knell of the Rockaway Ferry. Organized by City Councilmen Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Park) and Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway), the event brought together commissioners of city agencies such as Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Environmental … Continue reading

Gateway Park Projects Elicit Community Concerns

An update on the Spring Creek Hazard Mitigation project might have been on the marquee Tuesday night at the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic meeting, but public access, and park management and maintenance of Charles Park, Jamaica Bay and the rest of Gateway National Recreation Area stole the show. Joanna Field, a biologist in the state Department of Environmental Conservation bureau of marine resources, delivered a brief presentation on the Spring Creek project. The two-phase, $50 million Federal Emergency Management Agency-sponsored … Continue reading