Category Archives: Feature

Four-Alarm Woodhaven Blaze Claims Eight Homes, Two Dogs; Fire Marshals Nab Ousted Tenant who Allegedly Ignited Inferno

City fire marshals last week arrested a suspect in connection with a four-alarm fire in Woodhaven on Wednesday night that destroyed eight homes, injured five civilians and killed two dogs. Luis Lopez, 31, a tenant at 91-21 90th St., was arraigned last Friday evening and charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, aggravated cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child,according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Lopez remained in custody this week after bail was set at … Continue reading

Two Men Plead Guilty to Robbery Charges in Antoniello Murder

Two of the men involved in the 2009 botched home invasion that resulted in the murder of a beloved Ozone Park native pleaded guilty this week to robbery charges in connection with the homicide that rocked a community, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Both Antoine Burroughs and Leon Whitfield on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of robbery conspiracy and one count of attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be sentenced on … Continue reading

Re-upping in Ozone Park: Sonny’s Auto Collision makes major investment, commits to current location

It’s hard to pin down whether it’s the outstanding workmanship or the uncompromised service that has made Sonny’s the uncontested choice when it comes to auto body repair in the Ozone Park, Howard Beach, and Richmond Hill communities. In fact, the reach of Sonny’s extends far past those original boundaries the shop served when their doors opened nearly 70 years ago. And despite the many things that have changed throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, Sonny’s has remained a constant that customers … Continue reading

Ozone Park Teen Allegedly Lured Man into Murder Trap

An Ozone Park girl this week was remanded into custody after she was charged with first-degree manslaughter for her alleged role in the shooting death of a man on a Glendale street early Sunday morning, according to authorities and published reports. Jordan Paulino, 17, was additionally arraigned Monday night on one count of second-degree hindering prosecution and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Paulino was allegedly sitting in the passenger seat of Jordan Santos’s Lexus SUV when a … Continue reading

Bargaining With Your Pets Life: Low cost spay and neuter options could kill your pet

Everybody loves a bargain. There’s no denying that cashing in on exclusive discount offers that regularly flood the retail market can indeed be exhilarating. Any opportunity to save money, whether it’s on what you love or what you need, is always welcomed with open arms. But when you’re in the market for surgery for your pet, the lure of discounts should be anything but appealing. In fact according to renowned veterinarians across the country, low cost animal surgery should raise … Continue reading

The Long Road to Valor: Ozone Park Vet Waits Nearly 50 Years for Medal

It took a long time. In fact, it took 16,900 days.  A loaf of bread was .22, a gallon of milk was $1.03 and you could get a new car for $2,425—that’s how long ago it was.  It was 47 years to be exact, but in the end, on Thursday night, March 12, 2015, a standing room only crowd packed the American Legion Post 632, to pay tribute to a hero who was made many years before. Ozone Park resident, … Continue reading

Teachers, Students Blast Cuomo Education Policy

Dozens of Public School 64 students, teachers, support staff, and parents last Thursday afternoon rallied outside the Ozone Park building, blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his education policy. The demonstration—one of nearly 200 across the city—was part of a “Protect Our Schools” mobilization aimed at Cuomo’s proposed school reforms in this year’s budget. Toting small signs with messages including “Show us the money,” “Less TESTING More TEACHING,” and “Fair student funding,” they marched briskly around the block a few times, … Continue reading

FEMA to Reopen and Review Every Sandy Flood Insurance Claim

Federal officials last week announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim—approximately 144,000—filed by Superstorm Sandy victims, and not limit corrective action to just the 2,200 currently in litigation. The development comes weeks after FEMA admitted to its role in a fraud scandal, detailing how its National Flood Insurance Program may have cheated thousands of Sandy homeowners out of millions in insurance funds. Last Thursday’s announcement followed a meeting between FEMA … Continue reading

Goldfeder Calls for DOT Study at ‘High-Risk’ Lindenwood Intersections

An area elected official this week sent a letter to the city Department of Transportation, calling on the agency to conduct a comprehensive study of traffic patterns in Lindenwood and make pedestrian-safety improvements to “high-risk” intersections in the Howard Beach neighborhood. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) issued the missive to DOT Acting Queens Borough Commissioner Jeff Lynch, citing constituent complaints and concern from civic leaders about the “dangerous” roadways. Goldfeder referred to poor pedestrian visibility at the service ramps to … Continue reading

106th Precinct Cops of the Month Collar Repeat Offenders

You again? That seemed to be the theme last Wednesday night as the 106th Precinct Community Council honored the Cops of the Month who, in separate incidents, collared perpetrators with voluminous rap sheets. “I’ve said it a thousand times: Recidivists are the ones who do this over and over and over,” noted Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106. “If you get them, your crime will go down.” Schiff presented the first plaque to Officer Kyle Crean, whose … Continue reading

Cops Catch Trio Allegedly Stealing Car Parts in Howard Beach

Anticrime Unit cops in the 106th Precinct this week nabbed three men who allegedly stole all four rims and tires off a car in Howard Beach, according to police. The plainclothes officers allegedly caught Emanuel Rios, Jamie Agustin and Alex Elicer, all 25 years old, in the act around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on 88th Street near 157th Avenue. Each defendant was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief in the third … Continue reading

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner to Lead Queens GOP

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner will be named the next chairman of the Queens County Republican Party, according to a published report and several sources. Turner, a retired television executive and Rockaway resident who won the 2011 special election for the 9th Congressional District seat following Anthony Weiner’s resignation amid his initial sexting scandal, will formally be awarded the post by state Republican chief Ed Cox at a meeting of the QGOP executive committee this Thursday evening in Forest Hills, … Continue reading

Irish Eyes Smile on Rockaway at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thousands of revelers last weekend descended on Newport Avenue in Rockaway Beach to celebrate the 40th annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The popular, long-standing borough tradition began Saturday morning with a mass for peace and justice in Ireland at St. Francis de Sales Church, followed by the Parade Brunch at the Knights of Columbus hall on Beach 90th Street. While this year’s parade featured Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy as Grand Marshal, and honored U.S. Rep. Joe … Continue reading

City to Put $100M into ‘Transforming’ Parts of Queens Blvd.

The de Blasio administration has included $100 million in the Capital Budget to transform Queens Boulevard into a more secure thoroughfare, according to the Department of Transportation. In a City Council hearing last week, DOT officials detailed Vision Zero Great Streets, a $250 million initiative dedicated to changing four high-crash arterial roads in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx to “truly safe streets.” The routes are Queens Boulevard, 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and the Grand Concourse in the … Continue reading

Borough Board Approves Budget Priorities

  The Borough Board on Monday voted nearly unanimously to approve the Expense and Capital Budget Priorities for the Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget. All members of the board, which is chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz and comprised of Queens City Council members and the chairpersons of every borough community board, voted in the affirmative, except two who had to abstain due to conflicts of interest. Two weeks ago, community board officials, agencies, advocates and civic groups brought their … Continue reading