Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Sautner Praises 102nd Precinct Cops of the Month

Dep. Inspector Henry Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, on Tuesday night heaped heavy praise on October’s Cops of the Month: Police Officer Jonathan Morales and Police Officer Darrell Glenn. Spotlighting the poise the officers displayed last month during a particularly frenzied incident involving a dog attack, Sautner, speaking at the monthly 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting, said “The control and restraint that [Morales and Glenn] showed was nothing short of remarkable.” On Oct. 28, Morales and Glenn arrived … Continue reading

Mob Informant Sentenced to Time Served in Ozone Park hit

A mob informant last week was sentenced to time served—three days in federal prison—for his role in a 26-year-old hit in an Ozone Park social club that resulted in the death of his brother-in-law, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and published reports. Anthony Ruggiano, Jr., 61, last Thursday received his sentence, which also included five years of supervised release, from Judge Jack Weinstein, who according to the Daily News explained to the … Continue reading

Howard Beach Woman Marks 104th Birthday

As the Bee Gees’ smash-hit “Stayin’ Alive” blared from the speakers, and revelers danced in the dining hall at Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon, the guest of honor beamed with pride, nestled in her throne—tiara and all—along the near wall, surrounded by family and friends. This was Catherine Lumetta’s day. Her 104th birthday. “I feel very happy and very lucky to have wonderful friends and a beautiful family,” said Lumetta, a mother of five children, grandmother … Continue reading

Monsignor LoPinto Named CEO of Catholic Charities

The Rev. Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and related agencies. The appointment comes as Robert Siebel, who served in that capacity for 11 years and with Catholic Charities for 41, retires. Monsignor LoPinto has been the pastor at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church in Howard Beach for six years and is stepping down to focus on his work with Catholic Charities. He … Continue reading

TSA Displays Cache of Weapons Caught at JFK Checkpoints

In one tiny room on the fourth floor of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, they ran the gamut—from silly (a bottle of cologne disguised as a hand-grenade; a plastic chainsaw covered in fake blood) to scary (a razor-sharp, shiny hatchet) and everything in between. What do they all have in common? These are items that the Transportation Security Administration has confiscated at JFK’s checkpoints. According to the TSA, five to seven guns per day are detected at … Continue reading

Miracle on 91st Street

It was Dec. 5, 1988, a cold, blustery night in Howard Beach, and 23-year-old Joseph Parenti was driving along 162nd Avenue on his way home. Meanwhile, a man had stolen a car on Cross Bay Boulevard and was hurtling down 91st Street at breakneck speed, pursued by an independent car-service driver who had witnessed the vehicle theft. At the intersection, the stolen vehicle collided with Parenti’s, in that moment changing his life forever. Private security officers were the first to … Continue reading

Ridgewood Couple Charged with Serial ‘Stroller Trolling’

A married couple has been charged with being serial pickpockets after allegedly targeting more than a dozen unsuspecting female shoppers with baby strollers at borough retail outlets between August and November of this year, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Luis Chango, 45, and Rosa Jerez, 37, of Ridgewood, were arraigned Monday night on criminal complaints charging each of them with multiple counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identity theft, endangering … Continue reading

Ulrich and Levin Announce Veterans Food Drive

The City Council announced this week kicked off a food drive in partnership with the Food Bank for New York City to collect non-perishable items and donate them to select local pantries and soup kitchens that serve veterans. The council-wide program will run from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, with participating councilmembers collecting the food at their district offices. Roughly 30 percent of city veterans rely on emergency food supplies, according to FBNYC research. Other studies conducted nationally by the … Continue reading

Bronx Man Charged with Robbing Elderly Man of Casino Winnings

A Bronx man on Saturday was ordered held on $40,000 bail after he was arraigned on charges that he robbed an 88-year-old borough resident of the money he had just won at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Gregory Hillman, 57, has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree assault (including one for assaulting a person over 65 years of age) and one count of fourth-degree grand … Continue reading

Woodhaven Volunteers Clean Colonial-Era Cemetery

    If it’s the second Saturday of the month, then it’s time to grab gloves and garbage bags and head over to the cemetery at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. That’s what nearly two-dozen volunteers with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society did last Saturday as they beautified another section of historic colonial-era Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery. Students and civic leaders also uncovered more headstones, adding pieces to the larger puzzle that is the burial ground. “Our hope is that … Continue reading

Body Discovered in Area Funeral Home Parking Lot

The body of a 60-year-old man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head last Friday was discovered slumped over in the driver’s seat of a van in the parking lot of a Woodhaven funeral home, police said. The victim, whose identity as of press time had not been made public by police, was found by cops around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Walsh-La Bella & Son Homes, Inc. on 87th Street near Jamaica … Continue reading

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