Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Far Rockaway Arsonist Sentenced

A Far Rockaway man was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for attempting to set on fire the lover of the mother of his three children. Stephan Schlackman, 46, was convicted in July of attempted murder, attempted arson and reckless endangerment. Just before midnight on May 9, 2011, Schlackman placed a gasoline-filled container at the home of Brian Sherman-Brown on Beach 25th Street in Far Rockaway, according to trial testimony. He was caught in the act and confronted … Continue reading

Anti-Gun Initiative Expands to Far Rockaway

With shooting incidents on the uptick in the 101st and 114th precincts, elected officials announced a citywide initiative to reduce gun violence would be expanded to include parts of Far Rockaway and Astoria. In its initial iteration, which began in the summer of 2012, the Gun Violence Crisis Management System focused efforts on five of the city’s most troubled communities, including South Jamaica. The $12.7 million expansion, according to the Mayor Bill de Blasio administration, brings the program to 14 total precincts, … Continue reading

Bat-wielding Thief Steals Cell Phone in Rego Park

The New York Police Department was reaching out for help with hopes of finding a suspect wanted in connection with a Rego Park robbery, authorities said. The suspect, shown in surveillance footage with a black beard, dark hoodie and dark hat, used a small bat to intimidate an unidentified victim into giving up their wallet and cell phone, cops said. The alleged crime occurred on Aug. 11 around 5:45 a.m. inside an apartment building on Saunders Street, police said. Anyone … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Vet Relishes Top Honor

Robert Finnerty, husband of Richmond Hill South Civic President Margaret Finnerty, was elected national executive officer to represent New York with the National Disabled Veterans group. He will serve for a two-year term after already garnering experience as a past New York state commander as well as department commander. Robert also served as a commander for Chapter 118 of the DAV in Glendale. In addition to Finnerty, Nancy Rivera was also elected national executive officer to represent New York over … Continue reading

Law Battles Jamaica Bay Dumping

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature turned legislation looking to protect Jamaica Bay from toxic dumping into reality this week. State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) teamed up to draft a bill that prohibits state agencies from giving green lights to any projects that might dump hazardous materials into Jamaica Bay’s borrow pits. “Communities surrounding Jamaica Bay can now breathe a little easier with the passing of this bill, both figuratively and literally. In the … Continue reading

Ulrich Unveils New Chief of Staff

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced some changes in personnel out of his Ozone Park office this week. Salvatore Simonetti was named the councilman’s new chief of staff in place of Rudy Giuliani, who will be moving on as borough director at the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations and the Build it Back Program, Ulrich said. Simonetti has already an active member of Ulrich’s staff and will now oversee constituent services and district operations, the councilman said. “Sal … 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

Baldeo Busted on Obstruction of Justice Charges

Albert J. Baldeo, a former candidate for public office and Democratic district leader, was found guilty of obstruction of justice while also dodging several other fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. The Richmond Hill attorney was initially indicted back in 2014 and accused of soliciting straw donors to garner illegal campaign contributions when he unsuccessfully ran for the City Council in 2010. Bharara said Baldeo tampered with witnesses by asking them to lie to investigators as they probed his … 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

Changes Coming to Hazardous Howard Beach Home

Relief is on the way for neighbors living around what they called a troublesome house on a quiet street in Howard Beach. More than 100 signatures throughout the surrounding community told the story of nervous and upset neighbors keeping a close eye on 159-38 95th St. in Howard Beach, where complaints over unwanted – and sometimes illegal – activity have plagued the street for the better part of two years. Now, elected officials and city agencies said they have taken steps … Continue reading

Howard Beach Seniors Celebrate Longevity

Howard Beach seniors still know how to party. The Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center hosted its first ever birthday bash for residents 90 years old and up, paying tribute to a long list of members who have lifetimes worth of stories to share. The center showed off residents anywhere from 90 to 103 years old while those same members showed off their pep with spry moves across the dance floor. “This is the first time we’re doing this,” said … Continue reading

Lindenwood Flood Complaint Filed Against DEP

A Lindenwood resident filed the first complaint and summons against the city Department of Environmental Protection with hopes of receiving millions of dollars in reimbursement money since his house was flooded back in April. The notorious Lindenwood flood of April 30 has become an ongoing saga in southern Queens, with residents hounding the DEP to issue a final report on the matter so city Comptroller Scott Stringer can help them collect reimbursement money from the incident. The process has dragged … Continue reading