Category Archives: Glendale

District 24 Seeks Answers to Corona’s Long Overcrowded Classrooms

Concerned parents in Queens will hear a potential fix to overcrowding in Corona schools at this month’s Community Education Council 24 meeting. It is an old issue for the volunteer members of the parent organization, which advises on schools in Corona, Glendale, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle  Village and Ridgewood. But the April 28 meeting at PS 19 on Roosevelt Avenue will be the first in which Education Department officials will pitch this particular fix, which will create a new zone for … Continue reading

104th Pct. Pens 23 Summonses in One Saturday

It took just one day for the Ridgewood-based 104th Precinct to issue more than 20 summonses, thanks to help from various city agencies. The MARCH – multi-agency response to community hotspots – went down Saturday, April 5 at various nightlife locations at the root of residents’ complaints, a spokesman for the 104th said. Officers marched through the precinct alongside the state liquor authority, Buildings Department, Mental Health and Hygiene Department, Fire Department, Environmental Protection Department, Police Department and legal bureau. … Continue reading

Queens Supermarket Donates 1,000 Pounds of Kosher Food

A supermarket on the border of Glendale and Forest Hills packaged more than 1,000 pounds of kosher food to make this year’s Passover a proud one. The Stop and Shop at 89-89 Union Tpke. collected the donations and redirected them to the most needy just in time for Passover, which started at sundown Monday. The Queens Jewish Community Council, a nonprofit based in Forest Hills, took on the task of distributing the 4,000 packages throughout the city, including some of … Continue reading

Special Meeting Scheduled to Study Glendale Shelter

Community leaders planned to set aside time for a special hearing in the coming weeks on a homeless shelter proposal in Glendale as opposition grows for the controversial facility. Gary Giordano, district manager for Community Board 5, said the board would announce the date of the meeting later this week after members agreed it would be a more appropriate means of organizing both sides of the issue instead of within the time frame of a monthly board meeting. The decision … Continue reading

Two longtime CB 5 members will not return: Crowley

Long-serving, and now former, members of Queens’ Community Board 5 were let go this week – and some argued it was in the name of political revenge. Manuel “Manny” Caruana of Maspeth dedicated a decade to CB 5 as a volunteer board member and was notified last week that he would not be returning in a letter from City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who ran and won against Caruana’s nephew, Craig Caruana, in November. While the letter did not … Continue reading

Crowley Helps Cops Put Graffiti Vandal in Cuffs

This graffiti enthusiast messed with the wrong group. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) saw her district office vandalized back in January with graffiti scrawled along one of the walls. But both she and her office remained persistent in pursuing those responsible, and the 104th Precinct announced the arrest of 30-year-old Michael Mestric on Friday and charged him with 30 acts of vandalism. “We said we would get to the bottom of this recent vandalism in Middle Village, and we … Continue reading

City to Test Organic Waste Program in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village

Select homes along existing garbage truck routes in central and mid Queens will become part of the city’s optional organics collection pilot program starting in June, the Sanitation Department told residents at last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting. The city started offering curbside collection of organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, to some schools and other institutions in 2012 and announced residential tests would begin in parts of Glendale on June 2 and sections of Maspeth … Continue reading

Stolen Cars Spike in 104th Pct.

Crime rose a little more than 1 percent in the 104th Precinct, with car thefts driving the numbers, police said this week. Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th, spoke at the precinct community council’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, outlining the latest crime statistics and answering questions on topics like graffiti and knifepoint robberies in Ridgewood. Because last year’s numbers were so low, the precinct commander said it was nearly inevitable to see a slight uptick in crime this … Continue reading

104th Pct. puts dent in graffiti, robbery patterns

The 104th Precinct put an end to a Brooklyn man’s alleged string of robberies throughout Ridgewood and also announced a series of graffiti-related arrests, authorities said. Bryant Aguilar, 21, was arrested Monday in connection with four robberies throughout the month of February and was charged with four counts of robbery, a precinct spokesman said. The arrest came after 104th officers reported that several women had been targeted in a string of knifepoint robberies throughout Ridgewood. In each instance, police said … Continue reading

City to host homeless shelter sit-down with Queens leaders

The city’s Department of Homeless Services has reached out to various Queens officials with hopes of setting up a face-to-face meeting before making any final decisions on a controversial homeless shelter proposed in Glendale. The city has been mulling over a bid to open a 125-family temporary housing spot at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in the footprint of a former sewing mill and airplane part manufacturing warehouse for months. But a spokeswoman for the DHS said the agency would likely meet … Continue reading

Knifepoint robberies target Ridgewood women: 104th Pct.

A string of knifepoint robberies throughout Ridgewood have put the 104th Precinct on top alert – and women should be the most cautious, the NYPD said. A spokesman for the precinct that covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth said two men have been targeting women, specifically between the hours of 3 p.m. and midnight, and attacking them with what appears to be kitchen knives. There have yet to be any injuries reported, but the suspects remained at large, the … Continue reading

Two men nabbed for break-ins across Queens: DA

Two men from Maspeth and Long Island City were accused separately of breaking into several spots throughout the borough over the last six months and stealing anything from money to cremation ashes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Randolph Ardila, 29, of 57th Drive in Maspeth and Raheim West, 37, of 21st Street in Long Island City were slapped with burglary charges after the Police Department’s undercover Burglary Larceny Apprehension Suppression Team nabbed them for countless crimes over recent months … Continue reading

Fund for Fallen Police Officers Recognizes Queens Widows

Two Queens women, one from Glendale and another from Astoria, were recognized at the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund’s second annual volunteer party last month, when the families of fallen first responders gathered to celebrate the dedication of the group’s volunteers. Special guests honored at the event included Carmen Suarez, of Glendale, whose husband, Police Officer Ramone Suarez, was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, and Margaret Mosomillo, an Astoria resident … Continue reading

In Mid-Queens, City Will Grow Waste Collection Services

The city will expand its curbside collection of food waste and other organic materials to parts of Queens in the spring, according to Department of Sanitation officials. The service will come to portions of Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth in April and May. According to Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, the city spent more than $85 million in 2012 exporting organic material to landfills out of state. “By launching our organics collection program, we will help the city reduce trash disposal … Continue reading

104th cops cracked down on crime in 2013: Commanding Officer Manson

The year 2013 was one of progress for the Ridgewood-based 104th Precinct, with overall crime numbers dipping well below this time last year, officers said. Five of the seven major crime categories – excluding homicides and grand larcenies – were down anywhere from six to 15 percent, 104th Capt. Christopher Manson said, helping to bring the precinct’s overall numbers down 4.1 percent with more than 4,000 arrests and 13,200 summonses in the books by year’s end. Manson, the commanding officer … Continue reading