Category Archives: Glendale

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

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … Continue reading

Boro precincts brace for National Night Out

Central and southern Queens police precincts rolled out their plans for this year’s National Night Out against crime, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5. Area precincts, including the 100th, 102nd, 104th,  106th and 112th, all announced unique events in their respective beats across the borough as the Police Department continued its summer celebration tradition. Precincts and their respective community councils citywide have been coming together for years once a year in recognition of the Night Out festivities with events featuring barbecues, games … Continue reading

Doe Fund Partnership Gives Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood Streets a Cleaning Boost

Local politicians, residents and community activists alike agree that keeping main thoroughfares, such as Myrtle Avenue in Glendale and Grand Avenue in Maspeth, clean and tidy, is no easy task. But, thanks to Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), help is on the way. Crowley secured $61,800 in discretionary funding in this year’s budget to pay for The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able Program’s street cleaning crews.  The crews will pick up trash on Myrtle Avenue from Cooper Avenue … Continue reading

Legos come to life at Atlas Park

A boy shouted out, “Holy Cow,” as the motor-powered Lego model he just helped build started to come alive with its gears moving suddenly. Bricks 4 Kidz group launched a free summer program inside the Shops at Atlas Park to build up children’s mechanical skills while they build moving Lego models. “As they have fun, every child walks away knowing they’ve accomplished something,” said Lamacca Holmes, a teacher at the summer program. “And then they can say, ‘Hey mom look … Continue reading

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

Ridgewood rallies to save reservoir

A discussion over the Ridgewood Reservoir’s future drew close to 50 people from central Queens this week looking to check in with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Plans to decommission the site and breach its inner basins left most residents at the meeting with a bad taste in their mouths, arguing against any negative environmental impacts on the natural habitat. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and city Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) fielded questions about the … Continue reading

Phony Grenade Scare in Glendale

A novelty grenade sent a Glendale school into panic last Thursday after officials found the suspicious item inside a lunchbox, the Police Department said. PS 91 in Glendale evacuated the building last week after a school administrator spotted what resembled a grenade inside a lunchbox near a school safety agent’s desk tucked underneath some candy wrappers around 11:30 a.m., authorities said. The lunchbox belonged to another administrator at the school, who was not named, police said. Police had all students … Continue reading

Updated: Cops nab man who hit officer in escape attempt: 104th Pct.

The hunt for the man who allegedly escaped police custody in Glendale Monday night, hitting an officer with his own vehicle in the process, ended with his arrest Tuesday afternoon, the 104th Precinct said. Bryan McMenamin, 38, was arrested in Manhattan the day after police said he took control of the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was being held in and struck an officer in the process. He fled northbound around 6:55 p.m. down Decatur Street towards Myrtle Avenue and ditched … Continue reading

As 125-Family Homeless Shelter Looms, Glendale Recalls Smaller Venues

  As residents debate the city’s proposal to operate a 125-family homeless shelter in Glendale, individuals are recalling what they said were successful – though much smaller – shelters that once operated in religious institutions throughout the area before budget cuts shut them down. The Department of Homeless Services has been plugging along for over a year now on a potential $27 million plan that would put families in a shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave., a former airplane warehouse. But … Continue reading

Former State Sen. Serphin Maltese Named to Veterans Hall of Fame

Serphin “Serf” Maltese has been many things in his lifetime – including a 10-term state senator and a Queens assistant district attorney, to name just a couple. But before his career as a politician and an attorney, Maltese served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, and this service inspired state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) to select Maltese to be inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to recognize … Continue reading

At Homeless Shelter Hearing, Community Sounds Resounding ‘No’

The message was loud and clear: Glendale does not want a homeless shelter in its backyard. Civic leaders, elected officials and residents packed the auditorium at Christ the King in Middle Village last Thursday night for a face-to-face chat with the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village – the two groups primarily behind the $27 million plan to build a 125-family shelter in a former airplane warehouse at 78-16 Cooper Ave. Representatives from both parties said their pieces before … Continue reading

CB 5 Urges Strength in Numbers at Homeless Shelter Meeting

Glendale residents hope to demolish plans to put a homeless shelter in their backyard at a town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday night. The homeless shelter has become a staple subject at monthly Community Board 5 meetings with residents constantly calling for a unified front against the proposal. They will have the chance to speak face-to-face with all those involved at a public hearing on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. inside Christ the King High School. CB 5 District Manager … Continue reading

Crowley on the Move to Atlas Park

Despite its turbulent past, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) announced she was moving her district office to the Atlas Park Mall to make herself more accessible to constituents. Crowley said she would be leaving her 64-77 Dry Harbor Rd. district office Friday and relocating down the road inside Glendale’s 71-19 80th St. Atlas Park Mall at Suite 8-303. The new space will be much larger at 1,267 square feet that will produce what she called “cost-savings” in her budget. … Continue reading