Category Archives: Howard Beach

Schumer Calls for Fed Funds to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Area

If recent statements are any indication, the push to bring Bus Rapid Transit to the Cross Bay-Woodhaven Corridor seems to be gaining momentum. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Borough Board this week included the mass-transit project among its recommendations for adopted budget priorities that were submitted to the mayor and City Council. And last Thursday, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for up to $100 million in federal funding to help bring Bus Rapid Transit to Woodhaven Boulevard. … Continue reading

Kiwanis Club Honors Community Leaders at Dinner Dance

Nearly 200 people last Saturday night packed a Roma View hall to celebrate the civic minded as the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach honored community leaders at its 53rd annual dinner dance. The Queens West Division chapter presented awards to Joe Mure, Jr., NYPD Det. Kenny Zorn, and Immediate Past President Daniel Golom. “You could not have picked three more deserving honorees tonight,” said City Councilman, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), a Kiwanis member. For his efforts to raise funds for … Continue reading

Howard Beach Seniors Check State Unclaimed Funds Coffers

A representative from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Office of Unclaimed Funds last Thursday visited the Catholic Charities Senior Center in Howard Beach—and turned out to be the bearer of a bit of good financial news for some members. According to DiNapoli’s office, banks, insurance companies, corporations and the courts are among the organizations required by law to report dormant accounts to the comptroller. These organizations must attempt to notify you by mail and publish the information in newspapers. Despite these … Continue reading

Goldfeder to Open Howard Beach Office

There goes the neighborhood. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) on Monday announced that he will be opening a new district office in Howard Beach later this month. Located at 162-38 Cross Bay Blvd., the office features free parking in a rear lot, in addition to metered spots on the boulevard; and visitors will be able to enter from the front or the lot. Goldfeder noted that this will help make the office more accessible to seniors and people with disabilities. … Continue reading


Though the temperatures warmed this week, huge piles of packed, dirty snow could still be seen in residential areas like Old Howard Beach, often blocking much-needed parking along the streets.

Brave Howard Beach Girl Preps for Third Heart Surgery

The little girl with the rosy red cheeks that bookend a cherubic smile that could melt every ice-capped mound of snow along Cross Bay Boulevard seems tired. It’s understandable. Aside from the normal amount of daily rest every toddler requires, this 2-year-old has been through a lot. Valentina Allen’s third open-heart surgery since she arrived on Feb. 15, 2013, is scheduled for April 1. She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare congenital defect marked by a severely … Continue reading

Driver Dead After Plowing Car Through Eatery Wall; Howard Beach Man’s Suicide Note Found on Passenger Seat

A Howard Beach man died last Saturday morning shortly after plowing his car through the wall of a popular Ozone Park Chinese restaurant, according to police. The unidentified man, believed to be in his early 20s, left a suicide note on the passenger seat of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, a police source confirmed. The incident occurred around 9:20 a.m., and he was pronounced dead about an hour later at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. According to the source, a witness saw … Continue reading

PS 62′s Career Day Draws Elected Guest

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) visited PS 62 during its Career Day to talk about his beginnings as an attorney and his political journey all the way to the state Legislature in Albany. Addabbo also met with the school’s Student Council representatives. With young children of his own, Addabbo said he knows the importance of encouraging the 15th District’s youth to explore career options and grow up as well-rounded individuals. 

Ice Creates Perilous Exit for Kids, Parents at PS 207

Patches of ice in the schoolyard at PS 207 in Howard Beach have made picking up children a daunting task for some guardians. One concerned parent last week reached out to The Forum, imploring the newspaper to witness firsthand the dismissal process, and how the conditions in some parts of the yard, including ice-capped hills of snow, have caused some parents and students to slip and land awkwardly on the ice or the ground. “I’ve seen parents fall—this is not … Continue reading

Addabbo Adds Environmental Conservation to Committee Assignments

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week announced that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation. The new post will be added to Addabbo’s assignments to the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, and Senate committees on Education, Labor, Aging, and Civil Service. Addabbo called the latest assignment “a great opportunity to work even harder to protect and conserve the precious … Continue reading

Howard Beach Artist Displays Iconic Borough Scenes at Casino Exhibit

Despite the fact that Howard Beach artist Madeline Lovallo was raised in Brooklyn, some of her best known works depict locales and scenes that are uniquely Queens, from the landmarked Forest Park Carousel to Oak Ridge and Lewis’ of Woodhaven. Lovallo, who has been painting for the better part of five decades, now has her work on display at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park (Red Gallery Wall, 2nd Floor) through March 9th. “As a child, I always loved … Continue reading

Howard Beach Boy Scouts Honored

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (back row, fourth from l.) presented Senate Citations to Boy Scouts Troop 139 in Howard Beach after they earned the Arrow of Light Achievement Award, the highest rank in scouting. Joining Addabbo in saluting the scouts were City Councilman Eric Ulrich (back row, far r.), Fr. Rob Calomaria and Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer (Addabbo’s l.)

Local Playwright in the Spotlight

Howard Beach man Anthony Fusco has been writing plays for roughly 10 years, and his most recent endeavor, a psychological thriller called “Fixation,” is about to get produced at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan. The production will compete against other one-act plays as part of the Winter Strawberry One Act Festival, which showcases plays and one-man shows of all genres from 15-30 minutes in length.  Fusco took his inspiration from real life: Fixation is a story about placing an … Continue reading

Queens DOT Chief Discusses Issues with Ulrich

Acting city Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Jeff Lynch this week met with City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to discuss solutions to some of the problems plaguing south Queens and the Rockaways. According to Ulrich, who convened the Monday meeting at his district office on 101st Avenue, Lynch detailed new DOT projects for the Rockaway Beach Boulevard corridor in the Hammels section of the peninsula, and addressed issues concerning repaving, resurfacing, bicycle lanes, and transit safety around area … Continue reading

Bring Property Tax Workshops to Sandy Communities: Goldfeder

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week asked the city Department of Finance to add additional workshops in Howard Beach and the Rockaways to accommodate Sandy-impacted homeowners concerned with their property taxes. According to the Finance website, two Notice of Property Value workshops and Tax Commission public briefings are scheduled for Queens—both in Jamaica later this month. In a letter to Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha, Goldfeder urged the agency to schedule hearings in both Howard Beach and the Rockaways to … Continue reading