Category Archives: Howard Beach

Delivery Driver Car Jacked, Pistol Whipped in Howard Beach

Cops this week were still hunting an unknown assailant who pistol whipped, robbed and carjacked a an area diner’s delivery driver last Friday night on a residential block in Howard Beach, according to a police spokeswoman. Officers responded to the call on 99th Street near 159th Avenue around 8:15 p.m., and upon arrival found the injured 51-year-old victim, who indicated that a man had displayed a handgun, demanded all of his money, then hit the victim in the head with … Continue reading

Even with Aid from FEMA Program, Dramatic Drop in Flood Insurance Rates Extremely Unlikely: City

Responding to a report in last week’s Forum detailing a federal program that could help reduce flood insurance rates in affected areas of the city, the de Blasio administration characterized possible dramatic discounts as extremely unlikely. Last week, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to enroll the city in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in … Continue reading

Borough Dodges Blizzard Bullet

Most of the borough this week was spared Mother Nature’s wintry wrath as a blizzard once projected to dump feet of snow on the city actually left an average amount of the white stuff. Over the weekend and into Monday, meteorologists and elected officials grimly warned of the potentially historic storm bearing down on the northeast. With accumulations forecasted in the 2- to 3-foot range, and possible wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour, Gov. Cuomo on Monday afternoon … Continue reading

FEMA Program Could Drastically Cut Homeowner Flood Insurance Rates

For residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas, there may be light on the water-logged horizon. That’s because a little-known Federal Emergency Management Agency program could help dramatically reduce flood insurance premiums for affected homeowners. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to enroll the city in FEMA’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in CRS can reduce household premiums by up to 45 percent through community … Continue reading

Six New Officers Join 106th Precinct

Six rookie officers fresh out of the Police Academy and assigned to the 106th Precinct have already begun working the streets of south central Queens.  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently addressed the officers, noting that “Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority. Jobs like that are … Continue reading

Amendment 8 Plan Outlines How City Will Use Grant Money for Sandy Recovery

With the arrival of the third allocation of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds—a little more than $994 million—the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency last week began to roll out the city’s strategy for how to use the money, and solicit public comment from residents and business owners. Every time the city receives additional CDBG-DR funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it must update its Action Plan to describe how the funds will be … Continue reading

DA’s Office Will Use Grant Money to Address Automobile Crimes

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week announced that his office has successfully secured a significant grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help combat vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The $556,000 award is part of a $3.7 million grant package that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will be distributed to 17 agencies and organizations across the state for the purpose of enhancing their efforts in reducing the two crimes. The Queens DA’s Office received the largest grant—with … Continue reading

Happy Valentina Day: Second Fundraiser Scheduled for Little Girl’s Heart Surgery

Born Feb. 15, 2013, Howard Beach girl Valentina Allen has already experienced more challenges that most of us face in a lifetime full of hard knocks. In her first year, she underwent two major heart surgeries, and her third surgery is scheduled for this coming April 1. Valentina was born with a severely underdeveloped left ventricle, a rare congenital defect whose oldest known survivor is 26. That 26-year-old was born during the advent of the type of surgery that Valentina … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Sandy: Still Beating on Us, but Not Breaking Us Down

The Forum has spent the last couple of weeks reviewing 2014 and reflecting on some of the big stories that have impacted our community over the course of the year. As many do, we use the new year to look at what happened in our past and how it might affect our future. When we have the chance to actually see the year in articles and photographs, laid out before us in a distinct timeline, the perspective is somewhat enhanced. … Continue reading

A Call to Serve Those Who Have Served

Rotary club members of Queens and Brooklyn, nonprofit leaders, government representatives and elected officials on Tuesday evening gathered for dinner at Prima Pasta Cafe in Howard Beach to discuss issues affecting veterans and share ideas on how to better serve those who have served the country. Speakers included state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach); Yvette Cintron of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Jason Hansman, director of external program relations at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and City Councilman … Continue reading

Emergency Evacuation Route Signage to Get Overhaul

In October 2012, residents evacuating Superstorm Sandy were directed by emergency personnel to one area, while signs clearly indicated another.  Confusion ensued.  Those evacuation signs have not been updated since. This week the Office of Emergency Management announced the planned installation of new, corrected emergency evacuation route signage throughout southern Queens and Rockaway. The installation will be handled by the city’s Department of Transportation and is expected to occur before next summer. Last May, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) sent … Continue reading

Howard Beach Home Invasion on New Year’s Eve

Just before 7 pm on New Year’s eve, as people were beginning to enjoy their holiday celebrations, three men were robbing an elderly couple in New Howard Beach. On the evening of Dec. 31, a man disguised as a UPS employee rang the doorbell of a home on 161 Avenue and 85th Street. The male victim, 79, initially kept the outer door to his house locked as he went to answer.  Seeing a man in a UPS uniform holding a … Continue reading

Pair With Plenty of Prior Arrests Nabbed for Shoplifting

Two Brooklyn men with long rap sheets were arrested last Friday after witnesses positively identified them as the perpetrators who allegedly shoplifted a Bluetooth device from a T-Mobile store on Cross Bay Boulevard, according to Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct. Jeffrey Maitre, 28, and Michael Polite, 29, were arrested by Officers Celona and Loparo, and charged with petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Polite, who is on probation, was additionally charged … Continue reading

Ave Maria Students Raise Funds for Families of Hero Cops

    It seems that New Yorkers of all ages have answered the call. Students from every class at Ave Maria Catholic Academy in Howard Beach this week donated money to the fund organized by the New York Daily News for the families of slain NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. The 101st Street school raised nearly $600 and sent it on Wednesday to Daily News Charities for the Ramos and Liu Families. “I think it shows a good … Continue reading

Civic, Goldfeder Post Blue Ribbons Supporting NYPD

In an effort to memorialize two slain city police officers and show continued support for the NYPD, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) on Monday posted large blue ribbons along Cross Bay Boulevard. The ribbons have become a somber symbol of a city mourning the deaths of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were ambushed and gunned down in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a crazed assailant who took his own life immediately after … Continue reading