Category Archives: Howard Beach

Howard Beach Patrol Gets New Wheels

Howard Beach’s newest civilian observation patrol rolled out a new ride as volunteers took to the streets to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to the 106th Precinct. Joseph Thompson, president of the HBCOP, said his aunt stepped up to donate her own car to the volunteer group as it started hitting the pavement last week. Thompson helped start the group earlier this summer and has spent the ensuing weeks growing his organization while working alongside the 106th … Continue reading

Howard Beach Lets Loose at ‘Fun Day’

The community came out in big numbers last Thursday for one last hurrah at PS/MS 146 as the Reach for the Stars daycare program partied on at 98th Street and 159th Avenue in Howard Beach. Community Fun Day, hosted by the STARS Youth Center in Howard Beach, featured inflatable fun along with a rock-climbing wall, balloon animals, face painting and much more for the entire family to enjoy. Residents from all over the community came out to celebrate and the … Continue reading

106th Catches Lindenwood Car Thief: Schiff

A Lindenwood man was caught redhanded behind the wheel of a stolen car earlier this week, hopefully putting an end to a string of related crimes in southern Queens, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said.   Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested Monday after cops alleged he stole an unattended running vehicle early in the morning in Ozone Park. Plain-clothes officers spotted the suspect soon after his description hit police radio waves and arrested him to find out he was already a … Continue reading

Goldfeder Grapples With Kids’ Graffiti Kit

A southern Queens lawmaker is calling out a national toy chain after spotting a kid-friendly graffiti starter kit on the shelves. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) chalked up “Kidfitti” as a potential slippery slope for city kids experimenting with graffiti stencils and fired off a letter to Toys “R” Us and other retails calling for the product’s removal. Toys “R” Us did not comment. “This product is using marketing ploys to encourage unsuspecting children to deface their communities,” Goldfeder … Continue reading

Work Begins on New Hamilton Beach Walkway

Superstorm Sandy left many things mangled in its wake. The Hamilton Beach walkway connecting the small southern Queens community to the Coleman Square train station was just one of them. But finally, nearly three years later, the city has put plans in motion that will bring back the abandoned boardwalk. “This pathway is just a straight run—everybody used it. It is a vital way in and out,” said Roger Gendron, president of the Hamilton Beach Civic Association. “Anybody who lives … 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

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

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

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

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

Howard Beach Ball Players Fight for Borough Cup

The team grew up together and has since blossomed into one beastly baseball club. The Ozone Howard Rangers was born nearly five years ago, and most of the 12 boys have been playing ball together ever since. This summer, the team took on one of its greatest challenges to date when it signed up for the citywide Borough Cup tournament and made it all the way to the finals set for later this week. The Borough Cup – the first … Continue reading

Civilian Patrol Grows in Howard Beach

Howard Beach’s newest vigilante group is still working to establish roots in the community but has made serious headway in the five short weeks since starting. The Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol held its first public meeting last Wednesday night in Lindenwood and outlined its progress as the group continues its efforts of becoming a go-to source of safety in southern Queens. Group President Joseph Thompson emceed the meeting before introducing board members and providing updates on his correspondence with … Continue reading

Drug Bust in Lindenwood

The 106th Precinct put a Lindenwood man in handcuffs last week for holding a large amount of drugs inside his 80th Street home, the Police Department said. Kevin Morel, 25, was arrested and charged with several counts of drug possession around 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 1 after officers executed a search warrant on his 156-36 80th St. home in Lindenwood, the NYPD said. The Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association posted word of the arrest on its Facebook page last week when the news arrived, … Continue reading

New Principal Preps for Success at Ave Maria

With not even an entire week under her belt, Ave Maria Catholic Academy’s newest principal Marybeth McManus said she already has big plans for her first full-time school administrator role. Looking ahead, the new principal said she looked forward to engaging students in community service and team-building exercises as she sets her roots in the Howard Beach community. As she becomes more familiar with the area, the administrator said she would be drawing on her extensive background in Catholic education … Continue reading