Category Archives: Howard Beach

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

‘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

Opening date set for Cross Bay Key Food

Howard Beach has an opening date it can hold onto for the new Key Food supermarket on Cross Bay Boulevard. The chain store said it would open its doors to the community with a grand opening Sept. 5 after a year of anticipation. Members of the community have long yearned for a new supermarket in Howard Beach after so many years with only one option at the Waldbaum’s just up the boulevard. Duane Reade’s former building at 163-20 Cross Bay … Continue reading

Youth choir rocks Howard Beach

The Our Lady of Grace Youth Choir brought down the house on Sunday, July 27th with their production of “Singin’ in the Summer.” Performing to a capacity crowd of more than 300 family and friends, the afternoon featured not only a 15-song show, but also a meal donated by the families of the 30 choir members. A bounce house and balloon sculptures provided by Jeanie Beanie of Over the Moon Entertainment topped off the day’s festivities. Steven Eriquez, choir director, said … Continue reading

Cross Bay Eyesore Cleaned Up

A Howard Beach eyesore received a much-needed pick-me-up this week after the once littered site was thrown into the spotlight. The vacant corner of the parking lot behind Starbucks on Cross Bay Boulevard was in shambles one week ago. Litter, old clothing and fast food drink containers were magnets to masses of flies and other unwanted pests around an unmarked green bin. But one week later, after pressure from an elected official and a cover story in The Forum, the … Continue reading

Beggars in Howard Beach

There are plenty of places to spend money along Cross Bay Boulevard, but one particular option has left residents weary with both public safety and quality of life concerns. However it is referred to, whether it is begging or panhandling, soliciting money has become an ongoing issue for Howard Beach residents making their way up and down the commercial strip. Just last week, The Forum spotted a supposed brother-sister duo on both sides of Cross Bay Boulevard near Waldbaum’s holding … Continue reading