Category Archives: Howard Beach

Cops Hunt Suspect Allegedly Tied to Commercial Burglaries; Auto Offenses Drive up Crime Statistics in 106th Precinct

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a homegrown burglary suspect wanted in connection with two recent high-profile incidents on Cross Bay Boulevard. Hamilton Beach native Keith Kolm, 25, is wanted for his role in ripping out an automated teller machine from a Key Food store in the early morning hours of April 6. Investigators also believe that Kolm had a hand in cracking open an ATM and removing the safe from a KFC restaurant last Sunday. “Is … Continue reading

Conservation Group Leads Latest Cleanup of Charles Park Playground

The Charles Park Conservation Society last Saturday led a group of roughly 50 volunteers in an effort to spruce up the green space’s playground. The CPCS sponsored the 9 a.m. to noon cleanup session, which also featured a large contingent of area Boy Scouts. Dr. Joseph Campisi, CPCS president, indicated that Charles Park is an approved site for Scouts in Park Day. Greenthumbs trimmed overgrown bushes, while broken tree limbs were hustled off into waiting vehicles. Playground facilities, such as … Continue reading

Long-Abandoned House has Prospective Buyer, but Process Lags

A Howard Beach house that some say has been abandoned for the better part of a decade actually has a prospective buyer waiting in the wings—but the process seems to be in real-estate limbo. The exterior of the 92nd Street building shows significant signs of neglect and disrepair, and an official 8.5” x 11” document taped to the front door indicates that “the property inspector has determined this property is no longer occupied, appears vacant or has been abandoned. This … Continue reading

Bowling for Autism

This past Saturday at Cozy Bowl Lanes, the Girl Scouts of NYFAC had their 1st Annual Bowlathon for Autism to raise money for the NYFAC foundation.  The Girls had an amazing time as well as raising money for a Great cause.

Howard Beach Toddler Now on Heart Transplant List; Valentina, 2, Back in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

A stricken Howard Beach toddler is now a candidate for a heart transplant following complications from her April 7 open-heart surgery to replace a leaky valve, the girl’s mother told The Forum this week. Valentina Allen, 2, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare congenital defect marked by a severely underdeveloped left ventricle. Valentina, who lives with mom Danielle, dad Ryan, and older sister Victoria, underwent her first open-heart surgery when she was just three days old. The … Continue reading

Federal Home Invasion Probe Rolls on in Brooklyn

The latest development in the south Queens home invasion saga reveals a connection between the Lufthansa heist indictment and the crew that allegedly carried out the violent burglaries, according to an exclusive online report. According to Gang Land News Founder and Editor Jerry Capeci, federal investigators have apparently linked Bonanno family soldier John Ragano, who was snared in last year’s roundup of mob figures alleged to have close connections to the infamous JFK Airport cash and jewelry caper that was … Continue reading

Howard Beach Bagel Store Honored for Senior Service

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week presented Stella Lee of Old Country Bagels with a Senate Citation for the Cross Bay Boulevard shop’s “contribution and dedication to the senior community.” The store donates free bagels daily to the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center.

Grand Jury Investigating Gang Tied to Home Invasions: Report

A federal grand jury has been impaneled and is investigating a crew with ties to the mob that is allegedly responsible for the recent spate of home invasion robberies in south Queens communities, according to an exclusive online report. Sources have indicated to Gang Land News’ Jerry Capeci that prosecutors seeking an indictment have been presenting evidence and witnesses to a grand jury about “dozens” of violent robberies in which masked intruders beat victims, force them to strip naked and … Continue reading

Financial Services Mobile Centers Coming to the Community

If you have any questions regarding complicated insurance policies or Superstorm Sandy claims, state Department of Financial Services Mobile Command Centers are on their way to south Queens. On Friday, April 17, the MCCs will be in the Waldbaums parking lot at Cross Bay Boulevard and 156th Avenue in Howard Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the following week, the trucks will set up in the municipal parking lot at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 94th Street in Rockaway Beach, also … Continue reading

Long-Suffering Charles Park Ball Fields Repaired

The unmistakable scent of freshly snipped grass. Feathered friends finding their way back to tree branches whose leaves also signal a gradual return to life. The crack of the bat on diamonds from Ozone Park to Oakland Gardens. And thanks to the hard work of community members, elected officials and government agencies this year, the repaired ball fields at Frank Charles Park in Howard Beach were added to those signs of spring, just in time for baseball season. Responding to … Continue reading

Eyesores on Canal Irk Residents

Hawtree Creek in Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach has been home lately to a couple of sinking boats, and, after efforts to reach their owner failed, locals called in the big dogs. The Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, police, fire department, politicians, environmentalists, and various other officials have been notified of the situation.  According to Alan Aldrus, Recording Secretary of the Howard Beach Motor Boat Club, those contacted did move swiftly to try to address the situation, but then, … Continue reading

Crooks Rip ATM out of Cross Bay Key Food

Confident crooks this week ripped an entire automated teller machine unit out of a Howard Beach supermarket, causing damage and stealing an unknown amount of cash, police said. The bandits “broke a glass rear door” at the Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard in the early morning hours of Monday, “removed an ATM, loaded it onto a truck” and sped away, according to authorities. Store Manager Giancarlo Carlo said that he was first notified of the matter as he was … Continue reading

Tire Thieves Strike Again in Howard Beach

While authorities seemed to make strides recently in putting a dent in the epidemic of stolen tires and rims in the area, thieves this week struck once again, this time on 158th Avenue in Howard Beach. The bandits boosted the two driver side wheels off a brand-new, jet-black Infiniti sedan as the vehicle sat in front of the owner’s house. By the time the owner realized what had happened, the car was precariously propped up on a single black milk … Continue reading

In Fitness and in Health: Howard Beach Couple Shaping Bodies and Minds

The writing is on the wall in the basement of the house on 80th Street, along with the images and the mementos and the awards, most of it carefully framed and neatly spaced. It seems everyone wants to tell their story of their experience between these panels, wants to explain how they conquered a fear or a goal here; many even unveiling deeply personal and vivid tales of how the Howard Beach couple who run the place saved their lives … Continue reading

Civic Celebrates One Year as Voice of Two Communities; DOT Projects, Crime on Howard Beach-Lindenwood Meeting Agenda

The Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic on Tuesday evening marked one-year as a unified association at its monthly meeting at St. Helen Catholic Academy. “It’s been a pleasure working with [the community] this year,” said Civic President Joann Ariola, “and hopefully for many years to come.” The Howard Beach Civic Association and the Lindenwood Alliance merged in March, 2014. “We realized it would be more advantageous to the community if the two groups, both part of the 11414 area code, joined together,” … Continue reading