Category Archives: Howard Beach

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

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