Category Archives: Howard Beach

No new cops coming to 106th Pct.

The 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, along with precincts across the rest of the borough, will not see any of the city’s 1,000 new cops hitting the streets this summer due to a more severe need for officers in city districts with higher crime. Under the terms of the city budget agreement reached in June, 200 civilian workers will be hired for desk jobs that are currently held by officers so they can return to patrol. Another 600 officers were … Continue reading

Workin’ at the Car Wash!

Armed with hoses, brushes, squeegees and towels, a small army of volunteers joined with Dr. Jerry Antonino to raise money for the Our Lady of Grace Soccer program on Sunday. The program this year celebrates its twentieth year as part of CYO Soccer and since its inception in 1993 has become a cherished institution in the Howard Beach community. Despite the threat of overcast skies throughout the morning, cars continued to roll through the team of bumper scrubbers, wheel washers … Continue reading

Top cop honored at 106th Precinct

Good deeds do not go unrewarded at the 106th Precinct. Officer Matthew Peters was presented with the June cop of the month award during a crowded 106th Precinct community council meeting on July 9 for swiftly catching a robber and returning an elderly victim’s stolen bags to her. Peters, 34, was one of two officers sent out to look for an alleged perpetrator after they heard a 65-year-old woman had been robbed. While canvassing, Peters said he saw a man fitting … Continue reading

Key Food keeps quiet on Howard Beach site

Key Food is giving a new meaning to “coming soon.” It was 11 months ago when the former Duane Reade building at 163-20 Cross Bay Blvd. first sported a Key Food sign with the caption, “Coming Soon” in bold lettering. And with that 12th month quickly approaching, the popular supermarket chain has remained mum as to when “soon” will in fact arrive. A representative for Key Food hung up on two separate occasions when being asked for an anticipated opening date … Continue reading

Idle Howard Beach truck served as Sandy savior

The camouflage military truck parked idly on 78th Street in Howard Beach belongs to resident Paul Marcel, a volunteer EMS worker, who used the large vehicle to rescue 120 neighbors from their homes that were rapidly filling with water during Hurricane Sandy. The Forum Newsgroup ran a story in the July 10 issue detailing residents’ concerns with an abandoned army truck parked on 78th Street for several months without being moved. The owner reached out soon after to tell his story. After … Continue reading

Howard Beach questions abandoned army truck

A large, camouflage military truck has been sitting vacant on 78th Street in Howard Beach for the past several months, leading residents to question why authorities have not stepped in to move it. Joseph C. Thompson, president of the not-for-profit Civilian Observation Patrol in Howard Beach, said he is aware of the truck’s presence in the neighborhood and believes it was used to transport homeowners to safer ground during Hurricane Sandy. As for making a complaint, Thompson suggested that residents call … Continue reading

Lawmakers sound alarms for storm evacuation routes

Southern Queens leaders are looking for a way out.   Superstorm Sandy may have been an anomaly in terms of its severity and timing, but it also shined a harsh light on the region’s ability to evacuate, lawmakers said. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel linked up to collect signatures for the governor demanding upgrades along crucial exit routes.   “Residents in southern Queens and Rockaway have always been isolated geographically and often rely … Continue reading

Petitions hint at Ognibene Senate run

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo may have a Republican challenger later this year.   Former City Councilman Tom Ognibene has had his name appear on petitions circulating throughout the southern Queens 15th Senate District, which includes Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, the Rockaway Peninsula, Woodhaven and more. He did not return calls seeking comment.   Though he has yet to file a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections, Ognibene still has until July 10 to submit petitions in … Continue reading

Ulrich supports Sandy money monitor

Lawmakers have spent months trying to comprehend the ins and outs of distributing relief dollars as communities like Howard Beach and the Rockaways recover from Superstorm Sandy. So much so, that City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called on the city to install a monitor to oversee that money. Ulrich, along with City Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), introduced legislation this week that would require the city to inject a monitor into the Department of Investigations to make sure taxpayer dollars … Continue reading

West Hamilton Beach volunteers rally for emergency response boost

Lawmakers stood with southern Queens emergency responders this week to call on the city to take whatever steps necessary to beef up its ability to respond when residents are most vulnerable. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) said the city Fire Department would benefit from some pre-emptive measures like GPS technology to help volunteers and other emergency responders deliver the care southern Queens deserves. He joined with members of the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and several others to … Continue reading

Howard Beach walk helps diabetes research

For the sixth year in a row, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) took its fight against juvenile diabetes to Howard Beach and raised nearly $75,000 in the process. Now, the group said it would return the favor. The May 31 6th JDRF Howard Beach Walk to Cure Diabetes drew hundreds in the foundation’s ongoing efforts to combat diabetes, organizers said. The group, established in 1970, said it would use the money to help fund research, according to Jessica Burns, development … Continue reading

Howard Beach car wash collects $10k for autism

The eighth annual charity car wash and car show was a scrubbing success at the Queens County Savings Bank parking lot and the Lindenwood shopping center in Howard Beach on Sunday, when New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) raised slightly over $10,000 to combat autism. Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of NYFAC, said he could not be happier with the end result – an entire $3,000 more raised than last year. “We are asking for $10 donations for each … Continue reading

Howard Beach battles car break-ins: 106th Pct.

Residents in Howard Beach have been keeping a closer eye on their cars after several reports of break-ins throughout the neighborhood, the 106th Precinct said. In many of the cases, cops said the cars were unsecured – meaning they either had visible property inside of them or were not properly locked. The precinct released surveillance footage of two suspects wanted in connection with some vehicles in Howard Beach earlier this week. The precinct said the two suspects, described as white male … Continue reading

Civilian cops coming to Howard Beach

There is a new kind of COP heading to Howard Beach. Eighteen-year resident and former auxiliary cop Joseph C. Thompson set out to start the nonprofit Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol in his hometown and met with elected officials and community leaders outside his local elementary school to talk about why. “I have lived here for years and have seen the changes happen,” Thompson said of recent crime trends in his neighborhood, including car break-ins and burglaries. “We just want … Continue reading

Civic, DEP face off over Howard Beach-Lindenwood flooding

Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic President Joann Ariola summed up the rowdy meeting at St. Helen’s Tuesday night with the city Department of Environmental Protection perfectly in one quick sound bite. “You cannot give us the answers we want,” she said at the very end of the hour-long discussion with DEP representatives over a devastating flood in her neighborhood at the end of April. “This board was told there would be answers.” Ariola then motioned to end the meeting. DEP Deputy Commissioner … Continue reading