Category Archives: Howard Beach

Pols Push Law to Forgive FEMA Sandy Disaster-Relief Debts

  Federal elected officials, supported by state representatives, this week indicated that they would be drafting legislation to provide relief for Superstorm Sandy victims who are in debt to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Two years after the thoroughly destructive storm burst through parts of the city, including Howard Beach and the Rockaways, FEMA began issuing notices to some property owners to collect accidental overpayments. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) are leading a bipartisan … Continue reading

Drones Coming Close

Three recent incidents of drone-spotting near JFK airport have prompted U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to revisit the issue he addressed just a few months ago, this time with an even greater emphasis on physical safety.   Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget this week to expedite its release of new drone regulations. In August, the Senator pushed the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to develop guidelines focused on best practices for drone … Continue reading

Senior Center Showcases Talented Guys and Gals

Ralph Rega last Friday serenaded seniors and staff with a little Tony Bennett during the annual talent show at the Howard Beach Senior Center on Cross Bay Boulevard. Many residents entertained the appreciative audience with song, dance moves and some jokes.

Area Builder Using Revolutionary Eco-Friendly Materials

If you see a new home being built in Howard Beach or Ozone Park, chances are Gustavo Badolati and F1 Construction, Inc. are helming the project. And thanks to a new accord with Eco Building Products, Badolati and his crews are using environmentally friendly lumber that is shifting the way houses are framed, from the traditional to the revolutionary. “For a long time, since [Superstorm] Sandy, we’ve been looking for different ways to build and rebuild,” Badolati said last Friday … Continue reading

Howard Beach Woman Marks 104th Birthday

As the Bee Gees’ smash-hit “Stayin’ Alive” blared from the speakers, and revelers danced in the dining hall at Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon, the guest of honor beamed with pride, nestled in her throne—tiara and all—along the near wall, surrounded by family and friends. This was Catherine Lumetta’s day. Her 104th birthday. “I feel very happy and very lucky to have wonderful friends and a beautiful family,” said Lumetta, a mother of five children, grandmother … Continue reading

Monsignor LoPinto Named CEO of Catholic Charities

The Rev. Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and related agencies. The appointment comes as Robert Siebel, who served in that capacity for 11 years and with Catholic Charities for 41, retires. Monsignor LoPinto has been the pastor at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church in Howard Beach for six years and is stepping down to focus on his work with Catholic Charities. He … Continue reading

Miracle on 91st Street

It was Dec. 5, 1988, a cold, blustery night in Howard Beach, and 23-year-old Joseph Parenti was driving along 162nd Avenue on his way home. Meanwhile, a man had stolen a car on Cross Bay Boulevard and was hurtling down 91st Street at breakneck speed, pursued by an independent car-service driver who had witnessed the vehicle theft. At the intersection, the stolen vehicle collided with Parenti’s, in that moment changing his life forever. Private security officers were the first to … Continue reading

Ulrich and Levin Announce Veterans Food Drive

The City Council announced this week kicked off a food drive in partnership with the Food Bank for New York City to collect non-perishable items and donate them to select local pantries and soup kitchens that serve veterans. The council-wide program will run from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, with participating councilmembers collecting the food at their district offices. Roughly 30 percent of city veterans rely on emergency food supplies, according to FBNYC research. Other studies conducted nationally by the … Continue reading

Veterans, Community Honor Service Members in Coleman Square

A small, yet diverse group on Veterans Day gathered at Bernard Coleman Memorial Square in Howard Beach to honor all service members; from those who fought on the beaches of Normandy, to active-duty troops tasked with stemming the tide of new threats in the Middle East. Patrick Connolly, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2565, led the brief ceremony on a spring-like Tuesday morning in front of the hulking stone monuments that commemorate area veterans who gave their … Continue reading

Gunmen Rob Liberty Travel in Broad Daylight

Police are on the lookout for two suspects in connection with a robbery at Liberty Travel on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, which occurred just before 10 am last Friday, Nov. 7. The two men, both carrying firearms, burst into the agency and announced a holdup.  They ordered six employees to the back of the store, zip-tied them, located the safe, and stole an undetermined amount of cash.  They also took the employees’ own money and cell phones. Police … Continue reading

Port Authority, FAA to Upgrade Noise Pollution Standards

More residents living near Kennedy and LaGuardia airports could be eligible for federal grants to pay for insulating houses from aircraft noise, if the Federal Aviation Administration adopts new standards. Recent changes to FAA flight procedures require that aircrafts fly lower along more precise paths. Therefore, while actual noise generated by aircrafts has decreased, and the number of people subject to noise has decreased somewhat, lower altitudes and “focused” noise tends to make the situation much worse for those under … Continue reading

You Could be a Hero: Hamilton Beach Man Needs Another Kidney Transplant

Theirs is a love story, the old-fashioned kind—more Bogey and Bacall than Kimye. It is old school, but one that brings new meaning to the vow “…in sickness and in health…” Theirs is a love story, born in Howard Beach and raised in Hamilton Beach, strengthened along the way by the arrival of two boys, and overcoming seemingly endless medical obstacles. And the latest in 20 years of health-related tests for Tim and Christina McCabe is a familiar one: Tim … Continue reading

Free Tablets Available for Lease at Several Borough Library Branches

Google tablets are available for loan at 10 borough library branches, including Broad Channel, Forest Hills, Howard Beach, Jamaica, Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park. Loans are free with a Queens Library card. Customers may borrow them for a month, with three possible renewals (four months total). First-time borrowers must sign a borrower’s agreement and show photo identification. Queens Library began lending customers Google tablets on their library cards in November 2013. Through the efforts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the … Continue reading

Gambino Associate Nabbed in Vegas, Indicted on ’02 Murder

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York last week heaped praise on the Queens District Attorney’s Office for its work which helped federal authorities arrest an alleged mob associate who has been indicted on, among other charges, the 2002 murder of an illicit business partner in Howard Beach. AUSA Loretta Lynch thanked DA Richard Brown and his staff for its “outstanding assistance” with the case against Gennaro “Jerry” Bruno, a reputed associate of the Gambino crime family, … Continue reading

Fun for All Ages at Fall Festival

Residents of Tudor Village and surrounding communities on Saturday were treated to a Fall Festival at Addabbo Playground, organized by the Parks Department and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Parents and kids of all ages enjoyed a bounce house, t-ball, a blow-up funhouse, ski ball and a DJ provided by Speedo the Clown Agency. The festival also featured four crafts tables of bracelet and beadmaking, face painting, maskmaking and Crayola drawing tables. The Parks Department brought a little country … Continue reading