Category Archives: Lindenwood

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

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

Fighting floods in Lindenwood

Howard Beach resident Joseph Annicaro said he was frustrated by the state of his home after devastating floods left it in disrepair. Annicaro, 50, said he had to redo his entire basement after Hurricane Sandy as well as the torrential downpour on April 30 that dumped more than five inches of water, setting him back nearly $40,000. “I had to redo the while basement again. Get a new washer and dryer, a new stove, new boiler and refrigerator,” Annicaro said. … 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

Lindenwood pushes for parking fix

A few little white lines could go a long way for the people in Lindenwood.   Residents and elected officials hit the pavement this week and asked the city Transportation Department to paint parking lines along 157th Avenue between 80th and 77th Street to make for more parking spaces. Which each dash in the concrete, drivers would more easily see their spots and become less likely to violate traffic laws, officials said.   “A small effort from the DOT will allow local residents … 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

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

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

As Bank-Owned Homes Rot After Sandy, Neighbors Say Their Health is Rapidly Deteriorating

Before the abandoned house next to her became a haven for filth, vermin, and toxic mold, Joyce Zoller’s residence in Rockaway’s Neponsit neighborhood had for two decades been her dream home. It was there, on a quiet tree-lined strip in a close-knit community, that Zoller, 58, had made a life with her husband, Cliff Zoller, for more than 20 years. Even when Hurricane Sandy devastated the peninsula, leaving her house destroyed, never once did it cross her mind to leave. … Continue reading

Lindenwood Students Learn Ins and Outs of Fire Safety

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sponsored a mobile FDNY “smoke house” to educate students about fire safety at PS 232 in Lindenwood Friday. The legislator joined hundreds of students who crawled through the 35-foot long trailer filled with smoke. The mobile unit was modeled after a typical home and included a kitchen, bath, and bedroom to demonstrate to students how to effectively prepare and evacuate in the event of a fire emergency.

Pols, Civic Leaders Call on City to Fix ‘Dangerous’ Streets Outside Lindenwood School

Crowding around the streets outside Lindenwood’s PS 232 that residents said have long been a notoriously dangerous area for pedestrians – particularly the hundreds of young students who flood the site almost daily during the school year – elected officials and civic leaders said at a press conference Friday that they would continue to raise their voices until the city addressed the problem-plagued streets that they called a disaster waiting to happen. “We want change now,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway … Continue reading

Forest Hills Native Michael Perlman Honored by Historic Districts Council

Few residents in the borough have the kind of passion for preservation and landmark issues as native Forest Hills resident Michael Perlman, who some say “lives and breathes” preservation. In recognition of his tireless activism and service to the community, the Historic Districts Council, a leading citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, recently honored Perlman with a 2014 Grassroots Preservation Award. The award honors and celebrates activists and groups who work to preserve the city’s historic neighborhoods. Simeon Bankoff, … Continue reading

Flooding Concerns Drive Hundreds of Residents to Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Meeting: Comptroller Vows Help for Devastated Homeowners

In one hand, Tommy Durante held almost all that is left of his most prized possessions. “Mickey Mantle? In the garbage,” Durante said, pointing to a photo on his phone of one of his thousands of baseball cards, a collection he has for decades been cultivating and which was completely wiped out during an April flood that devastated hundreds of homes throughout Lindenwood. “I lost probably 100,000 baseball cards, 15,000 comics. Whitey Ford autographs, a Lou Gehrig watch, an irreplaceable … Continue reading