Category Archives: Maspeth

Maspeth Man Pleads Guilty to Burglaries

A Maspeth man last week pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary and will serve a six-year prison sentence stemming from his participation in a series of residential break-ins last February, including one in which a box containing the cremated remains of an Ozone Park resident’s mother was stolen, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Randolph Ardila, 30, who has been held on Rikers Island in lieu of $150,000 bail since his arrest in February, formally entered a … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … Continue reading

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … Continue reading

Boro precincts brace for National Night Out

Central and southern Queens police precincts rolled out their plans for this year’s National Night Out against crime, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5. Area precincts, including the 100th, 102nd, 104th,  106th and 112th, all announced unique events in their respective beats across the borough as the Police Department continued its summer celebration tradition. Precincts and their respective community councils citywide have been coming together for years once a year in recognition of the Night Out festivities with events featuring barbecues, games … Continue reading

Doe Fund Partnership Gives Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood Streets a Cleaning Boost

Local politicians, residents and community activists alike agree that keeping main thoroughfares, such as Myrtle Avenue in Glendale and Grand Avenue in Maspeth, clean and tidy, is no easy task. But, thanks to Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), help is on the way. Crowley secured $61,800 in discretionary funding in this year’s budget to pay for The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able Program’s street cleaning crews.  The crews will pick up trash on Myrtle Avenue from Cooper Avenue … Continue reading

Landmarks Commission rejects Maspeth Fire House designation

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled that the Maspeth firehouse does not meet the criteria to be a designated landmark, despite a great deal of community support on the matter, a letter from the commission said. It was the second time the commission rejected the application for historic designation. Brother and sister Maspeth natives Steve and Maxine Fisher have been leading the charge to preserve the fire house and urged the commission to make the fire house a historic landmark … Continue reading

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … 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

Maspeth honors high schoolers

Maspeth High School showed off last week when it honored students at its third annual awards ceremony, thanking distinguished members of its 30 clubs and awarding even more on their academics. Joshua Vazquez received one of the top honors in the form of the Citizenship Award and shook hands with Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir and the Maspeth High School faculty at the ceremony. Other award recipients included: Declamation Award – Presented by Mr. Kwon Gold Award – Tyrell Harrison Silver Award … Continue reading

Crowley outlines traffic reforms at Maspeth forum

On the heels of sweeping traffic reforms being signed into law, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth) took to her home district to discuss some of the latest Vision Zero accomplishments as the city cracks down on street safety. Crowley joined with members of the city Department of Transportation at a Monday night town hall at IS 73 to talk about the newest reforms, including the reduction of the city speed limit from 25 miles per hour to 30 miles per … Continue reading

Fund site nets $60K for sanitation worker killed in Maspeth

It did not take long for Steven Frosch’s family and friends to come together in memory of the late city sanitation worker, who died last week in a street sweeper accident in Maspeth. A fundraising site sprouted up late last week in memory of Frosch, 43, who died June 21 after getting pinned between two street sweepers in Maspeth. Since then, friends and family helped raise more than $60,000 in memory of the Garden City South native. “Our family has … Continue reading

Maspeth HS senior shoots high on and off court

  Paolo Tamer said he has one goal in mind as he enters his senior year at Maspeth High School: being the best he can be both inside and outside the classroom. His attitude is realistic and focused, the 17-year-old said, taking things one step at a time in his approach to academics, athletics and community service. Anastasia Bitis, boys varsity basketball coach for the school and Tamer’s mentor, said the young basketball player has talent and star quality, but … Continue reading

Sanitation worker killed in Maspeth: NYPD

A city sanitation worker was killed in Maspeth on Saturday after he was accidentally struck and pinned down by a mechanical street sweeper, officials said. Steven Frosch, 43, was working on his sweeper in a DSNY garage around 1 p.m. on 48th Street in Maspeth when a 33-year-old co-worker was driving forward and struck Frosch, pinning him between both sweepers, authorities said. Emergency responders said he was unresponsive and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. … Continue reading

Forest Park Playground Renovation Project to Break Ground in One Year, City Says

The city Parks Department plans to break ground on a new playground in Forest Park in about one year, officials said. Parks put the designs for Mary Whalen Playground on display for the first time to the community Tuesday night inside Oak Ridge, which overlooks the playground by Park Lane South and 79th Street. The renovation plans came years after City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth) worked to set nearly $1 million aside so the park could reinvent itself. “I believe … Continue reading