Category Archives: Maspeth

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

Maspeth Student Puts Service First

She may be only 17, but Tiffany D’Avanzo has already gotten the hang of juggling a hefty workload both in and out of the classroom. The Maspeth High School junior has been heralded by school officials as an exceptional student and phenomenal athlete because of her attention to detail in everything she does. And when she is not hitting the books or the field, she also plays an active community service role throughout central Queens. “She has an extremely outgoing … Continue reading

Relay Serves as Second Family for Maspeth Survivor

Arlene DeSena battled breast cancer and survived. Now, she shares her stories with others going through similar ordeals as a means of comfort. “It’s about being in one place for the same reason. Everyone has a story,” she said. “Every single one of those people at the park find ways to connect and celebrate and be sad all at the same time. You never feel alone.” DeSena and many others will be at this month’s Relay for Life of Middle … Continue reading

Maspeth HS to Perform ‘Cinderella’

Maspeth High School is ending its school year with a bang. Students will present “Cinderella” on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 7 at 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $7, and students’ tickets are $5 each. Maspeth High School’s sports club will hold a garage sale from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. If you would like to do some spring cleaning and want to donate items to the club to sell, you … Continue reading

Former State Sen. Serphin Maltese Named to Veterans Hall of Fame

Serphin “Serf” Maltese has been many things in his lifetime – including a 10-term state senator and a Queens assistant district attorney, to name just a couple. But before his career as a politician and an attorney, Maltese served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, and this service inspired state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) to select Maltese to be inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to recognize … Continue reading

Maspeth HS to Host Free Summer Basketball Camp

Maspeth High School will offer a free basketball summer camp for boys and girls ages 11 to 13 this July. All skill levels are welcome. The camp will be held July 14 to July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers must bring their own lunch. The free camp will be hosted by Maspeth HS coaches and players and will help individuals further develop their basketball skills. Maspeth High’s own boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were undefeated this season … Continue reading

At Maspeth’s Memorial Day, Remembering Those Who Gave Their All

The people of Maspeth took this Memorial Day as an opportunity to send a special thanks to the many women who put it all on the line for their country. This year’s theme, “Honoring women in the military,” added another shining chapter in the mid-Queens community’s proud tradition of Memorial Day festivities. A booming parade filled with community groups, elected officials, and residents made its way down Grand Avenue on the sunny Sunday afternoon and circled back to Maspeth Memorial … Continue reading

Latino group endorses Fedkowskyj in Assembly run

The National Latino Officers Association threw its support behind former Panel for Education Policy member Dmytro Fedkowskyj in his bid for the state Assembly. NLOA Chairman Anthony Miranda said the 30th Assembly District of central Queens needed a breath of fresh air, which was why his group decided to back Fedkowskyj, a community advocate and civic leader. “We endorse Dmytro Fedkowskyj because he would bring a fresh perspective to a state legislature needing change,” Miranda said. “Fedkowskyj has already proven … Continue reading