Category Archives: Middle Village

Boro remembers decorated Forest Hills veteran

Nearly 100 family members and friends came out Wednesday in memory of Pat Toro, a decorated U.S. Marine and veterans’ advocate from Forest Hills. An honor guard was charged with accompanying the casket at his ceremony at Our Lady of Hope church in Middle Village to and from the ceremony while holding American flags, and other retired veterans in the audience donned shirts announcing what sect of the armed forces they were a part of. Pastor Michael Carrano had kind … 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

Families flock to Middle Village bazaar

Hundreds of families marched through the St. Margaret Parish annual bazaar in Middle Village this week, taking part in the fun, food and festivities. The event, which ran from June 25 to June 29, has become a family tradition for those who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. Adults came out to play bingo and roulette while the kids played games for prizes, ran through a fun house and whizzed through the rides. Foodies got their fix, thanks to … Continue reading

Middle Village joins organic waste pilot program

A city pilot program to collect organic materials, including food scraps, yard waste and soiled paper, kicked off this month in parts of Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village, and residents said they were all ears. The city Sanitation Department announced earlier this year it would be offering up compost bins to residential single-family homes and buildings with nine or fewer residential units for anyone who wanted to give it a try. Bob Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association … Continue reading

Middle Village D-Day Hero Remembered

It was a long 70 years, but Michael Naimoli said his family finally has closure. Middle Village came together Saturday afternoon to pay tribute to Robert M. Naimoli, a paratrooper from the 101st Airborne who died 70 years ago at the age of 25 during the allied invasion of Normandy, France, otherwise known as D-Day. Michael, Robert’s great nephew, said it was fitting to honor such a hero with such a warming ceremony alongside friends and family. “For the family, … 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

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

‘You’ve Got a Friend’ in Juniper Valley Park

There is nothing like a good friend to share your life with everyday. In Middle Village there exists a community that is quite special for friends. Yes – it is a great place to live; it is a super place to raise a family; you can have a nice house there; you can appreciate having good neighbors; and you can enjoy convenience stores in walking distance from your home. However above all these things, there is a spectacular neighborhood park … Continue reading

Christ the King Campus Celebrates Earth Day

Christ the King Campus celebrated this year’s Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22 by planting vegetable and flower gardens at the Middle Village school. The celebration involved all members of the campus, which includes the high school, the daycare and pre-kindergarten, and the Middle Village Preparatory Charter Middle School. To kick off the celebration of Earth Day, students from Middle Village Prep visited the daycare and pre-kindergarten classes, where they taught a lesson on the growth of plants. They all proceeded outdoors to help plant throughout the campus. The gardens will be tended by all members of the Christ … Continue reading

‘Freak’ Middle Village Incident Revives Questions About NYPD’s Accident Investigation Procedures

Fortunately, no one was injured in a “freak” accident that occurred in Middle Village on April 12. But, the odd circumstances of the collision had some neighbors questioning anew the NYPD’s accident investigation protocols. The 1:15 a.m. accident at 77-31 Furmanville Ave. demolished a garage door at the same address, as well as badly damaging a Con Ed power pole at the intersection of 77th and 78th Streets. Neighbor Theresa Doria, whose house sits on the corner of the intersection … Continue reading

Queens Pols Throw Weight Behind Council Budget

Queens Council members, as well as legislators across the five boroughs, are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to pour millions of more dollars into the city budget to boost the number of police officers throughout the city, lawmakers announced last week. When unveiling the Council’s preliminary budget, a final version of which must be adopted by July 1, legislators advocated for an additional $257 million in the financial plan for 1,000 more NYPD officers, free school lunches for students, and … Continue reading

Fedkowskyj Launches Assembly Bid for Markey’s Seat

Five years on the city Panel for Educational Policy may have been only the beginning of Middle Village’s Dmytro Fedkowskyj’s political career, as the civic activist kicked off his campaign for Assemblywoman Marge Markey’s (D-Maspeth) seat last weekend. After months of mulling over the move, Fedkowskyj etched his name into the mix to challenge Markey in a Democratic primary run for the 30th Assembly District. He picked Maspeth High School as his backdrop for the announcement Saturday morning. “I’ve lived in … Continue reading

QueensWay Calculates Next Move

With a comprehensive study still pending, the Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land said they were placing an emphasis on outreach as consultants sift through feedback collected at various community workshops in the borough. Queens has been grappling over what to make of an abandoned 3.5-mile stretch of railway that runs through Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park, with one proposal considering converting it into a 47-acre linear park and cultural … Continue reading

104th Pct. Pens 23 Summonses in One Saturday

It took just one day for the Ridgewood-based 104th Precinct to issue more than 20 summonses, thanks to help from various city agencies. The MARCH – multi-agency response to community hotspots – went down Saturday, April 5 at various nightlife locations at the root of residents’ complaints, a spokesman for the 104th said. Officers marched through the precinct alongside the state liquor authority, Buildings Department, Mental Health and Hygiene Department, Fire Department, Environmental Protection Department, Police Department and legal bureau. … Continue reading

Two longtime CB 5 members will not return: Crowley

Long-serving, and now former, members of Queens’ Community Board 5 were let go this week – and some argued it was in the name of political revenge. Manuel “Manny” Caruana of Maspeth dedicated a decade to CB 5 as a volunteer board member and was notified last week that he would not be returning in a letter from City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who ran and won against Caruana’s nephew, Craig Caruana, in November. While the letter did not … Continue reading