Category Archives: Middle Village

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

Crowley Helps Cops Put Graffiti Vandal in Cuffs

This graffiti enthusiast messed with the wrong group. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) saw her district office vandalized back in January with graffiti scrawled along one of the walls. But both she and her office remained persistent in pursuing those responsible, and the 104th Precinct announced the arrest of 30-year-old Michael Mestric on Friday and charged him with 30 acts of vandalism. “We said we would get to the bottom of this recent vandalism in Middle Village, and we … Continue reading

Conference Set in Teacher’s Harassment Case Against Former Middle Village Principal

A settlement conference has been scheduled between a former Middle Village teacher and her boss accused of sexual harassment, court records showed. Special education teacher Lisa Calise first filed the lawsuit against former PS 49 principal Anthony Lombardi in December, alleging she was forced to resign after shooting down his sexual advances, according to court documents. Their attorneys met last week and pegged May 30 for the initial settlement conference to determine whether or not the case will go to … Continue reading

City to Test Organic Waste Program in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village

Select homes along existing garbage truck routes in central and mid Queens will become part of the city’s optional organics collection pilot program starting in June, the Sanitation Department told residents at last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting. The city started offering curbside collection of organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, to some schools and other institutions in 2012 and announced residential tests would begin in parts of Glendale on June 2 and sections of Maspeth … Continue reading

Middle Village Boy Lands Visit from U.S. Coastal Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard teamed up with the western Queens 104th Precinct to make an 8-year-old’s day. Colin Flood has been battling his second route of acute lymphocytic leukemia, but all that was put aside on Monday when he watched a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter land up close near his home in Middle Village’s Juniper Valley Park. The avid van of shows like “Coast Guard Alaska” and “The Deadliest Catch” said he always dreamt of being inside a Coast Guard … Continue reading

$25M Sewer Project Will Bring Much-Needed Flooding Relief, Leaders Say

Millions of new city dollars will help Elmhurst, Maspeth and Middle Village better manage the flooding problems that have long plagued the communities, the city Department of Environmental Protection said. DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced last week that the city is set to begin a $25 million infrastructure upgrade that is expected to increase sewer capacity and leave the Queens neighborhoods less prone to flooding. The work was slated to begin in the spring with an estimated finish date in … Continue reading

Fresh Pond Pet Shop Accused of Neglect

Allegations of animal abuse and neglect inside a Maspeth pet shop spurred the 104th Precinct to investigate. Police Capt. Christopher Manson,, commanding officer of the 104th, said officers were sent to the Fresh Pond Pet Shop at 60-77 Fresh Pond Rd. after receiving several reports of animals being left without food or water, or being held in unsanitary conditions. But upon arriving, Manson said there were no apparent signs of neglect. “We had gotten word that there was a pet … Continue reading

Ridgewood Residents Divided Over Residential Development Proposal

Plans to create an upscale apartment building in the heart of Ridgewood put some residents at odds with one another at a rowdy rezoning public hearing. There was a clear divide among those who spoke at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting. While some Ridgewood residents said the 176 Woodward Ave. apartment proposal would help uplift a community eyesore, others sounded off against a complex they felt would only cater to the more financially comfortable. Aufgang Architects designed the proposal … Continue reading

Stolen Cars Spike in 104th Pct.

Crime rose a little more than 1 percent in the 104th Precinct, with car thefts driving the numbers, police said this week. Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th, spoke at the precinct community council’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, outlining the latest crime statistics and answering questions on topics like graffiti and knifepoint robberies in Ridgewood. Because last year’s numbers were so low, the precinct commander said it was nearly inevitable to see a slight uptick in crime this … Continue reading

Juniper Civic grapples with unsightly eyesores

A Middle Village civic group called on the city to step up its enforcement in order to combat a series of eyesores, including graffiti and other community hazards. Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden said his group zeroed in on several properties in the Queens community at the group’s meeting last week with hopes of coaxing the Buildings Department to bulk up its response to negligent property owners. Issues like illegally parked vehicles, graffiti and vacant buildings have become … Continue reading

Bishop thanks blood donors at Middle Village’s Christ the King

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio gave a big thanks to high schoolers in Middle Village for opening their hearts and arms to those in need. Christ the King High School at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. led all Catholic high schools in the Brooklyn-Queens Diocese during last year’s blood drive, dumping a total of 287 pints of blood for the good cause. DiMarzio honored Christ the King at a special ceremony, the school said last week, recognizing students and staffers for their efforts as … Continue reading

104th Pct. puts dent in graffiti, robbery patterns

The 104th Precinct put an end to a Brooklyn man’s alleged string of robberies throughout Ridgewood and also announced a series of graffiti-related arrests, authorities said. Bryant Aguilar, 21, was arrested Monday in connection with four robberies throughout the month of February and was charged with four counts of robbery, a precinct spokesman said. The arrest came after 104th officers reported that several women had been targeted in a string of knifepoint robberies throughout Ridgewood. In each instance, police said … Continue reading

New PS 49 Head Makes Mark on Middle Village School

A Middle Village school’s principal has been at PS/IS 49 for less than a week – but he is already landing rave reviews. Students, teachers and staff at the school located at 63-60 80th St. welcomed Tom Carty in this week as its new leader, taking the place of Anthony Lombardi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. And even though it was only his first week, PS 49 PTA President Alicia Vaichunas said Carty has kept himself busy. “I … Continue reading

Maggie’s Little Theater brings ‘Nunsense’ to Middle Village

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are trying to raise money to bury the dead nuns storied in their freezer. It’s “Nunsense.” Maggie’s Little Theater at the St. Margaret Parish Hall, located at 66-05 79th Pl., has spent months preparing for this weekend’s opening of the latest musical to hit Middle Village, and producer and choreographer Lindsay Levy said there is a lot to look forward to. The cast of 16 mostly local Queens actors have come together to build another … Continue reading

In Mid-Queens, City Will Grow Waste Collection Services

The city will expand its curbside collection of food waste and other organic materials to parts of Queens in the spring, according to Department of Sanitation officials. The service will come to portions of Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth in April and May. According to Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, the city spent more than $85 million in 2012 exporting organic material to landfills out of state. “By launching our organics collection program, we will help the city reduce trash disposal … Continue reading