Category Archives: Middle Village

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

Sandy Claus Steps Up in South Queens

It’s never too early for Santa to start loading his sleigh. A toy drive called Secret Sandy Claus, started by Michael Sciaraffo two years ago after Hurricane Sandy, started to collect toys last week with hopes of bringing smiles to Sandy-stricken kids throughout the borough. It marked the third consecutive year the Santa-style savior was in operation, and Sciaraffo said he expects it to be bigger than ever. For the second year in a row, the Brooklyn native teamed up … 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

Stringer singles out city’s 911 reform program

Emergency response reforms are in the red, according to a report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer. A Stringer audit found the city’s own Emergency Communications Transformation Program to be riddled with flaws and shortcomings despite its best intentions of strengthening 911 response abilities. In a statement, the comptroller called the system poorly structured, overly reliant on consultants and ineffectively monitored – which resulted in years of delays and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted. Stringer, along with other city … 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

Legos come to life at Atlas Park

A boy shouted out, “Holy Cow,” as the motor-powered Lego model he just helped build started to come alive with its gears moving suddenly. Bricks 4 Kidz group launched a free summer program inside the Shops at Atlas Park to build up children’s mechanical skills while they build moving Lego models. “As they have fun, every child walks away knowing they’ve accomplished something,” said Lamacca Holmes, a teacher at the summer program. “And then they can say, ‘Hey mom look … 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

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