Category Archives: Ozone Park

Robbery turns fatal in Richmond Hill

Two men from south Queens were arrested and charged with murder on July 16 in the fatal beating and robbery of a Richmond Hill man, ending a crime spree by the suspects that began in early June, the district attorney’s office said. Nestor Rodriguez, 20, of Woodhaven, and Carlos Genno, 22, of Ozone Park, allegedly attacked Nazmul Islam, 55, a leader of the U.S chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, in Richmond Hill on July 9, Queens District Attorney Richard … Continue reading

Howard Beach kids kick it with Cosmos

Summertime for these young Howard Beach athletes means face time with some of the state’s top soccer pros. More than 50 kids between ages six and 15 teamed up with members of the New York Cosmos soccer club last week as part of the Our Lady of Grace Soccer Association’s summer camp program. Members of the North American Soccer League team ran through drills and taught lessons in teamwork all week long at the Pals Oval in Ozone Park, looking … 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 calls for bike share

Queens wants its fair share of city wheels. Lawmakers and transportation advocates rallied around legislation that would help accelerate the Citi Bike share program into Queens, where demand has already proven its presence. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) spearheaded the Bike to Work Act of 2014, which would give pre-tax commuter benefits to workers. “Thousands of New Yorkers have already embraced the city’s bike share program as a viable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective form of public transportation,” Crowley said. … Continue reading

Calls for cleaner streets in Howard Beach, Woodhaven

Community advocates are calling out the city to clean up its act. Public eyesores including graffiti, litter and other junk have become a consistent burden across civic groups and elected officials perusing the streets of neighborhoods like Howard Beach and Woodhaven and officials there picked up the pace this week. Lawmakers from both the city and state came out in support of new initiatives to help make borough streets shine. In Howard Beach, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) singled … Continue reading

No new cops coming to 106th Pct.

The 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, along with precincts across the rest of the borough, will not see any of the city’s 1,000 new cops hitting the streets this summer due to a more severe need for officers in city districts with higher crime. Under the terms of the city budget agreement reached in June, 200 civilian workers will be hired for desk jobs that are currently held by officers so they can return to patrol. Another 600 officers were … Continue reading

Top cop honored at 106th Precinct

Good deeds do not go unrewarded at the 106th Precinct. Officer Matthew Peters was presented with the June cop of the month award during a crowded 106th Precinct community council meeting on July 9 for swiftly catching a robber and returning an elderly victim’s stolen bags to her. Peters, 34, was one of two officers sent out to look for an alleged perpetrator after they heard a 65-year-old woman had been robbed. While canvassing, Peters said he saw a man fitting … Continue reading

Woodhaven teen’s spirit honored through scholarship

The life and spirit of High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) graduate Roman Pirozek may live on through a $1,000 scholarship awarded to Rickey Ramkishun at this year’s CTEA graduation in June. Pirozek , a 19-year-old Woodhaven resident, died unexpectedly in September 2013, when a remote-controlled helicopter he was operating at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn struck him, causing severe trauma to his head and throat. He died the scene. Staff members at CTEA began raising money … 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

Ozone Howard Hosts Battle for Breast Cancer

The Ozone Howard Little League hosted its 3rd Annual Battle Against Breast Cancer tournament last weekend. The 3-day tournament featured 6 teams who played their hearts out and raised money for breast cancer. Tournament director and Little League President Joe Bode thanked all the participating teams and praised them for their efforts. The participating teams were NY Lady Cobras, Port Washington PAL, LI Thunderbolts, Lady Diamond Pros, Ozone Howard Bulldogs and Ozone Howard Tigers. The Ozone Howard Bulldogs were defeated … Continue reading

Queens cops crackdown on illegal fireworks

Police are looking to defuse illegal firework usage throughout the borough this holiday weekend before the injury numbers skyrocket. The NYPD said it first mobilized its Organized Crime Control Bureau back in January to start going after black-market fireworks sellers and even legal sellers from outside of New York, where fireworks are illegal. Precinct commanders throughout the borough have been diligent in pushing the department’s fireworks crackdown after records showed deaths and injuries were on the rise in 2013. Jeffrey … Continue reading

Hot Dog

Firefighters raced to an Ozone Park home on Saturday night shortly after 6 pm after multiple calls went out for a blaze that started when the propane tank on a barbeque exploded. The entire deck off the second floor of the home, located at 95-10 101st Avenue was engulfed in flames when FDNY arrived on the scene. It took 12 units and 60 firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the flames. There were no injuries, the cause of the … Continue reading

Goldfeder Secures $741K for Ozone Park, Rockaway Libraries

Libraries in Ozone Park and Rockaway will undergo long-needed renovation work, following Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s (D-Rockaway Park) announcement this week that more than $700,000 is headed the way of the two facilities. The assemblyman helped to secure $741,070 through the Public Library Construction Grant Program to help renovate the Ozone Park Community Library and the Sandy-damaged Peninsula Public Library in Rockaway Beach, he said Monday. “Our libraries play an important role in educating our children and families,” Goldfeder said. “This … Continue reading

Congratulations, Champions!

The Ozone-Howard Minors Division World Series came to an exciting end Sunday, when the Maroon Team led by Coach Mike Frazzetta, left, edged out Coach John Dezago’s Black Team to claim victory in the two-game series. Both games were serious nail-biters, going into extra innings and winding up with scores of 1-0.  In the bottom of the 8th inning in game two on Father’s Day, Maroon relief pitcher Daniel Rivera’s first pitch led to a triple play that stunned even … Continue reading

One Drop at a Time: JHS 202 Students Raise Thousands of Dollars to Build Water Well in South Sudan

When students at JHS 202 in Ozone Park read  “A Long Walk to Water,” which tells the stories of two 11-year-olds striving to survive while facing some of humanity’s darkest times in Sudan, they uniformly had an immediate reaction: How do we help? That question was quickly answered with a resounding call for action, and the then sixth-grade students decided to raise money to give to Water for South Sudan, a nonprofit run by Salva Dut, whose story of perseverance … Continue reading