Category Archives: Ozone Park

Astorino’s Campaign for Governor Sparks Interest Among Queens Republicans

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Republican challenger has caught the eyes of the Queens GOP. The twice-elected Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino rolled out his run for governor last week with a plan that runs parallel to his party’s core goals: lowering taxes, strengthening businesses and creating more jobs. His intentions to run in such a Democratically leaning state sparked some interest amongst borough Republicans who said he had the potential to be a big political player in years to come. “We … Continue reading

For Howard Beach couple, learning the meaning of love for 60 years

Situated in their Howard Beach living room this week, Antonio and Filomena Fossari smiled at one another when asked if they remember when they met each other. Yes, of course, they said – it was decades ago in Calabria, Italy – but the memory is still vivid, with Filomena, 86, explaining that she first saw Antonio, 88, because he was best friends with her brother growing up. “He was very handsome,” she said as one of her three daughters, Rosemary, … Continue reading

As reports of domestic violence increase in South Queens, police reach out to community

The number of reported domestic violence cases has increased dramatically in South Queens – but police said such a spike is only the tip of the iceberg to representing the magnitude of the crime in the area, and officers are urging victims to speak up about what they said is an epidemic that has taken root across not just the borough, but the entire country. The plea for victims to reach out – whether it’s to police or a variety … Continue reading

Build It Back Lambasted as Deeply Flawed

Sixteen months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City, some Queens residents still have not been able to return to their homes devastated in the storm because of bureaucratic red tape that is strangling them financially and emotionally, borough residents and lawmakers said this week. While thousands of people whose lives were overturned during Sandy have applied to the Build it Back program – a city initiative launched in June that is using hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue reading

South Queens leaders slam NYRA over a ‘dangerous’ Aqueduct

After deteriorating for decades, Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park is a dangerous eyesore that is a growing concern for those in the facility and residents in the surrounding area, said state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) – who announced Monday that he is authoring a bill that would require millions of dollars for capital improvement projects at the decaying venue. “There’s currently a great race going on and, sadly, Aqueduct is finishing last,” Goldfeder said. The South Queens lawmaker … Continue reading

At Ozone Park school, remembering Roman Pirozek with memorial scholarship

Anyone who knew Roman Pirozek, Jr. understood that to say he loved flying was an understatement. The Woodhaven teen rarely went a day without operating a remote-control helicopter – and he frequently spoke about ultimately immersing himself in a career flying a plane. His world, it seemed, belonged in the air. After Pirozek died at the age of 19 in September, when he was struck by a remote-control helicopter in Calvert Vaux Park in Gravesend, Brooklyn, those who knew him … Continue reading

Ulrich Holds Christmas Toy Drive

Councilman Eric Ulrich once again opened his office up as a collection center for a toy and coats to be distributed to needy and sick children in shelters and hospitals throughout the area. “It’s really the least we can do for families that are so burdened with either financial difficulties or unfortunate health issues at this time of year,” said Ulrich. The office acted as a drop-off point where hundreds of new unwrapped gifts for boys and girls of all … Continue reading

Gunmen Target Three Stores Over Weekend – Ozone Park, South Ozone Park hit, cops look for connection

Three commercial robberies in two days at the end of last week have the 106 precinct again stepping up their patrol against the plague of thieves that continue to infiltrate the precinct. Two of the incidents were in Ozone Park with the third in South Ozone Park. Police are currently investigating all three incidents and have not determined definitively, as of yet, if they are connected. The first incident took place last Saturday around 3:30 p.m., when three male blacks … Continue reading

In Ozone Park, Santa Hears Many A Wish List

Children got an early glimpse of Santa Claus in Ozone Park last Saturday, when St. Nick heard many a Christmas wish list from neighborhood children. The many children who attended the festivities at the Ozone Howard Little League Hall Saturday morning were able to snap photos with the North Pole’s most famous resident during the event that is sponsored annually by the Ozone Park Civic Association.

As Ozone Park School Focuses on Creativity, Major Music Grant Cements Dreams of Renowned Arts Program

For the students at JHS 202 in Ozone Park, a $30,000 music grant that the school just landed was about more than receiving a sea of shiny new instruments: It was emblematic of the school’s revived and growing music program that is becoming a crown jewel at an institution that has gone against a citywide tide of years of art and music cutbacks and focused on boosting its creative endeavors. “There’s a lot more available to us – that gives … Continue reading

Lions Club Sponsors Teacher Training in Ozone Park

The Lions Club International conducted a training for about 40 teachers from 10 schools last Thursday and Friday at La Bella Vita Caterers in Ozone Park as part of an effort help young people develop positive commitments to their families, schools, peers, and communities. Known as the city schools Lions Quest teacher training, the program also focused on how to encourage students to live healthy, drug-free lives. The free training was provided through a grant from Lions Club International Districts … Continue reading

Massive Ozone Park Rezoning Lands Stamp of Approval from City Council

The New York City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to rezone 530 blocks in Ozone Park, giving the final stamp of approval need to implement far-reaching and long-awaited changes that area leaders and residents said will help to maintain the neighborhood’s character while funneling business to the appropriate corridors. The plan, which updates zoning maps that have not been altered since 1961, was undertaken in response to concerns raised by Community Boards 9 and 10 and others that the … Continue reading

Ozone Park Native Sets Sights on Becoming the Next Miss New York

Of all the lessons a lifetime of dancing has taught Ozone Park native Kelly Bojos, perhaps one of the most important is that rejection is a part of life – and all one can do after falling is to get up, dust off, and keep shooting for the stars. This is exactly what Bojos, 20, is planning on doing come Jan. 17, when the Queens resident aims to win the Miss New York Pageant in which she competed earlier this … Continue reading

Ozone Park Man Kills Wife With Pocketknife – Says she cheated on him

It was about 2 a.m. on Saturday morning when a fight broke out between Adalberto Sanchez, 50, and his 41-year-old wife Josefa in their Ozone Park apartment after he accused her of cheating on him. Their three children who were at home, fled the apartment, located on 80th Street near Liberty Avenue, and one of them called the police. Cops arrived to find Josefa dead, facedown in her bed with multiple stab wounds. Police say her husband attempted to kill himself … Continue reading

102nd Nabs Alleged Latin Kings Members

Four alleged members of the Latin Kings gang were recently arrested on the border of Woodhaven and Ozone Park following an intensive investigation by the 102nd Police Precinct, relieving residents who said they have long been concerned about gang activity in the area. Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, said this week that the precinct arrested the four individuals on Oct. 24 around 88th Street and 95th Avenue – right by the London Planetree skate park. … Continue reading