Category Archives: Ozone Park

LI Man Indicted on Hate Crime Charges in Ozone Park Incident

A Queens grand jury has indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for a July, 2014 incident in which he allegedly called a Sikh man “Osama” and then intentionally rammed his pick-up truck into the victim and dragged his body along an Ozone Park street before fleeing, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Joseph Caleca, 55, was arraigned last Wednesday on a nine-count indictment charging him with one count of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, … Continue reading

Opponents of S. Ozone Park Jail Project Voice Concerns at CB 9 Meeting

Nearly a dozen distressed residents of South Ozone Park on Tuesday night turned out at Community Board 9’s general meeting in Kew Gardens to galvanize support for their efforts to halt construction of a juvenile detention center on 127th Street and to publically confront a member of the board who the residents believe is the owner of the land on which the facility is being built. The property at 133-23 127th St. has been leased by the Administration for Children’s … Continue reading

Howard Beach Artist Displays Iconic Borough Scenes at Casino Exhibit

Despite the fact that Howard Beach artist Madeline Lovallo was raised in Brooklyn, some of her best known works depict locales and scenes that are uniquely Queens, from the landmarked Forest Park Carousel to Oak Ridge and Lewis’ of Woodhaven. Lovallo, who has been painting for the better part of five decades, now has her work on display at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park (Red Gallery Wall, 2nd Floor) through March 9th. “As a child, I always loved … Continue reading

CB 11 Continues Push for Smoke-Free Housing

The push for smoke-free buildings across the city made its way last week to Community Board 10’s general meeting in South Ozone Park. Eileen Miller, the 3rd vice-chairwoman of Community Board 11, brought a resolution that has been passed at several Queens community boards for members of CB 10 to review. With the “Smoke-free Multiple Housing Resolution” proponents seek to expand the smoking restrictions already in place in the Big Apple, and protect the health of others by recommending to … Continue reading

MTA Reopens Stations Along Liberty Avenue

It was a sight for sore south Queens straphanger eyes. On Monday morning, following five months of renovation and rehabilitation, A-train customers regained access to the Manhattan-bound sides of the 104th Street and 88th Street stations along the Liberty Avenue line in Ozone Park. The station renewal program is part of a major $39 million capital project that will see the complete overhaul of five stations along the Liberty Avenue A line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “For these stations, originally opened in the … Continue reading

Maspeth Man Pleads Guilty to Burglaries

A Maspeth man last week pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary and will serve a six-year prison sentence stemming from his participation in a series of residential break-ins last February, including one in which a box containing the cremated remains of an Ozone Park resident’s mother was stolen, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Randolph Ardila, 30, who has been held on Rikers Island in lieu of $150,000 bail since his arrest in February, formally entered a … Continue reading

Queens DOT Chief Discusses Issues with Ulrich

Acting city Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Jeff Lynch this week met with City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to discuss solutions to some of the problems plaguing south Queens and the Rockaways. According to Ulrich, who convened the Monday meeting at his district office on 101st Avenue, Lynch detailed new DOT projects for the Rockaway Beach Boulevard corridor in the Hammels section of the peninsula, and addressed issues concerning repaving, resurfacing, bicycle lanes, and transit safety around area … Continue reading

Two Women Rule at 3 Kings Collision

  When Tammy and Jonna Sonnenberg lost their father John a year ago, Tammy was 19 and thinking about becoming a bartender. Big sister Jonna had already started helping her dad in his towing business while she went to school to work on a degree in English. She began riding with her father after he teased that she should help him to pay for her degree. “It started out as a joke. I used to spend a lot of time … Continue reading

Baldeo Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison

Albert Baldeo, the Ozone Park attorney, activist and candidate for public office who was convicted in August of six counts of obstructing justice and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice for tampering with witnesses during the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of alleged campaign fraud by Baldeo, was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison; two years of supervised release, including three months’ home confinement; and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine. The Richmond Hill resident … Continue reading

Participatory Budget Committee Meets with Ulrich Fiscal Chief

Members of the Participatory Budgeting Committee last Thursday evening met with Gregory Mitchell, City Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) budget director, to review ideas submitted through area civic organizations and Community Board 9 in preparation for budget sessions with city agencies. Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez (l.-r.); Simcha Waisman, vice president, Richmond Hill Block Association; Lisa Gomes, acting district manager, CB 9; Martin Colberg, president, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association; CB 9 Member J. Richard Smith; and Ed Wendell, president, Woodhaven … Continue reading

Baldeo Sentencing Delayed by ‘Continued Self-Hospitalization’

Albert Baldeo, the Ozone Park attorney, activist and candidate for public office who was convicted in August of seven counts of obstructing justice in a campaign-related case, was supposed to have been sentenced on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse in Manhattan. However, as Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, detailed in a Jan. 25 letter to presiding Judge Paul Crotty, the sentencing has been delayed numerous times for what Bharara … Continue reading

Bowling in Ozone Park for a Cause

Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens on Sunday afternoon were joined by elected officials at Cozy Bowl in Ozone Park to knock down some pins and raise funds for veterans, including helping recently discharged post-Sept. 11 service members with transitioning back into civilian life. “For over 100 years, the Rotarians have led on important issues to truly make a difference around the world,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). “Post 9/11 veterans deal with complex issues reintegrating back into … Continue reading

FEMA Program Could Drastically Cut Homeowner Flood Insurance Rates

For residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas, there may be light on the water-logged horizon. That’s because a little-known Federal Emergency Management Agency program could help dramatically reduce flood insurance premiums for affected homeowners. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to enroll the city in FEMA’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in CRS can reduce household premiums by up to 45 percent through community … Continue reading

Community Board 9 DM Search Down to Five Candidates

The Community Board 9 District Manager Search Committee last Thursday evening whittled down the candidate pool to five from 11. These applicants have advanced to the interview stage: Scott Wolff, Lisa Gomes, James McClelland, Beryl Nyack and Joann Ariola. In a meeting at Borough Hall, each member of the 12-person collective gathered around a table and reviewed the applications and resumes of all candidates. In a voting system, the applicants who received the most tallies moved on to the next … Continue reading

Six New Officers Join 106th Precinct

Six rookie officers fresh out of the Police Academy and assigned to the 106th Precinct have already begun working the streets of south central Queens.  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently addressed the officers, noting that “Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority. Jobs like that are … Continue reading