Category Archives: Ozone Park

Teen Boy Stabbed in Ozone Park Playground

A 16-year-old boy on Tuesday was stabbed twice in the abdomen during a gang altercation in an Ozone Park playground, according to police and witness accounts. The victim, whose name is being withheld due to his status as a minor, was attacked around noon inside London Planetree Playground on 89th Street near Atlantic Avenue. After he was wounded, the boy ran roughly three blocks to a Burger King restaurant on Atlantic and 92nd Street where he was treated by first … Continue reading

Student Scribes Shine at Interfaith Essay Contest

Dozens of faculty, students, family and civic leaders on Monday evening packed an auditorium at the Christ Lutheran Church Parish Center in Ozone Park for the presentation of awards for the Interfaith Council of Southwest Queens annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Contest. The council honored 24 student scribes—first-, second- and third-place winners from eight area schools—who wrote the most clear, cogent and compelling essays on this year’s topic: “Youth Speaks Out,” focusing on the example of Malala Yousafzai being the youngest person to … Continue reading

Howard Beach Woman Dies from Injuries Suffered in Car Crash

A Howard Beach woman last Monday was laid to rest after succumbing to injuries she suffered in a single-car accident in Ozone Park, according to authorities and published reports. Carmela Ruotolo, 88, was driving alone on Cross Bay Boulevard on the evening of April 20 when she slammed into an elevated train column at the busy Liberty Avenue intersection. Ruotolo was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she passed away four days later. No other injuries were reported. Police … Continue reading

Community Goes All In for Autism Awareness at Poker Tournament

Dozens of poker players, from card-shark pros to naïve novices, rode the river last Friday night in Ozone Park in a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament sponsored by The Forum to benefit the New York Families for Autistic Children Foundation. Held at the Ozone Howard Little League clubhouse, the successful Texas Hold ‘Em tournament raised nearly $3,000 for the Cross Bay Boulevard organization which develops and institutes programs, services and training materials for families and professionals working with children diagnosed with … Continue reading

Cop Arrested for Assaulting Woman

An off-duty city police officer last weekend was arrested for assaulting a woman who allegedly spat in his face, according to an NYPD spokeswoman and published reports. David Rodriguez, 35, was cuffed last Saturday evening by 102nd Precinct cops in Ozone Park and charged with assault after he allegedly punched the victim in the face, “causing bleeding and substantial pain,” the spokeswoman said. Cops indicated that Rodriguez, who was arraigned on Sunday, did not know the woman. Officials did not … Continue reading

Hit and Run Driver Nabbed

An unidentified motorcyclist from Ozone Park was struck and critically injured by a hit and run driver on Saturday evening shortly after 10 p.m., while travelling north on Woodhaven Blvd. The 35-year-old, male, Hispanic was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was admitted for multiple injuries, the most serious of those to his leg. Police were able to obtain a description and license plate number from a Good Samaritan who followed the SUV after the accident. The address corresponding with … Continue reading

Community Takes S. Ozone Park Juvenile Jail Operator to Court

A south Queens community came together several months ago, united in its cause to fend off what it has characterized as an intruder. On Tuesday, that community took its fight to court. The South Ozone Park Civic Association West and three neighborhood residents on Tuesday filed a class action complaint against both the owner and the prospective operator of a proposed Administration for Children’s Services juvenile justice facility associated with its Close to Home program. According to the complaint, KAD … Continue reading

Mixed Reviews at First Q52/53 Select Bus Service Public Workshop

Civic leaders, commuters, business owners and residents last Thursday at a public workshop in Ozone Park delivered mixed feedback to city transportation officials on the first round of block-by-block street designs and proposed Q52/53 SBS bus stops for the Woodhaven/Cross Bay boulevards Select Bus Service project. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that Design Concept 2—a “transit-oriented boulevard” in which buses travel in designated lanes in the main roadway—had been selected out of the three that the agency and … Continue reading

Asaro Sentenced in ‘Goodfellas’ Ozone Park Hit

A Mafia scion recently was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for his role in a mob hit carried out in Ozone Park by a brutal gangster who was immortalized in the seminal film “Goodfellas,” according to published reports. Jerome Asaro, 56, pleaded guilty last October to accessory after the fact, and appeared in court in late March to receive his term for digging up the remains of mob associate Paul Katz, which had been interred under … Continue reading

Man Convicted of Sex Abuse in Ozone Park

A borough resident this week was convicted of having sexual contact with two pre-adolescence sisters on five separate occasions in their Ozone Park home in 2009 and 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Melchor Evangelista, 42, was convicted on Monday of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. According to trial testimony, Evangelista engaged in a … Continue reading

Symphony Meets Cinema in Ozone Park

The Queens Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening entertained Ozone Park and surrounding communities with a free concert at PS 316 on 101st Avenue.<br /> Last weekend’s event, titled “Night at the Cinema,” was the fourth of nine free borough shows in the QSO concert series, which is funded through the office of City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Photo Courtesy of Councilman Ulrich’s Office.

Area Legislators Push to Legalize MMA in NY

For six consecutive years, the state Senate has passed bills legalizing the wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts in New York, only to see its efforts quashed in the Assembly. However, with former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan)—long seen as one of the sport’s major obstacles in New York—resigning the leadership post at the end of January following his arrest on federal corruption charges, many believe this could be the year that the Empire State joins the rest of … Continue reading

The Hunt is On in Ozone Park

On Saturday, March 28, the Ozone Howard Little League and the Ozone Park Civic Association sponsored an Easter egg hunt for local children.  Photos with the Easter bunny and good times (despite the cold) were had by all, and each child left with a small gift.

Two Men Plead Guilty to Robbery Charges in Antoniello Murder

Two of the men involved in the 2009 botched home invasion that resulted in the murder of a beloved Ozone Park native pleaded guilty this week to robbery charges in connection with the homicide that rocked a community, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Both Antoine Burroughs and Leon Whitfield on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of robbery conspiracy and one count of attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be sentenced on … Continue reading

Re-upping in Ozone Park: Sonny’s Auto Collision makes major investment, commits to current location

It’s hard to pin down whether it’s the outstanding workmanship or the uncompromised service that has made Sonny’s the uncontested choice when it comes to auto body repair in the Ozone Park, Howard Beach, and Richmond Hill communities. In fact, the reach of Sonny’s extends far past those original boundaries the shop served when their doors opened nearly 70 years ago. And despite the many things that have changed throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, Sonny’s has remained a constant that customers … Continue reading