Category Archives: Richmond Hill

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

Richmond Hill library closes for roof renovations

A Queens Library branch in Richmond Hill will be closed temporarily this week in order to make way for roof renovations, the branch announced. The library, at 103-34 Lefferts Blvd., was slated to close its doors at the end of business July 26 so crews can move in and install a new roof with an anticipated reopening date near the end of September, a spokesman said. Limited library services were also established at a mobile library to be used near … 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

Panel approves annex plans for Richmond Hill HS

The city Panel for Educational Policy approved the Education Department’s controversial proposal to reform Richmond Hill High School’s usage of an annex that administrators argued has helped alleviate overcrowding there. Panel members met at Taft Educational Campus in the Bronx Tuesday night for the group’s monthly meeting, giving a seal of approval to a measure that would move nearly half of the 400 students from an annex back into the main building in order to make room for a new … Continue reading

City Did Not Freeze Funding for Richmond Hill Library, Official Says

A city official told The Forum this week that millions of dollars in funding for Richmond Hill Library is not frozen, despite a previous published report that said otherwise. The Daily News had reported that about $20.27 million in funding for projects had been frozen in light of scrutiny over spending by Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante. Galante has in recent months faced intense criticism from elected officials over his nearly $400,000 salary at a time when the library was … Continue reading

Richmond Hill HS Boos City’s Plan for Annex

Standing in the cavernous auditorium of Richmond Hill High School last Thursday, parents, educators, and students echoed a message to the city that they have sounded time and again: Do not limit the more than 100-year-old institution’s access to an annex that they said has helped to significantly cut down on overcrowding and has attributed to an all-around better academic environment. The city Department of Education has proposed to move about 200 of the 400 students in the Richmond Hill … Continue reading

Howard Beach Resident Spins the ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Growing up in Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, Pete McNally loved parking himself in front of the television with his brother, Kevin, and his parents to watch one of the country’s most popular shows: “Wheel of Fortune.” And while the now 45-year-old and his brother certainly loved the game itself – as teenagers, they even persuaded their parents to extend their curfew by half an hour if they could solve three puzzles during the show – the ritual was about more … Continue reading

Parents Plan to Protest City’s New Richmond Hill HS Plan at June 12 Hearing

After months of parents, elected officials, and educational leaders slamming the city for its plan to move more than 400 Richmond Hill High School freshmen from an annex into some of the 22 trailers outside the school, as well as into the main school building, the city Department of Education announced it would allow some of the pupils to remain in the annex, as well as remove the trailers that parents have called “dangerous” and “decaying.” But parents are critical … Continue reading

From the Depths of Richmond Hill Library, Residents See Chance to Create a Cultural Hub

Members of the Friends of the Richmond Hill Library can see it now: A basement rid of what is now a sea of lawn mowers, cardboard boxes brimming with cleaning solution, and hefty bags of garden soil and transformed into a cultural and educational center that could cater to the incredibly diverse population that is increasingly turning to the library for help: Immigrants, students, the unemployed, and everyone in between. “When you think about what the community need and you … 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

Richmond Hill South Civic Association Honors Cipriano Family for Dedication to Military

On the eve of Memorial Day weekend the Richmond Hill South Civic Association gathered to honor a family that honors those who serve their country. The association honored Sam, Phyllis and Angela Cipriano, who raised more than $250,000 for soldiers as part of a coupon drive that benefits the men and women serving overseas. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) thanked the Cipriano family and presented them with a certificate of recognition for all the hard work they have done for … Continue reading

Goodbye Graffiti! Richmond Hill Volunteers Tackle Problem Spots

Wielding paintbrushes and a sense of community pride, a crowd of volunteers on Saturday set their sights on wiping unsightly graffiti from four sites along Atlantic Avenue that were defaced by vandals. Richmond Hill Block Association President Wendy Bowne, members of the Richmond Hill Block Association and the John Bowne High School ROTC, 102nd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Jose Severino, and other area residents joined forces to make Richmond Hill a better place. A little more than 20 people came … Continue reading

Richmond Hill South Civic to Honor Cipriano Family

A family that has cut hundreds of thousands of coupons to help soldiers serving overseas will be honored by the Richmond Hill South Civic Association at the group’s May 22 meeting. The Cipriano family has cut more than $250,000 worth of coupons, which go to support military members and their families. Because of their dedication to the project, the civic will honor them at the group’s Installation of Officers meeting on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be … Continue reading