Category Archives: Richmond Hill

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

Fresh Meadows man convicted in fatal Richmond Hill beating: DA

A 28-year-old from Fresh Meadows was found guilty of manslaughter in the March 2013 beating of a 24-year-old man at a Richmond Hill party spot, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Kristian P. Sorbera, 28, of Parsons Boulevard in Fresh Meadows, was convicted after a weeklong trial late last month of manslaughter in the killing of Richmond Hill native Deosarran Ramdula, Brown said. According to the criminal complaint, Ramdula was out parting with a friend when he got into an … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … Continue reading

Boro precincts brace for National Night Out

Central and southern Queens police precincts rolled out their plans for this year’s National Night Out against crime, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5. Area precincts, including the 100th, 102nd, 104th,  106th and 112th, all announced unique events in their respective beats across the borough as the Police Department continued its summer celebration tradition. Precincts and their respective community councils citywide have been coming together for years once a year in recognition of the Night Out festivities with events featuring barbecues, games … Continue reading

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