Category Archives: Ridgewood

Ridgewood Man Charged in Attempted Murder of Cab Driver

A Ridgewood man was arraigned this week and charged with stabbing and carjacking a livery cab driver hours after robbing a grocery store at knifepoint, the Queens District Attorney said. Kenneth Suden, 41, is facing charges stemming from two criminal complaints—one charging him with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and the other one charging him with first-degree robbery. Bail was set Tuesday evening at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash, according to … Continue reading

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

‘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

Doe Fund Partnership Gives Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood Streets a Cleaning Boost

Local politicians, residents and community activists alike agree that keeping main thoroughfares, such as Myrtle Avenue in Glendale and Grand Avenue in Maspeth, clean and tidy, is no easy task. But, thanks to Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), help is on the way. Crowley secured $61,800 in discretionary funding in this year’s budget to pay for The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able Program’s street cleaning crews.  The crews will pick up trash on Myrtle Avenue from Cooper Avenue … 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

Ridgewood rallies to save reservoir

A discussion over the Ridgewood Reservoir’s future drew close to 50 people from central Queens this week looking to check in with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Plans to decommission the site and breach its inner basins left most residents at the meeting with a bad taste in their mouths, arguing against any negative environmental impacts on the natural habitat. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and city Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) fielded questions about the … Continue reading

Katz Gives Vote of Confidence to Queens Industrial Biz Zones

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined with borough presidents throughout the city to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep industrial business a top priority in the budget – something for which Ridgewood business leaders have long advocated. The group penned a letter to the mayor requested he included $4.6 million for Industrial Business Service Provider contracts along with the restoration of the industrial and manufacturing businesses office at City Hall. De Blasio’s first budget proposal back in February left … Continue reading

Updated: Cops nab man who hit officer in escape attempt: 104th Pct.

The hunt for the man who allegedly escaped police custody in Glendale Monday night, hitting an officer with his own vehicle in the process, ended with his arrest Tuesday afternoon, the 104th Precinct said. Bryan McMenamin, 38, was arrested in Manhattan the day after police said he took control of the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was being held in and struck an officer in the process. He fled northbound around 6:55 p.m. down Decatur Street towards Myrtle Avenue and ditched … Continue reading

Ridgewood Remains Fearful Over Reservoir’s Future

The city Parks Department was still considering plans to install culverts into the Ridgewood Reservoir despite community opposition to the plan. Members of the mid-Queens community have kept a close eye on the reservoir’s fate as the city mulled the $6 million plan, which was still pending state environmental approval. Community leaders have argued that installing culverts into the reservoir was an unrealistic task and would only pose potential risks to the reservoir. “I think there are some members of … Continue reading

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Ridgewood Hate Crime

A 25-year-old from Brooklyn pleaded guilty last week to a Ridgewood hate crime dating back to 2012 that included anti-gay slurs and shocking his victim with a stun gun, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Joseph Desmond of Eldert Street in Bushwick confessed to the third-degree assault as a hate crime charge last Wednesday and now faces one to three years in prison, Brown said. “The defendant’s guilty plea ensures that the victim of a crime motivated by hate will … Continue reading

Grover Cleveland Teacher Charged with Raping Student: DA

  A 39-year-old teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood has been charged with raping a student, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Joy Morsi, a physical education teacher at the high school, allegedly began sleeping with a 16-year-old student in June 2013 and continued to do so until July 2013, according to Brown. City Department of Education officials said Morsi has been removed from Grover Cleveland and will remain away from the school during the investigation. Morsi’s … Continue reading

Forest Hills Native Michael Perlman Honored by Historic Districts Council

Few residents in the borough have the kind of passion for preservation and landmark issues as native Forest Hills resident Michael Perlman, who some say “lives and breathes” preservation. In recognition of his tireless activism and service to the community, the Historic Districts Council, a leading citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, recently honored Perlman with a 2014 Grassroots Preservation Award. The award honors and celebrates activists and groups who work to preserve the city’s historic neighborhoods. Simeon Bankoff, … Continue reading

GMO Labeling Tops Talk at Ridgewood Club

The Ridgewood Democratic Club held its monthly meeting last Friday on Genetically Modified Organisms.  Alex Beauchamp of the Northeast Region Director of Food & Water Watch was the Guest Speaker and spoke on the importance of GMO labeling and the right to know what is in your food.

At Ridgewood’s PS 239, Mayor Announces Pre-K Options

Speaking with Mayor Bill de Blasio at PS 239 in Ridgewood Tuesday, Queens educators said they welcomed the city’s plan to expand full-day pre-kindergarten seats to 4-year-olds in the five boroughs. “You can tell the students who have been in school that extra year – it’s such a nice way to transition in,” PS 239 first grade teacher Michelle Henriquez said during de Blasio’s visit, which occurred two days before families who applied to public school pre-K programs were expected … Continue reading