Category Archives: Ridgewood

Addabbo Delivers Students’ Valentine’s Day Cards to Veterans

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) last Saturday delivered Valentine’s Day cards created by students of PS 88 in Ridgewood to veterans at the VA Community Living Center in St. Albans. 

Former Gym Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Contact with Teen Boys

A former Ridgewood public high school teacher last week pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two male students. Joy Morsi, 40, of Long Island, copped to third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act last Friday. According to the charges, Morsi, a former gym teacher at Grover Cleveland High School, engaged in sexual acts with two students on school grounds. She had sex in the school basement and other areas on campus with the first victim, who was 16 when … Continue reading

Ridgewood Man Gets 16 Years for Robbing Deliveryman

A Ridgewood man last week was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for stealing cash and a scooter from a pizza deliveryman in Jackson Heights four years ago, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Anardo Batista, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Sept. 3 and was sentenced last Wednesday to 16 years in prison and five years’ post release supervision. “The defendant has plead guilty and has now been sentenced to a significant amount of time … Continue reading

Despite Efforts, Rescued Rottweiler Ultimately Euthanized

Dasher, the resilient Rottweiler who survived being tossed from a moving car in Ridgewood, was humanely put down late last week by veterinarians at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hospital in Manhattan. The 7-year-old female was rescued the night of the incident two weeks ago by good Samaritans and city firefighters. A “Bring Dasher Home” fundraiser, co-sponsored by K9-Korral Dog Run, was held last Wednesday night at historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven, and a crowdfunding … Continue reading

Ridgewood Couple Charged with Serial ‘Stroller Trolling’

A married couple has been charged with being serial pickpockets after allegedly targeting more than a dozen unsuspecting female shoppers with baby strollers at borough retail outlets between August and November of this year, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Luis Chango, 45, and Rosa Jerez, 37, of Ridgewood, were arraigned Monday night on criminal complaints charging each of them with multiple counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identity theft, endangering … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … Continue reading

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