Category Archives: Ridgewood

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

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

Civil War and WWI Soldiers Honored at Evergreen Cemetery

The week leading into this Memorial Day weekend, the Cemetery of the Evergreens, with grounds spanning the border of Ridgewood and Brooklyn, added three new military headstones to the hundreds of military headstones that have been put there since its opening in 1849. The cemetery also hosted two military ceremonies, and stories of these stones and ceremonies I have been privileged to share with you. “It was a Memorial Day over a century in the making.”  These are the words … Continue reading

Ridgewood, Glendale Come Out in Full Force to Remember the Fallen at Memorial Day Parade

The 76th annual Memorial Day parade sponsored by the Allied Veterans’ Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale drew thousands of people to Myrtle Avenue Monday, when veterans, civic leaders, elected officials, and other residents paid tribute to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country: their lives. Everyone from the very young to the very old lined Myrtle Avenue, waving American flags and cheering on the marchers as they traveled from the Ridgewood Memorial Triangle, where … Continue reading

Latino group endorses Fedkowskyj in Assembly run

The National Latino Officers Association threw its support behind former Panel for Education Policy member Dmytro Fedkowskyj in his bid for the state Assembly. NLOA Chairman Anthony Miranda said the 30th Assembly District of central Queens needed a breath of fresh air, which was why his group decided to back Fedkowskyj, a community advocate and civic leader. “We endorse Dmytro Fedkowskyj because he would bring a fresh perspective to a state legislature needing change,” Miranda said. “Fedkowskyj has already proven … Continue reading

CB 5 Faces Another Rezoning Debate

Community Board 5 has reignited the rezoning debate. An application to rezone property in an industrial business zone to make way for residential housing has become the topic of discussion for months now, with the board approving one such motion in Ridgewood last month and now faced with a similar one nearby. Engineer Moshe M. Friedman has filed with the city Board of Standards and Appeals to build a three-story residential building with a penthouse at 1504 to 1506 Decatur … Continue reading