Category Archives: South Ozone Park

Six New Officers Join 106th Precinct

Six rookie officers fresh out of the Police Academy and assigned to the 106th Precinct have already begun working the streets of south central Queens.  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently addressed the officers, noting that “Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority. Jobs like that are … Continue reading

DA’s Office Will Use Grant Money to Address Automobile Crimes

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week announced that his office has successfully secured a significant grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help combat vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The $556,000 award is part of a $3.7 million grant package that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will be distributed to 17 agencies and organizations across the state for the purpose of enhancing their efforts in reducing the two crimes. The Queens DA’s Office received the largest grant—with … Continue reading

Former TSA Screener Convicted of Stealing Cash from Passengers

A former Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was convicted last week of grand larceny and other charges for stealing $10,000 cash from two passengers traveling in December 2011 and January 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Alexandra Schmid, 34, of Brooklyn, was convicted last Wednesday following a nearly four-week bench trial before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Joel Blumenfeld, who found her guilty of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

Howard Beach Native Burnishing His Entertainment Mogul Credentials

For Jared Overeem, it all started in the 4th grade. The Howard Beach native’s music teacher at PS 207 asked if any students wanted to organize a talent show. “So me and some of my friends started running the talents shows,” said Overeem, 31, from his home office on 160th Avenue. Fast-forward to the cusp of 2015, and Overeem is still responsible for the entertainment—producing shows and managing talent, although on stages and in venues a bit larger than his … Continue reading

MTA Honors Transit Workers for Acts of Bravery and Excellence

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority last Friday honored 30 New York City Transit workers—including four who call Queens home—with medals and commendations at its annual ceremony recognizing employees for their acts of bravery and distinguished service that showed how they performed above and beyond their duties to help customers, their colleagues or the public. The four borough residents who received awards at the downtown Brooklyn fete for specific acts of bravery, quick thinking in potentially dangerous or fatal situations, and for … Continue reading

Civic Leader Retires From DOE District 27 Post

    Margaret Finnerty may be retiring at the end of the month, but she’s not going anywhere. The stalwart civic leader, married mother of two and grandmother of three has decided to hang up one of the myriad hats she dons every day, stepping down from her position as parent coordinator for District 27 after nearly 12 years. While she’s moving on from her city Department of Education gig, Finnerty made it clear that she has no plans to … Continue reading

Bronx Man Charged with Robbing Elderly Man of Casino Winnings

A Bronx man on Saturday was ordered held on $40,000 bail after he was arraigned on charges that he robbed an 88-year-old borough resident of the money he had just won at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Gregory Hillman, 57, has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree assault (including one for assaulting a person over 65 years of age) and one count of fourth-degree grand … 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

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … Continue reading

New Casino Exhibit Spotlights ‘Wonders of Jamaica Bay’

The latest exhibit at Resorts World Casino New York City brings a bit of Jamaica Bay to South Ozone Park. Unveiled Tuesday morning in the Times Square Atrium, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Wonders of Jamaica Bay” highlights the city’s largest open space through the photography and cinematography of Dan Hendrick, François Portmann and Don Riepe. “I fell in love with Jamaica Bay about 15 years ago,” said Hendrick, author of “Jamaica Bay” and an environmental advocate who works with … Continue reading

Pols, Communities Call on State to Improve Evacuation Routes and Signs

Emergency evacuation infrastructure and route signage along the Nassau Expressway and connecting roadways in southern Queens and southwestern Nassau County are in desperate need of immediate repair, according to area elected officials. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (D-LI) led a rally on Sunday morning in Five Towns to call on the state Department of Transportation to improve the roadways and signage before more natural catastrophes wreak havoc on communities. “In southern Queens and Rockaway, … Continue reading

Borough Rental Prices on the Rise

Despite rental prices in Queens decreasing in August, long-term projections say that prices will increase steadily, according to data from the Queens Rental Market Report, which compares changes in the borough’s rental data on a monthly basis. The report compared data for the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Ridgewood, Flushing, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Jackson Heights. And, while prices vary depending on factors such as number of bedrooms and other amenities, the report showed pricing trends that were … Continue reading

New Pro Soccer Team May Pitch For a Pitch at Aqueduct

Speculation sizzled this week as published reports indicated that New York City Football Club, the new Major League Soccer franchise co-owned and operated by the Yankees and English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City Football Club, has turned its eyes to Queens—near Aqueduct Racetrack, specifically—to develop its home stadium. NYCFC will kick off its inaugural season next year and play their home matches at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the first three seasons. As plans for a soccer-specific facility in … Continue reading

Ulrich, Howard Beach Seniors Laud Bus Program

Flanked by area seniors and non-profit staff, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) officially announced on Monday that his office has helped to allocate funds to support senior shuttle bus service. The vehicle will serve four Catholic Charities senior centers throughout Ulrich’s district: Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park. The councilman’s office secured $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the senior center for activities, classes and workshops; and day trips to shopping centers, … 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