Category Archives: South Ozone Park

Early AM Home Invasion in Ozone Park, Phone Track Leads to Arrest

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 25, police in the 106th precinct responded to a burglary taking place at 107th Avenue and 80th Street in Ozone Park.  A woman asleep in her bed had awoken to a noise to find two men in her home, one of them armed. The men were described as dressed in black from head to toe.  They made away with jewels, electronics, and possibly cash, fleeing on foot onto 80th Street. Police were … Continue reading

Ozone Park Native Reappointed Commissioner of Mayor’s Disability Office

Mayor Bill de Blasio this week announced the reappointment of Queens native Victor Calise as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Calise, an Ozone Park product who earned degrees from St. John’s University and Queens College, has been MOPD commissioner since former Mayor Bloomberg appointed him to the post in 2012. “I am honored to be chosen by Mayor de Blasio to continue to lead this office and serve New Yorkers with disabilities,” Calise said. “It has … Continue reading

Grandmother Abandons Child to Play Slots

Casinos see their fair share of gambling addicts, and Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park is apparently no exception. Vigilance lead security guards at the casino to discover a five-year-girl left alone in an unheated vehicle this past Saturday around 11 am, with temperatures below freezing.  The girl’s grandmother, identified as Renee Osby, 56, of Brooklyn, had made an earlier attempt to bring her into the casino with her, but the pair was turned away due to the casino’s … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Nanking, Asian Fusion Gem in South Ozone Park

You can’t really call Rockaway Boulevard at 134th Street the fine dining center of the universe.  There’s not much more there than a vegetarian take-out place, a liquor store, and a few other vestiges of a bygone boulevard. Nanking, from the exterior, is no great shakes.  You could drive by the storefront a hundred times and not notice the brightly lit red sign, and that’s probably because you wouldn’t expect to see a cute little Asian fusion restaurant on that … Continue reading

Wills Bans Press from Civic Meeting

Hours after he was indicted for the second time since last May, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Tuesday evening co-hosted with the South Ozone Park Civic Association West what was billed as a town hall meeting to continue to discuss the city’s plan to establish a facility for juvenile delinquents on a residential block in the neighborhood. Concerned citizens and area residents were urged to report to St. Anthony of Padua Church basement on 130th Street at 7 p.m. … Continue reading

MTA Reopens Stations Along Liberty Avenue

It was a sight for sore south Queens straphanger eyes. On Monday morning, following five months of renovation and rehabilitation, A-train customers regained access to the Manhattan-bound sides of the 104th Street and 88th Street stations along the Liberty Avenue line in Ozone Park. The station renewal program is part of a major $39 million capital project that will see the complete overhaul of five stations along the Liberty Avenue A line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “For these stations, originally opened in the … Continue reading

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