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Ready, Set, Read! Goldfeder Announces Summer Reading Challenge

As the weather gets warmer – well, other than this week – and students’ thoughts turn to summer vacation, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is encouraging South Queens youngsters to keep learning even when they don’t have to go to class. Goldfeder this week announced his annual Summer Reading Challenge, which he said helps to keep students’ minds active and encourage academic activity outside of school walls. Children who participate in the program will be awarded an Excellence in Reading … Continue reading

Food Pantries Seeking Animal Food Donations

Food pantries across Queens, and the city, have experienced a spike in the number of people reaching out to them for help in recent years – but it’s not just people who need help with hunger. The Calvary Mission Food Pantry in Richmond Hill, as well as the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry just across the Queens border in Brooklyn, are in need of cat and dog food donations. Individuals working at both pantries have said that many people will seek food for their beloved animals, but they often have to turn them away because … Continue reading

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 10 Years Behind Bars for String of Queens Break-ins

A Brooklyn man is about to spend 10 years of his life behind bars for breaking into nearly a dozen homes in Forest Hills, Ridgewood, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, and Howard Beach, and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cameras, computer equipment, and other items, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Mario Girau, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property last month and was sentenced last Thursday. “This defendant is … Continue reading

How Would You Make Woodhaven and Cross Bay Blvds. Safer?

The city Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are hosting a public workshop on Wednesday, April 23 to discuss improving bus service, traffic flow, and safety along Woodhaven and Cross BayBoulevards. All are welcome to attend, and participants will have the opportunity to share transportation experiences and needs, learn about transit improvements taking place this year, and discuss plans to implement what is known as “select bus service.” The meeting will be held April 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at … Continue reading

To Explore Queens, Resident Launches Kickstarter for Storytelling Website

Growing up in Richmond Hill and Flushing, Amy Wu has long been a proud resident of the borough that she said can often get the shaft by individuals who denounce it as a “suburb of Manhattan” – or an “outer borough that isn’t Brooklyn,” as she states on the Kickstarter website she launched last week to raise money for a project that aims to explore Queens through interviews, photos, and a resource directory. Originally thought of for a graduate school … Continue reading

Getting a Glimpse of Maspeth High’s Einsteins

Maspeth High School will host its first ever science fair on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and first, second, and third prizes will given out. The school, which opened in 2011 and began in its current location at 54-40 74th St. in September 2012, has boasted a number of recent firsts, along with the science fair. School officials announced just last week that Maspeth HighSchool Green Club member Thomas Farrell was selected as one of 15 winners – from 1,200 entries – for the … Continue reading

Jamaica Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Young Girls in S. Ozone Pk.

A Jamaica man pleaded guilty last week to having sexual contact with two 7-year-old girls in South Ozone Park last year, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Lee Samuel, 26, who had been held without bail since his arrest last May, pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court to touching one girl on the butt as she was tying her shoe and to engaging in a sexual act with another young girl, according to the DA. “The defendant has admitted to … Continue reading

A Tree Grows in Broad Channel: City agrees to replace greenery destroyed by Sandy

Following a year and a half of battling with everything from insurance companies to Build it Back, Broad Channel residents received some good news this week: the city has agreed to permit the Parks Department to immediately begin replanting trees destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The decision comes in response to a letter sent by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) last month, when he urged the city Department of Design and Construction to give the go-ahead to replace the greenery that … Continue reading

City Targets Atlantic Avenue for Speed Reduction Program

City officials have a message for motorists on Atlantic Avenue: Slow down. Atlantic Avenue will be the first major road in the city to undergo a speed reduction as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to significantly curb traffic-related fatalities, city Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said last week. The first of 25 planned arterial slow zones will be installed along eight miles of Atlantic Avenue, from Brooklyn Heights to Woodhaven, this month, and the speed … Continue reading

Veterans, Schumer Push for Parade Honoring Those Who Served in Afghanistan and Iraq

Standing along the historic “Canyon of Heroes” route in lower Manhattan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a group of veterans this week urged the city to work with the U.S. Department of Defense to host a celebration welcoming home individuals who served their country in Afghanistan and Iraq. The legislator; Vincent McGowan, a Vietnam Marine veteran and founding president of the United War Veterans Council of New York; and representatives of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, as … Continue reading

Play Ball! Woodhaven Kicks Off Little League Season

Hundreds of Woodhaven’s youngest athletes celebrated the 56th annual WORKS Little League Opening Day parade Saturday morning, when they marched down Jamaica Avenue and into Forest Park to kick off the much-anticipated season. Close to 800 people – including players, coaches, parents, and other volunteers – participated in the event, which has for more than half a century drawn individuals from throughout the neighborhood for a day filled with sportsmanship and camaraderie. Marchers gathered at PS 60 to begin the … Continue reading

Queens Residents ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ about Build It Back Turnaround

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Broad Channel home where Ed Phillips lived with his wife and young daughter, he was determined to rebuild. After all, he grew up in Broad Channel. Practically all of his family and friends live in the close-knit community. There was no other place he wanted to call home. But, after facing the initial shock that his house had been completely devastated by the storm, he quickly learned that the worst was yet to come: the … Continue reading

To our readers: Regarding the printer’s error on our cover page this week

A printer’s error resulted in one of our client’s logos appearing in place of the photo that was scheduled to appear. There’s certainly no reason to be cautiously optimistic when dining at Enzo’s – you should do that without abandon. The photo that was scheduled to appear was of Ed Phillips, a resident who has been struggling to rebuild his house after Sandy. We are posting it below.

Resorts World Names Employee, Supervisor of the Year

Resorts World Casino New York City named two Queens residents as its Supervisor and Employee of the Year, lauding the two as playing crucial roles at the South Ozone Park institution. Doreen Chan, the assistant customer relations manager at the casino, was named Supervisor of the Year, and Christopher Santana, who works at the facility’s RW Prime Steakhouse, is the Employee of the Year. Chan has an extensive background in customer service, which casino officials said has fostered the acquisition … Continue reading

For Photographer, Seeing Beauty in Forest Hills’ Everyday

Joe Abate is a freelance photographer from Long Island currently working for a health organization on Austin Street in Forest Hills. When not working, he often wanders the streets of Queens to capture on camera the neighborhoods he has come to love. He penned the following essay after spending time photographing the morning light on Forest Hills’ fire escapes. Some people say the sun is brighter in the spring. I do not know if this is really true. I do … Continue reading