Mets All-Stars Take Crack At Fantasy Football for Charity

The Queens-based New York Mets third baseman David Wright teamed up with Georgia-based nonprofit this week to host a special fantasy football draft along with teammates and fans for charity. The draft, referred to as The Wright Stuff, was hosted Wednesday night with entrants paying a whopping $3,000 to get a spot in one of the leagues and another $6,000 to guarantee a spot in Wright’s league. There were three simultaneous drafts – one with Wright and teammate Daniel Murphy, … Continue reading

Goldfeder Rallies for Online Grocery Options in Queens

Grocery shopping is very different for shoppers using food stamps in the Bronx.   There, a select number of zip codes have the option of ordering groceries online, which has served as a lifeline especially for senior citizens. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) called out the United States Department of Agriculture this week, asking why the same did not apply to southern Queens.   “Buying groceries should not be a nightmare for seniors with limited mobility,” Goldfeder said. “No … Continue reading

De Blasio, Stringer Spar Over Pre-K Plans

City Comptroller Scott Stringer says his office has less than 30 percent of all city universal pre-kindergarten contracts just days before the first day of school.   Stringer said he only received 141 of more than 500 contracts for pre-K service providers, preventing an independent review and registration of more than 70 percent of contracts before the Sept. 4 start date. “My office will continue to work expeditiously to review and register contracts as we receive them, in accordance with … Continue reading

Fire Engulfs Woodhaven Homes

      An out-of-control barbecue blaze ended up damaging several 88th Street homes in Woodhaven, but left no one injured, fire officials said. The Saturday afternoon blaze, which started from an unattended barbecue, ended up erupting behind a home on the Woodhaven street before spreading to the neighboring homes and severely damaging a backyard deck in one of them, the FDNY said. No one was injured and the flames were taken care of quickly, residents living nearby said. Authorities … Continue reading

Yonkers Man Nabbed in Assault on Elmhurst mom and kids

A Yonkers man remained on Rikers Island this week after allegedly confessing to attacking an Elmhurst mother and her three small children last Sunday in an incident that was captured on jarring surveillance camera footage. Pedro Vargas, 48, has been charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and operating a vehicle for hire without having the proper license. His bail was set at $3,500 or $7,500 bond. According to the criminal complaint, Vargas, posing as a livery cab … Continue reading

106th Reports Recidivist Alert

The 106th Precinct wants southern Queens residents to keep a vigilant eye out. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff told the southern Queens community to be on high alert for Howard Beach native Joseph Quick, 35, who already had a list of offenses under his belt. “[Quick] is a prolific criminal who has committed multiple crimes in our and other communities with approximately 12 arrests,” Schiff said. “These arrests include burglary, criminal tresspass, menacing, larceny, assault, drugs, and criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

South Queens Cops Warn Against Phone Scammers

Telephone scams have become a top priority for cops at the 102nd and 106th precincts in southern Queens, with senior citizens being one of the more vulnerable demographics in the schemes. Cops said scammers have been targeting senior citizens by telephone, calling them and finding creative ways to solicit money and using financial or legal threats to get their way. And to the average resident, a call like that could be intimidating enough to work, police said. The 102nd Precinct … Continue reading

Ulrich, Communities Prep for Participatory Budgeting

While formal meetings to discuss proposals and vote are still several months in the offing, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and community leaders talked to The Forum this week about the participatory budgeting process and how it has impacted the concept of local governance. Last year, Community Board 9 was introduced to the participatory budgeting initiative—an optional “democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay … Continue reading

South Queens Seniors Cash In on State Funding

A total $15,000 in state funding will help senior centers in Howard Beach and Rockaway Park press on.   State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) allocated the funding in an effort to ensure senior citizens maintain the services they need through the centers, which he described as a vital resource that connects them with essential community programs. “The services offered by our local senior centers are not luxuries but an important necessity for our growing senior population trying to stay … Continue reading

Build It Back Cuts Over 500 Checks: Mayor

  The Build It Back program geared towards putting Superstorm Sandy victims back on their feet gave a green light to hundreds of construction projects and cut even more reimbursement checks after starting the year at zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.   The city approved the construction for 535 homes and also sent 543 reimbursement checks through the Build it Back program, far exceeding de Blasio’s goals set as part of the Sandy recovery overhaul earlier this year. The … Continue reading

106th Nabs Native Eyeing Parked Cars

A Howard Beach resident was spotted posting phony flyers onto parked cars’ windshields in order to scope out the vehicles’ insides, the 106th Precinct said.   Charles Marino, 34, was arrested Friday morning when plain clothes officers caught him trying to break into multiple cars in the Centreville area of Ozone Park, officers said. Authorities accused the man of eyeing the insides of parked cars while placing flyers on their windshields in an effort to blend into the community.   … Continue reading

Woodhaven Cleanup Continues

Woodhaven volunteers will hit the streets once again this weekend in an ongoing effort to rid the streets of unsightly graffiti.   The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Assocation first launched the latest graffiti cleanup initiative earlier this summer and have since spent several weekends pounding the pavement and repainting parts of Woodhaven. The group said its next installment of graffiti cleanups would continue on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and any interested volunteers could reach them at info@woodhaven-nyc.org.   “We definitely … Continue reading

South Queens Lawmaker Lauds Citywide Food Drive

City food pantries received a gigantic boost to the tune of $1.32 million, thanks to the City Council.   The legislative body announced a week-long emergency food drive this week to raise resources and awareness for food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city desperately in need of replenishing. A total $1.32 million went into the Fiscal Year 2015 budget to bulk up supplies. In southern Queens, the Richmond Hill Holy Child Jesus Church partnered up with the drive, which runs from … Continue reading

Program Preps Woodhaven Women for Success

An affordable education program is helping Woodhaven women make the grade. For only $30, women 19 years old and up can enroll in special classes that will prepare them for the high school equivalency diploma test. formerly known as the GED. The classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center at 87-04 88th Ave. In order to attend classes this fall, interested applicants must register at the center … Continue reading

106th Pct., DA Help Secure High Bail for Lindenwood Car Thief

An alleged area auto thief is stewing in jail this week thanks largely to the high bail set by the presiding judge at arraignment. Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested last Monday afternoon after plainclothes officers observed the Lindenwood man passed out behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle at the intersection of 88th Street and 97th Avenue, according to the NYPD. Hobbs had allegedly pilfered the car that morning on Woodhaven Boulevard. Bail was set at $30,000 or $60,000 bond. “We conferred … Continue reading