Proposed bus service changes by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for routes in Howard Beach and Lindenwood, thefts of automobile wheels and vandalism to cars were among the topics discussed at the Monday evening meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance held at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.
Joann Ariola, co-president of the Alliance, told the audience that starting on Sunday, July 1, there will be modifications to the routes of the Q11, Q21 and Q41.
She said that commuters from Lindenwood traveling south to Rockaway will now be required to transfer from the Q21 at 163rd Avenue and 92nd Street to the new Q52 limited route.
Under these changes, the Q21 will only go as far south as 164th Avenue and 92nd Street in Howard Beach. Northbound bus service will not be affected, according to the MTA.
“The bus stops remain the same here in Lindenwood,” said Ariola.
Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, was on hand to address residents’ concerns.
Lindenwood resident Marie Marotta, who lives near 151st Avenue, said that her wheels were recently stolen from her 2011 Honda.
“I put new wheels on and they came back again,” said Marotta, who reported it to the police.
She said that other residents told her that their wheels were also stolen, but they never reported the theft to the police.
“They didn’t have the time,” Marotta said the neighbors told her.
Pascale said the thieves seem to be zeroing in on Maximas, Accords and Camrys in Howard Beach, Old Howard Beach and Lindenwood. He added that the thefts are occurring around 4 a.m., usually on rainy nights.
The captain said the police are aware of the problem and are putting resources into the areas.
“We are addressing it,” Pascale said.
Discussing vandalism to cars and the thefts of GPS systems from the vehicles in the Lindenwood area, Pascale said they had arrested the individual they believed to be responsible and that the suspect is currently being held in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Joe, a Lindenwood resident, who declined to give his last name, told Pascale that he was concerned about motorists racing through stop signs in the community, particularly on 84th Street.
“Stop signs are worthless; it makes no sense,” he said. Pascale assured Joe that he would look into the situation.
Nina DeBlasio of Howard Beach commended the captain for his efforts in getting the additional 15 officers who have recently been assigned to the 106th Precinct.
“While I applaud the elected officials for helping out, believe me, it’s through his hard work that the cops are coming into the precinct,” DeBlasio said.
The next meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance will be held on Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.