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Lindenwood talks vandalism

Reports of teens burning benches, destroying cars

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:01 am, Thu Jun 21, 2012.

Vandalism to property, noise and cars parking in front of fire hydrants were among the topics discussed at the Monday evening meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.

Joann Ariola, co-president of the alliance, said teenagers were hanging out in some of the Lindenwood condominium courtyards, “causing havoc.”

“They are trespassing, if nothing else,” she said.

Ariola said benches were being burned, tires were being punctured and cars have been vandalized. She urged residents to call 911 and then contact Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, if they spot any vandalism.

Pascale also was on hand to address residents’ concerns.

Ariola said that the situation in the courtyard of the Dorchester Co-op is such a problem that the captain has given it his full attention.

Pascale asked the residents to be the “eyes and ears” of the police.

He urged the audience members to call 911 for noise complaints, disorderly groups or other situations in which they feel they need a police officer.

“If you need a cop, you call 911,” the captain said.

Lindenwood resident Joe Thompson told Pascale that he called 311 when his noisy neighbors became a problem on a recent Friday night, but was told that a report would not be taken for the 106th Precinct for loud music.

“The house was vibrating,” Thompson said.

He said that he had to call the precinct three times until he got an officer who sent cops to the location.

Pascale told Thompson that noise, which is the number one quality of life complaint in the precinct, is a top priority.

“It is something that we take very, very seriously,” Pascale said.

Thompson also complained about standing water on his 78th Street block.

Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton told him that she would see if she could get the city to install catch basins on the block to alleviate the problem.

Thompson told Pascale that he was also concerned about cars parking in front of a fire hydrant on 78th Street between 155th Avenue and 156th Avenue.

“They park there all the time,” Thompson said.

Pascale asked Thompson to contact him and he would have the precinct’s summons officer respond to the location.

Jack Mariotta, of Lindenwood, asked the captain about three recent burglaries in Howard Beach.

Pascale said that detectives were making progress in their investigation.

He also noted that police had made an arrest of an individual whom they believe is responsible for car break-ins in the area.

In response to a concern from a resident about an article in last week’s Queens Chronicle about an attack on a jogger in Addabbo Playground, Pascale said that the article was incorrect as to the jogger being physically attacked by the suspect. He said he personally interviewed the jogger at her home, and she told him that when the suspect exposed himself to her she ran away from him. The Chronicle had been informed by Frank Dardani, president of the Ozone Tudor Civic Association and the president of the 106th Precinct Community Council, about the attack.

In an effort to address the concerns of Lindenwood residents about proposed changes by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to area bus routes, the Alliance invited John Lyons, president and business agent of Local 1179 of the Amalgamated Transit Union AFL-CIO, to the meeting.

Lyons said that he had driven a Q21 bus for years and was concerned with the proposed changes to his route, as well as others.

“My issues are your issues,” Lyons said.

“Just as much as you don’t want to see those service changes, the people who drive those buses don’t want to be put into precarious situations either,” Lyons said.

“It is my opinion that we should be working together to help each other resolve these issues,” he said.

The MTA has proposed modifications to the routes of the Q11, Q21 and Q41, starting on Sunday, July 1.

Commuters from Lindenwood traveling south to Rockaway would be required to transfer from the Q21 at 163rd Avenue and 92nd Street to the new Q52 limited route.

Under the proposed 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 would remain the same in Lindenwood.

Pharmacist Frank Patina of Cross Bay Chemists in Howard Beach and Ozone Park discussed his pharmacies’ program for residents to dispose of used hypodermic needles, syringes and unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Patina asked residents to bring these medications, in their original containers with the patient’s name removed, but with the medication name on it, to his pharmacy at 158-14 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach for disposal.

The Lindenwood Alliance will not meet in July; the next meeting of the group will be held on Monday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.

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