Councilman Donovan Richards, left, joined by his staff, Riders Alliance members and Executive Director John Raskin, second from right, with some of the 5,000 petitions they have gathered in support of BRT bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
On the cusp of the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Broad Channel residents are still trying to rid surrounding wetlands of debris caused by the storm’s wrath.
The unexpected golden opportunity: a torn-down home.
The hottest ticket in town was at St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall on Saturday, Oct. 4, where a sellout crowd reveled to the music of the Fabulous Acchords. Ticket demand and sales were so strong that Bob LoCascio, the Kiwanis Club chairman of the event, needed to squeeze in additional tables — 50 extra seats were made available and sold out quickly.
The Fabulous Acchords played their own doo-wop songs of the ’50s and ’60s as well as other artists’ big hits. “It was a combination of great live music, dancing and delicious food” said club spokesman Tommy Savoca.
Looking back on his first year as commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said he believed he and his officers’ proactive approach to reduce crime and quality-of-life violations in the past year have been successful.
And the latest NYPD crime statistics for the precinct seem to agree.
Judith Loli came to the Oct. 8 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council with an unusual complaint — a beehive was on a tree branch by the side of her South Ozone Park home.
Loli, who lives on 114th Street, said the bees have taken up residence in the tree since the summer and haven’t left. Thankfully, she hasn’t been stung.
(An open letter to NYPD Deputy Inspector Jason Huerta)
I am writing to you regarding an incident that happened to me on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, between 3 and 4 p.m.
I had just gotten off of the Q13 bus on the corner of Northern Boulevard and Corporal Kennedy Street in Bayside after returning from Bay Terrace. I was on my Hoveround scooter because of my disability and advanced age. A police officer (he was an African American) had parked his unmarked car in part of the bus stop and was out of his vehicle giving out tickets to drivers whom he had pulled over.
I told the officer that I would need his assistance to cross Northern Boulevard, since my scooter battery was getting low. He did not respond to my request in any way, although I know that he saw and heard me. I then proceeded to the corner to wait to cross Northern. When the light was with me, I pressed the lever to move forward. Unfortunately, the scooter died out and lurched, and I was thrown from my seat to the ground.
The police officer continued to ignore me and did not come to help me. Luckily, a gentleman came along and helped me get up. He then pushed me out of danger to the south side of the boulevard and continued to push me home. I was not seriously injured.
I am at a complete loss to understand the callous inaction of the police officer whom I asked for help. I would request an investigation of this incident. It is my belief that disciplinary action is in order for this officer because of his complete lack of concern and respect for my dangerous and potentially deadly situation. Officers like him reflect badly on the department. This officer needs to be dealt with by your agency.
Thank you for your anticipated response.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
The dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
Representatives from the city Department of Transportation came to Howard Beach Tuesday for the second of three workshops aimed at getting community input into the expansion of the Jamaica Bay Greenway through the neighborhood.
About two dozen Howard Beach residents attended the meeting at the Old Mill Yacht Club, and their opinions on the proposals to extend the walk and bike trail through the neighborhood ranged from guarded support to complete opposition.
Few things have been constant since 1979, but:
• the Middle East is a war zone;
After a summer hiatus, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association resumed its meeting schedule on Tuesday evening at St. Helen School cafeteria.
The more than 300 neighborhood residents who packed the meeting heard from elected officials and representatives of city agencies. Many expressed their concerns about area problems including rodents and traffic on residential streets.
The summer may be over, but Jamaica Bay is still a great place to enjoy the outdoors — and take the opportunity to learn more about Queens’ largest body of water.
This fall, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take a look at Jamaica Bay from various perspectives. The refuge has lined up a panel of experts who will examine the bay from different vantage points and perspectives for its fall Herbert Johnson lecture series, a homage to the first manager of the refuge from the 1950s.
olice are looking for a man who robbed a Howard Beach bank Tuesday morning that has been hit twice before in the past five years.
According to the NYPD, the suspect, a Hispanic man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, entered the Howard Beach branch of Capital One bank at 155-14 Cross Bay Blvd. at 11:15 a.m. He passed a note to a teller demanding money and the teller complied. The suspect then fled in a silver Nissan Maxima with approximately $5,000 in cash, police said. No one was injured in the robbery.
For residents of 134th Avenue in Ozone Park, this summer has been “like a horror movie.”
Going back to May, several residents living on a three-block stretch between Cross Bay Boulevard and 96th Street say they have been plagued by a swarm of cockroaches.
Ann Kiernan carefully studied the bag of green grapes she picked up from the shelf, somehow tuning out the chaos around her.
“This is a good price,” she said, grabbing a bag of purple grapes and placing them both in the black basket that hung from her arm.
Attention, Howard Beach shoppers!
The long-awaited Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard opens this week.
The scene of the accident Monday after a Jeep nearly crashed through the window of Romeo’s Pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park.
This week, on Cross Bay Boulevard, I saw new shiny round objects — installed, I imagine, for chaining bicycles.
Unfortunately, Cross Bay from Liberty Avenue on south is not a bicycle-friendly thoroughfare. With four lanes of speeding traffic in each direction with only a center median, Cross Bay is not conducive for anything but cars and trucks. North- and southbound, the boulevard is mainly for cars traveling 40 to 50 miles per hour getting onto the Conduit or Belt Parkway.
Unless they intend to redo the Boulevard, these new encumbrances are a waste of money.
The NYPD nabbed the suspect in several auto thefts in South Queens this week.
In an email sent out to residents in the community, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Jeremy Schiff said the arrest of Richard Hobbs, 27, of Lindenwood occurred after his officers responded to the theft of an unattended running vehicle in Ozone Park Monday morning. Officers soon apprehended Hobbs, whom Schiff said police are familiar with.
If you can’t get to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s (D-Rockaway Park) office, let Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s office come to you.
The lawmaker will have several mobile office hours in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways through Sept. 9. They are: