Police Officer Sullivan and Officer Rodriguez of the NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit invites residents to speak about the important issue.
Communities around the borough will commemorate National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
The annual event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in Pennsylvania. Executive Director Matt Peskin introduced National Night Out in 1984.
Every year, 32BJ, one of the largest unions in the city, awards scholarships to members’ children. This year, one of those students is Aldina Klapija, a Jackson Heights resident.
The 17-year-old beat out dozens of applicants with her good grades and essay on her hero, Mohatma Ghandi.
Two years ago, Kevin Livingston founded 100 Suits for 100 Men in an effort to help young men who either had been in trouble or at risk in Southeast Queens steer a better course for their lives with education.
Now the ladies are getting their turn.
Police Officer Vincent Brites — newly assigned to the 106th Precinct — was honored on May 14 as Cop of the Month for his arrest of an individual who police say allegedly assaulted a woman in South Ozone Park and the recovery of a gun allegedly belonging to the suspect.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said the attack happened at Linden Boulevard and 131st Street on April 2 at 7 p.m.
Commissioner Rosemonde Pierre-Louis of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence speaks to Community Board 9 in Kew Gardens on Tuesday night.
The plan for Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard and the epidemic of domestic violence in South Queens both sparked blunt discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of Community Board 9 in Kew Gardens.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), a supporter of the Select Bus Service proposal, defended it in front of a skeptical audience.
Officer Louis Marinacci, left, and Det. Anthony Wright were honored as Cops of the Month by Capt. Christopher Manson at Tuesday’s 104th Precinct Community Council meeting for rescuing a domestic violence victim last month.
On March 19, the narcotics unit officers responded to a call of an assault in progress, said Manson, their commander.
Saturday’s shooting death of Jessica Canty in her Ozone Park home, allegedly at the hands of her husband, has put the spotlight back on a problem the NYPD has said is plaguing neighborhoods in South Queens and across the borough — domestic violence.
In the 102nd and 106th precincts, many recent killings recently have stemmed from domestic incidents. Last November, an Ozone Park man, Adalberto Sanchez, allegedly killed his wife and attempted to kill himself. In August 2013, a Woodhaven woman, Maria Espinoza, allegedly hit her boyfriend, Matthew Soria, with a vehicle on purpose during a fight, dragging him for blocks along Jamaica Avenue and killing him. Lee Burrison, 55, of Richmond Hill was murdered by his longtime girlfriend, Shirley Forbes, in April 2013. Most notable in South Queens recently was the 2008 case of Barbara Sheehan, who shot her husband dead in their Howard Beach home after years of abuse.
An alleged domestic dispute turned violent in Ozone Park Saturday morning leading to the shooting death 40-year-old woman, whom cops said was gunned down by her husband, in front of their children, leaving an entire neighborhood in shock.
Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.
The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.
The first lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick, addresses students at Queens College about overcoming domestic violence.
As part of its ongoing Professionals on Campus series, which brings distinguished alumni back to discuss their careers, Queens College welcomed Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, to address students Friday on the Flushing campus.
Patrick, who has been married to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for nearly 30 years, recounted her “victim to survivor” story, covering topics from the prevention of domestic violence and her own life as an abused wife in a former marriage to the influence the college has had on her professional and personal lives.
Two South Queens police precincts are teaming up to hold a seminar on preventing domestic violence, which has become a major crime issue in the area.
Domestic violence incidents in the 102nd and 106th Precincts have risen more than 50 percent in the past year. To help combat the spike, the precincts will hold a seminar on domestic violence Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Pavilion, 131-10 101 Ave. in Richmond Hill.
In an effort to enhance their capacity to aid New Yorkers, the Korean American Family Service Center and Women in Need Center, Inc. signed an affiliation agreement as their first step towards unification at a ceremony held recently at Flushing Hospital.
KAFSC will combine its 25 years of providing counseling service and education programs to end domestic violence with WINC’s 21 years of service offering emergency shelter and support to battered women and children.
Mayor de Blasio named two more members of his administration last week.
Dr. Mary Bassett was appointed commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene last Thursday and Rose Pierre-Louis was named commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
When Helen Reddy sang, “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore,” on her 1971 debut album, the words became a call to arms for women everywhere.
Although women have come a long way since then in achieving parity with men, they are still fighting for an equal place in society, a point driven home loudly at last Saturday’s panel discussion, “Standing with Women,” at Temple Beth Shalom in Flushing.
A panel discussion on women’s rights issues will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, located at 171-39 Northern Blvd. in Flushing.
The event is sponsored by Northeast Queens for Action and will include discussions by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D-Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Rachelle Suissa, president of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women.
The New York Prisoner Assistance Center, a support group for prisoners, is circulating an online petition on Change.org to push Gov. Cuomo to release Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who killed her abusive husband in 2008.
Sheehan was acquitted of murder in the killing of her husband, NYPD Sgt. Raymond Sheehan on the grounds that she had acted in self-defense after years of abuse. But a jury did convict her in 2011 of criminal possession of a weapon for using an illegal handgun in the shooting. The conviction has been appealed to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
But the giving spirit of the Christmas season has not been lost on the officers of the 104th Precinct this year.
Those stationed at the precinct have begun a campaign to make one Ridgewood family’s Christmas a little brighter after a frightening crime.
The 19th annual Queens Chronicle holiday toy drive was an overwhelming success thanks to our readers.
We received so many presents— more than 1,500 — for youngsters at the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and for the domestic violence shelter Dove House in Eastern Queens that we were also able to send over gifts to the Saratoga Family Residence near JFK Airport, another city shelter.
It looks like it will be a very good year for needy children at three Queens homeless facilities, thanks to Chronicle readers who donated new toys and accessories for the deserving youngsters.
So, instead of ending our story with a list of contributors, we will start off with those who so generously gave to our 19th annual toy drive in the last week. More than 300 children from the city’s Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst and the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, as well as Dove House, for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens, will receive the gifts in the next few days.
There’s still time for you to participate in the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual Holiday Toy Drive, now underway. But time is running out and the need is great.
We are collecting new toys for children at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, a refuge for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens. There are more than 400 children living temporarily at the three facilities.