Bocce is back at Juniper Valley Park. The ribbon was cut on the new $850,000 bocce courts in Middle Village on Wednesday. Enthusiasts of the old world game have three new courts to play completely with new shade structures, seating areas and fencing. Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski, top left, joined Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Queens Parks Chief of Staff Joanne Amagrande and Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri to cut the ribbon on the park before taking a few shots themselves. Middle Village resident Steve Fisher and his sister Maxine, of Forest Hills, at right with Lewandowski and Ashley O’Brien, NYC Parks playground associate, along with Steve’s wife Rosanna, donated bocce balls that were owned by Steve and Maxine’s father Norman, a longtime Middle Village/Maspeth resident who recently passed away. O’Brien will use the bocce set to teach kids the sport.
Bocce is back at Juniper Valley Park.
The ribbon was cut on the new $850,000 bocce courts in Middle Village on Wednesday.
Enthusiasts of the old world game have three new courts to play completely with new shade structures, seating areas and fencing.
George McDonald of the Doe Fund and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, top, on Friday announced an agreement that will allow workers in the Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able program to clean and beautify streets and sidewalks in Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood beginning this month.
The program, which offers jobs and training for people coming out of the legal system, will focus on sections of Myrtle and Grand avenues.
Despite circulating petitions earlier this month with his name as a candidate for state Senate, ex-Councilman Tom Ognibene will not run, GOP sources say.
Ognibene, of Middle Village, was listed on Republican petitions as a candidate for the seat now occupied by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
The results of the long-awaited environmental study of 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, the site of a proposed 125-family homeless shelter, have been released by the Department of Homeless Services.
To the chagrin of many shelter opponents, the project is moving forward as planned.
The results of the long awaited environmental study of 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, the site of a proposed 125-family homeless shelter, have been released by the Department of Homeless Services.
To the chagrin of many shelter opponents, the project is moving forward as planned.
As Vision Zero meetings pick up speed around the city, residents of Maspeth gathered Monday evening in IS 73 to voice their traffic safety concerns.
Discussions of Vision Zero — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious initiative that strives to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024 — had particular meaning in Maspeth, where just weeks ago a city Sanitation worker was crushed and killed by a street sweeper.
Ex-City Councilman Tom Ognibene, a Republican, is circulating petitions to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a source tells the Queens Chronicle.
Ognibene, a Middle Village attorney, served as a city councilman representing Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale from 1992 through 2001. He attempted to take back his Council seat in 2009, but lost to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). He later ran for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Carl Paladino, but in a fluke lost the GOP primary to Greg Edwards, county executive of Chautauqua County in Western New York, the preferred running mate of unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.
Last year at this time, the quest for the landmarking of our Daniel Muller-carved carousel was attained.
The Forest Park Carousel is truly “the Jewel of Forest Park.” In the years that followed of closing and disrepair in the 1980s, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation continued to gain support for landmarking through many years. In this way, our “jewel” would never be closed or neglected and funds could be accessed for its maintenance, security and care and with this protection our beloved carousel will be saved once and for all!
The battle to maintain manufacturing and industrial space has raged on for years on the hyperlocal level in many Queens neighborhoods and areas citywide.
Now, the City Council is requesting Mayor de Blasio to take significant action to ensure the survival of the city’s 21 industrial business zones.
Rikers Island has been making headlines recently after two men’s deaths in the jail and a former inmate murdering a 7-year-old boy — all of whom suffered from mental illness — led to officials questioning the competency of the city Departments of Health and Correction.
The City Council called both agencies to sit before joint committees for an oversight hearing last Thursday.
The statue may be in Brooklyn, but it clearly still has some fans in Queens.
Eighteen months after it was moved from the perch outside Borough Hall it sat on since the LaGuardia administration, “Triumph of Civic Virtue” resurfaced as an issue at Tuesday night’s Community Board 9 meeting.
The reconstruction of Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven is moving forward.
The $1,180,000 project to completely overhaul the hillside facility, named for a late Woodhaven civic leader, on Park Lane South and 79th Street, may begin next year, the Parks Department announced at a meeting Tuesday evening at Oak Ridge in Forest Park, just up the hill from the playground. The meeting was hosted by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who is allocating $1 million toward the renovation.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, center, stands with Public Advocate Letitia James and fire union workers to call for the end of the 911 UCT system.
I would like to thank Mr. Robert LaRosa for apologizing regarding my response to his attack on Pope John Paul II, questioning why he deserves being named a saint (“Religion is false,” Letters, May 29).
When I asked Mr. LaRosa to do more research, I didn’t mean to read a Bible, I meant that he should do more reading about the pope.
Pope John Paul II was proven to have done miracles for two different people after extensive research. And it is not just religious fanatics but regular people who believe in God and believe that John Paul II and his long ministry connected people from every nation and helped make the world a more peaceful place. Councilman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Marge Markey and clergy members recently honored Pope John Paul II with a street renaming in Maspeth.
The newly canonized saint touched the lives of billions of people and his legacy will never be forgotten. In April I went to Italy to celebrate the canonization of John Paul II and Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, and I got extremely emotional when more that three million people from all over the world gat
hered and prayed in St. Peter’s Square. I felt the presence of God and a joy that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
When people make mistakes we are taught to forgive them because they don’t know what are they doing. I hope Mr. LaRosa’s anger and frustration will go away. And it doesn’t mean that religion is false.
The City Council is hoping to cover all bases when it comes to traffic safety to coincide with the far-reaching Vision Zero initiative.
On May 29, 11 bills were approved by members to crack down on dangerous drivers and pedestrian deaths, and Queens lawmakers made up a majority of the sponsors — introducing seven of the 11 pieces of legislation.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) wasn’t satisfied with speaking at a City Council oversight hearing on the city’s 911 Unified Call Taker system.
She took to the outside of City Hall beforehand to press for change, too.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley laid out two proposals regarding future homeless shelter spending last week.
Are you feeling behind the times with today’s computer technology? Do you see everyone using their iPads, iPods, iPhones, Smartphones, and Tablets and ask yourself: “What are these products all about? Can I ever learn to use them? Do you already own one of these devices but wish to learn more about them?”
The Middle Village Adult Center is offering a free “21st Century Computer Technology Seminar” for seniors (60+) on Tuesday, June 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Seniors will be paired up with over 35 high school volunteers from Grover Cleveland High School, who will demonstrate how to navigate today’s iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet and Phone in a fun, interactive and exciting way! In addition, the center’s computer program coordinator, Charna Barak, will demonstrate the basics of the modern day computer and be on hand to answer questions.
After months of rumors, Community Board 5 discussions and angry statements from elected officials, it was finally time for the Glendale community to speak up regarding the proposed homeless shelter planned for 78-16 Cooper Ave.
And its collective voice was loud and clear.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) didn’t hide the fact that she’s vehemently against spending on homeless shelters last week.
At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Queens Borough Board and last Thursday’s hearing over the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, Crowley laid out multiple proposals on how to better address homelessness in New York City.
After months of rumors, Community Board 5 discussions and angry statements from elected officials, it was finally time for the Glendale community to speak up regarding the homeless shelter proposed for 78-16 Cooper Ave.
And its collective voice was heard loud and clear.
After five years in the City Council, Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is leaving Middle Village for greener pastures.
At least her office is, anyway.
The executive budget presented by Mayor de Blasio on May 8 was the first one in 20 years that was almost universally embraced by a heavily Democratic City Council upon receipt.
But it also wipes out a $2 billion surplus; increases projected deficits by $5 billion through 2018; and was the first one in memory to have to undergo a radical adjustment in less than a week after the city Comptroller’s Office raised serious questions about de Blasio’s intentions to spread retroactive pay raises for retiring school teachers over four years, an apparent violation of state-mandated Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures, or GAAP.