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Several months after its first residents moved in, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens officially cut the ribbon the Peter J. Striano Residence in Howard Beach at the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center.
The residence, located at 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd., offers 96 units of affordable housing to seniors and persons with developmental disabilities. It is named for Peter Striano, a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
“I think we let Iran off the hook,” said City Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman, echoing similar reactions other Jewish leaders representing Queens had about the new nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.
On Saturday, President Obama announced the Joint Plan of Action a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) to greatly reduce Iran’s nuclear activity for the next six months. Iran will have to permit inspectors daily access to its facilities while the P5+1 countries will curtail its sanctions in certain areas including the auto industry, oil and gold exports.
The Corona Lions Club has selected Cassagnol, along with five other individuals, as a recipient of the Corona Lions Community Service Award.
“It’s definitely cool,” he said. “I really appreciate the honor.”
Back in June, students and parents at PS 232 rallied in front of the school on 153rd Avenue in Lindenwood demanding safer crossings there, specifically at the corner of 153rd Avenue and 83rd Street, where a number of students and parents often jaywalk to reach the Lindenwood Shopping Center across the street.
Four months after that rally, there were signs of progress, though the city Department of Transportation did not install crosswalks or stop signs or traffic lights. Instead, the DOT put up a large speed board warning drivers to slow down to 25 mph on that stretch of road.
A spike last month in robberies, larcenies and auto thefts in the 106th Precinct was confirmed by the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, at the Nov. 13 Community Council meeting.
NYPD crime statistics for the 28-day period ending Nov. 3 showed that robberies in the precinct jumped by 38 percent, grand larcenies rose 47 percent and auto thefts went up 61 percent compared to last year. However, those numbers include comparison to the week after Hurricane Sandy last year when there was very little crime.
Reaching the century mark in his life, Max Stern was honored last Friday afternoon at the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center by fellow seniors and his family and friends with a party that included music, dancing and, of course, cake.
Stern, a 45-year resident of Lindenwood, was born Nov. 20, 1913. He has been a member of the Howard Beach Senior Center for the past 10 years. He moved to the community from Brooklyn with his late wife, Reba, an artist, in 1968.
Marc Panteleno is getting tired of going outside and seeing his and his neighbors’ car windows broken.
At least half a dozen instances have occurred near his home on Shore Parkway in Lindenwood where car windows have been shattered, allegedly, Panteleno thinks, by BB guns, shot by people as they drive along Shore Parkway’s service road.
When Dr. Allan Rothenberg retired earlier this year from the Howard Beach medical practice he co-founded back in 1981, the response from the community was overwhelming.
Well-wishers flooded his office with cards thanking him for what he had done for their children, or themselves when they were children. He wrote a column for the Queens Chronicle about his experiences as a doctor, and it went viral, with people posting adoring comments on the piece. Clearly the good doctor had left his mark.
The Queens Library will begin lending customers Google tablets on their library cards at select South Queens branches beginning Nov. 20.
The tablets — donated by Google to communities in New York State affected by Hurricane Sandy — will be loaned from seven Queens Library locations: Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Arverne, Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park and Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway. Customers may borrow them for a month with the option of three renewals for a total of four months.
A Brooklyn man being held on charges for an Ozone Park burglary is now suspected in burglarizing at least 10 other homes in Queens over the last two years.
Mario Girau, 28, had been arrested on Sept. 19 after he was allegedly caught breaking into a home on Tahoe Street in Ozone Park.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) appeared to prevail over his Democratic rival, District Leader Lew Simon 53 percent to 47 percent in the 32nd Council District — a margin of about 1,100 votes — in what ended up being the closest race in the entire city
Lights, camera, Howard Beach
The Cross Bay Diner played host to customers of a different kind this week.
To say this isn’t Lew Simon’s first time at the rodeo is an understatement.
The Rockaway civic leader has made multiple attempts at elected office, including twice before for the City Council seat he’s currently seeking, and he’s been elected and re-elected as Democratic leader in the Assembly district that includes most of the Rockaway Peninsula, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, and Ozone Park for the last couple of decades.