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On Nov. 22, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW delivered over 200 turkeys, donated by union members and union-staffed supermarkets, to several food pantries and charitable organizations throughout the metropolitan area as part of the union’s annual turkey drive.
The pantries receiving the turkeys included the one at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach and will go to help area families, some of whom are still struggling after Hurricane Sandy 13 months ago. The pantry itself was also damaged in the storm.
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
It may not keep time anymore and the factory it stood over may be long gone, but Ozone Park’s iconic clock tower got a new addition last Friday — a brand-new American flag — and just in time for Veterans Day.
The flagpole that topped the clock tower on Atlantic Avenue at the Pathmark Shopping Center has had no flag for years, and residents often called area officials to wonder why and ask for one to be put up.
Those concerned over the possibility of massive flood insurance rate hikes can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now.
Congress unveiled a deal struck last week to postpone the rate hikes that started taking effect last month because of the Biggert-Waters Act, a 2012 law that sought to put the cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on more solid financial footing.
The 106th Precinct welcomed 16 new officers to its command last week, as the communities covered by the precinct saw a spike in auto thefts and grand larcenies last month.
The precinct’s commander, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, said he is glad to have the officers to bolster his crime-fighting efforts.
The Middle Village Kiwanis Club honored its members recently. Shown are Joe Martino, left; Tony Calabrese; state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.; Al Gentile, club president; and Thomas Clarke, who received the Business Person of the Year award.
Three years after the attraction was shuttered behind a fence with an uncertain and shaky future, the Forest Park Carousel is now a busy city landmark.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its approval to the landmarking of the 110-year-old merry-go-round in June and the City Council later certified its status.
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.
The Kiwanis Club held its first annual community awards ceremony recently to honor members for their outstanding achievements in the Middle Village area.
Members of the Middle Village Kiwanis Club came together at La Bella Cucina on Juniper Boulevard South and several members were recognized. One in particular was Thomas Clarke, who received the Business Person of the Year award.
Retro Fitness, the gym located at 65-45 Otto Road in Glendale, celebrated the grand opening of its expanded facility with a ribbon cutting and family festival last Saturday.
Making sure the ribbon fell to the oversized scissors were owners Frank and Warren DeStefano, center, and Alex Lanzetta, left, reality TV star Big Ang, Drita D’Avanzo, Alberto Goncalves, Dana DeStefano, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Ahmer Kazmi, hidden, Nicholas Ramirez and Ciro LoCascio.
A job fair state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. sponsored two years ago drew 2,400 people.
Community Board 5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee voted unanimously Tuesday against the embattled Knockdown Center’s latest request for a 600-person liquor license that could knock out the center’s chances of attaining one.
The committee rallied around the fact that the 110-year-old former door factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, which has recently hosted events ranging from concerts and art happenings to weddings, does not have a certificate of occupancy. Also, the Knockdown Center had previously been denied a 5,000-person liquor license.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) will host a job fair at Glendale’s The Shops at Atlas Park on Oct. 18.
More than 100 potential employers representing a variety of sectors are expected to participate in the event.
It was nearly 12 months ago — only two days before Hurricane Sandy — that the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center cut the ribbon on its new Ozone Park health clinic at 105-34 Rockaway Blvd.
At the time, the clinic — named for former Rep. Joe Addabbo, who represented southern Queens in Congress from 1961 until his death in 1986 — was prepping to open the Ozone Park location, its seventh, in December.
The people who run the Knockdown Center, a former industrial site in Maspeth that has become home to dance parties, weddings, concerts and avant-garde art shows, recently applied to Community Board 5 for a liquor license.
The application has drawn objections from civic activists and most elected officials in the area. Activists allege that alcohol has already been served illegally at the former factory, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave., near the Ridgewood line, and note that the property has been subject of several code violations issued by the city. They say they are concerned about safety at the site.
Two of the many lessons we teach our children are that they can do anything they set their minds to and to never give up. Despite years of waiting and a disheartening denial this past March, the children of the Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates have proved those timeless lessons valid.
“I am so immensely proud right now,” eighth-grader and President of Aquinas Honor Society Anjali Deodat, 13, said. “We are all so happy and it makes me proud of all of us.”
To say the Catholic Charities Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center has had an awful string of luck in finding a permanent home may be an understatement. Since having to leave St. Thomas the Apostle a few years ago, the center has moved no less than five times: first to a location in Richmond Hill, then to the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps building on Jamaica Avenue, then to a temporary location after a building collapse damaged the ambulance corps headquarters in April, then back to that building a few months later.
Now, with the damage from the building collapse still creating issues at the ambulance corps, the center has been forced out again and has found a new, temporary, home at Woodhaven’s American Legion Post 118.
Woodhaven resident Florence Seiken celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 18.
The life-long New Yorker was born the year before World War I began and currently still lives on her own in Woodhaven. She was married to her husband Abe for 71 years until he passed away in 2005. She has one daughter, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In an unexpected move, the Queens Democratic Party threw its support behind Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) in the party’s runoff election for public advocate on Monday.
When there were four serious contenders in the race for public advocate, the Queens Democratic Party was split. The establishment endorsed longshot Reshma Saujani, a candidate with a compelling biography and some good ideas but very little experience in government. Yet a small but influential group of state lawmakers, among them some of the borough’s most productive and ethical, bucked the establishment by publicly endorsing one of their colleagues, state Sen. Dan Squadron of Brooklyn.
That group of lawmakers — which includes Senate Democratic Deputy Leader Mike Gianaris, Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Sen. Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic — knew that Squadron is a reformer with common-sense ideas for how government can best serve the people it represents. He’s got a concrete plan for how to arrange the Public Advocate’s Office so it can effectively serve the city’s most vulnerable populations. And his record in Albany, where he successfully took on entities such as the MTA, shows that he’s serious about it.
Ed Shusterich, president of the Pullis Historical Landmark, right, was recently honored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Shusterich was given a certificate for serving “the community with loyalty and dedication through his efforts and work on the 9/11 Plaque in Juniper Valley Park.”
Alex Maureau, with the help of the office of state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), is still collecting items to help the families after an electrical fire damaged six homes last week in Middle Village.
The drive, which began last Tuesday, has already obtained enough clothing for now, but there are still items that are needed.
For some, the Democratic Party’s long, competitive and sometimes bruising primary for mayor ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.
But for city Democrats, desperate to win back City Hall for the first time in two decades, that whimper came with a smile, a handshake and perhaps a sigh of relief on Monday.
Only two weeks before the potential runoff between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic candidate Bill Thompson, the race came to a quiet ending engineered by the state’s most powerful Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Fire officials and residents gather outside several homes on 68th Street that burned Monday night, displacing 41 people. State Sen. Joe addabbo Jr. is running a supply drive for them, and items may be dropped off at any of his three offices or at the Queens Chronicle.