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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.
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.
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.
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.
On any particular day, whether I’m working, getting a cup of coffee, shopping or having dinner in the district, people detail their experiences involving Superstorm Sandy in many different ways. A year later, many still get tears in their eyes, others remain frustrated about the lack of progress, while some see it as a chance to make improvements and some are optimistic about community improvements. One storm, a year later, still causes many emotions.
While we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control the level of our preparedness and what direction our government takes in addressing the next storm. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency
plans in place: Know how to contact one another in case of an emergency; have adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; know what to do to help secure your homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. Useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.
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.
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.”
Texting behind the wheel will now get you a bigger penalty.
Last Friday state legislation became effective which increased fines for texting-while-driving and using a cell phone while driving.
With the memory of Superstorm Sandy only seven months old, and the work to rebuild and recover from this devastating storm ongoing every day in our ravaged community, it’s no surprise that predictions for a very active 2013 hurricane season, which began June 1 in the United States, are a serious cause for great concern. After what we’ve been through and are continuing to experience here in Queens in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — with so many residents still not in their homes and still attempting to repair the fabric of their lives — the thought of additional dangerous weather activity is almost inconceivable and most certainly unwelcome.
However, while we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control our level of preparedness. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: from knowing how to contact one another in the c
ase of an emergency; to having adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; to knowing what they can do to help secure their homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. A great deal of useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this New York State website: dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.
The recent arrest of a man charged in connection with a string of burglaries in Forest Hills was announced by Captain Thomas Conforti, commander of the 112th Precinct, at the May 8 meeting of Community Board 6.
But a couple of attempted robberies targeting taxi drivers in the area marked a new cause for concern, Conforti indicated.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn,Queens) came to the May meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance, in the Fairfield Arms Co-op, to meet some of his new constituents.
Jeffries told the audience that he was concerned with resolving any issues that residents had with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding Hurricane Sandy.
Kudos to the staff at Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s office.
Within a week of calling to note the streetlights were out on Cross Bay Boulevard between 133rd and 134th avenues, they were fixed. Thanks for getting the job done.
Another sign that the South Queens communities devastated by Sandy are slowly coming back: The Howard Beach post office’s Station B annex in Coleman Square reopened last Friday.
The branch, which serves Old Howard Beach, Ramblersville and Hamilton Beach, was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy when 6 feet of water flooded the building, destroying much of the inside and the metal gates outside. The post office had been closed since the storm.
“With Courage Shall We Fight.”
That line is from a poem written by Holocaust survivor and Nazi resistance fighter Frances Berger, whose two sons Ralph Berger and Albert Berger were the guest speakers at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center’s annual Holocaust memorial service on Sunday.
Ever since her first day on the job three years ago, PS 63 Principal Diane Marino has been complaining about cars double-and triple-parking by the school causing a danger for students and their parents. But her protests had gone nowhere.
Marino said that her request for a traffic light in an intersection near the Ozone Park school has been denied by the city Department of Transportation, who concluded after a study that there were not enough accidents to warrant a traffic light. The DOT did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.
The power of the local press was on full display in the tight 2009 City Council race between Democratic nominee Kevin Kim and Republican Dan Halloran.
Halloran did not allow Multi-Media’s role in the race to go unnoticed. In September 2009, the Tribune ran a story originally headlined “Democratic Victor vs. Pagan Lord” that detailed Halloran’s unconventional religious practices.
As Gov. Cuomo mulls plans to open new casinos in New York State and eyes full gambling — including table games — two Queens legislators are renewing their call to have the gambling age raised to 21 for all of the state’s casinos.
On the day after Superstorm Sandy, I got in my car and toured the district. My Howard Beach office was destroyed like many of the homes in the area, there was a boat in the middle of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, schools were closed, and the boardwalk in Rockaway was blown two blocks from the beach where it should have been.
Today, my office is restored, the boat in Broad Channel is gone, schools are open and the boardwalk in Rockaway — well, there’s still so much work to do. It has been three long months since Sandy hit our communities and yet, the southern one-third of my district is recuperating. At this time, over 7,000 residents and businesses are without power in Rockaway. The areas of Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach are suffering economically and emotionally.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
For months it had been characterized as the closest, most expensive state legislative race in the country. The two-term Democratic state senator faced a challenge from a popular Republican city councilman in a newly redrawn district that is far more perilous for a Democrat. These two men shared the same political base and both served the same community in City Hall and in many cases, had the same supporters.
But in the end, the incumbent came out on top — and it was not even close.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and challenger Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) remain in a close race for state Senate, according to a Siena Research poll released Monday, with Addabbo holding a slight lead within the margin of error.
A major state teachers’ union is declining to comment on a published report that it is prepared to spend as much as $500,000 to assist state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in what is anticipated to be a tough re-election campaign against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
Republicans at the borough and state level are declining to comment on a published report in which Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) said he might be interested in becoming the chairman of the Republican Party in Queens.
The Queens Chronicle will cohost a debate between incumbent state Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and his opponent Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Our Lady of Grace Church, at 100-05 159 Ave. in Howard Beach.
The Forum newspaper and good government group Citizens Union join the Chronicle as cohosts of the debate, which will be held less than three weeks before voters go to the polls in what could be the tightest state legislative race in New York State.
I am sure by now you have heard of the clichÈs about recycling — it’s good for the environment, it helps create a sustainable future, and so on.Ever wonder if those statements are true? Is it worth the hassle to recycle? Yes and Yes.
Recycling does have a number of important benefits, both locally and globally.Really, recycling isn’t even that much of a hassle when you consider the benefits. Actually, recycling is one of the easiest ways you can protect the environment and prevent unnecessary waste and pollution.