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Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden holds a picture of a commercial truck sitting in the driveway of a residential home, a violation of city parking laws.
Eyesores and community terrors were the main topics of discussion at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting, with positive news being delivered by authorities on both fronts.
As an angry JPCA President Bob Holden held up an image of a graffiti-covered commercial box truck illegally parked in the driveway of a residential building, Department of Buildings Queens Community Liaison Ken Lazar reported to the crowd of around 60 people that the agency is continuing to issue summonses to the owners of such properties.
During a briefing at the 104th Precinct, Capt. Christopher Manson, left, seen speaking at last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting with two other officers, announced the capture of an alleged mass robber targeting Ridgewood over the last two weeks.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for John Abbracciamento.
The restaurant bearing his father Joe’s name, located at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, has been in business since 1948 and has served dignitaries such as President John F. Kennedy and Rep. Geraldine Ferraro in addition to generations of hungry Queens residents.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
Rene Herrera, the Parks Department manager tasked with overseeing Juniper Valley Park among other Queens green spaces, was arrested on Sunday and charged with three counts of sexual abuse of an underage victim under 13 years old.
The 57-year-old Woodhaven resident was cuffed at his home for allegedly sexually abusing an underage female relative, according to police. The first reported instance of abuse was Jan. 1, 2008, when the girl was 11 years old, police said.
A new shopping center proposed for Glendale has community leaders raising concerns about traffic and the economic viability of another mall that would be located adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park.
Presented by Schuckman Realty, the plan would convert the Atlas Terminals site at 8200 Cooper Avenue into retail stores and a public storage facility of 26,100 square feet. Three anchor stores are proposed, one of them to be a grocery store, with additional space for restaurants, a bank and smaller retail shops, including a “junior box anchor opportunity” for 42,000 square feet. Although a Schuckman brochure does not mention a specific store yet, a diagram does cite a letter of intent to occupy at least one space.
The proposed 125-family homeless shelter slated for 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has received the backing of the city and the Department of Homeless Services, angering area elected officials and civic leaders.
A $27 million dollar contract between the city and Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based human services agency, to establish the homeless shelter will be discussed at a public hearing on the mezzanine level of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Center Street at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Craig Caruana didn’t bring up Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during his recent candidate interview with the Queens Chronicle, but consciously or not, he’s trying to take a page from his fellow Republican’s playbook.
Make your first run for office while younger than just about everyone on the Council, emphasize that you could serve the district better than your opponent, stake out moderate positions and highlight your deep roots in the community, one of the more conservative ones in Queens. Ulrich did it with great success.
The efforts to get the Maspeth Firehouse designated as a landmark now have even more community support.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 first responders from the home of FDNY’s Squad 288 and Hazardous Materials Company 1, perished at the World Trade Center, more than any other firehouse in the city. Steve Fisher of Middle Village and his sister Maxine Fisher wish to memorialize both the firehouse’s place in the city’s history and the building’s centennial next year, but were recently turned down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because of a legal benchmark.
More than 30 teenagers from Maspeth High School mobilized last Saturday to clean up refuse near the Long Island Expressway at the intersection of 80th Street and 57th Avenue in Elmhurst.
The group spent more than two hours going over the local landscape with rakes, brooms and trash bags.
A Queens civic activist and his colleagues have succeeded in their efforts to preserve a historical mural on a soon to be demolished campus building at the New York City College of Technology.
“That’s very, very good news,” said the activist, longtime City Tech professor and Juniper Park Civic Association President Robert Holden. “We were able to gain a victory by saving a valuable piece of artwork in the mosaic.”
City Councilman and Queens borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr., left, stands with civic leader Tony Nunziato, Juniper Park Civic Association First Vice President Lorraine Sciulli and President Bob Holden near the site of the proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale on Friday.
Glendale residents may soon have a new green space to enjoy.
The Community Board 5 Transportation Committee voted in favor of placing a pedestrian plaza on Myrtle Avenue near the 71st Avenue intersection on Aug. 28.
The fight over a proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale got the attention of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), a Democratic candidate for borough president.
Vallone gathered with residents and civic leaders from Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth near the site of the proposed 125-family shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. on Friday to demand the proposal be killed.
The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be remembered throughout the borough that lost so many people starting Saturday and running through Wednesday.
Although there was never an official count of those from Queens who lost their lives that day, the Chronicle confirmed at least 283 victims lived in the borough.
Residents, civic leaders and elected officials are coming together in an effort to have the Maspeth firehouse landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“[The firehouse] takes a very special place in our recent history,” the LPC application, filled out by Steve Fisher said. “This fire station was among the first responders to the 9/11 attacks and 19 firefighters, more than any other station, lost their lives in their attempts to save others there. This house of heroes deserves designation as a NYC landmark.”
There has been an uptick in robberies in the 104th Precinct and officers are doing their best to keep the streets of their community safe.
Most recently, a crew of bank robbers used a stolen Caterpillar backhoe to lift an ATM from a Chase bank in Maspeth last Friday morning. The group got as far as the parking lot when the machine slipped through the backhoe’s grip. The suspects fled in a black SUV leaving the machine and the ATM in the lot.
The Department of Environmental Protection recently began testing areas throughout Queens where the city wants to insert curbside gardens called bioswales that will help absorb storm water. But some residents are not happy with the project.
“I don’t see why we need it,” Sharron Bates, a Rego Park resident, said. “I understand that the intention is good and that it’ll help the environment, but I don’t think we need any more construction projects than we already have.”
Every other day, Bob Holden is out at Juniper Valley Park, cutting the grass on the baseball fields where the area’s Little Leaguers play.
It’s labor, but for Holden it’s a labor of love.
A minor step in a major project that has been on hold for years is set to begin in upcoming weeks, according to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).
The project, which involves grade adjustments to Metropolitan Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets and to Fresh Pond Road between 62nd Road and Bleeker Street, which were originally proposed in 2003, will see its first phase begin in upcoming weeks, she said.
The Juniper Park Civic Association is not happy with the approach of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and the city to cleaning up the district and has decided to take one matter into its own hands.
At the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, there is an abandoned newsstand that has been an eyesore for about 10 years. In 2009, Crowley held a press conference calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road to allow the community to demolish the newsstand and create a temporary green space in its place.
An apartment building in Middle Village has a few new tenants: pigeons.
Robert Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, has received complaints from residents that a window to a vacant apartment has been left open, allowing pigeons to fly in and out as they please.
Three million dollars will be secured in the state budget for a freight locomotive engine upgrade to combat pollution, area lawmakers say.
“This is the first win in what will be an ongoing fight to protect the health of countless families in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island,” Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said.