It’s 2:30 p.m. and the hallways of PS 207 in Howard Beach have quieted, but the building is not empty.
In the cafeteria, several sixth- and seventh-graders sit with their homework, working swiftly through it because they know at 3 p.m., the fun starts.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) paid a visit to Community Board 10 last Thursday to discuss the federal response to Hurricane Sandy and resiliency measures that are being taken in its aftermath.
“Normally, I’m in Washington, D.C. during the time in which this board meets,” he said. “But of course we’re in recess for the next few weeks and I wanted to make sure I made it my business to come out to be with you this evening and just share a brief thought about some of the things we are working on in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers that may be relevant to the residents still recovering from Sandy and concerned about resiliency efforts.”
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
Workers replace the lightbulbs on 84th Street under the Belt Parkway between Lindenwood and Rockwood Park in Howard Beach last week.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, speaks to the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association Tuesday night.
A darkened section of Howard Beach is getting a bit brighter, just in time for winter’s earlier nightfall.
The NYC Department of Transportation is replacing broken street lights and had begun cleaning the pedestrian walkway from 80th to 84th streets, between 157th Avenue and Shore Parkway in Howard Beach after pressure from civic leaders and at least one area official. The department has already replaced dark and dim lighting under the 84th Street overpass between Lindenwood and Howard Beach.
After a summer hiatus, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association resumed its meeting schedule on Tuesday evening at St. Helen School cafeteria.
The more than 300 neighborhood residents who packed the meeting heard from elected officials and representatives of city agencies. Many expressed their concerns about area problems including rodents and traffic on residential streets.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) took to the House floor last week, before lawmakers adjourned for the midterm campaign recess, to voice his discontent about the Republican majority in a fiery speech for what he called their failure to address the needs of the American people.
Jeffries, who is seeking re-election to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes most of East and Central Brooklyn and the Queens neighborhoods of Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, argued that the 113th Congress is the least productive in the modern history of our democracy.
Police Officers Daniel Morrow and Filip Glowa were honored on Sept. 10 as the 106th Precinct’s Cops of the Month for July and August, respectively, for their arrests of alleged recidivist car thieves.
On July 31 at 4 a.m. Morrow and his partner responded to a 911 call that an individual was spotted allegedly trying to break into an automobile at 129th Street and Sutter Avenue in South Ozone Park. On arrival, Morrow confirmed the damage to the vehicle where the suspect had allegedly tried to break in and then conducted a canvass of the area looking for him, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct.
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
Ann Kiernan carefully studied the bag of green grapes she picked up from the shelf, somehow tuning out the chaos around her.
“This is a good price,” she said, grabbing a bag of purple grapes and placing them both in the black basket that hung from her arm.
Attention, Howard Beach shoppers!
The long-awaited Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard opens this week.
The NYPD nabbed the suspect in several auto thefts in South Queens this week.
In an email sent out to residents in the community, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Jeremy Schiff said the arrest of Richard Hobbs, 27, of Lindenwood occurred after his officers responded to the theft of an unattended running vehicle in Ozone Park Monday morning. Officers soon apprehended Hobbs, whom Schiff said police are familiar with.
Along with their canes, walkers and wheelchairs, and with members of their families on hand, the former servicemen arrived on Saturday with their pride and memories intact to attend the sixth annual veterans recognition barbecue hosted by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) around the corner from his office.
“I think it’s very important for these local war heroes to be recognized and appreciated for their service. I also find it beneficial to bring them together, for they can relate to one another the way nobody else can,” said Addabbo, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.
The first lawsuit against the city for damages related to the April 30 flood in Lindenwood was filed Aug. 7.
The suit, filed by Brooklyn lawyer Bruce Baron, seeks damages for Lindenwood resident James Noto, whose home was one of dozens damaged on April 30 when a storm bringing 5 inches of rain caused a flood in the neighborhood.
If you can’t get to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s (D-Rockaway Park) office, let Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s office come to you.
The lawmaker will have several mobile office hours in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways through Sept. 9. They are:
The wait to shop is nearly over.
Howard Beach’s new supermarket finally has an opening date.
This year’s Night Out Against Crime hosted by the 106th Precinct was held at the open field at Police Officer Edward Byrne Park on North Conduit Avenue and 134th Street in South Ozone Park. Residents from the neighborhoods of South Ozone Park, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Hamilton Beach came out to enjoy the gorgeous summer night, hot dogs, ice cream, music, games, raffle prizes and face painting and meet the officers from the precinct, as well as local officials, civic associations and businesses attending the event. — Domenick Rafter