Residents and visitors driving into Howard Beach will now see a new welcome sign, following an initiative started over the summer by the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association. The group proposed to raise money to revamp the sign, but American Legion Post 1404 stepped in and paid for the entire cost.
“They were so generous and donated the entire sign. It was a very pleasant surprise,” said civic President Joanna Ariola.
The accolades just keep coming for Margaret Finnerty.
The soon-to-be retiree was honored by members of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association and elected officials at the civic’s holiday party on Tuesday.
The Department of Transportation on Monday began to fix fences near MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and parents said two weeks ago that schoolchildren were using gaps in them to cut across Conduit Avenue.
“I commend Queens DOT and Borough Commissioner Hall for recognizing this dangerous situation and quickly acting to make the required repairs,” Goldfeder said in a written statement announcing the start of the remediation of the fence. “These repairs will go a long way in keeping students out of harm’s way.”
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and parents are calling on the DOT to fix a fence near MS 202 in Lindenwood.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Department of Transportation to patch up holes in several fences near MS 202 Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, which he and school officials say are being used by students to cut across Conduit Avenue.
Rats might be small animals, but they’re a big problem for Sandy-ravaged communities, according to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park).
The politician, whose district includes many of the communities that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy two years ago, on Monday called on the city to place pesticides and rat traps around abandoned homes in Queens in an effort to curb the problem of rodents invading the area.
Lindenwood residents Julianne Quinn, 5, left, is the Statue of Liberty and Hayley Shider, 4, is an Oompa Loompa, Brianna Rizzo, 3, of Howard Beach is Angelina Ballerina
Residents of the 106th Precinct can breathe a little easier, after Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said the area had the largest reduction in crime out of all the precincts in New York City.
“We’ve seen a 35 percent drop in one month,” Schiff said at a meeting of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association.
A common Department of Motor Vehicles form used to sell cars to junkyards without a title has created a loophole that allows crooks to legally sell stolen vehicles for parts. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has proposed legislation to remove the MV-35 form.
“A simple change in the law will ensure that we are not providing criminals with the tools to steal cars,” Goldfeder said. “Closing this DMV loophole will help discourage car thefts in our community and make our families safer from crime.”
Queens and Long Island civic associations have been working for the past six years to clip coupons for food, toiletries, medicine and even food for pets.
But they’re not doing it for themselves.
On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, elected officials in South Queens said they were happy to see the city’s Build it Back program making progress, but added that work still needs to be done to return people to their homes.
“On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, it’s important to reflect on how far our community has come and identify the challenges that still remain,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in a written statement.
Flooding near Spring Creek in Lindenwood may soon be a thing of the past, federal and state officials told the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association on Tuesday.
“A project is definitely going to happen,” said Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. “The purpose of which is flood protection for this community.”
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.