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Sometimes even a fur coat is not enough to allow a dog to cope with icy winter weather.
So on Saturday, the ASPCA and New York Cares joined forces with the NYPD to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a pilot program with the aim of helping dog owners keep their pets just a little bit warmer in the winter.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect wanted in connection with nine burglaries and one attempted burglary in South Queens in the past two months. Most of the incidents took place in broad daylight.
The first two incidents took place on Jan. 6. In the first case, the suspect broke into a home at 105-30 80 St. in Ozone Park and removed property sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. That same day, the suspect attempted to burglarize a home at 106-14 78 St. between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Area youngsters get a tennis lesson and set a record for the most participants during a session at the U.S. Tennis Association’s celebration of World Tennis Day at Flushing Meadows Park.
It was shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday that a new Guinness World Record was set when the United States Tennis Association brought together 406 youngsters from various local youth organizations for the “largest tennis lesson” in history.
It took place inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Park, kicking off the celebration of World Tennis Day and thousands of USTA Play Events throughout the month of March. They are intended to encourage families and children to give the sport a try.
Re “Queens Library chief defends salary,” Feb. 27:
I find it hard to swallow that Galante can be worth that kind of salary, especially in the shrinking library business. Nothing there smacks of a six-figure paycheck, especially in this economic climate. More cronyism, if you really want to know.
The reasons they gave to try and justify a salary such as that weren’t very convincing in my opinion. This country, let along New York State, is barely surviving, and for someone to consider themselves worth that kind of money, for that kind of job, is robbing from the taxpayers of this state. I am a believer in free market capitalism, but this just flies in the face of logic.
We all know that due to technology today, libraries are a dying institution, like so many other things that have gone by the wayside during the course of history. Advancements, improvements and the like create obsolescence in certain career paths, but on the other hand they bring about new ones. This is just another example of mismanagement, padded salaries and cronyism, and the very reason why people are leaving New York State in record numbers.
I’m sure Mr. Galante feels he’s worth that kind of salary, as most people have an inflated opinion of themselves and their indispensability, but I can guarantee you could find someone willing to do that job for one-third of what he’s getting, and employ two more people, thereby improving the bitter job market by utilizing three people who can better serve the community in other ways.
Let’s try to put people back to work by ending duplicity in government, reducing taxes and increasing opportunity, and maybe we can get back on the road to fiscal responsibility. When I see articles like this, where someone is getting this kind of salary, it blows my mind.
Re “Jamaica to get new community garden,” by Stephanie Santana, Feb. 20, multiple editions:
I would like to give an update on the status of the lot at 117-02 Merrick Blvd., which is across from Roy Wilkins Southern Queens Park.
After we coordinated with the City Parks Department and Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (the owner of the property), the pile of woodchips in the lot were cleaned up a short time ago. It took some time to get to the bottom of this ordeal as some initial complaints contained misinformation.
In the future, I would urge residents to reach out to us at (718) 776-3700 with similar issues of concern. You can also feel free to stop by the office at 172-12 Linden Blvd. We can only make a positive impact on our community if we channel our concerns into productive outlets.
I am confident that the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, a reputable not-for-profit, will put this space to good use. BQLT in fact has also done work with the Merrick Marsden Neighbors Association on the community garden just down the road at 118-18 Merrick Blvd.
Remember, it is the sum of the parts which makes our community great. I look forward to working with all of our constituents in achieving our goals.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
Two more public workshops on the proposed QueensWay plan will be held this month.
The two events, hosted by Friends of the QueensWay and The Trust for Public Land, will provide some insight on proposed ideas for the High Line-like park along the right of way for the former Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 6th Annual NY ReelAbilities Film Festival, depicting the lives of people with disabilities, will be held at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., on March 9-10.
The festival is designed “to bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience,” said Peggy Kurtz, coordinator of the film festival for the Central Queens Y, adding that it is the largest festival of its kind in the country. Three films will be shown as part of the festival.
The owners of a vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard got all the permits they need and will begin construction on a strip mall soon.
Dave Koptiev of Platinum Realty said all the permits the company needed from the city have been finalized. He estimated the strip mall will be completed in eight months.
Juniper Valley Park was known as the treacherous “Great Swamp” in the 19th century. It was made up of underground streams and quicksand, and only useful for raccoon and possum hunting and mining peat, the dark vegetable matter formed by partial decay of plants in wet ground.
Many developers believed dirt is dirt and land is land. However, any geologist will quickly tell you this is not always true.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) sent a letter to the national parks commissioner, Josh Laird, urging him to expedite repairs to the damaged fence along the northeast side of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge in Howard Beach.
“Our hardworking families have been through enough after Sandy and they deserve a neighborhood that they can be proud to call home,” Goldfeder said in the letter. “The level of deterioration and unsightly conditions at the foot of the Addabbo Bridge in Howard Beach is unacceptable and I strongly urge the National Park Service to step up its efforts immediately.”
A rash of tire thefts since January in Glen Oaks and Bellerose has put the neighborhoods on high alert.
Glen Oaks Co-op President Bob Friedrich told the Chronicle that at least nine thefts have been reported to the 105th Precinct. “It’s a real problem and we’re telling car owners to get tire locks and for residents who wake up in the middle of the night to look out their windows to spot trouble,” Friedrich said.
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.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
Community Board 11 voted Monday to recommend that the city Board of Standards and Appeals disapprove the plan of a new owner to finish developing four attached brick houses on 47th Avenue off 198th Street in Auburndale, despite a longstanding effort to resolve what residents and board members have regarded for years as a potentially dangerous eyesore.
The site has access on 47th Avenue but uses a 198th Street address due to the configuration of the houses.
The bulk of the parking lot of the Georgia Diner on Queens Boulevard is up for sale and zoned residential. The area, marked here, abuts Justice and 55th avenues and is just steps from Queens Boulevard, seen at the upper left.
World Premiere Wrestling will hold a charity wrestling event at Resorts World Casino New York City this Saturday night, March 8.
“Resurrection” will feature a long set list of wrestling favorites who will compete in the ring on the casino’s Central Park events floor.
A proposal by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) to put the historic Quaker Meeting House and Bowne House under federal jurisdiction has received mixed reviews here.
Her legislation would make the two historic sites part of the National Park Service, and last week the plan was supported by the Department of the Interior, the agency that oversees federal parkland.
New York Families for Autistic Children held its 16th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Celebration last Thursday night at Russo’s On The Bay.
More than 100 people attended for dinner, dancing, raffle prizes and to honor the award recipients.
Another parcel of land in Elmhurst went up for sale this week, adding to the likelihood that another residential building will be erected in the area.
The site comprises most of the parking lot of the Georgia Diner on Queens Boulevard, just west of the Queens Place mall. It is being offered for $24 million, according to an announcement made by Massey Knakal Realty Services, the broker handling it.