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The owners of a Queens Village shopping center got some help in hedging their bets from Community Board 13 on Monday night.
DERP Associates of Long Island owns the property at the intersection of Hillside and Braddock avenues that serves as home to a Sears hardware and appliance store, an auto parts store and a bank.
The NYPD is crediting two sharp-eyed police officers with seizing an illegal handgun while arresting two alleged turnstile jumpers at the Parsons Boulevard/Archer Avenue subway station on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said officers Brian Chiang, left, and John Cammarata of the 103rd Precinct were assigned to a Transit Bureau Impact Team when they allegedly saw two men go through a turnstile while only swiping their MetroCard once.
The look and feel of the holidays always seems to come to Southeast Queens right on cue at the start of December.
Decades ago the Christmas rush meant places like Mays and Gertz department stores with floor after floor of holiday bargains.
Councilman Donovan Richards, shown at the Rosedale Library in 2012, is including the modernization and expansion of the branch in his priorities for the new City Council session that begins in January.
The McCulloch home at 243-24 130 Ave. in Rosedale, in 1939, left, and today.
Rosedale, at the very southeastern tip of Queens, was home to a large farming community as late as the 1930s. Some of the better known and larger ones were Anton Hoffner’s Farm, Joseph Brothers Farm, John Miller and Sons Farm, John Santa Marie’s Farm, Albert Schmitt and Brothers Farm and the George Schmitt Farm.
In the late 1930s the construction of homes in an area off Laurelton Parkway called Beaux Arts Park began. The builder was the Parkway Construction Co., owned by Morris Praver (1893-1978), who lived a short distance away on 231st Street in Laurelton with his wife, Hilda, and their two sons. The salesman was his younger brother Albert Praver.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
Representatives of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing organization which recently hosted a visit to Southeast Queens by former President Jimmy Carter, marking a return to New York for the 30th annual Carter Work Project, were on hand at Monday’s Community Board 13 meeting to acknowledge the panel for its support and ask for its “formal support” in the future, as well as to encourage residents to get involved in future projects planned for the area.
“We’re here to say thank you,” said Neil Hetherington, the chief executive officer for HFH.
Bruno Iciano of the Department of Sanitation, left, and Howard Harrington updated residents from Springfield Gardens, Brookville and Rosedale on progress with illegal dumping and a massive sewer, water and flood control project on Thursday night.
A $69 million sewer project aimed largely at alleviating flooding in Springfield Gardens is progressing nicely, according to a guest speaker at last Thursday’s meeting of the Springfield/Rosedale Community Action Association.
The finished project will range from Springfield Park east along 147th Avenue to 225th Street; and north to south on sections of six streets between 145th Road and 149th Avenue.
The Department of Environmental Protection will undergo a massive sewer project next year that aims to reduce sewer overflow into Bergen Basin, a tributary of Jamaica Bay that runs into the western side of JFK Airport.
At the core of the project is the construction of a new sewer line under the Belt Parkway at 126th Street to supplement already existing, nearly century-old sewer lines that are often overwhelmed during heavy rains. The pipes connect the sewers of South Ozone Park to the Jamaica Water Treatment Plant in JFK Airport before releasing the treated water into Bergen Basin.
The owner of seven Papa John’s pizza franchises in Queens and Brooklyn last Friday became the second Queens-based Papa John’s owner since August to be arrested on charges stemming from alleged sales tax theft.
Uchenna Onuaguluchi, 46, of Rosedale, was charged last week with allegedly withholding $610,000 in state sales taxes according to a joint statement issued last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and state Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox.
Everybody liked Anita Smith. She was friendly, patient and a good friend. But on May 24, 2000 her short life of 22 years ended in a Wendy’s freezer in downtown Flushing.
Smith, of South Jamaica, was one of five employees killed by a disgruntled former co-worker who had a penchant for robbing fast-food restaurants. Two others were shot but survived.
People from Brookville to Borough Hall are celebrating the city’s approval of $5.3 million for the construction of a nature center at Idlewild Park in Rosedale.
Borough President Helen Marshall, in a statement released by her office on Monday, said the city’s Office of Management and Budget has approved $4.9 million that Marshall had designated from her capital funds, and an additional $400,000 requested by Mayor Bloomberg.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last Thursday presented a revised plan for Runway 4L/22R at John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Eastern Queens Alliance and an unhappy Rosedale community.
Under its revised plan the 11,351-foot runway would be moved 728 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and the neighborhoods that abut JFK.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said he never felt like a novice after he was chosen for the City Council last February in a special election.
“I had worked for former Councilman James Sanders for 10 years, but only had been chief of staff for two or three,” he said. “I worked alongside him at a number of levels. I was always learning about city government and how it works.”
Costumed children and adults can get a head start on Halloween with events throughout Queens that begin this weekend and run through the actual holiday on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club will kick things off with its 27th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a Rosedale man who was last seen leaving Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan last Wednesday afternoon.
James Briggins is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a blue stripe, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap with an NY logo.
Republican Scherie Murray of Rosedale is running what she calls a grassroots campaign for the seat from the City Council’s 31st District.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will host a public meeting in Rosedale on Oct. 24 to discuss a revised environmental assessment of a proposal to shift a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The PA is actively seeking to relocate runway 4L-22R 700 feet to the north of its present position, and add a 500-foot-wide, 1,000-foot-long safety overrun zone at the end. The overrun zone and the widening of the runway by 150 feet have been mandated by Congress.
Scherie Murray’s seemingly unlikely campaign for the City Council — she is a black woman running on the Republican line in overwhelmingly Democratic Southeast Queens — had its genesis in the most unlikely of places: a swing set in Brookville Park.
“I did gymnastics in school and I like to use the swings to work out,” she said in a Monday interview with the Chronicle. But one day she went there and “they were gone.”
Nearly a year after Broad Channel was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, it was flooded again last Saturday — this time by South Queens residents who were victims of the storm, and rightly fear they may soon become victims of the government.
At issue are the massive hikes in flood insurance premiums for areas hit by the storm, and even some that weren’t, that will be imposed by the federal government unless a law passed just a few months before Sandy struck is modified. The hundreds of people who stormed Broad Channel’s American Legion Hall last Saturday were taking part in a series of nationwide protests against the insurance hikes, which could top $12,000 a year for some residents here in Queens. It’s not that the rates are actually going up but that the government is reducing the subsidies it provides to those who have to buy coverage.
The crowd grew so large last Saturday, one resident said the population of Broad Channel may have doubled. The neighborhood’s American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard could not hold everyone who showed up for South Queens’ rally against flood insurance premium hikes that begin this month.
It was just one of dozens of rallies held across the country at the same time, including in coastal communities in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Massachusetts and floodprone areas in states like Iowa and Illinois. The rallies were held in protest to the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, a bill that supporters said seeks to put the National Flood Insurance Program on solid financial footing, but opponents fear will lead to the decimation of coastal communities like Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.