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Captain announces the return of the beat cop at Middle Village meeting

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Beat cops are returning to the streets of Middle Village and other communities across the city under an NYPD restructuring plan that the 104th Precinct’s commanding officer explained during Wednesday’s Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association meeting at St. Margaret’s Parish Hall.

“We’re going to basically decentralize the police department,” Capt. Mark Wachter told attendees. “What the police department is looking to, and has done already under Commissioner Bratton, is to have the neighborhood community officer back.”

The 104th Precinct is currently divided into 13 different sectors, three of which include Middle Village. According to the captain, the precinct ranks second in the city in terms of the number of 311 calls, with an average of 400 complaints filed each week.

Due to the high call volume, patrol cars currently spend the majority of their time going from “job to job” in response to these calls. “Sometimes they’re dealing with three or four jobs at the same time,” Wachter added.

The new plan will divide the precinct into four distinct areas based largely on the neighborhood boundaries of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village. It will also allow for increased patrol cars, as well as a regular, designated patrol officer in each neighborhood similar to the bygone days of the beat cop.

“We’re going to increase the amount of officers that you’re going to see in this area,” Wachter explained. “Instead of seeing one patrol car, you’re going to probably see around three.”

Wachter explained that while two of those patrol cars will be responding to emergency calls, the third patrol car will be dedicated to dealing exclusively with the community.

“They will be coming to civic meetings, meeting with people in the neighborhood, sitting in the back of the deli and having a cup of coffee while getting to know the community,” he explained. “We’ve gone away from that, and that was due to the amount of officers we had.”

Wachter credits Commissioner Bratton’s hiring of an extra 1,100 new officers as the reason the precinct is now able to return to community-based patrols. “By hiring those extra officers, they will be coming to the precinct so that I, myself, will have more manpower and be able to do this,” he stated.

Many residents at the meeting applauded this effort and spoke out in favor of the return of individualized community patrols in Middle Village. Captain Wachter himself recalled a time the beat cop was a part of daily life in Queens. “I grew up in Glendale and I remember the beat cop,” he said. “I still remember his name, it was Officer Esposito. And that’s the guy you called.”

The restructuring plan is currently in effect in roughly eight or nine precincts throughout the city. The plan will also regroup specialty officers from specific task forces, such as the Community Affairs, Anti-Crime, Schools and Conditions Units, and blend them into the precinct.



Kitten rescued in Middle Village looks for permanent home

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Photo courtesy BluePearl Veterinary Partners

This cat is looking for a new lease on her nine lives.

Officers from the 104th Precinct worked for several hours to rescue a kitten from a drainage pipe at 72nd Street and Penelope Avenue in Middle Village on Monday night. The feline was transported to BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Forest Hills for examination.

The kitten, named Penelope after the street where she was found, was released from BluePearl Veterinary Partners on Tuesday afternoon into the temporary care of Phyllis Taiano, president of animal rescue organization Four Paws Sake NYC.

Taiano is currently caring for Penelope until she can find a permanent home.

“I will bring her home and foster her until she can be adopted,” Taiano said.

A man walking his dog heard the distressed kitten crying from inside the storm drain, prompting him to alert the authorities via Twitter. Officers and an emergency services unit responded to the scene and tried to coax the kitten out of the drainage pipe. Eventually cops were able to scare Penelope out of the pipe by making noise in an adjacent drain pipe.

“She’s adoptable,” Taiano said. “There’s no hissing, there’s no clawing, she’s totally accepting love.”

For more information on how to adopt Penelope, visit the Four Paws Sake NYC website.


DOT proposes more bike lanes to CB 5 district

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Cyclists in Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and Ridgewood may soon have more lanes for pedaling.

Phase two of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plan to bring a comprehensive network of bike lanes to Community Board 5 (CB 5) is set to begin implementation on Oct. 1. After that, even more bike lanes could be on the horizon with a potential phase three.

Representatives from the DOT proposed a third phase consisting of three bike lane options to expand the network around the CB 5 neighborhoods during the board’s Transportation and Public Transit Services committees combined meeting on Tuesday night.

“What I would like to discuss tonight are three different ideas on how to continue to expand this network, to make connections into other neighborhoods and to improve mobility options for cyclists,” said Aaron Fraint, DOT project manager.

The three corridors the DOT has proposed in this third phase are 69th Street from Eliot Avenue to Maurice Avenue; 80th Street from Juniper Boulevard North to 57th Avenue; and Juniper Boulevard North from Lutheran Avenue to Dry Harbor Road.

Each of these corridors require their own unique type of bike lanes.

The strip of 69th Street that the DOT has identified as a potential bike lane route has varying widths, requiring the DOT to implement a series of bike lanes, parking lane stripes and shared lanes along the roadway.

For 80th Street, DOT is proposing adding a bike lane in both directions, keeping both travel lanes, having an 8-foot parking lane and adding in a 4-foot flush median.

The DOT has put forth two options for the proposal of the Juniper Boulevard North section: creating a standard configuration of a bike lane in both directions or adding a parking protected two-way bike path along the edge of Juniper Valley Park.

However, the two-way bike lane option does come with a caveat.

“Anywhere that we have a bicycle path where motor vehicle drivers are allowed to cross the path, we have to do something called a mixing zone,” Fraint said. “Basically it’s about five car lengths where you remove parking and you sort of adjust the sight lines of the motorist as well as the cyclist, and you give them space to cross over and safely negotiate the space at the same time.”

The two-way bike lane would intersect with 80th Street and Dry Harbor Road, requiring two mixing zones. This would cause the loss of approximately 10 parking spaces to accommodate both mixing zones.

The board can choose between either option, or decide that no bike lanes should be installed at this location.

This proposal is still in the planning phase and will not see any implementation until phase two of the plan is complete and the committees sign off on the changes they would like to see.


Middle Village officer smuggled knives into Rikers Island: investigators

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A corrections officer from Middle Village wound up in a jail cell of his own this week after fellow guards found him in possession of knives while walking into work, according to prosecutors.

Angelo Martinez, 51, failed to pass through the security screening area at the Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC) on Rikers Island at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Guards reportedly found a folding knife with a 4-inch blade in his duffel bag.

When the officers alerted their supervisors, prosecutors noted, Martinez allegedly removed a second knife from the bag, then concealed it in his hand. Nearby security cameras taped footage of the removal.

The officers later recovered the second knife from Martinez, then found a third one during a search of his locker.

While corrections officers can store firearms in lock boxes before entering the jail facilities, Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Mark Peters noted, Corrections Department (DOC) policy prohibits the storage of knives in employee lockers and jail facilities.

Martinez, who has been with the Corrections Department since August 2007, was charged in Bronx Criminal Court with promoting prison contraband. The Corrections Department subsequently suspended him without pay pending the outcome of his case.

“This defendant placed his fellow correction officers at risk by trying to conceal and bring in knives to AMKC,” Peters said. “That we were able to quickly find and confiscate these dangerous items is a testament to DOC’s adoption of DOI’s recommendation for better staff screening at jail entrances.”


104th Precinct boss talks derelict cars, crime at Juniper Park Civic meeting

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Civic leaders, elected officials and local law enforcement were on hand to discuss quality-of-life issues plaguing the area during last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village.

One of the larger concerns involved the presence of derelict or non-working vehicles on the streets of Middle Village and Maspeth. Capt. Mark Wachter, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, explained that he and his team recently carried out a “major blitz” against American Auto Body and Recovery, located at 60-05 Flushing Ave., near 59th Street, in Maspeth.

According to Wachter, 15 vehicles were towed from the surrounding streets on May 29. Wachter then partnered with Capt. Gregory Mackie, the precinct’s executive officer, in Operation Clean Sweep to tow an additional 22 vehicles within an hour from the auto shop on Aug. 26.

In addition to the massive towing operation, Wachter explained that the Department of Consumer Affairs revoked the repair shop’s tow license.

“We’ve received numerous community complaints,” Wachter explained. “We went in with full force and cleaned up the area.”

In an open Q&A session, many residents expressed similar concerns about the loss of street parking to derelict automobiles. One resident observed such conditions on 61st Road in Middle Village between 67th and 68th streets, while another pointed to 69th Road as a problematic area.

Wachter said that 17 derelict vehicles have been towed throughout Middle Village in recent months. He indicated the process begins with the placing of letters or notices on vehicles, as well as chalk marks on tires, by the NYPD. If the vehicle has not moved within the next seven days, the NYPD will then return to tow it away.

Residents also voiced concerns over the abundance of massage parlors and suspected prostitution within many of the establishments. The captain assured residents that the precinct is tracking and arresting violators.

“We’re tackling it,” Wachter explained. “We definitely have our eyes on the problem.”

Drug use is another major issue plaguing the area. According to Wachter, a total of about 16 narcotics arrests were made in and around Middle Village in recent months. The captain credits tips from the community with being able to make these busts.

“We still have active investigations going on in the Middle Village area for drug sales,” he explained.

JPCA President Robert Holden joined members and the precinct in honoring three officers and two Middle Village residents for their brave efforts in apprehending four suspected car thieves back on Aug. 19.


Brian McGoldrick with Captain Mark Wachter

According to Wachter, four underage teens on bicycles attempted to break into cars along 77th Street in Middle Village. Residents observed this and called 911.

A foot pursuit ensued, and Officer Onur Cumur, with help from Officer Jonathan Ku and Officer Radoslaw Zbikowski, apprehended two of the four teens. Residents Brian McGoldrick and Andrew Crimmins were able to detain the other two suspects on the ground until police were able to take them into custody.

“They took action,” Wachter said. “This is a great example of ‘If you see something, say something.’ They were instrumental in helping us and we appreciate this.”


BWG soccer teams kick off fall season with impressive wins

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Photos courtesy BWG soccer

With the summer winding down, it was time for the Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams to take the pitch for the fall season this past weekend.

The BWG U8 Blue team took the field for the first game of the season and did not disappoint, winning by a score of 6-1. Good goalkeeping provided by Youssef Elfaham kept BWG U8 Blue in the game for the first half.

Heading into the second half with a 1-0 lead, the boys continued their good team play with great goaltending by second half goalkeeper Peter Giannone. Jeremy Salazar scored four times and Adrian Ithurralde added two of his own for BWG’s six goals.

BWG U8 White, led by Peter Scimemi, longtime BWG player and first-year coach, won their first game of the season at Brennan Field of Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village over the weekend by a score of 7-1 against FA Euro Pulcini. In the first half, BWG pressured the ball to find the back of the net twice and entered halftime with a 2-0 lead, with the first goal scored by Gregory Katehis from a pass from King Kwan and the second goal from Christopher Kantemeridis.

BWG U8 White

The U8 White team continued to apply pressure and were able to score five more goals in the second half. Goals were scored by Randy Pilatasig, Christopher Kantemeridis, Joaquin Reyes, Hadi Ali and Gregory Katehis.

On the academy side, BWG played against DC United in the MLS academy. All four BWG teams won their games. The 18s won 2-1; the 16s were victorious 1-0; the 15s won by a score of 3-1; and the 13s won 3-1.


West Nile spraying scheduled for parts of Queens on Monday

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Photos courtesy of the Health Department

In continuing efforts to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticides in several parts of Queens next week.

Pesticide trucks will be out spraying on Monday, Sept. 21, between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning. In case of inclement weather, spraying will be delayed until Monday, Sept. 28, during the same time frame.

The following areas in Queens are scheduled to be sprayed:

  • Parts of Astoria, Ditmars, Steinway and Woodside, bordered by 20th Avenue and 35th Street to the north; 28th Avenue, 43rd Street and Newtown Road to the west; Broadway and Northern Boulevard to the south; and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 30th Avenue, 78th Street, Astoria Boulevard, and 75th Street to the east.
  • Parts of Blissville, Elmhurst, Sunnyside, Maspeth, Middle Village, West Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Woodside, bordered by Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue to the north, 29th Street and Dutch Kills to the west; The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metropolitan Avenue to the south; and the LIRR to the east.
  • Parts of Forest Park, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven, bordered by Metropolitan Avenue, Union Turnpike, and Myrtle Avenue to the north; Forest Park Drive, Park Lane South, and 88th Street in the west; 101st Avenue to the south; 104th Street, Jamaica Avenue, 115th Street, and Park Lane South to the east.

For the sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil 10+10, a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, the spray poses no significant risks to human health.

To minimize direct exposure to the spray, the Health Department suggests taking several precautions:

First, whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.

Air conditioners may remain on, but to reduce indoor exposure set the vent to closed. Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again. If exposed to pesticides, wash exposed skin and clothing with soap and water.


Street resurfacing coming to parts of Maspeth and Middle Village

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Street repairs are coming this fall for areas of Maspeth and Middle Village, according to Community Board 5 (CB 5).

After several streets within CB 5 were listed on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative priority list for resurfacing, it was announced recently that 13 roads in northern Maspeth and southern Middle Village will get resurfaced.

Beginning in October or November, the streets are slated to be milled — a process in which the top layer of asphalt is removed from the street — followed by the application of the new asphalt to complete the repaving.

“They’re here milling in preparation for resurfacing,” said Gary Giordano, district manager for CB 5. “A lot of the streets on the list are in either northern Maspeth or the older portion of Middle Village, south Middle Village to most. I’m pleased that roadways in those two areas are getting resurfaced, especially in the northern part of Maspeth, especially since the avenues are in less than fair condition.

The following areas are scheduled for resurfacing:

  • 58th Place between Maspeth Avenue and Grand Avenue
  • Woodward Avenue from Metropolitan Avenue to Troutman Street
  • Stanhope Street between Grandview and Seneca avenues
  • 60th Lane from Flushing Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue
  • 60th Street from Flushing Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue
  • 60th Drive between 60th Street and Fresh Pond Road
  • 60th Place between Metropolitan Avenue and Eliot Avenue
  • 63rd Street from 59th Drive to Flushing Avenue
  • 58th Road from 64th Street to 66th Street
  • 66th Street between 58th Road and 59th Avenue
  • 59th Avenue from 66th Street to Fresh Pond Road
  • 64th Street between Flushing Avenue and 59th Drive
  • Aubrey Avenue from 88th Street to Metropolitan Avenue

“They’re going to resurface that portion of Woodward Avenue between Metropolitan and [Troutman]. That street there is very deteriorated,” Giordano said. “There is a lot truck traffic in that area. Two things that will really improve the look of the street and will give people a better outlook on their street is if the resurfacing is done properly and if street trees are planted. It will give the street a better look and give people a better outlook on their block.”


Elected officials visit deteriorating underpass in Middle Village

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Photos courtesy Senator Joseph Addabbo's office/ Gallery courtesy Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office

An underpass beneath the Long Island Expressway in Middle Village has gone to the birds.

Conditions at the pedestrian underpass at 80th Street and 57th Avenue have become increasingly worse over the last several months, according to residents who have complained about the unsightly and unsanitary conditions.

The underpass has seen a growing infestation of pigeons in the tunnel, which leave droppings, broken eggs, broken spikes and feathers along the pedestrian walkway. Along with the litter and other debris left by foot traffic, the underpass has become a hazardous and unclean environment for residents who use this bridge on a daily basis.

Recently, state Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley visited the underpass.

Last week, Addabbo met with constituents at the underpass to discuss what could be done to fix the problems.

Addabbo had previously contacted the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT), which is responsible for the maintenance of the underpass, regarding the walkway’s conditions. The DOT had made efforts to clean up the sidewalks, but Addabbo believes that long-term measures are needed to prevent pigeons from gathering in the tunnel.

“The Department of Transportation listened to our concerns the first time around, and my constituents and I need them to hear us again now,” Addabbo said. “While we appreciate their efforts to tidy up this area, more needs to be done to prevent this situation from continuing to occur, worsening each time around. These pigeons and the mess they leave behind are making this walkway unbearable, and the people of Middle Village and the surrounding communities deserve better. Nobody wants to walk down a sidewalk covered in bird droppings and dirty feathers, and nobody should have to.”

Earlier in the week, Crowley joined members of the state DOT to clean the underpass marred by nesting pigeons and debris. The agency started installing wooden planks along the underside of the bridge, blocking the areas from birds looking to roost.

“Pedestrians going to and from P.S. 58, Maspeth High School, Elmhurst Park, Grand Avenue and more walk under these elevated platforms every day,” Crowley said. “Keeping this underpass clean from pigeon dropping was a constant battle, but once complete, this project will give our residents the clean sidewalks and healthy space they deserve. This was a quality-of-life issue that needed our attention, and I thank the State DOT for taking action.”

A representative from the DOT confirmed the cleanup efforts at the site.

“We are adding wooden planks to deter pigeons at this location, and we believe this will serve as a permanent solution. We are also replacing any of the bird spikes that have been damaged, and we are adding additional spikes,” said Diane Park, public information office for the NYS DOT. “Additionally, this location is washed on a three-month cycle as part of NYSDOT’s bridge-washing program. It was last washed on Aug. 28, 2015.”


Community Board 5 talks parks for capital budget priorities

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The city should set aside big bucks for park improvements in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village, according to residents and members of Community Board 5 (CB 5).

Several parks within CB 5 are either in need of repairs or are due to receive repairs. The community board wants to make sure that such projects are included in the city’s fiscal year 2017 capital budget.

Rosemary’s Playground in Ridgewood, Frank Principe Park in Maspeth and Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village were main areas of concern with the community board mentioned during a special public hearing on the budget on Sept. 9 in Middle Village.

Rosemary’s Playground has been a focus of CB 5 for several months now, and it is garnering even more attention. Parents have been fighting to improve the conditions at the park and although some work has been done, more work is needed.

“There were small fixes done on the playground” in the last couple of months, said Steffi Sauer, member of the Friends of Rosemary’s Playground group. “Safety hazards were fixed so that’s great news. We want to thank the Parks Department for that, but again a lot more has to be done.”

The deteriorating condition of the park’s equipment has been addressed as well, but additional work is still needed.

“They scraped down the play equipment. They haven’t repainted that play equipment yet,” said CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano. “But now what’s going on is we are hearing people want a dog run in Ridgewood, and Rosemary’s Playground is one of the places that people are talking about. But when you’re talking about Ridgewood, you’re talking about a lot of users competing for small spaces.”

One park that is slated for repairs is Frank Principe Park. Last year Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley allocated over $5 million in city funding to repair the park’s baseball fields and running track.

“We need to, I think, push the Parks Department as far as design goes, but there is a substantial amount of money to our knowledge for the reconstruction of Frank Principe Park,” Giordano said. “With soccer booming in a lot of ways…that is a place that can really serve very well for soccer in Maspeth.”

Crowley has also funded the reconstruction of Juniper Valley Park’s running track and turf soccer field.

“I believe there’s 2 million dollars available for renovations in that part of Juniper,” Giordano said regarding the soccer field/running track area of the park.

As in previous years, CB 5 is also prioritizing improvements to the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park on the Brooklyn-Queens border.


PHOTOS: Queens remembers Sept. 11 attacks at anniversary vigils

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Robert Pozarycki

Through prayers and patriotic music, residents across Queens marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through somber vigils over the last week.

Each ceremony paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and subsequent collapse of the buildings as well as the attacks on the Pentagon and the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.

As family members of the victims gathered at the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, police precincts in Queens observed the citywide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. with memorial services of their own outside their respective stationhouses.

The officers honored the 37 NYPD members who perished in the World Trade Center attacks along with the scores of New York City firefighters, emergency service personnel and Port Authority Police Department members who also died on that day of infamy.

Local police officers and firefighters joined elected officials at vigils in Bayside Hills, Glendale, Middle Village and other communities to remember 9/11.

Clergy members at each ceremony offered prayers and words of comfort, names of local victims of the terrorist attacks were read and American flags were waved as patriotic music played.


Juniper Valley Park to hold qualifier for citywide bocce tournament

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The city’s Parks Department will play host to the qualifying rounds for their Citywide Bocce Tournament on Sept. 12 in parks throughout the five boroughs.

Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village will be the site for the Queens qualifying round. The Bronx tournament will be held at Pelham Bay Park; Brooklyn’s Dyker Beach Park will be that borough’s location; James J. Walker Park will hold the Manhattan qualifier; and Staten Island will play at South Beach Wetlands.

The best teams during the qualifiers will advance to the championship round on Sept. 26 in South Beach, Staten Island, where one borough will be crowned the citywide winner.

Registration for the tournaments is currently open. Adults are welcome to join, either individually or as a group of up to four. Beginners and experienced bocce players are welcome.

For more information or to register, visit the Parks Department website.


Queens remembers victims of 9/11 attacks at upcoming ceremonies

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Fourteen years after the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history, residents across Queens will remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, at memorial vigils scheduled to take place over the next two weeks.

As in past years, family members of the 2,977 people who died either in or responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 will gather at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, Sept. 11, for the city’s annual memorial service. A citywide moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m., the time when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

In Queens, tributes to the attack victims will be held on Sept. 11 and in days preceding and following the anniversary. They include the following, listed in chronological order:


With the Manhattan skyline in the background, Maspeth Memorial Park again hosts the community’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 9. The vigil will start at 11 a.m. in the park located at 69th Street and Grand Avenue, adjacent to the Maspeth Federal Savings bank. The program includes prayers, music and a wreath-laying at the park’s monument to the 9/11 victims.

Astoria Heights

Victims of the 9/11 attacks will be honored in a special way at the memorial service that the United Community Civic Association and the Port Authority will hold on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10, at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights. The annual tribute takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the park located on 81st Street at the Grand Central Parkway service road. Elected officials, religious leaders and members of the Port Authority and local law enforcement are expected to participate.


Members of three western Queens communities will honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks at a candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at Doughboy Playground in Woodside. The event, organized jointly by the Hunters Point, United Forties and Woodside civic associations and Woodside on the Move, will occur from 6 to 9 p.m. at the park located on Woodside Avenue between 55th and 56th streets.

Bayside Hills

All are invited to join the Bayside Hills Civic Association in honoring the victims of 9/11 at its annual candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Bell Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Community and Civic Association will co-sponsor a candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Remsen Cemetery Park, located at the corner of Trotting Course Lane and Alderton Street, just north of Metropolitan Avenue. The annual vigil pays special tribute to three local residents who died on 9/11: firefighter Pete Nelson, Gregory Hoffman and Richard Allen Pearlman, a member of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Middle Village

Juniper Valley Park will again play host to the annual Middle Village 9/11 Candlelight Vigil on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballfields located near the park’s 9/11 memorial, off the intersection of 78th Street and Juniper Boulevard South. All attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair and a candle or a flashlight.

East Elmhurst

St. Michael’s Cemetery will again hold its annual “Remember Me Run” on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, to honor the first responders who died while responding to the World Trade Center attack. The 2-mile run through the cemetery, which raises funds to support the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and conclude with a memorial service. Click here more information or to register for the run.


The 42 residents of Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Woodhaven who died in the World Trade Center attacks will be honored at the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Glendale on Sunday, Sept. 13. The tribute takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the 9/11 Memorial Garden at Dry Harbor Playground, located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street. The ceremony will include prayers, music and a recitation of the 42 victims’ names.

Tribute in Light

Another tribute to the 9/11 victims will be visible to thousands of Queens residents at sundown on Sept. 11 when the Tribute In Light — twin beams of light representing the former Twin Towers’ place in the Manhattan skyline — will be illuminated from Lower Manhattan. The lights will remain on through the night before fading away at sunrise on Sept. 12.


Street resurfacing slated for Community Board 5

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Anthony Giudice

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4:25 p.m.

Street resurfacing may be coming to south Middle Village and other nearby areas, but the roadways are still in need of a complete and long overdue overhaul.

All of the streets, except for one, within the area south of Metropolitan Avenue, east of 73rd Place, north of Cooper Avenue and west of 80th Street are currently on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative priority list for repaving, but it has not yet been confirmed if they will be approved, according to Vincent Arcuri, chair of Community Board 5 (CB 5).

CB 5 has been trying to get a complete reconstruction of the area for the better part of two decades.

“We have been advocating to get these streets done for the last 20 years,” Arcuri said, “but we have had very little success. I can’t understand why. Middle Village is a hard-working, middle-class community that deserves this from the city.”

A full reconstruction of the streets would include replacing the underground sewer systems, a repaving of the streets, rebuilding curbs and walkways and more.

The DOT has offered to resurface the streets, a far cry from the full project CB 5 has been asking for. A resurfacing project would include the milling of the roadway — a process in which the top layer of asphalt is removed from the street — followed by the application of the new asphalt, with no work done to the underground utility lines.

“We are having mixed reactions about it,” Arcuri said of the DOT’s resurfacing plans. “Do we let the people suffer and wait to try and get a full reconstruction, or do we take the resurfacing which would postpone any other construction for at least five years?”

If the project is accepted by the DOT, it will begin in October or November, with a completion date near 2020, Arcuri said.

“The city has put together a plan to address these dangerous infrastructure flaws in south Middle Village. But when the city keeps delaying the ground breaking of such a plan, it is both unfair and negligent,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said. “This project is a long time coming and is needed by hardworking taxpayers. Once complete, we will have a safer and more livable community in Middle Village.”

Along with these Middle Village streets, several others within the confines of CB 5 are on the DOT’s tentative resurfacing list.

That list includes the following:

  • 58th Place between Maspeth and Grand avenues in Maspeth;
  • Stanhope Street between Grandview and Seneca avenues in Ridgewood;
  • 63rd Street between 59th Drive and Flushing Avenue in Maspeth;
  • 83rd Street between Cooper and Doran avenues in Glendale;
  • Rutledge Avenue between Woodhaven Boulevard and 88th Street in Glendale;
  • Palmetto Street between Fairview and Forest avenues in Ridgewood;
  • And several more.

Once confirmed, all street resurfacings are scheduled to begin this October or November.


Public invited to September participatory budgeting meetings in 30th Council District

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Now that participatory budgeting is coming to the 30th Council DistrictCity Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is inviting the public to attend neighborhood meetings where they can have their voices heard on upcoming capital budget ideas.

Through the participatory budgeting process, residents of the 30th Council District — which includes all or parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside — will gather to brainstorm and then vote on a number of proposed capital budget projects for their community, including street resurfacing, street tree planting, park improvements and more.

Crowley has released a list of dates through September of when and where community members can meet with her to discuss the process of participatory budgeting.

Those dates and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Frank Kowalinski Post, 61-57 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Ridgewood Library, 2012 Madison St., Ridgewood, at 2:30 p.m.;
  • Monday, Sept. 14, at the Wynwood Gardens Civic Association meeting, 70-31 48th Ave., Woodside, at 7 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72nd St., Maspeth, at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Ridgewood YMCA located at 69-02 64th St., Ridgewood, at 1 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, at P.S. 87, 67-54 80th St., Middle Village, at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Monday, Sept. 28, at Redeemer Lutheran School located at 69-26 Cooper Ave., Glendale, at 6:30 p.m.; and
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the U.S. Columbarium, 61-40 Mount Olivet Crescent, Middle Village, at 6:30 p.m.

Future workshop dates will be released in the weeks to come. For more information, call Crowley’s Glendale office at 718-366-3900.