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Dog stolen from Bayside park found dead

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Lora

Updated Wednesday, July 1 11:13 a.m.

The search for Ginger, the 5-year-old cocker spaniel that was stolen from a Bayside park Sunday night, ended in tragedy Tuesday as the owner confirmed to The Courier that the dog was found dead.

The beloved pet was discovered by park workers within Crocheron Park, located at 214th Street and 35th Avenue, where on Sunday at about 10 p.m. she was stolen from her owner, Lora, who did not want to give her last name.

According to the Bayside resident, two men approached Lora and Ginger near the stairs leading toward the pond. One of the two men pretended to be interested in the dog and bent down to pet her while asking questions about the dog, according to Lora.

“I didn’t really think anything of it because people stop and look at my dog all the time,” she said.

The second man, who was larger than the other and stayed quiet the whole time, then punched Lora in the stomach and the two men ran away with Ginger.

The owner, who found it difficult to get up from the attack, said she ran after them after catching her breath and was screaming her dog’s name. Lora said she heard a car “peeling out” right after but wasn’t sure it was the men’s car.

“I mean it’s Bayside,” she said. “I didn’t think anything like that could happen. I never felt unsafe in the area.”

Fliers asking for the public’s help were taped all down Bell Boulevard Monday afternoon and posts were also put up on Facebook, Craigslist and Reddit asking for help in bringing Ginger home.

“I just want her back safely with my family,” she previously told The Courier.

According to Lora, who has had the dog since it was 4 months old, Ginger was wearing a Star Wars Yoda collar with green, yellow and brown checkers and had a black leash with multicolor peace signs on it.

“I just want her back. I just feel so guilty for not protecting her,” Lora previously said. “It doesn’t even feel real. I feel like I’m going to wake up and she’s going to be in bed with me. I feel like it’s a really, really bad dream. It’s not right. I don’t know how anyone can do that.”

Lora filed a police report with the 111th Precinct on Sunday and now the Detective Squad of the precinct will investigate the dog’s death.

Police said they caution dog owners to be careful when walking their dogs and also add that people should not be in public parks after 9 p.m.


Eagles tribute band to perform at Bayside Historical Society concert

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Desert Highway Band

The Bayside Historical Society is hosting their annual outdoor concert this weekend on the sledding hill at Crocheron Park.

The Desert Highway Band, a sextet whose music is largely a tribute to the classic rock group the Eagles, will be the event’s featured entertainment. The band regularly plays outdoor events and festivals attended by up to 6,000 people, and is set to travel this summer to perform in venues in West Virginia, Ohio and upstate New York.

A testimonial on the Desert Highway Band’s official website said they have “a fabulous sound and true tribute to the Eagles, with superb on stage presence and energy.”

Carl Bova, bass player and singer in the Desert Highway Band, said that he anticipates a lively event with the Bayside Historical Society and that summer events allow the band to truly connect with their audience.

“You enjoy watching the people enjoy the music,” Bova said. “You feed off the people, let the people feed of you. The energy constantly builds, especially if it’s a beautiful night.”

The concert is free and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. Attendees and their families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the event, which is co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Bayside Historical Society was founded in 1964 to collect and preserve information concerning the history of Bayside and its neighboring communities. Since 1984, the historical preservation group has been located at the Castle in Fort Totten, a NYC designated landmark which dates back to 1887 and was originally used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


USA Luge to host recruitment tryouts in Bayside for kids

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy USA Luge

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For Queens youngsters, the road to the Olympics could begin in Bayside when the USA Luge tryouts slide into Crocheron Park.

The USA Luge Slider Search, an initiative from the national team to foster the sport and identify young talents, will be making a stop in the park on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 to host free recruitment clinics for kids from ages 9 to 13.

Children will get the chance to experience the sport and some may qualify for the Junior Development Team, which is the first step to becoming a member of the senior national and Olympic luge teams.

“Luge is a very facility drive sport. We only have two in the country,” said Fred Zimny, recruitment manager for USA Luge. “Instead of waiting for kids to come to us, we reach out to the country.”

The clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. each day. There is a limit of about 100 participants in total and each child will receive a free USA Luge t-shirt.

Click here to register.



‘Snow day’ at Juniper Valley Park Saturday

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

File Photo

Updated 4:00 p.m.

Just because Mother Nature has dropped a few inches of snow, doesn’t mean you can’t put on your snow boots, get the sled and, go out and have some fun.

Keeping in mind to stay safe and bundle up, the Department of Parks and Recreation has declared an official snow day for Saturday, January 4 at five parks across the city. The snow day will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Queens, the Parks Department will hold a snow day at Juniper Valley Park, at 78th Street and Juniper Valley North in Middle Village. During the snow day, free organized activities include supervised safe sledding, snowman building contests, best snow angel contests, friendly snowball fights, music, and complimentary hot chocolate.

For more information, please call 311 or visit the Parks Department website for updates.

Even though Juniper Park will be the only park in the borough to include free activities in the case of a snow day, here are other local parks you can visit for some fun in the snow and suggestions for sledding spots, courtesy of the city’s Parks Department. But remember to stay warm and be safe!

Astoria Park, Astoria, 19th Street between Shore Boulevard off Ditmars Boulevard

Bowne Park, Flushing, Small hillside on the 155th Street side of the park

Cunningham Park, Oakland Gardens

Crocheron Park, Bayside, 35th Avenue opposite Golden Pond

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Forest Park, Mary Whelan Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane South

Hermon A. Macneil Park, College Point

lower Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue & Elton Street

Kissena Park, Flushing, Eastside of Lake: enter Metcalf and 164th Street



What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of CODA

Saturday, June 29

Get outdoors and discover nature with the Urban Rangers this summer. Families and children eight and older are invited to participate in a catch-and-release freshwater fishing program held in Kissena Park. Starting at 11 a.m., interested families will meet at the entrance located on Rose and Oak Avenues. All equipment will be provided by the Urban Rangers and will be supplied on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Long Island City Artists (LICA) is hosting a family sun-printing workshop at 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall. Creative minded families are encouraged to bring items such as leaves, lace, or feathers to use in the art of sunprinting. Items are placed on piece of paper and a silhouette image is transferred onto it. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org/events or call 718-463-7700 for details.

Sunday, June 30

Join the Bayside Historical Society in Crocheron Park for the Annual Lawn Concert. Starting at 6 p.m. the free concert will feature a country music performance by Savannah Sky followed by some good old fashioned rock and roll played by Rear View Mirror. Bring some lawn chairs, a picnic, and the whole family and enjoy some summer tunes. For more information visit www.baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-148

The Urban Park Rangers will host a historical walking tour of Fort Totten Park starting at 1 p.m. The Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretations of historic turning points of New York City. Anyone wishing to attend can meet up at the Fort Totten Park Visitor’s Center, visit nyc.gov/parks for more information

Saturday, June 29 thru Saturday, September 7

Starting June 29 and continuing every Saturday of the summer through September 7, MoMA PS1 presents its highly anticipated outdoor music series Warm Up. Warm Up is celebrating its 16th year and is keeping its tradition of introducing audiences to an array of musical styles, such as experimental live music, DJs both local and international, and emerging artists. The event is planned by a curatorial committee, selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of experiences in music, sound and the performing arts. Warm Up will feature a variety of musical performances, art/stage installations and a temporary urban landscape called “Party Wall.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door for each Saturday. For more information call 718-784-2084 or visit www.momaps1.org/warmup