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Long Island man busted for Queens doorstep delivery thefts

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Detectives hauled a Great Neck man to jail last week for allegedly stealing packages delivered to the front steps of several Queens homes in recent months, prosecutors announced on Monday.

Yosef A. Loulai, 37, was arraigned June 5 on six separate criminal complaints that included petit larceny charges. He faces up to six years behind bars if convicted, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Reportedly, Loulai stole packages from six different homes across Queens between April 1 and June 3, moments after they were delivered by various parcel carriers. Several of the incidents were caught by nearby security cameras.

The incidents are as follows:

  • On April 1, he removed a package containing a pair of women’s shoes valued at $111 from a home on 179th Street in Fresh Meadows.
  • Hours later, Loulai allegedly went to a home three blocks away in Fresh Meadows and removed a box containing a bread maker, a book on acupuncture and a pain relief mat, worth a combined $140.
  • On April 8, he removed a box containing a $150 filter from a home on 202nd Street in Bayside.
  • Later that day, he removed a box containing $130 in action figures from a home on 214th Street in Oakland Gardens.
  • On May 5, he removed a box containing a $183 toilet from the front porch of a home on 210th Street in Queens Village.
  • On June 3, Loulai allegedly swiped a box containing seven shirts worth a combined $135 from a home on 257th Street in Bellerose.

A police officer reportedly witnessed the June 3 theft and stopped Loulai, who was charged with the pattern of thefts as a result of an NYPD Grand Larceny Division investigation.

Loulai remains held on $6,000 bond or $3,000 cash bail and is due back in court on July 30.


Local Roots CSA adds Ridgewood location

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of Local Roots CSA

Getting fresh-from-the-farm food has never been easier.

Local Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has added several new pickup locations, including one in Ridgewood. Members of the CSA in Ridgewood will now be able to pick up their weekly grocery deliveries at Onderdonk & Sons bar, located at 566 Onderdonk Ave.

Other new pickup spots include locations in Crown Heights, South Street Seaport and Greenpoint. These are in addition to their current locations in Boerum Hill, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, South Slope and Williamsburg.

Local Roots CSA allows members to shop on their website for food from local, sustainable farms. Food available for purchase includes fruits, vegetables, pastas, meats, fish, bread, chocolate and more. One order of food feeds a household of approximately one to two people.

The farmers harvest the food the day before or the morning of delivery to ensure that the food is at its peak flavor and nutritional value for the consumer.

Customers of Local Roots CSA can place their orders for a 12-week season, shorter than the 24-week season of other CSAs. The 12-week season gives their customers less of a financial investment and allows Local Roots CSA to offer four different seasons of food.

Local Roots CSA then delivers the food to the pickup location designated by the customer each week for the 12-week season. They also offer home delivery for customers in Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.

On April 24, Local Roots CSA will host The Good Festival, an annual celebration of local bands with cooking demonstrations and sustainability workshops between performances. Some of the demonstrations and workshops include making mozzarella at home, how to make sambar and soil-less spoil-less salad greens with Radicle Farm.

This year’s The Good Festival will be held at Tiny Montgomery, located at 333 Douglas St. in Brooklyn.


Soup’s On in College Point

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Mama Soup is looking to bowl over your appetite with their homemade soups and specialties. The newly-opened College Point eatery recently provided savory samples of their sumptuous soups at a Queens Courier luncheon – and the staff devoured every last drop with delight.

Just some of the offerings include broccoli cheese soup, veggie chili, beef stew, chicken noodle, clam chowder and classic tomato. All soups are served with a choice of gourmet bread or rice and a choice of crackers or oysterettes. Don’t forget to ask about Mama Soup’s healthy options and check out their tasty salads as well.

Come visit and enjoy the warm staff and cozy atmosphere of this gourmet eatery right in the heart of the neighborhood.

“We are excited to be a new neighborhood spot. We have had a lot of support from the neighborhood, and we like to be involved in the community in return,” said Megan Kleven, owner of Mama Soup. “We are a warm, friendly and inviting place to visit, and that’s why I think customers like coming back. Also, everything is homemade and they are recipes passed down from generations.”

If you can’t make it out of your house or your office, simply call in your delivery and they’ll bring it right to your door so you can enjoy Mama Soup anywhere.

Mama Soup offers free delivery to College Point, Bayside, Whitestone, Flushing and surrounding neighborhoods. Varying minimum order amounts, according to distance, apply.

If you’re picking up your order and can’t find parking, call Mama Soup for curbside delivery. It’s a little homespun convenience to your dining experience.

Also, cater you’re next event with Mama Soup.

Mama Soup is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are located at 122-18 18th Avenue in College Point – call them at 718-358-SOUP (7687) or check out www.mama-soup.com.