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Former Councilman Tom Ognibene dies

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Photo courtesy of the Juniper Park Civic Association

Thomas Ognibene, former Republican Councilman of the 30th District, has died on Monday afternoon.

Ognibene was elected to the New York City 30th Council District — which includes the neighborhoods of Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and Ridgewood — in 1992 and served as the Council Minority Leader from 1994 until new term limits forced out of the position in 2001.

A Middle Village native, Ognibene was a mainstay in Queens politics. Before being elected, Ognibene helped start the controversial takeover of the Queens County Republican Party, leading to his eventual election.

In 2005, Ognibene challenged then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Republican primary, a race he lost.

Often outspoken and controversial, Ognibene leaves behind a legacy that has influenced many of today’s politicians and community leaders.

“He was a great leader for the community and a bit controversial when he was in the council,” said Vincent Arcuri, chair of Community Board 5. “He was very outspoken and very capable. Once he got involved with something he didn’t quit until it was done. This is a big loss for the city and for the community.”

Ognibene graduated from C.W. Post College in 1966, served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970 and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and two children, Guy and Eve. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. Check The Courier later for updates on this story.


Video released of burglar who struck two Glendale apartments

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD released video Saturday of a burglar wanted for breaking into two apartments in Glendale back in August.

According to authorities, the break-ins occurred during daytime hours on Aug. 26 at a building on 74th Avenue and 64th Place.

The suspect — a man with a dark complexion wearing a red and black T-shirt and carrying a plastic bag — entered two apartments and removed jewelry before fleeing the scene.

The incidents were later reported to the 104th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Brooklyn Cupcake is a sweet addition to Atlas Park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Local dessert lovers have a new reason to celebrate. Brooklyn Cupcake, the small bake shop with a large cult following, just celebrated the grand opening of its newest Queens location at the Shops at Atlas Park, located at 80-00 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.

The independently owned, family-run business was founded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, by sisters Carmen Rodriguez and Gina Madera and their cousin, Michele Caballero, after spending many weekends together baking at home with their children. After being laid off from her job during the recession back in 2009, Rodriguez decided to pursue her passion for baking full-time. Her family members donated funds to help launch Brooklyn Cupcake and help Rodriguez fulfill her dream.

“I started selling my cupcakes out of a bagel store in Williamsburg,” Rodriguez said. “It gained traction and rolled on from there.”

In 2012, the Daily News named Brooklyn Cupcake one of the best cupcakes in the city. They were also bestowed the title of Brooklyn Small Business of the Year by the city for 2012. In 2013, the Brooklyn Cupcake team appeared on the Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars” in which they competed for the chance to cater an exclusive cast and crew party celebrating the 10,000th episode of the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”

The menu at Brooklyn Cupcake was inspired by the family’s Puerto Rican and Italian heritage. Latin-inspired cupcake selections include the Flan de Queso, Dulce de Leche, Guava con Queso and the popular Coquito, a sweet mix of coconut cake soaked in rich coconut milk eggnog infused with a hint of rum flavor and topped with mascarpone whipped cream. The family’s Italian roots inspired the Rainbow Cookie cupcake, a play on the traditional Italian favorite, featuring almond cake filled with raspberry preserves and dipped in a chocolate ganache.

BK Cupcake

The new pumpkin cupcakes at Brooklyn Cupcake. Photo via Brooklyn Cupcake on Facebook.

The peanut butter and jelly cupcake, inspired by the classic childhood treat, features a mix of yellow cake filled with grape jelly and topped with peanut butter frosting. Breakfast lovers will want to try their French toast cupcake, a sweet combination of yellow cake swirled with cinnamon and brown sugar and topped with vanilla frosting.

The popular Tiramisu cupcake is a decadent mix of espresso and vanilla cake infused with marsala and coffee, and topped with mascarpone whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa. Brooklyn Cupcake is also offering special seasonal menu items, such as the pumpkin cupcake, for a limited time.

In addition to their new Atlas Park location, Brooklyn Cupcake treats can also be found at their flagship Williamsburg store, located at 335 Union Ave., as well as at Whole Foods Markets throughout the city.


Queens Restaurant Week kicks off at Atlas Park

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Anthony Giudice

Queens Restaurant Week took a bite out of Atlas Park on Monday afternoon for its kickoff event.

Visitors brought their appetites, ready to get a helping of what the 12th Annual Queens Restaurant Week has to offer.

Several Queens restaurants came out to the Shops at Atlas Park handing out free samples, announcing their participation in this year’s event. From Oct. 12 to 29, most of the 200 registered restaurants will be offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for $28 and lunch for $14 as part of Restaurant Week.

This event was created to give diners the chance to try a new restaurant at a reduced priced.

“I think people wait until this time of year to try a new restaurant that they may never have eaten at before,” said Rob Mackay, director of public relations and director of Queens tourism for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “It really is the best time to explore a new restaurant.”

The vendors at the kickoff event included Shiro of Japan, Chili’s, Vintage Curry, Christos Steak House, Connolly’s Corner and Queens Brewery, which was named the official beer of Queens Restaurant Week.

Connolly’s Corner, located in Maspeth, is participating in its first Queens Restaurant Week and was serving some of their ribs, salmon, salads and other dishes. The full-service restaurant has a 100-person party room, an outdoor beer garden and sports bar.

“We are proud of our food here and we want everyone to try it,” said Bridget Criscuolo, general manager for Connolly’s Corner. “Some of our signature dishes are our Jameson chicken, Bailey Irish Cream salmon and we have the best wings in Queens, I’m confident to say that.”

Queens Brewery is entering its third Queens Restaurant Week and has recently moved their operation into Ridgewood from upstate New York.

“It makes a huge difference,” said Nelson Rockefeller, founder of Queens Brewery, of moving into Queens. “It definitely solidifies our brand. It will feel much more done once all of the construction is done.”

For more information on Queens Restaurant Week and the full list of participating restaurants, please visit the It’s In Queens website.


Councilwoman Crowley requests support from CB 5 on light rail plan

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The plan to bring commuter light rail to Glendale is chugging along.

Hoping to garner support from Community Board 5’s (CB 5) Transportation and Public Transit Committees, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley presented her plans for a light rail infrastructure on the former lower Montauk line during the committees’ joint meeting on Tuesday night.

“What I would like to do as the next step in pushing this plan forward is why I’m here tonight: to engage you to consider putting a resolution together to support this plan, or something similar, to bring commuter rail back to this line,” Crowley said. “And I’m putting together a mission statement and a task force.”

Crowley believes that a commuter light rail line could benefit the communities it would service in several ways, the first being to bring more transportation options to Glendale.

“I don’t need to tell you, I live here right by Atlas Park, that this has been somewhat of a transportation desert in comparison to much of the rest of the city that is in such close proximity to the core,” Crowley said.

A light rail line, operating on the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Montauk branch, would create a connection from Glendale to Long Island City. Crowley proposes that the line would start at The Shops at Atlas Park, where there are 1,300 parking spaces available, with stops heading west, terminating at the Hunterspoint Avenue LIRR stop, which has a train depot to store and turn trains around.

The Montauk line also connects to the LIRR Bushwick branch, which is heavily used by freight rail but offers a potential light rail connection to Brooklyn, the legislator noted.

“I’m thinking if we bring it back … you could have an [interborough] connection to get to Brooklyn … that interborough connection is important and we need to improve on that,” Crowley said.

Adding a light rail line, Crowley noted, would also entice some of the young, creative professionals moving into Bushwick and Ridgewood to relocate or open up businesses in Glendale and other surrounding communities, thus creating economic growth.

“If you look at the line, there is a lot of underutilized manufacturing which is also threatening us,” Crowley said. “We have rich architecture in these old loft-style buildings which could provide opportunities for new technologies and economic development if we had a way to bring people to jobs that could be created in these buildings.”

In order to get her plan moving, the councilwoman has already met with several of her colleagues in the government including Assemblymen Mike Miller and Andrew Hevesi, Congresswoman Grace Meng, state Senator Joseph Addabbo and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

“Right now, they all like what we’re discussing,” Crowley said. “I haven’t heard many negatives other than where are we going to get the money for this project.”

Members of the committees saw the potential in Crowley’s current plan, and even looked further ahead to a much larger plan extending the line to the west and the east.

“If you look at a master plan so to speak, this would be phase one of the master plan. You want to create this rail from a Glendale station in Atlas Park to wherever,” said CB 5 Chair Vincent Arcuri. “Eventually then the next phase would be into Sunnyside, 63rd Street, down the Second Avenue East Side Access. The third phase could be the Rockaway Branch, so that may be a whole presentation and we were the first ones to come out in favor of a rail transportation system on the Rockaway Branch.”

Some committee members were concerned over what type of effect a rail line like this would have on the freight operations on the line. Crowley responded by saying that companies are looking to increase the amount of freight, and if the community does not recognize this track as a benefit then it might be taken over for freight transportation.

The committees are expected to come up with a resolution on Crowley’s plan in the weeks ahead.


Two accidents, one fatal, snarl traffic on Glendale roadways

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD104Pct

Traffic was snarled on two major roadways in Glendale Wednesday afternoon as police responded to a pair of accidents, one of which resulted in a fatality.

The first incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 81st Road, when a sedan collided with a school bus. Reportedly, the bus was carrying disabled passengers.

Police said the sedan driver and all in the school bus were brought to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. However, the main section of Woodhaven Boulevard was closed while police and Fire Department units responded to the crash.

Then, at 6:35 p.m., a motorcycle traveling on the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway swerved and struck a light pole near Cypress Hills Street, authorities said. The victim, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigations into both accidents are ongoing.

Photo via Twitter/@104COP

Photo via Twitter/@104COP


Questions over dorms cast shadow on Glendale yeshiva’s future

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It’s nothing personal; it’s just business.

While acknowledging they were on good terms with the owners of Glendale’s Yeshiva Godolah Seminary (YGS), Community Board 5’s (CB 5) Land Use Committee recommended on Monday that the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) deny the yeshiva’s application for a zoning variance.

The YGS seeks the variance to allow the seminary located at 74-10 88th St. to build an extension that would combine the two buildings on the campus into one four-story building. The project would also add dormitories and bathrooms for the 1,050 students who attend the facility.

“I think the community as a whole is extremely uncomfortable with how we got to this point and why we got to this point with a lack of transparency,” said CB 5 member Kathy Masi.

Committee members contend that when the building opened in 2006, the yeshiva was allowed to put dormitory space in the building when living quarters are not permitted within the M1-1 zone where the yeshiva is located, without approaching CB 5.

“The number one concern that has been related me is that [the YGS] seem to have gotten the ability to put a dorm there which was entirely against any kind of zoning regulations,” said Walter Sanchez, chair of the Land Use Committee. “We’re not sure how that happens without coming to the community board first.”

Jay Goldstein, the lawyer who represents the YGS, assured the committee that the yeshiva is operating in compliance with their Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).

“We have a C of O, again this was fully reviewed; this was not a self-certified job in 2006, there is a temporary C of O and a C of O that both reference the dormitories,” Goldstein said. “The Department of Buildings has come into the building and inspected the building and seen the dormitories, and they said … no violation warranted, it’s operating based off the C of O.”

The committee also believes that placing additional bathrooms and dormitory space in the facility will adversely affect the neighborhood’s infrastructure, mainly the water and sewage lines, where the zoning permits no residences.

The full community board will hear the Land Use Committee’s recommendation at its Oct. 14 meeting and make a recommendation of its own before sending it off to the BSA, which has the final say in granting the variance.


Crime downturn tops joint civic group meeting in Glendale

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Ryan Haas


Northwest Queens is continuing its trend of becoming safer for local community members.

Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village have collectively seen a 10 percent decrease in crime rate, Capt. Mark T. Wachter of the 104th Precinct reported during last week’s joint meeting of the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP) and the Glendale Property Owners Association at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall.

The commanding officer and his staff have largely been responsible for stopping roughly 120 felony crimes in northwest Queens, and Watcher commended the efforts of 104COP in helping keep crime down around the area. Thirty active 104COP members — including its president, Mark Pearson — were in attendance.

Auto thefts, felony assaults and grand larcenies saw decreases of 19.9, 14.8 and 13.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same time last year, according to the 104th Precinct’s most recent CompStat report.

Wachter urged community members to also be on the lookout for car break-ins.

“We have to be smart out there,” he said. “You can’t leave valuables in your car. You can’t leave a laptop in your back seat or a wallet in your front seat. It’s an invitation for someone to commit a crime. Are we going to have car break-ins? Yes, but we can take steps to ensure we’re not the victims.”

The 104th Precinct has made 14 arrests pertaining to car break-ins in just the past month.

“Half of the calls we get are from the community, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, I see something suspicious,’” Wachter said.

Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano complimented the precinct’s services, saying, “one reason why crime has gone down in New York City is because the NYPD trains its staff and personnel better than any other city in the country.”

Giordano went on to explain that the recent improvement in crime couldn’t have been done without the help of the 104COP.


First HomeGoods in Queens to open at Atlas Park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Updated Sept. 16, 5:59 p.m.


Queens’ first HomeGoods store is scheduled to open the doors to its location at The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The store will be located in the large space that was occupied by Amish Market and Rosetta Wine and Spirits nearly a decade ago. Much of it had been vacant since that time, though for a period, a Subway restaurant occupied a portion of the space.

“I think the HomeGoods is a great addition to Atlas Park and I am sure that many others feel the same way,” said Glendale Civic Association president Kathy Masi. “We have very limited places to find household goods in the area, and I look forward to the store’s opening. I am sure it will be successful as long as they have a good inventory.”

Crews have been hard at work uniting the two retail spaces into one large space for the superstore’s arrival. They were also spotted installing large store signs on the front and sides of the building, just above the artisan stained-glass awnings and lanterns.

“We look forward to a fall opening, before the holidays,” a source close to the project said.

The Nov. 15 grand opening was confirmed by HomeGoods spokeswoman Robyn Arvedon.


While many in the Glendale community are excited about the new HomeGoods opening, some voiced concerns over the possible implications the arrival of the discount housewares store could have on neighboring mom-and-pop home décor store The Fair, which has been a neighborhood fixture since 1938. The Fair operated on Myrtle Avenue for decades before relocating to Atlas Park in 2007.

Jake Gerson of The Fair told the Ridgewood Times on Wednesday he is confident that the two stores can co-exist and profit.

“We basically always had competition,” Gerson said. “HomeGoods is a good store and it will drive up traffic to Atlas Park, but there’s a lot of things we do that they don’t.”

Gerson said he believed The Fair’s strength lies with its customer service and following through the years: “We’ve been part of the community 80 years and we are very familiar with what the customers want.”

HomeGoods’ sister store, TJ Maxx, opened at Atlas Park in 2014 in the space once occupied by Borders bookstore. Both HomeGoods and TJ Maxx are owned by TJX Companies.

“We’re very excited to be the first HomeGoods in Queens,” said a source at Atlas Park. “It should be a great opening and we’re looking forward to it.”



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.


Opponents rail against Glendale yeshiva expansion during CB 5 meeting

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Residents packed the CNL Center at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village on Wednesday night to speak out on the proposed expansion of Glendale’s Yeshiva Godolah Seminary (YGS) during a Community Board 5 public hearing.

Many in attendance opposed the YGS plan for a Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) zoning variance allowing the seminary at 74-10 88th St. to build an extension to combine the two buildings on the campus into one, four-story building, adding more dormitories and bathrooms.

“The building itself, as it stands, will remain,” said attorney Jay Goldstein, who represents the yeshiva. “The enlargement will be the one-story portion closest to 88th Street [that will] receive three additional floors which will be dormitory rooms, and then there will be a four-story addition with a cellar which will act as a gymnasium, also classrooms and the additional dorm space.”

In the variance, the YGS seeks to reclassify the yeshiva as a religious school, since the building’s use is not permitted under the existing manufacturing zoning for the site, which is in an M1-1 zoning district.

“The yeshiva currently has 1,050 students,” Goldstein said. “Those students are extremely cramped within the learning space they are in right now … and the yeshiva seeks to expand to allow them to have extra classrooms so that they can have a better learning experience.”

Currently, the yeshiva has 360 dorm beds and seeks to expand to 710 dorm beds for the current student population.

“The yeshiva is not seeking an enlargement of the building to increase the population of the school. The population of the school is going to remain the same,” Goldstein assured the board.

Opponents of the variance pointed back to 2006, when the yeshiva was constructed. According to Dawn Scala, a Glendale resident, the original certificate of occupancy (C of O) for the yeshiva listed on the Department of Buildings’ website did not mention dorms on the site.

“In October of 2007, another temporary C of O was issued. This time it did mention accessory offices and dorms,” Scala said. “In January of 2008 a final C of O was issued and it mentions … accessory offices and dorms. So I looked at the zoning regulations and I discovered the following … sleeping accommodations are not allowed in M1-1 zone.”

This raised questions as to the legality of the current dorms at the yeshiva.

Several board members and residents also raised concerns over what adding more dormitories and bathrooms would do to the already stressed sewer system in Glendale.

“Now the dormitory situation is still the same as it was in 2006, we have a faulty infrastructure in Glendale, as the chair will tell you,” said Kathy Masi, CB 5 member. “We’re doing sewers regularly, we’re doing roads regularly, we’re trying to get caught up, and I just feel, as I did in 2006, that the impact on this is going to be terrible for the community.”

Although the community has concerns over the expansion, the YGS believes that if the BSA grants the variance for the extension, it will benefit the community by lowering the number of buses the yeshiva requires to transport students to and from their homes in Williamsburg to the school each day.

“By allowing for the additional beds it will significantly reduce the number of buses that travel back and forth every day,” Goldstein said. “It’s anticipated that the number of buses will be cut, approximately, in half.”

The CB 5 Land Use Committee is looking to set up a meeting with the YGS to tour the yeshiva and evaluate the property and the proposed expansion before making a recommendation to the board.


Westbound lanes of Jackie Robinson Parkway to close for repaving

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THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

With work on the eastbound side now complete, crews are ready to resurface the westbound lanes of the Jackie Robinson Parkway — a process that will lead to road closures beginning this evening.

Portions of the parkway’s westbound side will shut down on weeknights, Monday through Friday, from 11 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning, with the first closure scheduled for this evening. Additionally, segments of the parkway’s westbound lanes will be completely closed the next two weekends, Sept. 11 to 14 and Sept. 18 to 21, from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. the following Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving into the second half of its $17 million renovation of the 5-mile-long roadway between Jamaica and Pennsylvania avenues in Brooklyn and the Grand Central Parkway in Kew Gardens. Crews will remove the existing asphalt and make roadbed repairs where necessary, then apply a new layer of asphalt along with new markings and safety features such as reflectors.

Work on the eastbound side began in June and was completed last month.

Motorists who rely on the parkway will be directed to use detour routes and follow signs to exit and re-enter the parkway. The detour route — which runs through Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven and Ridgewood — includes the following segments:

  • Union Turnpike between the Grand Central Parkway and Myrtle Avenue;
  • Myrtle Avenue between Union Turnpike and Cooper Avenue;
  • Cooper Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street;
  • Cypress Hills Street between Cooper and Cypress avenues;
  • Cypress Avenue between Cypress Hills Street and Cooper Avenue;
  • Cooper Avenue and Cooper Street (in Brooklyn) between Cypress and Bushwick avenues; and
  • Bushwick Avenue between Cooper Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

All work is scheduled to be completed by November. For more information, call 511 or visit the DOT’s website.


Sacred Heart Parish invites young adults to Catholic Youth Rally in Glendale

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Young Catholics from Glendale and surrounding communities are invited to attend Sacred Heart Church’s first youth rally scheduled for next month.

The rally, organized by the Sacred Heart Parish Pastoral Council, will begin with registration at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3, followed by some icebreaker games to get things started. Newly ordained priest, Father Chris Bethge, a graduate of Sacred Heart School and parochial vicar at Church of the Incarnation in Queens Village, will be on hand for a talk and discussion on Mass participation and its importance with young people.

“The whole idea itself is very good,” said Father Marcin Chilczuk, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish. “We want to see how many people we can have. We want to do something for the kids, to get them to talk, and to listen to them about religion in group discussions.”

Lunch will be served in the school yard at 12:30 p.m., and newly ordained Deacon Phil Franco of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will also hold a talk and discussion group with those interested.

At 3 p.m., attendees will be treated to a live performance by Alverlis with a live band. The day will conclude with Father Jun Hee Lee celebrating Mass at 4:30 p.m.

“The idea for the rally came from the people in the parish,” Chilczuk said. “They want to see more youth in the parish. We don’t know how many people to expect because it’s the first time we are doing this. We invite everyone to come, even if there is anybody interested from another parish.”

For more information on the rally, call the Sacred Heart rectory at 718-821-6434.


Fun days for the whole family scheduled in Glendale and Maspeth this month

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Photo via Facebook/Maspeth Federal Savings

September’s arrival may mean the end of summer vacation for children across Queens, but that doesn’t mean the end of summer fun.

Organizations in Glendale and Maspeth are planning to hold two special days of free activities this month for children of all ages in both communities.

First, the Kiwanis Club of Glendale will hold its annual Community Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, on the center green of the Shops at Atlas Park, located off the intersection of Cooper Avenue and 80th Street.

Games, inflatable rides and live entertainment are planned, and the Kiwanis Club will offer food and beverages to all guests. Additionally, the club will give away 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to local children.

Happy faces will also fill the parking lot of Maspeth Federal Savings bank’s main branch on Sunday, Sept. 20, as the bank holds its annual “Smile on Maspeth Day” celebration. The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, off the intersection of 69th Street and Grand Avenue; admission is free.

Children will get the chance to enjoy a day of games, arts and crafts, rides, face painting and other activities. They can also get up close with some young farm animals at a free petting zoo.

For more information, call Maspeth Federal at 718-335-1300.


Police issue warning after burglary rash strikes 104th Precinct area

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Open windows and unlocked doors contributed to seven of nine burglaries that occurred within a four-day period last month in the 104th Precinct’s confines, according to police.

In an Aug. 30 email to civic leaders that the Ridgewood Times obtained, Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct Community Affairs Unit stated that eight of the break-ins between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26 occurred in Ridgewood and Glendale, while the other took place in Maspeth.

The first burglary occurred in Ridgewood between 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, when unidentified suspects entered a location on the 8000 block of Cypress Avenue. The following day, two apartments on the 900 block of Onderdonk Avenue were hit by burglars sometime after 2:30 p.m.

Three other break-ins in Ridgewood occurred on Aug. 25, with two incidents happening between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of Cornelia St.; and the other between 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on the 1800 block of Centre St. In each case, Bell said, the culprit(s) entered through a window. The Maspeth burglary also occurred on Aug. 25 between 7 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. at a dry cleaners on the 6000 block of 56th Road; in that incident, police said, the crooks entered through an unlocked rear door.

Finally, two apartments on the 6400 block of 74th Avenue in Glendale were visited by burglars between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. In both instances, the suspect(s) reportedly entered through open windows.

Police continue to search for the suspects responsible. Bell indicated the burglaries may have been prevented if the homeowners remembered to properly secure their windows and doors before leaving the premises.

“Taking a minute to check your windows can make the difference between you being the victim of a burglary and that burglar moving on to another location,” he wrote. “Please take the time to check your windows before you leave your home. I am not saying this is going to stop a determined criminal, but I am saying it will make it more difficult for the criminal.”

The 104th Precinct also encourages residents in the area to take advantage of free home security screenings offered by its Crime Prevention Unit. During the screenings arranged with the homeowner or tenant, officers inspect the premises and offer advice on ways residents can make improvements to keep potential criminals away.

For more information or to sign up for a free survey, call Police Officers Brenda Hyatt or Edwin Collado of the Crime Prevention Unit at 718-386-6223.

Anyone who has information about the burglary rash that could prove helpful should call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-386-2735; anyone who witnesses a possible burglary in progress should call 911 immediately.