Howard Beach

Pol asks AG to investigate Sandy contractor fraud
News Maggie Hayes 11/19/2013 at 11:54AM

Sandy brought a wave of fraudulent fixes to south Queens, and one elected official wants them wiped out. Following the superstorm, many affected residents fell victim to fraudulent contractors who “promised to rebuild their homes, but have either left before completing the job or disappeared with [their] deposit without performing the necessary repairs,” said Assemblymember [...]

Former soldier celebrates turning 100 in Howard Beach
Former soldier celebrates turning 100 in Howard Beach
News Maggie Hayes 11/18/2013 at 4:35PM

Max Stern, former soldier and teacher, celebrated a century of life at the new Catholic Charities senior center in Howard Beach. Stern, a 45-year resident of Howard Beach, was born on November 20, 1913. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York and is one of six children. His only living sibling [...]

Church destroyed by Sandy is rededicated to Howard Beach
Church destroyed by Sandy is rededicated to Howard Beach
South Maggie Hayes 11/14/2013 at 2:15PM

After Sandy destroyed their church, St. Barnabas wasn’t sure they would ever get back on their feet. “Whenever there was a disaster, we’re the ones people come to,” said Debra Pignatelli, St. Barnabas official. “We couldn’t help anyone, we were totally devastated ourselves.” The church sustained roughly five feet of water and the majority of [...]

106th Precinct gets backup
106th Precinct gets backup
South Maggie Hayes 11/08/2013 at 1:39PM

Backup is here, as the 106th Precinct added 16 new cops recently. “They are a most welcomed addition to the community and we are very happy to have them,” said Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s Commanding Officer. The precinct, which encompasses Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, has experienced an increase in car thefts [...]

Close race called for incumbent Councilmember Ulrich, Simon not conceding
Close race called for incumbent Councilmember Ulrich, Simon not conceding
Politics Maggie Hayes 11/06/2013 at 1:09AM

Votes were counted down to the bitter end before a winner was declared in City Council District 32, and Republican Councilmember Eric Ulrich has reclaimed his seat. “This race was a real nail biter,” Ulrich said in front of family and friends on election night. As the results trickled in, Ulrich and his Democratic opponent, [...]

Howard Beach helps ‘Stuff the Bus’ for charity
Howard Beach helps ‘Stuff the Bus’ for charity
South Maggie Hayes 11/04/2013 at 12:13PM

After being knocked out by Sandy last year, the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens once again collected dozens of grocery bags filled with Thanksgiving food for the needy. “People are being very generous,” said Joseph DiBlasi of the Rotary Club. “Some people come out with big bags.” DiBlasi and other volunteers camped out by the [...]

City Council District 32 candidates Ulrich, Simon look ahead to Election Day
City Council District 32 candidates Ulrich, Simon look ahead to Election Day
Politics Maggie Hayes 11/01/2013 at 11:43AM

The heated race for City Council District 32 is coming to a close. Councilmember Eric Ulrich, the incumbent, has represented District 32 in the City Council since 2009. He stood with Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill [...]

Brooklyn man charged in 11 Queens burglaries
Police Cristabelle Tumola 10/30/2013 at 5:02PM

A Brooklyn man has been charged with breaking into 11 homes in the Forest Hills, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach neighborhoods of Queens and stealing thousands of dollars worth of property. Mario Girau, 28, was initially arrested in connection to a September burglary of a Tahoe Street residence in Ozone Park in [...]

SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Cross Bay businesses make a comeback
SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Cross Bay businesses make a comeback
South Liam La Guerre 10/28/2013 at 3:19PM

After opening her two-floor hair salon and spa on Cross Bay Boulevard in July last year, Kimberly Langona was devastated when months later, it was partially destroyed. Superstorm Sandy wiped out the entire first floor of Explosion Hair Styling, destroying equipment including hair dryers, electrical wiring, furniture and computers. “Everything was lost,” said Langona, who [...]

Op-Ed: Where are we one year later?
News Op-Ed 10/26/2013 at 10:42AM

BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO JR. On any particular day, whether I’m working, getting a cup of coffee, shopping or having dinner in the district, people detail their experiences involving Superstorm Sandy in many different ways. A year later, many still get tears in their eyes, others remain frustrated about the lack of progress, while [...]