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84-year-old man fatally struck crossing the street in Jamaica Estates


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A teen driver struck and killed an 84-year-old man as he was crossing the street in Jamaica Estates Sunday afternoon, police said.

The elderly pedestrian, Ignascio Andal, was near 188th Street and Wicklow Place, less than 10 blocks from his home,  just after 3 p.m. when he lost his life, cops said.

The driver, a 17-year-old boy, was making a right turn onto Wicklow Place from 188th and struck Andal with his Mazda as the 84-year-old was walking across Wicklow, according to police.

Andal was taken to New York Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they were investigating, but there is currently no criminality suspected.

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Luxury penthouse building planned for Jamaica Estates


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Rendering courtesy of TCX Development

A new luxury penthouse building is coming to Jamaica Estates, further suggesting a change in investors’ attitudes toward the emerging market around the neighborhood.

Great Neck-based TCX Development is constructing the building, which will be located at 177-30 Wexford Terrace, a block away from the F train.

The group is also behind a seven-story rental building with a penthouse, which is being constructed at nearby 190-11 Hillside Ave.

The Wexford Terrace building will feature a rooftop terrace on top of eight stories with studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. The exterior of the building will boast black brick and white panels.

There will be 68 total apartments, a 9,500-square-foot community facility space for residents and 47 parking spaces.

Prices at the residence building will start at $1,550 per month for studios, $1,750 for one-bedroom apartments and $2,200 for two-bedrooms, according to a representative from the firm.

The top two floors will have 10 penthouse units, which will start at $2,600.

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See it: Jamaica Estates’ Villa Joy listed at nearly $3.5M


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Photos courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty 

Just looking at Villa Joy in Jamaica Estates could bring a smile to someone’s face.

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, which recently opened its first Queens office, is listing the more than 6,500-square-foot, 12-room house for $3,488,000.

The residence at 184-15 Hovendon Rd. has five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms scattered through three levels. It also has a finished basement.

Luxury swells from the spacious rooms in this European Villa-style home, which was built in 2012 on a third of an acre of land.

A marble-floored foyer and high ceilings are just some of the features in the house.

Click here for more information on Villa Joy.

 

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Jamaica Estates woman competes in Ms. New York Senior America Pageant


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Photo courtesy Rose Scalia

When Jamaica Estates resident Rose Scalia heard about the 29th annual Ms. New York Senior America Pageant, she immediately applied to be a contestant.

The pageant, for those 60 and older, salutes inspiring women and serves as a stepping stone to the national Ms. Senior America Pageant in the fall.

At age 64, Scalia, who recently retired from her job as the director of human resources for a real estate firm, saw the contest as a challenge and a way to reinvent herself.

“On the cusp of retirement, I just said, ‘I need to change what I’m doing,’” Scalia said. “This is a new chapter in my life, but it’s a new chapter of reinvention.”

Though she didn’t win the contest, Scalia was awarded “2014 Ms. Congeniality” of the pageant on Sunday, April 27, at Hofstra University, for her ability to interact and connect with the other contestants. Jane Rubinstein of Merrick, N.Y., was crowned the 2014 Ms. New York Senior America.

The women in the contest were judged based on an interview, an evening gown presentation which focused on elegance, their philosophy of life and a talent demonstration. Scalia said her past experience helped her to compete.

She holds a master’s degree in mass communications from Queens College, was a theatre performer and was once a staffer for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman. She has also been an adjunct professor at New York University for about 15 years and is now a full-time teacher at the school.

Even though she didn’t win, what Scalia said she learned from the experience was very significant.

“Make your age work for you, no matter how old you are,” Scalia said. “It tells me that I can do what I’ve done and love to do. I may tackle theatre again.”

 

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Marino’s Italian Ices founder passes away


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The founder of Marino’s Italian Ices who passed away last week leaves behind a sweet treat and a lasting legacy.

Marinos Vourderis, who made his millions in Queens, died July 2 in his Jamaica Estates home, his family said. He was 97.

“He was just an amazing man,” said his granddaughter Kristen Breglio. “He would give you anything that he could. He was very generous his whole life.”

Vourderis was a ship engineer in the 1930s, when he left his small-town home in Aegion, Greece to start a new life in the United States, his family said.

With no money or schooling, but a hope in his heart, he settled in Queens and later started a distribution business called Olympic Ice Cream Company with his wife in the 1960s.

“He certainly had a vision and he took that and ran with it,” said Breglio, 33. “That’s how he got his start in the ice cream business. From there, they got the idea to make ices.”

Vourderis began dabbling with his own “old world” recipes, making the frozen treats in his basement.

Once perfected, he introduced his Marino’s Italian Ices at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows.

The product grew into a multimillion-dollar company based in Richmond Hill, where it still is today.

“He would always say, ‘Not bad for sugar and water,’” his granddaughter said.

Seeing the ubiquitous ices in stores, the family said, puts a smile on their faces even more now.

“I’m very proud to say that he’s my dad,” said his daughter Margie Hackford. “With no formal education, he was able to come and make the American dream happen.”

Hackford remembers her father for being selfless, saying he was always willing to give people down on their luck jobs or loan out money.

“People who had nowhere to go would come to my father. He would find a way to help you,” said Hackford, 57. “We’re just really happy that he was able to leave such an amazing legacy behind.”

Marino’s Italian Ices, a beloved summertime treat, can be found in supermarkets, pizzerias, restaurants and pushcarts throughout the country.

The company even opened its first official scoop shop in August 2010 in Shanghai, China.

Mike Barrone, who co-owned the company with Vourderis since 2000, said the Italian ice king was an excellent businessman who “had an open heart.”

“He did stuff that other people aren’t going to do in a lifetime,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Margie Hackford

 

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Martha Taylor withdraws City Council bid


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An ailing Jamaica Estates lawyer has rescinded her bid for City Council.

Martha Taylor, 72, announced late Monday she will no longer run for a vacant council seat in the 24th District due to “recent health concerns” that would disrupt campaigning.

“I am stepping out of this race, but my fight for our community is far from over,” she said. “It was a hard decision. Hopefully I’ll be perfectly fine, but I can’t take the chance.”

Taylor would not comment further on the illness, but told The Courier she is going through “exploratory” medical testing. Doctors advised her not to run.

“I really wanted to win this thing, but when you run for an election like this, you really have to do a lot of doorbell ringing and walking around the whole district,” Taylor said. “It’s not fair for me to start out and not finish.”

Taylor is the Democratic District Leader in the 24th Assembly District, president of the Jamaica Estates Association and vice chair of Community Board 8. She expects a full recovery, an aide said.

Former assemblymember Rory Lancman and retired scientist Isaac Sasson are still in the running for the seat. Other candidates are expected to enter the primary.

 

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More West Nile spraying in Queens Thursday


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Photo courtesy of James Gathany/CDC

On Thursday, September 13 there will be another round of West Nile spraying in Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the 1,993 cases of the disease that have been reported so far this year is the highest number reported to CDC through the first week in September since 1999, when it was first detected in the U.S.

The spraying will take place from 7:30 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday morning in the following parts of Queens:

Middle Village, Maspeth, Rego Park and Ridgewood, bordered by Grand Avenue, Long Island Expressway and Queens Boulevard to the north; Fresh Pond Road to the west; Metropolitan Avenue to the south; and 80th Street, Farmville Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard and 63rd Road to the East.

Parts of Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Hollis, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills and Oakland Gardens, bordered by Long Island Expressway to the north; 188th Street, 80th Drive, Utopia Parkway, Homelawn Street and 169th Street
to the west; 90th Avenue, 191st Street and Hillside Ave to the South; and Hollis Hills Terrace, Richland Ave and 210th Street to the east.

Parts of Pomonok, Auburndale, Flushing and Bayside, bordered by 33rd to the north; 162nd Street, Laburnum Avenue, Kissena Boulevard to the west; Booth Memorial Boulevard, Utopia Parkway and 48th Avenue to the south; and Clearview
Expressway to the east.

The pesticide being used, Anvil 10 + 10, poses no health risks when used properly, but the Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

• 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, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.

• 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.

• Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Residents are also advised to take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes around a home or property, including eliminating standing water in yards. In addition, New Yorkers are urged to:

• Dispose of used tires, tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers in which water collects;

• Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors. Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall;

• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use and change the water in bird baths twice a week;

• Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds; and

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs, and drain water from pool covers.

House of the Day: Jamaica Estates Colonial – 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms


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Copyright (C), Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc, 2004

192-05 Randor Rd
JAMAICA ESTATES, NY 11432
Total Taxes: $7,000
List Price: $1,649,000

Colonial, Detached, # Families: 1
9.5 rooms, 5 Bedrooms , 4 Full Baths , 1 Half Baths

School District: Community District 26
Year Built: 1945

Construction: Brick
Lot Size: 72 X 100
Appearance: Diamond

Interior Features
Eat-in kitchen
Dining room: Formal
Den/Family room
Home office
Full Finished Basement
Stove, Washer, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Dryer
Fireplace
Wood Floors
Fuel/Heat Type: Gas, Ha
A/C: Cac

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Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

Tel: 718-380-2500
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Refer to MLS Number 2493729