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Councilman Ulrich announces participatory budgeting workshops

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Photo courtesy PropertyShark/Christopher Bride

Residents in the confines of Community Board 9 will again have their say on how to spend city funding through participatory budgeting workshops that Councilman Eric Ulrich will host in the weeks ahead.

The first workshop takes place Tuesday night at the CB 9 meeting in Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, followed two nights later with a workshop at Thursday night’s Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting, held at 7:45 p.m. at the American Legion Post 118 at 89-02 91st St.

During each session, residents will break up into groups and brainstorm ideas on capital improvement projects in Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. Such projects include new street trees, technology upgrades at public schools or library renovations.

Residents may also submit their budget ideas in writing through suggestion boxes that Ulrich placed at locations throughout the community, or digitally through his Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Delegates from the communities will review the ideas gathered with city representatives before presenting a slate of suggestions to the public for final review and a vote in March 2016.

This is the third year in a row in which Ulrich is holding participatory budgeting in the CB 9 area; he is holding a separate participatory budgeting process in the southern areas of his district (community boards 10 and 14) for the fifth consecutive year.

“Participatory budgeting encourages a greater partnership between communities and elected officials to find creative solutions for neighborhood needs,” Ulrich said. “As I have always said, this isn’t my money, it is the taxpayers’ money, and they should have a say in how it’s spent.”

Three other sessions will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, during the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting at the Richmond Hill library, 118-14 Hillside Ave.; at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, during the Richmond Hill Block Association meeting at its office, 110-08 Jamaica Ave.; and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, during the Our Neighbors’ Civic Association meeting in the Nativity Church basement, 101-41 91st St. in Ozone Park.

Additional workshops will be announced, according to Ulrich.


Ozone Park PathMark will become a Stop & Shop supermarket next week

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Photo courtesy of Project Woodhaven

Now officially sold from its bankrupt parent company, the Ozone Park PathMark supermarket will be closed and reopened next week as Queens’ newest Stop & Shop store.

On Thursday, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company sealed the deal it brokered in July with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) to purchase 25 PathMark, Waldbaum’s and A&P supermarkets across the tri-state area. The deal came after A&P filed for federal bankruptcy protection, claiming that it suffered $300 million in losses in the last year.

Located at 92-10 Atlantic Ave., the Ozone Park PathMark is the first of six Pathmark and Waldbaum’s locations included in the deal that will be converted into Stop & Shop supermarkets. The market will close for a one-week period for renovations and is expected to reopen on Friday, Oct. 16.

Stop & Shop will complete the conversion process in groups of five newly acquired supermarkets. All 25 locations are expected to be completely converted by Nov. 13.

Once renovations are complete, the new Stop & Shop locations will have a modern decor, updated refrigeration systems, improved lighting, technological upgrades and other amenities. The markets will also feature brands affiliated with Stop & Shop, such as the Nature’s Promise product line, as well as locally grown produce and various organic products.

Pharmacies and/or banks located in the former PathMarks and Waldbaum’s will remain open during the conversion process.

“We are very excited to begin the store conversion process, and we will strive to minimize the inconvenience to customers,” Stop & Shop New York Metro Division President Don Sussman said. “Stop & Shop is committed to improving the overall shopping experience in these 25 stores to meet the quality, selection and savings that customers have come to expect from us.”

The other five new Stop & Shops are two other PathMark locations on Farrington Street in Flushing and Springfield Boulevard in Springfield Gardens and three Waldbaum’s on 26th Avenue in Bayside, Beach Channel Drive in Belle Harbor and Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach.

Upon filing for bankruptcy in July, A&P put 120 of its 296 supermarkets nationwide up for sale. Other supermarket chains such as Key Food and Acme reportedly made bids to purchase various Pathmark and Waldbaum’s locations. Twenty-five other stores were completely closed.


PHOTOS: Italian pride on display at Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Cross Bay Boulevard was awash in red, white and green on Sunday in celebration of the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation’s 10th Columbus Day Parade.

The parade kicked off on the corner of 156th Avenue and made its way southbound on the boulevard in a colorful procession of floats and fanfare.

This year’s grand marshal was Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, the pastor of St. Bernard’s parish in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn. Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation Rocco DiRico and NYPD Inspector John Corbisiero shared the honor and title of the parade’s deputy grand marshals. Other honorees included Salvatore Armao, a local certified public accountant and Italian-American Businessperson of the Year.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz marched in the parade along side City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Community Board 10 Chair Elizabeth Braton and state Senator Joseph Addabbo, who was accompanied by his two daughters Alexis and Arianna.


Grand Marshal Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello (center) of St. Bernard’s parish in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, kicked off the parade with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Gigantiello and his fellow honorees celebrated the official start of the parade with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. An honor guard from the NYPD Ceremonial Unit, along with the NYPD marching band and Emerald Society bag pipers, led the parade. The procession that followed included an array of marching bands and contingents from Franklin K. Lane, St. Francis Preparatory, Christ the King Regional and All City high schools.

A group of young students from St. Helen’s Catholic Academy carried a large Italian flag banner and wore special red, green and white beaded necklaces. They were joined by scouts from St. Helen’s Troop 139, American Softball League, students from Mantra MMA, and team members and parents from the Ozone Howard Little League.


Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation

Fraternal organizations such as the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), UNICO National, Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach and the South Ozone Park Council of the Knights of Columbus also joined in the festivities.

Colorful floats outfitted in gold and white streamers from local businesses and the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation carried a host of lively DJs, dancers and revelers.

Parade spectators of all ages waved Italian flags and danced to both traditional and modern versions of Italian songs played from passing floats. Pope Francis even made an appearance in the form of cardboard cut-outs and souvenirs from the recent papal visit.


Woman dies after being run over twice in Ozone Park motorcycle accident

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Photos by Robert Stridiron

A 22-year-old woman was killed Monday night after being run over twice by two vehicles after she was flung out of the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger, according to authorities.

At about 10:29 p.m. police responded to a call of an accident involving a motorcycle on the westbound side of the Belt Parkway at exit 17 in Ozone Park.

Upon arriving, the officers found the driver of the motorcycle – a 28-year-old man – with minor injuries and the female passenger – Sade Eversley of Brooklyn – unconscious and unresponsive, police said.

Emergency personnel responded and pronounced the passenger dead at the scene. The motorcycle operate was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

According to police, the 2007 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling westbound on the Belt Parkway and lost control at a curve. It struck the center median, knocking the driver and passenger off the motorcycle. Both fell into the left lane.

A white older model minivan tried to swerve to the right but struck the motorcycle passenger while she was on the ground, according to police. The minivan then fled the scene.

Right after, a 2014 Honda minivan tried to stop but could not and ran over the same passenger with the passenger side of the car, authorities said. The Honda remained at the scene.

There have been no arrests in this incident and an investigation by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is still ongoing.


Former Councilman Al Stabile dies at 68

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Former Councilman Al Stabile died over the weekend, Councilman Eric Ulrich announced Saturday.

Stabile, 68, represented the 32nd Council District from 1994 through 2001 and made an unsuccessful run for Queens borough president before being term limited out of office.

Flags were lowered at City Hall on Saturday to commemorate Stabile, who grew up in East New York and later moved to Ozone Park. Ulrich has served in the same City Council seat since 2009.

“Al Stabile was a passionate and dedicated public servant who always put the community first,” Ulrich said in a statement. “I grew up watching and admiring his career in politics. Al was a great councilman as well as a loyal and loving friend. Our city is a better place today because of him.”

Stabile graduated from John Adams High School in Jamaica and attended York College and the University of Maryland. He enlisted in the army in 1967 and served as a sergeant during the Vietnam War. Stabile, who was active in several philanthropic causes, received numerous humanitarian awards including a Man of the Year honor by the Boy Scouts of America in 1992 and the same honor from the Special Olympic Organization in 1993.

A wake will be held at James Romanelli Funeral Home in Ozone Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Church on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m.


Corona man charged with sexual assault of child inside Ozone Park mosque

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A 63-year-old man has been charged for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside an Ozone Park mosque Thursday night, according to authorities.

Md Uddin from Corona is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday.

According to the charges, Uddin approached the child in the basement of the Fultoli Jame Masjid Mosque, located at 84-05 101st Ave., just before 1 p.m. on Thursday. He placed his arm around her shoulder and took her to a corner of the basement.

He then allegedly hugged the girl from behind, and grabbed and squeezed her breasts over and under her clothing while saying, “Does this feel good? Do you like this?” He then kissed her about the forehead and cheeks while saying, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”

The incident surfaced when the child went home and told a family member, who then contacted the authorities.

“These are serious accusations in which an alleged sexual predator stalked his victim in a place of worship and, if true, cannot go unpunished,” Brown said.

If convicted, Uddin faces up to seven years in prison.


Sanitation workers help elderly man after Ozone Park home invasion

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Photos by Robert Stridiron

Updated Monday, Aug. 24, 9:20 a.m.

Sanitation workers found a 76-year-old man after he was tied up in his Ozone Park apartment in an early Saturday morning home invasion, according to police.

The elderly man, identified in media reports as Anthony Puzio, was first confronted in his home at about 6:15 a.m. that morning after an attacker used a ladder propped up against the 101st Street building to get into his second floor window, authorities said.

The robber then pistol-whipped the victim, tied him up and let in two accomplices, according to police. The accomplices — a man and a woman — were able to grab a television, cellphone and cash before all three of the crooks fled.

In an interview with CBS2, Puzio said he doesn’t “take no crap from nobody” and tried to fight back, but there was nothing he could do.


“He started punching, he hit me once over here with a gun and punched me on the side,” Puzio said. “What am I going to do? I’m a 76-year-old man, he’s about 30, maybe.”

Two city sanitation workers, Joseph Felicetti and Michael Bermudez, who were collecting trash nearby, freed the victim’s tied hands when he came running out of his home, reports said.

“His face was bleeding, his arms were bleeding, it was pretty bad,” Felicetti told the New York Post. “It was like something from a movie set.”

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital with lacerations to the face and bruising.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.


Pols call for end to JFK employees parking on residential streets

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

Residents living near JFK International Airport say they’ve had enough of airport employees parking on residential streets and are asking local city and state representatives to do something about it.

City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently sent letters to the top 10 freight and passenger airlines to request that they actively pursue solutions to the problem. JFK employees are reportedly parking their cars in Howard Beach, Ozone Park and other neighborhoods near the airport and then taking the AirTrain to work.

“TSA and other airport employees should be parking their vehicles on Port
Authority property, not in front of homes in Ozone Park and Howard Beach,” Ulrich said. “Hopefully they will take action to alleviate this problem to free up much-needed parking for homeowners.”

Howard Beach resident Alison Zinkeiwicz said JFK employees who park in residential streets also contribute to the uncleanliness in the area.

“Not only is it a inconvenience for resident parking, but most do not have any regard for the cleanliness of our streets,” Zinkeiwicz said in a Facebook post. “They’ve thrown litter onto our sidewalks and streets from their vehicles without a second thought.”

Mary Filomena, a Howard Beach resident of 20 years who lives near the AirTrain station in Howard Beach, says this problem has been ongoing for several years, with people parking on her block to not only use the AirTrain but to avoid paying for parking in the LIRR parking lots.

“These residents who live around the station have put up with this parking problem long enough and deserve to enjoy their property and use the streets around it,” Filomena said. “I have health problems and can not walk to the train station from my house, however short the walk, I need to park my car close by and I can never do this. ”

Goldfeder and Ulrich are scheduled to meet with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authorities this month to brainstorm possible solutions. According to the Port Authority website, JFK airport employs 37,000 people. In their letter, the elected officials pointed out that the Howard Beach AirTrain station has accommodated 700,000 passengers this year.

“Our middle-class families work hard and deserve to enjoy the community they invested in, without having to spend their days and nights circling the block looking for parking,” Goldfeder said.

A spokesperson from the TSA said they will have a better idea of  next steps to solve this problem after their meeting with Goldfeder and Ulrich.


City Council panels approve construction of new school in Ozone Park

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A new school will soon rise in Ozone Park.

The City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses and the Land Use Committee approved on Wednesday a School Construction Authority (SCA) contract to erect P.S. 335, a 504-seat school at a vacant lot on Albert Road between Raleigh Street and 99th Place, in the Centerville section of Ozone Park. The school is scheduled to open in 2017.

An SCA spokesperson said the number of seats are flexible and can change depending on the needs of the community.

Several pre-K classes will also be included in the 72,500-square-foot space and the SCA is planning to add a spacious playground area, basketball and volleyball courts, bicycle racks, areas dedicated to planting and gardening and an outdoor stage for events.

Currently, students in Centreville attend P.S. 63 at 90-15 Sutter Ave. across Cross Bay Boulevard or P.S. 146 in Howard Beach at 98-01 159 Ave. The SCA, expecting overcrowding in District 27, procured the land from the New York Racing Association to alleviate potential overcrowding from the addition of 990 students in the district by 2017.

Councilman Eric Ulrich said this school is a great addition to the neighborhood.

“This new school will help alleviate overcrowded classrooms in our district and will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood,” Ulrich said in a statement. “The final design of the school is contextual with the surrounding community and is just the latest investment we are making in our children’s future.”

A capital project, set to replace and add much-needed streets, including Albert Road, sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian ramps, water mains, sanitary sewers and new storm drains in the Centreville area must be completed before the construction of the new school.

A spokesperson for SCA said work on the new school is slated to start “in the next few months.”


Ozone Park auto body shop owner charged with tax fraud

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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An Ozone Park auto body repair shop and its owner have been charged with criminal tax fraud and grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than $125,000 in collected taxes that were owed to New York State and local municipalities.

Stephanie Davino, 31, of Howard Beach, and her business, A&W Auto Collision Center Inc., located at 104-11 101st St., have been charged with multiple degrees of criminal tax fraud, grand larceny, scheme to defraud and conspiracy, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

According to the criminal complaint, Davino failed to file a single sales tax return between Jan. 26, 2012, and March 3, 2014. However, her business performed $1.4 million in repairs during that time, collecting payments from GEICO, State Farm, Allstate, Progressive and USAA insurance companies. The total amount of sales tax owed to the city and state from this time totaled to about $125,700 ($61,965 to New York State and $63,735 to local municipalities).

“Sales taxes are meant for the public treasury – not the pockets of business owners. By purposefully defrauding the state and local government out of these funds – that could have been used in the public interest – the money instead allegedly lined the pocketbook of this businesswoman. This kind of tax fraud makes every New Yorker a victim,” Brown said.

Davino has been released on her own recognizance and has been ordered to return to court on Sept. 30.

If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and her business will be fined $10,000, or double the amount that was illegally gained.


Reward offered to help find suspect who killed rapper Chinx

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THE COURIER/File photo

Detectives continue to look for leads three months after a drive-by shooting in Briarwood left an up-and-coming rap star dead — and now the NYPD is offering a reward to anyone who can help them find the killer.

Through its Crime Stoppers program, police are offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the May 17 murder of Lionel Pickens, 31, of Ozone Park, who went by the stage name Chinx.

Pickens and a 27-year-old male passenger were in a 2014 Porsche stopped at a red light at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive at about 4:04 a.m. that morning when an unknown vehicle pulled up. Reportedly, an unidentified individual inside that vehicle then fired multiple shots at the Porsche before speeding away from the scene.

Officers from the 107th Precinct and EMS units found Pickens behind the wheel with multiple gunshot wounds about the body. Pickens was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The male passenger sustained a gunshot wound to his back but survived.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), visit their website or text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Transit riders voice calls to ‘#FixWoodhaven’ in social media campaign

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Photos via Twitter/@Jslyyynnn and @jam14063

Woodhaven Boulevard commuters took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to voice their frustration over crowded bus lines, deterioration and other problems along the thoroughfare.

The Riders Alliance and Transportation Alternatives organized the #FixWoodhaven event, which encouraged Queens subway and bus riders to use the hashtag on social media to call for bus rapid transit (BRT) and street improvements along the heavily used boulevard bisecting Elmhurst, Rego Park, Middle Village, Glendale, Woodhaven and Ozone Park.

“The Twitter campaign had over 250 tweets under the hashtag #FixWoodhaven,” according to a spokeswoman for the Riders Alliance and Transportation Alternatives.

“The people who were tweeting and part of the campaign included commuters who ride the bus daily along the Woodhaven corridor. The campaign was designed to speak to elected officials so they know the importance of BRT to their communities and constituents,” she said.

Volunteers with both transit advocacy groups also met with afternoon rush-hour commuters waiting for buses at stops along Hoffman Drive near Woodhaven Boulevard in Elmhurst. In pictures posted on Twitter and Instagram, riders were shown holding up signs noting that BRT would help reduce commute times and ease congestion.

In many instances, those who vented tagged or retweeted local elected officials seeking support for their cause, including City Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Donovan Richards and Assemblyman Mike Miller.

“The proposed layouts for Woodhaven have benefits for pedestrians also. It’ll be safer and prettier! #FixWoodhaven #VisionZero,” tweeted @SamSamuelitoo.

“I support better, faster buses! Visiting fams in the Rockaways takes too long. #fixwoodhaven @RidersNY @brtfornyc,” added Twitter user @Jslyyynnn, who attached to her tweet a photo of herself holding a sign reading, “I live in Jackson Heights and I’m tired of overcrowded buses.”

“Let’s make public transportation, more efficient and desirable to ride! @transalt #FixWoodhaven @brtfornyc,” tweeted Juan Restrepo, @juan_john_hans.

For years, drivers, pedestrians and non-drivers have experienced commuting pains while traveling along Woodhaven Boulevard, especially during rush-hour periods. Buses operating on the roadway — including two limited lines, the Q52 and Q53 — are often packed with riders and are slow because of traffic congestion. The street also has a history of vehicular accidents involving pedestrians, many of which resulted in fatalities.

The city Department of Transportation in recent years started a “Congested Corridor” study for Woodhaven Boulevard and recommended physical changes to the road’s configuration to make it safer and easier to travel. Working with the MTA, the DOT also recommends implementing Select Bus Service, a form of BRT, along both Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, with stations created at major intersections such as Metropolitan Avenue and Jamaica Avenue.

As the Select Bus Service plans are still being finalized, the DOT is presently creating bus-only lanes along Woodhaven Boulevard between Eliot and Metropolitan avenues as a means of speeding up bus operation. Only buses would be permitted to travel in these lanes during the morning and afternoon rush hours on weekdays.


Con Edison reduces power in south Queens, urges customers to conserve

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Photo via Flickr/Con Edison

Equipment problems and a power strain related to today’s hot weather forced Con Edison to cut back voltage by 8 percent in several southern Queens neighborhoods.

The reduction affects customers in the areas of Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Woodhaven. In all, 138,000 customers are affected in the area generally bounded by the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Boulevard, Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica Bay and the Brooklyn/Queens border.

Con Edison said the cutback aims “to protect equipment and maintain service as repairs are made.” Until further notice, residents in the reduction zone should not use heavy-duty appliances such as washers, dryers and air conditioners and should turn off any unnecessary lights or televisions.

Queens is in the midst of this summer’s first heat wave, with temperatures today forecast at 92 degrees. Combined with oppressive humidity, it’ll actually feel more like 102 degrees, according to accuweather.com. Thunderstorms are also forecast for this evening.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation also issued an air quality health advisory through 10 p.m. Monday for the New York City area, as the stifling, muggy air may also include heavy amounts of pollutants such as ozone. Children, seniors and those with respiratory disorders should limit their outdoor activity.

The city will have cooling centers around the five boroughs open on Monday, including at senior centers, NYCHA facilities and parks. Call 311 or click here to locate the nearest center.

Con Edison urges customers who experience power outages to report them immediately to 800-75-CONED and visit its website to check the status of service restoration efforts. When reporting an outage, customers should have their account number available and notify the operator if neighbors on their block also lost power.


Ozone Park man wins Nintendo World Championships

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Photos courtesy of Nintendo World Championships

John Goldberg doesn’t remember when he first started playing video games but Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo was always one of his favorites.

The years of playing the game paid off on June 14, when Goldberg beat 15 other contestants during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles to be crowned the Nintendo World Champion, a title that was last awarded 25 years ago before the competition went on hiatus.

Goldberg, a Stony Brook University graduate who lives in Ozone Park, learned that Nintendo was holding a qualifying round for the championships at a Best Buy near his house and thought it would be fun to participate, he said.

“Being an avid Mario fan and an advanced player at most puzzle games, especially Dr. Mario, I was even more determined to attend, and make it to the Nintendo World Championships,” Goldberg said in an email.

After qualifying for the championship, Goldberg said he wasn’t planning on doing any “special practicing” until the gaming company announced that contestants would play “The Legend of Zelda,” a game Goldberg was not familiar with. He played the game and used an online guide to gain experience before competing with other contestants but only had to beat level 1 to advance to the winner’s round.

“We would later find out that we only had to defeat the first boss as the challenge, and I didn’t even have to play it during the competition,” Goldberg said. “What a letdown.”

In addition to The Legend of Zelda, contestants played Splatoon, Blast Ball, Super Metroid, Mario Kart 8, Balloon Fight, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Mario Maker. Goldberg competed with around 2,500 people in the audience and even more watching online. The large audience did not distract him, he said.

I actually wasn’t nervous at all during the event,” Goldberg said. “Coming from a competitive history of playing in tournaments for Super Smash Bros. games for years now, I have become very acclimated to nerves in cases of big events or large crowds. If anything, it was really exciting.”

During the last challenge, Super Mario Maker, Goldberg thought he would experience a “fake-out,” where he would be tricked into playing more challenges after thinking he won. He was shocked and relieved when the announcer called out his name. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and others presented Goldberg with a trophy in the shape of Mario.

“It was an amazing feeling, and it was really great to meet Shigeru Miyamoto in person, too,” Goldberg said. “It was really something to accomplish something of this caliber simply from playing and enjoying video games.”

Though no dates have been announced for the next Nintendo World Championships, Goldberg said he will “throw his hat in the ring again” if Nintendo or any other gaming company decides to host a similar event.


Ozone Park man dies in high-speed South Jamaica car crash

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Photo by Robert Stridiron

Speeding on a South Jamaica street proved fatal for a 41-year-old Ozone Park man who died when he lost control of his car and struck a tree Sunday evening, police reported.

Authorities said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in front of a home on North Conduit Avenue near 159th Street.

Police said Troy Smith of Rockaway Boulevard was behind the wheel of a 2010 Hyundai sedan traveling in the center lane on North Conduit Avenue at what was described as an unsafe speed.

Reportedly, the vehicle suddenly veered to the right, struck the curb and mounted the sidewalk, then turned on its side and smashed into a tree.

Officers from the 113th Precinct responded to the scene along with EMS units, who pronounced Smith dead at the location. No other injuries were reported.

An investigation by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.