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New Single Stop pilot program helps seniors sign up for benefits

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The seniors at the Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center in Ridgewood can now receive help signing up for important benefit programs through a new pilot initiative called the Single Stop Program.

It aims to expand seniors’ access to and enrollment in benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Extra Help, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and more.

“It really is a good thing,” said Barbara Toscano, executive director for the Peter Cardella Senior Center. “I think we were picked because this community would have a high level of seniors that would need these programs.”

The Single Stop Program brings in knowledgeable staff members to the senior center once a week who will screen seniors for benefits, help maximize services for individuals, and provide individual assistance in applying for and securing the benefits needed. This is all done through the pilot program’s electronic enrollment system, which will help seniors navigate the many potential assistance opportunities.

“A person can come in to the senior center and want food stamps, and it goes through their computer system,” Toscano said. “It really is wonderful because a lot of times when you have all these forms and paperwork to fill out, it can take over a month and a half sometimes to enroll…the Single Stop Program is working really well here. It runs until November, but they might come back and do it again.”

Single Stop Program staff members will be able to provide follow-up services from their Single Stop sites where seniors can obtain additional services and follow up on issues related to their benefits applications and cases.

“It’s a really nice program. It’s really helpful for the seniors,” Toscano said. “We do all this here at the Peter Cardella Center, but it takes a long time. This gets back to them really quick. Food stamps are so important, especially for seniors. It’s really good for them. We are trying to get a lot of people enrolled and are trying to bring a lot of these benefits to the seniors here.”


Crime drop tops 104th Precinct meeting in Ridgewood

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of 104th Precinct


Crime dropped across the 104th Precinct last month, but the precinct’s commander warned during Tuesday’s 104th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ridgewood about a “significant uptick” in identity theft and tire and rim thefts.

Capt. Mark Wachter told guests at the Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center that major crimes fell by 8 percent in the last 28 days, but some residents reported scams including mail listing credit card charges that they did not make.

According to Wachter, the percentage of stolen cars is down. Burglaries are down 9 percent for the month and 6 percent for the year. Felony assaults are down 6 percent and robberies are down almost 10 percent.

There has also been an uptick in Glendale of tire and rim heists, specifically of 2014 Toyotas. Wachter suggested that residents put wheel locks on their cars. P.O. Eddie Collado of the precinct’s Crime Prevention Unit has been knocking on doors to warn residents of the recent thefts.

Wachter also mentioned that the anti-crime unit took a gun off the street in Ridgewood a few hours before the meeting.

The new commander, who took the helm in March for now-Deputy Inspector Christopher Manson, said he is settling into the job and would like to hear feedback from the community about any problems they would like the precinct to alleviate.

“I enjoy being here,” Wachter said. “It’s a great place to work. It’s going to take me time to meet and greet everybody but it’s something I want to do.”

At the end of the night, Wachter awarded four officers with Cop of the Month honors.

Officers David Babayev, Edwin Diaz, Amaruy Gomez and Brian Abbondandelo responded to a home invasion on March 16.

At 8:30 a.m. that day, a New Hampshire man, who was allegedly under the influence of drugs, shot rounds of gunfire in Maspeth. The suspect and another man pulled out of the Long Island Expressway and onto 56th Avenue and 61st Street. He then exited his car and shot a round into the street.

The suspect then forced himself into a woman’s home as she opened the door to leave her house. The officers, who entered the two-family walk-up to remove the suspect, were met with one round of gunfire.

Officers Babayev, Diaz, Gomez and Abbondandelo were able to coax the suspect out without firing shots. The homeowner, who was still in the house during this altercation, was uninjured.

Wachter commended them for the “tremendous amount of restraint” they showed when capturing the suspect.

“This easily could’ve turned into a tragedy for us, for the person involved, for the innocent parties inside the house,” Wachter said. “We’re honoring these officers for their professionalism, their restraint that they showed, their common sense [and] their bravery.”

The captain presented Babayev, Diaz and Abbondandelo with plaques donated by the Times Newsweekly; Gomez was not present to receive his award.


Mayor Bloomberg serves up Thanksgiving in Ridgewood

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Beth Shapiro, Kathleen Turner & Mayor Bloomberg  at Peter Cardella Senior Center Thanksgiving 2011w

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Peter Cardella Senior Center in Ridgewood to don an apron and help prepare a Thanksgiving feast.

Two hundred elderly Queens residents gobbled up a Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey, stuffing, butternut squash soup, cranberry sauce, baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob and pumpkin pie.

“The Peter Cardella Senior Center in Queens is the very first place I visited as a candidate for Mayor in 2001, and as families across the five boroughs gather again to reflect on what they’re thankful for, I am grateful for the opportunity to come back at work at the Cardella Center again,” said Bloomberg.

More than 200 Citymeals-on-Wheels volunteers provided meals to 5,400 shut-ins across the city for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“New York City has the strongest and most generous social safety net in the country, and for three decades now Citymeals-on-Wheels has been an integral part of that,” the mayor said.