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Police searching for Flushing bank robber


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Cops are looking for a Flushing bank robber who took off with $500 Tuesday afternoon.

The robbery took place about 4:40 p.m. at a TD Bank, located at 56-50 Main St., police said.

After entering the bank, the suspect approached the teller, passed a demand note and fled westbound on Booth Memorial Avenue with the money, officials said.

Police describe the suspect as an Asian man, 17 to 25 years old, 5 feet 5 inches, with blond hair and a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: P.S. 117 finds its heroes, $7K donated by community organizations


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre


 

P.S. 117 may not need to wait for Superman any longer to save graduation.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Briarwood Latchkey Generation Facebook group stepped up to contribute about $7,000 together to help save the cash-strapped school.

Nearly 170 graduating fifth-graders were in danger of losing caps and gowns, yearbooks and a senior prom, which are usually sponsored by the school’s PTA, because the Department of Education is investigating $30,000 missing from the accounts of the school’s Parent Teacher Association. While the investigation is ongoing, the organization is not allowed to fundraise and is barred from all financial dealings.

At a school meeting on Monday, Jack Friedman, the executive director of the Chamber, and Nick Tomizawa, who represented the Facebook group made of Briarwood residents and alums of P.S. 117, announced the donations to a room full of parents and teachers.

“I feel ecstatic,” said Nicole Lopez, a parent from the school. “If I could go to the top of a mountain and scream, ‘Thank you,’ I would. I think it’ll get done in time for them to have a nice prom and ceremony.”

The money will pay for expenses for the senior items and dance. Parents are currently creating a list of needs, which they will present to principal Paula Cunningham for approval.

However, because of the short time the children may still not receive physical yearbooks. Instead, the school is considering CD yearbooks with class pictures, and getting autograph books for the children.

The members of the Briarwood Facebook group donated more than $1,000 through the crowdfunding site Giveforward.com.

The Chamber collected $6,000 in donations from Melrose Credit Union, New York Community Bank, TD Bank, Plaza College, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and Thermos & Thomiavia, PC.

The Chamber will hold a press conference to officially announce the donation on Friday.

 

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Pair sought in Forest Hills bank robbery


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Two men robbed a Forest Hills bank Friday, taking more than $1,000 before fleeing, cops said.

The theft took place about 3 p.m. at a TD Bank on 108th Street, according to police.

After the suspects walked into the branch, they allegedly approached the teller and demanded money.  One of the suspects jumped over the counter and removed money from the drawer, then both men escaped in an unknown direction with about $1,700, officials said.

Police describe the first suspect as 25 to 30 years old and about 5 feet 11 inches tall with a slim build. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, and has a beard. The second suspect is about 24 to 25 years old and 6 feet 1 inch tall with a slim build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Cops: Hollis bank robbery suspects steal $3,200


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Two men robbed a Hollis bank Saturday afternoon, taking off with $3,200, police said.

The suspects entered the TD Bank at Hillside Avenue near 188th Street about 12:15 p.m., demanded money from the teller and fled with the cash, according to officials.

Police describe both suspects as black males and 25 to 30 years old. The first suspect is about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and the second is approximately 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Survey: Queens small businesses expect revenue increase, slow job growth


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Graphs courtesy ORC International and TD Bank

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A recently released survey from TD Bank suggested small businesses in Queens are optimistic about 2014, but job growth will be stagnant.

The poll, its inaugural Small Business Pulse Check, surveyed 100 businesses in each borough between November and December of 2013 that make fewer than $5 million a year in revenue. It highlighted the businesses’ outlook for the year, the impact of the sluggish U.S. economy and opinions of the Affordable Care Act.

Nearly half of all businesses in Queens, 44 percent, expect revenue growth this year. However, 61 percent of owners will maintain current staffing levels.

“What this indicates is that they are not expecting contraction,” said Peter Meyer, New York City market president for TD Bank. “They’re looking to be more efficient. I think that reflects an overall cautious view.”

In Queens only 8 percent of businesses have applied for a loan or a line of credit, and just 6 percent say that they are planning to do so.

Meyer said this shows that businesses are comfortable, but not willing to take on debt in order to finance further growth.

A majority of business, 62 percent in Queens, feel that the U.S. economy is to balme for negative impacts on their establishments.

Most businesses believed the country’s economy contributed to a decrease in consumer spending.

On the question of the Affordable Care Act, 52 percent of businesses in the borough said health care reform will have no impact on their businesses.

“Maybe they’re not actually focused on it,” Meyer said. “Obviously they are concerned about the rising cost of it. But I’m kind of surprised that a majority don’t see it having a negative impact on their business.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police: Suspects wanted for Flushing bank robbery


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly robbed a bank at gunpoint Friday night.

About 7:10 p.m., the pair entered a TD Bank on Main Street in Flushing. The first suspect took out a firearm, announced a robbery and ordered a bank employee to the ground, police said. The second jumped over a counter, took $142 and both suspects fled.

One robber is male, around 6 feet tall, and was wearing a blue-hooded wind breaker with an “NY” logo, black jeans and black gloves. His face was covered by a scarf. The second suspect is also male, around 5 feet 10 inches tall with a dark complexion and medium build, police said. He was wearing a hat, sunglasses, a dark jacket, black gloves and dark jeans with dark-colored boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Fund to help family of toddler killed by alleged drunk driver in Jackson Heights


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy Councilmember Julissa Ferreras

A family and community are left mourning three-year-old Olvin Jahir Figueroa after he was fatally struck by an alleged drunk driver while crossing a Jackson Heights street with his mother.

According to police, on October 11 at approximately 9:50 p.m. the toddler was crossing the corner of Junction Boulevard and Northern Boulevard with his mother after visiting a nearby market, when a white 2011 Acura struck him. The 35-year-old driver then stopped and drove the toddler and his mother to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where the toddler was pronounced dead.

The driver, Gilbert Echeverria, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated, police said.

Councilmember Julissa Ferreras gathered with family, residents and members of the local church on Monday, October 14 to hold a candle light prayer vigil for Olvin.

“As a new mother with a baby boy of my own, I know what it is like to have so many hopes and dreams for your children,” said Ferreras. “Olvin’s parents will never get to see him attend his first day of school or see him graduate. He had his whole life ahead of him.”

The councilmember lost two of her best friends close to 20 years ago to a fatal traffic accident also involving a drunk driver at the same intersection.

Ferreras has set up a donation fund at TD Bank to help Olvin’s family with burial expenses. The account number is 4283969885. Checks should be made payable to the “Olvin Jahir Figueroa Burial Fund.”

 

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Rising Stars of Queens honored


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The stars aligned last week when The Queens Courier honored 40 of the borough’s budding young professionals. “It’s awesome to be honored, and it’s humbling to be among these people,” said Eric Abrams, 26, digital media and membership associate for the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “I feel like I’m on my way up.”

Abrams — recognized for his work for the Chamber, including his part in securing a $100,000 grant to develop a mobile phone app for Queens tourism — shared the limelight with several other “Rising Stars” honored for exemplifying outstanding leadership skills in their chosen fields and communities.

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Presented by Metropolitan Hospitality, the fifth annual “40 under 40” awards and networking event drew over 500 people and raised $2,500 in charity raffle funds collected to benefit the Hank Auffarth Family Center of The Child Center of NY and Morgan Center, a pre-school for kids with cancer.

“This makes me proud of my staff, the company and proud to work in Queens,” said Seth Taylor, 33, executive director at the 82nd Street Partnership. “It makes me think back to the work I’ve done and it reminds me of all the work to be done.”

On January 31, at the Caesars Club in Citi Field, event attendees networked with top professionals and mingled with representatives from leading businesses in the area, including this year’s event sponsors National Grid, TD Bank, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, Delta Airlines, Queens Library, Con Edison, Flushing Bank, Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens County Savings Bank, Time Warner Business Class, Samuel Field Y, Sandwire, Crystal Window & Door Systems, Investors Bank and Ehren Joseph Studios.

Danielle Monaro, a co-host on Z100’s Elvis Duran & The Morning Show, received the “Star of Stars” award and was the night’s honorary emcee.

“I went to St. John’s University, so I feel like I grew up in Queens,” she said. “It’s just really nice to see how diverse the crowd is, how everybody comes together and supports each other. It really does mean a lot that I was chosen to be here. “

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Monaro, a New Jersey resident, said she started her gig as a radio personality at St. John’s, where she did theater and WSJU Radio before graduating in 1995.

She helped honor fellow award recipients, including “Mentor of the Year” Bud Harrelson, a 1969 New York Mets World Series champion.

Also honored this year for their community work were Joseph Amodeo, development director for Quality Services for the Autism Community; Eric D. Abrams Digital Media & Membership Associate Queens Chamber of Commerce; Gerdie Rene Gordon, member, Cambria Heights Development Corporation; Seth Taylor, Executive Director, 82nd Street Partnership; Anahit Azatyan, manager of OKG Jewelry; Anokye Blissett, attorney at Law Firm of Russo & Blissett; Ricky Brava, senior partner at Apollo Financial Group; Ricardi Calixte, director of neighborhood economic development for the Queens Economic Development Corporation; Jennifer Colletti-Membreño, assistant director of development at Samuel Field Y; Elizabeth Culp, assistant vice president and branch manager at Roslyn Savings Bank; Paisley Demby, business services director at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College; Josh Fatoullah, president and founder of JR Wealth Advisors; Dr. Peter Feibish, orthodontist at Dynamic Dental; Christian Goode, CFO and SVP of Resorts World NY; Gerdie Rene Gordon, member of Cambria Heights Development Corporation; Tracie Hall, vice president of strategy and organizational development of library services at Queens Library; Matthew Jahrsdoerfer, audit principal at Grassi & Co; Isabella Leung, human resource manager at Crystal Window & Door Systems; Jennifer Matthews, NTC marketing and events for USTA National Tennis Center; Maria Messados, principal/insurance broker for Queens Medallion; Ann O’Connor, cultural collaborator at Zoescope Studio; Tony Rappaport, licensed sales associate at Greenthal Property Sales & Management; Michael Ratner, partner at Abrams, Fensterman; Jeffrey Reich-Hale, director of sales and marketing at Wyndham Garden LIC; June Reid, department manager at Delta Air Lines at JFK International Airport; Jeff Yanni, general manager at Delta Air Lines at LaGuardia Airport; Elias Roman, CEO and co-founder of Songza Media, Inc; Rick Rosa, executive vice president and managing director at Douglas Elliman; Frank T. Santoro, counsel at Farrell Fritz, P.C; Suzanne Shusteris, manager at TD Bank; Aravella Simotas, assemblymember of District 36; Kevin Skelly, assistant general manager at Clearview Golf Corp.; Silvia Tejeda, licensed real estate broker at Rapid Realty Astoria Inc.; Ebony Young, executive director of Long Island City YMCA; Jason Hilliard, executive director for Congressmember Gregory Meeks; Frank Russo III, manager of Russo’s on the Bay; Abbi Leman, communications director at CUNY School of Law; Andrew Barnes, manager at National Grid; Wafa Abboud, founder and CEO of Human First, Inc.; Chris Lynch, director of operations of Parker’s Medical Transportation Division for Lakeville Ambulette Transportation; and Jeffrey DeShields, mortgage development officer and team leader for Sovereign Bank. “I feel blessed. You can’t ask for anything better,” said DeShields, 39.

Creative Group, LLC and Delta Airlines provided the raffled-off Cancun trip, which included four nights and five days at the Ocean Spa Resort or the Laguna Suites and two round trip airfare tickets.
Broadway tickets, an HD TV, two Nets tickets to the TGI Suite at the Barclays Center and many gift certificates were also given away by exhibitors.

Guests also snapped pictures in a free photo booth sponsored by Investors Bank and snacked on free Nathan’s hotdogs and pretzels.

Danielle Monaro, co-host of the Z100 Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, talks about The Queens Courier Rising Stars event on her radio show. 

 

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TD Bank comes to LIC


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

COURIER/Photo Courtesy of Maggie Hayes

Banking at “America’s most convenient bank” just got easier with the launch of a brand new branch.

TD Bank officials and Long Island City residents took refuge from the rain on Friday, September 28 to celebrate the opening of the newest location, at 21-31 46th Avenue.

“It’s very exciting for us. We’re looking to do a lot,” said Randy Estrada, West Queens’ retail market manager. “We’ve always had an interest [in the area] but not a presence.

The construction was one of TD’s “easiest builds,” according to Estrada. Previously, the site was home to a State Bank of Long Island branch, and it proved to be the right spot for TD to break into the territory.

From start to finish, the transformation into a TD branch took just two months.

“We have the style, the flair, the team,” said Keith Narozny, the 46th Avenue manager. “My team is very excited.”

To celebrate the opening, the branch hosted seven days of celebration.

“There was a surprise and delight every day,” said Estrada.

TD offers daily superb customer service that you may not get elsewhere. The bank is open seven days a week, 361 days a year, from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Also available in the store is a coin-to-cash machine, free to account holders.

TD Bank not only cares for customers, but also for its community. It has donated to several nonprofit organizations, including St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and the nearby MoMA PS1.

The bank will continue to open up branches throughout Queens. Next up: Sunnyside.

“With the renaissance that’s happening around here, we had to be a part of it,” said Estrada.

TD Bank celebrates grand opening in Richmond Hill


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, along with new store manager Leslie Singh, welcomed the Queens community at the celebration of its new store in Richmond Hill at 119-25 Liberty Avenue.

Singh is proud to join TD Bank after 22 years in financial services. In his new role, he will be responsible for new business development, consumer lending and managing personnel and day-to-day operations at the Richmond Hill store.

Members of the Richmond Hill community celebrated the opening with an all-day party, which featured free food and refreshments, TD’s mascot, a stilt walker and a steel drum band. Attendees also participated in exciting games and prizes, and one lucky guest won a $1,000 shopping spree.

Employees at the Richmond Hill store plan to wow customers with TD Bank’s unique and convenient customer services. In September 2011, Money magazine named TD Bank “Best Regional Bank/East” on its “Best Banks” list, which recognized TD’s convenient hours and low bar to free checking. The TD Bank store at 119-25 Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill will be open: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.