South Ozone Park street named for teen who died of rare condition

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A portion of 110th Street in South Ozone Park will forever honor the life of the late Qadri Skipper, a resident who died in 2012 from two rare medical conditions.

On Tuesday, Councilman Ruben Wills, was joined by Qadri’s family and friends as well as other local leaders to pay tribute to the late teen.

“Qadri’s name means Under God’s Control and Meaningful Purpose,” said Doreen Blair-Skipper, a family member. “At a young age, he displayed strength through adversity well beyond his years, but always with a positive attitude and compassion for others.”

“I am proud to have been chosen to care for him because his life continues to have Meaningful Purpose: by raising awareness about the rare conditions of Pulmonary Hypertension and Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia,” she added. “I am honored to pay tribute to Q, and thank Councilman Ruben Wills for helping to make this commemorative ceremony possible; as well as everyone who was involved in Qadri’s care, education and emotional and spiritual support.”

When he was a senior at Information Technology High School, Qadri lost his battle to Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (1 in 1,000,000 people) and Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (1 in 5,000 people).

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Queens Village resident leads DDC project

Photo Courtesy/Department of Design and Construction (DDC)

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Vanessa Galvez, a 26-year-old Queens Village resident and resident engineer at the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), is currently leading a project to install 164 bioswales in Maspeth.

Bioswales are natural areas located near stormwater catch basins that use extremely porous soil and specific plants to absorb and divert stormwater from filling up city sewers and ultimately, our streets.

“Instead of letting runoff flow into our storm sewers or ponds, or create floods, the bioswales will be collecting the water to saturate the soil, to water the plants and the trees. It will beautify the neighborhood and disperse and clean the water to an extent,” Galvez said. “I take pride in bioswales. If I’m driving around with my family, I’ll say, ‘Oh look! I built that!’ At first you look at it and it just looks like a tree pit, but once you look at all the specs, all the standards, you realize it’s helping the city.”

Galvez, a alumna of NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, joined DDC in 2012. Her first day on the job was the same day that Superstorm Sandy struck.

Her family comes from El Salvador. When she visited her parents’ home country as a 12 year old, she noticed children playing with dirty water on the streets of the city. A graduate of Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica, Galvez said her interest in mechanical engineering percolated after watching a documentary about the environmental failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

“Looking back on it now, they could have built a simple filter out of rocks,” she said about her trip to El Salvador. “Maybe it wouldn’t have cleaned the water enough to drink it, but it might have exposed the kids to a bit more cleanliness. The way we function impacts the cleanliness of the environment. It’s all related.”

Galvez said the installation of 164 bioswales in Maspeth should be completed by the winter. The $3.8 million project will also include new sidewalks and curbs.

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PHOTOS: Honoring Anthony Mason

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Former Knicks player Anthony Mason was honored with a street renaming last week in South Jamaica. Hundreds of family, friends and community members showed up to remember the late athlete, a fan-favorite known for his physical prowess.

“When you get these types of honors, it means you’ve touched a lot of people,” said former Knicks star John Starks. “He was a man full of passion, a man of conviction.”

Often known as “Mase,” the South Jamaica native passed away on February 28, 2015, a few weeks after suffering a massive heart attack. He had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

To read more coverage about the renaming of Anthony Mason Way, click here.

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TOMORROW: Walk for Wellness!

Knicks legend John Starks will join elected officials in Southeast Queens to take part in the second Walk for Wellness this Saturday.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. at Roy Wilkins Park (Merrick Blvd and Foch Blvd), residents will walk to put the community back on a track to a healthy lifestyle.

In Southeast Queens, one in four adults get no physical exercise, and one in five are obese. Being overweight increases risks for heart diseases and other problems, especially diabetes. According to officials, 10 percent of adults in Southeast Queens suffer from diabetes, which is above the city average of 8 percent.

If not for the health, come for the free giveaways, which will be given to every participant.

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Former mayor endorses Adams for State Senate

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Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins has formally endorsed Adrienne Adams, currently the chair of Community Board 12 and a candidate for the State Senate.

The senate district includes Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Rosedale and parts of Far Rockaway. The Democratic Primary will be on Tuesday, September 13.

Dinkins, the city’s only African American mayor, said Adams has worked tirelessly for her community for years.

“She has always fought hard to better our schools, help our seniors and improve our quality of life,” Dinkins said. “She is a trusted leader that Southeast Queens and the Rockaways need.”

In return Adams called Dinkins an “important figure in our city’s history.” She credited him for driving down crime, improving quality of life and preserving affordable housing.

Dinkins’s endorsement adds to a long list of establishment support that Adams has received, including endorsements from Rev. Floyd Flake, Congressman Gregory Meeks and the Queens County Democratic Committee.

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Outreach program making an impact in Richmond Hill & Greater Queens

Outreach_Outpatient_Services_OOS_977305Outreach, located at 117-11 Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill, provides quality outpatient treatment for persons, aged 18 and older with alcohol and/or other substance abuse problems.

Their programs are built on a multi-phase model creating opportunities to achieve and recognize specific goals as a person moves through each level of recovery.

 

The experience also allows participants to break their isolation and become members of a larger, more supportive external community. A wide range of  structured activities emphasize appropriate interdependence among participants and staff as an integral part of the recovery process.

Length of stay depends on individual need. Services are available in Spanish at Richmond Hill and in Polish and Spanish in Greenpoint. Special program tracks are also available for individuals with DWI/DUI violations.

 

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  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling
  • Toxicology Testing
  • Health Education and Intervention
  • HIV Education and Prevention
  • Vocational Counseling
  • On-Site Self-Help Meetings
  • Acupuncture (at Richmond Hill facility)
  • DWI Services

 

At its offices in Richmond Hill and Greenpoint, Outreach’s “trauma-informed care” program features a diverse staff that specializes in marriage and family therapy for women that suffer from both substance abuse and mental health issues.

Beginning with a brief phone assessment, specialists at Outreach determine appropriate treatment through a six to nine-month program. Specifics include a relapse-prevention plan, job training and placement, stabilizing housing and psychiatric services.

You can call Outreach at (718) 847-9233, or visit their website for more information.

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Knife-wielding burglar targeting chain restaurants

1487-16 QRS Pattern #90 (111 Pct) (06-01-16  3)Police say the same knife-wielding burglar who’s struck three chain eateries in Howard Beach, Flushing and Forest Hills, may have struck again, this time at a Subway in Woodside.

According to police, during the most recent incident at the sandwich chain, located at 205-12 Northern Boulevard, a male suspect went behind the counter, displayed a knife and demanded the register be opened. An employee opened the register and $400 in cash was removed. The incident occurred on June 1 at around 9:25 p.m.

Authorities believe that the alleged crime fits the pattern of three previous incidents last month. Those incidents are:

On May 11, at about 9:50 p.m., an individual entered Carvel, located at 103-21 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills and displayed a knife to an employee. At the individual’s request, the employee opened the register for the suspect, who removed the entire tray containing about $500 in cash.

On May 23 at about 11:30 p.m., an individual entered the Dunkin’ Donuts located at 146-36 45 Avenue in Flushing and displayed a knife, demanding that a male employee open two cash registers. The suspect fled with approximately $600 in cash.

On May 25 at about 11:55 p.m., an individual entered a Dunkin’ Donuts located at 163-02 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. The suspect displayed a knife and removed the cash register drawer which contained approximately $776.

The individual in all the incidents is described as a black male, approximately 5’9″, medium build, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, and boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Kids, families volunteer to clean up Baisley Pond Park

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Dozens of kids and their families came out to Baisley Pond Park over the weekend as part of “It’s My Park” Day, a citywide effort hosted by NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation to clean up parks across the five boroughs.

Volunteers picked up trash, planted flowers and repainted benches as part of the effort. Community organizations also raked leaves, painted fences and hosted children’s activities to prepare for the upcoming season of events.

The following organizations attended the “It’s My Park” Day cleanup: 149th Street Block Association, Talent Youth Development Education and Entertainment, Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce.

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Ozone Park man sentenced for 2013 shooting of cop

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An Ozone Park man convicting of shooting an off-duty police officer in 2013 was sentenced has been sentenced to 59 1/3 to 66 1/3 years to life in prison this week.

According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, Jose L. Bernazard, 42, whose last known address was on 88 Street in Queens, tried to gain entrance to the Jamaica home of Christina Rodriguez on Sunday, June 2013, at around 10 p.m.

When Rodriguez refused his entry, Bernazard then allegedly climbed through a window according to trial testimony. Once inside, he reportedly began to assault her and her 10-month old son.

Hearing their cries for help, off-duty police officer Joseph Koch, 28 at the time, went to their aid. He reportedly had his police shield clipped to his waist band in plain view.

As Bernazard and Kock struggled during the confrontation, Bernazard allegedly grabbed Koch’s gun and shot him in the hand. Bernazard was also struck by a bullet during the struggle.

All four individuals were taken to the hospital from the scene to be treated for their injuries.

Brown said a subsequent investigation revealed that Bernazard had stalked Ms. Rodriguez between January 26, 2012, and June 16, 2013, during which time he assaulted Ms. Rodriguez on three separate occasions prior to the June 16, 2013, incident.

“The defendant is a clear danger to the woman he had briefly dated, her son and to the general public,” said Brown. “This individual showed a total disregard for the judicial system. He broke into the home of his former girlfriend, assaulted both her and her young son and repeatedly ignored lawful mandates to stay away from her. And when he continued to harass and stalk her and a police officer intervened attempting to effect his arrest, the defendant shot him. In this case, a lengthy prison term was more than warranted and the defendant will likely spend the rest of his days behind bars.”

A jury convicted Bernazard on April 18, 2016, of second-degree attempted murder, second- and third-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault, first degree burglary, aggravated criminal contempt, second-degree criminal contempt, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation,second-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree criminal mischief and first-degree stalking following a three and one-half week trial.

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