Howard Beach House of the Week 10/27/18

This Howard Beach House of the Week is a lovely home on a huge lot.

The home is a unique two-family Cape Cod that’s been renovated from top to bottom. There’s a beautiful sun room extension and a nice backyard. There’s also a finished basement, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and bay windows. Overall, the house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

This property is listed by Capri Jet Realty for $799,000.


Senior center looking for Christmas volunteers

The CCNS Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center and Citywide Meals-on-Wheels are hosting Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day at St. Mary Gate of Heaven R.C. Church at 103-02 101 Ave. in Ozone Park. This year’s special event will include music and dancing.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to serve the meals and to deliver Meals-on-Wheels to clients.

To volunteer, please call Pat Critelli at 718-847-9200 daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New gifts are also appreciated for homebound seniors.


Jellybean Benitez to host Halloween party at Resorts World

On Saturday night, head over to Resorts World Casino for their annual Halloween Party, featuring renowned DJ Jellybean Benitez.

He will be bringing some spooky tunes to the crowd, joined by special guest Rockers Revenge.

Guests are encouraged to dress up at RW’s Central Park space. Please note that facemasks are not allowed on the casino floor and must be removed upon request.

Jellybean Benitez, a South Bronx native, is best known for his performances at Studio 54 and other dance clubs in the 80s.

Purchase your tickets for the Halloween Party here.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the party begins at 9 p.m.!


Department of Health to host flu event in Jamaica

Flu season is back, and with temperatures dropping, it’s more important now to get your flu shot.

On Thursday at 11 a.m., the acting health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, will be speaking about the importance of the flu vaccine at Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd).

She’ll note how important is especially in the black community, which has low vaccination rates in the city.

Afterward, she will give our own State Senator Leroy Comrie his flu shot.

Come hear from the health commissioner herself on Thursday.


Learn Coding at Queens Central Library

Do you want to learn to code but you just don’t know where to start? The Queens Central Library can help you with that.
Come join the library in an eight-lesson course where they will teach you how to become a programmer using Python. Register now at the Cyber Center by calling 718-990-0769.
The first class will take place on Tuesday, October 23 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. The Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.


Attacks prompt another protest outside of Ozone Park shelter

Two recent attacks prompted the Ozone Park community to continue its protest of a proposed homeless shelter at 85-15 101st Avenue.

The first incident occurred on October 1, when a man knocked a woman unconscious on 84th Street. The woman was walking with her four-year-old son, who witnessed the entire event.

The man was eventually arrested and charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child,

On October 8, Shamin Ahmed and his wife were doing laundry late at the 24-hour Super Clean Laundromat at 74-02 101 Avenue, when Ahmed got into an argument with a man who was partially blocking the aisle. The situation escalated, and the man punched both Ahmed and his wife.

The attacker, known as “Knapsack” to the community, slept in and around the laundromat in apartment building foyers and an abandoned car. He was arrested following the incident.

Members of the local Bangladeshi community joined elected officials and the Ozone Park Residents Block Association last Friday afternoon on 101st Avenue.

To read the full story, visit the Leader-Observer here.


Indoor Flea Market coming to Ozone Park this November

There will be a Giant Indoor Flea Market in Ozone Park on Sunday, November 18.
Taking place at the Nativity Church Hall (101-41 91st St. and Rockaway Blvd.), the flea market will feature clothes, records, a snack bar, games, coins, pet stuff, collectables, DVDs, toys, antiques, jewelry, crafts, leather goods and more!
The event will run rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Know Your Rights workshops coming to Jamaica

Know Your Rights workshops on criminal records is coming to Transitional Services for New York and South Jamaica Cornerstone Community Center.

The events will offer free lawyers who are available to discuss record sealing and getting a copy of your rap sheet.

You may be eligible to have your record sealed if you have one or two criminal convictions total, your convictions are more than 10 years old, and you have no more than one felony.

The first workshop, with LIFE Camp, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard.

The second will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 109-04 160th Street.

Both are on Thursday, October 25.


Legislation Passed to Protect Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay is located on the southern side of Long Island and is divided between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

This body of water is an important ecosystem that contains over 325 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies and 100 species of fin-fish.

Council members Costa Constantinides, Eric Ulrich, I. Daneek Miller, Adrienne Adams, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and other community leaders and residents came out to celebrate the passage of a legislative package that will help restore and protect this New York ecosystem and its surrounding communities.

Many community members refer to Jamaica Bay as a ‘hidden gem’ or a ‘national treasure,’ and are relieved to see political action being taken to preserve it.

The legislative package aims to provide a plan to preserve the health of Jamaica Bay, protect southern Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods that are prone to flooding (that have an increased number of basements with groundwater seepage), and overall make coastal areas more resilient to future storms and climate change.

The first part of the legislative package, Intro 750, will reinstate the New York City Jamaica Bay Task Force that was shut down five years ago by Mayor Bloomberg. The force will consist of 11 people, six chosen by the mayor, five chosen by the speaker of the Council. They will discuss solutions for sewage overflow, rising tides and chemicals from JFK Airport.

The second part of the package, Intro 749, mandates New York City to look into whether or not the groundwater flooding southeast Queens homes can be used for cooling and heating through geothermal exchange as an alternative to water boilers and for electricity.

The third part of the package, Intro 628, requires the city to study which coastal regions are at risk for flooding and plans to be made to prevent future damage. The study will be required every four years to keep up with the evolving rate of change the climate is facing.

Elected officials and community members have high hopes for this new legislation package’s effectiveness in preserving the Bay and improving the environmental status of surrounding neighborhoods.

“The legislation we’re heralding, the passage of supplements, the progress made over the last few years through the Administration’s near $2 billion, commitment to flood mitigation in the region by implementing a series of proactive measures that will direct the City to anticipate future floods, fortify prone neighborhoods, harness the energy of excess water, and protect the integrity of Jamaica Bay,” Miller said.

The legislation was passed unanimously.


Howard Beach Home of the Week 9/22/18

This Home of the Week is a lovely one family home located in Howard Beach.
The home is a split colonial with the main floor featuring a kitchen, living room, dining room,three bedrooms and 1 full bathroom. The top floor includes a master suite with a bath, closet and jacuzzi.
There are four skylights and a finished basement. The home also features a Florida room and Electric Service 200 Amp., in ground pool.
The property is listed by Eliot Hill Realty for $849,000.