Few homes still reporting power loss after heat wave

ozoneparkAfter Monday’s sweltering heat, some homes in Queens are still without power.

Homes in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn either lost power or had to live with reduced power as temperatures rose to nearly 100 degrees. Eight percent, close to 138,000, of Con Edison’s customers within the neighborhoods of Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Kew Gardens and Woodhaven were affected. Most have regained full power.

On Wednesday, however, some homes near the Aqueduct Racetrack have still reported no lights in their homes. Restoration is estimated to occur within the early afternoon between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

You can check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).


Early Morning Fire in Ozone Park Injures 7


An early morning fire broke out in Ozone Park, injuring five residents and two firefighters.

Officials said  the fire began around 3:17 a.m. at 103-28 105th Street. The fire erupted on a deck and proceeded to spread throughout the first floor of a two-story private home. A neighbor banged on the door to wake the residents of the home and then called 911. At about 3:25 a.m., the blaze escalated to a second alarm. Firefighters managed to control the fire around 4:27 a.m.

The five residents were taken to North Shore University Hospital for minor injuries. One of the two injured firefighters was also taken to the hospital.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.


Ozone Park church lit on fire days before closing down


Someone torched a soon-to-be-closed Lutheran Church in Ozone Park this week.

Early Monday morning, around 2 a.m., an arsonist broke into Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at 85-15 101st Avenue and lit a fire within the church’s community center. While working a double shift, Nathaniel Rodriguez, the custodian, noticed something amiss when he was across the street taking trash out. When he returned to the church, he saw that the hallway’s linoleum floors were charred and the gas burners in the kitchen had been turned on. A can of Easy-Off was on top of the stove, which shows that the arsonist wanted to create more chaos.

The arsonist used old church records to start the fire, some records going back as far as 1884. Church offices were also ransacked.

Church council president John Naudus couldn’t believe the amount of historical records, such as wedding and funeral information, that could have been destroyed.

“It’s a real kick in the teeth,” Naudus said.

The church closed its doors this week. In the future, they are planning to join with St. Luke’s Luthern Church in Woodhaven and St. Philip Evangelical Church in Brooklyn to form one mega church, All Saints Lutheran Church.

“Maybe someone didn’t like the fact we were closing,” said Rodriguez.


Racetrack Fan Dick Van Patten Dead at 86

DickVanPattenByPhilKonstantinOn June 23, actor Dick Van Patten died in Santa Monica, California at the age of 86. The famed actor starred in hit movies and shows like “Freaky Friday,” “Eight is Enough,” “Spaceballs” and “Robin Hood, Men in Tights.”

Van Patten was also a huge horse racing fan. A native New Yorker, he spent a lot of time at Aqueduct Racetrack with his father growing up. The racetrack fueled his passion for the sport. Van Patten ended up purchasing his first Thoroughbreds in 1946 at the age of 18. When he move to California, he eventually had his own small stables and a number of horses trained by Bill Spawr.

His publicist Jeffrey Ballard once spoke to TMZ saying, “the only time Dick Van Patten runs is down the stretch at the racetrack when his horses are winning.”


Friday Flashback: 1944 triple dead heat


On June  10, 1944, in front of a crowd nearing 26,000 people, there was a dead heat tie for first place at Aqueduct Racetrack. Horses Brownie, Bossuet and Wait a Bit were ridden by Eddie Guerin, Jimmy Stout and Gayle Smith. The crowd was first split as to who actually won the race, but with the help of a clear magic-eye camera, it was determined that each horse crossed the line at the same time.

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Resorts World Opens this Friday

At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, the Resorts World New York City casino will open its doors in South Queens.

Visitors will be greeted with nearly 2,500 Video Lottery Terminals anda variety of international dining selections as well as a range of entertainment options.

Check it out and tell us what you think.


Addabbo goes all in for full-fledged casinos in NYS

Senator Joe Addabbo continues to push for full-fledged casinos in New York State after a recent poll from Siena College revealed that fifty-seven percent of New Yorkers support a constitutional amendment to allow non-Indian casinos to be build in New York while only 36 percent opposed the initiative.

Another poll issued by Quinnipac University also revealed that 56 percent of New Yorkers support full casino gaming, similar to that at Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

“Rather than see the money keep going to Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos upstate, in this stagnant economy, I believe we must start the process, including public input, for the expansion of VLT racinos into full casino gaming to increase our revenues,” Addabbo said in a statement.



The first of 4,525 Video Lottery Terminals were delivered to Resorts world Casino New York City this week, marking an exciting new phase of the casino’s development, casino executives announced.

The VLTs will be installed and individually tested on the gaming floor — the core of the casino action – during the next weeks. When phase one of Resorts World Casino New York City opens in October, it will boast 2,280 VLTs, entertainment and delectable dining. The second phase will open by the end of the year and will feature 2,245 additional VLTs as well as more dining options and unparalleled event space.

“This is an exciting development; we are on the path towards creating a world-class entertainment destination,” said Michael Speller, president of Resorts World Casino New York City. “The video lottery terminals, which are a cornerstone of our casino, have been in our mind’s eye for nearly a year, and we are happy that the public will soon share our vision. We are in the final stage and are thrilled that Resorts World Casino New York City will welcome its guests to an optimum experience.”

More information on Resorts World New York is available at www.rwnewyork.com.