Jamaica Hills resident dies in car crash


A 48-year-old Jamaica Hills resident has died as a result of a two-crash collision on the service road by Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica.

Police say that on Monday, at approximately 5:48 a.m., cops found the car crash at Grand Central Parkway and 164th Street.

A preliminary investigation found that a 2009 Nissan Sentra, operated by a 51-year-old man that carried a 48-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman, were traveling northbound when it was struck by a 2012 Scion SUV traveling westbound on Grand Central Parkway.

The Scion was driven by a 36-year-old woman, who sustained minor injuries to her neck and back. She was taken to North Shore Manhasset Hospital in stable condition.

The 51-year-old driver was injured in his chest and taken to Queens General Hospital. He is in stable condition.

The 59-year-old passenger suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to Jamaica Hospital. She’s in stable condition.

But 48-year-old Wazeda Banu, who suffered chest pain, was taken to Queens General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead 0on arrival.

The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident.



28-year-old man shot in South Ozone Park

Police are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday at 11 p.m. in South Ozone Park.

Authorities say a 28-year-old man was fatally shot at 140th Street and 120th Avenue. Police say the victim, whose identity was not released, was shot in the head.

EMS took him to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There are no arrests at this time. The investigation is ongoing.


DOT hosts demonstration for Connected Vehicle Pilot program

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The NYC Department of Transportation is hosting demonstrations of US DOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot program today at Aqueduct Racetrack’s parking lot at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard.

The demonstration runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

A participating vendor will demonstrate the capacity of aftermarket safety devices in cars to help detect location accuracy, collision warnings, blind spots and right-turning cars.

This is part of US DOT’s selection of NYC to be part of the Connected Vehicle Pilot program, where city cars are equipped with the technology.


Celebrating JFK’s 100th birthday


Elected officials in eastern Queens celebrated John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday last week with students from PS 46.

The group celebrated at John F. Kennedy Circle, the only street in the city named after the 35th American president.

“Today we commemorate the centennial of the birth of John F. Kennedy. Given today’s political climate, we must remember and celebrate JFK’s spirit of inclusion and his contributions to our country and the world at large,” said Councilman Barry Grodenchik.

Assemblyman David Weprin said JFK inspired millions to get involved and fulfill their civic duties.

“In 2017, with millions of Americans marching for civil rights, equal opportunity and justice, President Kennedy’s message resonates more than ever,” Weprin said.


Rosedale Memorial Day Parade

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The Rosedale Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 29 at 10:45 a.m.

It’s sponsored by the Rosedale Civic Association and the Laurelton-Rosedale Legion Hall Post #483.

Grand marshals for the parade are Lee E. Blackmon, a retired U.S. Marine, and Samuel Elliott of the Rosedale Civic Association.

Kick off is at 243rd Street and Mayda Road.


New evacuation signs in southeast Queens

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato unveiled new evacuation signs in southeast Queens earlier this week.

The new signs will direct evacuees to higher ground using a “zone system” of elevation. It’s part of a comprehensive “Know Your Zone” program which is aimed at educating residents about storm dangers in low-lying areas.

“We saw the worst happen in 2012, and we’re still recovering five years later,”Amato said. “I appreciate NYC Emergency Management for their hard work to plan for the next time around, by launching this year-round education program and hopefully changing how we think about preparation and evacuation. I encourage everyone to Know Your Zone and to take advantage of NYC Emergency Management’s other great resources, so that you and your family are as secure as possible during hurricane season.”



Car collision leaves 89-year-old man dead


Police are investigating a crash on Sunday, May 7 that eventually killed an 89-year-old man from Howard Beach.

Authorities say at about 12:48 a.m., 89-year-old Robert Falk was struck by a car near Cross Bay Boulevard and 160th Avenue.

EMS responded to the scene and took Falk to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a week later.

Upon further investigation by the NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad, Falk was crossing Cross Bay Boulevard when a 2012 Honda Pilot, driven by a 39-year-old man, made a left turn and hit Falk with the front bumper area.

The driver remained at the scene. There are no arrests, and the investigation remains ongoing.


Resorts World gives $50k grant to QEDC contest

Michelle Stoddart, Director of PR and Community Development at RWCNYC; Bill Singh, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at RWCNYC; Seth Bornstein, Executive Director of QEDC; Edward Odom of CitiBank; all of the winners from the 2016-2017 StartUP! Competition; and Emily Lin, Principal of LIN + ASSOCIATES Architects pose with a check at the Queens Taste 2017. Photo credit: Dominick Totino.
Michelle Stoddart, Director of PR and Community Development at RWCNYC; Bill Singh, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at RWCNYC; Seth Bornstein, Executive Director of QEDC; Edward Odom of CitiBank; all of the winners from the 2016-2017 StartUP! Competition; and Emily Lin, Principal of LIN + ASSOCIATES Architects pose with a check at the Queens Taste 2017. Photo credit: Dominick Totino.

Resorts World Casino New York City announced a $50,000 grant to the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) to fund their StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a competition which aims to support entrepreneurship in Queens.

The partnership was announced at QEDC’s Queens Taste 2017, a fundraiser held at the New York Hall of Science in Corona.

“Resorts World Casino New York City is honored to join QEDC to support small business owners in Queens,” said Michelle Stoddart, director of PR and community development at Resorts World Casino New York City. “The StartUP! Business Plan Competition will enable local entrepreneurs to access new tools and resources to continue to innovate in the booming Queens economy.”

Participants in the entrepreneurship competition will attend training classes and then submit a business plan to be judged by a panel for a chance to win funding for their business.

Contestants can compete in one of three categories: community, food-based, or innovation. Eligible businesses must be startups currently based in Queens and winners can receive a grant of up to $10,000.

The competition begins in August and ends in March.

For more information on the StartUP! Business Plan Competition, visit: www.queensny.org/qedc/business/programs/startup/.


St. Stan’s in Ozone Park to receive CYO Sportsmanship Award

The St. Stan’s (Ozone Park) CYO basketball program has been chosen to receive this year’s CYO Parish Sportsmanship Award.

14713559_1125098400931313_8484837476865669963_nTheir dedication to hosting various basketball programs, respectfulness of parents and kids, and attitude of their athletic community were large factors in the nomination.

“It is a great honor and tribute to the dedication and standards set by our PAR Joe Bode,” said Athletic Directors, Jimmy Cooke & Kathleen Jordan McDonald.

“We would like to extend a huge thank you to our coaches: Carlos ‘Los Man’ Cervantes, CJ Cooke, Rudy Peña, Joseph Bode, Dominick Phil Hughes Santoro, Billy Hofmann, along with our parents and players!” said Bode.

The award will be presented at the CYO hall of fame dinner on June 2nd.



Southeast Queens to host Family Resource Expo



Elected officials in southeast Queens are hosting a Family Resource Expo at CUNY York College on Saturday, May 6.

The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York College Atrium, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica.

State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel and Councilman I. Daneek Miller are hosts of the event. Guest speakers include Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott and New York State Regents member Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr..

Dozens of local and state agencies and community organizations will also be in attendance to provide information and resources for local residents.

To register to participate in the workshops, call 718-765-6459.