Residents in South Ozone Park are planning yet another protest in response to the ACS’ juvenile detention center in the area.
The state’s Close to Home program moves 18 juveniles in upstate facilities back down to the city in order to have them closer to their families.
A group of residents, named the Committee to Stop the Prison in South Ozone Park, is hosting the protest. They will rally on Saturday at the parking lot of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, located on 133-25 128 Street.
“When our government infringes into our way of life, our freedom and our prosperity, we need to stand together and honorably fight for our rights,” a flier for the protest states.
Recently, the center was audited by city comptroller Scott Stringer. The contract was rejected last month but ACS resent the contract to Stringer’s office on July 13.
Another day, another crime at Resorts World Casino.
Around 7 p.m. on Saturday night, a man attacked a 66-year-old security guard outside of the casino. During the attack, the security guard dropped the keys to his 2008 Lexus. The attacker stole the keys and took off in the vehicle.
The guard was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a broken eye socket and a broken nose.
The suspect is approximately 6 feet tall and bald. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Ozone Park’s new strip mall, located on Cross Bay Boulevard between Albert Road and North Conduit Avenue, is now in business. Some stores have already opened up shop while others will be opening soon.
The site had previously sat vacant for over a decade. Permits for the strip mall were finalized in March 2014 and construction began shortly after. Currently, there are a few businesses, such as Empire J Nail Spa (formerly Nail Tek, which was further down Cross Bay Boulevard but now closed), Nadia Rima and CKO Kickboxing that are opened.
TruBurger, Dunkin Donuts, a Verizon Wireless storefront, a sushi restaurant are all coming to the mall as well, although there is no specific completion date for any of the businesses.
After 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).
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.
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.
On 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.”
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.