Love Your Neighbor clean up this Saturday

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The Glendale Civic Association and Glendale Property Owners are hosting a clean-up this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Interested participants should meet in front of Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe (80-09 Myrtle Ave.), and bring a broom and dust pan. Gloves, trash bags and T-shirts will be provided by the Glendale Kiwanis. Refreshments and pizza will be provided following the clean-up at 12:30 p.m. at the Old Glory Republican Club (71-20 Myrtle Ave).

For more information and to RSVP for the clean-up, click here.



Glendale man among those busted in child sex sting operation

predators_introFormer “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen made a return by assisting in the arrests of 10 child predators, including a Glendale man, after a four-day Connecticut child sex sting operation.

The men, hailing from Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, exchanged online messages with Hansen and the Fairfield police under the impression that they were actually speaking to either a 13-year-old boy or a 12-year-old girl. Joshua R. Colon, 32, from Glendale was one of those caught.

Fairfield police placed the suspects under surveillance from the time that they entered town to the time they entered the home hoping to have sex with either child.

“I’ll leave you up to the imagination as to what those items may have been, but they were certainly inappropriate and illegal, and they shouldn’t be exposing those to what they believed to be children,” Fairfield police chief Gary McNamara told NBC.

The following men were arrested and charged with criminal attempt at sexual assault, as well as other crimes, in the operation:

Jeffrey B. Sokol, 44, Brookline, Mass., Joshua R. Colon, 32, Glendale, N.Y., Vincent M. Ambrosio, 19, Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Charles E. Lawrence, 59, Fairfield, Conn., Jesse Velez, 28, Bridgeport, Conn., John M. Dupee, 40, Norwalk, Conn., Stephen P. Buchanan, 27, Stratford, Conn., David N. Tiriolo, 31, Shelton, Conn., Michael G. Gentile, 64, Brewster, N.Y.

Also arrested and charged with criminal attempt at impairing the morals of a minor was Michael Manzi, 32, Harrison, N.Y.


104th Precinct Community Council meeting coming up at Atlas Mall

The 104th precinct has scheduled their next community council meeting for Tuesday, October 20th, at 7:30 p.m, in the 3rd floor conference room of Atlas Mall. Community members can come out to to ask questions and meet with the Commanding Officer, as well as representatives from the DOT and the NYC Comptroller’s office. A 104th precinct safety officer will also be giving out traffic safety tips.

For more information, contact Detective Bell at (718) 386-2431, or send an e-mail to the council at


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Local animal group raising funds for Glendale pup

DNAinfo is reporting local area animal group Frankie’s Friends is raising funds for a Glendale pup who was hit by a tow-truck along with his owner during a walk last week.

Five-year-old Lucas and his owner were walking on 80th St. on September 24 when they were both struck by a tow-truck. The five year-old terrier’s owner was taken to a hospital for surgery, and Lucas was taken to a Forest Hills vet, who found the dog needs to fix a broken jaw and repair an ear.

Donations for Lucas’ surgery can be made here:


Courtesy Frankie’s Friends




Glendale takes part in Bride’s March

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley hosted the first Queens contingent of the Bride’s March over the weekend, an event aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence.

Last weekend’s Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk, also known as the Bride’s March, marked the 15th year of the event, which takes place in various routes throughout the city.  The march began in New York City in 2001 in commemoration of Washington Heights woman Gladys Ricart, who was murdered in 1999 by an abusive ex-boyfriend on the day she was to wed her fiancé.

This is the first time Glendale has taken part in the event. Crowley, along with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and several anti-violence organizations, marched from the Shops at Atlas Park to the Queens Center Mall to denounce the crime.
Just this year, the 104th Precinct has reported over 2,600 reported cases of domestic violence. In all of Queens, over 14,000 incidents have been reported. Domestic violence continues to be one the highest reported crimes in this precinct and in the borough, and yet even still one of the most underreported crimes nationwide.

“The numbers show that domestic violence calls are made alarmingly frequently in our local precinct,” said Crowley in a statement. “That is why I felt it necessary to bring the first contingent to Queens – so we can work together to end domestic violence. It’s so important that victims know their rights and they know they are not alone.”

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Council member Crowley commemorates FDNY’s 150th anniversary

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At city hall Monday (9/21), Council member Elizabeth Crowley presented a proclamation to the FDNY to commemorate its 150th anniversary. She presented the proclamation to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who accepted it along with members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the Uniformed EMS Officers Union and the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors.

“This is a momentous occasion for our Fire Department – for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect New Yorkers,” Crowley said in a statement following the ceremony. “Since its creation 150 years ago, it has continued to grow to meet the needs of New York City. It is the largest fire department in the nation and is recognized as the world’s busiest and most highly skilled emergency response agency, responding to more than a million emergencies every year.”

“Earlier this month, we remembered 14 years after the 9/11 attacks. So many families lost loved ones, but the family who lost so many was the FDNY,” she added. “Even still, they exemplified selflessness, bravery and courage in the face of danger. That is what the FDNY stands for.”


Job fair with more than 70 employers coming to Glendale early next month

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Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is hosting his annual Fall Job Fair on October 2, which could feature more than 1,000 potential positions, according to a release.

The job fair will take place at Atlas Park on Friday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of potential employers, including private companies and non-profits, and city, state and federal agencies. Reps will accept  resumés and answer questions on the spot.

There will be an emphasis on retail positions, as many companies look to hire additional staff members as they gear up for the the holiday shopping season.

“Searching for a job can be a very overwhelming experience, and many people don’t even know where to start or who to contact,” said Addabbo. “That’s where this job fair comes in, bringing together businesses and individuals seeking employment all in one place. Nobody should have to struggle to find work, and I am happy to be able to host events such as this one in order to help people find jobs.”

Any businesses or organizations who currently have job openings and wish to participate should contact Addabbo’s Howard Beach Office at 718-738-1111.


HomeGoods To Open in Atlas Park

Holiday shoppers rejoice!

shops-atlas-park-mall-glendale-queens-nycHomeGoods is scheduled to open their first Queens location in Atlas Park (8000 Cooper Ave.) on Sunday, Nov 15th, 2015.

As HomeGood opens just in time for the holiday shopping season, expect major discounts from the home specialty store’s new location in Glendale.

“Looking forward to the opening of @HomeGoods right below my #Glendale district office,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said on Twitter.

This announcement seems like another step forward for Glendale’s Atlas Park.


Glendale residents voice concerns at hearing on Yeshiva expansion

Zoning attorney Jai Goldstein took questions on the yeshiva expansion at last Wednesday's CB5 meeting.

Zoning attorney Jai Goldstein took questions on the yeshiva expansion at last Wednesday’s CB5 meeting.

Glendale residents voiced firm opposition to the proposed expansion of 88th Street’s United Talmudical Seminary during Wednesday’s Community Board 5 meeting, citing concerns about the impact on infrastructure and traffic, and questioning if the seminary’s current housing set-up had been violating zoning law since it opened in 2006.


The seminary is appealing to the Board of Standards and Appeals for a variance that would allow for an expansion of 28 new classrooms and about 350 new beds, ultimately housing 710 students on the site. Currently about 360 of the 1,050 students the yeshiva services dorm at the facility during the week, with the rest bussed in every morning round 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., primarily from Williamsburg.


The students who currently sleep at the site were of concern to many board members and community residents, who said the original certificate of occupancy issued by the Department of Buildings did not make mention of students dorming on site.


“In 2006, the c of o did not mention dorms, in 2007 it did not mention dorms, in October of 2007, it did mention dorms,” said community member Dawn Scala. “I looked at the zoning regulations and discovered that sleeping accommodations are not allowed in M1-1 zones. My question is, how is that c of o approved? Was it approved erroneously, or with blatant disregard for the law?”


“I don’t have a problem with the yeshiva, everyone says the students are wonderful,” she added. “But I do have a problem granting a variance for an establishment who has been violating the law for years.”


Like many at the hearing, Glendale resident Lawrence Cirullo questioned if local infrastructure, already stretched thin, could bare the brunt of the expansion.


“ We need help,” he said. “We have problems.”


Other members also pointed to the potential impact on traffic that additional dorms could create.


Zoning attorney Jai Goldstein said that the dorms would cut down on traffic, as less students would be arriving and leaving on a daily basis. Both he, and Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director and President of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, Inc., said they could not speak to the validity of the c of o, which was filed before their association with the yeshiva.


At the end of the public testimony, Rabbi Niederman made a plea to the community to sit down with him and yeshiva representatives and discuss any concerns.


“We don’t have a stamp of approval,” he said. “We are here to ask you to please consider this.


We are at this point good neighbors, and what I ask is that you please give us a chance to sit down with a committee of people you select, and try to work out the issues. That’s all we’re asking.”


After the hearing, the Community Board decided the Land Use Committee will hold a tour of the yeshiva next week, on September 15. That tour will not be open to the public, but a Community Board #5 Land Use Committee meeting will follow on Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m at the Community Board office. At that meeting the Committee is expected to come up with a recommendation about the variance to the full board – which will meet the 2nd Wednesday in October..