Fundraiser for the Glendale Vol. Ambulance Corps

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The Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a fundraiser in the form of a motorcycle show.

The event, which will take place this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., has a $5 donation for walk-ins and a $15 donation for those entering the motorcycle competition. Cash awards will be given to winners. The Harley Davidson truck will also be there.

Additionally, food and soda will be available and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

The fundraiser is taking place at the Glendale Stop & Shop at 64-66 Myrtle Avenue. Cross streets are Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street.

The rain date would be Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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A&M Real Estate Team is donating $500 to your charity of choice at your closing

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Father and son real estate team, A&M Real Estate Consultants, is donating $500 to charities that their clients (sellers only) pick at the time of their closing.

Anthony & Mark Reardon, lifetime residents of Glendale & Middle Village, have recently joined the Keller Williams Liberty Real Estate Firm with a goal of serving the Queens neighborhoods that they are so familiar with.

A&M specializes in Residential & Commercial Real Estate Sales. “What makes us different than other real estate agents is, you don’t get just one of us, you get both of us,” said Mark Reardon, a young professional with over 7 years of experience in the real estate industry.

Tto schedule a free consultation with Anthony & Mark Reardon, call (347) 749-8500 or email Mreardon1130@gmail.com.

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Monthly 104th/GCOP meeting tomorrow night

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104th/GCOP at last week’s National Night Out Against Crime.

The 104th Precinct/Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol is hosting their monthly meeting at United Taludical Seminary, 74-19 88th Street on August 11 at 8 p.m.

The organization will be discussing upcoming patrols as well as their participation in last week’s National Night Out Against Crime.

For more information: call (718) 497-1500 or visit www.g-cop.org or www.104cop.org. On TWITTER @104COP & @ Facebook/104COP

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Glendale man busted in alleged Queens drug ring, alongside grandson of late mob boss John Gotti

Rebel Ink Tattoo in Ozone Park, of which Gotti is a reported owner, is one of the locations that police searched as part of the drug bust.

Authorities announced the arrests seven individuals – including late mob boss John Gotti’s grandson and namesake – for reportedly selling Oxycodone and other pharmaceutical controlled substances in the neighborhoods of Ozone Park and Howard Beach over the last 12 months.

According to Queens Country District Attorney Richard Brown, police executed six court-authorized search warrants on Rebel Ink Tattoo Parlor, 107-06 Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park, which is Gotti is alleged to be a business partner of, as well as three of the defendants’ homes and two vehicles used by Gotti.

The searches have yielded approximately $240,000 in cash, more than 850 Oxycodone and Xanax pills, drug ledgers and other records.

“As alleged, John Gotti and the other defendants peddled prescription painkillers from Howard Beach to Ozone Park, contributing to the rampant supply of these potent drugs,” Bill Bratton, the outgoing police commissioner said in a statement.

According to Brown, police utilized a combination of physical surveillance, undercover buy operations and the court-authorized monitoring of telephone conversations and the installation of a listening device on an Infiniti G35 sedan, to aide in the investigation. They intercepted a phone conversation in which Gotti allegedly discussed his trafficking business in detail, stating that he sold more than 4,200 pills every month and that he did approximately $100,000 in sales each month,

During the course of the investigation, police allegedly purchased $46,080 worth of Oxycodone from Gotti. The other defendants – with the exception of Shaine Hack, who is accused of storing Gotti’s proceeds and drug records at his residence – are variously charged with acting in concert with Gotti to sell drugs to an undercover officer or with selling directly to other customers.

The defendants and their charges are listed below:

• Dawn Biers, 46, of Ozone Park, Queens, is charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Melissa Erul, 23, of Lynbrook, Long Island, is charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

• Michael Farduchi, 24, of Ozone Park, Queens, is charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

• Eleanor Gabrielli, 27, of Howard Beach, Queens, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• John J. Gotti, 23, of Howard Beach, Queens, is charged with operating as a major trafficker, first, second and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, second-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy.

• Shaine Hack, 37, of Howard Beach, Queens, is charged with second-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy.

• Edward Holohan, 50, of Glendale, Queens, is charged with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy.

• Steve Kruger, 57, of Howard Beach, Queens, is charged with operating as a major trafficker, third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy.

• Justin Testa, 41, of Ozone Park, Queens, is charged with operating as a major trafficker, second- and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy.

If convicted, Gotti, Kruger and Testa each face up to 25 years to life in prison. Hack faces up to 15 years in prison while Holohan faces up to 10 years in prison and Erul and Farduchi each face up to nine years in prison.

 

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Moviegoers pack Atlas Park for outdoor screening

 

The packed crowd at last night's screening of UP, at Atlas Park.

The packed crowd at last night’s screening of UP, at Atlas Park.

Hundreds of residents from Glendale and neighboring communities packed the green at The Shops at Atlas Park last night to watch the hit Pixar film UP.

The weekly outdoor movie event, sponsored by nearby Broadway Stages, has only three weeks left:

August 10 – Zootopia

August 17 – The Incredibles

August 24 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The movies start every Wednesday around 7 p.m., so bring blankets, snacks and the whole family.

 

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Future of proposed Glendale shelter questioned following City’s desire to have a shelter in another site – a 115-room hotel in CB5

At a meeting on Wednesday morning between elected officials, the community board and the mayor’s office, a question surfaced about the future of the proposed Glendale homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue. City officials announced that they will look to take over a hotel in Maspeth, in the community board #5 district, to house more than 115 homeless adult families.

That facility is in off Maurice Avenue in Maspeth – A Holiday Inn Express.

As 250 people in the homeless registry put their last listed address as being within the Community Board #5 district (Glendale, Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth), does this mean that we would be fulfilling our fair share responsibility to the city and not have to have another shelter in the district?

The question met with an resounding “not sure” from city officials, but elected officials were reportedly told that the Glendale Shelter is taking so long to get off the ground that it might nothomelessshelter_blog happen.

We were urged to tell the community that we are not out of the woods yet, but it is certainly a good sign for Glendale.

 

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Genesis Renal Care Center Helps Glendale Community

unnamedA new dialysis center in Glendale provides the community with a state of the art facility and quality care for patients.

Dialysis is used by people whose kidneys are not functioning anymore. The kidneys can no longer work as a filter for their blood, so dialysis provides an alternative method of filtering the blood by taking the it outside of the body, cleaning it and bringing it back in the body.

Aside from chairs equipped with massage, heating and television options, patients are taken care of by experienced and caring staff that seek to make renal care an easier experience.

Genesis also offers patients one-on-one counseling with a social worker, diet information from a dietitian and help with getting onto a kidney transplant list.

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City tool helps New Yorkers find cooling centers

Heat related deaths are preventable: look before you lock for children, pets and others with limited mobility.  It takes just 10 minutes for a car to overheat when it 80 degrees outside.

With the temperatures expected to reach triple digits in some places in New York City this weekend, the National Weather Service is issuing a heat advisory. New Yorkers are encouraged to stay out of the sun – or wear sunscreen if outside – as well as stay in an air conditioned location and check on family, neighbors and friends, especially the elderly and young children.

The problem for a lot of New Yorkers, is that air conditioning is expensive and a luxury they cannot afford. To help combat the heat, New York City has set up cooling centers and the Office of Emergency Management has a site that helps you locate one.

In Glendale, for example, the library, located at 78-60 73rd Place is a designated cooling center.

For more tips on staying cool, visit: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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Glendale Yeshiva Zoning Variance Conversion Meets With Favorable Comments By City Board

Yeshiva plans to have 700 students living in dorm rooms. There are 1050 students a day on the Glendale property.

Yeshiva plans to have 700 students living in dorm rooms. There are 1050 students a day on the Glendale property.

On Tuesday, July 19th, the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals held a hearing at 22 Reade Street in Manhattan to eye the plans of the Yeshiva Godolah Seminary, located at 74-10 88 St in Glendale. They want to increase the number of people who sleep at the site from 280 to nearly 700 in 177 dorm rooms.

 

There are 1050 students a day at the 40,000 square foot site and currently 280 sleep there as their studies begin early morning Monday through Fridays. They learn in classrooms, shower and eat in buildings throughout the site and they sleep in dorm style rooms on the premises for nearly a decade now.

 

Community Board #5 recommended that the application be denied and the department of buildings has issued numerous violations on the site for various violations stemming from not being able to have sleeping quarters on the premises.

 

Jay Goldstein, representative for the Yeshiva is trying to legalize the use and testified at the hearing that students get up quite early in the morning and spend most of their long day studying for classes in small study groups. “They don’t really leave the premises, thus really don’t have an impact on the surrounding community.”

 

Community Board #5 testified that based on the Yeshiva’s extensive violations and blatant disregard for zoning and use over the past decade, they should not be trusted. Community Board #5 voted against allowing the Yeshiva to expand to have 700 people live in dorms there.

 

Clara Sarocco, a lifelong Glendale resident, testified that the water and sewer infrastructure was not built to handle such a large number of people.

 

Dori Figliola, a Glendale resident who lives directly across the street testified that she sees what is going on there every day and has no problem with them there. “The Yeshiva has proven to me as well as many of the neighbors on my block that they are good neighbors. The boys are not a problem. Most people did not know that they are living there,” she said.

 

At the hearing BSA commissioner Margery Pearlmutter pointed out that a piece of property this size in this zoning could accommodate a hotel with 300 or more rooms in an ‘as-of-right’ zoning situation. That hotel would produce a greater impact than a use like this.

 

The next hearing is scheduled in September.

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