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Photo Gallery July 16, 2009  RSS feed
A Smoky Scene At Greenpoint Factory
     A one-alarm fire ripped through a wood shop along Calyer Street near Humboldt Street in Greenpoint last Wednesday night, July 8, it was reported. Firefighters from Engine companies 229, 238, 258 and 259; Ladder companies 106, 115, 118, 128 and 146; Squad Co. 252; Rescue 4; and Battalions 35 and 45—under the direction of Division 11—responded to the scene at around 6 p.m. along with officers from the 94th Precinct and EMS units. No injuries were reported. Three hose lines were used to contain the fire at around 7 p.m., an FDNY source said. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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Lawmaker Takes A Look Inside The Ridgewood YMCA
     The doors of the still-under-reconstruction Ridgewood (formerly Catalpa) YMCA opened on Monday, July 13, as Rep. Anthony Weiner (second from right in the right photo) presented YMCA of greater New York President Jack Lund (at left) and Ridgewood YMCA Executive Director Gregory Maziarz with a check for $237,500 to go toward the building's reconstruction. Located at 69-02 64th St., the 78-year-old former courthouse has served as a YMCA since 1973. Its reconstruction, at a cost of $6 million, includes the creation of 10,000 feet of new usable space, by reconfiguring several portions of the building to maximize usable space and by capping the building's courtyard. The left photo shows the northeastern portion of the building, which will be the YMCA's gymnasium. According to Lund, the YMCA hopes to open the site by the start of the 2009-10 school year in September. (photos: Sam Goldman)
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Dousing Flames Under SUV Hood In Maspeth
     Nobody was injured after a fire engulfed the hood of a Jeep sports utility vehicle parked at the intersection of 73rd Place and 58th Avenue in Maspeth at around 1:20 p.m. Monday, July 13, it was reported. Firefighters from Squad Co. 288 and Ladder Co. 136 along with officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the scene.
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Cypress Hills Home Charred In Blaze
     Flames burned the exterior and upper floor of a reportedly vacant home in the vicinity of Hemlock and Etna streets in Cypress Hills last Wednesday night, July 8. Fire Department sources said no one was injured during the blaze that ignited at around 9:20 p.m. On the scene were members of Engine companies 286, 293, 294 and 332; Ladder companies 107, 142 and 143; Squad Co. 252; Rescue 2; and Battalions 28 and 39—under the direction of Division 15—along with the 75th Precinct and EMS units. An FDNY source said three hose lines were used to extinguish the blaze at around 10:30 p.m. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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Firemen Injured Battling Blaze In Rich. Hill
     Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a one-alarm fire inside a Richmond Hill home last Thursday night, July 9, it was reported. Fire Department sources said the blaze broke out at around 8:20 p.m. inside a three-story home along 112th Street near Jamaica Avenue. Members of Engine companies 285, 293, 294 and 308; Ladder companies 126, 143, 151 and 173; Squad companies 270 and 288; Rescue 4 and Battalions 39 and 51—under the direction of Division 13—responded to the scene along with the 102nd Precinct and EMS units. Two hose lines were used to bring the fire under control, an FDNY source said. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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RadioShack Robbers Wanted
Urge Parents To Take Kids For Shots
      The New York City Health Department (DOH) has identified at least 11 cases of measles in Brooklyn over the past two months, and is urging doctors to be vigilant and promptly report suspected cases to the agency. Nearly all the known cases have occurred in children who went unvaccinated, leaving them unprotected against the disease.
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Dined And Danced At Milestone Fete
     The Glenridge Senior Center marked its 36th anniversary on Sunday, July 12 with a dinner/dance to celebrate the occasion. As noted in last week's edition of this newspaper, the event kicked off a weeklong celebration of the founding of the center, located at 59-03 Summerfield St. in Ridgewood, and its work serving the elderly of the community. Shown in top photo: (left to right) Cathy Willins, who received the center's Volunteer of the Year Award; Executive Director Albert Juszczak; Board members Frances Falzetta, Marguerite Adams, Tadeusz Chabrowski, George Thompson and Angela Mirabile; Advisory Board Chairperson Emma Delmage, Board member Joseph Renz, President Paul Kerzner and Board member Patricia Carroll. As shown in the bottom photo, Kerzner (left) presented a Civic Pride Award to U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (right). At right is City Council Member Diana Reyna.
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Carried Williamsburg 'Dance' To Great Lengths
     Crowds thronged Williamsburg streets in the vicinity of Havemeyer and North Eighth streets on Sunday afternoon, July 12 for the 122nd feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Paulinus of Nola. As reported in the July 2 edition of this paper, the annual summer celebration features the "Dance of the Giglio and Boat," in which scores of Lifters raise the 85'-tall Giglio and dance it through the streets as thousands look on. Shown above, left: the two-ton Giglio towers over many neighborhood buildings; above, right: feast-goers were shoulder to shoulder on Havemeyer Street. (photos: Robert Pozarycki)
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CWV Post #1 Gets New Chief
     Dave Crum was sworn in as commander of Post #1 of the Catholic War Veterans (CWV) for 2009-2010, it was announced. As shown above, Crum is at right with Vic La Magna, commander of the Queens County Chapter of the CWV. Post #1, located in Astoria, was founded in 1935 as the first post of the CWV. (photo: Bill Schoenmuller)
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Ridgewood Welcomes New Restaurant
     Ridgewood Welcomes New Restaurant City Council Member Diana Reyna was on hand to welcome the new Pollo Campero restaurant, located on St. Nicholas Avenue between Myrtle and Putnam avenues, to Ridgewood last Wednesday, July 8, and to applaud the eatery for its donation of $1,500 to the New Land Community Center. Shown above: (from left to right) Christian Cuomo, owner of the Ridgewood restaurant; Anthony Pellizi, president of the Pollo Campero chain, Council Member Reyna, Tran Thi Nguyet, director of the New Land Community Center and Elder Folgar, general manager of the Ridgewood location. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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Kiwanians' Luncheon For Learning
     Kiwanians' Luncheon For Learning The Kiwanis Club of Glendale donated $5,000 to Christ the King Regional High School during a luncheon at Zum Stammtisch last Thursday, July 9. Shown above (from left to right): former State Senator Serphin Maltese, Chairman of the Middle Village high school's Board of Trustees; Principal Peter Mannarino; Director of Alumni Development Miriam Mucchi; Glendale Kiwanis President Joseph Aiello; Christ the King President Michael Michel; past-president of the Glendale Kiwanis Deborah Kueber; and Kiwanian Michael Miller. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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Headed Upstate For Fransciscan Retreat
     Headed Upstate For Fransciscan Retreat The St. Adalbert's Secular Franciscan Fraternity attended a weekend retreat at Mt. Alvernia Retreat House in upstate Wappinger Falls June 26-28, where they received instruction in the Beattitudes from resident friars. The Elmhurst group is made up of lay men and women who strive to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi; reportedly, they were joined by their counterparts from St. Helen's in Howard Beach. As shown above, the St. Adalbert's group posed for a shot at the retreat with local minister Constance Watz seated, front row, third from left and vice-minister Carolyn Talento, fourth from left. They are joined in the front row by Jean Scotti (far left) and her son John.
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Area Hospital Turns 10
     Area Hospital Turns 10 City Council Member Peter F. Vallone joined members of the Mount Sinai Queens staff to celebrate the hospital's 10th anniversary. The celebration was held in Astoria's Athens Square Park on June 24, where several hospital staff members received awards for excellent service. As shown above, Vallone (third from right) pictured with Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (second from right) and Mount Sinai Queens staffers.
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Graduated
     Air Force Airman Dayra E. Williams graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, it was announced. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. She is the daughter of Lidia Laguna of Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, and a 2007 graduate of Brooklyn Comprehensive High School.
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Graduated
     Air Force Airman 1st Class Mabel L. Fuentes graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, it was announced. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. She is the daughter of Guadalupe and James Fuentes of Bushkill, Pa., and granddaughter of Hugo and Elizabeth Torrico of Gleane Street, Elmhurst.
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Sang To Delight Of Middle Village Crowd
     Sang To Delight Of Middle Village Crowd Over 300 people came out to enjoy the big band stylings of the Lew Picardi Orchestra on Thursday, July 9 at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. Picardi is shown above, singing. The performance was part of the Juniper Valley Park concert series, sponsored in part by the New York City Parks Department and the Juniper Park Civic Association, which runs every Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., throughout the month of July. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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A Day For All Ages
     A Day For All Ages Children and parents alike celebrated their neighborhood at this block party, held at 91st Street between Liberty and 107th avenues in Ozone Park. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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The Fun Stretched Curb To Curb
     The Fun Stretched Curb To Curb These Stockholm Street neighbors filled their thoroughfare, located between Knickerbocker and Irving avenues, for a Bushwick block party to remember. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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Clowned Around The Avenue
     Clowned Around The Avenue Ridgewood residents of all ages delighted in a day of outdoor fun and games at this block party, held at Putnam Avenue between Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues. (photo: Janet Bonelli)
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Proud Of Their Block
     Proud Of Their Block Residents of 68th Avenue between 78th and 79th streets in Middle Village were out in force, finding good friends and good times at this block party. (photo: Robert Pozarycki)
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Had A Ball In Howard Beach
     Had A Ball In Howard Beach These neighbors enjoyed the day together on 79th Street between 158th and 159th avenues in Howard Beach. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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A Classic Bushwick Bash
     A Classic Bushwick Bash Friends and neighbors got together for a good time at this block party on Willoughby Avenue between Central and Wilson avenues in Bushwick. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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Glendale Squad Wins 4th Straight Title
     St. Pancras Rookie (7th Grade) Boys Baseball Team won the Catholic Youth Organization Diocesan Championship on June 23rd, defeating St. Margaret's 5-4 at Victory Field in Glendale. This victory marked the fourth straight Diocesan Championship for this team of boys from St. Pancras, many of whom have been playing baseball together since the 2nd grade. Shown above: (front row, left to right) Matt Buete, Jason Schneller, Brandon Hernandez, Connor Siemer and Alex Amenta; (second row, left to right) Devin Coy, Danny Campanoni, Jake Bannon, Karl Klesin, Emmett Reilly, Christian Maisonet, Robbie Moncino and Zach Jannazzo; (back row, left to right) coaches Billy Schneller, Nelson Hernandez and Rob Buete.
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BW Gottschee Keeps Ball Rolling Over Summer
     BW Gottschee Keeps Ball Rolling Over Summer While summer spells the end of league play for most Gottschee squads, the club managed to keep some sides busy. As shown above, top, Blau Weiss Gottschee's U10 girls proudly displayed their trophies and medals, having swept all outdoor and indoor Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League action this past year. Reportedly, the team dedicated the entire season to a young Gottschee footballer who tragically died last year. Top row, from left to right: Paulina Ambrus, Maia Cabrera, Medina Mulic, Maria Pipitone and Isabelle Montesinos; bottom row: Liana Felice, Julianna Lignowski, Melanie Jelen, Sarah Atanasio and Laura Jans. Seated center is Diana Paravatos. Stephanie Pimiento is not pictured. Shown, above, bottom photo: some young footballers posed for a photo at Brennan Field in Juniper Valley Park, where they are attending soccer camp.
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Borough's Big Bike Ride Draws 1,000
     Borough's Big Bike Ride Draws 1,000 More than 1,000 bicyclists joined in a leisurely bike tour of Queens this Sunday, July 12, taking part in the second annual Tour de Queens. Reportedly, participants rolled through Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Hollis, St. Albans, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Corona. The event was organized by Transportation Alternatives and intended in part as a call for support for safer streets for bicycling throughout the borough.
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