Bishop Kearney senior selected as scholarship finalist
by Jess Berry
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For Shannon Guerrero, a senior at Bishop Kearney High School, becoming a finalist for the prestigious Peter M. Flanigan scholarship brought her one step closer to her goal of obtaining a college education. The scholarship, established earlier this year in honor of Student Sponsor Partners founder Peter Flanigan, provides up to $10,000 a year for four years of undergraduate study. It also gives winners advisory support to help them attend highly selective colleges and universities. Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) has a similar goal and model as the scholarship, as a non-profit organization that gives at-risk students in New York City the opportunity to receive a non-public high school education at schools like Bishop Kearney. The non-profit gives students both financial support and a mentor who provides one-to-one guidance. The scholarship honoring the SSP founder was a big deal for Guerrero, not only because college is the path to her dreams, but as Robert Frost would say, “the one less traveled by.” “My parents never had the opportunity to finish college,” Guerrero said. With a 96.8 average and ranked sixth in her class, Guerrero was a strong candidate for the scholarship. The selection criteria for the scholarship included academic achievement and participation in leadership activities and community service. All applicants are part of SSP. Bishop Kearney President Dr. Margaret Minson said that the entire school was proud of her making it as a scholarship finalist. “The entire Bishop Kearney community is thrilled for Shannon and immensely proud of her success,” Dr. Minson said. “Shannon is a fantastic example of Bishop Kearney’s mission that every young woman has limitless potential.” Though she was not selected as this year’s winner, Guerrero has certainly accomplished another one of her goals. “One of my ambitions is to be a role model for younger girls,” Guerrero said. “I want to show girls what an enormous difference an education can make.”
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Rockaways Rocky Relationship With City Hall
by Anthony Stasi
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“You can’t respond fast enough, because our people always feel dumped on,” says State Senator Joe Addabbo, Jr. when discussing how hard it is to get definitive government help with problems in Rockaway post-Hurricane Sandy. There is a sense of disappointment in his voice as the former councilman wishes there was a greater sense of urgency among politicians outside the area. The local politicians, however, share in the concern about what Rockaway needs to rebuild. To put it bluntly, Rockaway’s problems get a nonpartisan effort from local politicians, and a nonpartisan chilly shoulder from the rest of the city. Studies on how to combat beach erosion, for example, take a long time and there is not enough empathy from lawmakers in other parts of the city regarding the importance. The refusal from the city to continue to fund the Rockaway ferry was a big disappointment. Addabbo feels that the needed $5 million could have been found in the budget someplace. Other reps from the area – Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder, to name two – wanted the ferry to continue as well. These quality-of-life government services are necessary for the people in the Rockaways, and the concern cuts across party lines. This is a regional problem more than it is a political one. In 2001, when Addabbo was running for the City Council, he was joined onstage at Beach Channel High School in a debate with other candidates, one of whom was the always entertaining John Baxter. Baxter, it turns out, had researched that Rockaway was given permission in 1915 to secede and become its own city. He even held up a copy of the document. It was great political theater, but sometimes it appears that Rockaway really is on its own. Addabbo has three district offices, which is not something that all state senators have, or need. But the 15th District spans from parts of Middle Village to Rockaway, and it is a balancing act. “We’re trying to get the mayor to see the renaissance of Rockaway,” says the State senator. The changes in the area in the last 10 years are significant, as Rockaway has become a hipster draw. With or without cultural changes, however, basic government services are a must. Is the Queensway On Its Way? Woodhaven homeowners, along with assembly members Mike Miller and Philip Goldfeder, have expressed concerns for almost two years about the High Line-style park that may cut through Queens. There has been opposition from people who live near the old LIRR rail tracks, where the proposed park would run through their backyards. The Trust for Public Land is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, and the park is based on a study that they conducted. Their location does not necessarily negate the value of the study. It says on their website “The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.” But protecting land for one part of the population may not mean the same thing to another. Many in the area would like to see the old tracks brought back as a working rail line. Goldfeder thinks it could be a possibility. Despite the need for that – and there is always a need for better public transportation – it is way out of reach politically and financially, at least for now. Goldfeder, however, is thinking the right way. The question right now is whether a park is a good idea, and at $120 million, which is what the study suggests it would cost, it’s going to cost some money. Maybe this idea should be a ballot initiative and voted on by the people. It would be a city park, so the entire city has an interest. Let the people in Rockaway, who are being told that there is not $5 million in the budget for a ferry, vote on whether this is necessary. Let’s have the issue debated in an open forum. It may just mean that the city would welcome the idea, since some of these parks are quite nice, but at least there would be a greater sense of fairness.
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (10/13/14-10/19/14)
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Monday, Oct. 13 Christopher Jones was arrested at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and 56th Street for criminal trespassing by Officer Dick. Gordon Wiehl was arrested at the intersection of 59th Avenue and Rust Road for criminal trespassing by Officer Hili. Magdalena Iwanczuk was arrested at 60-47 68th Road for criminal mischief by Officer Maksimiuk. Marek Piotrkowicz was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for criminal mischief by Officer Oswald. Jose Reyes was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Cypress Hil Street for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Capace. Potycki Mieczysloyw was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for criminal trespassing by Officer Cumur. Pawel Jurczyk was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for criminal trespassing by Officer Cumur. Wieslaw Pirog was arrested at 64-02 Catalp Avenue for false impersonation by Officer Oswald. Henry Simbana was arrested at 58-23 79th Avenue for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Douglas. Vejell Guevarra was arrested at 64-02 Catalpa Avenue for criminal possession of stolen property by Officer Lewsza. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Brandon Rios was arrested at the intersection of 61st Street and Myrtle Avenue for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Dick. Kenneth Cabrera was arrested at the intersection of 61st Street and Myrtle Avenue for criminal possession of stolen property by Officer Dick. William Cairns was arrested at 72-17 67th Place for criminal mischief by Officer Jonas. Daivd Beauchamp was arrested at the intersection of St. Felix Avenue and 60th Place for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Marinacci. Jacob Deely was arrested at 57-18 Maspeth Avenue for criminal mischief by Detective Wright. Jimmy Sherpa was arrested at 57-18 Maspeth Avenue for possession of a graffiti instrument by Detective Wright. Michael Valenzuela was arrested at 57-18 Maspeth Avenue for possession of a graffiti instrument by Detective Wright. Orlando Moscoso was arrested at 1722 Palmetto Street for driving while intoxicated by Officer Valdez. Wednesday, Oct. 15 Omar Casique was arrested at 53-39 72nd Street for robbery by officer Quintanilla. Giancarlo Obando was arrested at 67-56 79th Street for bail jumping by Officer Hili. Freddy Santiago was arrested at 1921 Gates Avenue for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Jonas. Kathleen Midlaw was arrested at 58-09 Myrtle Avenue for petit larceny by Detective Wright. Daniel Corbett was arrested at 329 Wyckoff Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Marinacci. Amar Sharhan was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Gates avenues for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Christian. Jayson Guzman was arrested at 2123 Amory Court for unauthorized use of a vehicle by Officer Sullivan. Vera Stephanie was arrested at 2123 Amory Court for unauthorized use of a vehicle by Officer Sullivan. Alberto Ortega was arrested at 2123 Amory Court for unauthorized use of a vehicle by Officer Sullivan. Luis Hernandez was arrested at 1866 Stockholm Street for criminal contempt by Officer McGuire. Thursday, Oct. 16 Brian Shannon was arrested at 57-21 73rd Street for criminal obstruction of breathing by Officer Campbell. Kimberly Rodriguez was arrested at 57-21 73rd Street for assault by Officer Campbell. Gustavo Rodriguez was arrested at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 58th Place for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Lesniewski. Alexander Dimitrov was arrested at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Palmetto Street for disorderly conduct by Officer Craigg. Pedro Espitaleta was arrested at 64-16 Woodbine Street for assault by Officer Cadavid. Dylan Estevez was arrested at the intersection of 68th Road and Forest aVenue for criminal possession of stolen property by Officer Weil. Carlos Dejesus was arrested at 1048 Wyckoff Avenue for operating as a barber without a license by Officer Dagnese. Friday, Oct. 17 Fernando Duran was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Cypress Hills Street for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Walsh. George Weatherall was arrested at 60-94 Flushing Avenue for arson by Officer Campbell. Saturday, Oct. 18 Jimmy Rivera was arrested at 82-30 Cypress Hills Street for grand larceny by Officer Ziman. Manuel Arce was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Cypress Hills Street for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Gianesses. Lee Shue was arrested at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street for driving while intoxicated by Officer Taveras. David Vasquez was arrested at the intersection of Eliot Avenue and Fresh Pond Road by Officer Lewsza. Leonard Hall was arrested at 68-01 Otto Road for burglary by Officer Singh. Salvatore Ferrante was arrested at 775 Woodward Avenue for robbery by Officer Martinez. Sunday, Oct. 19 Isaul Vargas-Lara was arrested at 475 Fairview Avenue for strangulation by Officer Shoy. Fausto Remache was arrested at 482 Grandview Avenue for assault by Officer Farinaccio. Franklin Basabtes was arrested at 313 Onderdonk Avenue for menacing by Officer McKevitt.
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Thomas Bishok
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Thomas Bishok passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the age of 90. Beloved Husband of the late Leona Bishok. Loving Father of Eileen Bishok and Joyce Leonard and Father-in-Law of Thomas. Cherished Grandfather of Christopher, Joseph, James and Erica. Mr. Bishok was a United States Army Veteran who served during World War II. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert’s Church on Wednesday October 22, 2014 9:30 AM Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378 www.papaverofuneralhome.com
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