USTA eyes Juniper Valley Park tennis courts
by Chase Collum
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The USTA is currently pushing to allocate two of Juniper Valley Park's eight tennis courts for youth players. The USTA wants to come in and redo the courts at Juniper Valley Park, and take two of the courts and make them for youth 12 and under. Local tennis enthusiast Eric Kudrein, who was using the courts on a lunch break last week, said he's worried that there won't be enough court space during the busier hours of the day. “People come here after work, and they have maybe an hour or two to play at best. If you take two or three of these courts away, I don't know?” Kudrein said. “It's already $200 to play, and they want to take courts away?” Kudrein and his partner for the day were among those at the park to have signed a petition to renovate the courts, which according to several nearby placards posted on the fence, are scheduled for renovation on September 22. Currently, the courts are in disrepair, with one of the central issues being an inadequate drainage system. Board Chairman Vincent Arcuri said the move was part of the organization's requirement to give back to communities in exchange for expansion of the National Tennis Center. His concern, as expressed at the monthly board meeting last week, was whether the courts would continue to serve the community or be given up to the city at large. “Are the youth going to be playing at Juniper, or are they going to be recruited citywide?” he asked.
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Major sewer upgrades coming to CB5
by Chase Collum
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The Department of Environmental Protection will be upgrading the sewer lines under 69th Street from Calamus Avenue to Queens Boulevard, with the project beginning sometime near the end of the month. “This is a $20 million plus project,” Gary Giordano said in making the announcement at last week's Community Board meeting. One of the challenges to the project, according to Giordano, is that, “Con Ed’s got a lot of electrical lines to move up there.” Giordano also mentioned a planned $7 million sewer renovation project that will come to Glendale soon. He said members of CB5 met with DEP about the need for a more accommodating sewer system shortly after storms caused significant flooding on Aug. 8, 2007. In that meeting, the agency told him and his colleagues that they were working towards upgrading the system from the bottom up. “Glendale is connected to, I believe, or flows to three different sewage treatment plants,” Giordano explained, saying that this situation made the system in Glendale more complicated than other systems in the area. In Middle Village, work is set to begin on a sewer project sometime near the end of October, led by recent contract award winner C.A.C. Industries. The upgrade will include installation of combined sewers and water mains on and around 74th Street and Juniper Valley Road. While he was appreciative of the efforts made to alleviate sewage flow issues in CB5 to date, he looks forward to the day when DEP comes up with a long-term plan. “They’ve cleaned out a lot of the sewer lines, the catch basins, but they have not yet found a permanent solution,” Giordano said.
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CB5 supports school campus on site of Glendale homeless shelter
by Chase Collum
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All but three present members of Community Board 5 voted in favor of a resolution to support construction of a school campus in Glendale at last week's board meeting at Christ the King High School. “We’ve been asked to indicate what we feel about a school there,” said Land Use Committee Chair Walter Sanchez, who noted that District 24 is one of the most overcrowded in the city. “The School Construction Authority has reached out to the owners of the property, who have not really responded. We’ve come up with this resolution.” The resolution notes that the School Construction Authority has expressed interest in the area before, but found the site unfit for a school due to the low Cooper Avenue overpass and the chemical plant next door. Now, with the overpass problem resolved, the Land Use Committee of the board believes the city could push eminent domain to take over the contested 78-16 Cooper Ave. shelter, the Independent Chemical Corporation and the building occupied by Hansel & Gretel. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley has also recently said she support pursuing a large school campus to help alleviate overcrowding in the district, and says that the willingness of Independent Chemical and Hansel & Gretel to sell their properties presents a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for the district. Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri and members Ted Renz and Jean Tanler voted against the resolution. Arcuri didn’t give a reason for voting against, but said before the vote, “We were informed by the DOE that they would not look at the 78-16 site because it has a lease,” later adding, “eminent domain takes up to five years. The Samaritan Village contract is for five years. So, we could have a shelter for five years and then have a school.” Tanler asked if the site wouldn’t be more suited to industrial business. A central motivator for the resolution, said Sanchez, is that those who drafted it believe the environmental assessment recently completed by an independent contractor to the Department of Homeless Services is “bogus.” And if the site needs remediation, he said, “Nobody does it better than the SCA.” Meanwhile a group known as the Glendale Middle Village Coalition announced they have raised over $20,000 in legal fees to “prevent the warehousing of homeless families,” at the proposed site, as stated in a flier handed out at the last board meeting. The group’s co-founder and president of the Middle Village Chamber of Commerce, Salvatore Crifasi, said the group plans on raising $100,000 through private donations and on their newly formed GoFundMe page. “Our basic goal is to see what is best suited for that site; number one,” Crifasi said, noting that one focus is to address the community’s, “overcrowded schools.” Currently the group’s GoFundMe site shows 19 people have raised $1,540 in the past 10 days.
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (9/1/14-9/14/14)
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Monday, Sept. 1 Nancy Fernandez was arrested at 65-09 Myrtle Avenue for third-degree assault by Officer Prizeman. Eduardo Jaanu was arrested at 1657 Stephen Street for aggravated harassment by Officer Eastman. Giuseppe Gabriele was arrested at the intersection of Catalpa Avenue and 64th Street for a suspended license by Officer Arata. Tuesday, Sept. 2 Julian Molina was arrested at the intersection of Pleasantview Street and Metropolitan Avenue for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Dagnese. Anthony Yodice was arrested at the intersection of 67th Street and Myrtle Avenue for second-degree assault by Officer Caruso. David Ortiz was arrested at the intersection of Pleasantview Street and Metropolitan Avenue for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Dagnese. Jovana Bejulieu was arrested at 329 Pleasantview Street for petit larceny by Detective Wright. Jorge Vilches was arrested at 1818 Menahan Street for burglary by Officer Rogers. Giuseppe Purpura was arrested at the intersection of Eliot Avenue and 77th Street for petit larceny by Officer Herbert. Wednesday, Sept. 3 Pablo Vega-Sarmiento was arrested at 78-41 79th Place for criminal obstruction of breathing by Officer Friedrich. Mariah Gonzalez was arrested at 59-28 Putnam Avenue for third-degree assault by Officer Sciame. David Prine was arrested at 72-47 66th Street for menacing by Officer Sullivan. Andrea Inniss was arrested at 55-60 Myrtle Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Winberry. Thursday, Sept. 4 Cherisse Treadwell was arrested at the intersection of Cooper and Wyckoff avenues for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Zuno. Jose Perez was arrested at 60-21 72nd Street for third-degree assault by Detective Lagares. Christian Rojos was arrested at 64-86 58th Road for petit larceny by Officer Sciame. Victoriano Amaro was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Nazario. Friday, Sept. 5 Natalie Murillo was arrested at the intersection of Eliot Avenue and Fresh Pond Road for a suspended license by Officer Lovallo. Jonathan Beltre was arrested at 1713 Grove Street for second-degree assault by Officer Demarco. Mauricio Alvarez was arrested at the intersection of Eliot Avenue and Fresh Pond Road for a suspended license by Officer Ferraris. Miriam Delossantos was arrested at 58-09 Myrtle Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Florio. Anthony Caltajirone was arrested at 72-05 67th Place for criminal obstruction of breathing by Officer Kronkondelas. Raimundo Menes was arrested at 60-39 Maspeth Avenue for criminal obstruction of breathing by Officer Fenton. Lisa Ostrowski was arrested at 66-62 Fresh Pond Road for endangering the welfare of a child by Officer Singh. Monday, Sept. 8 William Morales was arrested at 60-37 68th Road for criminal mischief by Officer Aragona. Edwin Chacon was arrested at 1864 Stockholm Street for third-degree assault by Officer Scrimenti. Sami Dib was arrested at the intersection of Rust Street and 57th Drive for a suspended license Officer Riccottone. Daniel Levitt was arrested at 56-24 Flushing Avenue for criminal trespassing by Officer Hynes. Christopher Nicholson was arrested at 56-24 Flushing Avenue for criminal trespassing by Officer Hynes. Lourdes Marte was arrested at 392 Woodward Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Friedrich. Tuesday, Sept. 9 Richard Sanchez was arrested at 54-04 Myrtle Avenue for criminal possession of stolen property by Officer Dick. Luis Bermejo was arrested at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 73rd Street for a suspended license by Officer O'Toole. Sean Stimpfl was arrested at 62-90 Forest Avenue for aggravated harassment by Officer Friedrich. Luis Marquez was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for disorderly conduct by Officer Ruiz. Enis Mustafa was arrested at 484 Woodward Avenue for unreasonable noise by Officer Samaroo. Jennifer Rios was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff Avenue and George Street for theft of service by Officer Garvin. Janos Boil was arrested at 80-85 Cypress Avenue for criminal mischief by Officer Keane. Wednesday, Sept. 10 Androval Alverez was arrested at 60-14 55th Street for criminal obstruction of breathing by Officer Diaz. Elizabeth Luciano was arrested at 58-66 78th Avenue or third-degree assault by Officer Eastman. Fernando Rodriguez was arrested at the intersection of Forest Avenue and madison Street for criminal possession of stolen property by Detective Wright. Daphne Mosby was arrested at 1864 Flushing Avenue for unlawful imprisonment by Officer Gonzalez. Joseph Lessard was arrested at 59-46 Gates Avenue for grand larceny by Officer Matat. Victor Morell was arrested at 1726 George Street for aggravated harassment by Detective Houlihan. Ceiro Villaneua was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for theft of service by Officer Cammarata. Thursday, Sept. 11 Ines Almonte was arrested at 58-69 59th Street for criminal contempt by Officer Demarco. Michael Parent was arrested at the intersection of Union turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard for driving while intoxicated by Officer Capace. James McCracken was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff Avenue and George Street for theft of service by Officer Pietranico. Pablo Rodriguez was arrested at 63-56 Woodhaven Boulevard for menacing by Officer Toor. Everardo Flores was arrested at 64-08 Myrtle Avenue for third-degree assault by Detective Lodato. William Jachero was arrested at 1712 Palmetto Street for third-degree assault by Officer Santo. Joel Hernandez was arrested at the intersection of Madison Street and 60th Place for second-degree assault by Officer Caruso. Friday, Sept. 12 Luis Velasquez was arrested at the intersection of Harman Street and Fairview Avenue for driving while intoxicated by Officer Tavares. Francis O'Reilly was arrested at the intersection of Borden Avenue and Hamilton Place for driving while intoxicated by Officer Hili. Brian Picker was arrested at 1867 Grove Street for criminal obstruction of breathing by Detective Diaquoi. Joellen Ribinis was arrested at 58-53 70th Avenue for criminal mischief by Detective Lodato. Orlando Torres was arrested at the intersection of Arnold and Metropolitan avenues for a suspended license by Officer Astarita. Pedro Salgado was arrested at 70-29 65th Place for criminal obstruction of breathing by Officer Rogers. Gael Castor was arrested at the intersection of 85th Street and the Long Island Expressway for a suspended license by Officer Longmaid. Saturday, Sept. 13 Claribel Figueroa was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for theft of services by Officer Vitale. Jesus Paulino was arrested at 1808 George Street for obstruction of governmental administration by Detective Henry. Anna Martinez was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and George Street for driving while intoxicated Officer Frevola. Christopher Creed was arrested at 69-02 79th Street for second-degree assault by Officer Frevola. Bastam Kastratis was arrested at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Woodbine Street for driving while intoxicated by Officer Maksimiuk. John Santiago was arrested at 58-67 57th Road for second-degree assault by Officer Gonzalez. Andrew Hock was arrested at 55-60 Myrtle Avenue for petit larceny by Officer Malik. Jin Zhang was arrested at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and 69th Street for a suspended license by Officer Gomez. Gabriel Pantur was arrested at 72-45 67th Street for third-degree assault by Officer Bielicka. Michael Delgado was arrested at 78-58 81st Street for resisting arrest by Officer Lewisza. Marius Dumitrascu was arrested at 78-50 79th Street for making graffiti by Officer Valdez. Sunday, Sept. 14 Catalin Nastase was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for theft of service by Officer Pfeiffer. Moses Perez was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for theft of service by Officer Pluviose. Timothy Pena was arrested at 1712 Palmetto Street for criminal trespassing by Officer Bublin. Christian Ramirez was arrested at 1712 Palmetto Street for criminal trespassing by Officer Bublin. Elijio Garcia was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and cypress Hills Street for driving while intoxicated by Officer Singh. Marcos Rios was arrested at 62-22 Myrtle Avenue for second-degree assault by Officer Malik. Gabriel Beno was arrested at 73-22 67th Drive for petit larceny by Officer Gonzalez.
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