Italian group donates scholarship funds to Christ the King

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From left to right: CK Principal Geri Martinez, CK President Michael Michel, Chairman of Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York Tony DiPiazza, CK Chairman Serphin Maltese, Associazione Culturale Italiana Board of Directors members Frank DiPiazza, Joe Nastasi, Maurizio Troia and Tony Mule.

Late last month, officers from the Italian-American organization, Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York, visited Christ the King High School.

The group donated $5,500 from a local comedy show for art scholarships for CTK students.

The scholarship will be called the “Constance DelVecchio Maltese Art Scholarship,” named after the late wife of CTK Chairman Serphin Maltese.

The late Maltese was a renowned artist whose achievements included the award-winning “Age of Discovery Navigators” portrait series.

She was knighted by the Republic of Italy and given the title “Cavaliere” for her artistic achievements, which enhanced Italian-American heritage.

Northern Queens Precincts to host Prom Dress Drive


High school students are getting help from local law enforcement to look their best on prom night this coming Spring.

Eight NYPD precincts in Patrol Borough Queens North are accepting gently used formal dresses, suits, belts, and shoes to be donated to students in need. The prom dress drive was established by Assistant Chief Martin Morales is also running a similar event for students in NYPD Queens South.

Although there is not a set end date for donations the tentative deadline is April. The high school at which the items will be donated is TBA.

Donors can drop off their items any time to Youth Officers at the following locations:

104th Precinct: 64-02 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood
108th Precinct: 547 50th Ave., Long Island City
109th Precinct: 37-05 Union Street, Flushing
110th Precinct: 94-41 43rd Ave., Corona
111th Precinct: 45-06 215th Street, Bayside
112th Precinct: 68-40 Austin Street, Forest Hills
114th Precinct: 34-16 Astoria Blvd S, Astoria
115th Precinct: 92-15 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights

For more information on the drive or to schedule a pick up, call Sergeant Colvin or PO Nugent at 718-520-8612.

CB5 approves revised Rentar Plaza proposal


After revising their proposal to add new loading docks to Rentar Plaza, Rentar Development Corporation received the support of Community Board 5 earlier this week.

CB5 voted 27 to 3 in favor of the application, which will move forward in the approval process.

According to the Land Use Committee, Rentar “went back to the drawing board” to accommodate community concerns about traffic and safety. They moved the new loading docks inside the current property instead.

The corporation is looking to attract tenants to replace Kmart and Toys R Us, both of which filed for bankruptcy in these tough times for retail.

Their retail spots total 190,000 square feet.

Read more about Rentar Plaza’s application here.

Off-duty police officer shot in Middle Village


An off-duty police officer was shot at a house across the street from Villa Erasmo this afternoon, according to reports.

The unnamed officer, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

The house was on 69th Lane near Juniper Boulevard.

Officers from the 104th Precinct were at the scene. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m.

According to residents posting in a private Facebook group, nearby PS/IS 128 was put on lockdown.

More information to come.

Addabbo collects food, supplies for furloughed federal workers

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With the partial federal government shutdown entering its fifth week, State Senator Joe Addabbo is teaming up with local institutions to help out the 800,000 furloughed employees who are working without pay.

Starting this week, Addabbo’s district offices in Howard Beach (159-53 102nd Street) and Middle Village (66-85 73rd Place) are collecting food and toiletries for the workers.

Queens County Savings Bank locates at 156-02 Crossbay Boulevard and 156-32 Crossbay Boulevard also are taking supplies.

The drive will collect items like canned goods, pastas, cereals, soaps, detergents, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and more.

The supplies will be distributed to Our Lady of Grace Church (100-05 159th Avenue) in Howard Beach and Sacred Heart food pantry (83-17 78th Avenue) in Glendale. These sites will also be drop-off locations.

To collect the supplies at the drop-off locations, federal works will need to display their federal IDs.

For more information, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

Middle Village House of the Week 1/19/19

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The Middle Village House of the Week is a beautiful 35×38-square-foot home sitting on a 55×90-square-foot lot.

The home was built in 1945 but was renovated in 2007. There are six bedrooms and three full bathrooms as well as plenty of closet space, hardwood floors, a beautiful den, and a finished basement with a gas fireplace. There’s also a private driveway, garage and an above ground pool.

The property is listed by Eliot Hill Realty for $1,638,000.