Christ the King alumna is helping stop the spread of COVID-19 through the Navy

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Photo courtesy of Navy Office of Community Outreach

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Brenda Ike has been doing her part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Assigned to the Navy’s Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton, Ike has been managing supply and medical repair for 84 departments and branch health clinics.

She has procured supplies and PPE for the command’s efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Queens resident attended Christ the King High School and joined the Navy in September 2009.

Read more about her story here.

Con Edison to Middle Village residents: conserve energy

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Amid a days-long heat wave, Con Edison is asking customers in Middle Village, as well as in Forest Hills and Glendale, to conserve energy while company crews repair equipment.

Con Ed has also reduced voltage by 8 percent in the area, bounded by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and 51st Avenue, the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Boulevard and the Brooklyn borough line, as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as crews make repairs.

This zone houses 116,300 Con Ed customers, many of whom have experienced blackouts since the utilities provider posted its request Monday night.

Customers have been asked “not to use energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves and, if not needed for health or medical reasons, air conditioners, until the equipment problems are resolved.”

According to Con Ed, the number of power outages in Queens is recorded at 179 as of 3:15 p.m., down from nearly 900 this morning. As of the same hour, the company anticipates service to be restored to these households no later than 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

New Yorkers can report outages, in addition to checking service restoration statuses, at ConEd.com/reportoutage, with the mobile app, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED.

New shuffleboard equipment comes to Juniper Valley Park

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Earlier this week, Councilman Robert Holden delivered new shuffleboard equipment to a group of local seniors at Juniper Valley Park.

“It was truly gratifying to encourage our local seniors to get out and enjoy summer with some brand-new shuffleboard equipment,” Holden said. “Juniper Valley Park would practically be unrecognizable without seeing these longtime friends playing on these courts.

“It should give our community a great sense of normalcy and hope to see them back in action, especially after COVID-19 hit our seniors so hard,” he added. “We should all follow their example of getting back to doing the things we love while still wearing masks and protecting each other.”

Vincent Maltese, neighborhood activist, dies at 86

Vincent Maltese, second from the left, at an event at Christ the King in 2013.

Vincent Maltese, second from the left, at an event at Christ the King in 2013.

Vincent Charles Maltese, a neighborhood activist who was a prominent member of the Conservative Party and the brother of former Republican State Senate Serf Maltese, died on Sunday. He was 86 years old.

Born on the Lower East Side in June 1934, Maltese was accepted to Stuyvesant High School, and later completed his high school education at Seward Park High School.

Maltese worked as a self-taught car mechanic, a salesman and a truck driver before working as a sales agent for Prudential Insurance for 14 years.

He then entered a career in law enforcement. At the age of 38, Maltese took the test to become a court officer, and passed with a 99. He was quickly promoted from captain to lieutenant, and eventually to sergeant.

While working, Maltese continued his college education at Adelphi, Hofstra and St. John’s University.

Maltese ran for president of the Queens chapter of Parents & Taxpayers and won. He was elected district leader of the Conservative Party, which he helped co-found in 1962.

The LES native served on the Ridgewood Community Board of Directors, which operated the Peter Cardella Senior Center. He was a member of the Italian Charities of America, serving as vice president for 30 years.

He was also on the board of the Italo-American Federal Credit Union, and a member of First Avenue Boys, the Scafidi Belmonte Mezzagno Benevolent Society, and the Bella Italia Mia.

Maltese was notably a founding member of the Triangle Fire Memorial Association and served as chairman of the board. He lost a grandmother and two aunts to the 1911 fire.

Mass cards and notes of condolences may be sent to his family address at 199-05 33rd Avenue Bayside, NY 11358.

Man charged in deadly hit-and-run by Metro Mall

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The incident occurred in front of Metro Mall.

A 37-year-old man from the Bronx has been charged with second degree murder and other crimes in connection with a deadly hit-and-run on Metropolitan Avenue near Metro Mall last Tuesday, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

A 25-year-old man died as a result of the crash with the box truck.

“This is a tragic incident that was caused by the alleged criminal actions of this defendant,” Katz said. “The defendant is in custody and faces very serious charges.”

Ramon Pena, 37, was charged with second degree murder, second degree manslaughter, third degree grand larceny and other crimes, including leaving the scene without reporting death and other traffic violations.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

On June 30, Pena allegedly stole the box truck that was parked with keys in the ignition from 101st Avenue in Jamaica. The truck was seen “striking in excess of 20 parked and moving cars” along Humboldt and Metropolitan avenues.

The truck went through multiple red lights and drove on the wrong side of the street.

Pena allegedly struck the 25-year-old victim, Hamlet Cruz-Gomez, who was driving a Honda CRV, while he was exiting the Metro Mall parking lot.

The defendant then jumped out of the box truck after the collision and ran away into the nearby Metropolitan Avenue subway station. Police apprehended him inside the station.

According to Katz, Pena doesn’t have a valid drive’s license and has no driving history in the state.

Free COVID-19 antibody testing event all day

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Councilman Bob Holden and Community Board 9 Chair Kenichi Wilson are hosting a free COVID-19 antibody testing event in Middle Village today.

The event, with Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Juniper Boulevard South and 78th Street.

Please note that the antibody test is free with no co-pay, if you have insurance, you will be asked to show it.

Schedule your appointment here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Addabbo opens Middle Village district office

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On Monday, June 29, State Senator Joe Addabbo reopened his district offices in Middle Village and Howard Beach.

The Rockaway office, however, will remain closed as renovations continue on the building.

During the shutdown, Addabbo’s offices were open but ran at reduced hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while staff had staggered schedules.

Since Monday, the offices has returned to operating full-time, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Although in-person services have resumed, all constituents are asked to wear a mask upon entering the offices.

The Middle Village office is located at 66-85 73rd Place. Their phone number is 718-497-1630.