John J. O’Hare (Buddy)
Nov 24, 2014 | 55 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John J. O’Hare (Buddy) passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the age of 85. Born on July 29, 1929 in New York City, Former Employee of Ruperts, Schaefer and Strohs Breweries. Husband of Helena. Beloved Father of Bridget (Frank) Logozzo, Colleen, Kathleen and Kelly Ann. Cherished Grandfather of Tara, Justin and Stephanie and Great-Grandfather of Ryan and Erin. Predeceased by his mother, two sisters and brother. He enjoyed playing roller hockey and was an avid NY Rangers fan. He will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Hope on Saturday November 22, 2014 9:45 AM Cremation followed at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378 www.papaverofuneralhome.com
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Casimir A. Petekiewicz
Nov 24, 2014 | 40 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Casimir A. Petekiewicz passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the age of 99. Beloved Husband of the late Rose Petekiewicz . Loving Father of Maryann Petekiewicz, Anthony Petekiewicz (Nancy), Joyce Buono and Theresa Petekiewicz. Cherished Grandfather of Matthew, Frank, Paul, Christopher and Michael and Great-Grandfather of Nina. Mr. Petekiewicz was a United States Army Veteran who served during World War II. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Adalbert’s Church on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 10 AM Interment followed at Lutheran All-Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378 www.papaverofuneralhome.com
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Pol pushes ban on cell phone use for bicyclists
Nov 23, 2014 | 398 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A New York City politician wants bike riders to keep their hands off their phones and on their handlebars. Councilman Mark Treyger introduced legislation at last week’s City Council stated meeting to prohibit the use of handheld phones and other electronic devices while riding a bicycle in New York City. He was prompted to introduce the legislation after witnessing a cyclist swerve into oncoming traffic along busy Stillwell Avenue in Gravesend, nearly causing a serious multi-vehicle accident. “After watching a cyclist swerve into traffic while texting and riding along Stillwell Avenue, I felt it was important for the city to address this irresponsible behavior,” Treyger said. Treyger was joined on the steps of City Hall by several colleagues and representatives from cycling advocacy group Bike New York to announce the proposed legislation. This proposal is the least punitive of similar laws already passed in Chicago and Flagstaff, Arizona, and under consideration in California. Treyger’s legislation would simply extend the current restrictions on phone use already in place for motorists to also cover cyclists. “I want to be clear that the only intention is safety, which is why I am also proposing the creation of bicycle safety courses instead of fines for some first offenses,” he said. In addition to the ban on the use of handheld electronics while cycling, Treyger also introduced companion legislation to authorize and create a bike safety course that could be taken in lieu of fines for some first offenses. This proposal comes at a time when the city is taking steps to drastically reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur on city streets as bicycle-related accidents are on the rise. “Bikers and pedestrians alike must be alert and aware when navigating our roadways because only then can we achieve Vision Zero,” said Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the Transportation Committee. The bill specifically prohibits the use of any handheld devices including cell phones, tablets or other electronics to make calls, send texts or to search the Internet. The use of voice-activated and hands-free devices would still be permitted and would not be impacted by this law. Fines for first offenses would start at $50, but cyclists would have the option of completing the bike safety course for offenses that do not include injuries or property damage. As a result, this legislation would also set a precedent for future laws in New York City by creating a two-tier fine structure that includes lower penalties for cyclists than drivers for committing the same violation. Data shows a recent rise in the number of crashes involving cyclists, with the injuries from crashes involving pedestrians and bicycles with no motor vehicle involvement increasing from a total of 277 in 2012 to 343 in 2013. In addition, crashes only involving single or multiple bicyclists - no automobiles or pedestrians involved - increased from 294 to 360 over that time. “Making our streets safer is everyone’s responsibility, including cyclists,” said Rich Conroy, director of Education at Bike New York. “Skilled, knowledgeable cyclists ride with awareness and alertness, and send a message that they care not only about their own safety, but the safety of others.”
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Citymeals-on-Wheels honors Rockaway Park resident
by Jess Berry
Nov 23, 2014 | 68 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Among 25 New Yorkers honored at the Citymeals-on-Wheels 2014 STAR Awards ceremony last week was Rockaway resident Arthur “Leon” Causey, who has repeatedly gone above and beyond the requirements of his job as an afternoon transportation driver. Causey has served as a Jewish Association Serving the Aging in Far Rockaway employee for the past five years. During that time, he has developed a strong relationship with one meal recipient in particular, and has proven himself to be both a great employee and friend. The meal recipient lives alone and has limited mobility and early signs of dementia. His numerous medical appointments cause him to often miss the daily meal delivery, but Causey regularly makes return trips to ensure that his elderly friend receives his meals. When tragedy struck and the recipient’s son died, Causey rearranged his schedule in order to be able to attend the funeral. Causey also picks up his friend after his doctor and hospital appointments to make sure he gets home safely. Executive director of Citymeals Beth Shapiro said that Causey, and the rest of the STAR Award winners, are all “life savers.” “I would like to thank Leon and all of our STAR Award winners whose dedication, compassion and hard work ensure New York’s most vulnerable residents are safe and sound behind their closed doors,” Shapiro said. The 25 STAR Award winners included meal deliverers, kitchen staff, coordinators and case managers. They were nominated by colleagues and administrators at senior centers across the five boroughs.
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Plan for economic revival on Mott Avenue
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 23, 2014 | 53 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The weathered streetscape along the Mott Avenue corridor is long overdue for structural and cosmetic repairs since Superstorm Sandy tore through Far Rockaway. Thanks to a $4.5 million investment from the Governor’s Office of Storm Resiliency (GOSR), the neglected corridor will now receive improvements to community public spaces and investment to help stimulate the local economy. Structural improvements include drainage improvements to reduce ponding at several intersections, LED streetlights with backup power in case of power outages, new signage, gutters, bike lanes, benches and bike racks. “Drawing on the strengths and opportunities of each community, our NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program presents endless opportunities for recovery, resiliency and growth,” said Jamie Rubin, executive director of Storm Recovery. “The Mott Avenue Corridor Project serves as an example of our efforts, and will serve to improve and strengthen Far Rockaway.” Since the storm, there have been more than 600 project proposals totaling nearly $800 million from the nearly 500 communities participating in the program throughout the state. "This funding will not only help our struggling small businesses in the Mott Avenue corridor, but it will boost Rockaway's economy and help all neighborhood small businesses get back on their feet post-Sandy," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “The Rockaway East NY Rising Committee thanks Governor Cuomo for giving the community the opportunity to advocate and fund this project,” said committee co-chair Al Moore. “Coupled with the other proposed resiliency projects, such as a network of recovery centers, these improvements will help our neighborhood build back stronger.”
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