Northwell Health Takes Over Glendale Hot Spot


Northwell Health has transformed Glendale’s former Shiro of Japan space into a healthcare hub, unveiling the Northwell Health Physician Partners at Glendale within Atlas Park. Courtesy Northwell Health.

In a stride towards accessible and comprehensive healthcare, Northwell Health has repurposed the former Shiro of Japan space at Atlas Park into a healthcare hub, officially unveiling the Northwell Health Physician Partners at Glendale. 

Now located within Atlas Park at 80-40 Cooper Ave Suite 4204, Glendale, the multi-specialty practice marks a pivotal addition to the community’s healthcare landscape, offering a diverse array of medical services under one roof.

The grand opening on April 19 heralded a new era of healthcare convenience for Glendale residents as well as local neighbors, as the facility, situated within the Shops at Atlas Park, commenced its operations. The $5.1 million investment is a testament to Northwell’s commitment to serving local communities.

The grand opening on April 19 marked a significant milestone for Glendale residents, with the $5.1 million investment showcasing Northwell’s commitment to community health. Credit: Queens Ledger Staff.

Mark Talamini, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Northwell Health Physician Partners, articulated the institution’s dedication to expanding healthcare accessibility in the area. 

“Northwell Health Physician Partners has made the investment in Queens a priority and that’s been made clear by our expanding range of health care services and medical specialists in the region,”Talamini said. “We want to be where people live and work to make access to care and the delivery of quality medical services as seamless as possible.”

Northwell Health offers a diverse range of medical services under one roof and a team of 10 physicians and 27 support staff.

This state-of-the-art facility encompasses a spectrum of medical disciplines, housing offices for primary care, behavioral health, cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary medicine, urology, and various surgical specialties. With a team comprising 10 physicians and 27 support staff, the center ensures comprehensive healthcare delivery, boasting 16 exam rooms, an onsite clinical laboratory, and specialized equipment for diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds and echocardiogram/stress tests.

John D’Angelo, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Director of Northwell’s Central Region, underscored the institution’s commitment to serving Queens and beyond.

“In order to empower ever healthier communities, it’s important that Northwell provides a range of complex care beyond the walls of our hospitals,” said D’Angelo. “We have a long history of service to Queens and we’re doing even more in Glendale by bringing ENTs, cardiologists and surgeons to the local community.”

The grand opening ceremony saw notable figures from the local community, including Tom Grech, President & CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Ebony Young, Deputy Borough President, who lauded Northwell’s investment in Glendale as a testament to its leadership in healthcare.

“A 10-million dollar investment in Glendale is a great thing and as one of the largest employers in the state, with 86,000 employees, it is evident Northwell is a leader,” Gech said. 

For those seeking appointments or more information, Northwell Health Physician Partners at Glendale can be reached at 718-887-3090 or visited online at 


Glendale Man Indicted for Fatal Stabbing of Girlfriend in Maspeth Tavern

Queens Ledger Staff

Queens DA announces indictment of Glendale resident for fatally stabbing girlfriend at Maspeth tavern; suspect arraigned on murder charges as domestic violence concerns persist in NYC.

Marcin Pieciak, a 36-year-old resident of Glendale, was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Sarah McNally, at a Maspeth tavern in March, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced.

McNally, a 41-year-old bartender, was tragically killed during the incident at Ceili House Bar, where she was working at the time. According to authorities, Pieciak allegedly stabbed McNally multiple times before inflicting self-harm.

District Attorney Katz condemned the act, stating, “The defendant is accused of cruelly and brazenly taking the life of someone he purported to care for and doing so in front of her colleagues and bar patrons. We are grateful to the grand jury for returning these serious charges and we will work to seek justice for Sarah McNally.”

Pieciak was arraigned on an indictment charging him with murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Supreme Court Justice Ushir Pandit-Durant remanded the defendant and scheduled his next court appearance for June 18.

McNally, originally from Ireland, had been living in the United States for about a decade. The tragic incident occurred on March 30, around 6:30 p.m., prompting a swift response from law enforcement.

According to authorities, Pieciak arrived at the tavern where McNally was working and allegedly launched a violent attack, stabbing her multiple times before turning the knife on himself. Both were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition, where McNally later succumbed to her injuries.

Details emerging from the incident reveal a harrowing sequence of events: Marcin Pieciak entered the Ceili House Bar on Grand Avenue in Maspeth, where Sarah McNally was bartending, and proceeded to stab her 19 times in the neck, back, and chest, as captured by surveillance footage. Following the attack, Pieciak turned the knife on himself, inflicting multiple self-inflicted wounds to his throat. Despite efforts to detain him, Pieciak confronted responding officers with knives, prompting them to safely disarm him.

Assistant District Attorney Gabriel J. Reale, alongside Assistant District Attorney Veronika Podoprigora, is spearheading the prosecution, with oversight from Assistant District Attorneys John Kosinski and Karen Ross, and Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Shawn Clark.

The incident underscores ongoing concerns about domestic and interpartner violence in New York City. According to data analysis by Gothamist, such violence has been on the rise in recent years, claiming 71 lives in 2022 alone. Those experiencing domestic violence can seek support from the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, which offers assistance in over 200 languages and operates 24/7.

St. Matthias Catholic Academy Fighting Closure Threat with Community Support

Mohamed Farghaly

Principal Keri-Ann Wade-Donohue leads efforts to reverse declining enrollment and fundraising shortfalls, emphasizing the school’s legacy of academic excellence and Christian values.


The St. Matthias Catholic Academy in Ridgewood is facing a critical juncture in its 114-year history as financial woes threaten its existence. With the specter of closure looming over St. Matthias, the Ridgewood community rallies behind desperate efforts to stave off the shutdown of the cherished neighborhood institution.

The announcement of the school’s precarious financial situation earlier this month sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community, prompting parents and faculty to rally in a concerted effort to save the beloved institution. With a looming deadline in June, the academy’s fate hangs in the balance.

Established 114 years ago by the Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Matthias Catholic Academy has been an enduring fixture in Ridgewood, nurturing generations of students with a blend of academic excellence and timeless Christian values. However, recent years have seen a decline in enrollment, exacerbated by shifting demographics and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Principal Keri-Ann Wade-Donohue, alongside dedicated parents and faculty, spearheads a determined campaign to reverse the academy’s fortunes before it’s too late.

“Our academy has a long and storied history, we’ve been in Ridgewood for 114 years, we are part of the Brooklyn diocese,” Wade-Donohue said. “We’ve had a very good record and have made a huge impact in the neighborhood over the years.”

St. Matthias Catholic Academy holds a storied legacy within the Ridgewood community, boasting a tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to instilling Christian values. With a comprehensive curriculum spanning pre-K to 8th grade and innovative programs such as a hydroponics lab, the academy has long been a beacon of educational innovation.

Principal Wade-Donohue paints a stark picture of the academy’s plight, noting a sharp drop in enrollment from over 400 students a decade ago to a mere 152 presently.

“We really need to build that number in order to be sustainable,” she emphasizes, highlighting the urgent need to attract more students to secure the academy’s future.

Since then, the St. Matthias community has embarked on an intensive recruitment drive, aiming to enroll an additional 50 students within a two-week timeframe. Miraculously, enrollment has surged from 125 to 146, demonstrating the community’s dedication.

To complement enrollment efforts, a GoFundMe campaign and an alumni initiative have been launched. The alumni effort has garnered $57,000 in donations, while the GoFundMe has raised over $17,000. Despite these commendable strides, the academy remains far from its fundraising target.

Faced with an imminent closure decision, parents and faculty unite in a race against time to enroll an additional 50 children within a two-week timeframe. Miraculously, enrollment has surged from 125 to 146, demonstrating the community’s dedication.

To complement enrollment efforts, a GoFundMe campaign and an alumni initiative have been launched. The alumni effort has garnered $57,000 in donations, while the GoFundMe has raised over $17,000. Despite these commendable strides, the academy remains far from its fundraising target.

Faced with an imminent closure decision, parents and faculty unite in a race against time to enroll an additional 50 children within what was a two-week window.

“We need to have an enrollment of 180 by next year and now we’re at 152, so we’re still gonna be short by 28 If we don’t pick up some student registrations this coming week,” Wade-Donohue said. “Also, the goal for the fundraising was $1 million and we are significantly short of that.”


Courtesy St. Matthias

The St. Matthias Catholic Academy in Ridgewood faces closure due to financial struggles, prompting a community-wide effort to save the institution, which has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood for 114 years.

In their battle for survival, St. Matthias Catholic Academy opens its doors wider, inviting interested families to explore enrollment opportunities.  Each new enrollment brings them one step closer to their goal and they are now offering families a $1,000 credit towards their first year’s tuition. Financial aid is also available, ensuring that St. Matthias is an option for anyone who is interested.

“We pride ourselves on traditional Christian values and a strong educational package,” Wade-Donohue asserts, underscoring the academy’s commitment to excellence.

Beyond the confines of parental involvement, the academy extends an appeal to the wider Ridgewood community for support. Through events like radio bingo and upcoming student performances, St. Matthias seeks to engage and mobilize community members in their fight to preserve a cherished institution.

Marek Mscisz, a parent of a seventh grade student at St. Mathias Catholic Academy, expressed his fervent support for keeping the school open. He emphasized the positive impact the school has had on his daughter and the community, highlighting its uniqueness and the strong bonds it fosters.

“The kids, you know, look forward to attending and love the school,” Mscisz said. “We believe in the importance of keeping this whole thing going and ensuring that the message is received. There isn’t going to be closure.”

He shared concerns about the disruption it would cause to his daughter’s education and lamented the prospect of having to relocate to another school as she is on the cusp of approaching the eighth grade and graduating amongst all of friends and known faculty members, the thought of uprooting to unfamiliar grounds dampens the excitement of her impending milestone.

Reflecting on the significance of their mission, Principal Wade-Donohue encapsulates the academy’s unwavering resolve.

“Not only is there a legacy behind St. Mathias, but we are a safe and solid educational institution that welcomes all and we are here,” Wade-Donohue said. “We are here to help and to serve and that is why it’s important that we stay open.”

As the clock ticks down, the fate of St. Matthias Catholic Academy hangs in the balance, its survival hinging on the collective efforts of a determined community unwilling to let go of a century-old legacy.

Parents interested in enrolling their children or providing  support to the academy, please reach out by calling (718) 381-8003, emailing, visiting the academy’s website at or donating at the GoFundMe at


Courtesy St. Matthias

Despite challenges, the community rallies behind the academy, with recruitment drives, fundraising campaigns, and appeals for support from both parents and the wider Ridgewood community.

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