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Friday, September 30, 2011

Arrest made in attempted rape

Friday, September 30, 2011

From the Daily News:

Police have arrested a man they say was the pervert who tried to sexually assault a woman alongside a Queens highway before he was scared away by a former Marine.

Kenneth King, 41, was charged with attempted rape, police said Friday afternoon.

Police officials did not immediately say how they tracked down and collared King.

Suspect caught

The suspect in the attempted Rape in our community has been caught.  Details are still coming in , Thank You all for your help.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Former Marine foils rape in wooded area on side of Queens road

PLEASE READ THIS STORY.  IF YOU SEE HIM, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. clean-cut white man, 45 to 55 years-old, weighing about 220 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and a goatee.

BY Jennifer H. Cunningham AND Corky Siemaszko
Wednesday, September 28th 2011, 3:50 PM
DelMundo, Anthony freelance NYDN

Bryan Teichman, 31, saved a woman from getting raped in a secluded area off a Queens roadway. Take our PollCrime in the Big Apple
Racing to rescue a helpless woman from the clutches of a would-be rapist, Bryan Teichman had just seconds Wednesday to decide whether he should start yelling - or revert to his Marine training and attack the man.

"My gut said to scream first, to avoid the conflict," said the 31-year-old Queens resident. "So I screamed, you know, some profanities, but basically: 'Get off her!'"

That was enough, police said, to send the suspect running - and for Teichman to be hailed as the city's newest hero.

"If I would have caught him, I would've felt like that," the self-deprecating dad from Fresh Meadows said.

Police are now looking for the burly man, who Teichman said was dressed like a construction worker.

In an interview with The Daily News, Teichman gave a stirring account of how he suddenly found himself coming to the aid of a stranger who had been accosted in broad daylight.

"It blows my mind that someone has the audacity to do that at 9 o'clock in the morning," he said.

Police officers search the bushes along Cross Island Expressway near 148th St., the scene of the attempted rape. (Anthony DelMundo for News)

Teichman's brush with fate came as he was dropping off his daughter at the babysitter's house in Whitestone, which sits across the street from a small wooded area that abuts the Whitestone Expressway at the Cross Island Parkway service road and 148th St.

Most days, Teichman said, he leaves his daughter with Dawn Ottaviano at noon. On Wednesday, he dropped her off early so he could study for a physics exam at Nassau Community College, where he is an engineering major.

"I was in the house, and I heard some muffled screams," he said.
Outside the window, they saw a surreal scene unfold.

"At first, it looked like they were running," Ottaviano told The News. "When I looked closer, it looked like he was hoisting her, grabbing her, pushing her."

"When I saw him throw her over the guardrail, that's when I knew it wasn't play," added Teichman.

"I looked back at Dawn and I said 'Something's not right. I'm going over there.'"
Ottaviano told him, "Be careful, be careful," he said.

Heeding her warning, Teichman said he jogged across the street. "I didn't run over there," he said.

When he got to guardrail, Teichman said the man was "straddling her." He had one hand over her mouth and was "ripping at her jean jacket" with the other.

Teichman said the man must have been powerful because the woman's screams were completely muffled.

"He was strong enough to hold her mouth shut," he said. "It was silent. I had to pause there and think, 'Do I run after him first or do I scream first at him?'"

Teichman decided to fill the void with lots of noise.

"If Dawn didn't say, 'Be careful, be careful,' my instinct would have been to attack, because I have a wife, and a daughter, a two year old daughter," he said.

Startled, the attacker looked up and Teichman said he got a clear look at his face.

"Then he started running down the hill," he said. "I ran over to her."

By that point, the attacker had already reached the highway and was running northbound along the shoulder, he said.

Within minutes, police, alerted by the babysitter, began arriving and hunting for the suspect.

Teichman said he tried to comfort the weeping woman, who spoke very little English.

"She was saying, 'Thank you,'" he recalled. "That seemed like all she could say.'"

"She was frazzled," Ottaviano added. "Her whole back was full of dirt."

Another witness, Lisa Chianese, said the woman was there waiting for her carpool ride into the city.

"God bless him," she said of Teichman. "He saved her."

Teichman described the attacker as a clean-cut white man, 45 to 55 years-old, weighing about 220 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and a goatee.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Francis Lewis Park

As of September 26th the old Playground will be will be closed as construction on the new playground begins.  Hopefully this will be the begining of wonderful things for our park, our community, and our children.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments and or complaints.

Friday, September 23, 2011

DOE school bus fiasco Whitestone Highlight

By ERICA PITZI Staff reporter 8:35 p.m. EDT, September 22, 2011

WHITESTONE, NY (PIX11)— Parents with children who go to Junior High School 194 in Queens are scared to death for their kids new school commute.

And the kids are scared too.

"We shouldn't be able to go on the buses at our age because you never know, somebody might pick us up and steal us," 8th grader Megan Hall told PIX 11.

Parent Susan Garcia said, "I don't think they're really safe on the buses, something could happen to them."

Garcia is one of many College Point parents in this predicament since the Department of Education cut school bus service to thousands of junior high school students, including Garcia's daughter Bella.

"It is really dangerous," said Bella.

Not to mention, their school commute can take up to two hours when they live only 15 minutes away.

6th Grader Melanie Dobular explained her route to us, saying, "I go on the 76, then get on 20b, then take the 25 rest of the way."

"This is completely unacceptable - all sorts of safety issues," said NYC Councilman Dan Halloran who is trying to help change this situation for his constituents.

"We're working hard with the Department (of Education) to get waivers for some kids, and we've gotten some of these variances through but the bottom line is the city needs to take better care of these kids as a whole. Our 12-year-olds should not be worrying about how getting to school."

Councilman Halloran says his office will hold a press conference on Monday to raise even more awareness to this issue in hopes of creating change for the affected communities.

The DOE told PIX 11 the cuts came "because of the tight budget" but says it is providing eligible students with Metro Cards.

That does not address the student safety issue, so for some parents, that response is not enough.

"I don't think it's even close to enough," said Garcia.

Even the kids can tell the DOE what is good enough.

"I want them to bring back the yellow school buses," said Hall.

Copyright © 2011, WPIX-TV


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Whitestone Bayside fields neglected for too long

By Connor Adams Sheets

Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:09 AM EDT

Community leaders and elected officials are working through a number of avenues to improve Little Bay Park in Bayside, saying the park has been neglected for too long.

Located in the shadow of the Throgs Neck Bridge, the 55-acre beachside greenspace offers sports fields, a bike path and a roller hockey rink, but it has seen little in the way of improvements since 1999, when $1.2 million in city money funded the creation of the path and rink.

On Monday afternoon, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Malba Gardens Civic Association President Al Centola met with representatives of the city Parks Department at the park — bounded by the beach, Cross Island Parkway, Utopia Parkway and Totten Avenue — to discuss ways to fix the soccer fields, which suffer from poor drainage and other woes because of their location near the salty waters of Little Bay.

Centola hopes at least one of the park’s two soccer fields can be fixed in time for next year’s season, but the cost to do the needed work is proving prohibitive. Halloran said it costs $2.3 million per field to outfit them with artificial turf, or $1.5 million for sod. The price tags are so high because of the need to do extensive drainage upgrades before undertaking such work.

“We’re trying to get that redone because the field is a mess there. There’s no real field, there’s dust and dirt that turns into mud when it rains,” Centola said. “We’re pushing for turf but it’s more expensive, so we’ll settle for sod if it’s done right.”

Halloran’s office allocated $300,000 in city funds last year that can be used to pay for improvements at the park, and he told Centola Monday he may be able to get at least partial matching funds this year if the civic leader can convince Borough President Helen Marshall to dedicate money for the project. Centola said he and his fellow community members will lobby her to put $750,000 toward the field work, and that he and Halloran are hoping to enlist landscape contractors to help foot the bill.


“There hasn’t been a lot of attention to Little Bay Park,” Schreiber said.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Little Bay Soccer Fields

We had a meeting today with Councilman Halloran, his Chief of Staff, St. Luke's CYO Athletic group, and the Parks Department about Little Bay Fields under the Throgs Neck Bridge.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

What we are about

This blog is for the community.  We take great pride in our dedication to the safety and security to our children and the community. 

If you are serious about getting involved in your community, get out and do something.  Go join a Civic association, anyone you like, there are 3 in the immediate community.  All we ask is that you take the best interest of the community at heart, be it your block, your children's school, the local youth group, Boy scouts, Church Group, Sports Group, whatever you decide is fine, just get out there and be active..  Give back to the community.

Monday, September 5, 2011


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