- Friday, 9/9 at 11:00 am, World Trade Center Memorial Ceremony to be held at Maspeth Memorial Park at 69th/Grand. There will be an unveiling of steel from the World Trade Center.
- Monday, 9/12 at 7:00 pm, Comet meeting at 85-20 57th Avenue. Car break ins will be a top priority.
- Sunday, 9/18 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Smile on Maspeth Day at Maspeth Federal. It's a carnival for the kids.
- Sunday, 9/25 is the Maspeth Street Fair.
Dick from Winfield reports: Rear tires and rims stolen from Honda Accord (late model) sometime last night or early this morning (8/31/11). Car was parked on 72 St. just south of 51 Ave. The owner, who was visiting with my neighbor, has been in in Florida. The owner must file a report when he gets back.
Richie from Elmhurst heard from his friend in Maspeth: Wanted to tell you that again, this morning, an SUV parked on the corner of 59th Dr and Fresh Pond Rd was broken into last night (or early this morning)- not sure when. The driver side window was smashed and glass all over the street. I don't think the owner of the truck was aware yet because we saw it at 6:30am. I don't know who the truck belongs to either or I would have rang their doorbell to notify them. I think the 104 needs to set up a patrol night watch into the early morning hours when these break-ins occur and then these creeps will be caught, and word will get around so nobody else tries to do the same nonsense. It happens on the same exact streets all the time... there is no excuse why we can't have our area patrolled. These are getting to be out of control now and I'm seriously fed up.
The 104th sent this over to me. The arrests occurred on the MV/Maspeth border. No telling how far and wide these creeps were hitting but hopefully this will help cut down on the break ins. They were caught with GPS's and were traveling on foot. Pleae pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.
Early this morning at about 3:02 am the 104 Precinct responded to the corner of Eliot Avenue and 70 Street in regards to individuals breaking into vehicles. Upon arrival the responding Officers arrested three individuals: Patrick Jasienowski 18, Middle Village, Nicholas Dangelo 19, Middle Village and a 15 year old Juvenile who resides in the confines of the 112 Pct.
All of the perpetrators were charged with 4 counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, 3 counts of criminal possession of stolen property and three counts of petit larceny.
The arresting Officer is PO Joseph Verderber
Last night the Channel 11 news aired the following report about illegal commuter vans in the COMET area.
The Newtown Historical Society is proud to announce the replacement of an historic plaque dedicated to Astoria’s founding family, the Halletts, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth.
The Hallett family, led by patriarch William Hallett, emigrated from England and settled in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1648, but moved in 1652 to 160 acres in the Hallett’s Cove area of Astoria. In 1664, William Hallett expanded his holding to 2,200 acres, which included all of modern-day Astoria. Several generations of Halletts lived on the property and as was customary at the time, family members that died were buried near their home. The Hallett cemetery was located between Astoria Blvd and Main Avenue. Over time, the family’s land was divided into parcels and sold.
As explained by Vincent Seyfried in his book, 300 Years of Long Island City: 1630-1930, “All the 50 bodies in the burial plot, 35 of them Halletts dating from 1724 to 1861, were transferred to Mount Olivet Cemetery in April 1905 and the stones were re-cut and re-erected over the new graves.”
The original historical plaque that recorded this event had been weathered to the point where some of the writing on it was no longer readable.
“We don’t want barriers such as illegible writing to prevent Queens residents from understanding their history, so our board decided that replacing the plaque was the right thing to do,” explained Newtown Historical Society President Christina Wilkinson. “We thank Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. for his assistance in making this happen.”
Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr. was instrumental in locating and obtaining permission from the descendants of William Hallett.
Vallone made contact with Dr. William C. Hallett, a Nassau County-based pharmacy consultant and direct descendant of the original William Hallett. Dr. Hallett is proud of his family’s history and is in possession of many documents dating back 300 years or more. The Hallett family history stretches across the borough to Flushing and Jamaica, but they are best known as being among the first settlers of Astoria.
"Astoria has a rich and storied history, and the Hallett family is proud to be a part of it,” said Dr. William C. Hallett. “We are deeply appreciative of the efforts of the Newtown Historical Society and Council Member Vallone to replace the plaque, and helping to preserve the history and heritage of our area."
“I commend Newtown Historical Society for being proactive and restoring this important link to Queens history. I thought my family had deep Queens roots, but the Halletts definitely have us all beat,” said Council Member Vallone. “Queens is a great place to call home, whether it’s your first year in the borough or your family’s 350th.”
The inscription on the new plaque, which is identical to the one on the old plaque, reads:
“In this plot rest the remains of many of the descendants of William Hallett who came to this country from England A.D. 1648. They were removed from the family grave yard at Hallett’s Cove A.D. 1905.”
For more information on the Newtown Historical Society’s programs, please visit NHS’ website at www.newtownhistorical.org.
For those of you awakened by an NYPD helicopter at about 3-4:20 am this morning, here's what Captain Cody reports:
"Burglary of a premises at 53-03 65 Place-Beauty Parlor perp caught in act and fled-Aviation aided in search and apprehension-investigation ongoing-1 under arrest by my a/c team"
Things are not looking good with the car break ins in. Apparently the thieves are breaking into vehicles even if no property is visible. They are breaking in, checking the glove box, etc. Please remove tools, GPS's and anything of value in case your vehicle is targeted. We are not the only area being targeted in this end of Queens.
Look folks, you might not want to make a report to your insurance company because there's a $500 deductable. That's fine. But you really need to make a police report so our precincts know what areas are being hit. I suspect there's a lot more break ins that are not being reported. You should call 911 and tell the operator you need to have a report taken. Since taking a report for a past crime isn't a priority, you may have to wait quite a while before a police car shows up. If you have a busy schedule and can't wait around, call 911 once you are home for the evening. But please, file a report.
I am reaching out to the Crime Prevention Officers in our precincts to come up with ideas to help safeguard your property. Stay tuned. Please pass this along.
See the email below with an update from the Clinton Diner, 56-26 Maspeth Avenue. If you recall, the 104th arrested a perpetrator on Monday at about 1:00 am. This incident occurred on Monday at 3:41 am and in this case it's suspected at least two perpetrators are involved. These individuals are not only looking into breaking into vehicles, but businesses as well. I'm sure they would have no problem breaking into a house. Some of you may not live in Maspeth, but it can happen in your area too!
Please be alert, call 911 if you see anything suspicious, secure your home and don't leave property in your vehicle. You can contact the Crime Prevention Officer at your precinct and ask for a free home/business security survey. Don't wait until you become a victim. Please pass this on to friends/family. If you have any info, contact the 104th Precinct.
"We also had a break in at my parents Diner on Monday 3:41am and the perps stayed in the diner until 5:25AM. After that one of them proceeded to try to break in 2 tractor trailers parked over night behind the diner, and woke up the driver who chased him away. A brief description of one of the guys is male hispanic 5'5"-5'7" tall, 155lbs thick black frame glasses, dark blue or black baseball hat, Medium to dark Bluish grey t shirt, blue jeans, dark color sneakers with white trim around edges, 6" wide tattoo on left fore arm with 2 stars on outer edges of tattoo and some writing in the middle. He entered through the roof."
The 104th just called to let me know that an individual was arrested in connection with a car break in on Menahan Street and another on Grove Street. Alan Vega, male Hispanic, 46 years old, 5'9", carrying a backpack, was arrested at about 1:00 am this morning while riding his bicycle. He was caught with 3 GPS's, 3 I-Pods and cash. He has been arrested multiple times in Brooklyn. It is assumed that he might be responsible for the Maspeth incidents but with no video or eye witnesses it will be difficult, if not impossible, to charge him with the crimes. The investigation is still ongoing to see if other precincts can connect him to incidents in their commands. By the way, this individual was arrested as a result of a 911 call by a resident. Please do not assume this is the only person doing car break ins. Do not leave items in your vehicles. Don't forget the crooks stealing rims/tires are still on the loose! I heard back from the 110th Precinct. According to PO Garland, there were no reports of rims/tires being taken off vehicles in our section of Elmhurst. One Comet member insists her nephew's tires were stolen but apparently a report wasn't filed nor was one filed for the vehicle in the vicinity of Crowley Park. NO REPORT, NO CRIME STATISTIC, NO ADDITIONAL POLICE COVERAGE IN OUR AREA. PO Garland did tell me we had one robbery in the vicinity of Broadway/51st Avenue. A woman was pushed and her cell phone was stolen. Please keep your electronics out of sight! And please, report crime!
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