Maspeth man sentenced to nine years for break-ins

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After pleading guilty to a series of residential break-ins last month, a Maspeth man was sentenced to nine years in prison, District Attorney Richard Brown announced today.

Juan Cuervo, 54, was charged with burglarizing nine different homes throughout the borough, predominantly in Elmhurst and Flushing. In each incident, he allegedly ransacked the homes and stole various pieces of property including a camera, solver coins, jewelry and cash.

“The defendant broke into the homes of various people – victims who had their private and personal spaces invaded by a stranger – and ransacked their residences and stole their property,” Brown said. “The defendant admitted his guilt and has now been sentenced to a lengthy term of incarceration.”

March Madness specials at The Maspeth Pizza House

17342912_10154565988919426_2159532668050431886_nWatch the games, and take advantage of NCAA March Madness Specials at the The Maspeth Pizza House.

During any game, a 10′ pizza and beer combo is only $10.

The MPH has 6 flatscreen TVs… so you won’t miss any action.

TONIGHT: Minnesota, Maryland, Purdue, Xavier, #1 VILLANOVA, and many more.

Happy Hour is from 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri. Enjoy 1/2 price on appetizers, 10′ pizzas, beers & cocktails.

The Maspeth Pizza House is located at 55-60 60th Street (McDonald’s parking lot) in Maspeth. Their phone number is (718) 326-1222

Carvel Coming Back To Grand Avenue

Sources close to a deal say that a lease is almost done for a Carvel Ice Cream store to take over one of the two stores formerly occupied by Stokes at 69-21 Grand Avenue – across from ‘Deals.’
There are no timeline details as of yet, but the other storefront will apparently be a 3-floor medical office.

69-21 Grand Avenue was home to Stokes Card & Gift Shop for decades. Now a Carvel is said to be the next tenant.

69-21 Grand Avenue was home to Stokes Card & Gift Shop for decades. Now a Carvel is said to be the next tenant.

St. Stan’s student awarded Jill Rudzewick Memorial Award

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Martin Luther School announced Veronica Constantinides as the 2017 recipient of the Jill Rudzewick Memorial Award.

Constantinides, an eight grader at St. Stanislaus School, will receive a partial scholarship to attend Martin Luther School in September.

The Jill Rudzewick Memorial Award was established in 2013 to celebrate Rudzewick’s life and contributions to Maspeth, St. Stan’s and Martin Luther School.

Constantinides was awarded the scholarship due to her good school citizenship, high academic achievements and service to both the school and community. She is a volunteer with the St. Stan’s Home School and Association. Additionally, Constantinides serves as a lunch monitor for Pre-K students each day.

Flushing Avenue at Onderdonk Gets New Look By DOT

Citing “Vision Zero” initiatives – a program to protect the public by keeping the streets safe, Officials from Queens DOT , at the urging of The  Queens Chamber of Commerce, met with management of M&V Provisions, a meat distribution center located at the corner of Flushing and Onderdonk Avenues Friday afternoon to discuss making changes to the intersection – which has no traffic signal. Following a number of recent accidents and near misses, DOT officials, after the meeting in the M&T offices said it will be conducting a new study of the intersection over the next two months.

Mike Ciuffo, Co-Exec. VP at M&V said the bulk of the traffic happens between 3AM and 7AM – when large trucks are moving in and out of the block.  That’s when it becomes dangerous. “I am so grateful to the Queens Chamber and for the DOT for looking into this again,” Ciuffo said. “The attention we received here is outstanding. The DOT people were so helpful at the Friday meeting,” he said.

DOT said they should be installing cameras to eye traffic within a few weeks.

Mike Ciuffo, Co-Exec VP of M&V Provisions - a meat distribution Wholesaler on Flushing Avenue, speakes to representatives of DOT, Council member Crowley , Councilmember Reynoso, the Public Advocate's office and the Queens Chamber of Commerce about traffic Concerns along Flushing Avenue across from the Onderdonk House.

Mike Ciuffo, Co-Exec VP of M&V Provisions (standing) – a meat distribution Wholesaler on Flushing Avenue, speakes to representatives of DOT, Council member Crowley , Councilmember Reynoso, the Public Advocate’s office and the Queens Chamber of Commerce about traffic Concerns along Flushing Avenue across from the Onderdonk House.

Fire at KUBUS Deli on Grand Avenue

IMG_6503Friday night saw flames on Grand Avenue at the popular KUBUS Polish Deli.

At 8:15PM, four fire trucks and dozens of firefighters were on scene to help contain the hour long fire at 65-27 Grand Ave.

No injuries are reported at this time. One local resident said the owners live upstairs, but she had no knowledge of their whereabouts, as the upstairs apartment window was charred.

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