Mission of the Forest Hills/Rego Park Lions Club

For over a century, Forest Hills and Rego Park has been fortunate to have culturally and generationally diverse residents who engage in tireless efforts to enhance the quality of life for their community and society, where today’s volunteers becoming tomorrow’s shapers.

This is very much evident at the Rego Park-Forest Hills Lions Club, which held a ceremonial dinner at Portofino Ristorante, 109-32 Ascan Avenue, on September 7. Members and their families and friends witnessed Rince Calder’s appointment as president for the 2014-2015 term, which was previously filled by Pauline Lam.

Calder, a 15-year Lion, stepped up with grace and said she is open to ideas.

“I hope to increase our membership and add new projects to our agenda,” Calder said. “Don’t be skeptical of the unknown, and give yourself without the expectation of receiving something in return. When you glance at what you have done for others, this will be your reflection of kindness and compassion.”

Read more at the Forest Hills/Rego Park Times.


Embattled P.S. 101 teacher defended by colleagues at Boy Scout Troop 96

11160756125_fa2ba07bd7_mThe reinstatement of a teacher who was accused of choking a female student in his first grade class last year has parents at PS101 up in arms. But many who have worked closely with him say the allegations are out of character for the Troop 96 Scout Leader.

Richard Parlini was removed from the classroom at PS101 in Forest Hills Gardens last year, charged a $2,500 fine and required to attend a six-hour training course.

“Ensuring the safety of all students is a top priority and we work with each school community to make sure all children have safe and supportive learning environments,” a DOE official said.

In reaction to the DOE decision to keep Parlini out of the classroom, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz said, “At this time, I am satisfied that the teacher in question will not be giving instruction in a classroom. Future developments, if any, will be closely monitored by my office.”

According to a previous statement by the DOE, the claim that Parlini actually put his hands around the neck of one of his female students is unsubstantiated, though he has been disciplined previously for claims of verbal abuse and corporal punishment in the classroom.

Parlini’s colleagues from Boy Scout Troop 96 tell a different story.

“I’ve received emails from the scoutmasters that have worked with him and they have never observed anything that would make them uncomfortable,” Adario said.

Read more at The Forest Hills/Rego Park Times.


Kew Gardens Fall Flea Market

preview-en-usThe Kew Gardens Fall Flea Market will  be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 8AM to 5PM, (rain date September 20, 2014.)  The Flea Market is being held at the LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin Street in Kew Gardens. The ’Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue’ will be there with dogs and cats for adoption from 1 to 5 PM.  Shop over 30 vendors selling books, albums, household items, antiques, clothing, collectables, pottery and much more. 100% of the vendor fees benefit the JHMC Pediatric Department.


How to spend $1 million in Forest Hills?

extralargeCouncilwoman Karen Koslowitz is hosting the first series of neighborhood assemblies to decide how to spend $1 million in discretionary funding in Forest Hills this year.

Voice your opinion on how to best spend this money in Council District 29 at one of her outreach meetings: Sep. 8, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, located at 105-15 Metropolitan Ave.; Russell Sage JHS 190, located at 68-17 Austin St.; and Sep. 18 at 7 p.m. at P.S. 175, located at 64-35 102nd St. in Rego Park.

For future meeting dates and additional information, contact the Councilwoman’s office at 718-544-8800.


112th Precinct Cautions Against Deception Burglaries

The 112th Precinct just tweeted out a picture explaining how deception burglaries work, and what you can do to avoid getting duped. Take a minute or two to read over it–may come in handy one day!

Here’s a summary of the poster’s contents.


  • Often target elderly victims
  • Operate during normal business hours (9 a.m. — 5 p.m.)
  • Use false covers (e.g. utility companies, delivery companies, plumbing/electrical companies)
  • Once victim allows access, perpetrator manipulates and distracts victim to acquire valuable objects or information



  • Stay inside house and do not open door
  • Do not let anyone inside house while verifying ‘work order’
  • Keep list of phone numbers of utility companies in convenient location

Request ID

  • Verify ID through view finder (peephole)


  • Contact company where he/she claims to be employed by to verify legitimacy

Report It

  • Immediately report theft or suspicious behavior to the NYPD by calling 911. Even if no theft occurs, if you cannot verify ID, feel unsafe, or suspect criminal activity, call 911 immediately.



Celebrity Chef Opens Italian Restaurant on Metropolitan Ave.

The interior of Tazzina, a newly-opened Italian restaurant and bar.

A new Italian restaurant and bar, Tazzina, opened  last Thursday on August 21st on 102-15 Metropolitan Ave. Jason Zukas, who has appeared on the Food Network show “Chopped,” moved the restaurant from its Glendale location to its roomier venue on Metropolitan Ave.

The restaurant mainly features comfort Italian food, but with a twist. The food ranges from classic dishes like gnocchi and risottos to novelties like roasted bone marrow and tripe.

As for the atmosphere, Zukas described it as “very romantic, chic and definitely very sexy,” but balanced with “an old school feel.”

On Yelp, the restaurant has received 5 stars–from seven reviews–and two dollar signs so far. Valet parking is available for customers. Learn more information from the Tazzina Facebook page here!




New Footwear Store Opening Before Schools Begin

A new footwear retail store, Moe’s Sneaker Spot, will set up shop on 110-50 Queens Blvd. this summer before schools begin, representatives said. The location had been vacant ever since Spin City Cycle left the space for Rego Park around three years ago. Moe Sneaker Spot, which also has locations in Jamaica, Astoria, and Glendale, sells sells an assortment of mainly athletic footwear. [DNAinfo]


EB fundraiser returns to West Side

839_Perlman_picPhilanthropic events surrounding the sport of tennis are on the rise at Forest HIlls’ West Side Tennis Club.

The latest will take place on August 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the 2nd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am. For every ticket purchased, the public can help bring DebRA (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) of America a step closer to finding a cure and treating epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a very rare yet debilitating disease often referred to as “the worst disease you’ve never heard of.”

Each ticket includes a team competition, instructional clinics, a pro meet-and-greet and food and drinks. Attendees will also have the chance to play with Mats Wilander.

Read more at the Forest Hills Times.


City to spray for West Nile in Forest Hills

west-nile-symptomsIt was announced this week that parts of of Forest Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods would be doused with a fresh coat of pesticides as part of the most recent citywide bug-control initiative.

The NYC Department of Health announced they would begin spraying on Tue., Aug. 19 at 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the following morning in areas along 99th Street, 67th Avenue and Austin Street in order to kill mosquitoes that could potentially carry the West Nile virus [TNW].

The DOH has advised that residents stay indoors during spraying to avoid contact with the chemicals, to turn off air conditioners in order to reduce the chance for indoor exposure, remove children’s toys and clothing from outdoors and to wash exposed skin and clothing with soap and water.

Call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/health for more information.