Police looking for suspect in Radio Shack robbery

The NYPD 104th Precinct is looking for a man they believe robbed the Radio Shack in Ridgewood last month.

According to police, the suspect entered the store by breaking a glass door at around 5:35 a.m. on Saturday, February 25. Once inside, he allegedly removed an undetermined amount of merchandise and U.S. currency before fleeing to an unknown location.

The suspect – one of three involved – being sought in connection with the crime is described as a Hispanic male, medium build, last seen wearing rectangular framed glasses and a long sleeve blue hoodie with Nike insignia.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

District 34 participatory budget ballot revealed

Polls open this Saturday, March 25 for residents of district 34 to vote on how they want to spend $1 million.

Stop by the expo, Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at El Puente Williamsburg Leadership Center, 211 S 4th St., to vote and learn about the proposals. Once the voting goes live, Councilman Antonio Reynoso’s office will send out a link on where to vote online. Sign up to receive updates.

To see the proposals, view the list below or learn more about the projects here: 

NYPD 104th names new commanding officer

Left, outgoing Deputy Inspector Mark Wachter shakes hands with new commanding officer Captain John Mastronardi

After two years at the helm of the NYPD 104th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Mark Wachter is moving on.

He announced last night, at the meeting of the 104th Precinct Community Council, that Captain John Mastronardi would be taking over as commanding officer.

Wachter, thanked the community in a message on Twitter:

Clothing swap at The Keep tonight

Ridgewood bar The Keep is hosting a clothing swap party this evening.

Bring your old clothes to the bar, located at 205 Cypress Avenue tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight to donate to the rummage pile and feel free to take home someone else’s donated items.

Throughout the evening, DJ Shakey and special guests will be playing throwback music.

All leftover clothes are donated to a charity bin directly after the party.

 

Police looking for suspect in a string of Ridgewood burglaries

Over the past few months, police believe as many as 31 burglaries in Ridgewood may be connected.

In just the past week, according to police there have been multiple incidents in the vicinity of Harman Street and Himrod Street near Cypress Avenue.

In all of the incidents in the past week, it’s reported that the burglars entered the residence through rear windows via the fire escape. On Monday, March 13, it was reported that a home was robbed of $300 in jewelry and another was robbed of $3,000 in jewelry.  The day before a resident of the same block came home to find a ring had been stolen.

Police are looking to speak with the man pictured in the video below, taken from a home in the vicinity of Cypress Avenue and Himrod Street.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

Community group offering beginner Spanish classes

The Ridgewood-based community group Woodbine is hosting an 12-week introductory Spanish course for beginners. The classes will begin on Wednesday, March 15 from 7-9 p.m., at 1882 Woodbine St.

In our first class we will provide a textbook, for a small $10 donation to cover printing costs. Our class’s success depends on each individual’s commitment, and we ask students to attend regularly, arrive on time, and be prepared to actively participate. You can access a syllabus that outlines guidelines and a course calendar here: https://goo.gl/NRm6gY

Our instructor has taught foreign languages for more than a decade, and has experience teaching Spanish, French, and English for adults as well as high school and university students.

To find out more about the class, visit Woodbine on Facebook.

City closes schools, suspends alternate side parking

The City is taking proactive measures to protect residents from the impending blizzard.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools will be closed tomorrow, March 14.

Alternate side parking is suspending at least through Wednesday, but expect it to last longer if the storm is as large as the 12 to 20 inches currently being predicted.

Here are some tips, courtesy the NYPD to stay warm and safe during the blizzard: