Police looking for alleged drug store burglar

The NYPD 104th Precinct is looking for assistance in locating the individual pictured above in connection with a burglary at a Ridgewood drug store.

According to police, at approximately 6:35 p.m. on July 27, an unidentified individual jumped over the pharmacy counter at Walgreens, located at 58-02 Metropolitan Ave., and removed five bottles of prescription medication before fleeing westbound on Harman Street.

The individual is described as a light skinned male with facial hair; last seen wearing a black bandanna, a black hood over his head, a black jacket, black and white capri pants and black sneakers.

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. All calls are strictly confidential.

Mayor de Blasio, Councilman Reynoso to host town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a town hall in Bed-Stuy earlier this year.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Antonio Reynoso are hosting a public town hall meeting for residents of the 34th Council District (Ridgewood, Williamsburg and Bushwick).

The meeting will take place at Grand Street Settlement Williamsburg Community Center 195 Graham Ave. Door open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Residents of the district are being asked to RSVP by August 28 at 5 p.m. via email at brooklyntownhall@cityhall.nyc.gov or by calling (212) 748-0281. Space is limited.

Follow the progress of Rosemary’s Playground with a city tracker

With the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s capital project tracker, you can now follow along as some of your local public spaces undergo massive upgrades.

Earlier this year, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz secured $3.2 million to upgrade the playground on Woodward Avenue between Madison and Woodbine streets.

Currently the project is in the design phase with the schematic design set to be reviewed by the community board and externally regulatory agencies.

Follow the park’s progress here.

Police release video of frightening Ridgewood home invasion

Police are looking for two individuals in connection with a gunpoint home invasion robbery that took place on Norman Street in Ridgewood on Sunday.

According to police, the victim reported that two males approached him inside the lobby of his building and one of the individuals displayed a black firearm while the other placed him in a chokehold.

The first individual then forced himself inside the victim’s second floor apartment at gunpoint, threatening the victim’s wife and their seven-year-old son, demanding money and car keys. The suspects fled in the victim’s black 2017 Audi A6 with $1,300 in cashand two credit cards.

Police described the first individual as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-years-old, 5’8″ tall, 140 pounds, with a thin build, light complexion, short, curly black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. He was armed with a black handgun.

The second individual is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-years-old, 5’6″ tall, 150 pounds, with a light complexion, and short, straight, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

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. All calls are strictly confidential.

Fresh Pond Road Italian Festival returns in September

One of the organizations involved in last year’s festival.

The Fresh Pond Road Italian Festival will take over Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood on September 9 and 10 again this year.

The event, which has faced criticism from the public in the past, will only be two days again this year, running until 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Earlier this year, Community Board 5 voted to deny the festival its permits again, however the decision to permit the festival ultimately was made by the Mayor’s Office.

 

Woman fights off attacker in Ridgewood

A woman fought off her attacker early this morning in Ridgewood.

According to Det. Thomas Bell of the NYPD 104th Precinct, the female victim was accosted by an unknown man while walking down the street near the intersection of Madison Street and Forest Avenue.

She was able to fight off her attacker, who fled northbound on Forest Avenue. A canvass of the area yielded negative results.

The investigation into this assault is ongoing at this time. If anyone has information regarding this incident please call the 104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.

Rescued Ridgewood kittens looking for a home

Two of the friendly felines looking for a home. (Photo courtesy A Tail of Two Kitties)

Last week, after a concerned citizen took to social media, demolition was halted at an apartment building at 778 Onderdonk Ave., leading to the rescue of dozens of cats trapped within the crumbling structure. Now the rescued felines are looking for a home.

Two shelters, A Tail of Two Kitties and Puppy Kitty NYC have begun taking the cats in and are seeking applications to foster the animals. The organizations say they are desperately trying to take in the cats that they have dubbed the Onderdonk Orphans to make room for more of the nearly 40 cats are that believed to be in the building.

The contact A Tail of Two Kitties, email: atailof2kittiesnyc@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook.

To contact Puppy Kitty NYC, visit the group on Facebook.