Free mask giveaway in Ridgewood this afternoon

Councilman Bob Holden’s office is hosting a free mask giveaway this afternoon.

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Community Alliance Initiative, located at 60-35 Myrtle Avenue.

Holden’s office says participants should also bring an empty hand sanitizer bottle that can be refilled.

Participants should also wear a mask and practice social distancing during the giveaway.

Ridgewood incumbents leading primary races, except Miller

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After Tuesday’s Democratic primary, most incumbent legislators representing Ridgewood emerged in the lead.

With tens of thousands of absentee ballots to count, it’s hard to say who will win these primary contests. But after in-person votes were tallied, it appears most incumbents are on the verge of victory––with one exception.

Assemblyman Mike Miller, who has represented District 38, which includes portions of Glendale, Ridgewood, Ozone Park and Woodhaven, since 2009, is current losing to challenger Jenifer Rajkumar.

Rajkumar, an attorney, adjunct professor and former Cuomo administration official, received 2,624 votes, or 52 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Miller only has 1,300 votes, roughly 28 percent of the vote. A third candidate, queer poet and educator Joey De Jesus, won 1,108 votes, good for 22 percent.

Though absentee ballots still have to be counted, Miller is 1,300 votes behind Rajkumar, which will be tough to overcome on absentees alone.

Ridgewood’s two congressional representatives, Grace Meng and Nydia Velazquez, emerged victorious from their primary battles.

Meng defeated two challengers with 15,181 votes, nearly 61 percent of the vote in her Queens district. Velazquez, whose district includes parts of Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn, won 32,965 votes, a whopping 80 percent of her district.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, who also reps parts of Ridgewood, easily dispatched challenger Iggy Terranova with 14,114 votes, making up about 74 percent of the vote.

Ridgewood’s other Assembly representative, Cathy Nolan, is out in front of two challengers, Mary Jobaida and Danielle Brecker, with 4,314 votes, or 52 percent.

In the race for Queens borough president, former Ridgewood Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is currently in second place with 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

She’s trailing Councilman Donovan Richards, who has 41,915 votes, good for 37 percent.

Ridgewood man sentenced up to 15 years in prison

A 30-year-old Ridgewood man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison after fatally stabbing his female roommate in the apartment their shared in September 2016.

Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter found Render Stetson-Shanahan, of Stanhope Street, guilty of manslaughter in the second degree in February. He was sentenced over Skype.

“The defendant in this case showed no mercy when he repeatedly plunged a knife into this young woman’s body,” District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “The victim’s heart was punctured along with her lung and a major artery.”

Carolyn Bush, 26, was found in the apartment bleeding profusely from numerous stab wounds, the DA said, after being stabbed multiple times in her neck and torso.

She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Ridgewood microblading salon owner harassed after putting up “Black Lives Matter” poster


Though New York City has exploded with protests over the last two weeks after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, not everyone is thrilled with the support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier today, Meghan, the owner of “The Beauty Doc Studio,” at 60-73 Fresh Pond Road, posted on Instagram that a man harassed her and her staff for putting up a “Black Lives Matter” poster in their beauty salon.

According to the business owner, the man came back with a “MAGA” hat and spat all over the storefront glass.

As you can see in the video, Meghan, who is pregnant, confronts the unidentified man and lets him know that she has a right to put up whatever she wants on her property – just as he has a right to wear the MAGA hat.

“Whatever I put on my business, that I work hard for, you cannot come and spit in front of,” she says.

Thousands of people commented on the post, mostly commending the business owner for standing up for herself and telling off the harasser.

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