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City spraying for
skeeters in Glendale,
Maspeth & M.V.
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
A swath of central Queens
stretching is scheduled to
be sprayed with pesticide
tonight (Thursday) as the city’s
Health Department continues
its war on virus-carrying
The spraying will take place
from 9 p.m. on Thursday night, Aug.
10, and continue until 6 a.m. the
following morning across areas of
Briarwood, Forest Hills, Glendale,
Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Maspeth,
Middle Village, Richmond Hill,
and Woodhaven. (In the event of
inclement weather, spraying will
be postponed until Monday, Aug.
14, during the same hours).
According to the Health Department,
the pesticide aims to eradicate
mosquitoes in the area that
have been known to carry to the
West Nile virus, an infection that’s
potentially deadly to humans with
compromised immune systems.
The spray zone is bounded on the
north by Woodhaven Boulevard,
Metropolitan Avenue, 69th Avenue,
the Long Island Rail Road, Union
Turnpike and the Grand Central
Parkway; on the south by Jamaica
Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Park Lane
South, Forest Park Drive, Myrtle
Avenue, 79th Street, the Long
Island Rail Road, Metropolitan
Avenue and Mount Olivet Crescent;
on the east by 150th Street, 85th Avenue
and 144th Street; and on the
west by 61st Street, the Long Island
Expressway, 69th Street, Caldwell
Avenue and Eliot Avenue.
All of Forest Park and Juniper
Valley Park are included in the
spray zone, as are All Faiths,
Maple Grove, Mount Olivet and
St. John cemeteries.
Spray trucks will be using
Anvil 10 + 10, a pesticide known
to be safe for humans when it
is properly used. However, the
Health Department recommends
that residents stay indoors with
the windows closed during spray
hours, as exposure to the pesticide
may aggravate symptoms
of those who have respiratory
ailments such as asthma.
Air conditioners may be used
during the spraying, but the
Health Department advises residents
to keep the vents closed.
Also, anything left outside must
be washed thoroughly with soap
and water before reuse.
For more information, call 311.
Ridgewood group fi nds 700
spots for new street trees
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
One Ridgewood group is asking
the neighborhood’s City Council
representatives to help them
make the community more green.
The Ridgewood Property Owners
and Civic Association (RPOCA) recently
submitted to City Councilwoman
Elizabeth Crowley and City Councilman
Antonio Reynoso the results of
its annual street tree survey, which
revealed approximately 690 locations
in Ridgewood that volunteers deemed
appropriate for new trees.
Geographically, Ridgewood is
practically divided in half between
Crowley’s 30th Council District and
Reynoso’s 34th Council District. The
boundary line between the districts
(running north to south) includes
Rene Court at Metropolitan Avenue,
Grandview Avenue, Stanhope Street,
Fairview Avenue, Forest Avenue,
Myrtle Avenue and the Long Island
Rail Road’s Bay Ridge line.
Crowley represents areas of Ridgewood
north and east of the border line,
while Reynoso’s district covers the
remainder of the neighborhood to the
Brooklyn/Queens border. The RPOCA
survey found 335 potential tree sites
in Crowley’s district and 355 sites in
Over the years, both Crowley and
Reynoso have secured funding to
A tree-lined block of Stockholm Street in Ridgewood.
plant street trees around Ridgewood.
Most recently, Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz agreed to provide
funding to plant 275 street trees across
“Our council members have been
very proactive in securing funding
for street tree planting for many years
now,” RPOCA President Paul Kerzner
said. “This is an important contribution
to the appearance and quality
of life of our neighborhood. We are
grateful for their continued support.”
The RPOCA, Kerzner noted, has
worked hard over the past four
decades to plant more street trees
RIDGEWOOD TIMES/File photo
around Ridgewood and make the
neighborhood a greener and more
beautiful place to live.
“Our aim is to cover all streets in our
area with a full canopy of trees, and we
will continue to work toward that goal,”
Kerzner was one of a number of
RPOCA members who surveyed
every corner of Ridgewood. Other
participants were Maryellen Borello,
Ed Lukan, Geoff rey Elkind, Voytek
Oktawiec, Jacek Olszewski, Luis Rodriguez,
Bill Smith, Ed Lettau, Carlos
Ortiz, Angela Dykshorn, Jamie Taratoot
and Ted Renz.
Man faces manslaughter charge in Ridgewood grandma’s death
BY ANTHONY GIUDICE
The Ridgewood man who lived
with his grandmother’s corpse
for fi ve months has now been
charged with second-degree manslaughter
in the 85-year-old’s death,
prosecutors said on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Christopher Fuhrer, 30, was arrested
in October 2016 on charges of concealing
a human corpse aft er offi cers from
the 104th Precinct discovered his grandmother
Erika Kraus-Breslin’s body
at her home on 65th Street near 68th
Avenue where she lived with Fuhrer.
When police entered the home
on Oct. 5, 2016, during a wellness
check, they found Kraus-Breslin’s
corpse in a second-fl oor bedroom
covered in paint and wrapped in 16
plastic garbage bags as numerous
air fresheners hung throughout the
Christopher Fuhrer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter
in his grandmother's death at her home on 65th Street in Ridgewood.
house in an attempt to mask the odor
of the decomposing body.
In January 2017, the Offi ce of the
Chief Medical Examiner determined
that Kraus-Breslin succumbed to
homicidal asphyxiation via neck
compression on May 21, 2016, allegedly
at the hands of Fuhrer. The motive
remains under investigation.
Photo via Google Maps
When asked why he did not report
his grandmother’s death, Fuhrer —
who was Kraus-Breslin’s sole caregiver
for fi ve years before her death
— told authorities that he was afraid
he would lose the home where he and
his grandmother lived.
Fuhrer is being held on $350,000
bail and is due back in court on Aug. 17.