8 SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
BY ANTHONY GIUDICE
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An offi cer shot and killed a pit
bull that was attacking two
women in Ridgewood.
A police offi cer was forced
to open fi re on a dog that
attacked two women on a
Ridgewood street over the weekend,
law enforcement agents said.
According to police, the two
female victims were walking the
pit bull along Wyckoff Avenue
and Weirfi eld Street at 10 p.m. on
Saturday, Sept. 16, when the dog
suddenly turned on its walker
and attacked her.
The second victim tried to stop
the dog from biting her friend,
but was then attacked herself,
An officer from the 104th
Precinct happened to be in
the area and saw the attack in
progress and rushed into action.
Authorities said that the offi cer
discharged one round from his
firearm, striking the dog and
killing it at the scene.
The two victims were taken
to Brookdale University Hospital
and Medical Center with
An investigation is ongoing.
Judge grants MVP protection
from shutting down for now
BY ANTHONY GIUDICE
Students and parents at Middle
Village Preparatory charter school
(MVP) received a glimmer of good
news late Thursday aft ernoon as a judge
granted the school a temporary restraining
order, preventing the Diocese of
Brooklyn and Queens from making any
possible eff ort to close down the school.
Aft er offi cially fi ling for an appeal
of a Queens Supreme Court judge’s
decision earlier this week in the case
between Christ the King High School’s
(CTK) board of directors and the Diocese
of Brooklyn and Queens over the
fate of MVP, counsel for MVP, CTK and
Christ the King Continuing Education
(CTKCE) all filed their respective
motions to the Appellate Division of
State Supreme Court, 2nd Division
(Brooklyn) for a temporary restraining
order preventing the diocese from
taking any action to try to enforce the
Supreme Court’s decision.
A representative from MVP said
an Appellate Division justice granted
“Appellate Division Justice Sylvia O.
Hinds-Radix granted the temporary
restraining orders requested by all
three parties,” Robert Bellafi ore said.
This order of protection prevents
the diocese from taking any immediate
action to interrupt the day-to-day operations
at MVP — a fear held by parents,
students and staff since a judge ruled
in favor of the diocese’s claims that
when CTK opened the charter school in
2013 it violated the terms of a 40-yearold
agreement between the two entities.
Now, the diocese has until Sept. 28 to
fi le its own opposition to MVP’s appeal.
Aft er the court receives the opposition
papers, it will come to a decision on the
case on the papers alone. There will be no
further oral arguments made in the case.
How long it will take the court to
decide on this issue is unknown.
“There is no timetable for how long
it will take the court to render its decision
on our appeals,” Bellafi ore added.
In the meantime, MVP will operate
as normal, as MVP’s board chair Josephine
Lume said in her Monday letter
“We will continue to do everything
we can to prevent any disruption in
this school year, as well as take steps
to ensure MVP will be able to operate
for years to come,” Lume’s letter read.
Despite the legal dispute, the diocese
holds fi rm on their hopes that they
can work this ordeal out with the CTK
board to keep MVP open, and follow
the terms of the agreement made
during the 1970s.
“The Diocese of Brooklyn remains
open to working this out,” said Carolyn
Erstad, spokesperson for the
Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
“We want to reach a settlement that
makes everyone happy. We hope
that Christ the King will abide by the
same terms as every other regional
high school in the Diocese — terms
that allow subleasing to charter
Notre Dame Catholic Academy remembers victims of 9/11
Photos courtesy of Notre Dame Catholic Academy
On Sept. 11, the students of Notre
Dame Catholic Academy
of Ridgewood held a prayer
service in memory of the people that
perished on Sept. 11, 2001. Following
the prayer service the students, faculty,
parishioners and clergy were
invited into the schoolyard to tie
ribbons with prayers in memory of
all of the people who died on that day.