Ban on single-use styrofoam containers begins Jan. 1

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

As the new year approaches, we want to remind businesses that the city ban on single-use styrofoam containers starts on January 1.

Specifically, Local Law 142 states that “food service establishments, stores, mobile food commissaries and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single-service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service articles or loose fill packaging.”

The law was passed because styrofoam poses an environmental threat. It cannot be recycled or broken down in landfills. Furthermore, styrofoam can break down into smaller pieces that contaminate organic waste, making it unusable for composting or reuse.

Businesses have a six-month grace period start January 1, 2019.

The first violation after the grace period will be a $250 fine. The second violation within 12 months is $500. A third, and subsequent violation within 12 months, is $1,000.

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CB5 to vote on two Glendale projects

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Community Board 5 is set to meet next Wednesday evening at Christ the King HS.

Please note that the meeting will begin at 7, not the usual 7:30 p.m.

The agenda includes the chairperson’s report, the district manager’s report, and committee reports.

A vote will be taken on the proposed supportive housing development in Glendale and a variance for a gas station.

After the meeting, there will be a holiday get-together.

The board will be collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) to be given to low-income families enrolled in the WIC Food Assistance Program at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

Please indicate boy or girl and age range on the gift wrap.

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Wreath sale at Sacred Heart this weekend

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The Sacred Heart Wreath Sale will  occur this weekend during Saturday’s 5 p.m. mass and again during all Sunday morning masses.

The sale will feature wreaths, grave pillows, grave crosses and center pieces.

Don’t worry if you miss this week’s sale as it will return on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and all morning on Sunday.

Sacred Heart Church is located at 83-17 78th Ave.

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Donate to Play4Autism this Giving Tuesday

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Here’s your chance to support a local nonprofit doing great work for the community.

On Giving Tuesday, donate to Play4Autism, whose mission is to increase the public’s awareness and acceptance of autism, while also improving the quality of life and hope for children.

The organization introduces children on the autism spectrum and their families to the Kidz into Action program.

Make a donation to Play4Autism here.

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Glendale House of the Week 11/10/18

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The Glendale House of the Week is a beautiful, 20-ft. wide home.

The home features updated granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, formal dining room, living room, porch and access to a private yard. This home features a bath on every floor and three bedrooms as well as a partially finished basement with laundry and a two-car garage.

This home is listed by Coldwell Banker Phillips for $718,000.

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Flashback: 2nd Annual Trunk & Treat at Atlas Park

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On Halloween, the 2nd Annual Trunk and Treat Event took place at The Shops at Atlas Park.

Hundreds of families stopped by Atlas Park to trick-or-treat in a safe and friendly atmosphere as well as participate in a costume contest.

Assemblyman Mike Miller was one of the judges for the Halloween costume contest.

“I want to thank Mary Sands-Kessler for organizing such a great event for children and their parents,” said Miller. “It was wonderful to see the Glendale community come together and to see so many people in their Halloween costumes.”

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GCOP meeting set for November 8

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The next meeting for 104COP/GCOP is Thursday, November 8.

As usual, they will meet at St. Pancras School’s Pfeiffer Hall at 8 p.m.

The 104th Precinct will give a presentation and distribute Narcan. Narcan is an opioid medication used to reverse the effects of overdose.

Members will be trained how to use it.

GCOP members will also discuss previous and upcoming patrols, and going over past special events.

For more information, call 718-497-1500.

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Hearing Planned For 66-Unit Residence at Cypress Avenue Site

Representative for WellLife (farmers PSCH) will be on hand to convince neighbors and Community Board #5 members to allow a zoning variance to build a 3-story, 66 unit residence for supportive and permanent homeless housing as well as nearly one third of the units for low-income eligible individuals.

Sherry Tucker (L) and Crystal John from WellLife (formerly PSCH)

Sherry Tucker (L) and Crystal John from WellLife (formerly PSCH)

Sherry Tucker and Crystal John representing WellLife, pictured here, will speak at the hearing, planned for 7:30Pm at Christ the King HS on Wednesday, November 14th.

The 45,000 square foot planned building at 80-97 Cypress Avenue will include 20 apartments as supportive housing for homeless or at-risk young adults or families with children, according to Tucker. One adult member of the household will have a mental illness or some other disabling condition. Another twenty units will be for seniors at risk of homelessness and also have a disabling condition, while twenty-five units will be designated as affordable, they say, for individuals from the community in an ‘affordable-housing’ lottery. Most of the units will be studio apartments.

They seek a variance in order to build their facility. They are asking for 20% more FAR than allowed, 19 parking spaces as opposed to the 22 that zoning dictates and they are seeking to build 38 feet high near the street line and just under 60 feet high at the setback.

The current building has remained unfinished for more than a decade. Richard Lobel, who is representing WellLife in the variance request maintains that they will demolish the current building in order to build the new one.

The current building on Cypress Avenue has been in disrepair for more than a decade

The current building on Cypress Avenue has been in disrepair for more than a decade

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This is a rendering of the planned building.

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EMU Health opens in Glendale

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EMU Health opened a new state-of-the-art facility last week that will offer high-quality health care on a local level.

“We’re bringing quality care to Queens,” said EMU chief clinical officer Efrat Yaish. “We’re now able to offer everything from the basics like pre-op and primary care to urology, women’s health, general surgery and orthopedics.”

Located at 83-40 Woodhaven Boulevard in Glendale in a former ambulatory surgery center, on-site lab work and a radiology department will also be part of the services.

Through a partnership with Mount Sinai, Dr. Joseph Tawil of Mount Sinai’s Cardiology Department, which is ranked ninth in the country, will be providing cardiac services.

“This partnership brings EMU another step closer to fulfilling my dream of bringing world-class medicine to the borough of Queens,” said EMU CEO and founder Daniel Lowy, “eliminating the need for residents to travel to Manhattan for the highest quality of care.”

EMU Health offers some of the most advanced equipment in the field, including one of just two 3D mammography machines in Queens.

“It’s so impressive when you take a look around here and see the technology aspect,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo. “Anyone who walks in off the street looking for some type of medical help can get it here.”

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