Glendale Community Day

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Glendale Community Day, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale, will be held on Saturday, September 9, at Atlas Park in the Mall on Cooper Avenue and 80th Street.

It’s a free event and all are welcome to attend from noon to 5 p.m.

For Community Day, the Kiwanis Club wants to have a “Kids Against Bullying” poster contest. Go to their website here and contact them for more information, or email for an electronic form to sign your child up for the contest.

It’s all outdoors, so come rain or shine. They’ll have large tents and serve hot dogs, hamburgers and more!

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Glendale coalition plans town hall

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By now, you’ve heard that the city is restarting the process for possibly opening a homeless shelter at the former factory site at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, shown above.

Department of Homeless Services representatives say no final determination has been made about this particular site, and that the agency doesn’t identify locations for potential shelters.

Instead, nonprofit service providers submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a site, and DHS evaluates the proposal.

Either way, Glendale civic leaders know that the Cooper Avenue location is on the table again. Like four years ago, they’re figuring out how to best convince the city it’s a bad idea.

Last night, a dozen or so community board members and local leaders held a closed meeting with Councilman Bob Holden at his Middle Village district office.

Though the meeting was private, The Glendale Blog has learned that there will be a town hall meeting for the public to discuss the shelter situation.

If previous public hearings and town halls about homeless shelters in the area are any indication, Glendale won’t give in to the city without a fight.

Stay tuned for updates and information about the town hall.

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Night Cruise in Atlas Park

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The East Coast Car Association Toys for Tots will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in the parking lot of Atlas Park by hosting a car cruise night and canned food drive.

Joe Fuoco’s band will be performing live and there will be t-shirts, pins, and patches for sale.

This event is free to the public, and a $5 donation for cars.

ECCA Toys for Tots is a non-profit 100% Volunteers Organization. Throughout the year they host events to benefit St. Mary’s and support Queens local communities by attending parades, street fairs, and special events.

If you would like to volunteer or join the ECCA Toys for Tots, visit http://eccatoysfortots.org or contact Lou Buglione at (917) 682-5362 / Louss68@yahoo.com.

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Celebrating service on CB5

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From left to right: District Manager Gary Giordano, John Maier, Joe Nocerino from the BP’s office, Fred Haller, Chairman Vincent Arcuri, Jr., and Dmytro Fedkowskyj

It’s often a thankless job, but serving on your local community board is one of the most important ways to be involved in your neighborhood.

You review city policies, budgets and services that are vital to the community. You discuss land use projects, liquor, beer and wine licenses and any proposal that would impact the area.

It’s a volunteer gig, but these members spend hours pouring over notes, attending meetings and thinking about the best interest of the community.

That’s why it’s important to recognize those who have served for so long.

Earlier this month, Borough President Melinda Katz honored John Maier and Dmytro Fedkowskyj, each of whom have served 10 years on CB5.

Fred Haller was recognized for 30 years of service on CB5.

Let’s give them a hand for their efforts, and wish them the best of luck as they continue to look out for our neighborhoods.

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80th annual Ridgewood/Glendale Memorial Day parade

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The Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale, made up of delegates from six veterans organizations, are hosting the 80th annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood at 11 a.m.

The 2018 Grand Marshal will be Raymond Whitman of the Joseph B. Garity Post 562. Whitman is a Korean War veteran.

Marchers will include veterans, civic organizations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and other youth groups.

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Grand opening of Queens Library’s Atlas Mall outpost

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On Thursday, Queens Library is opening its temporary Glendale branch, which will be at The Shops at Atlas Mall (8000 Cooper Avenue).

The grand opening ceremony will be at 3 p.m.

Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott is expected to be joined by State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilman Bob Holden.

Read more about how Queens Library is transforming the Glendale branch, and how the temporary branch will serve the community here.

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CEC 24 meeting set for May 22

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Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is set to meet at PS/IS 113 in Glendale on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes the report from the co-presidents, report from the superintendent, and the following guest speakers:

  • Jason Banrey, Deputy Borough Commissioner, Department of Transportation
  • Nichelle David, Borough Nursing Director, Department of Education

Prior to the calendar meeting, CEC 24 will be conducting interviews for council vacancies.

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