TJ Maxx hiring event at the Shops at Atlas Park

Today is the final day for the TJ Maxx hiring event at the Shops at Atlas Park, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lower level beneath Regal Cinemas (8000 Cooper Ave.)

Management at the department store are looking to add 100 new employees. Minimum age is 16 and experience is preferred, but not required.

For more information, contact the store at 718-271-8457.

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GoFundMe fundraiser to stop the Glendale homeless shelter

10636170_10203671836090895_8867293851383516310_nThe Glendale Middle Village Coalition announced they have raised $14,000 in legal fees to “prevent the warehousing of homeless families” at the proposed transitional housing facility site at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, however they are looking to raise significantly more.

Formed to create a united voice against the proposed shelter, the group started a GoFundMe site to raise $100,000, which they say would be enough to “protect” the community. The website currently shows the group has only raised $900.

For more information, the GMVC has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ the King High School cafeteria, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave.

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Glendale set to receive $7 million sewer upgrade.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 9.58.42 AMAt the monthly meeting of Community Board 5 on Wednesday at Christ the King H.S., Gary Giordano announced that the Department of Environmental Protection will be upgrading the sewer lines under 69th Street from Calamus Avenue to Queens Boulevard, with the project beginning sometime near the end of the month.

“This is a $20 million plus project,” Giordano said.

One of the challenges to the project, according to Giordano, is that, “Con Ed’s got a lot of electrical lines to move up there.”

Giordano also mentioned a planned $7 million sewer renovation project that will come to Glendale soon. He said members of CB5 met with DEP about the need for a more accommodating sewer system shortly after storms caused significant flooding on Aug. 8, 2007. In that meeting, the agency told him and his colleagues that they were working towards upgrading the system from the bottom up, and there would likely be no work completed in Middle Village until at least 2015.

“Glendale is connected to, I believe, or flows to three different sewage treatment plants,” Giordano explained, saying that this situation made the system in Glendale more complicated than other systems in the area.

While he was appreciative of the efforts made to alleviate sewage flow issues in CB5 to date, he looks forward to the day when DEP comes up with a long-term plan.

“They’ve cleaned out a lot of the sewer lines, the catch basins, but they have not yet found a permanent solution,” Giordano said.

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CB5 passes resolution in support of school campus on Cooper Avenue

All but three present members voted in favor of a resolution to support construction of a school campus in Glendale at the most recent monthly meeting of Community Board 5 on Wed., September 10 at Christ the King High School.

“We’ve been asked to indicate what we feel about a school there. The School Construction Authority has reached out to the owners of the property who have not really responded. We’ve come up with this resolution,” said Land Use Committee Chair Walter Sanchez, who noted that Community School District 24 is one of the most overcrowded in the city.

The resolution notes that the School Construction Authority has expressed interest in the area before, but found the site unfit for a school due to the low Cooper Avenue overpass and the Chemical Plant next door. Now, with the overpass problem resolved, the Land Use Committee of the board believes the city could push eminent domain to take over the contested 78-16 Cooper Ave. shelter, the Independent Chemical Corporation and the building occupied by Hansel & Gretel.

Board Chairman Vincent Arcuri and members Ted Renz and Jean Tanler voted against the resolution.

Arcuri didn’t give his reasons for voting against, but said before the vote,”We were informed by the DOE that they would not look at the 78-16 site because it has a lease,” later adding, “Eminent domain takes up to five years. The Samaritan Village contract is for five years. So, we could have a shelter for five years and then have a school.”

 

Tanler asked if the site wouldn’t be more suited to industrial business.

A central motivator for the resolution, said Sanchez, is that those who drafted it believe the environmental assessment recently completed by an independent contractor to the Department of Homeless Services is “bogus.”

And if the site needs remediation, he said, “Nobody does it better than the SCA.”

 

 

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Push for school at shelter site continues despite disinterest from the city

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at the CEC24 meeting last month.

Although the Department of Education (DOE) recently said they have no interest in building a school complex at the site of a proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, a push towards addressing the school district’s overcrowding issue is still in full force.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said she believes two adjacent properties next to where the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has proposed a 125-family homeless shelter will soon go up for sale, so the opportunity for a new school on the site is now.

“It would present the DOE with an opportunity to create a nine-acre campus in the most overcrowded school district in the city,” Crowley said. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here that the DOE cannot sit idly and waste time. They need to be proactive and get this property.”

Read more at the Glendale Register.

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Community Board 5 meeting tonight

HNRH_landuse_4_17The next meeting of Community Board 5 will be held tonight, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue. On the agenda is a discussion of the Fiscal Year 2016 Capital and Expense Budget of the City of New York, especially as it relates to Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.

There will also be a public hearing on an application on behalf of Bill Wolf Petroleum Corp. for extension of the term variance, for a period of 10 years, to permit the operation and maintenance of a gasoline service station at 60-04 Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood.

For additional information, or to register to speak in advance, call (718) 366-1834.

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September 11 prayer and remembrance ceremony

10496007_10204001829717473_6222176255405715198_oRemember and honor the 42 Glendale, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Woodhaven residents who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

Family, friends and members of the community are asked to join together this Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Garden located at Forest Park’s Dry Harbor Playground at Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street in Glendale for a prayer and remembrance ceremony.

For additional information, please contact Harold Mecabe at haroldmecabe@msn.com or Dori Capace at capaced@aol.com or on 9/11 Memorial Garden Facebook page.

 

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DOE says they are “not interested” in shelter site

homelessshelter_blogA spokesperson with the Department of Education said the city has no intention of building a school complex at the at the Glendale homeless shelter site.

In response to an overcrowding issue in District 24 schools, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley began pushing for a school at the Cooper Avenue site more than two years ago.

Although hope for a school was recently revitalized at the site once Department of Homeless Services announced they passed an environmental study at the site, DOE spokesperson Marge Feinberg this week said, “We are not interested in the site.”

DHS spokesperson Christopher Miller said the city is still in preliminary phases of opening the new 125-family shelter, and has been unaware of any discussions with the DOE and School Construction Authority for the development of a school.

“We don’t have a contract yet, but we’re moving forward and this is something that is going to come to fruition,” Miller said of the current plan for a 52,000-square-foot Samaritan Village housing facility. “We know of no obstacles at this point.”

Read the full story at the Queens Ledger.

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East Coast Car Association classic car show

Photo taken last month at the ECCA monthly cruise night at Atlas Park. The ECCA collected canned food from classic car owners to support the Glendale Food pantry.

Photo taken in July at the ECCA monthly cruise night at Atlas Park. The ECCA collected canned food from classic car owners to support the Glendale Food pantry.

Grab your camera and bring the family for another East Coast Car Association classic car show installment this summer at the Shops at Atlas Park.

On Thu., Sep. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m., members of the ECCA will line up more than 50 of their finest around the Center Green at the Glendale shopping mall located at 8000 Cooper Ave.

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