Community questions 78-16 Cooper Ave. permit approvals

Community members are questioning the DOB over permits recently granted for the conversion of 78-16 Cooper Ave. into what appears to be a homeless shelter to be operated by human services agency Samaritan Village, a project the community has fought for years. The permits, granted last week, show plans to convert the manufacturing building into a lodging building with 103 units.

The permit application was submitted by engineering consultant George Berger, a former commissioner at the DOB who now owns a private firm. CB5 board members have called into question whether Berger’s former DOB ties might have swayed the department’s decision to approve the permits. Asked about a potential conflict on Monday, a spokesperson for George Berger & Associates said they had no comment on the project.

Michael Wilner, the owner of the property, said on Monday he was not involved in applying for permits, which were filed on behalf of the renter, ostensibly Samaritan Village. Calls to the agency on Monday had yet to be returned.

Wilner said on Monday he was well-aware of the community’s feelings towards the project.

“18 years I’ve been trying to rent this property,” he said. “I can’t fund Glendale for the rest of my life. Everyone wants to hate me? That’s alright.


Property Value Workshop tonight at Glendale library

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, in partnership with the NYC Department of Finance, will host a property value workshop tonight at the Glendale Public Library (78-60 73rd Place) from 5-7 pm. Finance and tax commission liaisons will be available to discuss individual property values, and will hold lessons on how to dispute assessed property values, get property descriptions changed, and how to apply for exemptions.




BP Katz accepting CEC applications

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for her 2015-2017 Appointees to the Queens Community Education Councils (CEC). CECs are education advisory bodies tasked with a variety of responsibilities, including evaluating educational programs, approving zoning lines and holding public hearings. The BP appoints two of each CEC’s 12 members. Queens has a total of 7 councils. Appointees’ terms will last from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017, and applications are due by April 30, 2015. The application can be accessed here, and may be emailed to info@queensbporg, in person, or by snail mail.


Ranger Star Mats Zuccarello to Visit Glendale Stop & Shop

Picture 1Ranger right wing, Mats Zuccarello, will visit the Stop & Shop store located at 89-89 Union Turnpike in Glendale, Queens from 2PM until 3:30PM on Monday, March 16th.

The visit is being sponsored by Kraft Hockeyville, an annual competition sponsored by Kraft Foods, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association in which communities compete to demonstrate their commitment to the sport of ice hockey.

Zuccarello joined the Rangers in 2010. Prior to joining the team he played for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League. He won the Guldhjälmen (Golden Helmet), which is awarded annually to the most valuable player in the Swedish Hockey League.

Zuccarello represented Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He has also represented Norway at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, the 2009 IIHF World Championship, and the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.

There will be a limit of one photograph per person and no posed photography.


2015 RGMVM Parent General Meeting

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2015 RGMVM Parent General Meeting

And Last Chance Baseball/Softball Sign-Ups

This is the last chance sign-ups for the 2015 Season.

Come meet the RGMVM Board of Directors.

Get information on the upcoming 2015 Season.

Come meet the Managers and Coaches.

Find out the latest news for the new season!

Get Involved and Volunteer! It’s Your League!

Place: PS 91 Cafeteria (enter on 68th Place btween Myrtle & Central Ave)

68-10 Central Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM


Centers Urgent Care Opens in Middle Village

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Centers Health Care announced today the imminent opening of Centers Urgent Care, its first walk in urgent care facility, in Middle Village, Queens.  Centers Urgent Care will operate seven days a week from 9 AM until 9 PM.

“We’ve built a state-of-the-art urgent medical care facility that would be the envy of any community”, said Dr. Josef Schenker, Medical Director at Centers Urgent Care.  “When people are faced with a medical emergency, their only real option in this neighborhood is to run to one of the local emergency rooms.    But in the emergency room, where the medical staff is typically over-worked and over-stressed, your emergency may be placed fifth in line to be seen, or tenth, or worse.  A child with a broken wrist who waits, in pain, for an hour or more to be seen by a doctor, then another 40 minutes for an X-ray, followed by another lengthy wait for treatment is simply unacceptable” said Dr. Schenker.

Many community leaders in the Ridgewood-Middle Village-Maspeth area have long complained that the neighborhood is underserved in this area and has been in need of a premium walk-in medical care option for years.  The Centers Urgent Care facility is brand new and will feature twelve treatment rooms, including two specially equipped complex procedure rooms where the medical staff will have the space and equipment needed to treat emergency cases in an almost hospital-like environment, according to Michael Vatch,  one of the founders of Centers Urgent Care.

“We were asked to design and build a complete facility, and that’s exactly what we’re doing” said Ben Diamond, Vice President of Planning, Improvements and Design at Centers Health Care, during a tour of the facility.  “If the medical staff felt it was important, we included it.  This facility opens into a large comfortable waiting area with a separate area for families with children.  It continues into twelve treatment rooms that are equipped to handle a wide range of cases.  We built in an X-Ray suite, a lab with the equipment needed to turn around diagnostic tests as soon as the doctor orders them, a specially equipped room for fracture reduction and casting, and two procedure suites that look like hospital emergency rooms”, continued Diamond.  “It’s a very impressive facility”.

Centers Urgent Care, located on Fresh Pond Road, between Eliot and Metropolitan Avenues, plans to open on March 1.  For more information, visit their website at


CB5 has a new website


Community Board 5 launched their new website today — check it out here.

CB5 District Manager Gary Giordano announced the new site via email and invited everyone to “please feel free to give us your comments.”

What are your thoughts? Is there anything else you’d like to see on the site? Let us know in the comments section!