Photos with Santa at Atlas Park

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From November 22 to December 24, Santa will be available for photos and visits at The Shops at Atlas Park.

He will be stationed next to the Queens Public Library site at the mall.

Here are Santa’s hours for the coming month:

November

  • 11/22 to 11/23: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 11/24: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 11/24 to 11/28: Closed
  • 11/29 to 11/30: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)

December

  • 12/1: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/2 to 12/5: Closed
  • 12/6 to 12/7: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/8: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/9 to 12/19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/20 to 12/21: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/23: 10 a.m. to 9 pm. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12.24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (break from 1 to 1:45 p.m.)

You can also take pet photos with Santa on 12/9 and 12/16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cats and dogs only.

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Win a free iPad, compliments of EMU Health

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EMU Health, a multi-specialty health facility in Glendale, is giving away a brand new iPad to one lucky winner.

Only current or former patients of an EMU Health doctor are eligible to enter the contest.

Here are the contest rules:

  1. Visit the EMU Health Google page
  2. Leave a Google review about your experience at EMU Health
  3. Keep your fingers crossed

One winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday, December 13th.

 

Screen Shot 2019-11-12 at 1.46.17 PM“We want the community to share their experience at our health center,” said an EMU representative. “We work with the best doctors from around NYC; and we’d love for our patients to tell us what they enjoyed about our state-of-the-art facility, or what they did not enjoy. We are always striving to improve our facility and our services, so any and all communication from our patients is important to us,” they added.

EMU Health is located at 83-40 Woodhaven Blvd. in Glendale, Queens. Their phone number is 718-849-8700 and their website is www.emuhealth.com. You can follow them on Instagram and on Facebook.

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Special contracting hearing on Glendale shelter set for November 7

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The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services is hosting a public hearing on contract awards on Thursday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the mezzanine of One Centre Street.

The last item on the agenda is the Department of Homeless Services contract to develop and operate a “stand-alone transitional residence for homeless single adults” at 78-16 Cooper Avenue.

The term of the contract is from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025, with an option to renew from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2028.

The vendor, of course, is the Westchester-based Westhab. According to the agenda, the contract is worth $61,808,956 – nearly $62 million.

The public hearing presents a chance for the public to provide testimony. We expect several people to speak about the project at the hearing, including members of the community board and the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition.

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Shelter protest planned for November 2 at 10 a.m.

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The Glendale Middle Village Coalition is hosting a protest against the planned homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue on Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m.

The protest is the latest development in the neighborhood’s fight against the shelter, which dates back five years.

Coalition leader Mike Papa says at the rally, the speakers will discuss the need for a District 75 school for special needs students at the site, rather than the homeless shelter.

Already parked outside the factory site on Cooper Avenue is a truck with the following signs attached:

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Experience Halloween chills at Fear Manor

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Looking for Halloween-related activities in the neighborhood? Stop by Fear Manor Haunted House in The Shops at Atlas Park.

Will you survive the Swamp? Will our goat like you or eat you? Using Hollywood effects, set design and incredible makeup, guests will wonder if what they are experiencing is real or not.

Experience the creepiest haunted house located right across the street from St. John’s Cemetery. Warning: this is NOT for young children! However, there will be non-scary attractions for young children on Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. on both days.

The Shops at Atlas Park is located at 8000 Cooper Avenue in Glendale. Tickets and more event details can be found here.

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Glendale Kiwanis honors local veterans

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Every year, Assemblyman Mike Miller and the Kiwanis Club of Glendale honors veterans from the community.

All honorees receive a special plaque and citation from elected officials.

This year, the honorees were:

  • Master Sergeant Eddie Carr and Lt. Colonel Ralph Garcia from the Franklin K. Lane ROTC program
  • State Senator James Sanders Jr.
  • Michael Daughtry from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32
  • Joseph Richard Smith from Woodhaven Post 118
  • Wilbur Cook from Glendale Post 104
  • Russell Goeller from Brewery Keenan Heiser Post 1815

There was also a special presentation to Mary Murray, the wife of Corporal John Murray from Woodhaven Post 118, who recently passed away.

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CB5 to host hearing on Cooper Ave shelter in October

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Community Board 5 will host a public hearing on the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale on Monday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

CB5 announced the hearing tonight as it was conducting another public meeting over an animal shelter over in Ridgewood.

The hearing comes after the Department of Homeless Services confirmed longstanding rumors that the former factory site would be used for a shelter instead of a new school for students with disabilities.

The site, run by Yonkers-based nonprofit Westhab, will house 200 single adults, including many of those who were sheltered at the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express.

The shelter is expected to be open by early 2020, DHS officials said.

Meanwhile, the city is expected to open another shelter for 132 homeless families at 16-16 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood by late 2020. CB5 will review this site as well.

The last time CB5 hosted a public hearing about a proposed homeless shelter, this time in Maspeth, nearly 1,000 residents attended to protest the plan.

Protesters turned their backs to DHS Commissioner Steven Banks as he tried to explain the rationale for opening a shelter in the neighborhood.

More than 60 people testified against the proposal, which escalated to nightly protests in front of the hotel.

The October public hearing will likely draw similar ire from residents and some elected officials who have long been weary about how the city handles the homeless population.

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Remove invasive plants at Ridgewood Reservoir

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to help beautify the Ridgewood Reservoir, here’s your chance.

On Sunday, September 8 at 10 a.m., NYC H2O and the Parks Department are teaming up to remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir.

They will need volunteers to help remove mugwort on the causeway between basins 2 and 3.

They will meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place on the Brooklyn side, across the street from the reservoir.

RSVP here clicking here.

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