Tonight: Glendale Property Owners meeting

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(Photo courtesy http://www.glendalepropertyowners.org/)

The Glendale Property Owners Association is holding their monthly meeting tonight at St. Pancras’ Pfifer Hall tonight, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to all those who work or live in Glendale and there will be free coffee and a snack provided. Stop by to meet your neighbors and discuss the most pressing issues of the community.

 

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Help decide what goes on participatory budget ballot

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's district is taking part in the participatory budgeting process again this year.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s district is taking part in the participatory budgeting process again this year.

District 30 needs your help to decide what projects are going to move to the ballot-stage for the participatory budget process. Residents of the district have until Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. to vote on the projects (form linked here).

The voting form explains the finer points of the process for residents with any concerns:

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the City Council’s budget. Council Member Elizabeth Crowley set aside $1 million for this process, which has been underway in Council District 30 since last year. We collected hundreds of ideas from district residents on how to spend $1 million, which were then narrowed down by community delegates with the help of our staff and New York City agencies into multiple project proposals.

We now need your help to keep moving forward and would like your input on which projects should ultimately end up on the ballot.

Help our Community Delegates by voicing your opinion on the following projects to see which ones go to the ballot in March! This poll is set up with Democracy 2.1 in coordination with the NYC Speaker’s Office. This poll is NON-binding and does NOT qualify as your vote in PB. This is to give YOU another chance to speak up and let us know which projects you want to vote on.

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DSNY resumes trash collection tomorrow

unnamedThose curbed bags of trash buried in the remnants of the blizzard will finally start being picked up this week. The New York City Department of Sanitation officially announced today that, starting tonights, residents can put their trash out as they normally would is it’s their pickup day.

They also warn that collection may be slowed due to the weather and encourage residents to clear snow surrounding the trash bags to make collection easier.

 

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Pol, Sacred Heart collect food donations for Valentine’s Day

State Senator Joe Addabbo and Sacred Heart Church in Glendale are teaming up to collect donation’s for the church’s food bank.

They partnered to host a holiday food drive that gathered food for dozens of families to have during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. After the success of those programs, Addabbo and the parish are encouraging residents of his district to donate nonperishable food items to those in need.

Donations will be accepted from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12 at Addabbo’s office, 66-85 73rd Place in Middle Village and Sacred Heart Church, 83-17 78th Ave. The groups will be accepting canned goods, boxed goods, rice, soup and pasta as well as toiletries and paper products such as napkins and plates.

“The recent holiday food drive organized by Sacred Heart and my office was a huge success, but it’s important to remember that the need for food does not disappear after the holiday season,” said Addabbo. “There is always someone who can benefit from a simple act of kindness, such as donating an can of food. The items collected in this food drive will go a long way toward helping families and children who might not otherwise have dinner on the table. I urge all of us to pay it forward and help out whenever possible, and thank those who continue to support this food drive and others.”

For more information about the drive, contact Addabbo’s office at (718) 497-1630.

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Sledding in Queens parks this weekend

800px-Kälkåkning_i_KronobergsparkenEveryone has their favorite neighborhood sledding spot. Whether it’s an untouched area of woods in Forest Park, or just in your backyard, there are plenty of thrilling ways to have fun in the snow, especially since Winter Storm Jonas has decided to drop in a weekend.

The New York City Parks department compiled a list of some of the best places to go sledding in the parks of Queens, which can be found here, or copied below. What’s your favorite spot?

Park Name Location
Astoria Park 19 Street between Shore Boulevard off Ditmars Boulevard
Bowne Park Small hillside on the 155 Street side of the park
Crocheron Park 35th Avenue opposite Golden Pond
Forest Park Mary Whelan Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane South
Juniper Valley Park Juniper Boulevard North & South near the Tennis Building at 75th Street
Kissena Park Eastside of Lake: enter Metcalf & 164 Street
Lower Highland Park Jamaica Avenue & Elton Street

 

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Community group provides update on rail bridge

12615682_10153190220486822_7781137164334896016_oCivics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions shared an update on the progress of a new LIRR rail bridge over 65th Street and Shaler Avenue in Glendale.

“It’s a thing of beauty, and the community is safer too,” the group posted on Facebook.

The newly renovated bridge is pictured above, while the group shared a photo of what it used to look like, before repairs (pictured below).

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NYPD 104th getting aggressive about towing illegally parked cars

If you’re parked blocking a fire hydrant in Glendale overnight, there’s a chance your car isn’t going to be there in the morning because police had it towed. NYPD 104th Captain Mark Wachter told the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol at last night’s meeting that they’re stepping up enforcement of the crime.

According to Wachter, they’ll ticket all cars – even police patrol cars with placards – for violating the parking offense.

He noted one incident in particular, on the 70th street dead end off Myrtle Avenue where a car was illegally parking with a probation officer placard. However, after further examination, police noticed the placard was actually fake so they not only towed the car, they also arrested the individual according to Wachter.

The NYPD 104th precinct posted a message on Twitter warning residents that parking in front of a hydrant will not be tolerated:

 

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Local restauranteur featured on reality show

Room 55

A local Glendale Chef made his silver screen debut last night. Vinny Accardi, of Room 55 on 88th Street in Glendale, appeared on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup last night and walked away victorious.

According to a recap of the episode, Accardi accepted $100,000 in funding from Joe Bastianich – a television restaurant personality – in exchange for a 25 percent stake of what will be called 55 Steak.

Accardi invited locals down the restaurant last night to watch it with him and has been the target of local praise on social media today.

Check out http://www.cnbc.com/live-tv/ for a full video recap of the episode.

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