Crowley announces District 30 PB winners


Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced the winners of 2o15 participatory budgeting in District 30 on Monday. The projects funded through the community vote are:

• Laptop Carts for Classrooms ($280,000) 1,546 votes – P.S./I.S. 49 and 119, and P.S. 87 and 153 will receive new laptop carts to make the latest technology more accessibly for students in the classroom.

• Computers, Equipment and Furniture ($36,000) 1,381 votes – Ridgewood Library and Maspeth Public Library will the recipients of more desktop computers along with equipment and furniture to accommodate the many individuals who visit the library on a daily basis, dependent on its resources.

• Operation Restroom Renovation ($420,000) 1,223 votes – Working and updated bathrooms are essential for the health and well-being of students. These renovations are to bathrooms in P.S./I.S. 49, P.S. 9 and P.S. 88, all schools that require and have not received recent restroom repairs or renovations.

• Smart Boards for Schools ($250,000) 1,146 votes – Fifteen smart boards, to be distributed between Grover Cleveland High School and P.S./I.S. 87, will allow for the integration of various technologies within the classroom to improve students’ learning experiences.

“I am thrilled by the feedback we received during Participatory Budgeting and the final projects the community decided on. Schools and libraries are the lifeblood of our communities and these improvements will benefit people of all ages,” Crowley said. “Thank you to everyone who voted, volunteered and helped see this process through until the very end. It’s the residents who know their neighborhoods the best, and together, we can build a stronger community.”

She will announce the projects and hold a “thank you,” party tonight in Ridgewood at Julia’s, 818 Woodward Avenue, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



Craft market at Finback Brewary


Logo courtesy Finback on Twitter

Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe is hosting a craft market at Finback Brewery, 78-01 77th Ave., on Sunday, April 24 from 1-6 p.m.

Confirmed vendors so far, according to the Facebook event are:

Wilk Apiary
Inca Styles
Leah Italian Apples
Joanne’s Soap and Candles
NY Treasure Box
Bow Wow Meow Cafe
Feels Like Butter
Room 55
Made by Brandsford
Plachi Plushies
Bows Beanies & More
Cook’s Arts & Crafts
SquirBird Handcrafts
Chi-Cho Sauce
Holidays Much More
Fran’s Crocheted Items
Angels Melted Pixels
Local brewed beer from Finback.

For more information, see the Facebook event posting. 


Pol secures funds for decorative lamps

State Senator Joe Addabbo poses with one of the new decorative lamp posts in Glendale.

State Senator Joe Addabbo poses with one of the new decorative lamp posts in Glendale.

New decorative lamps are popping up in Glendale thanks to State Senator Joe Addabbo who fought to preserve the funds.

“The funding and installation of decorative lighting in Glendale is something for which I have advocated for many years now,” said Addabbo. “I am thrilled to finally see the cooperative efforts of my office, constituents and the city result in this new lighting. By following through with this funding request from the community, it proves to New Yorkers everywhere that every issue brought to light is important and can be successfully addressed with the right combination of hard work, determination and patience.

“These decorative lights will add to the charm and character that Glendale already possesses, and I thank Serf Maltese for the original allocation and the NYC DOT for finally using the funds to make this project a reality,” he added.

According to Addabbo, the decorative lighting was originally requested by residents to place the old grey lamp posts in certain areas.

So far, new lamps have gone up along 88th Street and the DOT plans to install the posts along 74th Avenue from 88th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard, Rutledge Avenue from 88th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard, and Doran Avenue from 88th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard.

The total cost of the project, according to Addabbo, is expected to around $487,000.


CB5 discusses pre-k, housing at meeting

    Jeremiah Hay of Pre-K For All speaks at the Community Board 5 Meeting at Christ the King High School.

Jeremiah Hay of Pre-K For All speaks at the Community Board 5 Meeting at Christ the King High School.

Residents discussed pre-kindergarten, tenant protection and the proposed homeless shelter at Wednesday night’s Community Board 5 meeting at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.

Jeremiah Hay, deputy outreach manager for Pre-K For All, said all children born in 2012 can enroll in free pre-kindergarten classes. The first application closed on March 9, but the second round will open from May 2 to May 20. Letters for those who applied during the first round will go out next week.

“Every single child in every neighborhood in every income bracket has a spot,” Hay said.

Angela Mirabile, executive director of the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp., a coalition of local leaders and legal services and housing groups, then gave a presentation about the challenges tenants face. She told stories of how landlords used illegal harassment tactics to force out their tenants.

“We canvass and we get complaints about this kind of situation,” she said. Mirabile also encouraged community members to learn about their rights as tenants.

At the meeting, the owners of Sweet Jane’s located at 64-02 68th Avenue in Ridgewood, also announced that their bar had officially opened.

After going through liquor license applications and renewals, demolition notices and updates from elected officials, the board voted to deny the liquor license to Blue Bar, located at 681 Seneca Avenue.

Finally, Community Board 5 welcomed its newest member at the April meeting: Rego Park’s Kelvin Rodriguez. The Ridgewood native went to Christ the King Regional High School and graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in business management. Rodriguez now works for a property management company.


104th Pct. Civilian Observation Patrol / G-COP meeting this Thursday, April 14th at St. Pancras

12274294_576038915879509_1855184272327553976_n104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol – G-COP will hold their General Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 14, at 8:00 PM at St. Pancras.

All are invited to attend.

The Civilian Patrol’s mission is to improve the Quality of Life in Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale by being the eyes and ears of the community and helping the 104th Precinct.



Glendale Man, Michael Messina, Struck and Killed While Riding His Scooter on Cooper Avenue

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21-year-old Michael Messina was struck and killed wile riding his scooter on Cooper Avenue at 73 Street, near the Cooper Avenue underpass in Glendale at 3:30 Saturday morning, April 9th. Sources say a man driving an Acura that apparently struck the scooter Messina was riding had traces of alcohol in his system, but not enough to warrant an arrest at the scene. Michael, a Glendale resident, worked at Diner 21 Restaurant on 21st Street at 27th Avenue in Astoria. He worked his way from delivery man to waiter to chef and was apparently on his way to an ownership interest in the popular eatery. Messina was a favorite son at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria for years, where he was the Youth of The Year at the club when he was 17-years-old. Ralph Triunfo, a board member at VBGC said, “Michael was so well known at the club he really was the face of the program here.”

According to Nu Moore, Elementary School Program Coordinator at the Club, Michael continued to help at the club and was, in fact, at the club helping out on Friday. “Words can not express the sadness in our family here at the club. He was such a big part of our staff. Our kids loved Michael. We are all distraught about this,” she said.

Family and friends held a vigil for Michael at the Variety Boys & Girls Club on 21 St. at 30 Rd. in Astoria Monday night, April 11th. Hundreds of club members aged 7 through 17 were on hand with tears and hugs for support. “Michael was so important to to so many of us, it’s hard to imagine he’s gone,” said one staffer who spoke at the vigil. Fifty balloons were released at 8PM for Michael.

Hundreds of club members and staffers at the Variety Boys & Girls Club released balloons in memory of Michael Messina Monday night in Astoria.

Hundreds of club members and staffers at the Variety Boys & Girls Club released balloons in memory of Michael Messina Monday night in Astoria.

The Cooper Avenue underpass has long been the site of much discussion at transportation committee meetings at Community Board #5 in Glendale as a place where traffic seems to move quite fast. At the time of this post there was no indication by police as to the speed of either vehicle.

A wake for Michael is on Friday, April 15th at Schwille Funeral Home – 66-32 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale.


CB5 chairman asks mayor to rescind shelter permits

Vincent Arcuri, Jr., the chairman of Queens Community Board 5 is calling on Mayor de Blasio to rescind the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) permits that were approved last year that would allow for 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale to become transitional housing for homeless individuals r8C06_HomelessShelter12_12_copyun by Samaritan Village.

In the letter dated April 1, Arcuri applauds the de Blasio administration’s commitment to developing industrial properties in Queens and points out that 78-16 Cooper Avenue could be perfect as an incubator.

“This existing, approximately 50,000 square foot building that once housed aircraft manufacturers, cabinet makers and knitting mills could, with relatively little investment, become a major incubator site,” Arcuri writes.

In closing, Arcuri asks de Blasio to rescind the permits approved by the DOB last march and urge the New York City Economic Development Corporation to enter negotiations with the current owners to restore industrial usage to the property.


104th Precinct Community Council will meet in Glendale this month

The NYPD 104th Precinct Community Council is holding their monthly meeting in Glendale for April.

The meeting will take place on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart School, 84-05 78th Ave. Attendees are asked to use the side entrance.

Members of the public are encouraged to come and bring a family member or guest. A representative from the Department of Transportation will be in attendance at the meeting, as well as an executive officer from tCe9UXZlWAAAXIDIhe NYPD 104th, to answer any questions.