Grand opening of Queens Library’s Atlas Mall outpost

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On Thursday, Queens Library is opening its temporary Glendale branch, which will be at The Shops at Atlas Mall (8000 Cooper Avenue).

The grand opening ceremony will be at 3 p.m.

Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott is expected to be joined by State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilman Bob Holden.

Read more about how Queens Library is transforming the Glendale branch, and how the temporary branch will serve the community here.

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CEC 24 meeting set for May 22

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Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is set to meet at PS/IS 113 in Glendale on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes the report from the co-presidents, report from the superintendent, and the following guest speakers:

  • Jason Banrey, Deputy Borough Commissioner, Department of Transportation
  • Nichelle David, Borough Nursing Director, Department of Education

Prior to the calendar meeting, CEC 24 will be conducting interviews for council vacancies.

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Homeless Committee Meeting Tonight

The possibility of a Homeless Shelter at the property on Cooper Avenue at 79th Place has been looming for nearly five years. The Community Board #5-Q Homeless Services Committee was formed to better understand the homeless situation throughout New York City and to work on how the community of Glendale can do its part in the battle to help and understand the homeless.
Dmytro Fedkowskyj is the chairman of the committee, which will meet tonight, May 2, at Christ the King High School Cafeteria at 7:30.
Tonight, two important people will be there tonight. Amanda Nasner from Department of Homeless Services will be speaking about the mayor’s homeless plan going forward. Cara Ochsenreiter, the program director from Breaking Ground, will be there tonight as well. The meeting is open to the public.
Representatives from Department of Homeless Services, Catholic Charities, The Coalition For The Homeless and Homeless Services united have spoken at past meetings.

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Tour the Forest Park Greenhouse

On April 28, from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. for only one day every year, the Queens Greenhouse opens its doors to give New Yorkers a sneak peek inside. Seize this rare opportunity to learn about the diverse array of plants growing in city parks.

Nestled among towering oak trees in Forest Park, the Queens Greenhouse and Nursery has served Parks for the past hundred years. Every year the greenhouse grows around 200,000 herbaceous plants (annuals and perennials) from seeds, plugs, liners, bare-root plants, and cuttings. Gardeners use these plants beautify the parks, playgrounds, beaches, and pools throughout Queens and Brooklyn.

Gardeners will provide visitors with information on the different species, how to care for them, and where to go to see them throughout the borough.

No reservations are needed; however Parks staff may limit the number of visitors allowed in each house at one time.

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Job fair at Atlas Park this Saturday

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Looking for a job opportunity? Atlas Park has a job fair this weekend. From noon to 2 p.m., representatives from businesses such as Regal Cinemas, Crazy 8, Flynn & O’Hara, Forever 21 and NYSC will be on hand to recruit new employees. Stop by the fair, located near Crazy 8, and don’t forget to bring multiple copies of your resume.

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Play4Autism’s awareness action day at Atlas Park

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Join Play4Autism on Saturday, April 24th from noon to 5 p.m. for Autism Awareness Action Day 2018.

The event will take place at The Shops at Atlast Park.

There will be games for all, informational booths about autism, face painters, a live DJ, car show, vendor tables, raffles and more.

You’ll also get a chance to chat with Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara about his work to better the lives of those on the autism and special needs spectrum.

For more information, contact Greg at 718-440-9863 and visit play4autism.org.

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BP denies zoning application for Glendale medical center

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Borough President Melinda Katz has recommended against a zoning application for a new medical facility opening on Central Avenue in Glendale.

The owners of the ambulatory and diagnostic site were looking to reduce the number of required parking spaces from 42 to 21.

The applicant conducted a parking study, and concluded that the proposed facility would only demand roughly 35 parking spots. They said within a 5-minute walk, there is sufficient street parking, even during peak hours.

But Community Board 5 disagreed, questioning the validity of that survey.

The board ultimately voted 29-2 against the rezoning proposal last October.

After hearing the applicant’s case last November, Katz’s office ultimately issued the same recommendation.

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Parents slam DOE for lack of safety protocols

 

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Public school parents are not happy with the Department of Education over their current school safety protocols.

Last night at the Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 meeting at PS/IS 119, parents criticized a DOE rep for not addressing their concerns or answering their questions.

Maurice Lindsey, the borough safety officer with the Office of Safety and Youth Development, spoke about his role in developing school safety policy. But he did not answer any questions, often saying “I can’t respond to that.”

CEC 24 members proposed additional measures, such as locking all school entrance doors from the inside, placing armed police officers at each building and installing a video surveillance and buzzer system. Parents agreed with that approach.

For nearly an hour, parents went after Lindsey, asking the CEC even brought him to speak when he couldn’t answer any questions.

“No disrespect, but why is he here?” screamed one parent  “Mr. Lindsey has no idea what he’s saying.”

“We’ll have another Parkland if nothing is done.”

The three-hour meeting concluded with parents walking out, frustrated.

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Blood Drive on Good Friday

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The Knights of Columbus will host a Good Friday Blood Drive at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.

Anytime between Noon to 6 p.m., stop by to donate a pint of blood and do something good for the community.

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy is located at 84-05 78th Avenue in Glendale.

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