DOT begins bus lane camera violations on Woodhaven Blvd

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Watch out for those bus lane violations!

The Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it will begin issuing bus lane camera violations along the Q52/Q53 Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard Select Bus Service (SBS) route on Tuesday, February 20.

Each thoroughfare has signage indicating the hours that the bus lanes are in operation, so pay attention to those signs.

Violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver. Points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses.

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Ridgewood Reservoir added to National Register of Historic Places

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The long-awaited news is finally official.

The Ridgewood Reservoir has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service approved the move after the New York State Historic Review Board voted unanimously in favor of the addition in December.

What does this mean? The 50-acre reservoir bordering Queens and Brooklyn will receive additional protections.

Built in 1859 to supply water for the city of Brooklyn, the reservoir located today within Highland Park. It became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950s, and was mostly drained by 1989.

The Old Town of Flushing Burial Ground was also added to the national register.

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Mike Miller hosts 9th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive

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Assemblyman Michael Miller is hosting his 9th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive.

His office will be collecting travel-sized toiletries and new clothing items, especially socks, for the veterans at the St. Albans Veterans Home. They will not take any used items.

Donations can be dropped off at these locations:

  • Miller’s District Office: 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Neir’s Tavern & Grill: 87-48 78th Street, Woodhaven (between 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.)
  • H&M General Insurance Brokerage: 75-17 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale (between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center: 110-08 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill (Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)

If you have any questions, call Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

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Holden weighs in on congestion pricing

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Councilman Bob Holden has some thoughts about the proposed congestion pricing proposal to charge drivers $11.52 and trucks $25.43 for entering Manhattan south of 60th Street.

In a Twitter statement, Holden called the plan “troubling” for someone who represents taxpayers, commuters and business owners who already pay high taxes.

“While reducing traffic and fixing our crumbling transit infrastructure is a significant priority, burdening residents in areas with inadequate bus and subway service is unacceptable,” Holden says. “It’s time to reassess how money is spent by New York State and the MTA, rather than merely adding a tax on the middle class to raise revenues.

Holden then proposed to add an exemption o this plan for those who live in the five boroughs, and instead apply the fee to those living outside the city.

“My office will evaluate the details of the plan and will work to ensure that is does not negatively impact the residents of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside,” he said.

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Mulchfest 2018 comes to Forest Park

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On Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your holiday tree to Forest Park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city.

Join NYC Parks, the New York City Department of Sanitation,and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips.

These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree.

More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. Help NYC Sanitation top this number.

You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 6 and 7. Officials will chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!

You can also bring your tree to a drop-off site until Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Leave your tree with Parks and Sanitation, and they’ll recycle it for you later.

For more information and dropoff/chipping locations visit:  https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest.

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Crowley honors pioneering transit leader

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In one of her final acts as councilwoman, Elizabeth Crowley took time to honor a pioneering transit leader.

Julia Roman came to the United States from the Dominican Republic and became a citizen. She joined Nontraditional Employment for Women, an organization that trains and places women in careers like construction, maintenance and utility.

She learned the electrical trade and joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 3, and eventually got a job as an elevator mechanic.

She left to join New York City Transit,  where she was the first woman shop steward for Transport Works Union (TWU) Local 100.

On November 16, 2017, Roman gave birth to twins, but died soon thereafter due to complications. She is survived by her husband victory and children Valerie, Dwayne, Victoria, Isabella and Grace.

To honor her legacy, Crowley introduced Local Law 55, which requires the Department of Health to report annually on maternal mortality.

“Julia’s death is a painful reminder that maternal mortality still happens in the 21st century, Crowley said. “We are highlighting the fact that despite all of the modern medicine available and medical advancements, more women in the U.S. are dying of pregnancy-related complications than any other developed country.”

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Monday Town Hall With Mayor – Short, Not So Sweet

In what most said might have been the smallest …. and shortest…..of Mayor de Blasio’s recent Town Hall meetings, the mayor came to Glendale last night (PS 113) and hit a few ‘hot buttons’ after being asked some direct questions.

When asked about the Glendale Homeless Shelter proposed for the property on Cooper Avenue at 79th Place, he said we are going to start discussions about that again. He also defended what most of us see as the disastrous ‘Select Bus Service’ lane on Woodhaven Blvd.

Mayor Deblasio has a difficult time winning over Glendale crowd at Town Hall Meeting on Monday December 18 at PS 113

Mayor de Blasio has a difficult time winning over Glendale crowd at Town Hall Meeting on Monday December 18 at PS 113

He left the meeting at 9 tonight – instead of his usual 3-hour meeting. But then again, he didn’t do so well in the ballot here either, compared to other places around the city, where he won convincingly.

See the story in this week’s Glendale Register.

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Photos with Santa at Atlas Mall

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Today thru December 24th have your children take their annual photo with Santa Claus at Atlas Park! All children will receive a free gift. Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located next to TJ Maxx and 5 Below. Visit Santa on Mondays from 10am to 9pm (Break: 3-4pm) and Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 8pm (Break 3-4pm).  Reservations are available but not required.

For more information visit http://www.shopatlaspark.com/Events/Details/455243.

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De Blasio to host town hall at PS/IS 113

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Mr. Mayor is coming to town.

Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley are hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. It will be at PS/IS 113 (78-23 87th Street).

These are the town halls where the mayor takes questions from community members. Usually, de Blasio starts off by touting some of his accomplishments, such as universal pre-k.

But issues not as favorable to his record, such as homelessness, are sure to come up. He may have to defend his new plan to create 90 shelters citywide.

Here at the Glendale Blog, we’re curious as to why the mayor decided to have the town hall just weeks before newly-elected Councilman Bob Holden takes office. Why have the town hall with Crowley when she’s out the door at the end of the year?

Note that this district is the only one where an incumbent, supported by de Blasio, lost. Not only did she lose, she lost to a challenger who explicitly ran against de Blasio’s agenda.

We think something’s up. How will Holden respond when the mayor walks in with Crowley? Will they even acknowledge the councilman-elect?

Be there to find out. RSVP by December 17 at 5 p.m. via email to queenstownhall@cityhall.nyc.gov or by calling 212-788-4282.

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Tree lighting ceremony honors William Tolley

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Over the weekend, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley hosted 100 local residents and members of the FDNY for the annual Glendale Tree Lighting at the Fred Haller Triangle.

PS 113’s Glee Club, the Queens Dance Academy and Santa Claus all performed at the event. Members of Engine 286/Ladder 135, known as Myrtle’s Turtles, also decorate the tree.

This year’s ceremony had a more somber tone, after the loss of Firefighter William Tolley. Community members say Tolley loved decorating the Glendale tree for the holiday celebration.

The tree lighting was dedicated to his memory and commitment to protecting our community.

From now on, the tree itself will be known as the “Tolley Tree.”

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