Night Cruise in Atlas Park

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The East Coast Car Association Toys for Tots will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in the parking lot of Atlas Park by hosting a car cruise night and canned food drive.

Joe Fuoco’s band will be performing live and there will be t-shirts, pins, and patches for sale.

This event is free to the public, and a $5 donation for cars.

ECCA Toys for Tots is a non-profit 100% Volunteers Organization. Throughout the year they host events to benefit St. Mary’s and support Queens local communities by attending parades, street fairs, and special events.

If you would like to volunteer or join the ECCA Toys for Tots, visit http://eccatoysfortots.org or contact Lou Buglione at (917) 682-5362 / Louss68@yahoo.com.

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Celebrating service on CB5

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From left to right: District Manager Gary Giordano, John Maier, Joe Nocerino from the BP’s office, Fred Haller, Chairman Vincent Arcuri, Jr., and Dmytro Fedkowskyj

It’s often a thankless job, but serving on your local community board is one of the most important ways to be involved in your neighborhood.

You review city policies, budgets and services that are vital to the community. You discuss land use projects, liquor, beer and wine licenses and any proposal that would impact the area.

It’s a volunteer gig, but these members spend hours pouring over notes, attending meetings and thinking about the best interest of the community.

That’s why it’s important to recognize those who have served for so long.

Earlier this month, Borough President Melinda Katz honored John Maier and Dmytro Fedkowskyj, each of whom have served 10 years on CB5.

Fred Haller was recognized for 30 years of service on CB5.

Let’s give them a hand for their efforts, and wish them the best of luck as they continue to look out for our neighborhoods.

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80th annual Ridgewood/Glendale Memorial Day parade

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The Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale, made up of delegates from six veterans organizations, are hosting the 80th annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood at 11 a.m.

The 2018 Grand Marshal will be Raymond Whitman of the Joseph B. Garity Post 562. Whitman is a Korean War veteran.

Marchers will include veterans, civic organizations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and other youth groups.

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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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