Community Board Meets Wednesday

The proposed Cooper Avenue Homeless Shelter will be one of the hot topics at the Community Board #5 meeting this Wednesday. Citing the need for fewer turns, fewer bus miles and better, more direct connections to subways, the MTA and DOT have unveiled a plan with longer distances between stops and what they claim to be ‘straighter paths’ along what appears to be busier streets. The plan is currently

The proposed homeless shelter in Glendae on Cooper Avenue

The proposed homeless shelter in Glendae on Cooper Avenue

being scoured by Community Boards. Community Board #5 meets on Wednesday evening at 7:30 @ Christ The King HS.

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Holden to speak at CEC 24 meeting tomorrow

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Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is hosting its monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at PS 58 in Maspeth.

The guest speaker, and honoree, will be Councilman Bob Holden.

Here’s what the CEC has to say about honoring Holden:

Councilman Holden has done a great deal for our communities and schools in the short time that he has been Councilman.  Prior to that, Mr. Holden has decades of experience working with the community and city in other roles. We invite you to join us on Tuesday as we thank Council Member Robert Holden for his tireless efforts in District 24 and we have asked him to share his experience in working with our District.

Originally, CEC 24 was supposed to host Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza for a town hall. But Carranza had to cancel the event due to the recent passing of a DOE official.

Activists who oppose the proposed Glendale homeless shelter had planned to protest the chancellor’s appearance, but that may be up in the air now that Carranza is not coming to the meeting.

It’ll be an interesting event, one that you don’t want to miss tomorrow!

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Final stewardship event this weekend at Ridgewood Reservoir

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NYC H2O and the Parks Department are hosting their final stewardship event of the year at the Ridgewood Reservoir.

Volunteers will help remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir, which is home to 175 species of plants, but many of which are invasive.

For this project, volunteers will remove bittersweet and mugwort from the paths.

The event takes place on Sunday, December 15 at 10 a.m.

Meet at 58-02 Vermont Place in Glendale. The parking lot is across the street from the reservoir.

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Community Board 5 meeting set for December 11

 

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

The board hear updates from the chairperson, district manager, local elected officials and various CB5 committees.

There will be a holiday get together (with food!) after the meeting.

As a reminder, CB5 is collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) in low-income families who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s Food Assistance Program (WIC), located at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

The board asks donations to indicate boy or girl and the age range on the gift wrap.

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Atlas Park hosts annual Tree Lighting Celebration

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Join The Shops at Atlas Park for their annual Tree Lighting Celebration on November 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The fun and free event will feature holiday music, face painters, strolling entertainment, fun giveaways for kids and much more.

The sponsors for the event include NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Broadway Stages, Laser Bounce and Main Street Radiology.

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Photos with Santa at Atlas Park

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From November 22 to December 24, Santa will be available for photos and visits at The Shops at Atlas Park.

He will be stationed next to the Queens Public Library site at the mall.

Here are Santa’s hours for the coming month:

November

  • 11/22 to 11/23: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 11/24: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 11/24 to 11/28: Closed
  • 11/29 to 11/30: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)

December

  • 12/1: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/2 to 12/5: Closed
  • 12/6 to 12/7: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/8: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/9 to 12/19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/20 to 12/21: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/23: 10 a.m. to 9 pm. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12.24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (break from 1 to 1:45 p.m.)

You can also take pet photos with Santa on 12/9 and 12/16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cats and dogs only.

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Special contracting hearing on Glendale shelter set for November 7

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The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services is hosting a public hearing on contract awards on Thursday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the mezzanine of One Centre Street.

The last item on the agenda is the Department of Homeless Services contract to develop and operate a “stand-alone transitional residence for homeless single adults” at 78-16 Cooper Avenue.

The term of the contract is from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025, with an option to renew from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2028.

The vendor, of course, is the Westchester-based Westhab. According to the agenda, the contract is worth $61,808,956 – nearly $62 million.

The public hearing presents a chance for the public to provide testimony. We expect several people to speak about the project at the hearing, including members of the community board and the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition.

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CB5 to host hearing on Cooper Ave shelter in October

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Community Board 5 will host a public hearing on the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale on Monday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

CB5 announced the hearing tonight as it was conducting another public meeting over an animal shelter over in Ridgewood.

The hearing comes after the Department of Homeless Services confirmed longstanding rumors that the former factory site would be used for a shelter instead of a new school for students with disabilities.

The site, run by Yonkers-based nonprofit Westhab, will house 200 single adults, including many of those who were sheltered at the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express.

The shelter is expected to be open by early 2020, DHS officials said.

Meanwhile, the city is expected to open another shelter for 132 homeless families at 16-16 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood by late 2020. CB5 will review this site as well.

The last time CB5 hosted a public hearing about a proposed homeless shelter, this time in Maspeth, nearly 1,000 residents attended to protest the plan.

Protesters turned their backs to DHS Commissioner Steven Banks as he tried to explain the rationale for opening a shelter in the neighborhood.

More than 60 people testified against the proposal, which escalated to nightly protests in front of the hotel.

The October public hearing will likely draw similar ire from residents and some elected officials who have long been weary about how the city handles the homeless population.

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Remove invasive plants at Ridgewood Reservoir

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to help beautify the Ridgewood Reservoir, here’s your chance.

On Sunday, September 8 at 10 a.m., NYC H2O and the Parks Department are teaming up to remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir.

They will need volunteers to help remove mugwort on the causeway between basins 2 and 3.

They will meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place on the Brooklyn side, across the street from the reservoir.

RSVP here clicking here.

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Health Department to conduct adulticide treatment on Thursday

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On Thursday, August 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, the Health Department is conducting another adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens, including Maspeth, West Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Blissville.

In case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed back to Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, August 27.

The Health Department says it will use very low concentrations of the insecticides Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard®.

The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.

People will respiratory conditions may also be affected, health officials say.

To stay safe during spraying, residents are being asked to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

And while it is unnecessary, residents can close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, health officials say residents should wash their skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water as well.

To reduce exposure to mosquitos, here are some tips courtesy of the Health Department:

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers.
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