Rep. Grace Meng hosts supply drive for Puerto Rico

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From January 15 until February 5, Congresswoman Grace Meng is hosting an emergency supply drive to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island.

Meng is collecting basic necessities such as water, first aid kits, flashlights, non-perishable foods, batteries, baby formula, diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Supplies can be dropped off at her Flushing district office at 40-13 159th Street, Suite C. Drop-off hours at Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico have been devastated by the earthquakes that have hit the island, and my heart aches for all who have been impacted,” Meng said. “Even more heartbreaking is that these earthquakes have struck as many residents continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.”

“We must not sit by and allow our fellow Americans to suffer,” she added. “We must assist them in their time of need.”

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Walking down “Jack Zwerenz Way”

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When you walk by the corner of 82nd Avenue and Myrtle Avenue, be sure to look up at the street sign.

You’ll notice that you’re walking on Jack Zwerenz Way.

Zwerenz was a longtime civic volunteer in Glendale. He was a prominent member of the Glendale Property Owners Association, where he fought against electrifying the Montauk branch of the LIRR that runs through Glendale.

He was also a co-founder GCOP, which today is one of the largest civilian patrols in the city.

Over the weekend, both groups joined Councilman Bob Holden to unveil the street sign in Zwerenz’s honor.

The next time you walk by, be sure to remember all the good Zwerenz contributed to the community.

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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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Spectrum opens new store at Atlas Mall

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Spectrum has opened its latest store in The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale.

The site will allow customers to learn more about and try the company’s video, internet and voice services, such as Spectrum Mobile, Spectrum Internet and the Spectrum TV app.

The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Customers can also complete transactions at the store, including account payments, upgrades or exchanging equipment.

Spectrum, which also opened a new store in Forest Hills, also has store locations in Astoria, Elmhurst, Bayside, Flushing and Jamaica.

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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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Shelter protest planned for November 2 at 10 a.m.

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The Glendale Middle Village Coalition is hosting a protest against the planned homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue on Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m.

The protest is the latest development in the neighborhood’s fight against the shelter, which dates back five years.

Coalition leader Mike Papa says at the rally, the speakers will discuss the need for a District 75 school for special needs students at the site, rather than the homeless shelter.

Already parked outside the factory site on Cooper Avenue is a truck with the following signs attached:

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Glendale Kiwanis honors local veterans

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Every year, Assemblyman Mike Miller and the Kiwanis Club of Glendale honors veterans from the community.

All honorees receive a special plaque and citation from elected officials.

This year, the honorees were:

  • Master Sergeant Eddie Carr and Lt. Colonel Ralph Garcia from the Franklin K. Lane ROTC program
  • State Senator James Sanders Jr.
  • Michael Daughtry from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32
  • Joseph Richard Smith from Woodhaven Post 118
  • Wilbur Cook from Glendale Post 104
  • Russell Goeller from Brewery Keenan Heiser Post 1815

There was also a special presentation to Mary Murray, the wife of Corporal John Murray from Woodhaven Post 118, who recently passed away.

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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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Glendale food pantries receive boost in funding

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Screen shot via Google Maps

Three food pantry sites in Glendale have received funding in the latest budget cycle.

Councilman Bob Holden’s office announced that 10 total food pantries in his district will get a share of the $95,595 total allocation.

The three sites in Glendale are: The Legacy Center Community Development Corp., Community Alliance Initiative and Sacred Heart Church, pictured above.

According to Nancy Baer, pastoral associate at Sacred Heart, the food pantry there serves over 180 families in the Glendale area.

“This past year, the grant that we received through Councilman Holden’s efforts enabled us to serve those families consistently, each week, without turning anyone away due to lack of food on the shelves,” Baer says.

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EMU Health doctor named 2019 Top General Practicioner in NYC

Dr.-Nabil-Salib-MD-2Top Doctor America, an organization that rates doctors around the country, just named local primary care doctor, Nabil Salib, a 2019 Top General Practitioner in New York.

Dr. Salib, an internist who attended Yale University, practices at EMU Health Center right here in Glendale Queens.

Dr. Salib is also the Medical Director and Leading doctor at MyDoc Medical Care in Forest Hills.

He performs Certified Medical Examinations for Pilots, Commercial Drivers, Athletes, Overseas Workers, Police Officers and Fireman.

Dr. Salib also sees patients for annual physicals, illness, EKGs, skin screenings, cholesterol screenings, asthma and high blood pressure, to name a few.

He specializes in weight loss, immunization, weight loss (non-surgical), influenza, check-up, contraception, and family planning.

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“Seeing my patients smile, and knowing that they’re healthy and happy is an award in and of itself,” said Salib. “This recognition is definitely a cherry on top, and I appreciate it very much,” said Salib. “I also want to thank EMU Health for providing me with a great facility and a great staff, so that my practice can continue to be successful,” he added.

Dr. Salib also received Patients’ Choice Award in 2017 AND 2018 – an achievement awarded to doctors who have made a major positive impact in the lives of his/her patients.

You can reach Dr. Salib at EMU Health by calling 718.849.8700 or visiting EMU Health Center at 83-40 Woodhaven Blvd Glendale, NY 11385.

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