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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Experience Halloween chills at Fear Manor

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Looking for Halloween-related activities in the neighborhood? Stop by Fear Manor Haunted House in The Shops at Atlas Park.

Will you survive the Swamp? Will our goat like you or eat you? Using Hollywood effects, set design and incredible makeup, guests will wonder if what they are experiencing is real or not.

Experience the creepiest haunted house located right across the street from St. John’s Cemetery. Warning: this is NOT for young children! However, there will be non-scary attractions for young children on Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. on both days.

The Shops at Atlas Park is located at 8000 Cooper Avenue in Glendale. Tickets and more event details can be found here.

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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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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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EMU Health adds Top Queens OBGYN to team

dr-sabrina-nilufar-md-11371414-1Dr. Sabrina Nilufar, a top obstetrician & gynecologist in Queens, has joined the EMU Health team of doctors.

Dr. Nilufar is affiliated with LIJ Forest Hills / Northwell Health, and specializes in: child birth, menopause, pelvic exams, hot flashes, pap smears, menstrual pain, pregnancy, women’s health, infertility, birth control, c-sections, and more…

Dr. Nilufar cares for women throughout their pregnancies, straight through to the delivery of their baby. She also specializes in annual care, and the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system.

“After my first visit I knew I finally found my permanent doctor. Dr. Nilufar was professional, kind and has an excellent bedside manor. You can see she really cares about her patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Nilufar the peace of mind that she gives me is truly a blessing. Thank you so much Dr. Nilufar for everything that you have done for me and continue to do for me,” said Nancy L., a patient who we caught up with.

 Dr. Nilufar speaks English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali. She attended St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nilufar, call (929) 299-5856 or email info@emuhealth.com.
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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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