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.


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.


Job fair at Atlas Park this Saturday


Looking for a job opportunity? Atlas Park has a job fair this weekend. From noon to 2 p.m., representatives from businesses such as Regal Cinemas, Crazy 8, Flynn & O’Hara, Forever 21 and NYSC will be on hand to recruit new employees. Stop by the fair, located near Crazy 8, and don’t forget to bring multiple copies of your resume.


Play4Autism’s awareness action day at Atlas Park


Join Play4Autism on Saturday, April 24th from noon to 5 p.m. for Autism Awareness Action Day 2018.

The event will take place at The Shops at Atlast Park.

There will be games for all, informational booths about autism, face painters, a live DJ, car show, vendor tables, raffles and more.

You’ll also get a chance to chat with Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara about his work to better the lives of those on the autism and special needs spectrum.

For more information, contact Greg at 718-440-9863 and visit play4autism.org.


BP denies zoning application for Glendale medical center

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Borough President Melinda Katz has recommended against a zoning application for a new medical facility opening on Central Avenue in Glendale.

The owners of the ambulatory and diagnostic site were looking to reduce the number of required parking spaces from 42 to 21.

The applicant conducted a parking study, and concluded that the proposed facility would only demand roughly 35 parking spots. They said within a 5-minute walk, there is sufficient street parking, even during peak hours.

But Community Board 5 disagreed, questioning the validity of that survey.

The board ultimately voted 29-2 against the rezoning proposal last October.

After hearing the applicant’s case last November, Katz’s office ultimately issued the same recommendation.


Parents slam DOE for lack of safety protocols



Public school parents are not happy with the Department of Education over their current school safety protocols.

Last night at the Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 meeting at PS/IS 119, parents criticized a DOE rep for not addressing their concerns or answering their questions.

Maurice Lindsey, the borough safety officer with the Office of Safety and Youth Development, spoke about his role in developing school safety policy. But he did not answer any questions, often saying “I can’t respond to that.”

CEC 24 members proposed additional measures, such as locking all school entrance doors from the inside, placing armed police officers at each building and installing a video surveillance and buzzer system. Parents agreed with that approach.

For nearly an hour, parents went after Lindsey, asking the CEC even brought him to speak when he couldn’t answer any questions.

“No disrespect, but why is he here?” screamed one parent  “Mr. Lindsey has no idea what he’s saying.”

“We’ll have another Parkland if nothing is done.”

The three-hour meeting concluded with parents walking out, frustrated.


Blood Drive on Good Friday


The Knights of Columbus will host a Good Friday Blood Drive at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.

Anytime between Noon to 6 p.m., stop by to donate a pint of blood and do something good for the community.

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy is located at 84-05 78th Avenue in Glendale.


104th Community Council meeting scheduled for March 27

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The 104th Precinct Community Council is set to meet on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlas Park Community Room.

On the agenda for the March meeting is:

  • Safety Day
  • National Night Out Against Crime
  • Cop of the Month presentation
  • 104th Precinct Council Appreciation Award presentation
  • 104th Precinct command report and Q&A with Captain Mastronardi
  • Q&A with DOT Queens Deputy Commissioner

All are welcome!


CEC 24 meeting set for March 27 at PS/IS 119


CEC 24 is hosting its next meeting on March 27 at PS/IS 119 in Glendale. It will begin at 7 p.m.

The council will hand out Outstanding Staff Member Awards, followed by a presentation on the 2019 School Budget Allocation Formula by District 24 Superintendent Madelene Chan and budget director Yelena Nagdimov.

Maurice Lindsey, the borough safety director, will then discuss school safety and security issues, which are especially important in light of recent events in Parkland, Florida.

That will be followed by a presentation of G&T programs within District 24, including PS/IS 119, PS 153, PS 229, PS 290, PS 330 and IS 73.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cec24.


Holden chimes in on police sexual misconduct bill

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Councilman Bob Holden has some thoughts about Intro. 571, a City Council bill prohibiting sexual contact between police or peace officers and people in their custody.

The bill is in response to a horrific alleged rape case in Brooklyn of a woman by police officers who held her in custody.

Holden released the following statement about the bill:

Engaging in such behavior is inappropriate and frankly an abuse of power. It seems like common sense to assume that no officer should partake in an activity, but criminalizing it provides a much-needed level of assurance that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in any capacity.

It’s disgraceful that such measures need to be taken, but as recent events have shown, they are necessary. There is no scenario where any officer should carry on having relations with a person in custody. I am hopeful that the passage of this bill will serve as a successful deterrent against future instances of sexual misconduct.”