Apply now to serve on Community Board 5


Here’s your chance to get involved with the most local level of New York City government.

Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to serve on their local community boards.

CBs play an important advisory role on land use and zoning, safety, parks, libraries and other neighborhood concerns.

The membership application is available online here.

The deadline for applications to be completed, signed and notarized is Friday, February 8.

An appointed two-year term of service begins on April 1. Each member serves a two-year term.

In 2018, New York City passed a proposition to create term limits for community boards. Read about the proposal here.


Ridgewood Reservoir designated a Class I Freshwater Wetland


The Ridgewood Reservoir got a new year’s present: additional environmental protections.

Before the calendar flipped to 2019, the state Department of Environmental Conservation designed the reservoir as a Class I freshwater wetland, according to NYC H2O.

That designation means all three basins of the reservoir bordering Brooklyn and Queens will be “permanently protected as a natural area.”

According to NYC H2O, wetlands are some of the most productive natural ecosystems. They’re protected by the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, and New York’s Freshwater Protection Act of 1975.

The state DEC designates Class 1 protections to a waterbody only when threatened and endangered species have been observed on site.

NYC H2O says the following are listed as threatened/endangered:

• Late flowering boneset (Eupatorium serotinum)
• Fringes boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium var laciniatum)
• Globe-fruited ludwigia (Ludwigia sphaerocarpa)
• Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
• Pied-Billed Grebe (podilymbus podiceps).


Glendale Property Owners board sworn in


The board has officially been sworn in.

Last week, Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joe Addabbo helped the Glendale Property Owners Association induct its new leaders.

The Glendale Property Owners meets the first Thursday of every month at St. Pancras Pheiffer Hall.

In the photo, from left to right, are: Margaret Kotnik, Susan Petchauer, Norbert Giesse, Bob Kozlowski, Chris Kurre, Brian Dooley (President), Howard Jaeger, Michelle Cook-Lopez, Clara Sarracco and Tony Hund.


Here are the most popular baby names for 2017

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

New York City’s most popular baby names in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

According to the city’s Health Department, there were 571 Emmas and 734 Liams born in 2017.

Liam was also the top name for boys in 2016, and Emma rose from third to first. Olivia, 2016’s top name for girls, fell to second.

Here are the top 10 names for girls in 2017:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Mia
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Ava
  7. Leah
  8. Emily
  9. Sarah
  10. Abigail

And here are the top 10 names for boys in 2017:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jacob
  4. Ethan
  5. David
  6. Lucas
  7. Matthew
  8. Jayden
  9. Aiden
  10. Daniel

Other fun facts:

  • The number of NYC births fell 2.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.
  • The most births took place in Manhattan, followed by Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.
  • Among the top celebrity names in 2017 were: Penelope, Daisy and Margot, as well as Ryan, Chris, Luke and Harrison.
  • Some favorite geographic names include: Austin, Hudson and Kingston for boys, and Charlotte, Savannah and Catalina for girls.
  • Rare names, defined as 10 or fewer children with those names, were Artemis, Tzippy, Reizy, Azriel, Zeus and Thaddeus.

CB5 approves WellLife Network proposal

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Last week, Community Board 5 voted overwhelmingly to approve WellLife Network’s supportive housing proposal.

With only two votes against the project, the variance application will now move ahead to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) with a favorable recommendation.

The three-story, 66 unit facility at 80-97 Cypress Avenue in Glendale will house homeless and mentally ill families.

It will also have 26 affordable apartments for low-income residents in the area.

Read more about WellLife Network’s plan for the site here.


Ban on single-use styrofoam containers begins Jan. 1

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

As the new year approaches, we want to remind businesses that the city ban on single-use styrofoam containers starts on January 1.

Specifically, Local Law 142 states that “food service establishments, stores, mobile food commissaries and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single-service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service articles or loose fill packaging.”

The law was passed because styrofoam poses an environmental threat. It cannot be recycled or broken down in landfills. Furthermore, styrofoam can break down into smaller pieces that contaminate organic waste, making it unusable for composting or reuse.

Businesses have a six-month grace period start January 1, 2019.

The first violation after the grace period will be a $250 fine. The second violation within 12 months is $500. A third, and subsequent violation within 12 months, is $1,000.


CB5 to vote on two Glendale projects


Community Board 5 is set to meet next Wednesday evening at Christ the King HS.

Please note that the meeting will begin at 7, not the usual 7:30 p.m.

The agenda includes the chairperson’s report, the district manager’s report, and committee reports.

A vote will be taken on the proposed supportive housing development in Glendale and a variance for a gas station.

After the meeting, there will be a holiday get-together.

The board will be collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) to be given to low-income families enrolled in the WIC Food Assistance Program at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

Please indicate boy or girl and age range on the gift wrap.


Wreath sale at Sacred Heart this weekend


The Sacred Heart Wreath Sale will  occur this weekend during Saturday’s 5 p.m. mass and again during all Sunday morning masses.

The sale will feature wreaths, grave pillows, grave crosses and center pieces.

Don’t worry if you miss this week’s sale as it will return on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and all morning on Sunday.

Sacred Heart Church is located at 83-17 78th Ave.


Donate to Play4Autism this Giving Tuesday


Here’s your chance to support a local nonprofit doing great work for the community.

On Giving Tuesday, donate to Play4Autism, whose mission is to increase the public’s awareness and acceptance of autism, while also improving the quality of life and hope for children.

The organization introduces children on the autism spectrum and their families to the Kidz into Action program.

Make a donation to Play4Autism here.