Parents slam DOE for lack of safety protocols

 

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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.

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Blood Drive on Good Friday

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.”

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DOT begins bus lane camera violations on Woodhaven Blvd

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Watch out for those bus lane violations!

The Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it will begin issuing bus lane camera violations along the Q52/Q53 Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard Select Bus Service (SBS) route on Tuesday, February 20.

Each thoroughfare has signage indicating the hours that the bus lanes are in operation, so pay attention to those signs.

Violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver. Points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses.

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Ridgewood Reservoir added to National Register of Historic Places

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The long-awaited news is finally official.

The Ridgewood Reservoir has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service approved the move after the New York State Historic Review Board voted unanimously in favor of the addition in December.

What does this mean? The 50-acre reservoir bordering Queens and Brooklyn will receive additional protections.

Built in 1859 to supply water for the city of Brooklyn, the reservoir located today within Highland Park. It became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950s, and was mostly drained by 1989.

The Old Town of Flushing Burial Ground was also added to the national register.

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Mike Miller hosts 9th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive

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Assemblyman Michael Miller is hosting his 9th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive.

His office will be collecting travel-sized toiletries and new clothing items, especially socks, for the veterans at the St. Albans Veterans Home. They will not take any used items.

Donations can be dropped off at these locations:

  • Miller’s District Office: 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Neir’s Tavern & Grill: 87-48 78th Street, Woodhaven (between 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.)
  • H&M General Insurance Brokerage: 75-17 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale (between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center: 110-08 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill (Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)

If you have any questions, call Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

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Holden weighs in on congestion pricing

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Councilman Bob Holden has some thoughts about the proposed congestion pricing proposal to charge drivers $11.52 and trucks $25.43 for entering Manhattan south of 60th Street.

In a Twitter statement, Holden called the plan “troubling” for someone who represents taxpayers, commuters and business owners who already pay high taxes.

“While reducing traffic and fixing our crumbling transit infrastructure is a significant priority, burdening residents in areas with inadequate bus and subway service is unacceptable,” Holden says. “It’s time to reassess how money is spent by New York State and the MTA, rather than merely adding a tax on the middle class to raise revenues.

Holden then proposed to add an exemption o this plan for those who live in the five boroughs, and instead apply the fee to those living outside the city.

“My office will evaluate the details of the plan and will work to ensure that is does not negatively impact the residents of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside,” he said.

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Mulchfest 2018 comes to Forest Park

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On Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your holiday tree to Forest Park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city.

Join NYC Parks, the New York City Department of Sanitation,and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips.

These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree.

More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. Help NYC Sanitation top this number.

You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 6 and 7. Officials will chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!

You can also bring your tree to a drop-off site until Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Leave your tree with Parks and Sanitation, and they’ll recycle it for you later.

For more information and dropoff/chipping locations visit:  https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest.

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