Blood drive every Friday at Atlas Park Mall

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You can donate blood every Friday at The Shops at Atlas Park until September 11, 2020.

The demand for red blood cells is increasing as local hospitals resume surgeries, according to the New York Blood Center, making donations more important than ever.

Due to COVID-19, NYBC has implemented safety procedures. As a result, all donors must make an appointment, wear a mask, and come alone.

NYBC says donors should bring their donor ID cards. They should also eat well and drink fluids before donation.

To make an appointment, click the link here.

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Free mask giveaway in Glendale this afternoon

Councilman Bob Holden’s office is hosting a free mask giveaway this afternoon.

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Community Alliance Initiative, located at 60-35 Myrtle Avenue.

Holden’s office says participants should also bring an empty hand sanitizer bottle that can be refilled.

Participants should also wear a mask and practice social distancing during the giveaway.

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SHELTER WATCH: Shelter opponents protest mayor’s town hall

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In the wake of the opening of the Cooper Rapid Rehousing Center at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, opponents of the Glendale shelter took their frustration directly to the mayor.

Last Wednesday, members of the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition protested outside JHS 190 Russell Sage in Forest Hills, where Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a town hall meeting.

Among those protesting was coalition leader Mike Papa, who was collecting signatures for a petition to “remove and prosecute” the mayor for “crimes against the people of the city.”

“We took the opportunity to see the mayor face to face,” Papa said. “We’re here to let him know he’s not getting away with it.”

Among the “crimes” Papa described were closing Rikers Island and other city jails, opening homeless shelters that he said act as “halfway houses,” and signing high-priced contracts for developers to build those facilities.

Other topics that he wants de Blasio to be investigated for include the ThriveNYC program and the deal that sold the Rivington House on the Lower East Side.

“We’re going to take this to the U.S. Attorney’s office and try to get him investigated and prosecuted for it,” Papa said.

The mayor was booed and heckled by the crowd at the town hall in Forest Hills, which focused on topics like bail reform, the new borough-based jail in Kew Gardens, protected bike lanes on Queens Boulevard and the district school desegregation plan.

De Blasio defended the Glendale shelter as a way to put a roof over the heads of “working people.”

He acknowledged that people don’t want homeless shelters in their neighborhood, but blasted any notions that there were backroom “deals.”

Papa, who has been a vocal opponent of the Glendale shelter, made his goal clear.

“We want to get rid of de Blasio,” he said.

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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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Holden to speak at CEC 24 meeting tomorrow

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Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is hosting its monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at PS 58 in Maspeth.

The guest speaker, and honoree, will be Councilman Bob Holden.

Here’s what the CEC has to say about honoring Holden:

Councilman Holden has done a great deal for our communities and schools in the short time that he has been Councilman.  Prior to that, Mr. Holden has decades of experience working with the community and city in other roles. We invite you to join us on Tuesday as we thank Council Member Robert Holden for his tireless efforts in District 24 and we have asked him to share his experience in working with our District.

Originally, CEC 24 was supposed to host Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza for a town hall. But Carranza had to cancel the event due to the recent passing of a DOE official.

Activists who oppose the proposed Glendale homeless shelter had planned to protest the chancellor’s appearance, but that may be up in the air now that Carranza is not coming to the meeting.

It’ll be an interesting event, one that you don’t want to miss tomorrow!

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Final stewardship event this weekend at Ridgewood Reservoir

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NYC H2O and the Parks Department are hosting their final stewardship event of the year at the Ridgewood Reservoir.

Volunteers will help remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir, which is home to 175 species of plants, but many of which are invasive.

For this project, volunteers will remove bittersweet and mugwort from the paths.

The event takes place on Sunday, December 15 at 10 a.m.

Meet at 58-02 Vermont Place in Glendale. The parking lot is across the street from the reservoir.

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Community Board 5 meeting set for December 11

 

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

The board hear updates from the chairperson, district manager, local elected officials and various CB5 committees.

There will be a holiday get together (with food!) after the meeting.

As a reminder, CB5 is collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) in low-income families who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s Food Assistance Program (WIC), located at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

The board asks donations to indicate boy or girl and the age range on the gift wrap.

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Atlas Park hosts annual Tree Lighting Celebration

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Join The Shops at Atlas Park for their annual Tree Lighting Celebration on November 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The fun and free event will feature holiday music, face painters, strolling entertainment, fun giveaways for kids and much more.

The sponsors for the event include NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Broadway Stages, Laser Bounce and Main Street Radiology.

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Photos with Santa at Atlas Park

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From November 22 to December 24, Santa will be available for photos and visits at The Shops at Atlas Park.

He will be stationed next to the Queens Public Library site at the mall.

Here are Santa’s hours for the coming month:

November

  • 11/22 to 11/23: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 11/24: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 11/24 to 11/28: Closed
  • 11/29 to 11/30: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)

December

  • 12/1: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/2 to 12/5: Closed
  • 12/6 to 12/7: Noon to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/8: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/9 to 12/19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/20 to 12/21: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12/23: 10 a.m. to 9 pm. (break from 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • 12.24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (break from 1 to 1:45 p.m.)

You can also take pet photos with Santa on 12/9 and 12/16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cats and dogs only.

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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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