Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to speak at CB5

Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School’s cafeteria.

The meeting will begin with a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 preliminary budget for the city.

That will be followed by a presentation from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s pediatrics and adolescent health department.

As usual, there will be a public forum, where anyone who signs up can speak before the board. Public forum speakers must pre-register by calling the office at 718-366-1834 or email qn05@cb.nyc.gov.

You’ll also hear from the chairperson, Vincent Arcuri Jr., as well as the district manager, Gary Giordano, when they present their monthly reports.

To conclude, the following CB5 committees will also report back: Parks Services, Public Safety Services, Transportation and Public Transit Services, and the Executive Committee on street festivals.

First MTA bus redesign workshop is in Ridgewood

The MTA is redesigning the entire bus network in Queens, and they want the public to chime in on the changes.

Specifically, the redesign will result in fewer turns, fewer bus miles and better, more direct connections to subways.

There will be longer distances between stops and straighter paths for each route.

In Ridgewood, bus lines will run along Flushing Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Forest Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road.

To get a better sense of how your current bus line is changing (such as the Q58), check out the MTA’s route profiles here.

As part of their effort to solicit feedback from the public, the MTA is hosting a series of public workshops with tabletop maps for attendees to pinpoint their routes.

The first workshop will take place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, located at 59-03 Summerfield Street.

All local routes will be reviewed, including those connecting and spanning Ridgewood.

If you’re a regular bus rider and your commute will be changed by the redesign, be sure to attend to give your feedback on the routes.

Holden to speak at CEC 24 meeting tomorrow

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!

Assemblyman Miller hosts resource fair in Ridgewood

Last week, Assemblyman Mike Miller teamed up with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit for a resource fair at PS 239.

City agencies that sent representatives to the event included Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Sanitation (DSNY), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Fire Department (FDNY).

Other groups that attended included the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, the Myrtle Avenue BID, Democracy NYC, Queens Public Library and the Friends of Ridgewood Library.

“I find it very important for my constituents to have access to agencies and I will always do my best to connect constituents to city and state agencies and ensure they are getting the assistance they need,” Miller says.

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.

CEC 24 to host Chancellor Carranza at town hall

Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 is hosting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall will take place in the auditorium at PS 58 School of Heroes, located at 72-24 Grand Avenue in Maspeth.

Parents are encouraged to attend, as the chancellor will address issues and concerns regarding local schools and students.

District 24 includes the following neighborhoods: Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Maspeth and Middle Village.

One of the most persistent problems facing the district is severe overcrowding, despite the construction of new additions to school buildings.

Another topic sure to dominate the discussion will be the proposal to eliminate Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs, as well as reforming the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools.

Last year, when DOE officials presented at the mayor’s plan to reform admissions to the elite high schools at a CEC 24 meeting, parents booed and chanted “keep the test.

Carranza, in particular, has been the target of a flurry of criticism from many parents over his push to desegregate public schools.

The town hall will provide a venue for parents, officials and others to voice their concerns directly to DOE leadership.

On-site translation service will be available at the town hall.

Help with landscaping at the Ridgewood Reservoir

On Sunday, November 17 at 10 a.m., join NYC H2O and the Parks Department to help remove invasive plants from the path around the Ridgewood Reservoir.

The reservoir is home to 175 species of plants, but many are invasive.

This project will focus on removing mugwort on the causeway between basins 2 and 3.

They will meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place across the street from the reservoir on the Brooklyn side.

It’s My Park Day at Grover Cleveland Playground

Here’s your chance to help take care of a favorite neighborhood spot.

On Saturday, November 16, from 9 to 11 a.m., the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse Green Team is hosting It’s My Park Day at Grover Cleveland Playground.

Help the green team rake leaves and spread compost all over the playground!

The event is free to the public. Meet at Grandview Avenue and Amory Court!

DOT to issue bus lane warnings on Fresh Pond

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Starting on Monday, October 7, the Department of Transportation will begin issuing bus lane camera warnings along the Q58 bus route on Fresh Pond Road.

After 60 days of warning, DOT will then start issuing violations to motorists who block the bus lane.

The bus lane on Fresh Pond Road, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays in the southbound direction, was completed on August 27 as part of the mayor’s Better Buses Action Plan. The lane runs from Bleecker Street to Putnam Avenue.

In addition to the Q58, the QM 24/25/34 express bus routes also use the corridor.

Despite a lawsuit by the local civic association and a group of businesses to stop the bus lane, a Queens judge recently ruled against the removal of the lane.

According to the DOT, bus lane enforcement with cameras and other bus priority treatments have improved speeds between 7 and 31 percent.

Fresh Pond Road will be the first non-Select Bus Service (SBS) route to receive camera enforcement.

A violation will cost $50, with fines increasing with additional violations over a 12-month period.