Borough Hall collecting backpacks, school supplies for homeless

As the new school year approaches, Queens Borough Hall is collecting backpacks and school supplies as part of its annual drive.

“Project: Back to School” is organized by the Coalition for the Homeless, and provides homeless children with backpacks filled with things they need for school.

Borough Hall is accepting donations from now through Wednesday, August 28 at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, on the first floor in the main lobby.

You can also donate #2 pencils, hard and soft pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, crayons (24-count boxes), colored pencils, washable markers, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, composition notebooks, binders, ruled paper, safety scissors, pocket folders and scientific calculators.

The donated items are anonymous and non tax-deductible.

Cleaning up illegal posts on Myrtle & Fresh Pond

Join Councilman Bob Holden and the Department of Sanitation on Wednesday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as they take down illegal postings in Glendale/Ridgewood.

They will be meeting at Myrtle Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, and will walk along the commercial strip to remove posters, stickers, flyers and more. 

We’re talking about illegal postings found on light poles, telephone poles, signs and other city property.

Volunteers will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the intersection.

Nolan to host mobile office hours at Ridgewood Library

Have a constituent concern? Look no further than going to your local library.

On Thursday, August 1, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan will be holding mobile office hours at the Ridgewood branch.

The assemblywoman has also hosted mobile hours at the Sunnyside, Astoria, Court Square and Long Island City branches.

“It is important always to meet people in our community,” Nolan says. “For many years, I have held mobile office hours and state fairs to address issues or concerns.”

For more information, contact the district office at 718-784-3194.

Grover Cleveland HS to get cafeteria upgrades

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The cafeteria at Grover Cleveland High School is getting an overhaul, thanks to funding passed in the recent city budget.

Councilman Bob Holden announced the upgrade last week in what he said was record-breaking funding for District 30.

The district, which spans Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth, will receive $11 million in capital funding and $2 million in expense funding.

Other budget items in the area include air conditioning improvements at multiple schools, renovation of Evergreen Park in Glendale and expansion of the Wildcat Service Corp. cleaning initiative.

Quiet clubbing in Highland Park Friday night

Photo credit: Quiet Events

Want to dance and listen to some of the hottest beats without the noise complaints? Well, you can join Quiet Clubbing at Highland Park this Friday (June 21).

Three live DJs will be playing music from the Top 40s, 80s and 90s as well as Motown and Funk while you dance along with headphones. You must RSVP for a free ticket. Be warned: You must have a credit or debit card to check in for the event. If you don’t return your headphones, you’ll be charged $100.

Your 3 channels spinning all night:
DJ 1 (Green):
Top 40 Dance Hits
DJ 2 (Red): 80’s, 90’s & 2K Throwbacks
DJ 3 (Blue): Motown/Funk

Your experience includes:
• A pair of Quiet Events headphones
• Glow in the Dark gear
• 3 different channels of music to choose from

Special notes:
• All Ages
• Dress Code: Casual

Meet the group at Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue in Highland Park in Ridgewood. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Only In Queens Summer Festival on June 23

Sheila E. will headline the free “Only In Queens” summer festival on Sunday, June 23 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The festival will be from 3 to 8 p.m. The Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Concert will begin at 5 p.m.

The concert will also feature performances by soul artist Musiq Soulchild and reggae singer Kranium.

Other activities at the festival include a scavenger hunt, opportunities to meet NY1 anchors and reporters, exhibitions from the World’s Fair, international food vendors, and more.

Enjoy Stories in the Park with Councilman Reynoso

Nothing beats a lovely day in the park with a good book!

Councilman Antonio Reynoso will host “Catch the Reading Bug: Stories in the Park” on Tuesday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be free books and giveaways for kids aged 3 to 12. Snacks and refreshments will also be served.

Join Reynoso and community members at Grover Cleveland Park, located at Stanhope Street and Grandview Avenue.