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.

Remove invasive plants at Ridgewood Reservoir

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to help beautify the Ridgewood Reservoir, here’s your chance.

On Sunday, September 8 at 10 a.m., NYC H2O and the Parks Department are teaming up to remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir.

They will need volunteers to help remove mugwort on the causeway between basins 2 and 3.

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

RSVP here clicking here.

CB5 to host hearing on proposed animal shelter

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City officials are proposing to build a new animal shelter at a former auto wrecking and salvage site at 151 Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood.

On Wednesday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Community Board 5 will host a public meeting about the site’s selection and the mandated toxic clean-up.

CB5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee will speak with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as staff from the Animal Care and Control Center.

The plan would establish an animal shelter for about 170 dogs and cats at the site.

According to CB5, the contaminants at the site are mostly petroleum and metals related to the uses of the site.

Five Ridgewood food pantries get a boost

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Five food pantries at Ridgewood churches received funding this past budget cycle.

Councilman Bob Holden’s office announced that 10 sites throughout his district will get a slice of the $95,595 allocation for food pantries.

Among those are The Legacy Center Community Development Corp., St. Matthias Church Food Pantry, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church, and the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck.

John Sendlein, treasurer for Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, said their pantry provides food to people in need regardless of religion.

“Our only source of food is the food left at church, so this grant would allow us to provide more than just one or two bags of food per month to our clients,” he said.