CEC 24 meeting to discuss school safety

Join local parents of the school district on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. for the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24’s monthly meeting.

They will discuss school safety and security measures, an important topic given the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The guest speaker for the night will be Maurice Lindsey, borough safety director for the Office of Safety & Youth Development.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at PS/IS 119 in Glendale.

The Ridgewood Bazaar every Sunday at The Windjammer

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Head to the Windjammer at 552 Grandview Avenue for the grand opening of The Ridgewood Bazaar!

Every Sunday from March 11th through December 9th the bazaar will feature a wide range of vendors. Each vendor will be showcasing their wares, including handmade items, vintage clothing, collectibles, food, tarot readings, records, hair and skin care products and more.

For those who would like to rent a booth, check out the event on Facebook!

That Good Good: A Benefit Show

On March 3rd, That Good Good is a night of comedy and music where you can laugh, cry, and drink, and walk away knowing that you contributed to something good. For the March edition of That Good Good, all proceeds will be going to Everytown for Gun Safety. Founded by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Everytown for Gun Safety is a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control in the United States.

Hosted by Julienne Jones, the night will feature several of your favorite local comedians including, Aparna Nancherla, Joe Pera, Natasha Vaynblat, Brett Davis, and Alyssa Stonoha to name a few.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Theda Hammel, Devon Yesberger, and Joy Elysse. Josh Roberts and Nick Marks will also be performing a jazz compilation.

These comedians will make you scream and these musicians will make you swoon. There will also be a mid-show raffle with a prize!

Head to the Footlight Bar at 456 Seneca Avenue at 8 PM for a great night out while supporting a worthy cause.

Tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission. For more ticket information click here!

Ridgewood pol wants to increase penalties for drivers without valid license

Ridgewood state senator Michael Gianaris is calling for legislation to increase penalties for drivers without valid licenses involved in traffic injuries or deaths.

His demand comes after 13-year-old Ridgewood teen Kevin Flores was fatally struck by Philip Monfoletto of Deer Park, a trucker who didn’t have a valid license. Flores was riding his bike when the incident occurred.

Under current law, most cases sought by the district attorney end in a misdemeanor. The most severe offenses will lead to a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

Gianaris’s bill would increase the penalty to a Class E felony for injuring a person, and a Class D felony if it ends in a death.

“This accident is yet another avoidable tragedy caused by a driver who should not have been behind the wheel to begin with,” Gianaris said. “Too many lives have been lost at the hands of drivers whose licenses are suspended or otherwise invalid because the punishment does not match the crime.”



Ridgewood Reservoir added to National Register of Historic Places

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.

Holden weighs in on congestion pricing

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.

2017 Cop of the Year Award Dinner

Join the 104th Precinct Community Council on January 25, 2018 at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth to celebrate the 2017 Cop of the Year.

The award goes to Police Officer Charles Sadler, a very familiar and friendly face for all residents in the 104th Precinct.

The dinner will also celebrate the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council as its community partner of the year.

To purchase tickets, email lsantoro@104pcc.org!

Cathy Nolan chimes in on Farina’s departure

With Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina’s impending retirement early next year, elected officials are starting to comment on her legacy.

As you may know, Farina ascended from a teacher, principal and superintendent to deputy chancellor under the Bloomberg administration. Mayor de Blasio asked her to come out of retirement in 2013, which she accepted.

But at 74 years old, Farina announced that she will leave the department in the coming month(s) as the city begins a search for her replacement.

Ridgewood Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, who chairs the Assembly’s Education Committee, called working with the chancellor “one of the joys of my own career in government.”

“Honestly putting the children first, building change with true and lasting foundations, is her true legacy and an inspiration for everyone that has had the privilege of working with her,” Nolan said in a statement. “She has worked to bring ‘equity and excellence’ not as political buzzwords but as a true goal.”

The jury’s still out on Farina’s legacy on New York City schools. Some publications derided her actions as maintaining the status quo, but others were more positive about her work to heal relationships with teachers.

All eyes are now focused on her potential replacements, whether the city will look outward or promote from within. Either way, the future of the city’s 1.1 million public school students are on the line.

Stay tuned.

De Blasio to host town hall with Crowley on Monday

Mondays with the mayor!

Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley are hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at PS/IS 113 in Glendale.

It’ll be your opportunity to ask the mayor a question or two. He will be there along with senior members of his administration and city agencies.

RSVP by December 17th via email to queenstownhall@cityhall.nyc.gov or by calling 212-788-4282.