No garbage, recycling, organics collection or street cleaning on New Year’s Day

unnamedReminder that, in observance of New Year’s Day, the City Department of Sanitation will no be collecting garbage, recycling or organics and there will be no street cleaning.

For residents with normal Friday collection: 


·         Residents should place their garbage out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Friday, January 1 for collection.

Organic Material:

·         Residents should place their organic material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Friday, January 1 for collection. 

Recycling (Paper, metal, glass and plastic)

·         Residents should place their recycling material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 7 for collection.

NYPD Blood Drive in Ridgewood Tomorrow

CXLyNfmW8AEoiZeThe NYPD 104th Precinct is hosting a blood drive at their Ridgewood station on Tuesday. From noon to 6 p.m., residents are encouraged to come to the station, located at  64-02 Catalpa Avenue, and donate blood.

All donors (between ages 16-17) must bring ID with signature or photo, weight a minimum of 110 pounds, eat well and drink fluids and have gotten no tattoos in the past 12 months.


Three Ridgewood individuals charged in major heroin bust

DEA badge C.PNGPolice arrested and charged nine individuals as part of a major heroin bust in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island that saw authorities recover tens of thousands of dollars, over a pound of narcotics and six guns. Among those arrested were Dixon Mercado, 42, and Brandon Alvarez, 20 and Kimberly Wong, 32, all of Ridgewood.

“There’s a growing heroin epidemic spreading throughout our city and country that’s destroying lives and families,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. “This is the second heroin distribution operation that we dismantled in recent months and we intend to continue to do our part to save lives by taking down anyone who deals heroin in Brooklyn.”

According to the New York State Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the suspected drug dealers conducted transactions at several exits along the Long Island Expressway.

The ringleader was identified as Mohamed Chaaibi, 27, of Glendale. The DEA alleges that he supplied the heroin and coordinated all the transactions, in Brooklyn and elsewhere, by taking calls from buyers and sending couriers to prearranged locations where sales were conducted, according to a release.

“Chaaibi used legitimate business marketing for illegitimate drug sales,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt. “By branding his cut of heroin ‘Two-Way,’ he attracted and retained customers; some who drove far distances in order to purchase his product in bulk for resale on the street.”

Mercado and Alvarez allegedly acted as runners or couriers who supplied heroin to other named defendants who then re-sold it to their own customers. Wong, according to a release, is a realtor who allegedly helped Chaaibi with proceeds of narcotic sales, assisted him in finding cheap properties for rent and kept a stash of heroin in her residence to use when his runners ran low. Marius Kaczmarczyk, 39, of Maspeth, Queens is allegedly a heroin user who would test the product for Chaaibi and report back his findings.

All nine defendants, according to the release, are variously charged in a 281-count indictment with second-degree conspiracy, second- and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-, fourth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Chaaibi is additionally charged with operating as a major trafficker.

Emergency meeting on Ridgewood housing crisis tonight

Flier courtesy Ridgewood Tenants and Neighbors Association.
Flier courtesy Ridgewood Tenants and Neighbors Association.

Local elected officials in Ridgewood are hosting a special meeting for residents impacted by the rising rents and development of the neighborhood.

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., all residents are invited to the cafeteria at PS 305, 378 Seneca Ave., to meet with lawyers, tenant organizers and city and state enforcement agencies.

The information session is sponsored by Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.

Organizations expected to attend the meeting include: Queens Legal Services, Catholic Migrations Services, Make the Road, Legal Empowerment and Assistance Program, Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation, Ridgewood Tenant Union, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Housing and Community Renewal, Office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Commission for Human Rights.

Ridgewood man admits to animal cruelty

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, meets a healthy and well-nourished Brewster. Also in the photo is Dawn Karam, the co-founder and president of Adopt A Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit charitable organization.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, meets a healthy and well-nourished Brewster. Also in the photo is Dawn Karam, the co-founder and president of Adopt A Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit charitable organization.

Anthony Estevez, 26, of Ridgewood pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty yesterday, according to Queens Country District Attorney Richard Brown. Estevez was arrested after an investigation revealed he allegedly lied about finding a starving dog – named Brewster – when he was actually the animal’s owner.

“A dog may be man’s best friend but in this case the defendant proved to be Brewster’s worst enemy,” Brown said. “When the defendant brought Brewster to the shelter, the animal was emaciated, severely malnourished and did not have the energy to walk.”

According to Brown, Brewster has since recovered and Estevez – now a convicted felon – is prohibited from owning another animal and must register with the New York City Department of Health and an animal abuser.

Esteves, reportedly told shelter workers at Animal Care and Control in Rego Park, that he found the dog laying in the park, but it was eventually determined that he was lying, after police received an inquiry about the dog from the New York Daily News. After the newspaper reached out, police opened an investigation.

When the dog was brought in, it weighted 25 pounds and it appeared emaciated and skeletal, Brown said. Based on it’s bone structure and height, the dog should have weighted approximately 60-65 pounds, according to the District Attorney’s office. Furthermore, according to ACC records, the dog did not have enough energy to walk and after the dog left there were blood stains in the kennel.



Ridgewood Holiday Market this Sunday

Photo courtesy Ridgewood Market on Facebook

The final Ridgewood Market of the season is taking place this weekend and it’s the perfect place to do some last minutes holiday shopping. The artisan market features over 40 local and independent vendors, great food and patries and of course, since it’s at Gottscheer Hall, there will be brunch with beer and alcohol.

DJ Tony, a Jackson Heights native, will be providing music all afternoon.

The market takes place at Gottscheer Hall, located at 657 Fairview Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event:

Santa’s coming to the 104th

Ssantatop by the NYPD 104th Precinct, located at 64-02 Catalpa Avenue, on Dec. 19 to meet Santa from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is open to the public and the department is invited the children of the community to come down and get their picture taken with Santa.

In addition to the presence of Mr. Claus, there will also be a petting zoo for kids, and cookies and hot chocolate to help get you in the holiday spirit.

Ridgewood property owners thank volunteers

The volunteers are pictured above wearing their safety tree count 2015 vest. Pictured (L to r) (back row) Bruce Goonan, Ed Lukan, Helen Rosalia, John Maier, Henry Cross, Maryellen Borello, (front row) Barbara Goonan, Judith Nell Foster, Charles Ober, Estrella Ocascio, Colette Slagle, Joe Segreti, Kathleen Kelly.

The Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association (RPOCA) was a sponsoring community group for the New York City Parks Department’s annual tree count this year.

Every 10 years, the city undertakes the massive project of creating a census of every single tree in all five boroughs. In Ridgewood, they received help from RPOCA. The group held training and mapping events for volunteers around Ridgewood and and by September had mapped 100% of their assigned tree blocks (843 blocks, 5,274 trees).

On Dec. 3, RPOCA thanked volunteers with a RPOCA mug.