Officer to donate hair to American Cancer Society

Officer Sandra Campos, from the NYPD 104th Precinct will chop off 22 inches of her hair and donate it to the American Cancer Society at a charity fundraiser in Ridgewood tomorrow.

The event will raise money for the NYPD 104th’s team for the annual Middle Village relay for life. To donate ahead of the event, visit and search Sandra on the team Wachter’s Watchmen.

And stop down at the Peter Cardella Senior Center, 6852 Fresh Pond Road, from 7-9 p.m. to watch Campos cut her hair. Music and light refreshments will be served.


DSNY issues weekend snow alert

7979273656_d23fa82803_oThe New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) wants residents to be prepared for inclement weather this weekend. DSNY issued an official snow alert for Saturday, December 17, starting at 12:01 a.m.

A snow alert indicates the potential for winter weather, and allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

According to the most recent update from the national weather service, New York City should see on average 1-2 inches of snow and ice. A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight  to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Ridgewood elementary school seeks donations for playground equipment

The vacant space in the school yard that the PTA is looking to transform.
The vacant space in the school yard that the PTA is looking to transform.

Ridgewood’s PS 290Q A.C.E. Academy for Scholars, located at 55-20 Metropolitan Ave., is looking for donations to help purchase an Imagination Playground starter kit.

The GoFundMe, started by Katarzyna Okula, the PTA president at PS 290Q, is looking to raise $6,000 for the play set. At press time they’ve raised $1,095.

“Our school building was constructed in 2014 but the planners only built a small playground structure behind the school which is suited for use by our 4 year old scholars,” Okula said. “Our large front yard is asphalt and empty.”

Imagination Playground is an innovative project that uses blocks to transform empty spaces into play spaces. Kids can make imaginary places like houses, cities and then use their imagination to enjoy the space they created.

“We are asking community members, like you, for a charitable donation in order to purchase a basic starter set for our scholars,”Okula added. “Because this equipment is portable, we are also intending to use it indoors during the winter months as well.”

Ridgewood Market hosting two holiday bazaars this month

(Artwork by Rachel Dove)
(Artwork by Rachel Dove)

The Ridgewood Market is holding their final two events until March, in the next two weekends. As always, the free event will feature, local food and vendors, just in time for Christmas shopping. Both markets will be at Ridgewood’s Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood. The events are:

• Sunday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, December 17, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, visit the events on Facebook. 

GRYC cuts ribbon on new Ridgewood community center

(Photo courtesy NYPD 104th Precinct)
(Photo courtesy NYPD 104th Precinct)

The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council has a new home at 776 Fairview Avenue in Ridgewood.

Last week, officials cut the ribbon on the Serphin R. Maltese Community Center, which be operated by the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council.

“For over 30 years, Bob Monahan and the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council have been a great community asset providing much needed services like Pre-K, after school programs and summer youth employment to many parents, students and residents in Ridgewood,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “This additional building will allow the youth council to do even more by providing them the necessary space to offer additional services and programs for our community.”