Borough president now accepting applications to join community board

Here’s your chance to get involved with your local community.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is now accepting applications from community-minded people to serve on their local community board. Ridgewood is represented by Community Board 5.

Community boards play an advisory role, contributing to land use and zoning decisions, city budget priorities and public hearings on a variety of local neighborhood issues.

Each board meets a full meeting monthly, and members also participate in individual committees, which host regular meetings.

“Government works better when we have active and engaged members from whom to draw expansive knowledge and extensive life experiences,” Katz said. “Serving on a community board is a significant commitment, demanding in both time and energy.”

“Civic-minded residents interested in playing a larger role in the governance of the city, helping to ensure the delivery of municipal services and serving Queens families and neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.”

The community board membership application is available online at

The application deadline for new and current community board members is January 12, 2018.

The two-year term of service begins on April 1, 2018.

Mafera Park’s hockey rink due for upgrades

Some good news for those clamoring for improvements to the hockey rink at Mafera Park.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced that the site has been included in a multi-site contract to improve hockey rinks throughout the borough.

Construction is expected to start this spring, according to the Park Department.

Crowley funded $500,000 for the renovations, and the de Blasio administration put in another $500,000.

“Kids, parents, players and more have expressed a great need for these rinks to be fixed up. They are used everyday, throughout every season,” she said. “Securing this renovation means that countless people can continue to safely enjoy this space year-round.”