Ridgewood hosts candlelight vigil for homeless man

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Last Friday, the Ridgewood community hosted a candlelight vigil for Arkadiusz Jasinski, a homeless man found dead the previous week.

The vigil was held at Forest Avenue and Putnam Avenue, where Arek frequently slept.

Remember last week that a snowstorm hit New York City, along with freezing temperatures.

The event was organized by All Saints Church, a parish in the American Old Catholic tradition based in Ridgewood.

Push to fully renovate Starr Playground

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At the local community board meeting last week, Councilman Antonio Reynoso told the board that he’s still looking for another $2.5 million to fully renovate the entire Starr Playground in Ridgewood.

Initially, $2.5 million was allocated to reconstruct the multi-purpose play area and handball courts.

But Reynoso said residents “wanted more.”

The councilman said he will meet with Borough President Melinda Katz soon to “get it done.”

Evil Twin Brewing is opening a site in Ridgewood

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A brewery based in Denmark is opening a new location in Ridgewood.

Evil Twin Brewery is set to build a greenhouse and a speakeasy taproom, with an on-premise liquor license, by early 2019.

The brewery will be at 1616 George Street.

“We are excited to join & contribute to the Ridgewood community,” reads a flier for the brewery.

For updates, email Fernelly Sarria Jr., event coordinator, at fernelly@eviltwin.dk or Corey Gargiulo, general manager, at corey@eviltwin.dk.

Miller to host small business town hall

Assemblyman Mike Miller is hosting a small business town hall on Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Older Adult Center (58-14 70th Avenue).

Miller says that too many small biz in his district are having problems like store vacancies on commercial strips and fines.

City agencies like Small Business Services, Department of Buildings, Consumer Affairs, the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and the Office of Administrative Trial and Hearings will be in attendance.

“It is important to connect businesses with city agencies and act as a liaison,” Miller says.

Ridgewood market provides food for chef demos

Greenmarket Bites kicks off at the Grow NYC Youth Market this Saturday, November 3.

In the series, local chefs prepare dishes using the seasonal bounty from the Ridgewood Youth Market, which is located at Catalpa Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.

Chef Hugue Dufour of M. Wells will lead a cooking demonstration on Saturday at the Grow NYC Youth Market, which is located at Center Boulevard at 46th Avenue. The demonstration will run from 10 a.m. to noon.