Increased cleaning services in Ridgewood

When you see ACE workers wearing their trademark red shirts, be sure to say hello!

Last week, Councilman Bob Holden announced that he allocated $57,000 to ACE for additional sanitation services along major commercial corridors in his district, including Fresh Pond Road, Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Flushing Avenue.

They made the announcement at the intersection of Myrtle and Fresh Pond last Wednesday.

Along with Wildcat Service Corp., ACE will be providing supplemental cleaning services seven days a week to the district, which includes Ridgewood.

Read the full story in this week’s Queens Ledger.

Queens Museum exhibit on Ridgewood Reservoir has opened

“Ridgewood Reservoir for the 21st Century,” a new exhibit by NYC H2O, has opened along with Queens Museum’s reopening on September 16.

The exhibit tells the story of how the reservoir, built in 1858 to hold the fresh water supply for the once-independent city of Brooklyn, now serves a different purpose.

The exhibit traces the reservoir’s 160-year history from construction to present.

The Ridgewood Reservoir today is a 50+ acre green oasis bordering Brooklyn and Queens. It’s a part of Highland Park, and is an ecologically diverse greenspace with a freshwater pond.

Although the exhibit was originally scheduled to run virtually from August 5th to August 16th, Queens Museum has now extended the exhibit for reopening.

Please check it out when you have the chance!

Ridgewood volunteers clean up Fresh Pond Road

Image via Councilman Holden’s office

Ridgewood volunteers joined Councilman Bob Holden earlier this month for a cleanup event along Fresh Pond Road.

More than 50 volunteers cleaned the entire corridor from Metropolitan Avenue to Myrtle Avenue.

They also helped clean Benninger Park in Ridgewood.

After the event, Holden thanked the volunteers, including the Ridgewood Wastelanders, for giving back to the community.

Ridgewood YMCA launches in-person childcare program

Ridgewood YMCA. Screen shot via Google Maps

Thanks to a generous $500,000 donation from AT&T and WarnerMedia, the YMCA of Greater New York is creating an in-person childcare program for families in the highest need.

In Queens, the program will be offered at the Ridgewood YMCA.

With public schools set to reopen on September 21, many parents who can’t work from home will have to find childcare options, many of which are not affordable.

This new program will allow the YMCA to supervise students during the day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as provide in-person, project-based learning, physical games and activities.

“The YMCA empowers tens of thousands of kids and families every year through childcare, afterschool, summer camp programs and more,” said Sharon Greenberger, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater New York.

“We have continued these services during the pandemic and are proud to help our city recover by serving families in need.”