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.”

Spend your weekend at the Ridgewood Reservoir

Join NYC H2O for an upcoming weekend of events at the Ridgewood Reservoir.

On Saturday, September 5th at 3 p.m., NYC H2O and artist Colleen Tighe will host a virtual afternoon sketching session. The focus will be on the natural oasis.

The session is open to everyone aged 13 and over. Participants will need pencils, paper, colored pencils, pen and/or watercolor.

The class will take place over Zoom. Register here.

The following day, NYC H2O and the Parks Department will remove invasive plants from the path around the Ridgewood Reservoir.

For this project, volunteers will pull invasive weeds and plant native flowers on the causeway between Basins 2 and 3.

Meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place on the Brooklyn side. Due to COVID-19 precautions, only 25 socially-distanced volunteers are permitted to work at a time.

Register for the event here.

Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair set for August 26

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee is hosting the borough’s seventh jobs recruitment fair on August 26.

The virtual event will connect job seekers to available employment opportunities.

Employers who will participate include:

  • The Child Center of New York
  • Constructive Partnerships Unlimited
  • The Council for Airport Opportunity
  • LIFE Camp Inc.
  • Mercy Home
  • Metro One Loss Prevention
  • MetroPlus Health Plan
  • New York Life
  • Quality Services for the Autism Community
  • Queens Centers for Progress
  • The United States Census Bureau
  • WATCH GUARD 24/7
  • The Young Adult Institute

The event will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Livestream the virtual jobs fair here.

Leasing has launched at The Strand

Credit: Aufgang Architects. The Meshberg Group

Camber Property Group and Valyrian Capital have begun leasing for The Strand, a new mixed-use development near the Ridgewood/East Williamsburg border with 132 units.

Leasing for the rental property, located at 178 Woodward Avenue, is being handled by Corcoran New Development.

The Strand features a variety of residences, including 33 studios, 71 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms/ two-baths, and three three-bedroom/two-bath apartments.

The pricing starts at $2,050 a month for a studio and up to $3,985 for a three-bedroom.

The amenities are plentiful at The Strand, including two landscaped rooftop decks, a co-working lounge, fitness center, a media and gaming lounge, an inner courtyard, on-site parking for cars and bikes, and Stainless Steel appliances.

In terms of location, The Strand is located three blocks from the Jefferson Avenue L train stop, as well as the B38, B57 and Q53 buses.

Citi Bikes are also available throughout the neighborhood.

Corcoran is providing perspective residents with face masks, hand sanitizing stations and an in-person or virtual experience from first viewing through lease signing.

Nolan notches win in Democratic primary

Nolan, right, has likely secured another term in Albany.

Longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan has secured the Democratic nomination for re-election in the 37th Assembly District.

In a district overwhelmingly dominated by Democrats, her victory all but ensures she will go back to Albany for two more years.

In a statement following the absentee ballot count, Nolan said she won by a margin of over 1,500 votes.

She was challenged by two first-time candidates, Mary Jobaida and Danielle Brecker. After primary night, Nolan got 52 percent of the vote, while Jobaida got 33 percent and Brecker received 14.5 percent.

“Voters know that I have been successful in passing significant legislation for the families of our district,” she said. “There is a need in Albany for the voices of older women and mothers, and our district recognized my experience in serving our communities.

The 37th Assembly District includes parts of Ridgewood, where Nolan has lived for many years.

Register now to volunteer landscape at the Ridgewood Reservoir

Calling all environmental stewards!

Volunteer with the Parks Department and NYC H2O on Sunday, August 2 as they remove invasive plants from the path around the Ridgewood Reservoir.

You know the deal: the reservoir is home to 175 species of plants, but many are invasive and need to be pulled.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the project will only have 25 socially distanced volunteers working at a time.

Sign up for the volunteering here.

Volunteers will meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place across the street from the reservoir.

Vincent Maltese, neighborhood activist, dies at 86

Vincent Maltese, second from the left, at an event at Christ the King in 2013.

Vincent Charles Maltese, a neighborhood activist who was a prominent member of the Conservative Party and the brother of former Republican State Senate Serf Maltese, died on Sunday. He was 86 years old.

Born on the Lower East Side in June 1934, Maltese was accepted to Stuyvesant High School, and later completed his high school education at Seward Park High School.

Maltese worked as a self-taught car mechanic, a salesman and a truck driver before working as a sales agent for Prudential Insurance for 14 years.

He then entered a career in law enforcement. At the age of 38, Maltese took the test to become a court officer, and passed with a 99. He was quickly promoted from captain to lieutenant, and eventually to sergeant.

While working, Maltese continued his college education at Adelphi, Hofstra and St. John’s University.

Maltese ran for president of the Queens chapter of Parents & Taxpayers and won. He was elected district leader of the Conservative Party, which he helped co-found in 1962.

The LES native served on the Ridgewood Community Board of Directors, which operated the Peter Cardella Senior Center. He was a member of the Italian Charities of America, serving as vice president for 30 years.

He was also on the board of the Italo-American Federal Credit Union, and a member of First Avenue Boys, the Scafidi Belmonte Mezzagno Benevolent Society, and the Bella Italia Mia.

Maltese was notably a founding member of the Triangle Fire Memorial Association and served as chairman of the board. He lost a grandmother and two aunts to the 1911 fire.

Mass cards and notes of condolences may be sent to his family address at 199-05 33rd Avenue Bayside, NY 11358.