Pol says she’s working to get mail service back

Congresswoman Grace Meng

Congresswoman Grace Meng announced on Tuesday that she is working with the U.S. Postal Service to get mail delivery service restarted in central Queens, including Ridgwood.

For nearly a week, residents have not received their mail because an employee at the Ridgewood Post Office tested positive for novel coronavirus.

“Officials are working on a solution,” Meng says. “As mail service resumes, they will prioritize the delivery of important pieces of mail that constituents need, and for which they have been patiently waiting.

‘Women of Distinction’ honored by Miller

On Monday, Assemblyman Michael Miller honored six notable women leaders in honor of Women’s History Month.

“There are women who make an impact every day through volunteerism, engage with our youth, crating foundations and serving our community,” he said.

The following people were recipients of the New York State Assembly Women of Distinction Awards:

  • Arvelyn Batista, co-founder of AAMUS
  • Deokie Jagdeo, vice president of Beacon of Peace
  • Amelia Joseph, parent coordinator for PS 97 The Forest Park School
  • Natilia Sasha Khan, director of public relations for Beacon of Peace
  • Janine Mahon, chief operating officer of education for Greater Ridgewood Youth Council and president-elect of Kiwanis Club of Ridgewood
  • Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan

Stewardship event for Ridgewood Reservoir on March 8

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NYC H2O and the Parks Department are hosting yet another stewardship event for the Ridgewood Reservoir.

The event will take place on Sunday, March 8 at 10 a.m. They will meet at 58-2 Vermont Place in Glendale, which is the parking lot across the street from the reservoir.

Volunteers will remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir. The invasive plants include bittersweet and mugwort.

This action will open up the sitelines and make them more inviting and safer, NYC H2O says.

To RSVP for the volunteer event, click here.

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to speak at CB5

Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School’s cafeteria.

The meeting will begin with a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 preliminary budget for the city.

That will be followed by a presentation from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s pediatrics and adolescent health department.

As usual, there will be a public forum, where anyone who signs up can speak before the board. Public forum speakers must pre-register by calling the office at 718-366-1834 or email qn05@cb.nyc.gov.

You’ll also hear from the chairperson, Vincent Arcuri Jr., as well as the district manager, Gary Giordano, when they present their monthly reports.

To conclude, the following CB5 committees will also report back: Parks Services, Public Safety Services, Transportation and Public Transit Services, and the Executive Committee on street festivals.

First MTA bus redesign workshop is in Ridgewood

The MTA is redesigning the entire bus network in Queens, and they want the public to chime in on the changes.

Specifically, the redesign will result in fewer turns, fewer bus miles and better, more direct connections to subways.

There will be longer distances between stops and straighter paths for each route.

In Ridgewood, bus lines will run along Flushing Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Forest Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road.

To get a better sense of how your current bus line is changing (such as the Q58), check out the MTA’s route profiles here.

As part of their effort to solicit feedback from the public, the MTA is hosting a series of public workshops with tabletop maps for attendees to pinpoint their routes.

The first workshop will take place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, located at 59-03 Summerfield Street.

All local routes will be reviewed, including those connecting and spanning Ridgewood.

If you’re a regular bus rider and your commute will be changed by the redesign, be sure to attend to give your feedback on the routes.

Holden to speak at CEC 24 meeting tomorrow

Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is hosting its monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at PS 58 in Maspeth.

The guest speaker, and honoree, will be Councilman Bob Holden.

Here’s what the CEC has to say about honoring Holden:

Councilman Holden has done a great deal for our communities and schools in the short time that he has been Councilman.  Prior to that, Mr. Holden has decades of experience working with the community and city in other roles. We invite you to join us on Tuesday as we thank Council Member Robert Holden for his tireless efforts in District 24 and we have asked him to share his experience in working with our District.  

Originally, CEC 24 was supposed to host Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza for a town hall. But Carranza had to cancel the event due to the recent passing of a DOE official.

Activists who oppose the proposed Glendale homeless shelter had planned to protest the chancellor’s appearance, but that may be up in the air now that Carranza is not coming to the meeting.

It’ll be an interesting event, one that you don’t want to miss tomorrow!

Assemblyman Miller hosts resource fair in Ridgewood

Last week, Assemblyman Mike Miller teamed up with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit for a resource fair at PS 239.

City agencies that sent representatives to the event included Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Sanitation (DSNY), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Fire Department (FDNY).

Other groups that attended included the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, the Myrtle Avenue BID, Democracy NYC, Queens Public Library and the Friends of Ridgewood Library.

“I find it very important for my constituents to have access to agencies and I will always do my best to connect constituents to city and state agencies and ensure they are getting the assistance they need,” Miller says.

Community Board 5 meeting set for December 11

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

The board hear updates from the chairperson, district manager, local elected officials and various CB5 committees.

There will be a holiday get together (with food!) after the meeting.

As a reminder, CB5 is collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) in low-income families who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s Food Assistance Program (WIC), located at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

The board asks donations to indicate boy or girl and the age range on the gift wrap.

CEC 24 to host Chancellor Carranza at town hall

Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 is hosting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall will take place in the auditorium at PS 58 School of Heroes, located at 72-24 Grand Avenue in Maspeth.

Parents are encouraged to attend, as the chancellor will address issues and concerns regarding local schools and students.

District 24 includes the following neighborhoods: Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Maspeth and Middle Village.

One of the most persistent problems facing the district is severe overcrowding, despite the construction of new additions to school buildings.

Another topic sure to dominate the discussion will be the proposal to eliminate Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs, as well as reforming the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools.

Last year, when DOE officials presented at the mayor’s plan to reform admissions to the elite high schools at a CEC 24 meeting, parents booed and chanted “keep the test.

Carranza, in particular, has been the target of a flurry of criticism from many parents over his push to desegregate public schools.

The town hall will provide a venue for parents, officials and others to voice their concerns directly to DOE leadership.

On-site translation service will be available at the town hall.

Help with landscaping at the Ridgewood Reservoir

On Sunday, November 17 at 10 a.m., join NYC H2O and the Parks Department to help remove invasive plants from the path around the Ridgewood Reservoir.

The reservoir is home to 175 species of plants, but many are invasive.

This project will focus on removing mugwort on the causeway between basins 2 and 3.

They will meet in the parking lot on Vermont Place across the street from the reservoir on the Brooklyn side.