Meng calls for increase vaccines in her district

Ridgewood Congresswoman Grace Meng is still calling for more COVID-19 vaccination sites in her district, which spans west, central and northeast Queens.

New York State hosted a two-day pop-up vaccination site in Bayside earlier this month, which she called a “good first step.” But Meng said she wants more and permanent locations for her constituents.

“There are many venues here in the sixth congressional district that can accommodate additional sites, and I am continuing to work with the governor and mayor to push for more vaccination spots,” she said.

Not only was Meng’s district the epicenter of the pandemic at the outset, but her district is also home to one of the city’s largest senior populations.

Many seniors live in transportation deserts and cannot travel via public transportation or find other methods of transit vaccination sites that are far away.

Meng’s district ranges from Bayside, Flushing and Forest Hills to Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood.

Ardila receives endorsement from Ridgewood councilman

Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents a sliver of Ridgewood, is backing an insurgent candidate for City Council.

Reynoso is endorsing Juan Ardila, who is challenging incumbent Bob Holden in District 30, which represents Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and the other part of Ridgewood.

“I am proud to endorse Juan’s candidacy and look forward to fighting with him to make sure no one in the community is left behind,” Reynoso said.

Ardila’s endorsements include elected officials like State Senators Michael Gianaris and Jessica Ramos and Councilman Brad Lander. He’s also backed by the NY Working Families Party, SEIU 1199, Make the Road Action, CVH Power, Churches United for Fair Housing, QUIP and Run for Something.

Support adding bike racks at the Ridgewood Reservoir

With the city aiming to install 10,000 new bike racks by 2022, NYC H2O is asking for support to add bike racks at the Ridgewood Reservoir.

Here’s how to support their cause:

  1. Click this link to the DOT website.
  2. Type of Street Furniture is: CityRacks
  3. Furniture issue is: New Install
  4. What kind of place: Street or sidewalk
  5. Fill in the borough: Queens
  6. The address is: 58-2 Vermont Place, Glendale, Queens

Adding bike racks at the Ridgewood Reservoir would promote cycling and encourage another healthier way to get to the reservoir other than cars.

IS 93 teacher wins grant from State Farm

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Frankie Dascola, a teacher at IS 93 in Ridgewood, is one of 40 New York teachers who were selected to win the State Farm Teacher Assist grant.

Dascola plans to use the grant funding to support diversity initiatives in the school, such as Drag Queen Story House, where drag queens read stories to students.

The Ridgewood school will also offer a bilingual event for parents and students. The school’s Social Emotional Learning through Music program will purchase drum sticks to promote the initative.

The Social Justice Club will also invite guests to educate students on a variety of issues.

Watch the Community Board 5 virtual meeting on February 10

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Community Board 5 is hosting its monthly meeting virtually on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.

You can watch the livestream of the meeting on YouTube here.

The first item on the agenda is a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Budget as it relates to Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.

After the public forum, the chairperson and district manager will give their reports.

The board is expected to vote on street festival applications proposed for 2021.

Wrapping up the meeting will be committee reports.

Emergency food pop-up courtesy of Hungry Monk Rescue Truck

Queens Borough Hall is hosting an emergency food pop-up on Thursday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Thanks to the Ridgewood-based Hungry Monk Rescue Truck, Borough Hall will distribute 1,300 boxes of emergency food, no questions asked.

The pop-up food distribution was originally rescheduled due to the winter storm.

To get to Borough Hall, take the E or F train to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike, or the Q10, Q37, Q46 and Q60 buses.

United Federation of Teachers back Holden’s re-election bid

Councilman Bob Holden’s re-election bid got a big boost from the city’s teachers union.

The United Federation of Teachers endorsed Holden, who is being challenged by Juan Ardila to represent District 30 (Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood).

“He is a staunch advocate for children and has earned our endorsement because of his commitment to public education,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

Holden said in his second term, he will continue providing funding for education and work with the UFT to ensure schools can succeed.

Apply to join the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board

Borough President Donovan Richards is now accepting applications to serve on the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board.

QSWAB is tasked with advising the borough president on issues such as waste, recycling, resiliency and environmental equity.

Find the QSWAB application online at The application deadline is February 26.

QSWAB will meet monthly. The group must consist of no fewer than 20 members chosen by the borough president. Members will represent community boards, recycling and carting industries, environmental organizations, property owners, labor, tenant groups and members of the public.

Each appointed term lasts two years and members are eligible for reappointment at the end of the term.

“We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring environmental justice for all Queens communities,” Richards said, “especially for our long-underserved neighborhoods and those areas most endangered by the perils of climate change.”

CB5 discusses homeless encampment at Myrtle/Fresh Pond

A new homeless encampment under the trestle along Myrtle Avenue near Fresh Pond Road was the topic of discussion at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting.

According to board members, the encampment has made several bus riders afraid to wait for the bus at that location.

Workers from the nonprofit organization Breaking Ground have asked them to seek shelter, especially in the cold, board members said, but the homeless there have so far refused.

CB5’s district manager said it’s a legal issue, as the city’s Department of Homeless Services cannot remove the homeless from the streets unless they willing move themselves.

Read more about the issue in this week’s Queens Ledger.