Add your ideas to improve Evergreen Park

The Parks Department is hosting a community input meeting later this afternoon to improve Evergreen Park in Ridgewood.

The virtual event will be held in partnership with Councilman Bob Holden.

The agency received funding for a capital project to reconstruct the asphalt multi-use play area.

This is your chance to add your two cents on what that area should look like!

To register for the meeting, click the link here.

Walking tour of Ridgewood Reservoir next weekend

Here’s another opportunity to take a walking tour of the Ridgewood Reservoir!

On Saturday, November 21, at both 11 and 11:30 a.m., David Chuchuca, assistant director of NYC H2O, will lead the tour of the natural resource bordering Queens and Brooklyn.

Due to popular demand, NYC H2O is offering two time slots.

The tour will cover the reservoir’s history, ecology, water and more!

Register here!

New partners to join 10th Virtual Jobs Recruitment Fair

The 10th Virtual Jobs Recruitment Fair is set to take place tomorrow, October 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity for job seekers in Queens to connect with available employment opportunities.

Here is the full list of partnering employers:

  • CAMBA, Inc.
  • The Child Center of New York
  • Commonpoint Queens
  • Council for Airport Opportunity
  • FDNY
  • Metro One Loss Prevention
  • MetroPlus Health Plan
  • New York City Children’s Center
  • New York Life
  • Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)
  • Queens Centers for Progress
  • United States Census Bureau
  • WATCH GUARD 24/7
  • Workforce1

The Jobs Recruitment Fair will be livestreamed here.

“Our economic recovery and rebuild rely on connecting Queens residents with employers looking to hire now for a vast array of available positions in key sectors,” Lee said.

Ridgewood teen awarded citation for community work

Earlier this month, State Senator Joseph Addabbo presented Jamie Longo, a teen from Ridgewood, with a Senate Citation for her work in packing and distributing feminine hygiene products to residents in Far Rockaway.

“I was honored to present Jamie with a Senate Citation because she deserves to be recognized for her dedication to making the world a better place,” Addabbo said.

“She has shown her selflessness and consideration for others over and over again, and this distribution was no different.”

Addabbo added that if the world had more people like Jamie, and her brother Jacob, pictured below, “we would be a lot better off as a society.”

Go on a walking tour of the Ridgewood Reservoir

This is an incredible opportunity to explore the natural oasis that is the Ridgewood Reservoir!

Join David Chuchuca, assistant director of NYC H2O, to explore the ecological space in Highland Park that was once a high quality water supply, built for the city of Brooklyn in 1859.

During the walk, participants will learn about the history, ecology and water of the reservior.

Attendees should wear comfortable shoes to walk in and water to hydrate.

Register here.

Next Queens virtual jobs recruitment fair set for October 7

The next installment of the virtual Queens jobs recruitment fair will take place on Wednesday, October 7, the Queens borough president’s office announced.

More than a dozen employers and recruiters will participate, including The Child Center of New York, the Council of Airport Opportunity, MetroPlus Health Plan, the New York City Children’s Center, New York Life, Services for the Autism Community, Queens Centers for Progress, the U.S. Census Bureau, Workforce1 and the Young Adult Institute.

This month, the FDNY will be the newest organization joining the fair.

The online event will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP by Tuesday, October 6 to be on the Zoom call.

The jobs recruitment fair will also be livestreamed on this link.

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.”