It’s My Park Day at Grover Cleveland Playground

Here’s your chance to help take care of a favorite neighborhood spot.

On Saturday, November 16, from 9 to 11 a.m., the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse Green Team is hosting It’s My Park Day at Grover Cleveland Playground.

Help the green team rake leaves and spread compost all over the playground!

The event is free to the public. Meet at Grandview Avenue and Amory Court!

DOT to issue bus lane warnings on Fresh Pond

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Starting on Monday, October 7, the Department of Transportation will begin issuing bus lane camera warnings along the Q58 bus route on Fresh Pond Road.

After 60 days of warning, DOT will then start issuing violations to motorists who block the bus lane.

The bus lane on Fresh Pond Road, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays in the southbound direction, was completed on August 27 as part of the mayor’s Better Buses Action Plan. The lane runs from Bleecker Street to Putnam Avenue.

In addition to the Q58, the QM 24/25/34 express bus routes also use the corridor.

Despite a lawsuit by the local civic association and a group of businesses to stop the bus lane, a Queens judge recently ruled against the removal of the lane.

According to the DOT, bus lane enforcement with cameras and other bus priority treatments have improved speeds between 7 and 31 percent.

Fresh Pond Road will be the first non-Select Bus Service (SBS) route to receive camera enforcement.

A violation will cost $50, with fines increasing with additional violations over a 12-month period.

Remove invasive plants at Ridgewood Reservoir

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to help beautify the Ridgewood Reservoir, here’s your chance.

On Sunday, September 8 at 10 a.m., NYC H2O and the Parks Department are teaming up to remove invasive plants from the path around the reservoir.

They will need volunteers to help remove mugwort on the causeway between basins 2 and 3.

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

RSVP here clicking here.

CB5 to host hearing on proposed animal shelter

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City officials are proposing to build a new animal shelter at a former auto wrecking and salvage site at 151 Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood.

On Wednesday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Community Board 5 will host a public meeting about the site’s selection and the mandated toxic clean-up.

CB5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee will speak with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as staff from the Animal Care and Control Center.

The plan would establish an animal shelter for about 170 dogs and cats at the site.

According to CB5, the contaminants at the site are mostly petroleum and metals related to the uses of the site.

Five Ridgewood food pantries get a boost

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Five food pantries at Ridgewood churches received funding this past budget cycle.

Councilman Bob Holden’s office announced that 10 sites throughout his district will get a slice of the $95,595 allocation for food pantries.

Among those are The Legacy Center Community Development Corp., St. Matthias Church Food Pantry, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church, and the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck.

John Sendlein, treasurer for Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, said their pantry provides food to people in need regardless of religion.

“Our only source of food is the food left at church, so this grant would allow us to provide more than just one or two bags of food per month to our clients,” he said.

Borough Hall collecting backpacks, school supplies for homeless

As the new school year approaches, Queens Borough Hall is collecting backpacks and school supplies as part of its annual drive.

“Project: Back to School” is organized by the Coalition for the Homeless, and provides homeless children with backpacks filled with things they need for school.

Borough Hall is accepting donations from now through Wednesday, August 28 at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, on the first floor in the main lobby.

You can also donate #2 pencils, hard and soft pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, crayons (24-count boxes), colored pencils, washable markers, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, composition notebooks, binders, ruled paper, safety scissors, pocket folders and scientific calculators.

The donated items are anonymous and non tax-deductible.

Cleaning up illegal posts on Myrtle & Fresh Pond

Join Councilman Bob Holden and the Department of Sanitation on Wednesday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as they take down illegal postings in Glendale/Ridgewood.

They will be meeting at Myrtle Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, and will walk along the commercial strip to remove posters, stickers, flyers and more. 

We’re talking about illegal postings found on light poles, telephone poles, signs and other city property.

Volunteers will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the intersection.