Next CEC 24 meeting will be at PS 77

UPDATE: At tonight’s meeting, Superintendent Madelene Chan will be honoring the 104th Precinct and a good Samaritan with plaques for their efforts.

Comptroller Scott Stringer may also stop by, the Ridgewood Blog has learned.

The next meeting of Community Education Council 24 will be at PS 77, located at 976 Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15, starting at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Sarah Evans, senior director of the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support in the Special Education Department.

You’ll also hear a report from District 24 Superintendent Madelene Chan.

The meeting is open to the public.

Ridgewood Reservoir designated a Class I Freshwater Wetland

The Ridgewood Reservoir got a new year’s present: additional environmental protections.

Before the calendar flipped to 2019, the state Department of Environmental Conservation designed the reservoir as a Class I freshwater wetland, according to NYC H2O.

That designation means all three basins of the reservoir bordering Brooklyn and Queens will be “permanently protected as a natural area.”

According to NYC H2O, wetlands are some of the most productive natural ecosystems. They’re protected by the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, and New York’s Freshwater Protection Act of 1975.

The state DEC designates Class 1 protections to a waterbody only when threatened and endangered species have been observed on site.

NYC H2O says the following are listed as threatened/endangered:

• Late flowering boneset (Eupatorium serotinum)
• Fringes boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium var laciniatum)
• Globe-fruited ludwigia (Ludwigia sphaerocarpa)
• Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
• Pied-Billed Grebe (podilymbus podiceps).

Reminder: M train won’t run this weekend

Remember that this weekend, the M train will not run at Myrtle/Wyckoff, Seneca Avenue, Forest Avenue and Fresh Pond Road.

The New York City Transit’s Track Construction Division has scheduled the renewal of mainline track on the Myrtle Avenue line between Myrtle/Wyckoff and Metropolitan Ave.

The weekend closure will last until Monday, December 24.

From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, the MTA will be doing preparatory work. The track replacement phase begins at 10 p.m. Friday, working continuously until 5 a.m. on Monday morning.

NYCT will stage a mobile crane adjacent to the track structure to hoist and lower track panels and materials. The crane will be located at 65th Place, between 68th Avenue and the dead end, shown above.

Flagging and traffic devices will be used for public safety, and parking will be restricted at the street crane location.

Here’s a note from NYCT:

We ask neighbors to refrain from parking their vehicles towards the end of the dead end where the crew will be working. Parking will be restricted only on the side of Mafera Playground, but our crews will allow residents to continue to park on the residential portion of the street.

Ridgewood House of the Week 12/15/18

The Ridgewood House of the Week is a beautiful  English Tudor townhouse in a prime area of Ridgewood.

The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large gated backyard that is great for entertaining.

The home is located on a quiet, dead-end block right off of Cypress Ave. and is an 8-min. walk to the L train as well as a 12-min. walk to the M train.

The property is listed by Capri Jet Realty for $840,000.

Ban on single-use styrofoam containers begins Jan. 1

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

As the new year approaches, we want to remind businesses that the city ban on single-use styrofoam containers starts on January 1.

Specifically, Local Law 142 states that “food service establishments, stores, mobile food commissaries and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single-service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service articles or loose fill packaging.”

The law was passed because styrofoam poses an environmental threat. It cannot be recycled or broken down in landfills. Furthermore, styrofoam can break down into smaller pieces that contaminate organic waste, making it unusable for composting or reuse.

Businesses have a six-month grace period start January 1, 2019.

The first violation after the grace period will be a $250 fine. The second violation within 12 months is $500. A third, and subsequent violation within 12 months, is $1,000.

Small business town hall was a success

Last week, Assemblyman Mike Miller hosted a town hall on small businesses at the Ridgewood Older Adult Center.

Small business owners had the opportunity to learn how city agencies can assist them on a one-on-one basis.

City agencies include Department of Buildings, Department of Consumer Affairs, Small Business Services and Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings attended the meeting.

“It’s important to provide town hall meetings like the one I hosted to make sure businesses get the support they deserve,” Miller says, “and establish relationships with agencies that can help resolve any ongoing issues.”

Ridgewood hosts candlelight vigil for homeless man

Photo courtesy/104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol Facebook

Last Friday, the Ridgewood community hosted a candlelight vigil for Arkadiusz Jasinski, a homeless man found dead the previous week.

The vigil was held at Forest Avenue and Putnam Avenue, where Arek frequently slept.

Remember last week that a snowstorm hit New York City, along with freezing temperatures.

The event was organized by All Saints Church, a parish in the American Old Catholic tradition based in Ridgewood.

Push to fully renovate Starr Playground

Screen shot via Google Maps

At the local community board meeting last week, Councilman Antonio Reynoso told the board that he’s still looking for another $2.5 million to fully renovate the entire Starr Playground in Ridgewood.

Initially, $2.5 million was allocated to reconstruct the multi-purpose play area and handball courts.

But Reynoso said residents “wanted more.”

The councilman said he will meet with Borough President Melinda Katz soon to “get it done.”