New WIC center to help families in Ridgewood

A new state-of-the art facility will provide low-income and immigrant families with access to healthy foods, breastfeeding support and education around healthy parenting and pregnancies.

The facility, located at the corner of Madison Street and Myrtle Avenue, is run by Public Health Services, the state’s largest provider of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Previously, families utilizing WIC were served by a center on Onderdonk Avenue, but the approximately 1,700 clients outgrew the space.

“Unfortunately, we were not in the friendliest and most welcome site,” said Zach Hennessey, vice president of Programs and Services for Public Health Solutions. “We have created here an environment that is empowering, welcoming, spacious and bright.”

According to Hennessey, woman who participate in WIC have healthier pregnancies. Their children go on to have better diets, lower risk of childhood obesity, and regular source of medical care.

The facility will also offer mothers and their children access to health insurance enrollment and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), all co-located at the same address.

Public Health Solutions CEO Lisa David explained that in addition to helping families access healthy foods, they will also offer a full range of healthcare education on topics like childhood diabetes and when to take a kid to the dentist.

“There’s educational components to this,” she explained. “It not only helps reduce the risk of childhood obesity, it really helps coalesce the family.”

“We had a very small space before so this will allow us to truly expand the number of people we can serve,” she added.

With the Trump administration looking to cut WIC funding by $200 million, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez said the federal government needs to see the center as an investment in the longterm health of the community.

“This is what we call human capital,” she said. “The money that we invest is well spent.”

Ridgewood Social to celebrate five years with party at The Footlight

Ridgewood Social turned five last month and the popular neighborhood blog is hosting a big party to celebrate.

The event, which is being held at the Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave., will feature cake and drinks. It will take place from 7-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 2o.

The blog was started by Sarah Feldman, who says she created it as away for people to explore the neighborhood and support local businesses. Now, the blog has thousands of followers and also focuses on inclusivity, fighting against gentrification, things to do, and supporting small businesses.

Meet President John Adams (sort of) this weekend

President John Adams (as portrayed by George Baker) will be at the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House this weekend. The second president will present his views of the nation, history and family life in a humorous and inspiring speech.

The event will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. at Vander-Ende Onderdonk House,  1820 Flushing Ave.

See more information on the Facebook event. 

 

Crowley announces participatory budgeting results

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced the winners of this year’s participatory budgeting in Council District 30. The top vote getters and the amount they received are:

 • Tech improvements for District 30 Schools ($480,000) 1,627 votes;

• Glendale library computer and furniture upgrades ($40,000) 1,155 votes;

• Exercise equipment for Juniper Valley Park ($300,000) 1,056 votes;

• Bathroom renovations for P.S. 71 ($190,000) 797 votes.

“I am thrilled by the feedback we received during Participatory Budgeting and the final projects the community decided on. Our schools, libraries and parks are the lifeblood of our communities and these improvements will benefit people of all ages,” Crowley said. “Thank you to everyone who voted, volunteered and helped see this process through until the very end. Together, we can build a stronger community.”

In total, over 2,000 people voted at one of the polling sites and 326 voted online.

Nowadays to open for the season (and beyond!) next week

 

Outdoor watering hole Nowadays will open for the summer on Thursday, May 11, and with renovations on their indoor space coming soon, the bar will likely stay open beyond the warm weather.

The opening party at the space, located at 56-06 Cooper Ave., will feature the unveiling of a new menu  overseen by Henry Rich from Metta and Rucola in the food truck, as well as 24 different beers on tap.

Read more about the future of Nowadays and their indoor space.

Ridgewood community garden opens for the spring

The Ridgewood Community Garden, now located at Grover Cleveland High School – Metropolitan Avenue between Armory Court and Tonsor Street – is hosting a spring opening celebration this Sunday form 11 am.m to 2 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to be a part of the green space to learn, socialize and enjoy the outdoors. From the event’s Facebook page:

– See the subirrigated planter prepared by GCHS students. We’ll be filling the bed with soil and transplanting veggie seedlings!
– Prepare and sow patches of wildflowers and sunflowers.
– Hat and Plant sale fundraiser
– Banner hanging
– Assemble our new wheelbarrow
– Transplant border plants

Get involved, bring a friend, and come see the great progress made on transforming the space. We’ll have some tools and gloves on hand, but feel free to bring your own shovels, trowels, or gloves along… the more the merrier.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook or read about how the garden came to be in the Glendale Register. 

Tenants rights presentation in Ridgewood on Saturday

The Ridgewood Tenants Union and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A  are partnering to inform Ridgewood tenants of their rights this weekend.

The groups are hosting a presentation at noon, on the Corner of Himrod Street and Cypress Avenue, near two rent stabilized buildings that have been de-regulated. Tenants will speak about their experiences fighting to keep their apartment.

See the flier below for more details or visit the event on Facebook. 

Police: Burglar robbed man with shotgun in Ridgewood

Police are investigating a gunpoint robbery that took place in Ridgewood last month.

According to police, on March 16 at approximately 11:38 p.m., the suspect pictured to the left allegedly approached a 31-year-old man outside a home at an unidentified location in Ridgewood. The suspect reportedly displayed a shotgun and demanded the victim’s chain, but only fled with his jacket.

Another male was allegedly with the suspect but did not engage with the victim, who was unharmed.

The suspect is described as a  approximately 5’6″ tall, approximately 150 lbs., wearing a black hooded jacket and a black ski mask.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

Police looking for suspect in Radio Shack robbery

The NYPD 104th Precinct is looking for a man they believe robbed the Radio Shack in Ridgewood last month.

According to police, the suspect entered the store by breaking a glass door at around 5:35 a.m. on Saturday, February 25. Once inside, he allegedly removed an undetermined amount of merchandise and U.S. currency before fleeing to an unknown location.

The suspect – one of three involved – being sought in connection with the crime is described as a Hispanic male, medium build, last seen wearing rectangular framed glasses and a long sleeve blue hoodie with Nike insignia.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.