Off-duty police officer shot in Middle Village


An off-duty police officer was shot at a house across the street from Villa Erasmo this afternoon, according to reports.

The unnamed officer, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

The house was on 69th Lane near Juniper Boulevard.

Officers from the 104th Precinct were at the scene. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m.

According to residents posting in a private Facebook group, nearby PS/IS 128 was put on lockdown.

More information to come.

Addabbo collects food, supplies for furloughed federal workers

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With the partial federal government shutdown entering its fifth week, State Senator Joe Addabbo is teaming up with localĀ institutions to help out the 800,000 furloughed employees who are working without pay.

Starting this week, Addabbo’s district offices in Howard Beach (159-53 102nd Street) and Middle Village (66-85 73rd Place) are collecting food and toiletries for the workers.

Queens County Savings Bank locates at 156-02 Crossbay Boulevard and 156-32 Crossbay Boulevard also are taking supplies.

The drive will collect items like canned goods, pastas, cereals, soaps, detergents, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and more.

The supplies will be distributed to Our Lady of Grace Church (100-05 159th Avenue) in Howard Beach and Sacred Heart food pantry (83-17 78th Avenue) in Glendale. These sites will also be drop-off locations.

To collect the supplies at the drop-off locations, federal works will need to display their federal IDs.

For more information, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

Middle Village House of the Week 1/19/19

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The Middle Village House of the Week is a beautiful 35×38-square-foot home sitting on a 55×90-square-foot lot.

The home was built in 1945 but was renovated in 2007. There are six bedrooms and three full bathrooms as well as plenty of closet space, hardwood floors, a beautiful den, and a finished basement with a gas fireplace. There’s also a private driveway, garage and an above ground pool.

The property is listed by Eliot Hill Realty for $1,638,000.

Here’s your chance to serve on Community Board 5

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Here’s your chance to get involved with the most local level of New York City government.

Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to serve on their local community boards.

CBs play an important advisory role on land use and zoning, safety, parks, libraries and other neighborhood concerns.

The membership application is available onlineĀ here.

The deadline for applications to be completed, signed and notarized is Friday, February 8.

An appointed two-year term of service begins on April 1. Each member serves a two-year term.

In 2018, New York City passed a proposition to create term limits for community boards. Read about the proposalĀ here.

Upcoming CB5, CEC 24 committee meetings this week


Here are some upcoming meetings in Middle Village to have on your calendar.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Community Education Council (CEC) 24’s Construction and Maintenance Committee are meeting at PS/IS 128, located at 69-10 65th Drive.

Then on Wednesday night, Community Board 5 is having its regular monthly meeting.

Like usual, this meeting will begin a 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

There’s a lot on the agenda, including a public hearing on a proposal by the NYC DOT to remove a planting area within a right-of-way. The want to replace it with a curb cut or driveway on Metropolitan.

This will be followed by a presentation on the New Express Care Facility by Elmhurst Hospital, and a presentation by Transitional Services for New York.

It’s the first CB5 meeting of 2019, so you don’t want to miss it!

Reminder: M train won’t run this weekend

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65th Place dead end.

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.