Health Department to conduct adulticide treatment on Thursday

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On Thursday, August 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, the Health Department is conducting another adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens, including Maspeth, West Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Blissville.

In case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed back to Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, August 27.

The Health Department says it will use very low concentrations of the insecticides Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard®.

The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.

People will respiratory conditions may also be affected, health officials say.

To stay safe during spraying, residents are being asked to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

And while it is unnecessary, residents can close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, health officials say residents should wash their skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water as well.

To reduce exposure to mosquitos, here are some tips courtesy of the Health Department:

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers.

Borough Hall collecting backpacks, school supplies for homeless

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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.

Queensboro Dance Festival comes to Juniper Valley Park

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The annual Queenboro Dance Festival is touring Queens parks this summer, and it’s making a stop at Juniper Valley Park on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.

There will be free performances and dance activities from diverse dance companies, featuring the cultures of India, Greece, the Philippines, Ecuador and more.

Altogether, the dance festival features 33 dance companies.

For a full schedule, visit queensborodancefestival.com.

Middle Village makes list of most expensive Queens neighborhoods

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Believe it or not, Middle Village is the tenth most expensive neighborhood in Queens, according to PropertyShark.com.

The area’s median sale price in the second quarter of 2019 was $725,000. That’s behind neighborhoods like Ditmars-Steinway and Hunters Point in western Queens and Fresh Meadows and Jamaica Estates in eastern Queens.

TriBeCa remains the most expensive neighborhood in New York City at $4.34 million, followed by Hudson Yards at $3.68 million. Little Italy snagged the third spot, and Cobble hill jumped to seventh.

You can see the full PropertyShark report here.

Check out the 2019 Juniper Valley Park Festival

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This Tuesday at 7 p.m., The Polka Brothers will perform in Middle Village as part of the 2019 Juniper Valley Park Festival.

The concert series is from NYC Parks, Councilman Bob Holden and the Juniper Valley Park Conservancy.

On July 23, Back to the Garden will celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, followed by Jerry Drake & the Front Page Band on July 30.

The series will conclude with Generations playing classic rock on August 6, which coincides with National Night Out Against Crime.

See you all at the park!