CB5 to meet tomorrow night at Christ the King HS

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

On the agenda this week is a presentation by Wyckoff Heights Medical Center executives. That will be followed by a presentation regarding the Math Smart Program at LaGuardia Community College.

Following the presentations will be the public forum, committee reports, and nominations for Executive Committee Positions.

The Parks Services Committee will give a recommendation regarding plans for construction of a Myrtle Avenue entrance to Forest Park as well.

For more information, or to register to speak in advance, call the CB5 office at 718-366-1834.

Events in Middle Village for Thursday, April 25


There will be LOTS of activities around Middle Village on Thursday, April 25.

Juniper Park Civic Association Town Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of Hope Auditorium, 71st Street & Eliot Avenue, Middle Village

Spring Recess: Softball Day! From 12 to 3 p.m.
Participants will be able to learn the fundamentals of softball such as hitting, fielding and pitching.
Location: Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street entrance, Middle Village

Kids Week: Ranger Games From 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games. Geared for ages 12 & under, but all are welcome! Location: Juniper Valley Park, 78th St & Juniper Blvd South entrance, Middle Village

If you know of any upcoming events and would like to spread the word, let us know in the comments!

Apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

From April 29 to May 31, Borough President Melinda Katz, along with Queens Public Library and Queens College, are accepting applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate.

What does the position do, you ask? According to Brough Hall, the poet laureate, an unpaid role, is “charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.”

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate should be a “talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.”

Applications for the position will be available here starting April 29. The deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31.

To apply, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages of your poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why you want to be the next Queens Poet Laureate.

Applicants must also submit a one or two page resume focused on poetry-related work, along with public readings, grants, fellowships or awards.

Once selected, the poet laureate will serve for a three-year term.

Here are the past Queens Poet Laureates: Maria Lisella (2015-2018), Paolo Javier (2010-2014), Julio Marzan (2007-2010), Ishle Yi Park (2004-2007), Hal Sirowitz (2001-2004) and Stephen Stepanchev (1997-2001).

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier

Attend Easter Festival at Juniper Valley Park


Before gathering around the table for a lovely family meal, celebrate Easter at Juniper Valley Park. Join NYC Parks, Council Member Donovan Richards and Council Member Robert Holden for the 2019 Easter Festival!

Enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn, music, and a nature educator.

This event is free and features an egg hunt, complete with giveaways.

Enter at Juniper Valley Park on 80th St. and Juniper Blvd. North. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BP makes 2019-2021 appointments to CB5

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Community board members are appointed for two-year terms by either the borough president or the council member for the district.

Earlier this month, Borough President Melinda Katz announced her appointments to all 14 Queens community boards.

Here are the BP’s appointments for the 2019-2021 term for Community Board 5, which serves Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood:

  • Vincent Arcuri Jr.
  • Walter Clayton
  • Brian Dooley
  • Jerome Drake
  • Sarah Feldman
  • Steven Fiedler
  • Mohan Gyawali-Chhetri
  • Paul Kerzner
  • Maryann Lattanzio
  • Edward Lettau
  • Mike Liendo
  • Patricia Maltezos
  • Katherine Masi
  • Donald Robert Passantino
  • Kenneth Rehberger
  • Theodore Renz
  • Lee Rottenberg
  • Walter Sanchez
  • Carmen Santana
  • Connie Santos
  • Catherine Sumsky
  • Meghan Tadio
  • Gyanal Thapa
  • Barbara Toscano
  • Patrick Trinchese
  • Michaeline Von Drathen
  • Crystal Wolfe
  • Maryanna Zero
  • Nan Zhang

The next CB5 meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.