Pol to host free prostate cancer screening

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., is hosting a free prostate cancer screening in conjunction with Integrated Medical Foundation. The screenings will take place on April 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Addabbo’s office, 66-85 73rd Place, Middle Village.

“Early detection is the only proven method of preventing prostate cancer,” Addabbo said. “That is why I am happy to provide this free service for the residents of my district.”

Appointments are necessary and space is limited. To make an appointment, call (718) 497-1630. Screenings will involve a PSA Blood Test. To be notified of exam results, please bring a single stamped self-addressed envelope. You must bring a Photo ID, such as a driver’s license, that contains an address.

Crowley passes fire legislation

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Last week, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley led the City Council to pass Intro. 1294, to require the Fire Department to collect detailed information about fatal fires and share it with the public.

“Fire fatalities are at an all-time low, but one fire-related death is still one too many. Last year, the city had 48,” Crowley said. “We have a responsibility to to all we can to save as many lives as possible through common-sense policy.”

The bill requires FDNY to collect information about the type of smoke alarms found in fatal fires, as well as information from the Medical Examiner about the cause of death.

The data will be given to the public and policymakers.

New York City law requires all residences and buildings to have one of two types of smoke alarms – ionization or photoelectric. They both detect flames, but the photoelectric technology has been proven to more quickly detect smoke, Crowley said.

The majority of fire-related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation.

The city only knows if a smoke alarm was present at a fatal fire, not what type of alarm it was.

“It’s so important that we have comprehensive information about fire that injure New Yorkers,” Crowley said. “Through this legislation, we can see how certain deaths correlate with the use of a certain type of smoke alarm, and make the changes needed to save more lives.”

City issues hazardous travel advisory

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As the city prepares for a snowstorm tomorrow, the city has one message for residents: clear the road!

The city’s Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory for Thursday. The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect tomorrow from midnight to 6 p.m.

If the forecast’s prediction becomes reality, conditions on the road will be slick and dangerous, especially during the morning commute.

“Although the weather is warm today, winter will return quickly on Thursday with dangerous conditions for the morning commute,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “New Yorkers should be prepared for snowfall and slippery roads and plan to take mass transit where possible.”

The precipitation will start tonight, but snow will come down early in the morning, falling heavily at times. Officials expect six to 12 inches of snow, but some places may have even more.

Of course, it won’t be like the blizzard of 2016, pictured above. But you get the message. Avoid driving if you can and use mass transit on Thursday.

To prepare for the snow, the Department of Sanitation is deploying 689 salt spreaders across the five boroughs. The PlowNYC app will be activated and 1,600 plows will be dispatched.

DSNY will assign 2,400 workers per shift, each working 12-hour shifts beginning at 7 p.m. tonight.

Keep this in mind: garbage and recycling collections will be suspended tomorrow once snow operations begin. Alternate Side Parking will also be suspended Thursday, but parking meters are in effect.

Here are some travel safety tips on behalf of the city:

For motorists:

  • If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions. Use mass transportation whenever possible.

  • Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.

  • Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.

  • Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they do not stop quicker than other vehicles.

  • Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in snow.

  • If you get stuck on the road, stay with your car and contact a towing company.

For pedestrians:

  • Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.

  • Use handrails when using stairs.

  • Wear layers including a hat, gloves/mittens, and a scarf to stay protected from the cold. And keep clothes and shoes dry, if a layer becomes wet, remove it.

  • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.

  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.

  • Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping. Use handrails when using stairs.

  • Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls from icy conditions.

Relay for Life Kickoff Celebration

Relay For Life of Middle Village Kickoff 2017 Invitation

The officers of the 104th Precinct invites you to attend the 15th year of the Relay for Life Middle Village Kickoff Celebration.

The event will be on Thursday, February 9th at 7 p.m. at O’Neill’s in Maspeth.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to carol.palacio@cancer.org or call 718-517-3206.

You’ll learn more about how to participate in this year’s Relay For Life at Juniper Valley Park.

Christ the King goes to Washington


Students from Christ the King High School went to Washington D.C. for inauguration weekend in January.

However, they went to participate in the annual March for Life.

The annual protest march marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, which established abortion rights in the country.

Crowley meets with DOT to discuss light rail

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Last week, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley met with 20 community leaders in her district office, where the Department of Transportation (DOT) gave its first public stakeholder outreach presentation on the light rail proposal.

The councilwoman announced the light rail idea just over a year ago. The proposal would bring light rail commuter service to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Lower Montauk line, an 8.5-mile road from Jamaica to Long Island City.

According to Crowley’s office, the QNS Light Rail plan has received support from officials like Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Grace Meng and others.

In the 2017 budget, Crowley also secured $500,000 for DOT to conduct a feasibility study of the potential line.

“This meeting marked a pivotal step in the process of making the QNS light rail a reality,” Crowley said. “Our borough is growing faster than city planners could have ever accounted for, and we need infrastructure that supports that growth.”

“Light rail would bring reliable public transit to transportation deserts, get countless cars off the road, boost our economy and help the environment,” she added.

The study, which is managed by DOT and conducted by AECOM, will look at the constructibility, costs, possible connections to existing transit, potential ridership, station siting, and perhaps most importantly, compatibility with existing freight use.

“Improving transit options in Queens means better access to jobs, shopping and services, and quicker routes to schools, home and loved ones,” said Queens DOT Commissioner Nicole Garcia.

CB5 meeting scheduled for February 8

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The next Community Board 5 meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.

As usual, it will take place inside the cafeteria at Christ the King High School, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

The meeting will include a public hearing about the Fiscal Year 2018 preliminary budget for the City of New York.

That will be followed by a presentation of “Residential Real Estate Taxes” by a representative from the NYC Department of Finance.

One thing to look out for during committee reports is the executive committee’s recommendations regarding six street fair applications in 2017.

To speak in the public forum, register in advance by calling Board 5’s office at 718-366-1834.