Halloween Pancake Breakfast on Sunday

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The Kiwanis Club of Middle Village is hosting a Halloween pancake breakfast this Sunday. From 7:30 a.m. to noon, there will be an all you can eat breakfast! Proceeds will go towards the Kiwanis Club of Middle Village Scholarships.

And don’t forget to wear your costumes to have an opportunity to win the best costume contest!

Tickets: Adults $5.00, Children under 10 y/o & Seniors $3.00
The event will take place at St. Margaret’s Gym, 66-05 79th Place, Middle Village.

Queens borough president is looking for interns


Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office is now accepting applications for internships for fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.

College and high school students who have an interest in public service are encouraged to apply.

The positions are unpaid, so they’re real for current students seeking academic credits and/or experience.

Interns will work with policymakers and rotate to different policy areas, staff the BP for meetings and events, attend press conferences, grand opening and concerts, and assist the office in other ways.

For more information, email Joe Nocerino at jnocerino@queensbp.org.

Pol calls for enhanced safety on school buses

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is pushing for legislation to require all city school buses to have seatbelt signage.

According to the Glendale pol, buckling up is now not enforced, and kids spend a significant amount of time on school buses.

The bill would require the Department of Education to provide not just seatbelt signage, but also information about proper usage of seatbelt and display language.

It would highlight the requirement that buses be equipped with a seat belt for each passenger.

“This is a simple, common sense measure that can go a long way in safeguarding our students as they get to and from school,” Crowley said. “So many of our children ride the bus each and every day, and it’s our responsibility to be proactive about their safety. We shouldn’t have to wait until an accident happens to ensure that students buckle up.”

“Serious injuries could occur if children fail to use seatbelt on school buses. This signage is a small step that would have a big impact.”

The legislation will be introduced at Tuesday’s City Council stated meeting.

Grace Meng to host congressional app contest for students

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Congresswoman Grace Meng is holding a congressional app competition for local middle and high school students in her district.

The “2017 Congressional App Challenge” is part of a nationwide challenge by the House of Representatives where students compete by creating an exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

The winning app in each congressional district will be featured on the House website (www.house.gov) and displayed in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol.

The deadline to enter is November 1 at 12 p.m.

Participants may compete individually or in a team of up to four students.

Each student must submit a video of their app and explain what they’ve learned from the competition. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

The winner of the contest, judged by a panel of experts, will be announced by the end of the year.

“This contest is a great opportunity for Queens students to highlight their technological skills and show the rest of the country how much tech talent exists right here in our borough,” Meng said.

Students can register for the contest at www.congressionalappchallenge.us.

Calls for return of M Line shuttle bus


With the MTA in midst of a multi-phase renovation of the M train line, a local pol is calling for the return of shuttle buses for local residents.

Currently in its second phase, the project includes the complete demolition and rebuilding of the Myrtle Viaduct and Fresh Pond Bridge.

During the first phase, which lasted just two months, shuttle buses were provided to supplement M service for riders. Now Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is calling on the MTA to request additional shuttle bus service to provide some much-needed relief.

“These issues can be resolved by supplementing the subway shuttle with a shuttle bus that will follow the M line to the J/Z lines, similar to Phase I,” she said. “The Phase I shuttle buses arrived much more frequently than the current subway shuttles and were received favorably.”

Phase II of the project is expected to last seven more months.

Crowley’s office serves as hurricane relief drop-off site

Hurricane relief

In the aftermath of the destructive hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s office is accepting donations.

They will be collecting batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. All items must be completely unopened and packaged.

Donate at her Glendale district office, located at the Shops at Atlas Mall at 71-19 80th Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Middle Village dog groomer takes third place at expo


Amanda Madtes, a Middle Village resident and owner of K9 Caterers Grooming in Glendale, captured the third place trophy in the Rescue Round Up competition at Groom Expo 2017.

The native of Dublin, Ireland, opened the Glendale salon in 2014, which features an open-concept floor plan, express grooming services and the chance for owners to stay with their dogs during the grooming process.

Groom Expo is the largest grooming show, drawing thousands of pet professionals to the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania on September 17.