Community Board 5 meeting set for December 11

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

The board hear updates from the chairperson, district manager, local elected officials and various CB5 committees.

There will be a holiday get together (with food!) after the meeting.

As a reminder, CB5 is collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) in low-income families who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s Food Assistance Program (WIC), located at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

The board asks donations to indicate boy or girl and the age range on the gift wrap.

Middle Village Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6

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Middle Village will light up its Christmas tree this Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, located at 75-27 Metropolitan Avenue.

The ceremony will officially ring in the holiday season.

Sponsored by the Middle Village Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Village Kiwanis Club and the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association, the event will serve cookies and hot chocolate to attendees.

Santa will also be stopping by to take photos with your children.

Students from PS 49 will sing Christmas songs, and students from PS/IS 87 will perform holiday dances as well.

You won’t want to miss the holiday festivities taking place this Sunday!

PS/IS 49 hosts Take a Veteran to School Day

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Last week, Spectrum and HISTORY co-hosted Take a Veteran to School Day at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village.

The outreach initiative connected veterans to fourth-grade students to hear their stories of service.

State Senator Joe Addabbo joined the activities for a Q&A session as well. Addabbo is a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

“It gives the students a chance to speak directly with a veteran and learn about what it takes to be in the military, the different roles someone can have while serving the country, and to hear some incredible stories,” he said.

Adam Falk, senior vice president of State Government Affairs at Spectrum, said more than 10,000 veterans work at Charter.

“By sharing their remarkable stories of service with students, we ensure tomorrow’s leaders understand and appreciate their devotion to our nation,” Falk said.

CEC 24 to host Chancellor Carranza at town hall

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Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 is hosting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall will take place in the auditorium at PS 58 School of Heroes, located at 72-24 Grand Avenue in Maspeth.

Parents are encouraged to attend, as the chancellor will address issues and concerns regarding local schools and students.

District 24 includes the following neighborhoods: Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Maspeth and Middle Village.

One of the most persistent problems facing the district is severe overcrowding, despite the construction of new additions to school buildings.

Another topic sure to dominate the discussion will be the proposal to eliminate Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs, as well as reforming the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools.

Last year, when DOE officials presented at the mayor’s plan to reform admissions to the elite high schools at a CEC 24 meeting, parents booed and chanted “keep the test.

Carranza, in particular, has been the target of a flurry of criticism from many parents over his push to desegregate public schools.

The town hall will provide a venue for parents, officials and others to voice their concerns directly to DOE leadership.

On-site translation service will be available at the town hall.

Learning chair stretching and guided meditation at MV Library

On Friday, November 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Middle Village Library will host a chair stretching and guided meditation session.

The practice stretches you can do in a chair will help increase feelings of relaxation, energy and overall well-being.

The presenter will be Merryl Reichbach, LSCW, program manager of SHAREing and CAREing.

For more, call the Middle Village library at 718-326-1390.

Free softball clinic at Juniper Valley Park

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On Saturday, November 9, NYC Parks and the Baruch College Women’s Softball Team are hosting a free softball clinic at Juniper Valley Park.

At the clinic, you will learn to strengthen your softball skills including hitting, fielding and running.

Youth of all ages can build their skills, no experience or equipment necessary.

And don’t forget to bring your water bottle and sneakers!

The clinic runs from noon to 3 p.m. Enter at the 80th Street entrance.