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.

District 24 High School Fair is tonight!

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Councilman Bob Holden is hosting a high school fair tonight from 6:3o to 8:30 p.m. at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village.

The fair will help parents navigate the high school application process. It’s free and open to the public.

These following schools are expected to attend:

  • Newtown High School
  • Grover Cleveland High School
  • High School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
  • Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
  • Christ the King High School
  • The Martin Luther School
  • The Mary Louis Academy
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Technical High School

Trick or treat! Halloween Festival comes to Juniper Park

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Halloween is coming early to Middle Village.

On Saturday, October 19, NYC Parks, the PS/IS 49 PTA and Councilman Bob Holden are co-hosting a Halloween Festival at Juniper Valley Park.

There will be a parade that starts at 11:15 a.m. Kids will assemble at 11 a.m. at Juniper Blvd. South and 74th Street. The festival runs until 3 p.m.

Activities include: field games, free pumpkins, pumpkin decorations, arts & crafts, Halloween-themed activities, face painting with Agostino Arts, live animals, inflatables and more.

CB5 to meet on Wednesday, vote on homeless shelter

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Community Board 5 will meet on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Christ the King High School.

The agenda includes a vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 and Capital and Expense Budget priorities for the district.

The board’s Special Committee on Homelessness will deliver its report and recommendations for the planned homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

To register to speak, call the board office at 718-366-1834.

CEC 24 to meet on October 22 at PS/IS 128

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Community Education Council 24’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will take place inside the auditorium at PS/IS 128 in Middle Village.

Guest speakers include Jai Griem, director of district planning at the Department of Education. Madelene Chan, the superintendent, will also conduct a C4E presentation.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cec24.

FDNY captain honored by Juniper Park Civic

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Last week, FDNY Captain and Middle Village resident Brian Gill was given the Hero Award by the Juniper Park Civic Association.

The accolade is awarded to local residents who commit heroic acts, the civic says. Gill was presented the award at their September 19th meeting.

According to the civic, Gill responded to an apartment fire in the Bronx last September. Their water was delayed, and were told that high winds would affect the fire.

Gill and his team reached the 12th floor apartment door, but realized they could be subject to “blowtorch conditions.” They proceeded anyway.

After opening the door, the firefighters saved the first victim. Gill crawled through the apartment to look for more people.

In the back bedroom, he found a semi-conscious man and brought him to safety, shielding him from the flame.

All of the victims were rescued successfully.

Earlier this year, Gill received the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Medal, the civic says.