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.

Health Department to conduct adulticide treatment on Thursday

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On Thursday, August 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, the Health Department is conducting another adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens, including Maspeth, West Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Blissville.

In case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed back to Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, August 27.

The Health Department says it will use very low concentrations of the insecticides AnvilĀ® 10+10 and/or DeltaGardĀ®.

The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.

People will respiratory conditions may also be affected, health officials say.

To stay safe during spraying, residents are being asked to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

And while it is unnecessary, residents can close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, health officials say residents should wash their skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water as well.

To reduce exposure to mosquitos, here are some tips courtesy of the Health Department:

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers.

Borough Hall collecting backpacks, school supplies for homeless

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As the new school year approaches, Queens Borough Hall is collecting backpacks and school supplies as part of its annual drive.

“Project: Back to School” is organized by the Coalition for the Homeless, and provides homeless children with backpacks filled with things they need for school.

Borough Hall is accepting donations from now through Wednesday, August 28 at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, on the first floor in the main lobby.

You can also donate #2 pencils, hard and soft pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, crayons (24-count boxes), colored pencils, washable markers, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, composition notebooks, binders, ruled paper, safety scissors, pocket folders and scientific calculators.

The donated items are anonymous and non tax-deductible.