Rep. Grace Meng hosts supply drive for Puerto Rico

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From January 15 until February 5, Congresswoman Grace Meng is hosting an emergency supply drive to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island.

Meng is collecting basic necessities such as water, first aid kits, flashlights, non-perishable foods, batteries, baby formula, diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Supplies can be dropped off at her Flushing district office at 40-13 159th Street, Suite C. Drop-off hours at Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico have been devastated by the earthquakes that have hit the island, and my heart aches for all who have been impacted,” Meng said. “Even more heartbreaking is that these earthquakes have struck as many residents continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.”

“We must not sit by and allow our fellow Americans to suffer,” she added. “We must assist them in their time of need.”

Mammogram bus coming to Middle Village

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A mammogram bus offering no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams is coming to Middle Village in January.

Hosted by Councilman Bob Holden, the van will be parked by 64-69 Dry Harbor Road on Wednesday, January 22 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

No co-pays are required, and deductibles are waived. Uninsured patients are also welcomed.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Women aged 40 – 79 with health insurance
  • Women aged 50 – 79 without health insurance
  • Currently living in New York City
  • No mammogram in the past 12 months

To make an appointment, call 718-366-3900 or 1-877-628-9090.

Civic leader Lorraine Sciulli to be honored with street renaming

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Longtime Middle Village civic leader Lorraine Sciulli will be honored this week with a street renaming ceremony.

On Thursday, December 19, at 10 a.m., 77th Street and 62nd Avenue will be renamed in her memory.

Sciulli was largely involved with the Juniper Park Civic Association and Community Board 5 for many years.

She passed away in December 2017.

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.