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 Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard®.

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.

Queensboro Dance Festival comes to Juniper Valley Park

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The annual Queenboro Dance Festival is touring Queens parks this summer, and it’s making a stop at Juniper Valley Park on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.

There will be free performances and dance activities from diverse dance companies, featuring the cultures of India, Greece, the Philippines, Ecuador and more.

Altogether, the dance festival features 33 dance companies.

For a full schedule, visit queensborodancefestival.com.

Northern Queens Precincts to host Prom Dress Drive

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High school students are getting help from local law enforcement to look their best on prom night this coming Spring.

Eight NYPD precincts in Patrol Borough Queens North are accepting gently used formal dresses, suits, belts, and shoes to be donated to students in need. The prom dress drive was established by Assistant Chief Martin Morales is also running a similar event for students in NYPD Queens South.

Although there is not a set end date for donations the tentative deadline is April. The high school at which the items will be donated is TBA.

Donors can drop off their items any time to Youth Officers at the following locations:

104th Precinct: 64-02 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood
108th Precinct: 547 50th Ave., Long Island City
109th Precinct: 37-05 Union Street, Flushing
110th Precinct: 94-41 43rd Ave., Corona
111th Precinct: 45-06 215th Street, Bayside
112th Precinct: 68-40 Austin Street, Forest Hills
114th Precinct: 34-16 Astoria Blvd S, Astoria
115th Precinct: 92-15 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights

For more information on the drive or to schedule a pick up, call Sergeant Colvin or PO Nugent at 718-520-8612.

Upcoming CB5, CEC 24 committee meetings this week

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Here are some upcoming meetings in Middle Village to have on your calendar.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Community Education Council (CEC) 24’s Construction and Maintenance Committee are meeting at PS/IS 128, located at 69-10 65th Drive.

Then on Wednesday night, Community Board 5 is having its regular monthly meeting.

Like usual, this meeting will begin a 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

There’s a lot on the agenda, including a public hearing on a proposal by the NYC DOT to remove a planting area within a right-of-way. The want to replace it with a curb cut or driveway on Metropolitan.

This will be followed by a presentation on the New Express Care Facility by Elmhurst Hospital, and a presentation by Transitional Services for New York.

It’s the first CB5 meeting of 2019, so you don’t want to miss it!

Next CB 5 meeting is next week

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The next Community Board 5 meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th.

The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will take place at Christ the King High School (68-02 Metropolitan Avenue) in Middle Village.

There are two public hearings. The first is about changes being made to the gas station at 73-13 Cooper Avenue. The second hearing is focused on a nonprofit interested in building a 66-unit, six-story plus cellar 100% permanently affordable residence with sleeping accommodations (supportive and affordable housing) at 80-97 Cypress Avenue.

Following the hearings will be the public forum.

Anyone wishing to speak at the public hearings or at the public forum, in regards to community issues, is asked to register in advance by calling Board 5 at 718-366-1834. Speakers who register at the meeting must do so before the start of the meeting.

Bocce tournament to take over Juniper Valley Park

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Are you a big fan of watching or playing bocce? Well, bocce enthusiasts can join NYC Parks for their annual bocce face-off. The competition will carry on city-wide on September 12, including at Juniper Valley Park. Those who win their respective contests will then take part in the championship in South Beach, Staten Island. One borough will be crowned the winner.

To register as an individual or as a group of four for the Juniper Valley Park tournament, click here or register at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 12. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.

For more information, you can contact Queens.Recreation@parks.nyc.gov or call 718-393-7370.