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.

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.

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.