Italian group donates scholarship funds to Christ the King

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From left to right: CK Principal Geri Martinez, CK President Michael Michel, Chairman of Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York Tony DiPiazza, CK Chairman Serphin Maltese, Associazione Culturale Italiana Board of Directors members Frank DiPiazza, Joe Nastasi, Maurizio Troia and Tony Mule.

Late last month, officers from the Italian-American organization, Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York, visited Christ the King High School.

The group donated $5,500 from a local comedy show for art scholarships for CTK students.

The scholarship will be called the “Constance DelVecchio Maltese Art Scholarship,” named after the late wife of CTK Chairman Serphin Maltese.

The late Maltese was a renowned artist whose achievements included the award-winning “Age of Discovery Navigators” portrait series.

She was knighted by the Republic of Italy and given the title “Cavaliere” for her artistic achievements, which enhanced Italian-American heritage.

CB5 approves revised Rentar Plaza proposal


After revising their proposal to add new loading docks to Rentar Plaza, Rentar Development Corporation received the support of Community Board 5 earlier this week.

CB5 voted 27 to 3 in favor of the application, which will move forward in the approval process.

According to the Land Use Committee, Rentar “went back to the drawing board” to accommodate community concerns about traffic and safety. They moved the new loading docks inside the current property instead.

The corporation is looking to attract tenants to replace Kmart and Toys R Us, both of which filed for bankruptcy in these tough times for retail.

Their retail spots total 190,000 square feet.

Read more about Rentar Plaza’s application here.

Off-duty police officer shot in Middle Village


An off-duty police officer was shot at a house across the street from Villa Erasmo this afternoon, according to reports.

The unnamed officer, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

The house was on 69th Lane near Juniper Boulevard.

Officers from the 104th Precinct were at the scene. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m.

According to residents posting in a private Facebook group, nearby PS/IS 128 was put on lockdown.

More information to come.

Addabbo collects food, supplies for furloughed federal workers

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With the partial federal government shutdown entering its fifth week, State Senator Joe Addabbo is teaming up with localĀ institutions to help out the 800,000 furloughed employees who are working without pay.

Starting this week, Addabbo’s district offices in Howard Beach (159-53 102nd Street) and Middle Village (66-85 73rd Place) are collecting food and toiletries for the workers.

Queens County Savings Bank locates at 156-02 Crossbay Boulevard and 156-32 Crossbay Boulevard also are taking supplies.

The drive will collect items like canned goods, pastas, cereals, soaps, detergents, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and more.

The supplies will be distributed to Our Lady of Grace Church (100-05 159th Avenue) in Howard Beach and Sacred Heart food pantry (83-17 78th Avenue) in Glendale. These sites will also be drop-off locations.

To collect the supplies at the drop-off locations, federal works will need to display their federal IDs.

For more information, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

Middle Village House of the Week 1/19/19

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The Middle Village House of the Week is a beautiful 35×38-square-foot home sitting on a 55×90-square-foot lot.

The home was built in 1945 but was renovated in 2007. There are six bedrooms and three full bathrooms as well as plenty of closet space, hardwood floors, a beautiful den, and a finished basement with a gas fireplace. There’s also a private driveway, garage and an above ground pool.

The property is listed by Eliot Hill Realty for $1,638,000.

Here’s your chance to serve on Community Board 5

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Here’s your chance to get involved with the most local level of New York City government.

Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to serve on their local community boards.

CBs play an important advisory role on land use and zoning, safety, parks, libraries and other neighborhood concerns.

The membership application is available onlineĀ here.

The deadline for applications to be completed, signed and notarized is Friday, February 8.

An appointed two-year term of service begins on April 1. Each member serves a two-year term.

In 2018, New York City passed a proposition to create term limits for community boards. Read about the proposalĀ here.