Christ the King hosts Christmas tree lighting on November 30

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Screen shot via Google Maps

Get into the Christmas spirit with Christ the King this holiday season.

The campus community is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 30.

Bring your children and your cameras, as Santa Claus will join for pictures. An indoor Winter Wonderland will also be set up with games and activities.

CK’s Musical Theater Group is set to perform as well. The event begins at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, December 8, the musical theater will begin their two-day run of Steve and Lenny: The Sondheim/Bernstein Revue. The Saturday performance is at 8 p.m., and the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.

Purchase tickets at www.showtix4u.com.

Finally, on Thursday, December 13, the New York Blood Center will be stationed at Christ the King to host its semi-annual blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Consider giving a pint of blood, which can save a life!

Metropolitan Avenue bridge project should be done soon

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Thankfully, the project to replace the Metropolitan Avenue bridge deck is almost done.

Last week, Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee announced that the long-delayed work is “rapidly approaching completion.”

The new contractor, Beaver Concrete Construction Company, had been working diligently through Saturdays in hopes of getting it done by Thanksgiving.

Beaver Construction replaced the incompetent Mugrose Construction, which defaulted on its contract with the city last year.

That led to a severe delay in the project, extending the congestion and traffic along Metropolitan Avenue.

Read more about the project here.

Sewer project contractors won’t be working on Thanksgiving

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Just a heads up that the contractor for the combined sewers and water main project on Penelope Avenue will NOT be working on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

As Middle Village residents know well, due to the project, there have been continued restrictions to parking and driveways as the work continues.

If you have any questions, call the community construction liaison, Torre Coley, at 862-240-4912 or 718-326-3840.

Hip Hop pioneers promote healthy living at St. Margaret

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Last Thursday, some of hip hop’s pioneers paid a visit to Saint Margaret Catholic Academy in Middle Village for a lesson on healthy living.

Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. (Healthy Eating and Living in Schools) spent some time with students to promote healthy living. The organization’s Director of Hip Hop Educational Programming Easy A.D. Harris, a founding member of the legendary group Cold Crush Brothers, and Director of Music Production Artie Green encouraged children to become more aware of the lifestyle choices they could make.

Through fun, interactive hip hop songs, videos and games, Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. promotes a healthy understanding of calories as food energy and encourages a balance between food consumption and physical activity.

Children learn how to apply their individual caloric requirement to food and exercise choices as well as navigate restaurant menu boards and utilize calorie postings to inform food choices.

Nearly one hundred kids participated in the program at St. Margaret’s gymnasium. They participated in quizzes, dances, earned prizes and sang along with Harris and Green for a fun-filled educational event.

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How to vote on the three NYC ballot proposals

DENVER, CO - October 13: Denver Election judges survey and check voting ballots filled out by members of the Logic and Accuracy Test Board during a test of the ballot system in the counting room at the Denver Elections headquarters October 13, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

After you vote in tomorrow’s general election, make sure you flip your ballot to vote on the three ballot proposals.

These proposals were the result of the mayor’s charter commission. His office wants New Yorkers to vote yes on all three.

But we disagree, and we will explain why below. Remember just how much de Blasio has worked against neighborhood voices here in Middle Village.

Now he wants to have even more power over communities with his second and third proposal. That’s why we say vote no on proposals 2 and 3.

Here’s what we recommend:

Ballot proposal #1: Campaign Finance Alterations
Why you should vote YES
By voting yes, and raising the amount of public matching funds for candidates, you are helping someone who is not financed by less than transparent, less than desirable interests run for office.

Ballot proposal #2: Civic Engagement Proposal
Why you should vote NO
Don’t let the mayor give his pals a bunch of vague titles on the appointed “civic engagement commission.” Instead, we should have more community participation instead of having the voices of the community ignored.

Ballot Proposal #3: Term limits on Community Boards
Why you should vote NO

If appointed community board members have to apply to the borough president, for renewal every two years, why would term limits make sense? Let’s not forget the importance of institutional memory on our community boards.

To read our full opinion, visit the Queens Ledger’s NYC Ballot Proposals Vote YES NO and NO piece.