Allstate raised $18k at Relay for Life

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Eighteen Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals from New York recently came together to secure a $18,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit American Cancer Society. The grant will support American Cancer Society’s mission to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help find a cure.

The agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals earned $1,000 each for American Cancer Society by volunteering at the fifteenth annual Relay for Life of Middle Village.

“As small business owners and community leaders, Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve,” said Don Rubbo, Regional Sales leader, Allstate field senior vice president. “Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people across New York.”

Participating Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals include:
Josephine Cazilas, Oysterbay
Julia Cox, Westbury
Adibel Cruz, Garden City Park
Rose Mary D’Amico-Catalano, Great Neck
Greg Harrington, Wantagh
Shanta Jaggernauth, Hollis
Mohamed Khan, Richmond Hill
Salman Khan, Ridgewood
Shifa Khan, Maspeth
Jermaine Matthews, Garden City Park
Erin McCartney, Washingtonville
Richard McKenna, Manhasset
Donovan Neita, Woodhaven
Rifat Nikezi, Maspeth
Stefanos Panagioulakis, Ridgewood
Sarah Sibadan, Ozone Park
Kevin Spann, Middle Village
Dominique Spann, Middle Village

It’s official: Councilman Robert Holden takes office


Call him councilman.

Bob Holden was officially sworn in as councilman of the 30th District on Tuesday by city clerk Michael McSweeney.

His district office is located at 71-19 80th Street, Suite 8-303 in Glendale. It’s Liz Crowley’s old office at Atlas Park, which Holden has said he wants to move out of soon.

Their office phone number is 718-366-3900.

“I am humbled and honored to represent this district in the City Council,” Holden says. “I’ll be fighting for my constituents every day and I’ll take the fight to City Hall on their behalf.

Let the fighting begin!

City issues safety tips for extreme cold weather

It won't be snowing this week, but the temperatures will be cold enough for snow!

It won’t be snowing this week, but the temperatures will be cold enough for snow!

Bundle up, Middle Village, it’s getting frighteningly cold out there.

The city’s Emergency Management Department says New Yorkers should prepare for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills this week. The National Weather Service says temperatures will average out to 19 degrees.

It will be especially frigid at nighttime, when it will drop to single digit wind chills.

Use caution when outdoors, and remember to check up on your neighbors, friends and relatives.

The city issued the following safety tips to get through this next week:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you have to go outdoors, wear dry, warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Keep fingertips, earlobes and noses covered. Wear a hat, hood, scarf and gloves.
  • Shivering is the first sign that the body is losing heat. That’s a signal to return indoors.
  • If you work outdoors, your employer should implement safe work practices, like protective equipment.
  • Limit your alcohol intake. It causes your body to lose heat faster.

Remember, prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to hypothermia, frostbite and other medical conditions.

De Blasio to host town hall at PS/IS 113

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You heard that right: the mayor is coming to town.

Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley are hosting a town hall meeting for her district, which includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood.

At the town hall, residents can ask questions to the mayor. He typically starts off by listing some accomplishments, like universal pre-k.

But in this district, we know homelessness, shutting down Rikers Island and crime are issues he will address.

No matter what your opinion of him, it’ll be a sight to see.

RSVP by December 17 at 5 p.m. via email at or call 212-788-4282.

PS/IS 128 addition is on the way


Yesterday, elected officials joined the School Construction Authority to break ground on the PS/IS 128 addition. Yes, it’s finally underway!

The building will add 440 seats to the already overcrowded school. It will have 18 standard classrooms with a reading room, speech room, project room and exercise room.

It’s expected to open by September 2020.

City officials warn construction will be annoying and an inconvenience, but it will all be worth it when the new building opens!