CB5 Transportation/Public Transit committees to talk bus redesign

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The Transportation Services and Public Transit Service committees of Community Board 5 are hosting a joint meeting on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

The main item on the agenda will be a presentation from MTA New York City Transit representatives about the Queens bus network redesign plan.

The presentation will be followed by questions from committee members and community residents.

A review of traffic safety requests will follow, if time permits.

The MTA previously hosted a workshop on the bus network design in Ridgewood, where residents voiced their concerns about what they deemed radical changed to their bus service.

Read more about that meeting, which is what you can expect at this committee meeting, in the Queens Ledger here.

CB5 meeting set for Wednesday, February 12

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School’s cafeteria.

The meeting will begin with a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 preliminary budget for the city.

That will be followed by a presentation from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s pediatrics and adolescent health department.

As usual, there will be a public forum, where anyone who signs up can speak before the board. Public forum speakers must pre-register by calling the office at 718-366-1834 or email qn05@cb.nyc.gov.

You’ll also hear from the chairperson, Vincent Arcuri Jr., as well as the district manager, Gary Giordano, when they present their monthly reports.

To conclude, the following CB5 committees will also report back: Parks Services, Public Safety Services, Transportation and Public Transit Services, and the Executive Committee on street festivals.

Rep. Grace Meng hosts supply drive for Puerto Rico

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From January 15 until February 5, Congresswoman Grace Meng is hosting an emergency supply drive to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island.

Meng is collecting basic necessities such as water, first aid kits, flashlights, non-perishable foods, batteries, baby formula, diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Supplies can be dropped off at her Flushing district office at 40-13 159th Street, Suite C. Drop-off hours at Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico have been devastated by the earthquakes that have hit the island, and my heart aches for all who have been impacted,” Meng said. “Even more heartbreaking is that these earthquakes have struck as many residents continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.”

“We must not sit by and allow our fellow Americans to suffer,” she added. “We must assist them in their time of need.”

Civic leader Lorraine Sciulli to be honored with street renaming

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Longtime Middle Village civic leader Lorraine Sciulli will be honored this week with a street renaming ceremony.

On Thursday, December 19, at 10 a.m., 77th Street and 62nd Avenue will be renamed in her memory.

Sciulli was largely involved with the Juniper Park Civic Association and Community Board 5 for many years.

She passed away in December 2017.

Community Board 5 meeting set for December 11

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

The board hear updates from the chairperson, district manager, local elected officials and various CB5 committees.

There will be a holiday get together (with food!) after the meeting.

As a reminder, CB5 is collecting wrapped toys or gifts for young children (newborn to 5 years old) in low-income families who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s Food Assistance Program (WIC), located at 55-05 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

The board asks donations to indicate boy or girl and the age range on the gift wrap.

PS/IS 49 hosts Take a Veteran to School Day

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Last week, Spectrum and HISTORY co-hosted Take a Veteran to School Day at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village.

The outreach initiative connected veterans to fourth-grade students to hear their stories of service.

State Senator Joe Addabbo joined the activities for a Q&A session as well. Addabbo is a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

“It gives the students a chance to speak directly with a veteran and learn about what it takes to be in the military, the different roles someone can have while serving the country, and to hear some incredible stories,” he said.

Adam Falk, senior vice president of State Government Affairs at Spectrum, said more than 10,000 veterans work at Charter.

“By sharing their remarkable stories of service with students, we ensure tomorrow’s leaders understand and appreciate their devotion to our nation,” Falk said.

CEC 24 to host Chancellor Carranza at town hall

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Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 is hosting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall will take place in the auditorium at PS 58 School of Heroes, located at 72-24 Grand Avenue in Maspeth.

Parents are encouraged to attend, as the chancellor will address issues and concerns regarding local schools and students.

District 24 includes the following neighborhoods: Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Maspeth and Middle Village.

One of the most persistent problems facing the district is severe overcrowding, despite the construction of new additions to school buildings.

Another topic sure to dominate the discussion will be the proposal to eliminate Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs, as well as reforming the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools.

Last year, when DOE officials presented at the mayor’s plan to reform admissions to the elite high schools at a CEC 24 meeting, parents booed and chanted “keep the test.

Carranza, in particular, has been the target of a flurry of criticism from many parents over his push to desegregate public schools.

The town hall will provide a venue for parents, officials and others to voice their concerns directly to DOE leadership.

On-site translation service will be available at the town hall.