Middle Village Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6

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Middle Village will light up its Christmas tree this Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, located at 75-27 Metropolitan Avenue.

The ceremony will officially ring in the holiday season.

Sponsored by the Middle Village Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Village Kiwanis Club and the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association, the event will serve cookies and hot chocolate to attendees.

Santa will also be stopping by to take photos with your children.

Students from PS 49 will sing Christmas songs, and students from PS/IS 87 will perform holiday dances as well.

You won’t want to miss the holiday festivities taking place this Sunday!

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.

Free softball clinic at Juniper Valley Park

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On Saturday, November 9, NYC Parks and the Baruch College Women’s Softball Team are hosting a free softball clinic at Juniper Valley Park.

At the clinic, you will learn to strengthen your softball skills including hitting, fielding and running.

Youth of all ages can build their skills, no experience or equipment necessary.

And don’t forget to bring your water bottle and sneakers!

The clinic runs from noon to 3 p.m. Enter at the 80th Street entrance.

District 24 High School Fair is tonight!

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Councilman Bob Holden is hosting a high school fair tonight from 6:3o to 8:30 p.m. at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village.

The fair will help parents navigate the high school application process. It’s free and open to the public.

These following schools are expected to attend:

  • Newtown High School
  • Grover Cleveland High School
  • High School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
  • Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
  • Christ the King High School
  • The Martin Luther School
  • The Mary Louis Academy
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Technical High School

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.

Upcoming CB5, CEC 24 committee meetings this week

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Here are some upcoming meetings in Middle Village to have on your calendar.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Community Education Council (CEC) 24’s Construction and Maintenance Committee are meeting at PS/IS 128, located at 69-10 65th Drive.

Then on Wednesday night, Community Board 5 is having its regular monthly meeting.

Like usual, this meeting will begin a 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

There’s a lot on the agenda, including a public hearing on a proposal by the NYC DOT to remove a planting area within a right-of-way. The want to replace it with a curb cut or driveway on Metropolitan.

This will be followed by a presentation on the New Express Care Facility by Elmhurst Hospital, and a presentation by Transitional Services for New York.

It’s the first CB5 meeting of 2019, so you don’t want to miss it!