Community Board 5 meeting set for May 16


Community Board 5 will meet tomorrow, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

The first item on the agenda is a public hearing for the proposed special permit for hotels built in manufacturing zones.

The Department of City Planning has proposed this permit to require hotels to undergo a public review process before they are built in a community.

There are two Zoning and Land Use Committee items that will be voted on. The first is the proposed Pet Admission Center at 66-78 69th Street in Middle Village, and the second is the proposed expansion of O’Neill’s Restaurant in Maspeth.

Both passed the land use committee.

Other committee reports include transportation and public transit, library, homeless issues and more.

Arby’s Middle Village to sponsor Heroes Youth Basketball League for the 8th straight season

Tom Clarke, owner of Arby’s Middle Village, with Walter Sanchez & John Sanchez of Heroes Basketball.

You often hear about companies supporting their local community, but do you know how they are actually doing it?

Well, Arby’s Middle Village has been accomplishing this philanthropic feat by sponsoring the Heroes Youth Basketball League, a league for community kids, run every spring / summer since 1990.

Heroes is a platform where local teams, kids, families, and businesses connect in fun, competitive, family-like atmosphere. Game results & high scorers are published in the Queens Ledger Newspaper, weekly.

Because of Arby’s contributions, management of Heroes has been able to keep the price the same for the past 20 years. Families pay around $50 for their child to play on their team, an incredibly affordable price for a basketball league.

Last week, Heroes Basketball coaches converged at Arby’s on Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village for the 28th annual Heroes Basketball Coaches Meeting. Tom Clarke, owner of Arby’s Middle Village, fed Heroes coaches as they learned new rules, handed in paperwork, and discussed their conflicts with Heroes management.


Arby’s on metro has been serving families in Middle Village and the surrounding neighborhoods by offering healthy meals at affordable prices.

Tom Clarke, owner of Arby’s, emphasized that he is committed to improving the health and wellness of residents in Middle Village, Glendale and all of Queens.

“Fitness on the court, combined with a well balanced diet is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Clarke, a member of the Middle Village Kiwanis club and an extremely active member of the Middle Village community.

Heroes21 • 2013Arby’s “player of the game” is an award given to the MVP of each game. The coach picks the player that is most deserving, and that player gets a “free meal gift card” to Arby’s on Metropolitan Ave.

Families in Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale, Ridgewood and surrounding Queens areas love Heroes because of it’s fun, elite level of competition and extremely affordable pricing. There are divisions for 17u, 14u, and 12u.IMG_4769

Arby’s is located at 69-16 Metropolitan Ave in Middle Village, and their phone number is 718-894-0485. Heroes can be reached at 718-426-7200.
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M Train Construction Completed on Time and On Budget

Today, April 30th at 5:00 AM, regular service was resumed on the M line. The completion of work on the century old Myrtle Viaduct on the M line, along with the reopening of the Fresh Pond Bridge this past September restores full service to Brooklyn and Queens residents.

The restructuring of these two elevated lines was necessary for the safety of passengers as well as the guarantee of lasting for years to come. The construction was completed on time and on budget.

Along with completely new elevated structures, the reconstruction included the addition of low vibration tracks to reduce noise, replacement of all signal equipment and cables, 700 feet of new third rail for reliable power and more.

Riders now have access to the full M line as well as connections to J Z service. This improvement comes at a crucial time with the April 2019 closure of the L train.

New and Improved M Train

New and Improved M Train

Visit for more information on the completed project.


Animal Control Admissions Center Slated to Move To 69th St & Metro

The Animal Care Centers (ACC) and admission centers of NYC have several locations, one in each borough. But the 700 sq foot ‘animal drop-off center’ in Rego Park is now too small and according to Aleah Simpson, Manager of Admissions, there is a spot in Middle Village, on the corner of 69th Street and Metropolitan Avenue (where Artistic Stitch was) which is a better fit, and has 1450 square feet. This admission center is open seven days a week 8am till 8pm to accept lost, stray, or abandoned animals. They say if your bring in an animal they charge up to $30 to take it.

Animal Care & Control Drop Of Storefront is currently at 92-29 Queens Blvd. along Horace Harding Expressway.

Animal Care & Control Drop Of Storefront is currently at 92-29 Queens Blvd. along Horace Harding Expressway.

At 8PM a van will take them from this location to their Brooklyn center where they will be housed until a home is found for them.

While representatives from the Center say ACC is really trying to elevate the idea of animal welfare in the 21st Century to provide more than just sheltering to them, this facility will apparently have enough room for them to have a pet-food pantry, a place to vaccine them free of charge, provide other medical treatment and enough room do do the outreach (and maybe adoption events) all while informing the community about homeless animals in NYC.

In all, their representatives say this non-profit, which is funded by the city, takes in 30,000 animals a year throughout the five boroughs. The Middle Village location is expected to open within the next 15 months.


They present in front of the Community Board Wednesday night, April 11, at Christ the King HS.


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PS/IS 87 to host April CEC 24 meeting


Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is hosting its next meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at PS/IS 87.

If you missed the last meeting in March, read about how local parents exploded at a DOE rep over school safety measures here.

“We apologize for the outcome of that meeting and have to say – we were completely shocked ourselves,” says Lucy Accardo, co-president of CEC24. “We did not expect to have so many questions left unanswered. We were just as disappointed as all of you were.”

The April meeting will sure be explosive again – they are still discussing school safety with the DOE, NYPD and FDNY.

The business meeting is at 6 p.m., followed by staff member recognition at 6:15. The calendar meeting, with the speaks, will begin at 7 p.m.

Katz appoints new and returning CB5 members


It’s that time of the year again!

Borough President Melinda Katz has announced the new and returning community board members for Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale and Ridgewood.

To be exact, 331 people will serve two-year terms on 14 community boards throughout Queens. Of the 331 appointees, 62 are first-timers.

The term began on April 1.

Community boards play an advisory role in land use and zoning matters, and review issues like parks, infrastructure and safety.

Here are the members who were appointed by Katz at Community Board 5:

  • Antonetta Binanti
  • Robert Cermeli
  • Patricia Crowley
  • Dmytro Fedkowskyj
  • Patricia Grayson
  • Frederick Haller
  • Frederick Hoefferle
  • Richard Huber
  • John Maier
  • Edgar Mantel
  • Eileen Moloney
  • Margaret O’Kane
  • Michael O’Kane
  • Michael Porcelli
  • Kelvin Rodriguez
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Dennis Stephan