Middle Village school evacuated this morning

Photo: Google Maps/William Meaney

Photo: Google Maps/William Meaney

P.S./I.S. 128 in Middle Village was evacuated this morning.

When students and staff arrived to the school, some smelled something burning. Turns out, there was smoke from a rubbish fire at a neighboring construction site, which seeped into the building. About 30 children and several adults experienced issues from the smoke inhalation. No one at the school required hospitalization.

The school quickly alerted the fire department and firefighters evacuated the school while they investigated.

Firefighters deemed the school safe and everyone was allowed back into the building, a school official said. Normal classes and schedules have resumed.

P.S./I.S. 128 is located at 69-10 65th Drive.

NYPD NCO program comes to 104th Precinct


Neighborhood policing has finally arrived at the 104th Precinct.

On Monday, NYPD brass announced that the new policing philosophy and program will be implemented in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village.

Three-and-a-half years after the police department launched the initiative, all neighborhood precincts in the city will eventually have an NCO program. It has also been introduced to nine public housing areas, half of the NYPD’s transit districts and, by the end of the year, every school district.

“The message is public safety is a shared responsibility,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “It’s that credo, that understanding, that’s guiding our evolution.

“In 2018, this is where we need to be as a police department, and this is where we need to be as a city of 8.6 million New Yorkers,” he added. “This is how we’re going to make our way forward.”

Read the full story on the Queens Ledger.

Halloween parade and festival in Middle Village


Join NYC Parks and City Council Member Robert Holden for a day of Halloween fun this Saturday!
Festivities will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Juniper Valley Park.
Activities include crafts, inflatables, face painting, games, a pumpkin patch, music and more!
There will also be a special kids parade, which will assemble at Juniper Blvd South & 74th St at 11am, then walk to Juniper Valley Park, 80th St & Juniper Blvd North, in Middle Village.

Community Board 5 meeting tomorrow night

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Here’s your regular reminder that Community Board 5 is meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King HS.

On the agenda is a project crucial to Middle Village: the installation of new sewers in the Penelope Avenue and 74th street area.

Remember, the project was stalled in late 2017 because contaminated soil was found on premise.

Representatives from the Department of Design and Construction are expected to give an update on the new timeline.

Please attend tomorrow night to learn more.