Metropolitan Avenue bridge project should be done soon

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Thankfully, the project to replace the Metropolitan Avenue bridge deck is almost done.

Last week, Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee announced that the long-delayed work is “rapidly approaching completion.”

The new contractor, Beaver Concrete Construction Company, had been working diligently through Saturdays in hopes of getting it done by Thanksgiving.

Beaver Construction replaced the incompetent Mugrose Construction, which defaulted on its contract with the city last year.

That led to a severe delay in the project, extending the congestion and traffic along Metropolitan Avenue.

Read more about the project here.

Sewer project contractors won’t be working on Thanksgiving

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Just a heads up that the contractor for the combined sewers and water main project on Penelope Avenue will NOT be working on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

As Middle Village residents know well, due to the project, there have been continued restrictions to parking and driveways as the work continues.

If you have any questions, call the community construction liaison, Torre Coley, at 862-240-4912 or 718-326-3840.

Hip Hop pioneers promote healthy living at St. Margaret

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Last Thursday, some of hip hop’s pioneers paid a visit to Saint Margaret Catholic Academy in Middle Village for a lesson on healthy living.

Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. (Healthy Eating and Living in Schools) spent some time with students to promote healthy living. The organization’s Director of Hip Hop Educational Programming Easy A.D. Harris, a founding member of the legendary group Cold Crush Brothers, and Director of Music Production Artie Green encouraged children to become more aware of the lifestyle choices they could make.

Through fun, interactive hip hop songs, videos and games, Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. promotes a healthy understanding of calories as food energy and encourages a balance between food consumption and physical activity.

Children learn how to apply their individual caloric requirement to food and exercise choices as well as navigate restaurant menu boards and utilize calorie postings to inform food choices.

Nearly one hundred kids participated in the program at St. Margaret’s gymnasium. They participated in quizzes, dances, earned prizes and sang along with Harris and Green for a fun-filled educational event.

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Next CB 5 meeting is next week

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The next Community Board 5 meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th.

The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will take place at Christ the King High School (68-02 Metropolitan Avenue) in Middle Village.

There are two public hearings. The first is about changes being made to the gas station at 73-13 Cooper Avenue. The second hearing is focused on a nonprofit interested in building a 66-unit, six-story plus cellar 100% permanently affordable residence with sleeping accommodations (supportive and affordable housing) at 80-97 Cypress Avenue.

Following the hearings will be the public forum.

Anyone wishing to speak at the public hearings or at the public forum, in regards to community issues, is asked to register in advance by calling Board 5 at 718-366-1834. Speakers who register at the meeting must do so before the start of the meeting.

How to vote on the three NYC ballot proposals

DENVER, CO - October 13: Denver Election judges survey and check voting ballots filled out by members of the Logic and Accuracy Test Board during a test of the ballot system in the counting room at the Denver Elections headquarters October 13, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

After you vote in tomorrow’s general election, make sure you flip your ballot to vote on the three ballot proposals.

These proposals were the result of the mayor’s charter commission. His office wants New Yorkers to vote yes on all three.

But we disagree, and we will explain why below. Remember just how much de Blasio has worked against neighborhood voices here in Middle Village.

Now he wants to have even more power over communities with his second and third proposal. That’s why we say vote no on proposals 2 and 3.

Here’s what we recommend:

Ballot proposal #1: Campaign Finance Alterations
Why you should vote YES
By voting yes, and raising the amount of public matching funds for candidates, you are helping someone who is not financed by less than transparent, less than desirable interests run for office.

Ballot proposal #2: Civic Engagement Proposal
Why you should vote NO
Don’t let the mayor give his pals a bunch of vague titles on the appointed “civic engagement commission.” Instead, we should have more community participation instead of having the voices of the community ignored.

Ballot Proposal #3: Term limits on Community Boards
Why you should vote NO

If appointed community board members have to apply to the borough president, for renewal every two years, why would term limits make sense? Let’s not forget the importance of institutional memory on our community boards.

To read our full opinion, visit the Queens Ledger’s NYC Ballot Proposals Vote YES NO and NO piece.

Middle Village House of the Week 11/3/18

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This detached home is Middle Village’s House of the Week.
The house sits on a 55×90 lot and features six bedrooms in addition to three full bathrooms. While the house was built in 1945, it was renovated in 2007. There are hardwood floors throughout, plenty of closet space, a beautiful den, a finished basement with gas fireplace and an above ground pool.
The seller is motivated!
The property is listed by Eliot Hill Realty for $1,698,000.