We have a new contractor for the Metro-Fresh Pond bridge project


It looks like the Metropolitan-Fresh Pond bridge deck replacement project is finally moving forward.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Monday that Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America have chosen Beaver Concrete Construction Company to finish the job.

Unlike the previous contractor, New Jersey-based Mugrose Construction, which blew off the job and jeopardized the timeline, Beaver Concrete has actual experience with bridge rehab projects.

Currently, they’re working on multi-bridge component rehab projects in Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. Oh, and they’ve been in business since 1946, so that’s a good sign.

Either way, let’s hope they finish the project and end the madness at that intersection.

Author Crystal Wolfe to talk homelessness at Middle Village Library


Author and advocate Crystal Wolfe is hosting a talk and book signing for her book, “Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century” at the Middle Village Library on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

Hear Crystal share stories about the homeless crisis in New York City, which has reached historic highs in recent years.

Crystal is also the founder of the organization Catering for the Homeless.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for CB5 next week



At Community Board 5 next week at Christ the King High School, board members will discuss a BSA application by Manny Kumar requesting an extended variance term of 10 years for his gas station at 66-15 Borden Avenue in Maspeth.

The owner, Mr. Kumar, is proposing enlarging his existing building at the sit and converting the auto shop into a convenience store.

Later in the meeting, a representative from the New York City Human Rights Commission will present on the rights of people with disabilities.

That will be followed by the public forum, review of applications for sale of alcohol, building demolition notices and committee reports.

To register to speak in advance, call 718-366-1834.

CB5 meeting set for tonight at CTK

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Normally, Community Board 5 meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month.

But because it’s Valentine’s Day, some members probably would have been in trouble with their spouses/partners if they missed the big night.

So CB5 officials changed the meeting for tonight, February 7th, at 7:30 p.m. It’ll be at the regular location inside the cafeteria of Christ the King.

But get ready – it’s going to be a long meeting.

CB5 will hold a public hearing on the mayor’s preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2019.

After that, back-to-back presentation by the Sanitation Department on organics collection, followed by news from NYC H20’s Matt Malina on the Ridgewood Reservoir.

That’ll be followed by the chairperson’s report, the district manager’s report and committee reports.

Better grab some dinner before the meeting tonight!

No garbage, recycle or organics collection on Monday


On Monday, February 12, in observance of Abe Lincoln’s birthday, the Department of Sanitation will not be collecting garbage, recycling or organics.

Residents who normally receive Monday garbage and organics collection place their materials at curbside after 4 p.m. on Monday, February 12 for collection.

Residents who normally receive Monday recycling collection should place their materials at curbside after 4 p.m. on Monday, February 19 for collection.

Relay For Life Middle Village kick-off party at O’Neills


On Tuesday, February 6th at 7 p.m. at O’Neills Restaurant, the 16th annual Relay For Life of Middle Village will host its kick-off party with supporters.

Get involved with this year’s event by joining a committee, becoming a team captain, hosting a fundraiser event or becoming a volunteer.

The 16th annual Relay for Life will take place on June 23 and 24 at Juniper Valley Park.

RSVP to relaylogisticsmv@aol.com. Seating is limited.