Calls for return of M Line shuttle bus

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With the MTA in midst of a multi-phase renovation of the M train line, a local pol is calling for the return of shuttle buses for local residents.

Currently in its second phase, the project includes the complete demolition and rebuilding of the Myrtle Viaduct and Fresh Pond Bridge.

During the first phase, which lasted just two months, shuttle buses were provided to supplement M service for riders. Now Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is calling on the MTA to request additional shuttle bus service to provide some much-needed relief.

“These issues can be resolved by supplementing the subway shuttle with a shuttle bus that will follow the M line to the J/Z lines, similar to Phase I,” she said. “The Phase I shuttle buses arrived much more frequently than the current subway shuttles and were received favorably.”

Phase II of the project is expected to last seven more months.

Crowley’s office serves as hurricane relief drop-off site

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In the aftermath of the destructive hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s office is accepting donations.

They will be collecting batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. All items must be completely unopened and packaged.

Donate at her Glendale district office, located at the Shops at Atlas Mall at 71-19 80th Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Middle Village dog groomer takes third place at expo

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Amanda Madtes, a Middle Village resident and owner of K9 Caterers Grooming in Glendale, captured the third place trophy in the Rescue Round Up competition at Groom Expo 2017.

The native of Dublin, Ireland, opened the Glendale salon in 2014, which features an open-concept floor plan, express grooming services and the chance for owners to stay with their dogs during the grooming process.

Groom Expo is the largest grooming show, drawing thousands of pet professionals to the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania on September 17.

Ticket blitz at Eliot and Metropolitan

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You may have already seen this viral video of police officers conducting what appears to be a ticketing blitz in the middle of traffic at Metropolitan Avenue and Eliot Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Drivers stuck in the busy, congested intersection got hit with tickets for blocking the box, but witnesses say the officers unfairly asked them to wait and when the light turned red, the officers pounced.

From the video, a woman, who we’re assuming is Angie┬áTaveras-Lamourt, who posted the video on Facebook, publicly chastises the officers:

“This is illegal what you’re doing. You’re stopping cars at a green light, and just when it turns, you all come over here to give a ticket. That’s illegal and you know it. You know it. This is improper. Now you’re going to come here and give this guy a ticket. You have to fix that light, that’s not right. You’re just going to give this poor man a ticket. That’s bull****.”

We got a call today from a Middle Village resident who identified himself as “Big Frank” who told us at least 15 cops were stationed there. Big Frank also said at least six cars were ticketed at the moment.

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“One of them was directing traffic,” Big Frank said. “When the light changed, another cop starting zapping everyone’s window.”

“There was nowhere to move,” he added. “It’s a scam. This needs to be taken care of.”

Big Frank confirmed that the officers asked the cars to come forward, only to ticket them in the middle of traffic.

He has already contacted Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s office to see what can be done.

If you have a similar story to share, or if you were there on Tuesday afternoon, let us know by commenting below.

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See the agenda for CEC 24 meeting tonight

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Community Education Council 24 will be meeting tonight at PS/IS 128 in Middle Village to discuss pedestrian safety around area schools.

Guest speakers include Jason Barney, Deputy Borough Commissioner for the Department of Transportation, Office Michelle Manistalco from the 104th Precinct, and Glen Risbrook and Byron Kiste from the Office of Pupil Transportation.

Keep in mind that CEC 24 has two member vacancies available for Pre-K through 8th grade parents.

For more information, contact the office by email at CEC24@schools.nyc.gov.

Addabbo to hold office hours in Middle Village Library

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo is holding mobile office hours for local constituents at Middle Village Library on Thursday, September 21.

Addabbo will be available to meet with residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The library is located at 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue.

“By coming to constituents in their own neighborhoods, I am hoping to make it more convenient for them to come out and express their concerns to me,” Addabbo said. “I look forward to meeting and speaking with local residents in Middle Village.”

For more information, contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.