BP gas station on Eliot Avenue seeks extension

At this month’s virtual meeting of Community Board 5, the board will host a hearing of an application for extending the use of a British Petroleum (BP) gas station in Middle Village.

The application before the Board of Standards and Appeals will be presented by Eric Palatnik, P.C., which is seeking what’s called an “extension of variance term.”

The owners of the BP at 69-05 Eliot Avenue are seeking the board’s approval of another 10-year term at the site, which is zoned R4-1. Their previous variance term expired in 2015.

Those who want to submit testimony for the public hearing is asked to pre-register by calling the CB5 office at 718-366-1834 or emailing qn05@cb.ny.gov.

Watch the CB5 meeting on YouTube by clicking this link.

Ninth Queens Virtual Jobs Recruitment Fair set for next Wednesday

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The next installment of the virtual Queens jobs recruitment fair will take place on Wednesday, October 7, the Queens borough president’s office announced.

More than a dozen employers and recruiters will participate, including The Child Center of New York, the Council of Airport Opportunity, MetroPlus Health Plan, the New York City Children’s Center, New York Life, Services for the Autism Community, Queens Centers for Progress, the U.S. Census Bureau, Workforce1 and the Young Adult Institute.

This month, the FDNY will be the newest organization joining the fair.

The online event will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP by Tuesday, October 6 to be on the Zoom call.

The jobs recruitment fair will also be livestreamed on this link.

Middle Village’s Edward Grayson appointed as new sanitation commissioner

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One of Middle Village’s own has taken the helm at the Department of Sanitation.

Last week, Mayor de Blasio appointed Edward Grayson as the Acting Commissioner of DSNY. Grayson, who was raised in Middle Village, was the agency’s director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection.

The four-star chief first joined the sanitation department in 1999. He has held a range of positions, including operations chief.

As Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection, Grayson oversaw day-to-day operations, including the collection, recycling and disposal of more than 1,200 tons of waste per day.

Grayson’s father was a lifelong sanitation worker and supervisor. His mother was a recycling outreach coordinator during the rollout of the city’s citywide recycling program in the 1990s.

We wish Grayson the best of luck!

Adulticide treatment to be sprayed in Middle Village

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The Health Department is conducting aerial larviciding treatment to parts of Queens to reduce mosquito activity and reduce the risk of West Nile virus on Thursday, September 17 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.

In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed for Monday, September 21.

The department will use very low concentrations of DeltaGard or Anvil. The risks of the pesticides for mosquito control are low to people and pets.

Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation or a rash.

To stay safe during spraying, residents are advised to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

That area that will be sprayed is bordered byDutch Kills to the West; 47th Avenue, 43rd Street, Long Island Expressway, Woodhaven Boulevard, Metropolitan Avenue, Union Turnpike, Grand Central Parkway to the North; 164th Street to the East; and, Hillside Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, 69th Street, LIRR, Grand Avenue, Newtown Creek to the South.

CB5 September meeting (virtual) set for September 9

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After a brief summer break, community board meetings are back!

The next meeting of Community Board 5, which will be conducted over Zoom, is on Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30 p.m.

On the agenda is the FY 2022 Capital and Expense Budget, followed by the public forum.

Anyone wishing to submit testimony for the public hearing or public forum, for three minutes or less, can pre-register by calling the CB5 office at 718-366-1834 or emailing qn05@cb.nyc.gov.

Watch the meeting via YouTube or by visiting the website at nyc.gov/qnscb5.

Juniper Valley Park’s 9/11 candlelight vigil is virtual this year

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This year’s 9/11 candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park will go virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The 911 Candlelight Vigil Committee of Queens, a group of volunteers whose mission is to ensure the memories of those killed on that tragic day are kept alive, announced that they will take the annual event online.

You can watch the ceremony online at 911vigil.org.

The annual vigil usually takes place on the fields of Juniper Valley Park, where hundreds of residents take part in remembering the lives lost on that day.

Last year, the program included a reading of the names of Middle Village residents who passed away on 9/11. This year, the vigil will also include the names of rescue and recovery workers who have died from 9/11-related illnesses.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and like the committee, we also hope the vigil can take place in person in 2021.

St. Margaret’s youth volunteers participate in cleanup

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Image courtesy of Councilman Holden’s office

Earlier this summer, young volunteers from St. Margaret’s Parish cleaned up garbage along Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village.

They were joined and celebrated for their volunteerism by Councilman Bob Holden and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Here’s what Holden had to say about the cleanup:

“We went through the 70s and 80s, and I remember the days of trash all over the cities, you couldn’t go on the subway without graffiti everywhere. We’re getting back to that and it’s unfortunate so our young people are now stepping up and saying we’re going to help out.”