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.

Next CB5 meeting will be on March 11

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The next regularly-scheduled meeting of Queens Community Board 5 is on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can watch it on the livestream here.

The agenda includes the usual items: the public forum, chairperson’s report and district manager’s report.

That’s followed by committee reports from the following committees: Parks Services, Public Transit Services, Transportation Services.

For the public forum, speakers must either pre-register by calling or emailing the CB5 office or register at the podium prior to the start of the meeting.

You can reach Community Board 5 by email at qn05@cb.nyc.gov or over the phone at 718-366-1834.

104th Pct Build the Block meeting set for March 24

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The 104th Precinct is hosting a Build the Block meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. It will be at Councilman Bob Holden’s district office in Middle Village, located at 64-69 Dry Harbor Road.

The meeting will be a space where residents can meet with neighborhood coordination officers, or NCOs, to identify and solve quality of life issues and crime concerns.

Police officers Abbondandelo and Lee will be on hand to hear from Middle Village residents.

CB5 Transportation/Public Transit committees to talk bus redesign

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The Transportation Services and Public Transit Service committees of Community Board 5 are hosting a joint meeting on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

The main item on the agenda will be a presentation from MTA New York City Transit representatives about the Queens bus network redesign plan.

The presentation will be followed by questions from committee members and community residents.

A review of traffic safety requests will follow, if time permits.

The MTA previously hosted a workshop on the bus network design in Ridgewood, where residents voiced their concerns about what they deemed radical changed to their bus service.

Read more about that meeting, which is what you can expect at this committee meeting, in the Queens Ledger here.

CB5 meeting set for Wednesday, February 12

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School’s cafeteria.

The meeting will begin with a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 preliminary budget for the city.

That will be followed by a presentation from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s pediatrics and adolescent health department.

As usual, there will be a public forum, where anyone who signs up can speak before the board. Public forum speakers must pre-register by calling the office at 718-366-1834 or email qn05@cb.nyc.gov.

You’ll also hear from the chairperson, Vincent Arcuri Jr., as well as the district manager, Gary Giordano, when they present their monthly reports.

To conclude, the following CB5 committees will also report back: Parks Services, Public Safety Services, Transportation and Public Transit Services, and the Executive Committee on street festivals.

Rep. Grace Meng hosts supply drive for Puerto Rico

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From January 15 until February 5, Congresswoman Grace Meng is hosting an emergency supply drive to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island.

Meng is collecting basic necessities such as water, first aid kits, flashlights, non-perishable foods, batteries, baby formula, diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Supplies can be dropped off at her Flushing district office at 40-13 159th Street, Suite C. Drop-off hours at Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico have been devastated by the earthquakes that have hit the island, and my heart aches for all who have been impacted,” Meng said. “Even more heartbreaking is that these earthquakes have struck as many residents continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.”

“We must not sit by and allow our fellow Americans to suffer,” she added. “We must assist them in their time of need.”

Civic leader Lorraine Sciulli to be honored with street renaming

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Longtime Middle Village civic leader Lorraine Sciulli will be honored this week with a street renaming ceremony.

On Thursday, December 19, at 10 a.m., 77th Street and 62nd Avenue will be renamed in her memory.

Sciulli was largely involved with the Juniper Park Civic Association and Community Board 5 for many years.

She passed away in December 2017.