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.

Health Department to conduct adulticiding to reduce mosquito activity

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The Health Department is conducting aerial larviciding treatment to parts of central Queens to reduce mosquito activity and reduce the risk of West Nile virus on Tuesday, August 18 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.

In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed for Wednesday, August 19.

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 by 64th Street, Mount Olivet Circle, Metropolitan Avenue, LIRR, 78th Place, Myrtle Avenue, Forest Park Drive, and Forest Parkway to the West; Long Island Expressway, Queens Boulevard, 63rd Drive, Woodhaven Boulevard, Metropolitan Avenue, and Union Turnpike to the North; Van Wyck Expressway to the East; and, Jamaica Avenue, 107th Street, Atlantic Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard, and Jamaica Avenue to the South.

Con Edison to Middle Village residents: conserve energy

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Amid a days-long heat wave, Con Edison is asking customers in Middle Village, as well as in Forest Hills and Glendale, to conserve energy while company crews repair equipment.

Con Ed has also reduced voltage by 8 percent in the area, bounded by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and 51st Avenue, the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Boulevard and the Brooklyn borough line, as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as crews make repairs.

This zone houses 116,300 Con Ed customers, many of whom have experienced blackouts since the utilities provider posted its request Monday night.

Customers have been asked “not to use energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves and, if not needed for health or medical reasons, air conditioners, until the equipment problems are resolved.”

According to Con Ed, the number of power outages in Queens is recorded at 179 as of 3:15 p.m., down from nearly 900 this morning. As of the same hour, the company anticipates service to be restored to these households no later than 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

New Yorkers can report outages, in addition to checking service restoration statuses, at ConEd.com/reportoutage, with the mobile app, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED.

New shuffleboard equipment comes to Juniper Valley Park

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Earlier this week, Councilman Robert Holden delivered new shuffleboard equipment to a group of local seniors at Juniper Valley Park.

“It was truly gratifying to encourage our local seniors to get out and enjoy summer with some brand-new shuffleboard equipment,” Holden said. “Juniper Valley Park would practically be unrecognizable without seeing these longtime friends playing on these courts.

“It should give our community a great sense of normalcy and hope to see them back in action, especially after COVID-19 hit our seniors so hard,” he added. “We should all follow their example of getting back to doing the things we love while still wearing masks and protecting each other.”

Man charged in deadly hit-and-run by Metro Mall

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The incident occurred in front of Metro Mall.

A 37-year-old man from the Bronx has been charged with second degree murder and other crimes in connection with a deadly hit-and-run on Metropolitan Avenue near Metro Mall last Tuesday, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

A 25-year-old man died as a result of the crash with the box truck.

“This is a tragic incident that was caused by the alleged criminal actions of this defendant,” Katz said. “The defendant is in custody and faces very serious charges.”

Ramon Pena, 37, was charged with second degree murder, second degree manslaughter, third degree grand larceny and other crimes, including leaving the scene without reporting death and other traffic violations.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

On June 30, Pena allegedly stole the box truck that was parked with keys in the ignition from 101st Avenue in Jamaica. The truck was seen “striking in excess of 20 parked and moving cars” along Humboldt and Metropolitan avenues.

The truck went through multiple red lights and drove on the wrong side of the street.

Pena allegedly struck the 25-year-old victim, Hamlet Cruz-Gomez, who was driving a Honda CRV, while he was exiting the Metro Mall parking lot.

The defendant then jumped out of the box truck after the collision and ran away into the nearby Metropolitan Avenue subway station. Police apprehended him inside the station.

According to Katz, Pena doesn’t have a valid drive’s license and has no driving history in the state.

Free COVID-19 antibody testing event all day

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Councilman Bob Holden and Community Board 9 Chair Kenichi Wilson are hosting a free COVID-19 antibody testing event in Middle Village today.

The event, with Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Juniper Boulevard South and 78th Street.

Please note that the antibody test is free with no co-pay, if you have insurance, you will be asked to show it.

Schedule your appointment here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Don’t miss this virtual job fair tomorrow

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The office of the Queens Borough President is hosting a Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Ten organizations are participating in the job fair, including Child Center of NY, Council for Airport Opportunity, NYC Health + Hospitals, Queens Centers for Progress, Queens College, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Open and more.

Non-participants can also tune in via livestream.

RSVP for the virtual job fair here.