Earth Day at Maspeth Federal Savings

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Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday at Maspeth Federal Savings.

In partnership with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, Animal Care Centers of NYC, COMET and the NYPD, the event will feature paper shredding, pet adoption, electronics collection and VIN etching.

The Earth Day celebration will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd.

Martin Luther School’s summer basketball camp starts July 10th

The basketball camp at Martin Luther School emphasizes individual skill, basic fundamentals, and team play in a positive coaching environment.

Program director and MLS alum, Dwayne Cumberbatch, believes that a summer basketball program for children should be both fun and informative, exciting and supportive, challenging and rewarding.

His staff of former high school & college basketball players have the experience and personality to ensure that all kids involved will learn and have a great time.

Lunch is provided each day. All skill levels are welcome.

To register, contact Chris Brown at 718.894.4000 or email cbrown@martinluthernyc.org.
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Reported spike in rat sightings around Maspeth

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The Department of Environmental Protection has been searching for potential bioswale sites in Maspeth and they might’ve disturbed the rat burrows in the area, according to concerned residents.

Dead rats have appeared off the curb of 71st Street and Grand Avenue as well as 69th Lane near Grand Avenue just after the DEP started drilling into the ground on the avenue. One resident has spotted rat traps around the neighborhood, including on 53rd Avenue and 72nd Place.

The bioswales have caused a bit of controversy in the area since the DEP initially announced the addition of 321 bioswales in Maspeth, Ridgewood and Sunnyside. In particular, one Maspeth homeowner had a serious issue with an unwanted bioswale in front of her house last November.

The rat and trap sightings are near residential homes, restaurants, schools and the library. A man in the Bronx recently died from Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that is rat-borne. The disease is also harmful to pets as it’s capable of killing dogs.

Have you seen an increased presence of rats around the neighborhood? Let us know in the comments.

Maspeth Selfhelp honors Crowley

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Earlier this month, Maspeth Selfhelp Senior Center honored Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley for her commitment to funding for local senior centers.

Each year, Crowley has allocated money to the Peter Cardella Senior Center, the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, Maspeth Selfhelp Senior Center, the Middle Village Adult Center and the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center.

Through City Council dollars, Maspeth Selfhelp has been able to offer classes in Tai Chi, ESL, yoga, needlepoint, jewelry making, computer classes, transportation services and more.

“I feel privileged to help them each year and keep our seniors’ minds and bodies active,” Crowley said. “Seniors are truly the foundation to our community, and it’s important they remain a priority to this city.

Maspeth man sentenced to nine years for break-ins

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After pleading guilty to a series of residential break-ins last month, a Maspeth man was sentenced to nine years in prison, District Attorney Richard Brown announced today.

Juan Cuervo, 54, was charged with burglarizing nine different homes throughout the borough, predominantly in Elmhurst and Flushing. In each incident, he allegedly ransacked the homes and stole various pieces of property including a camera, solver coins, jewelry and cash.

“The defendant broke into the homes of various people – victims who had their private and personal spaces invaded by a stranger – and ransacked their residences and stole their property,” Brown said. “The defendant admitted his guilt and has now been sentenced to a lengthy term of incarceration.”

March Madness specials at The Maspeth Pizza House

17342912_10154565988919426_2159532668050431886_nWatch the games, and take advantage of NCAA March Madness Specials at the The Maspeth Pizza House.

During any game, a 10′ pizza and beer combo is only $10.

The MPH has 6 flatscreen TVs… so you won’t miss any action.

TONIGHT: Minnesota, Maryland, Purdue, Xavier, #1 VILLANOVA, and many more.

Happy Hour is from 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri. Enjoy 1/2 price on appetizers, 10′ pizzas, beers & cocktails.

The Maspeth Pizza House is located at 55-60 60th Street (McDonald’s parking lot) in Maspeth. Their phone number is (718) 326-1222