WWW.QNS.COM RIDGEWOOD TIMES DECEMBER 15, 2016 5 New expansion at Middle Village school well underway as framework is fi nished Photo courtesy of Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications The steel framework of the new addition at P.S./I.S. 49 in Middle Village has been completed. BY ANTHONY GIUDICE AGIUDICE@RIDGEWOODTIMES.COM Ґ @A_GIUDICEREPORT The steel framework of Middle Village’s newest school expansion has been erected at P.S./I.S. 49. Since breaking ground in May, the NYC School Construction Authority (CSA), architect John Ciardullo, P.C., and contractor E.W. Howell have worked to get the three-story frame of the new 26,000-square-foot building up in the former playground area of the school located at 63-60 80th St. In 2009, the school was expanded to cater to kindergarten through eighth grade, which saw the student body swell to 1,117 students, according to P.S./I.S. 49’s principal, Tom Carty. With the increase in students came the need for yet another expansion. “We are thrilled to announce this important construction milestone for P.S. 49’s new addition,” said Lorraine Grillo, SCA president and chief executive. “This is great news for the P.S. 49 community as we continue to work to address overcrowding in School District 24. We are moving forward with this exciting project and are working as quickly as possible to bring on these additional new seats.” This newest expansion will create an additional 13 regular classrooms, two special education classrooms, three resource rooms, a medical suite, an exercise room and an expanded cafeteria. The addition will be adjacent to — and internally connect with — the 2009 expansion. To make this happen, construction crews will partially remove an exterior wall of the original expansion which will seamlessly connect the corridors on all three fl oors to the new corridors within the addition as well as a connection in the main lobby. “The new section, as with the previous expansion, will also refl ect — in a modern interpretation — the architectural vocabulary and window rhythm of the original 1933 school building,” said Chuck Heaphy, senior project architect. “The addition’s exterior wall will include red and off -white brick. The three-story high curtain wall section will frame windows at the termination point of hallways.” As part of this project, the existing cafeteria will be completely renovated and expanded into the new addition, and the school’s reduced play yard will be resurfaced. The expansion is expected to be ready for September 2017, just in time for the new school year. ARE YOU TIRED OF MISSING TEETH LOOSE OR DENTURES? MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS COULD BE THE ANSWER! WE HAVE DENTAL IMPLANTS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES & SIZES THAT ALLOW US TO BEST MEET YOUR NEEDS & BUDGET! • Great for replacing missing teeth or stabilizing loose, uncomfortable dentures • No more suffering from pain while eating or embarrassment while smiling • Financing options available Call today to schedule your FREE evaluation with needed X-rays Robert P. Cukier, DDS | Glendale Family Dental 76-01 Myrtle Avenue Glendale, NY 11385 718-386-2655 (718) 804-5579 | WWW.MINIDENTALIMPLANTSGLENDALENY.COM Rendering courtesy of John Ciardullo, P.C. Fugitive armed robbers found hiding out at a Middle Village home, cops say BY ROBERT POZARYCKI RPOZARYCKI@QNS.COM @ROBBPOZ A young couple wanted for a violent home invasion in Washington State earlier this year were found by NYPD detectives hiding out in a Middle Village home last week. Chloe Fontaine, 24, and Mateusz Rudnik, 27, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 by members of the NYPD Warrant Division at Rudnik’s last known place of residence on 58th Road between 76th and 77th streets. Both Fontaine and Rudnik were said to reside in Washington State and have ties to Seattle and Portland, OR. According to law enforcement sources, they fl ed the Pacifi c Northwest aft er they allegedly shot and stabbed two people while robbing a home in Thurston County, WA, on Sept. 11 of this year. A bulletin from the Thurston County Sheriff ’s Offi ce noted that Rudnik allegedly shot the homeowner and another resident with a semi-automatic handgun. Fontaine then allegedly stabbed the homeowner four times about the head, back and side. A warrant was issued for their arrest on Dec. 1. Rudnik was last seen in Seattle on the night of Sept. 15; police in Washington State believed at the time they were heading to Portland, where Fontaine is said to have relatives. However, information obtained by detectives led police to the Middle Village home last Friday, where the two suspects were found sleeping in a bedroom. Police recovered from the location a loaded Taurus handgun. Rudnik and Fontaine are being held in Queens pending extradition to Washington State, where they face fi rst-degree charges of robbery and assault, as well as a count of unlawful imprisonment.
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