4 times • DECEMBER 24, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com ‘Tree-cycle’ your Christmas tree during Mulchfest 2016 By Anthony Giudice firstname.lastname@example.org @A_GiudiceReport With holiday season drawing to a close, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and the city’s Parks Department are giving residents the chance to “tree-cycle” their Christmas trees with curbside collections, drop-offs and the 20th annual Mulchfest taking place at 14 parks throughout Queens. DSNY will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection program on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, and will run through Friday, Jan. 15. Residents should remove all tree stands, lights, ornaments and decorations from trees before putting them out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left curbside during the program will be chipped, mixed with leaves and recycled into rich compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens. “Recycling gives Christmas trees new life,” said DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “The tree in our homes now will be chipped and reused as mulch in parks and community gardens throughout the city and enjoyed for the months to come.” The Parks Department, meanwhile, is offering residents two options for “treecycling”: the Mulchfest event and open drop-off locations. Mulchfest 2016 will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The NYC Parks drop-off sites will be accepting trees starting Saturday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 10. These options allow Queens residents to drop off their Christmas trees at designated parks for mulching, and to even bring home a free bag of mulch at selected locations. There are 14 locations throughout Queens that will host Mulchfest and dropoff sites including Astoria Park, Forest Park and Juniper Valley Park. “There are countless ways we can care for our parks, and Mulchfest is one of the simplest and most fun,” said Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner. “With nearly 80 locations to drop off your tree this holiday season, we hope to create more mulch in 2016 than ever before. Thanks to the Department of Sanitation, GreenNYC, our sponsors, and of course, our generous community members who we count on to help keep our trees and plants healthy and nutrient-rich.” For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling or Mulchfest locations, visit the DSNY website, NYC Parks website or call 311. Knicks player shot during robbery in Maspeth: report By Anthony Giudice email@example.com/@A_GiudiceReport New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was reportedly shot and injured during a brazen robbery early on Wednesday morning, soon after he left a Maspeth strip club. Police said that the shooting took place in the vicinity of Tyler and Maurice avenues just after 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 30. According to published reports, Early and an unidentified female were riding in an Uber cab moments after leaving the nearby CityScapes gentlemen’s club on 58th Street when three vehicles blocked the car in near the Maspeth Avenue location. Authorities said four to six suspects, all of whom were described as black males wearing masks, exited the vehicles and demanded Early give them his items and jewelry. Early complied but was shot once in the right kneecap, sources familiar with the investigation said. Officers from the 104th and 108th Precincts and EMS units responded to the incident. Early was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. His female companion was not injured. The Knicks drafted Early, a New York City native, in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. He was recently recalled from the team’s Developmental League squad based in Westchester County. On the big club, Early has served the Knicks primarily off the bench, averaging one point and four minutes per game this season. The investigation is ongoing. Check back with QNS.com for additional details on this developing story. RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice; inset via Twitter/@wcknicks Knicks player Cleanthony Early was reportedly shot during a robbery at the corner of Maurice and Tyler avenues early Wednesday morning, according to reports. Glendale spreads holiday cheer to needy kids Students at P.S. 91 in Glendale teamed up with Coldwell Banker Kueber Realty for yet another successful “Toys for Tots” drive, collecting more than 500 unwrapped toys to be delivered to children in need. Also participating in the drive were P.S. 91’s PTA and Arlene LoMastro, a paraprofessional at the school. Donors thanked all those who contributed to the cause.
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