The city Department of Education announced Tuesday that it will significantly expedite the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from city schools from the original 10-year deadline to three and a half years from now — a total of five years from the project’s 2011 start date. The announcement came as a result of a settlement between the city and the activist organization New York Communities for Change, which sued the city last fall to move up the project after PCBs were found leaking from lighting ballasts in dozens of city schools, including IS 204 in Long Island City.
Triston Griffith, a 20-year-old from Jamaica, wears a Barry Manilow Broadway play pin on his tie and someday hopes to sing just like him.
“I want to go to college and work on my singing more to make sure I don’t make a fool of myself,” Griffith said. He sits calmly in the lounge area at the Mental Health Association of New York City. His hair is neatly braided and his suit is fancier than anyone’s dress in the multiroom school.
City officials broke ground Tuesday for a new K through 5 school in Ozone Park that is being constructed on the site of a former Catholic school.
The new school, called PS 316, is located at 90-07 101 Ave and will serve 444 students from the Ozone Park community and is currently slated to open in September 2014. It will feature reading and speech resource rooms, a library, guidance room and a medical suite. Two of the 20 classrooms in the school will be dedicated to District 75 students.
Queens neighborhoods are all ripe with history. There’s a seemingly never-ending parade of people, places and events that define the borough’s 350-year existence and have given birth to hundreds of books and films. From the Flushing Remonstrance through Hurricane Sandy, the myriad of stories can take a lifetime to tell.
Woodhaven’s rich history is not well-known to people outside the neighborhood, but with the help of some tech-savvy and devoted young teenagers, the community’s past will be put on film for all to see.
As smiling parents and excited teachers filed into room 301 at PS 96 in South Ozone Park Monday morning, the fourth-graders in Anna LoMagno’s class smiled anxiously and shuffled their feet nervously.
In a few moments, they would stand up and perform in the school’s second-annual poetry jam.
Compared to the March and April meetings of Community Board 9, which featured raucous debates over the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the mitigation of toxic chemicals at an Ozone Park industrial site, Tuesday’s meeting of CB 9 at Maple Grove Cemetery seemed serene.
The meeting’s most action-packed moment came over renewing the beer and wine license for a Woodhaven bar whose owners made an error on the establishment’s application and failed to respond to CB 9’s request to fix it.
The School Construction Authority came before Community Board 11 on Monday night with a proposed new 416-seat school, pointing to what it calls a strong need for more classrooms in one of the city’s high-performing education districts.
The agency ran headlong into the gaping maw of Northeast Queens’ ire, fueled by the potential school’s incredulous neighbors, who claimed the city did not look hard enough for a better site.
St. John’s University President Rev. Donald Harrington announced his retirement on Friday in the midst of enduring accusations of corruption.
The 67-year-old, who previously acknowledged that he accepted sumptuous gifts from crooked former Dean Cecilia Chang before she committed suicide, sent an email to students and faculty declaring that he will step down effective July 31. Harrington served as president of the University for 24 years.
The reviews are in, and critics of Mayor Bloomberg’s final executive budget are saying they have seen this show before.
And, as per usual, there is likely to be a rousing closing dance number when City Council members restore funding for the same fire companies, after-school programs, senior centers and libraries that have been proposed for cuts by the mayor for years.
The performing arts are alive at PS 174 in Rego Park, which is one of just five schools in the city selected this year to do a Disney Musicals In Schools production of “The Jungle Book.”
The community is invited to see the children put on the show, an adaptation geared toward young performers, on three dates this month. The students will also do a closed performance at the Minskoff Theatre in Manhattan.