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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Back to School & Fall Guide 2014
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

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City preps for universal pre-K, year one
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:57 pm

If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.

As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.

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Mom’s got a long checklist to go through
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Our family’s traditional August soaking detachment from all responsibilities was slothing happily along when, on Aug. 19, I received a Facebook message wishing me a Happy Hoo Hah Day. That’s how I knew it was time to start thinking about back-to-school.

When my siblings and I were teens, my brother invented Hoo Hah Day as a way to indulge while still sheltered by several weeks from summer’s last call on Labor Day. We observed by concocting a favorite beverage and running wild in the yard at night. Now as the mother of a 9-year-old, my first priority for back-to-school season is still to happily top off summer before we yield to practical preparations.

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Parents seek to weaken teacher job protections
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm

As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.

At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.

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Education never ends at the Queens Library
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.

Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.

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Keeping players healthy is the name of the game
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:55 pm

The debate over player safety and the impact of playing sports on an athlete’s body has raged on the professional level for years.

News of a major league pitcher needing elbow reconstruction surgery or an NFL star getting a concussion are often top stories on ESPN and professional sports leagues have made player safety one of, if not the, highest priorities.

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2014-15 Public School Year Calendar
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Sept. 4, Thursday SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS. (Partial day for prekindergarten.)

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Is one test the best HS admissions standard?
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.

The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.

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Autumn’s about to heat up
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:52 pm

With weather already starting to shift into fall, look forward to a burst of punchy prints, vibrant gem hues and funky, eclectic patterns spilling over from summer.

While New Yorkers tend to lapse into wearing darker, muted tones like black, slate, or deep stone fruit colors in the fall, runway trends suggest shoppers should stand out against the autumnal landscape.

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Keep on gardening in the fall
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:49 pm

If you think fall means putting away your trowel and rake, think again. Preparing the garden for the winter as well as next spring is an important part of planning for its future.

And just because the days are getting shorter and cooler doesn’t mean you should overlook fall planting of vegetable crops that will be ready to harvest long before Thanksgiving.

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Pumpkins, squash and apples, oh my!
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Fall isn’t always a season people look forward to. Kids go back to school and the days get cooler and shorter.

But if there is one thing to be excited over, it’s the delicious comfort food that comes along with the browning leaves and long sweaters.

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Previewing the fall TV season
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:51 pm

When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.

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Visit Queens to your arts’ content
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:50 pm

The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.

And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.

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What’s next for the Mets?
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Yes, there is still a month to go in the 2014 season but for all intents and purposes the Mets organization and their fans are looking ahead to next year. I will put on my turban and shine up my crystal ball as I attempt to be a clairvoyant.

The first order of business for Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson is to decide whether to retain Terry Collins as the team’s manager next year.

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