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(BPT) - Food, water, shelter – all basic human needs. But for millions of Americans, having a secure place to call home is financially out of reach, even if they work full-time. From veteran to teacher to single mom, public housing helps 2.2 million people throughout the country, with half a million more on waiting lists.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), along with several other elected officials, is calling on the Department of Education to designate the Hindu, Jainist, Buddhist and Sikh holiday of Diwali as an official day off for public school students.
“There are tens of thousands of public school students in New York City who celebrate Diwali,” Dromm said. “These students must pick between attending class or spending the day with their families, while students in the Christian and Jewish faiths do not have to make this decision when they celebrate holidays like Rosh Hashana and Christmas. There shouldn’t be this discrepancy. I urge the Department of Education to recognize this important holiday called Diwali.”
(NAPSI)—As male members of the graduating class of 2014 head back to high school for their final year, they need to remember a requirement beyond class work that they must fulfill. The law requires that young men who are U.S. residents register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
High Schools can be chaotic places. Hundreds —sometimes thousands — of teenagers jammed into a building who are expected to learn, grow and interact with one another in a civil matter. But as most anyone who has attended high school would attest to, there are disagreements and situations where discipline is required.
However, the Department of Education and the NYPD School Safety Division’s approach to discipline has been criticized over the past few years. Groups including the New York Civil Liberties Union and Diversity in Schools have said that student arrests and suspensions are issued far too often and disproportionately affect black and Hispanic males.
(NAPSI)—An overwhelming three in four teachers and principals report regularly seeing hungry kids in their schools, says a new report released by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. As Americans gear up for back to school, the report highlights the on-the-ground view of hunger as told by public school teachers and principals and points to an unlikely program—in-the-classroom breakfast—that’s increasing academic achievement and reducing childhood hunger at the same time.
The crowded District 19 City Council race in the Tuesday Democratic primary will pit seasoned veterans against first-time candidates.
Only one will be named the winner and face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.
(NAPSI)—Here are hints to help parents save a few bucks and stay organized during the school year:
A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
Two top members of the Maspeth business community who have been active with civic and service organizations of all kinds will be the grand marshals at this year’s Memorial Day Parade, set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.
The honorees are Joseph B. Papavero, the fourth-generation owner of Papavero Funeral Home, and MaryAnna Zero, owner of Home Hunters, the oldest real estate firm in Maspeth.
An ongoing dispute over the elimination of a scholarship geared toward undocumented youth is gaining the attention of community leaders across the city.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) rallied with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and several immigration advocacy groups outside City Hall last Thursday, urging Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn to reconsider a 2011 budget slash to his father’s scholarship program.
To members of the Flushing High School community, the Department of Education’s plan to open two new schools in its building and decrease enrollment in the school is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to do what they failed to do last year:
Get rid of it. The two schools the DOE is planning to add to Flushing High School would open in September.
Call it the story of a local boy trying to do well for his hometown.
A familiar face to the corridors of power, Bayside native Austin Shafran kicked off his run for the City Council’s 19th District on Feb. 19, touting years spent working within the bounds of the political system, at the local, state and federal levels.