Margaret Finnerty described her job as School District 27’s family advocate as a juggling act.
“You have to cover parents’ meetings and attend community education council meetings once a month,” she said. “There’s a lot going on throughout the district.”
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
More than 90 percent of city teachers and principals were rated as effective or highly effective in the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review in the first year that the five boroughs were graded under the assessment system.
“For our schools to succeed, we need to hold ourselves accountable for the development of our educators,” city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a said in a written statement after the report was released on Tuesday. “At the same time, a well-developed evaluation system — with four, much more nuanced ratings, instead of only two — helps us identify and provide specific support to struggling teachers, as well as identify those who do not belong in the classroom.”
After a rendering of a pink sculpture planned for Jackson Avenue was released, outrage was sparked.
The genderless figure is supposed to be placed on the median of the corridor near the Court Square subway station any day without warning to the community, something the Department of Cultural Affairs said is not true.
Members of an Education and Career Services class from the YWCA of Queens in Flushing collected almost $1,000 last week during a Giving Tuesday fundraiser.
Y board members, staff and students are seen here with gifts they bought, which will be donated to a domestic violence shelter run by the New York Asian Women’s Center.
The accolades just keep coming for Margaret Finnerty.
The soon-to-be retiree was honored by members of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association and elected officials at the civic’s holiday party on Tuesday.
Three city agencies are teaming up to provide schoolchildren with a safer commute to and from their schools.
The Safe Routes to School projects are ongoing in Maspeth, South Ozone Park, Jackson Heights and Ridgewood, according to city officials.
The embattled principal of John Bowne High School in Flushing has been accused of driving two of his former female employees to quit after he made sexually suggestive remarks to one and belittled another after she became pregnant, court documents state.
According to one Dec. 1 lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, Principal Howard Kwait allegedly “targeted Plaintiff in the workplace, and subjected Plaintiff to a work environment permeated with hostility, ridicule, and torment.”
Bramson ORT College, a two-year technical school located on Austin Street in Forest Hills, was mere weeks away from closing over a financial aid battle with the U.S. Department of Education. However, Rep. Grace Meng mediated a meeting between the two entities, who were able to come to a compromise.
Bramson ORT College students don’t have to worry about finding another school to attend anymore, according to Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing).
According to the Congresswoman’s office, the Forest Hills college, located at 69-30 Austin St., was “weeks away” from closing over a lack of funds.
Activists, officials furious over Garner case; protest today
Pietro Cardella, known throughout southwest Queens as Peter, was a much-loved and well-respected member of the Ridgewood community for decades, right up until his death last Wednesday at the age of 97.
At his wake, held last weekend at the Glascott Funeral Home on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, Cardella was fondly remembered by many friends and relatives, including his son-in-law Joe Ferretti, who referred to him simply as “the last great man.”
When Margaret Finnerty walked into her last School District 27 Presidents’ Council meeting Monday night, she did not expect to be treated to cake and a goodbye party.
But that’s just what members of the Presidents’ Council did for Finnerty, who has been the family advocate for the district for close to 13 years and will be retiring at the end of the year.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought against Borough President Melinda Katz by six former Queens Library trustees who had sought to have their dismissals overturned by the court, Katz announced Sunday.
The six were members of a faction that had shielded now-suspended library President and CEO Tom Galante from attempts by a minority of the board to put him on leave while investigations into alleged financial mismanagement played out, and that had refused to provide City Comptroller Scott Stringer with all the documents he sought for an audit of the system.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Department of Transportation to patch up holes in several fences near MS 202 Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, which he and school officials say are being used by students to cut across Conduit Avenue.
The Department of Homeless Services has been asking community boards around the city to recommend sites where homeless shelters might be placed.
But according to Community Board 9 Acting District Manager Lisa Gomes, no such place exists in the areas of Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Kew Gardens.
During Community Board 4’s monthly meeting last Wednesday, the Department of Transportation presented a Safe Routes to School proposal for the PS 13 annex in Elmhurst.
The program started in 2003 as a way for the DOT to determine and improve areas with the highest accident rates within a 700-foot radius of a school.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology has come a long way since it opened its doors as the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in 1932, and, to celebrate three major milestones in the school’s history, the Flushing campus hosted a two-day event Nov. 6 and 7.
The celebration of a recently completed three-year, $40 million renovation and a farewell to John Fitzpatrick, who retired after serving as president for 17 years, was held on Nov. 6. On the following day, his successor, Sharon DeVivo, was installed as the first female president in the institution’s history.
Advocates and leaders of Richmond Hill High School last Thursday announced that the school’s much-maligned classroom trailers will be removed and replaced with a playground facility by spring 2015, and that seven additional classrooms will be constructed within the building to accommodate students.
“The school is returning to its former glory,” said Vishnu Mahadeo, president and executive director of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, at a press conference in the school’s auditorium.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and officials from Queens College on Monday released the results of a study that concluded reactivating the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch would generate 500,000 subway rides per day, but that residents of the Rockaways support the alternative park plan.
“Reactivating the Rockaway Beach line would connect South and northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Queens College’s library.