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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña speaks to parents, teachers and school staff during a special town hall hosted by CEC District 25 at PS 154 in Flushing on March 5.
Things are different.
Less than 100 days into her tenure as New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña came to Flushing to try to prove that point to parents, teachers and administrators.
In an attempt to identify hazards and improve pedestrian safety, Community Boards 7 in Flushing and 11 in Little Neck have submitted the most dangerous intersections in their areas to the Borough President’s Office.
Each community board has been asked to submit four problematic corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes. In turn, Borough President Melinda Katz will collect the data and send it to the Mayor’s Office.
If Mr. Zizelis’ definition of an “advanced, socially civilized country” is a place where the top 10 percent of taxpayers pay 70 percent of the tax revenue, where almost 50 percent pay no income tax, where 11 states have more people on welfare than are working, where success is capped and punished and mediocrity nurtured, where the government supports its crony-owned businesses with tax dollars like Solyndra, myriad failed green projects, not to mention bank bailouts and a $17 trillion debt, it is not unreasonable to suspect a mental disorder.
Advocating for assistance for a neighbor in crisis while objecting to providing limitless entitlements and suggesting we measure the success of welfare programs not by how many are added but by how many are dropped and achieve self-reliance indicates a Neanderthal mentality to Mr. Zizelis. He conjures up a delusional vision of me “decrying the redistribution of (my) wealth to the lazy and unmotivated, lying in their hammocks smoking food stamp cigars, retired and partying on with their unemployment pittance.” I have no knowledge of and never alluded to any such attitudes and activities but perhaps Mr. Zizelis has more firsthand experience and evidence he could share with us.
He describes a scene from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which he claims was the inspiration for Reaganomics, where a chimpanzee up in a tree urinates and “trickles down” on helpless chimps below him. This definitively sums up his assessment of Ronald Reagan’s legacy and illustrates his perverted and disordered view of man’s nature and economics.
Area youngsters get a tennis lesson and set a record for the most participants during a session at the U.S. Tennis Association’s celebration of World Tennis Day at Flushing Meadows Park.
It was shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday that a new Guinness World Record was set when the United States Tennis Association brought together 406 youngsters from various local youth organizations for the “largest tennis lesson” in history.
It took place inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Park, kicking off the celebration of World Tennis Day and thousands of USTA Play Events throughout the month of March. They are intended to encourage families and children to give the sport a try.
Mass transit advocates took issue with how Gov. Cuomo would like to redirect $40 million in next year’s budget for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
But the governor’s office is responding by saying that the money will help the MTA pay down debt and still keep the agency flush with increased cash.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, email@example.com.
Democratic reaction to state Sen. Tony Avella’s decision to jump ship and join the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is officially “disappointment,” but beneath the surface there appears to be anger and a desire for retribution.
Avella, of Bayside, last week joined the now-five-person IDC, which was organized in 2011 and runs the Senate with the Republicans in an unlikely coalition. He indicated he joined in an attempt to pass more legislation and that “at the end of the day, it will be helpful to my district and the Borough of Queens.”
Student leaders at PS 154 in Flushing with their green flag from the National Wildlife Federation. With them are parent coordinator Jacqueline Oregel, left, Principal Tara Davidson, NWF official Emily Fano and science teacher Deise Kenny.
PS 154 in Flushing has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award for improving its efforts to conserve natural resources and integrate environmental education into the curriculum.
It’s the second of only two New York City’s schools to receive the honor.
Frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik wants to know how much of the money he earns belongs to me in the name of social justice, and why. But that’s not the right question to ask.
The real question to ask is, “Should any of us pay any tax money for government social programs?” The answer is, “Yes, we should.” Why? Because we live in a society. A society is a structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, or nationality. Societies have social responsibilities; things that contribute to and benefit the group as a whole. Yes, we are individuals, but our societal collective affords us many things that we do and have as members of the group.
Taxes should be looked at like an admission fee to belong to a society. You want to live in our country, and have the benefits of our society, then you have to ante up your fee. You should be happy to pay taxes because our system of government affords us so much that many other countries don’t
have. Yet, on living standards we lag far behind the Scandinavian countries that provide free healthcare, free education and other subsidies to their members by taking more tax money than we pay. Citizens in those countries say they’re very happy with their lives and are glad to pay the higher taxes for the better services.
Ed sees our society divided between those who have enough and the “moochers,” and he resents any of his tax money going to pay for any moocher services. He can’t be a product of public education. He must have never lost his job through no fault of his own and taken unemployment insurance, been injured at work and sought disability, or have suffered any medical emergency that depleted his savings. He must never have been in the military or taken advantage of any veteran’s benefits. He can’t be a guy who is taking his Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any other senior services because that would make him a moocher.
If so, lucky him. But he shouldn’t resent those who are not as fortunate as he and need a helping hand from society once in a while. As a good citizen, he shouldn’t want to renege on his social responsibility.
A 3.75-acre site on Janet Place and the Flushing River may become a site for 300 condominiums and retail space. The developers remain mum on details.
One of the former owner-developers of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing has been sitting on a 3.75-acre waterfront site for two years with no immediate plans to build.
Shaya Boymelgreen’s Olympia Heights Management Team of Brooklyn bought the property at 39-08 Janet Place, off Roosevelt Avenue, in 2012 for $33 million and plans to turn it into retail and residential space.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
If little Aleeah Quezada’s condition hadn’t been diagnosed properly, or if Dr. Vince Parnell’s hands weren’t so skilled, or if an entire team at Cohen Children’s Medical Center wasn’t there doing its job, the Flushing infant wouldn’t live out the year.
But Aleeah’s heart defect was diagnosed correctly, halfway through her mother’s pregnancy, by Dr. Preeta Dhanantwari, Parnell and his team peformed a successful surgery, and now the two-month old should live out a normal life.
Community Board 11 voted Monday to recommend that the city Board of Standards and Appeals disapprove the plan of a new owner to finish developing four attached brick houses on 47th Avenue off 198th Street in Auburndale, despite a longstanding effort to resolve what residents and board members have regarded for years as a potentially dangerous eyesore.
The site has access on 47th Avenue but uses a 198th Street address due to the configuration of the houses.
The Quaker Meeting House on Northern Boulevard in Flushing. It was built in 1694 and remains in use as a religious institution.
A proposal by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) to put the historic Quaker Meeting House and Bowne House under federal jurisdiction has received mixed reviews here.
Her legislation would make the two historic sites part of the National Park Service, and last week the plan was supported by the Department of the Interior, the agency that oversees federal parkland.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
Former city Comptroller John Liu, who hails from Flushing, gave a thumbs-up Monday to the re-election bid of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing).
Speaking at Meng’s Flushing headquarters, Liu dispelled the notion that he would run for her seat but did not rule out running elsewhere.
Oi Ming Chen of Ridgewood, who owns a Flushing seafood company, has been convicted of storing fish at a College Point warehouse without having the proper state permits, and of possessing undersized fish.
Chen, 46, is the owner of Ace Group Seafood International Trading Corp., at 133-38 32 Ave. He was convicted last week of purchasing, packing, holding or storing marine food fish without a license and violating size and catch limits.