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.”
Are you feeling behind the times with today’s computer technology? Do you see everyone using their iPads, iPhones, smartphones, and tablets and ask yourself: What are these products all about? Can I ever learn to use them? Do you already own one of these devices but wish to learn more about it?
The Middle Village Adult Center is offering a free “21st Century Computer Technology Seminar” for seniors (60+) Thursday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Seniors will be paired up with high school volunteers from Grover Cleveland High School, who will demonstrate how to navigate today’s iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet and smartphones in a fun, interactive and exciting way.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
The colorful mural on the side of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street proudly proclaims “Maspeth is America.”
Few things are more American than a grandiose painting of a bald eagle soaring alongside Old Glory, just like few neighborhoods in the entire country have more history than Maspeth does.
A Grover Cleveland High School gym teacher is facing prison time after being arrested and charged with engaging in sexual relationships with two students at the Ridgewood school.
On Tuesday, 39-year-old Joy Morsi, of Long Island, was arrested within the confines of the 104th Precinct and charged with 20 counts each of third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child in response to an alleged lengthy relationship with a then-16-year-old male student last year.
Are you feeling behind the times with today’s computer technology? Do you see everyone using their iPads, iPods, iPhones, Smartphones, and Tablets and ask yourself: “What are these products all about? Can I ever learn to use them? Do you already own one of these devices but wish to learn more about them?”
The Middle Village Adult Center is offering a free “21st Century Computer Technology Seminar” for seniors (60+) on Tuesday, June 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Seniors will be paired up with over 35 high school volunteers from Grover Cleveland High School, who will demonstrate how to navigate today’s iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet and Phone in a fun, interactive and exciting way! In addition, the center’s computer program coordinator, Charna Barak, will demonstrate the basics of the modern day computer and be on hand to answer questions.
Sorry, park advocates, the Major League Soccer stadium planned for Flushing Meadows is a done deal. And, some of you same folks will lament the fact that the Ridgewood Theatre will never be a performance venue again. Lastly, you fans of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) will be disappointed to learn she will not be the next mayor of New York.
These were all revelations made to this writer on Tuesday. Do I have a crystal ball? No. (After all, I was liking Curtis Sliwa’s pick in the Kentucky Derby until the darn horse scratched at the last minute). No, what I had was a conversation with Queens’ own celebrity psychic, Jesse Bravo.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
The newly reconstituted 104th Precinct Community Council is up and running with an interim board, regular elections set for 2013 and an already ambitious agenda.
The board consists of President John Perricone of Ridgewood, Vice President Mario Matos Jr., a teacher at Maspeth High School, Treasurer Tania Broschert of Glendale, Recording Secretary Amy Lassell of Maspeth and Sergeant at Arms Vincent Perricone of Ridgewood.
Only a few months after a court ruling gave a last-minute reprieve to seven Queens high schools, the city Department of Education is eyeing three schools — including one of those seven — in a new round of academic performance probing that could lead to closure of the schools.
Flushing High School and two schools located at Campus Magnet in Cambria Heights — Law, Government and Community Service High School; Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship High School — have been targeted by the DOE’s early engagement program. As part of the program, DOE officials have been meeting with parents, staff and students to discuss academic performance after the three schools earned D grades on the DOE’s annual report cards released last month. Department officials get updates from members of the school community and report that information to the superintendent.
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on Queens, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg are asking residents to make last minute preparations.
Don’t take a wrong turn in Grover Cleveland High School’s haunted house!
Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood hosted a Halloween party for more than 400 neighborhood children on Friday, complete with costumes, activities, prizes, a haunted house — and yes, plenty of candy.
City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and State Education Commissioner John King both said last week they are confident the city will be able to submit improvement plans for more than a dozen Queens schools — and over 100 citywide — listed on the state’s “priority schools” list as underachieving schools that could be closed by 2015 if they do not show progress.
But any plans for the schools will be contingent on whether or not the city and the United Federation of Teachers will finally reach a deal on a new teacher evaluation system.
The State Education Department released its list of troubled schools last month, just before the start of the new school year, highlighting over two dozen borough schools in need of improvement or risking closure by the end of the decade.
Among the schools listed on the priority list — schools with graduation rates under 60 percent — are the seven high schools that were part of the failed turnaround program earlier this year and two high schools that are already being phased out — Jamaica and Beach Channel. The list also includes Grover Cleveland High School, which was taken off the turnaround list at the last minute in April, along with Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village and Excelsior Prep High School in Springfield Gardens.
The Bloomberg administration seemed to admit defeat this week on their comprehensive school “turnaround” plan that led to the Department of Education’s decision to close and rename 24 city high schools, including seven in Queens.
After being dealt back-to-back defeats from an arbitrator and a New York State Supreme Court judge, the DOE said the schools would, at least for the time being, open in September with the same employees as in June while the lawsuit against the city filed by unions representing teachers, school administrators and principals works its way through the courts.
Teachers unions scored a big victory against the Department of Education Friday afternoon. An independent arbitrator assigned to mediate a dispute between the UFT and the Council of Supervisors & Administrators and the DOE has ruled that the city’s move to shut down low-performing schools and lay off half of their faculty and administration violated contracts between the city and the unions. The move may mean thousands of staff laid off at the end of the school year may again have jobs in September if they want them, and the city might lose out on almost $60 million in federal funding.
The city closed seven high schools in Queens at the end of the school year, and plans to reopen them with new names and largely new staff in the fall. The schools that were closed include John Adams, Richmond Hill, August Martin, Flushing, Newtown, William Cullen Bryant and Long Island City. Grover
Cleveland High School in Ridgewood had been targeted for closure but was given a reprieve at the 11th hour. The schools joined Jamaica, Beach Channel and Far Rockaway high schools, which have all been closed in recent years or are in the process of closing.
Councilmen Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and James Vacca (D-Bronx) introduced the Social Host Law on May 31, which would make it illegal for any adult who owns, rents or otherwise controls a private home to permit underage drinking.
“This legislation will hold adults accountable for allowing minors to drink in their home,” said Vacca, who added community groups say underage drinking is a problem in his district.
She was nominated by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
“There are remarkable women in our midst whose lives, work or special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better, making our families stronger and serving as special examples to others,” Addabbo said in a statement issued by his office last week.
It may have been the most pleasantly anticipated committee report in recent memory at Community Board 5 last Wednesday as Education Committee Chairwoman Pat Grayson reaffirmed what all in the district already knew — Grover Cleveland High School has been spared the infamous ‘turnaround’ process that the city has slapped on 24 high schools in the city.
The board had passed a unanimous resolution calling on the city to do just that in April, arguing that the school had made the significant, demonstrable progress the city has sought after bringing in new Principal Denise Vittor and giving her three years under the “start-up” designation.
Retired U.S. Army Capt. Laura Zimmermann and area realtor Jim O’Kane will serve as grand marshals of the 2012 Maspeth Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth, on May 27.
Zimmermann, a Maspeth native, is a graduate of Christ the King High School and Hunter College/Bellevue School of Nursing. She served in the army from 1976 to 2000.
Last Thursday, Grover Cleveland High School students came to school prepared for a fight.
They had their signs, their chants, and their speeches to read before the city Panel for Educational Policy voted on whether or not to close the Ridgewood institution.
Hundreds of students, parents and community members protested the city’s former plan to close Grover Cleveland High School at a public hearing in April. The city announced on Thursday it would not shutter the Ridgewood school.
By the time the city Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 24 city schools, including seven in Queens, around midnight last Thursday, just a handful of the hundreds of teachers, parents and students who had flooded the meeting in its earlier hours remained — but their alternating weeping and jeering could be heard throughout the cavernous auditorium.
Leaning their foreheads against outstretched palms, those who stayed into Friday’s early hours at Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights Campus seemed to personify the mood among those at the schools slated to close at the end of June —defiant one minute, and dejected the next.