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Angry parents and students gathered in the Richmond Hill High School auditorium last Thursday night to fight against the city Department of Education’s attempt to close down the school’s annex several blocks from the main building and turn it into a new high school.
Several students talked about how the annex, located at 94-25 117 St., serves as a transitional location for freshmen to adjust from middle school to high school. It also increases morale and school spirit, they said.
A former gas station at the busy intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Centreville Street in Ozone Park is being redeveloped as a strip mall.
The site is currently under construction and, according to information provided by the owner of the property, will house a strip mall with a parking lot that could be home to as many as a dozen stores.
Once a year every November, a ringing bell breaks the quiet of a cold early morning in South Jamaica. It rings 50 times, once for each bullet that police officers fired on the fateful morning that killed Sean Bell.
Valerie Bell remembers calling her son every day to check up on him. To her concerns he would reply, “Ma, I got this,” a saying that encompassed his confident outlook on life that he seemed to have since a young age. At 6, he had hit his first home run, and by high school, he was the popular kid his friends would go to for advice about girls. In his senior year at John Adams, he had 97 strikeouts as a pitcher, and that same year he met his future fiancÈe, Nicole Paultre. The two eventually had a child together, which led to Bell dropping out of college to support his growing family.
The Young Adult Borough Center at John Adams High School received a $100,000 check this week from the city, allocated by Councilman Ruben Wills.
Operated by the city Department of Education and Queens Community House, the program works with young adults, ages 17 to 21, who desire to pursue their high school diploma and develop their career and employment skills. It is one of 23 YABC sites in New York City high schools and caters to students from all over the borough.
The public hearing on the proposed new high school co-location at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park on Oct. 23 was unlike most co-location hearings. It wasn’t a long night for irate parents and teachers demanding Mayor Bloomberg’s and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s heads on a platter.
Whether it was support, apathy, or just cynicism, only five parents of students at JHS 226, and the middle school that was co-located in the same building this year, MS 297, spoke against the proposed new high school at the hearing, which lasted just about 25 minutes.
The Ozone Park Kiwanis Club honored two of its eldest members on Sept. 21.
Anthony Gasparello, left photo, and Nick Sangiamo received special plaques honoring their more than 100 years of combined service to the community. Both were founding members of the Ozone Park Kiwanis Club, which is 60 years old this year.
The city is looking into two different flooding problems in two locations in southern Queens.
The first issue, at the corner of Cross Bay Boulevard and 165th Avenue in Howard Beach, has already gotten a response by the city Department of Environmental Protection, while the other location, outside John Adams High School in Ozone Park, may be eyed for a fix, according to Rudy S. Giuliani, chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park)
A Brooklyn man who struck and killed a special education student outside John Adams High School in 2005 and then fled the country for seven years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Bartolo Paula, 56, of Brooklyn hit 15-year-old Jeffrey Javier with his vehicle on Oct. 26, 2005, while making a left turn onto Rockaway Boulevard from 101st Street.
A drenching summer downpour turned Rockaway Boulevard into a river last Thursday evening.
The sudden flash flood inundated Rockaway Boulevard between 101st and 102nd streets in front of John Adams High School around 6 p.m., at the height of rush hour, shortly after a thunderstorm blew through the neighborhood.
Staff Sgt. Jorge Ducos, an Ozone Park native and alumnus of John Adams High School, has been assigned to the United States Air Force recruiting office at 91-31 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst.
Ducos, 30, attended John Adams from 1997, graduating in 2001. He is a recent graduate of the Air Force Recruiting School in San Antonio, Texas, where he was trained in various areas of study, including the job classification system, testing and enlistment processing procedures, as well as public speaking. He was selected for a special course and recruiting duty as a volunteer with an outstanding Air Force record.
Seemingly no topic was out of bounds or went uncovered on July 18 in a freewheeling debate among the five remaining candidates for the office of Queens Borough president.
The forum was sponsored by the Eastern Queens Alliance and included Republican Tony Arcabascio, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Democrat Everly Brown, former Democratic Council member and state Assemblywoman Melinda Katz, and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria).
Most of Howard Beach is now in the first priority evacuation area for hurricanes, according to new city maps that identify zones to be evacuated in the event of another major storm. The maps, which increased the number of zones from three to six, add another 600,000 people citywide into areas that could be evacuated in case of another hurricane, including tens of thousands in Queens neighborhoods originally not in the zones like Elmhurst, Woodhaven and Jamaica.
According to the city, just under three million people — more than a third of the city’s total population on — lives in an evacuation zone.
Graduation at city high schools begins this week, but some students who will walk may not get a diploma.
Due to issues with a new system used to grade the statewide tests, there is a delay in grading some of the statewide Regents exams, and the results may not be issued until after seniors don their cap and gowns.
Rose Guida, a chairwoman of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 14.
A Richmond Hill resident for most of her life, Guida attended PS 108 and John Adams High School. She has been involved in a number of charities. She has also been an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, volunteering for numerous church events. She joined the RHSCA in 1974.
Few words brought Mets fans greater joy than when the Amazin’s late broadcaster Bob Murphy would say “Back with the happy recap!” immediately following a victory. Howie Rose, the team’s longtime play-by-play voice, has his own signature phrase that gladdens the hearts of Mets fans following a win: “Put it in the books!”
Rose has written his first book, appropriately titled “Put It in The Book! A Half Century of Mets Mania” (Triumph Books), an interesting amalgam of autobiography combined with a breezy look back at the history of the Mets.
Mona Mahraoui, a John Adams High School senior, has been in the United States since she was 2 years old. She says she has no memories of her birth country of Morocco and considers herself an American.
Mona Mahraoui does not know what Morocco looks like.
Though she was born there, the 17-year-old John Adams High School student from Far Rockaway has lived in the United States since she was 2 years old. Her parents brought her and her brother here from Casablanca, Morocco, for a better life, Mona said.
If you’re 17 and you enjoy a burger from the food court at Resorts World Casino New York City, make sure you bring your mom, dad or older sibling.
Anyone under 18 have always been banned from the casino floor, but are allowed in common areas outside the casino, such as the food court, and guards stopped anyone who appeared to be underage from entering the gambling area. But some civic leaders and residents near the track said teenagers were congregating in common areas, especially those from nearby John Adams High School.
They have gone through years of damaged homes, destroyed possessions and tens of thousands of dollars in costs that may never be recoverable.
Now there’s a Category 5 storm brewing up in Southeast Queens, and both elected officials and residents in and around Jamaica vow that the Department of Environmental Protection has placed itself squarely in its path for landfall on March 22.
It will be interesting whether Mike Piazza’s just-published autobiography, “Long Shot” (Simon & Schuster), will sway some of the crotchety members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who did not vote for him for the Hall of Fame to do so next year.
Mike states that he did indeed take supplements but they were completely legal at the time. It is hard to criticize an athlete who wants to perform better for purchasing products at the local GNC that anyone else can get. He categorically states that he has never taken an illegal performance enhancing drug.
As Gov. Cuomo mulls plans to open new casinos in New York State and eyes full gambling — including table games — two Queens legislators are renewing their call to have the gambling age raised to 21 for all of the state’s casinos.
The Rev. Charles Norris of Jamaica gave an understated assessment of the testimony offered as the city’s Districting Commission returned to Queens on Monday night.
“It seems everyone here has the same problem,” he observed dryly.