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The city Department of Education informed parents of students in the gifted and talented programs at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens that they will not be given admission as a group to middle school and will have to reapply to stay in the program.
“The DOE blindsided the parents who have children currently in these gifted and talented elementary school programs,” said parent Sandie Santos. “The parents at PS 203 were just notified this past November, one month before the middle school applications were due, that they were no longer going as a group into their middle school, MS 74, as they did last year.”
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
On Wednesday, the Fund for the City of New York announced the recipients of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and three out of the seven winners are from Queens.
The fifth annual Sloan Awards recognize creative math and science teachers who achieve superb results and inspire young people to pursue carers in math and science.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
“The ooooonly reason that I decided to come to Brooklyn was to win an NBA championship!” future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett declared to the press at Nets media day on Sept. 30. He was speaking as well for his fellow ex-Celtics, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, who came to Brooklyn in the big trade that occurred last June.
But based on what we’ve seen in the first three weeks, the Nets look to be far from a lock to make the NBA playoffs, let alone win a championship. Garnett seems to be a shell of himself as he has had trouble putting the ball in the basket while rookie head coach Jason Kidd has gingerly limited his playing minutes. The same can be said of Pierce and Terry. While it is understandable that Kidd wants to be careful how he utilizes his older players to avoid injury, they will not shake off the rust unless they start playing more minutes.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.
While debates on what to do with the old Rockaway train line continue, a couple of gardeners have figured out just what to do with a Long Island City decommissioned rail line.
The Smiling Hogshead Ranch, founded by gardeners Gil Lopez and Stephanos Koulias, is looking to officially lease Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Cutoff that runs along Skillman Avenue from the MTA.
Long Island City High School is being considered for co-location but elected officials are asking the Panel for Education Policy to deny the proposal.
It took three years and over a billion dollars but the top-to-bottom renovations of Madison Square Garden have finally been completed. The Garden truly has the feel of a brand-new arena, not one that was built in 1968 and had some modifications made to it.
A lot has been written about the pair of pathways known as “The Chase Bridges” located near the Garden’s ceiling, which allow patrons to walk from the 31st Street side to the 33rd Street side and back without missing any of the action. They are an architectural wonder as they are virtually undetectable looking up from the courtside seats. You have to climb up a few stairs from the Garden’s ninth floor, known affectionately as the “blue seats” since back in the day, to get to these bridges. Amazingly, the bridges don’t block the vision of anyone sitting on the upper level.
It’s a scenario that has happened throughout the city every year of late: The Department of Education proposes school closures and the students, parents, alumni and elected officials fight to block them.
Long Island City High School is no exception.
Although she plays a sassy and brash inmate in the overnight Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black,” Vicky Jeudy, a lifelong Queens native and humanitarian, insists she’s nothing like her character.
“I’m the complete opposite of Janae Watson,” Jeudy said. “She’s dealing with anger because she was hurt but we both have a passion for justice and equal rights and are always looking for ways to make a difference.”
For elected officials, incumbency is typically a positive — a chance to make the case to voters that your term in office has been successful for the community you represent and their vote will give them more successes in the future
That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full term in office, is hoping for.
Only a little more than six months after voting to co-locate a second junior high school at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park — on top of a special education school that is already there — the city Department of Education is proposing a high school for the location as well and may approve it next week.
The building, at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd., will play host to four different schools by September 2014 if the co-location is approved.
The optics of Thursday afternoon’s rally outside JHS 190 on Austin Street are familiar: signs asking to “Save our Beacon” and calling on the city and its voters to think of the children.
But this time, the Queens Community House Beacon program at the junior high school isn’t at risk of being closed — at least not now. Despite protest signs and a march that took the children around Forest Hills for about a half hour, Thursday’s rally was more a celebration than a call to action.
For the first time ever, MoMA PS1 has dedicated the entire building to a comprehensive retrospective of a single artist’s work, and for Mike Kelley to be that artist could not be more appropriate.
Kelley, who killed himself by asphyxiation last year, had what some would call a sick sense of humor, and many of his pieces — usually those involving video — poke fun of and analyze the education system, making the halls of the old school an almost perfect venue.
More than 200 city schools — including 54 in Queens — have been invited to take part in a contest sponsored by the city Department of Education to find new and innovative ways for schools to engage families.
“When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a statement. “The Essential Allies Challenge encourages parent involvement and establishes effective collaborations with families to support the academic success of our students.”
AAn Oct. 10 debate between the two candidates for borough president started with questions about the partial federal government shutdown and Obamacare and ended with a terse exchange over just which candidate would only represent the interests of the city’s one-percenters in Borough Hall.
The one-hour debate between Democrat Melinda Katz and Republican Tony Arcabascio is scheduled to air 12 times on Queens Public Television between today and the end of the month.
The 100-year old terra cotta facade of what is now LaGuardia Community College’s Center 3 building is due for a facelift, and at the Community Board 2 meeting on Oct. 3, the renderings were presented.
“We’re going to replace the entire facade but we intend to make sure that the same architectural theme is applied throughout the exterior,” Shahir Erfan, the Vice President of Administration for LaGuardia Community College, said.