(StatePoint) “America After 3 PM,” a new survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, finds that participation in afterschool programs has increased dramatically, from 6.5 million children in 2004 to 10.2 million today. Unmet demand has increased, as well. The parents of 19.4 million children not in afterschool programs say they would enroll their children if programs were available.
(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.
Woody McHale’s widow, Hope, and their two sons, Ryan and Matthew, are greeted by the Fire Department’s Chief of Department Edward Kilduff at Sunday’s ceremony at Fort Totten in Bayside.
Martin “Woody” McHale lived in Hollis Hills.
A “larger than life” fire marshal who died of a heart attack two years ago was remembered Sunday at Fort Totten with the dedication of a playground in his honor.
Martin “Woody” McHale, 50, died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve, crashing his car into a neighbor’s tree a block from his own home in Hollis Hills.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
Judith Loli came to the Oct. 8 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council with an unusual complaint — a beehive was on a tree branch by the side of her South Ozone Park home.
Loli, who lives on 114th Street, said the bees have taken up residence in the tree since the summer and haven’t left. Thankfully, she hasn’t been stung.
Some students from nearby PS 244 attended the mayor’s press conference on Tuesday and held their homemade signs about Bowne Playground.
Mayor de Blasio, surrounded by fellow elected offi cials, parks workers and other supporters announced Tuesday at Bowne Playground in Flushing that more equitable funding will be used to renovate 35 city parks, including six in Queens.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
Saying the city “has a lot of making up to do,” Mayor de Blasio announced in Flushing Tuesday that 35 neglected city parks would be getting major improvements as part of his equality initiative.
Speaking at Bowne Playground adjacent to PS 20 — one of the facilities that will get a facelift — the mayor said upgrades to play areas in rapidly growing, low-income neighborhoods are a priority for his administration.
Today, Jonathon Honya of Whitestone, is a thriving 6-year-old. He’s enjoying first grade and running around the playground. Looking at him, you’d probably never guess that he lives with asthma. Regular checkups with Dr. Hadi Jabbar and the other doctors at the New York Hospital Queens Pediatric Asthma Center help to manage his asthma.
This wasn’t always the case. By the time Jonathon was 13 months old, he had been rushed to the emergency room and hospitalized several times at another facility for trouble breathing — he’d wake up in the middle of the night wheezing and coughing, and couldn’t catch his breath.
City Hall is planning to settle on a franchise to provide free public Wi-Fi locations this fall, but one Long Island City-based telecommunications company says the contract could lead to a monopoly.
Back in the spring Mayor de Blasio’s office issued a request for proposal for the creation of “a robust, citywide network of Internet hotspots that will constitute one of the largest free Wi-Fi networks in the country.” The tentative plan is to convert the city’s obsolete payphone kiosks to high-speed internet hotspots.
The graffiti was sprayed on the slide of the new playground in Hamilton Beach last weekend.
Police are looking for the culprits who vandalized the new playground in Hamilton Beach over the weekend.
The graffiti was discovered on Saturday on the play equipment in the newly renovated playground at Hamilton Beach Park. Pictures of the vandalism were posted on the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association’s website and Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, posted the picture on Twitter.
With the growing number of homeless shelters popping up in Queens, less attention has been paid to those who live on the street, but at last week’s Community Board 4 meeting, residents said enough was enough.
At the O’Connor playground on Broadway, directly across the street from Elmhurst Hospital, there has been an ongoing issue involving homeless individuals sleeping on benches and urinating in public.
Fitzhugh Karol’s piece “What's Progression” is meant to simulate a montain range and is among the works of 15 artists featured in the Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park.
“SkyWatch Spider” by Zaq Landsberg at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Some Ridgewood residents can now breathe a little easier.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, which is located in Bushwick but serves residents in nearby Queens, hosted a health fair Sunday afternoon in Rosemary’s Playground on Woodbine Street.
The annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition is back at Socrates Sculpture Park and, as usual, the 15 artists featured created pieces that are weird, thought-provoking and even a little controversial.
The EAF is all about providing lesser-known artists with a platform to share their work and to build upon the park’s goal to present socially aware and inspiring art in a public realm.
(BPT) - Whether welcoming a newborn, adopting a child or becoming a stepparent for the first time, bringing a child into your life means big changes - and a big impact on your finances.
(StatePoint) With classes, sports, homework and other activities, weekdays are action packed for kids. Unfortunately, some students deal with an unwelcome addition to their daily routine -- bullying. An estimated 13 million students are bullied annually, according to government statistics.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students embarking on a learning adventure. But all too often, kids head out the door with sugary pastries, cereals and bars – or worse yet, nothing in their stomachs at all. Children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
It was a fun late summer day for kids in Howard Beach last Thursday.
Reach for the STARS daycare hosted an End of Summer Community Fun Day, a last chance for kids to enjoy the warm summer before school starts.