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Just in time for Women’s History Month, Community Board 11 on March 3 elected an all-woman slate for its top four positions.
In what may be a first for community boards in Queens and definitely for CB 11, the new all-female leadership includes Chairwoman Christine Haider of East Flushing; First Vice Chairwoman Laura Jones of Little Neck; Second Vice Chairwoman Ocelia Claro of Bayside; and Third Vice Chairwoman Eileen Miller of Bayside.
Pope Francis has demonstrated a desire for openness and inclusiveness. But this is not exhibited at Queens’ Catholic college, St. John’s University.
Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI wished that tradition, in the form of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, be given to all Catholics. Why is this not done at St. John’s, and why is the university not inclined to do it? Were both popes wrong, or is scoring the three-point shot more important?
Forgive state Senate Democrats if they view their colleagues from Queens with a jaundiced eye.
Depending on whether Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) can win re-election, and just whom he winds up caucusing with, he may become the second Queens Democrat in two election cycles to cost his party working control of the august body in Albany.
“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.
Community Board 8 reports six dangerous intersections in its area that have been given to the Borough President’s Office for inclusion in a boroughwide list for the mayor.
It’s part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities in 10 years throughout the city. Each community board has been asked to submit at least four dangerous corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes.
In the last week a number of elected officials have lamented the Department of Education’s decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Unfortunately, these local elected officials are out of sync with the local community on this issue.
Just prior to the mayoral election, civic leaders from nine of the largest civic associations in eastern Queens, representing thousands of families zoned for MVB, met and voted unanimously with one abstention to support the DOE’s P-Tech co-location proposal. A P-Tech school focuses on certain technical skills with a pathway to a tuition-free college education and a career.
Decades of failure have transformed MVB from a school having deep community roots into one where 96 percent of its student population comes from outside of the local area. The thousands of families represented by these civic leaders are in distress over sending their kids to MVB. The P-Tech co-location initiative attempts to fast-track the turnaround of MVB and create a safe school environment.
Local parents of high school-age students are stressed out by the thought of sending their kids to MVB. Despite valiant attempts at improvement, MVB’s School Environment Rating is stuck at an unacceptable “D.” Recently installed school Principal Sam Sochet, who is popular with the local community, has had some success, raising the school report card to a “C,” but more than a decade of decline has made that job difficult for one person. The MVB “brand” is dead and needs to be reinvented. This reinvention begins with P-Tech: a school within a school providing its graduating students with a tuition-free two-year college education at Queensborough Community College and a pathway to a career with one of the “Fortune 500” corporate partners of the program.
Handled properly, the P-Tech co-location will attract a student body from the local community that is more engaged in the educational experience. Over time this will boost local enrollment of students as parental perception changes and the excellent programs being initiated by Principal Sochet take root and become more widely known.
I urge Councilman Mark Weprin, state Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman David Weprin to rethink their opposition and embrace the P-Tech co-location rather than seeking its demise. Join us in our support of this initiative and help return this failed school to its storied and illustrious past.
Saturday was a great day in Queens high school sports history, as the Francis Lewis Patriots and the Cardozo Judges won the Public School Athletic League girls and boys basketball championships, respectively, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Cardozo game was a nail-biter as it wasn’t decided until the Judges’ Rashond Salnave hit two foul shots with less than three seconds left on the clock [see separate stories in some editions or at qchron.com].
Both teams were the de facto visitors as they played against two Brooklyn high schools, South Shore and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Dave Diamante, the stentorian-voiced Brooklyn Nets public address announcer, admitted to me that he tried to put a little more enthusiasm into announcing Brooklyn baskets than those made by Queens players.
Supporters of restoring rail service along the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line held a “drive-by rally” Sunday along Woodhaven Boulevard, which parallels the right of way.
Stopping at Queens Boulevard, above, Metropolitan Avenue, Jamaica Avenue and Liberty Avenue, the advocates, including Rockaway resident Phil McManus, who created a group called the Queens Public Transit Committee, called not only for the reactivation of the former rail line, which connected Rego Park to the Rockaways, but also for more bus service in the borough, especially in southern Queens and the Rockaways.
The first lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick, addresses students at Queens College about overcoming domestic violence.
As part of its ongoing Professionals on Campus series, which brings distinguished alumni back to discuss their careers, Queens College welcomed Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, to address students Friday on the Flushing campus.
Patrick, who has been married to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for nearly 30 years, recounted her “victim to survivor” story, covering topics from the prevention of domestic violence and her own life as an abused wife in a former marriage to the influence the college has had on her professional and personal lives.
Queens College graduate student Clara Vila-Castelar will get to mix with Spanish royalty this summer when she is awarded a prestigious grant from the La Caixa Foundation.
A native of Spain, Vila-Castelar, 25, is one of 48 students out of 800 applicants who will receive a graduate fellowship that she will use to pursue her studies in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The grant will cover two years of paid tuition and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
In three of the previous four seasons, the Christ the King boys basketball team had been crowned as the Catholic High School Athletic Association city champions. In two of those banner seasons, it was Brooklyn rival Bishop Loughlin on the losing end of the contest.
On Sunday afternoon, Christ the King proved that the only aspect of the city championship game that has changed over the last few years has been the name on the CHSAA Tournament Most Valuable Player trophy, not the result of the game or even who the Royals knock off to capture the crown.
Coming into the final minute of Thursday’s Catholic High School Athletic Association city semifinal game against the Bronx’s Cardinal Hayes at Fordham University, Christ the King star senior Adonis Delarosa had only managed a meager nine points, while his Royals trailed by two points.
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.
The men’s basketball team at York College will take on Rhode Island College tonight, March 6, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III postseason tournament.
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.
The Christ the King boys basketball team is now two wins away from calling themselves Catholic High School Athletic Association city champions.
The Royals, led by coach Joe Arbitello, defeated St. Raymond’s of the Bronx 77-53 on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the CHSAA Intersectional city tournament at Fordham University in the Bronx.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Feb. 27 that the cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death could not be determined.
Police apprehended two suspected burglars last week, one of whom targeted both the living and the dead.
Randolph Ardila, 29, of 57th Drive in Maspeth, was arraigned on Sunday on seven different charges, including second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary.
Imagine in your worst dreams surviving the Holocaust and then in old age not having enough to eat.
That is what’s happening to 140 Jewish senior citizens around the borough whose kosher Meals on Wheels program is in danger of shutting down because of lack of funds.
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
John Bowne High School will host its first cheerleading competition on March 9, after starting its own successful program two years ago.
The event, which begins at 11 a.m., is open to city schools for all ages and divisions and will feature a certified panel of judges. Bowne is located at 63-25 Main St. in Flushing.
Coming into Friday’s Catholic High School Athletic Association’s Brooklyn/Queens diocesan title game against Brooklyn powerhouse Bishop Loughlin, the Christ the King boys basketball team was ranked as the second-best Catholic team in the city.
Their star center, Adonis Delarosa, is being recruited by top-tier college basketball programs. Christ the King even defeated Loughlin 80-65 in the same championship game last year.
York College basketball players Omar St. John, left, and Michael Woods, right, seen here with York Head Coach Ronald St. John, earned prestigious postseason honors last week at the annual CUNY Athletic Conference luncheon.
Woods, who ranked second in the nation in scoring at Division III with 29.1 points per game, was named CUNYAC Player of the Year, while St. John, a Jamaica resident who attended Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, was elected as a first-team CUNYAC All-Star.
They aren’t proud Johnnies just yet, but last week, a group of middle school students partaking in the national After-School All-Stars program were able to experience the average day of a St. John’s University scholar.
From Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 45 seventh- and eighth-graders from MS 216 in Fresh Meadows and MS 217 in Jamaica sat in on college classes, toured the St. John’s campus and took part in workshops as an introduction to what college life will look like.