Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
(StatePoint) Planning for life’s major financial hurdles is critical and when it comes to college, a plan can have a dramatic influence on how families are able to finance a degree.
For the first time Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is among 24 Council members who are now allowing residents to vote directly on how to use $1 million of their discretionary spending allotment.
“This is a transformative moment in the 22nd District,” Constantinides said at an Oct. 23 meeting on a process called participatory budgeting. “For the first time, residents will directly be able to make decisions about how taxpayer money is spent. It is my hope that this will make government more transparent and accessible to the people.”
(NAPSI)—When it comes to college, many economists say, you can’t afford not to go. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over a working life, high school graduates can expect to earn, on average, $1.2 million; those with a bachelor’s degree, $2.1 million; and people with a master’s degree, $2.5 million.
Rapists are not born that way, and there is an almost free way of preventing sexual assaults in every level of schooling.
Enact role-plays in which girls and women are harassed or feel at risk — except have the boys playing the girls and the girls playing the boys via role reversal. The idea is that if you can understand what it’s like to be in the shoes of the other, you develop empathy and thus are less likely to act out. This is easily done by social workers, guidance counselors and psychologists who are already in the schools. I and many of my colleagues have done this throughout the years with great success.
The idea is that this should be a mandatory program. The problem is that there has to be the will to do this. But think of how the lives of the perpetrator and their targets would be different if such assaults were prevented.
With thousands of undocumented, unaccompanied minors facing possible deportation and the federal government not doing as much reforming as city officials would like, the City Council has taken it upon itself to assist the immigrant youth who are unable to pay for proper legal representation while in immigration court.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust announced the new Unaccompanied Minor Children Initiative last week — a $1.9 million public-private partnership that will provide funding to legal organizations to address the need for free legal representation and access to social, mental health and medical services.
Whether a high score on the SHSAT — Specialized High School Admissions Test — ought to remain the single gateway to eight of the city’s elite high schools has become a hotly daebated issue.
Two bills being debated in Albany would require multiple criteria — including middle school attendance records, grade point averages and state test scores — play a role in admissions decisions.
(NAPSI)—For many, the decision to have a child may very well be the biggest and most fulfilling decision they will make. And after the decision is made to start a family, future parents often discover that planning for the baby’s future can be a daunting task. Which car seat will they use? How will they babyproof the house? Which schools will the child attend?
Douglaston leaders are hoping a new plaza near the Long Island Rail Road station will bring more life to the location. So does Randi Gurka.
Gurka, a retired school guidance counselor and doula, a certified postpartum and lactation specialist, has set up shop in the plaza selling $5 bowls of organic oatmeal to morning commuters.
Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.
Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.
Career counselor Nancy Cafferty, left, reviews interview techniques with Kafayat Onanuga and Leandra Cedeno as part of one of the Queens Library’s many adult education programs.
For some students, summer is a time for unwinding, perhaps taking a family vacation or just hanging out with their friends. Edward Li, Cindy Pietrakowski, and Yulin Yang had different plans.
These three Queens students and two others were selected to be included in a Bank of America program called Student Leaders. The project is geared to 200 or more high school juniors and seniors who are also active in their school community.
(BPT) - Imagine feeling suddenly sad, angry, alone, confused and worried, without really understanding why. This is how 75 percent of grieving children claim they feel after losing a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children. While the journey to acceptance of a loss is difficult for everyone, a child’s limited ability to understand death can make his or her way of grieving much more difficult. Children of all ages grieve differently than adults, and hospice professionals can provide the help they need.
For months, residents of Elmhurst and Glendale have boisterously expressed their fear and frustration over the Department of Homeless Services’ decision to house more than 100 homeless families in each neighborhood.
Alleged crime spikes, the devaluing of real estate and the indecency of “warehousing” the city’s less fortunate have been the main talking points of those opposed to the plans.
Jim, an English and science teacher, stands by the board, looking at his class expectantly.
“Does anyone know?” he asks. “What do we think?”
(BPT) - As students young and old head back to school, attention turns to getting good grades. Smart parents know that positive study habits boost success in the classroom, but finding ways to encourage kids academically can be difficult. A growing body of evidence proves peer learning and study groups are main drivers for academic success.
(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”