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Rocky Sanabria was seen as different for much of her life.
On the outside, she appeared to be a normal girl who was a bit boyish but otherwise nondescript.
The Obama administration has announced new federal guidelines to decrease the racial disparity in school suspensions, expulsions and arrests.
The guidelines were laid out by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder in Baltimore last week. The new recommendations ask schools to create a climate with high expectations and rewards for good behavior, keep tabs on data concerning disciplinary actions, create student codes of conduct that spell out specific punishments for specific infractions, offer staff training on conflict resolution, provide adequate counselors and social workers and define appropriate roles for police on campus.
(Family Features) Selecting the right college means not only choosing where you’ll live for the next four years, but finding the best fit for your personality, interests and your family’s financial situation. It’s often one of the biggest decisions many teens have ever faced.
In the crowded common area of the Fortune Society in Long Island City on Nov. 14, an audience takes in a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Claudio, the male lead, has just found out that his wife-to-be, Hero, has slept with another man.
When Dr. Allan Rothenberg retired earlier this year from the Howard Beach medical practice he co-founded back in 1981, the response from the community was overwhelming.
Well-wishers flooded his office with cards thanking him for what he had done for their children, or themselves when they were children. He wrote a column for the Queens Chronicle about his experiences as a doctor, and it went viral, with people posting adoring comments on the piece. Clearly the good doctor had left his mark.
Angry over dramatic funding cuts that would lead to axing some of its Advanced Placement courses and hurt the overall quality of the school, students at Benjamin Cardozo High School rallied Wednesday afternoon, calling on the city Department of Education to leave its funds intact.
The DOE said because enrollment at the Bayside school is below projections — by just 15 students according to the latest DOE estimates — the agency took back some of the funding the school received for this year.
For an incumbent Democratic city Councilman to have a serious primary challenger is rare.
For that challenger to have outfunded him by more than $25,000 is practically unheard of.
The lifeguards, swimmers, surfers, sun worshipers, joggers and sand castle architects have all made their way back to Rockaway Beach less than 10 months after Hurricane Sandy, and, judging from most accounts, they’re having one heck of a good time.
In fact, Domenic Boero, manager of Ripper’s, said the concession stand at Beach 86th Street, now in its third season, has been busier than ever.
The Trinity Reformed Church in Ridgewood completed its 11th year of bible camp this week.
“As always, it was a huge success,” said Liz Burzynski, director of Vacation Bible School. “We had 90 participants ages 4-14 and over 50 volunteers.”
Once you’re a member of the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College’s Musical Theatre Summer Workshop family, you’re a member for life.
This summer’s workshop will culminate in a showcase on Thursday, Aug. 1 at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, featuring music from Broadway shows such as “Wicked” and “Pippin.”
It’s not your fault you were bullied. There is nothing wrong with you.
The person bullying you has no excuse. Bullies may not realize how badly they are hurting their targets, not only physically but mentally. Sure, some bullies don’t physically hurt their targets, but they do drive them to self-harm. Bullying should be stopped!
Budget cuts to extracurricular activities and after-school programs have been a threat to public schools around the nation for years. But this year, the budget proposed to the City Council by Mayor Bloomberg will cut millions of dollars to fund these programs, resulting in the closure of many.
But as the threat of these cuts loom over the heads of thousands of families who depend on programs like the Queens Community House Beacon program at Russell Sage JHS 190 in Forest Hills, parents, teachers, counselors, politicians, students and others are not going down without a fight.
With all the disasters — natural and otherwise — wreaking havoc across the country as of late, as well as the ongoing state of the economy, two presentations at this month’s Community Board 13 meeting on Monday night took on added significance.
Representing the city’s Department of the Aging, Darnley Jones said areas around the borough are still trying to recuperate from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the Rockaways, where he estimated it will take another five years to fully recover.
With chants of “save our centers” reverberating across the steps of Queens Borough Hall, hundreds of young students, representing various after-school programs and encouraged by their mentors and elected officials, made their voices heard at a rally on April 24 to protest proposed budget cuts that would leave many of them without a home away from home.
“How would you feel if your second home was gone?” 10-year-old Jessica Calvo asked the crowd as she stepped up to the podium.
(StatePoint) There’s a good reason why many people dream of owning a home. Homeownership offers benefits such as stable monthly payments and the opportunity to establish a sense of community. It can also be a way to build equity over time.
The DMH Program’s participants and organizers are bookended by former mental health counselor Kye Weaver, left, and current counselor Mahendra Singh, with past and present participants such as Dion Ward, Christine Mathieu and Karim Ahmed in the center.
When Kye Weaver was asked to be a mental health counselor for at-risk youth, he wasn’t too sure if he could make the jump from the Parsons Beacon program to helping teens navigate the troubling waters of adolescence.
He was told, “You’re going to be a professional,” and proceeded to help teens and young adults in the DMH Adolescent After-School Program, which works hand-in-glove with the Parsons Beacon Program at 158-40 76th Road in Flushing.
Long Island City community members are calling for a traffic study, more enforcement and sidewalk barriers following the death of a Woodside high school student.
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, announces Donut Muffin, an exhibition that explores dialogues in New York-based contemporary painting and sculpture, opening Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2-5 p.m., on view through March 10. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 pm. and by appointment. Contact David Dorsky at (718) 937-6317 or visit dosrsky.org.
Tuition reimbursement, class reschedulings and relocations are hot topics for students at York College in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The school’s “emergency plan,” which has been approved by Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, will allow the college to keep an academic deadline that does not interfere with students’ time schedule. But some are worried about how the changes affect them financially, according to Panayiotis Meletius, vice president of academic affairs.
Five teenagers packed into a brand-new 2012 Subaru Impreza Sunday night and drove out to Nassau County to see a movie. They were heading home along the Southern State Parkway hours later when the routine night took a tragic turn as the car approached Exit 17 in Lakeview along a notorious stretch of road known for accidents.
The driver, 17-year-old Joseph Beer of Richmond Hill, lost control of the car, veered across two lanes, across the shoulder and into trees along the side of the road, slicing the car in half.
On Sept. 10, with the school year only a few days old, a custodian at IS 204 in Long Island City walked into a counselor’s office, looked up and noticed something frightening — a clear liquid dripping from an overhead light fixture. He immediately alerted school officials. The light was removed and replaced that same day.
But it was three days later that parents found out about the incident — the escape of toxic chemeicals called PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls — when letters went home with students stating that the dripping liquid was the chemical that was commonly used in fluorescent lighting in the
mid-20th century, and the school’s lightnng would be completely replaced over the next nine years. Many parents expressed concern about the risk to their children and some kept their kids out of the school. The Department of Education said the room was empty when the leak was discovered and a full review of the lights in the building is being done.