Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
I want to introduce myself to you and the residents of Queens.
I started my library career as a children’s librarian trainee in Suffolk County, while pursuing my master’s of library science at St. John’s University. I served customers at the front desk for many years and then managed small and large public libraries in Iowa, Connecticut and New York State.
After several years as director of the Buffalo and Erie County Library System, I came to the Queens Library because of its reputation as one of the world’s best. I’m a working parent, with school-aged daughters, and am also studying for my MBA at St. John’s. I understand the personal and professional challenges that many of us experience every day, juggling work life with home life and trying to find a precious few minutes to read and relax.
Queens Library customers have told us repeatedly that they wish the library were open later in the evenings and earlier in the mornings to accommodate their busy schedules. I am pleased to let you know that as of Jan. 5, we will be modifying customer service schedules so every library is open at lea
st two evenings until 8 p.m., and at least two mornings at 10 a.m. The Central Library and Flushing Library will maintain their expanded hours (until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday) and several of our libraries are open at 9 a.m. on Monday mornings. We hope that many more people will find it convenient and enriching to come to the library.
We want to build on the powerful people, places, partners and programs that are the heart of your Queens Library. Our goal is to surprise everyone in Queens with how much value they get from their library, whether they are downloading e-books, learning to code their own websites, attending a concert, borrowing a tablet to use at home or grabbing a great book to while away a rainy afternoon. I look forward to seeing you at the library and wish you all a bright 2015.
Victims of domestic violence will now have an easier pathway into the city’s homeless shelter system.
At a Friday press conference at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro 361-a, which grants a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the city shelter system who are exiting Human Resources Administration domestic violence shelters.
A lie is less likely to lose its way en route to a bigoted mind than is the truth trying to penetrate the defenses of a biased intellect. That’s why slander against the teachers union is so well-received among people who are hostile to public education. They buy into a package of myths, including the one that claims that the reason that the teachers union is seeking a reduction in class size is that more classes would mean more jobs for their members.
What idiot would say that doctors would like more carcinogens in the environment because it would translate into more patients for them?
Critics are not necessarily enemies. Their legitimacy as critics depends on their motives. But most opponents of public schools would actually feel threatened if the schools improved. It would disconcert these spiteful bottom-feeders and it would get in the way of their single-minded pursuit of privatization and wealth-management.
They want to destroy public schools, so not only are their criticisms not constructive, they’re illicit. Thus they resound all the more in the charter school sanctums.
Between their acts of instigating arson against the reputation of public schools and the teachers union, they make sure to send their own kids to schools where the class size is far lower than it is for garden-variety kids in public schools. They demand teeny class size for their trust-fund beneficiaries, but are blasÈ about monster-sized classes for the kids they see as the city’s runts. They’ll never forgive the teachers union for championing these human gifts.
It’s ridiculous that it still needs to be explained that the more kids in a classroom, the less time there is for teachers to devote to their individual learning styles and challenges. The supporting research is stacked to the moon, but the wrath of those who won’t consent to the proof is still stacked against the truth.
It costs money to invest in every child’s basic right to a quality education. But in the future our whole nation will reap the dividends. So an idea was raised that is both brilliant and painless: Impose a miniscule tax on people so wealthy that they won’t even notice their contribution on paper, much less dent their lifestyle.
If you have a home worth more than $5 million and choose to reside primarily in an even more luxurious domicile, your tax would be hiked by around 0.5 percent per year. That would allow an injection of around $900 million annually that could be used to lower class size.
Any person so extravagantly privileged with material gain who begrudges dedicating a relatively few pennies for the common good is morally bankrupt and shouldn’t insult any house of worship with his hypocritical presence.
Crime continues to drop in the 104th Precinct. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be ugly blips on the radar every now and then.
At the 104th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, Capt. Chris Manson, the squad room’s commanding officer, said crime is down significantly in the jurisdiction, made up of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale.
Arthur Flug loved all six of his careers, but has a special connection to his last one as director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives.
After seven years at the helm, Flug, 75, of Jamaica Estates is retiring on Dec. 31. He will leave his post on the Queensborough Community College campus in Bayside to travel and spend more time with his wife and grandchildren, but will still work on a few projects at the Holocaust center.
Thank you. Margaret Finnerty receives a citation from Daniel Brown, a representative for Borough President Melinda Katz. Finnerty reflected on her time as family advocate for School District 27 before her retirement later this month.
Margaret Finnerty described her job as School District 27’s family advocate as a juggling act.
“You have to cover parents’ meetings and attend community education council meetings once a month,” she said. “There’s a lot going on throughout the district.”
The sound of idling engines has been ringing through 95th Avenue for the past two years, according to a resident of the block. He claims the drivers are waking up residents and littering its streets.
Ozone Park resident Eduardo Venegas has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of idling school buses for the past two years, and he’s sick of it.
“I’m thinking that I might have to move out of here,” he said. “They honk, double-park and litter all around the street.”
“No man is a failure if he has friends,” is one of the more poignant lines from Frank Capra’s Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and no play is a failure when it perfectly captures the essence of the original with a twist that even fans who watch the movie annually on Christmas Eve can enjoy.
Directed by Greg Cicchino, the managing director of the Variations Theatre Group, the play is set at WVTG Playhouse, a fictitious 1940s radio studio broadcasting the play.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
According to Sheldon Lobel, the attorney for Torah Haim Ohel Sara at 144-11 77 Ave., the synagogue’s owners are seeking an extension from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to give themselves more time to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
More than 90 percent of city teachers and principals were rated as effective or highly effective in the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review in the first year that the five boroughs were graded under the assessment system.
“For our schools to succeed, we need to hold ourselves accountable for the development of our educators,” city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a said in a written statement after the report was released on Tuesday. “At the same time, a well-developed evaluation system — with four, much more nuanced ratings, instead of only two — helps us identify and provide specific support to struggling teachers, as well as identify those who do not belong in the classroom.”
The star of the St. John’s men’s basketball team is not the tattooed shooting guard with the sweet jump shot.
It’s not the lengthy center with the imposing presence on defense.
The clock is ticking and soon the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy Drive will be over. Won’t you please contribute before the deadline on Monday, Dec. 22?
This year, the Chronicle is collecting gifts for children in four Queens city homeless shelters and a safe house in Eastern Queens for victims of domestic violence.
The city will station 53 new certified trainers and EMTs at all contact football practices at schools with varsity and junior varsity teams, Mayor de Blasio announced last week, thanks to a $1.2 million donation from New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch.
As a result, the mayor said, nearly 3,500 high school football players will have trained personnel at their practices, helping avoid injuries and ensuring a swift response if a player is hurt on the field.
Community Board 8 last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of 74th Avenue between Utopia Parkway and 175th Street to Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way, honoring the former pastor of Holy Family R.C. Church, who died in March 2013.
The renaming proposal must be approved by the City Council and the mayor to become official.
Councilman Donovan Richards presided last Saturday over the annual tree lighting in Brookville Park. The evening’s fare included live music and entertainment, holiday-themed activities and giveaways.
The tree at the center of the festivities was donated by Richards last year.
Students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School at 61-17 Grand Ave. in Maspeth received an early Christmas present last Friday, as a classical quartet from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College performed for the students.
(NAPSI)—There is good news for Hispanic parents whose children are approaching college age. A new PSA campaign provides parents with access to the resources they need to help their children prepare, plan, and pay for college.
Sixty-nine percent of Hispanic high school graduates are now going directly to college, a rate that is higher than that of the general population. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Ideally, all students would have access to one-on-one tutoring when they need it. In most cases, this ideal is neither feasible nor affordable, but advanced technology can give students a one-on-one experience through software- and Web-based learning tools.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that just might inspire. You may even want to treat yourself!
(NAPSI)—A middle-school student who has been trained can save a life when someone needs CPR.
Thanks to a national retail chain, more than 1,100 schools in the U.S. will receive a CPR in Schools Training Kit along with teaching materials to implement the program. (NAPS)