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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.
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They didn’t even belong there.
The Francis Lewis High School girls basketball team had no business in the Public School Athletic League “AA” division championship game on Saturday. After all, they had to beat the 15-time defending city champion Murry Bergtraum to get there.
Four years ago, Benjamin Cardozo High School freshman basketball player Francisco Williams promised longtime coach Ron Naclerio that he would win him his first city championship since 1999.
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.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña speaks to parents, teachers and school staff during a special town hall hosted by CEC District 25 at PS 154 in Flushing on March 5.
Things are different.
Less than 100 days into her tenure as New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña came to Flushing to try to prove that point to parents, teachers and administrators.
The completely unnecessary wars over education launched by Mayor de Blasio continued this week, with the specter of dueling rallies in Albany.
One was a protest against de Blasio’s decision to undercut charter schools at every turn. The innovative public schools, though not without problems, are providing wonderful educational opportunities to many students, especially hard-working minorities in poor neighborhoods. But they are anathema to de Blasio’s allies in the teachers union because they are not subject to their rules, and he apparently would rather see those students forced back into substandard traditional schools than be given such a great chance to succeed.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer
The office of city Comptroller Scot Stringer has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the possibility of collusion among the recipients of the current contracts to deliver milk to schools under the city’s Department of Eduction.
The current five-year contract, awarded in 2008, was apportioned among Beyer Farms, Inc., Elmhurst Dairy and Bartlett Dairy, all of Jamaica.
If you were hoping to take out a book in Hunters Point, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.
In a letter to Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Point, Thomas Galante, the president of Queens Library, wrote that the bids to build the structure were way over budget so certain modifications are being made to bring the price-tag back down.
Two more public workshops on the proposed QueensWay plan will be held this month.
The two events, hosted by Friends of the QueensWay and The Trust for Public Land, will provide some insight on proposed ideas for the High Line-like park along the right of way for the former Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR.
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 6th Annual NY ReelAbilities Film Festival, depicting the lives of people with disabilities, will be held at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., on March 9-10.
The festival is designed “to bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience,” said Peggy Kurtz, coordinator of the film festival for the Central Queens Y, adding that it is the largest festival of its kind in the country. Three films will be shown as part of the festival.
Queens is known for its prominent high school basketball scene, and two storied area boys hoops programs began play in their respective city championship tournaments this past week.
Despite being the 22nd-ranked team in the 41-team Public School Athletic League tournament, Forest Hills High School, the alma matter of area basketball stars like Ernie Grunfeld and Moe Harkless, pulled off a surprising 71-62 upset of 11-seed Eleanor Roosevelt High School last Thursday in Manhattan.
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.
PS 154 in Flushing has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award for improving its efforts to conserve natural resources and integrate environmental education into the curriculum.
It’s the second of only two New York City’s schools to receive the honor.
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.
Students of PS 49 in Middle Village unfurl a large banner declaring their love for retiring principal Anthony Lombardi during the school’s extravagant goodbye ceremony on Friday. Lombardi stepped down after 17 years as principal.
As charter school supporters, left, protested in Albany against Mayor de Blasio’s cuts to their financial support, backers of his plan to provide universal prekindergarten also rallied. Gov. Cuomo was a star speaker at the charter protest, while de Blasio led the pre-K event. The two have been at odds over both issues.
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio spoke at rallies in Albany Tuesday for charter schools and pre-K respectively, both endorsing a position the other opposes.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
St. Patrick’s Day came early in Sunnyside. Children wearing bright green shamrock-shaped hats waved and smiled to the rainbow of people parading down Skillman Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade on Sunday. Though it was a cold March day, the spirit of love and equality fueled the crowds of dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, activists, politicians and spectators.
Many of the participants, including Mayor de Blasio, will not be marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 because lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people have been barred from openly partaking in the event with banners and as organized groups since 1991.
Queens Library Executive Director Tom Galante may now be the target of a federal probe into his spending of taxpayer funds.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the city Department of Investigation came to the Central Library in Jamaica last Friday with subpoenas for both Galante and the library’s construction management consultant, the Daily News reported Wednesday.