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Raising hope and funds

For over a month, students at the Louis Armstrong Middle School, IS 227, prepared for their Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon. With the help of teacher Anna Tinoco, at top center with Principal Helen Ponella, they created posters and collected donations for the American Cancer Society. Together with staff, they raised more than $1,500.The school’s goal was to help give children a voice and set up opportunities that will allow them to begin to make decisions about causes that are becoming important to them.

Thursday 10/17/2019
PA unveils ‘historic’ JFK jobs initiative
Posted: October 17, 2019

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday officially memorialized initiatives targeting job opportunities, business opportunities, and training and education for Queens and the communities surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport, all interwoven into the five-year $13 billion rebuilding plan.

PA Executive Director Rick Cotton made the announcement in Jamaica at the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center, surrounded by elected officials and community and business leaders.

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School-zone speed cameras going up
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Somewhere up above, a new speed camera is watching and waiting.

The city Department of Transportation is not quite halfway through a $62-million program to install 770 speed cameras near every school in the city that didn’t have one by the end of next year.

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Rochdale computer courses
Posted: October 17, 2019

Rochdale Village Social Services Inc. is hosting a series of free Saturday morning computer technology and skills training classes for high school students from 10 a.m. to noon through May 17 in the computer room at the Rochdale Village Community Center.

The program offers instruction in web design, coding, resume writing, product branding and Microsoft Office Suite including PowerPoint and Word’s Resume Assistant powered by Linkedin.

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A kick-start for PS 60
Posted: October 17, 2019

The ribbon was cut and the first soccer balls kicked around at the Woodhaven Elementary School, PS 60, where a new mini-pitch was opened last Thursday.

A consortium that includes the professional New York City Football Club, Addidas and the Abu Dhabi state airlines, Etihad Airways, funded the playground pitch, which is about one-third the size of a regulation field.

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Grumbling, utility will start hookups
Posted: October 17, 2019

A reluctant National Grid said this week it would abide by an order from the state’s Public Service Commission and begin hooking up 1,157 former customers in New York City and on Long Island to gas service.

The order brought an end, at least temporarily, to the utility’s moratorium, declared last May, on new or restored gas connections in the metropolitan area.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Parent criticizes DOE over playground plan
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 5:29 pm

The city isn’t doing right by Little Neck residents with the playground under construction at PS 221, a mother told Community Board 11 on Monday.

Adriana Aviles, who is the president of Community Education Council 26 and has two children attending the school, said she heard from its principal that the city Department of Education only had the funding to keep the playground open until 5:30 or 6 p.m. on weekdays during the school year.

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No meeting of the minds on Success
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 12:42 pm

The mutual love and affection between the de Blasio administration and Success Academy Charter Schools suffered another strain Tuesday after a meeting between officials from Success and the city’s Department of Education.

A DOE spokesman called the meeting productive and said in an email that they will have space ready for a new Success middle school in Queens next fall. But Success officials in a press release of their own said they were “shut out” at the meeting.

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Thursday 10/03/2019
Parents voice support for Maspeth High
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 12:08 pm

As allegations about widespread cheating at Maspeth High School swirl, the September meeting of the Parent Teacher Association saw support for the school last Wednesday.

One mother, whose son who is a junior, said, “I’ve never seen a school so well run,” to applause from other parents.

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Mayor backs off SHSAT elimination
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 12:25 pm

Mayor de Blasio last week surprised his critics and gave up his hot-button plan to eliminate the Specialized High School Admission Test as the only means of getting into the city’s “elite eight” high schools.

“Our plan didn’t work,” de Blasio said at City Hall Wednesday. “It was a good plan, but it didn’t get passed.

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