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Voices of feminism finally moving in

After 16 years of waiting, the Center for the Women of New York will finally move its headquarters into a landmark Fort Totten building.The organization announced that the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the 207 Totten Ave. location will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8. The CWNY says it is ready for the move despite signs remaining on the building that read “Do not enter. Building unsafe by order of the NYAC Fire Marshall.”

Wednesday 11/27/2019
DOE and Success ponder next moves
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 12:39 pm

Now what?

After two years, the de Blasio administration on Nov. 12 identified a building to be designated as a new middle school for Success Academy students leaving fourth grade this coming spring.

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Diversity plan: first steps start Dec. 5
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Parents in Queens’ sprawling District 28 will get their first look next week at how the city plans to alter admissions procedures and other policies to bring greater diversity to the schools.

The district — which encompasses Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Jamaica — is part of a pilot project to test methods for integrating a city school system that is notoriously segregated along racial lines.

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School bus GPS installment runs late
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 12:44 pm

The Department of Education is three months late in fulfilling its promise to implement GPS tracking technology for every city school bus, and City Council members are demanding an explanation.

Led by Councilmember Robert Holden (D-Middle Village), 24 City Council members signed a Nov. 14 letter to city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza requesting information on the DOE’s failure to furnish the buses with the tracking technology. The legal responsibility was required to be carried out by the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

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One and only Blue Ribbon
Posted: November 27, 2019

PS 101 in Forest Hills collected the one and only 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools prize in Queens Nov. 15.

At a special ceremony in Washington, DC with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the school’s principal, Monique Lopez-Paniague, was presented with this plaque — the public school version of an Oscar.

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Thursday 11/21/2019
Jamaica town hall meeting fits the Bill
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 12:33 pm

Mayor de Blasio was the headline attraction last Wednesday night at a town hall meeting at August Martin High School in Jamaica, but young Amaryllis Greene, 9, was the showstopper.

Amaryllis, 9, who is a fourth-grader at Ideal Montessori School in Jamaica, questioned the mayor on the subways, the homeless and just why First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker was bypassed for Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea to become the new police commissioner on Dec. 1.

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Parents not thrilled with Success MS site
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 12:34 pm

The de Blasio administration lived up to the letter of the law last week, announcing that it has designated space in South Ozone Park that the Success Academy charter school program can use as a Queens middle school beginning next September.

The announcement, made prior to Mayor de Blasio’s town hall meeting in Jamaica on Nov. 13, would appear to end a two-year dispute, allowing more than 200 Success fourth-graders to stay within the charter’s system next year after they graduate in June.

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Alley Pond School expansion planned
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 12:34 pm

The Alley Pond School is looking to expand its student body by 440.

The elementary school, also known as PS 46, is working with the city’s School Construction Authority to develop an addition to its existing building. Estimated to be a $50 million project, the expansion is scheduled to open in Sept. 2020.

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Holidays coming to Flushing landmarks
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 12:35 pm

The Queens Historical Society is getting into the holiday spirit the best way it knows how — by organizing the 32nd annual Holly Tour to visit historic landmarks scattered throughout Flushing.

Previously known as the Holiday Historic House Tour but renamed for branding purposes, the Holly Tour will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m and will visit six buildings left from different eras in Queens history.

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Casino appoaches $3B mark in taxes
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 12:35 pm

Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, the largest taxpayer in New York State, is closing on $3 billion paid to Albany since it opened eight years ago.

To mark the occasion, the casino this week initiated a “Good Neighbor Network,” aimed at helping civics and arts groups in Queens raise their public profiles and raise money.

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