Groundhogs see shadows, predict six more weeks of winter


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr

Get ready to bundle up because winter is here to stay for six more weeks according to the nation’s two most famous groundhogs.

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Shadows are no-shows, groundhogs predict early spring


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Twitter/@ChrisCQuinn

Spring is coming early if the city’s most famous marmot has predicted correctly. Groundhog Chuck in Staten Island and Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania did not see their shadows this morning. City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn celebrated at the city’s Groundhog Day festivities in Staten Island after the tiny rodent predicted the end […]

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Four-letter words


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You aren’t supposed to use four-letter words in a family newspaper, but you can’t go without saying, “snow.”  Plow envy is a risk when the city must tend to every main drag and we tend to burn when we can’t park. Mayor de Blasio will take heat no matter what. Hizzoner has pushed the late […]

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NYC public schools remain open Wednesday


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The Department of Education will keep all public schools open Wednesday, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced, as the city expects icy conditions from its second snowstorm this week.

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Get a closer look at the city’s snow clearing budget


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) spends millions of dollars on salt each year to keep the city’s drivers from slipping and sliding. Millions more are spent in overtime for the men and women who clear the city’s roads.

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Local leaders applaud city’s call to save Gifted & Talented seats


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Local leaders are hailing the city’s decision to allow all District 26 elementary school students enrolled in Gifted & Talented programs to be grandfathered into middle school programs.

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Pols push for St. John’s Hospital to be reimbursed for Sandy expenses


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the office of Assemblymember Goldfeder

Local pols want to keep the lone Rockaway hospital from flat lining. Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and State Sentator James Sanders sponsored a bill to bring $4.3 million to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital to reimburse them for expenses spent during and after Sandy.

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Snow slams city again; more in forecast


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Another round of snow is impacting New York City, just as Staten Island Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter.

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It’s déjà vu all over again


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Richardson Maze

Groundhog Day is coming up in February and for actor Bill Murray and a small Illinois town it will happen again and again. Arguably the most famous groundhog in the world is Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating rodent who, if he sees his shadow, will retreat to his den forecasting six more weeks of winter.  This […]

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Snow starts in New York as city braces for blizzard


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m.:  Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York. “As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors,” said Cuomo. “To ensure an effective and rapid response to […]

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NYC area prepares for major snow storm


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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For the first time this winter, the city is getting ready for a potentially powerful snow storm. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the flakes should start falling early Friday morning and the bad weather will continue through Saturday. Earlier in the day, the NWS  issued a winter storm watch for all of New […]

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