Community demands end to disruptive subway noise by Astoria school


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials and the P.S. 85 community in Astoria want to put a screeching halt to subway noise created by the N and Q elevated subway line.

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Middle Village-based Gottschee Soccer Club needs room to play


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Miguel Brunengo

The legendary Middle Village-based Blau Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club is so popular it’s literally outgrown the borough. The soccer club, which remains one of the shining examples of high-level urban athletic competition, has so many players that it utilizes a scattered combination of public fields across the city and has gotten to a point where […]

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Students at saved Turnaround schools reflect on first day of classes


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

The first bell of the school year rang yesterday for a number of Queens high schools that were planned to lay dormant this year. Seven schools slated for Turnaround started classes on Thursday, September 6 after a nearly year-long battle to stay open. An arbitrator’s ruling to let all teachers keep their jobs and open […]

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‘Failing’ Van Buren principal replaced


| mchan@queenscourier.com

An unpopular principal of a failing Queens Village high school, who local leaders and parents rallied to remove in February, has been replaced, according to the Department of Education. Principal Marilyn Shevell — called an “ineffective leader” by members of the PTA and community — retired from Martin Van Buren High School, education officials said. […]

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Comptroller says tutoring center owes city $850G


| mchan@queenscourier.com

A state-approved tutoring firm that is in contract with the Department of Education (DOE) may owe the city $850,000 after an audit uncovered questionable payments and dubious timesheets, according to the comptroller’s office. According to City Comptroller John Liu, Champion Learning Center — which assisted over 12,000 city students last year, including 3,369 in Queens […]

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Student sold psychedelic sweets


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

An impromptu bake sale at a Queens middle school had students tripping and teachers flipping. Twenty students at Intermediate School 208 in Bellerose were caught snacking and getting stoned on marijuana-infused brownies, provided by a fellow student who was selling the goods during school. An eight-grade female whose identify was withheld because of her age, […]

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Pols, parents push for increased school bus service


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

A member of an influential city panel is concerned about perilous pathways getting between kids and their education. Dmytro Fedkowskyj, the Queens representative for the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), is rallying parents across the borough to support a proposal that will eliminate ambiguity from the process of determining which children with dangerous intersections on […]

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Bedbugs in Queens schools


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It seems that schools are not immune to the recent rash of bedbug sightings around the city. According to the City Department of Education (DOE), there have been more than 330 reports of bed bug specimens in schools citywide, with 109 cases in Queens alone this year. The increase in cases has been a trend […]

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Bad water sickens kids


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

                Scores of children at P.S. 20, the Bowne School in Flushing, had to be removed for medical treatment after drinking contaminated water on Tuesday, June 1.             An air conditioner on the roof of a new wing at the school, located at 142-30 Barclay Avenue, was being repaired around noontime. About 1:30 […]

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Parents still don’t trust water at P.S. 20


| ccruz@queenscourier.com

No tummy aches came between the children of P.S. 20, the Bowne School in Flushing, and their school’s playground a week after the school’s water supply became contaminated. “I drank a little water and the water is pink,” said five-year-old Camila Zarama. “It tasted sweet.” Zarama and scores of other children had to be removed […]

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Bad water sickens kids


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

            Scores of children at P.S. 20, the Bowne School in Flushing, had to be removed for medical treatment after drinking contaminated water on Tuesday, June 1.             An air conditioner on the roof of a new wing at the school, located at 142-30 Barclay Avenue, was being repaired around noontime. About 1:30 p.m. children […]

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Suspect meningitis in death of Bayside student


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

A Stuyvesant High School senior from Bayside who was found dead in her home recently may have succumbed to bacterial meningitis, according to a letter posted on the web by her principal. On Thursday, January 8, the body of Ava Hecht, 17, was found face down in her bedroom. Her mother, Karen Gang, reportedly made […]

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Mother claims school made daughter sick


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For 12 years, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has known about a potentially deadly chemical in the soil on a city-owned site less than two blocks from an Ozone Park public school — but cleanup plans have been snagged by red tape. Now, the mother of a former student of Public School 65 […]

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