Astoria first-grader wins national writing contest


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Be Kind People Project

One Astoria first-grader has a prize-winning way with words. Isabella Taxilaga, a student at P.S. 122 Mamie Fay has been named the $1,000 grand prize winner of the nonprofit The Be Kind People Project’s national student writing contest.

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PRIMARY DAY 2013 COVERAGE


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

Check back here for continuing Primary Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results. 11:52 p.m. Projected winners in Queens city council districts: City Council District 22 – Costa Constantinides City Council District 28 - Ruben Wills City Council District 24 -Rory Lancman City Council District 31 -Donovan Richards City Council District 32 […]

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Astoria school honored for high state test scores


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr.

Although P.S. 122 in Astoria was facing big changes a few months ago from the Department of Education, the students showed they can excel beyond the average city scores. On August 13, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. celebrated students, teachers and Principal Pamela Sabel for their hard work in earning high scores on the new […]

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Department of Education: Gifted and talented classes will stay


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The Department of Education (DOE) has decided to withdraw its controversial plan to cut the gifted and talented classes at P.S. 122. after last week’s meeting with concerned parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30. “We’ve listened, and we know what an exceptional job P.S. 122 is doing with its G&T middle […]

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Schools Chancellor Walcott meets with parents over gifted and talented cuts


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Photo courtesy of Ana Musmat Alam

True to his word, Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30 to talk about the proposed cuts to the prestigious gifted and talented program at P.S. 122. “When families have a great experience in their school, we celebrate that and we appreciate the […]

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Schools Chancellor Walcott to meet with parents over gifted and talented cuts


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Photo courtesy of Isaac Carmignani

After weeks protesting proposed cuts to the gifted and talented program at P.S. 122, the voices of the parents in District 30 have finally been heard by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The parents, along with other concerned and outraged school and community members, confronted Walcott at a Panel for Education Policy meeting in Brooklyn on […]

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Parents fight against gifted and talented cuts


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Don’t fix what’s not broken. That was the message echoed through P.S. 122’s auditorium on Wednesday, March 6, by concerned parents, school officials and local politicians looking to stop the gutting of the school’s prestigious gifted and talented classes. The “emergency meeting,” which brought over 500 attendees, was organized by the school’s PTA in response […]

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Outrage over fewer gifted and talented seats at Queens school


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Photo courtesy of Deborah Alexander

As her son Augustus began kindergarten in the city’s gifted and talented program at Sunnyside’s P.S. 150, Deborah Alexander was excited at the thought he would eventually be enrolling in the prestigious middle school program known as The Academy at P.S.122 in Astoria. Yet the excitement turned to concern as the Department of Education revealed […]

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Parents fume over dwindling gifted and talented program


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Expanding demand and dwindling supply of middle school gifted and talented seats in Long Island City have parents fuming over the possibility of their children getting dropped from the program. Kids from P.S. 122 and P.S. 150 were previously promised seats through 8th grade, filtering into the middle school program at P.S. 122. In line […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Citi Field Will Play Host To 2013 All-Star Game [NY1]

Former Bayside BID executive director encouraging new blood for leadership [New York Daily News]

Airport impostor twist: Newark fraud got ID before victim was slain in Qns. [New York Post]

NYPD cop Devon Daniels busted for doing dirty deeds for drug dealer, including running license plate checks [New York Daily News]

Queens Schoolchildren Protest Added Fluoride In City Water [NY1]

PA contractor has history of blunders [New York Post]

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NEWS BRIEFS


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Ditmars Boulevard to get repaved Following requests from Councilmember Peter F. Vallone, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon begin work to repave Ditmars Boulevard – a heavily-used commercial thoroughfare in Astoria. The DOT studied the area and found the road along Ditmars Boulevard between 23rd Street and 29th Street is in need of resurfacing. […]

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