Howard Beach’s P.S. 207 receives nearly $2M in storm recovery funds


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Twelve feet of water rushed into the basement of P.S. 207 during Sandy, leaving the Howard Beach school with over $2 million worth of damages. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder announced Monday roughly $1.82 million is on the way for repairs. “It’s been over a year since Sandy tore apart our schools […]

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P.S. 207 students gave back all year


| nbrown@queenscourier.com

Students at Howard Beach’s P.S. 207 are proving learning doesn’t have to be limited to the classroom. The Builder’s Club and the K-kids, two groups of students who take on community service projects throughout the school year, were honored for their commitment with a luncheon at Carosello Restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard. The K-kids, comprised […]

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Students at Howard Beach’s P.S./M.S. 207 celebrate ‘kindness’ with Toys for Tots


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Howard Beach’s P.S./M.S. 207 is getting into the spirit of giving this holiday season. Marine Corps Sergeants Mike Roy and Miguel Villalobos brought the Toys for Tots donation program to the 88th Street school on Friday.

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Students at P.S./M.S. 207 learn to ‘persevere’ through Wounded Warrior Project


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

One man’s story of perseverance left a crowd of middle schoolers captivated. Brandon Trapp of the Wounded Warrior Project spoke to the middle school students at P.S./M.S. 207 Rockwood Park as part of a series of monthly assemblies meant to instill different virtues in the youngsters. The school kicked off the year last month with […]

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Prayer vigil held to rally for Sandy victims whose homes are in disrepair


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Jean Ferrara-Rodriquez is living in a construction zone 14 months after the superstorm destroyed her West Hamilton Beach home. “We are struggling from day to day,” said the single mother of a 14-year-old girl. “It’s been way too long of a process and way too slow.” Faith in New York, a city-based, interfaith federation, hosted […]

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Howard Beach holds first meeting on $18M rebuilding grant


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The first public meeting in Howard Beach for the state’s reconstruction plan was held at P.S. 146 on October 21. Residents learned about the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction program, which is a plan that provides funds for rebuilding and revitalization of more than 100 communities that were severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene […]

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Push for speed cameras around Howard Beach schools


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Speeding drivers will be put to a stop if one south Queens pol has his way. State Senator Joseph Addabbo is pushing for Howard Beach’s P.S. 232 and 207 to be considered for a pilot program designed to nab speedy drivers around schools. A new state law went into effect on Saturday, August 31 that […]

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Howard Beach students play with US Open champs


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THE COURIER/Photos by Dominick Totino

Sandy-affected Howard Beach students felt the love during a tennis clinic with US Open champions. Twelve students from P.S. 207 went to Grandstand Stadium last week, where they participated in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) “Returning the Love” initiative. Through the program, organized by New York Cares, the tennis tykes, ages five through nine, […]

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Howard Beach school without fire alarm system since Sandy


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The Howard Beach community and concerned parents are tired of dealing with a hot issue at local school P.S. 207. When Sandy swept through the region, it took the school’s fire alarm system with it. Since reopening on January 2, the school has operated without any fire alarm. “First their homes are destroyed, now they […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 36 with a windchill as low as 18. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 18. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. EVENT of the DAY: There There  […]

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Sandy leaves students, parents scrambling


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ALEXA ALTMAN AND MAGGIE HAYES Kids may have received an unscheduled week-long vacation from school after Sandy, but they returned to a system turned upside down. Roughly 79 schools across Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island suffered structural damage, 13 lost power and nearly 70 boilers required repairs. Students from 43 damaged schools citywide were […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Overcast with rain showers, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 55. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 39. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph […]

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City to shell out $500 million to repair schools, hospitals damaged by Sandy


| brennison@queenscourier.com

To hasten the process of restoring city schools and hospitals to pre-Sandy conditions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $500 million emergency plan to repair buildings damaged during the storm. The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation will receive $300 million while $200 million will be appropriated to the Department of Education. More than $130 […]

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