By Queens Courier Staff |

Forest Hills students ace history

Students at Forest Hills High School made high marks at a city-level constitutional history competition and will now advance to the state championships.
A total of 30 Queens students - out of approximately 250 statewide - will travel to Albany in March to compete in rigorous, simulated Congressional hearings aimed to test the students’ knowledge of constitutional law.
The “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” event, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and created by the Center for Civic Education, involves groups of students testifying before a panel of judges, who then rank them based on the quality of their argument and constitutional knowledge.
“I congratulate the young scholars participating in the state finals,” said Queens Congressmember Anthony Weiner. “These students have the chops to make it to the top, and I know they will make their parents, teachers and community proud. It’s priceless to see our youth actively learning about the political process, especially during these exciting times in Washington.”
In November, Weiner brought mini constitutions to Forest Hills High School as part of his effort to engage youth in civic participation. During the meeting, Weiner discussed with students the importance of becoming involved in the political process.

Zoning meeting planned

The Juniper Park Civic Association will hold a special membership meeting on Thursday, February 12, at 7:45 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Cafeteria located at 71st Street and Eliot Avenue in Middle Village.
Queens Director of City Planning John Young will present his agency’s much- anticipated rezoning plan for Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.
Members of the JPCA collected the data used to create the rezoning plan back in 2004, but the city put the plan on hold while prioritizing zoning in a number of other areas throughout the borough.

Free college prep workshop

LaGuardia Community College is offering a free college prep workshop on February 18 that will show prospective college students how to complete the Common Application, which is accepted by more than 300 colleges in the United States.
The workshop will provide participants with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, which requires both curricular and extracurricular profiles. Special attention will be given to the essay question that must be completed with the application.
The completed application can be sent online to multiple colleges, organizing and streamlining the application process.
The two-hour session begins at 6 p.m. on the Long Island City campus.
Though the workshop is free, participants are asked to register by phone by calling 718-482-7244, or in person in room M-141, located in the college’s Joseph Shenker Hall at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.
Any questions about the workshop can be directed to College Prep at 718-482-5966 or by sending an e-mail:
Additional information may be attained on the web by visiting

Onorato encourages civil service exam

State Senator George Onorato announced that a civil service examination for those interested in becoming New York State corrections officers will be held on April 4 and the exam filing deadline of February 17.
“I urge constituents with an interest in working in the New York State corrections system to investigate this opportunity, and to file an application to take the test,” Senator Onorato said, noting that the New York State Department of Correctional Services (NYSDOCS) is seeking both English and Spanish-speaking candidates.
Correctional officers work throughout New York State in various facilities of the NYSDOCS, and oversee the custody, security, safety and well-being of inmates. Those interested in becoming corrections officers must be 21 years old on or before the date of their official appointment to the position.
Corrections officer candidates must also be high school graduates or hold high school equivalency diplomas; be United States citizens; and New York State residents at the time of employment.
Applications to take the April 4, 2009 civil service exam must be postmarked no later than February 17, 2009, and must be accompanied by a $30 filing fee.
For further information and an application, interested constituents may contact Senator Onorato’s district office at 718-545-9706 and ask for extension 7907 in Albany, or e-mail Janet Kash of the Senator’s staff at
Those interested may also visit the NYSDOCS internet website at to download the appropriate application and learn more about the corrections officer position (Click on “Jobs Available” link).