Astoria 8-year-old wins young inventor award for monster toy line


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Photos courtesy of Black family

Lyla Black is the founder of Lyla Tov Monsters – plushy, handmade toys that are the “guardians of a good night’s sleep” – and on Nov. 21 she was awarded the Young Inventor of the Year at the 7th Annual Toy & Game Inventor Awards in Chicago, Illinois.

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DOT launches annual ‘Bike to School’ competition


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Photo courtesy of East-West School of International Studies

The wheels have started to go round in this year’s Department of Transportation competition aiming to inspire safe bicycling and active transportation alternatives in students throughout the city.

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‘Thank you and God bless you for your unimaginable courage’: Veterans Day essay winner


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Photo courtesy of Kezia Dickson

Kezia Dickson, an eighth-grader at I.S. 61, won the inaugural Veterans Day essay competition for students in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

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Cambria Heights author releases second book for kids


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THE COURIER/Photo by Asha Mahadevan

Roslyn C. Thorpe, the Cambria Heights-based author of “RayRay’s Amazing Dream” (2012), is ready with her second book, called “Danny the New Kid in School.” As the title reveals, it tells the story of Danny as he faces setbacks and stares from other students in fifth grade. He then befriends Timmy and, together, they overcome the challenges of school.

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Astoria teacher raises funds to build vegetable garden in classroom


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Photo by Marlena Nadler

Students at one Astoria school will be planting the seeds for healthier eating.

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Flushing, Bayside schools bag Blue Ribbon


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The National Blue Ribbon Schools program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded the coveted Blue Ribbon school status to two schools in Queens – PS 205 Alexander Graham Bell School in Bayside and Queens College School for Math, Science and Technology in Flushing.

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Take a first look at new interior of Sandy-wrecked Peninsula library as construction is set to begin soon


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Renderings courtesy of Queens Library

The long chapter of devastation is coming to an end for the Peninsula library in Rockaway Beach. The building on Beach 92nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was “the hardest hit” library in the borough by Hurricane Sandy, according to a Queens Library spokeswoman, and has yet to reopen after nearly two years.

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Queens Library struggling from space constraints, report says


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Photo courtesy of the Queens Library

The Center for an Urban Future released Monday the Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries report, which said 41 of the library’s 62 branches are under 10,000 square feet and struggling to meet the demands of its increasing membership.

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Students study local street to make Jackson Heights safer


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Photos by Noah Beadle

Groups of “kid engineers” came together over the weekend to try to understand how to make Queens safer, one street at a time.

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