Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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Parents of Astoria Catholic school slated to close tell church officials: ‘Give us a chance’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Almost two weeks after learning that Most Precious Blood Catholic School in Astoria will be shuttered at the end of the school year, parents of the students are begging for one last chance to raise enough money to fix the building and keep it open.

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Mother of Avonte Oquendo invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Senator Charles Schumer's Office

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, Avonte Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, will be watching from the gallery of the House of Representatives as a guest of Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Performing arts program offered at Catholic schools across Queens


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Photos by Roopa Bhopale

For the past few years, the Diocese of Brooklyn has been partnering with the nonprofit theatre company Stages on the Sound, Inc. to offer the Performing Arts Residency Program to almost 16,000 children every week at academies and schools throughout both boroughs.

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Community rallies to stop closing of Astoria Catholic school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Parents and students at Most Precious Blood School, located at 35-32 37th St., found out Friday, through a letter written by Reverend William Krlis, pastor at Most Precious Blood Church, that the 58-year-old school would be closing due to drops in enrollment and the need for costly structural repairs.

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Obama’s call to make community college tuition free gets an A from Queens students


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

If the whole country participates, Obama’s idea could help about nine million students per year and save them around $3,800 in tuition, according to the White House. In Queens there are two community colleges — Queensborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College. Combined, the two schools have more than 30,000 students that would benefit from free tuition.

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Douglaston teen is pitching for a good cause


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Michael Petze

Michael Petze is like most other 14-year-olds in that he loves baseball. However, now he is using his baseball skills to raise money for his cousin, Anthony, 24, an athlete with Down’s Syndrome.

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Queens Courier brings Santa Claus, gifts to kids at Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Santa came early this year, bringing holiday cheer and bags full of presents for children at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens in South Richmond Hill, thanks to The Queens Courier’s annual holiday gift drive.

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Opening ceremony held for new school in Ozone Park


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Queens Explorer’s Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 2 to formally celebrate the opening of the new campus. The school, which is also known as P.S. 316 and located at 90-07 101st Ave., opened up for its first school year in September.

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Queens HS student wins US Congressional Award Gold Medal


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Photo courtesy of the Garden School

Astoria resident Julia McKenna, a senior at the Garden School in Jackson Heights, was one of 13 New York State students to win the 2014 US Congressional Award Gold Medal.

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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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