Queens Library struggling from space constraints, report says


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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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New legislation to protect Astoria school from ‘disruptive’ subway noise


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of one Astoria school, located about 50 feet away from a subway platform, are hoping a new proposed bill will help bring “peaceful learning.”

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DOE protects Bayside schoolchildren from non-existent construction project


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Aasha Mahadevan

As a new school year starts, students at a Bayside elementary school will find their school shrouded in scaffolding and mesh for a building project that doesn’t yet exist, according to city officials.

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Backpacks donated to children of Pan American Hotel homeless shelter


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Daniel Dromm’s office

School-aged children living at the Boulevard Family Center in the former Pan American Hotel are all set for their first day of school.

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Rego Park special needs school closing, displacing vulnerable students


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

A Rego Park school for children with special needs closes on Friday and many of the disabled students of the year-round school have nowhere to go, family members told The Courier.

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Renderings reveal look of new P.S./I.S. 314 school in Jamaica


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Rendering courtesy Department of Education

The School Construction Authority posted renderings of the new P.S./I.S. 314 school in Jamaica, giving residents a glimpse into the future of their neighborhood.

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Residents nervous about Glendale homeless shelter impact on schools


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THE QUEENS COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

Hundreds of residents voiced concerns of potentially overcrowded schools at a forum on the impact of a proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.

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Two Queens seniors ‘lovin’ it’ as they win Ronald McDonald House scholarships


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy Nancy Lin and Taylor Moss

Flushing native and Stuyvesant High School senior Nancy Lin and Howard Beach resident and Archbishop Molloy High School senior Taylor Moss were two of five students to each receive a $16,000 college scholarship ($4,000 per year) from the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program.

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Ridgewood art center provides free space for locals and intellectually disabled


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

An arts center in Ridgewood is applying for a liquor license. Okay, sounds like Williamsburg so far. But while it wants to serve alcohol for its weekend music shows, the owners also want to make more money so that they can continue to offer free services on weekdays to the local community — especially the intellectually disabled.

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Alley Pond Environmental Center to get new $7.1M visitors’ building


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Renderings courtesy Department of Parks and Recreation

The Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston is growing with a new $7.1 million building. Construction on the 10,000-square-foot building is expected to start next summer and be completed in 2017, according to the Parks Department.

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City Council announces restoration of Peter Vallone Sr. namesake scholarship


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Photo courtesy office of Councilman Paul Vallone

Officials announced Tuesday, July 8, the City Council Merit Based Scholarship, once named after former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., was restored after it was voted into the budget of the City Council for $11.1 million.

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