Far Rockaway

NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 6/19/2013 at 10:40AM

The last bell will ring two and a half hours later for 2,000 of the city’s sixth graders starting this fall. A pilot program will provide additional literacy training at 20 middle schools with high-needs students, including five in Queens, according to the Department of Education (DOE). The schools are also part of a 40-school [...]

Far Rockaway nursing home director arrested for covering up disappearance of resident
Far Rockaway nursing home director arrested for covering up disappearance of resident
Police Cristabelle Tumola 6/10/2013 at 11:09AM

A former director at a Far Rockaway nursing home has been arrested for falsifying records to cover up the disappearance of a resident with dementia, announced Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Juliet Clifford, 43, of Mount Vernon, NY, has been charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, falsifying business records [...]

Far Rockaway basketball tournament aims to stop violence
Far Rockaway basketball tournament aims to stop violence
News Maggie Hayes 5/30/2013 at 12:08PM

Far Rockaway is fighting its reputation of violence through a program that brings youth together and puts them under one roof. The Stack Bundles basketball tournament kicked of its second year earlier this month and will continue through the summer. Twelve teams of 10 players each are traveling the peninsula and breaking territorial barriers. All [...]

Queens community comes together to stop the violence
Queens community comes together to stop the violence
South Queens Courier Staff 5/17/2013 at 11:59AM

As politicians at all levels try to combat gun violence through legislation, local groups seeing issues within their communities have taken a grassroots approach to keeping neighborhoods safe. “Upon my release from prison, I wanted to make sure today’s youth didn’t fall into the same traps that I fell into,” said Lance Feurtado. He and [...]

MTA cuts shuttle service to Sandy-ravaged Rockaways
MTA cuts shuttle service to Sandy-ravaged Rockaways
South Terence M. Cullen 4/24/2013 at 9:11AM

Local and citywide leaders say the MTA is throwing the Rockaways under the bus. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and Councilmember Donovan Richards in Far Rockaway on Friday, April 19 to decry the decreased shuttle bus service to the Sandy-affected peninsula. A train service to the Rockaways last ran on [...]

Far Rockaway organization gives girls a ‘Window’ to the future
Far Rockaway organization gives girls a ‘Window’ to the future
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 4/21/2013 at 11:22AM

One Far Rockaway organization is aiming to provide young girls with a greater sense of life, more than just “what they see outside their windows.” Project Window was created with intentions to provide a feeling of camaraderie and a common ground for young women to speak about friends, family and life, as well as opportunities [...]

National Guardsman guilty in murder of girlfriend
Police Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 4:10PM

He went from hero to felon. A National Guardsman and Iraq war veteran has been convicted of second-degree murder for punching, drowning and ultimately killing his girlfriend on the beaches of Far Rockaway. David Lynch, 33, served two tours in Iraq and was a reservist in the New York National Guard at the time of [...]

Far Rockaway residents still receiving Verizon bills despite no service since Sandy
Far Rockaway residents still receiving Verizon bills despite no service since Sandy
South Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 12:36PM

It’s been five months since 77-year-old Arquilla Heard has been able to make a phone call. Since Sandy, the Far Rockaway resident — and many of her neighbors in the Ocean Bay Houses — have had no cell phone service from Verizon. Heard has received monthly phone bills since the storm, some reaching nearly $200. [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 3/26/2013 at 8:11AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 48. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 36. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Ashley Garrett – Slate House Acumen Project [...]

Group of women wanted for assault, robbery in Far Rockaway
Group of women wanted for assault, robbery in Far Rockaway
Police Cristabelle Tumola 2/11/2013 at 10:23AM

Police are looking for six women wanted for allegedly assaulting, then stealing electronics from two female victims in Far Rockaway. On Wednesday, January 16, around 4:20 p.m., the group of women approached the victims at the rear of 32-11 Beach Channel Drive. The suspects then assaulted them and fled with one victim’s cell phone and the [...]