Kids

Civic group awaits decision in lawsuit against St. Mary’s
Civic group awaits decision in lawsuit against St. Mary’s
Business Alexa Altman 5/10/2012 at 12:00PM

The Weeks Woodlands civic group is awaiting a decision from the appellate court as it proceeds in its lawsuit to halt the expansion of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. Construction on the Bayside facility began in October of 2010, despite opposition from Weeks Woodlands. Predominantly taking issue with surrounding zoning laws and the size of [...]

Stupendous student scores scholarship
Stupendous student scores scholarship
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 5/08/2012 at 11:30AM

Stellar scholar Sarah Gafur snagged an award from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing competition – the country’s longest-running and most prestigious academic scholarship program for those who excel in the visual and literary arts. Gafur, an eighth grader at P.S. 232 in Howard Beach, won a $6,000 scholarship to attend a three-week program at [...]

Where kids can have fun and be active
Where kids can have fun and be active
News Crystal Hudson 4/30/2012 at 11:44AM

Seventeen percent of young people in the U.S. suffer from obesity. First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national campaign to promote fitness and exercise among young people. And right in Howard Beach, local business owner Peter Guarneri is doing his part to combat the obesity epidemic and help kids stay active. Guarneri runs Kids ‘N [...]

Parents, students, staff say Closing Flushing High School ‘Not A Solution’
Parents, students, staff say Closing Flushing High School ‘Not A Solution’
News Melissa Chan 4/26/2012 at 11:24AM

While graduation rates at Flushing High School have climbed over the years — and education officials praised some of the school’s “areas of strength” — the extra credit points may not be enough to save the embattled institution. Hundreds of supporters — sporting anti-Mayor Bloomberg pins — packed Flushing’s auditorium to have their voices heard [...]

Debate League comes to Queens
Debate League comes to Queens
News Michael Pantelidis 4/24/2012 at 1:11PM

Around 300 students, parents and teachers from across the city gathered at the Garden School in Jackson Heights this past weekend to watch lively middle school students debate a range of topics during the Metropolitan Debate League’s most recent competition. The debate league, which draws participating teams from all types of schools in the Metropolitan [...]

Best of the Boro Voting is Live: Don’t delay, vote today!
Best of the Boro Voting is Live: Don’t delay, vote today!
News Billy Rennison 4/24/2012 at 11:33AM

Cast your vote for the best in Queens’ Family, Education & Recreation. Hundreds of nominations have poured in to the Best of the Boro’s fourth and final round and now residents can select who stands out above the competition. With seemingly endless entertainment options, this category allows residents to choose the borough’s best places to [...]

Final Chapter For Flushing?
Final Chapter For Flushing?
News Melissa Chan 4/20/2012 at 10:32AM

Local leaders rallied to save Flushing High School before the city closes the book on the storied 137-year-old institution. Elected officials and education advocates gathered in front of the school to protest a possible Turnaround — which would mean replacing half of the teachers and reopening the school under a new name. “Closing Flushing High [...]

Class in session: City to get 54 new schools, two in Queens
Education & Kids Michael Pantelidis 4/19/2012 at 12:41PM

Spring may signify new beginnings, but schools will be “bloom”ing this fall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on April 17 to announce the opening of 54 new schools across the city for the 2012-2013 school year. The new schools – 30 of which will be run by the district, along with 24 [...]

Community comes out for August Martin
Community comes out for August Martin
News Billy Rennison 4/18/2012 at 12:58PM

In the past year, August Martin High School has been entered into the city’s restart program, lost a principal and twice been placed on the list of schools to close, which had many community leaders asking why their high school was being targeted. “This is not about the progress of August Martin; this is political,” [...]