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Meeks holds first briefing for new congressional district
Meeks holds first briefing for new congressional district
Politics Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 10:42AM

Southeast community leaders and clergy members joined Congressmember Gregory Meeks at the first meeting for the new 5th Congressional District. Having not met since before Sandy, Meeks and the crowd of over 100 area residents spoke about the devastation brought on by the storm, as well as the Congressmember’s work in Washington, D.C. since reclaiming [...]

City plans to put new schools inside Flushing, Newtown high schools
City plans to put new schools inside Flushing, Newtown high schools
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 1/30/2013 at 10:44AM

Students in two overcrowded Queens schools could soon learn a lesson in sharing. The city plans to place two new schools inside a scaled-down Flushing High School and an international school in Newtown High School, education officials said. The existing Flushing High School building would house a small district high school and another Chinese bilingual [...]

Op-Ed: Essential steps in the fight against gun violence
Op-Ed: Essential steps in the fight against gun violence
News Queens Courier Staff 1/21/2013 at 5:33PM

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA As the sponsor of 14 gun bills, I couldn’t be happier to see long overdue action fi nally taken on common-sense measures to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. From revoking the gun permits and confi scating the fi rearms of domestic abusers and the mentally ill, to requiring background [...]

President calls for stronger gun laws following recent mass shootings
President calls for stronger gun laws following recent mass shootings
Politics Terence M. Cullen 1/16/2013 at 2:38PM

The day after New York passed some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, President Barack Obama signed a package of 23 executive orders that set parameters to reduce gun violence in the wake of several devastating shootings last year. Seeking the recommendations of Vice President Joe Biden, the president put forth a push for background [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
Top Stories Billy Rennison 12/21/2012 at 8:30AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Rain before 10am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 56. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Friday night: A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as [...]

DOE reviews safety for its students
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 12/20/2012 at 10:35AM

Now, Bristy Roy is afraid that tragedy can strike her daughter’s school too. In the days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, Roy, whose six year old is in kindergarten at P.S. 31, told The Courier, “Now, I’m so scared.” In the wake of the shooting, which took the lives of 20 children and [...]

Enough
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 12/19/2012 at 4:32PM

It is time to put aside partisan politics, reach across the aisle . . . and tackle gun control. Last Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, inside Sandy Hook Elementary, took the lives of 20 children and six adults. It should serve to galvanize pundits, politicians and the nation to embrace tougher legislation on guns. Maybe [...]

Obama taps Biden to head task force on gun violence
News Billy Rennison 12/19/2012 at 2:25PM

In an effort to prevent another tragedy like last week’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head a task force to develop a concrete plan no later than January to curb gun violence in the country. “The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence, doesn’t mean [...]

Sunnyside vigil remembers Newtown victim Ben Wheeler
Sunnyside vigil remembers Newtown victim Ben Wheeler
News Alexa Altman 12/19/2012 at 11:03AM

Seventy miles from where Benjamin Wheeler was killed, mourners gathered to remember the irrepressibly spirited boy who loved The Beatles, sprinting across a soccer field and riding the No. 7 train to Sunnyside. Hundreds cradled flickering candles as they marched from the Sunnyside Reformed Church to Sunnyside Park – the same grassy sanctuary where six [...]

How to talk to your child about tragedy
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 12/18/2012 at 9:36AM

With the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut plastered all over the news, chances are that children are going to catch a glimpse of a television broadcast or overhear a conversation about it. Helaine Shahar, a Bayside-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), gave The Courier some insight into how [...]