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EXCLUSIVE: City eyes two more northeast Queens school sites
EXCLUSIVE: City eyes two more northeast Queens school sites
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 11/22/2013 at 4:47PM

The city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) is looking for more than an acre of Queens land to build a new high school, The Courier has learned. The SCA has allocated funds for the future institution, poised to alleviate Queens high school congestion, but is still scouring the borough for a site slightly larger than an [...]

Survey says overcrowding problem at Queens schools
Survey says overcrowding problem at Queens schools
Education & Kids Liam La Guerre 10/02/2013 at 10:52AM

Queens schools are failing in at least one subject– classroom sizes. Hillcrest High School in Jamaica ranked highest in the number of oversized classrooms, 400, and Bayside’s Benjamin Cardozo High School follows with 385, according to a recent United Federation of Teachers (UFT) survey. More than 230,000 students citywide spent some of the first few [...]

Three Queens elementary schools receive Blue Ribbon award
Three Queens elementary schools receive Blue Ribbon award
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 9/25/2013 at 4:55PM

The coveted federal Blue Ribbon award will go to three Queens elementary schools this year, U.S. education officials announced early this week. P.S. 46 in Oakland Gardens, P.S. 66 in Richmond Hill and P.S. 221 in Little Neck earned their prestigious titles on September 24. The honor is given to public and private schools that [...]

Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying
Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 1:33PM

Bellerose residents say they live in a forgotten land when it comes to the city’s efforts to eliminate mosquitoes. “You can’t go outside. You can’t make it from your car to your front door,” said Maria Donza. The bloodsuckers are keeping residents on house arrest and even alert indoors, said Donza, who added she sits [...]

West Nile spraying in Queens this week
West Nile spraying in Queens this week
News Queens Courier Staff 7/23/2013 at 11:58AM

On Wednesday, July 24, there will be West Nile spraying in parts of Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease. The spraying will take place between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed until Thursday, [...]

Suspects captured in Kissena Park chase charged with robbery, fake gun possession
Suspects captured in Kissena Park chase charged with robbery, fake gun possession
Police Cristabelle Tumola 4/08/2013 at 5:31PM

Two robbery suspects who led police on a high-speed chase through Queens have been charged with robbery, criminal use of a firearm and possession of an imitation pistol, according to the district attorney. One of the defendants, Ravinder Dharamshot, 32, of Queens Village, has additionally been charged with reckless endangerment. Dharamshot and his accomplice, 23-year-old [...]

Op-Ed: Empowering women
News Op-Ed 3/21/2013 at 4:09PM

BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER NILY ROZIC Women’s History Month marks my third month as an assemblymember. It is a time to recognize the women who have come before to make this world a better place. While we have many great women to celebrate, we have more work ahead. At a time when polarization is defining many of [...]

QM3 bus hits, kills woman in Oakland Gardens
Police Cristabelle Tumola 3/08/2013 at 10:05AM

A 55-year-old woman is dead after a Queens bus struck her Thursday evening, according to police. Around 7:30 p.m., a QM3 bus was traveling westbound on 73rd Avenue, making a left hand turn to travel southbound on Springfield Boulevard when, with the rear portion of the bus, it struck the victim. She was taken to [...]

Striking school bus drivers stand by their demands
Striking school bus drivers stand by their demands
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 1/30/2013 at 9:14AM

Maria Gentile has driven a school bus for more than 34 years. She knows the name of every student she carries along her route, through Bayside, Douglaston and Oakland Gardens. She’s witnessed the first and last days of school for countless families. When she drops a child off at home, she doesn’t drive away until [...]

Queens man killed in drunk driving accident on LIE
Police Cristabelle Tumola 1/02/2013 at 12:45PM

A Flushing man was arrested today for killing his passenger during a drunk driving accident on the Long Island Expressway (LIE), said police. The driver, 39-year-old Ricardo Rivas, was travelling eastbound on the LIE around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday when he hit the median right after the 108th Street exit, injuring all four of his passengers. Carlos [...]