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Bayside’s P.S. 46 finds success with traffic safety initiative


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THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

There won’t be any more morning road rage for parents at Bayside’s P.S. 46.

The School Leadership Team of P.S. 46 began restricting street access for non-residents on 218th Street between 64th and 67th avenues in an effort to reduce dangerous traffic congestion. Cones are placed between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to only allow one-way traffic from 67th Avenue, and the street is blocked on both sides from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., and parents must find parking in surrounding areas and walk to the school after student dismissal.

On Tuesday, the second day of the school partially blocking street access for morning drop-off, not even one parent seemed to mind the potential inconveniences of the safety initiative.

Parents lined up patiently down the street as school staff, parent volunteers and student council members escorted children from their family vehicles into the school for early morning breakfast.

“This is what happens when the community gets together and makes a decision,” said P.S. 46 principal Stamo Karalazarides. “It’s nice to see that it’s a very collaborative effort.”

Everyone agreed that the new system was better than the previous one, with parents sometimes triple-parking in a row and the 111th Precinct regularly called to issue citations. Children no more than 10 years old would often have to navigate the traffic alone as their caretakers rushed to quickly find space for their cars.

“This is the best situation out of this whole ordeal because it was a nightmare coming to school,” said Linda Ray, who was dropping off her grandchildren. “They don’t even look, they just pull out. It was just chaotic.”

Jeremy Hilaire, a fourth-grader in the student council, took part in the safety initiative to reduce the risk of accidents and prevent younger children from running into the street as before.

“I’m helping out by causing less traffic so that kids will be safer,” said Hilaire.

Fifth-grader Emmi Lu, president of the student council, said that helping out with community safety was a fun way to set a good example for other children.

“You can help them shape into leaders and they can make a change in the world,” said Lu.

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Bayside’s P.S. 46 beginning measures to reduce local traffic


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The P.S. 46 school community in Bayside is literally putting up a roadblock during arrival and dismissal times to make it safer for children traveling to and from class.

The School Leadership Team of P.S. 46 will begin to block access for non-residents on 218th Street between 64th and 67th avenues in an effort to reduce dangerous traffic congestion.

Cones will be placed on 218th Street between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to only allow one-way traffic from 67th Avenue, and parent volunteers and P.S. 46 staff will be waiting during this hour to escort children from each car. Traffic will again be blocked off to non-residents from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., but parents will need to find parking in surrounding areas to walk to the school after student dismissal.

The street safety initiative is the first effort in P.S. 46’s Project Lifesaver, a collaboration from the school leadership team of staff and parents to make sure children stay safe.

“They didn’t want to wait for an accident,” said P.S. 46 Principal Stamo Karalazarides. “We wanted to be proactive and not reactive, and ensure the safety of our children.”

The 111th Precinct required the school to notify residents of their plan in order to legally block off the street to drivers. The proposal was well received by the community anticipating an alleviation of traffic, according to Karalazarides.

People living on the two-way street had regularly complained of P.S. 46Q parents blocking their entranceways and sometimes even parking inside private driveways while they wait for students to be dismissed.

According to Karalazarides, there are no additional steps planned for Project Lifesaver yet but the school would be open to expanding the initiative if other safety concerns arise.

“If this takes on a life of it’s own we’re open to that, because safety is our first priority,” Karalazarides said.

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12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards draws nearly 1,000


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Allen Ngai

This year The Queens Courier’s 12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards & Networking event at Terrace on the Park broke records as close to 1,000 people came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the leading women of the Queens business world.

The Tuesday night celebration opened up with an expo and cocktail hour. During this time guests were able to mingle, network and exchange business information with leaders from all different fields.

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Although the night highlighted the work of over 30 women, one man stood out from the crowd. Greg Kelly, co-anchor of Fox 5 “Good Day New York,” was honored as “Man of the Year” for his countless years of success in journalism.

Honored with the award for “Woman of the Year,” Borough President Melinda Katz, who is the third woman to fill the borough president’s seat in Queens, congratulated the rest of the honorees for everything they do and accomplish.


Man of the Year and Fox TV host Greg Kelly with Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President (Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)

“If you look around this room you see women who run hospitals, you see women who run colleges, you see women that help thousands of people every single day as part of their nonprofits,” Katz said. “To honor them today is only an extremely small thing that we can do for these great, outstanding women.”

All the honorees of the night received their awards from Kelly and Ms. New York United States 2013 Stephanie Jill Chernick.


Greg Kelly with Stephanie Jill Chernick, Ms.New York United States 2013 (Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)

This year, The Courier bestowed other special honors, including “Lifetime Achievement” to Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, Dean/Medical Director, Elmhurst Hospital; and “Leadership in Education” to Dr. Sharon DeVivo, President-Elect, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.

The 12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards also presented “Hall of Fame” awards to Domenique Camacho Moran, Partner, Farrel Fritz, P.C.; Annete Vallone-Rocchio, President, Landrum School of Performing Arts and Precious Moments Nursery School & Day Care Center; Stefanie F. Handsman, First Senior Vice President, Head of Treasure Services, Bank Leumi; Linda Spiegel, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center/CenterLight Health System; and Maureen Buglino, Vice President for Community and Emergency Medicine, New York Hospital Queens.

“I feel very honored to be recognized as a woman in business,” said “Hall of Fame” honoree Vallone-Rocchio, who started her business at 18 years old. “This event is a great opportunity to network and mingle with other like-minded women.”

Honoree Marsha Goldberg, principal of P.S. 46, was honored for her 12 years of dedication to the Bayside school and her overall 42 years of work in the public education system. Under her guidance, P.S. 46 has been recognized as one of New York City’s best schools as it consistently received an overall “A” rating on the Department of Education Progress Report.

“I am so honored to have been chosen,” Goldberg said. “I don’t think of myself as a business woman, I think of myself as an educator. I see it as a labor of love. I think it is great that women are being recognized as leaders.”

During the network portion of the night, the expo also featured various vendors and businesses which sold products and shared information on their services.

“It has been a great opportunity so far, we’re really excited to be here,” said Olivier Guerin, Manhasset Branch Manager for Charles Schwab, which provides full-service  brokerage service for investing in various instruments, helping all clients reach a financial goal. Every May Schwab focuses the spotlight on Financial Life Planning for Women, with special workshops at different retail branches.

This year’s honorees were: Sharon DeVivo President, Vaughn College; Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, Dean/Medical Director, Elmhurst Hospital; Gina Battagliola, Project Manager, JFK International Air Terminal; Kimberly Benn, Advertising Account Executive, DeSales Media Group; Clara Berg, Service Specialist, YAI Services; Marizen Bernales, RN/CEO, Atlantic Dialysis; Dr. Sabra Brock, Interim Dean, Touro Grad School of Business; Tracy Capune, Vice President, Kaufman Astoria Studios; Laurie Dorf, Assistant Vice Principal& ED, Queens College; Rosa A. Figueroa, Director of Small Business Development, LaGuardia Community College; Marsha Goldberg, Principal, Public School 46; Eve Cho Guillergan, Attorney, Eve Guillergan PLLC; Pam Horowitz, Director of Home Care, Parker Jewish Institute; Kimberly Kuchera, CEO, KJR Aviation; Missy Lawrence, Vice President Marketing, Resorts World Casino; Nora Constance Marino, Esq.,Queens County Commission, NYC Taxi& Limousine Commission and TV Legal Commentator; MaryAnn McAleer, Director of Development, Queens Centers for Progress; Janine Michel, Executive Director, Christ the King Continuing Education; Carole Nussbaum, Principal, Public School 203, Erica Oleske, Development Officer, Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn & Queens; Luisa Otero, Life Coach/Author, No Nonsense Coaching; Stephanie Ovadia, Attorney/Radio Host; Heather Palmer, 2nd Vice President, Queens County Savings Bank; Michelle Rosa Patruno, Regional Sales Manager/Senior Loans Specialist, Vanguard Funding; Sarah BJ Song, Chairman of Korean, American Family Services; Donna Tucker, Chief of Staff, Regional Alliance; Tiki Vanderbilt, Partner, NY Life Insurance Company; Denise Ward, College Interim Vice President & Executive Director, Queensborough Community; Carrie White, Classified Sales Manager, Desales Media Group; Mary Zias, Store Manager, TD Bank; Maureen Buglino, R.N. Vice President for Community Medicine & Emergency Medicine, New York Presbyterian; Stefanie Handsman, Head of Treasury Services Division, Bank Leumi; Dominique Camacho Moran, Attorney Labor and Practice, Farrell and Fritz; Linda Spiegel, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Annette Vallone, Owner and Director, Landrum School of Performing Arts and Precious Moments Nursery School & Day Care Center.

This year’s sponsors included Atlantic Dialysis, Center For Wealth Preservation, Citibank, Cord Meyer Development/Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Dale Carnegie, Delta Air Lines, New York Daily News, DeSales Media Group/The Tablet, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Flushing Bank, Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York Life, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, Queens County Savings Bank, TD Bank, Terrace on the Park, Touro College, Vanguard Funding, and Vaughn College.

The evening’s celebration also raised $3,5000, with all proceeds going to charity.

 

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P.S. 46 celebrates Blue Ribbon Award


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

SALVATORE LICATA

Students at P.S. 46 were blue, but for good reason, on Friday.

At an early-morning ceremony on Jan. 17 students, teachers, parents and elected officials celebrated P.S. 46’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School.

The Oakland Gardens school was one of 286 in the nation honored by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) with the Blue Ribbon Award in 2013. This award recognizes schools where students are performing at very high academic levels.

“P.S. 46 is a very special place” said Councilmember Mark Weprin.

The ceremony was filled with dancing, singing, and even a performance by the school’s drama club titled, “The search for the National Blue Ribbon Award.”

“This award adds a dimension to us,” said Marsha Goldberg, principal. “We are a microcosm of what society should be. I feel like I’m on top of the world.”

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who attended the event and spoke to the crowd, said “this award shows the potential for students in the entire city.”

Goldberg remained humble even when giving her final remarks on receiving such a prestigious award.

“I believe we can do better, I believe we will do better, and I truly believe that our best days are yet to come,” she said.

 

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Three Queens elementary schools receive Blue Ribbon award


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

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 have demonstrated significant student achievement, education officials said. It is based on overall academic excellence or improvement.

“We’re pretty excited,” said Principal Marsha Goldberg of P.S. 46. “The students realize the impact as much as the adults do. This is their expectation. To them, it’s another day at school.”

Principal Patricia Bullard of P.S. 221 said her school’s award was achieved through “the hard work of our conscientious students, dedication of our talented staff and support of our parents.”

“I am extremely proud of our entire school community for achieving this national distinction,” she said in a statement. “P.S. 221 is truly a special place.”

Over in Richmond Hill, P.S. 66 was also beaming with pride.

“I’ve been in this community as a teacher since 1976,” said Principal Phyllis Leinwand. “On a personal level, I’m very proud, having been in this area for nearly four decades, that this amazing accolade is being shared by the south Queens community.”

The U.S. Department of Education named 286 schools in the country this year as Blue Ribbon institutions. Award recipients also include two schools in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education,” Duncan continued.

The Blue Ribbon honorees will be celebrated in November at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 

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Neighbors upset over school garbage


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Residents in Bell Park Gardens are raising a stink about a school sidewalk across the street that they say has grown to be a rancid repository for piles of garbage.

“It stinks like a garbage room and it’s an eyesore,” said a neighboring resident who wished to remain anonymous. “We didn’t buy a very expensive co-op to look at this and be part of this.”

Some of the Bayside co-op owners who live across the street from P.S. 46 said they’ve been dealing with the repulsive refuse problem for four years. Dozens of garbage bags — full of milk cartons, leftover lunch and paper artwork — sit for hours on the sidewalk, posing as an attraction for local wildlife and an invitation for litter, they said.

“Sometimes it’s out for days,” said resident Trish M., who did not want to give her last name. “It’s not that much of a bother to me, but there is a lot of garbage.”

Kathy Dawkins, a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Sanitation, said the Alley Pond School is on the agency’s summer school route and receives seven garbage, four paper, and three metal, glass and plastic collections a week.

The school custodians are under the same sanitation requirements as local homeowners, Dawkins said, which means they must place receptacles out on the sidewalk by the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before their scheduled collection and no earlier than 4 p.m. from October 1 to April 1.

But co-op shareholders said the remaining debris and slimy residue are left sitting on the sidewalk overnight until at least 7 a.m. when they said school custodians come out to sweep. By then, they said another load of trash is put out for the next pickup cycle and remnants of the rubbish find its way to neighboring properties.

“The garbage is put out again almost as quickly as Sanitation collects it,” Dawkins said. “The department will work with the custodians on this and monitor this location.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said the area is “cleaned as soon as possible.”

Bell Park Gardens management and school custodians declined to comment.

Meanwhile, neighbor John Chorzepa said the tussle over trash was trivial.

“I didn’t realize garbage was such a problem. Everybody has garbage. It’s a school – they have to,” he said.