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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain. Fog early. High of 68. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 63. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 2.1 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Brooklyn Castle Documentary Screening

The Campaign for Children, the Afterschool Alliance, the Robert Bowne Foundation and the Queens Community House Beacon Program at Russell Sage JHS190 will be hosting a FREE screening of the award winning film/documentary BROOKLYN CASTLE on June 7 at 5:30pm. The film will be shown at the Beacon Program which is located at 68-17 Austin Street ,Forest Hills. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens subway gropings spike 109 percent: police

Several subway lines in Queens has seen a 109-percent spike in groping incidents this year, prompting police to deploy extra officers to subway stations and trains to try to catch predators, according to officials.  Read more: NBC New York

Tropical Storm Andrea targets New York area

After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea was moving quickly toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas early Friday, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend. Read more: AP

Courts clear way for sweeping overhaul of NYC’s taxi and livery system

Two major court rulings Thursday cleared the way for a sweeping overhaul of how millions of taxi and livery car passengers move about the city. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens VFW named for WWII Veteran

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The search is on for New York City’s own ice cream flavor

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US declassifies phone program details after uproar 

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. Read more: AP

Beacon Program closure protest continues


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Community outcry at the possible closure of several Queens Community House Beacon Program centers is growing louder as more neighborhoods, faced with potentially losing their facilities, are speaking out.

“The state of the community’s outrage is an understatement,” said Marva Dudley, president of the advisory board at Parsons Beacon, a center facing possible closure. “It serves so many people and is essential to working parents. The community is devastated.”

According to a representative from the office of Councilmember James F. Gennaro, The New York City Youth Alliance, a group of non-profits, compiled a list of 16 Beacon Programs potentially facing closure. Eight of these programs are located in Queens.

“We know these proposed cuts often occur as the city finalizes its budget, but Beacons are a vital part of this community and must be preserved,” said Gennaro. “If we stand up now, we send a message that we are paying attention, and we take the first step to ensuring the funding continues. And that means all these great kids keep getting the tutoring and supervision they need to succeed.”

Queens Community House is a network of social service providers, assisting nearly 30,000 people borough-wide with benefits such as tutoring and athletics, as well as classes for General Education Diploma (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The Beacon Program, a subset of Queens Community House, is a “youth-development center,” providing year-round, complementary services, specializing in young people ages six to 21 and focusing on leadership and skill growth.

On Tuesday, February 13, Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, expressing his opposition the potential termination of a Beacon Program located at J.H.S 190.

According to a representative from the mayor’s office, the possible closure of services such as the Beacon Program is attributable to “painful funding decisions.”

“We are committed to providing the quality programming on which so many rely, and will work within our means to continue to provide them,” said the representative, who alleged that the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) will eliminate seven Beacon programs in the interest of saving approximately $2.1 million in the 2013 Fiscal Year.

DYCD has undergone measures to investigate the effectiveness of at-risk centers, analyzing population and socioeconomic data. This process has not yet been completed.