Springfield Gardens

Two more schools may move into I.S. 59
Two more schools may move into I.S. 59
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 9/09/2013 at 1:25PM

Make room – one Springfield Gardens school could be the home for hundreds of more students come next fall. Intermediate School 59, located at 132-55 Ridgedale Street, is currently under capacity, utilizing about 60 percent of the building, according to enrollment statistics compiled by the Department of Education (DOE). This year, the school will begin [...]

Primary guide: City Council District 31
Primary guide: City Council District 31
Politics Queens Courier Staff 9/07/2013 at 4:11PM

As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the City Council District 31 primary candidates (Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, the Rockaways), who they are, what they stand [...]

Cops searching for car in fatal hit-and-run
Cops searching for car in fatal hit-and-run
Police Liam La Guerre 8/03/2013 at 6:23PM

Police are looking for a banged up Volkswagen, which may be connected with a hit-and-run in Springfield Gardens that left one man dead. The NYPD released video surveillance of a light colored, two-door Volkswagen GTI sedan with damage to the passenger side bumper, an unlit headlight, a caved in windshield and partial roof damage. The [...]

Bill would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough
News Maggie Hayes 8/02/2013 at 9:40AM

Queens shelters may soon be finding new homes. Councilmembers Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie started work in 2011 on a bill that would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough. Wills said research revealed that Community Board (CB) 12 contains 10 of the 18 shelters in all of Queens. CB 12 includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. [...]

Sewer project set to bring flood relief
Sewer project set to bring flood relief
Southeast Maggie Hayes 7/29/2013 at 4:09PM

Springfield Gardens may soon get relief from years of flooding problems. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland announced the start of work to dredge Springfield Lake and double its depth. It will then become part of a new network of Bluebelt wetlands designed to receive stormwater through a new sewer system. Stormwater will [...]

Huntley speaks: Ex-State Senator alleges charges were in retaliation
Huntley speaks: Ex-State Senator alleges charges were in retaliation
Politics Terence M. Cullen 6/25/2013 at 9:58AM

Former State Senator Shirley Huntley says the investigation that led to state charges against her last year stemmed from political decisions she made in Albany. Speaking with political commentator Roy Paul in Springfield Gardens, Huntley — who is set to go to federal prison next month — said State Senator Malcolm Smith tried to have [...]

Queens elementary school teacher convicted of sexually abusing students
Queens elementary school teacher convicted of sexually abusing students
Police Cristabelle Tumola 6/20/2013 at 3:06PM

A Queens elementary school teacher who allegedly used his classroom time to prey on students has been found guilty of sexually abusing five of his former pupils. “The defendant stands convicted of being a sexual predator who made going to school a living nightmare for the five young students,” said District Attorney Richard Brown, announcing [...]

NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 6/19/2013 at 10:40AM

The last bell will ring two and a half hours later for 2,000 of the city’s sixth graders starting this fall. A pilot program will provide additional literacy training at 20 middle schools with high-needs students, including five in Queens, according to the Department of Education (DOE). The schools are also part of a 40-school [...]

Springfield Gardens doesn’t want liquor store near school
Springfield Gardens doesn’t want liquor store near school
Southeast Maggie Hayes 5/17/2013 at 2:26PM

Springfield Gardens wants to make sure the area around its high school stays dry. A construction site across the street from Springfield Gardens High School could be the new home for a liquor store. But the community is calling for its owner to put a cork in it. “We are not going to get drunk [...]

National Guardsman guilty in murder of girlfriend
Police Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 4:10PM

He went from hero to felon. A National Guardsman and Iraq war veteran has been convicted of second-degree murder for punching, drowning and ultimately killing his girlfriend on the beaches of Far Rockaway. David Lynch, 33, served two tours in Iraq and was a reservist in the New York National Guard at the time of [...]