Five Francis Lewis Robotics Teams Make Regionals

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Five teams from Francis Lewis High School competed in the NYC FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament, which took place this past Saturday at NYU-Poly in Brooklyn. Francis Lewis is the only school to have five teams competing in the Regional Championship Tournament. The Mecha Knights, The Super Troublemakers, Tetricons, Anonymous […]

JROTC Raising Money For D-Day Parade Trip

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in Fresh Meadows is raising money for a unique opportunity to visit one of the most famous battle sites in American history. Francis Lewis High School’s JROTC, known as The Patriot JROTC, has been invited to march in the 70th Anniversary D-Day Parade in […]

Focus On Queens, Feb. 13

Flushing House will present “Presidents Day Interactive Performance,” a free historical celebration featuring performances by a professional Lincoln impersonator. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Flushing House rooftop atrium, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing. Music, appetizers and refreshments will be available. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling (718) 762-3198, Ext. […]

Thoughtful Over Black History

To The Editor: February is Black History month. It’s good to set aside a particular time for celebration, provided that isolated time is not a “be all and end all” and doesn’t give people a subconscious green-light to forget about our debt of gratitude for the contributions of Black Americans during the other 11 months. […]

Water Main Upgrades Coming To Queens

More than six miles of water mains have been installed across three neighborhoods in Queens, the Depts. of Environmental Protection and Design and Construction announced last week. The $15 million infrastructure upgrade will bring cleaner drinking water and improved water pressure to Elmhurst, Rego Park and Fresh Meadows. The renovations began in 2012, when more […]

Charter School Challenges

To The Editor: The Independent Budget Office revealed recently that 80 percent of special-needs kindergartners in New York City’s charter schools leave those schools before they reach third grade. Why? Because the charter schools throw them out. Those publicly-funded private schools don’t want to take a chance with data that might make their businesses a […]

OP-ED: Property Tax Assistance Available For Homeowners

BY ASSEMBLYWOMAN NILY ROZIC For too many New Yorkers, the economic recovery is an abstraction. Even with recent declarations that the great recession is long gone, I find that Queens homeowners are facing many financial hardships. Property taxes remain a huge burden for many families. We must support all struggling to support their families as […]

Information Necessary

To The Editor: The Freedom of Information Law is an instrument of democracy and sometimes, therefore, a pain in the ass. And that’s the way it should be. Whether or not it is exercised in a particular situation depends on whose ass may be gored by public disclosure. The Department of Education availed itself of […]