Bill de Blasio Names Schools Chancellor

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his pick to lead the City school system. As 2013 came to a close, de Blasio appointed Carmen Fariña, a lifelong veteran educator, to become the City’s new Schools Chancellor, a position that puts her in charge of the largest school system in […]

Focus On Queens, Dec. 12

Air Force Reserve Airman Kalah Simmons graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Simmons is the granddaughter of Sarah Simmons of St. […]

Walcott Reflects On Time As Chancellor

Walcott Reflects On Time As Chancellor

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with students during a visit to the Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School in Hollis on Dec. 11. Photo by Ira Cohen BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott swung by a Queens school to talk about the strides the public school system has taken in the […]

New School An Insult

To The Editor: In a democracy, the voice of the people must be heard regarding projects planned in a community. Recently, the City Council voted to construct a school on the Keil property in my neighborhood here in Bayside, the neighborhood I have known for over 82 years. Why weren’t the people of my community […]

Residents Advocate Against Airplane Noise

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer About 150 residents gathered at PS 69 in Jackson Heights on Nov. 25 to advocate against the increase in airplane noise that comes from the frequent flights landing and taking off from LaGuardia Airport. Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) organized the town hall meeting to discuss the increase in airplane […]

PETER VALLONE JR.: Through The Years

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer It is not common to see a City Councilman riding around town on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, rocking out with his guitar at Astoria Park or speaking his mind via social media. In Astoria, however, that is the norm because Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is well known for all […]

Students Give Thanks To Local Soldiers

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer During Thanksgiving week, a Bayside school gave thanks to and honored three U.S. soldiers for their service. The ceremony at PS 130 was the culmination of the school’s Operation Gratitude drive – a yearly collection of supplies and letters that are sent out to soldiers around the holiday season. The […]