Flushing Times

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

Fresh Meadows

Housing Authority reverses plans for Latimer center

State Assemblywoman−elect Grace Meng (D−Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) rallied with Latimer Gardens residents Saturday, fearing the city would be closing the Flushing housing development’s community center. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Mark Weprin planning run for brother’s Council seat

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D−Little Neck) said he plans to run for the 23rd City Council District seat currently held by his brother, David Weprin (D−Hollis), who is making a bid for city comptroller. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City votes to invalidate 1,700 ballots in Gennaro race

The city Board of Elections voted Tuesday to support its previous decision that declared invalid 1,700 paper ballots in the race between state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) and City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows). Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Everybody must work together to improve city public schools

The new buzzword is “accountability.” The city Department of Education will spend about $350 million for accountability in the form of tests, in addition to the state and federal tests already being given. Many parents and teachers are unhappy with testing and teaching to the test at the expense of teaching children creativity and culture. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009

Fresh Meadows

Boro subway hero held in drug bust

A Flushing man once heralded for heroically saving another man who fell in the path of a subway train was arrested on drug charges late Friday night after a passenger leapt out of the front seat of his car and died, police said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Funding restored to boards

District managers from Community Boards 6 and 8 breathed sighs of relief after City Council members negotiated last Thursday to restore $20 million in funding to groups throughout the city, a move that means community boards will not have to slash 7 percent from their budgets. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Boro high schools excel in academics, community service

Examining test scores and the grading system of schools shows an improvement of our lower grades and high schools. Last June, reading and math scores improved from the third− through eight−grades. Some grades made a double−digit jump in scores. Scores were up in every type of community. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing BID to hold emergency preparedness seminar

After a fast−moving fire destroyed more than a half dozen businesses in downtown Flushing in October, the Flushing Business Improvement District is taking steps to make sure it does not happen again. Comment.

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