Growing Up Green Charter School gets $10K in state funding

State Senator Mike Gianaris announced this week that he has allocated $10,000 in state funding for Growing Up Green Charter School in the Dutch Kills section of LIC. The funding will be used to support special education programs for the school. “Every child deserves a full range of services and quality education, and I am proud this funding will help secure just that for our … Continue reading Growing Up Green Charter School gets $10K in state funding

Participatory budgeting in District 26 underway

The sixth year of participatory in District 26, which includes LIC, Sunnyside and Woodside, is now underway. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is committing a minimum of $1 million to projects that receive the most votes from residents. In the last cycle, his office funded $2.05 million for five projects. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the neighborhood assemblies, which are community residents where residents … Continue reading Participatory budgeting in District 26 underway

CEC 30 to meet on September 17, discuss OPT issues

CEC 30 will meet on Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. at PS 234. The meeting will begin with the installation ceremony of newly-elected officers for the parent-run organization. That will be followed by a presentation from the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT), which has faced its share of problems when it comes to transporting kids on time. They will share an overview of rules … Continue reading CEC 30 to meet on September 17, discuss OPT issues

School supply drive in Hunters Point

Hunters Point civic and parents organizations are hosting a community-driven school supply drive from now through September 6. The Gantry Parent Association, Hunter Point Civic Association Education Committee and Hunters Point Parks Conservancy are collecting school supplies for area students as the school year approaches. According to the groups, 69 percent of students are at or near the poverty line in the school district, which … Continue reading School supply drive in Hunters Point

On Eid al-Adha, Turkish community gives back to Riis Settlement

To cap off Eid al-Adha, the Turkish Cultural Center of Queens is making a delivery of high-quality frozen meat to over 100 low-income seniors and families at the Jacob Riis Settlement House in LIC. The donation was made possible through the collaboration of TCCQ, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District and State Senator Mike Gianaris. “Everyday our organization assists families who are dealing with food … Continue reading On Eid al-Adha, Turkish community gives back to Riis Settlement

National Night Out Against Crime at Andrews Grove Park

National Night Out Against Crime is back in Long Island City. On Tuesday, August 6, the 108th Precinct Community Council will host the annual event at Andrews Grove Park, located on 49th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is designed to introduce members of the NYPD precincts to community members, and foster better police-community relations. There will … Continue reading National Night Out Against Crime at Andrews Grove Park

Meet Paul Arcario, LaGuardia’s interim president

With Gail Mellow stepping down on August 1, Paul Arcario will serve as interim president of LaGuardia Community College starting on August 2. Arcario most recently served as the college’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, managing a $40 million annual budget and leading faculty recruitment and development. Arcario joined LaGuardia in 1988 as an ESL faculty member in the Education and Language Acquisition … Continue reading Meet Paul Arcario, LaGuardia’s interim president

Gantry Parent Association receives $30K in funding

State Senator Michael Gianaris continues to dole out funding for local organizations and institutions. Yesterday, the Long Island City legislator announced he secured $30,000 in the state budget for the Gantry Parent Association. The allocation will be used to support the group’s online presence and to host future public forums. Gianaris announced the funding during the “Summer Kids at the Landing” program, organized by the … Continue reading Gantry Parent Association receives $30K in funding

Hunters Point Middle School gets $15K for arts

A Long Island City middle school got a welcome surprise at its graduation ceremony this week. Hunters Point Community Middle School, IS 291, will receive $15,000 in funding for arts programming, State Senator Mike Gianaris announced at the cap-and-gown ceremony. “Arts enrich the lives of students and provide a gateway to the future,” Gianaris said. “Arts education encourages and brings skills from across disciplines into … Continue reading Hunters Point Middle School gets $15K for arts

Refurbished Dutch Kills Playground now open

Dutch Kills Playground has reopened just in the knick of time for summer. The $4.5 million project to renovate the popular playground is almost complete. The comfort station will be remade and is expected to be open this winter. But in the meantime, kids in the community can enjoy the following new features: larger spray shower with water-saving controls, new adult fitness equipment, basketball and … Continue reading Refurbished Dutch Kills Playground now open