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LeAp summer students put work on display in LIC
by Chase Collum
Oct 24, 2014 | 215 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students from the Icahn Charter School’s second grade see their art on display at CitiGroup for the first time.
Students from the Icahn Charter School’s second grade see their art on display at CitiGroup for the first time.
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While most art lovers in New York City expect wine and cheese at opening receptions, the recent exhibit opening at the CitiGroup Building in Long Island City last week was more of a milk-and-cookies crowd. The exhibition features several display cases filled with the creations of students enrolled in the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program’s (LeAp) Summer Quest. Included were works by students from Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, the Port Morris School and Icahn Charter School 2 in the Bronx, and the Franklin D Roosevelt School in Manhattan. LeAp has been operating in the city since 1977. In that time span, the organization has worked with more than 2 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The three-year-old Summer Quest program is specifically focused on increasing proficiency in science, math, history and language arts. Students enrolled in the program began each day with breakfast and yoga before breaking off into their individual classrooms to build wigwams, paint plant cells and learn how to communicate using Egyptian hieroglyphs, among other activities. LeAp Executive Director Ila Lana Gross said the new exhibition was just one more example of the many ways her organization’s programming has positively impacted young learners. “This show demonstrates how much children can learn when taught through LeAp’s unique, hands-on arts strategies,” Gross said. “Our approach to education captivates, engages and effectively imparts academic skills and knowledge.” Rather than working to re-educate students who have failed to meet grade requirements, as is traditionally the format for summer school, Gross said the Summer Quest program uses alternative methods to meet learning goals. “In traditional summer school, you’ve got students who have already failed and now they’re doing it again over the summer,” she said. “If it doesn’t take you’ve got to find a new way.” She said many of the students who enroll in LeAp’s summer programs are behind on their studies when they enter, but ahead of the game by the time the summer is over. “Most of them in this study started below grade level, but they are on grade level now,” Gross said.
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GOP challenger to take on Addabbo in November
by Chase Collum
Oct 24, 2014 | 55 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When approached by Councilman Eric Ulrich’s chief of staff to see if he was interested in representing the Republican Party in a south Queens State Seante race, Michael Conigliaro says he initially agreed to run against incumbent Joseph Addabbo, Jr. because, “I don’t think people should run unopposed.” But he also felt that he could be a community leader and take the initiative on some of the more pressing issues facing citizens of the 15th District, citing the establishment of a homeless shelter in Glendale, rising crime in Howard Beach, Build it Back failures in the wake of Sandy, and the loss of the Rockaway ferry. Initially, his campaign’s biggest hurdle was establishing name recognition among constituents in the district, he told this paper during a visit last week. “As we get deeper into the campaign, more and more people are getting to know who I am,” he said. “As each day goes by we get a little more notoriety.” To deal with the issue of providing services to the homeless, Conigliaro says if elected he will push for New York to become a resident state. That would mean only those homeless individuals who are residents of the state would qualify for homeless services. He is critical of his opponent’s handling of the current situation surrounding the establishment of a homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue, saying he would’ve engaged DHS immediately when news broke that the shelter was being established. Conigliaro, who for 10 years served as a volunteer at the Sacred Heart Catholic Homeless Shelter in Glendale until it was defunded, also says he would fight to reestablish Catholic shelters around the city. “When I worked at Sacred Heart, in 10 years there was never a fight and never an issue,” Conigliaro said. “In Rockaway, a shelter was established and in one week there were nine arrests.” He believes that by re-establishing small, day-to-day shelters around the city and limiting the number of people who qualify for services, the need for mass shelters could be eliminated. In the Rockaways, Conigliaro is critical of a lack of action when it became clear there were issues with the Build it Back program following Hurricane Sandy. “I would’ve sat down with the head of Build it Back on day one,” Conigliaro says. Conigliaro also said he would engage the Department of Education when it comes to increasing seating capacity in overcrowded district schools. Conigliaro lives in Rego Park and manages a law office in Floral Park. He is currently the president of the Queens Community College Alumni Association, where he says he has reorganized the cabinet to include more QCC alumni, strengthened communication with educational departments and increased funding for student scholarships. Though more than 54 percent of the 15th District reported voting Democrat and only 21 percent identified as Republicans in the most recent census, ten-term Republican Serphin Maltese preceded Addabbo as senator, often being reelected to his seat by a comfortable margin. Addabbo, former member of the City Council, was elected in 2008. Conigliaro believes it is time to return the district to Republican hands, which he says would be more effective at bringing funding back to the district given the current Republican majority in the State Senate. “After all the things that have occurred recently the area is looking for change, and I’m coming in to let them know that I want to be that change,” Conigliaro says.
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Hunter’s Point brings 925 affordable housing units to LIC
by Jess Berry
Oct 24, 2014 | 121 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The lottery for New York City’s largest affordable housing development in its history is now open. Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing in Long Island City are now accepting applications for 925 low- and moderate-income affordable apartments. Hunter’s Point South Commons is a 37-story building with 619 apartments located at 1-50 50th Ave. Hunter’s Point South Crossing is a 32-story building with 306 apartments located at 1-55 Borden Ave. The two buildings offer apartments for various family sizes and income levels. With studios going for $494 a month up to three-bedroom apartments for $4,346 a month, the development has options for New Yorkers with incomes ranging from $18,618 to $224,020. Additionally, the development has a variety of amenities, including public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof-top garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, a parking garage and pet amenities. All apartments will also include dishwashers, and two- and three-bedroom apartments will have in-unit washers and dryers. Located on the East River waterfront, residents will have direct views of the Manhattan skyline. After all applications have been received, a percentage of lottery preferences will be given to various applicant groups. Seven percent of preferred applications will go to those with mobility, hearing and/or visual impairments; 50 percent will go to current residents of Community Board 2 neighborhoods; and 5 percent will be for current New York City municipal employees. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer encouraged members of his district to apply for the apartments. “I encourage you to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as our city continues its goal of building and preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing,” he said. Applicants must meet income qualifications in order to be selected. Qualifications are listed on this website. Those selected to become residents of the development can expect to begin moving into the apartments in the spring of 2015. The Hunter’s Point South development lottery is the first part of a 5,000-unit development that will be coming online over the next several years. Interested parties can apply using the City’s Housing Connect website or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. All online applications must be submitted and paper applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15.
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