State lawmakers push for expanded dual language program


Assemblyman Ron Kim and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein are spearheading a push to expand the Korean Dual Language program to other schools in the area.

Kim, the first Korean-American elected official in New York, and Braunstein, whose district had a large Korean-American population, say the dual language programs have mostly been limited to Spanish and Chinese.

Currently, the only Korean Dual Language program available in New York is at PS 32, but it ends after the 5th grade. In a meeting with DOE officials, Kim and Braunstein said they want the program to expand, especially in neighborhoods like Flushing, Whitestone and Bayside.

Here’s what Kim had to say about the program:

“Limited choice can prevent otherwise interested parents from enrolling their kids in enormously beneficial dual language programs. As a Korean-American whose two daughters will likely grow up speaking English, Korean and Chinese, the importance of this kind of education is clear to me. The current program at PS 32 is a good start, but remains limited; it’s the only Korean dual language program in the whole city and ends after elementary school. By the time its participants graduate from high school, many may already forget what they learned. They should be offered a chance to continue their bilingual education, and their peers who live in other similar school districts should have an equal opportunity to enroll in these valuable programs.”


Catholic Charities Holiday Donation

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Please consider donating to Catholic Charities this holiday season to support children and families in need.

Additionally, Catholic Charities and Citywide Meals-on-Wheels is hosting a Christmas Dinner from 11am to 2pm on Christmas Day. Volunteers are needed! To volunteer or for more information call Pat Critelli at 718-847-9200.



Queens College student wins prestigious Marshall Scholarship

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Queens College’s Josephine Cooke has been selected as one of 43 college students nationwide to receive the 2018 Marshall Scholarship.

The prestigious award will allow Cooke to continue her post-graduate studies at a university in the United Kingdom.

Cooke is the third student from Queens College’s history to win the Marshall Scholarship. She’s studying neuroscience and psychology, and will graduate in spring 2018.

She plans to complete a PhD at either Imperial College London or Brunel University on how dance therapy can be used to rehabilitate neurological disorders.

The Marshall Scholarship program began in 1953 under the Marshall Plan. It offers scholarships to American students to study for up to three years at a UK university. Today, it’s a way to deepen the transatlantic relationship through education and cultural exchange.


John Bowne student named U.S. Presidential Scholar

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A senior at John Bowne High School has been chosen as a nominee for the Career and Technical Education for the 2018 Presidential Scholars Program.

Emily Ramprashad joins 24 other high school seniors across New York State who were nominated for the program.

Students who are chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars go on a trip to Washington, D.C. in June and attend a medallion ceremony. They will also get to meet government officials, authors, educators and other national figures.


4th annual Bayside Children’s Holiday Parade & Lighting Ceremony


The Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) and Councilman Paul Vallone is hosting the 4th annual Children’s Holiday Parade and Lighting Ceremony this Sunday, December 3rd from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The parade kicks off at 36th Avenue and Bell Boulevard. It will be followed by a lighting ceremony at the Bayside LIRR station.

Everyone is invited to march. For groups/organizations that want to participate, contact Vallone’s office at 718-619-8611 or Bayside Village BID at 718-423-2434.


Holiday gift drives for veterans and children

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Tis the season to be charitable and give back to the community.

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein is hosting holiday gift drives to collect presents for hospitalized veterans and toys for hospitalized children.

For the veterans, Braunstein’s office is collecting candy, pajamas, robes, slippers, socks, sweaters, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, paying cards and puzzles. These donations will go to the men and women at St. Albans VA Community Living Center and Veterans’ Home in St. Albans.

You can also donate unwrapped new toys for the hospitalized and needy children of Queens.

All gifts should be delivered to one of these locations by Monday, December 18:

  • Assemblyman Braunstein’s office: 213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238
  • Dr. William M. Duke’s office: 35-01 202nd Street
  • Community Board 11: 46-21 Little Neck Parkway

Holiday house tour trolley comes to Flushing



On Sunday, December 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., seven Flushing and Corona landmarks will open their doors for the 30th annual Historic House Tour.

Visitors can ride the dedicated shuttle to the seven participating sites:

  • Louis Armstrong House Museum
  • Bowne House
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • Quaker Meeting House
  • Kingsland Homestead
  • Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
  • Voelker Orth House

The historic houses will also showcase women activists and civic leaders associated with their sites.

Tickets are $15 in advance, but $20 at the door. Children under 12 can attend for $5.