RIDES, games, food and entertainment, the tradition continues as the 10th Annual PS78Q Spring Fair comes to Center Boulevard this Saturday from 11am – 3pm. No need to schlep your 6-year old 100-200 miles to Great Adventure or Hershey Park, all these things are brought to you, plus you get to support a good cause: your kid’s welfare (via the PS78Q PTA). We’ll throw in the carnies for free. [Read more…] about 10TH ANNUAL PS78Q SPRING FAIR THIS SATURDAY ON CENTER BLVD
The 2nd Annual LIC Hoops Kids Basketball Tournament sponsored by Gantry Plaza State Park will be held on Sunday, June 3 at the outdoor courts on 48th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street. There is no cost to participate and it is open to all kids, that means boys and girls! from 1st grade up to and including age 17, but there is limited availability. [Read more…] about KIDS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN HUNTERS POINT: SUNDAY, JUNE 3
AS everyone knows Christmas falls on December 25, St. Patty’s on March 17, and Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, but Easter is ever so elusive. Sure I know it’s on a Sunday, but that can land anytime from late March until almost the end of April. This really messes with my vacation schedule – will it be ski-able in Verbier, too cold in Palm Beach, too hot in Anguilla???
Even more elusive than Easter Sunday, is the date of the Annual LIC Egg Hunt, and even more elusive than that is the sign-up date for your child for the egg hunt. [Read more…] about EGGS 2018
The battle for increased school capacity has been waged by parents for several years now, many of whom won’t be the beneficiaries of the new schools. Though most ultimately were unscathed by the controversy, inasmuch as their child eventually received a seat in PS78, the uncertainty was unsettling, and may have motivated others to move out or not move to LIC in the first place. Also, in the question-mark that is truncation, it was a factor in prompting some recent middle school parents to opt for the new middle school instead of sticking it out at 78.
In viewing the current situation, I can’t help but think that for every action there is at first a delayed response, and then inevitably an overreaction. Since it’s been primarily parents along the waterfront who have been demanding schools now, that is where the schools have been going. Yet any chess player can see that the next big need is closer to Court Square. The powers that be completely screwed up in not insisting a school be placed in the base of 5Pointz. In addition to being extremely well-situated to accommodate children from all parts of LIC, it would have been available in time for the school year beginning in 2018. Instead the community received baubles in return for granting the developers a zoning variance allowing them to build an additional 28 stories.
The words above were written here in LICtalk almost two years ago. They are especially prescient given the specifics surrounding the current battle for seating capacity/location in local elementary schools. [Read more…] about #LICUnited
A movement has begun for a Rec Center in Hunters Point. Spearheaded by Brent O’Leary, President of the Hunters Point Civic Association, and Eric Malinowski, a local father of two, the tandem, with backing from several other neighborhood organizations, has created an online petition calling for a recreation center to be included in any large development granted a rezoning or variance (Aka #1 Anable Basin; #2 Water’s Edge). The petition cites many [Read more…] about A MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN IN HUNTERS POINT