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Looking Ahead for Willets Point

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The $3 billion plan to transform Willets Point from a grungy haven for auto shops into a slick shopping mega center has sparked protests, petitions and even a hunger strike since the Bloomberg administration announced the project.

But opponents largely fell silent after the City Council voted to approve the plan on October 9. Now, they’re waiting to see what the incoming mayor might do.

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Head Start Falls Behind

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Five classrooms at a Head Start center in Woodside are filled with young children learning to read, write and count.

In one classroom, students sing in English, Spanish and Bengali and dance to “La Bamba.”

The coming months could see fewer low-income families in the area receive childcare and early childhood education services because of federal budget reductions. Many of the families include immigrants from Latin America and South Asia.

The cuts are part of sweeping federal budget reductions known as the sequester.

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New Wave of Greeks in Astoria

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Dimitris Velitsianos couldn’t find work in his Greek homeland, so he left to seek a better life in Queens.

“I don’t think things are going to get better in Greece soon,” said Velitsianos, 20, a full-time student at John Jay College and a part-time waiter at Agnanti. “I don’t see any future in Greece.”

Four decades ago, a political coup brought thousands of Greeks to Astoria. Now, a failing economy that’s more than $400 billion in debt is fueling a recent wave of immigration.

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Library Classes Aid Immigrants

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The difference between “noisy” and “nosey” offered a learning opportunity for the students gathered one recent Saturday at the Sunnyside branch of the Queens Library.

“This group is noisy,” said instructor Lorna Blancaflor, who smiled as she gestured to a few talkative women sitting in the corner of the library’s meeting room.

Pointing to her nose as she pronounced “nosey,” Blancaflor defined the word for the class.

“So, are your neighbors nosey or noisy?” she asked.

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A Tennis Revival for Forest Hills

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Temples Confront Changing Times

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Crew Helps Girls Row to College

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011