Middle Village Prep gets motion to remain open longer

23Z8_MVP_Diocese_2Middle Village Prep Charter School recently celebrated another intermittent victory with a granted motion allowing the school to operate in place until November 23rd.

For some time, Middle Village Prep and Christ the King Regional High School have been in a lawsuit brought on by the Brooklyn Diocese. The lawsuit could possibly result in the eviction of Middle Village Prep from their rented space on Christ the King’s campus.

In March, Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Grays issued a decision stating that Middle Village Prep would have to cease operations on the campus. However, the school was granted a temporary restraining order last month that prevented the enforcement of Justice Grays’ decision. Since kicking off the school year in August, Middle Village Prep has remained open.

Most recently, on October 23, the Appellate Division granted Middle Village Prep’s “motion to stay enforcement of Justice Grays’ order pending the hearing and determination of our case,” according to the school’s Board Chair Josephine Lume in a letter to parents.

The stay of the Justice Grays’ order will extend for as long as the Appellate Division needs in order to make a decision on the schools’ appeal on the condition that the appeal is perfected by November 23. A copy of the court’s order on motion is attached below.

“We know the Diocese’s lawsuit has created tremendous anxiety in much of our school community and, like you, we feel it’s totally unnecessary,” Lume stated in the letter. “Our hope is that the Diocese will realize how much we can achieve if we work together.”

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Middle Village Halloween fest this weekend

Middle Village Halloween Parade

Are you ready for the Halloween activities this Saturday in Middle Village?
The event, sponsored by Juniper Park Civic Association, NYC Parks and Middle Village Moms, will start from 11:45 a.m. with a Halloween parade. Participants will march to the black top at 80th Street and Juniper Blvd. North.
Following the parade will be a number of festivities including carnival games, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and a live musical performance from White Wedding. The activities will be available until 4 p.m.
If you’d like to volunteer, you can also reach out to Alicia, an event organizer, at avaichunas1974@yahoo.com or 347-601-1265.

Halloween Pancake Breakfast on Sunday

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The Kiwanis Club of Middle Village is hosting a Halloween pancake breakfast this Sunday. From 7:30 a.m. to noon, there will be an all you can eat breakfast! Proceeds will go towards the Kiwanis Club of Middle Village Scholarships.

And don’t forget to wear your costumes to have an opportunity to win the best costume contest!

Tickets: Adults $5.00, Children under 10 y/o & Seniors $3.00
The event will take place at St. Margaret’s Gym, 66-05 79th Place, Middle Village.

Queens borough president is looking for interns

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office is now accepting applications for internships for fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.

College and high school students who have an interest in public service are encouraged to apply.

The positions are unpaid, so they’re real for current students seeking academic credits and/or experience.

Interns will work with policymakers and rotate to different policy areas, staff the BP for meetings and events, attend press conferences, grand opening and concerts, and assist the office in other ways.

For more information, email Joe Nocerino at jnocerino@queensbp.org.

Pol calls for enhanced safety on school buses

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is pushing for legislation to require all city school buses to have seatbelt signage.

According to the Glendale pol, buckling up is now not enforced, and kids spend a significant amount of time on school buses.

The bill would require the Department of Education to provide not just seatbelt signage, but also information about proper usage of seatbelt and display language.

It would highlight the requirement that buses be equipped with a seat belt for each passenger.

“This is a simple, common sense measure that can go a long way in safeguarding our students as they get to and from school,” Crowley said. “So many of our children ride the bus each and every day, and it’s our responsibility to be proactive about their safety. We shouldn’t have to wait until an accident happens to ensure that students buckle up.”

“Serious injuries could occur if children fail to use seatbelt on school buses. This signage is a small step that would have a big impact.”

The legislation will be introduced at Tuesday’s City Council stated meeting.

Grace Meng to host congressional app contest for students

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Congresswoman Grace Meng is holding a congressional app competition for local middle and high school students in her district.

The “2017 Congressional App Challenge” is part of a nationwide challenge by the House of Representatives where students compete by creating an exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

The winning app in each congressional district will be featured on the House website (www.house.gov) and displayed in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol.

The deadline to enter is November 1 at 12 p.m.

Participants may compete individually or in a team of up to four students.

Each student must submit a video of their app and explain what they’ve learned from the competition. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

The winner of the contest, judged by a panel of experts, will be announced by the end of the year.

“This contest is a great opportunity for Queens students to highlight their technological skills and show the rest of the country how much tech talent exists right here in our borough,” Meng said.

Students can register for the contest at www.congressionalappchallenge.us.