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Application Number - 10/12/1053
Site Address - COMMUNITY CENTRE 78 PRINGLE STREET BLACKBURN BB11SA
Application Type - Full Planning Application
Development Type - Alterations
Proposal - Alterations and additions to community centre including porch, window openings, illuminated dome, arch and boundary treatment.
On May 16, 2011, The New York State Board of Regents voted to do away with the January administration of the State exams required for high school graduation. City School officials criticized the change, “The State shares our belief in high standards that prepare students for college- so it is somewhat disheartening that the Regents would make a decision that undermines the hopes of high school students who take courses and exams to graduate mid-year,” said Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a statement. There will only be two opportunities to take exams, once in June and once in August.
Transfer schools are especially hard hit by this decision designed to save money, because students will have to wait months between classes and the exams in order to graduate.
The following are excerpts from a petition signed by Principals of NYC Schools:
"However, this cutback - which will save a meager $1.4 million out of $19.4 billion in school aid - will not only have a profoundly harmful short- and long-term consequences for the children in our schools but will, in fact, cost the State of New York money in terms of a higher drop-out rate.”
“Data from just 62 schools working with New Visions for Public Schools shows that in this past January's exam period, students attempted to pass over 27,000 exams and passed more than 9,000 exams. Extrapolated citywide, the number of Regents passes during the January cycle is likely in the tens of thousands. Any cost-savings are illusory or short-sighted at best.”
“At a time when New York City teachers and principals are making strides in reducing the drop-out rate, particularly for Black and Latino students, it is inconceivable that the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo would allow a policy that would reverse these hard-won gains."
The fenced off area along the waterfront at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Freeway is public land. It has been neglected by the city for as long as anyone living in Rockaway can remember and is in complete disrepair.
The area remains as one of Rockaway's most active fishing spots but is very dangerous as there are large stones and scraps of metal sticking out of the broken concrete and as there are no guard rails preventing fisherman from falling onto the rocks below.
The benefits of a park in this location would greatly out weight the costs of this endeavor for the city as this area is small. Please sign this petition below to help give the Rockaway community the beautiful bay front park it deserves.
During their off duty hours sometime in early September 2008, four Saint John's University EMS Institute instructors were enjoying their time off at a night club without undue incident. Some of their FORMER students, who had already graduated, were reportedly in the same night club that same night.
Upon learning this, the Saint John's University administration terminated the four instructors on or about September 8, 2008, for no specific reason.
"Government has announced an extra day’s holiday this year as Bermuda transitions from a day off on the Queen’s Birthday to a day off in October to mark National Heroes Day. " (Royal Gazette, 10/04/2008)
Clearly the removal of our sovereign's birthday as a public holiday is inexcusable. No discredit to Dame Lois; she was an integral part of securing equality for all parts of our population, facing adversity along most of the way.
There are ways of honouring her that do not involve a blatant insult to Her Majesty.
Winkworth Hall, commonly known as Hopscotch nursery, at 215 Chevening Road, London NW6 is a 100 year old 3 storey brick building in keeping with the style of the surrounding buildings.
It is on the edge of the Queens Park conservation area in the London Borough of Brent. The Hopscotch nursery has been there for 24 years and is a much used local service. It provides nursery places and also runs drop-in sessions for children and for babies. It is a charity and not-for-profit organisation. Hopscotch is a valuable local service used by local people, many of whom walk there, and then continue to work and to drop older children at local schools.
The drop-ins provide an opportunity for parents and carers to meet and make friends while their babies and children enjoy a safe and stimulating environment. As well as indoor space there is outdoor space where children can play and an environmental-award winning garden.
Brent council proposes to demolish the existing building, making Hopscotch homeless and to build 27 flats (mainly, two and three bed) with 19 car parking spaces underneath. This would be part of a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) entered into between the council and “Brent Coefficient” to provide 500 new homes on the sites of a number of council-owned buildings (mostly currently providing community facilities).
The benefit of this deal to the council is that it obtains government credits while also providing new homes across the borough. “Brent Coefficient” would finance the development, do the building work and then manage the flats. The proposed building is unattractive, out of keeping both in style and size with the adjoining conservation area and would amount to over-development of the site. The proposed development is poorly conceived as more families would be brought into an area where there is already a serious shortage of nursery and school places and local services are stretched.
Furthermore, traffic and parking problems already occur on that part of Chevening Road, especially at school pick-up and drop-off times and when there are events at the mosque on the other side of the road. The public transport links are excellent, and car clubs are springing up nearby – any development on the site should be car-free and much smaller.
We call on Brent Council to provide a space for Hopscotch in any new development on the site (and temporary accommodation while building was in progress). We do not want to lose this popular and valuable local service in order for the council to make a short-term financial gain.
For more information please visit www.qpara.org.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Elaine Henderson as chairman of the Queens Park Area Residents’ Association
UPDATE 11/3/08: Russell Carroll's parole hearing has been scheduled for December 2008.
UPDATE, 2/16/2007: Russell Carroll has been denied parole for this year. Thank you all for your continued support and kind words. I am keeping this petition up and active, as his next parole hearing is scheduled for February 2009.
On April 10, 1980, NYPD Officer Robert Sorrentino of the 101st Pct. was shot three times while chasing several robbery suspects in Far Rockaway, Queens.
He and his partner had split up to chase the suspects who had also split up. After his partner captured one of the suspects, he heard shots fired and ran to the scene where he found Officer Sorrentino suffering gunshot wounds.
He was transported to a local hospital and, after undergoing more than fifteen hours of surgery, the removal of one of his kidneys, and extensive repairs to his pancreas, the married father of three later died from his wounds on April 24, 1980. The five men were sentenced on 106 counts of felony murder, robbery, and weapons charges. They were all given the maximum sentence, 25 years to life. All but one have since died in prison.
Russell Carroll, who was on parole at the time he committed this crime, is up for parole for the second time in February 2007, and will be eligible for parole every two years after that. My family, still grieving, do not want to see this man go free.
SUPER FANG-YOU to Simon of The Metal Forge for his support! You rock GHOUL!
Yes I know, Wednesday was just here in September 05, but if you're like me, it wasn't enough. Rumour has it that Wednesday 13 is going to be returning mid to late 2006, and that Adelaide maybe included on the bill this time. I thought I would create a new petition to help make the tour 100% official, ASAP
Wednesday 13, prolific singer / song writer formerly of the Murderdolls, has put togther a band and released his debut solo album "Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying & the Dead". With tunes such as "I Walked with a Zombie", "Bad Things" & "The Ghost of Vincent Price", the songs are nothing short of brilliant.
Wednesday 13 has re-arranged the band line-up (including Eric Griffen of the Murderdolls) and is currently recording their new album entitled 'Fang Bang', due for a mid-year release.
If there is one word to describe Wednesday, it would be 'showman'. His songs are creepy 3-chord tunes inspired by his favourite horror films and some of the greatest shock rock pioneers of the genre such as Alice Cooper and The Misfits.
From his earlier years in The Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 to his more recognised days in The Murderdolls (featuring Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison on guitar duties), Wednesday 13 is a performer whom you should definately see to believe.
Also check http://www.wednesday13.com
Save The Queen's Lancashire Regiment....
Whitehall is trying to force on us the worst and most ill-conveived changes in
the long history of the British Infantry. If this miserable effort is allowed to succeed..
LANCASHIRE WILL LOSE ITS ONLY COUNTY REGIMENT AND THE DEFENCE OF THIS REALM WILL BE IRREVOCABLY DAMAGED...
The British Infantry Regimental System, which has been developed and refined for over three hundred years, relies on fierce local loyalties and inherited traditions to produce closely-knit fighting teams of battle-proven effectiveness. The same strong local character of these Family Regiments is the basis of their appeal to recruits. Our incomparable Infantry regiments are envied and emulated the world over, and set the standards for the whole Army. The Regimental System works consistently well today and, being infinitely
flexible, can adapt with ease to any future challenges.
Whitehall now proposes to destroy this outstanding successful system by forcing regiments like the Queens Lancashires to merge into large characterless regional units, thereby losing long-standing and carefully nurtured links with local communities which sustain both recruiting and high morale. Rather than tearing the pulsating heart out of our Army, defence planners would be well advised to reinforce a great British success.
We demand that the government keeps its hands off our local regiments, and The Queens Lancashire Regiment in particular, and abandons this foolish plan which gambles recklessly with the backbone of Britain's security.....