In the East Bay, thousands of students walk out to denounce gun violence

By Sophie Haigney and Kevin Fagan Chronicle columnist Otis Taylor contributed to this report. Updated 2:49 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', Continue Reading

East Bay youth sports results for week of Feb. 16

By Curtis Pashelka | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group February 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm Girls soccer The West Coast Krush 05 girls soccer team advanced to the State Cup Championship after winning quarterfinal and semifinal games in Hayward this past weekend, winning the quarter-final game 5-2 and the semifinal 1-0 in Hayward this past weekend. ​Krush faced Santa Cruz City YSC SC Jaws 05 White in its first game. Krush started a little slow, but found its stride when Paisley Merlin sent the ball to Hailey-Ann Stubbles, who passed to Sutton Denny. Denny then maneuvered around the Santa Cruz defender and her shot found the far side of the net. Denny scored her second goal with a scrappy assist by Brooke Gale giving Krush a 2-0 lead going into the half. ​West Coast scored again in the second half. Lauren Stoneberger sent a cross to the front of the goal. The Santa Cruz goalie made a play on the ball, but Cassidy Pearson was waiting in front, able to receive the rebound and tap it into the net. Two minutes later, Krush scored its fourth goal. Kira Korsak, taking the free kick after a Santa Cruz penalty, dropped the ball right in front of Pearson. Pearson passed the ball up to Chloe Thomas, who juggled the ball over a Santa Cruz defender, allowing Stoneberger to tap the ball into the goal. ​Santa Cruz started to come back, scoring two goals with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game, but Krush responded. At the 33-minute mark, Denny’s throw-in from the sideline found Stubbles, who shot the ball from the 18-yard line into the goal. Final score 5-2 Krush. ​The win placed Krush in the State Cup semifinals against SF Aftershocks FC 05G Black. The score remained 0-0 throughout most of the game, with both sides battling hard for the ball. With less than 12 minutes left, Hailey-Ann Continue Reading

NCAA basketball: Where to watch the Arizona State, University of Arizona game

Odds are good you never penciled in 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, as must-see TV. But it is now.Arizona State University's men's basketball team is ranked #3 in the nation, and they tip off in a rivalry match against the University of Arizona in Tucson Saturday night.Only problem? The game is being televised on the Pac-12 Network, carried by Cox but not by DirecTV unless specially ordered.So if you don't have access to Pac-12 Network, here's a selection of sports bars that will carry the game. (One caveat: some bars also are showing the UFC Cyborg-Holm fight at the same time, so the basketball game may be muted). Call ahead to check if you want a TV experience that includes sound. PHOENIXTechnically, this one is Valleywide. All four Majerle's Sports Grill locations will feature the game -- with sound. What started as a downtown Phoenix hot spot more than two decades ago has expanded to Desert Ridge, Goodyear and Chandler. Food options range from wings and chips/dip to salads, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and pasta. Kids' menu items include chicken strips and burgers. Drink specials on Saturday include $4 large domestic drafts and $3 small domestic drafts. Reservations available.Details: 24 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix; 602-253-0118; 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 96, Phoenix; 480-585-4999; 13375 W McDowell Road, Ste. 10, Goodyear; 623-207-6999; 3095 W. Chandler Blvd.,Chandler; 480-899-7999; there are roughly as many beers on tap as TVs on the wall, you know you’re in a bar that takes sports seriously. The décor takes on a local flavor, though taps display a more national tone. Still, the menu is large enough to cater to all tastes, from burgers to fish and beyond. And yes, there’s Shepherd’s Pie for those inspired by the name. The 3-7 p.m. happy hour means $4.50 pints of select craft beer and $4 well drinks. The kids menu includes chicken tenders, pasta, mac and cheese and more.Details: 2 E. Continue Reading

Pre-K for all? Not for my family: The Upper East Side has been left hanging

It is now two years since Mayor de Blasio’s universal prekindergarten program began. With just under two weeks left in this year’s first round of applications, enrollment has hit a record high; the administration is declaring the initiative a success. But while the mayor will tell you that a spot in a full-day class is now available to every 4-year-old, I am almost certain my soon-to-be-4-year-old daughter will not be able to access the program in the fall. The reason: We live on the Upper East Side. Just after the universal pre-K program began, when my older daughter was turning 4, the Upper East Side and Yorkville had fewer than five free public pre-K seats for every 100 4-year-olds. 48,000 SCHOOLKIDS HAVE APPLIED FOR PRE-K CLASSES NEXT YEAR We applied to the four public schools between E. 59th and E. 96th Sts. We were waitlisted at all of them, and, ultimately, not accepted at any of them. My family’s middle-class income also priced us out of three of the four community-based organizations in the neighborhood, and the fourth organization gamed the system by charging unaffordable rates for the morning hours. We were thus forced to place my daughter in a more affordable private school program. She is now excelling in kindergarten at our zoned public elementary school. I understood that it was the first year of an ambitious program and was hopeful that when the pre-K application process began for my younger child, things would have been improved. They have not. While hundreds of pre-K sites have apparently been added around the city, a review of the Education Department’s pre-K finder shows that not one program has been added to any of the elementary schools on the Upper East Side from two years ago. EVA MOSKOWITZ DEFENDS AGGRESSIVE TEACHING TACTICS AT HER 34 SCHOOLS Nor have any pre-K centers or community-based organizations been added. In fact, the Education Department’s pre-K finder map reveals a Continue Reading

Student News: Bernards middle-schoolers give back to community

William Annin Middle School (WAMS) eighth-graders from Bernards recently hosted a “Day of Giving” to introduce the many needs of the community and highlight ways students can become involved.“Students are required to complete several community service hours throughout high school, and the ‘Day of Giving’ program served to open their eyes to local organizations and prepare them for volunteering opportunities,”  Vice-Principal Adam Torrisi said in a news release.  During the “Day of Giving” program, students participated in various informational presentations by local non-profits, including Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH). Students Nikhita Antil, Audrika Chattaraj, Emma Krikston, Abbie McCrea and Lauren Richardson answered RVHFH’s call for service with the construction of birdhouses for the homes the local Habitat affiliate builds in Hunterdon and Somerset counties.“I had never done charity work before, and I thought doing this would be a great way for me to make something myself while helping other people,” Krikston said.“We are extremely proud of our students for their willingness to think beyond themselves by putting others first.  It was a positive experience for them,” said Melanie Turtur, a William Annin teacher that helped coordinate the program.“For many of our new homeowners, this will be the first time they have a safe place for their children to play outside and to learn about and enjoy nature. These birdhouses will help beautify the land they worked so hard for and help make their house a home,” said Jan Holmstrup, executive director of RVHFH.For more information on how to get involved with Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which services Somerset and Hunterdon counties, go to or call 908-704-0016. READ: The good things students are doing in Central Jersey Continue Reading

Student News: Old Bridge middle school project builds up community involvement

 Students and staff from Carl Sandburg Middle School completed an off-site wall building project with Habitat for Humanity last month. The site manager from Habitat for Humanity guided the students as they learned to frame a wall, windows, and doors, according to a news release. After completing the wall sections, each student wrote a message on the walls.Once the framed walls are installed, their messages will become a permanent part of a new home for a deserving family.  READ: The good things students are doing in Central Jersey and beyond READ: Education news from around the region COLLEGE CONNECTION: Advice from our local expert columnistBishop George Ahr High School, 1 Tingley Lane, Edison, will conduct an open house  from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, to acquaint parents and potential students with the school’s numerous educational, extracurricular and athletic offerings.The event will include a presentation by Sister Donna Marie Trukowski, principal; guided tours of the state-of-the-art facility; and the opportunity to speak with students and faculty members about the school’s curriculum and philosophy.Open house is for students of all ages, including those who are considering a change from their current high school.“The event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about our outstanding institution and the exceptional learning environment that we provide,” Trukowski said in a news release.For more information on the Open House, call 732-549-1108, ext. 620 or visit at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) is reaching out to art educators in Somerset County schools seeking student participation in the “Nature Through a Child’s Eye” art exhibit from Jan. 6 to Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibit is open to the public at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.Educators are asked to set Continue Reading

Newest edition of guide touts New York City’s best public middle schools

School hasn't even started this year, but parents of many incoming fifth-graders already have their sights set on next year - middle school. Finding the right middle school can be a nearly year-long process filled with anxiety and confusion - but there are some great options, said Clara Hemphill, whose third edition of "New York City's Best Public Middle Schools: A Parents' Guide" comes out this week. "What you want is some place that provides both the specialization of a good high school and nurturing of good elementary," she said. Hemphill and researchers at visited nearly all of the city's 533 middle school programs. The best were written up in the book, and descriptions of the rest can be found on the Web site. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF THE CITY'S BEST MIDDLE SCHOOLS Following are summaries of their findings about 10 schools new to their book. Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering, Harlem This school, which opened in 2007, was dubbed by Hemphill as "one of the most promising new schools to open in recent years." Students benefit from a close relationship with Columbia University, which is helps staff develop courses. Field trips range from nature walks in Central Park to a marine biology expedition to Puerto Rico. Electives include multimedia design, mural painting and Spanish cuisine and culture. Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, Bathgate, Bronx Set inside a bright yellow and green building on the Bathgate Education Campus, the school has distinguished itself by its small class sizes and high attendance rates. Trips to the New York Hall of Science create a thirst for math and science knowledge among students, and new teachers are brought on board in the spring to shadow veterans before starting in the fall. Urban Assembly Academy of Arts and Letters, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Students enter the two-year-old school through the purple Continue Reading


A TONY BRONX private school is under fire for enlisting two Palestinian experts - one who has called Israeli policies "racist" in the past - to speak to students about the Mideast conflict yesterday. At a day-long program on the touchy topic, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale produced a session that was "skewed and one-sided," according to the Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism. The talk, "Prospects for the Future," featured well-known scholars Tony Judt, a lecturer at New York University, and Rashid Khalidi, director of Columbia University's Middle East Institute. Both are critical of the Jewish state. "The Anti-Defamation League wants a bunch of Israel cheerleaders and won't be happy with anything less," said Kenneth Roth, a Fieldston parent who also is the executive director of Human Rights Watch. "This is a fight over a technicality and missing the broader point, and that is that students were shown a broad range of views." The event included 25 speakers at more than a dozen sessions, but the ADL and American Jewish Congress said a pro-Israel panelist should have joined Khalidi and Judt during their talk. In a statement, Fieldston spokeswoman Ginger Curwen said, "Our institution has a long tradition of exploring complex subjects, and this day is in that tradition." The school planned a similar event in February, but it was postponed until this month because many parents felt the earlier presentation offered only the Palestinian viewpoint. [email protected] Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Corrections & Clarifications

To report corrections & clarifications, contact:Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper.The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: February 2018Life:An earlier version of this report incorrectly credited the 1996 Summer Olympics performance of The Power of the Dream. Celine Dion sang the theme at the opening ceremony; the song was performed again at the closing ceremony by Rachel McMullin and a choir of other children.​ Sports: A previous version of this graphic incorrectly located hockey player Megan Keller's hometown on the map. Sports: An earlier version of this story misidentified the U.S. hockey player who is quoted in the third paragraph. Opinion: An earlier version of this column mischaracterized who could receive a tax credit for campaign donations. It would be refundable and available to all Americans who file taxes. Sports: A photo in some editions Feb. 8 incorrectly identified the person next to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The person was special teams coach Joe Judge. Sports: A headline in some Feb. 12 editions had an incorrect result of Serena and Venus Williams’ doubles match in the Fed Cup. The sisters lost. Twitter: On Feb. 11, a previous tweet misidentified Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson. Continue Reading

Guide to Area Schools

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Independent and coeducational, the college provides a strong academic and value-oriented education. It aims to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social repsonsibility and service. For the fourth consecutive year, the 2006 ranking of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report named St. Joseph’s in the top tier of the Northern Comprehensive Colleges.With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, L.I., the college offers degrees in over 22 majors, special course offerings and certificates and affiliated and pre-professional programs. Graduate degrees include an executive MBA, MBA in accounting, and master’s degrees in management, nursing, literacy/cognition and infant/toddler early childhood special education.St. Joseph’s progressive academic approach is combined with outstanding inter-active teaching and hands-on experiences. Professors and instructors encourage students to develop their own views and approaches as they apply them to real-life situations.St. Joseph’s newest programs — a BS in criminal justice, a BS in organizational management through the Online Degree Program (OMOP); an MS with a major in nursing; and the MA in literacy/cognition — allow graduates to step right into these growing fields.Dorm space is available for Brooklyn students. For more information, call (718) 636-6868 (Brooklyn); (631) 447-3219 (Patchogue); or log on to and flexibility are two of the most important characteristics of an Empire State College education. The school caters to working adults who choose to pursue academic goals. With work, family and other obligations, Empire students appreciate what the college offers. They study with faculty mentors who Continue Reading