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OP-ED: The Bonds of Community

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Arts Our Town

Some pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, in general, but also for those whose hearing is failing or gone (another story). And the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11 does bring people together in the same neighborhood who might otherwise be strangers. And it did again at this 12th annual remembrance gathering around a designated 9/11 [&hellip
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OP-ED: The Legacy of a Sweet Soul

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Arts Our Town

If only “Mrs. Doubtfire” could be shown rather than the scheduled “Lost in America,” I e-mailed David Williams, president of the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, which sponsors two outdoor film screen showings each summer. No reply, which is unlike Mr. Williams in an era of non-responders, about which George Bernard Shaw once opined: “The most [&hellip
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Our Traffic Crime Wave

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

As I write this, the what must be the hundredth or so column on overcoming what I call crimes of traffic, a vigil of remembrance is being held at P.S. 155 by the classmates and mother and father of 6-year-old Amar Diarrassouba, killed one year ago by a tractor trailer truck at the corner of [&hellip
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Intervention, and the lessons of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

Know someone whom you desperately want to quit drinking or smoking or using illicit drugs or doing other destructive behavior? Then don’t be silent. And don’t believe that dangerous but prevailing notion that the drinker, smoker, drug-user, etc. must really want to stop the defeating behavior before they can be helped. Believe instead that there [&hellip
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Singing to Save the World

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

Remembering Pete Seeger’s legacy of promoting music and harmony for all “Sing to Save the World” was this paper’s “fit to print” headline over a huge photo and succinct story, by then-editor Marty Lipp. This glowing account of the January 1992 standing-room-only concert at Hunter College was subtitled, “Pete Seeger and his rainbow chorus singing [&hellip
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