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Saving Our Neighborhood Spots

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

The city must do more to preserve small businesses that create a sense of community So government is no longer shut down – but in New York City, it was never really “open” to say, saving neighborhood stores and affordable eateries that meet everyday needs. Nor was it even that “open” with the construction of [&hellip
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Don’t Overlook the Violent Video Game Factor

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

When considering recent mass shootings, we can’t forget the potential role that violent entertainment plays Yes, I wish guns had never been invented, indeed all explosive devices, But they were, and I despair that the call to strictly control them after every mass shooting of innocents, fails to include defusing a culture whose entertainment and [&hellip
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Not for Holy Days Only

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

The good behavior we observe during special occasions should pervade our everyday lives What we could sure use are some Holy Day customs shaping everyday life. Like on Rosh Hashanah with everyone looking so happy as they crossed East End Avenue at East 81st street on the way to John Finley Walk overlooking the East [&hellip
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Art’s role in preventing traffic tragedies

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

The continuing outrage that shouldn’t be ignored  Don’t get me wrong, community groups do considerable good, but are not above some critiquing. Like my column chiding the 19th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime event for being too soft on crime-prevention talk and too heavy on refreshments and live music. Unfortunately, deleted for space, was [&hellip
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The Crime the Hassidim Call “Cataclysm”

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

Maybe the logo of this column should include the words, “desperately seeking.” Desperately seeking national conversations on nights out against crime, including the traffic kind. Of course, the primary national conversation should be against violent crime, above all. And there’s the desperate need for media to give priority coverage to every murder regardless of age [&hellip
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National Conversations We Most Desperately Need To Have

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

Sexaholics Anonymous aims to help people “stop lusting and become sexually sober” What a perfect summer night for the 4th annual simply wonderful “Steve Shaiman’s Swingtime Big Band” concert in Carl Schurz Park bordering the East River and made possible by the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, 212-459-4455. The foot-tapping music made you smile and sing [&hellip
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Desperately Needed, a Bella’s Law and Nights Out Against Traffic Crime

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Oh, so terribly long overdue is a Bella’s Law, and a Night Out Against Traffic Crime, and elected officials who fulfill their first constitutional duty to protect public safety, which includes safety from reckless and traffic law-breaking vehicular operators. And yes, traffic-lawless walkers too, but on July 2, Bella was crossing East End Avenue at [&hellip
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Family Reunions Can Help All Year

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Make suggestions with love For family reunions to do year-round good, worries need to be shared. Not a popular notion. And this column’s first stated worry stems from the sudden and achingly premature fatal heart-attack death of 51-year-old James Gandolfini. Doubly sad it was, happening during a father/son vacation in Rome. It made headlines, of [&hellip
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The Joys and Benefits of Singing

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Yup, that’s me at the John Finley Walk pop-up-piano, but mostly I’m singing because I regrettably stopped practicing piano a long time ago. But getting “everyone singing” and ‘singing along” is this column’s most ardent desire. And you may say, just because you’re blessed with a nice singing voice and a strong musical gene, what [&hellip
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