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A Forum to be Thankful For

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

Let’s take a pause on Thanksgiving, then celebrate 70 as the new 50! How thankful we are for P.C. Richards’ anti-bottom line stand to “Save Thanksgiving” by staying closed until the day after the holiday “so our employees can celebrate with their family and friends.” To think that it’s come to that. And what about [&hellip
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New York, the Good Neighbor City

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

The most important defense against the next natural disaster is caring for one another May the October 29 New York Times Science/Health section piece “Natural Allies for the Next Sandy” remind us of other natural but too little tried allies, such as reported on John Hockenberry’s radio show I providentially happened to catch. The Times [&hellip
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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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