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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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Out of the Darkness

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

Many issues need to see the light of day, despite the media’s persistence in not covering them “Until you stop hiding things, you’re hiding things, and hiding things is not healthy,” Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn told the New York Times last week. “I just want people to know you can get through [&hellip
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No More Business as Usual

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

In times of crisis, we’re urged to keep things normal – but maybe we shouldn’t “Go about your usual business, but be vigilant,” was essentially the mayor’s message to New Yorkers after the horrific bomb-caused murder and maiming of innocents at the Boston Marathon last week. The terrible maimings, even now, don’t get the coverage [&hellip
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