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Gifted and Talented Testing Flub Piques Parents

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

DOE reconsidering contract with Pearson after kindergarteners have to retake test Pearson, the corporation that scores the citywide Gifted and Talented tests for children entering kindergarten, recently made a mistake in the grading process that led to certain students being qualified for the Gifted and Talented programs when they should not have, and vice versa, [&hellip
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Marine Transfer Station Troubles

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

Lawsuit against city and mayoral candidate outcry adds fuel to the fire In a lawsuit currently before the New York State Supreme Court, Assembly Member Micah Kellner has sued the Department of Sanitation and the city on the grounds that the current plan for the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station goes against the 2006 Solid [&hellip
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Trinity House Tenants Fight Rent Increase

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Residents of the Mitchell-Lama building are pushing back against a proposed 40 percent rent hike Residents of Trinity house, a Mitchell-Lama affordable housing facility located above Trinity School at West 92nd Street, are reeling from shocking news. Tenants were recently told that their rents might soon be increasing by 40 percent over a three-year period. [&hellip
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Victory Against PCBs

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Department of Ed to remove toxic chemicals from schools on a faster timeline The Department of Education has finally given in to parent, teacher and community concerns about dangerous levels of PCBs, a toxic substance found in older light fixtures and transformers, in schools. In a court-ordered move, the Department has agreed to remove PCBs [&hellip
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Local Student Bikes for Cancer

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

Hunter College student to bike across U.S. to fight cancer Most 19-year-olds spend their summers slaving away at a retail job or an unpaid internship, but not Kips Bay resident Jenny Pearlman. She is one of the youngest participants in the Big Ride Across America bike riding tour, which is raising money for the American [&hellip
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New Shops Thrive on Second Avenue

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

Despite the subway construction, new businesses are still popping up along the avenue The noise of construction on the Second Avenue subway may annoy Upper East Siders and business owners, and the blockades may be a deterrent to passers-by, but that still has not stopped new stores and restaurants from popping up on the popular [&hellip
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Theodore Roosevelt Park Gets Green Facelift

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

The “Museum of Natural History’s backyard” will get an update and a state-of-the-art dog run A brand-new look for Theodore Roosevelt Park, a 12-acre quiet oasis located in the back of the Museum of Natural History, has been in the works for years. But soon, with the help of Community Board 7’s working group, Friends [&hellip
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Trash Station Plans Cause Health Worries

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

Advocacy group and local physicians express concerns for children with asthma The East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, which if built, would transfer 5,000 tons of garbage daily from the Upper East Side’s Yorktown neighborhood to New Jersey, has not been popular with the community. Opponents cite the garbage facility’s proximity to Asphalt Green, where [&hellip
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