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Who’s Teaching Our Kids?

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

Identifying and weeding out predators in schools Professor Stuart Chen-Hayes, associate professor of counselor education at Lehman College of the City University of New York who supervises school counselors throughout Manhattan spoke about how identifying predators in the teacher interviewing process and to identify when a child is being abused by an authority figure. What [&hellip
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Grilling the Restaurant Inspectors

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

New city council bills require inspector etiquette training No one wants to eat at a restaurant with a letter “B” or “C” in the window. Even worse, is the “grade pending.” But as restaurateurs and many New Yorkers know, there’s more to New York City restaurant health inspections than just a letter in the window. [&hellip
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New Flood Zones for Upper East Side

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

Maps to indicate evacuation centers just outside of flood zones The beginning of summer doesn’t just mean hot subways, open hydrants and ice cream trucks, it also means hurricane season in New York. And with Sandy a not-so-distant memory of devastation, New York is beginning to prepare for the next storm. The city has put [&hellip
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Living in a PRISM State

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

Q and A with New York Institute of Technology Professor about the recent NSA surveillance leak: what does it mean for me? In an interview with New York Insitiute of Technology’s Babak Beheshti, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences explained the details of the recent data surveillance controversy leaked by whistleblower [&hellip
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DA Warns Seniors: Beware of Scams

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

The District Attorney & Department of Aging warn about fraud and financial crimes A woman living on East 79th Street received an alarming phone call in mid-May from “Captain Tom Piscani” head of financial crime in New York who told her that she was in possession of counterfeit bills. He told her to cash a [&hellip
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Neighbors Mad at ‘Loss’ of Damrosch Park

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

Fashion Week may find other location by 2015 When Fashion Week moved from Bryant Park to Lincoln Square in Fall 2010, residents were up in arms – from the noise, the crowds and the invasion of Damrosch Park, the 2.4-acre public park adjacent to Lincoln Center and home to private events like the Big Apple [&hellip
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Oblivious Walkers Cause Bike Woes

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

Bike lanes mean new rules for the road. Look for cars and bikes. A woman talking on her cell phone on the corner of 86th Street and First Avenue steps into the bike lane on 86th Street without looking. A bike zooms past and just misses hitting her. She was lucky. Yet, accidents in which [&hellip
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