Neighborhood News Check

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Slain Bus Driver’s Family Wants Stiff Penalty

NY1: The family of bus driver William Pena, who died earlier this month when his bus was struck by a stolen truck in Greenwich Village, hopes that a maximum penalty will be uncured. Dominic Whilby, the driver of the truck, was believed to be intoxicated at the time. “What we’re looking for is the maximum sentence, the maximum charges,” said Pena’s partner Nancy Rodriguez. “We want justice. We don’t want William’s memory to be forgotten.” A memorial was held on the Upper West Side last week.

Harold Ramis Twinkie Memorial

Gothamist: In honor of writer/director/actor Harold Ramis’ death, fans left a touching memorial at the Hook and Ladder 8 firehouse. Among the items left were: flowers, candles, pictures of a young Ramis and, of course, Twinkies. Hook and Ladder 8 firehouse served as the home to the Ghostbusters, the film where the Twinkie reference comes from. “I’ve seen [Ghostbusters] about a thousand billion jillion times,” said fan Victoria Booth. “I can just watch over and over again.”

The escalator at the East Broadway F Train is finally repaired and working again, after over a year of being out of service.

The escalator at the East Broadway F Train is finally repaired and working again, after over a year of being out of service.

Escalator Shuts Down Hours After Unveiling Despite the 18-month construction time, the long awaited East Broadway F station’s escalator malfunctioned, soon after it had opened last Thursday. “What kind of workmanship is that if it works for a day and it’s out of service a few hours later?” asked George Brighwaite, 60. “They gave us some jelly on bread last night, now it’s just the bread.”

Holy Schnitzel Hopes To Fill Kosher Void In L.E.S.

The Lo-Down: Holy Schnitzel, a fast food kosher restaurant, is hoping for a storefront in the LES where Noah’s Ark Deli used to be. The dwindling Orthodox Jewish population in the neighborhood, combined with the criticism that Noah’s Ark faced in its waning years, may prove difficult. “We want to do this restaurant in an interesting area,” Bill Spector, co-owner of Holy Schnitzel explained, “with a rich cultural history.” Holy Schnitzel already has locations in Staten Island, Long Island and Brooklyn.

City Builds Half of Needed School Seats

Tribeca Trib: Sticking with a Bloomberg administration plan, the city has budgeted for only one new 456-seat school below Canal Street. Despite the growing number of eligible kids, such as P.S. 276 in lower Battery Park City, where there are only 100 seats available for the 157 applying, the city was unable to increase the budget. “It means a lot less people sticking around if they don’t have any place to send their kids to school,” said Diana Switaj, Community Board 1’s director of planning and land use.

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