The Tragedy of Elizabeth Brody

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Bette Dewing Renewing an All-Out Fight Against Traffic Crimes “Stay safe” says the green whistle Assemblyman Micah Kellner gave out at the 19th Precinct’s Night Out Against Crime held at the entrance to beautiful Carl Schurz Park. (Ah, if nature like this were truly appreciated, there’d be less crime to protest—an Olympian goal.) I took a lot [&hellip
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Olympian Principles for Everyday Life

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Bette Dewing A smile can make everything better  “I could show the world how to smile, I could be glad all of the while…” Well, there’d be infinitely more to smile about if songs like that again topped the charts. Ah, but the physical act of smiling does makes us feel better. Supportive research must get out [&hellip
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What Community and Good Neighbors Are All About

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Not only in a dangerously hot summer I could just cry, and indeed I did, when the hearty little plant that had sprung up this past spring in the otherwise bare tree pit outside my window was suddenly gone, yanked up by workers who were exchanging bark shavings there for some sort of soil. “Where [&hellip
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Outing Heartless Offspring and Heartless City Hall

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Bette-Dewingas1 Failure to protect small businesses from Second Avenue Subway construction chaos Even though it means a lifelong worry like no other, most parents say being a parent is the best thing that ever happened to them. No regrets, even if one day they become bit players in the lives of their beloved offspring, “But that [&hellip
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The Joel Morales Story

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Stopping hate-filled violence and creating a better society by Bette Dewing What if your two sons were bullied and, when transferred to a different school, the harassment continued and your request for housing in another district was denied? Of course you know this happened to a 12-year-old East Harlem boy, Joel Morales. Finally, this beloved [&hellip
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Pounding Suicide Prevention into the Public Consciousness: Life-affirming books and music aren’t just for Mother’s Day

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betteDewing By Bette Dewing If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the AP photo of Junior Seau’s anguished mother, Luisa, could save a thousand lives by drumming into the national consciousness the endless sorrow of a son or daughter’s suicide. Such graphic examples of grief could be a deterrent to what Jimmy Breslin once said [&hellip
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Connecting with Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors

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Life-saving communication skills for those most in need There’s sure a lot to roar about, says this often cowardly lion, when it comes to roaring, as Mike Wallace once did, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Ah, if only he’d roared against age discrimination; maybe 60 Minutes would have kept him on to [&hellip
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Another Battle to Advance the Cause

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Whatever happened to helping old folks cross the street? “Wind gusts today accelerate the brush fire risk.” This was the Good Friday and first day of Passover morning radio weather warning. For several years I’ve wished high wind gust warnings stressed the danger to walkers whose balance is not stable, especially in a city with [&hellip
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Trails that Need Following: The way to a safer, caring city

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contact Bette Dewing at dewingbetter@gmail.com CBS News radio says the “taxi of tomorrow” has a partition that softens the blow to passenger’s heads when drivers make an emergency stop. An emergency room surgeon reported, “Every week, at least two such facial injuries occur.” Who knew? Not this “traffic safety trailblazer” (Rep. Carolyn Maloney called me that in a 2006 tribute) [&hellip
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