Natural and Unnatural Disasters

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Yes, earthquake prediction and preparedness are most on this columnist’s mind, but first some tips to prevent and cope with all too commonplace home fires. These are courtesy of a guest speaker, one of New York’s Bravest, who attended the January meeting of the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association. We all need reminding to replace [&hellip
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Meaningful Holiday Traditions

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To quote the greatly missed Fred Rogers, “We’ve got a lot to talk about.” Like the still-glowing-through-mid-January Park Avenue Memorial Trees, the city’s most meaningful holiday tradition. After sundown, you just must experience this reverently beautiful scene. Again, because so many still don’t know, these trees honor all who made (and are sadly still making) [&hellip
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That December Glow

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“I wish that glow would never fade away,” is a line from the lamentably overlooked Perry Como song, “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever,” featured in all his Christmas shows. It is a CD I most heartily recommend. It’s all about the glow December bestows—in the lighting, the music and more frequent smiles and [&hellip
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Preventable Violence

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Again, too many newspaper clippings, press releases, observations and events that need airing to make life safer, saner (more humane!) and just. And someone just called to report another horrific shooting spree in an Orlando office complex. “At least one person killed and gunman still at large.” This, after the unspeakable massacre of 13 soldiers [&hellip
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Tips from Joan and Lidia

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Where have all the grandparents gone? Well, like the poignant song so movingly sung by Carole King at Clifton Maloney’s funeral, they’re “So Far Away,” surely off the radar screen of the custom- and view-shapers. Anyone hear about existing grandparents in the non-stop “Balloon Boy” coverage? Grandparents tend to be a bit more, say, socially [&hellip
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Role Model Men

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We are deeply saddened by two departures from this life, one “wrongful” and one “natural,” but premature. Fifty-year-old Stuart Gruskin was struck down by a wrong-way-riding cyclist while walking to work near West 43rd Street last summer. It might not have happened if the City Council had immediately passed Jessica Lappin’s intro 624, which would [&hellip
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It Still Takes a Village

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How could I not begin with an account of the seventh annual 9/11 memorial service, held around a memorial tree opposite 530 E. 84th St.? Thankfully arranged since 2002 by former East 84th Street Block Association president Judith Cutler, more than a dozen people reverently gathered there one windy, rainy morning. Assembly Member Micah Kellner [&hellip
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