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Conference Brings Together Local Business Owners: Small shops are taking steps to help us out of economic doldrums

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490px-Charles_B_Rangel_Portrait By Charles Rangel I was pleased last month to convene an important and exciting conference that brought together uptown business owners with representatives of Washington federal agencies. The purpose of the event was to provide useful information on everything from writing effective business plans to competing for government contracts. More than 250 small business owners [&hellip
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Uncovering Lost New York

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West Side author brings the city’s history to life By Allen Houston To talk with West Sider Kevin Baker is to glimpse the New York City of the past, before glass towers and high-rise condos threatened to swallow the island. Best-selling author of the City of Fire trilogy, Baker writes mesmerizing prose about the city [&hellip
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Debate Over Charter Schools Plays Out in State Senate Race

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By Dan Rivoli Since charter schools became the new battleground for New York education reform, State Sen. Bill Perkins has become public enemy number one for advocates of these publicly-funded, privately-operated schools. Perkins, who represents a Harlem district that covers parts of the Upper West Side, has criticized the way charter schools operate and occupy [&hellip
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Hot Stuff

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Ashley and Tyler Rodriguez, 20-something siblings who live in Spanish Harlem, enrolled at Bikram Yoga Harlem last Monday evening. Waltzing in on the second week of the New Year, they looked a bit like fair-weather yogis. Ashley was determined to turn her life around. “I’m 23… I’m too young to be out of shape,” she [&hellip
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WEST SIDE CRIME PROGRAM EXPANDS TO HARLEM

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The Safe Haven program started by the West Side Crime Prevention Program is expanding north of 110th Street. Businesses part of the Safe Haven program would don a yellow decal that lets children know they can find help in these stores if they feel threatened on the street. Once inside the store, employees could call [&hellip
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A Real Westy Winner

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To the Editor: I was an elementary school student at P.S. 197 in Harlem back in the late 1950s and early 1960s and had the privilege of having Batya Lewton as the school librarian (Westy Awards, Oct. 8). Ms. Lewton turned me on to the love of books. After I left elementary school, this woman would meet me [&hellip
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OVERCROWDING QUESTIONS

Written by admin on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit

Department of Education officials will attend a Community Education Council meeting to discuss overcrowding in a pocket of the Upper West Side. District 3, which runs from West 59th Street up to Harlem, has been overcrowded in its southern section as more young families have moved into the neighborhood and parents have chosen public school [&hellip
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Who Gets In?

Written by admin on . Posted in Education, News West Side Spirit

District 3, which encompasses the Upper West Side and most of Harlem, currently has no high school that gives special consideration to area students—and the local parent council doesn’t like it. On June 17, the district’s Community Education Council and Presidents’ Council approved a request asking the Department of Education to give local students priority [&hellip
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COMMUNITY BOARDS PROTEST CUTS

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On the steps of City Hall, elected officials and community board leaders from throughout the city rallied against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s cuts to the boards. In the mayor’s budget, $30,000 was chopped from the $190,000 each board receives. The money goes toward office expenses and the staff that handle day-to-day operations. Community boards have an [&hellip
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