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WAR DOC SCREENS AT UWS CHURCH
West-Park Presbyterian Church, at 165 W. 86th St., is hosting an advance screening of a new documentary film, The Second Meeting, followed by a panel discussion with one of the film’s subjects and the producer and director, Željko Mirkovi. The film follows U.S. Air Force pilot Dale Zelko on a journey back to Serbia, 12 years after his plane was shot down during the NATO bombing in the Kosovo conflict. Zelko returns to meet with the Serbian officer who commanded the missile battery that shot down his F-117A stealth fighter plane. The film follows the two men as they come face to face under very different circumstances and explores their connection in peacetime. Zelko and Mircovic will be answering questions after the screening. Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free, donations accepted.

REPUBLICAN RIVAL FOR ESPAILLAT
State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who represents parts of the Upper West Side and northern Manhattan, easily won the Democratic primary in his bid for re-election but will now be facing a Republican challenger on the ballot in November. Martin Chicon has faced off against Espaillat in the past, when he challenged him for his Assembly seat in 2004 and lost. Now Chicon, who also has Dominican roots (his parents emigrated from Santiago), is presenting himself as a stark alternative to Espaillat. In a statement announcing his campaign, Chicon stressed that he would set himself apart from the sitting senator by promoting development in the district and aligning himself with real estate interests.
“As an alumni of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, I am a byproduct of the real estate development that took place in the Upper West Side during the 1960s, thanks to [Robert] Moses’ vision for the area,” Chicon said. “In this time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, I strongly support more real estate developments like Trump’s already completed Riverside South—projects that will bring into the area much-needed jobs, as well as a further rise in the overall value of the area.”

Chicon also criticizes Espaillat for not adequately representing the southern part of the district, saying that he only spends time in Washington Heights, and is a strong opponent of the recently adopted “soda ban” in the city, Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to limit the size of sugary drinks sold at concession stands and restaurants.

INFO FAIR FOR UWS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Community School District 3, which includes the Upper West Side, is holding a public elementary school fair on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for local parents to learn about the educational and public school options available to them. Any parents living in the district from 59th to 122nd streets are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be information about all of the district’s public schools, which include eight magnet schools and dual-language programs in both French and Spanish. The event will be held at P.S. 165, 234 W. 109th St. For more information, contact DJ Sheppard at 917-678-5857 or djshepp@schools.nyc.gov.
Free Flu Shots
New York Doctors at 205 Lexington (corner of 32nd Street) is currently giving FREE FLU SHOTS to the community.  (While supplies last!) For more information, call 212-684-4700.

 

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