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Posts From Stephen Witt

The Front Lines of Lifting the Cell Phone Ban in Schools

🕔14:32, 30.Jan 2015

By Stephen Witt For Angela Cress, who teaches 9th-grade inclusionary English–mixing special education students with regular students–at the Bushwick School For Social Justice on Irving and Putnam Avenues, says allowing cell phones in schools is a two-edged sword. Cress’s thoughts

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Lifting Cell Phone Ban in Schools Leaves Some Parents & Educators Concerned

Lifting Cell Phone Ban in Schools Leaves Some Parents & Educators Concerned

🕔16:39, 24.Jan 2015

By Stephen Witt As Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña ready for the city to lift the ban on cell phones in schools, not all parents and educators are in agreement with the policy shift, and some

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Camara Assembly Seat Up For Grabs, Geoffrey Davis Seen as Front-runner

🕔16:22, 24.Jan 2015

By Stephen Witt With Karim Camara stepping down from the Assembly to join the Cuomo Administration as the Executive Director of the newly created Office of Faith-based Community Development Services, the scramble is on to replace him in the 43rd

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Rehashed Story Rallies Lawmakers’ Resolve To Keep Interfaith Strong

Rehashed Story Rallies Lawmakers’ Resolve To Keep Interfaith Strong

🕔10:52, 19.Jan 2015

By Stephen Witt Old news rehashed by a struggling tabloid as new news concerning Interfaith Medical Center has led to a bevy of local elected officials vowing this week to take a more proactive approach to monitoring the finances and

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Local Residents and Elected Officials React to Police Being Killed

Local Residents and Elected Officials React to Police Being Killed

🕔15:39, 23.Dec 2014

By Stephen Witt In the wake of the execution-style shooting deaths of Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos at the intersection of Tompkins and Myrtle Avenues, local residents offered up support for the fallen law enforcement agents while also

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Blood on Many Hands as War of Words Continue

Blood on Many Hands as War of Words Continue

🕔13:50, 23.Dec 2014

By Stephen Witt Two police officers from the 84th Police Precinct were “ambushed” and shot dead last Saturday afternoon in Bedford-Stuyvesant as they sat in their marked patrol car by a lone gunman who then fled into a nearby subway

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Peacemakers needed for Citizens, Police and de Blasio

Peacemakers needed for Citizens, Police and de Blasio

🕔20:03, 18.Dec 2014

By Stephen Witt Several civic leaders this week acknowledged the city is as divisive as ever, and that the healing and ramping down of heightened tensions starts and ends with the leadership of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. The

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Bed-Stuy Satmars Interested for Black & Jewish Affordable Housing Complex

🕔19:50, 18.Dec 2014

Bed-Stuy Satmars Interested in Black & Jewish Affordable Housing Complex By Stephen Witt The community-based organization that provides a myriad of social services to the Satmar religious sect of Jews that have been migrating into Bedford-Stuyvesant from Williamsburg said they

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Will Rookie Be Scapegoated in Gurley Investigation?

Will Rookie Be Scapegoated in Gurley Investigation?

🕔11:39, 13.Dec 2014

By Stephen Witt As protests surrounding unpunished police misconduct continued around the city last week, eyes are beginning to shift to the investigation involving the Nov. 20 shooting death of Akai Gurley in the darkened stairwell of the Pink Houses.

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Key Food Supermarket Celebrates Over 40 Years in Clinton Hill

Key Food Supermarket Celebrates Over 40 Years in Clinton Hill

🕔11:15, 13.Dec 2014

By Stephen Witt A longtime family-owned supermarket that has been the bedrock business of Clinton Hill for over 40 years celebrated its grand reopening last week with a new franchise agreement and a glistening renovated store featuring the freshest of

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