Day: September 23, 2021

Black History

Vulcan Society Remembers 9/11 Heroes

Firefighter John Coombs remembers 9/11 as a very warm and beautiful day when he started work on some plumbing in his Bed Stuy basement. It was when he came out to buy water that he heard about a plane hitting the twin towers. At first, he assumed it was a small training plane “I couldn’t […]readmore

Health & Wellness

Pesticide Ban Is a Win for Children – and Science

September 17, 2021Nicole GreenfieldBack in 1989, a groundbreaking NRDC report called Intolerable Risk detailed the perils children faced just by dutifully eating their fruits and vegetables. “These staples of children’s diets routinely, and lawfully, contain dangerous amounts of pesticides, which pose an increased risk of cancer, neurobehavioral damage, and other health problems,” its summary stated. […]readmore

Community News

National Grid Employees Give Back

More than 1,000 National Grid employees gave back to their local communities on Monday, September 20 to celebrate a Day of Service across the company’s 26,000-square-mile New York service area. Company employees reaffirmed their spirit of altruism across the state by volunteering at food banks, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels, as well as […]readmore

Arts-Theater

Melvin Van Peebles Dies: Icon of Black Cinema Behind ‘Sweet

By Erik Pedersen,www.deadline.comMelvin Van Peebles, an actor, writer, director, producer and icon of Black cinema whose films include Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Watermelon Man, died Tuesday night at his Manhattan home. He was 89.His death was confirmed by his son, Mario Van Peebles, who said in a statement: “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth […]readmore

What's Going On

What’s Going On: 9/23

NEW YORK, NEW YORKNAME CHANGES: In February, 2021, Dominican Republic-born US Representative Adriano Espaillat submitted House Resolution HR77 to change the name of the northernmost parts of his Manhattan Congressional district from Sugar Hill, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Inwood to Quisqueya Heights!! He wants “to honor Dominicans and their contributions to the community which […]readmore

Community News

NYC Revises Testing, Quarantine Protocols for Public Schools

by Jessica Gould, WNYCMayor de Blasio has announced some revised testing and quarantine protocols for the city’s public schools, which will go into effect next Monday. Sample COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated students will now happen weekly, rather than twice-a-month at all elementary, middle, and high schools. This comes a day after the city’s teachers’ union, the […]readmore

Environment

President Biden at UN Calls for Unity on Fighting Climate

President tells UN General Assembly that US will become the world’s leading provider of climate financeOliver Milman in New York www.theguardian.comJoe Biden has vowed to double the financial aid given to developing countries vulnerable to the worsening climate crisis as he warned the UN that the world is “fast approaching the point of no return” […]readmore