Ancient Groundwater

Why the Water You’re Drinking May Be Thousands of Years Old As surface water diminishes in the Western US, people are drilling deeper wells—and tapping into older groundwater that can take thousands of years to replenish naturally. Marissa GrunesAlan SeltzerKevin M. BefusSome of North America’s groundwater is so old, it fell as rain before humans […]readmore

Health & Wellness

Phthalates in Food Packaging Lead to 100,000 Deaths in U.S.

by Paige BennettA new study has found that chemicals known as phthalates (PFAS) found in plastic food packaging and other consumer goods are killing 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the U.S. each year.The study, published in Environmental Pollution on Oct.12, 2021, outlines the dangers of phthalates in food packaging, although these chemicals are also found in […]readmore


Temptations: Otis Williams Celebrates 80th Year in NY at City College,

Sends Exclusive Health Message to OTP Readers! Proving beauty’s more than skin-deep, Otis Williams — the only surviving, original member of The Temptations — looks 40, but is about to turn 80!  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy Award®-winner will be celebrated at City College Center for the Arts  with a special live, virtual conversation […]readmore

Community News

Affordable Senior Housing Coming to Bed Stuy

Affordable Senior Housing Coming to Bed StuyNew 41,421 square foot Senior Residence at 811 Lexington Avenue will provide 63 unitsof rent-subsidized housing for low-income seniors The groundbreaking of the new Senior Residence at 811 Lexington Avenue, signaled the creation of a new 64-unit apartment building on land formerly occupied by a parking lot and the […]readmore

Justice Matters

Reform Needed for NYC Court System

By W. Taharka RobinsonIn previous articles written we have learned that the New York office of court administration is in need of restructuring, since the last article the New York office of court administration has begun to change the structure. We’ve discussed the structure of the office of court administration and how the courts function. […]readmore


Simone Gordon: Godmother with Fairy Wings

This month is Women’s Business Month, but philanthropist Simone Gordon,  the nation’s first Black Fairy Godmother, makes helping others her business all year long.   A Gates Foundation grant recipient, Gordon has become a major force — with invisible wings — for community goodwill.   Among other major efforts, Gordon’s Foundation assists Black and Brown marginalized families impacted by the COVID-19 […]readmore


The Supreme Court Deals a Harsh, Unanimous Blow to Police

Mark Joseph Stern  The Supreme Court dealt a blow to police reform in two unanimous decisions on Monday shielding officers from lawsuits accusing them of illegal brutality. Both rulings endorse a nearly insurmountable version of qualified immunity, the doctrine that protects police and other state officials from suit, raising the bar even higher for victims of unconstitutional conduct. The […]readmore

American History

Native American History Timeline and the Buffalo Soldiers

Thinking about the Buffalo Soldiers I hadn’t given much thought to Indigenous Peoples Day, until I made the connection with the Buffalo Soldier monument now installed at West Point.  In the Black community, the buffalo soldiers are heroes of songs, films and parades. However, at a time when statues of Confederate generals are being taken […]readmore