Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fw: Notify NYC - Notification

Notification issued 10/30/12 at 11:20 AM.  Due to severe weather conditions, all New York City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow 10/31/12.  For more information: http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm
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Monday, October 29, 2012


LAWMAKERS QUESTION BLOOMBERG'S GUN CONTROL STANCE: Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new super PAC will contribute to candidates that support gun control, but his past campaign contributions call into question his record of backing gun control advocates: http://bit.ly/PBmMML
 The Cuomo administration is developing a plan to allow New Yorkers to apply for various licenses online and for software developers to create a "New York app store", the Post's Fred Dicker writes: http://bit.ly/Q0Q4Va
New York City's Automated Personnel System, which replaces city workers' paper records for benefits and human resources functions, is expected to cost ten percent more than City Hall estimated, the Post writes: http://bit.ly/QPbUI9

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fw: Candidates with extremist views profiled


October 25, 2012

Candidates with extremist views profiled
The SPLC Task Force on Hate in the Public Sphere has released profiles of 15 political candidates -- including Democrats and Republicans -- whose beliefs are linked with hate groups and racial, ethnic, religious, anti-gay and antigovernment extremism, or who promote extremist propaganda.

Bizarre attack on SPLC's Mix It Up at Lunch Day
Religious-right extremists have launched a false attack against the SPLC's anti-bias school program saying that it is an attempt to indoctrinate young people into the "homosexual lifestyle." Watch Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello on CNN discussing the allegation.

SPLC in court seeking millions in lost wages
SPLC lawyers are fighting in federal court to help domestic farmworkers and foreign guestworkers recover millions of dollars in wages they were never paid after performing backbreaking work. We're seeking to reverse a lower court's decision that took an estimated $100 million out of the pockets of farmworkers.

Morris Dees remembers George McGovern
Senator George McGovern was a longtime champion of the SPLC and a man of principle and compassion. Morris Dees remembers the Senator and their four-decade friendship.


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Nov 1, 2012: Who are YOU Online? - How to Properly represent yourself online. at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building

Nov 1, 2012: Who are YOU Online? - How to Properly represent yourself online. at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building

What is Social Media ?
What is the importance of Social Media?
How does Social Media affect looking for a Job, applying for school and even owning a business?
We will talk about the pitfalls and the benefits of what you put on the Internet and how it affects one's image. We will discuss advice and techniques to create a (right) profile that will get them noticed.
How important is your Face Book Profile?
What does your profile say about you, does it reflect the image you the want the world to know?
Also Joining us will be: Nethia Heyward
Giving us : Business 1 - from SCRATCH!
BUSINESS 1 - is an interactive developmental exercise designed to tap into the skills you already possess to be successful. This part of the workshop consists of theatrical exercises used to stimulate the brain & thinking process.
1st assignment, Google Us & Then Sign Up!

Nov 1, 2012: Who are YOU Online? - How to Properly represent yourself online. at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:41:39 GMT

Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for October 25, 2012


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fw: Protect Your Identity When Using Mobile Devices


Smartphones bring great convenience into people's lives, but they also bring another opportunity for identity thieves to access personal data and use it to their advantage. A recent study found that smartphone users are approximately 33% more likely to become a victim of identity theft than non-users.

Find out how to protect your identity when using mobile devices.

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Monday, October 22, 2012


Assemblyman Keith Wright owes the city almost a quarter of a million dollars in fines for illegally hanging campaign posters on cityproperty, the Daily News's Ken Lovett reports: http://nydn.us/WD2jJh
 The city Department of Education lost track of several employees who quietly stopped reporting to work, but continued paying their salaries anyway, the Post learns: http://bit.ly/WCFEgf
Most educators spent less than an hour using the city's $80 million student-data system that gives them access to student performance data, according to a New York University study, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/WD03l4
Attorney Norman Siegel is challenging law that bans masks at protests, arguing that the costumes are integral to demonstrators' message of communication, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/RcIncP
The News's Mike Lupica waxes on what would happen if Bloomberg were running for president alongside Obama and Romney: http://nydn.us/PLAQTR

Executive Director, Civilian Complaint Review Board

Salary: $150,000 - $180,000.00

Description: The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is charged with investigating and mediating complaints filed by members of the public against New York City police officers involving the use of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy or offensive language. The Board seeks to hire an Executive Director to oversee the approximate $12 million budget and to implement strategies to improve the agency's performance. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board and is responsible for all that is involved in the day-to-day operation of the agency and its staff.

Further Info: For full job description visit www.nyc.gov/ccrb or send resume and cover letter to ccrbjobs@ccrb.nyc.gov with JVN #91312-054-2012 on resume and cover letter.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Harlem - News

The NYPD Caught on Tape (The Nation)
On October 8, TheNation.com posted a video capturing rare audio of a stop-and-frisk being carried out by the New York Police Department.

Harbor Group International Acquires Two NYC Retail Properties (AmericanBankingNews)
Harbor Group International, LLC announced today that an affiliate of the Company has acquired 1420 Broadway and 246-248 West 125th Street in New York City.

Heights of criminal activity in Marcus Garvey park (New York Daily News)
State Sen. Bill Perkins examines plateau at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, where syringes and condoms are regularly found.

Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for October 18, 2012


Hatewatch is a weekly summary of the latest news about hate and extremism compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Week of October 18, 2012

Hatewatch Blog

AFA's Bryan Fischer Takes Knockout Punch on CNN

Second Suspect Pleads Guilty in FEAR Militia Murder

Feds: Teen Militia Leader in Nevada Planned 'Mass Killings'

Hatewatch Headlines

GA Lesbians Attacked in Possible Hate Crime in Atlanta
The Advocate | Oct. 17, 2012

KY Hate Crime Trial: Victim Tells of Beating, Anti-Gay Slurs
Lexington Herald-Leader | Oct. 17, 2012

OH Racist Graffiti Scrawled at Ohio Coach's House
Sandusky Register | Oct. 16, 2012


It's My Park Day at St. Nicholas Park

It's My Park Day at St. Nicholas Park

Date: October 20, 2012

On It's My Park Day, join the Friends of St. Nicholas Park as they clean up, rake, and plant bulbs near the West 135th Street Plaza. Please bring your own gloves, if available.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (347) 812-4868

Location: 135 Street Lawn (in St. Nicholas Park)

It's My Park Day at St. Nicholas Park
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 04:00:02 GMT

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's My Park Day at Collyer Brothers Park

It's My Park Day at Collyer Brothers Park

Date: October 20, 2012

On It's My Park Day, join the Harlem Fifth Avenue Association to clean, rake, and plant bulbs in the park. Volunteers should enter the park at E. 128th Street and Fifth Avenue. Please bring your own gloves, if available.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 406-4770

Location: Collyer Brothers Park

It's My Park Day at Collyer Brothers Park
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 04:00:02 GMT

Friday, October 12, 2012


Bronx Museum of the Arts: 40th Anniversary Celebration(Friday) To celebrate its anniversary, the museum will treat visitors to a free evening of music, dance performances, screenings and other activities, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Among the performers will be the Valerie Capers Quartet; Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; and Francis Akrofys and the Ghanaian Rhythmic Drummers. 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Morrisania, the Bronx, (718) 681-6000, bronxmuseum.org.
'Caribbean Crossroads' (Friday and Saturday) This free symposium on the arts of the Caribbean and its Diaspora continues with lectures beginning at 2 p.m. On Friday and includes a reception at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested for all events at the Studio Museum at 144 West 125th Street, Harlem, and can be made through the Web site,caribbeancrossroads.org/symposium. On Saturday, events includes lectures and discussions, starting at 11 a.m., and a dance performance, at 8 p.m., at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem.
Harlem Arts Festivals (through Dec. 19) The rich cultural history of Harlem is the focus of events taking place at various locations. "Harlem Is... Activism," a display on 30 individuals in business and the arts who have made an impact on life in Harlem will be on view through Nov. 23 at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, at 120th Street, Morningside Heights. Among the individuals in the show, which will also feature related events like walking tours and arts demonstrations, are the writer Albert Murray, the producer Vy Higginsen and the politician Percy Sutton (who died in 2009). The display, sponsored by Community Works, can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m., (212) 459-1854, communityworksnyc.org. At City College, the photography display, "Harlem & the City: Over 100 Years of Special Moments" will be on view through Dec. 19. For more information:ccny.cuny.edu.
Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy: Jewish Harlem Walking Tour (Sunday) This three-hour tour will pass by locations that once figured prominently in the lives of the Jewish immigrants who lived there, including the former site of Temple Israel of Harlem. It will meet at 10:45 a.m. On the northeast corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 125th Street, (212) 374-4100,nycjewishtours.org; $18 in advance, $16 for students and 65+, with an additional charge of $2 on the day of tour.

Fw: New FactCheck Article: Veep Debate Violations

Veep Debate Violations

Ryan, Biden rough up the facts in their one and only meeting.

Posted on October 12, 2012


The Biden-Ryan debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn't always match the facts.

  • Ryan said Obama's proposal to let tax rates rise for high-income individuals would "tax about 53 percent of small-business income." Wrong. Ryan is counting giant hedge funds and thousands of other multimillion-dollar enterprises as "small" businesses.
  • Biden exaggerated when he said House Republicans cut funding for embassy security by $300 million. The amount approved for fiscal year 2012 was $264 million less than requested, and covers construction and maintenance, not just security.
  • Ryan was wrong when he said a rise in the jobless rate in Biden's hometown was "how it's going all around America." The rate nationally has sunk back to where it was when Obama took office. And in Ryan's hometown, it's more than 4 percentage points lower that it was at the start of Obama's term.
  • Biden seemed to question Ryan's assertion that administration officials called Syrian President Bashar Assad "a reformer" even when he was killing his own civilian countrymen. Ryan was right. Early in the bloody Syrian uprising Hillary Clinton called Assad a "different leader" who many in Congress believe is "a reformer."
  • Ryan claimed the Obama administration spent stimulus money on "electric cars in Finland." Not true. Although the cars have been assembled in Finland, the money went for work in the United States.
  • Biden quoted Romney as saying that he would not "move heaven and earth" to get Osama bin Laden. What Romney said was that he'd go after other terrorists as well.
  • Ryan misquoted a Medicare official as saying "one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business" as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Not quite. The official said that many could become "unprofitable," and the the situation could be monitored to head off bad outcomes.
  • Ryan claimed that the ACA contains "taxpayer funding" of abortion. In fact the law provides no direct funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to save the mother's life. And it's a matter of interpretation whether subsidized private insurance would amount to indirect federal support for abortion.
  • Ryan was off base when he said of a cost-saving panel created by the Affordable Care Act, "not one of them even has to have medical training." Actually, the board must include physicians and other health care professionals among its members.

Ryan at one point ground out a collection of shopworn misstatements about the health care law that we've had to rebut time and again, claiming "20 million people … are projected to lose their health insurance" (not true), that premiums have gone up $3,000 (no, they haven't) and that 7.4 million seniors "are going to lose" Medicare Advantage plans (maybe, but they'd still be covered by traditional Medicare).

And both Biden and Ryan continued to twist the facts about Romney's tax plan. Biden again misrepresented the findings of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, and Ryan repeated a misleading claim that "six studies have verified" that the plan is mathematically possible.


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that he would not answer questions about his mayoral successors or their ideas and scolded the media for laughing, the New York Times writes: http://nyti.ms/SUCbSR
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. Proposed a bill to allow motorcyclists to park for free across the city since it is hard to affix a muni meter receipt to a motorcycle, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/Q4uPfx
The Times welcomes a City Council bill to create an inspector general to strengthen police department oversight, saying it rejects the argument that the NYPD is doing just fine since crime is low: http://nyti.ms/PrsrES

* The News slams the United Federation of Teachers for its "lack of leadership" managing a union-run charter school in Brooklyn that is struggling and says students deserve an apology: http://nydn.us/QgXzDY

* The News commends police for showing "amazing, even heroic restraint" during confrontations with suspects, based on a study showing that cops rarely fired their guns last year: http://nydn.us/Rlynyf

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


A plainclothes officer called a Harlem teen a "f------- mutt" during a stop-and-frisk last year in an audio recording released the day before a New York City Council hearing on the policy, The Nation reports: http://bit.ly/RbqBae
Council Speaker Christine Quinn introduced a package of proposals to increase the penalties on public lewdness and force some sex offenders to get photographed by law enforcement once a year, the News reports: http://nydn.us/UQNNbu
The News is not impressed by a new test for primary school students to qualify for gifted and talented programs in New York City, saying testing 4-year-olds is "arbitrary and borderline absurd": http://nydn.us/tj0HSO

Thursday, October 4, 2012


 A controversial proposal to re-draw New York City Council district lines could violate the city charter and split African-American and Latino communities, critics say. Community Voices Heard--an organization that advocates for low-income New Yorkers--said in a statement that the proposed redistricting map would create smaller Council districts in the Bronx and Queens in favor of larger ones in Manhattan and possibly disenfranchise some voting blocs, such as East Harlem. Under the proposal, East Harlem would be divided roughly in half, with part of it falling in Council District 8, and part in Council District 9. "When you look at communities of interest and keeping the Latino vote together and the African-American vote together, it seems like the Latino vote here, while on paper would hit the fifty percent plus-one mark that meets the Department of Justice standards, would break up the community in East Harlem," the organization said in a statement. Hearings will be held all month, allowing the public to comment on the proposed changes, followed by an up-or-down vote by the City Council in November. If approved, the maps will first be used in the 2013 citywide elections, when the majority of the Council's seats will be up for grabs because of term limits.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fw: Notify NYC - Silver Alert

Silver Alert issued 10/2/12 at 12:45 PM. The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Lourdes Duchatelier, female, black, 85 years old.  She is described to be 5'6", weighing 110 lbs. She was last seen at 215 West 101st Street on 9/29/12.  She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing gray pants with a red blouse a grey sweater and black sandals.  She suffers from Alzheimer's. Call 9-1-1 if seen. Please find a photo attached.
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   Sender's Email: notifynyc@oem.nyc.gov
   Sender's Contact Phone: 2126399675

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

October brings autumn into full swing, and who doesn't love a fall walk in the woods or a stroll through an apple orchard to enjoy the season's bounty?
We're noticing pumpkins brightening up farm stands across much of the country. For many, the harvest came early. Here are some tips for pumpkin picking:
• Do not pick pumpkins off the vine because they have reached your desired size. Wait until they mature. (If you want small pumpkins, buy a small variety.)
• Cut fruit off the vine; do not tear. Be sure not to cut too close to the pumpkin and to leave a liberal amount of stem.
• Before storing, pumpkins should be cured in the sun for about a week to toughen the skin.
• Early harvest? No worries. If you store in a cool, dry, dark place between 50 and 55 degrees, the pumpkins should last about 6 months.
• They are best stored sitting on a board or cardboard or straw (not a cement floor) about 2 inches apart (not stacked or touching).
• One of our readers shared this tip: Wash a picked pumpkin in a very mild chlorine solution (1 cup of chlorine to 1 gallon of water. This gets rid of bacteria that cause rot. Then thoroughly dry.
See our pumpkin page for more harvest tips—and great reader Q&As.

If you're going to a pumpkin patch, remember to buy pumpkins with stems attached; they will keep better.

Every pumpkin is known by its stem. –proverb


More than 150 elementary and middle schools posted mediocre efforts on their annual progress reports for the third straight year, which triggers the city to scrutinize them, the New York Times writes: http://nyti.ms/OAF14s

* Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson lost his appeal to void $594,375 in fines for illegally attaching campaign posters to city property during his unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/PqqVwZ

* A federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department illegally arrested scores of demonstrators during the 2004 Republican National Convention but upheld how the city handled aspects of the arrests, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/PJI0DH

 New York firefighters criticized a judge's plan to award retroactive seniority to applicants who weren't hired due to discrimination and argued that "experience counts" at a federal court hearing yesterday, the Post reports: http://bit.ly/UD9Tyb

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fw: American Express Will Refund Some Consumers Because of Illegal Practices


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered American Express to pay $85 million to consumers because of illegal practices. American Express will contact you if you're owed money.

Learn more about the refund and the company's violations.