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The Center for Health and Environmental Justice needs your help to test school supplies to find out if they contain hidden toxic chemicals this summer.  Watch to learn more!


Let’s start with the strong points. Scott Stringer has been a hands on guy downtown and made the round of the clubs and, as Borough President, has had the ability to pick and choose members of the Community Boards.


 
Downtown is Democratic. And, SoHo has nearly always been a Democratic Arts Village. From guerilla art to condo decorations, from Frosty Myers to Bob Bolles, SoHo has nearly always followed the left of center, piggy-backing on its more liberal and progressive neighbor, Greenwich Village.

The Children's Magical Garden at Norfolk and Stanton streets on the lower east side are being dug up by developer Serge Hoyda. Hoyda has a construction crew in the community garden and has begun digging giant holes for a new plywood fence within the space he is claiming. The garden is sacred to the children in the community and they are shocked and saddened.

The community asks for their representatives to find a solution, just as they have before with another two lots.

For more information go to moregardens.org and nyccgc.org


In all truth, I have to admit that I too experienced aging as a dreadful punishment. A former dancer, I had been super-fit with an appealing body for most of my adult life. Initially I resented and cursed the varicose and spider veins that were showing up on my legs.  What did I finally come to learn from this body image hatred? I realized that without even being aware of what was happening, I had become a victim of the omnipresent negative brainwashing we are fed by the media daily.


East Village alliances, businesses, neighbors, friends and concerned citizens have already begun to donate to an emergency fundraiser to help cover the medical costs of 62-year-old flower shop operator Akkas Ali who suffered severe injuries after being plowed down by a drunk driver.

To donate click here.

While it is true that habitat loss as a result of human encroachment is a primary threat to birds and wildlife of all kinds, outdoor cats are no doubt exacerbating the loss of biodiversity as their numbers swell and they carry on their instinctual business of hunting.


In May, the Department of Transportation chose Petrosino square as a docking station for its city-wide CitiBike program—effectively displacing any future art shows. Though many strongly object to its current placement, the program is generally considered popular and favored by residents. They support the alternative transportation but believe it should be moved to the roadbed where most of the bike rentals are located. On Wednesday, June 19th at 8:30am the SoHo Alliance will hold a rally to save the park.


My “obsession” with health food began in the early 60s. I had just given birth to my son Joshua and felt weak for the first time in my life. At least for the first time that I can remember, as the exhaustion continued for days on end, rather than rare, isolated incidents.


While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.