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Harlem Earth Day Celebration

It’s time for the second annual Harlem Earth Day initiative, presented by Harlem Park to Park (HP2P). Celebrity chefs, authors and activists will be among the headliners of the monthlong program. The initiative, sponsored by Con Edison, Land Yoga, MIST, Friends of Morningside Park and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, is designed to celebrate Global Earth …

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Corporate Volunteers Learn Lessons in The Bronx

One afternoon last week, three Ernst & Young associates boarded the subway near their Times Square headquarters and rode to The Bronx to meet with a group of T-shirt designers. One associate from the global professional services firm helped a team calculate production costs, while another discussed brand identity and the third reviewed design sketches. When the …

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MTV’s Video Music Awards move to New York means major profits for downtown Brooklyn businesses

It’s music to their ears – and cash registers. Downtown Brooklyn business owners are already licking their chops and cooking up ways to cash in on MTV’s biggest night. Local restaurants, clothing shops and hotels are already coming up with promotional ideas to rake in even more customers when the MTV Video Music Awards come …

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Achebe – I Flew On the Torn Pages of “Things Fall Apart”

My literary career kick-started on the torn pages of Things Fall Apart (TFA), the classic novel by Chinua Achebe – whom I am too afraid to prefix ‘Late’. I still have vivid memories. I was five. At Ojira, Otukpo, Benue. And, Like many girls my age then, unschooled. That was the age when girl education was still given …

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Grammy Winner Tony Bennett and Activist Rev. Al Sharpton Come Together with a Broad Coalition, Victims & Advocates in Rally Against Gun Violence

Tony Bennett, 17 time Grammy Award Winner,  and Activist Al Sharpton joined New York Voices Against Gun Violence and a broad, newly-formed coalition of advocates, victims, youth organizations, healthcare workers, unions, elected officials, faith leaders and artists in a rally last Thursday, March 21, to promote the NY SAFE Act as a model for legislation at the federal …

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Civil Service: The Sanitation worker exam is not yet scheduled, but tests for many other jobs are ready

There is still no news on the upcoming Sanitation worker exam but the city is currently offering more than a dozen other tests for civil service jobs this month. Caseworker, child protection specialist, correction officer and eligibility specialist are some of the titles open this month along with police officer, school safety agent and motor …

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An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Philip Appleman’s poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of publications, including the Nation, the New York Times, New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, and the Yale Review. He is married to the playwright Marjorie Appleman (Margie). You may read more about Mr. Appleman on the Poetry Foundation’s website. SONNET 18 (for Margie) Who, me? Compare you to a summer’s day? Heck, no, …

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Congressman Charles Rangel Honors Pioneer Shirley Chisholm

Last month, Congressman Rangel introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Medal Act to Shirley Chisholm, in recognition of Chisholm’s “activism, independence, and groundbreaking achievements in politics, her election as the first African-American woman in Congress, and her campaign to be the first African-American to gain the nomination of a major political party for President …

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