Education Task Force, Jointly Held in Brooklyn, Tackles G&T Inequities

Task force hears strengths and weaknesses of gifted and talented programs  A task force is learning the city Department of Education’s gifted and talented program (G&T) is in high demand, short supply, poorly publicized, and poses logistical nightmares for the hundreds of parents whose children enroll in the program. They’ve also found persisting racial inequities in a city where minorities dominate. The task force, jointly led by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and his Brooklyn counterpart, Eric Adams, held its first session on March 20 at the Bronx High School of Science, a specialized high school where entry becomes


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Financial Focus: Trump’s Tax Person is a Genius! 

Firstly, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow should go to jail for impersonating as an investigative reporter. She didn’t share any substantive news that I reported a year ago in another newspaper: that President Donald Trump as a businessman used the legal business, real estate and capital losses tax laws to shelter money from taxation. And the law allows him to “carry over” these losses. We knew this a year ago. But more importantly, maybe what we did not know was how much he sheltered, saved, and used the tax laws to his benefit. The Donald sheltered over $100 million. Based on the


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Party at Bedford Park Eatery Leaves Two People Shot

Police are investigating a shootout that left two people injured following an all-night party at an event hall in Bedford Park. Police say a suspect shot at four people inside a Jeep around 7 a.m. in front of M.B. Restaurant at the corner of Webster Avenue East 198th Street, hitting two people, a 31- and 19-year-old. The restaurant is directly across Sanctuary Grand Hall at 2773 Webster Ave. for an all-night party. The suspect followed the group out. The car fled before any more victims were hit, but crashed at East 193rd Street and Webster Avenue. Paramedics rushed the two victims where they


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Norwood Congressman Calls “Empire State Kickback” a “Ploy”

With 23,800 residents relying on healthcare through the Affordable Care Act within his 13th Congressional district, Congressman Adriano Espaillat blasted the so-called “Empire State Kickback” provision, the Republican-led provision that cuts off billions of dollars of Medicaid to New York State. Attached to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the stipulation could see low-income residents thinking twice about seeing the doctor. “This provision is a shameful political ploy dressed as an attempt to lower local property taxes,” Espaillat, whose comments came on the heels of Congress voting on the AHCA, said in a statement. For weeks, the Republican-led Congress has attempted


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Op-Ed: Moms, Dads, Students: Know Your Rights

Too many of our public school students and their families are living in fear. They don’t know how new immigration policies coming from Washington might affect them. They worry about what might happen if Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents visited their school. As your Mayor, I want to send a clear message: No matter where you come from or when you got here,‎ the City of New York stands with you. I stand with you. This is your city. We want every principal and school safety agent to know how to respond if federal immigration officers come knocking. We want


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Homerun For Yankee Award Winners

(L-R) HONOREES CHANTEL BROWN, Antonio Landron, Brittany Martinez, Robert Aboaqye, and George Nunoo are this year’s recipients of the New York Yankee Scholarship Award. The group was honored by Community Board 7 on March 21 for devoting several hours to community service, a requirement of the prize. The honor comes with a $750 scholarship and participation in an award presentation at Yankee Stadium on April 17. Congratulations to the group for hitting it out of the ballpark. Photo by Miriam Quinones

“No More. Finito.” CVS Store in Norwood Closes

The doors to the CVS Pharmacy on East Gun Hill Road and Perry Avenue did not slide open anymore as the chain store closed one of its Norwood stores on March 18. “No more. Finito,” a garbage man can be heard as would-be customers unaware of the news tried entering the store. A manager quickly peered out a day after the store closed, telling a handful of customers the store has indeed closed its doors. The store, located in a large one-story building at 310 E. Gun Hill Rd. had served the community for nearly two decades, serving as an anchor


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Cops Arrest Man Who Accidentally Shoots Himself at Williamsbridge Oval Park

Cops from the 52nd Precinct have arrested a man who accidentally shoots himself, then reportedly blames it on a black man. Police say the incident happened just before 11 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Identified as 20-year-old Arthur Palombo, police say the victim/suspect was walking inside Williamsbridge Oval Park when a gun that was in his backpack had gone off, hitting him in the stomach. When police arrived, a wounded Palombo allegedly made up a story saying he was shot by a black man with a bald head who was interested in buying the gun. The Daily News reports when the


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Op-Ed: Eliminating Barriers

Like every dad, I want to provide my daughter with everything she needs to succeed in school and in life. But as a parent raising a child in an increasingly connected world, I’ve struggled to provide my daughter the technology she needs to stay ahead of the curve. For a long time, I couldn’t afford to buy my daughter a computer or provide her with internet access, which was incredibly frustrating. My daughter would often have to complete assignments and projects at a friend’s house or the library. Then the JHS 80 community – where my daughter is a seventh


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