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In the News: Ortiz Seeks Higher Office and Threat to Sunset Park Post

Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz, image from http://felixwortiz.com/

*Assemblyman Ortiz Looks Up
For Felix W. Ortiz (D), time has come for the Latino community to make its presence known in New York politics–and Ortiz thinks he can make that happen.
“The Democrats and Republican parties need to have a clear understanding of the major role that Hispanics are playing in politics today,” he told City Hall News. Continue reading

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In the News: Potential Changes to Legal Services, and a Look at 11220’s Netflix Queues

Legal Services Examines Structure of Legal Aid Organizations in Brooklyn, and Considers Changes

*Community leaders, representatives and non-profit executives have voiced opposition to a potential restructuring of Brooklyn’s legal services that would merge offices around the borough into a single entity, the Courier-Life reported. Continue reading

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City Rolls Out Tools to Help New Yorkers Navigate Subways and Schools

*NYC schools have gone mobile: the city this week announced an upgrade to Notify NYC that will allow parents to receive updates on school emergencies, dismissals, and closures by cell phones. The upgrade to this emergency system offers subscribers real-time updates on everything from snow days to school relocations in up to five zip codes by phone, email or text message. Interested? You can subscribe here.

*Speaking of schools, you can see how your local one fared at the New York Post website. You can sort the Post’s list by name, borough and other categories. Check out your school and report back–did it make the grade? Do you think your school is better, or worse, than the score reflects? Leave a comment!

*The MTA has mounted a new site that provides real-time updates on delays and service changes to New York’s 26 subway lines, meant to help regulars in its 468 stations keep on the go.

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In the News: City Settles with Sunset Park Woman Falsely Arrested for Prostitution

The city will pay $35,000 to Sunset Park resident Monica Gonzalez, falsely arrested for prostitution in 2007, the Daily News reported.

Officer Sean Spencer apprehended the 41-year-old as she walked on Third Ave toward Lutheran Medical Center to seek help for an asthma attack at 2:30 am on the night of November 8th.

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What To Do This Weekend In Sunset Park: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Warrior Politics (2008). Used motor oil mixed media on paper

By coincidence, the Sunset Park-themed events this weekend all have a green bent. Given that it is apparently emerging as the “newest, biggest, fastest-changing neighborhood” according to the Brooklyn Eagle, that it is avant garde should be no surprise. You can take or leave the Eagle’s claim, but certainly take the neighborhood up on these free events.

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Sunset Park Science Teacher Allegedly Sold Students Books on Combating Satan

A Brooklyn principal has reprimanded a Sunset Park science teacher for selling to students copies of a book that purports to “recognize and combat satanic attacks; and recognize those serving Satan, and bring them to Jesus Christ,” the New York Daily News reported.

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Update: Plastic-Wrapped Body of Brooklyn Teenager Found Near Gowanus Expressway

A driver found the body of a teenager wrapped in plastic under a car in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn early Christmas Eve morning, 1010 WINS reported. Continue reading

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