MOSA wraps up 08-09 season on May 31
Music of Our Savior’s Atonement will finish its 2008-2009 season with a free concert by Ensemble ACJW on May 31 as part of Carnegie Hall’s city-wide Neighborhood Concert Series. The ensemble is the performing arm of The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, the Julliard School and the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. It provides two-year fellowships to prepare post-graduate musicians for careers combining musical excellence with education, community engagement, and advocacy. The group has been critically praised for its insightful programming and mature performance.
For the May 31 program, two chamber pieces take center stage: Beethoven's pastoral Septet in E-flat major, which mixes a variety of wind and string instruments, and Shostakovich's fiery Piano Quintet.
The concert will be held at Our Savior’s Atonement Lutheran Church on Bennett Avenue and W. 187th Street at 3 p.m.
New tool helps Spanish-speaking applicants fill out home loan paperwork
Next week a company called Homeowner Toolbox will launch a new service that will help prepare letters and forms in English.
This new service uses automated wizards to help users create pre-built (but tailored) letters in English and creates an entire loan modification package in the proper format. The system allows users to print out the entire package as a PDF and submit it via fax.
The service will cost $99.
Mayor signs legislation to register etching acid
On May 26 Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law requiring the registration for the purchase of etching acid, the chemical commonly used to scar subway car, bus and storefront windows called “scratchitti.”
Bloomberg said the scratchitti costs the city $11 million a year to replace damage done by vandals. The new law will require purchasers of the chemical to present valid photo identification prior to buying the product and requires sellers to keep detailed records of purchasers for one year. This information will be provided to the NYPD upon request to assist in anti-graffiti efforts.
Northern Manhattan City Council Member Robert Jackson co-sponsored the bill.
Protestors rally against possible closure of seven local child care centers
City Council Member Miguel Martinez, the Washington Heights Child Care Center and DC 1707, the community and social agency employees union, protested proposed budget cuts that could close seven day care centers in Northern Manhattan during a May 21 rally on W. 175th Street between St. Nicholas and Wadsworth Avenues.
“Our day care centers provide an essential service to the working poor. Supporting the closure of our day care centers equals supporting job losses and poverty in New York City,” Martinez said. “In my district alone there will be seven day care centers that will close. This would translate into a tragedy for working families in my district.”
The Manhattan Times is the bilingual newspaper of Washington Heights and Inwood.