First moonrise of 2018, over the Cathedral of St John the Divine. Photo by Scott Matthews.
January 2, 2018 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 28 degrees.
Mulchfest, where you can watch your Christmas tree be turned into mulch, and more local events are on our calendar.
Here are other ways to dispose of your real or fake tree.
Gotham Veterinary Center office was fined following the death of a dog in its care, the Post reports. Update: Gotham says the Post article includes “an overwhelming amount of false information.”
Gotham Veterinary Center has sent the following information that it says corrects claims from the article: “First, the veterinary technician who pulled the dog’s tooth is a licensed veterinary technician board certified in veterinary dentistry. Second, the dog had a heart condition that the treating veterinarian, Dr. Carbonell, diagnosed and reported to the owner before the surgery, which did increase the risks of undergoing anesthesia. Indeed, before agreeing to perform the tooth extraction, Dr. Carbonell referred Ms. Colton to a licensed veterinarian board certified in cardiology. The owner chose to proceed with the surgery despite the increased risk. Third, the licensed vet tech who pulled the tooth had offered to personally drive the owner and the pet to specialists in veterinary dentistry to pull the dog’s tooth. The owner declined the offers. Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, we will never know the cause of death because the owner refused Gotham’s offer of a necropsy (autopsy), which it offered to perform free of charge. The headline and thrust of the article are false and defamatory per se. There is absolutely no basis for ascribing the pet’s death to the pulling of the tooth, or to the anesthesia. Nor did the State of New York find that Gotham caused the pet’s death. The State found that Gotham—like so many veterinary practices—permitted a licensed veterinary technician to pull the dog’s tooth, and that the pulling of the tooth should have been performed by a licensed veterinarian.”
Five Douglass Housings buildings did not have heat or hot water for several days around Christmas. “Felix Ortiz says it’s colder inside than outside her Douglass Houses apartment.”
A robot has been crawling under West End Avenue, fixing a gas main, a technique that allows mains to be repaired without shutting off the gas for customers “He and Con Edison officials say that even though the gas remains flowing, there is no danger of fire or explosion because oxygen would be necessary for a spark, and the gas mains are oxygen-free. The robot enters and exits the main through a “launch tube” from which oxygen is expelled before the robot slides into the main. The robot, controlled by a technician in a trailer on the street, goes into the gas main at the start of the workday and comes out at quitting time.”
A Ballet Hispanico and La Guardia grad won the dance world’s top honor. “[Linda Celeste] Sims has been dancing since she was very young and was trained at Ballet Hispanico in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. “Dance was always in my heart and I always loved it,” Sims explained. After graduating from the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she auditioned for a spot on Ballet Hispanico’s Dance Company and performed there for a few years before auditioning for the Alvin Ailey.”
Another infuriating article about waste at the MTA, whose performance remains abysmal. Will the state do anything about it other than asking New Yorkers for more money to line the pockets of their pals. “For years, The Times found, public officials have stood by as a small group of politically connected labor unions, construction companies and consulting firms have amassed large profits.Trade unions, which have closely aligned themselves with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other politicians, have secured deals requiring underground construction work to be staffed by as many as four times more laborers than elsewhere in the world, documents show. Construction companies, which have given millions of dollars in campaign donations in recent years, have increased their projected costs by up to 50 percent when bidding for work from the M.T.A., contractors say. Consulting firms, which have hired away scores of M.T.A. employees, have persuaded the authority to spend an unusual amount on design and management, statistics indicate.”
As the chill continue this week, be sure to notify 311 if you see someone who needs help:
During a #CodeBlue, HOME-STAT outreach teams contact vulnerable individuals on their Priority Lists to ensure safety and bring them to shelter. If you see anyone at risk, especially those living on the street, please call 311. pic.twitter.com/yH66Za3xLB
— Homeless Services (@NYCDHS) January 2, 2018