A kitten escaped from a cat-adoption site in front of Barnes & Noble at 82nd and Broadway on Sunday afternoon. The kitten then ran into the Broadway median and climbed a tree. A firefighter scrambled up after it and pulled it back to safety. See, the Upper West Side is a small town! Thanks to Tom Swenson for the photo and story.
July 30, 2018 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 81 degrees.
Several free concerts and more local events this week are on our calendar.
A senior men’s discussion group is open to new members. “We meet every Tuesday from 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM at Council House on West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue and discuss events, situations, concerns and other factors that affect our lives today. Also, we revisit our past as it affects our lives today. If you continue with us Council requests an annual fee of $72. All discussions are confidential and meetings are casual.”
A group of Upper West Side moms connected by the UWS Mommas Facebook group helped a woman from North Carolina who unexpectedly delivered her baby at Mt. Sinai West several months early and needed a place to stay. “Jenna, who lives near the hospital and owns a second apartment in her building that she is trying to sell, immediately offered it to Holbert and Wallace…Upper West Side mom Toby Baldinger read the appeal and wanted to make sure the new parents had a hot meal every night without having to think about dinner. She gave her credit card to a nearby diner and told them to deliver the day’s special to the apartment every day for two weeks. Other moms started delivering home-cooked food, and one is even baking treats for the NICU nurses. Even more women donated gift cards and clothing suitable for a nursing mom.”
Speaking of ethics…Beacon Bar held an ethics salon for moms. “Next dilemma: Your best friend is committed to giving her daughter a sugar-free childhood. You spy her husband and child sidling up to Mister Softee. The husband begs you not to say anything. What do you do?”
Council Member Helen Rosenthal is sponsoring a bill to ban city businesses from offering plastic straws, because of the environmental damage they cause. Columbia Dining has announced it will be transitioning to paper straws and compostable cups.
The Upper West Side accounted for a large share of donations to rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist from the Bronx who defeated Joe Crowley in a recent Democratic congressional primary.