Vital and free health services; Cancellation of admission to school; Chess Cheat – West Side Rag

“Crossing Broadway.” Photo by Stephen Harmon.

By Carol Tannenhauser

Monday, October 3, 2022
Cloudy with showers in the morning. A high of 57 degrees.

There are many local events on our calendar! Click on the link or the woman in the upper right corner.

Vital and free health services are available this week by State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, in partnership with Mount Sinai, Goddard Riverside and the Italian American Cancer Society.

* Free flu shots, Thursday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center at 250 West 65 Street, between Amsterdam and West End Avenues. Appointments are required. Call 212-873-6368 or email [email protected] to reserve a seat.

* Free mammograms, Friday, October 7. A mammogram screening event will be held in front of Rosenthal’s district office at 230 West 72nd Street. Registrations are possible from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anyone aged 40 to 79 who has not had a check-up in the last year can attend. No insurance required. To make an appointment, email [email protected] or call the office at 212-873-6368.

Vera wrote: “Hi WSR! I found a ring near the Big Hill in Central Park in Friday. Could you help me find the owner?” Sure. If you have lost a ring, email [email protected] and we will put you in touch with Vera.

The educational pendulum has swung again. Mayor Eric Adams rescinded former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s admissions guidelines to the city’s selective middle schools and most elite high schools. Those admissions standards were lowered by de Blasio in the pangs of the pandemic (when standardized testing was suspended). The existing lottery system was expanded to include a wider range of students in order to increase the integration of those schools that have historically had relatively fewer black and Hispanic students. On Thursday, David Banks, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, announced that “selective high schools in New York can once again use grades to choose which students to admit … Selective high schools will also be able to prioritize students with the highest -high scores,” The New York Times reported.

Last April, Adams and Banks also restored and expanded the city’s gifted and talented program, which de Blasio had been phasing out. Policymakers and educators have long struggled with two competing goals: bringing more equity to the admissions process while keeping middle-class families in the public school system. “I don’t want to discourage hard work,” Banks said. “I think it’s really important that if you work hard and get graded, you don’t get thrown into the lottery with everybody.”

Banks “threads the needle,” the Daily News said in an editorial. “It is essential that, [he] recognizes that there are brilliant kids capable of extraordinary achievement in every corner of New York, which is why he’s also creating new accelerated high schools with Local Priority Entry in Brownsville, the South Bronx and Southeast Queens — and promising more rigorous instruction in unreviewed high schools. “

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Two Upper West Side restaurantsChick ChickKorean fried chicken and blacksmith, serving Mexican food — have been named 2022 Michelin “Bib Gourmands.” “These are restaurants where diners can, in the eyes of Michelin inspectors, order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for under $49,” Eater explained. “The awards, considered serious recognition among some chefs and observers, are considered a consolation prize by others as these venues will not be eligible for stars this year.” The stars will be announced on October 6.

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Finally, a chess grandmaster with a chess school at 110 West 79nd Street (Columbus-Amsterdam) — Max Chess Academy — admitted to cheating repeatedly in past tournaments. “Maxim Dlugi was banned in 2017 and 2020 for repeatedly cheating in its tournaments, according to emails reviewed by Motherboard in which Dlugy admitted cheating,” Vice reported. “They include a long explanation from Dlugi in which he says that students from his chess academy watched him play in tournament and that one of them uses chess AI [program] to feed him moves.” Dlugi said: “I promise it won’t happen again.” Dlugi is the coach of Hans Niemann, one of the world’s top chess players, who was also recently accused of cheating. (Thanks to Michael for the tip.)

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