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CDC Guideline for reopening the U.S. economy | Employment | Personal Protective Equipments


Please see this important message from the CDC concerning the future opening of the US economy. 
https://www.scribd.com/document/461485524/CDC-Guideline-for-reopening-the-U-S-economy

Charles Giovanni Vanzan Coutinho, Ph.D.
President 
Sutton Area Community (SAC)

Cannon Point Preservation Corp Litigation - Lost on Appeal


It is with sadness, that I must report to you that CPPC, the leading force in opposition to the proposed destruction of our Clara Coffey Park, has reported that their legal appeal has been rejected. Upon advice of counsel, they will no longer be contesting the matter via the courts. Please see more below from CPPC head Jim Donovan.

Charles Giovanni Vanzan Coutinho, Ph.D.
President 

Sutton Area Community (SAC)

In November 2017, we became aware of the city’s plans to extend the East Midtown Greenway south to 53rd Street and to build an access bridge to the Greenway in Clara Coffey Park at a cost of $100 Million to taxpayers. The Board analyzed this plan, developed deep seated concerns over its impact on our neighborhood and reached out to our Sutton Place neighbors. We formed Cannon Point Preservation Corp (CPPC) as a non-profit organization to represent the community’s collective opposition to this initiative. CPPC solicited help from all relevant elected officials to stop this project. Those solicitations received a lot of conversational support but little action. We spent months meeting with officials to negotiate alternative locations for the bridge. Once it became obvious that those meetings were not going to produce a positive outcome, CPPC initiated legal action against the city et al to stop the bridge. The CPPC lawsuit was heard in the NYS Supreme Court on July 30, 2019. In September 2019 we were advised that our petition for relief was denied. CPPC and its attorneys were greatly surprised and disappointed in the decision, so much so that our counsel agreed to pursue an appeal on a pro bono basis. That appeal was presented to the First Part of the NYS Supreme Court on March 18, 2020. We have now been advised by the court that our appeal has also been denied; primarily on technical legal matters, not on the substance of our arguments. Counsel advises us that there is little likelihood of success in proceeding further. So, it is with great chagrin that we announce we are abandoning further legal action. We have reached out to our Council Members to request that they move to withdraw the $100 Million in funding for this project in light of the current dramatic fiscal pressures facing the city. Perhaps we will have success in another way.





Dear SAC Members,

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It is with sadness that I must report the passing away of long-time SAC board member Fred Specht. ‘Fred’ as he was universally known was a reassuring and avuncular presence at many SAC functions over the years. With his wife, Mary Clare Bergin, Fred provided grace and charm for everyone to see. In his outfits and in his way of speaking to you, you could tell immediately that he was a gentleman of the old school. He will be most definitely missed.

Sincerely,
Charles Coutinho, Ph.D. 
President 
Sutton Area Community Inc.



Dear SAC Members,

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In these dark and troubled times, it is good to know that your friends and neighbors at Sutton Area Community (SAC) are here to help. We in return need your help in keeping this a well run organization. Accordingly, we ask that you renew your membership and if possible make a donation so that SAC can continue to help your friends and neighbors in the Sutton Place area. Sutton Area Community (SAC) is always thinking of new ways of helping to improve our neighborhood. Recently, via a handsome donation from a SAC member, we have been able to take on a volunteer who once a week cleans out the tree pits on the First Avenue. As these photographs clearly show, there is a lot to do. Just another example of how SAC is working for you. Please join us and help keep our streets clean. Remember our neighborhood is your neighborhood!n these dark and troubled times, it is good to know that your friends and neighbors at Sutton Area Community (SAC) are here to help. We in return need your help in keeping this a well run organization. Accordingly, we ask that you renew your membership and if possible make a donation so that SAC can continue to help your friends and neighbors in the Sutton Place area. Sutton Area Community (SAC) is always thinking of new ways of helping to improve our neighborhood. Recently, via a handsome donation from a SAC member, we have been able to take on a volunteer who once a week cleans out the tree pits on the First Avenue. As these photographs clearly show, there is a lot to do. Just another example of how SAC is working for you. Please join us and help keep our streets clean. Remember our neighborhood is your neighborhood!.


An ayurvedic holistic approach to COVID 19 prevention

Barbara A. Szolc, MD, Ayurvedic holistic medicine practitioner b-ayurveda.com

The situation surrounding COVID-19, which causes an acute respiratory disease, is developing quickly around the globe and across our nation. I would like to share with you few Ayurvedic tips that can help you manage this stressful time and when applied, can prevent spread of this infectious disease.


One of the most important first steps in balancing stress is to slow down. Choosing to prioritize things like adequate rest and other nourishing practices can help us stay centered. In truth, there are countless ways to nurture and care for ourselves. Those that impart a sense of grounding, relaxation, warmth, unctuousness, and stability will be best for balancing excess stress, but it is important that you follow your intuition; you know yourself best. When going through your day please follow daily routine. There are some very simple first steps to establishing a daily routine-things like waking, eating meals, going to bed at about the same times each day, and if possible, maintaining a consistent work or activity schedule. These steps alone can have a profound effect on the nervous system read more...





















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The proposed pedestrian bridge creates a divide in Sutton Place


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