UNIS students bring warmth to those in need

Solal, one of the students who knitted scarves that were left by the East River this winter (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

One fourth grade class at the United Nations International School is learning how to give back to the community through crafting. Humanities teachers Áine Feeney and Idoya Tapia helped their students put together a project to leave handmade scarves along the East River Promenade during a cold spell last December for people in need to pick up and use.

The project, first noted by local blog EV Grieve last month, made its debut along the East River on December 15 and Feeney said that when they went back to check on the bags about a week later, all of the scarves were gone.

“It’s possible that someone who didn’t really need it took one of the scarves, but we were also trying to teach the kids that it’s worth that risk,” Feeney said.

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Police Watch: ‘Terrorist threats’ made at UN School, Equipment ‘theft’ from Beth Israel

Police arrested 44-year-old John Butler inside the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for making terrorist threats. Police said that Butler made several threats towards students and staff on the street in front of the United Nations International School at Waterside Plaza. He allegedly said that he was God and that the school was evil.
Police said that he then made gun gestures with his hands and allegedly said that he was going to kill them and everyone in the school. He allegedly told the students that they were responsible for killing a Loyola student that died during a soccer game between the UN School and the Loyola school.
The Wall Street Journal reported on October 28 that 16-year-old Thomas Jakelich, a student at Loyola School on the Upper East Side, died after an injury at a boys’ varsity soccer game against the UN International School on Randall’s Island the previous Monday.

Twenty-year-old Imani McBride and 21-year-old Joel Alicea were arrested last Wednesday for allegedly swiping pricey medical equipment from hospitals, including Beth Israel.
According to the District Attorney’s office, McBride was seen on video surveillance entering an exam room at the Lenox Hill Healthplex at 30 Seventh Avenue while holding an empty bag on November 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. The DA’s office said that McBride left the exam room soon after with the same bag, now containing something bulky. An employee at the hospital told police that a heart rate monitor valued at $21,690 and an otoscope valued at $1,182 were missing from the room immediately after McBride left.
In an incident on October 30 of this year, McBride allegedly stole a heart rate monitor from an exam room at Beth Israel Hospital at East 16th Street and First Avenue. The DA’s office said that McBride could be seen on video surveillance entering an exam room around 11 p.m. and an employee told police that a heart rate monitor was missing soon after McBride left. Police said that a heart rate monitor was also missing from a Beth Israel exam room after McBride went in on November 3 at 2 p.m.
The District Attorney’s office said that Alicea and two other people who weren’t arrested entered Beth Israel Hospital around 11 p.m. on November 3. Alicea and the two other men allegedly entered a curtained exam area within one larger exam room, running out of a back exit of the exam area while carrying a large bag with bulky items. Police said that six heart rate monitors were missing from the larger exam room immediately after Alicea and the other men left.
Police said McBride admitted that it was him in several surveillance still photographs and he admitted that he knows Alicea from high school. Police noted that Alicea also admitted to knowing McBride from high school and admitted that it was him in surveillance photographs from the incident on November 3.

Police arrested 27-year-old Kinga Tabares for grand larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle and impaired driving at the corner of Third Avenue and East 26th Street last 12:33 a.m. The New York Post reported that the taxi driver had picked up Tabares and her friends up at Washington and Little West 12th Streets but they were so rowdy that the driver stopped at the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street to get the police. While he was inside the precinct asking for help, Tabares allegedly got into the driver’s seat and drove north on Third Avenue. Police said that they caught up with her because she stopped the car to vomit out the window of the taxi. Upon investigation, Tabares allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and bloodshot eyes, and was allegedly combative with police. She was escorted to Bellevue Hospital and police said that she refused a Breathalyzer test.

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No smoke on Ave. C, despite city warning

By Sabina Mollot

On Thursday, November 5, anyone signed up for the city Office of Emergency Management’s email alerts for things like scheduled fireworks, shots being fired, explosions or other things typically related to film shoots, got notice of a city exercise involving smoke at 23rd Street and Avenue C.

The “theatrical smoke,” the email explained, was to be part of an exercise to be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. However, like most city alerts, it came as the exercise was already set to be taking place.

By the time this reporter got over there, there was no sign of smoke and the staffers at the Solar One building at the FDR Drive and 23rd Street said they hadn’t seen any either.

We reached out to a spokesperson for OCME, who confirmed that the exercise did in deed happen, but the smoke was contained. The rep, Julie Bowlsor, explained that the alert was sent out in the event anyone did happen to see smoke. “That way they would know there’s no cause for alarm,” she said. She added that the exercise may have taken place in the general area of the aforementioned location rather than 23rd Street exactly.

Had the smoke actually been visible, it would have made an interesting visual for the hundreds of kids who were piling into the riverfront by Solar One at that time. The kids were students from the nearby United Nations International School, which was conducting a fire drill.

Upon hearing this, Bowlsor said, “We’re sorry it was not as theatrical as promised.”