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Long Waits at Food Stamps Center

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Clients at a Clinton Hill city food stamp office and job center charge they are waiting hours to get help.

On most mornings, a line stretches outside the Northern Brooklyn Food Stamp and DeKalb Job Centers on Dekalb between Skillman and Franklin Aves.

Clients and advocates charge overcrowding plague the Human Resource Administration’s food stamp and job centers in Brooklyn and throughout the city.

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Italy’s Economic Woe Hits Arthur Ave.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Larry Hines‘ quest to find the green olives he enjoyed at a restaurant years ago recently led him to Mt. Carmel Gourmet Food, a shop in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market.

The paralegal from Pelham Bay Park told the man behind the counter, Michael Navarra, that the olives he wanted were from Italy.

“They’re all from Italy,” Navarra said.

In fact, Navarra said, 90 percent of Mt. Carmel’s business comes from the sale of Italian imports. The coffee beans, espresso, Parmesan cheese, pasta, vinegar, olive oil, and tiramisu and amaretto treats are all imported.

Recent financial turmoil and social unrest in Italy have some importers and shop owners in the Bronx’s Little Italy preparing for price increases on Italian goods. Still, they remain hopeful that customers won’t turn away.

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Anti-Gang Program is a SNUG Fit

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

On a recent Tuesday night, a group of about 25 young men took turns playing basketball in a Harlem community center – but the game was as much about keeping out of trouble as about winning.

One players, who goes by “Blue,” used to be in a gang, like most of the youths on the court. But now the 19-year-old is off to Jamestown College, thanks to Operation SNUG, a program that employs streetwise mentors to help gang members escape the violent life.

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