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Brooklyn Boy Races Against Time

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On the outside, Pietro Joseph Scarso looks like an ordinary kid.

On the inside, though, the 5-year-old Brooklyn boy is deteriorating.

That’s because Pietro is one of 3,500 boys worldwide born annually with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal degenerative disease that weakens muscles at an aggressive pace.

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Mold Takes Their Breath Away

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

NYCHA tenant Trinita Lee thought she’d finally caught a break the night in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy slammed into her Coney Island development.

She and her six children had lived for years with sickening black mold in their Gravesend Houses apartment — a nightmare for her children, ages 6 to 19, all of whom are asthmatic.

She’d fought for years with NYCHA to clean it up, and says beyond quick fixes — painting over the problem — the mold festered and her children suffered.

So when Sandy struck, she was delighted to learn she’d be getting a new apartment at the optimistically named Hope Gardens in Bushwick.

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This story was reported in conjunction with the New York Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor. – See more at: http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2014/12/molds-still-growing-problem/#sthash.ZAsFFmxp.dpuf

Mold’s Still a Growing Problem

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx.

And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.

His parents say his asthma has grown worse with the spread of dark mold across the bathroom ceiling caused by a leaky pipe in the family’s three-bedroom apartment at the Castle Hill Houses.

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This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

A Backpack Full of Inspiration

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Scot and Jacq Tatelman started STATE Bags after realizing that a new backpack could make a big difference in a child’s life. Their high-energy backpack giveaway at P.S. 208 in Harlem was filled with confidence-building life advice.

Fighting to Keep a Head Start

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Extending Gingerbread Lane

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Big Ride Through Little New York

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Blind Marathoner’s Race to Help

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Halloween’s a Family Affair

Saturday, November 1st, 2014