Becca Glasser-Baker

NY adoptees can receive a certified birth certificate at 18

Governor Cuomo signed new legislation, allowing for 18-year-old adoptees to receive their certified birth certificates. Gov. Cuomo hopes that this helps ensure that adoptees are provided the right to information about their birth and biological parents. Governor Cuomo said in a press release, “...

Friday, November 15, 2019, 1:02 PM

Philly city program paints boarded homes

North Philly is full of boarded-up homes, and those homes are about to get a bit of a makeover.  There’s a new city initiative called the Community Life Improvement Program, but most people call it CLIP. As part of this program, painters go around Philly and stencil, paint, or cover up...

Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:32 AM

The Best Holiday Markets to Shop in NYC 2019

New York City Holiday markets are nothing short of iconic. Despite being flooded with tourists at any given time this holiday season, New York City holiday markets are quintessential. No matter what kind of gift you’re looking for, chances are one of these markets has it. From the perfect gift for...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:10 PM

Mayor de Blasio introduces Outreach NYC

The de Blasio administration announced the launch of Outreach NYC on Thursday.  Outreach NYC is a brand new, citywide, multi-agency effort to help homeless New Yorkers across the boroughs. The goal of the initiative is to help unsheltered New Yorkers transition off of the subways and streets...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:19 PM

Fire deaths have increased in Philly, leading the Fire Department to increase recruits

Statistics show that more people have died in Philly fires this year than in any other time besides 2014.  To combat the increase of fire deaths, Philly has upped the number of firefighters they have hired. This is the 196th class of new firefighters coming out of Philly.  The...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:12 PM

Vigil held for 10-year-old fighting for his life

Last week, a ten-year-old boy was shot in the head on his way home from school.  The ten-year-old boy, Semaj O'Branty, was shot on November 6, while walking home from school in the Frankford area of Philly.  On Wednesday night, church members held a prayer vigil for the boy who is still...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:06 PM

NYPD officers harassed by dirt bike riders in the Bronx

New video footage shows NYPD officers being taunted by dirt bike riders in the Bronx. NYPD shared the video of officers being taunted on social media in hopes someone will come forward with more information.  The Twitter thread read, “WANTED for Obstruction of Governmental...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:04 PM

7 Must-see concerts to see in NYC this winter

There’s nothing that warms you up quite like dancing and singing to your favorite songs. This winter, it’s time to get cozy. Musicians from around the world are making their debut or returning to the Big Apple to perform this winter. Here seven must-see winter concerts in New York City. ...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:02 PM

The Ultimate Guide to Aruba

Are you looking for somewhere warm and sunny to go this holiday season? Do you dream about white sand beaches and aquamarine oceans? If your answer is yes, look no further then Aruba. The Caribbean island is a popular spot to visit for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few reasons why you should...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:32 PM

MTA announces the expansion of OMNY

OMNY, the contactless fare payment system is growing in popularity in the subway system.  The new contactless system surpassed three million taps on November 5. Since OMNY is doing so well, the MTA has unveiled the next stations where OMNY will be available, starting next month.  The...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 3:09 PM

The legal age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes has been raised

In New York, the legal age to purchase tobacco and e-cigs is officially 21.  Although the news of the age raise is not new, the law officially went into action on November 13, 2019. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that with the age raise, he hopes to prevent young adults from getting addicted to...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:48 PM

Here’s what Americans really think about Thanksgiving foods

A new study by Grubhub shows just what Americans are really eating and enjoying on Thanksgiving. The study breaks down what dishes are the most coveted during this holiday season, and some of the results are quite shocking. It turns out that Thanksgiving’s most popular foods are breakfast options...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:44 PM

Philly woman charged for abusing and murdering a 4-year-old girl

On Tuesday, the caretaker of Zya Singleton, a 4-year-old girl was charged.  ABC reports that Philly PD are calling this “potentially one of the worst cases of child abuse anyone has ever seen.” The caretaker, identified as Samilya Brown, 38, was charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:33 PM

NY Courts officially add transgender, nonbinary & other gender options to jury documents

New York’s court system is expanding the gender options on jury documents to include people who identify as transgender, nonbinary, intersex, and other.  A state court spokesperson, Lucian Chalfen, told CBS that the judicial system is aiming to have the updated juror information cards, ready...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:43 PM

Officials team up to combat anti-Semitic violence in Brooklyn

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and Borough President Eric L. Adams, plus local elected officials, local faith leaders and other community partners are teaming up to combat anti-Semitic violence in Brooklyn. There are 600,000 Jewish people in Brooklyn, including a large population...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:12 PM

500 Philly teachers talk to NBC about all things education

NBC surveyed 500 educators about paying for classroom supplies, quitting, school violence and more. NBC reports that the survey was answered by over 500 city teachers, but ultimately the study was sent to 3,000 people who work within Philly schools. The survey had 18 questions, which covered all...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:27 PM

Masked Suspects target Mall of America and the American Dream Mall CEO

NYPD wants your help catching the masked men who broke into a Bronx home and stole over $100,000 worth of valuables. NYPD shared a video of the suspects on their Twitter page, which read, “WANTED for a Burglary inside of 5051 Grosvenor St. #Fieldston #Bronx  @NYPD50Pct On 11/9/19 @ 5:16 PM...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:21 PM

Emotional Support dog stolen in Brooklyn

Police are looking for a dog that was stolen from outside a Brooklyn McDonald’s.  The incident occurred on the night of November 7, NBC reports. The missing dog is a 2-year-old pit bull named Havoc. NBC reports that the dog’s owner is named Nicole Polsinelli, and Havoc is her emotional...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:03 PM

An 11-year-old boy is latest gunfire victim in Philly

On Monday, an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed in West Philly.  Inqurier.com reports that the incident took place right before noon in the 5700 block of Haddington Lane in Overbrook. It was reported that the boy had been shot in the chest.  The 11-year-old’s older brother, who is 19...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 3:19 PM

Viral video of churro vendor sparks major NYPD backlash

A video has gone viral on Twitter after footage of a woman selling churros within a Brooklyn subway was arrested by NYPD.  The video was shared on social media by Sofia Newman on Friday and the tweet read, “Tonight as I was leaving Broadway Junction, I saw three or four police officers (one...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 3:16 PM