KHCC creates program tailored to tweens


The Kingsbridge Heights Community Center has partnered with three local schools to give students not only homework help but other fun activities as well.

The center is working with P.S. 95 Sheila Mencher, Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy and IN-Tech Academy through its School’s Out New York City After School program, providing sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders tutoring, chances to learn about robotics, gaming, dancing, and even studying early college courses. They also get dinner.

The program runs at 3101 Kingsbridge Terrace Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., and as late as 9 for older middle school students.

It also runs Saturdays at 11 a.m.

For more information on the free program, call (718) 884-0700, Ext.186.


Safety provided through stickers

If you see a sticker on the back of a car that says “Slow” or “New Driver,” you may have a Manhattan College student to thank for the heads up.

Harrison Pietrzak is the creator of safRide, a company focused on decreasing accidents for novice drivers. Remembering how stressed he was as a new driver, Pietrzak created a way of communicating that to others on the road.

He developed a yellow caution sign sticker that can be placed on the back of car windows, which lets other motorists know the driver ahead is still new to the road.

“Harrison has a good idea and has been doing well with his personal outreach to parents and PTA groups,” said Carolyn Predmore, Manhattan’s professor of management and marketing, in a release. “We want to help him expand further. Combining his own research with current data shows evidence that these signs will be helpful for reducing rear-end accidents in new drivers.”