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Volume XXI • Number 5 • January 30 - February 5, 2014 •


Dinowitz demands ‘back to basics’ in schools Albany- Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) has drafted and will soon introduce legislation that would require both cursive writing and memorization of the multiplication table to be part of the basic education curriculum in New York. With the implementation of Common Core in New York State, students are more and more often skipping once fundamental elements of their educational foundation. Currently, there is no requirement in the Common Core for students to be taught cursive writing or to memorize the multiplication table. The new Dinowitz legislation would require that these two fundamental building blocks of our children’s education are kept in schools, even if they are not required as part of any

of the now numerous standardized tests students are subjected to. “The notion that a pupil could graduate from 12 years of education without knowing how to sign his or her name in cursive is unacceptable,” Dinowitz said. “Additionally, the ability for pupils to show competency in basic multiplication through a proven method schools have used for years is of the utmost importance.” The legislation would amend section 801 of the New York State education law, which requires certain elements of the state’s education curriculum to be maintained and implemented in order to create well rounded students that are well versed in subject matters deemed

fundamental throughout the years. Cursive writing and knowledge of the multiplication table would thus be deemed “fundamental” and as a result would be required in schools. “As schools move more and more to ‘teaching to the test’ and away from what once was considered essential parts of a child’s learning process, I am hopeful that this legislation will keep what I consider to be crucial components of one’s education part of the curriculum,” Dinowitz said. “We can adhere to the Common Core curriculum, while at the same time ensuring our children know how to read and write in cursive as well as perform basic multiplication. The two are in no way mutually exclusive.”

Elected officials speak their mind at Sunday’s Whitehall lunch By JEFF KLAPPER Last Sunday,Riverdale’s elected officials addressed hot button issues at a brunch at the Whitehall building, among Riverdale’s most prestigious addresses. Riverdale’s political firepower was packed in a basement card room as State Senator Jeffrey Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, City Councilman Andrew Cohen, and Congressman Eliot Engel spoke to the audience between bagels and sips of coffee. The talk had the flavor of a town hall meeting but it was restricted to Whitehall residents and their guests. The talk neither had the decorum nor official tone of a pre-election debate. It was more like having political movers and shakers over for coffee in your living room. Len Daykin, coordinator of special events at the Whitehall, planned the event and emceed the talk. He decided that since 2014 is an election year he would put aside the regular diet of movies and performers and present the four elected officials who govern Riverdale. Daykin opened the talk by introducing Eliot Engel in absentia as Elliot was no where to be found. Daykin rattled off Engel’s accomplishments like a dean bestowing awards at graduation. Engel is a ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Human rights and sponsored a bill to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. In the middle of Daykin’s introduction Engel bolted in out of the blue. Speaking of the devil! The first words out of the Congressman’s mouth were that he has ants in his pants because he has to catch a plane in only an hour and change. You wondered at what point of his discussion

of Iranian disarmament would he stop in mid-sentence, drop his papers, and jump into a waiting cab. Engel stressed his unwavering support for Israel in Congress and was happy that there is strong bi-partisan support for Israel in Congress. Engel did not mention any particular Israel issue on his agenda. He expressed antipathy toward the Iranian regime and feels Obama and western countries are simply appeasing Tehran.”I don’t trust them, I don’t believe them” The sanctions have been loosened without Tehran being forced to produce real concessions, even as they continue to enrich bomb- producing uranium and the centrifuges spin. Closer to home, Engel thinks the economy is turning around but to make a dent in unemployment the country should revive the massive federal work projects of Roosevelt’s “new deal” to improve the nations infrastructure Eliot is for recognizing “undocumented immigrants”. “You can’t put your head in the sand.. and pretend 13 million people don’t exist”. Keeping one eye on the clock, without fielding questions, the congressman dashes out of the room, his coattails flying, as he takes off for the friendly skies. He wouldn’t say where to. Washington? Tel-Aviv. Vegas? Engel literally flew the coup, leaving a trio of politicos that were introduced as the “dream team.” State senator Jeffrey Klein took his turn at bat. Echoing Engel’s concern with Israel, he slammed the American Studies Association, an organization of U.S. Colleges that has boycotted Israeli institutions and profes-

sors. “these geniuses decided to meddle in scholastic freedom and decided to boycott Israel” This week Klein is pushing a bill that would withdraw New York state funds for colleges that boycott Israel. Domestically, Klein brims with pride at having sponsored the New York Safe Act, a comprehensive ban on guns and assault weapons, which is the toughest in the country. Klein turned his attention to economic issues: He pushed to raise N. Y’s minimum wage to nine dollars an hour(effective next year) and is for tax cuts to put more money in consumers’

pockets. He supports child care tax credits to defray New York’s exorbitant cost ($5000-$15000 per child) of child care, the highest in America. Klein endorses a Veteran s tax credit ,granting $5,000 in tax credits to anyone who employs a veteran. Klein endorses a tax credit that would exempt consumers from taxes on increases in utility bills. He supports the New York State E.P.I.C .(Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) a program that assists poor senior citizens (annual income under $35,000) with the costs of prescription drugs. Klein wants to increase the eligibility ceiling

to $75,000). The audience he was speaking to contained many senior citizens. Jeffrey Klein said his peace. Now it was the turn of the the other “Jeffrey”, Riverdale’s nine- term assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz, to speak. Dinowitz in twenty years has become a walking landmark of Riverdale, who can be spotted on the streets chatting with store owners, policemen, and teachers. Dinowitz was the first to address neighborhood issues and reminded the audience that he lives right near the Whitehall and as a neighbor understands Continued on Page 9

At this weekend’s Legislative Bagels and Brunch event, sponsored by the Whitehall Co-op Board. Pictured in the photo are Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, State Senator Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen and members of the Whitehall Co-op Board including, Judy Sonnett (second from the left) and Len Daykin (between Klein and Dinowitz).

Carol Eber succumbs after long illness Carol Mae (Pollock) Eber was born on May 4, 1945 in Demarest, New Jersey to Helen and Robert Pollock. Both her parents were professional musicians and music teachers in northern New Jersey. Bob was stationed in Germany, fighting in World War II the day Carol was born. Carol graduated with honors from Northern Valley High School in 1963. As a teenager, her true passion was teaching bible study at the Demarest Baptist Church and serving as a camp counselor at Camp Lebanon, also in New Jersey. After graduating from Denison University (Granville, Ohio) in 1967, Carol worked for over a dozen years in New York City’s welfare and court systems. Carol married Stuart Eber on Father’s Day 1973. Carol and Stu had two sons, David and Michael. In 1979, Carol and her family moved to Riverdale, where she volunteered for the P.S. 81 Parents Association, the Riverdale Neighborhood House and served as a member of the 5601 Riverdale Avenue Co-op Board. Carol was a committed teacher from the start of her tenure at C.E.S. 11 in the South Bronx, where she began working in 1986. She retired from full-time teaching in June 2002, ready to start the next phase




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At the beginning of his second full term in office, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is outlining some of the continuing priorities of his administration. Borough President Diaz participated in a breakfast forum featuring all five borough presidents on Tuesday, January 28. The event, which was hosted by Crains New York Business, was designed to give each of the borough president’s an opportunity to discuss the next four years and what is on the horizon for each of their borough’s. Borough President Diaz opened his own portion of the discussion by noting his borough’s biggest challenge, stating that getting the story of the “New Bronx” across to others was the most important priority of his next term. This is no longer the Bronx of the 1970s... this is the New Bronx,” said Borough President Diaz. The borough president went on to note that several major projects have come to the Bronx during his first term, and that these projects are helping to drive the borough’s ongoing growth and revitalization, both in job creation and in changing the borough’s brand.  Among those projects are Freshdirect, which will save 2,000 jobs currently located in Queens while bringing 1,000 new jobs to the Bronx. Borough President

Diaz also discussed the importance of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which will bring nine ice rinks and a 5,000 seat arena to the Northwest Bronx, making the borough the home of the largest and most significant ice sports center in the nation. “This is the kind of development we

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By ANDREW WOLF Loehmann’s, the off-price clothing discount store that has already survived three bankruptcy scares has finally run out of luck. The store’s merchandise is up for liquidation and the fixtures will be sold in what appears to be the final chapter in its long and storied history. While much has been said about the contribution of the store’s matriarch, Frieda Loehmann, who opened the first store in Brooklyn, the real success of Loehmann’s has its roots right here in The Bronx., and can be traced to Frieda’s more aggressive son, Charles C. Loehmann. It was an unfortunate event in 1916 that got the Loehmanns into the clothing business in the first place. Frieda’s husband, also named Charles, was a concert flutist who earned his income through his musical talent. But he developed a paralyzed lip and could no longer play, forcing his wife to step in and help the family stat afloat. Mrs. Loehmann got a job as a coat buyer for a fashionable department store. In 1921, with just $800, she opened her own women’s clothing store in a vacant store beneath her Crown Heights apartment in Brooklyn which was called “The Original Designer Outley.” Her business plan was simple: she made daily trips to the garment district with a roll of cash tucked into what was described as her “black bloomers.” She went door-to-door, offering to buy out the seasonal overstock of garment center designers at a fraction of the regular wholesale cost, paying them on the spot in cash. Her store was an immediate success. But while Frieda was a woman of vision and drive, that vision was limited to the borders of her Brooklyn world. Her son Charles saw more, much more. This led to a famous family feud that led to Charles breaking off on his own. So while the original store at 1476 Bedford

Avenue thrived under the mother’s stewardship, Charles set his sights on the lucrative Fordham Road shopping area in The Bronx. He opened his store there in 1930, and it quickly became a huge success. The die was cast for expansion, but under two separate companies: Frieda’s and Charles’. Frieda Loehmann continued making her trips to the Garment Center until just two weeks before she died at age 86 in 1962. She had bought the building that the store was located in, and remained in the apartment above the store until her death. The store below became famous for its over-the-top opulence. And why not? Frieda looked upon it as part of her home. When Frieda died, her heirs quickly sold the building and closed the landmark Brooklyn store. So famous was this original store that a local competitor acquired it and set out to duplicate to original Loehmann’s opulence. In 1976, the new owner sold the building to New Life Tabernacle Church. The selling floor retains its fancy décor and is used as a banquet and events hall. But meanwhile. Charles C. Loehmann’s dream of expansion became a reality, with the company operating as many as 38 locations throughout the country when Charles C. Loehmann died in 1977 at the age of 83. Meanwhile in The Bronx, Loehmann’s moved from East Fordham Road to West Fordham Road, and then finally to the site of the old Kelton’s Skating Rink on Broadway, where it remains today. It is widely thought that the owners of the new shopping mall now under construction on the old Stella D’Oro factory site immediately to the north, could acquire the adjoining Loehmann’s site. Others have suggested it as the perfect location for a new Whole Foods Supermarket. But it appears that the nine-lives existence of Loehmann’s is coming to an end.

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Beloved SAR asst. principal is Catholic Schools Week Mystery Skype Event

Catholic Schools Week (1/26 - 2/1) is a nationwide event that celebrates Catholic education in the United States. St. Margaret of Cortona School is observing this special week with many fun and education events for the students.  These events focus on the value Catholic education provides, and it’s contributions to our church, community and nation. On Wednesday, St. Margaret of Cortona’s fourth grade class will be paired up with the 4th grade from Sacred Heart School on Staten Island for an event that encourages the development of map reading and geographical knowledge while integrating technology into the classroom.  Using Skype as a vehicle, classes meet and ask each other questions to try to determine where in the world  their partner school is located.  During the project, students describe, interpret, analyze and organize their peers answers.  At the conclusion of the call, the students exchange in-

formation about their school’s name and share a prayer.

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Diaz discusses second term priorities Continued from Page 2 like to see in the Bronx,” said Borough President Diaz in an interview conducted after the event. “When the next Mark Messier or Sarah Hughes takes the world by storm, they might be a Bronxite.” Borough President Diaz also spoke of the redevelopment of Ferry Point Park into a new PGA-style golf course, created by Donald Trump, as a major boost for the image of the borough.  “That used to be a garbage dump, a landfill,” said Borough President Diaz, “and now it’s going to be hosting professional golf tournaments.”  Borough President Diaz said later that his administration would also focus on creating new housing and possibly bringing a movie studio to the borough. He also noted that, perhaps the most important project in the pipeline for the borough was the East Bronx Metro North expansion plan, which Governor Andrew Cuomo supported in his recent “State of the State” address.  That proposal would use existing tracks to bring new Metro North stations to Co-op City, Parkchester, Morris Park and Hunts Point.  In May of last year, Borough President Diaz and State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein jointly released a report outlining the economic benefits of the East Bronx Metro North Expansion Plan.  That report projected project that the

Metro North expansion plan will create 5,400 new jobs, increase home values by more than $140,000, and increase business activity in the Bronx by more than $1 billion.  Borough President Diaz also discussed landmarking, and noted that it has, in some cases, prevented the city from taking advantage of development opportunities. “I’ve evolved on (landmarking),” said Borough President Diaz, who noted during the event that landmark rules made it more challenging to develop the Kingsbridge Armory and have contributed to the ongoing issues surrounding P.S. 31 on the Grand Concourse.

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Fordham’s Multiethnic Church A few years following the 1841 arrival of the new Harlem River railroad with its station the company named Fordham, a small village began to grow around the depot. In time, a small hotel, a general store and a tavern were built nearby. To the west, a number of small frame cottages erected some thirty years earlier to house farmworkers on the Valentine property stood on the hill by the road to the King’s Bridge. The new Catholic College of St. John abutted the tracks to the east. All the roads in this suburbanizing rural village were unpaved. It was at this time that some residents met to create the Fordham United Methodist Church. Initially, they worshipped in each other’s homes until they could build their first church structure. They acquired property on Marion Avenue, one block west of Webster Avenue, north of 194th Street. There, they constructed a small one-story frame structure. In front, there was a wooden double door with one narrow window on each side. Two windows on each of the building’s flanks helped illuminate the sanctuary interior. The roof was peaked as if the church were a simple house. The front

over the eave, however, did bear a small round rose window. The entire structure, symmetrical and pleasant to look at, was painted white. All ethnic groups were welcome. By 1892, the population of the area had grown. On the northwest corner of Marion Avenue and Fordham Road, a new one-story brick church bearing a square crenellated bell tower was built. Lack of money meant that the Sunday School space was used as the sanctuary by moving back the sliding walls of the classrooms. A gymnasium was erected by the church in 1933. Plans were made for a still newer church. The 1892 structure was demolished in 1767. Services were held in the gym for almost two years. Everything installed in the modern-style brick church structure was donated. A Catholic, Dr. Daniel Mantoccio, donated the pulpit, and Benjamin Boboff, a Jew, donated the front panel and several pews. When Hispanics began moving into the area, the Fordham United Methodist Church organized Spanish-speaking worship in 1976, thus continuing its long-standing tradition of being a multiethnic church.



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The Riverdale Neighborhood House invites the public to a very special evening on skates. Shake off those winter blues! Join families, friends and supporters for the Second Annual RNH Glide-a-thon. Help RNH continue its mission to serve as a center for our community! A private session and fundraiser at Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink (242nd Street & Broadway) will be held on Monday, February, 10th from 6:30 till 8:30pm $50 per family ($55 at the door), $25 per individual ($30 at the door). Skates Rentals and Refreshments included. Reserve your spot today @ Or call 718-549-8100 ext 123. Since our founding in 1872, Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) has partnered with the residents of the Northwest Bronx to build and sustain a healthy and productive community. RNH delivers firstrate educational and social services to the entire community: children, teens, seniors and families. RNH programs strengthen the social fabric of our community and enhance the quality of life for our neighbors.

Rising Stars presents ‘All Shook Up’

The talented teens of the award-winning Riverdale Rising Stars proudly present ‘All Shook Up,’ a musical comedy featuring the hits of Elvis Presley, for a limited engagement of seven performances only. Rock & roll-loving audiences of all ages can catch this show January 30 - February 9, 2014. In ‘All Shook Up,’ It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes

everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with the rock & roll classics of Elvis Presley, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love,’ and many, many more! Featuring a cast hailing from Riverdale, Yonkers, Upper Manhattan, and beyond, performances of ‘All Shook Up’ will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (just off of Riverdale Avenue and West 256th Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. Performance schedule and prices: Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 pm special $10 preview performance; Saturday, February 1 at 8 pm; Sunday, February 2 at 2 pm; Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, February 8 at 8 pm; Sunday, February 9 at 2 pm and 6 pm Except for the $10 preview performance on Thursday January 30, tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors and students if purchased online at, or $22 for adults and $14 for seniors and students if purchased at the door prior to showtime. Tickets are also available by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. For group sales, please email

Put some soul into your Sunday

There is no better way to start your week than feeding both your body and soul. Join us at Chabad of Riverdale each Sunday morning, from February 2-March 9, from 9:45-11:15 am. Choose from one of the three programs listed below, and enjoy a dose of inspiration along with a delicious breakfast.

To Be a Jew in the Free World: This will give you the opportunity to make sense of your personal Jewishness; it will help you overcome perceived incompatibilities between Judaism and modern society; and it will provide you with the clarity and conviction to pass on a legacy of Jewish pride to the next generation. Feed Your Soul with these four great classes: Kabbalah & the Parshah, Practical Jewish Law, Talmud for Dummies, Understanding Prayer - how to follow the prayer book & the order of prayer services. Bar Mitzvah Club: When a boy reaches the age of thirteen, he is ready to step beyond childhood, and commit to life as a Jewish adult. Our program emphasizes the importance of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, rather than only focus on the celebrations surrounding the milestone. Register online for our Bar Mitzvah Club at For more information, or if you would like to sponsor a Soul Breakfast in honor or memory of a loved one, call 718-5491100 Ext. 10

Serrano: Postal Service must halt historic building sales

Congressman José E. Serrano explained that multiple provisions included in the omnibus appropriations bill unveiled recently urged the U.S. Postal Service to halt sales of historic post office buildings. One provision tells the USPS to wait on the sales until after the release of a pending Inspector General report on their legality. The other provision directs the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to issue a report on how to ensure the USPS follows the law in its sales of historic properties. The Inspector General report, requested by Rep. Serrano, will also examine whether the USPS is following applicable historic preservation laws in their historic building sales procedures and whether they have solicited sufficient public input in this

process. Many feel that the laws have been skirted in these sales. ‘The language in the omnibus appropriations bill is clear: the USPS needs to put sales of historic Post Offices on hold while we wait to see what the Inspector General’s report and the ACHP reports say,’ said Congressman Serrano. ‘I believe that these sales have been conducted in a manner that does not fully comply with federal historic preservation laws. I understand the USPS has a serious revenue problem and is trying hard to bring costs in line with outlays, but selling off historic properties to the highest bidder without following the appropriate procedures is completely unacceptable. I expect the USPS to immediately halt all pending sales and comply with the legislative language included in the omnibus bill.’ Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is Ranking Member of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the federal payment to the United States Postal Service.

Rotary Club sponsors Library Reading Hour

Youngsters 3-12 years old are invited to participate in the Reading Program on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Kingsbridge Library, 291 W. 231st St., 1-1:45PM. Readers will be grouped by skill level and encouraged to read, helped with pronunciation and word understanding, and for those without reading skills, interpret pictures. There is no charge for participation. The Rotary Club of Riverdale is part of Rotary International and sponsors the library reading project as a local community service. Volunteers who would like to help in this once monthly program, first Saturday of the month, except for holiday weekends, are invited to contact Karen Pesce, 718-549-4469.

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Chabad of Riverdale is excited to introduce the following weekly youth programs that are designed to appeal to Jewish children of different ages and backgrounds. All programs will take place at Chabad of Riverdale, 535 W. 246th Street, Riverdale, NY. Shabbat: Junior Congregation: 10:45 am-12:00 pm: We offer two Junior Congregation groups, one for ages 2-6 and another for ages 7 & up. Free of charge. Sunday: Bar Mitzvah Club: February 2-March 9: 9:45-11:15 am: When a boy reaches the age of thirteen, he is ready to step beyond childhood, and commit to life as a Jewish adult. The program emphasizes the importance of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, rather than only focus on the celebrations surrounding the milestone. In the Bar Mitzvah Club, students will celebrate the deeper meaning of becoming a Bar Mitzvah and explore many of the commandments in the Torah. Interactive discussion groups on various Jewish topics will also add depth and perspective to a Bar Mitzvah student’s preparation. Register online at Monday: StoryTime! 3:00-3:45 pm: This lovely program is geared toward children aged 3-5, who gather each Monday for a special story and snacks. Wednesday: Release Time 2:00-3:15 pm: Release Time is designed for PS 24 students who want to learn about their Jewish heritage while building meaningful friendships with other Jewish children. Children are picked up each week from

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Chabad announces weekly youth programs

PS 24 at 2:00 pm (by Exec-You-Van) and are brought to Chabad of Riverdale. Pickup at 3:15 pm is from Chabad, 535 West 246th Street. Thursday: Jewish Fun for Preschoolers 3:15-4:15 pm: Jewish Fun for Preschoolers is geared toward preschoolers aged 3-5 who are in a secular program (or whose parents want to supplement their current Jewish knowledge). This weekly program will give your child a love for everything Jewish as they learn, play, and sing their way through the Jewish calendar. To register for our youth programs, and to find out about fees, please call our office at 718-549-1100 Ext.10 or visit our website

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Thursday, January 30 Spuyten Duyvil

TODDLER TIME 10:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A 30 minute program for 18 month olds to 39 months old in the company of a parent and/or caregiver. The program is conducted on a ticketing basis (first come, first served) . The program content consists of books, music, rhymes, shakers and /or scarves. Please try to arrive at the library by no latter than 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


OPEN COMPUTER LAB 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Come to the Riverdale Library and get assistance on using the computers. Do you need to learn how to open a free e-mail account or practice going online and exploring the Internet? How about learning how to save a document or copy and paste text? Come to this open lab and ask questions and learn from doing. First come, first served. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


WRITER’S CIRCLE 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Are you an aspiring writer? Join our writer’s group to share your work and get feedback from other members. All types of writing are welcome, whether it’s fiction, memoir, poetry, or other! For more information, call 718-548-5656.

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CB8 MEETING 7:30 p.m. Kingsbridge Hts. Community Center 3101 Kingsbridge Terrace Meeting of the Health, Hospitals & Social Services Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718-884-3959.

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FOREIGN FILM 10 a.m. Riverdale Y Senior Center 5625 Arlington Avenue Featuring the film, ‘Certified Copy,’ French romantic comedy. A delicious and nutritious lunch will follow. No reservations needed. Suggested contribution for lunch $2.25. For more information, call 718-548-8200.


STAY WELL EXERCISE 10 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC’s Department for the Aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. Those participating in the exercises must sign an activity release form. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


BABY STORYTIME 11:30 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/ caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Let your voice be heard in the Kingsbridge Library’s Teen Advisory Group! TAG meetings will be held on Friday afternoons from 4-5 pm. If you are a 7th -12th grade student, you are eligible to join. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Saturday, February 1 Kingsbridge

ROTARY CLUB READ ALOUD 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Rotary Club of Riverdale Read Aloud for children ages 5-12 yrs. old. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


MOVIE TIME 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Come watch some classic movies, old favorites, and new releases on the little silver screen. This month’s movie will be Singin’ in the Rain (1952). For more information, call 718-548-5656.

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CHARLES DICKENS READINGS 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street The Friends of Dickens, New York -The Dickens Fellowship will present dramatic readings from: David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers and more. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

Monday, February 3 Spuyten Duyvil

KNITTING & CROCHET 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A get-together for knitters & crocheters at all skill levels to exchange information, learn new techniques while working on current projects. Registration not required. For info, call 718-796-1202.


KNITTING CIRCLE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Gather with other knitters, and perhaps pick up a few tips and tricks as you work on your own creations. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


MEDITATION 6 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Feel the energy within. Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique. It helps reduce stress and increase wellness. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Tuesday, February 4 Riverdale

e-READER HELP 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Learn how to download free e-books from the New York Public Library. Get help on using your iPad, Kindle or other tablet or e-reader. First come, first served. Tuesdays @ 11:00 a.m. (some exceptions, please check the online calendar or branch calendar) Wednesdays between 2 and 4 p.m. by appointment only. Please call Lynda at 718-549-1212 to make an appointment.

Van Cortlandt

LECTURE 1 p.m. Van Cortlandt Senior Center 3880 Sedgwick Avenue Latinos al Frente group will host guest speaker David Badillo, Associate Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College, who will present “The Changing Face of NYC Immigrants: Past, Present, and Future.” For more information, call 718-549-4700.




SCRABBLE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue If words work you up and crossword puzzles keep you going, come to Riverdale and share your passion with friends every Tuesday afternoon for a lively game of Scrabble. Pre-registration required. For more information, call, 718-549-1212.

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TAI CHI 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This is an adult program. Registration is required. This is a developmental program and participants are expected to make a weekly commitment. Due to limited space and a high demand, participants will be chosen by a lottery. Please call the branch at 718-549-1212 to add your name to the list.


COMPUTER ASSISTANCE 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Come to the Riverdale branch and sit down with a Librarian for a 30 minute individualized computer appointment. Learn how to open a new e-mail account, save documents, browse the Internet, download NYPL e-books, etc. Make a list and ask questions. E-reader, tablet and smart phone users are welcome. Wednesdays 2 - 4 p.m. by appointment only. Call 718-549-1212.


MEMOIR WRITING 12 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Learn memoir-style short story writing in this free 8-week workshop series for adults 55+ lead by teaching artists Lauren Jost and Annie Montgomery. Participants will work with peers to tell, write, and edit a short story based on a memory from their life which they will present at the culminating event. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


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knowing how to sign his or her name in cursive is unacceptable. To say that its OK for kids to rely on the keyboard and the calculator is not right.” The issue of the proposed “L.G. Tower” in Engelwood Cliffs, New Jersey came up. An electronics company wants to build a tall building that will deface the Palisades skyline. It is the sweeping views of the Hudson and the Palisades that draw many tenants to the Whitehall and keeps the rents high. Mr. Klein said while Engelwood Cliffs has no zoning regulations there was a tacit agreement over the last 150 years that they would not build any structure over the tree line. That understanding is being now challenged and Cohen is speaking out against it. He has the support of the other three officials and all have signed an amicus Curie (“friend of the court”) brief to stop the proposed construction. At least there was one area in which all four agreed.

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Continued from Page 1 residents’ concerns. Like all the other officials, he emphasized his accessibility to constituents. His office on Kingsbridge Avenue is open to the public on a walkin basis. Like a school principal who tells students that if they’re in trouble his office is down the hall. Now it was Dinowitz chance to match his predecessors in strutting his stuff, what is his claim to fame? If this political forum is not disturbed by traffic on Independence Avenue it is thanks to Dinowitz’es “slow zone”. Dinowitz arranged with the city government to lower the speed limit west of the Henry Hudson Parkway between West 232 and West 247 streets. Speed bumps have been placed in that area. Dinowitz says the “slow zone” reduces not just noise but the number of auto accidents. Dinowitz says the nation’s economy is turning around and Riverdale is seeing a mini economic boom along Broadway. Many blocks along Broadway, once home to “dumpy’ garages and repair shops have become vibrant shopping centers with investors plunking down tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in a vote of confidence. B.J’s and other stores will rise out of the ashes on West 237thst street and Broadway where the old Stella Dora bakery turned out angel wings. A mini-boom is taking place on West 225th Street, anchored by the new Target store, flanked by Starbucks and other attractive shops. Dinowitz says the Target shop on West 225th Street is the second busiest Target in the United States. Broadway is really on Target! They don’t call it Riverdale Avenue for nothing! The neighborhood’s main drag has become positively swanky, With trendy shops like salvatores of Soho, trattorias, and boutiques.. Commercial and residential construction is a vital sign of economic health but comes at a cost. Dinowitz does not want to see unreasonable development that will destroy the natural beauty that is the neighborhood’s calling card and which overtaxes the already strained infrastructure and roads.. “You don’t want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.” Montefiore’s plan to build a large tower in Riverdale for medical services has been a bone of contention in Riverdale, dominating public discussion in newspapers and public meetings. Dinowitz does not oppose the development in principle, considering that it on private land, but feels this may be a case of over development that will cause undue congestion and strain Riverdale’s infrastructure. . Dinowitz tries to literally “put his mouth where his money is” at the State Assembly. He chairs the New York State Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. He wants New York to follow the lead of forty other states and establish a “utility consumers advocate’s office” . The proposed office will allow consumers to contest cost increases on the part of utility companies like Con Edison through negotiation and law suites. Now, utility companies are not accountable to consumers. Studies show that for every dollar spent by the Consumer’s Utility advocacy office, consumers save $153. That is a great savings margin. “you can’t even get a half a percent interest if you put money in the bank”. City Councilman, Andrew Cohen, the last of the four sons in this political Haggadah is introduced . The “rookie” Cohen has been in office for twenty five days and that’s not much time to cut your teeth or even find your way around the building. Cohen is no tyro in the world of politics, having served as legal council for Assemblyman Dinowitz and served on the community Board 8’s Aging and Youth

Committee’s and is a member of Friends of Van Cortland Park and the Bronx Bar Association. He mounted the podium “ How can I cram twenty five days of record in a few minutes?” What is Cohen’s pressing issue? Graphitti! There has been an uptick in graphitti in the neighborhood and he has worked with the police who have identified the perpetrator and are ready to arrest him. Cohen thinks, that as a member of the City Council, Mayor De Blasio’s city- wide policies can only benefit Riverdale. The mayor is implementing pedestrian safety measures such as “talking” and “countdown” crosswalks to reduce pedestrian accidents. Riverdale and the Whitehall have a large senior population, particularly prone to pedestrian accidents, and these measures will ensure greater safety on Riverdale’s streets. . Cohen thinks the hullabaloo surrounding the proposed eleven story

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Dinowitz offers the ‘Write Stuff’

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz of Riverdale has come up with a novel perspective on the accelerating education wars. He suggests that New York State children be compelled to learn how to write in cursive, and be taught to memorize the multiplication tables. Dinowitz is on to something, as evidenced by a huge wave of positive publicity over his proposed legislation to mandate such teaching in New York State. There are good reasons for this. The further away children get from what many consider traditional instruction and into the popular but widely failed “progressive” education favored by those who have dominated instruction in our town and our neighborhoods for decades, the worse they seem to do. Ironically, not only do kids today lack instruction in cursive writing, but also are rarely taught how to type, something children were routinely taught in local schools a half-century ago. We see no reason why both can’t be accomplished. Even more important is debunking the idea that children are somehow being tortured by being forced to memorize the multiplication table. We agree with Dinowitz 100%. Any child who does not master his or her multiplication facts is doomed to failure. Yet the touchy-feely progressive education establishment eschews this basic skill and instead promotes constructivist or “fuzzy math.” And while we are perfectly willing to give new city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a fair shot, she brings a reputation as an unrepentant advocate not just of the discredited constructivist math program, but of the equally failed whole language methodology used with pitiful results in literacy programs. So maybe Mr. Dinowitz is onto something. We see no reason why kids can’t learn to write in cursive as their parents and grandparents did before them. And while they’re at it, teach them to type as well. Teach them the multiplication tables and math scores will improve dramatically. Maybe we can reverse the trend of failure and actually begin to see Bronxites gain admission to the Bronx High School of Science and the American Studies High School on the Lehman College campus, two schools where Bronxites are as rare as hen’s teeth, despite the fact that these two schools are local. If learning multiplication tables is combined with adopting the wildly successful Singapore Math curriculum, we believe that this is exactly what will happen.

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De Blasio’s secret speech Editorial of The New York Sun, January 25, 2014 Reprinted with Permission The fact that Mayor de Blasio’s speech at the Manhattan meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was unannounced is causing a stir. There’s a terrific dispatch on it by one of the ferrets at the Times, Kate Taylor, formerly of the Sun. She reports that His Honor assured AIPAC’s members that “part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel.” Ms. Taylor reports that the appearance, at the Hotel Hilton, “was not listed on the mayor’s public schedule” and that “a reporter who tried to attend was escorted away by the security staff.” Ms. Taylor quotes the mayor as noting that organizers of the event had asked that no journalists attend. But, she reported, the “seemingly secretive nature of Mr. de Blasio’s appearance” led to “questions about the transparency of his young administration, especially given his repeated pledges during last year’s campaign to oversee a more open and inclusive City Hall than that of his predecessor.” She quotes Mr. de Blasio as offering “a measured mea culpa” and adding, at a City Hall news conference, “We do owe you a clear understanding of where I am and what I’m doing.” The reason all this is so intriguing is owing to Mr. de Blasio’s left wing politics. Even though “many New York politicians speak at the annual gatherings of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee” and “in the past Mr. de Blasio has not been shy about expressing support for Israel,” the Times transponded, “some New Yorkers in his liberal base are not as sympathetic to the Israeli cause.” Gawker put the story up on its Web site under the headline, “Reporter Kicked Out of Bill de Blasio’s Secret Pro-Israel Speech.” Well, not much stays secret in the internet age. The Web site Capital New York, which broke this story, posted an audio clip of His Honor’s oration. Nice to hear the mayor stepping up for Israel, even if it’s behind closed doors. One of the things Mr. de Blasio vowed to the big pro-Israel lobby is that “City Hall will always be open to AIPAC” Quoth the mayor: “When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call, and I will answer it happily, because that’s my job.” Bravo, we say. No doubt there will be many occasions to test the mayor’s mettle. Meantime, we say, welcome to the fight.

To the Editor: Most of the recent mayoral candidates said they supported ‘affordable housing’. Many people say NYC is losing its ‘affordable housing’. But there is little explanation in the news or from the politicians what it is and why NYC and future generations need it. At the Amalgamated and Park Reservoir cooperatives near Van Cortlandt Park the current monthly charges are similar and comparatively reasonable, except that these charges have been rising faster than the rate of inflation. For some residents these charges are beginning to be difficult to afford. Still, Amalgamated and Park Reservoir fall into the category of ‘affordable housing’. What does that mean? There are three categories of housing: ‘subsidized’, ‘affordable’ and ‘market rate’. In this scheme, ‘affordable housing’ is a technical term. The three categories are not a description of the level of the monthly charges. They are a description of the income of the people for whom each category is meant to serve. Subsidized housing is for those people with

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no or such low income that they could not afford the rent in any building fit for human living. The Federal government’s HUD housing projects are an example

Supporting Rabbi Weiss

To The Editor: It was shocking to me to read the January 16, 2014 front page article in the Riverdale Review regarding the Chief Rabbinate’s perception of Rabbi Avraham Weiss and the stance that is being fostered against this exceptional human being and Jewish leader. I salute Congressman Eliot Engel for speaking in Rabbi Weiss’ behalf. Forty years ago, when my husband and I moved to Riverdale we wondered what synagogue we might join. Both of us were brought up in Conservative Jewish homes and were wondering where we might feel comfortable in the Riverdale Jewish community. We visited on Conservative Temple and one Reform Temple, both in which neither of us felt that we belonged. Our main interest was to find a Rabbi who was kind, open and inclusive. Before the High Holy Days we saw a notice in a local Riverdale newspaper announcing that

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Rabbi Weiss was inviting all of the Jewish community in Riverdale to a free service at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. We had never heard of such an invitation and were truly impressed. We quickly decided to attend the service, with the hopes that we would meet Rabbi Weiss, hear his views, and assess whether we felt at one with his persona and his views. We were immediately taken by the kindness and openness of Rabbi Weiss as we heard him speak to the large crowd that surrounded him. It felt clear to us that Rabbi Weiss was not a man to judge others by money or prestige nor how or in what way they were attached to the Jewish religion. When he spoke with us individually, he was kind and welcoming – never asking about our religious affiliation, but rather interested in who we were as people. When it was time for our son to attend Hebrew School, there was no doubt that he would go to the Hebrew Institute and would ultimately have his Bar Mitzvah there. Rabbi Weiss’s political activism in support of the Jewish communities throughout the world has been an ongoing source of pride and admiration for all of us who are fortunate to be in his presence and be met by his warmth and sincerity. If there were more human beings like Rabbi Abraham Weiss, the world would certainly be a better place. Gail Appelbaum



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WILDLIFE IN WINTER 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Come for an hour of fun as a naturalist shows off some of our favorite animals. This entertaining and informative program allows visitors to hear, see, and touch many of our fascinating furry, feathered, and scaly friends. Best for ages 5 and over. Members $5, Non-Members $8. For info, call 914-723-3470.

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EAGLE FEST 9 a.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue A celebration of eagles and birds of prey along the Hudson River with guided eagle viewing, bird walks, bus tours, live raptor and birds of prey shows, storytelling and information booths. For more information, call 914-862-5297.

Support affordable housing Continued from Page 14 in NYC, afford what commercial landlords charge so as to make a profit. If NYC were to lose its affordable housing, people with low or moderate income would be forced to leave the city. The third category, ‘market rate housing’ is for people with enough income to afford what landlords will charge them or who can afford to buy their own apartment or home. Such people are often called middle class or upper middle class or rich. What makes ‘affordable housing’ affordable is that there is government help usually with the financing of the original housing and with property tax relief called abatements. This government help makes possible monthly charges that low and moderate income people, such as low wage workers, disabled people with some compensation, families with children, and retirees on fixed pensions, can afford. Housing is only in the ‘affordable’ category if such people can pay the necessary cost to gain an apartment and the monthly charges. Government assistance to ‘affordable housing’ is necessary or the housing would become market rate housing and those people would lose the ability to

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stay in it. The government assistance is a service to the society, making it possible for all classes of people to live in NYC. There are five main threats to affordable housing. (1) The government might withdraw its assistance. (2) The housing might be privatized or commercialized. (3) The initial move-in cost may exceed that which low and moderate income people can accumulate. (4) the monthly charges might rise above what such people can handle. Or (5)The buildings might be allowed to deteriorate until residents move out. Amalgamated and Park Reservoir, for example, will only stay in the ‘affordable’ category if constant attention is paid to any government movement to end the tax abatements, if every effort is made to oppose privatization and if every proposed carrying charge increase is demonstrated to be absolutely necessary. Otherwise, many current cooperators and all future generations of low and moderate income people will not be able to live there. Then the wonderful cooperative experiment they represent will have failed. Jay Hauben Amalgamated Cooperator

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