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Volume XXI • Number 9 • February 27-March 5, 2014 •


‘Dinky Rink’ closes for season: perhaps forever By RIVERDALE REVIEW STAFF The Van Cortlandt Park Skating Rink, open for little more than a year after considerable controversy, is ending its season over five weeks early this year, cutting back yet another week after the season had already been cut back by a full month. Although a Parks Department spokesperson insisted that the early closing resulted from what they termed was the ice rink concessionaire informing them “that due to the warmer temperatures, they are having difficulties keeping the ice frozen and in anticipation of the much warmer temperatures (last) weekend, they are closing the rink as of today (Friday,February 21st), one week early. We look forward to another rink season beginning this November. According to the initial agreement, the rink was to remain open through the end of March. The Riverdale Review has

learned, however, that the decision to shut the rink down may have resulted more from a lack of business, and not from unusually high temperatures. “This is simply a case of the vendor cutting his losses. The rink has been losing money from day one, and the severe winter, mostly the snow and extreme cold we have seen over the past few weeks has predictably depressed business,” said a person knowledgeable about the project. “The question is whether the current vendor will return, or someone new chosen, or the Parks Department will be forced to run the facility themselves.” Looming in the background is concern by the vendor of the long-term viability of what some have termed the “Dinky Rink.” The construction of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the old Kingsbridge Armory will result in a facility far more professional and comfortable that the Van Cortlandt Rink,

Dinowitz hits ‘predatory’ ticketing for angle parking

Bronx residents who have been blasted hard by a winter that won’t quit now have to deal with another onslaught, this time by the city’s traffic agents. Motorists desperate to find parking amid snow mounds have resorted to parallel parking any way they can, sometimes on an angle, as they wait for the Department of Sanitation (DOS) to reinstitute alternate side parking and clear away some of the snow. The

increase in angled parking has resulted in a rash of parking tickets doled out by city traffic enforcement, regardless of the danger posed by the parked car to other drivers, which has drawn the ire of local Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. “It is an absolute disgrace that some predatory traffic agents with a vulture mentality issued summonses indiscriminately Continued on Page 2

Recent snows have left drivers with few legal options when they park their cars on inadequately plowed streets.

with professional quality indoor facilities and parking. “When KNIC opens, any clear-headed business person can come to just one conclusion, the Van Cortlandt rink has no future.” When the Van Cortandt scheme was hatched, no one could anticipate that KNIC would be approved two years later. “Maybe I’m missing something,” suggested Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, who was a critic of the process that led to the “secret” approval of the rink

project by the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy during the Bloomberg administration. “But the weather this year certainly hasn’t been excessively warm, but rather reflects the uncertain nature of New York winters. No one should be surprised by anything we have seen thus far,” said Dinowitz. The surprise announcement of the rink two years ago by Mayor Michael Bloomberg was conceived of and promoted by the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, led by defeated City

Council hopeful Anthony Perez Cassino. Imposed without the usual extensive public review that characterizes such projects in Riverdale, the rink quickly drew skeptical critics. “I always supported the idea of a local rink for our kids,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “But a public project on public land should be discussed and debated. That’s how you evolve something that works and has community support. Secret projects become suspect. Ultimately that’s why this project seems to have failed.”

Male nurse charged in nursing home rape By DAVID GREENE Police have arrested a male nurse for the sexual assault of a 64-year old woman who’s unable to speak-- that took place inside a nursing home in Kingsbridge. Officers were called to the Manhattanville Health Care Center, located at 311 W. 231 Street at 1:20 a.m., on Tuesday, February 18. Police sources state that a nurses assistant witnessed the attack and called police. Police immediately took the male nurse, Nanic Aidasani, 42, of Yonkers, NY., into custody. Aidasani was questioned for most of the day at the Special Victims Unit on Simpson Street. The victim was transported by EMS to the New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Allen Pavilion and was reported to be in stable condition. Police say Aidasani has no criminal history and was later charged with second degree attempted rape and sex abuse. Aidasani looked straight ahead as he refused to answer any questions from journalists as detectives placed him in the back seat for his ride to central booking. At his arraignment Aidasani pled not guilty and bail was set at $20,000. One published report stated that Aidasani has worked at the Manhattanville Health Care Center for the last eight months. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was left speechless since a 2005 stroke and also suffers from dementia. In a prepared statement, Manhattanville Health Care Center stated, “We have zero tolerance for abuse of any kind,” and vowed to help police in their investigation.

Meanwhile, police announced the arrest of a second nurse, identified as Rosemarie Brooks, who was charged with abusing

a disabled patient last month at the Bronx Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Carpenter Avenue.

Police take suspect Nanic Aidasani into custody for a reported sex assault of a senior at a Kingsbridge nursing home.--Photo by David Greene

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Local officials urge Metro-North compliance on safety

Council Member Andrew Cohen, Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Dinowitz have called on Metro-North to adopt the recommendations put forward by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the aftermath of the Metro-North train derailment in Spuyten Duyvil this past December. Last week, NTSB’s Chairwoman Deborah Hersman released a five-page preliminary report which reviewed the accident where four people died and dozens of others were injured. The recommendations include installing permanent speed restriction signage to alert operating crews of areas where any significant decrease in speed exists and installing inward and outward facing cameras and audio recorders to ensure that crews are operating in accordance with appropriate regulations and procedures. According to the NTSB’s report the recorded images and sounds should be reviewed routinely

to identify unsafe behaviors and allow for corrective practices to be implemented before accidents occur. Council Member Andrew Cohen said, “I support the recommendations put forth by Chairwoman Hersman as this is a good first step in improving safety with our mass transit. I urge Metro-North to implement these recommendations immediately to help protect all commuters.” Congressman Eliot Engel said, “The Metro-North train derailment was a tragedy that must never be repeated. The recommendations from National Transportation Safety Board are simple, straight-forward and should be implemented without delay. The NTSB report also notes that inward-facing image recorders may be able to detect and address worker fatigue. Metro-North should further explore this potential.” Senator Jeff Klein said, “In the wake of the devastating Metro-North train derailment in Spuyten Duyvil late last year, it is

clear new safeguards need to be adopted to prevent such a horrific event like this from happening again. The recommendations suggested by the National Transportation Safety Board are essential steps in keeping operators, riders and members of our local communities safer. I commend the NTSB for submitting their recommendations and look forward to working together to implement additional safety measures they identify during their investigation.” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said, “The horrible accident that took place December 1st, 2013 was both tragic and avoidable. It is crucial that we ensure that such an accident never takes place again, either at Spuyten Duyvil or any place else. The recommendations of NTSB should be implemented immediately. People who take any form of mass transit should never been in fear of injury or loss of life.”

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‘Predatory’ ticketing for angle parking? among traffic agents should be used in the more extenuating circumstances. “In some cases cars stuck out too far into the street, almost at a right angle. They deserved summonses,” Dinowitz said. “However in many cases the angles weren’t large and the cars did not interfere with the flow of traffic. They did not deserve summonses. “We all love it when alternate side parking is suspended, but I believe there needs to be a re-examination of how long the suspensions last. The only way to plow snow from parking areas along our streets is for people to move their cars. DOS needs to strike a better balance between permitting cars not to move and asking them to move in order to plow the snow.”

Continued from Page 1 on cars when they could have exercised discretion, independent judgment and compassion,” Dinowitz said. “When there is no alternate side parking and snow is not removed from the streets where cars are parked, what are people supposed to do? They are not the ones who didn’t remove the snow.” The problem of lack of parking in the area can be traced back to the suspension of alternate side parking, which has resulted in large mounds of accumulated snow taking up vital spots in neighborhoods already struggling with inadequate parking. While acknowledging the dangers angled parking may present to motorists, Assemblyman Dinowitz also feels that discretion

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By NATALIE E. SULLIVAN A pre-endorsement meeting was held by the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club Monday evening to begin the process of choosing a candidate to support for the 13th congressional district. The programfeatured three potential candidates discussing a range of issues including education, health care and U.S. relations with Israel. Although the club has not yet made a decision regarding which candidate it would endorse, they plan to have a decision by May when petitions begin. The three candidates, Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Congressman Charles Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat discussed both community and national issues during a short speech followed by a question and answer session. Despite this being his toughest reelection campaign yet, Rangel, who has served in congress for 43 years, seemed confident that his experience sets him apart from his opponents. “I’m not saying that I have been a leader in everything, but I believe it,” Rangel said. “This election is not based on something I should have done or didn’t do. This election is a political election where people really have to decide who they think could best lead in the nation, in our community, and who they can depend on in order to get the things they want done.” A senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church with a following of over 9,000 in addition to having close ties with Reverend Al Sharpton, Walrond has proved to be Rangel’s toughest competitor. One of the biggest problems that Walrond discussed was a disconnect between local governments and citizens, resulting in a lack of local participation in elections. “There are people who feel disengaged, who feel disconnected,” Walrond said. “I think that underneath there is a current of people who feel disempowered by the process because no one is connecting dots in

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Around the schools... Manhattan College

Manhattan College’s senior associate director of Athletics to
become the next director of Athletics. Noah LeFevre, currently Manhattan College’s senior associate director of Athletics, will become the next director of Athletics at Manhattan College, it was announced today by President Brennan O’Donnell and Vice President Richard Satterlee, who led the national search. LeFevre will replace current Director of Athletics Robert J. Byrnes ’68, who will retire in June 2014 after serving in the position for 26 years. A formal press conference will be held in Draddy Gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. on the Manhattan College campus. “Noah’s commitment to the Manhattan College student-athlete experience combined with his administrative expertise and skill make him an asset to the College,” Manhattan College President Brennan O’Donnell stated. “I wholeheartedly support Noah’s appointment as our next director of Athletics. We are impressed by his strategic vision, work with head coaches and his overall commitment to the program and the College.” LeFevre has served as the senior associate director of Athletics since January 2012. In that position, LeFevre is responsible for the athletic department units of intercollegiate sports, academic support, development, facilities and event management, compliance, athletic training, equipment services and human resources. He supervises Manhattan College’s intercollegiate athletic programs and works with all of Manhattan’s head coaches on scholarship allocation, contest

scheduling, hiring of assistant coaches, fundraising, budgeting, roster sizes, travel and strategic planning. In 2012, LeFevre developed a seven-year strategic athletic scholarship plan that is aimed at improving the program’s overall level of athletic competitiveness. “I thank President O’Donnell for having the confidence in me to lead this historic program,” LeFevre said. “I also want to thank the search committee, led by Vice President for Student Life Dr. Richard Satterlee, for its faith in me. I am honored to work in an environment that I view as a special place where student success is the top priority. I am most humbled to follow in the footsteps of Bob Byrnes and continue to build on the foundation he has created the last quarter century.” While at Manhattan, LeFevre spearheaded the creation of the Jasper Athletic Club (JAC), Manhattan Athletics’ official fundraising arm, in the summer of 2012. He also led the refurbishing of Draddy Gymnasium in the summer of 2012. LeFevre led the funds for and oversaw the construction and installation of new batting cages, storage areas, scoreboards, facility signage and branding, facility painting, as well as locker room and office upgrades and renovations. Prior to coming to Riverdale, LeFevre served as the director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The College of Brockport in Brockport, N.Y. While at Brockport, LeFevre oversaw the day-to-day operations of a 23-sport athletic program that served more than 625 student-athletes and an extensive fleet of athletic facilities with 12 different competition venues, including

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium, the largest on-campus sporting venue among Division III institutions. LeFevre has also served as an associate director of Athletics at New York University (NYU), where he was responsible for athletic department marketing, facilities, revenue generation and capital planning. He also was the project manager for the internal design and construction, and then as director of NYU’s Palladium Athletic Facility, an 80,000-square foot complex that sees more than 2,300 daily patrons. During his time at NYU, eight different athletic teams finished in the top four nationally, including a 2007 Division III National Championship in men’s cross country. For his hard work and dedication

to the department, LeFevre received the NYU Distinguished Administrator Award in 2007, the highest recognition an NYU administrator can earn. LeFevre holds an MBA from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a master’s degree in sports management from NYU’s Robert Preston Tisch Center for Sports Management, along with a bachelor’s degree from NYU. He also holds a certificate from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), the premiere athletic administrative development academy in the country. LeFevre completed his SMI program on the campuses of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas. LeFevre and his wife, Hayley Gershengorn, M.D., reside in Manhattan.

Environmental expert to discuss Middle East Peace Process Alon Tal, Ph.D., visiting professor in the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University and an associate professor at Ben Gurion University in Israel, will present The Environment and the Middle East Peace Process: A Blueprint for Progress, at Manhattan College on Wednesday, March 5. Due to Israel’s modest size, the country’s environmental problems are largely transboundary. Without cooperation from its neighbors, there may not be much progress in areas from stream restoration to species repatriation. Tal will discuss the more than 20 years of below-the-radar environmental cooperation in the region, the present peace process, and how it might be leveraged to ensure an ecological dividend for the area. Founder of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a graduate studies center for Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian students, Tal has spent his career divided between academia and public interest advocacy. Students at the Institute join environmentalists from around the world in an advanced interdisciplinary

research program. In addition, Tal is the founding director of Adam Teva V’din, the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, a leading public interest law group, and was also chairman of Life and Environment, an umbrella group for 80 environmental organizations in Israel. Most recently, he served as co-chairman of Israel’s green party, the Green Movement, from 2010-2013. The discussion is free and open to the public, and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Miguel Hall, Rodriguez Room 311. Manhattan College’s Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, International Studies Program and Catholic Relief Services Task Force are sponsoring the March 5 event. For more information, please contact Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., director of international studies, at pamela.chasek@ or 718-862-7248. Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway. For directions to the campus, visit


The blizzard that hit the New York City area in March, 1888 has become legendary. At the time, however, the havoc it caused and the dangers it posed were very real.  Well over twenty inches of snow were dropped on the region.  In the city, overhead telephone and telegraph lines were downed by the weight of the snow, and railroads had their tracks covered so high that transportation ground to a halt.  In the less crowded rural and suburban areas, the damage may not have been as great, but the situation certainly was as dangerous.  That was true even in the southern portion of the town of Eastchester, now the northeastern section of The Bronx. On that Sunday just before the storm hit, William F. Johnston drove his horse and carriage from his father’s farm on Boston Road at Connor Street to the village of Mount Vernon (just north of the modern Bronx-Westchester border) to the home of businessman Herman Weiss to call on his fiancée.  They were to be married in a few months.  It began to snow, and the decision was made to stable the horse.  It was deemed safer for the young man to remain until the

snowing stopped. It kept on snowing, and the wind swirled the white stuff around so that it settled in high drifts. By evening, the nearby Hew Haven Railroad tracks were blocked by drifting snow in the Mount Vernon cut.  Passengers were advised to seek shelter at private residences. A number knocked on the door of the Weiss home and were admitted for the night.  The house was now crowded with people. On Monday morning, William Johnston and Herman Weiss slogged thorough the drifts to the nearest store to purchase supplies to feed the horde of people in the house.  Not much was available anywhere because the storm had prevented the usual deliveries. Meanwhile, Nathan Johnston, William’s father, realized that his son and the Weiss family might be hungry.  He loaded his sleigh with some pork and veal left over from the Fall slaughter of his excess farm livestock and with other supplies.  He fought his way through the drifts from his Eastchester farm to Mount Vernon, arriving just in time to save the crowd sheltered there from immanent hunger.

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Bon Secours announces community events

Bon Secours New York Health System (BSNY) announces two events open to the community. 1. The BSNY Healthy Communities Initiative will host NYC’s Compost Project (The New York Botanical Garden) for a free food scrap composting workshop Thursday, February 27, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Frances Schervier Apartments, Community Room, 2995 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, NY. The ‘Food Scrap Composting Made Easy’ workshop will cover the essentials of composting with food scraps, including methods for saving and processing your materials and options for composting them indoors and outdoors at your site or another location. The workshop is, free and open to all, however, registration is required; e-mail or call 718.817.8543. Space is limited; priority will be given to members of Bronx Green-Up gardens and NYC Compost Project sites in the Bronx. Street parking is available. 2. BSNY’s annual Frances Schervier Apartments Flea Market will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Frances Schervier Apartments, Community Room, 2995 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, NY. Street parking is available. Admission is free and all funds raised support the tenant association of Frances Schervier Apartments. Contact tenant coordinators, Laquitta Gutierrez, or Maria Vazquez at 718-548-5232 for any questions or directions. The Healthy Communities Initiative, sponsored by the Bon Secours Health System, reports under the local Mission

Director at Bon Secours New York Health System. The Initiative assists with capacity building and focuses on community food security, youth empowerment, advocacy for senior services, small business development, community-led urban greening, increased transportation for outer-borough residents, and housing improvements. It serves residents of Upper Manhattan and the NW Bronx; emphasis is placed on the following communities: Inwood, Washington Heights, Marble Hill, Kingsbridge, and Kingsbridge Heights. The efforts of neighborhood residents dovetail with the priority initiatives identified by Manhattan Community Board 12, Bronx Community Board 8, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Offices of the Bronx and Manhattan Borough Presidents, and New York City Council. For more information, visit www., or its Facebook page for frequent updates at www.facebook. com/BSNY.HCI.

CSAIR to Present Shai Held on Heschel

The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will present a talk on Abraham Joshua Heschel by Rabbi Shai Held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 7:45 pm. Rabbi Held, a co-founder of Mechon Hadar and author of the recently published Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, will speak on ‘Why Amazement Matters: Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Vision of Theology, Spirituality, and Ethics.’ Heschel (1907-1972) was a prolific scholar, an impassioned theologian, and

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a prominent civil rights activist. He has been hailed as a hero, honored as a visionary, and is often quoted as a devotional writer. This talk is free and open to the entire community. For more information on this program and other education opportunities at CSAIR, call the synagogue office at 718543-8400. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

Educator to speak on bullying among children

Dr. Denise Voncille Woods, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/ Childhood Education at Lehman College, and a member of the Riverdale Rotary Club, will speak on one of society’s most serious problems among children and teens, that of bullying, both in and out of school, on THURSDAY, MARCH 6 at the Club’s regular meeting at 6:45 pm at Silhouette Restaurant, 5668 Broadway (Staples Shopping Center) in Riverdale. The public is cordially invited to the meeting and discussion of this timely subject. Dr. Woods holds New York State permanent licenses in education - that of School District Administrator and School Administration Supervision, Nursery through Sixth Grade. She is the author of Please Don’t Bully Me, a series of anecdotes, narratives and poems chronicling the pain of bullying at its most personal level. Copies of Dr. Woods’ book will be at the March 6 meeting. The Riverdale Rotary Club meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at Silhouette, comprising business and professional persons who provide humanitarian service for their community, while developing friendships as a basis for specific projects in literacy, support of the aged and at-risk youth, the environment and other areas.

Persons attending the March 6 talk may remain for dinner at the cost of $28 per person if they choose. For more information, please call 718 549-1899.

Young families ‘Tot’ Shabbat at Congregation Tehillah

Congregation Tehillah meets at RYSEC, 4450 Fieldston Rd., Riverdale NY 10471 on Fridays: Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 PM; 1st Saturdays: Young Families ‘TOT’ Shabbat at 10 AM -11 AM; 3rd Saturdays: Morning and Torah Services at 10 AM; Wednesday afternoons: Tehillah Hebrew School (THS). Contact Rabbi Linda for particular class times. Congregation Tehillah is an inclusive Jewish community, celebrating its multicultural diversity, and drawing from Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist traditions. For more information, contact Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn at 718.884.4839 or email You may also visit their website at

Rotary Club sponsors library reading hour

Youngsters 3-12 years old are invited to participate in the Reading Program on Saturday, March 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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Thursday, February 27, 2014 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


Thursday, February 27 Riverdale

COMPOSTING WORKSHOP 10:30 a.m. Schervier Apartments 2995 Independence Avenue The BSNY Healthy Communities Initiative will host NYC’s Compost Project (The New York Botanical Garden) for a free food scrap composting workshop. The workshop is, free and open to all, however, registration is required; e-mail or call 718.817.8543.

Spuyten Duyvil

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


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.

Spuyten Duyvil

READING ALOUD 4 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street An after school program for ages 5 to 11 years old in which the librarian shares picture books, easy books, folk tales, and poetry. The program is 30 minutes long and is held at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


LECTURE 7:45 p.m. Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street CSAIR will present a talk on Abraham Joshua Heschel by Rabbi Shai Held. This talk is free and open to the entire community. For more information, call the synagogue office at 718-543-8400.

Friday, February 28 Kingsbridge

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.


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, March 1 Kingsbridge

FLEA MARKET 9 a.m. Old St. John’s School 3030 Godwin Terrace Clothes, jewelry, accessories and bric-a-brac will be sold at bargain prices. Free parking will also be available so get there early and snare yourself a great find. For more information, call 718-543-3003.


TEHILLAH TOT SHABBAT 10 a.m. Ethical Culture Society 4450 Fieldston Road Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 PM; 1st Saturdays: Young Families “TOT” Shabbat at 10 AM -11 AM; 3rd Saturdays: Morning and Torah Services at 10 AM; Wednesday afternoons: Tehillah Hebrew School (THS). Contact Rabbi Linda for particular class times. For more information, contact Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn at 718.884.4839 or email You may also visit their website at


INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Join us for an intermediate meditation class. This session is open to those who’ve been regularly attending the weekday

beginner’s class for a couple of months. Learn to go into a deeper meditation and learn new techniques that will help your spiritual ascent. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Van Cortlandt

SCRAPBOOKING 12 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Moms and caregivers of any aged kids join our scrapbooking workshop. It’s craft time for both kids and adults! Enjoy some much needed socializing time with each other and foster their creativity and yours. Revisit some found memoires by making a scarpbook together. Participants will be introduced to basic terms such as cardstock, themes, titles, journaling, pictures, and embellishments. Participants will create their first layouts. For more information, call 718-543-5150.


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

Spuyten Duyvil

MEET THE AUTHOR 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Come and meet Carol Sue Gershman, an author whose philosophy is to live your life bigger and better. She will talk about her book and what we all can get from it: “Here Comes Amazing You!” For more information, call 718-796-1202.

Monday, March 3 Spuyten Duyvil

KNITTING & CROCHET 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A gathering for knitters and crocheters to work on a current project at all skill levels while exchanging information which may lead to greater techniques for the craft. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


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, March 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 Jewish 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.” Lunch served at 12:15 PM. For more information, call 718-549-4700.

Wednesday, March 5 Riverdale

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.

Thursday, March 6 Kingsbridge

ROTARY CLUB MEETING 6:45 p.m. Silhouette Restaurant 5668 Broadway Dr. Denise Voncille Woods, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Childhood Education at Lehman College, and a member of the Riverdale Rotary Club, will speak on one of society’s most serious problems among children and teens, that of bullying, both in and out of school. Persons attending the March 6 talk may remain for dinner at the cost of $28 per person if they choose. For more information, please call 718 549-1899.

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Mr. X returns — and makes a confession

I hear it on the street and at work, my “friends” post it on Facebook, it is a constant refrain on MSNBC and in the New York Times. This wave of intolerance has also managed to rewrite history. Otherwise intelligent people have come to believe that nothing has changed in America since the 1950s in terms of civil rights, or women’s rights or economic rights. All those gains that I lived through and supported somehow never happened. It’s as if Rosa Parks or Betty Friedan or Oprah didn’t exist. And if I raise a factual point that might refute this belief structure — like the fact that medical and law schools today graduate more women than men or that there is an undeniable black middle class — I am met with deep hostility. It turns out my political views are the least of my crimes. Because I have figured out a way to keep working in a challenging free market economy, I am told that I am somehow keeping others from doing the same thing. Because I have a home with Continued on Page 15

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Editorial -, Feb. 24, 2014 Reprinted with permission How did I suddenly become the enemy? I’ve never committed a crime. I pay my taxes. I’m a responsible husband and father. I even give up my seat on the bus if an elderly or pregnant woman — excuse me, person — gets on. That doesn’t make me a saint, I know. But I went to bed one night thinking I was a pretty decent guy and woke up the next morning to find I was the living, breathing embodiment of a racist, homophobic, ignorant bigot. Even worse, I am personally keeping poor children in poverty. The reason? It’s not anything I can say out loud in my neighborhood, but under the cloak of anonymity, I will confess my little secret — I am a registered Republican. This becomes a problem when you toss in the fact that I reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It’s not just that I live in one of the bluest voting districts in the country; it has also become one of the most intolerant. Here, where people truly believe they are the most open-minded souls on earth, my political affiliation is seen as no different in the minds of many of my neighbors as being a Nazi. Trust me, I’ve heard that comparison. There are times in history when a strange herd mentality takes over a population. It can come from both the Left and the Right and it never leads to anything good. Over the last decade and especially since the election of President Obama, there is a growing wave of anger towards anyone who doesn’t conform completely to the Left’s progressive (formerly liberal) agenda. It is not unlike the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s when millions of young students rampaged through China, lofting their little red books in the air. It’s a mindset that must destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with it.

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2390 PALISADE AV Lrg Jr.4 Convt. To 2Br/1Ba, Gym, Pool, Steps to Metro North, Avail To Rent $1600 ........... Sale Price $162,999 525 W 235TH ST, 2Br/2Ba, Parquet Fl, Spacious Living Rm, Abundant Closet Space, Pet Friendly ........................... $274,900

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INVESTMENT BLDG IN NORTH RIVERDALE 3 Commercial Units & 3 Residential Units (2+ 2+ 4 BRs) & Basement ........ $1,700,000 FIELDSTON TERR: Newly Renov, Gorgeous 5BRs, 4.5Baths ... $1,100,000 1232 CHOCTAW Single Family Bronx House, 5 BR, 3.5 Bath, Finished Basement ....................................................... $999,900 411 W 261 STREET, Multifamily House w/ Walk-Out Renov Basement, In-Law Apt, 3 BR/1 Bath + 4 BR / 1 Bath ... $899,900 50 W MARBLE HILL AVE, Multifamily House in Bx....... $750,000 5438 SYLVAN AVENUE, 2 Family House w/ 3+3 Bedrooms / 2+2 Baths, Backyard, Patio w/Terrace, 5 Cars Parking ....... $749,900 101 HELENA AVE, Immaculate 2 Family W/ An Adjacent 50x100 Buildable Lot Sold Separately, 3 BR+2 BR..$............... $699,000 5808 MOSHOLU AVE, Great Investment Property 3 Multifamily, Store Front ... $734,900 269 W 254TH STREET 2 Family House 3-4BR/2 Bath + 2 BR/ 1 BA, Space To Park, Great Location............................... $724,900 5137 POST ROAD HOUSE: 3BR/1.5Bath, Jacuzzi, Deck 2 Car Park, Avail To Rent $3300 ..................................... Sale Price $624,900 5 HIGHLAND AVE, Multifamily House 3 Apts W/ 1 Bedroom Each, Walk-Out Basement, Porch, Backyard.......................... $599,999 18 HIGHLAND VIEW PL. MIDDLETOWN, NY Single Family 4 BR/2.5 Bath w/Pool, 2 car garage, Walk-out Basm ..... $599,900 647 CARDINAL RD, Two Story Single Family House In Yonkers, Large Backyard, In-Ground Pool.................................. $550,000 1525-1527 BRYANT AVE, Bx Multifamily House ........... $550,000 515 BRUSH AVE Single Family House, 3Br/2Ba ........... $525,000 1468 ST. LAWRENCE AVE, Multifamily Bx House, 3+3 BR, 2 Ba, Full Basement ............................................................... $485,000

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629 KAPPOCK ST: Jr.4 Convt. To 2BR/1Ba, Great Space, Priced For A Quick Sell ........................................................... $184,900 3635 JOHNSON AVE 2BR/1Bath, Spacious LV RM & Beautiful Crown Molding, Renov Kitc & Bath ............................. $184,900 512 KAPPOCK ST: Huge 1BR, 1Bath, Ready to move-in, Best Price and Location ................................................................. $184,900 512 KAPPOCK ST, Charming 1Br/1Ba, Low Maintenance, Great Location ........................................................................ $174,900 5620 NETHERLAND AVE: 2BR/1Ba, Windowed Kitch, Utilities & Parking Space Inclu...................................................... $172,500 5550 FIELDSTON RD: Jr.4 w/Terr – Gorgeous Views, Maint Incl Util,Pets OK................................................................... $160,000 325 E. 201ST ST. Spacious 1 BD w/Renov Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances. Sponsor Unit – NO Board Approval! ........ $149,900 5715 MOSHOLU Large 1 BR, 1 BA, Windowed Kitchen, Renov Bath, Abundant Closet Space ....................................... $149,000 180 VAN CORTL PARK SOUTH, 1BR/ 1BA ..................... $145,000 5615 NETHERLAND AVE: Bright & Renov HUGE 1BR/1Bath, Indoor Parking Space, MUST SELL .......................................... $134,900 325 E. 201ST ST. Cozy 1 BD w/Renov Kitchen and abundant amount of light! Sponsor Unit – NO Board Approval... $134,900 1175 ANDERSON AVE 3 BR/ 2 Bath, Great Value .......... $130,000 5610 NETHERLAND AVE, Priced To SELL 1 BR / 1 Bath, Renovated, Motivated Seller ......................................... $129,900 5635 NETHERLAND AVE: Gorgeous 1 BR, 1 Bath, Close To Metro North Riverdale Train Station........................................ $127,000 325 E. 201ST ST. Huge 1 BD w/Eat-in Kitchen. Sponsor Unit – NO Board Approval!............................................................ $124,900 2500 JOHNSON AVE, Large Studio in Luxury building W/ Gorgeous Views ........................................................... $124,000 5235 POST ROAD: Renovated Studio L Shape, Brand New Kitchen and Bath, Lots Of Closets............................................. $119,900 5644 NETHERLAND AVE Priced To Sell, Gorgeous 1 BR/1Bath, Great Location .............................................................. $119,000 3065 SEDGWICK AVE, 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom ........... $115,000 5715 MOSHOLU AVE: 1 BR / 1 Bath, Updated Kitchen and Bath, Close To Transportation, Schools ................................ $109,900 3121 MIDDLETOWN RD, 1 Bathroom ............................. $ 69,999 5235 POST ROAD Sunny Studio W/ Renov Kitchen, Bathroom... Price Reduced ................................................................ $69,999

RENTAL: SOME LISTINGS ARE NO FEES OR NBA 231 ST Gorgeous House 4 Br/1 Ba In Riverdale Plus Bonus Rm, Back & Side Yard, Fireplace, 4 Parking Spaces................ $5000 245 E. 93RD ST., Large Jr. 4 W/ 1.5 Marble Bath, Terrace, Updated Kitchen, Rent With Option To Buy....................... $3750 POST ROAD HOUSE: 3BR/1.5Bath, Jacuzzi, Fenced Backyard & Deck 2 Car parking............................................................ $3300 254TH STREET 2 Family House 3-4BR/2 Bath + 2 BR/ 1 BA, Space To Park, Great Location .......................................... $2600 BAINBRIDGE AVE: Walk-Up - Brand New Renovation, 2BR/1Ba ...$1350 - $1550 3800 Independence Ave, Junior 4 (CONV 2) ..................... $1525


Co-op For Sale Spectacular Hudson view.... at a bargain price! 2-br, 1 bath, bright beaut co-op apt. Gorgeous lr, roomy br, pretty 2nd br or den. Cust eat-in wind kitch, lovely bath. Well-establ hist co-op. Park $49/mo. $162k. Maint $705 incl utils.

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St. John’s Church will host a flea market on Saturday, March1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Old St. John’s School located at 3030 Godwin Terrace in the Bronx. Clothes, jewelry, accessories and brica-brac will be sold at bargain prices. Free parking will also be available so get there early and snare yourself a great find. For more information, please call 718543-3003.

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Riv. Y announces Mrs. Ray Levine concert series

Thanks to a generous endowment made by the family of Mrs. Ray Levine, the Y! Senior Center will host a series of concerts throughout the upcoming months. A classical music lover, Ms. Levine was a Y! Senior Center regular. We honor her memory and are so grateful to her family to provide this wonderful entertainment for all of her friends. Concert Series: • March 3, 1:15 p.m. - Mark Morganelli - Brazilian Jazz Duo. • March 5, 1:15 p.m. - Howard Leshaw (renowned clarinet virtuoso), playing Jewish music, old and new. • May 30, 1:15 p.m. - Susan Merdinger (internationally acclaimed) - American music on piano. • June 25, 1:15 p.m. - The Galant Gypsies (duo) - Tango music and continental swing. For more information, contact Vicki Matalon, senior center program coordinator, at 718-548-8200, ext. 224.


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The Thin Ice Cracks

The Parks Department should have jettisoned the ill-conceived plan for a less-than–regulation sized Skating Rink in Van Cortlandt Park. They could have spared us a lot of the drama by being more open and forthcoming. That’s because this plan was so flawed from the get-go that it was sure to fail. It simply collapsed under the weight of the assumption that anything that the Bloomberg administration proposed, no matter how stupid, needs no public scrutiny. Now the rink has prematurely closed for the season, perhaps forever. When the history books are written, it is that mayor’s contempt for the public will and democratic process that will demarcate his failure as mayor. Mayor Bloomberg, we suggest, got bamboozled by the politically-motivated leadership of the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. So desperate were they to hand their chair, Anthony Perez Cassino, a local political victory by creating this rink in the heart of his political territory, that they simply forgot to examine the minutiae of the plan. The result has been a disaster. This plan was advertised as a skating rink for The Bronx, our borough being the only one in the city without such a facility. But locating it in a remote corner of the borough, insured that it would be inaccessible to a vast majority of our residents. While there is an elevated subway train with a stop near the proposed rink, and bus lines passing by, an examination of these routes show that this site is far more accessible to Yonkers on the north, and to Manhattan to the south than it is for the vast majority of rink-deprived Bronxites. Luckily, as the “Dinky Rink” slides into oblivion, a more vigorous plan for the Kingsbridge National Skating Center, with first class indoor facilities little more than a mile away, looms in the background. And for those who would wish to come by car, as we suspect thevast majority of potential customers would prefer, particularly those with children, there was only street parking available at Van Cortlandt, aggressively policed by the city’s rapacious traffic agents. When the potential contractors came to the site to participatein the Parks Department event to present the proposal and solicit bids, the noise from the elevated train overhead was so deafening that the meeting had to moved to the other side of the concrete grandstand so that the Parks Department representatives could be heard above the din. If ever there was a signal from above, this was it. Does this sound like the kind of bucolic atmosphere that lends itselfto a relaxing skating experience in the park? If there was any thought given to this enterprise, it would have been clear that the reason that the abandoned tennis courts upon which the rink was to have been built were deserted by tennis aficionados is for the same reason that the site predictably has been been eschewed by skaters. Just too much noise. We suspect that all of the potential operators saw what we saw. All dropped their proposals save one, the insider who helped conceive the plan in the first place. Ice Rink Events. But we suspect that the obvious problems did not escape their notice and concern as well. Now that they have cancelled the balance of this, just their second season, we would be very surprised if they did not go back to the Parks Department and ask for a significant subsidy in order to proceed with what is now apparent to be a flawed plan. That is apparently why the announcement of the “winner” and the specifics of the winning proposal were stuck on hold for months and months – we assume that Ice Rink Events wanted a much sweeter deal. Now we suspect they will demand one with new guarantees to prevent them from losing their shirt. When our reporter questioned the then-mayor about the stalled project at an unrelated press event, Mr. Bloomberg seemed shocked and certainly unaware of these problems. Within days, a second plan for a truly scaled down temporary proposal was hatched, again without any input from the public. All of these problems right to the present day stemmed from the fact that this plan was conceived in secret without the benefit of public review, or inspection of our duly constituted representatives, be it the elected officials or members of the community board. There is good news on the horizon. The approved Kingsbridge National Ice Center promises to be a major-league facility worthy of our great borough. Mr. Bloomberg is departed. It is time for the new mayor to clean house at the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, relieving those responsible for the skating rink debacle once and for all, replacing the current politically connected leadership with read community leaders.

A challenge for Gustavo Rivera To The Editor: Our Bronx Senator, Gustavo Rivera, one of a small cohort in the New York State Senate, regretfully voted against the legislation to defund organizations such as the American Studies Association (ASA), who boycott Israeli academics from participating in their activities. He argued that such legislation was a denial of free speech and

To The Editor: Re: “House meant for Jesus, now available” (Feb. 6, page 2) I am shocked by the blatant tone of this anti-Christian article! Love for the poor is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes and by the example of Jesus in his constant concern for the poor. Jesus said, “Whatever you have done to the least of my brethren, you have done to me” (Matthew 25:40). Love for the poor shows itself through the struggle against material poverty and also against the many forms of cultural, moral and religious poverty. The spiritual and corporal works of mercy and the many charitable

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of his colleagues who voted in favor of Senator Jeff Klein’s proposal? What I would suggest to Senator Rivera, if he is sincere in his beliefs, is that he quickly and convincingly condemn the offensive anti-Israel BDF movement that obviously motivated the misguided action taken by the ASA. Theodore Fettman

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academic freedom. Why would ASA’s actions not also apply when directed against Israeli academics? Senator Rivera must be intelligent enough to recognize the dual standard implied in his position. Moreover, does the senator assume he has a better understanding of what are democratic principles than the overwhelming majority

institutions formed throughout the centuries are a concrete witness to the preferential love for the poor which characterizes the disciples of Jesus (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 148).

Poor choice of words

To The Editor: The announcement in your paper for the Riverdale Jewish Women’s Circle event claims that women “have a unique ability to affect the world, due to their sensitivity, leadership and kindness.” This statement is patently

ANDREW WOLF, Editor and Publisher JOEL PAL Production Manager ROBERT NILVA Marketing Director

You would not dare to mock any other religion as this article does. Why then do you mock Jesus Christ, who was born in a stable, lived a life of poverty and love, and died on a cross? Catherine McGillicuddy

CECILIA McNALLY Office Manager

STAFF: Robert Lebowitz, Lloyd Ultan, Daniel R. Wolf

sexist and offensive. Many men possess these qualities and many women do not. The writer of the above words should join the twenty-first century, and stop driving a wedge between the genders. There are some wonderful women, as there are wonderful men. Sara Lord

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CURATOR TALK 6 p.m. Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue Pelham Art Center presents Migration Narratives Curator Talk with Independent Curator, Lisa A. Banner. Learn more about the kinetic sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and video presented in the exhibition Migration Narratives on view through March 29, 2014. This intimate conversation will reveal the stories of individual transitions from one state of being to another found within the work. For info, call 914-738-2525.

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ADVENTURES IN HORTICULTURE 10:30 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Children’s Adventures in Horticulture for Ages 3 to 6. Introduce your child or grandchild to the world of gardening with crafts and activities in the greenhouse. Fee $10 per adult; pre-register at (914) 886-5108 or


LECTURE 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place The Legacy of Fascist Italy. Historian’s Changing Views, and New Controversies 1945-Present. Professor Leonini of St. John University will discuss this fascinating chapter of Italian history. Must register in advance and prepay. Members $15, Non-Members $25. For more information, call 914-771-8700.

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PROJECT FEEDER WATCH 8 a.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue Watch and learn about birds, photograph them and record the birds at the feeders each Saturday and Sunday through March. For more information, call 914-862-5297.

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10 a.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Help create homes for the state bird of New York to attract these year-round residents to your yard. For more information, call 914-864-7322.


NATURE WALK 10 a.m. Lenoir Preserve 19 Dudley Street Tracking and the Art of Seeing. Learn what’s traveling through the preserve by their tracks and traces. For more information, call 914-968-5851.


INCENSE MAKING 10:30 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Learn about different types of incense, the plant sources used to make them, and the therapeutic benefits of different fragrances. Fee $15; pre-register at (914) 886-5108.


VOLUNTEER WORK PROJECT 1 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Clearing the Northern Border of Parson’s Meadow. Bring work gloves and join this volunteer maintenance project. Hand tools provided. For more information, call 914-835-4466.


DOCUMENTARY FILM 2 p.m. Riverfront Library One Larkin Center A screening of Freedom Riders, a riveting documentary tells the story of a band of college students who risked everything to integrate interstate bus travel in the Deep South in the early 1960s. The film screening will be followed by a lively discussion facilitated by Dr. Komozi Woodard, Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College. For more information call 914-375-7966.

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Join the staff in the Sugar House to learn how sap is turned into syrup. For more information, call 914-864-7282.


NATURE WALK 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Season’s End at the Salt Marsh. Learn how this habitat prepares for the upcoming spring and a renewal of life. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

Mr. X returns — and makes a confession

Continued from Page 9 food in my refrigerator, there are people who are homeless and hungry. Everything I have achieved has come not from very late work nights but from privilege. This, of course, makes me a very bad man. I hear this from the top, from President Obama, himself. I am “the folks not paying their fair share.” That’s me, even with almost half of my income going to taxes … even though I reside closer to the bottom 40% in real numbers than the super rich. The new mayor of my city has now focused on my selfishness as well. According to Mr. De Blasio, I have horded my “big dreams” keeping them from poor children … I have used this great city as part of my own elite domain restricting others from using it. Worst of all, I now learn that I am part of the plantation system. Although in a subsequent article in the New York Times, I am told that the ‘plantation’ reference used by Rev. Frederick A. Lucas Jr. at Mayor De Blasio’s inauguration last month was simply part of “the African-American pulpit tradition of symbolism.” I am curious if the New York Times excused George Wallace when he stood in the schoolhouse door 50 years ago because he was using the “White Southern tradition of symbolism.” With the President constantly dwelling on income inequality and the Mayor discussing the two New Yorks — one of great privilege and the other suffering from terrible disadvantages — I have actually to stop and remind myself of something.

I arrived in New York City in the middle of a recession after graduating from a state school in the Midwest, unlike the President (Columbia and Harvard) or the Mayor (NYU and Columbia). In all fairness, I will admit that I had a valuable trust fund that probably placed me ahead of the pack right at the start. My trust fund had nothing to do with money. I had two parents — a mother and a father, grandparents, and the Boy Scouts that instilled a work ethic in me. Despite of all my screwing around with my friends, I miraculously received a pretty solid education along the way. So, in the finest baby boomer tradition, I will pass the buck. Please understand, this isn’t really my fault at all. I was actually taught the evil lesson that the one percent was something to strive for … I was told never to begrudge success, but admire it. I never resented people living on Park Avenue, I wanted to be one of them. What I find strange, but not surprising, is that the President, the Mayor and everyone on the Left will readily accept all the evils that they denigrate — the vast amounts of money, the grand estates and, of course, the top tier schools — all you have to do is demonstrate your hatred for white Southerners, Christians who actually go to church and, of course, anyone who votes Republican. Then you can fly off to the Vineyard on a private jet for the weekend and feel downright noble. Mr. X resides on New York’s Upper West Side.

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BroNx ChArter SChool FAir Bronx Charter School Fair Saturday, March 15 10:00am - 3:00pm Meet school staff and enjoy entertainment from WBLS and La MEGA Family Life Academy Charter school 14 W 170th street, bronx, Ny 10452 (Take the 4, B or D trains to 170th St.)

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8 a.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue Watch and learn about birds with members of the group, and photograph and record birds at the feeders. For more information, call 914-862-5297.

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