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Volume XX • Number 10 • March 7 - 13, 2013 •


Third mayoral hopeful backs Cohen for City Council By HAYDEE CAMACHO The results are in. City Council candidate Andrew Cohen has won the straw poll of presumed Democratic mayoral candidates. Former New York City Comptroller and current mayoral candidate Bill Thompson endorsed Andrew Cohen, the local attorney and community board member, in his bid to fill the District 11 Council seat soon to be vacated by threetime term holder Oliver Koppell. Koppell is prevented from seeking reelection due to the city’s term limits law. The endorsement took place last Friday and was held outside PS 81 on Riverdale Avenue. “I am proud to endorse Andrew Cohen for City Council,” Thompson said. “Standing outside P.S. 81 shows his commitment to education. As a member of Community Board 8 Andrew has been an advocate for our young people, fought for a better education for our students, and protected our city parks. His work points to an understanding of the issues and commitment to his community. Andrew has always demonstrated a passion for New York City and a willingness to fight for people. I know he will make an excellent addition to the City Council, and I look forward to working with him to help residents in the 11th council district and all across this great city.” Thompson’s endorsement is the latest in a string of high profile endorsements including mayoral hopefuls, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Speaker Christine Quinn, the local incumbent Council

member, Mr. Koppell, neighboring Council member James Vacca, former District 11 Councilwoman June Eisland, Rep. Eliot Engel, state Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Bill Thompson, a great public servant and strong advocate for all the people of New York,” Cohen said. “From his time as President of the City’s Board of Education, to his successful stint as Comptroller, Bill has always been a fighter for our schools and a champion of accountability. I am grateful to have his support in this race.” Thompson ran against Mayor Bloomberg four years ago, and finished surprisingly well despite being hugely outspent. After the endorsement, Cohen and Thompson toured Riverdale Neighborhood House with Executive Director Daniel Eudene. In other election related news, the Law and Ethics Committee of Community Board 8 refused to take up a request by former Board chair Damian McShane, a political ally of Cohen’s main opponent, Clifford Stanton, to remove Cohen as chair of the Board’s Aging Committee for the duration of the campaign. McShane cited the (unsuccessful) efforts by some associated with Cohen to defeat Anthony Perez Cassino as Transportation chair of the Board prior to his (also unsuccessful) run for City Council four years ago.

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gives his backing to Council hopeful Andrew Cohen

Historian sheds light on curious boundary between Manhattan and The Bronx

By HAYDEE CAMACHO A standing room only crowd of 65 filled St. Gabriel’s Community Hall on Thursday, February 28th to hear Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione tell the story of the 1984 murder trial that generated a startling legal decision that re-ignited an old border dispute about the legal jurisdiction of Manhattan’s Marble Hill neighborhood. The event was sponsored by the Kingsbridge Historical Society.

In his presentation, People V. Boyd: The Murder Trial That Nearly Redrew The Map of New York City, Mr. Miscione recalled the history of Marble Hill, which had been on the Northern most point of Manhattan until a ship canal was dug along its southern edge in 1895, turning it into an island. In 1913 the surrounding Spuyten Duyvil creek was filled in with landfill, attaching Marble Hill physically to the Bronx. Although Marble Hill was no longer attached to Manhattan Island, noted Miscione, politicians, mapmakers, and the court system, treated it legally as if it were still part of New York County, not Bronx

County. Marble Hill residents voted for the New York County representatives and served on New York County juries. The assumption was challenged in 1984 when one of the potential jurors for the New York County murder trial, People v. Boyd claimed that since she lived in Marble Hill, she did not belong on a New York County jury. The case lawyers requested a ruling from the presiding judge, Peter McQuillan who researched the historical status of Marble Hill. He concluded that based on historical documents, Marble Hill was indeed part of Bronx County. The ruling did not carry enough weight to change the legal borderline, but it cast the validity of that borderline into question. There was concern that Judge McQuillan’s ruling could be used to argue that if the county lines were wrong, countywide elections that were held based on those lines should be declared invalid. In addition, a defendant

tried and convicted in a New York County court by a jury containing a Marble Hill juror could argue that his trial was invalid since, by law, his jury must consist only of jurors from New York County. To prevent such challenges, Marble Hill legislators led by then Assemblyman Brian Murtaugh, introduced a bill in the legislature to declare that Marble Hill “is, was, and always will be,” according to Murtaugh, a part

of New York County. Despite a handful of “nay” votes from Bronx representatives, the bill was quickly passed and signed by the governor. The engaging, hour-long presentation featured a recent video interview with Judge McQuillan, former Assemblyman Murtaught and Mark Dwyer of the New York District Attorney’s office. At the presentation’s end, Miscione took questions from the lively audience.

Historian Michael Miscione speaks at St. Gabriel’s last Thursday.

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Groups support FreshDirect in lawsuit now underway in Bronx courthouse

Six Bronx-based community organizations today voiced their support for online grocer FreshDirect as it works to resolve litigation standing in the way of its plans to build a state-ofthe-art operations center in the South Bronx that will employ hundreds of local residents. In a jointly signed amicus brief submitted to the Bronx Supreme Court, the groups – Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Green Bronx Machine, Health People, Sylvia Center, Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, and Millbrook Houses Residents Association – said they supported FreshDirect’s relocation to the borough because of the company’s commitment to creating 1,000 new jobs, increasing access to healthy foods for Bronx residents, and record of environmental responsibility. “FreshDirect’s relocation will bring much needed jobs and revenue to the Bronx,” said Lenny Caro, CEO of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce. “The company will substantially increase the volume of its purchases from Bronx suppliers and have a positive ripple effect throughout the community.” “Unemployment is well documented as a major contributor to chronic disease and far too many Bronxites suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses as a result,” said Chris Norwood, executive director of Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute, a South Bronx-based organization that helps residents in low-income communities

lead the fight against chronic health problems. “FreshDirect’s move to the Bronx will help fight chronic illnesses on two levels, decreasing unemployment and increasing availability of fresh, healthy foods.” “We are proud to have the support of so many community leaders in the Bronx,” said Jason Ackerman, cofounder and CEO of FreshDirect. “We look forward to getting past this final hurdle so we can move forward with making the South Bronx our new home and creating 1,000 new jobs along the way.” Last year, FreshDirect announced a partnership with Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and Borough President Diaz to invest $112.6 million to build a new headquarters at Harlem River Yard. The move will enable FreshDirect to create 1,000 new jobs over the next ten years – at least one-third of which it has pledged will go to Bronx residents. FreshDirect has already begun to make good on this commitment, as about 25 percent of 300 positions filled by the company at the end of the year went to Bronx residents. Construction of the new headquarters will also create approximately 684 construction jobs. FreshDirect has also announced a goal of transitioning to a 100 percent green transportation fleet over the next five years. FreshDirect has already ordered 10 electric delivery trucks from Bronx-based Smith Electric Vehicles.

On Monday, March 4, Frank Randazzo was sworn in as the new public administrator for Bronx County. Prior to this appointment, Randazzo had been a staffer at the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and an active participant in community and civic affairs in Throggs Neck. Randazzo was sworn in by Hon. Nelida Malave-Gonzalez, Surrogate Judge of Bronx County, and Michael P. Hausler, Chief Clerk to the Surrogate Judge.

BY KIMBERLEY HYATT When the clocks struck 2 am on Sunday, March 3 residents here marked yet another toll and fare increase across New York City, much to the chagrin of commuters already competing with yoyoing gas prices. This is the third toll and fare increase in just over one year. From December 2010, prices have increased a cringe worthy 36 percent. Reactions range from mournful disbelief to gratitude for living further upstate. The Robert F. Kennedy Triboro Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, and the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel tolls went from 6.50 to 7.50 cash, and that is only each way. Within the memory of many residents here, the toll was once a quarter . This means to cross the bridges back and forth you need 15 bucks. There goes the gas money. The Henry Hudson Bridge, which connects the Riverdale community of The Bronx with Manhattan was hit with a huge 25% hike, going from $4.00 to $5.00 for vehicles that will be billed the cash price by mail. This is the only bridge in the city where tolls are not collected in cash in person. The high toll for the city’s shortest toll bridge or tunnel makes having an EZ Pass even more of an imperative. The EZ Pass toll increased from $2.20 a trip to an inexplicable $2.44 each way. But the deep discount from the “cash” toll certainly makes it worthwhile to participate in the program. Going from 13 dollars, The VerrazanoNarrows Bridge toll is now $15 round trip (tolls are collected only one way, east bound). Across the board, EZ Pass users don’t escape the toll hike, paying an extra dollar or two for these bridges as well. Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges only increased 50 cents (from 3.25 to 3.74 cash), a dim light at the end of a very expensive tunnel, or more aptly put, bridge. It is understood that the expense spikes could lead to “bridge shopping”, where motorists will be scrambling to find free bridges to get to their destinations. As a result, traffic congestion will flood the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and the Queensboro Bridge. Sources report that those trying to avoid the RFK’s Bronx area will have to head towards Willis and Third Avenue bridges. The Broadway Bridge is expected to run into heavier traffic with people trying to avoid the Henry Hudson Bridge. March 3 also means increase in subway and bus fares as well. Now a new empty metro card will cost a dollar, and unlimited monthly passes have increased to $112 (from $104). 7-day unlimited rides have gone from 29 to 30 dollars. As Marisa Cortright of Gridlock Sam says, “don’t expect less ridership—just more gloomy faces”. Buses and subway riders have to cough up another quarter to ride with one-way fares now at $2.50. It is speculated, perhaps even guaranteed, that these new expenses will have people second guessing travel plans. Less people will being willing to go across these bridges with such drastic prices, and businesses will definitely feel the loss. Cortright explains that East River bridges still aren’t charging a dime to cross. Tractor trailers pay up to 80 dollars on expressways in Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as the Verrazano Bridge, but are charged nothing, as Cortright explains, “to travel the streets of Downtown Brooklyn, bounce across the creaky Manhattan Bridge, rumble through Chinatown via Canal Street, tour the West Village and Chelsea via Eighth Avenue and head out

the Lincoln Tunnel.” Even trucks and “big-rigs” aren’t exempt from the now effective toll hike, although like with cars, EZ pass is the cheaper route to take. But even with an EZ pass or for a quick day trip with the kids, the new prices put a serious dent in wallets, and many won’t think the trip is worth it. If you’re paying more to get somewhere than what you pay when you get there, doubting the trip is a smart move. Cortright didn’t end on a good note, either, “the outlook is no brighter in the short term”. She reports that the MTA 2012 budget announced a stipulated toll and fare increases not just in 2013, but in 2015 as well. In two years, prices will increase yet again. Two years to find alternative routes, buy an EZ pass, or limit commuting altogether by staying home.

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Motorists upset with steep toll hike

Thursday, March 7, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


Around the schools... P.S 24

On Tuesday March 12, P.S 24 will host a book fair and have parent teacher conferences. Friday, March 15 is a big day for firstt and second graders as they take a field trip to the Avery Fisher Hall to see the Little Orchestra Society. Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy RKA presents its annual Multicultural Show this Saturday, March 9th, at 2:00 PM in the RKA auditorium, 660 W. 237th street. The school’s talented singers and dancers will perform in a variety of routines that will highlight the diverse cultures found in the school. It is always a highlight of the school year, and the community is invited to come. There is a suggested $5.00 contribution at the door.

Kinneret Day School

March 1st marked the hundredth day of school for Kinneret students. Preschoolers got to bring in a hundred of 1 item, such as 100 pennies, to celebrate. 1st graders, eagerly learning how to count to 100, had 10 students bring in 100 of 10 items, helping them learn the different ways to get to 100. On Wednesday March 6th, excited Kindergarteners get to visit the Greenburg Nature Center in Westchester to learn all about maple syrup, a yummy and grand adventure. The entire school is getting ready for Passover, and the preschoolers are busy preparing for the model Seder to prepare for the holiday.

Horace Mann

On Thursday March 7, the alumni council and Upper Division Sports Department will be co-hosting a special sports presentation. The topic of this presentation is “Maximizing performance and safety in baseball and other sports”. Guest speakers include Derrick Chambers of the NY Giants and Jaguars, Dr. Glenn Sleisig, the research director of the American Sports Institute, and Dr. David Altcheki, co-chief of sports medicine and shoulder services at the Hospital for Special Surgery Robert Annunizata, the head of physical education and health department at Horace Mann, as well as Amy Mojica, physical education, sports trainer and health coordinator for the 5th and 6th grade at Horace Mann, will be speaking as well. The event will take place in the Gross Theater from 7 to 9 pm.

Manhattan College

On Monday, March 11, Manhattan College welcomes Stacie Berdan, he award winning author and international careers expert. She will be discussing how to launch winning strategies in preparation for global job searches. Coordinator of the college’s study abroad program, Nancy Cave, praises Berdan saying, “Stacie Berdan is a master at her craft, and people who attend this lecture will learn how to change their way of thinking in order to make themselves marketable to overseas employers”. The expert will offer students tips on how to get involved with international markets by becoming a global thinker, establishing a global image, and using study abroad experiences and foreign language skills as leverage. Berdan’s work includes Going Abroad: A Woman’s Guide to Fast-Track Career Success and Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad. She has worked in more than 50 countries and helps council companies on global issues. Berdan has made guest appearances


on NBC’s Today, NPR’s Marketplace and CNN International. The lecture will take place in Smith auditorium from 3 30 to 5 pm, co-sponsored by the Study Abroad Program, Center for Graduate School and Fellowship, and Center for Career Development. It is a free event open to the general public.

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College of Mount Saint Vincent

The College will co-host the tenth annual “Explore Your Opportunities - The Sky’s the Limit!” Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference for seventh grade girls with the Westchester Branch of American Association of University Women. The conference aims for the young women to meet influential female role models that work with and are a part of STEM. Using interactive learning, the students will chose from 15 different workshops covering a vast amount of STEM topics. It will take place at the college, March 16, from 8 30 to 2 pm. It is expected draw roughly 200 women from the NYC and Westchester areas. There will be a “town hall discussion” about careers in STEM fields and higher education opportunities. CMSV and The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be co-hosting the second “Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop” at 4 p.m. to 6 30 pm. on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in the President’s Reception room, Founders Hall, on the College’s campus. The conference is designed for male and female students in the junior and senior year. Workshops with groups of about 40 students each aim to teach them about what their dream job may pay, and how to negotiate salaries. Workshops will cover 4 key aspects of salary negotiation: gender wage gap, salary benchmarking resources and job benefits, negotiation itself, and knowing the bottom line salary you need to cover expenses.

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Daniel Sidorenko, from Bronx, N.Y., was named to the Dean’s List at Villanova University for the fall 2012 semester. Sidorenko is studying Finance in the Villanova School of Business. Villanova University Dean’s List recipients are honored by their college’s respective dean. To qualify, one must be a matriculated full-time student and earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.5.The College of Nursing requires students to earn at least a 3.5 for the academic year.

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Editorial of The New York Sun February 27, 2013 By confirming Charles Hagel as secretary of war, Senator Schumer and the Democratic leadership send a pointed message to the Jewish community in America. It is that if the Jewish defense agencies are not going to stick up publicly for Israel, it is hard to expect others to do so. There is no sugar-coating the point. The Senate has just confirmed the most truculent cabinet officer in respect of Israel in more than a generation because important institutions and leaders shrank from making an issue of it. This is a story that is painful for many people to talk about. It would be inaccurate to suggest that the only objection to putting Mr. Hagel in at the war department had to do with Israel. He would be inadequate, even were Israel not an issue. There is a broad sense within the Jewish community — as there is among a number of non-Jewish senators who permitted his nomination to go to the floor — that Mr. Hagel has proven himself incompetent and disingenuous. Yet there’s no gainsaying the special concern that his hostility to Israel has raised among the Jewish leadership. And one of the stories that is being spoken of in private is how humiliated the leaders of the Jewish community feel. Nearly all of them — not all, but nearly all — were opposed to the elevation of Mr. Hagel to the Pentagon. But only one of the Jewish defense agencies spoke out forcefully against him. That was the Zionist Organization of America, which is the oldest proIsrael organization in America, having been founded in 1897, the same year in which Theodor Herzl convened at Basel,

Switzerland, the First Zionist Congress. It opposed the Hagel nomination early, forthrightly, and unapologetically. The result, according to the ZOA’s president, Morton Klein, is that it received objections from several leaders worried about the consequences for the Jewish community of such a public position. Mr. Klein believes the Hagel nomination would not have been confirmed had the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, and the American Jewish Committee taken a formal public position against Mr. Hagel. All three agencies have had many heroic moments. But they stood down on Mr. Hagel. Said Mr. Klein: “Several senators — and important ones — said to me: ‘If Aipac, ADL and AJCommittee — especially Aipac — had come out and lobbied against Hagel, he would have been stopped.” What such public opposition would have done, Mr. Klein argues, is that it “would have given a number of Democrats, who thought Hagel was awful, cover to vote against him.” Instead, the response leaders of the Jewish community received was, “If he’s so awful how come we’re not hearing anything against him from other Jewish groups.” Mr. Klein says he heard such a message from both sides of the aisle in the Senate. So the opposition had to be carried by newspapermen. A number of them wrote important pieces, including Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, William Kristol of the Weekly Standard and the Emergency Committee for Israel, Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine, Alana Goodman and Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon online, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post, and the online Jewish

newspaper the Algemeiner Journal. The last carried a memorable dispatch on the bitterness in the Jewish community in Nebraska in respect of Mr. Hagel going back to when he was a sitting senator. There were also a number of senators who seemed to understand the issue but flinched, refusing to block a vote. They include Senators Graham of South Carolina and McCain of Arizona, which is all the more disappointing for how strong they were during the hearing. Senators Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rubio of Florida, and Cruz of Texas took a hard line all the way through. Senator Paul voted against cloture, but once the confirmation was assured voted aye. It’s a mystery to us why Messrs. McCain and Graham, in particular, voted for cloture, because they represent so strongly that

they believe Mr. Hagel to be unqualified to be war secretary. The most disappointing figure to the Jewish community, aside from the President, has been Senator Schumer, who endorsed the candidate to whom he had once been objecting. He did so on the basis of a 90-minute meeting in which, he was quoted as saying, Mr. Hagel “almost had tears in his eyes.” No doubt Mr. Obama now expects Senator Schumer to run interference for the administration as the president and his new war secretary seek to appease the Iranian mullahs. The estimation is that they want to extricate Mr. Obama from his declarations that a nuclear armed Tehran is unacceptable. In other words, it turns out that failing to speak up when one had the chance has its consequences.

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Sen. Schumer blamed for confirmation of Hagel as Defense secretary

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CSAIR to present threesession series

Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will present a threesession series, ‘No One is Above the Law: Presidents and Talmudic Rabbis,’ on Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, at 7:45pm. Taught by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky, this course will use texts from the Talmud to explore the relationship between political leaders and the rule of the law. Discussions will reflect on questions such as, ‘Are our leaders above the law or does it apply equally to them?’ Rabbi Pitkowsky is the Rabbinics Curriculum Coordinator at The Academy for Jewish Religion and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). For more information on this program - which is free and open to all - as well as other adult education opportunities at CSAIR, call the Synagogue office at 718543-8400 or visit the synagogue website, CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

Zumba Fest scheduled at Riverdale Y

The Riverdale Y is having a Zumba Fest on Saturday, March 9 from 7:00pm10:00pm in our gym. This event was postponed due to the snow storm in the previous month. Pre registration is at 6:30pm.The entire community is invited to participate. There will be lots of dancing and sweating to great music. Cost for the evening is $20 to help our fitness

and wellness programs at the Y. Ages 14 and up are invited. $To register for the evening, go to or call 718-548-8200, ext 201. The Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

Methodist Home to hold Celebration of Life

The community is invited to join in a Celebration of Life at Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation. The name of the program will be ‘Then and Now’ which will feature a look into the lives of each of the Home’s residents. All of our loved ones have a story to tell; some can tell us about their lives and others have been silenced by their illness. Please be their voice at this special event. This program is a chance to share the rich and beautiful lives of the residents through photographs and biographies. They will feature a gallery of photographs and individual biographies on each resident submitted by their family members. In order to make this special day a success we request your participation as follows: • Create a poster board with past and current photos. (poster board will be supplied by Methodist - please pick up) • Please write a one page biography on the life of your loved one. (e.g. place of birth, childhood, marriage and family, career and special stories you want to share) Please submit by: March 2, 2013. Each poster board and biography will be displayed and these memories shared with other families, friends and residents. This is a chance for us to learn and appreciate the contributions they have made in

our lives and in our communities. Join in on Saturday March 9th from 2-4:30 PM in the Great Room 2nd Floor. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by: March 2nd 2013 - to Marion Cluthchker at 718-732-7112 or you may email at:

RMHA to host 4th annual 5K run/walk

Runners, walkers and hardcore fitness enthusiasts are being encouraged to register for Riverdale Mental Health Association’s annual Healthy Minds/ Healthy Bodies 5K run/walk. The fun run will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Van Cortlandt Park, with the course meandering around the picturesque grounds. Shorter fun runs will be available for children and toddlers. Acclaimed ESPN broadcaster Jeremy Schaap will be the event’s honorary celebrity starter and will kick off proceedings at Van Cortlandt Park’s stadium. Entry fees are $20 for adults and $15 for those under 18, and include refreshments and commemorative t-shirts. RMHA will award prizes to those who raise the most through sponsors’ pledges. All proceeds will benefit RMHA’s programs and services. Interested participants can pre-register at For more information, please contact Emily Ross at 718-796-5300 ext. 106 or via email at

Bar Mitzvah Club at Chabad of Riverdale

Chabad of Riverdale’s Bar Mitzvah program takes place every Sunday morning at Chabad of Riverdale between 9:45-11:15 am, offering both group and one-on-one lessons. 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. Students will celebrate the deeper meaning of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, master Torah cantillation, 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. Chabad of Riverdale’s Bar Mitzvah students will also learn how to partake in the joyous commandment of donning Tefillin (phylacteries), which connects the head, heart, and deed, and forges a spiritual bond between man and G-d. Students will also uncover the power and significance of the commandment of tzitzit and tallit - a prayer shawl - which serve as a constant reminder of our obligation to God and to mankind. As part of the program, students will visit a Tefillin Factory, where they will follow the processes involved with making a set of Tefillin. In the lead-up to Passover, they will also visit a Matza Factory. For more information about our Bar Mitzvah club and fees for group and one-on-sessions, please call our office at 718-549-1100 Ext. 10.

RAA to present 4 women’s exhibit

The Riverdale Art Association presents an exhibit of five local artists currently painting in Riverdale. Ruth Hurd, Gloria Karlson, Joan Levineand Aija Sears are featured in an exhibit of their recent work. The Artists’ Reception is Sunday, March10th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM at the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. 4450 Fieldston Road, Riverdale,

New York 718 548 4445 The exhibit is open through the month of March, Monday - Friday,9 AM -5 PM. Ruth Hurd’s work is evolving from the realistic watercolors of landscape and nature to the more abstract focus on patterns and repetition, the memory rather than the precise visual representation. She continues her studies at the Art Students League, has exhibited extensively and received many awards. Joan Levine’s vibrant watercolors depict landscapes in which unearthly botanicals and bizarre creatures come to visit to tell their stories. She too has exhibited widely and studied in San Francisco and New York. Aija Sears is a trained botanical artist and is exploring a wider range of subject matter as well as using objects from nature and seeing where their organic shapes lead her hand in varied media. She has studied in New York and exhibited in the Northeast winning some awards along the way. Gloria Karlson exhibits her oils and drawings regularly and describes her work: ‘My personal library of black and white photographs serve as inspiration for my paintings. In them, translated and transformed in color, I seek to portray the visual equivalence of the subterranean rumbling of my psyche. Any resemblance to another psyche is purely intentional.’ The artists are members of the Riverdale Art Association and invite the community to this exciting exhibit and to meetings of the Riverdale Art Association. Meetings are open to the public and are the second Tuesday each month at the Riverdale Atria’s Community Room. The next meeting is scheduled for March 12th at 7:00PM. The presentation will be by Jerry Josephson.

HIR to feature PJ library event

A Morning of Storytelling: “One Generation Tells Another”: Join our Riverdale neighbors at HIR for a morning of storytelling featuring world- renowned storyteller Peninnah Schram together with Rabbi Avi Weiss. Sunday, March 10 at 10:00am at HIR, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway. This program is especially geared to kids 4+. $6/person, $10/family. Contact Shuli for more info:

BAE to present chamber music concert

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents violinist Michael Ludwig on Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm in an intimate chamber music concert at the home of Dr. Ricardo and Patricia Fernández at 681 West 231st Street, Bronx. The concert features music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370; Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata No. 3 (Ballade) and Johannes Brahms - String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18. Tickets are $25 and include an intermission reception. For advance tickets and information visit or call 718-601-7399. Hailed by Strad Magazine for his ‘effortless technique, sweet tone, brilliant expression and grand style’, violinist Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as soloist, recording artist and chamber musician. He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops and Beijing Symphony, and has recorded with the London Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic. This season marks the release of Michael’s live recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Dvorak Romance with the Virginia Symphony, as well as a NAXOS recording of the Josef Suk Fantasy with the Buffalo Philharmonic. His recording of the John Corigliano Red Violin Concerto with Buffalo was Grammy-nominated, hitting the Billboard Top 100 within the first week of its release.

Saturday, March 9 Riverdale

Thursday, March 7 Kingsbridge

BABY LAPSIT 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays, and flannelboard stories for birth-36 months for parents/caregivers. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


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.


GAME ON 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Come have some fun playing the latest Xbox games at the Kingsbridge Library! For ages 12-18. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


SEUSSOLOGY 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Theodore Geisel began as a political cartoonist before he transformed how children learn to read by writing the Cat in the Hat. Explore the creative process behind the whimsical connections Dr. Seuss made between reading skills, visual literacy and moral messages in this interdisciplinary class. Presented by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. For children ages 5 and older. Limited to 25 participants. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


TEEN CAFÉ 4 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue

Come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual environment and watch videos, play games, & more!. We will provide a light snack,but you are welcome bring your own snacks to enjoy. Ages 13 -18 only. For more info, call 718-549-1212.

Friday, March 8 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.

Spuyten Duyvil

ARTHRITIS BASICS 10:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street This one hour talk covers the basics of arthritis, exercise, diet and talking with your doctor about types of medications and/or alternative therapies. Stanley Scher will present the lecture. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


FUN SCIENCE 3:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Children are welcome to come to the Riverdale Branch and learn more about the scientific process. They will conduct experiments and have fun while learning how the world around them operates. For ages 5 to 12 years. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street What’s happening in your world? What’s the hottest book, movie, or cd right now? What programs does the library need? Let us know, and you can earn community service credit for your school. For ages 13 to 18 years. For info, call 718-548-5656.


ZUMBA FEST 7 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue There will be lots of dancing and sweating to great music. Cost for the evening is $20 to help our fitness and wellness programs at the Y. Ages 14 and up are invited. For more information, call 718-548-8200, ext 201.

Sunday, March 10 Riverdale

PJ LIBRARY EVENT 10 a.m. Hebrew Institute of Riverdale 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway A Morning of Storytelling: “One Generation Tells Another,” featuring world- renowned storyteller Peninnah Schram together with Rabbi Avi Weiss. For more info, call 718-796-4730.



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.

Wednesday, March 13 Kingsbridge

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.

Thursday, March 14 Kingsbridge

BABY LAPSIT 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays, and flannelboard stories for birth-36 months for parents/caregivers. For info, call 718-548-5656.

MORNING OF STORYTELLING 10 a.m. Hebrew Institute of Riverdale 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway One Generation Tells Another: A Morning of Storytelling. Featuring world renowned storyteller Peninnah Schram together with Rabbi Avi Weiss. For more info contact Shuli at 718-796-4730 x102 or


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PAJAMA PARTY 5 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stories, craft and light refreshments ages 5-12 years. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Tuesday, March 12 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 e-reader. First come, first served. Tuesdays @ 11:00 a.m. (some

TAI CHI 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This tai chi (Sun Style) includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. For more information, call 718-549-1212. ARTS & CRAFTS 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for children ages 5-12 yrs. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


TEEN CAFÉ 4 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual environment and watch videos, play games, & more!. We will provide a light snack,but you are welcome bring your own snacks to enjoy. At the begining of the month we will vote on what activities we have and what snacks. Ages 13 -18 only. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

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LECTURE 12:30 p.m. Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street A lecture called “Did Zionism Kill Secular Judaism in Israel?” Eran Schwartz, a fellow at the Tikva Institute, and a representative of this third generation of secular Jews in Israel, will address this and other questions. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or visit

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.

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Thursday, March 7


CONFERENCE 11 a.m. Sarah Lawrence College Esther Rauschenbush Library “Undergraduate Development and Post-Colonial Studies Conference,” The second annual conference provides a space for interdisciplinary undergraduate discourse around issues of development and post-colonialism, and concludes with a keynote address by Mandana Limbert, associate professor of anthropology at CUNY-Queens College and author of In the Time of Oil: Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town. For more information, call 914-395-2412.

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SHAMANIC JOURNEY 1 p.m. Gilda’s Club Westchester 80 Maple Avenue A journey is a vision meditative tool that has been utilized by shamans and lay people for centuries. Come join our circle to gain insight and access spiritual guidance. Join Shamanic Healer, Mikki Davis for this workshop on “The Eagle’s Perspective”. Fly with the great birds and see things from their point of view. Sign up is required. Call 914.644.8844 for more info.


LECTURE 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place The Future of Futurism. Futurist critics will discuss their views on futurism and its future. A reception with the speakers will follow. Must register in advance and prepay. Members $15, Non-Members $25. For more information, call 914-771-8700.

Mt. Vernon

HISTORY LECTURE 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Church 897 S. Columbus Avenue The Creation of Mt. Vernon. The consolidation of Greater New York and the creation of the City of Mt. Vernon, Professor Richardson Dilworth of Drexel University, author of “The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy,” explores the fascinating story behind these developments in the 1890s. For more information, contact David Osborn, 914-667-4116.

Friday, March 8 Mt. Vernon

MEDICARE BASICS 10 a.m. Westchester County Office Building 9 S. First Ave., 8th floor Case workers will provide information about Medicare parts A, B, C and D and how to use Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) for even greater savings. To register, call the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services’ Medicare Information Line at (914) 813-6100.

Saturday, March 9 Dobbs Ferry

GENEALOGY 10 a.m. Aldersgate Methodist Church 600 Broadway Westchester County Genealogical Society will meet. Laura H. Congleton will speak about Civil War Research. For more information, call Philomena Dunn at 914-953-9173.


WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR WORKSHOP 10 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Are you interested in helping injured or orphaned wildlife? Led by three licensed local wildlife rehabilitators, this workshop will touch upon everything you might encounter working with wildlife, teach you how to respond appropriately, and detail what’s involved in becoming a wildlife rehabilitator in New York State. ADULTS ONLY. Program fee: Members $20pp; Nonmembers $25pp. Please call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.


PROJECT FEEDER WATCH 10 a.m. Croton Point Nature Center Croton Point Avenue Learn to identify and count the birds at the nature center’s feeders. For more information, call 914-862-5297.


GENEALOGY 10:30 a.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Locating women in our culture can be difficult because they often disappear under their husband’s last name. Finding their records is challenging, but careful research can result in successful results. Toni McKeen will reveal documents and websites to uncover this hidden information. Must register in advance and prepay. Members free, Non-Members $15. For info, call 914-771-8700.

VOLUNTEER WORK PROJECT 1 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Clearing Trash From Osprey Island. Bring work gloves; hand tools provided. For more information, call 914-835-4466. WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 1 p.m. St. Paul’s Church 897 S. Columbus Avenue Eleanor Roosevelt and Ballet. In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, at 1:00 enjoy a dramatic presentation by the indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who visited St. Paul’s Church in the 1930s. At 2:00, the world renowned Ajkun Ballet Theatre presents a special dance sequence evoking the lives of three prominent women from American history associated with St. Paul’s -- Anne Hutchinson, Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt. For more information, contact David Osborn, 914-667-4116.

Cross River

THE BROAD AXE 2:30 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Find out how the broad axe has had a tremendous influence on the human and environmental history of this area followed by a demonstration. For more information, call 914-864-7317.

Sunday, March 10 White Plains

INDOOR FARMERS MARKET 10 a.m. Westchester County Center 198 Central Park Avenue Just because it’s the middle of winter doesn’t mean you can’t have farm-fresh produce! A variety of local vendors will be selling products including fresh produce, cheeses and dairy products, meats, baked goods, and wine. Admission is free, parking $5. For more information, call 914-995-4050.


PROJECT FEEDER WATCH 10 a.m. Croton Point Nature Center Croton Point Avenue Learn to identify and count the birds at the nature center’s feeders. For more information, call 914-862-5290.


MAPLE SUGARING 11 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Watch and learn about the process of turning sap into delicious syrup. Weather permitting. For more information, call 914-864-7282.


LATE WINTER PHOTO OP 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Bring your camera and learn techniques, from landscape to close-focus photography. For more information, call 914835-4466.


THE SPRING GARDEN 2 p.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 A slide program highlighting bulbs and perennials that add beauty and color to the spring garden. For more information, call 914-864-7268.

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WONDERFUL WINTER 10 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road This 4-week class for 2-3 year olds is packed with ageappropriate crafts, stories, games and outdoor explorations. Meeting once a week, these classes are packed with age-appropriate crafts, stories, games and outdoor explorations. The fee for the program is $70 for members or $85 for non-members. Please call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.


CONCERT 1:30 p.m. Sarah Lawrence College Reisinger Concert Hall “Hui Mei Lin and Bari Mort,” Pianists Hui Mei Lin and Bari Mort collaborate for an eclectic program of music written for two pianos. The program includes a world premier by composer Nils Vigeland, a delightful collection of pieces by Brazilian composer Octavio Pinto, and several short pieces by Bach, Bolcom, and Frost. The afternoon culminates with the distinctive work, “Variations on a Theme by Haydn,” by Johannes Brahms. For more information, call 914-395-2412.

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Rarely in history is one person responsible for so much that benefits people living in The Bronx today. This could be said of Matthew P. Breen. Yet few current residents of The Bronx know his name. Breen was born in 1845 in County Clare in Ireland. His father was a well-known civil engineer, thus enabling the young man to afford an education at Dublin’s Royal University. In 1866, at age 21, Matthew P. Breen crossed the Atlantic to New York. There he studied law under Hamilton W. Robinson, former chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He opened his own law office in 1871 and attracted many clients. Like most Irish immigrants, he joined the Democratic Party, but was repelled by the boss-led corrupt Tammany organization. He helped form the Committee of One Hundred that organized the County Democracy in 1880, a faction that became a formidable rival of Tammany Hall. Two years later, Breen was elected to the New York State Assembly from a district of about 50,000 people that is now substantially The Bronx. One of Breen’s first acts in the Assembly was to embrace the idea to create of a system of public parks in his district championed by newspaper editor and fellow Irish immigrant, John Mullaly.

The Assembly passed his resolution that got the city’s mayor and other elected officials to agree to the idea. Breen then chaired a five-man Assembly committee to visit the area. They examined several sites, including the future Van Cortlandt, Crotona, Bronx and Pelham Bay parks. Finally. Breen got the Assembly to create a commission to purchase the parkland. Oddly, Senator George Washington Plunkett, a Tammany stalwart of the Annexed District and northern Manhattan, got the Senate to agree. Breen was also appalled at the lack of planning by the city’s Parks Department that governed the Annexed District. No new streets were built, and existing streets remained unpaved creating quagmires in the rain and dust storms in dry weather. He organized taxpayer, civic and business groups to demand the state create an elected Commissioner of Street Improvements in the area under the city. This was done. He then helped elect businessman Louis J. Heintz as commissioner in 1890, an office that became the model for the Borough Presidency in 1898. Breen helped create the original Bronx parks and the borough’s highest elected official. Today, his name is on a plaque behind the statue of Louis J. Heintz in Joyce Kilmer Park near 161st Street.

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Bronx Toastmasters Club of Riverdale invites new members to join at their free meeting on Wed., March 13, 7:00 pm at the Riverdale Neighborhood House, 5521 Mosholu Avenue. Wouldn’t you like to communicate effectively? Now you can! Toastmasters will show you how to listen effectively, think on your feet, and speak confidently. You will learn valuable leadership skills - all in a supportive, non-intimidating environment. Come as a guest and witness for yourself what they accomplish. The club meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For further information, visit their website or call 718-796-6671.

CSAIR to present lecture on Zionism

Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will present a lecture called ‘Did Zionism Kill Secular Judaism in Israel?’ on Saturday, March 9, following Shabbat morning services and Kiddush (about 12:30 pm). Approximately 40% of Israeli Jews are secular; they speak Hebrew, and are proud to be Israelis and Jews. However, they have little or no knowledge of traditional Judaism. Is this a real problem or the natural development of a nation? Eran Schwartz, a fellow at the Tikva Institute, and a representative of this third

generation of secular Jews in Israel, will address this and other questions. For more information on this program - which is free and open to all - as well as other adult education opportunities at CSAIR, call the Synagogue office at 718543-8400 or visit the synagogue website, CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

Giuliani performed on period instruments. The performance features Daniel Swenberg on guitar, terz guitar, and mandolin, and Gwnedolyn Toth on Viennese fortepiano. To learn more about the College of Mount Saint Vincent, visit

Einstein orchestra to perform in concert

The Riverdale Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee cordially invites its members and their friends to its Semi-Annual Card and Game Party on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 11:30 A.M. in the Riverdale Temple, West 246 Street and Independence Avenue. Guests are asked to bring their own supplies for Bridge, Canasta, Mah Jongg, Scrabble or other games of their choice. Bingo will be available for those who pefer it. Please reserve in advance by sending check for $12.00, payable to B.N.C., to Cecile Horwich, 5800 Arlington Avenue - 10W, Riverdale, N.Y. 10471, by March 13th. Subscription at the door will be $15.00. Bagels and light refreshments will be served and a boutique, “Vintage Jewelry and Handbags by Granny Franny” will be displayed for sale.

The Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra, under conductor/music director Stephen Moshman, will present a concert. The program will consist of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 and Symphony No. 9 in E minor. Guest cellist is Steven Flanders. The performance will be held on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Robbins Auditorium, Forchheimer Building, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue. Contributions suggested.

Chamber music concert at CMVC

The College of Mount Saint Vincent will host ‘Potpourri,’ a Chamber Music Concert, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013 in the President’s Reception Room on the College’s Riverdale campus. This event is free and open to the public. This event will showcase Early Romantic Chamber Music by Beethoven, Diabelli, Hummel, Carulli, Mertz, and

Brandeis Group plans semiannual card party

Intergenerational session at CSAIR

If you could have three wishes what would they be? This question and many more prompted a wonderful exchange of ideas and experiences between six seniors

from the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) and members of the synagogue’s sixth grade Hebrew School class. This past January, CSAIR Rabbi Emeritus Shlomo Balter and members Ethel Kahn, Lillian Kormes, Irving Ladimer, Lenny Tureff, and Johanna Zurndorfer joined Zoe Alpert, Maya Freeman, Cole Kirschbaum, Eytan Stanton, Jael Strell, Matthew Taub, and David Wegsman in CSAIR’s first intergenerational dialogue. The program was filmed in the synagogue’s sanctuary as the seniors and sixth graders listened to and learned from each other. As stories and insights spanning more than two generations unfolded, faces sparkled with wonder, delight, and appreciation. As one student noted, ‘When I first saw the two seniors that we were going to interview I thought it was just going to be a question and answer kind of thing...their answers felt like an adventure.’ On Sunday March 10, at 9:45 am, the Sisterhood and the Hebrew School will jointly sponsor a viewing of the film. All are invited to share in the adventure and to be inspired. Rabbi Barry Dov Katz will introduce the program. The seniors and sixth graders will be on hand to engage in further conversations with the audience following the showing of the film. Light refreshments will be served. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street near the Henry Hudson Parkway. For more information, please call the synagogue office at 718-543-8400.

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Jobs or Unemployment Forever? Folks here in The Bronx have a fundamental decision to make. Are we going to continue in a downward spiral of diminished lifestyles, a society in which children have lesser prospects, by and large, than did their parents, or are we going to try and resuscitate our failing economy and build a better future? We are now seeing a replay of the same old soap opera we have seen since the days of the Lindsay administration and the federal anti-poverty efforts. Well-intentioned folks made stupid choices that created a situation even worse than it was, and certainly worse than it would have been. As a result, for a half-century we have seen nothing but a decline in jobs here, and the resulting increases in poverty and all of the pathology that goes along with it. There have been some bright spots of late, evidence that there are industries willing to invest in our borough. These will translate largely into retail jobs, and a few companies that seek to take advantage of a huge unemployed workforce that seeks to work but has been thwarted in that quest, sometimes for generations. One such saga unfolding here is the situation with Fresh Direct, the online ordering home delivery food vendor. Here is a growing company that desperately wants to locate here, bringing thousands of jobs to our borough. They are being opposed by the same “activist” groups that have thwarted job creation here for these last unfortunate fifty years. A court case opposing them is wending its way through the judicial system to prevent Fresh Direct from locating here. It is a case built on lies and deceit, a judicial strategy built upon ersatz “environmentalism” but is really one based on opposition to business and free enterprise. If these “community organizers” get their way, it will come at the cost of the loss of hope for thousands of Bronx families mired in poverty. It is no secret that the jobs that will be created will be blue-collar jobs requiring few skills. But this matches the qualifications of tens of thousands of our neighbors who today are nothing more than unemployment statistics. But these are not “dead end” jobs as the radicals would have you believe. There are clear paths to advancement both within the company, and in the economy at large – if we succeed in building that economy. The enemies of success portray the site of the proposed warehouse as if a park was being taken from the public, instead of a spot that has been vacant industrial land for generations, overgrown with weeds watered by tears. As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, one “local resident” charged that the development would snarl traffic and hurt air quality by taking away the ability to “preserve” the site as “green space” – read “garbage-strewn empty lot.” They talk of the truck traffic as creating pollution that has contributed to an asthma epidemic. Now we have no reason to question the fact that too many Bronxites suffer from asthma. But why isn’t anyone asking how, as air pollution has been severely curtailed over this past half-century (due to government regulation and technological advances) and truck traffic has greatly diminished (due to the awful economy), anyone can publicly link rises in asthma to pollution? Everyone involved – including the judge, the press and community residents should understand that this facility fully conforms to the existing zoning regulations. In other words, this is a site designated for industrial development. No special approvals are needed. But in the world of the radical “community organizers” the rules are all too often made up as we go along, made not through a democratic process but through overreaching of the judicial system. One of the issues raised regarding the phony “pollution” concerns goes to the heart of the real agenda here. Yes there will be increased truck traffic in the area as a result of the new warehouse. But Fresh Direct has agreed to covert to a zero-pollution all-electric fleet and has already ordered ten such trucks – from the Bronx-based Smith Electric Truck Company. This demonstrates the synergy created by a dynamically improving economy. One Bronx company orders their trucks from another Bronx company as the employees of both cash their paychecks and buy goods from other Bronx businesses. That’s how a real economy should work, not the one-way path of the government stipend coming to the unemployed worker as the opponents of this project have shown, over the past 50 years, that they prefer as the future of this borough.

Why spend $ to kill VC Park trees?

To The Editor: Outgoing Councilman Oliver Koppell and whoever replaces him must be reminded that they represent the people of the Bronx; not a self involved handful from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens and who knows where else who just want to turn a precious Bronx nature trail into a thoroughfare for their cycling convenience. “There are plenty of trees in Van Cortlandt Park,” Koppell reportedly said, supporting the trail’s destruction. You cannot make comments like that up. Heck; with enemies like that, who needs friends? There are plenty of paved roads in New York City for riding bikes. Van Cortlandt is a park. It is supposed to have trees. The Putnam Trail is a nature trail, not a biking road. Nature means dirt and trees and mud puddles and underbrush and small animals and creeks and birds from all over. Not barreling through on a paved road wide enough to ride three abreast with one eye on the odometer to see how far you’ve gone and the other on the speedometer to see how quickly you’re doing it. And again: the elitist cyclists pushing this plan care nothing

for the imaginary mothers pushing toddlers in strollers who are dying to abandon the park’s playgrounds for a paved road a mile away from the nearest bathroom. Or the equally imaginary wheelchair user. Nothing like a little exploitation to distract people from the selfishness of

Ban Bloomberg Boulevard in park To The Editor: Will Speaker Christine Quinn stand up for the Putnam Trail & The Bronx? So far Council Speaker Christine Quinn has taken a neutral position on the NYC Parks Dept. plans to cut down 400 trees, spend $2.5 million taxpayer dollars and lay 1.5 acres of asphalt pavement on the Putnam Trail in Van Cortlandt Park. Our stone dust surface plan protects the environment, saves taxpayers money and still serves all users. For the last two years the Bronx community has come out overwhelmingly against Parks plan and supports the Save the Putnam Trail campaign. (view over 1400 passionate comments from community members on our petition at,

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your cause. And tell me, shat sense does it make for Mayor Bloomberg to personally contribute a million dollars to destroy Bronx trees while spending your tax dollars to plant a million other trees all around the rest of the city? Michael Burke

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STAFF: Robert Lebowitz, Richard Reay, Paulette Schneider, Lloyd Ultan, Daniel R. Wolf Will our next potential Mayor take a stand for regular people in the Bronx or will the Speaker rubber stamp the NYC Parks Depts. flawed plan? Our campaign and the Bronx community are pleading with you Speaker Quinn to take a stand and speak for the thousands of regular people who have been ignored in the Bronx. Please reach out to Speaker Christine Quinn and tell her the Bronx desperately needs a voice and a leader on this issue. Say no “to Bloomberg Boulevard” in Van Cortlandt Park! Save taxpayer money, Save the environment, Save the Putnam Trail! Michael Oliva Co -Founder & Advocate Save the Putnam Trail Campaign

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The Riverdale Temple Women of Reformed Judaism will hold its Annual Card Party on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, NY. Among the card games that can be enjoyed are bridge, gin rummy, poker, as well as board games, bingo and mah jongg. Decks of cards will be available. For those who wish to play mah jongg or other board games, you are advised to bring your own sets. The community is invited to come and enjoy the afternoon. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be given. Admission for the afternoon is $15.00. Please indicate how many people will be in your party. Checks can be made payable to WRJ of Riverdale Temple and mailed to the Temple. We will provide the raffles and prizes. So call your friends and get a table or two together for a fun filled afternoon. In order that we can reserve a table for you please RSVP by March 14th by emailing Terri at www.rivtemple@aol. com. Anyone who comes alone will find a partner to play with.

mine if you are eligible for this service. Please contact Sonia at (718) 548-8200, ext. 226 for more information. This service is open to the any senior in the Riverdale/Kingsbridge community. The Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

David Froehlich Fund to help gifted music students

The Riverdale Y is proud to announce that the David Froehlich Endowment Fund, in association with the Rhoda Grundman Music School will present an opportunity for gifted music students who live or study in Riverdale. Financial awards ranging from $100-$750 for the purpose of private music instruction or enhanced lesson time will be distributed for the period of July 1, 2013 through

Ann Marie Brown is Schervier award recipient

Bon Secours New York Health System, Schervier Nursing Care Center, located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, is proud to announce that Ann Marie Brown is the January 2013 Values in Action award winner. Schervier Nursing Care Center presents the Values in Action award monthly to honor an individual who embodies the core values that Bon Secours upholds,

including delivering a high quality of care and service to each resident with compassion, respect, integrity and justice. Deserving candidates are nominated for the award by their peers for going above and beyond to provide an extra measure of care. Brown, a key team member in Schervier’s dietary department, was selected for the award, for consistently contributing to enjoyable dining experiences for each resident. ‘Ann Marie is well-deserving of this award, as she is admired by many of her colleagues, and truly appreciated by our residents,’ said Stephen Kazanjian, Director of Mission at Schervier Nursing Care Center. ‘She goes above and beyond her role in the dietary department, striving to provide residents with exceptional experiences every time they visit our dining facility. Ann Marie is always very polite and a positive individual. She takes the time to form relationships with each resident and learn their preferences, to deliver a more personable service and experience.’

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To The Editor Re: Mr. Budihas’s letter, Feb. 27, 2013 Of course, classifying the Coops as “Business Associations” rather than residential homes, was an aberration, and a blunder that has been ruining our lives, with many more evils derived from it other than just the FEMA exclusion. But who was responsible for this fatal error? Were the Sponsors, since they were the original writers of the founding documents of Coops and Condos? Or was it Engel, who intervened in the change of category in 2010? And why is ARC so interested, all of a sudden, in the welfare of the coop owners, when they never gave a damn about us, and only care about upholding the omnipotence of the Sponsor-dominated boards? Ditto for politicians like Dinowitz, Koppell and Schumer. Follow the money: obviously, there must be here a good opportunity for the Sponsors to avail themselves of the public dole. They are very skillful at appropriating taxpayers’ monies that don’t belong to them . For example, they confiscate our abatements, as reported several times in your newspaper by unhappy Coop owners. I wish you open a debate about this issue, which is at the core of the systemic woes of the Coop calamity, and ask all coop homeowners to voice their opinions and vote. Please open a poll in your newspaper. Let this be a litmus test to see if the politicos really care about their Coop constituents. - more than a million people in 370,000 coops buildings throughout New York City. Gerard M. Grosof Concerned Citizens for Co-op Reform

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15 The RIVERDALE REVIEW • Thursday, March 7, 2013

WRJ Card Party rescheduled to March 17

June 30, 2014. Awards are available to all students who are ages 8-15, be involved in a school music program or engaged in private instruction for a minimum of six months. Students must be recommended by a music teacher who submits the application on their behalf. For more information or to receive an application packet, contact Allen Sher, Director , Rhoda Grundman Music School, Riverdale YM-YWHA, 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471 or visit our website at

Thursday, March 7, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


The Riverdale Performing Arts Department presents Laurie Walton, Emily Walton, Joseph Kolinski, Joe Cassidy and other Broadway stars

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5625 Arlington Avenue Bronx, NY 10471 718.548.8200

Riverdale Review, March 7, 2013  

Weekly newspaper published in Riverdale, NY 10471

Riverdale Review, March 7, 2013  

Weekly newspaper published in Riverdale, NY 10471