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Volume XVIII • Number 17 • March 24 - 30, 2011 •


Two tragedies in far off lands spur action here By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER Nearly 50 people bundled up and headed for the monument in Bell Tower Park last Sunday morning to pray for the victims of two separate tragedies—one in Japan, the other in Israel—that struck on March 11. It happened to be Purim, a Jewish holiday featuring the joyous reading of the biblical Book of Esther—the story of how a Jewish queen of Persia saved her people from annihilation by a fifth-century B.C.E. anti-Semite. The day is ordinarily marked by revelry and parody plays, but any levity this year was quelled by the tragic events. The outdoor memorial, called by Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, began with a prayer for those who perished in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and for those who survived the natural disaster and were left injured or homeless. The prayer was composed in Hebrew and English by Yeshiva University’s Dr. Moshe Sokolow. “May it be Your will, He Who rests upon high / That the radioactivity will subside and its embers will be extinguished / And that the land will be pacified from storms and earthquakes / And You will bring comfort to Your desolate children,” it concluded. “WE STAND WITH JAPAN” placards mingled with those bearing photos of a young couple and three of their children above the words “We remember Udi, Ruthie, Yoav, Elad and Hadas Fogel”—the parents and children murdered by a terrorist as they lay in bed for the night in their home in Itamar. Rabbinical student Yisrael Klitsner, who served as soldier in Israel, wanted to give “a larger picture” of how Israelis deal with the reality of terrorist attacks. “Around two years ago, a 13-year-old kid was axed to death,” he recalled. “My wife and I were on the beach eating ice cream right before her sister’s wedding, and I had to go straight there” to the scene

Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale leads a remembrance for victims of terrorism in Israel and earthquake victims in Japan. of the attack, he said, describing the jolt as “a switch and a way of thinking that everyone in Israel has to endure, that everyone has to process, because “life must go on and people must lead their lives” although “there’s no real way of getting over what happened.” HIR’s Rabbi Steven Exler quoted from the Book of Esther. “In times when we are delivered from our enemies, we feel that sense of preciousness,” he said. “But

also in times of great loss and great tragedy, we also connect to that word—the preciousness of the lives that were lost, the preciousness of the every life—every Jewish life, every human life.” A prayer in memory of the Fogel family, also by Sokolow, quoted the book of Jeremiah: “For death came through our windows /Entered into our walls / To cut down infants where they lie / Young men from the streets.”

The New York Times first reported the murder with a 165-word Associated Press blurb on page A5. A detailed account by its own reporter the following day was relegated to page A16. “I have not read the Times in five years—on Israel, it’s such a rag—and I won’t read the Times as long as they continue drawing a moral equivalence between Israeli soldiers and terrorists…. Continued on Page 10

Opposition to Skating Rink intensifies as process is questioned By BRENDAN McHUGH Community Board 8 has a history of dissecting projects until every detail has been hashed out and every inquiry answered—an example of the dedication Riverdale’s residents have to their neighborhood—so it baffled some that no public debate has taken place about a proposed ice-skating rink in Van Cortlandt Park. When residents and elected officials heard of this rink, which is planned to operate during the winter months, some were thrilled. But with no public discussion set to take place, community leaders are quickly becoming cautious about the rink and, in some cases, outright antagonistic. Questions about the location, hours, noise, fees and effect on nearby businesses are all still unanswered. The community board had only limited

input into a project that is projected to be operating by November of this year. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz sent a letter last week to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe asking that a detailed plan of the skating rink be presented to the public and that a thorough review take place before any action is taken. "This project is on track to become a prime example of the desperate need for reform, transparency and openness. It was presented to the community as a fait accompli," Dinowitz wrote. "It appears that the rink was conceived in the proverbial ‘smoke-filled room.’" Dinowitz made it clear that while he likes the idea of a skating rink, the way this project has surfaced is a problem.

"This is still a public park, isn’t it?" he wrote. "Given the way in which the city treated Van Cortlandt Park in its dealings over the Croton Water Filtration Plant (a project which is in excess of $2 billion over budget and counting), I am naturally concerned about the future of this area of Van Cortlandt Park along Broadway." The parks department did not return requests for comment. Community activists Karen Argenti and Jane Sokolow recently sent a letter to City Comptroller John Liu asking his office to look into the matter. "We have several concerns," they wrote. "The site was chosen without community input. There are other less intrusive underutilized sites in both Van Cortlandt Park Continued on Page 9

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Senior Center supporters are angry By MIAWLING LAM More than 100 New York City senior centers may avoid the chopping block after all. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said he was confident Governor Andrew Cuomo would restore Title XX funding when he unveils his highly anticipated budget due to take effect next month. Dinowitz, who led the fight to save the centers, made the assertion at last Friday's monthly Bronx Regional Interagency Council on Aging meeting in Kingsbridge. The meeting, headlined by Dinowitz, state Senator Adriano Espaillat and Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, was called to discuss the proposed budget cuts and the effect it would have on the provision of senior services. Dinowitz, who is also the Assembly’s Aging Committee Chair, said while he was confident funding would be restored, he predicted the city would still go forth and close some of the centers. “Since there seems to be unanimity among the legislators, I believe that the governor is going to have some smarts and flexibility to realize that this is one area where he probably needs to backtrack a little bit,” he said. “I believe we are going to get that restoration. If that happens, then the mayor will have no excuse whatsoever to close a single senior center. “But you mark my words, he'll find a way to close some senior centers anyway... because that's what they've wanted to do for several years.” As part of his executive budget, Cuomo last month proposed a $25 million cut in Title XX funding, monies used to subsidize the city's senior centers. When the announcement was made, the city immediately seized upon it and claimed they would be forced to close 105 centers by as early as June. A list circulated shortly afterward revealed that 31 centers in Brooklyn, 26 in Manhattan, 22 in The Bronx, 22 in Queens and four in Staten Island would be shuttered. Among the larger centers under threat in The Bronx include the Van Cortlandt Senior Center on Sedgwick Avenue near Jerome Park, the Arturo Schomberg Senior Center on Franklin Avenue in Morrisania and the Inwood Senior Center on Vermilyea Avenue. According to the Council of Senior Centers and Services, the raft of closures would affect up to 10,000 people citywide. The New York State Senate and Assembly each passed budget resolutions restoring Title XX funding for senior centers last Tuesday. Riverdale Senior Services Executive Director Julia Schwartz-Leeper said she was disappointed that the elderly were being treated with such contempt. “We are all concerned that our seniors have had to fight year after year for the same services,” she said. “We don't really think that it's fair that seniors at the age of 80, 85, 90, 95 should have to be terrorized that their centers are going to close and services are going to be taken away from them.” Schwartz-Leeper at the meeting presented Dinowitz and Espaillat with more than 100 letters from anxious seniors and said more people were coming up to her every day. “I think there is a lot of anxiety at the moment,” she said.

“We keep hearing how the budget is so tight, but these are cheap services. (We’re) just taking care of people. “It's not only humanitarian but it's also economical.” Councilman G. Oliver Koppell said the city was in a difficult position and that he had no option but to wait and see the state’s budget. “The Council is 100 percent committed on senior issues, and we will do whatever we can,” he said. “We will deal with whatever we have to deal with after April 1. Hopefully the budget will be done by then.” Koppell also said he would shut all senior centers before cutting police and fire services, drawing jeers from the crowd.

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By DANIELLE VALENTE Big plans are in store for a parking lot Manhattan College students use along Waldo Avenue, and while the college community eagerly anticipates the modernization of its campus, the building of a new student center on the lot has the college’s neighbor examining with a watchful eye. "I live across the street. Everyone’s going to complain," Thomas Durham, superintendent of the 3875 Waldo Avenue apartment building, said. "I have no personal concerns, but I’m going to hear everyone else’s." Durham is also the chairman of Community Board 8’s housing committee. The Tudor-like apartment building across from Manhattan’s main gates dedicated a spot on its website——to the student center destined for the Waldo Lot. Although Durham does not appear particularly phased by the school’s plan, those on the 3875 Owners Corporation Board sent out a notice in mid-October with concerns. Some anxieties listed in the memorandum include the location of the student center entrance, the inclusion of community space to enhance the quality of life, and the impact the project will have on parking in the area. "Whenever we’re doing a major project, we do not want to inconvenience the community," William Bisset, vice president of enrollment management, said. "That was a big deal when we did the library and East Hill [dormitory]. We don’t want to disrupt life in Riverdale." Although construction, available parking and noise volume are all of concern,

uncertainty seems to be plaguing residents most of all. "We don’t know how big it is [or] the mission statement of the common center," Durham said. Damian McShane, chairman of Community Board 8, has heard similar stories from community members. "Most area residents are unsure what it will look like," he said. "How large a facility is it? Will it fit in with the surrounding architecture?" Fear of the unknown aside, talk of a student center brought reminders of past experiences that did not sit well with Riverdale residents, as shown by one particular point on the memorandum. "The need for an adequate response on the part of the college administration to alcohol use and abuse by students" seems more appropriate in a discussion about the college and the 238th Street bars Fenwick’s and An Beal Bocht than in a discussion about a student center. "The issue isn’t really related to it," Marty O’Neill, vice president of the 3875 co-op board, admitted. "We feel that the college should reach out with us and establish a community liaison position. We hope we can open up the lines of communication." It seems as if the community would like to use the new center as a platform for discussion for many different topics that have not only to do with construction, but also with the quality of life in the area. Thus far, Manhattan seems receptive to its neighbors' needs. College representatives will be at the April 4 land use committee meeting to discuss the project. "President [Brennan] O’Donnell reached out to the leadership at Com-

munity Board 8 last year to discuss this project," McShane said. "We appreciated hearing about the student center project from [him] rather than reading about it in the local papers." Like O’Neill, McShane encourages the communication between the college community and its neighbors. "Our hope is that as the project progresses, there will be an ongoing dialogue," McShane said. Despite the negative aspects the local residents have focused on, there are a number of positives to the school’s expansion. Bisset described that a Starbuck’s-like café that will be open to local residents, as will a larger bookstore. "I think as people become more aware,

they’ll realize it’s a space that will create vibrancy for the general community," Bisset said. Those in the area will no longer be subjected to the view of an empty parking lot or a poorly lit pathway. "There have been a few incidents along this short stretch over the years," McShane said of the pathway. "The improved lighting and security the center would bring is a benefit to the whole community." As Manhattan plans to enter the construction phase within the next year, both the community and the school will keep it a priority to engage in dialogue so that there will be a mutual respect between neighbors. Danielle Valente is a junior at Manhattan College and the managing editor of the Quadrangle.

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Manhattan College expansion could pit community against college

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Around the schools... Kinneret Day School

There is a new publication in town: The KDS Tribune. Under the guidance of assistant teacher Rachael Gleckenstein, Kinneret students have published their own newspaper. Benjamin Gaebler and Yoni Pechter wrote about science experiments at each grade’s science fair. Reanne Bernstein and Jeremy Sklar wrote about the fifthgrade interfaith program. Nadya Goldstein described her family. Eden Uriel wrote about a dog who recognizes a thousand words. Jordan Weiss discussed “Unrest in Egypt and How It Will Affect Israel.” Mitch LaDue wrote about horoscopes. Tair Mofaz provided readers with school and celebrity gossip. The Tribune also featured a Dear Suzie column and a contest to learn which books the KDS students like to read. The school is buzzing with talk of the next issue.

Horace Mann School

The Twelfth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer High School Basketball Classic, held last month at Manhattan College in conjunction with The American Cancer Society, raised more than $23,000, bringing the school’s twelve-year total to $ 223,500. The Classic features seven schools from the Ivy League, three schools from the CHSAA and one school from the NYC PSAL, Fairchester, ISAL, and ACIS leagues. The Sixth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer High School Basketball Classic event for girls was held at The Fieldston School last month as well, in conjunction with The American Cancer Society. Schools featured in this tournament were Fieldston, Horace Mann, Dalton, Trinity, Riverdale, Poly Prep, Hackley, Loyola, Marymount, Holy Child, Columbia Prep, Rye Country Day, Brearley, and Nightingale. The event raised more than $17,000, bringing the school’s six-year total to $ 77,000.

Universities.” He will discuss the challenges facing colleges and universities sponsored by religious congregations and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church and by mainline Christian denominations. As church membership and clergy continue to decline in numbers on the Catholic campuses, these colleges are in danger of losing their Catholic culture and the religious heritage of the founding congregation. Wilcox will propose a new living endowment—the mission community, a contemporary voluntary association. Dr. Gary Dorrien, a professor of social ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University, will also participate in the program. The forum is held in honor of James Luther Adams, a theologian and social ethicist. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. To attend, please contact Charity Njau at 718-862-7734 or cnjau.

College of Mount Saint Vincent

The community is invited to attend a free screening of “Gasland,” an awardwinning documentary directed by Josh Fox, on Thursday, March 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. in room 101 of the science building. A question and answer session will follow. The film explores the environmental impact of drilling for natural gas using a controversial practice known as hydrofracking or hydraulic fracturing. The screening is jointly organized by biology professor Dr. Patricia Grove and Sister Carol DeAngelo, coordinator for the Stanfordville Project for the Sisters of Charity of New York.

Manhattan College

On Wednesday, March 30, the college will present the Josh Fox’s “Gasland,” an HBO documentary that aims to increase public awareness about gas drilling and the risks it poses to human and environmental health. The screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Scala Academy Room in Leo Hall, Corlear Avenue between West 238th and West 240th streets. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by Manhattan’s campus ministry and social action, the Just Peace student organization, the American Society of Civil Engineers organization, the environmental studies and peace studies programs and several local organizations including Northwest Bronx for Change, Bronx Council on Environmental Quality, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, Church of the Visitation Social Action Committee, Riverdale Neighborhood House and Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic ClubFor more information, call 718-862-7943. The college will host its 15th annual James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society on Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in the Scala Academy Room in Leo Hall. Dr. John Wilcox, director of the Center of Lasallian Studies and professor emeritus of religious studies, will present a lecture entitled “Together and by Association: The Legacy of James Luther Adams and the Future of Religious Colleges and

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By MIAWLING LAM As a small group of Riverdale parents devote their energies to censoring the local press, their Manhattan counterparts are engaged in a dialogue that could put their children at a huge advantage. That was the conclusion at a public meeting in Manhattan that centered on whether public schools should encourage children to learn a second language as a means of enriching and enhancing their cognitive development. But instead of simply offering Spanish, schools should challenge students and also offer Mandarin Chinese to reflect the world’s rising superpower. A series of language education experts spoke about the benefits of being bilingual at a ticketed seminar organized by New York Family magazine in Manhattan last Thursday. The discussions, attended by around 30 people, highlighted the vast differences between what Manhattan parents demand for their children and what parents in Riverdale and other parts of The Bronx demand. One of the panelists, early learning language advocate Ana Lomba, said it was imperative that parents equipped their children with the skills needed to succeed in today’s global society. She believed the education revolution was gathering steam, fueled by emerging scientific research. “Everybody understands that the world is interconnected and that areas like Asia are racing up,” she said. “We need to wake up and realize it's important to learn languages because, in reality, not everybody in the world speaks English. Actually, just a very small number of people speak English.” Research has shown that being bilingual improves a child's visual and spatial skills, improves analytical and logical reasoning and boosts overall school performance. Longitudinal studies also suggest that children who are proficient in a second language register higher reading and math SAT scores. P.S. 24 recently expanded its popular Spanish language program after a successful trial among its K-2 students last spring. Spanish teacher Wendy Maldonado constructed the curriculum after consulting with her counterparts at Horace Mann School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Anderson School. Principal Donna Connelly said it was “extremely rare” for an elementary school to offer a second language but acknowledged that 41 percent of the school’s parents are of Hispanic background. Bilingual Buds Founder Sharon Huang said it didn’t matter what

language was being learned but it was important that kids were being challenged. The mother of two established New York City’s first Mandarin immersion preschool last May and currently has 50 children enrolled. “You could say that learning a language that’s very different from English stretches your mind in ways that are very different,” she said. Huang said because children begin to lose the ability to hear sounds that are outside their native language at six months of age, it is important that instruction begin early.

Being proficient in Mandarin would also give children an edge in later life, she said. “It’s the number-one most widely spoken language in the world and 20 years from now, when these children are going out and getting jobs, it’s likely that the number-one economy in the world will be the Chinese economy. “So it gives them a confidence, it helps them understand culture and I think it just enables them to be global citizens and see and understand how another half of the world thinks.” New York City Department of

Education Asian Languages Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center Director Pat Lo said only 9 percent of Americans are proficient in two languages, compared to 56 percent in Europe. She said while the demise of language programs in elementary public schools was disappointing, Mandarin and Arabic have bucked the trend. “We have seen these languages grow,” she said. “Right now, 4 percent of schools— both private and public in the United States—offer Mandarin, compared to 1 percent 10 years ago,”

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Movie screening and discussion group at the Y

Simon Senior Center is pleased to announce a new movie screening and discussion group at the Riverdale YM-YWHA. The group will watch international and American award-winning movies and documentaries. After the movie, there will be a lively discussion. The entire community is welcome. Geet's Movie Corner - GMC - will be run by Geet Jha, social work intern from Columbia University. GMC meets on every other Friday. The next meeting is on March 24th, and the group will show 'Arrange' directed by Diane Crespo, Stefan C. Schaefer. Free refreshments are provided. There is no charge for joining the group. For registration and more information please call Toby 718-548-8200 ext 223 or Geet ext 230. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

Marble Hill Senior Center announces activities

The following programs are scheduled at the Marble Hill Senior Center in the upcoming week: On Thursday, March 24 at 1:45 p.m., Ms. Barbara Denson will conduct a botanical themed craft class. On Friday, March 25, Paul Philips will provide live music at the March birthday party beginning at 1 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 29 at 11:15 a.m., IPRO will provide an introduction to their Diabetes Self Help workshops which will begin at the center in April. The Marble Hill Senior Center is located at 5365 Broadway between West 228th and West 230th Streets. A hot lunch is offered at noon Monday through Friday for adults aged 60 and older. For more information, call 718-562-8551.

the forest with a wonderful gingerbread house. Written by Dante Albertie with musical arrangement for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by William Scribner. Performed by the Bronx Arts Ensemble and The Children's Theatre Company at Lehman.

Bronx Arts Ensemble two family concerts

Join the Sisters of Charity of New York at their third annual Spirituality & Wellness Day. It will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Convent of Mary the Queen at 35 Vark Street in Yonkers, adjacent to St. Joseph's Medical Center. The one-hour workshops cover aromatherapy, meditation, T'ai Chi, good eating habits and other practices that deepen spirituality and promote wellness and healing. Select two out of 16 offerings. This year, two sessions relating to prayer form will be conducted in Spanish. Workshops are conducted by our Sisters and colleagues experienced in these fields. Full details are available at the Congregation's website: Register by Friday, March 25 with your two preferred workshops. RSVP to Sr. Mary Kay Finneran, SC, at 914-476-9811 or

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents two back to back family concerts, 'Ferdinand the Bull' at the Whitehall, 3333 Henry Hudson Parkway on Sunday, March 27 at 1 & 3 pm and the adaptation of 'Handel and Gretel' in Lovinger Theatre/Lehman College at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West on Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm. Tickets to all shows are $6. For info and tickets, visit or call 718 601-7399. 'Ferdinand the Bull,' a gentle bull who prefers the aroma of wild flowers to fighting, is mistakenly chosen to face a matador after an unfortunate bee incident... and that's just the beginning! Written by Dante Albertie with musical arrangement for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by William Scribner. Performed by the Bronx Arts Ensemble and The Children's Theatre Company at Lehman. 'Hansel and Gretel' will sing, dance, juggle and do slapstick to tell the famous story of the pair meeting the Witch in

Sisters of Charity to hold Spirituality & Wellness Day

Bronx International Film Festival Call for Film Entries

The Bronx Stage & Film Company is accepting short and feature film submissions for the 9th Bronx International Film Festival (BXFF) scheduled for June 16 - 19 at Lehman Stages, home of the 500-seat Lovinger Theatre, on the CUNY Campus of Lehman College. BXFF is a competitive festival. Submissions can be short or feature narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films. Student films are welcome. BXFF awards $1,000 for best of fest (narrative, experimental or animated film) and $1,000 for best documentary. Submission deadlines and fees: early deadline March 31, 2011 ($20 shorts/$25 features); regular deadline April 16, 2011 ($25 shorts/$30 features); and final deadline May 2, 2011 ($30 shorts/$40 features). Shorts are 30 minutes or less. Features run over 30 minutes. Discounts and extended deadline are available when submitting through Withoutabox. Submissions must be original work not commercially ex-

hibited or distributed prior to The Bronx International Film Festival. Screening at other festivals is fine. Filmmakers must have all clearances and rights and have full authority to submit their project. A century ago two of the best-known silent film studios, Edison and Biograph (a.k.a. The Gold Medal Studios), called The Bronx home. The mission of The Bronx International Film Festival is to celebrate the history of film in The Bronx by showcasing promising filmmakers while promoting The Bronx as a cultural destination and Bronx venues, like Lehman Stages, as prominent New York performance spaces. Visit or for guidelines and submission information.

Brandeis group to hear talk on The Morgenthaus

The Riverdale Chapter of The Brandeis National Committee cordially invites its members and their friends to its next open meeting on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in The Riverdale Temple,West 246 Street and Independence Avenue. The guest speaker will be Karen Franklin, the well known genealogist, art historian, guest curator at the Museum of Jewish History and former director of the Judaica Museum at the Hebrew Home. She will present an illustrated talk on "The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service". Please make advance reservations by sending check for $12.00, payable to B.N.C., to Cecile Horwich, 5800 Arlington Avenue-10 W,, Riverdale, N.Y. 10471, before March 30th. Subscription at the door will be $15.00. Bagels and light refreshments will be served. A boutique, Silver Jewelry by Lea Dunner, wil be displayed for sale.

CSAIR Sisterhood to present an evening of entertainment

The Sisterhood of Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will present an entertainment showcase on Saturday, March 26, starting at 8:30 p.m. This annual event, which is open to the entire community, allows CSAIR members to display their talents in the areas of music, singing, dancing, acting and more. Tickets for the program are $15 per person and include refreshments. Checks, made out to Sisterhood CSAIR, may be sent to the synagogue office or can be purchased at the door the night of the show. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or visit


Riverdale Children's Theatre will be holding an open house for their Summer Lights Summer Session on Sunday, March 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, located at 660 West 237th Street. Summer Lights will immerse students from Grades 1-9 in the world of musical theater and will combine professional theater training and performing arts enrichment with classic summer fun, culminating in fully produced stage productions for the whole community to enjoy. ='The program will run from July 5 to August 14, weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all levels of experience are welcome. Participants will experience daily classes in Tap, Jazz and Ballet, Acting and voice. Each child will be given specialized instruction, based on their age and skill level. 7th Grade students preparing to audition for NYC Performing Arts High Schools this fall will have a targeted prep class. Summer Lights Summer Session '11 will be held on the campus of the RiverdaleKingsbridge Academy (Middle School 141). Daily lunch and outdoor activities will be held at the nearby Seton Park for lunches, games and team building activities. The Sunlights group (1st-4th graders)

may register for 1 or 2 three-week sessions. Session 1 performance is Disney's Cinderella, and Session 2 performance will be Disney's the Jungle Book. The Skylights group (5th-9th grade) will be performing Great School Edition. All fees include Broadway field trips to see 'Wicked' and 'How to Succeed in Business' starring Daniel Radcliff. For more information, visit

CB8 seeks nominations for service award

Bronx Community Board No. 8 announces that it is accepting nominations for the Bronx Community Board No. 8 2010 Community Service Award. The Community Service Award was established to acknowledge the many volunteer efforts of groups and individuals within our community. CB8 believes that by recognizing our committed community volunteers, we can in some small way reward those most deserving and inspire others to follow their example. The only criteria for consideration is that the nominee has acted on a volunteer basis to improve or enhance, in some way, the quality of life of those living or working in the Bronx Community Board No. 8 area. The nominations are open to individuals, students and organizations or groups with an interest in the community.

Those who are salaried for their efforts or who perform these services as an extension of their professional responsibility are not eligible for this award. Entries must include the name of the person or group being nominated, contact information, i.e., address and phone number; a description and nature of the volunteer work for which the nominee is being considered, including its duration and the resulting impact on the community. All contributions to our community, big and small, will be considered. The individual or organization offering the nomination must also be identified, including a contact number. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 1, 2011 addressed to: Robert G. Abbott, Chairperson, Community Service Award Committee, Community Board No. 8 Bronx, 5676 Riverdale Avenue, Suite 100, Bronx, NY 10471. For more information, visit the website at

Riverdale Y's film series presents 'Cinderella'

The Riverdale Y's Alana Llama Sunday morning film series for children is presenting classic Disney animated films at no charge. Upcoming is Cinderella, our gala finale on Sunday, March 27 at 10:30 am. Come dressed for a fancy ball (crowns will be provided). Pizza will be served upstairs

along with waltz lessons provided by the Y's dance instructors for kids and parents. Admission is free. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue. For more information call 718.548.8200 or go to the Y's website at Note: Sunday morning the Y's parking lot is busy with many activities -- leave extra time to find a spot!

Simon Senior Center trip to Botanical Gardens

The Simon Senior Center located in the Riverdale YM-YWHA is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring a trip to the Bronx Botanical Gardens on Tuesday March 29 for seniors. Experience the 9th annual orchid show and see thousands of brilliantly colored orchids within the conservatory. This year the flair and excitement of Broadway take center stage. Marvel at more than 5,000 orchid divas as they glow in the footlights, dramatically displayed in artistic settings. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members which includes roundtrip bus admission fees and a kosher picnic lunch. The bus leaves the Y at 10:00am and will return approximately 2:30pm . For further information and to register please call the Toby at the Y at 718-5488200 x 223. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.


Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care translates academic research findings into breakthrough treatments and

therapies. It’s a result of a partnership that teams the clinical expertise of Montefiore cancer specialists with the research excellence of the National Cancer Institute-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center to develop innovative approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment. We can’t promise a cure for every cancer, but we promise to keep working until the old “C” word is a thing of the past.

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Open House for RCT's summer session

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Thursday, March 24

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HEALTH LECTURE 1:30 p.m. Riverdale Senior Center 2600 Netherland Avenue Maureen Kirk of Lawrence Hospital will discuss Joint Pain and Treatment Options. For more information, call 718-884-5900.

TEEN LOUNGE 4 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Come to the Library after school and hang out with your friends in a casual environment. Bring snacks to enjoy while play board-games, use laptops to do your homework & more! For more information, call 718-543-5150.


Tuesday, March 29


TEEN CAFÉ 4 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual environment. Bring snacks to enjoy while you listen to the radio & chat with your friends. Use laptops to do your homework, watch videos, play games, & more! For more information, call 718-549-1212.


Jerome Park

CHILDREN'S THEATER 3:30 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Lewis Carroll’s immortal classic, Alice in Wonderland, is a tale about a young girl whose boredom takes her on a journey of the imagination, creating a wonderland of characters. Through Alice’s imagination, ordinary everyday things become extraordinary. The words on the page come alive as Alice recites the Jabberwocky and learns how to overcome her own fears. Presented by the Hampstead Stage Company. For ages 4 and older. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

CB8 MEETING 6 p.m. Jerome Park Branch Library 118 Eames Place Meeting of the Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718884-3959

Friday, March 25 Kingsbridge

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 280 West 231st Street TAG meetings will be held on Friday afternoons downstairs in the Reading Room. If you are a 7th -12th grade student, you are eligible to join. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Saturday, March 26 Riverdale

EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT 8:30 p.m. Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street The CSAIR Sisterhood will present an entertainment showcase. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or visit

Sunday, March 27 Riverdale

FILM SHOWING 10:30 a.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue The Riverdale Y's Alana Llama Sunday morning film series for children is presenting classic Disney animated films at no charge. Upcoming is Cinderella, its gala finale. For more information, call 718-548-8200.


FAMILY CONCERT 1 p.m. The Whitehall 3333 Henry Hudson Parkway Bronx Arts Ensemble presents 'Ferdinand the Bull,' performed by the BAE and the Children's Theatre Company at Lehman. Written by Dante Albertie with musical arrangement by William Scribner. For more information, call 718-601-7399.


OPEN HOUSE 1 p.m. Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy 660 West 237th Street Riverdale Children's Theatre will hold an open house for their Summer Lights Summer Session. For more information, visit or call 646-436-3045.


LENTEN LECTURE 1 p.m. Saint Gabriel Church 3250 Arlington Avenue Patricia Horan, OP will speak on 'Life After Death.' The lecture will be held in Walsh Hall. For info call 718-548-4471.

Monday, March 28 Spuyten Duyvil

KNITTING AND CROCHET 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A get together for knitters & crocheters at all skill levels to work on a current project, learn new techniques, or even to being a new craft. A small supply of needs & yarn is available for beginners. All participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 1 p.m. Riverdale Senior Center 2600 Netherland Avenue The Center celebrates March birthdays with the music of guitarist Kevin Kane. For more information, call 718884-5900.

Spuyten Duyvil


LECTURE ON RELIEF SERVICES 4 p.m. Manhattan College Alumni Room, O'Malley Library Jude Marie Banatte, M.D., of the Christian Relief Services, will share his personal story in a talk 'Strengthening Haiti—After the Earthquake.' For more information, contact Lois H arr at 718-862-7142.


IRISH STEP DANCING 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 280 West 231st Street Ciara Greene, a professional Irish Step dancer will delight audiences with a step dancing performance, complete with high kicks and a fun jig! After the performance, audience members will participate in a hands-on workshop where they can learn some of the basic moves of Irish Step Dancing. By the end of the program, participants are sure to walk away humming and stepping to the songs of Eire. For ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


FAITH FORMATION LECTURE 7:30 p.m. Saint Margaret of Cortona 452 West 260th Street A Spring lecture series devoted to faith formation course on the Most Holy Eucharist. Facilitated by Steve Kanzanjian. For more information, contact Bob Stauf at 914-476-2284.


PINK AND TEAL PROGRAM 19:45:00 Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street The CSAIR Sisterhood, in cooperation with SHARE, will host a program to educate participants about breast and ovarian cancer. Free and open to the community. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or visit

Wednesday, March 30 Riverdale

CLASSIC FILM SERIES 7:15 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue The next film in the Riverdale Y's winter Rose Family Classic Film Series is The Out of Towners, written by Neil Simon and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:15. For more information call 718.548.8200 ext 211.

Thursday, March 31 Spuyten Duyvil

TODDLER STORY TIME 10:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

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The Alana Llama film experience is special— Your young child can enjoy G-rated favorites on our huge high-def screen in a comfortable, child-friendly environment. Come dressed for a fancy ball (crowns will be provided). Pizza will be served upstairs along with waltz lessons provided by the Y’s dance instructors for kids and parents and a special hug from Alana Llama herself!

Registration open for Riv. Y's 5K/10K run

March 27- Cinderella —

Closing Gala with pizza & waltz lessons

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Grab the best deal in town— dinner, dessert and a movie — all for $10

The Out of Towners

Tickets: $10/$8 seniors and students (includes pre-film dinner, discussion, wine and dessert)

(1970) George (Jack Lemmon)and Gwen Kellerman (Sandy Dennis) live in the quiet town of Twin Oaks. George believes he is a shoo-in for the company’s VicePresident of Sales, a position located in New York City. They plan on arriving in New York the evening before, which gives them time for dinner at New York’s finest restaurant, and a comfortable night’s stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before the interview. But nothing on this trip goes according to plan. Final Film in our series: Sex and the City (2008) Wednesday, April 6 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)

NOTE: this film is rated “R” and is not suitable for children

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request for comment. When the parks committee asked for more information, Perez Cassino was hesitant to answer. In the end, it was settled the committee would send a letter of concerns and requests to the parks department, but no actual concessions were made at the community board. It remains to be seen whether any concerns will be addressed in the request for proposal. The RFP, which the parks department said was supposed to go out for bid the first week of March, is still in the development phase. The Riverdale Press has also jumped on board against the process, writing in a March 17 editorial, "If it’s a way of inspiring people to invest in [Perez Cassino’s] next bid for office, [it is] gross." Perez Cassino lost the 2009 City Council election to incumbent G. Oliver Koppell by a 2-1 margin.

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Twin tragedies Continued from Page 1 It’s not good for my soul,” Weiss said. He had a message for the Palestinian Authority. “My words to them are very simple,” he said. “Speak with one tongue. Don’t speak one way to the Western media and another way to your own media. Don’t equivocate. Be straight, be forthright. Because if you are not forthright, if you don’t speak the truth, if you don’t condemn this atrocity to your own people, unapologetically, uncompromisingly, then you become complicit. “And I have another message to the Palestinian Authority,” he continued. “If hate continues to be spread in the mosques and in the media and in the schools, that foments and creates an environment that excuses this kind of action.” His message to our own president was equally pointed. “It is so critical that the president speak out with a powerful voice and recognize that if you strengthen Israel, you strengthen America. If you weaken Israel, you weaken America. And while I am grateful that the United States vetoed the most recent Security Council resolution in the United Nations, Mr. President, I am terribly unhappy with the words of our ambassador after that vote was taken.” Weiss was referring to Ambassador Susan Rice, who said, notwithstanding her vote to veto, that America rejects “in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.” There was also a message to Tamar Fogel, the 12-year-old who arrived home from a youth group meeting at midnight to find her parents, Udi, 36, and Ruth, 35, and three of her siblings—her brothers Yoav, 11, and Elad, 4, and her four-month-old sister,

Hadas—slaughtered in their bedrooms. The killers missed two brothers—Roi, 8, and Yishai, 2—who were sleeping in a separate room. “We stand with you,” he said. “We cannot be joyous on Purim—we cannot breathe, see or hear without thinking of you. Your pain and your suffering are our pain and our suffering.” The rabbi said he’s had sleepless nights considering how to observe Purim “when one thinks about what’s happening in Japan, the thousands of lives that are lost, when one thinks about human beings who climb through windows into the safety of the bedroom of husband and wife and kill them and then kill a 12-year-old child as he’s reading in his bedroom, and then slit the throat of a four-year-old and then take a knife and thrust it into the heart of a four-month-old child.” He concluded that Jews are challenged to live up to a covenant, even in the darkest times, to march toward redemption. He told of a supermarket owner in Israel who committed to stocking the pantry in the Fogel home with groceries every Sabbath “until the youngest orphan reaches 18” and of his former rabbinic student who prepared 180 Purim gift packages for every family in Itamar. These acts, he said, are living up to the covenant. Weiss led the group in singing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, and “The Star Spangled Banner”—during which, as if on cue, a fire truck headed home around the traffic circle and honked its horn as firefighters lined the windows along the side of the huge vehicle and waved to the gathering. But it was still Purim. Rabbi Exler sneaked around the side of the monument, stepped into a pair of outlandish yellow pants with purple stripes around the calves and then dashed south on the parkway toward the synagogue.


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PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 8 p.m. Westchester Community College Tech. Building Westchester Photographic Society presents Members' Competition. Memers compete in B&W and all prints. For more information, call 914-271-5542.

Saturday, March 26 Scarsdale

PUPPET SHOW 10:30 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Puppeteer Jill Liflander and her creative side-kicks return to GNC, this time getting everyone moving, singing and thinking about water conservation. This is a fun, interactive show recommended for years 2-7. For more info, call 914-723-3470.


1500 Central Park Avenue Yonkers Historical Society will hold its 2011 Annual Meeting. Guest speaker will be Joe Schiavone, author of 'The Old Put.' Also featured is an archival display of 'A City in Motion... Images of Transportation in Yonkers.'

North White Plains

PAPERMAKING WORKSHOP 1 p.m. Cranberry Lake Preserve Old Orchard Street Take a short walk to gather materials, mix them with recycledd objects and turn it all into paper. For info, call 914-427-1005.

Cross River

APRIL FOOLS 1 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Hear some strange stories about the reservation and try to deduce which are true and which are simply April fool's jokes. For more information, call 914-864-7322.

LUNCH & CONVERSATION 12 p.m. Croton Point Nature Center Croton Point Avenue Bring lunch and play a "staycation": local travel with alternate transportation on your vacation. Get information and ideas from Westchester's travel experts. Dessert provided. For more infomration, call 914-862-5297.


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NO MATCHES ALLOWED 1 p.m. Cranberry Lake Preserve Old Orchard Street Learn how to make a fire without using matches or a lighter. Once the fire is blazing, enjoy S'mores by the fire. For ages 6 and up. For more information, call 914-428-1005.

Cross River

SUGARING OFF PARTY 1 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Celebrate the end of another sugaring season with tasting, music and more. Cosponsored by Friends of Trailside. For more information, call 914-864-7322.


BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP 1 P.M. READ WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Route 1 The Queens and Her Court. Join beekeper Ralph Szur as he reveals the fascinating social life of honeybees. For more information, call 914-967-8720. VOLUNTEER WORK 1 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Boston Post Road Bring work gloves and help beautify Marshlands. Tools provided. For more information, call 914-835-4466.


BEE WORKSHOP 1 p.m. Lenoir Preserve Dudley Street Learn all about bees during this workshop with beekeeper Wendy Murphy. For more information, call 914-968-5851.

Sunday, April 3 Rye

WILD TEA PARTY 1 p.m. Read Wildlife Sanctuary Route 1 A taste of teas brewed from such wild plants as sweetfern, sassafras, goldenrod and more, along with information on their culinary, medicinal and ceremonial uses. For ages 12 and up. For more information, call 914-967-8720.

HISTORY HIKE 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Boston Post Road John Jay to Present: Take a historical travel log through the Marshlands property, including a visit to the Jay family cemetery. For more information, call 914-835-4466.



VOLUNTEER WORK 1 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Boston Post Road Shoreline Cleanup in Preparation for Nesting Ospreys. Bring work gloves and help clean up the beautiful shoreline along the salt marsh. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

Sunday, March 27 Rye

SHELLS BY THE SHORE 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Boston Post Road Learn about and view the many creatures that inhabit the seashells found along the beach. For info, call 914-835-4466.

Friday, April 1 Valhalla

PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION 8 p.m. Westchester Community College Tech. Building Westchester Photographic Society will show a DVD on the work of Art Wolf. For more information, call 914-271-5542.

Saturday, April 2 Croton-on-Hudson

HUDSON RIVER WALK 10 a.m. Croton Point Nature Center Croton Point Avenue Walk the shoreline of the park and learn about the mighty Hudson. For more information, call 914-862-5297.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING 1 p.m. Will Library's Flynn Room

Wednesday, April 6 GRNETA ENSEMBLE 3 p.m. Shaarei Tikvah 46 Fox Meadow Road The annual Shaarei Tikvah Concert will feature the Grneta ensemble, a dynamic group consisting of three exciting virtuosi — Vasco and Ismail Lumanovski, clafiinets; and Alexandra Joan, piano, playing a program entitled "Eastern Madness." For more information call 914-472-2013.

Friday, April 8 Valhalla

PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION 8 p.m. Westchester Community College Tech. Building Westchester Photographic Society presentation by Ron Rossbach. For more information, call 914-271-5542.

Friday, April 15 Valhalla

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 8 p.m. Westchester Community College Tech. Building Westchester Photographic Society presents members' competition. Members compete in digital, color, and open mind. For more information, call 914-271-5542.

Saturday, April 30 New Rochelle

CONCERT 8 p.m. Iona College's Murphy Auditorium 715 North Avenue Israreli cellist Amit Peled will be the soloist for an all-Haydn program when the Westchester Chamber Symphony concludes its concert season. For more info, call 914-654-4926.

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Lent Lectures will be held at Saint Gabriel Church, 3250 Arlington Avenue. The lectures will be held at 1 p.m. in Walsh Hall on the following Sundays: March 27: Patricia Horan, OP will speak on 'Life After Death.' April 3: Eleanor Ramos will speak on 'Spirituality.' For more information, call 718-5484471.

Classic film series at Riverdale Y

The next film in the Riverdale Y's winter Rose Family Classic Film Series is The Out of Towners. This film was made in 1970, written by Neil Simon and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. The movie, preceded by dinner, will be shown at the Y on Wednesday, March 30 -- dinner at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:15. The series, this year focusing on New York City in film, includes discussion during dinner with NYU Film Professor Jason Lucero. Tickets (which include dinner, wine, movie, discussion, and dessert) are $10; $8 for seniors. Tickets are available at The Riverdale Y is located at 5625

Arlington Avenue. For more information call 718.548.8200 ext 211.

Schervier sponsors Atlantic City Bus Trip

Schervier sponsors a Day Trip to Show Boat Casino, Atlantic City on Tuesday, March 29, leaving 8:55 a.m. and returning 8:30 p.m. The bus leaves from the Schervier Apartments, 2995 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, at 8:55 a.m. and returns around 8:30 p.m. There will be drop offs at 230th Street and Kingsbridge Avenue; at Knolls Crescent; 232nd Street and Henry Hudson Parkway; and last at the Schervier Apartments. People can also be picked up at Knolls Crescent at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $26 and you receive $30 back from the casino! To reserve a seat, please call Nellie Kenny at 718-543-0237. Leave your name and phone number and she will get back to you.

CSAIR Sisterhood to present 'Pink and Teal' program

The Sisterhood of Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR), in cooperation with SHARE, will host a 'Pink and Teal' program on Tuesday evening, March 29, at 7:45 p.m.

Through the unique perspective of survivors, this program will educate participants about breast and ovarian cancer; will teach about risks, treatment, and early detection; and will show participants how to become empowered patients and advocates for their own health. SHARE is a 35-year-old organization which offers free services and emotional support to cancer patients. The CSAIR Sisterhood offers a full program of events during the year designed to bring women together and to benefit the synagogue community. This program is free and the entire community is invited. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or visit

Relief Services discussed in Manhattan College forum

Jude Marie Banatte, M.D., head of programming for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is coming to Manhattan College on Tuesday, March 29, at 4 p.m., to share his personal story of helping to rebuild Haiti. The lecture, 'Strengthening Haiti - After the Earthquake,' is open to the public and will be held in the Alumni Room of

O'Malley Library. Immediately after last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti, Banatte and a CRS team from the Les Cayes office in the southern part of Haiti filled their trucks with emergency supplies and navigated the dangerous rubble-strewn roads to Port-au-Prince. As soon as Banatte and his team arrived in Port-au-Prince, they went to Hospital St. Francois de Sales, the city's main medical facility, to recover medical supplies and pushed to get the hospital up and running as soon as possible. 'It's easy to lose sight of our neighbors' struggles when the story is gone from the front page, and Dr. Banatte's visit to Manhattan helps keep the continuing struggle in Haiti at the forefront of our minds,' said Lois Harr, director of campus development projects. Banatte's history with CRS, the official international humanitarian agency of the U .S. Catholic community, spans 11 years in Haiti. As the head of programming for CRS, he has managed a variety of largescale agricultural and health development projects. Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway. For more information on the event, call Lois Harr at 718-862-7142.

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Lent lecture series at St. Gabriel's Church

Thursday, March 24, 2011 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


The Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy meets to plan the future...

Conserving the Park? The entire episode regarding the proposed skating rink in Van Cortlandt Park leads us to ask the logical question: “who is the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and who gave the people’s park to this group? The answers are disturbing. Mayor Bloomberg’s hand-picked political appointee, Anthony Perez Cassino, may have been rewarded for his loyalty to the billionaire mayor, but has had little involvement with park related issues prior to this. His stewardship of Community Board 8 was controversial from day one, marred by political interference. He was elevated to the position as a result of one of the most brazen political schemes, the “packing” of the board by the former and now discredited borough president, Adolfo Carrion. His role as campaign treasurer for Carrion while serving as board chair gave the impression if not the reality of acting as a “bagman” for the campaign of the oft-investigated borough president. Cassino’s removal from the board may well have been a reaction from the new borough president, eager to break with the controversies and the politics that characterized the Cassino years on the board. And what of the others on the Conservancy board? It seems a majority of them are not even from The Bronx. Why are they, without any public oversight, playing fast and loose with OUR parkland? It seems that without even issuing a formal proposal, the winner of the contract has already been picked, a company called Ice Rink Events from that world center of ice skating expertise, Houston, Texas. Such is democracy under Mayor Bloomberg. Here’s a novel approach: why not go to the public, ask whether we even want a rink, give us all the information, hold public hearings, develop a request for proposals (assuming the decision is made to proceed) and award to contract to the lowest bidder. And get extraneous, anti-democratic and potentially corrupt private entities out of the process. Respect the people’s stake in Van Cortlandt Park and cut out the political middleman.

Readers respond to letter on Holocaust insensitivity To The Editor: I was taken aback by the comments of Daniel Sullivan who apparently blames highrise dwellers for all the dirt and noise in the community and offers even more disturbing comments on the Holocaust Center at Manhattan College. He displays a deep insensitivity to his Jewish neighbors with his comments and belief that a Holocaust Center be housed at Auschwitz. From his comments I suspect he may be a Holocaust denier. Frankly, he ought to visit the Holocaust Center at Manhattan College as well at the one in Washington DC because they offer important lessons about what happens when intolerance is allowed to develop and grow. No one thinks of stopping the Irish from marching on St. Patrick's Day and there are many Christmas trees on public lands throughout the U.S. And, it's perfectly American to allow for these ethnic and cultural expres-

sions. However, Mr. Sullivan seems scornful and insensitive of those who may not share his narrowly focused beliefs that clearly goes against everything this country was built on. Bob Zolt To the Editor: There sure is a lot of insensitivity going around as evidenced by Mr. Sullivan’s brain dead blanket indictment of elders of WW2 vintage as people who are .predominantly in nursing homes and not particularly interested or offended by happenings in our community. Sorry to disabuse you, Mr. Sullivan, but I’m 87, a WWII vet and very much involved and active in our community. And I am not atypical. Drop by Blue Bay on a

Riverdale Review: Right on problems of local schools

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weekday and you’ll see groups of elders my age and older, meeting for lunch and exchanging ideas. They call themselves ROMEOs ( Retired Old Men Eating Out) That scenario is repeated daily throughout the City. You also imply that those who seek long term care in nursing homes are somewhat short of a full deck. A great many of our elders in nursing homes, despite limited mobility, are alert and quite active, demonstrate for worthy causes, watch TV news, regularly use the internet, and vote on a regular basis. A bit of sage advice from one of your elders, Mr. Sullivan. Next time look before you take a verbal leap. Ed Silverman

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am very proud to say that I was brought up in the sound, safe educational hallways of J.H.S. 141 and John F. Kennedy High School in the 1970s. Today, I do not know if I am proud, sad, alive, or even exist. With today’s M.S/H.S 141 bringing the sweet sounds of “proficient” (downgraded children down the future streets of Riverdale, the past streets do not exist if one tries to put JFK on their educational portion of their resume starting in 2014. If the school does not exist, do I? Continued on Page 19

Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish Adult Education Committee of the parish council will sponsor a Spring lecture series devoted to a four-week faith formation course on the Most Holy Eucharist commending on Tuesday, March 22, with other dates as Tuesday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.); Thursday, April 7 (at 8 p.m.); and Tuesday, April 12 (7:30 p.m.). The program will be facilitated by Steve Kanzanjian, MA, M.Div., STB, Vice President of Mission with Schervier Nursing Care Center, Bon Secours New York Health System. The program will take place in the Saint Margaret of Cortona school library (handicapped accessible) located at 452 West 260th Street, and will feature a power point presentation, handouts and small and large group discussions. Meetings will address the doctrine, reality, importance,

Holocaust Center appointment questioned To The Editor: Both my husband and I have read the recent article in the Riverdale Review concerning the appointment of Dr. Mehanz M. Afridi and are affronted. By what figure of imagination does academic equate with the frightening moments of an infant, a sibling, a mother, a father grasping for their last breath in a gas chamber. Can Dr. Afridi separate herself from her child in the hands of maniacal murdered in a gas chamber? Can she perform the Kaddish in a sanctuary on the High Holy ritual remembering our dead whose gold fillings were taken from a corpse? I urge Manhattan College to remain in academic and leave us with the plight of our people. Although I attended Manhattan College Graduate School and my husband attended Fordham Graduate School, we never brought our plight into the halls of education, for which we urge Dr. Afridi to remain in her academic position and leave the job to one whose blood has been spilled. Rather than building community, your organization has chosen to do all it can to decrease interfaith relationship and more importantly to dismiss the importance of one’s persecution of faith. Regardless of Dr. Afridi’s knowledge of the Holocaust the position demands leadership from a Jewish Scholar. Manhattan College has peacefully existed here in Riverdale for over 150 years and must continue its important role in human kind. We believe Manhattan College does the Lasallian tradition a grave disservice. Shirley Basso Ettlinger

Review: Right on local schools

Continued from Page 18 There is much blame to go around - from elected officials to school board policies to PTA presidents to mayoral control. But how did my once-proud educational certificates, once the envy of not just the five boroughs but all of New York State, go down? Does this mean Riverdale has gone down? I hope not. Anthony Rivieccio Director, North Bronx Thinktank

scripture and tradition of the Eucharist. The aim of the lectures will be to offer growth in the knowledge of the Catholic faith for Catholics and non-Catholics. For further information, contact Bob Stauf, Chairman of the Adult Education Committee at 914-476-2284.

'Hairspray' to be shown at Riverdale Y

The award-winning Riverdale Rising Stars announce their spring production of HAIRSPRAY. For the first time in our 11 year history the Rising Stars company is especially proud to welcome several new

are available. The Riverdale YM-YWHA is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue. For more information call 718-548-8200 ext 200.

Church of Mediator to host flea market

On Saturday, April 2, the Church of the Mediator will be hosting a flea market, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 260 West 231st Street between Kingsbridge and Corlear Avenues. Refreshments will be sold. Proceeds will help benefit the church. For vendors interested in renting table space, the fee is $20 for one table and $35 for two tables. Vendors can contact Larry Molatto at 347483-2489. Or by email at larry2264@gmail. com. The flea market also has a website For more information, call 718-5498660 or 347-992-4361.

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Spring lecture series at St. Margaret of Cortona

guest artists to share the stage. With a cast and crew of over 70, our talented teens come to us from Riverdale, South Bronx, Kingsbridge, Inwood, lower Manhattan, Yonkers, and Hastings. As always we are represented by a wide variety of schools which include: LaGuardia School of the Arts, Talented Unlimited, Professional Performing Arts High School, Dalton, Bronx Science, Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, SAR Academy, Hastings Schools, Kinneret, St. Margarets, Kennedy, Flags H.S. and many more. Show dates are: Saturday, April 2 at 8:30PM, Sunday, April 3 at 2:00PM, Thursdays, April 7 & 8 at 7:30PM, Saturdays April 9 & 16 at 8:45PM, Sunday April 10 at 4:00PM & 7:30PM and Wednesday, April 13 @ 7:30PM. Tickets are available online at At the Door: $20, Online $18, Seniors, $15, Students $10. Group rates


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HONOREES Martin Rollins Interfaith Brotherhood Award

DR. JEFF HORN Manhattan College Holocaust Education Center Michael Schreck Community Builder Award

THE JEWISH WEEK Award accepted by Jonathan Mark

Sunday April 3, 2011 28 Adar II, 5771 9:15am


Andrew Zucker Jewish Community Service Award

TODD RUBINSTEIN Congregation Shaarei Shalom

Please join us to honor those who have made a difference in our neighborhood – and the world.

Community Organizational Award

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