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Volume XVIII • Number 17 • March 31 - April 6, 2011 •

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Park for Sale: $100 an acre gives outsiders control

Perez Cassino and outsider cronies could dispense millions in jobs By BRENDAN McHUGH The $100,000 to $200,000 the city said they would put into improving electrical infrastructure for the proposed ice-skating rink in Van Cortlandt Park will not be coming from the parks department, but actually from the 34th Street Partnership, a business improvement district. It is unclear why the Manhattan group would fund a project in The Bronx. At last week’s Community Board 8 parks committee meeting, a representative of the Department of Parks and Recreation answered questions from the board and the public and said the city is putting forth no money—it will all come from the partnership and the concessionaire. A parks department representative confirmed the source of the money, saying, "We received a generous contribution of approximately $120,000 from the 34th Street Partnership, which is also sharing advice and expertise regarding the challenges of establishing a seasonal skating rink similar to the one in Bryant Park." The connection between the partnership and Van Cortlandt Park is through

the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. Dan Biederman is the head of the partnership and a member of the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. He is also the chairman of the Bryant Park Conservancy, where an ice-skating rink already exists. The New York Post reported last month that he earned over $440,000 as chair of the two organizations. Charles Kloth, director of concessions for the department, and Davita Mabourakh, project manager of revenue, attended the community board meeting to explain how the project will come to fruition and to field concerns from the community. However, they notified the community board only three hours prior to the meeting that they would be there, a move that parks committee chairman Bob Bender called "disturbing" and "frustrating" because more members of the community would have shown up to learn about the rink. The ice-skating rink—scheduled to open this November—will be a temporary facility run by a private company. The parks department will soon issue a

Daniel A. Biederman: half million $ man request for proposals. Community Board 8 member Robert Press and representatives of City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz voiced concerns over the lack of public input and lack of willingness to negotiate details in a public setting. In the two community board meetings the parks department has attended, representatives took very few notes. Community Board 8 did send a page-long list of requests, concerns and stipulations they would like to see in the RFP. "Once again, the public had no oppor-

tunity to comment," Dinowitz said. "They are turning a possibly worthwhile project into something bad and dangerous for the future. There’s a reason we go through public processes with major projects." Dinowitz recently sent a letter to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe asking for any discussion of the rink to be part of a more open, democratic process, and not something "conceived in the proverbial ‘smoke-filled room.’" Also raised was the involvement of the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. Kloth said the conservancy’s only involvement was pointing out a location that might be suitable for an ice-skating rink. It was discovered last month that the conservancy chairman Anthony Perez Cassino had been talking with Houston-based Ice Rink Events and Con Edison about the feasibility of creating a skating rink in the park. For years, Community Board 12 and the 161st Street BID have been asking for their own respective ice-skating rinks. The parks department continued to deny their Continued on Page 10

At the eleventh hour, it appears Blue Bay will get a reprieve

By BRENDAN McHUGH Blue Bay Restaurant has reached a tentative agreement with their landlord, Friedland Properties, which will keep them in business. The agreement will be finalized later this week.

"We’re very close to a deal," co-owner Steve Catechis said. "We want to thank the community." "But it’s not a lease, it’s an agreement," he warned. The Review reported the possible closing of the diner in February,

and what followed was a strong wave of support from local officials and community leaders. "We noticed a lot of support from the community. They came out in full force. They rallied behind us," Catechis said, com-

School experts convene for an education forum organized by State Senator Adriano Espaillat. Panelists included UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. Story on page 2,

menting on the reaction to the Review’s exclusive story back in February. "I’ve never seen anything like it." Community Board 8 land use chairman Charles Moerdler has threatened to alter zoning regulations on Johnson Avenue if Friedland continues to neglect Johnson Avenue, which is littered with empty storefronts. Blue Bay’s new lease, which will be redone over the next two to three months, will run for 10 years and have more protective measures, preventing rent from escalating too quickly. "I think we have resolved Blue Bay," said Blue Bay’s attorney, Robert Rubinstein, of Rubinstein and Rutkin, LLP. "It’s not signed yet, but an agreement is pretty much in place." Blue Bay was unable to afford a 5 percent hike in rent that went into effect over the summer. In November, the restaurant came into a verbal agreement with the landlord, but Friedland backed out of the agreement and told Blue Bay either to pay the back rent or vacate the store.

But if everything goes smoothly—they hope to finalize the agreement by the end of this week—Blue Bay will continue their 35-year reign as the longest-operating store on Johnson Avenue. The negotiation could signal a new era for Johnson Avenue merchants, who have complained that Friedland was unwilling to negotiate or work with them when they encountered problems. Thoughts that Friedland was attempting to clear the entire west side of the street to make room for a high-rise apartment building forced Moerdler to take preemptive measures. At the upcoming April 4 land use meeting, Moerdler will discuss the possible rezoning of Johnson Avenue to prevent Friedland from building over a certain height. Rubinstein never thought it was an issue of zoning, however. "They just rented out a building to the Mexican place," he said, referring to the Mexican restaurant Metate that will open up later this year. "The land use thing has nothing to do with this." Friedland did not respond to calls for comment.


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Top Regent paints grim picture of schools at Espaillat forum By MIAWLING LAM Thousands of students are graduating from high school each year ill-prepared to tackle the rigors of college because of the city's deficient curriculum. In a frank and at times shockingly brutal assessment of the city's schools, New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said the system was in crisis and authorities needed to do much more to improve instruction. Tisch delivered the stunning admission to a packed crowd at an education forum organized by State Senator Adriano Espaillat in Upper Manhattan last Thursday night. The forum was the first of its kind to be held since Riverdalians helped elect Espaillat last year. Tisch said the city was failing its students by allowing them to graduate without meeting the necessary requirements. "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a crisis in our school system," she declared. "Seventy-five percent of the youngsters in this city who get a diploma from a high school and go on to college need to take remedial courses in writing and in math. "Therefore, by the time they actually start matriculating in their college courses, they drop out. "Our community college completion rates in the city after five and six years is 23 percent." Loud gasps echoed across the venue when the figures were revealed. Tisch said she was "deeply troubled" by the patterns and admitted the curriculum was flawed. "We are not going to end the conversation by just holding teachers in school

districts accountable," she said. "That is simply not the fair way to define the problem. The problem is in the instruction. "You can build the school building, you can do a lot of fancy things, but the curriculum that is being delivered to our youngsters every day, day in and day out, doesn't prepare them to go onto larger independence." More than 250 people attended the event, and by the time proceedings started at 7:30 p.m., it was standing room only. The forum was headlined by Tisch, Espaillat, UFT President Michael Mulgrew and DOE Deputy Chancellor Santiago Taveras. Apart from the deficiencies of the city's education system, the collective power of parents was also raised, with Tisch urging the crowd to unite and demand more from their elected officials. Fellow panelist and New York City Department of Education Deputy Chancellor for Community Engagement Santiago Taveras also encouraged parents to be proactive and get involved in their children's schools. "One of them is the PTA," he said. However, despite the wide array of advocacy groups, members of Riverdale’s Community Board 8 education committee believe the department's attempts at parental involvement is a sham. Committee member Robert Press lamented the dwindling parental participation rates at last Tuesday's monthly committee meeting and said city policies have been manipulated to quell real parent involvement. "Parent associations used to bring anywhere from 25 to 50 people on a regular basis," he said. "The requirement is now eight. You

don't have to have a meeting every month anymore and it says that you can hold off elections until school starts again to allow incoming parents to run for any office where it used to be that you had to have a year's experience to run for president of the PA. "No longer, because this mayor and chancellor doesn't want involved parents. Tisch declined to be drawn out regarding the controversial appointment of Cathleen P. Black as schools chancellor but described the ensuing debate as a "sideshow.” "I think we get distracted by the issues when we fight about personalities and personnel choices," she said. "Let's keep our eye on the prize. The prize is funding our schools. The prize is putting in a standards-based curriculum. The prize is making sure that we retain

our best and most qualified teachers and supporting them in the field. And the prize is basically...making sure that equity reigns in this city." When Tisch indicated that the mayor was moving in the right direction, the audience groaned and one shouted, “nonsense!” State Senator Adriano Espaillat said it was imperative that authorities continue diverting funds into education. "If we are to get out of this recession, we must have a prepared and academically driven, well-educated workforce, and that is a component of the school system," he said. "That is with our children." Espaillat said he would continue pushing for the proposed millionaire's tax as Governor Andrew Cuomo puts the finishing touches on his state budget due on April 1.


By MIAWLING LAM Members of Community Board 8 have expressed grave concerns about the school environment at the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy and its declining academic standards, particularly the middle school. The issue, brought up at last Tuesday's education committee meeting, suggests the situation is so dire, many parents are now shunning RKA and sending their children to neighboring private schools – or moving. Budget chair and committee member Philip Friedman said he was never going to send his children to M.S/H.S. 141 when they graduated from P.S. 24. "I sent both of my kids to private schools because they weren't going to 141. There was no way. No way.

"I wasn't going to subject my children to bullying. I wasn't going to subject them to subpar teaching. I wasn't going to subject them to that environment." Friedman said he also had friends who have pulled their children out of RKA for varying reasons. Although he is now facing astronomical tuition fees, Friedman said it was worth the effort as it meant his kids were now getting a decent education. "I'm sacrificing everything," he said. "I'm working 60 hours a week to keep my kids in private schools because there is no other option or I move to Long Island or Westchester or somewhere else." Riverdalian and fellow committee member Amy Moore agreed and said that although RKA used to be a presti-

gious school, it was now a shadow of its former self. She said unless the situation improved, she may be forced to relocate to an area with a better high school. "There was no way I was sending my daughter, who is now in seventh grade, to 141," she said, "so I spent a fortune to send her to private school." "[I have] two more little ones coming up behind her and panicking about having to move out of Riverdale, where I have been my entire life." Just last month, the Riverdale Review revealed the school recorded its worstever performance in the Specialized High School Admission Test. Just 16 students landed coveted seats at one of the city's nine elite

specialized high schools this year. In 1992, 150 RKA students nabbed spots at the city's creme de la creme public high schools. The school's latest annual Quality Review Report, released earlier this month, also shows its performance in 11 of 20 assessable areas dropped from “well developed” to “proficient” in just nine months. Overall, RKA also recorded mixed results in its 2010 progress report. The middle school last year received 27.2 points out of a possible 100—an abysmal D grade—placing it in the bottom 6 percent of the city's schools, while the high school was awarded a more respectable A grade after racking up 75.3 points out of the possible 100.

Green light for Hudson River Greenway?

By BRENDAN McHUGH The Hudson River Greenway may get a green light from Metro North. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) spokesperson, MetroNorth will be conducting a study examining the feasibility of relocating one railroad track, an essential part of bringing a greenway to the Hudson River. The study, according to MTA spokesperson Marjorie Anders, will see whether a running and biking trail can be built along railroad property and to develop an estimate of how much it might cost to relocate Track 6 (a freight siding) to the east without compromising Metro-North's operation or the use of Track 6. The track is used for construction of other tracks

and is not electrified. Anders made it clear that Metro-North's agreement to develop a plan does not constitute support for the plan, but proponents of the greenway are thrilled with the news of a study. Paul J. Elston, President of the Friends of the Hudson River Greenway in the Bronx, said he and local elected officials met with the Metro-North president last month in a very positive meeting. “The Metro-North president (Howard Permut) agreed to have his staff take a serious look at studying putting the greenway on the waterfront from the Riverdale train station up to the waste treatment plant,” he said. Continued on Page 13

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Around the schools... Kinneret Day School

Sixth graders attended a two-part class about adolescence and health. Two psychologists addressed the group—Dr. Russell Hoffman spoke to the boys, and the school’s own psychologist, Dr. Racheli Rubin, met with the girls. Topics covered included physical maturity, hygiene, common social and emotional issues and the importance of respecting each others' development. Dr. Aaron Lipskar, a pediatric surgeon at Mt. Sinai hospital and father of Hannah, visited Jessica Schwab's second-grade class to discuss the types of surgeries he performs—including the most common type, appendectomies. He brought in surgeon's attire for the students, who had a good time putting on the hats, gloves, masks and shoe coverings. After Dr. Lipskar demonstrated how to put on a cast, the students molded plaster and watched it harden.

Manhattan College

The community is invited to a presentation by Dr. Jill Lepore, a professor of American history and chair of the history and literature program at Harvard University, on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. As speaker for this year’s Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture series, Lepore will discuss “The Tea Party and the Constitution.” As a staff writer for The New Yorker, Lepore was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan.” She won the Bancroft Prize for “The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity.” She is co-founder of the magazine Common-place and is currently working on three books: a biography of Benjamin Franklin’s sister, Jane Mecom, a series of essays about how historians write and a history of American ideas about life and death. The Christen Program is named in honor of the late Robert J. Christen, a Manhattan College faculty member who served for many years on the city’s Board of Education. P.S. 81 bears his name as well. For more information, contact George Kirsch at 718-862-7127 or george.kirsch @manhattan.edu.

Local Scholars

Cassandra Hay, a student at the selective Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Mnahattan, has advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship

competition. She is among a group of 15,000 finalists—less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors—who have earned this distinction. Only 8,400 of them will receive the scholarship in one of three forms: a single $2,500 payment on a state representational basis, a corporate sponsorship awarded to the children of sponsor employees or to students entering a career field favored by the sponsor, or a university-sponsored award. To qualify, semifinalists need an outstanding academic record throughout high school, a recommendation from the high school principal and SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test. In addition, they and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, including an essay and a description of their participation and leadership in school and community activities. Finalists are selected for their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

College Of Mount Saint Vincent

Nour Aqeel (’12), Joy Cote (’12), Joshian Estevez (’11), Mary Jongoy (’12), Vanie Mangal (’12), Winnie Tema (’12) and Stephanie Widmer (’12) are participants in the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research from March 30, 2011 to April 2 at Ithaca College, where they will present three posters on original research conducted under the mentorship of Dr. James Fabrizio, chair of the department of natural science, and Dr. Ana Ribeiro, assistant professor of biology. Estevez will present a poster entitled “Molecular Mapping of Mulet (mlt), a Gene Required for Spermatid Individualization in Drosophila Melanogaster.” Mangal, Tema, Cote, and Estevez will present “The Tubulin Folding Cofactor e Homolog cg12214 is Required for Sperm Individualization in Drosophila Melanogaster.” Widmer will present “Effects of Estrogens on Food Anticipatory Activity in Female Mice.” Dr. Fabrizio commented, “It is unusual to have research like this going on at the undergraduate level...For a small college, the research coming out of here is quite remarkable.” The National Conference on Undergraduate Research sponsors this annual conference to promote scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.

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By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER Judge Colleen McMahon is pondering the motives of the four men convicted of planning to bomb two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down U.S. military planes—would they have pursued such plans on their own, or were they entrapped by the FBI, involved only because they were lured into the plot by a substantial payoff? In an appeal last week to the federal district judge, defense lawyers claimed that the men were motivated to carry out the terrorist acts solely by the substantial reward offered by undercover FBI informant Shahed Hussain, who posed as a Pakistani terrorist while he met with them outside the mosque they attended. Prosecutors countered that only those already predisposed toward such actions would be willing to get involved, regardless of the payoff, and that hatred for America and for Jews was strong enough to fuel their actions. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams (not related to each other) and Laguerre Payen were arrested in May 2009 while in the act of planting what they thought were bombs in front of Riverdale Jewish Center and Riverdale Temple. The weapons, provided by Hussain, were inert, and no harm was done. According to their plan, after destroying the synagogues the men were to proceed north to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh for the purpose of firing missiles at military planes. They were found guilty of charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy to use anti-aircraft mis-

siles. Cromitie and David Williams were indicted on eight counts; Onta Williams and Payen on seven, acquitted on the charge of attempting to kill U.S. military personnel. At the trial last October, defense attorneys failed to convince the jury in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the group meant no harm and would not have engaged in the plot had they not been entrapped by the informant and had they not been in dire need of the material rewards he offered. But the jury was apparently more impressed by surveillance tapes revealing the men engaged in discussions about their targets and their intentions. In one tape, Cromite said “The best target was hit already,” referring to the World Trade Center. During several months of taping, Hussain captured some moments of hesitation and some concern about harming women and children. But videos shown in court revealed the men examining the shoulder missile they’d be using two weeks later in the planned attack. There were tapes of Cromitie’s statements against Jews and against what he called this country’s military aggression in the Middle East. “I’m ready to do this damn thing,” he was heard saying. “Anything for the cause.” U.S. Attorney David Raskin said the evidence showed that Cromitie, considered the instigator, approached the informant on his own and confided that being a terrorist would fulfill a childhood ambition. “Nobody was pushing them,” Raskin said. “They did it because they wanted to do it…It is how they committed the crime that proves their predisposition.”

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day, April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Library is open Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; ThursdaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ypl.org. The Riverdale Art Association meets every month on the second Tuesday at the Atria Riverdale. The next meeting is scheduled for April 12 at 7 p.m. and will feature a presentation by acclaimed Bronx artist, Danny Hauben. The community is welcome and admission is free. The Riverdale Art Association welcomes new members. Visit www.riverdaleartassociation.org.

into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&Bsinging carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! The cast includes Rey Llena as Seymour; Arianna Hanson as Audrey; Amanda Hernandez as Mushnik; Elizabeth Levy as Chiffon; Claire Dahlem as Crystal and Casandra Hernandez as Ronnette. The RCC Teen Theater program is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and is unique because it offers free theater training to students grades 6 through 12. In addition, all sets, scenic design and backdrops were created by program participants and technical assistance (lighting and sound) for the show is also provided by students. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact the RCC Office at (718) 796-4724.

RJCRC's annual legislative Awards Breakfast

Toastmasters Club invites new members

The public is invited to the Riverdale Jewish Community Relations Council's 27th Annual Legislative Awards Breakfast will be held at the Riverdale Y on Sunday, April 3, at 9:15 am. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue. The awards will be presented by our community's elected officials. This year's awardees are: Dr. Jeff Horn, Manhattan College Holocaust Education Center; Teens in Action, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) and the Riverdale YM-YWHA; Todd Rubinstein, Congregation Shaarei Shalom; The Jewish Week. Tickets are $36 and can be purchase online at www.RiverdaleY.org or by calling (718) 548-8200, ext. 203.

The Bronx Toastmasters Club invites new members to join them at their meeting on April 13 at 7:30 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 at www.thebronxtoastmasters.com or call 718-796-6671.

RCC presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Annual Women's Seder scheduled at Riv. Temple

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Boy Scout Troop 240 to hold annual auction

The Friends of Troop 240 will present their Annual Auction on Friday, April 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway. Great items for auction include: gift baskets, electronics, dinner tickets, sport event tickets, home goods, toys, camping items, and much more. Refreshments offered for sale. There will also be door prizes. Parking is available. Come support one of the oldest Boy Scout Troops in New York City.

'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 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 Riverdaley.org. At the Door: $20, Online $18, Seniors, $15, Students $10. Group rates are available. The Riverdale YM-YWHA is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue. For more information call 718-548-8200 ext 200.

RAA artists exhibit at Grinton Will Library

Twenty-three artists from the Riverdale Art Association are participating in the Annual Spring Exhibit during April at the Grinton Will Library, 1500 Central Parkway Avenue, Yonkers. Sheila Abbott, Laura Barmack, Mabel Cohen, Joyce Dutka, Maria Formoso, Ruth Hurd, Esther Ibisch, Shirley Janay, Gloria Karlson, Joan Levine, Irma Kramer, Andrew Marum, Lillian Masters, Margaret M.R. Kileen, Joan O'Brien, Nancy Quigley, Bob Robinson, larry Rosen, Aija Sears, Manuel Servin, Michael Sharkey, Brian Skinner, Ethel Strenger are exhibiting paintings, photographs, claywork and many other media in this special art work. A reception with the artists is Satur-

The Riverdale Community Center is proud to present its 2011 Teen Theater spring musical production, 'Little Shop of Horrors'. Community performances will be held Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, at 7:30 p.m. in the David A. Stein/Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (M.S./H.S. 141) Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the RCC Office (Room 102-D) at RKA or at the door on performance evenings. 'Little Shop of Horrors' is a rock musical about a down- and-out, skid row, floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon 'Audrey II' grows

The Riverdale Temple, Women of Reform Judaism, will celebrate the role of women in the Exodus from Egypt with its all women's pre-Passover seder on Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple social hall, 4545 Independence Ave., at West 246th Street. Last year over 90 women of various denominations and generations attended the event. Each participant reads from a Haggadah compiled by the first Women of Reform Judaism women's seder committee. Rabbi Judith Lewis will lead the group in song and prayer. Women from the community and their friends are invited. This special seder has gained in popularity as many communities proclaim the importance of Jewish women in preserving their biblical heritage. The chairwoman of the yearly event is Carolyn Baron. This year her committee members are: Susan Birnbaum, Enid Black, Shelly Clark, Marcia Federman, Carole Feinberg, Sylvia Gottlieb WRJ co-Presidents Elaine Katz and Helen Krim, Dorothy Kay, Rita Lowe, Audrey Ott, Riverdale Temple President, Rachel Radna, Selma Stone, Kay Samalin and Judy Zucker. The cost is $36.00 per woman, $12.50 per child under 12 for a delicious Kosher meal. Reservations are required by April 4th. For more information, call the Temple at 718-548-3800, extension 1, or bring checks to Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Ave., Bronx, NY 10471. Payment may be made on line with a credit card on our web site: www.riverdaletemple.org.


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Iris Schwartzbaum, a member of the Riverdale Art Association, has been selected to have a one-woman show of her paintings at the Riverdale YM-YWHA during the month of April. Her paintings reflect an interest in varying forms of expression through a diversity of media and processes. She attributes the experimental and exploratory approach in her art to her studies in science at Cornell University and her art education from the University of Wisconsin, where she received her Master's of Fine Arts degree. She states that there is a good deal of science in art, and likewise, much art in science. Before her recent return to Riverdale, Iris Schwartzbaum was a long-term resident of Rochester, NY, where she served on the faculty and chaired The Metal Media and Jewelry Department at The Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery. She also served on the adjunct faculty at The Rochester Institute of Technology. The show is open to the public and can be seen at Gallery 18, in the upper lobby at the Y, from April 1 to 30. The Riverdale YM-YWHA is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue. Call the Y directly for their special hours during April, at 718-548-8200, or visit www.RiverdaleY.org. The Riverdale Art Association every second Tuesday of t he month. Visitors and new members are welcome. Visit www.riverdaleartassociation.org.

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents family concert

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents an adaptation of 'Handel and Gretel' in Lovinger Theatre/Lehman College at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets to all shows are $6. For info and tickets, visit bronxartsensemble.org or call 718 601-7399. 'Hansel and Gretel' will sing, dance, juggle and do slapstick to tell the famous story of the pair meeting the Witch in 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 residents offered free trees

MillionTreesNYC - a public-private partnership between New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation through which one million new trees will be planted and cared for across NYC's five boroughs by 2017 - wants New Yorkers to be aware of the upcoming opportunities in their neighborhood to pick up a free tree this spring. Trees provide invaluable benefits to new York City and its residents - they provide shade to cool our neighborhoods during hot summer months, clean our air and water, increase our property values and encourage neighborhood revitalization. We need thousands of New Yorkers to help plant, protect and preserve our city's

great and growing urban forest so we'll enjoy all of the health, environmental and economic benefits trees provide. MillionTreesNYC Giveaway Trees are available throughout the Bronx and citywide. New York City residents can attend any of the below tree giveaways and pick up one free tree per household. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with each tree - residents just need a place to plant, a shovel and access to

water. Note that trees can be planted on private properties such as front and back yards, community gardens and faithbased centers throughout New York City with permission of the property owner. Trees must be planted in the ground, rather than in a planter or a container, and all MillionTreesNYC trees must be planted within the five boroughs of New York City. Spring 2011 MillionTreesNYC Tree

Giveaway schedules are: Sunday, April 10, 9-11 a.m. at 249th St. and Independence Avenue. 200 trees. Sunday, April 10, 12-2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck, Baisley Ave. and Hollywood Avenue. 200 trees. Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Broadway and Mosholu Avenue. 150 trees. For more information, visit www.milliontreesnyc.org.

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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.

2 p.m. Lehman's Lovinger Theatre 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Bronx Arts Ensemble presents 'Hansel and Gretel,' 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.

Monday, April 4 Kingsbridge

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

ANIME NIGHT 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 280 West 231st Street Manga-maniacs Kazuki and Taishi get into trouble and have lots of fun as they check out doujinshi (self-published manga), spend some time at a crazy tennis tournament, and go on a camping trip that ends in a deadly duel! Bring your friends and your love of anime to this hilarious adventure! For ages 12 to 18. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Riverdale

Tuesday, April 5

Riverdale

Spuyten Duyvil

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.

BABY STORY TIME 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

Friday, April 1

Riverdale

Kingsbridge

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 280 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 12 to 18. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

TODDLER STORY TIME 11:30 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue 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 718-549-1212.

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BOY SCOUT AUCTION 7 p.m. Riverdale Presbyterian Church 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway West The Friends of Boy Scout Troop 240 present their annual auction. There are great items, refreshments, door prizes. Parking available.

BRANDEIS GROUP MEETING 12:30 p.m. Riverdale Temple West 246th St. and Independence Ave. The Riverdale Chapter of The Brandeis National Committee will meet. The guest speaker will be Karen Franklin. She will present an illustrated talk on "The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service".

Saturday, April 2

Van Cortlandt

Kingsbridge

FLEA MARKET 9 a.m. Church of the Mediator 260 West 231st Street A variety of merchandise will be sold. Proceeds go to the church. For more infomration, call Larry Molatto at 347-992-4361.

Spuyten Duyvil

MEET THE AUTHOR 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Lorraine Abramson grew up a gifted Jewish athlete under the apartheid system of South Africa. She experienced life both on the outside of the Christian mainstream and on the inside of a white supremacist society. Abramson discusses the experiences revealed in her memoir, My Race. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

Sunday, April 3 Riverdale

LEGISLATIVE AWARDS BREAKFAST 9:15 a.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue The public is invited to the Riverdale Jewish Community Relations Council’s 27th Annual Legislative Awards Breakfast will be held at the Riverdale Y on Sunday, April 3, at 9:15 a.m. The awards will be presented by our community’s elected officials. For more information, call 718-548-8200, ext. 203.

Riverdale

LENTEN LECTURE 1 p.m. Saint Gabriel Church 3250 Arlington Avenue Eleanor Ramos will speak on 'Spirituality.' The lecture will be held in Walsh Hall. For more information, call 718548-4471.

Bedford Park

FAMILY CONCERT

THE GOLEM 3:30 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, but have you ever encountered a monster made of mud? Or a monster that will become your guardian angel? A Golem is such a creature from Jewish folktales. This contemporary play takes a new spin on an old tale using music and puppetry to explore how a desperate young immigrant child in Brooklyn finds magic in everyday life. For ages 7 and older. For more information, call 718-543-5150.

Kingsbridge

FAR OUT PHYSICS 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 280 West 231st Street Discover how electricity moves along wires by watching a demonstration of a clock that runs on potatoes! Participants make their own milk carton radio that really works! Presented by the Children's Museum of Manhattan. For ages 6 to 11 years old. Preregistration is required. (Limit to 25 children). For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Thursday, April 7 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.

Riverdale

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 info, call 718-549-5656.


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By MIAWLING LAM The neighborhoods of SoHo, TriBeCa and NoLita are well-known and now a Bronx condo seller wants NoMa to enter the vernacular. The Solaria Riverdale project, located at 640 West 237th Street, is making a bold attempt to fashion a new image by billing their location as NoMa, short for North of Manhattan. ARC Development Principal Joseph Korff denied the acronym was a marketing ploy and said it was simply being used to help people pinpoint Riverdale on a map. He said Riverdale has been referenced as NoMa in Wikipedia and in advertising material for Liebman's Deli and that Solaria was following suit. “Riverdale has a wonderful, subliminal attitude reaction for people who know the name but you'd be shocked by the

number of people who don't know where it is or how close it is to all the activities in Manhattan,” he said. “I can't tell you the number of people who have been reported as saying, 'Riverdale. Is that in Westchester?' or 'Don't know much about it,' or 'Is that New Jersey?' Korff said the building started using the creative title a week ago and that buyers have reacted positively. He also told the Riverdale Review that the NoMa title was a natural progression. “When I first moved to New York, did people talk about TriBeCa? No. Did they talk about DUMBO? No. Did they talk about NoLita? No. These things happen,” Korff said. The 20-story luxury condo development has a history of trying to lure buyers by using unorthodox marketing techniques.

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Rink could be a jobs $$$ grab Continued from Page 1

requests because of a lack of funding. Most recently, Community Board 8's parks committee asked for funding for 10 projects in the 2012 budget proposals—some in Van Cortlandt Park—and all were denied because of a lack of funding. But now, through a donation by a nonprofit more than 200 blocks away, the city is going forward with a project that the community board never asked for—until last week. When Dinowitz’s representative mentioned that no official request had ever been made from the community board for a skating rink, Community Board 8 chairman Damian McShane interrupted him by yelling out that he is, on the record, asking for it now. Later on in the meeting, McShane said, "I’m embarrassed to be in the room and I’m disgusted by some of the comments made here by representatives of elected officials," after questions arose about the links to the conservancy and the effect the rink—which will sell food and snacks —may have on business along Broadway and West 242nd Street. McShane insisted that if the community board does not like the RFP issued by the city, he would vow to make the parks department come back to the community board and talk about changing it. Community Board 8 does not have an official opinion on the ice-skating rink. The only true public hearing will be after the RFP is successfully bid upon and the project is drawn up. Only then will the project stand before the Franchise and Concessions Review Committee. A public hearing will take place, and then

the committee—consisting of two representatives of the mayor, one of the office of management and budget, one of the law department, one of the city comptroller, and one of The Bronx—will vote on the project. To pass the committee, the project needs five of the six votes.

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Riverdalians protest attacks on Israel By GLENN RICHTER As 200 New York area-residents, including a contingent from Riverdale, sang "esa einai”—a Hebrew song based on the psalm "I lift up my eyes to the mountain, whence comes my help”—at a memorial and prayer service for those murdered, maimed, and endangered in Israel in the past weeks, the immediate response came from ground level. Dozens of drivers, from cars to trucks, honked their horns in support of the flag-and sign-waving crowd at the Israeli consulate a block from the United Nations. Hillary Markowitz, prime organizer of the memorial, related that her son, sitting in his dormitory in Jerusalem, heard the blast of the bomb that killed British tourist Mary Jean Gardner outside the Central Bus Station. That sound was heard, in a sense, by many of those who felt the need to join the memorial, holding signs such as "We Support Israel" and "President Obama: Enforce a 'No-Fly' Zone Against Palestinian Terror Rockets from Gaza!" The Fogel family, murdered by terrorists, were from Itamar. The town's mayor, Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, and his wife, Leah, who were in the U.S. to raise support, addressed the crowd. Mrs. Goldsmith declared, "We are at war when men come on Shabbat to slaughter men, women and children. President Obama had asked the Israeli government to remove the soldiers from the Tapuach junction near us, which protected the Jerusalem-Shchem [Nablus] road. So you got the butchering of a family, then a bombing at a bus stop because the White House thinks that checking Arabs is a human rights violation. "Itamar is on a mountain. To the west, we can see Tel Aviv, to the east, the Jordan

Valley. Do you want us—or Hamas—on the mountain? We have to work together, to be strong. Israel, Itamar, are places of life and vitality." In response, the crowd sang out, "Am Yisrael chai!”—the people of Israel live! The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale’s Rabbi Avi Weiss, national president of Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, declared, "We tell the Palestinian Authority that Israel wants real peace. If you want to be a peace partner, don't speak with a forked tongue, one way to the Western media and the other way to your own people. If you want peace, stop the hate in your mosques, your media, and in your schools. Mr. Abbas: if you allow this hate to continue you become complicit with these horrific crimes. "Our message to President Obama is simple: when the American ambassador to the United Nations spoke about the settlements' 'illegality' before any Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, it renders the settlers illegitimate and plants in the minds of sick people motivation to go out and commit these horrors. Those kinds of words are contributors, in their own way, to these crimes. Mr. Obama: if you strengthen Israel, you strengthen America. If you weaken Israel, you weaken America. "We're in a very real relationship with God. We ask, demand, that He does His share for Israel. But God needs us to do our share, and not wait for someone else to act." Turning to Mayor Goldsmith, Rabbi Weiss stated, "When you return to Itamar, tell the men, women and children: you are not alone. We stand with you." Rabbi Weiss had the last word: "What unites the Jewish people is much greater than what divides us.”


By MIAWLING LAM Judging by the sheer numbers, Riverdale must be one of the most stable neighborhoods in New York City, increasing by only 136 residents in 10 years. An analysis of the city's Neighborhood Tabulation Areas, compiled from the 2010 Census data, shows Riverdale's population stands at 58,021, slightly up from 57,885 in 2000. The area, as defined by the city, encompasses Riverdale, North Riverdale and Fieldston as well as Kingsbridge and Spuyten Duyvil, which are tabulated separately. Racially, whites still dominate the makeup of the neighborhood, comprising 58.02 percent of the population, while 26.02 percent are Hispanics. Of other ethnicities, blacks make up 8.32 percent, Asians 5.51 percent, other races 0.33 percent, Native Americans 0.11 percent and 1.65 percent are from two or more races. Census data also reveals Riverdale remains a largely older neighborhood, with only 17.27 percent under the age of 18. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said he was surprised by figures showing that the population in his own district declined by 1,659. "From what I've seen, I find it a little surprising that the population went down at all," he said. "I'm not going to say it's going to go up because of new construction—because most of the construction is empty—but it's my sense that our population has increased. I think we have more families with kids moving into the neighborhood." Overall, the population in The Bronx grew by four percent. Melrose and Morrisania, two neighborhoods in the South Bronx renowned

for its high crime levels, were deemed to be one of the city's fastest growing areas and recorded a 27.1 percent increase in population. Much importance is placed on the official population figures, as they not only determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress and the Legislature but they are also used to calculate the city's share of federal funding. The release of the highly anticipated totals attracted controversy last week after New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg accused the bureau of undercounting. The official bean counting agency claims there were 8,175,133 people living in New York when it conducted a count last spring, a modest 2.1 percent increase from 2000. Data shows Brooklyn's population grew by a scant 1.6 percent while Queens recorded an increase of just 0.1 percent, or 1,300 people, since 2000. Bloomberg immediately challenged the validity of the count and said demographic data suggests there are 225,000 more people living in the region. Chief city demographer Joseph Salvo said the counts accurately reflected the tremendous growth in Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island but he remained perplexed about the reported population decline in Brooklyn and Queens. Dinowitz said he now feared the lower-than-expected totals would have a tremendous impact on the city when district lines are redrawn. "The projections were that the city would be at 8.4 million and based on those, the city would've gained Assembly seats," he said. "I think we're going to lose one or two Assembly seats in the city now."

Green light for Hudson River Greenway? Continued from Page 3 Currently, Track 6 sits a few yards away from the other train tracks. If moved, it would leave enough room for benches, a wide path and a fence to separate the train tracks from the greenway users. Besides the cost, Permut expressed concern over the safety of greenway users with trains passing by as fast as 65 miles per hour. The overall plan, currently being designed by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), will extend Manhattan’s Hudson River Greenway into the Bronx and to the waste treatment plant in Yonkers. The NYMTC will meet with all the parties involved in the next couple weeks and hopes to have a public meeting by May. “We appreciate your willingness to fully consider an alternative for the Greenway Link that will run along the waterfront between the Riverdale Station and the Yonkers' streets over land that is controlled by or owned by Metro-North,” Elston wrote to Permut after the meeting. Originally, Permut said the greenway would need to be constructed from the river—a very expensive undertaking. However, when Elston asked if Track 6 could be used once it was moved, Permut said that could be looked into. The openness Metro-North displayed during the meeting has left Elston with an encouraging outlook. Also in the meeting with Metro-North were Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz and representatives for City Councilman G.

Oliver Koppell and Rep. Eliot Engel. All have been involved with the greenway for years. Andrew Sandler, a community liaison for Koppell, said the Councilman is will to assist with whatever is needed to help move the process forward, especially with the relocation of Track 6 to make room for the greenway. His office is also determining the ownership of the pedestrian bridge overpass near of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. It could be a key access point for the greenway, but it is unclear if the MTA or the Sisters of Charity owns it.

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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 347-483-2489. Or by email at larry2264@gmail.com. The flea market also has a website http://flea-market. qapacity.com. For more information, call 718-5498660 or 347-992-4361.

Rotary Club to sponsor reading hour

Youngsters 3-12 years old are invited to participate in the Reading Program on Saturday, April 2, at the Kingsbridge Library, 280 West 231st Street, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Readers will be grouped by skill level and encouraged to read, helped with pronunciation and word understanding, and for those without reading skills, interpret pictures. There is no charge for

participation. The Rotary Club of Riverdale is part of Rotary International and sponsors the library reading project as a local community service. Adult volunteers who are interested in participating are asked to contact Karen Pesce, Secretary: (718) 749-4469.

Jill Lepore to discuss 'The Tea Party and the Constitution'

Jill Lepore, Ph.D., David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History and chair of the history and literature program at Harvard University, will speak at Manhattan College on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium. Presented by the College's Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture, the event is free and open to the public. Lepore will discuss 'The Tea Party and the Constitution' as the speaker for the annual series. A staff writer for The New Yorker, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for 'New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in EighteenthCentury Manhattan.' She won the Bancroft Prize for 'The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American

Identity.' A member of the executive board of the Society of American Historians, she is a distinguished lecturer of the Organization of American Historians and serves on numerous boards and committees. Next year she will be a guest curator at the Old State House Museum in Boston and a visiting scholar of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Lepore is cofounder of the magazine 'Common-place.' A prolific author, she is currently working on the three books: a biography of Jane Mecom, Benjamin Franklin's sister; a series of essays about how historians write; and a history of American ideas about life and death. For more information about the April 11 lecture, contact George Kirsch, professor of history, at 718-862-7127 or email george.kirsch@manhattan.edu.

Robert Kramer to give poetry reading

An Beal Bocht Cafe will continue its poetry reading series on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:30 p.m. with a reading by Riverdale resident Robert Kramer. Kramer is a widely published poet, playwright, literary critic, and translator

of European literature. He was formerly director of the New York Poets Cooperative and is currently a professor of art history at Manhattan College. The featured reading will be followed by an open reading. An Beal Bocht Cafe is located at 445 West 238th Street, between Waldo and Greystone Avenues.

Friday Friday! at BartowPell Mansion Museum

First Friday! returns from its winter break with a return engagement of the Silver Roots ensemble featuring flutist Shawn Wyckoff and violinist Maria Millar. Enjoy classical music, the mansion, light refreshments, and a ride on the free Bronx Seaside Trolley. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island starting at 5:30 p.m. Registration requested; call 718-8851461 or email info@bpmm.org. Cost is $8; $5 seniors and students; members free.

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What is the price of Van Cortlandt Park? It seems that it is about $120,000, a bargain at little more than $100 an acre. Not since the Peter Minuit gave the Lenape Indian tribe 24 bucks for Manhattan Island has there been such a onesided transaction For this modest amount, moneyed interests from Manhattan are about to gain control of the huge park, how it is used and who runs it. The fact that this plan, hastily conceived and terribly flawed is about to be imposed on us without the benefit of the democratic process. It seems that the 34th Street Partnership will donate the seed money to make the controversial and possibly ill-advised skating rink a reality. This is the first time in our memory that such a project was imposed on the community without any sort of public process. Do we want or need a skating rink? Maybe. So why not have a full and open process to determine the practicality of the proposal? Why not discuss alternative plans and priorities that should take precedence over the surprise proposal? And what about location? Is this spot, in the midst of the noise, pollution and dangerous traffic of Broadway, six city blocks away from parking, the best we can come up with? Of course not. And why shouldn’t we look into this curious funding scheme? Maybe the answer why the 34th Street Partnership would fund a skating rink 209 blocks to the north, in an other borough and in another world, has to do with money. The fellows who run these partnerships, conservancies and business improvement districts (BIDs) are getting rich. And they just might see Van Cortlandt Park as a big 1,146 acre opportunity to line their pockets. There is Dan Biederman, who sits on the Van Cortlandt Conservancy as well as heading the 34th Street Partnership and the Bryant Park Conservancy. He makes $440,000 a year for his efforts, and perhaps he can envision another $200,000 coming from our park. After all, the New York Post reported that these plum jobs routinely pay more than the $205,000 that the city’s Parks Commissioner makes to oversee all parks. Debbie Landau, head of the Madison Square Park Conservancy makes $200,000. Aimee Boden of the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation pulls down $176,000. Douglas Blonsky of the Central Park Conservancy makes $443,000. That’s a lot of green given out in our green parks. And who is looking out for the interests of the public in giving out the contracts for unregulated parks projects, possibly to friends and cronies? Well, the answer is a free press. But the public deserves more than that. They deserve a full process that gives you all the information before so much as a shovelful of dirt get dug out for any project on public land. What are Anthony Perez Cassino and his cronies really up to? Why does this rink have to be built in the wrong place and at the wrong time before any sort of hearing or public forum to discuss it? Now you know why he and his tiny band of supporters want to censor this newspaper. We guess the only newspaper they really favor is some sort of Pravda type party organ that will never ask the tough questions and protect the public interest. Someone who won’t question them as they run roughshod over the democratic process. Make no mistake about it. Remember, Perez Cassino was crushed in the election for City Council, overwhelmingly rejected by the voters. You have the right to voice your opinion, and read about it in the local press. It is time to tell the outsiders, the Manhattan elitist oligarchs that this is our park, not theirs. They want to take our park away for a measly $120,000. We have to tell them the real cost of the park is this: priceless. We are not for sale.

Bloomberg’s ‘national’ 9/11 memorial denies 9/11

To The Editor: Prior to 9/11 I gave terrorism and events like the murder of the Fogel family in Israel little thought. The Holocaust was a subject in school. Or a TV movie series. On Sept. 11 however, my brother, Capt. Billy Burke of Eng. Co.21 on E. 40th St. gave his life at the WTC. He perished assisting Abe Zelmanowitz and Ed Beyea, coworkers at Empire Blue Cross. Beyea was a quadriplegic, trapped at the top of 27 flights of stairs. While the building evacuated, Abe stayed with his friend until both could safely escape. Billy was assisting them when WTC 1 collapsed and they perished with the other 2,746 innocents at the WTC, 9/11. Something like that changes your perspective. It is imperative that the civilized world not forget. That we remain vigilant against blind hatred and intolerance and the terrorism it employs. And we cannot afford to be politically

correct about it: in today's world that means fundamentalist Islam. However, the "National September 11 Memorial" at the WTC currently under construction was designed and chosen precisely to deny the attacks. All that reminds us of the attacks has been banished from Ground Zero. "To protect the

An equal opportunity Holocaust To The Editor: As soon as I saw the original article on the appointment of Dr. Afridi, a Muslim, as head of the Holocaust Center at Manhattan College I knew there would be fireworks. And Daniel Sullivan's insensitive and ignorant response certainly added to the rockets red glare. But it is rather insensitive, also, to suggest that only Jews died in the Holocaust with comments like, "Can [Dr. Afridi] perform the Kaddish ... remembering our dead..." There were other colors of triangles marking undesirables:

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integrity of the design" as the jury that chose it has said. The iconic WTC Sphere, damaged in the attacks will not be restored to the rebuilt WTC and included as part of the memorial. It would "tell us what to think." Like we were attacked and innocents died. Continued on Page 19

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brown triangles for gypsies (Roma) and pink triangles for homosexuals among them. Whole encampments of Roma were massacred and buried in unmarked graves. (Many Roma in Europe identify as Catholic.) Gays were left in prison when other survivors were released. (Paragraph 175 of the German penal code criminalizing homosexual conduct persisted in some form until 1994.) The term "anti-semitic" gets used far too often in these letters. Likewise insensitivity can occur on both sides. The Bronx High School of Science has a Holocaust Museum & Studies Center which I visited when I taught there. I have not visited the Holocaust Center at Manhattan College, but I presume that the subject matter is displayed with sensitivity. In my opinion the more places that non-Jews are exposed to the horrid facts of the Holocaust the less chance that Holocaust denial can occur. Robert F. Drake


By BRENDAN McHUGH Following glowing recommendations from Community Board 8 and City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell’s office at the Bronx Borough Board last week, Ceruzzi Holdings moved one step closer to acquiring the land to build the Broadway mall on W. 230th Street. Damian McShane, chair of Community Board 8, thanked Ceruzzi for sticking with the project to develop a critical site in one of Riverdale’s financial corridors, and a representative from Koppell’s office said they were very glad to see this project

Bloomberg’s 9/11 memorial

Continued from Page 18 This is an assault upon truth and memory. The head of the memorial foundation is Mayor Bloomberg; his deputy mayor Patricia Harris sat on the jury that chose this design. While Bloomberg tells us our values demand a mosque around the corner from Ground Zero, they do not require we recognize 9/11 at the site. I invite Riverdale residents to join thousands of Americans including several hundred 9/11 family members in the fight to restore the Sphere as the centerpiece of the national 9/11 memorial. Please see www.petitiononline.com/CptBurke/petition.html or go to petitions online and enter "Save the Sphere" in the search box. Please circulate it to as many others as you can. Somehow, there are those who learned nothing from 9/11. The world, however, must never forget. Michael Burke

finally moving forward. After the brief remarks, the borough board voted unanimously to approve the land sale of the 80,000 square foot property from the NYC Economic Development Corporation to Kingsbridge 230 LLC, an affiliate working with Connecticut-based Ceruzzi. “We are excited that this development, which will create hundreds of jobs, continues to move forward,” Kyle Sklerov, spokesperson for the NYCEDC said. “We have worked closely with the community and local elected officials to make this project happen and today’s borough board approval brings us one step closer towards that goal.” Cindy Ellis, a representative for Ceruzzi who was at the March 24 meeting, did

not offer many new details to the project, including possible tenants. She explained the details of the contract, which include the $6.7 million purchase price and the project’s timeline. Ceruzzi has until July 30, 2011 to close on the property, and then up to 18 months after that date to begin construction. Construction is to be completed within two years of construction commencement. If the developer fails to move forward on any of these stipulations, they lose all rights to the property. Ellis did say they are in discussion with a number of national retailers but would not say whom. She only said the tenants they are looking for will by “synergistic” with the local community. Rumors of everything from clothing stores like Kohl’s

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Louis Farrakhan got it right

To The Editor: The “honorable” Minister Louis Farrakhan, the anti-white, anti-Semitic, homophobic leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam (and normally an avid supporter of his “homeboy,” President Obama) recently spoke out quite vigorously against the President’s undeclared war against the sovereign country of Libya, and its ruler, Moammar Khadafy. In slow, measured words, with contempt dripping from his lips, Minister Farrakhan asked the following question, “Barack Hussein Obama, who the hell do you think you are?” I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be in agreement with “Calypso Louis” on anything, but I’m 100% in agreement with him regarding this unjustified, unconstitutional act of war. Our incompetent, indecisive, out-ofhis-league President can’t seem to make up his mind whether we’re putting the precious lives of members of our armed forces at risk (and spending hundreds of millions and possibly billion of dollars) for humanitarian reasons or to get rid of Khadafy. But in either case, the selfinterest of the United States was not and is not involved. Libya poses no threat to this country. For those people who disagree with me and think President Obama was right in attacking Libya, I ask why should our military forces also not be involved for the same reasons (for humanitarian purposes or regime change) in Syria, Darfur, Rwanda, etc.? What are your thoughts on this subject, Congressman Eliot Engel? Minister Farrakhan got it exactly right, “Barack Hussein Obama, who the hell do you think you are?” Alvin Gordon

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to grocery stores like Shoprite to fill the mall have been floating around, but very few details have emerged directly from the developer. The mall can be up to 167,000 square feet total, and must have at least one parking spot for every 1,000 square feet of retail development. Until construction begins, Ceruzzi has agreed to let the current parking lot stay open. “I have been working on trying to get a shopping mall at that location for many years in order to revitalize the area and provide attractive, convenient shopping and other amenities for people in the community and elsewhere,” Koppell said in a statement. “I am very pleased that it appears our efforts are finally coming to fruition.” While the project has created a buzz in the community, recent history is keeping some people from getting overexcited.


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