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Montefiore considers its next move By RIVERDALE REVIEW STAFF Montefiore Hospital’s proposal to build an ambulatory care center is seemingly on life support, at least for now. Because of the new law passed in this year’s budget by State Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the hospital will have to undergo a lengthy review process that could take up to two years to complete, the legislators told a crowd of 100 residents at the Riverdale Y last Thursday. This gambit may have political implications, winning State Senator Jeff Klein many friends as he may be facing a challenge from former Councilman Oliver Koppell, who also opposes the construction, but has been unable to do much about it. The fact that Klein worked so closely with Dinowitz, was not lost on local political observers. “With this new law, the community will no longer be shut out of the approval process for health facilities,” Klein said. “On the contrary, they will have an important role in this decision, giving voice to real concerns on the impact of major health care developments like the Montefiore facility. And with over 100 local residents in attendance last Thursday evening for our Town Hall to discuss this law, I am confident that Montefiore’s plans for Oxford Avenue will be ground to a halt.” All proposed health facilities exceeding three stories, and over 30,000 square feet,

in the Bronx will go through rounds of review run by the State Commissioner of Health who can approve, modify or deny a project. Communities will be empowered by the new legislation, the electeds said. The law subjects projects like Montefiore’s to a lengthy community review process. For Montefiore, that process will enable community members to testify about the appropriateness of the facility at public hearings to be held in Riverdale. State regulators would be required to consider the community’s concerns before making a decision. Not everyone is happy with the new law. Not surprisingly the new legislation was criticized by the largest labor union representing hospital and health care workers and the Greater New York Hospital Association. In a joint statement, George Gresham, President, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Kenneth E. Raske, President, Greater New York Hospital Association said that they are “deeply concerned by the New York State budget provision that creates complicated, costly, and unnecessary requirements for the establishment of hospital-affiliated outpatient facilities in the Bronx. We are equally concerned that it applies only to health care facilities, and only to the Bronx. We fear that this provision will delay the development of vital health care facilities

Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz speak to the crowd at the Riverdale Y last Thursday night, describing their recently-passed law. in the Bronx, and as a result create health care access issues for Bronx residents.” But those assertions were denied by

Assemblyman Dinowitz. “The legislation that Senator Klein and I enacted into law Continued on Page 2

Politicians continue fight against view-killing Jersey building Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights), Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) and Councilmember Andrew Cohen (D-Riverdale) continued their fierce opposition to LG Electronic’s proposed 143-foot LG tower along the Palisades by filing a legal brief in support of environmentalists’ efforts to end the project. Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) said: “The Palisades are a nationally recognized treasure that have been shared by the people of New York and New Jersey for over a century. Residents from both sides of the Hudson have voiced their opposition to LG’s plan and today Congressman Engel, Senator Espaillat, Assemblyman Dinowitz, Councilmember Cohen and I are continuing are fight alongside these residents in taking legal action to overturn this judge’s tragic decision. Together, we’ll continue to do everything possible to stop LG’s massive and unwanted overdevelopment.” The brief outlines “three independent and compelling cases” against the evaluation process used to allow the construction of the LG Electronics building. First, the elected officials argue in their brief that the Borough of Englewood Cliff’s Board of Adjustment, the body that granted a variance in the zoning law for LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction, did not satisfy the condition for granting this variance. As the brief notes, a variance must only be granted for “special reasons” that do not cause “substantial detriment to the public good.” Given that the Palisades are a “universally recognized” landmark, the brief contends

that LG has clearly failed to meet such standards. Second, the elected officials argue that the sheer magnitude of the variance requires LG to present “specific and compelling” evidence demonstrating the need of the project’s scale and size. Such evidence, the brief outlines, simply does not exist. Finally, the legislators argue that the approval of the 143-foot building failed to properly apply basic standards of New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law. Under New jersey law, all variances must cause “no substantial detriment to the public good.” Given that New Jersey has a legal obligation to maintain the Palisades as a scenic resource for both New York and New Jersey, the legislators argue that the LG variance clearly violates that legal obligation and thus fails to meet the burdens of NJ Municipal Land Use Law. A variance in the zoning law along the Palisades authorized LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction. Local New Jersey residents, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the environmental group, and Scenic Hudson subsequently filed a lawsuit against LG Electronics and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, challenging the authority of the Zoning Board to grant LG Electronics the right to construct such a tall building. In early August of 2013, the Bergen County Superior Court upheld LG Electronics’ plan to construct a 143-foot building headquarters. With the plaintiffs filing an appeal in the hopes of overturning this decision, elected officials representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester that directly face the Palisades filed an amicus brief on behalf of this ap-

peal in the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court. Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said, “I had hoped that LG would be a better corporate citizen by yielding to our communities’ concerns. LG has little to gain and should seriously consider alternative options, such as building a shorter, wider building that wouldn’t desecrate one of New York’s signature landscapes and cause undue harm to the environment. The Palisades are truly a unique treasure that must be preserved.” “This case will impact the future of our community, so New Yorkers need an advocate in New Jersey Superior Court,” said Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights). “We’re filing this brief to make sure the Court takes a hard look at LG’s proposal, and prevents the damage their new headquarters will do on both sides of the Hudson.” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) said, “The breathtaking view and natural beauty of the Palisades has existed for eons. The construction of this huge tower by LG would forever spoil this incredible natural resource. It will also irrevocably open the door for future large scale construction on the palisades and it’s simply not necessary. They can easily build a facility of equal capacity by building shorter and wider. Shame on them. I am proud that all of our local elected officials have joined together to fight LG’s horrible plan.” “Today I file this amicus with Congressman Engel, Senator Klein, Senator Espaillat and Assemblyman Dinowitz to prevent the LG Corporation from constructing this unwanted development. Not only is this project detrimental to the integrity of the Palisades but it sets Continued on Page 2

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Montefiore plots next move

Continued from Page 1 through the new state budget changes everything. Montefiore claimed all along that this was an ‘as-of-right’ project that they could build no matter what.  Now that must follow a time-consuming and detailed procedure that involves giving very specific information to the community which then must go through a careful

review process. They no longer hold all of the cards.  While I recognize the importance of Montefiore in the Bronx and have only praise for them as one of the premier medical facilities in the country, that does not relieve them of their responsibility to work with and consult with the community and its elected representatives when planning a facility or project.”

Pols continue protest on Jersey bldg. Continued from Page 1 a dangerous precedent for future developments along this National Natural Landmark. We will do everything we can to protect the beauty of this national treasure,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Riverdale). The amicus brief was filed by Bradley M. Campbell, Esq., a nationally recognized environmental lawyer based in New Jersey. His previous work includes serving as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), regional administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Atlantic region and as a attorney at the United States Department of Justice. During his tenure as New Jersey DEP Commissioner, Mr. Campbell secured permanent statutory protection for New Jersey’s Highlands region, and worked closely with New York in establishing tougher standards on automobile, mercury, power plant and greenhouse gas emissions. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Campbell was the first public official in the nation to mandate increased safeguards for chemical plant security. Senator Klein and Assemblyman Dinowitz co-authored a letter to New Jersey Governor Christie on July 3, 2013, urging him to intervene on behalf of New Jersey and New York residents in the planned construction of a new 143 foot building for

LG Electronics Corporation in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, by the Palisades. On August 15, 2013, Senator Klein, Congressman Engel, Assemblyman Dinowitz and then Democratic nominee for City Council, Andrew Cohen, held a press conference with environmental leaders to call on LG Electronics to lower the height of their headquarters.

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Though the law is not retroactive, it will apply to a project, like Montefiore, once a plan is filed and approved by the City’s Department of Buildings. Currently Montefiore’s plans are “disapproved.” Their 11-story ambulatory care center was criticized by virtually all of the community members attending last Thursdays meeting, but could have proceeded as an as-of-right project because the parcel of land it sits on Oxford Avenue and Tulfan Terrace was left out of the community’s re-zoning plan, which capped the height for most surrounding developments. Both Klein and Dinowitz said the legislation was borne out of a response from the Department of Health, which said that Montefiore didn’t require a certificate of need to build the facility. “A Certificate of Need just asks the question, does this facility service the community where it’s located? Does this facility take into account traffic, density,

other issues like that,” Klein said. “We received a letter back saying no, even though this facility looks like a hospital, walks like a hospital, talks like a hospital, it’s not and it’s not considered one, so it doesn’t have to go through the Certificate of Need process,” he added. The measure won praise from the 100 residents, including Protecting Riverdale’s Jim Grossman and Stu Gardener, residents of Tulfan Terrace and Constantine Pantazis. The lone voice of “cynicism” was former City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell’s sister, Olivia, who said she doubted the new law would do anything. “The community gets to respond, taking into consideration density, traffic, whether or not their actually serving the needs of the actual community, and in turn, the Department of Health has to take all of those factors into consideration,” Klein said. “On this specific project, this grinds it to a halt,” Klein added.

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By CHRIS CIRILLO Manhattan College basketball coach Steve Masiello will be reinstated as the head coach of the men’s basketball team as soon as he completes his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. Masiello had participated in graduation ceremonies at UK, but enrolled in summer classes to complete his degree. He never followed up with the university to make sure he officially received his degree. “Based on an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally

misrepresent himself in applying to the College,” Manhattan College President Brennan O’Donnell said in a statement. Masiello will enroll in summer classes this summer to finish his degree and then resume his coaching duties. “While we do not condone Mr. Masiello’s mistake, we believe it was a genuine one and that he deserves a path to reinstatement. Since Manhattan College’s founding by the De La Salle Brothers in 1853, we have been an institution that strives always to strike the right balance of justice and mercy in matters such as this.” Masiello, who has been restrained from

Photo from this weekend’s 20th anniversary celebration of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz’s time in public office. Pictured standing around Assemblyman Dinowitz from left to right are his daughter-in-law Tamar, his son Eric, his wife Sylvia and his daughter Kara.

talking to the media, spoke publically for the first time since it has been reported that he never received his bachelor’s degree. “I made a mistake that could have cost me my job at an institution I love,” Masiello said in a statement released by the school. “Details matter. Manhattan College has shown me a great deal of compassion and trust during this process, and I will do everything in my power to uphold that trust. I understand that I am very fortunate to have the chance to remain here at Manhattan.” Assistant coach Matt Grady will be the interim coach until Masiello finishes his undergraduate degree. Key players stood by their embattled coach Masiello last week, as reports surfaced that Manhattan College officials are split on whether to allow him to continue with the school Masiello met last week with several Manhattan officials, including representatives from human resources, retiring athletic director Bob Byrnes, incoming athletic director Noah LeFevre and school provost William Clyde, with administrators split on whether to retain him, according to the New York Post, which cited multiple sources. Meanwhile, Masiello, who led the Jaspers to their first NCAA tournament in a decade and nearly knocked off the defending champions in the second round of the tournament, was placed on administrative leave pending the resolution of allegations that he may have mislead Manhattan College by claiming to have graduated from the University of Kentucky when he had not. Masiello signed a contract to be the next head coach at the University of Florida on March 25, according to the contract obtained by Deadspin. Masiello followed

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USF basketball players on Twitter that same day and Mike Alvarado tweeted “I’m going to apply for HC job at Manhattan” in the afternoon. The deal was worth $1 million annually before bonuses, but a clause (Article 10) in the contract on Deadspin stated that: “Coach further represents that the resume and education credentials described in his official ‘’ bio are true and accurate. In the event that either of the foregoing warrants are proved to be untrue within the next 30 days of this Agreement, then University may terminate this Agreement upon discovery with no further financial obligation or penalty to Coach whatsoever.” The biography described Masiello as “a 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications.” The next morning, The Tampa Tribune reported that Masiello had never graduatContinued on Page 13

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Around the schools... Horace Mann School

UD classes are suspended on Thursday, April 10 in the Upper Division of Horace Mann so that the UD student body, faculty and staff could attend our 20th annual Book Day. Over 40 workshops and presentations will take place on this day. They will be led by students, faculty, parents and friends. On Thursday, April 10, UD BOOK DAY, two members of the Lacks family joined Horace Mann as Book Day’s keynote speakers for the day. Jeri Lacks Whye is Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter. She is employed with the Judiciary System of Baltimore in the Domestic Violence Unit. Jeri has traveled with her father on dozens of trips around the country, adding her own perspective on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells. She is one of the family members consulting on the highly-anticipated HBO film based on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Allan Ball. David Lacks, Jr. is the grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks. David possesses a degree in computer information systems and has traveled around the United States and Canada setting up computer systems and labs for companies and educational institutions. He lends his talent into helping create and maintain the Lacks Family website. David represents the Lacks family on the National Institute of the Science’s panel that reviews applications to conduct research using the HeLa genome.

College of Mt. St. Vincent

The College of Mount Saint Vincent hosted Relay for Life on its Riverdale Campus, Friday, April 4, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. the next day, in the New Gym, Peter Jay Sharp Athletic and Recreation

Center. The event featured games and activities to provide entertainment and build camaraderie, including speeches by cancer survivors Diem Brown and student survivor Diana Famularo. Last year during the inaugural Relay for Life event at the College, more than 250 Mount students and their supporters who attended the event raised $21,000 for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is important because it brings together the community for one great charity cause, says Rema Sayed ,14, President of the CMSV Student Government. “We are bringing awareness to CMSV about cancer research, and cancer treatment. We are appreciating life, and those that have survived cancer, those we have lost, and those that were caregivers. Without the American Cancer Society, and without charity events such as Relay For Life, there would be less birthdays being celebrated around the United States. The Relay for Life event raises funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Organized by the American Cancer Society each year, it is attended by more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries. During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome during the Survivors Lap. During the Luminaria Ceremony, participants remember people lost to cancer, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. The Fight Back Ceremony inspires Relay participants to take tangible action against a disease that has taken too much. For more information about Relay for Life, please visit Do-

nate online to support the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Relay for Life campaign. For more information about the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Relay for Life 2014, please contact the Office of College Relations at (718) 405-3345. Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.

Manhattan College

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College and a scholar of 19th-century British literature, will receive the 2014 Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award on June 4 at West Chester University’s Poetry Conference, the largest poetry-only conference in the country. The award is presented to recognize scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the art and science of versification, and is the only prosody prize in the world. Unique among literary and academic prizes, the Fitzgerald Award was established at West Chester University in 1999 in honor of the poet and critic Robert Stuart Fitzgerald, best known for his poetic translations of ancient Greek and Latin, in addition to several books of his own poetry. O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and began the role on July 1, 2009. He is the author of two

studies of the poetic technique of William Wordsworth, entitled Numerous Verse and The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art. “His highly original scholarship has expanded our understanding of the English Romantics,” said Dana Gioia, a former Fitzgerald student, past chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the selection committee since the inception of the Prosody Award. Co-editor of The Work of Andre Dubus, O’Donnell has written and lectured widely on poetry, religion and literature, and on issues in higher education. From 1993 to 2000, he was a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and for six years, edited the national magazine Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.  “I am honored and humbled to have my work acknowledged in the ranks of so many great scholars in this field,” said O’Donnell.  “I’ve learned a great deal from them through the years, and it is gratifying to think that I may have contributed with them to our understanding.” Prior to working at Manhattan College, he was dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University’s oldest and largest school. O’Donnell also spent 17 years at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, director of the university-wide honors program. A graduate with the highest distinction and honors in English from Penn State in 1981, he earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in English and American Literature and Language. Past recipients of the Robert Fitzgerald Award include Derek Attridge, T. V. F. Brogan, Edward Weismiller, Paul Fussell, George T. Wright, Timothy Steele, Marina Tarlinskaya, John Hollander, Robert B. Shaw, Lewis Turco, Annie Finch, Thomas Cable and Charles Hartman.


Although the western half of The Bronx had been annexed to New York City in 1874, much of that vast territory remained filled with farms and suburban villages for decades. One of the suburban villages was Kingsbridge.  This small settlement just north of Spuyten Duyvil Creek was connected to the rest of the city on Manhattan Island by the low wooden bridge at today’s Kingsbridge Avenue and West 230th Street that gave the village its name.  Further to the east, at about the site of today’s Target store in the River Mall, was the similar Farmer’s Free Bridge that brought wagons, carriages and pedestrians down Kingsbridge Road to the northern reaches of the island.  The streets were not yet paved. The village was a collection of frame single-family homes.  Part of West 230th Street contained shops and other commercial establishments serving the residents.  It also faced the railroad tracks of the Hudson Division of the New York Central System whose station was just east of Broadway. The shops were located west of today’s Kingsbridge Avenue.  Close together, in a row, stood a butcher shop with a sawdust covered floor and sides of meat hanging on hooks, a bakery with fresh

baked bread, cakes and pies, a dry goods and notions store, a candy store with penny candy for the children, a grocery store with barrels, bins and boxes filled with flour, coffee, tea, and pickles, a druggist who mixed prescription medicines on site, a shoemaker who could make shoes to order, and a woodworking shop. Traveling vendors also served the residents.  These included those who sold ice cream or fish, ground scissors and knives, collected rags and discarded clothing, and some entertainers, such as an organ grinder and monkey and a Punch and Judy show. Girls grew up playing with cloth dolls with china heads, jumping rope and jacks, while boys played around with spinning tops, marbles and kites.  Together, they played games on the streets, including tag, red rover and a-tisket a-tasket. The most exciting day occurred after the Spanish-American War ended.  Colonel Theodore Roosevelt led his Rough Riders across the King’s Bridge, up modern Kingsbridge Avenue to Van Cortlandt Park past cheering residents on porches waving flags and hats.  Roosevelt acknowledged them by waving his hat in return.

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Forum on Women in Bronx History scheduled Who is your favorite Bronx woman in History? The Huntington Free Library and The East Bronx History Forum are pleased to announce the Forum’s 3rd Annual ‘Woman in Bronx History’ meeting will be on Wednesday April 16th 2014 at 7:30pm. This year, we are pleased to announce that Debra Caruso Marrone, author of Fordham University & the United States: A History will be our keynote speaker. Her book includes the 1841 founding, Civil War heroes, presidential visits and current status as a nationally respected institution. Debra Caruso Marrone, a Fordham University graduate also serves on the board of directors of the Fordham College Alumni Association. The combination of her experience as a media executive and degree in journalism resulted in an informative and entertaining book about Bronx history. Members and guests are encouraged, but not required to bring a 2- 5 minute description of their choice for inclusion in our member report during our 3rd annual Bronx woman program. The East Bronx History Forum expects that this year participation will exceed the large and varied contributions of our past Woman in Bronx History report. The selection will include women of the past and current Bronx History. They could be a family member or friend. During last year’s event, we were pleased to have at our meeting some presenters who were themselves selected as Bronx women achievers for 2013. Please review our web page www. for a review of the 2012 and 2013 presenters and selections. Mem-

bers are free to reselect past selections and add their own information. It is interesting to note that past year’s Woman in Bronx History included actresses, authors & artists; botanists & businesswomen; settlers, scientists & sculptors; environmentalists & educators; and poets & politicians. Please join us at 7:30 pm, Wednesday April 16th 2014 at the Huntington Free Library. All meetings are free and open to the public at The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, located at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx, NY.

Bronx Arts Ensemble to hold annual gala benefit

The Bronx Arts Ensemble will celebrate 41 years of acclaimed concerts and groundbreaking arts-in-education programs at a gala benefit Saturday, April 12 from 4 - 7 pm at the Riverdale Yacht Club in the Bronx. BAE’s Gala Chairman is Dr. E. Heidi Jerome and Benefit Committee members are Susan Baldwin and Vita Zambetti. The 41st Annual Gala honorees are Ben Waxman, Network Leader, Children First Network #534, The New York Community Trust and Norma Vega, Principal, ELLIS Prep Academy. The gala will feature legendary jazz pianist Valerie Capers and bassist John Robinson and a special dance performance by ELLIS Prep students. Gala honoree Ben Waxman has served New York City children as an educator for 40 years. Following teaching mathematics and serving as a teacher trainer in District 18, he joined the staff of New York City Teacher Center Consortium at UFT. For the next fourteen years he served

as a facilitator of school wide programs and coordinator of support for low performing schools. Following his positions of Director of Middle School Initiatives in District 4 and Restructuring Regional and Local Instructional Superintendent for Region 5, and after work at several colleges, Mr. Waxman was recruited by the UFT as Director of Operations for UFT Elementary Charter Schools. He currently serves as a PSO Network Leader for CEI-PEA CFN 534. In 2002 he received the Parent Empowerment Award for Distinguished Service to the Children and Parents of New York City Public Schools, awarded by the United Parent Associations. Thanks to his leadership, Mr. Waxman’s network of schools are currently participating in BAE’s Arts-in-Education programs for the duration of 2014. The New York Community Trust has been a crucial lifeline making New York City a vital and secure place since its founding in 1924. The Trust ended 2012 with assets of more than $2.1 billion in more than 2000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $136 million. Attracting a multitude of donors who are committed to feeding the hungry, educating children, protecting the environment, nourishing the arts and revitalizing neighborhoods, The Trust has been actively involved in recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy as well as establishing a September 11th Fund with The United Way of NYC. Committed to helping cultural groups integrate arts into needy public schools, and initiate programs in schools that lack arts, The Trust played a pivotal role in starting the Center for Arts Education. The New York Community Trust has provided a $60,000 grant, awarded in 2013, which supports BAE’s Arts-in-Education programs in Children First Network #534, led by Ben Waxman. ELLIS Prep Academy was founded by Principal Norma Vega in 2008, and

serves a 16 to 21-year old newly arrived immigrant English language learner student body, many with interrupted or limited formal education. Prior to her appointment as Principal at ELLIS Prep, Ms. Vega was Special Services Manager at Children’s First Network, as well as one of the founding members and former Principal of Bronx International High School, which opened in 2001. She joined that school as a social worker and held that position prior to becoming Principal in 2004. Ms. Vega was also a social worker at Brooklyn IHS and Legacy High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University, MA in Social Work from Columbia University and an MA in Educational Administration from Bank Street College’s Principals Institute. The Bronx Arts Ensemble is one of several current cultural partners at ELLIS Academy. Honorary 41st Anniversary Benefit Committee members include Franz and Marcia Allina, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Stephen F. Byrns, Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Bill and Paula Luria Caplan, Councilman Andrew Cohen, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Alec and Suzi Diacou, Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, Jr., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Dr. Ricardo and Patricia Fernández, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Dr. Beth Haase, Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, Senator Jeffrey Klein, G. Oliver Koppell, Celia Kornfeld, Sandra Lerner, Dr. Donald Meyers, Joe Muriana and Annelen Clare Madigan, Felicity Nitz, Ellen Pollan and Dart Westphal, Dr. William Rodriguez, Anne Somary and Councilman James Vacca. Benefit tickets for Bronx Arts Ensemble’s 41st Annual Gala are available online at, facebook. com/bronxartsensemble, via email info@ or by calling 718601-7399 to receive an invitation and return card.

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

INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Join us for an intermediate meditation class. This session is open to those who’ve been regularly attending the weekday beginner’s class for a couple of months. Learn to go into a deeper meditation and learn new techniques that will help your spiritual ascent. For more information, call 718-548-5656.





BABY LAPSIT 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stories, songs, fingerplays, puppets for birth-18 months for parents/caregivers. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

SATURDAY FAMILY MATINEE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Parents and children are welcome to come to the library to enjoy family friendly films in a relaxed environment. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

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TODDLER TIME 10:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Toddler Time is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for 18 months to 39 month olds. The program is conducted on a ticketing basis (first come , first served - maximum combined attendance of children and caregivers is 50). The program lasts for 30 minutes and includes books , music, dance, rhymes and shakers or scarves. Please try to arrive at the library by no later than 10:15 a.m. in order to get a seat. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


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


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

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READING ALOUD 4 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Reading Aloud is a program for school age children ages 5 to 10 in which the librarian shares picture books, easy books, folk tales , and poetry. The program is 30 minutes in length. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

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CREATIVE WRITING 4 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Come and join in for Creative Writing at the Van Cortlandt Library. For more information, call 718-543-5150.


MUSIC@NYPL 5 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Don Witter presents Jazz guitar standards. Spend an afternoon of music with Don Witter at the library. He will be performing works by Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Legrand, Porter and Gershwin. Don started his musical life at age 4, trained as a classical pianist. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

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NATURE DETECTIVES 3:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue A hands-on, interactive look into the natural world. Through games, live animals and projects, young naturalists will get an up close look into the world of nature. Presented by the New Canaan Nature Center. For ages 6 and older. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


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

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MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 9:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Learn how to create a slideshow presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Topics include creating and editing slides, inserting images and clipart, and running your slideshow. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


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

Tuesday, April 15 Riverdale

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


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

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BALLOON TIME 4 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Join in for some fun Balloon Time with Joe Dynamite. For more information, call 718-543-5150.


PASSOVER SEDER 6:30 p.m. Riverdale Temple 4545 Independence Avenue Join in for the annual Feast of Freedom-the Second Night Passover Seder. The temple will provide everything for the Seder, including wine, Haggadah, and dinner. For more information, call 718-548-3800, ext. 1.

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GENTLE YOGA 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Gentle Yoga is designed for students who have special needs and/or limitations. This class is a variation of basic level I yoga format, moving more slowly and includes attention to the special needs of the individual. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


AARP MEETING 12:30 p.m. Riverdale Presbyterian Church 4765 Henry Hudson Pkwy. West Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet. At this informative meeting, we will also be entertained by the fabulous Juan Ortega with his smooth Latin and popular repertoire. Upon requests he may play a tango or a cumbia. The community is invited to join us for an entertaining afternoon. Refreshments will be served. For additional information call Manfred Segal at 718-549-0088.

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Join us for a meaningful model seder on Thurs. Apr. 10th with songs, blessings and appetizers at 11:15 AM. • Festive meal of gefilte fish, roast chicken, red potatoes and carrot tsimmes, macaroons and egg matza served at 12:30 PM. • Doug Leblang Duo, klezmer musicians, will present holiday entertainment at 1:15 PM. • Senior meal contribution: $4.00; Non-senior meal fee: $7.00 • RSVP to the center office 718-549-4700 by Mon. Apr. 7th • Doug Leblang, keyboard/vocals and Dmitri Slepovitch, solo clarinet. • National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present a Passover holiday concert at 1:15 PM For information call 718-549-4700 or email JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center is located at 3880 Sedgwick Ave. Bronx, NY 10463.

our Passover schedule of services, please contact Chabad of Riverdale at 718-5491100, or visit What is the holiday of Passover? The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Monday night, April 14, until after nightfall on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and will be celebrated with festive ‘Seder’ dinners on April 14 and 15 2014. If you would like to host or be hosted for a Seder meal, please call our office at 718-549-1100 Ext. 10. A communal Seder will also take place on Monday and Tuesday evening, April 15 and 16, at Kinneret Day School. For more information, please call Rabbi Balashov at 917-309-6797.

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Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet on April 16, Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church located at 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway West in the auditorium. At this informative meeting, we will also be entertained by the fabulous Juan Ortega with his smooth Latin and popular repertoire. Upon requests he may play a tango or a cumbia. The community is invited to join us for an entertaining afternoon. Refreshments will be served. For additional information call Manfred Segal at 718-549-0088.




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Linda’s Jazz Nights will present The Akiko Tsuruga Quartet, featuring Akiko Tsuruga on organ, Jerry Weldon on tenor sax, Avi Rothbard on guitar, and Rudy Petschauer on drums, on Wednesday, April 17. Linda’s Jazz Nights at An Beal Bocht Cafe 445 W. 238th Street Bronx, NY 10463 (10 min. walk from the 238th Street stop on the 1 train) Two shows: 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15.00 cover (no minimum) Tickets and info:


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Chabad of Riverdale invites the entire community to join us for an End-of-Passover-Feast known as ‘Moshiach’s Meal,’ on Tuesday night, April 22, from 7:15 pm. The 8th and final day of Passover is particularly associated with the Jewish Messiah and the future redemption. The Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) for this day is from Isaiah 11, which describes the promised future era of universal peace and divine perfection. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement, instituted the custom of partaking of a “Moshiach’s meal” on the afternoon of the last day of Passover. In addition to the Matzah eaten at “Moshiach’s meal,” the Rebbes of Chabad added the custom of drinking four cups of wine, as in the Seder held on Passover’s first days. A free festive dinner complete with Matzah and wine will be served. There is no charge and the event is open to the public! For more information, and to view

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PUPPET THEATRE 7 p.m. Sarah Lawrence College Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre “The Shank’s Mare” – An original puppet theatre collaboration between fifth-generation Japanese puppet master Koryu Nishikawa and SLC faculty member Tom Lee, developed with SLC students. April 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-395-2412.

Friday, April 11 Somers

EGG DECORATING 10:30 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Egg Decorating for Kids. Meet in the greenhouse and learn different ways of decorating eggs. Fee $10; pre-register at 914-886-5108 or


PRE-K FRIDAY 11 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Drop-off program for 3 & 4-year-olds, focusing on a different animal each week. Fee $10 per child per session. Pre-register at 914-864-7282.


CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Sarah Lawrence College Bessie Schonberg Dance Theatre MFA Student Concert – Performances choreographed by Sarah Lawrence College’s five graduating MFA students, featuring Sarah Lawrence dance students. April 11 and 12. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-395-2412.

Saturday, April 12 Yonkers

NATURE HIKE 10 a.m. Lenoir Preserve 19 Dudley Street You Can Get There from Here. A vigorous hike along the Old Croton Aqueduct to the Yonkers waterfront and back. For more information, call 914-968-5851.


VOLUNTEER WORK PROJECT 1 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Hiking Trail Inspection. Bring work gloves and join this volunteer maintenance project. Hand tools provided. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

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AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS 1 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Get a close-up look at many of the local amphibians of Westchester County during a walk through their native habitat, followed by a craft project afterward. For info, call 914-864-7322.


INSECTS RULE! 1 p.m. Read Wildlife Sanctuary

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Playland Parkway Learn about the creatures that account for more than half of all known organisms on earth. For more info, call 914-967-8720.

Sunday, April 13 Scarsdale

SPRING CELEBRATION 11 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road A day of family fun to celebrate the emergence of spring! Visit our barnyard to meet our furry and feathered friends. Join a naturalist to discover signs of spring from the forest to the pond to the Great Lawn. Make seasonal crafts. Search for eggs in a nature-inspired egg hunt. Egg hunt and other fun activities will run continuously throughout the day. Pre-register by Saturday, April 12: Members $5, Non-members $10. Under 2 free. Online pre-registration only. Fee day of event: Members: $8, Non-members $15. For more information, call 914-723-3470.


CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT 1 p.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Puppeteer Fred Greenspan returns with his troupe to regale you with his much-loved, non-violent Punch & Judy show. Performances at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. For info, call 914-864-7282.


WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Learn how to build a shelter and make a fire during a hike through the preserve. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

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SOIL TESTING 2 p.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Learn about the importance of soil pH testing and how to do your own soil test. For more information, call 914-864-7268.

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SCAVENGER HUNT 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Pre-Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. A specially designed scavenger hunt to determine if items belong in nature or in the trash can. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

Tuesday, April 15 Bronxville

MUSIC TUESDAY 1:30 p.m. Sarah Lawrence College Reisinger Concert Hall Igor Begelman – A clarinetist with tremendous musical personality and the highest degree of technical expertise will perform. Admission is free. For more info, call 914-395-2412.

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SPRING SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS 7 p.m. Sarah Lawrence College Campbell Sports Center Men’s Tennis vs. St. Joseph’s Brooklyn – The Sarah Lawrence Gryphons will take on the St. Joseph’s Brooklyn Bears. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-395-2412.

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Continued from Page 3 ed from the University of Kentucky when he was a student from 1996-2000. Eastman & Beaudine, a Texas-based search firm that was paid $60,000 by USF, was performing its routine criminal and background check when it found the discrepancy. Jay Blanton, a spokesperson for the University of Kentucky, confirmed that Masiello never received his degree. Later that day, Manhattan College placed Masiello on leave. “…Manhattan College has learned there is a question of the validity of head men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello’s undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky,” the school said in a statement. “Masiello is currently in the process of reviewing his degree status with the University of Kentucky. Manhattan College has placed Masiello on leave while he completes this process with the University.” Masiello was unavailable for comment.

Joseph Staszewski, a reporter for the New York Post, tweeted that Manhattan commits Sampson Usilo and Samson Akilo will wait to see what happens with Masiello before deciding their future to play at Manhattan. Kurt Semder from News 12 in the Bronx tweeted that Jayvian Delacruz, a recruit from Bishop Loughlin who was considering Manhattan, also said he would wait on a decision from the school before deciding on his future. Recruits and members of the team can all breathe a sigh of relief now that Masiello is back. “While we do not condone Mr. Masiello’s mistake, we believe it was a genuine one and that he deserves a path to reinstatement,” O’Donnell said in the statement. “Since Manhattan College’s founding by the De La Salle Brothers in 1853, we have been an institution that strives always to strike the right balance of justice and mercy in matters such as this.”

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512 KAPPOCK ST, Charming 1Br/1Ba, Low Maintenance, Great Location .........................................................................$174,900 5620 NETHERLAND AVE: 2BR/1Ba, Windowed Kitch, Utilities & Parking Space Inclu.......................................................$172,500 2390 PALISADE AV Lrg Jr.4 Convt. To 2Br/1Ba, Gym, Pool, Steps to Metro North, Avail To Rent $1600 ........... Sale Price $162,999 5550 FIELDSTON RD: Jr.4 w/Terr – Gorgeous Views, Maint Incl Util,Pets OK....................................................................$160,000 201ST ST. Spacious 1 BD w/Renov Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances. Sponsor Unit – NO Board Approval!..........$149,900 3901 INDEPENDENCE AVE 1 BR/ 1 BA, Parquet Fl, Open Kitchen, Great Condition! ............................................................$149,900 5235 POST ROAD: Great Location 1 BR / 1 Bath, Priced To Sell In Well Maintained Building ..............................................$149,900 5715 MOSHOLU Large 1 BR, 1 BA, Windowed Kitchen, Renov Bath, Abundant Closet Space ........................................$149,000 2750 JOHNSON AVE, updated 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath , Top Floor, Ready To Move In ..........................................................$149,900 180 VAN CORTL PARK SOUTH, 1BR/ 1BA .......................$145,000 5635 NETHERLAND AVE Board Owned Unit - Nicely Renovated Ready To Move In Quick Process.................................$ 144,900 325 E. 201ST ST. Cozy 1 BD w/Renov Kitchen and abundant amount of light! Sponsor Unit – NO Board Approval....$134,900 1175 ANDERSON AVE 3 BR/ 2 Bath, Great Value............$130,000 5610 NETHERLAND AVE, Priced To SELL 1 BR / 1 Bath, Renovated, Motivated Seller ............................................................$129,900 5635 NETHERLAND AVE: Gorgeous 1 BR, 1 Bath, Close To Metro North Riverdale Train Station.........................................$127,000 325 E. 201ST ST. Huge 1 BD w/Eat-in Kitchen. Sponsor Unit – NO Board Approval!.............................................................$124,900 5235 POST ROAD: Renovated L Shape Studio, Brand New Kitchen and Bath, Lots Of Closets..............................................$119,900 5644 NETHERLAND AVE Priced To Sell, Gorgeous 1 BR/1Bath, Great Location ...............................................................$119,000 3065 SEDGWICK AVE, 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom .............$115,000 2500 JOHNSON AVE, Large Studio in Luxury building W/ Gorgeous Views ............................................................$114,900 5715 MOSHOLU AVE: 1 BR / 1 Bath, Updated Kitchen and Bath, Close To Transportation, Schools ........................$109,900- A/O 3121 MIDDLETOWN RD, 1 Bathroom ..............................$ 69,999 5235 POST ROAD Sunny Studio W/ Renov Kitchen, Bathroom... Price Reduced .................................................................$69,999 RENTAL: SOME LISTINGS ARE NO FEES OR NBA 231 ST GORGEOUS House 4 Br/1 Ba In Riverdale Plus Bonus Rm, Back & Side Yard, Fireplace, 4 Parking Spaces.................$5000 3536 CAMBRIDGE AVE: 3 Bed/ 2 Bath East Open Kitchen, No Board Approval, Indoor Parking Included ..........................$3250 POST ROAD HOUSE: 3BR/1.5Bath, Jacuzzi, Fenced Backyard & Deck 2 Car parking.............................................................$2750 254TH STREET 2 Family House 3-4BR/2 Bath + 2 BR/ 1 BA, Space To Park, Great Location - Parking & Utilities Incl ...$2700 3901 INDEPENDENCE AVE, 2 BR/2 BA w/ Terrace, Playground, Great Location ....................................................................$2100 3800 INDEPENDENCE AVE, Junior 4 w/ Terrace ...................$1500


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Riverdale Y offers legal assistance for seniors

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the New York Legal Assistance Group will host a mobile legal van at the Y. An attorney who specializes in Elder law will provide legal services related to Medicare, Medicaid, home care, other public benefits, advance planning, elder abuse, housing, and consumer issues to adults over age 60. Appointments should be made prior to April 9. For more information, contact Marie Sevy, MSW at the Riverdale Y Senior Center, by email at; or call 718.548.8200 x 204.

Spring recess programs at Riverdale Y

The Riverdale Y is offering a unique (Kosher-for-Passover) Spring Recess program for kids who are out of school the week of April 14th for spring recess. The program is for April 14, 17 &18 (The Y is closed for Passover on the 15th & 16th).


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Make your children’s Spring Recess action-packed with their favorite activities daily. Specialty classes include sports, arts, gymnastics, karate, drama and much more! In addition to these exciting activities, we will also offer swimming every day. Kosher for Passover lunch and snacks will be provided by the Riverdale Y. The Riverdale YM/YWHA is located at 5625 Arlington Ave. Bronx, NY 10471 All programs run 9:00am-5:00pm. Early and Late Stay options are available. Fees: $85 per day / $70 Y Members. 3-day registration: $210 / $180. (Families currently enrolled in our After School Programs enjoy Members’ rate). To register, call (718) 548-8200, ext. 201. The mission of the Riverdale YM-YWHA is to be the hub that brings together members of the Jewish and wider community. At the Y, individuals and families of all backgrounds and abilities gather to grow, to learn, and to deepen their understanding of themselves and their connections to one another. Rooted in Jewish values, our cultural, social,

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St Margarets Leisure Club will be going to Mt. Airy Casino on June 18 at 10 a.m. from St. Margaret church. Featuring music of the Beach Boys Show, all you can eat buffet and a 25.00 casino bonus. For more information, call Barbara Kiernan at 718 548 8373.

Second Night Passover Seder at Riv. Temple

Please join in for the annual Feast of Freedom-the Second Night Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Temple. The temple will provide everything for the Seder, including wine, Haggadah, and dinner. Why spend Passover alone? If you want to share the experience of a Second Night Seder with your family and friends, with no work on your part, come to ours! Rabbi Judith S. Lewis will lead the Seder, and we will share in the reading of the Haggadah, sing Passover

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Young families ‘Tot’ Shabbat at Congregation Tehillah

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Targeting the Specialized Schools The race baiters have again set their sights set on one of the few consistent success stories of the city educational scene, the specialized public high schools. Our new mayor, Bill DeBlasio, has made the specialized high schools a special target of his. You see, the racial makeup of these schools is not proportionately representative of the city’s diverse population. His solution is to water down admission standards Lawsuits filed over the years by various groups seemingly specializing in a mythical culture of victimization has alleged that the lack of success of minority applicants results from racism. They suggest that the test is not a measure of probable success at the schools, and thus is invalid. They maintain that test prep enjoyed by white and asian students gives them an unfair edge. This is poppycock. We have heard this all before. Here is the truth: test prep simply doesn’t work. A report issued by the Department of Education back in 2006 revealed that the proportion of blacks and Hispanics attending the city’s three most prestigious high schools, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech, had been declining for a decade. Even the numbers of white students slipped as Asians, then representing just 15.3% of the total public school population, represented a majority at all three schools. Six years later, the proportion of blacks and Latinos has dropped even further. The characterization of Asians as “people of color” seemingly evaporates when it comes to their academic success. This came after a decade of intense efforts by local educrats to support the efforts of black and Latino students through test prep. This was so overt that white and Asian parents threatened a lawsuit asserting that their children were being discriminated against by being excluded from this program. This controversy is nothing new, but rather a cry that has been heard for decades. As Heather Mac Donald chronicled in her 1999 City Journal article, How Gotham’s Elite High Schools Escaped the Leveller’s Ax, it was only the action of two Bronx state legislators in 1971, Assemblyman Burton Hecht and State Senator John Calandra, that has guaranteed that admission to the three schools only be attained by competitive exam. To our mind, no better way has yet been proposed. It will take an act of the state legislature to reverse this, an eventuality that would become far more likely should mainstream Democrats win control of both houses of the legislature. If Andrew Cuomo becomes the last line of defense against political correctness run amok, then we are indeed in trouble. Both Senator Jeffrey Klein and his likely opponent, Oliver Koppell support maintaining the standards. Koppell actually voited for the Hecht-Calandra bill in 1971. But we fear that a Koppell victory this year would have negative implications for the retention of standards, by empowering the foes of the current law. This brings to mind a distressing conversation we held about a decade ago with former Comptroller John Liu, at the time the City Council’s only Asian American member, a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. We assumed that as a Science alum and an acknowledged spokesperson for the city’s Asian population, Mr. Liu would be supportive of maintaining the testing standards that has served him and his constituents so remarkably well. We were wrong. Mr. Liu believed that the only reason that there is such a small contingent of blacks and Hispanics is due to “flaws in the test that result in a bias.” Since Asian students do so well on these exams, we asked him whether the tests were biased in their favor. Mr. Liu denied this. Of course you can’t have it both ways. There are only so many seats to go around. If you increase the number of black and Hispanic students by revising the admission policy, it will come at the expense of white and particularly Asian students. If someone like John Liu wants to scrap the current system, then it is indeed in as much trouble as the ethically-challenged Mr. Liu was in due to the campaign finance scandal that effectively ended his mayoral ambitions last year. We have a different take on this. Children do not achieve the ability to pass the tough test required for admission to these three schools by eleventh hour cramming programs such as the city’s Specialized High School Institute, formed in the 1990s to increase minority admissions. This clearly didn’t work. Rather the seeds of success are sown in kindergarten and even before. Continued on Page 19

Free legal information fairs coming to boros The New York City Bar Association’s Legal Referral Service, together with the New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program, is holding free legal information fairs in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens in observance of National Law Day, marking the 20th anniversary of City Bar participation. The fairs, which take place April 29-May 2, will offer residents the opportunity to learn about their legal rights, discover whether they have a legal issue and when to consult with a lawyer or with an agency, receive material on legal topics, and confer with experienced attorneys free of charge. Community leaders and representatives from local bar associations and social service organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. ‘Every year on the first of May, our country celebrates the legal system and the freedoms that Americans enjoy. In honor of Law Day, the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program sponsors annual Law Day events to provide the public with more opportunities for justice and

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empowerment by delivering legal information and assistance directly into the communities it serves,’ said Judge Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts. Lawyers will be available to provide basic information and advice on such issues as landlord/tenant disputes, immigration, discrimination, starting a small business, estate planning, small claims court, divorce and family law, and more. For more information, contact Amanda Busch at 212-3824716 or Tuesday, April 29, 11 am - 2 pm, Brooklyn - Brooklyn Borough Hall/Columbus Park, 360 Adams Street Wednesday, April 30, 11 am - 2pm, Queens - Queens Civil Court, 89-17 Sutphin Blvd. Thursday, May 1, 11 am - 2 pm, Manhattan - New York City Civil Court, 111 Centre Street Friday, May 2, 11 am - 2 pm, Bronx - Bronx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse The New York City Bar Association, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the legal profession, promoting reform of the law and access to justice, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association, through its

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Riverdale Y gives T-shirts to members

The Riverdale Y wants to thank all of our loyal members who toughed it out through a long bitter winter. Our members supported, joined, and participated in Y activities through snow, bitter cold, and impassible streets. As our thanks for braving the winter with us, the membership department is helping transition members’ wardrobes to t-shirt weather by gifting our members with 100% cotton t-shirts to wear while they walk, run, exercise, and continue to stay fit. A Y! staffer will be in the Lobby one day a week throughout April to thank members and distribute shirts. Sizes range from S to XL. Supplies are limited. The Riverdale YM/YWHA is located at 5625 Arlington Ave. Bronx, NY 10471 Dates & Times: Wednesday, April 17, 2014, 6:00-8:30 pm; Thursday, April 25, 2014, 10:0011:45 am. Fees: Free with valid membership ID. For more information, contact Ricki Van Tosh, at 718-543-8400 ext. 219 or email

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Targeting the specialized schools Continued from Page 18 We lay much of the blame for these distressing results on the systematic dismantling of self-contained gifted and talented programs that we have witnessed over the past quarter century, a process that continues and has even accelerated in many ways under the mayor’s stewardship of the schools. Last year, in the three most impoverished districts in the south Bronx (District 7, District 9 and District 12) only 38 kindergartners in total were found to qualify for gifted and talented programs. Since the city Department of Education requires 25 students in each district to form a class, these talented kids were denied access to the path that ultimately could have led them through the doors of Stuyvesant, eight or nine years up the road. This year, the exact same thing happened in the same three Bronx districts, as well as in

three other districts in Brooklyn. We need to do a much better job in identifying these kids, pump up gifted programs to provide far more enrichment and put them on a path to long term success. But as long as the powers at Tweed are willing to sacrifice the futures of these gifted “orphans” of the south Bronx, no one should be surprised if they fail years from now on this very tough but fair exam that could mean so much to them. Meanwhile misguided politicans and do-gooders should remember that proper G&T programs were eliminated here due to hyper-sensitivity on matters of race. The lower standards tolerated as a result is a clear manifestation of the subtle racism of low expectations and the real reason why blacks and Latinos are losing ground in the quest to take their places in our most competitive schools.

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to the days when those with pre-existing conditions were denied coverage, and women paid higher premiums than men. That’s simply not going to happen.” The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been successful in New York. As of March 31st, nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers have completed an application through NY State of Health, the Empire State’s health insurance marketplace, and an estimated 827,000 have fully enrolled in a health insurance plan offered through the exchange. New Yorkers have until April 15th, to sign up for a plan offered through the New York State exchange if they took steps to apply for coverage on or before the March 31st deadline. For more information about the health insurance plans being offered through NY State of Health, please visit their website, www.


Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, is calling on House Republicans to end their relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act, in light of new figures showing that over 7 million Americans have obtained health coverage through an exchange. “The Affordable Care Act has done exactly what its name suggests – it’s made health coverage more affordable for uninsured and underinsured Americans. Over 7 million Americans have signed up for insurance through one of the exchanges. There’s no reason to scrap the law.” “Unfortunately House Republicans are about to make their 52nd attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. They’ve even included a provision to repeal the law in their latest budget proposal. The GOP wants to take us back

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