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Volume XX • Number 18 • May 2 - 8, 2013 •


Horace Mann: Saved by statute of limitations?

BY KIMBERLEY HYATT Troubles seem to be multiplying for one of the nation’s premier prep schools, the Horace mann School here in Riverdale. In the aftermath of a giant media bombshell, the Horace Mann Coalition (HMAC) is taking action on the sexual abuse claims hidden for over thirty years.

Working with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the NYPD, and the Bronx Special Victims Squad, and investigation has been launched concerning the reported abuse from 1962-96. The abuse was originally brought to light in the June New York Times Magazine article “Prep School Predators: The

Senator Klein chose the Riverdale Senior Center to be the recipient of orchids from the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show. Every year, the Botanical Garden reserves 20 orchids for one non-profit in Senator Klein’s district. Pictured above, Senator Klein (C-L) and Julia Schwartz-Leeper (C-R), Executive Director of the Riverdale Senior Center stand with two members of the Senior Center.

Horace Mann School’s Secret History of Sexual Abuse,” written by Amos Kamil, a Horace Mann alumnus himself. This April, The New Yorker picked up the story again with “The Master,” by Marc Fisher, another Horace Mann graduate. Fisher’s article even focused on the charges of multiple abuse by an English professor, Robert Berman, to young male students. Despite this and at least 15 reported cases brought to the attention of administrators and staff, the reports were not taken to the police. An April 22 press release from HMAC commented, “HM has not undertaken a public investigation into the root causes of abuse at the school.” In light of the New York Times Magazine exposé, Horace Mann added to their “Family Handbook” on ‘Policy on Reporting Child Abuse of Students by School Employees’, raising questions about what the policy was, if any, during the thirty years the abuse took place. Only now does the policy highlight the necessity of immediate law enforcement notification. Other than that, nothing else has been done. The question remains, despite great intentions, what can be done? The New York state statute of limitations is preventing any prosecution for the last thirty years of reported abuse. Before August of ’96, there was a five year window to report felonies (exempting homicides from the time limit), and two years for misdemeanors. It was then changed for Child Sex Crimes—the five year ticking clock doesn’t start winding down until the child is 18. Even so, this does nothing to prosecute the alleged abusers of thirty years. New York State’s Social Services Laws proclaims that school officials, or anyone legally responsible for the child, must file a sexual abuse report. But the terms of this mandate, “Other person legally responsible,” conveniently leaves out school employees. Another mandate outlines the duties of one such “enumerated” official in the event of a report in an “EdContinued on Page 8

Photographs of Israel at the Derfner Judaica Museum By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER “Some Things Seen in Israel,” an exhibition of photographs by Burt Allen Solomon, is on view at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s Derfner Judaica Museum. The works were mounted this month to mark the State of Israel’s 65th anniversary. The 42 black-and-white photos capture moments of ordinary life, mainly in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, over a period of 40 years. Solomon, with no political agenda, documented scenes for their subject matter, light and composition during several visits to Israel starting in 1968, right after an El Al plane was hijacked. The frames containing people are suffused with somber moods—a wary crowd boarding a bus, passengers seated and standing in silence, three patrons in a starkly furnished bar, a circle of men handling tobacco, elderly men in an alley, shepherds with their charges, parents shopping with their son, even a few urban children at play—not a smile in sight. One exception is a shot from 1974— lively youngsters in Tsefat think the photographer is filming them for TV, so they laugh and wave to the camera, calling out “Televiziah!”Another is a scene from

Tel Aviv in 2004—the younger of two construction workers concentrates on a task while the older one watches, grinning. Several images depict contemporary structures juxtaposed with ancient ones. “I have certainly been conscious of the contrast of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ throughout the country ever since my first visit, when my older cousin Shlomo Shpiegel and I walked the streets of Netanya, which he had helped to found,” Solomon told Derfner director Susan Chevlowe in an interview published as a brochure. “He pointed out to me what was ‘yashan’ (old) and what was ‘hadash’ (new). At least subconsciously, I was aware of the ‘hadash’ and the ‘yashan’ whenever I aimed my camera to shoot.” Solomon, a New York attorney, was born in 1944 and lives in South Orange, New Jersey. He was introduced to photography as a teen in Brooklyn, where his father, a printer by profession, had created a darkroom in the corner of the garage. His photographs have been on exhibition at the Framing Mill Gallery in Maplewood, New Jersey, and in Vladeck Gallery at the Amalgamated Houses in The Bronx. The exhibition is open through July 28.

Museum hours are 10:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday.

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is at 5901 Palisade Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10471.

Tel Aviv 1974. (Copyright BA Solomon)

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Cohen wins Sen. Gustavo Rivera’s backing

The endorsements continue to roll in for City Council candidate Andrew Cohen. State Senator Gustavo Rivera, whose 33rd senate district shares a large swath of the contested 11th council district, endorsed Mr. Cohen today in his bid to replace term-limited Council Member Oliver Koppell. The endorsement event was held in front of PS 7 in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. "Throughout his years as a public servant, Andrew has proven that he has the determination and commitment that it takes to lead the community," said Senator Gustavo Rivera.  "We need elected officials like Andrew that will work tirelessly to ensure that residents of the Bronx, as well as all New Yorkers, are well represented. I am confident he is the right person to do exactly that in Council district 11."  Mr. Cohen, a local attorney and Community Board 8 member, has now been endorsed by 13 current or former elected officials, including Senator Rivera, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein, City Council Member Oliver Koppell, City Council Member James Vacca, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and former City Council Member June Eisland. “Senator Gustavo Rivera is a true reformer,” Cohen said. “I got to know Senator Rivera by volunteering on his first campaign. His election to the New York State Senate marked a watershed moment when people rose up against corruption and made a real difference.  Since arriving in Albany he has been a leader in the fight to increase the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, housing and public safety. We share progressive values and I am proud to receive his endorsement.” Mr. Cohen has also received overwhelming support from the labor community. He has been endorsed by nine labor organizations, including The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), 1199 SEIU, 32 BJ SEIU, UFCW Local 1500, The Detective’s Endowment Fund, The Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the Hotel Trade Council, and the Central Labor Council.

Shavuot programs at Chabad of Riverdale

Chabad of Riverdale will be hosting engaging programs and activities for the whole family on Shavuot, Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, 2013. On the first night of Shavuot, Tuesday, May 14, it is customary to study Torah the entire night. This Shavuot, Chabad of Riverdale is honored to host Rabbi Asher Crispe as their scholar-in-residence. Rabbi Asher Crispe is a highly knowledgeable technology expert and futurist as well as a media aficionado with a thorough and intimate knowledge of emerging developments in science and the digital universe. With over 20 years of experience as an educator, he regularly travels the world as a speaker/lecturer teaching in Jewish centers and academic institutions. Rabbi Crispe will be presenting a compelling line-up of lectures on Wednesday and Thursday at Chabad of Riverdale, starting on Wednesday at 12 am. Children, too, will celebrate Shavuot with an ice cream party on Wednesday, April 15 at 3:00 pm, where they will hear the ten commandments, make their own ice cream sundaes, enjoy great games, and receive super prizes. The event will take place at PS 24, on 660 West 236th Street. Both events are open to the public and are free of charge. For more information, or to co-sponsor either of these events in honor or in memory of a loved one, please call Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, 718-549-1100 Ext. 10 or email

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By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER Riverdalian Dr. Debra Kaplan, an author and associate professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Congressman Eliot Engel announced in April. The $6,000 grant, conferred by the NEH’s summer stipends program, will further Dr. Kaplan’s study of charity and

community in the Holy Roman Empire between 1500 and 1800. Kaplan said her current project “uses charity as a lens for understanding social and gendered hierarchies in the Jewish community and discusses parallels between Jewish and Christian giving.” Her research shows that some community issues we face today—like how a charity attracts donors, how donors

choose a charity and a general sense of social responsibility—were also faced during the period under study. Sources include archival materials held in German and in Jerusalem. Kaplan’s 2011 book, “Beyond Expulsion: Jews, Christians, and Reformation Strasbourg,” examines how the Jews retained their social and economic connections in Strasbourg even after their expulsion in 1390. It focuses particularly on the Jews of rural Alsace who made daily trips to urban centers. The work has garnered scholarly acclaim, called “a major addition to the study of Jewish-Christian relations in the Reformation period.” She has been the recipient of previous research and publication grants, awards and fellowships. Recent presentations have dealt with “The Pursuit of Hebraica: How Words Bridged and

Broke Jewish-Protestant Relations in the Reformation City” and “Regulating Communal Space: The Mikvaot of Altona-Hamburg-Wandsbeck.” Kaplan serves on the Early Modern Workshop’s advisory board and on the Center for Jewish History’s academic advisory council. She has organized scholarly conferences while continuing to author books, articles, papers and sections of collected works on topics including women’s identity and access to property in Jewish communities during the Early Modern period—roughly from 1400 to 1800. NEH grants are highly competitive, involving a rigorous selection process that seeks extraordinary humanities research leading to public engagement. Kaplan’s current research has also been awarded a grant by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

(l-r) Congressman Eliot Engel with Paula Luria Caplan, William Rodriguez, PhD, William Scribner, Executive Director and founder of the BAE, Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, PhD, and, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at the Ensemble’s 40th anniversary celebration Saturday at the Split Rock Golf Club. Ms. Caplan, and William and Felix Rodriguez were honored for their service to the Bronx Arts Ensemble. The BAE is a not-for-profit music organization, serving and enriching the cultural environment of the diverse communities throughout the Bronx by providing music education and performances of the highest professional standard with some of the finest free-lance musicians.

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Around the schools... P.S 24

May 1 and 2nd, Wednesday and Thursday, is LAPS for Learning at P.S 24. Friday, May 3rd is Family Friday from 8 am to 8:50 for Ms. Rossi’s third graders. 5th graders will be having a Mother’s Day Fundraiser during their lunch periods on Monday, May 6. There will be a School Tour on Wednesday, May 8 at 9 AM. On Tuesday, May 7, Ms. Cohen and Ms. Gibbons’ Second graders will be visiting the Museum of the City of New York. On Wednesday, May 8, Ms. Gregorek/Ms. Dunn’s and Ms. Wissner’s second grade class will be visiting the museum as well. Another trip will be made there by Ms. Bonanno’s second graders on Thursday, May 9.

Horace Mann

On Friday, May 3, there will be the annual FAD runway show, showcasing original fashions styled and created by Horace Mann’s very own students. It will be in the Cohen Dining Commons at 6:30 PM. The following day, May 4, the Nursery and Lower Division will have a Carnival from 11 to 3 pm, at the Lower Division campus. Dr. Jessica Levenstein has been announced as the new Upper Division Dean of Faculty, come September 2013. Dr. David Schiiler, the Head of Horace Mann’s Upper Division who announced her appointment, says: "Dr. Levenstein is a person of extraordinary gifts and accomplishments. She is devoted to Horace Mann and has served both as a distinguished teacher and as a dean. Both a writer and a scholar, she knows our students very well. Her humane and compassionate approach to students and colleagues is combined with a discriminating and perceptive intelligence. Her experience in our school and her mature good judgment will serve her well in her new role." HM Juniors Jay Rappaport and Charlotte Frankel have been elected as next year’s student body Co-Presidents. Ms. Frankel is the first female in over thirty years to be elected as President. Congratulations to both students! 9 Japenese Students have been selected as finalists in the Student Hikui Contest 2013. Wonsye Chong, Jillian Eisenberg, Dhruv Bhatia, Ajay Shyam, Parker Levi, Sune Tchelistcheff, Julia Thomsen, Karen Shim, and Libby Smilovici will be welcomed with HM Staff and families to the Awards Assembly June 8th. It will be held at the United Nations International School in New York. Congratulations to the finalists!

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The college will be hosting a college fair Friday, May 3, from 10 am to 1 pm, in conjunction with the College Bound Initiative (CBI). Eight CBI partnered high schools will be sending students to meet with representatives from various colleges and universities. From 5-7 PM on the same day there will be a farewell dinner for the graduating International students in Thomas Hall, in the Faculty Dining Room. Congratulations to the Graduates! Superintendent of Yonkers Public schools, Bernard P. Pierorazio, will be the Keynote Speaker at the College’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. He will also be receiving an honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy. The College’s Undergraduate Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 19. Charles H. Thornton, Class of ’61, Ph.D., P.E., and chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, LLC, an engineering consulting firm, will be delivering the keynote address.

Local Scholars

The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in the winter 2012-13 quarter: • Justin Gonzalez of Bronx, N.Y., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. • Chelsea Shaffer of Bronx, N.Y., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and service management from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls nearly 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2013 edition of The Best 377 Colleges as well as its Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 names RIT as a “Best Buy,” and The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT among the “Great Colleges to Work For 2012.”

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BY KIMBERLEY HYATT Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy boasts an incoming total of 250 honor society members, celebrating their achievements with a fun filled day away from school—or so the kids thought. The Riverdale Review has received numerous complaints from frustrated parents, as not every student received their hard earned reward. The high schoolers inducted into the Honors Society were promised a trip into the city to see the Broadway play Matilda, along with lunch in one of the NYC restaurants. It has been reported, however, that the school only purchased 48 tickets. With this unexpected first come, first served reward, most the children did not get to see the play. It was not even a free reward. The tickets cost $65 dollars a pop, leaving the kids to scramble to get their tickets. Basically, celebrating their induction came down to who could pay the fee first. Amongst the outraged parents and disappointed children, some just gave up on the trip altogether. So 48 lucky individuals got the lunch and show entertainment, a classic hallmark activity in the streets of NYC. But with 250 students, the probability of going was unlikely—it’s simple math. The reward turned into something akin to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Everyone wants their golden ticket. Just over 200 kids watched at the gates as the others got rewarded for the hard work and effort they all gave. It is understood that Broadway tickets, especially 250 of them, are by no means cheap. But it is unclear why, after discovering there would be a severe shortage,

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the event was not cancelled altogether or substituted with an alternative outing. Parent Coordinator Julie Prince, in a brief phone call with the Review April 25, stated she could not comment on the then developing problem, referring the interview to Principal Laurie O’Mara. With state testing hitting all the schools in the Riverdale area, Ms. O’Mara was unavailable to speak to the Review. It is unknown if the school will be making it up to the other honor students, or if only a handful of students received congratulatory praise by way of getting out of school. On May 1, the pride of being an Honor Society Inductee was in all likelihood replaced by envious disappointment, stamping out the small bit of excitement shown by the fortunate students filling on the school bus. Can anyone blame the kids for feeling that way?




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RCC Teen Theater to perform 'Oliver!'

The Riverdale Community Center's Teen Theater is ready to perform. For one weekend only you can watch this amazing group of students as they perform Oliver! book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart. This musical is based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, the story of a lonely orphan boy born in a workhouse. Curtains rise on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm with an encore/ final performance on Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm, suggested donation $5.00. Performances are held in the RKA MS/HS 141 auditorium at 660 West 237th Street. For more information please call 718-796-4724.

Library Reading Hour sponsored by Rotary Club

Youngsters 3-12 years old are invited to participate in the Reading Program on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Kingsbridge Library, 291 W. 231st St., 1-1:45PM. Readers will be grouped by skill level and encouraged to read, helped with pronunciation and word understanding, and for those without reading skills, interpret pictures. There is no charge for participation. The Rotary Club of Riverdale is part of Rotary International and sponsors the library reading project as a local community service. Volunteers who would like to help in this once monthly program, first Saturday of the month, except for holiday weekends, are invited to contact Karen Pesce, 718-549-4469.

Visitation Girl Scout receives medal

Christina Collado, a member of the Church of the Visitation’s Girl Scouts Cadette Troop 1134, received a Marian Medal at a special Emblem Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday. She was the only scout from the Girl Scouts of Greater New York council honored for completing a program designed to bring Girl Scouts closer to God by teaching them about Mary’s life. Christina, is 12 years old and has completed several Girl Scout programs related to her faith and received two other religious awards -- the Family of God and the I Live My Faith awards. She is currently working toward the highest award a Cadette can earn, the Silver Award.

Riverdale Y Sunday Market to reopen

The Riverdale Y Sunday Market will reopen this season from 9am-2pm on May 5 at MS/HS 141, located at West 237th

Street and Independence Avenue. The market offers natural organic and local products- kosher and non kosher items. This year the market will include some new vendors including fresh fish, and some new artisans. They will have regular favorites of produce, baked goods, eggs, meats, cheese - some fair trade and organic. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, they will have a Mexican celebration including Carlos and Gabby selling kosher tacos and other Mexican fare, a Mariachi musican playing music for your enjoyment and lots of giveaway for the opening day. The entire community is invited. For more information contact Cynthia Galik at 718-548-8200, ext. 218.

Mothers Day Seedling Sale at Riv. Temple

Riverdale Temple will be holding a Mother's Day Seedling Sale on Sunday, May 12, 2013. The plants are suitable for outdoor gardens and terraces. This is an ideal time for planting these seedlings in time for enjoyment in the coming season. They have a wide variety of outdoor plants, including herbs, green and flowering varieties. They will be sold individually or in flats. This is a great gift for Mom on her day. The plants come from Grow NYC and are offered to green our city, reduce the carbon in our air, and fight pollution. They will be on sale in the parking lot of the Riverdale Temple Synagogue at 4545 Independence Avenue from 9 am to 12 pm. Parents can help their children pick out a Mother's Day gift as the prices are reasonable. Let us all be part of greening our neighborhood. All are welcome.

Dialogue with mayoral candidates

The Riverdale YM-YWHA and the New York League of Conservation Voter Education Fund will host a dialogue for the mayorial candidates on vital environmental issues and more on Monday, May 6 at 7:00pm. The candidates that have confirmed to be talking are Christina Quinn, NYC Council speaker, Sal Albanese, former New York City Councilman, and Aldolfo Carrion Jr, former Bronx Borough President. Other candidates have been invited including Joseph Lhota, former chief of the MTA, Bill deBlasio, New York Public advocate and William Thompson Jr., former New York City comptroller.The moderated discussion will cover the Mayor's sustainability plans, climate change, healthy and sustainable food, the Hudson River Greenway Link and more. A question and answer period will be allowed after

each candidate speaks. For more information contact 212-361-6350, ext. 207 or email The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

Dinowitz applauds DOT for quick cleanup

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) is pleased to announce that two swastikas carved into the sidewalk on West 255th Street between Mosholu Avenue and Fieldston Road have been removed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The problem was first reported to Mr. Dinowitz's office by a constituent during the second week of April. The Assemblyman personally inspected the sight and reported the problem to DOT, which removed the swastikas shortly there after. 'I am very pleased that the DOT reacted so quickly to this issue,' Dinowitz said. 'When our office was contacted about this problem we contacted the DOT immediately, and their response to the problem was just as immediate. A minute is too long for a swastika to be on the sidewalk, so I am glad the response and removal of that heinous symbol was so prompt.' A third swastika was later reported to the Dinowitz office which then relayed the issue to DOT for removal.

BCA invites artists to public art project

Call to Artists is open to emerging and seasoned professional artists with site-specific and/or public art experience. Only artists who reside in the Bronx can apply. Artists who apply should have

experience working with community representatives, landscape architects, businesses and government entities but it is not mandatory. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 7, 2013. For more information, visit www. or call 718-931-9500. Bronx Council on the Arts is located at 1738 Hone Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461.

Upcoming activities at Riverdale Y Senior Center

On Sunday May 5th- We are serving a hot lunch at 12:30 pm followed by dancing at 1:30 pm with Henry Covner who will be singing and playing keyboards to international musical favorites. At 1:30 pm the senior center will show the movie ‘Frisco Kid’. On Wednesday, May 8th, we will have a special event for Mother’s Day. At 11:45 am the senior center will have a luncheon and singer, Jacques LeBas, lyric baritone, who will entertain with Broadway show tunes and standards at 1:15 pm in the theater. Price is suggested donation of $4 and $6 day of event. Transportation provided to adults 60 years and older. Please call for more details - 718-548-8200 ext. 224.

CSAIR Sisterhood trip to JTS

The Sisterhood of Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will visit the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan on Sunday, May 5, for a special, private tour of the Rare Book Room as well as a visit to the Library and a viewing of the current art exhibit, ‘Reading the Visual/Visualizing the Text.’ All are welcome. The cost is $20 per person for adults and $10 each for students under 18 years old. (Transportation is not included.) For more information on this trip and other education opportunities at CSAIR, call the synagogue office at 718-543-8400. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

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Thursday, May 2 Riverdale

TAI CHI 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Tai chi has been show to reduce pain and stiffness, increase flexibility, enhance muscle strength, improve concentration and memory, and help people cope with stress and depression. 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.


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


MUSICAL COMEDY 7:30 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue The Riverdale Rising Stars presents the musical comedy ‘The Pajama Game.’ Performances are on May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12. For info, call 718-548-8200 ext. 0 or visit

Friday, May 3 Riverdale

FUN SCIENCE 3:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Children are welcome to come to the Riverdale Branch

and learn more about the scientific process. They will conduct experiments and have fun while learning how the world around them operates. For ages 5 to 12 years. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street 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. Let your voice be heard in the Kingsbridge Library’s Teen Advisory Group! For more information, call 718-548-5656.


TEEN THEATER 7:30 p.m. MS/HS 141 Auditorium 660 West 237th Street The Riverdale Community Center’s Teen Theater will perform Oliver! book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart. May 3 & 4. For more information call 718-796-4724.

Saturday, May 4 Kingsbridge

READING HOUR 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Youngsters 3-12 years old are invited to participate in the Reading Program sponsored by the Rotary Club. For more information, call Karen Pesce, 718-549-4469.


CHORAL CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Christ Church Riverdale 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway The Riverdale Choral Society will present its final concert of the 2012-2013 season. Their spring concert entitled “Paris Lights: Fauré, Boulanger And Duruflé” will feature Requiem by Maurice Duruflé as the centerpiece of the program. Admission is $20. With the Bronx Cultural Card, admission is $18. To purchase tickets and for more information: visit www. or call 718-543-2219.

Sunday, May 5 Riverdale

SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAM 12:30 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue The senior center is serving a hot lunch at 12:30 pm followed by dancing at 1:30 pm with Henry Covner who will be singing and playing keyboards to international musical favorites. At 1:30 pm the movie “Frisco Kid” will be shown. For more information, call 718-548-8200 ext. 224.


EXHIBIT RECEPTION 5 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue Gallery 18 will exhibit the works of Romie Gumpel for the month of May. A reception is scheduled on May 5 from 5-7 pm. The entire community is welcomed to the reception. For more information, cal 718-548-8200.

Monday, May 6 Riverdale

PORTRAIT DRAWING 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This free drawing workshop taught by Josh Millis, is an introduction and investigation into portrait drawing as a subject in both historical and contemporary art. Through sequential activities that focus on observation and the use of various drawing media including pencil and charcoal, participants will develop a greater understanding of the form and subtleties of the drawn portrait. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


DIALOGUE WITH MAYORAL CANDIDATES 7 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue A dialogue with the mayorial candidates on vital environmental issues and more. A question and answer period will be allowed after each candidate speaks. For more information contact 212-361-6350, ext. 207 or email

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e-READER HELP 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Learn how to download free e-books from the New York

Public Library. Get help on using your iPad, Kindle or other e-reader. First come, first served. Tuesdays @ 11:00 a.m. (some 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.


ON THE PLATE! 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street It’s time to snack! Join cooking wizard Jailin Acevedo as she guides you through baking, chopping, grilling, and melting in the quest for delicious treats. See what’s on the menu! All materials will be provided. For ages 12 to 18 years old. For info, call 718-548-5656.

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WRITING MEMOIRS 11 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Join us for a ten week memoir and storytelling workshop, lead by teaching artists Lauren Jost and Annie Montgomery. This free workshop is open to adults 55+ and will include nine instructional sessions and a culminating event; participants are expected to attend all ten sessions. For info, call 718-548-5656.


MOTHERS DAY EVENT 11:45 a.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue S special event for Mother’s Day. At 11:45 am the senior center will have a luncheon and singer, Jacques LeBas, lyric baritone, who will entertain with Broadway show tunes and standards at 1:15 pm in the theater. Price is suggested donation of $4 and $6 day of event. For more information, call 718-548-8200 ext. 224.


THEATRE WORKSHOP 4 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This workshop will take young actors on an awesome, self-empowering theatrical adventure. Racking through a menu of voice and movement skills, actors write group texts, learn choral actions and become collaborators in an instant theatre company. Participants stand in an imaginary spotlight where they may clearly speak their own truths by writing lines and playing themselves. Each session includes a short performance. Recommended for children ages 6 to 11 years old. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

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BOOK DISCUSSION 7:45 p.m. Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street A book group discussion of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or visit

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RIV. Y SUNDAY MARKET 9 a.m. MS/HS 141 West 237th St. & Independence Ave. The market offers natural organic and local products- kosher and non kosher items. This year the market will include some new vendors including fresh fish, and some new artisans. Of course we will have our regular favorites of produce, baked goods, eggs, meats, cheese - some fair trade and organic. The entire community is invited. For info contact Cynthia Galik at 718-548-8200, ext. 218.

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Continued from Page 1 ucational setting,” meaning a public and not a private school. Another loophole to jump onto. The Bronx District Attorney is planning to appeal for an amendment to the laws, expanding them to private schools, as well as “the context of the abuse should be broadened to include child abuse committed by anyone employed by a school or occurring on school property or at a school sponsored event.” The Coalition, despite fighting limitations, has retained retired Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder to supervise the independent investigation. Snyder, in a press release issued April 26, released the following statement: “Our investigation will seek to determine the scope of this abuse and to identify whether persons in authority responded appropriately to it and, if not, to determine why not. We will review the past policies of the school concerning charges of sexual abuse and its current policies in order to recommend changes where appropriate, including procedures which will include an outside independent monitor or panel to review all such charges. Our conclusions and recommendations will be made public in the report we will issue at the end of our investigation.” Snyder is also looking for the full cooperation of HM faculty, staff, and administration, something history shows might not be easy to obtain. Especially now that the District Attorney has reported cases beyond the ones revealed in past coverage. The DA launched a hotline the summer the New York Times magazine hit newsstands, resulting in 60 interviews, over 25 with victims of alleged abuse. The result is astounding—there are over 12 alleged abusers, with most of the abuse taking place in the 1970’s. This isn’t just one sick minded individual, but a slew of staff members targeting young children, perhaps even including a former head of school, making the school’s silence even more horrifying. So while the Coalition’s efforts will not bare prosecution for the last thirty years, it might force the school confront their past mistakes, and hopefully prevent future abuse. The idea, then, is to send the school a message that such slack on their part will not be tolerated. The Coalition originally fought for acknowledgement and apology since June. They wanted HM to “officially and unambiguously acknowledge that sexual abuse took place, it should officially and

CSAIR presents 3-session course on Islam Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will present a three-session introduction to Islam, on Thursdays, May 23, 30 and June 6, at 7:45pm. This course will be taught by Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Director of Manhattan College Holocaust Center. The first session, May 23rd, will focus on Early Islam. It will explore the early life of the Prophet Mohammed, his revelation of Islam, the split between Sunnis and Shias, and the relationship between Muslims and Jews. On May 30th, the class will hear about the Golden Age. This will include the period during which Muslims made significant advances in medicine, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Perceptions of Islam Today will be the topic of the last session, June 6th. The class will discuss perceptions of Muslims, Muslim-Americans and their struggles, and the new Arab spring. For more information on this program which is free and open to all - as well as other adult education opportunities at CSAIR, call the Synagogue office at 718-543-8400 or visit the synagogue website, CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

unambiguously apologize to those who were victims of sexual abuse at Horace Mann, and it should cooperate with an independent investigation into the conditions that allowed decades of sexual abuse by multiple abusers to occur.” The HMAC Support Fund will be paying for Snyder’s services, asking HM alumni and the general public for donations to fuel the investigation. Despite the school’s uncooperative nature and the Limitations, the Coalition says, “We are confident that the District Attorney’s report is the beginning, not the end, of this investigation.” They are also supporting Assemblywoman Marge Markey’s Child Victims Act, “which would completely eliminate statutes of limitations in the future, and provide a one-year window for old civil cases, in order to give justice to victims and expose abusers.”

Riverdale Rising Stars presents

Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

May 2 at 7:30pm (special preview show, all tickets $10) Saturdays, May 4 & May 11 at 9:00pm Sundays, May 5 & May 12 at 3:00pm & 7:00pm Thursday, May 9 at 7:30pm Tickets online: $20 adults;$12 seniors and students Tickets at the door $22 adults; $14 seniors and students To purchase tickets go to or Tickets may also be purchased by phone, by calling 1-800-838-3006 and selecting option 1.

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5K/10K WALK/RUN Sunday, May 5, 2013 Start/Finish: Riverdale Y 5625 Arlington Avenue Start Times: 5K and 10K at 8:30am Red Nose Run Kids Dash at 8:45am

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Schervier Care Center recognizes Sarah Brako

Thursday, May 2, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


Bad News in Our Schools

We wish we could tell this community that there is good news coming from our local schools. But the news is not good and we’re simply not going to try – as others do – to cover it up. Admissions to specialized high schools, once a source of great pride here, are now down to their absolute historic low. This bad news has tremendous ramifications for everyone living here, whether they have children in public schools, parochial or private schools, or no children at all. There is no statistic that will impact more on values of properties here. Every home in Riverdale is worth less – a lot less – because of the failure to create a culture of academic success here or, more precisely, the loss of that culture over the past 20 years. In 1992, 150 eighth graders from what was then M.S. 141 were admitted to specialized high schools, over 100 to the Bronx High School of Science alone. This figure was not an anomaly. It was typical of the results year after year, in fact perhaps a bit on the low side. This year only 23 children from the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy were admitted to the city’s elite “testing” schools. That statistic is misleading. That includes a number of students admitted to schools recently added to the list: four admitted to American Studies on the Lehman College campus, two admitted to the School for Math, Science & Engineering at City College; and two were admitted to the Brooklyn Latin School. Brooklyn Technical High School, historically a consolation prize for students here, accounts for another two admissions. Nine students this year were admitted to the LaGuardia School of Music and Art, where an assessment of artistic or musical accomplishment forms the main admission criteria. Even this figure is low in historical terms for a community that routinely sent twenty students to this school in a typical year. So what of the main event? How many RKA eighth graders are headed to the Bronx High School of Science this year, to ultimately join the thousands of Riverdalians whose names are so prevalent in the Bronx Science Alumni roster? Drumroll, please… The answer is three. Not a hundred, or a hundred and twenty. Three. Of course one child was admitted to Stuyvesant High School, now the clear first choice among the specialized schools in our city. Never have these numbers been so pathetically low. This is not a failure that can be ascribed to the shortcomings of just one individual. We believe that the seeds of failure and success are sowed in the earliest years of a child’s education, and finally will bear fruit much later on. So we will no lay the entire blame on RKA principal Lori O’Mara, although we have felt since she first arrived at RKA that she was woefully unprepared for the job and lacked any vision for turning things around. The principals of our elementary schools, P.S. 24 and P.S. 81 certainly bear responsibility. We did manage a few years ago to finally restore a gifted and talented program to Riverdale at P.S. 24, but it is undermined by an citywide admissions program that does not respect our neighborhoods and has led to dozens of local children being forced to either attend a gifted program elsewhere or be compelled to forego this critical opportunity altogether. And it is no secret that the principal of P.S. 24 simply doesn’t believe in gifted programs, as befits an acolyte of the radical Australian educational theorist Brian Cambourne. Teachers at the school tell us that this program is gifted in name only, and does not offer a truly rigorous advanced curriculum. That, to the loyal followers of Cambourne would foster inequality. So the result is a school system that aims to the middle, where all students are equal, but few can really excel. The big story in the city has been the success of the city’s relatively small Asian population in earning seats in these schools. The last thing we need is a quota system, no matter how well-intentioned. In fact, immigrant students, often grounded in the much more advanced curricula to be found in Asian and European countries – even more advanced than the widely heralded Common Core Curriculum – do much better on the specialized high school exams than do our home-grown, beaten down to the middle local students. Asian parents in particular insist on rigorous “Saturday Academies” where students are brought up to speed to compete, particularly in math, at much higher levels than even demanded by the Common Core. This should be a roadmap for us in Riverdale. Our kids can do better, if we only give them the chance. What goes on in school is important. But we as parents and neighbors must seize the initiative and demand a restoration of the culture of excellence in school and out – if our children can once again achieve at levels typical of what others before them have achieved.

CNR to host open houses The College of New Rochelle (CNR) School of New Resources (SNR), which offers a bachelor's degree program specifically for adults, will hold open houses on six campuses on Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campuses, meet faculty and students, and talk to academic and financial advisors. If they wish, attendees may also complete required testing and apply for admission on that day. Open houses will take place at each of the Schools six campuses, located in Westchester, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The locations are: • Main Campus in Westchester: Sweeny Student Center, Rms B&C, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle (914) 654-5528 • Co-op City Campus in the Bronx: 755 Co-op City Boulevard (718) 320-0300 • John Cardinal O'Connor Campus in the South Bronx: 332 East 149th Street (718) 665-1310 • Brooklyn Campus at Restoration Plaza: 1368 Fulton Street (718) 638-2500 • District Council 37 in Lower

Note our new address: 5752 Fieldston Road Bronx, New York 10471 (718) 543-5200 FAX: (718) 543-4206

Manhattan: 30 Broad Street (212) 815-1710 • Rosa Parks Campus (Studio Museum) in Manhattan: 144 West 125th Street (212) 6627500.

New restaurant opens in Yonkers

Yonkers newest restaurant, American Dream Steakhouse & Banquet Hall is having it’s Grand Opening this Friday, May 3, 2013. Located at 602 South Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y. 10705. Serving great food at reasonable prices. (914) 327-3158

Self-help and spirituality for the modern woman

The Rosh Chodesh Society is a sisterhood dedicated to inspiring and empowering Jewish women through monthly cultural learning experiences. The Rosh Chodesh Society's newest course, It's About Time: Kabbalistic Insights for Taking Charge of Your Life, aims to empower women to implement change in seven key areas in their lives. Topics discussed in the course include emotional mastery, sleep and renewal, nutrition and dieting, happiness,

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communication skills, faith and knowledge, and how to implement lasting change. The course is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Participants without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning can attend and enjoy this course. This month, Rebbetzin Sorah Shemtov will be teaching The Extra Mile: Tools for Implementing Lasting Change on Saturday, May 11 at 5:15 pm at Chabad of Riverdale. Why are resolutions so difficult to keep? In Judaism, the human capacity to overstep our perceived limitations is not only possible, but essential for human growth. This lesson outlines a practical step-by-step guide for how to implement enduring change. For more information about this upcoming lesson, please visit our website or call Chabad of Riverdale at 718-549-1100 Ext. 10.

Einstein orchestra to perform in concert

The Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra, under conductor/music director Stephen Moshman, will present a concert. The program will consist of Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527; Hummel's Concerto in E-flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra; and Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D major, K.385. Sandra Coffin is trumpet soloist. The performance will be held on Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at Robbins Auditorium, Forchheimer Building, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue. Contributions suggested.

Outcry for Putnam Trail birds and flowers Baksh, quoted as “the Birding Dude”, continued by saying there are over 200 species of birds nesting and living in the Park. He even gave a shout out to a fellow Naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson, claiming he “Was one of our countries greatest naturalists”, who began his work in the Bronx. According to Baksh, it is documented that Peterson documented rare bird species in the Park. The “Birding Dude” ended his speech with a message to those not active in the Putnam Trail fight. “I urge you; those of you that are on the fence on this, I am telling you, get involved. Don’t wait until it’s too late!” The email, sent by the Save the Putnam Trail Group, includes a video clip of the speech and ends with their straight forward motto: “Save taxpayer money, Save the environment, Save the Putnam Trail!”

NEW YORK POLYPHONY “(A) rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” National Public Radio

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BY KIMBERLEY HYATT The Save the Putnam Trail group continues to fight against the paving in Van Cortlandt Park—now, it’s not just a matter of running preferences, or stone dust, but one of conservation. On April 9, Naturalist Andrew Baksh stood before the Community Board to protest the paving. Baksh opened with a plea for younger generations, for Van Cortlandt Park to be preserved and enjoyed as it is now. More importantly, for the bird nests that he sees on the nature walks in which he hosts to be left intact. “When are we going to stop taking away the green from our nature, from the kids? What are we going to tell the little ones, our grandkids? What are they going to tell their kids; that the species are no longer there because we felt fit to pave the trail. Do we really need to do it? No, I don’t think so!”, he argued.

Great Music at Christ Church Riverdale Presents

Thursday, May 2, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


Cinco de Market Grand Opening of the

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Sunday Market May 5- Cinco de Mayo from 9am-2pm

at MS/HS 141 at W. 237 St. & Independence Come join us for all the festivities on the opening day • Carlos and Gabby’s selling kosher tacos, etc. • Jute tote bag giveaways for the first 100 attendees • Gourmet food trucks are coming later this season!

Natural Organic, Local and Fresh, Kosher and Non-Kosher The Market is open: Come shop our regular vendors for meats, produce, cheeses, dairy products soaps, honey, baked goods, pickles, Starbucks cofffee, homemade lemonade, herbal ice tea and now our new vendor: Fresh Fish from - Pura Vida

Lots of giveaways Lots of fun for the entire family Riverdale Sunday Market Sponsored in part with a grant for the UJA-Federation of NY

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