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Volume XX • Number 22 • May 30 - June 5, 2013 •


Weiner debut fuels excitement at forum here

By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER The Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club held its 2013 mayoral candidates forum last Thursday at Riverdale Temple. There was no inter-candidate debate—nearly all rhetorical barbs were aimed at Mayor Bloomberg as six potential Democratic candidates each took a turn at the mic. The event drew major media outlets – due to the fact that newly-minted mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner was making his first such appearance, and the hall was filled to capacity notwithstanding a drenching rainstorm. The pols got six minutes apiece to speak and then up to seven minutes for questions and answers. First up was the city public advocate Bill de Blasio, who began

by commending the BFRDC for its commitment to making “a better city and cleaner politics.” After 12 years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he said, we have “a tale of two cities,” with “huge disparities” that are “getting worse” in terms of income, schools, and “how our neighborhoods are policed.” De Blasio criticized “an overuse of the stop and frisk policy that treats some New Yorkers like suspects even though they’re just as law-abiding as the rest of us.” He called for an inspector general at the NYPD to provide oversight that would protect against racial profiling. He said he’d create 200,000 units of “affordable housing” over the next ten years and make the inclusion of affordable housing a prerequisite for developers.

Split vote over Putnam Trail at Parks Committee meeting By HAYDEE CAMACHO In a boisterous meeting with input from the New York City Parks Department, cycling organizations and community advocates, a divided Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee was unable to approve a resolution in support of the Parks Department plan to pave the Putnam Trail in Van Cortlandt Park with asphalt. The vote was split with 3 members voting to approve, 2 against and 2 abstaining. The resolution will go before the full board in June. The community board, however, does not have a regulatory role, only an advisory one and the Parks Department can still proceed on the project. The Parks Department is currently waiting for a final permit from the New York State Department of Design Construction. The nearly three-hour meeting took place on Wednesday, May 22nd at the College of Engineering at Manhattan College. The speakers discussed three main issues regarding the paving of the trail – concerns over destruction of the natural habitat of the trail, advocating for increased accessibility for wheelchair users, and worries that a paved asphalt path would become primarily a cyclists’ trail. Andrew Penzi, team leader of

the Bronx Capital Projects Design Team of the Parks Department presented slides of the proposed trail design. “We are here to answer your concern,” he said. “We want to clarify the design intent. and explain the environmental benefits. It’s really a beautiful spot and we hope to enhance it. “ The project will make connections to the Mosholu Greenway and extend up through 47 miles into Westchester county. The design calls for a 10 ft wide asphalt path down the center with a three foot jogging path of compacted earthen material to the left and a two ft. nature trail with a wildflower seed mix to the right. Penzi stated that using asphalt as the paving material will not only prevent leaching of track materials onto the path when the old railroad ties are removed, but will also provide durability. “Dirt bikes can destroy a soft surface trail in one use. Asphalt will last for years and is a maintainable product.” At that point there was a loud outburst from opponents of asphalt paving. Bob Bender, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee and moderator of the meeting, called for order. Will Sanchez for Save the Putnam Trail, which opposes asphalt paving in favor of stone dust, showed the group’s video of users Continued on Page 2

Sal Albanese, “the only person in this race who’s not a career politician,” has been in the financial industry for the past 15 years but served on the City Council from 1982 through 1997, representing his Brooklyn home district of Park Slope and authoring the city’s first living wage law in 1996. “I’m not accepting money from developers or lobbyists, and I’m committed to putting the people in charge of City Hall,” he said. “We have a choice in this election,” he said, when voters can choose professional politicians who “spend more time bickering than listening to New Yorkers” or we can choose “a clean break— we can elect a mayor who has a record of independence, has raised the wages of workers, and has taught in our city’s public schools.” Albanese taught in the public schools for 11 years. He advocates the creation of pediatric wellness centers in communities around the city so that “we can give kids a good start when they come into our schools.” Staten Islander Reverend Erick Salgado said he was born in The Bronx, but that he spent his childhood in Puerto Rico because the borough’s pollution was bad for his respiratory condition. He returned to New York at the age of 17 and settled in Brooklyn, where he and his wife established several churches and bookstores. “I believe we need a leader that is going to be sensitive to all the different community groups that we have in the city. New York City is not a melting pot anymore— New York City is a collection of different communities,” he said. “We need a leader that is ready to be out there, not taking vacations in the Bahamas while the city is in crisis. I am going to be that leader, and by the time I finish fixing the city, you’re going to love the way I talk,” he quipped in a lightly accented English. Bill Thompson, city comptroller from 2002 through 2009, started by thanking the BFRDC for their support in his 2009 mayoral run “while others didn’t stand by the Democratic nominee.” Thompson is currently an executive at Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co. and chair of the governor’s minority- and women-owned business enterprise

Anthony Weiner speaks at the Ben Franklin Club mayoral forum. team. He moved from Brooklyn to Harlem in 2008. “It’s from my parents and my grandparents that I learned the value of hard work,” he said. “I learned that public service is something that you should aspire to, something you should be involved in.” He listed his various public service positions, including president of the city’s Board of Education. “I want to make sure that New York City stays safe,” he said. “We’ve seen New York City become the safest city in America. But we’ve also seen some cracks. We’ve seen some neighborhoods across the City of New York where the clock in going backwards.

We can’t allow that to happen. Every neighborhood is entitled to safety in the city—every neighborhood—and we can do it while making sure that things like ‘stop and frisk’ are used correctly, with the constitutional safeguards that people are entitled to.” Thompson wants “an educator again at the top of our public school system,” a “focus on comprehension and critical thinking, not test prep” and an effort to turn schools around rather than closing them, as the Bloomberg administration does. He would also adopt policies that favor small businesses, eliminating the “excessive amount of Continued on Page 15

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Split vote over Putnam Trail Continued from Page 1 enjoying the trail and discussing what it means to them. After the video, Victor Calisi Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities addressed the large audience. “I saw a lot of different things on the video that look nice,“ he said. “But you know what, I’m not able to get there. The Parks Department is committed to making parks accessible over and beyond the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Calisi stated stone dust is not a safe surface if it rains or is not maintained properly. “Everybody in this room will be disabled at some point, know someone who is disabled or be temporarily disabled. We are only building for our future. Having a safe path of travel that is firm, stable and slip resistant will be the better choice for people with disabilities,” he added. Bender raised the issue of cost for building and maintaining a stone dust trail. Penzi put the cost for building a stone dust trail at $8 more a square yard to build, explaining that more material is required to create a deeper foundation and create the firm, solid surface. Van Cortlandt Parks Administrator Margot Perron added that the park currently maintains 3.7 miles of stone dust trail. After rain, a rut as small as two inches becomes a trip hazard that must first be raked out with the underlying layers of gravel and stone dust replaced, followed by hand tamping, rental and use of pneumatic tamping equipment and then spraying with water. Van Cortland recently received FEMA funds to address erosion of the trails. Many individuals had signed up to speak at the meeting and were allowed three minutes to present their opinions. Rich Conroy described himself as an avid hiker and cyclist. “What you don’t see on the paved parts of the trail in Westchester are conflicts between users,” he said. “I can see the cyclists, pedestrians and runners getting along just fine. I saw plenty of wildlife, red tail hawks, pheasants, a deer and the birds were singing their heads off. Most of that trail was shaded by canopy cover,” he added. Bender raised the issue of why an environmental impact statement had not been done. Charles McKinney principal urban designer from the Parks Department responded saying that the National Environment Protection Act has certain exceptions which do not require an EIS, and those include bicycle and pedestrian lanes. Bender also asked about the impact to wildlife along the trail. There had been strong concern about the diminishment to wildlife under the current plan which calls for a widening of the path to 10 feet. Perron said that she and Audubon Society Director and head of Conservation Committee had walked the trail. The Audubon officials told Perron they had examined many studies on birds nesting on rails to trails paths and found that there was little nesting in those areas. She also added that there would be little impact to snapping turtles as they lay their eggs in a wide swath throughout the park. The loss of wildflowers was a slight concern, but the Audubon officials noted it would not be a problem since there are so many and they would come back. In response to concerns of walkers being pushed off the trail Bender commented, “This trail exists from the city line for 35 miles on. I’ve been on this trail many times and I’ve never seen the situation that some people fear that we are going to have bikers train for the Tour de France and going to slam into walkers and runners. It is possible for everybody to co-exist.” He noted that the trail must be ADA

compliant and that the additional costs to maintain a stone dust trail are a significant factor in light of the Parks Department maintenance budget cuts in the last five years. “It’s a bit cavalier to say well let’s just get more maintenance funding. We’d all love to see more maintenance funding for the trail or any of the dozens of project in our parks,” he said. “I don’t like paving, I’d rather not see paving in a park but I’ve come to the conclusion that in this case it can’t be avoided—it should be paved,” he added. After the split vote, the room erupted into angry comments with some calling for a new resolution against the plan. “It creates a public relations problem for the Parks Department if they go ahead with the plan against the community’s wishes,” said Bender amidst the noise. “We’ll have to see what happens at the full board.“

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Taking a bus tour of the Bronx with author and Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan is like watching one of the those antique roadshows where someone takes a humble piece of pottery or simple painting that’s been sitting in their attic for years to be appraised and is delighted to learn they have a valuable treasure—sometimes you just don’t know what you have until you speak to an expert. Ultan weaves a lively and fascinating tapestry of Bronx history full of stories about colorful people, bucolic parks and notable landmarks that not only tell the story of the Bronx, but point to the larger history of America. As the tour winds it way up the Grand Concourse, the history lesson begins. Franz Sigal Park was named in honor of the beloved German-American immigrant

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who published a German language newspaper. The Morrisania section derives its name from the powerful Morris family who owned much of the land in the area and for which Morris High School, the first in the Bronx, was named. The family includes Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Governor Morris, penman of the Constitution, who authored the phrase, We the People. They are buried in the crypt at St. Ann's Church in Morrisania. Tidy townhomes and renovated buildings proudly line the Charlotte Street area that was abandoned and in ruins when President Carter visited in 1977. Van Cortlandt House built by Frederick van Cortlandt is the oldest house in the Bronx. Valentine-Varian House, built by blacksmith Isaac Valentine, is the second

oldest house in the borough. Bronx. Parks make up about 25 percent of the land mass of the borough. In 1888 the city purchased Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Park, Pelham Bay Park, Crotona Park, Claremont Park, St. Mary's Park, Mosholu Parkway, Pelham Parkway, and Crotona Parkway. Theodore Roosevelt scoffed at the purchase, preferring to have parks in more dense urban areas. Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in the city and was known as the “Newport of the masses.” For the past 19 years, Crotona Park has hosted the Bronx Open tennis tournament. The name for the Melrose section of the Bronx was inspired by the popular novel of the time, Melrose. Leonard W. Jerome opened the Jerome Park Racetrack in 1867. There he began Continued on Page 8

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Around the schools... P.S. 24

Springfest is Wednesday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. on West 235th Street. There will be food, a DJ, inflatables, soccer, spin art, wheel of chance and other attractions. Admission is free, and tickets for activities will be available at the event. Food and beverages will cost one to six tickets, and attractions will cost two to five tickets each.

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A school dance festival will be held in the schoolyard on Monday, June 10. Each grade will perform its own dance routines. The students have worked on their presentations during gym classes throughout the year.

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Anthony Gagliardi, Martin Gavin and Steven Trebach were among 38 seniors accepted into the HM Cum Laude Society Chapter. Each year the society accepts students who have shown overall academic excellence and have demonstrated good character, honor and integrity in all aspects of their school lives. An induction ceremony held on Wednesday featured Rockefeller University professor Dr. Bruce McEwen, who addressed the students on “How I Became a Molecular Sociologist.” Three new inductees provided a musical prelude and interlude. The honored students and their guests were given a reception in Fisher Hall Rotunda after the ceremony.

Bronx Arts Ensemble Awards

Riverdale Country School junior Ana Barrett, a violinist, was awarded First Prize at the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Annual Young Bronx Artist Contest held on April 20 at Vladeck Hall in the Amalgamated Houses. Barrett was awarded $500 and a solo performance at a BAE subscription concert during the 2013-2014 season. Awards were also given to pianist Eileen Yao, a freshman at the Bronx High School of Science; alto saxophone player Ashley Dookie, a junior at Celia Cruz High School of Music; and soprano Elyssa Tylor, a sophomore at Talent Unlimited High School. The annual competition is open to music students between ages 14 and 20 who are either Bronx residents or who attend school in The Bronx. Some BAE competition winners have pursued professional solo and orchestra careers.

Local Scholars

Manhattan College has announced that Christopher Bednarz, a 2013 graduate with a B.S. in chemical engineering, was recognized with the Joseph J. Gunn Alumni Medal at the college’s recent

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Charter schools are free public schools open to all students. They have a 5-year contract with a NYS authorizer, and if they don’t perform well they are closed.

Charter schools are independent of the NYC Department of Education. This gives them freedom to use new teaching approaches, and even have longer school days and school years.

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Shabbat at Chabad with Rabbi Shais Taus

In honor of the 19th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (read about his life and tremendous influence below), Chabad of Riverdale will be hosting a Shabbat on June 7-8, 2013 with Rabbi Shais Taub, a dynamic author and educator renowned for his scholarship in Chassidic mysticism as well as his work with recovering addicts. In honor of this momentous occasion, Rabbi Shais Taub will be presenting fascinating lectures during the weekend. Rabbi Taub is the editor of the Judaism sites and Jewish.TV, as well as a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. He is also the author of several important works on Tanya, the basic text of Chassidic philosophy, including the Map of Tanya and the JLI course Soul Maps. NPR called Taub "an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 Steps" and Publishers Weekly praised his bestseller God of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction as a "singular resource for those in need." Rabbi Taub lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and children where he acts as spiritual leader of Conscious Contact, a prayer and meditation center with an emphasis on serving the spiritual needs of addicts. The engaging program includes Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch accompanied by scintillating lectures by Rabbi Taub. On Friday June 7, Evening Services begin at 7:00 pm, followed by Shabbat Dinner at 8:00 pm. The evening lecture, 'Emotional Sobriety: The Highly Spiritual Art of Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships and Attachments' will follow dinner at 9:30 pm. On Saturday, June 8, at 8:30 am, Rabbi Shais Taub will be teaching 'Tanya Soul Maps,' followed by morning services at 9:00 am. Rabbi Taub will be delivering an 11:00 am Sermon, 'Doing or Feeling? How Do We Find the Right Balance Between Technical Observance and Personal Feeling in Our Judaism? This Week's Torah Reading Reveals the Secret.' Shabbat Luncheon will begin at 12:00 pm, followed by a lecture at 1:30 pm: 'The Kabbalah of World War III: A Mystical Look at Today's Geopolitical Scene and the Clash Between East and West.' The final lecture of the day will take place at 6:00 pm: 'Rabbi or Rebbe? What Is the Function and Purpose of a 'Rebbe' and What Does Today's Jew Stand to Gain By Having One?' (Supervised children's programs will be provided during the lectures.) Afternoon services will be held at 8:00 pm, followed by Havdalah services marking the end of the Sabbath at 9:16 pm. At 10:00 pm, we will leave

Riverdale for prayers at the Rebbe's Ohel (resting place). All events will take place at Chabad of Riverdale, 535 West 246th Street, Riverdale, NY 10471. Event fees per person: Shabbaton sponsor: $180. Friday night dinner: $30. Shabbat luncheon: $30. Children 10 and younger: $15. Three and under are free. If you cannot join us for meals, please join us for lectures on Friday night at 9:30 pm and Shabbat day at 1:30 pm. Register online at, or pick up a form from our office. Space is very limited for this program. Please RSVP by May 31.To co-sponsor this event in honor or in memory of a loved one, please call 718-549-1100 x10 or email:

Penny Social at St. John's School

St. John's Church will host a Penny Social on Saturday, June 1, at 1 p.m. It will be held at the Old St. John's School located at 3030 Godwin Terrace in the Bronx. Donation is $5 which includes refreshments and 50 Penny Tickets. There is free parking available. For more information, call 718-543-3003.

St. Gabriel's to sponsor trip to Lake George

Saint Gabriel Parish, 3250 Arlington Avenue, will sponsor a trip to Lake George and Saratoga on Sept. 24 to 26. Cost of $350 double occupancy includes lunch cruise on Lake George, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, tour of Lake George with a visit to Prospect Mountain, 2 nights accommodations at the Surfside Resort on Lake George, Saratoga Casino/Race Track on the way home, round trip motor coach, hotel taxes and meal gratuities, baggage handling. Reservation and deposit of $200 due June 1. For more information, call St. Gabriel's at 718-548-4471.

Bronx Orchestra to present free concert

Michael Spierman conducts the Orchestra of The Bronx in a free concert in Lehman College's Lovinger Theatre on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. Featuring Maxim Pakhomov. The program includes Schubert's Symphony No. 8, Weber's Konzertstück in F Minor for piano and orchestra; Liszt's Hungarian Fantasia; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, 'Reformation.' The concert will be presented to the

Bronx community without admission charge and no tickets are required. The fully professional Orchestra of The Bronx includes some of the finest instrumentalists in the New York City area. Its soloists are chosen for their facility and the depth of their artistry. The unique spirit and level of excellence of The Orchestra of The Bronx make for some of the most exciting concerts presented in the tri-state area. The Lovinger Theatre is located in the Music Building near the Paul Avenue gate of the Lehman College campus. It is accessible by the #4 and D trains (Bedford Park Boulevard stop) and numerous bus routes stop near the College. For those who drive, abundant free parking is available. For further information, please call (718) 365-4209.

KCI to present concert

On Sunday, June 2, at 7 p.m., Kingsbridge Center of Israel, 3115 Corlear Avenue, will present a concert by Sigal Chen (soprano) and Johnathan Dzik at the piano. Ms. Chen will sing opera, Broadway tunes and Israeli songs. Admission is $15 per person. Refreshments will be served after the performance. Sigal Chen was born in Israel and graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. She performed in various operatic scenes at the Academy's opera studio. In 2005, she was chosen to perform the role of Suzanne in the world premiere of the Hebrew opera, 'Therese Raquin' at the Israel Music Festival with the Jerusalem Academy Orchestra. Since her arrival in New York in 2007,

she has performed as a soloist at New York's City Hall for a Holocaust commemoration, for the United Jewish Appeal and in many recitals. She also performed a leading role in Mozart's 'The Impresario' with the New York Lyric Opera. For more information about the KCI performance, call 718-548-1678.

Bronx students showcased in free performance

The Bronx Arts Ensemble will present its 6th annual Festival of the Arts, a performance showcasing talented students in its arts-in-education programs in Bronx schools, on Monday, June 3 at 3:00 pm in the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, featuring performances by band, African drumming & dance, violin, modern dance, chorus, Hip-hop, clarinet, Latin ballroom and visual arts students. The June 3 program is FREE and open to the public. Bronx schools represented at the Festival include: Bronx International High School, East Fordham Academy, Ellis Preparatory Academy, International Community High School, PS 16, PS 19, PS 56, PS 114, PS 153, IS 229, PS/MS 280 and more. Bronx Arts Ensemble offers an acclaimed arts teaching program in over 50 schools in the Bronx and beyond, including instruction in music, dance, drama and visual arts, offering quality professional programs to fulfill State Learning Standards in the arts. The Festival is supported by funds from NYC Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, Councilman James Vacca, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Councilwoman Helen Foster, Andy King, Councilman Joel Rivera and State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. For further information on BAE's arts-in-education programs and the June 3 Festival, please log onto or call 718-601-7399.

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TAI CHI 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This tai chi (Sun Style) includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. This is an adult program. Registration is required. Due to limited space and a high demand, participants will be chosen by a lottery. Please call the branch at 718-549-1212 to add your name to the list.


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

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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.


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 info, call 718-549-1212.

Saturday, June 1 Kingsbridge

PENNY SOCIAL 1 p.m. Old St. John's School 3030 Godwin Terrace Donation is $5 which includes refreshments and 50 Penny Tickets. There is free parking available. For info, call 718-543-3003.


READ ALOUD 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Rotary Club of Riverdale read aloud wtih children and adults. For ages 5 to 12 years. For more info, call 718-548-5656.


MOVIE TIME 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Come watch some classic movies, old favorites, and new releases on the little silver screen. This month's movie will be Jurassic Park (1993). For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Sunday, June 2 Bedford Park

ORCHESTRA CONCERT 3 p.m. Lehman College Lovinger Theatre Michael Spierman conducts the Orchestra of The Bronx in a free concert. The program includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, Weber’s Konzertstück in F Minor for piano and orchestra; Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasia; and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, ‘Reformation.’ For more information, call 718-365-4209.


CONCERT 7 p.m. Kingsbridge Center of Israel 3115 Corlear Avenue Sigal Chen (soprano) will sing opera, Broadway tunes and Israeli songs with Johnathan Dzik at the piano. Admission is $15 per person. Refreshments will be served after the performance. For more information, call 718-548-1678.

Monday, June 3 Spuyten Duyvil

KNITTING & CROCHET 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A get-together for knitters & crocheters at all skill levels to work on a current project, learn new techniques through

KNITTING CIRCLE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Gather with other knitters, and perhaps pick up a few tips and tricks as you work on your own creations. For more information, call 718-549-1212. FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 3 p.m. Lehman College Lovinger Theatre The Bronx Arts Ensemble will present its 6th annual Festival of the Arts, a performance showcasing talented students in its arts-in-education programs in Bronx schools, featuring performances by band, African drumming & dance, violin, modern dance, chorus, Hip-hop, clarinet, Latin ballroom and visual arts students. For more information, log onto www. or call 718-601-7399.


KNITTING & CROCHET 3 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Gather with other knitters and crocheters and perhaps pickup a few tips and tricks as you work on your own creations! For more information, call 718-548-5656.


READING ALOUD 4 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books and the joy of reading. For ages 3 to 12 years. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Tuesday, June 4 Kingsbridge

COMPUTER BASICS 10 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Learn to hold, click, and move the mouse, and practice your typing/keyboarding skills. Audience: Adults, 50+. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


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.


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

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OPEN COMPUTER LAB 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue 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 info, call 718-549-1212.


BIG JEFF MUSIC 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street A Summer Reading Kick-Off Celebration. Dance and sing along to children's entertainer "Big Jeff" DeSmedt. Recommended for children of all ages. For more info, call 718-548-5656.


DISCUSSION ON GUN CONTROL 6 p.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue The Riverdale Y’s Rose Dialogue Series will present a comprehensive dialogue on 'Gun Control or Out of Control?' The cost is $18 to hear this event and it is open to the entire community. Reservations are requested. Go to www.RiverdaleY. org to order your tickets. For more information, contact Cynthia Galik at 718.548.8200, ext. 218.

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Continued from Page 3 the Belmont Stakes, which ran there until the park closed in 1890. To attract wealthy New Yorkers to the track, he built Jerome Avenue. The bonds that financed the building of Jerome Avenue become due in 2041. The Grand Concourse was modeled after the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The gates to the main entry of The Bronx Zoo were designed by Paul Manship, who also designed the sculpture of Prometheus in Rockefeller Center. There is an anecdote or a little jewel of information told at almost every turn. Ultan has been a lifelong cheerleader for the Bronx. He grew up near Yankee Stadium and studied history at Hunter College and Columbia University. After his studies his curiosity about his own borough peaked. “I knew about other countries and cities, but nothing about where I lived,” he said. He knew about the Bronx Historical Society and attended lectures and immersed himself in Bronx history. He launched the Society’s journal and became its first editor. In 1979 he was contacted by a publisher to write a book about Bronx history and wrote The Beautiful Bronx: 1920 – 1950. Since then, eight more books have been published. He’s passionate about changing people’s perceptions of the borough. Although he may sprinkle a few jokes into his stories, his tours are a respectful tribute to the borough he loves so much, in stark contrast to Real Bronx Tours which have come under fire for their disparaging, mocking tone. “The Bronx is maligned through ignorance,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken people throughout the Bronx and they’re surprised by what they see.”

Ultan never tires of sharing his vast knowledge of the Bronx. He is is writing several more books about the diverse history of the borough including one on African American history and another on British life from 1696 through the post American Revolutionary period. He is also working on a book that can be used as a walking tour guide for the borough with composer and poet, Shelley Olson. “Professor Ultan is an absolute font of wisdom,” she said. “He is one of the jewels of the Bronx and the world’s foremost authority on this borough.”

Bronx International Film Festival on June 7th The Bronx International Film Festival will screen seven narrative short films on June 7th at 8 PM in the Lovinger Theatre/ Lehman Stages at Lehman College. Film trailers and information are available on You can also connect with BXFF via and Onenight screening and reception pass is $7. Lovinger Theatre/Lehman Stages is conveniently located on the CUNY campus of Lehman College at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468 near the #4 and D lines and just minutes away from Westchester and the GW Bridge. Films to be screened in competition include ‘Amanda Loves Corey” by Warwick Brown (Australia), “Numbers on a Napkin: A Love Short” by Jeff Pinilla (USA), “The Cart” by Natasha Novik (Russian Federation), “How to Break Up with Your Mother” by Lawrence Zoeller (USA), “Sharp Love, Sharp Kittens” by Jon Sajetowski (USA), “Fate Accompli” by Eric Neal (USA) and “Do Tell” by Noah DeBonis (Japan).

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Thursday, May 30 Chappaqua

OUR FOUNDING FARMS 1 p.m. Horace Greeley House 100 King Street The "Our Founding Farms" exhibit traces the Town of New Castle's origins from Native American lands through the farms of the nineteenth century, to the large estates and housing developments that turned New Castle into the community we know today. A focus on several local farms and their products will be featured - Sutton Farm, Chadeayne Farm, Dodge Farm, Brann Farm, Taylor and Annandale Farms and of course the Greeley Farm. Admission by donation. For information view the Society's website: or call (914) 238-4666


ITALIAN MOVIE 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Cine e Cucina: Oggi Sposi. Enjoy a night out, watch a great movie, taste some good food and meet some new friends! Featured dish: I Porcellini Pugliesi. Registration is required. Members $20, Non-Members $30. For info, call 914-771-8700.

Friday, May 31 Somers

HORTICULTURE FOR CHILDREN 1 p.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 A great way to introduce children (ages 3 - 6) to the world of gardening through greenhouse and gardening activities, nature walks, and horticultural projects. Fee: $6 per session per person; pre-registration required at (914) 886-5108.

Saturday, June 1 Yonkers

DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES 10 a.m. Lenoir Preserve Dudley Road Enjoy the new dragonfly pond and learn to identify these amazing creatures. For more information, call 914-968-5851.


INCENSE MAKING WORKSHOP 10:30 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Explore the art of aromatherapy and how the scents of herbs can affect moods, feelings and health by making your own incense and dream pillow. Fee: $15 per person; pre-registration required at (914) 886-5108.


NATURE’S MASTERPIECE 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Get creative during this unique outdoor exploration of the beauty in nature. This family fun program will have youngsters creating their own masterpiece using natural materials collected from our short nature hike! Members $5, Non-members $8. For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Sunday, June 2 Somers

EARLY MORNING BIRD WALK 7 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Join Naturalist Tait Johansson of Bedford Audubon on a hike through fields and forest. Meet in the parking lot, bring binoculars. For more information, call 914-864-7282.


BIRDS OF A FEATHER 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road As wild birds fly overhead, stop by and meet our resident birds up close. Come have fun while learning about the fascinating lives of birds. Our naturalist will present various live birds, including some of the majestic Birds of Prey! This program is not to be missed. Members $5, Non-members $8. For more information, call 914-723-3470.


SEINING BY THE SOUND 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Seining is a process to catch, study and release creatures of the salt marsh by using a 25 feet long net. Got kids? They’ll love it.Please bring clothes to get wet in. For info, call 914-835-4466.


CHORAL CONCERT 3 p.m. Irvington High School 40 North Broadway MAGIC OF BROADWAY. A Concert of legendary classics by Gershwin and others together with Rogers and Hammerstein

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Thursday, June 6 Yonkers

MEET THE AUTHOR 6 p.m. Riverfront Library One Larkin Center Riverfront Library will host author Ron Berler, who will be presenting a discussion of his book "Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000* Failing Public Schools," which is a chronicle of the struggles of one of the many failing public schools, and of the hard, sometimes regrettable choices school personnel are forced to make in order to keep themselves and their schools afloat. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, call 914-337-1500 x493.

Sunday, June 9 Scarsdale

STORYTIME 11 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Join Naturalist Greg Wechgelaer for Storytime, based on our popular Nature Bugs class held weekly on Monday afternoons. The hour program includes a story, live animals and a nature activity. Recommended for children ages 2-6. Members $5, Non-members $8. For more information, call 914-723-3470.


NATURE WALK 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road On a warming planet of ecological chaos and mass extinction how important are wood decaying fungi? Learn about the crucial role mushrooms play in decomposing stumps and fallen trees. Then, follow Stephanie Scavelli and Zaac Chaves of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association onto the trails for a walk to identify mushrooms. FREE. For info, call 914-723-3470.

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VIOLIN-PIANO CONCERT 5:30 p.m. New Rochelle Public Library 1 Library Plaza Violinist Alex Abayev and his wife, pianist Marina Rogozhina, will perform a benefit recital for the Symphony of Westchester (formerly the Westchester Chamber Symphony). For more info or tickets, call 914-654-4926, or log onto

Wednesday, June 12 Scarsdale

PLANT ALTERNATIVES 7 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road No matter how small your property, you can help provide food and shelter for birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial creatures by replacing “green desert” (aka lawn or turf) with native plant alternatives. Kim Eierman, CH, AOLCP, Founder, EcoBeneficial Horticulture Consulting & Communications will help you to re-imagine your property with beautiful alternatives suitable for different site conditions, including native grasses and sedges, groundcovers, meadows and meadow-like gardens. Program designed for adults and high school students. FREE. For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Thursday, June 13 Yonkers

SEMINAR ON USING LINKEDIN 6:15 p.m. Riverfront Library One Larkin Center Learn how to get started using the world’s largest professional networking site, LinkedIn, in your job search. Build a profile that will get the attention of employers, recruiters, and fellow professionals. To register for this free workshop or for more information, call 914-375-7966.

Saturday, June 15 Scarsdale

FEEDING FUN 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road In celebration of New York State Museum Week - Gobble, crunch, slurp, chomp! It’s mealtime for our animals. Come see what’s on the menu. Includes admission to our live animal museum - FREE for Members & Non-members! For info, call 914-723-3470.

Sunday, June 16 Scarsdale

PAPA'S PLAY DAY 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Bring Dad to meet some cool critters up close and learn how they play. Then follow us outside for some games and fun activities at the New Nature's Discovery Playground. Members $5, Non-members $8. For more info, call 914-723-3470.








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Kudos to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. for his strong response to last week’s New York Post story about a Bronx bus tour that highlights the negative aspects of our borough. Remarkably, this tour was winning a following among foreigners who thought that the “real Bronx” is a land of uninterrupted urban pathology. This is an image that, alas, we haven’t really made any effort to derail. That is until Mr. Diaz twisted the arms of the tour operator so hard that now the objectionable tour is now a thing of the past. Assisting in the effort was Melissa Mark-Viverito, a city council member who represents a small piece of the South Bronx. Of course, we take pride in the fact that the story was broken by our former staffer, Candice M. Giove, who now writes for the Post. But this should not be the final chapter in this sad tale. How did the presence of this tour escape our own Bronx tourism officials, and more to the point, how come they haven’t thought of encouraging the private or non-profit sectors to establish a tour emanating from Manhattan that shows what The Bronx is really about? We could come up with dozens of places that demonstrates what The Bronx is, what it has been and what it can be. What our tourism people should be doing is making this happen. Instead, far too much effort goes into “internal” events commemorating this month or that, and demonstrating to those who live here our own ethnic pride. This narcissism isn’t productive. We’re all proud of who we are and what we have done. The role of the tourism officials is to insure that outsiders come here: to eat, to see our sights, to schmooze, to spend money. We’ve even seen efforts directed towards promoting the gambling casino over the border in Yonkers. How sad. We have no problem with casino gambling, but our point is that our job as Bronxites is to let the folks in Westchester do their own promotion, and we should develop attractions that bring the cash and the tax revenue here and promote those projects exclusively. We need a unified strategy that interweaves developing our assets here and turning ideas into reality. The first step would be to revive and restore what was once our borough’s most famous attraction, the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. It was once front-page news across the country when new members were selected. It was the first such Hall of Fame, before the establishment of the various sports and music halls of fame we are so familiar with today. It may now reflect the distant past, but can be easily updated to reflect a unifying future. This would be a welcome change from recent plans for a Hip Hop Hall of Fame or a Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame. Such pandering will only promote and continue the negativity surrounding our borough’s image. That’s why a restoration and revival of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans is such an appealing project. Sadly, when we raised this with borough tourism officials recently, they had nothing but praise for the job being done by what they termed a “stakeholder,” the folks at Bronx Community College. It’s time to stop worrying about faltering “stakeholders” and start worrying about the real stakeholders, the current and future residents of The Bronx, the city, and the nation. It is time for the borough president, who expressed support for our ideas when we raised them with him personally some months back, to firmly grab hold of this opportunity and accept no excuses. We owe it to our children to make it happen. Another person who could be useful here is Dr. Betty Rosa, who represents The Bronx on the state Board of Regents and may have some jurisdiction here. And of course, there is former Borough President and State Attorney General Robert Abrams who fought to keep the Hall of Fame here in The Bronx back in the early 1970s, only to see this historic opportunity squandered by his successors, and the former leadership of Bronx Community College. The Hall is located in a unique and iconic structure, designed by the greatest architect of his day, Stanford White. We are confident that a system for new elections could be devised, and money raised to physically redesign and restore the structure. We are confident that an attraction of this magnitude would be self-sustaining financially, All we need is the dream and the will to make it happen.

BCA announces new BRIO winners Twenty-five Bronx artists are the 2013 recipients of BCA's prestigious Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award for artistic excellence. An award reception and networking event will be held on Wednesday, June 5th at 6:00pm at Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College. The June 5th event marks the 24th anniversary of BRIO, and is one of many activities scheduled for that evening's Bronx Culture Trolley at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, along with a number of free trolley activities along the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. BRIO winners, past and present, are invited to socialize and network while welcoming the 2013 BRIO winners into the fold. The 2013 BRIO Award recipients each receive a grant of $3,000. They are: Literary Arts (8): Phyllis Bowdwin (fiction), Richard Frias (fiction), Jon Lewis Katz (fiction), Patricia O'Hanlon (non-fiction), Natalie N. Caro (poetry), Joel Daniels (poetry), Christian Lund (poetry), Leah Maddrie (poetry). Media Arts (3): Mark Cabaroy (narrative film video), Firan Chislom (experimen-

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tal film video), Laura Napier (documentary film video). Performing Arts (8): Jamali Corniel (story-telling), Juliette Jeffers (acting), Elizabeth Farnum (vocal music performance), Flaco Navaja (vocal music performance), Melissa Primavera (vocal music performance), Steven Lubin (vocal music performance), Avi Rothbard (instrumental music performance), Robert Silverman (music composition). Visual Arts (6): Onyedika Chuke (sculpture), Dennis Delgado (sculpture), Donna Diamond (drawing), Rosemarie Fiore (mixed Media), Ruth Marshall (crafts), Amy Pryor (Printmaking) BRIO awardees must complete a one-time public service activity to receive their complete cash award. Known as the ACE (Artists for Community Enrichment), this activity is an essential component for all BRIO recipients and must be performed within the one-year period of their award. The ACE provides artists with additional visibility and demonstrates to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough. Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided support for the artistic development of Bronx artists. Over the years, more than

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$800,000 has been awarded to 285 artists. The selection of the awardees is based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of professional artists (different panelists each year) from outside the Bronx and working in each respective field. Over its 24 years, BRIO has grown from ten annual awards of $1500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000. For further information about BCA's BRIO program, e-mail For information on June 5th's Bronx Culture Trolley or other events and activities of the Bronx Council on the Arts, visit Hostos Community College is located at 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in the Bronx. Take the 2, 4, or 5 train to 149th Street & Grand Concourse.

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Bronx Toastmasters Club of Riverdale invites new members to join at their free meeting on Wed., June 12, 7:00 pm at the Riverdale Neighborhood House, 5521 Mosholu Avenue. Wouldn't you like to communicate effectively? Now you can! Toastmasters will show you how to listen effectively, think on your feet, and speak confidently. You will learn valuable leadership skills - all in a supportive, non-intimidating environment. Come as a guest and witness for yourself what they accomplish. The club meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For further information, visit their website http://www. or call 718-796-6671.

Anthony Weiner speaks at mayoral forum here But I want to move forward.” He pointed out that the city already owns nursing homes and hospitals. Because taxpayers—“not the bill fairy”—are paying for the uninsured, rather than channel money to the federal government for Medicaid or to the insurance companies, we should utilize the infrastructure to provide direct health care for the uninsured. He advocates making the city a “single-payer laboratory” for the rest of the country. Christine Quinn, now speaker of the City Council and former chair of the health committee, crime victims advocate and housing organizer, began, “I was hoping more of the press would have left, because I’m having a bad hair day.” “I tried as hard as I could to deliver real results to New Yorkers that have made their lives, I hope, better and easier and moved our city to a place of even greater opportunity for the middle class and all those who are working so hard to get to the middle class,” she said. She stressed job creation, affordable housing, protecting a woman’s right to choose and riverfront parks, including the Hudson River Greenway. She said “stop and frisk has been grossly overused” and advocated for an inspector general in the police department. Quinn had a ready response to a question about a recent New York Times article characterizing her as “overbearing.” “When something gets in the way of what I believe needs to get done for New Yorkers, I’m gonna push, and I’m gonna push, and I’m gonna push. That’s the way it is—I’m never gonna back down.” Current City Comptroller John Liu was scheduled to speak, but he didn’t make it up to Riverdale—he was said to have been delayed in traffic.

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Continued from Page 1 fines and fees and penalties” that hinder growth. Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who was not originally scheduled to speak, entered the room and was surrounded by photographers as he made his way to the podium. Weiner recalled that the BFRDC had endorsed his candidacy for mayor in 2005, when, he said, “I didn’t exactly have a throng of organizations or institutions coming to support me.” The opportunities that he and his parents had aren’t available in the city today, he said. “People from all over the world” want to come to “the middle-class capital of the world,” but things are even worse now than they were in 2005. Pointing out that Democrats haven’t “won City Hall in 20 years,” he said, “I’m not sure we deserve to” because “somewhere along the line, we stopped being the party of new ideas.” “I don’t think I have the perfect idea, but I have a lot of them,” he said. “I’ve got ideas on how to reduce taxes on the middle class. I’ve got ideas on how to make schools safer by making it easier to remove disruptive kids from the classroom. I’ve got ideas on how we can save enormous amounts of money on health care by doing something we should have done in Washington—we should get a single-payer health care system that covers people at an affordable amount.” He said it would be hard to say anything about his big ideas on health care before saying something else: “I’m sorry. You put a great deal of hope and confidence in me, and I did some very embarrassing things. And I regret them, and I’ve worked very hard in the last couple of years to make it up to my wife and help raise my son the best I can.

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