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Volume XXI • Number 23 • June 5 - 11, 2014 •


50 years ago: Political earthquake hits Bronx By ANDREW WOLF As The Bronx gears up for a significant and vigorous election season, the first here in years, it occurred to me that once this borough was the center of the local political universe. Fiorello LaGuardia, hoping to restore the health of his sick wife and infant daughter, bought a “summer” house on University Avenue. All for naught, the two of them died anyway. A half-century later, after leaving office, LaGuardia became a resident of Riverdale. During the Roosevelt administration, the most powerful Democrat in the country was another Riverdalian, Edward J. Flynn, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee as well as the Bronx County Democratic Leader. In 1960, what seemed to be hundreds of thousands of people crammed the Grand Concourse, near the palatial Loews Paradise Theater to see Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. The Bronx was a key stop for any serious democratic hopeful. The borough was not unfamiliar territory for the then Massachusetts senator. He had spent a portion of his youth living in a house up in Riverdale, and attended the Riverdale Country School. So in 1964, when a critical primary election challenged the primacy of the Bronx County Democratic boss, Charles A. Buckley, it was big news. Buckley, in addition to his political duties, had been a member of Congress for thirty years. He was then the chair of the House Public

Works Committee, a position so potent, that is occupant would seem to be untouchable. But Buckley was particularly dismissive of voters, a constituency he could take for granted under absolute machine rule. But winds of change were blowing. A “reform” movement of Democrats, an outgrowth of the Stevenson for President campaigns of 1952 and 1956, caught like wildfire in Manhattan and had spread to The Bronx. An attempt by the machine Democrats to replace competent, but lackluster Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. with State Comptroller Arthur Levitt failed disastrously in 1961. With the taste of victory in their mouths, reformers turned their attention to the party bosses, such as Carmine DeSapio of Manhattan (the leader of Tammany Hall) and Buckley of The Bronx. The nascent “reform” movement was backed by Mayor Wagner, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, the beloved widow of the late president snd former Governor and Senator Herbert H. Lehman, a much-respected elder statesman. In 1962, a little-known lawyer and parent leader named David Levy came within a couple of thousand votes of defeating Buckley in the Democratic Primary. A rerun seemed inevitable. The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, a great national trauma, seemed to have the unforeseen result of energizing voters and activists. As a 15-year old student at the Bronx High School of Science in

1964, I had caught the political bug and was attracted to the Democratic “reformers.” With success within reach, reform leaders looked beyond Mr. Levy and recruited Riverdalian Jonathan Brewster Bingham as their candidate, an improbable choice. Bingham was a 50-year-old member of the U.S. United Nations delegation, appointed by President Kennedy. It occurred to me that not only is this year, the 50th anniversary of Binham’s great political triumph, but also marks 100 years afyer his birth. Mr. Bingham represented us on the U.N. Trusteeship Council, and thus had attained the diplomatic rank of Ambassador. He wasn’t just Mr. Bingham, he was “Ambassador Bingham.” Prior to that, he had directed the Point Four Program under President Truman, and had served as Secretary to Governor Averill Harrimam during his one term in Albany. In his one and only one foray into electoral politics up to then, a campaign for State Senator in 1958, ended in a defeat. He lost the seat to a Republican, Joseph Periconi, who, amazingly, went on to become the Bronx Borough President in 1961, the only Republican ever to serve in that office. But still, Bingham was an improbable candidate. In an era when ethnicity became an important political attribute, Bingham was a WASP, a white Anglo Saxon Protestant in a community where that meant absolutely nothing. Continued on Page 2

Congressman Eliot Engel, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and New York City Council Member Andrew Cohen with students from the Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy.

Jonathan Bingham, in a photo taken for his 1964 campaign, defeated Bronx Democratic leader Charles A. Buckley for his congressional seat in a hotly contested primary election that took place exactly 50 years ago. This year would also have marked the 100th anniversary of Bingham’s birth.

The Klein-Koppell race takes on State-wide significance Chatter going around the political blogosphere has taken what would seem to be a clearly local contest and projected it into a statewide news story. Former Councilman Oliver Koppell’s challenge of State Senator Jeff Klein has taken on a new dimension, with the insinuation of the far left Working Families Party into the political mix. And for every action in politics, there appears to be an equal and opposite reaction. Koppell won the endorsement of the Working Families Party Saturday, as his wife, Lorraine Coyle boasted in an email sent out Sunday morning: “The WORKING FAMILIES PARTY Convention endorsed OLIVER! Klein got NOT ONE vote.” The long-term nature of the bad blood between Ms. Coyle and Mr. Klein becomes clear as she goes no to note:

“It is important that we all remember that Klein told us in 2012 he would do nothing to keep Skelos in power. Nothing.  And yet that is exactly what he did so no matter what he says now, he can not be trusted to honor his word.  In 2000, when I ran for State Senate he said he would support me until the regular Democrats put up a candidate against me and then he switched to that person and then after I handily won the primary Klein helped Guy Velella the Republican. So he does seem to be consistent with helping Republicans.  Let us all remember the quality of the man.” But even after the disputes during Ms. Coyle’s ill-fated campaign in 2000, it didn’t dissuade then-Councilman Oliver Koppell from endorsing Klein for the same State Senate seat in 2004, an Continued on Page 8

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Bronx political earthquake of 1964

Continued from Page 1 He was married to the former June Rossbach, technically Jewish, but unlike any Jew I had met up until then. Although related to the beloved former Governor and Senator Herbert H. Lehman, a fact repeated ad infinitum, she was actually active in the Unitarian Church. When Mr. Bingham would take us volunteers for lunch, it was more often than not at a Jewish Deli, of which there was no shortage at the time. You always got the impression that he was always wondering where the mayonnaise was that he could slather on his pastrami sandwich. Jonathan Bingham himself was not just a WASP, but the son of a man far more famous than he would ever be. His father was Hiram Bingham, the world famous archeologist who discovered the lost Peruvian city of Macchu Picchu, and later served as the (“gasp”) Republican senator and briefly governor of the State of Connecticut, foreign territory to a Jewish kid from The Bronx. In the grand scheme of history, Hiram Bingham will be remembered far longer than his son. Volunteers in campaigns of the time did two things: one was to stick labels on envelopes, the other was to do street campaigning. I did plenty of both. In the days before computerized voter lists, preparing mailings was no easy task. There was no such thing as peel-andstick labels. Mailing lists came on sheets of perforated labels, hand typed, in this case a fruit of the labors of an army of typists from the S&S Typing Service located on Bedford Park Blvd. These were manually typed from voter lists on label forms interleaved with carbon paper. Typically there would be one original and four copies, and by the time you got to that final set of labels, the print was so light and fuzzy as to be often illegible. This was a sticky, messy job, that every volunteer came to hate. The best job in the campaign was to go out campaigning on the “Bingham Bandwagon,” an old school bus repainted red, white and mostly blue. Inside there were seats and an exhibition of Bingham’s life and, most remarkably, a mobile phone. In later years the back of the bus was cut off to create a “porch,” so that candidates could wave to their adoring public. On June 2, 1964, exactly 50 years ago this past Monday, the campaign came to an end. It was Democratic Primary Day, and it came down to Bingham Vs. Buckley, the city’s top news story of the day. When I left school at 3 PM, I made a beeline for our headquarters, located at 305 East Kingsbridge Road, right by the intersection where Kingsbridge met Fordham Road, above the old Lido Riviera restaurant, and across the street from the much beloved and missed Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor. I was assigned to “pull” votes at the Parkside public housing project, on Bronx Park East north of Allerton Avenue, far from my own familiar west Bronx turf. I was dropped off by someone with a car and given a stack of index cards with the names, addresses and apartment numbers of likely voters. My job was to “pull” them out to the polls. But by late afternoon, most of the people whose doorbells I rang had either already voted, or weren’t home yet from work. Most people, I later learned, would vote either before or after work. By dusk, I had run out of cards, and couldn’t really say that I had accomplished much. I made my way to a pay phone, and called headquarters, for further instructions. Head back, I was told. We would be awaiting returns in a catering hall on the Grand Concourse, near the Loews Paradise. Somehow, with all the excitement and confusion, I got on the wrong bus and found myself on Westchester Avenue in Pelham Bay. Reversing course, I found the right bus and soon saw the familiar vistas

of Fordham Road ahead of me. When I got to the catering hall, I saw Gabe Pressman, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, running about like a chicken without a head. Although we had no results, he was desperately trying to get some film – in those days before videotape and remote broadcasting, newsfilm had to be shot, gotten back to the studio, developed and edited, if it were to get on the eleven o’clock news. Finally it was over. We had won! And I, along with just a handful of young volunteers got a public thank-you from Mr. Bingham during his victory speech, a moment of triumph and pride I will never forget. Even after 50 years. And I can say that during Jonathan Bingham’s sterling 18-year tenure in Congress, none of us who helped elected him ever had reason for regret or second thoughts.

Manhattan & Bronx councilmembers introduce resolution to thwart LG bldg.

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New York City Council Members Andrew Cohen, Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez introduced a Council Resolution earlier today to protect the integrity of the Palisades. They were joined at a press conference this morning by dozens of advocates from both sides of the Hudson River where they announced the introduction of the Resolution. The Resolution calls on the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to withdraw the variance it issued to the LG Corporation to allow for their new headquarters to be built above the tree line of the Palisades. The variance, granted in 2012, allows the LG Corporation to build their new headquarters 143 feet high, eight stories taller than the 35 feet maximum height limit established in the Borough’s zoning law. Furthermore, the Resolution calls on Englewood Cliffs to reverse its zoning law change, also adopted in 2012, which would allow structures to be built above the height limit without a variance. Lastly, the Resolution also calls on the LG Corporation to respect the integrity of the Palisades by voluntarily redesigning its proposal to comply with the current zoning law. The Palisades was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1965, as a National Natural Landmark in 1983 and as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2014. The Council Members and environmental advocates believe that the LG development poses a major concern as it causes harm to the natural area and is a dangerous precedent for future developments. Council Member Andrew Cohen


(D-Bronx) said, “This project will set a dangerous precedent for future developments which will be detrimental to the integrity of the Palisades. That is why we are calling on Englewood Cliffs to reverse their decision and do the right thing by blocking this horrific plan. We also hope that LG will consider being a good neighbor by redesigning their plan. We will do everything we can to continue to protect the Palisades and stop this development.” “Generations before us have painstakingly protected the natural beauty of the Palisades. We cannot let their efforts go to waste. I am calling on the Town of Englewood Cliffs to immediately stop this egregious plan from going forward,” said Council Member Mark Levine (D-Manhattan). “This project can be built in a way that both serves local economic interests, while preserving the tree line. I also hope that LG will proactively do the right thing or angry consumers in New York and New Jersey might think twice before purchasing their products.” Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) said, “The arrogance shown by LG in their decision to move forward with this plan is outrageous. We at the New York City Council are standing up to this would-be hostile takeover of the long cherished Palisades, to say shame on you, LG. This land, preserved for millennia, should not give way to an eyesore of a building, nor anything else that follows, just in the name of profits. This is a battle worth fighting and we will continue to do so to protect the palisades from LG’s abuse.”


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Around the schools... Horace Mann School

155 8th graders participated in Horace Mann’s Middle Division Middle Memories / Moving Up Day-- an annual and beloved tradition that took place under the tent on Thursday, June 5, 2014. These 8th graders took part in a scheduled program that celebrated and highlighted their three years as students of the Middle Division. Coordinating this event was Chris Lacopo, Dean of the 8th grade, who welcomed the students, their parents and guests to this memorable and moving ceremony. The entire 8th grade student body shared in several performances-- student musicians performed on the steel drums and in rock bands; dance groups performed complex and original dance segments; the chorus sang several musical pieces while other students acted in short plays. 8th grade advisors acknowledged their advisees with pertinent reminiscences and gracious acknowledgements. Departmental recognitions were cited and Community Service awards were announced. Robin Ingram, Head of the Middle Division, commented on the special attributes of these 8th graders and the imprint and legacy made by them inside the School as well as the outside community. The ceremony ended with the students singing the School Alma Mater. The Horace Mann Upper Division graduated 181 seniors on June 11, 2014 under the tent on Horace Mann’s Main Field. Dr. Glenn Wallach, Dean for the 12th Grade, greeted the graduates and their guests and commented on the special attributes of these graduating seniors and the imprint and legacy made by them inside the School as well as on the outside com-

munity. Steven M. Friedman’72, Chair, Horace Mann Board of Trustees, and Dr. Thomas M. Kelly, Head of School, greeted the 2014 graduates and their guests and congratulated the graduates upon their diverse outstanding achievements. Dr. Kelly encouraged the graduates to think in unaccustomed ways and commented that “it’s not what you keep … it’s what you give” that will shape and impact the future. He graciously welcomed the graduates to the fellowship of educated men and women. The 2014 Class Valedictorian, Benjamin Greene, shared these thoughts: “… Horace Mann is where I discovered that my own personal happiness can coincide with the happiness of my friends and many others. Each one of us can point to something we did at Horace Mann—whether that was acting in a school musical, dancing in the Black Box, debating at a Debate University Contest or mentoring Middle Division students… and say this made me and someone else happy…. This is a great thing we can take away from our school…” Dr. David Schiller, Head of the Upper Division, awarded the diplomas to the 2014 graduates whose names were called by Dr. Wallach, Presider and Dean for the 12th Grade. Dr. Kelly then challenged the graduates to “lead great and giving lives” by embracing the challenges of living and working in a diverse multi-global world while also striving to improve the myriad conditions and hardships confronting many developing nations and people. At the Student Body President’s Assembly on May 27th, awards were given

for excellence in the Arts, Athletics, and Community Service. Leaders of next year’s Student Government, Glee Club, Orchestra, and Theatre Companies were also announced. The Class Day Awards Assembly, held on May 28th, was the occasion for the presentation of honors in the academic disciplines, special academic awards, dedication of the yearbook, and introduction of this year’s Cum Laude inductees. Horace Mann 2014 graduates who reside in the Riverdale are: Alexis Burton, Siani Cruz, Yang Fei, Melissa Rodman-Friedman, Dana Malefakis, Sophie Mann, Kareem Mosad, Shyenne Parris, Shyenne Puello, Kathryne Robinson and Jackson Siegel

College of Mount Saint Vincent.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is proud to announce Kristen A. Rooney ‘14 has received the Marjorie Walsh, S.C. Memorial award. The Marjorie Walsh, S.C. Memorial Award was founded by friends and former students, and is awarded to an outstanding English major. It is given to the student with the highest grade point average. Consideration is also given to the student who has contributed the most to the life of the department. Ms. Rooney received the award during the 102st Baccalaureate Awards and Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 16th 2014 before an audience of students, faculty, administrators, trustees, parents and honored guests.

Local Students graduate from Univ. of Vermont

Some 2,904 students were awarded a variety of bachelor’s degrees during the University of Vermont’s 213th Commencement ceremonies on May 18. There were some 575 advanced degrees

and certificates awarded by the UVM Graduate College and approximately 106 women and men took the oath of Hippocrates following the awarding of their M.D. degrees at ceremonies of the UVM College of Medicine. A list of local students and the degree earned by each follows: Rebecca Gorney of Bronx, NY, Doctor of Philosophy, Natural Resources, Graduate College Dana Stern of Bronx, NY, Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, College of Arts & Sciences Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter. UVM now has 9,970 undergraduates in seven schools and colleges, 1,317 graduate students and 454 medical students. The University of Vermont combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution.

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The Denishawm House

Cultural ferment marked the first decades of the twentieth century. There arose new forms in painting, music and poetry. In this atmosphere, some rejected stylized classical ballet to experiment with what became known as modern dance. Two modern dance pioneers were Ruth St. Denis and Wallace Shawn, a married couple who formed the Denishawn dance company in 1915. The Denishawn company was wildly popular in the 1920s. It regularly toured the country, sold out performances in Lewisohn Stadium, danced in Carnegie Hall, toured East Asia, and also under the aegis of legendary Florenz Zeigfeld. To spread the gospel of modern dance, Denishawn opened schools in several American cities. In 1927, the married partners took an unprecedented step. They built the first structure in the country designed just for the dance with a dormitory, library and dance studio. The site was at 67 Stevenson Place, a small bracket-shaped lane off Sedgwick Avenue abutting the western edge of the Jerome Park Reservoir. The land had been owned by Ruth St. Denis’s brother, “Buzz,” for several years. Financed by a bank mortgage,

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the building, Denishawn House, was erected with brick and stucco in the then-popular Spanish style. It opened with a lavish dinner on December 23, 1927. The couple lived there with 16 female students (who paid $1,600 a year for room, board and tuition) and a housekeeper. Both male and female students from kindergarten age to adults attended classes. Public lectures, readings, and performances were also given there. The otherwise remote area seemed to be promising for the venture. Within walking distance on Sedgwick Avenue stood the newly-opened culturally-themed Sholem Aleichem Houses, and the culturally avid residents of the just-erected Amalgamated Houses were also nearby. New schools were planned or just built on the east side of the reservoir. All could provide students for the school and an audience for performances. Unfortunately, the married couple’s marriage fell apart. The Great Depression cut income, and the bank foreclosed in 1934. The studio and performance space was demolished. The residence still stands today as a private home on a small, quiet street.

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Lecture on Bronx history scheduled

Join Avery Corman, author of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ and ‘The Old Neighborhood,’ as he showcases his film documentary based on his new upcoming memoir ‘My Old Neighborhood Remembered.’ The film documentary remembers The Bronx of the 1940s and 1950s and will run for approximately 37 minutes, followed by a brief discussion with the audience. This free public lecture will be held on Saturday, June 7, 1 p.m., at the Bronx County Archives Building, located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York. For directions, please call (718) 881-8900. The Bronx County Historical Society, founded in 1955, is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, documentation and interpretation of the history and heritage of The Bronx and its people from its earliest historical references in the 17th century to the present.

Flea market at St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church will host a flea market on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Old St. John’s School located at 3030 Godwin Terrace in the Bronx. Clothes, jewelry, accessories and bric-abrac will be sold at bargain prices. Free parking will also be available so get there early and snare yourself a great find. For more information, please call 718543-3003.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Riverdale Y

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of one of the greatest musicals ever written, Riverdale Repertory Company and Riverdale Rising Stars join forces to present the classic musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ for six performances only, from June 8 - 15, 2014. Featuring a cast of 28 adult and teenage performers from Riverdale, Yonkers, Upper Manhattan, and beyond, performances of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (just off of Riverdale Avenue and West 256th Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. Performance schedule and prices: Sunday, June 8 at 2pm and 7pm; Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30pm -- $10; Thursday, June 12 at 7:30pm -- $10; Sunday, June 15 at 2pm and 7pm Except for the Tuesday and Thursday

performances which are $10, tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors and students if purchased online at, or $22 for adults and $14 for seniors and students if purchased at the door prior to showtime. Tickets may also be purchased by phone 24/7 by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-8383006 and selecting option 1. For group sales, please email The Riverdale Rep/Riverdale Rising Stars production is directed by Riverdale YM-YWHA Director of Performing Arts Laurie Walton with choreography by Emily Walton and music direction by Justin Fischer. The design team includes Tony Wan (Scenery) Penelope Margeotes (Costumes), David Pentz (Lighting), and Denise Eberly (Sound). The cast includes John Albert, Andrew Baptista, Julian Bar-Ilian, Ronnie Becher, Jordan Bland, Sarah Bolensky, Sara Crowe, Lesly de Groot, Patrick Dwyer, Abby Fisher, Eliza Fisher, Matt Gerber, Josh Judin, Giovanni Lazu, Patrick Mahoney, Philip Meranus, Keila Muñoz, Geiddy Muñoz, Hayden Nadine, Hadas Pri-Paz, Marilyn Raider, Barbara Salant, Shira Schleifer, Trevor Scott, Betsy Silverman, John Solomon, David Winter, and Sam Yaggy.

Italian Theater Festival opens in the Bronx

Three events in Bronx venues will highlight the second In Scena! Italian Theater Festival (, which will be presented by Kairos Italy Theater in all five boroughs from June 9 to 24, 2014. On June 9, the festival’s Opening Night will take place at the Arthur Avenue Market in the Bronx. The evening will be dedicated to playwright Eduardo de Filippo on the 30th Anniversary of his death. Special guest will be Iaia Forte, a leading actress in Paolo Sorrentino’s film “The Great Beauty” (Best Foreign Language Film, 2014 Academy Awards). At the event, photos of Eduardo de Filippo never seen before in the USA will be on display courtesy of the Marcello Geppetti Archive. Marcello Geppetti was one of the most famous paparazzi together with Rino Barillari. Opening Night tickets are $75 and include a buffet dinner by featured chef of the Food Network, Italian food expert Chef David Greco, as well as drinks by Bronx Beer, Punzone’ and others. Tickets are available for sale on the festival’s website, The Opening Night is presented by Kairos Italy Theater in association with the National Italian American Foundation, Belmont Business Improvement District, and Mike’s Deli and Arthur

Avenue Caterers. On June 14 at noon in Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural Center, 610 E 186th Street (at Hughes Ave, Bronx), YoungKIT will perform “Homage to Eduardo de Filippo,” a reading drawn from the great playwright’s leading works. The piece is performed in English and admission is free. YoungKIT is the youth division of KIT, the Italian Theatre Company in NY, and is comprised of performing artists in their 20s, all of Italian origins. The aim of YoungKIT is to create a generation of actors trained according to the best tradition of Italian theater and familiar with both classical and contemporary Italian plays. After three years of performing in YoungKIT, artists “graduate” to become possible KIT Members and the troupe is replenished by new auditions. During its three-year engagement, YoungKIT performs a series of Italian Classics and participates in various productions of KIT,including the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY. On June 19 at noon, Free Verse meets In Scena! at NeON Center, 198 East 161st, Bronx. ‘Free Verse,’ the first poetry program born in a probation center waiting room, will host a workshop/performance in conjunction with the festival. The event willl be a dynamic cultural exchange between professional Italian actors and writers and emerging writers from the South Bronx community. It features performances of both classic and original works in English, Spanish, and Italian. Events at NeON are led by Dave Johnson, poet in residence for the Department of Probation, and are free and open to the public. Altogether, the festival will present six full productions and four readings this year. Affiliated events include a conference on supertitles and presentation of the Mario Fratti Award for emerging Italian authors. The festival also includes series

of plays and readings dealing with soccer, celebrating the 2014 Soccer World Cup. All events are bilingual. For complete info and advance ticketing for events of this year’s festival, visit www.inscenany. com. Most productions are $15 and most readings are $5. The toll free number for audience info is 866-207 3465.

St. Gabriel’s Parish trip to New England

St. Gabriel’s Parish is sponsoring a trip to Ambassador Inn, West Yamouth on September 15-18, 2014. Cost of $460 includes deluxe round trip motor coach transportation, 3 full breakfasts, 3 dinners including a lobster dinner, an evening of entertainment, a ferry ride to and tour of Martha’s Vineyard, tour of Hyannis and along the Cape to Provincetown, visit to Boston and the Quincy Marketplace on the way home, baggage handling, hotel taxes and meal gratuitides. Deposit of $250 is due June 1. Single supplement $125. Final payment by August 1. To reserve a space or for more information, call Sr. Amy at 718-548-4471.

CSAIR Sisterhood to hold Spring Bazaar

The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) Sisterhood will hold its Spring Bazaar on Sunday, June 8, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Come browse the new and nearly-new household items, toys, books, clothes and more. Shop through lunch - hot dogs, soda, coffee and cake will be on sale! For more information about this event, please call the CSAIR office at 718-5438400 or visit the CSAIR website at www. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

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SENIOR SERVICES 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street An Introduction to the library and its services as well as several book talks and poetry. For more info, call 718-796-1202.

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FLEA MARKET 9 a.m. Old St. John’s School 3030 Godwin Terrace Clothes, jewelry, accessories and bric-a-brac will be sold at bargain prices. Free parking will also be available so get there early and snare yourself a great find. For more info, call 718-543-3003.

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


YU-GI-OH 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Yu-gi-oh is now at the Kingsbridge Library. Bring your decks, bring your trades and start getting ready to duel. Learn the game from other duelist and friends to improve your decks. Find out all about the new forbidden list from the Yu-gi-oh website and upcoming tournaments that are held here. Let the duel battles begin. For ages 13 to 18 years. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


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

JEWELRY MAKING 5:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This hand on class will teach basic jewelry making techniques. From an assortment of GLASS beads you will create your own style of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Discover how easy it is to design and make your own jewelry. No experience is necessary. All materials and tools are provided. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


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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 Cool Hand Luke (1967). For more info, call 718-548-5656.

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SPRING BAZAAR 10 a.m. Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street Come browse the new and nearly-new household items, toys, books, clothes and more. Shop through lunch – hot dogs, soda, coffee and cake will be on sale! For more information about this event, please call the CSAIR office at 718-543-8400 or visit the CSAIR website at

Monday, June 9 Riverdale


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.


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

Tuesday, June 10 Riverdale

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


TODDLER STORY TIME 11:30 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Toddlers (walking to 36 months) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


SCRABBLE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue

TODDLER STORY TIME 11 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays for toddlers 18-36 months for parents/caregivers. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Thursday, June 12 Kingsbridge

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

Friday, June 13 Kingsbridge

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.


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


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

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KNITTING & CROCHET 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A get-together for knitters & crocheters to work on a current project, learn new techniques, or even to begin a new craft. All skill levels are welcomed. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

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SATURDAY MOVIE 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Film: “Lone Survivor”--Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. Based on a true story. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, 2013, Rated R, 121 minutes. For more information, call 718-796-1202.



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


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Klein-Koppell race heats up

Continued from Page 1 early instance when he broke ranks with his then-local allies Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Congressman Eliot Engel. One of the by-products of this past weekend’s political shenanigans at the Working Families Part convention was the presumption that the4 WFP, the mayor and other left wingers would now walk in lockstep with Koppell and the left wingers. But an item written by Sally Goldenberg of Capital New York, an influential Albany blog seemed to indicate that DeBlasio and company while committed to defeat Klein, were lukewarm about Koppell. Goldenberg speculated that DeBlasio was eying a possible challenge to Klein from Democratic District Leader Randi Martos, newly-elected Council Member Andrew Cohen or former Deputy Comptroller Ari Hoffnung. The article was later amended to note than Cohen and Martos have already endorsed Klein, and wouldn’t be running. All this has been widely seen as a signal that while DeBlasio and others would like to insure a Democratic takeover of

the State Senate, there are questions as to whether Mr. Koppell, in light of his failure to hold his own political club, has what it takes to run a truly competitive race. There is also speculation that Koppell would nab the endorsement of the Health Care Workers. Local 1199. Local 1199 is upset over the legislation passed by Senator Klein and Assemblyman Dinowitz which has stymied the contruction of the proposed Montefiore Medical Building in Riverdale. This is the perfect case of an endorsement for Koppell having the possibility to help Klein much more. In any event, Local 1199 has a very mixed record here. In 2009, they supported Anthony Perez Cassino over Mr. Koppell for City Council. Koppell went on to win every precinct in the district. In 2004, they supported Assemblyman Steve Kaufman for State Senate over Klein, but Klein won easily.

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Engel amendment on alternative fuels adopted

Congressman Eliot Engel’s amendment requiring the mandatory use of alternative fuel vehicles in the federal fleet was adopted into the FY2015 the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The Congressman is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The amendment codifies the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance issued last week by President Barack Obama.  The Memorandum would require all new light duty vehicles in the federal fleet to be alternate fuel vehicles, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas, or biofuel, by December 31, 2015. Below is a transcript of the Congressman’s remarks, as prepared: “My Amendment echoes the Presidential Memorandum by prohibiting funds in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, from being used to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles except in accord with the President’s Memorandum.  This amendment has been supported by the Majority and Minority on Appropriations bills 8 times over the past few years, and I hope it will receive similar support today.” “Our transportation sector is by far the biggest reason we send $600 billion per year to hostile nations to pay for oil at ever-increasing costs.  But America does not need to be dependent on foreign sources of oil for transportation fuel.  Alternative technologies exist today, that when implemented broadly, will allow any alternative fuel to be used in America’s automotive fleet.” “The Federal Government operates the largest fleet of light duty vehicles in America.  According to GSA, there are over 660,000 vehicles in the federal fleet.” “By supporting a diverse array of vehicle technologies in our Federal Fleet, we will encourage development of domestic energy resources – including biomass, natural gas, agricultural waste, hydrogen, renewable electricity, methanol and ethanol.” “When I was in Brazil a few years ago, I saw how they diversified their fuel by greatly expanding their use of ethanol. When people drove to a gas station, they saw what a gallon of gasoline would cost and what an equivalent amount of ethanol would cost and could decide which was better for them.”  “If they can do this in Brazil, then we can do it here. We can educate people on using alternative fuels and let consumers decide which is best for them.”

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot Engel, and New York City Council Member Andrew Cohen with students from the Kinneret Day School at the Celebrate Israel Parade.



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Get ready for Bloomberg redux in Cambridge, Mass., which got a lot more press attention. There, Mr. Bloomberg complained that “the federal government has abdicated its responsibility to invest in scientific research.” Well, maybe the Thursday Bloomberg should have a talk with the Wednesday Bloomberg to find out about the advantages of private philanthropic funding over government spending. The Thursday Harvard speech was so newsworthy in part because it contained a denunciation of left-wing bias on university campuses. Mr. Bloomberg said that “In the 2012 presidential race, according to Federal Election Commission data, 96 percent of all campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to Barack Obama. Ninety-six percent. There was more disagreement among the old Soviet Politburo than there is among Ivy League donors.” He said, “When 96 percent of Ivy League donors prefer one candidate to another, you have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer. Diversity of gender, ethnicity, and orientation is important. But a university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogenous. …When tenure was created, it mostly protected liberals whose ideas ran up against conservative norms. Today, if tenure is going to continue to exist, it must also protect conservatives whose ideas run up against liberal norms.” Said Mr. Bloomberg, “a liberal arts education must not be an education in the art of liberalism.” Terrific stuff. But Mr. Bloomberg went on, in the same speech, to advocate for his own liberal views on gun control and climate change. Maybe the Bloomberg Continued on Page 15

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By IRA STOLL Is there a politician out there these days more entertaining and provocative than Michael Bloomberg? Mr. Bloomberg is no longer the mayor of New York. But in the past week, he’s given a world-class demonstration of how he plans to remain relevant even while out of office. Wednesday, at the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit in Manhattan, Mr. Bloomberg talked about the advantage that private philanthropy has over government spending. “Having spent 12 years in government, I can tell you that the public sector traditionally has not innovated very well,” Mr. Bloomberg said, according to a report on the Capital New York web site. “Innovation by definition sometimes involves failure and if there’s anything that scares elected officials, not to mention their consultants, it is failure,” he said. “The press magnifies failure. They harp on it and they sensationalize it, and opponents exploit that, so politicians play it safe.” It’s somewhat amusing that Mr. Bloomberg, who owns a news organization that employs thousands of journalists, would denounce the press with such a broad brush. His own business journalists have been known, from time to time, to harp on and sensationalize failure in the businesses that they cover. It’s also somewhat amusing that a mayor who spent a lot of tax money trying to solve problems as mayor — and, to be fair, had some success at it, particularly on the education and anti-crime fronts — now sees the private sector as the leading edge. Mr. Bloomberg’s remarks at the philanthropy summit are particularly interesting in the context of his commencement speech the next day at Harvard University


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Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauds a new rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring power plants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. ‘The demands we are putting on our planet have reached the tipping point, and we have to find a way to correct that imbalance. The new emissions rules for power plants are an important part of a comprehensive energy policy. I applaud President Obama and the EPA for taking action.’ ‘It’s time that House Republicans recognize this isn’t some phony war against coal or attack on American businesses. We cannot continue to ignore the reality of climate change or the damage pollution is doing to our health. Some parts of my district have the highest asthma rates in the nation. More can, and should, be done

to protect the public’s health.’ The Sierra Club estimates the new rules will result in 150,000 fewer asthma attacks among children and prevent up to premature 6,600 deaths related to environmental causes.

Riverdale to host annual Riverfront Festival

A flotilla of ships will once again dock on the Riverdale waterfront for the fifth annual Riverdale RiverFest on Sunday, June 15, at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale Ave. and West 263d St. in the Bronx, from noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The fleet will include the Mystic Whaler, a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner; the sailing ship A.J. Meerwald, a two-masted Delaware Bay oyster schooner built in 1928; and the retired New York City fireboat John J. Harvey. Rides on the Meerwald will be offered on Saturday, June 14, and on all three vessels on Sunday, June 15, for a nominal

Hudson River would be like. Ultimately, our goal is to open this amazing resource to everyone in our lifetime-not only so we can enjoy and appreciate its beauty, but for all the healthy lifestyle benefits a greenway will offer us and our children.’ Complete information about Riverdale RiverFest 2014 is available on the festival’s website: and More information about the Hudson River Greenway and the Greenway Link can be found at Riverdale Riverfest is a project of the Friends of the Hudson River Greenway in the Bronx.

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fee. Guaranteed reservations can be made on the Riverdale RiverFest Web site: www. Riverdale RiverFest will again feature non-stop live music by local performers on two stages; bounce castles, pony rides, circus performers, craft projects, and other activities for children; a greenmarket; and fantasy battles by the popular Society for Creative Anachronism, a local group of Renaissance re-creators. There will also be artists, craft vendors and numerous exhibits by local merchants, environmental organizations and local schools. Festival organizers also promise a variety of foods to suit any taste, from traditional festival fare to ethnic specialties, as well as kosher and vegetarian options-and, of course, plenty of sweet treats. In addition to celebrating and enjoying the Hudson River, the festival has a more ambitious agenda: to promote the Hudson River Greenway Link, a proposed walking and biking trail that will connect the existing Hudson River Greenway in Manhattan with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Yonkers. ‘Our neighborhood, Riverdale, has the word ‘river’ in it,’ says head organizer Yael Levy, ‘yet most of us have no access to the river. Riverdale RiverFest gives people a glimpse of what access to the majestic

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The Name Game

This week we are marking the 50th anniversary of the historic Democratic Primary election between Congressman Charles A. Buckley and diplomat-turned-politico Jonathan Bingham. On that date, June 2, 1964, Bingham soundly defeated Buckley and changed the face of local politics. In this district, the winner of the Democratic primary always went on to win. In preparing the article elsewhere in this newspaper marking that anniversary, it occurred to us that Bingham was 50-years old when elected, and thus would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year, giving twice the reason to mark this anniversary, But alas, Mr. Bingham passed on in 1986 at the relatively young age of 72. Mrs. Bingham, who died in 2007, was an occasional visitor to our office, and we would often encounter her around the community. We recall, not long before her death, that she remarked how “everyone seems to have forgotten Bingham.” And this is largely true. The only memorial is a “second” street sign on Independence Avenue, where the Binghams lived for many years. But that isn’t the same as a real street naming, nor is there a school, a library or any other public memorial to this distinguished public servant. We can even make an argument for a memorial to Mr. Bingham’s opponent, Charlie Buckley. As chairman of the House public works committee, Buckley got the funds for the grade separation at Fordham Road and Southern Blvd., a huge improvement for the area, Jonathan Bingham isn’t the only one neglected in this way. Elias Karmon, the philanthropist known as the legendary “Mr. Bronx” also has been relegated to a meaningless “second street” sign, the victim of intra-family disputes and conflict. Public persons no longer “belong” only to the families. The decision over a public memorial belongs to the public and should never left to family veto. We had arranged to have the Mosholu Parkway Extension, the well-travelled strip of highway between Mosholu Parkway and the Saw Mill Parkway in Westchester and the Henry Hudson Parkway in The Bronx, renamed the Elias Karmon Highway. But his family inexplicably vetoed the honor, and there it stands. Also in limbo is the renaming of P.S. 7 in Kingsbridge after the late Milton Fein. Mr. Fein was principal of the school for 27 years, and retired as the longest serving principal of any New York City school at the time. Mr. Fein attended P.S. 7 as a young boy, and his father attended the same school a generation before. There is no stronger case for the naming of any school building that we have ever encountered. But bureaucratic delays and the lack of will and persistence seems to have delayed this for no good reason. Why? We should demand that when school reconvenes this September, the building should be formally christened as the “Milton Fein Kingsbridge School.” In the final analysis, this celebration of the past is all of the tangible evidence that we leave for future generations. By taking the legacies of our distinguished and accomplished neighbors seriously, and officially marking their presence here in this way, we do honor not just to their memories, but to ourselves.

Alvin Gordon responds to ‘vicious racial attack’ To The Editor: On May 1, you published my letter titled, “Obama and Holder benefit from their color.” On May 15, you published a response titled, “Alvin Gordon must be kidding,” written by a person named C. Brown. I will respond to that letter later. In my letter, I had answered the two questions that Attorney General Eric Holder had asked in a whining voice before a predominantly black audience at a meeting of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. The questions had to do with the supposedly harsh and disrespectful treatment (which he implied was based on his race) that he had received in his recent questioning by Republican members of a House Oversight Committee. Holder’s questions were: 1) What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? And 2) What President has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? My answers were that there had been several previous Attorneys General who had been held in contempt of Congress, and that almost every previous President of every political party, had been subject to harsh political (and many times, personal) attacks. And that these officials were all WHITE! I also made several comments

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about President Obama that Mr./ Ms. C. Brown evidently found so offensive that in his/her letter of response he/she attacked me with the following statement: “You, Mr. Gordon, are a BIGOT who HATES black people. If you are Jewish, why would you HATE people who have similar history of slavery, bondage, persecution and murder? Racial HATRED is a symptom of mental illness — all of you HATERS need rehabilitation.” For the benefit of those readers who might not have read my comments that made C. Brown (I wonder what the C. stands for) so apoplectic, I will now repeat that particular paragraph in question: “After five years of Obama’s presidency, I can accurately state that the president has proven to be inept, incompetent and ineffective. The man is all style and no substance, an emperor without clothes. Furthermore, he is an inherently dishonest person, a serial and brazen liar. Remember that infamous promise, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your

doctor. Period… The only reason Mr. Obama has escaped serious scrutiny all these many years is because of his color. He has been given a free pass because of the fact that he is our country’s first black president and that white people and the media do not want to be called racists.” I later referred to Mr. Obama as a mediocre president. You will note that nowhere in C. Brown’s response does he/ she address the 100% accurate comments I made about the president. He/she can’t because my comments are based upon facts. Instead, this intellectually deficient individual resorted to trying to demonize me (by using variations of the word HATE four times — which I’ve highlighted) with a vicious racial attack right out of a radical leftist’s playbook. No wonder C. Brown did not sign his/her full first name to his/her letter. He/she did not want to risk being identified and exposed as the slimy, leftist lowlife he/she is. Alvin Gordon

Riv. Temple names new Nursery School Director The Riverdale Temple, Riverdale’s progressive Reform congregation synagogue, has announced the appointment of Suzanne Boydstun to the position of Nursery School Director.

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A native New Yorker, Boydstun has extensive experience in early childhood education. She was formerly Director of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center Nursery School (Dobbs Ferry, NY), the Hitchcock Weekday School (Scarsdale, NY) and, most recently, the Early Childhood Center at Memorial United Methodist Church (White Plains, NY). The Nursery School will host a welcoming wine and cheese meeting for parents and prospective parents to meet Boydstun, on Thursday, June 19th, at 7 p.m., in the Temple’s Social Hall. For information on attending the June 19th welcoming meeting, please RSVP to

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PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 8 p.m. Westchester Community College Tech Bldg., Rm. 108 Westchester Photographic Society’s Prints and Digital Black and White competition. Prints in Color, Black and White and Open Mind (imaginative manipulation of an original image) are rated by a professional judge. The evening is motivating for both club members and the guests. WPS welcomes all photographers, whether budding or professional, to become members. Mutual support for the enhancement of our craft is our specialty. No charge. Guests are welcome, 914-827-5353

Saturday, June 7 Rye

VOLUNTEER WORK PROJECT 10 a.m. Read Wildlife Sanctuary Playland Parkway Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach clean-up and more. For more information, call 914-967-8720.


ROCKIN’ GEOLOGY 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Explore the old and ancient rock formations at the conservancy. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

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NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT 2 p.m. Cranberry Lake Preserve 1609 Old Orchard Street Take a leisurely hike with your family while the kids look for natural things found in the preserve. Share with the curator what you found for a prize. For more information, call 914-428-1005.


FEEDING FUN 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road It is mealtime for our animals. Come see what’s on the menu and learn a bit about how we keep the critters healthy! Included with Museum Admission, FREE for Members! For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Sunday, June 8 Scarsdale

NATURE WALK 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Creatures of Woodfrog Pond. Join a naturalist to explore Woodfrog Pond. Starts indoors with a short introduction, featuring live animals, then walk to our pond and use a net to catch some of the creatures living there. Requires appropriate dress; limited enrollment. Members $5, Non-members $8. For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Friday, June 13 Rye

NATURE WALK 10:30 a.m. Marshlands Conservancy

Route 1 Night of the Horseshoe Crab. Witness a 250-millionyear-old tradition at the salt marsh in the moonlight. For more information, call 914-835-4466.

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FIREFLY FESTIVAL 7:30 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Third Annual Firefly Festival and Ice Cream Social. Bring chairs and blankets for seating to observe and learn about these glittering night insects, and enjoy some ice cream! For more information, call 914-864-7322


PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT 8 p.m. Westchester Community College Tech Bldg., Rm. 108 Yael Ben-Zion, renowned photographer and author, who will give a stimulating, informative lecture and presentation entitled, “Intermarried” to the Westchester Photographic Society and its guests. Ben-Zion’s photographs foster a dialogue and create a “platform for thinking and talking about issues that are very personal but have vast social and political implications” surrounding interracial and interfaith marriage. WPS welcomes all photographers, whether budding or professional, to become members. Mutual support for the enhancement of our craft is our specialty. No charge; Guests are welcome, 914-827-5353

Saturday, June 14 Valhalla

ASIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL 12 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza 1 Bronx River Parkway Music, dance, vendors and food of the Asian culture. Bring blankets and chairs for seating. For more information, call 914-864-PARK.


WADERS 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Check out the beauty of these long-legged, graceful feathered friends in the salt marsh. For more information, call 914-835-4466.


BIRDS OF PREY 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Join a naturalist to see live birds of prey. Discover what makes these magnificent creatures the hunters of the sky. We’ll also visit the outdoor bird aviary to see the majestic Bald Eagles. Members FREE, Non-members $8. For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Sunday, June 15 Somers

FARMERS MARKET 10 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 More than 25 local vendors offer the best seasonal produce, fruits, meats, poultry, food products and more every Sunday through the end of October. Go to for vendors. For more information, call 914-864-7282.

Bloomberg stays relevant with eye on 2016

Continued from Page 9 from the beginning of the Harvard speech should have a talk with the Bloomberg from the end of the Harvard speech to find out about how a college commencement isn’t the place for indoctrination in leftwing political views. Mr. Bloomberg used the Bloomberg View platform of his Bloomberg financial information and news company to post a version of his Harvard Commencement speech and also an article under his own byline praising President Obama’s regulations that will shut down coal-fired electricity plants. Both articles were also posted at, a web site that, political-campaign-style, collects email and zip code information from visitors who want to “stay informed.” And all this happened just after Mr. Bloomberg returned from Israel, where he was feted with the Genesis Prize at an event with an amazing video that included praise from Presidents Obama, Clinton, and George W. Bush, Mayor Giuliani, Bill

Gates, and Bono. If Mr. Bloomberg were only a few years younger, it could all form the basis of an independent presidential campaign in 2016. If the Republicans were to nominate a firebrand like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz and the Democrats were to nominate Elizabeth Warren, it would be easy to see a space for a Manhattan establishment candidate with backing from the press, Wall Street, and the Council on Foreign Relations crowd to defend Park Avenue against pitchfork populism. Or maybe Mr. Bloomberg’s age isn’t the obstacle we think it is. Mr. Bloomberg’s mother lived until she was 102, and plenty of other billionaires, such as Rupert Murdoch, Sheldon Adelson, and Sumner Redstone, are on their games well into their 80s. Even if a presidential campaign doesn’t happen, expect to see a lot of Mr. Bloomberg in the coming years. Ira Stoll is editor of FutureOfCapitalism. com and author of JFK, Conservative.

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