Thursday, August 29, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW
More on the Sign of the Times for “Strip Club Stanton” Without even knowing it, folks in the south Bronx are
coming out against Clifford Stanton, the north Bronx City Council candidate lavishly financed by Robert Gans, the owner of the Scores chain of strip clubs. Up until now, they have fought and fought hard to maintain the family-friendly integrity of their communities, using every possible tactic to stop the clubs from opening, and trying to close the ones that are. We’re not casting moral stones here. But it is incontrovertible the damage that such clubs can do to a community. So concerned are folks in the Yankee Stadium area that they are attempting not to close a club, but get rid of a sign advertising a branch of the Scores strip club empire located in Manhattan. The sign, which is located on 161st Street near Yankee Stadium, as tame as it is, still is a cause of concern. So is it any wonder that residents in the 11th City Council District are concerned that Clifford Stanton, a candidate for the Council seat being vacated by the term-limited G. Oliver Koppell? Now we have had our policy differences with Mr. Koppell. But can anyone imagine him even consorting and taking big money contributions from strip club operators? We can’t even envision him in a strip club. Obviously Mr. Stanton has no such moral compass. He calls the strip club owner, Mr. Robert Gans, a “philanthropist” and insists that the clubs are mere “cabarets.” Make no mistake about it. Campaign contributions are made to exert influence over public office holders. Those who pour thousands, and in this case will be responsible for a $9000 increase in Mr. Stanton’s campaign’s cash position, we assume do so because they want a favorable official in a position to help, if not today maybe tomorrow or the next day. In this case, help means possibly help with land use and zoning matters. Or with a liquor license. Since there is no promise that Mr. Gans, who is always looking to expand his empire, will not look to expand to Riverdale or Kingsbridge or Norwood or Woodlawn or Wakefield or maybe somewhere else in The Bronx, every community in The Bronx is at possible risk. The folks who live in the south Bronx are so concerned that they don’t even want a sign advertising the jiggle joint in their community, and fought to get even that torn down. Maybe the sign is just a sign. Maybe it is a trial balloon to see if there is demand in the area to open a branch nearby. Maybe it is a subtle effort to get communities to tolerate more and more, until we reach a point when strip clubs can be opened here with barely a whimper of protest. We’ve seen this all before, when an ethically challenged former borough president made the northeast Bronx safe for “hot sheet” motels and led to increases in crime, prostitution, drugs and gun sales. He did it to win campaign contributions, the very reason why we are concerned with Clifford Stanton’s unapologetic acceptance of strip club cash. If there was no other reason, the acceptance of these large contributions alone should disqualify Clifford Stanton from this or any public office. Some cash is beyond the pale. We have already demonstrated that Clifford Stanton is among the worst candidates to ever present themselves to Bronx voters. And as our readers well know, we’ve had plenty of bad officials in our county, some of whom are right now contributing to the overcrowding in federal and state correctional facilities. So we look at the fight against the Scores sign near the Stadium as a sign of the times. Amazingly, the outcry resulted in an agreement to remove the offending sign. It proves once again that folks won’t tolerate community-killing projects, the signs advertising them, or the ethically compromised politicians that let them happen. The sign is coming down as sure as the voters will take Strip Club Stanton down two weeks from now.
Riverdale Choral Society Invites Singers for the Fall, 2013 Concert Season
The Riverdale Choral Society begins rehearsals for its 48th season of concerts on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, and invites singers in the area to join this open rehearsal. The Riverdale Choral Society’s Fall, 2013 concert season will focus the chorus’s talent on British folks songs including A Cycle Round Britain by Goff Richards and will also feature Laud to the Nativity by Ottorino Respighi. Music Director John Lettieri will begin rehearsals for the December, 2013 concert on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Since 1964, the Riverdale Choral Society has been bringing joy to the community through performances of high-quality choral music. Our welcoming, diverse group of men and women rehearses weekly under professional artistic direction, singing both traditional and adventuresome repertoire. Through live concerts and community outreach, the chorus enriches the cultural life of the greater Riverdale area.
Note our new address: 5752 Fieldston Road Bronx, New York 10471 (718) 543-5200 FAX: (718) 543-4206
If you are an experienced sight-reader or even if you do not sight-read but have a good musical ear you can schedule an informal audition with Music Director John Lettieri by sending an e-mail to riverdalechoral@gmail. com, or calling 718-543-2219. Or you may sign up for an informal audition at our open rehearsal on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:30 PM. Choral rehearsals will be held every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:45 PM at Christ Church Riverdale, 252 St. and Henry Hudson Parkway East, where there is street parking available and easy access to public transportation. Additional information can be obtained at the RCS web site: www.riverdalechoral.org.
Riverdale Children’s Theatre Announces open registration
Registration is open for the winter session of Broadway Babies and Broadway Kids Musical Theatre Workshops: for children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The classes will be taught by Director/Actress/Singer Antonia Barba and will be offered on Sundays at the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy beginning
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September 29th. Broadway Babies (Noon) is designed for Pre K and Kindergarten students and Broadway Kids (1pm) for 1st and 2nd graders. The workshops will focus on the basics of dance, vocal production, diction, projection, and performing in group numbers. Broadway Kids will also begin concentrating on solo performance and scene work from a musical theatre show. Students will work on stage, with a final presentation for family and friends, giving the students the opportunity to perform before a live audience. This is a 60-minute class and runs for 12 classes. Fees are $285 which includes a music folder, song CD, DVD of final presentation and a Broadway Babies T-shirt. To register, please log onto www.riverdaletheatre. org. For more information please contact Becky Woods at 646-436-3045 or email Becky@ RiverdaleTheatre.org Riverdale Children’s Theatre Riverdale Children’s Theatre brings together children from various religious and cultural backgrounds to learn about themselves, each other and the joy of performing. By participating in a full scale theatrical production, children learn the basic elements of theatre, music and dance, while pushing their own creative and physical boundaries. We believe the performing arts stimulate children emotionally and intellectually, and in the process raises self-esteem, emphasizes teamwork and fosters a strong sense of community.
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