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Volume XIX • Number 35 • September 13 - 19, 2012 •


PS 24 parents anguished by diminished music program By MIAWLING LAM and AMAL ABBASS Parents at P.S 24 continue to bemoan the devastating cuts to the school’s music program and have warned that the downsizing effort could negatively impact student academic achievement. More than a dozen mothers, fathers and grandparents expressed their concerns about the scaled-back music program in random interviews in front of the school during the first day of classes on Thursday, September 6. Many spoke of the importance of a music curriculum to a child’s overall learning experience, while others feared that the absence of a full-time vocal music instructor would rob kids of a complete, well-rounded education. And while parents were eager to talk and support saving the music program at P.S. 24, some feared to allow their names to be used lest their activism be taken out on their children School officials originally excessed the entire music department—one instrumental teacher and one vocal teacher—in June, just days before the end of the school year. At the time, P.S. 24 interim acting assistant principal Emanuele “Manny” Verdi said officials were forced to let go of the teachers because three staffers with seniority were returning from leave. Last month, administrators confirmed that instrumental music teacher Maryellen Shepley would be rehired, thanks to a “bump” in student enrollment. But the vocal teacher remains excessed. Principal Donna Connelly has come under criticism for what was termed an unnecessary targeting of the music teachers. Her choice was to either excess a music teacher or the least senior member of the faculty, a classroom teacher. No class size increases would have been

necessitated by that alternative, as the place of that teacher would have been taken by one of the senior teachers returning from leave. Other parents suggested ending the “conflict resolution” program, which eats up the services of another classroom teacher in order to save the popular music program in its entirety. Speaking to the Riverdale Review, local grandmother Sila Moncegur said while it was a relief to have a partial restoration, the vocal music cut was “very bad.” “My granddaughter likes to sing, act and play flute,” she said, “Music is important for the kids because it relaxes them mentally. I hope they bring the other (teacher) back.” Yvonne, a mother of a second-grader who declined to provide her last name, joined the chorus of parents calling on the school to implement a full restoration. “The music program gives kids a well-rounded experience. It opens their mind in a way that core classes don’t,” she said. “I understand cuts need to be made because of budgets, but eventually I would like to see both teachers back.” Under the partial restoration, the school will be eligible to continue participating in the Music and the Brain program and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The MATB program supplies students in grades K through 2 with dozens of keyboards, while VH1 supplies pupils in grades 3 through 5 with a range of woodwind instruments. Existing partnerships with the New York Philharmonic and Little Orchestra Society will also continue to supplement the school’s music instruction. However, some argue that those supplementary partnerships and programs don’t suffice. Dropping off their first-grade

daughter, a Mosholu Parkway couple, Ralphy and Satie Loperena, said music was incredibly vital to their child’s overall education. “For our daughter, music is number one,” Satie said. “She goes around the house singing all the time. She wants to be a singer. If the program is cut too much, I am going to put her in private lessons.” Ralphy added that music was crucial during his own upbringing. “It helps with reading and math—it helps with focus, overall. Music helps kids become high achievers.” Another local mother, who declined to provide her name, said her first-grade daughter discovered a love of keyboards through the school’s music program.

“The kids need to have enjoyment. They need to relieve stress. They need a break,” she said. “It’s not fair to see these cuts to programs compared to what private schools get. “Some Riverdale parents are wealthy, but a lot of us cannot afford private school. Our kids are just as deserving as private-school students. Our kids deserve enriching lives.” Local P.S. 24 parent and school leadership team member Eugenia Zakharov said the summer vacation has made it difficult for parents to discuss the music program cut. She conceded that parents are no longer sending her letters or emails to express their disapproval of the decision, but she predicted the issue would

be raised at parents’ association meetings. The year’s first meeting was scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, September 11. “I haven’t had the chance to discuss anything with anybody, but I’m hoping there are going to be a lot of parents at the PA meeting and that they will be more involved this year,” she said. Zakharov, whose twins have just entered the fourth grade, was instrumental in rallying the community to fight the initial cuts. She was partially responsible for organizing a petition, which amassed more than 80 signatures and brought the issue to the attention of schools chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: The Hebrew Home at Riverdale celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Grandparents’ Day, on Sunday, September 9th and the 14th Annual Rhythm on the River Concert, with a wonderful performance by Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks. Grandparents’ Day, a national holiday to honor and appreciate grandparents, originated at the Hebrew Home under the leadership of the late Jacob Reingold. He was inspired by the idea of designating one day each year to celebrate grandparents—an idea he put into effect by creating Grandparents’ Day in 1961 at the Home. That first celebration received a special tribute from President John F. Kennedy. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed Grandparents’ Day a national holiday. The Home celebrating Grandparents’ Day has since become a strong yearly tradition to the community. Pictured above, resident Jack Charnet, (seated center, navy top), enjoying the company of his daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.

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Local Dems support Israel at convention By MIAWLING LAM Facing a flurry of criticism from irate pro-Israel groups and Republicans, the Democrat Party amended its platform to unequivocally declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The 11th-hour change came after President Barack Obama personally intervened and ordered his party to correct the issue. Approval for the reinstatement was announced, followed by boos, after an inconclusive voice vote last Wednesday. The Democratic Party recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in 2008, but political pundits seized on the fact that similar references were eliminated from this year’s platform. However after a public outcry, the party’s position now reads: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” Congressman Eliot Engel heralded the change and said he was glad that the party’s position has been clarified. “After language was omitted from the platform, I spoke with the Obama administration and Democratic Party officials at the convention to convince them that this language was important to show our solidarity with our ally, Israel, regarding Jerusalem,” he said in a statement. “This is the right decision to revert back to the 2008 language on this matter, and I commend the president for making sure it was changed.” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, who managed to snare a seat at the Time Warner Cable Arena during the convention in Charlotte, also downplayed the incident. “I’m not sure why the reference to Jerusalem was dropped in the first place,

Registration open for RCT’s theater workshop Registration is now open for RCT’s Broadway Babies Musical Theatre Workshop, for kids in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The workshop will be taught by Director/Actress/Singer Antonia Barba and will be offered on Sunday’s at the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy at 1pm beginning September 30th. This class introduces children to the unique aspects of Musical Theatre performance. Students will learn the basics of staging, vocal production, diction, projection, and performing in group numbers. They will learn and perform songs and dances from such Broadway shows as “The Little Mermaid”, “Annie”,”Newsies” and other great classic shows. Most importantly this class is focused on having fun and developing a love of musical theatre, singing and dancing. 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 50 minute class and runs for 12 weeks. Fees are $275 which includes a music folder, song CD, DVD of final presentation and a Broadway Babies T-shirt. To register log on to WWW.RIVERDALETHEATRE.ORG.For more info contact Becky at or 646-436-3045.

but I think Obama stepped up to the plate and showed everyone where he stands on the issue,” he said. Dinowitz said he is still unsure of the reasons behind the omission. “I really don’t know. I can only speculate,” he said. “I suspect either someone on the platform committee was not friendly to the interests of Israel or it was a legitimate mistake. “What we do know is that the president made sure it was in there.” However, critics of the president asserted that the omission reflected the true position of the administration. Others pointed to the boos when the resolution was voted on as “proof positive” of the antipathy of the party activists towards the Jewish state.

Congressman Eliot Engel, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. fought to save pro-Jerusalem platform item at convention.

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By AMAL ABBASS The co-owner of a Riverdale pizzeria has elected not to renew his sidewalk café license, claiming the city charges exorbitant fees for the outdoor seating. Mike Orfano, co-owner of neighborhood joint Goodfellas Pizza on the corner of West 238th Street and Waldo Avenue, chose to abandon the outdoor dining option in its second year because it was “just too pricey for our business.” According to Orfano, the cost rose each year, going from $5,600 to $6,000 this year. “It’s just too much for us to pay,” he told the Riverdale Review. Orfano contends that the city should charge restaurants in the outer boroughs less for the sidewalk café license. “Boroughs other than Manhattan should have a lower fee,” he said. “Look at rent in Manhattan—it’s more expensive. We have less traffic than in Manhattan, so it shouldn’t be the same.” Outer-borough restaurants do pay lower rates for yearly street space consent fees. According to the Department of Consumer Affairs website, a 75-squarefoot unenclosed café from 96th Street to Canal Street in Manhattan costs $2,275.79, while a space of the same size below Canal Street or in any outer borough comes to $1,706.86. As the square footage increases, so does the cost differential.



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Around the schools... Horace Mann School

Riverdale resident Wendy Y. Zhang has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. This 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program selected 16,000 semifinalists, who will compete for 8,300 scholarships worth more than $32 million to be awarded in the spring. To be considered for an award, semifinalists need an outstanding academic record throughout high school, a recommendation from the high school principal and SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test. In addition, they and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, including an essay and a description of their participation and leadership in school and community activities. Finalists will be selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Alumni, faculty and friends are invited to Citi Field on Monday, September 24, to watch the New York Mets take on alumnus Pedro Alvarez (’05), a Pittsburgh Pirate star third-baseman who was named MLB National League Player of the Week on September 4. The school has reserved field box seats with a great view of third base. Starting at 6 p.m., an hour before game time, food and drinks will be available in a nearby private club room reserved for Horace Mann. The cost of $45 per person includes a ticket as well as food and drinks. To attend, contact or 718-432-3458.

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Associate professor of nursing Dr. MaryAnn Witt was awarded a National League for Nursing 2012 grant for her research on The Impact of Live Actors in Simulation on Professional Communication Skills of Entry Level Students in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Dr. Witt, a Riverdale resident, was one of only six distinguished nurse educators to receive the prestigious grant, which is geared to advance the science of nursing education and promote evidence-based teaching, two key goals of the NLN’s competitive Nursing Education Research Grants Program. “This transformative grant will help to foster better career preparation and communication skills for Mount Saint Vincent nursing students, and hopefully contribute to the body of knowledge within the field of nursing education,” Dr. Witt said. The grant will formally announced on Thursday, September 20, at the 2012 NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, California, a four-day conference that draws nurse educators, deans, and administrators from higher education and across the allied health profession. To be eligible for support, projects had to meet at least one of the NLN’s current priorities for research, which place a particular emphasis on transforming nursing education for the contemporary health care environment. As approved by the NLN Board of Governors, the league’s research priorities call for robust research designs to create links between practice and education and creative approaches to build capacity for education research scholars. The program favors multi-site

projects that involve partnerships between practice and education, according to a NLN release.

Manhattan College

The college’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center began the semester with a photograph exhibition entitled BESA: Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust. A series of related lectures will complement the exhibition, now on display in the library’s Alumni Room. The first presentation last Tuesday was delivered by Mansoor Ahmed, a 2010 Manhattan alumnus, who discussed his father Mohammad Masood Ahmed’s book, “Would You Like to Know Something About Islam?” On September 20 at 7 p.m. in Hayden 100, Ichak Adizes will tell his own story of survival escaping from Macedonia and taking refuge in Albania after more than a hundred members of his extended family were killed in a concentration camp in 1943. The story was captured in an Israeli-made documentary, which will be screened at the event. Photographer Norman Gershman will be present at a formal exhibition opening on October 11. All of the center’s events are open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Mehnaz Afridi at 718-862-7284 or The college will host a weeklong lecture series in celebration of the recent Olympics in London. The series will feature appearances by Olympic medalists Amanda Beard, Cullen Jones and Nastia Liukin and by members of the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame Aliann Pompey (’99) and Lindy Remigino (’53). Track coach Joe Ryan will be on hand as well. “This lecture series is not only educational but also inspirational and a source of nationalism and pride,” said John Bennett, director of student activities. “These athletes represent diversity in every sense of the term, especially once you get to know each athlete’s personal story.” On Monday, September 17, three-time medalist Cullen Jones will share his story of receiving a gold medal as a member of the famous 2008 U.S. men’s 4x100 freestyle relay team. On Tuesday, September 18, five-time medalist and winner of the 2008 gold medal in all-around gymnastics Nastia Liukin will address the community. She is one of only three American women ever to win a gold medal in all-around gymnastics. On Wednesday, September 19, four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey (’99) and Joe Ryan, members of the 2012 Guyanese Olympic track team, will visit the campus. On Thursday, September 20, two-time gold medalist Lindy Remigino (’53) will discuss his Olympic track career, specifically at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. On Friday, September 21, seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard will conclude the weeklong series and discuss her swimming career after participating in four separate Olympic Games. Each lecture will start at 8 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. After the athletes discuss their experiences, backgrounds and life lessons, they will respond to questions from students. Monday, Tuesday and Friday lectures are in Smith Auditorium. Wednesday and Thursday lectures are in Hayden Hall, room 100. For more information, contact John Bennett at john.

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By MIAWLING LAM The Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy has made it into the top 30 public high schools in New York City, according to the latest school rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The annual list, published in the New York Daily News last weekend, reveals that H.S. 141 was ranked 28 out of more than 100 city high schools. However, a competing table compiled by the New York Post deemed RKA as offering the 31st-best academic program in the city. The U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are based primarily on students’ New York State Regents and Advanced Placement exam scores, while the Post also factors in student graduation rates and average SAT scores. Despite the seemingly promising news, both rankings do not reflect RKA’s diminishing four-year graduation rate and declining average SAT scores. As the Riverdale Review reported in June, just one in three students from RKA graduates on time and is considered prepared for life after high school. Official New York State Education Department figures showed 87.5 percent of RKA students graduated on time, slightly down from 89.6 percent last year. In comparison, the citywide rate was 60.9 percent. Statewide, it was 74 percent. But expectations in a middle class community such as Riverdale rarely deviate from 100% graduation after four years. Seniors from Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy also registered a sharp 57-point drop in composite score on the 2011 Scholastic Aptitude Test. The school’s overall total of 1,367—a

score of 453 on critical reading, 463 on math and 451 on writing—meant it beat just 37 percent of high schools nationwide. It was also placed significantly lower than the state and national mean. As of press time, a message left with RKA principal Lori O’Mara was not returned. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said he was unsure of what to make of RKA’s differing rankings but said it was clear they were a “whole lot better” than other high schools in the city. “I’m always skeptical of these rankings and scores,” he said. “Each school has to be looked at individually, as opposed to compared to one another.” Nationally, H.S. 141 was “unranked” by the U.S. News & World Report. However it was judged to be The Bronx’s sixth-best high school and was beaten only by the borough’s two flagship specialized high schools—Bronx High School of Science and High School of American Studies—and by Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science, Collegiate Institute for Math and Science and Bronx Preparatory Charter School. According to an 89-word summary published by the New York Daily News, Riverdale’s sole public high school was noted for its active parent association and “small-community feel.” “This translates to a hands-on academic curriculum; students are taught in a compulsory program that requires AP biology in 11th grade and AP chemistry in 12th,” the description read. “Though the school does teach other AP’s in the humanities and languages, it is the science program, with its state-ofthe-art labs, that captures any visitor’s attention.”

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RCT announces fall auditions The Riverdale Children’s Theatre will be holding auditions for their two winter produc-tions on Thursday, September 13th from 4pm - 7pm Sunday, September 16th from 10am - 2pm, at the Riverdale Jewish Center, 3700 Independence Avenue at 237th St. All levels of experience are welcome. Please prepare a short musical theatre selection (1 minute or less) and be prepared to learn a simple dance combination. Auditions are open to all students in 2nd to 12th grade. This season’s productions celebrate classic and contemporary musical theatre. Peter Pan is the high flying musical based on the play by James M. Barrie with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne. First produced on Broadway with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard, this is one of the world’s most celebrated musicals. Featuring show-stopping songs, “Never Never Land”, “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying”, Peter Pan will be presented in January 2013 at the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College, with a full orchestra provided by Celia Cruz High School. This production will also mesmerize audiences with theatrical ‘Flying’ actors, overseen by legendary ‘Flying by Foy’ company. ‘13’ is a musical comedy about coming of age, teen traumas and middle school sur-vival. Music and lyrics Tony Award winning Jason Robert Brown,

with book by novelist and songwriter Dan Elish, it features a brightly infectious score with songs like “Being a Geek” “Brand New You”, and “What It Means To Be A Friend”, It’s a rite of passage story that all ages can relate to. For this production, we are also casting teen on stage musicians who can play bass, drums and guitar. ‘13’ will be presented in December at the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, MS/RKA 141. For more program and audition in-formation, log on to About The Riverdale Children’s Theatre RCT is a non-profit organization that brings together children from different religious and cultural backgrounds to learn about themselves, each other and the joy of per-forming. In addition, RCT offers free audition prep for 8th grade students hoping to attend specialized arts schools in NYC, as well as a ‘Broadway Babies’ musical theatre workshop and more. For more infor-mation about the auditions, rehearsal and show performance dates and other RCT programs log on to www.

Riverdale Y to offer art class for children

The Riverdale Y will be offering a class for grades K-2 called Exploration through Art. Students will be exposed to a variety of art materials as they explore various artistic techniques. Children have the opportunity to ex-

press their own ideas while getting their inspiration from the works of famous artists. Through painting, sketching, sculpting, and creating collage, artists will discover their inner Picasso. There are two sessions available. Session A offers 7 classes from September 13-October 25. Session B offers 7 classes from November 1- December 20. The classes are from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. The cost of the program is $160;$130 for Y members. All materials are included in the cost . The course is instructed by Joy Langer. Joy Langer holds a fine arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a B.F.A from Art Institute of Boston. She has taught art to students of all ages in public schools and community centers in New York City and Jerusalem, Israel for many years. Anyone interested in this program may contact the Y at 718-5488200, ext. 201.Registration is going on now. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

ESL classes at CMSV

The Sisters of Charity will again hold free evening classes for adults who want to improve their English language skills. Learners will have an opportunity to learn reading and writing and improve their conversation skills. Registration is Monday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from September 24 through November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Le Gras Hall on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Avenue at West 263rd Street. The program is also seeking volunteer teachers—no experience is needed. For more information, contact program coordinator Luz Reyes Devine at 718-549-9200, extension 219, or LDevine

High Holidays Services at Chabad of Riverdale

‘At the request of many Riverdale residents we will once again conduct High Holiday services on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur’ said Rabbi Levi Y. Shemtov, Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale. The services will be held at the Chabad Shul and Kinneret Day School. This year’s Cantors will be Rabbi Yitzchok Dubov and Rabbi Dovid Polter, who will inspire the

congregants with their sweet melodies. Space is limited and reservations are being accepted on a first come basis. The services will be led by Rabbi Levi Y. Shemtov. The atmosphere promises to be warm and friendly, true to the tradition of Chabad throughout the world. ‘Our services are for all Jews, regardless of background. Chabad’s doors are open to everyone,’ said Rabbi Shemtov. The schedule of services is as follows - Rosh Hashana services will begin on Sunday evening, September 16th at 6:55 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, September 16th and 17th morning services will be at 9:00 a.m. The shofar will be blown on Monday and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. On Monday, the afternoon service will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by prayers at the river at 6:20 p.m. Yom Kippur will begin with Kol Nidrei services on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday morning services on September 26th will begin at 9:00 a.m. Concluding services will be at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Havdalah service at 7:26 p.m. For more information or reservations, please check the website, www. or call Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale at (718) 549-1100 ext. 10.

9/11 commemoration at Bronx Borough Hall

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and the Supreme Court of Bronx County invite the community to join them and as they pay homage to our families, friends and neighbors who perished on September 11, 2011. The commemoration will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, from 12 to 2 p.m., at the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse (on the steps of the main entrance). For more information and to confirm your attendance, call 718-590-3522 or email

Riverdale AARP Chapter to meet

.The Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet on September l9th at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway West at l2:30 PM Wednesday. At this informative meeting, they will have the pleasure of being entertained by Gary Lovett, with his singing and dancing, and having the audience join in. He is noted for his Las Vegas Review. The community is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Manfred Segal at 718-549-0088.

Jewish War Veterans: All veterans are welcome to participate in the only active Jewish War Veterans post in the Kingsbridge/Riverdale area. Neumann - Goldman Post 69 & Ladies Auxiliary regularly meets on the third Sunday of each month at the James J. Peters V A Medical Center located at 130 Kingsbridge Road at 10 a.m., in room 3D22, on the third floor of the medical center. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, September 16. Registration is not required and members of other posts are welcome or if your original post no longer exists. With advance notice, transportation can be arranged. Services are held in a 100-year old chapel on the medical center’s grounds. For additional information, call Mel Saks, Post Commander at 914-337-0277, or Herb Barrett at 718-548-6832.

High Holidays Services at Chabad of Kingsbridge

Chabad of Kingsbridge, led by Rabbi Yehuda Balachov, will hold High Holiday services for the Russian, Jewish community on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashana services will be held on Sunday evening, September 16th, Monday and Tuesday, September 16th and 17th morning services.

Yom Kippur will begin with Kol Nidrei services on Tuesday, September 25th followed by Wednesday morning services on September 26th. Concluding services, followed by the Havdalah service will be in the evening. For more information or reservations, please call Rabbi Yehuda Balachov at (917) 309-6797.

Engel announces science grant for Lehman College

Congressman Eliot Engel announced the awarding of a $192,171 National Science Foundation grant to Lehman College for theoretical research in magnetism. ‘We progress only as far as we learn, and scientific research is a key component for America to compete in a worldwide economy in the 21st Century,’ Rep. Engel said, ‘This is the kind of grant money that Republicans are slashing with abandon, cutting us off from our future. Those who question such funding should remember that the electron was once thought too exotic for study, and now its accounts for perhaps 20 percent of our economy. ‘Science holds the key to our prosperity as a nation, and Lehman College is in the forefront of efforts to prepare young people to compete with the best and brightest from across the globe. I am proud to support efforts like these to bring back much needed resources to the Bronx.’ The research is related to important applications in physics such as magnetic resonance, magnetic recording, and quan-

tum computing. It includes doctoral, undergraduate, and high school students, including women and minorities, and community outreach by maintaining contacts with local schools. Young researchers seeking careers in industry and academia will be will be trained in magnetism as well as computation methods and participate in international symposia.

High Holy Days activities at Congregation Shaarei Shalom

There’s no reason to spend the High Holy Days alone this year. It’s not too late; tickets to all services for the High Holy Days at Congregation Shaarei Shalom can still be purchased. Experience the High Holy Days in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The services will be filled with beautiful music, inspiring sermons from Rabbi Steven D. Burton, and stirring chants from Cantor Ronald J. Broden. Special musical accompaniment will be offered by pianist Walter Winterfeldt. All the High Holy Days services will held in the congregation’s sanctuary located at 5919 Riverdale Avenue. Tickets are still available for all observances: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 16, Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Monday, September 17, Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Tuesday, September 18, Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 25, and Yom Kippur on Wednesday, September 26 in the morning and afternoon, inclusive of a Yizkor Memorial service.

Volunteers needed to survey beaches

Get fit, help protect the city’s beaches and save marine wildlife by enrolling in the annual Volunteer Beach Floatables Program. Under the initiative, run by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, volunteers are mobilized each summer to survey more than 45 beaches across the five boroughs. Participants are asked to walk along the shoreline or on their favorite beach and spot debris such as styrofoam, wood, glass or plastic waste. They do not have to pick up or touch anything and instead simply record any items they see and report it to the agency each week. The program is critical as it provides authorities with useful data, ensures fewer beach closures and helps save marine wildlife from ingesting the debris. Upon registration, each volunteer will receive all materials necessary for monitoring, including letters of authorization and acknowledgment. For more information, please contact 212-889-4216 or 917-658-2380.

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Neumann-Goldman Post 69 & Ladies Auxiliary

Congregation Shaarei Shalom is a Reform Jewish house of worship. It prides itself on its inclusiveness of all members of the Riverdale community, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, race, age, or creed. It is dedicated to embracing the diversity within the Reform Jewish movement. Where will you be when the shofar is sounded? Join the celebration of the New Year with Congregation Shaarei Shalom. Come home for the holidays this year. Contact the congregation to place your ticket orders at (718) 796-0305 or e-mail the congregation at: shaareishalomriver

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Thursday, September 13 Riverdale

WELL VERSED 4 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Do you have a journal full of poetry? Want to share? Want to get better? Join us for a poetry writing workshop. Learn how to improve your writing style while also having fun. For ages 12 to 18 years old. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


CB8 MEETING 6 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Meeting of the Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718884-3959.

Friday, September 14 Kingsbridge

STAY WELL EXERCISE 10 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue 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. Audience: Adults, 50+. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


MEDITATION 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Join Frank Pawlowski Ed.D. an Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance now retired from a New York State Public School District as he discusses this extraordinary tool to developing more peace within. Audience: Adults, 50+. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street What’s happening in your world? What’s the hottest book, movie, or cd right now? What programs does the library need? Let us know, and you can earn community service credit for your school. For ages 13 to 18 years. For info, call 718-548-5656.

Saturday, September 15 Kingsbridge

FLEA MARKET 9 a.m. Old St. John’s School 3030 Godwin Terrace There will be varied merchandise for sale. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 718-543-3003.

Van Cortlandt

REMEMBERING 9/11 10 a.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue This talk will focus on that fateful day in our history. It will highlight some of the Bronx heroes, connections, perspectives and incidents, before, during, and after. An expert on Bronx history, Prof. Victor Mastro is an awards winning tenured professor at Hudson Community College in Jersey City, NJ. He has appeared on cable television, radio, and local, national and international news media. For info, call 718-543-5150.

Sunday, September 16 Riverdale

RIVERDALE Y SUNDAY MARKET 9 a.m. MS/HS 141 Arcade 660 West 237th Street The market offers natural organic and local products- kosher and non kosher items. Paul Sforza will play music of John Lennon and the Beatles in honor of John Lennon’s birthday. For more info contact Cynthia Galik at 718-548-8200, ext. 218.


ROSH HASHANAH 18:45:00 Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street Light candles and Minha/Maariv Services at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 718-543-8400.

Monday, September 17 Riverdale


8:30:00 Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street Shaharit Service (Sanctuary/Taub Room) at 8:30 AM; Reading of the Torah at 10:00 AM; YCFP (0-5 year olds in the Classrooms) at 10:30 AM. For other activities this day, call 718-543-8400 or visit


RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE MEETING 19:30:00 St. Margaret of Cortona 6000 Riverdale Avenue The “Respect Life Committee” of St. Margaret of Cortona Church will discuss its plans and events for the coming year, at its next meeting. The public is invited and light refreshments are provided. Further information may be obtained by calling Mrs. Meara at 718--543-5091.

Tuesday, September 18 Riverdale

SHAHARIT SERVICE 8:30:00 Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel 475 West 250th Street Shaharit Service (Sanctuary/Taub Room) at 8:30 AM; Reading of the Torah at 10:00 AM; YCFP (0-5 year olds in the Classrooms) at 10:30 AM; Family Service Parents with kids 6-12 years-Tent)at 10:30 AM; Teen/College Creative Service (Youth Lounge) at 10:30 AM. For other activities this day, call 718-543-8400 or visit


CB8 MEETING 8 p.m. Riverdale Neighborhood House 5521 Mosholu Avenue Meeting of the Traffic & Transportation Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718-884-3959.

Wednesday, September 19 Riverdale

TAI CHI 10 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.


AARP MEETING 12:30 p.m. Riverdale Presbyterian Church 4765 Henry Hudson Pkwy. West .The Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet. The community is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Manfred Segal at 718-549-0088.


BOOK DISCUSSION 1 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This month the group will be discussing Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Book club participants must reserve copies of each title through the Library’s catalog system. Reserve your copy by placing a hold online at or visiting your local branch. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Spuyten Duyvil

MANGA DRAWING WORKSHOP 4 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Do you have the next manga series lurking in your head? Join Ivan Velez and learn how to draw your characters, plot your stories, and more. All materials will be provided. For ages 12 to 18 years old. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


CB8 MEETING 7 p.m. Community Board 8 5676 Riverdale Avenue Meeting of the Environment & Sanitation Committee of Community Board 8. For more infor, call 718-884-3959.

Thursday, September 20 Riverdale

MEDICARE BASICS 10:15 a.m. Riverdale YM-YWHA 5625 Arlington Avenue Pat O’Malley, LMSW will talk about Medicare C:-Advantage Plans; Medicare D:-RX Drug Plans, and Medicare A & B and EPIC for 2013 along with Medigap/Supplements. For more information, please contact Toby at 718-548-8200, ext. 223.

Person on the Street:


Compiled by Amal Abbass

“Sneaker stores or fast food.”

- Joe Maodonado

“There’s not many clothing stores around here, so clothing. Maybe a discount store.”

- Ryan McPartland

“New kinds of restaurants, like a Japanese restaurant.”

“Somewhere that has Wi-Fi access and offers more healthy options, like salads.”

- Klievy Martinez

Assemblyman JEFFREY DINOWITZ: “Join me in voting for Eddie McShan for Civil Court.”

“We must have the most qualified and experienced people as our judges. That is why I have joined with community leaders and other elected officials in supporting Eddie McShan.” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz

Congressman ELIOT ENGEL Boro President RUBEN DIAZ, JR. Councilman G. OLIVER KOPPELL State Senator JEFFREY KLEIN State Senator GUSTAVO RIVERA are all supporting Eddie McShan

- Brandy Cochrane

“I would like to see an art, music and book store—anything for the arts. That would be a blessing for the community.”

“A little play place or arcade-type place with bouncy houses for kids.”

“A laundromat. We have enough bars; we have enough restaurants; we have enough barbershops.”

“A 99 cents store. We have one, but it’s not really 99 cents. Something like that that sells cards and things.”

- Margaret M.R. Kalleen

- Derry Greaney

- Christian Martinez

- Maura Dickman

Elect the best qualified person to the Civil Court on Thursday, September 13: Eddie McShan. We all want the best qualified judges in our Courts. The quality of justice people receive often depends on the quality of the judge.

He is the clear choice over [his opponent], a Civil Court clerk with an undistinguished record, who resides in Brewster, N.Y.”

The New York Times said our choice for Civil Court in the Democratic Primary was clear.

As a Special referee in Supreme Court and volunteer arbitrator in Small Claims Court, he knows what it means to apply the law fairly with justice as the only goal.

“Eddie McShan is a special referee in State Supreme Court and adjudicates divorce cases. He has a good judicial demeanor and experience helping litigants who represent themselves in court.

With your vote for Eddie McShan on Thursday, September 13th we will make sure we elect the best qualified person as our new Civil Court Judge.

EDDIE MCSHAN IS ENDORSED BY Eddie McShan “is the clear choice...” New York Times editorial, August 25, 2012

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What kind of businesses should fill the empty storefronts on Johnson and Riverdale Avenues?

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Exhibit on Albanian help for Jews in WWII By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER Albanian Muslims who sheltered Jews during World War II are still reaching out to the world from black-and-white photographs on display in the library’s Alumni Room at Manhattan College. The exhibition, entitled Besa: A Code of Honor—Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, launches a season of programming by the college’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. The works are on loan from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion and will remain here through December 15. Photographer Norman Gershman, a New Jersey-born investment banker, began his formal study of the art while in his forties. In 2004 he became intrigued by the phenomenon of Albanian families, mostly Muslims, who opened their homes to more than 2,000 Jews—from their own nation and from Greece, Italy and Austria—for the duration of the war. Gershman traveled to Albania and Kosovo to document this generosity, creating a visual record supported by simple, matter-of-fact recollections shared by the proud but humble subjects of his photos. These subjects cite “besa,” translated as faith or honor, as the basis for risking their own safety to help their endangered brethren. The concept is deeply rooted in Albanian culture. Several comment on the country’s apparent complicity in their acts of kindness. “Even the local police knew that the villagers were sheltering Jews,” one says. “I remember they spoke many different languages.” Some Albanian hosts have reunited with those they saved, happily returning possessions they were entrusted with. Others still await a reunion. “After the war my father did receive a letter from Nesim that he and his family were safely in Palestine,” one says. “This was during the communist period in Albania, when any correspondence from abroad was considered a crime and subject to arrest. My father was prohibited from answering the letter, and that was the last time there was any communication. My father gave me both the honor and the responsibility of safeguarding these Hebrew books until Nesim or his descendants return to retrieve them.” The head of a Muslim sect comments on how the Albanian prime minister during the Nazi occupation, himself a member of the sect, refused to release the names of Jews and formed an underground network. “We Bektashi see God everywhere,” he says. “In everyone, God is in every pore, in every cell, therefore all are God’s children. There cannot be infidels. There cannot be discrimination. If one sees a good face, one is seeing the face of God.” “I have always been a devout Muslim,” another says. “During the years of communism all the institutions of God were closed, but not the heart. I did nothing special. All Hebrews are our brothers.” Gershman’s photographs and interview texts are reproduced in his 2008 book, “Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II.” His works are in the Brooklyn Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Aspen Museum of Art and in private collections. Several related lectures are scheduled during September and October. On Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m., Dr. Ichak Adizes will recount how he and his family took refuge in Albania after escaping Nazi persecution in Macedonia. Adizes, his

parents and his grandparents folded into the Albanian community and pretended to be Muslims. An Israeli -produced documentary of the story, “I Want to Remember: He Wants to Forget,” will be screened during the program in Hayden 100. On Thursday, October 11, at 4 p.m., Gershman will be present at an opening reception for the exhibition. On Tuesday, October 23, at 4 p.m., Holocaust survivor Johanna Neumann will describe how she and her family escaped to Albania in 1939 and began to observe the Muslim faith in order to blend into the culture. All Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the center’s director, Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, at 718-862-7284 or mehnaz.

Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Presents

SEPTEMBER 1ST - DECEMBER 15TH Exhibition Open to the Public • Alumni Room, O’Malley Library

SPECIAL EVENTS RELATED TO EXHIBIT September 20th, 7pm • Dr. Ichak Adizes, Survivor Hayden 100

October 11th, 4pm • BESA: Opening Reception with Norman Gershman, the Photographer Alumni Room, O’Malley Library

October 23rd, 4pm • Johanna Neumann, Survivor Alumni Room, O’Malley Library


By MIAWLING LAM Transforming the historic Kingsbridge Armory into a $275 million state-of-theart ice sports center would net New York City $1.3 billion in overall economic impact. The projection, released by the group behind the Kingsbridge National Ice Center bid on Monday, comes as the city prepares to select the most viable redevelopment plan. According to an independent study commissioned by the KNIC group, the ice sports center would net $370 million in construction-related economic activity and $88 million in annual business. Under the KNIC proposal, nine regulation-size hockey rinks and a 5,000-seat arena would be built at the sprawling site, creating the world’s largest indoor ice facility. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said the $1.3 economic impact estimate suggests the KNIC plan remains the right choice for the armory and for the entire Bronx. “When I offered my public support to this project in August, I noted that this development would complement the surrounding neighborhood, especially Fordham Road, bringing new consumer traffic to this important commercial district,” he said. “This report proves that, illustrating just how great a financial benefit this project will have for our borough and our city.” The KNIC plan is being by supported by New York Rangers star Mark Messier and Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes. A complete breakdown of the $1.3 billion in economic impact was unavailable

as of press time, but it is understood the figure includes dollars netted from patrons and from related tourism spending. The report also predicts the ice sports center would generate 1,850 construction jobs and 590 permanent jobs. Of these, more than 170 positions will be for fulltime employees working on-site. The developer has also vowed to pay each worker a living wage of at least $10 an hour with benefits or $11.50 an hour without benefits. The voluntary commitment is a major reason why a slew of Bronx elected officials, including Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, state Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblyman Jose Rivera, have thrown their support behind the KNIC bid. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is currently reviewing the two short-listed applications and deciding who should be the future tenant at the 575,000-square-foot site. City officials are expected to announce a winner by the end of the year. The other front-runner is a $100 million Chelsea Market-style retail development featuring a 4D cinema complex and the world’s tallest rock-climbing wall. The plan, dubbed Mercado Mirabo and proposed by Young Woo & Associates, would include a Crunch gym, a youth basketball program, a hip-hop museum and retail space for local businesses and artists. When reached for comment just hours after estimates were released, Young Woo & Associates director of business development Adam Zucker shrugged off his rival’s numbers. He said the Mercado plan would creContinued on Page 19

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Skating at armory seen as boon to boro

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LITTLE FARMERS 10 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Children ages 3 and 4 can have fun learning about the different residents at the farm through hands-on experience. A different animal will be featured each week. Fee $10; pre-registration required at or call (914) 864-7282.

Friday, September 14 Tarrytown

CHAMBER CONCERT 17:30 a.m. Lyndhurst 635 South Broadway Join the renowned Copland House Ensemble in a vibrant program of works paralleling the history of the inhabitants of Lyndhurst, a masterpiece of American Architecture. 4 pm Tour and 5:30 Concert: $30. 5:30 Concert only $20. For more information, call 914-631-4481.

Saturday, September 15 Yonkers

FALL MIGRATION BIRD WALK 8 a.m. Lenoir Preserve Dudley Street Take a leisurely walk in search of fall migrants, such as warblers and a late hummingbird. For info, call 914-968-5851.


BLACKSMITHING WORKSHOP 9 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Blacksmith Bill Fitzgerald will teach this craft; for adults 18 years of age and older. Fee $85; pre-registration required at or call (914) 864-7282.


COASTAL CLEAN-UP 10 a.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 During this annual event, thousands of volunteers across the globe help clean trash and debris from their local waterways and shorelines. Help pick up and document tidal debris at the preserve. All work materials provided. For info, call 914-835-4466.


BEACH CLEAN-UP 11 a.m. Read Wildlife Sanctuary Playland Parkway During this annual event, thousands of volunteers across the globe help clean trash and debris from their local waterways and shorelines. Join us at the sanctuary and help make our own beach trash-free. All work materials provided. For more information, call 914-967-8720.


SEINING 1 p.m. Croton Point Nature Center Croton Point Avenue Explore the Hudson’s biodiversity up close and personal by studying fish, eels, small crabs and more. Great for families with kids ages 6 and older. For more info, call 914-862-5297.

North White Plains

HAWK WATCH 1 p.m. Cranberry Lake Preserve Old Orchard Street Join naturlaist Jason Klein for a hike to the scenic Cranberry Lake quarry to see scores of migrating hawks above lower Westchester. For more information, call 914-428-1005.

Cross River

WORLD OF INSECTS 1 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Use nets to discover the many six-legged creatures that inhabit the meadows and forest of the reservation. For more information, call 914-864-7322.


SCAVENGER HUNT 2 p.m. Lenoir Preserve Dudley Street Take a walk around the preserve while you search for natural objects and get rewarded with a prize from the curator when you are finished. For more information, call 914-968-5851.

White Plains

COLLEGIUM WESTCHESTER CONCERT 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Church 82 Prospect Street Collegium Westchester’s chorus and orchestra will perform Bach’s Motet BWV 118, Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27. Eric Kramer is piano soloist and conductor. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-282-8611 or visit

Sunday, September 16 Tarrytown

HUDSON RIVER RAMBLE 9 a.m. Lyndhurst 635 South Broadway To celebrate the annual Hudson River Ramble weekends, Lyndhurst offers a complementary tour of the magnificent historic grounds. The guided tour will start from the visitor center. For more information, call 914-631-4481.


HAWK WATCH 10 a.m. Lenoir Preserve Dudley Street Join members of Hudson River Audubon Society to spot and identify hawks migrating along the Hudson River corridor. For more information, call 914-968-5851.

Mt. Kisco

HISTORIC MANSION TOUR 1 p.m. Merestead 455 Byram Lake Road A curator-led tour through an elegant 100-year-old mansion to learn about a local family that influenced design and interior decorating throughout the world. Fee $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 children ages 13-17; under age 12 free. Reservations required at (914) 231-4539.


CHEESEMAKING 101 1 p.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Ever thought about making your own cheese but figured it was too complicated? Members of the Muscoot 4H Club will demonstrate the simple art of making cheese so you can try it at home. For more information, call 914-864-7282.


ANIMAL ADVENTURES 1 p.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Meet a few of Teatown’s ambassador insects before they disappear for the winter. Please note this program is for families with children ages 4 and over. Free for members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.


MEADOW WATCH 2 p.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 See the goldenrod in bloom along with a plethora of butterflies and dragonflies. Bring binoculars if you have them. For more information, call 914-835-4466.


HISTORY TALK 2 p.m. Historic Sherwood House 340 Tuckahoe Road Professor William Seraille will speak on the life of AfroAmerican publisher John Edward Bruce, a slave who later became an influential journalist, published serveral newspapers, and wrote columns for more than one hundred. The program is free and open to the public. For info, call 914-961-8940.

Tuesday, September 18 Ossining

LITTLE TREEHUGGERS 10 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Sow the seeds of nature knowledge in this weekly class for 2–3-year-olds accompanied by a parent or care-giver. Children and parents are encouraged to use all of their senses to explore autumn. Classes begin the week of September 16 and run for 8 weeks. Fee: $140 for members: $160 for nonmembers. For more information, call 914-762-2912 x110 or visit

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The Riverdale Y Senior Center will have an informational session regarding Medicare on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 10:15am11:30am led by Pat O’Malley, LMSW. Ms. O’Malley will talk about Medicare C:-Advantage Plans; Medicare D:-RX Drug Plans, and Medicare A & B and EPIC for 2013 along with Medigap/Supplements. There will be an open enrollment period from Oct. 7 through December 15 if you would like to enroll or make changes to your medicare program. This program is funded by the NYC Dept. for the aging. The entire senior community is invited to this session. For more information, please contact Toby at 718-548-8200, ext. 223. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

Riverdale Youth Market at RNH

The Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) will host the Riverdale Youth Market every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through November 15, 2012. This is a youth-run farm stand offering fresh fruits and vegetables from regional farms. RNH is located at 5521 Mosholu Av-

enue, across from the Riverdale Library., Since its founding in 1872, RNH has partnered with the residents of the Northwest Bronx to build and sustain a healthy and productive community. RNH delivers first-rate educational and social services to the entire community: children, teens, seniors and families. RNH programs strengthen the social fabric of our community and enhance the quality of life for our neighbors.

Shaarei Shalom Religious School registration begins

As the summer comes to a close, plans for the new religious school year begin. With classes starting in October, student enrollment at Congregation Shaarei Shalom is underway! The curriculum used in its Religious School offers a foundation in Jewish values, ritual, history, the State of Israel, and the Hebrew language. Congregation Shaarei Shalom’s Religious School is TUITION FREE and there are no registration fees for all member children. The curriculum is designed to encompass the three fundamentals of Judaism: Torah - the study of texts that form our Jewish heritage; Avodah - sacred, commu-

nal worship; and G’milut Hasadim - acts of loving kindness. Classes are conducted at the synagogue located at 5919 Riverdale Avenue. Instruction begins at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and each student attends classes for only one day during the week. Instruction is offered for grades K-12. Students in Kindergarten thru grade 3 are provided with a foundation of Jewish knowledge. In grades 4 thru 7, study continues with preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In grades 8 and 9, with preparation for Confirmation. And, grades 10 thru 12, are for advanced High School level study. Offering a different approach to religious instruction, its program is customized to meet the specific learning needs of each student. All students receive a modern Reform Jewish education utilizing recently developed grade and subject specific curricula. Interactive computer based instruction is also part of the learning experience. Rabbi Steven D. Burton, is the Director of Education. He and the school’s lead lay teacher are available to meet with parents to discuss each family’s needs. Additionally, a Religious School Parent Handbook that provides more detailed information about the school’s curriculum is available. To learn more about Congregation Shaarei

Shalom’s program of study and to answer other questions you may have, please contact Rabbi Burton at (718) 796-0305. Congregation Shaarei Shalom is a Reform Jewish synagogue offering a contemporary and participatory worship experience. For further information about the congregation and membership, please contact the congregation at the telephone number above or via e-mail at shaareishal or visit its website at

Sunday market at the Riverdale Y

The Riverdale Y Sunday Market is opened every Sunday from 9-2pm. The market offers natural organic and local products- kosher and non kosher items. The market includes produce, baked goods, eggs, meats, cheese , flowers, pickles, olives and a new hot sauce vendor- some fair trade and organic, plus some new artisans .Music by Paul Sforza on September 16 playing music of John Lennon and the Beatles in honor of John Lennon’s birthday. The Market is located at 660 West 237th Street and Independence Avenue in the MS/ HS 141 arcade. For more information contact Cynthia Galik at 718-548-8200, ext. 218.

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Medicare info session at Riverdale Y

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Democracy Next Door

With just days before the Democratic primary election, one Bronx election, for member of the New York State Assembly for the 80th District, has emerged as a key contest for the future of The Bronx as a whole. The mess-up in Albany keeps getting worse. Charges of nepotism and corruption and even sexual abuse of employees seem to be almost a daily occurrence, filling the daily newspapers and broadcast media. Now this is not our district. Most of our readers reside in the 81st Assembly District, represented by Jeffrey Dinowitz. But in the adjoining 80th District, just to our east, Naomi Rivera, the incumbent Assembly member is the target of no fewer than four investigations having to do with placing boyfriends or lovers on her public payroll, using funds from nonprofit agencies she funded with public money. And remember, public funds are your hard-earned tax dollars, whether you live there or not. Just this past Sunday, the New York Post revealed that Ms. Rivera also found similar jobs for her son and his girlfriend. Government to her is private family enterprise, not a public trust. Voters in The Bronx can do something about it. If you know someone who lives in this district, call. Tell them that they no longer need to continue to be embarrassed by their local politicians. Tell them that they don’t have to wait until long years of investigations and trials wear them down. The first step is to vote on Thursday. They can fire Naomi Rivera and hire a new public official, one who is ready, willing and able to do the job. It’s easy. Tell them to vote for Mark Gjonaj, the energetic community leader and businessman who has demonstrated the ability to get things done. In electing Mark Gjonaj, they will also gain a public official who is sure to make a profound positive difference that will be felt. He is independent, energetic, and honest. He has the energy and intelligence to make a difference. He deserves support. Another thing that you should understand is that this is not just about the emerging scandals that have thrust Naomi Rivera onto the front pages in the worst possible way. If there were no scandals to consider, we would still support Mark Gjonaj against her. The record is clear—the Rivera scandals may have cast an unflattering light, but her record as a public official for years, before any scandal broke, is just awful. There is nothing positive to point to here for all of her years in public service. No laws passed, few bills introduced, nothing of substance. Except, of course, for herself, her family, her friends and her lovers. Every single person with any knowledge of Bronx politics understands that Naomi Rivera’s career as a public official is effectively over. If she manages to squeak by and get re-elected, she will, ultimately, have to resign as the investigations, indictments and trials proceed. The issue that these politicians are really confronting is who gets to choose her successor. By electing Mark Gjonaj on Thursday, YOU, the voters, will be making the decision in the great American democratic tradition. The last thing the politicos want to do is to give voters the opportunity to take charge, to take the power away from them. This window to real democracy will be open only for a short time, only 15 hours, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Thursday, September 13. We urge our neighbors to cast their votes for Mark Gjonaj. In other races, state Senator Gustavo Rivera has impressed us with his honesty and energy. While we had misgivings about his lack of community involvement when he first arrived on the scene two years ago, he has allayed those fears and earned our endorsement. For a vacant Civil Court seat in the west Bronx, we favor attorney Eddie McShan. He is a Bronx resident who brings an admirable record with the court system and deserves support. The New York Times, in endorsing Mr. McShan, points out that his opponent, Juana Valentin, lives in Brewster. Our advice to her is that if she seeks to judge us, it would be better if she lived among us.

Obama’s ‘Rules for Radicals’

To The Editor: President Obama was a disciple of the methods of the radical left-wing organizer, Saul Alinsky (Chicago, died 1972). Alinsky dedicated his book, “Rules for Radicals” to the devil. Alinsky’s “Industrial Areas Foundation” trained left-wing radicals in radical tactics. Obama spent four years learning and working the tactics as a community organizer in charge. He taught the workshop himself. Mike Kruglich, teacher of S.A. methods, stated in his 10 years of training organizers: B. Obama was the best student he ever had. Two foundational principles of Saul Alinsky: (1) Dogma is the enemy of mankind (all truth is relative). Organizer does not have any fixed truth and is in a superior position, “freeing him from the shackles of dogma.” (2) S.A. taught “as a principle” there is no such thing as a fixed morality, or ethics. End justifies the means.... In Chicago, he had very close

friendships with Ayerst Dohrm, the former weatherman underground terrorists....(He) was a member of a Chicago church whose leader spoke hatred from

Too expensive to skate? To The Editor: Re: The Proposed Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Will the parents of kids residing in the projects be able to afford the price of admission, to purchase or rent the equipment needed by their kids to go ice skating? The Bronx is not the upper

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

east side. The majority of the Bronx residents don’t have high paying jobs to be able to afford this activity. Our leaders should think this over. The last thing we need in this borough is a bankrupt ice skating rink because of lack of customers. Virgilio Carballo

Klezmer at Van Cortlandt Jewish Center

David Glukh on trumpet and Ismael Butera on accordion will perform klezmer and pop music selections on Sunday, September 23, at 1 p.m. at the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center. The program, offered by the JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center, includes a delicious kosher lunch.

ANDREW WOLF, Editor and Publisher JOEL PAL Production Manager ROBERT NILVA Marketing Director

the pulpit....We need a president who has excellent character, moral virtues, and speaks the truth. How can he be trusted? Eileen Monahan

CECILIA McNALLY Office Manager MIAWLING LAM Associate Editor

STAFF: Robert Lebowitz, Richard Reay, Paulette Schneider, Lloyd Ultan, Daniel R. Wolf

Moscow-born David Glukh, a Juilliard graduate, has made solo appearances with major orchestras throughout the world and has been featured in the David Glukh International Ensemble, Dallas Brass, Manhattan Soloists and Wholly Brass. Ismail Butera, a founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer, has played with the Klezmatics, Andy Statman and Yale Strom’s Hot P’Stromi. Please make your lunch reservations as soon as possible by calling Sharon Wolfe or Maritza Silva at 718-549-4700. The recommended donation for seniors is $2 for lunch and $2 for the musical event. The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center is located at 3880 Sedgwick Avenue off Van Cortlandt Avenue West.

In celebration of the recent Olympics in London, Manhattan College will host a weeklong Olympic lecture series, Sept. 17-21. The series will feature appearances and conversations with Olympic medalists Amanda Beard, Cullen Jones and Nastia Liukin, and alumni and members of the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame Aliann Pompey ‘99 and Lindy Remigino ‘53, as well as with Manhattan track coach Joe Ryan. ‘This lecture series is not only educational but also inspirational and a source of nationalism and pride,’ said John Bennett, director of Student Activities at Manhattan College. ‘These ath-

letes represent diversity in every sense of the term, especially once you get to know each athlete’s personal story.’ The schedule of events for the week includes: Monday, Sept. 17: Three-time medalist Cullen Jones will commence the Olympic series and share his story of receiving a gold medal as a member of the famous 2008 U.S. men’s 4x100 freestyle relay team. Tuesday, Sept. 18: Five-time medalist and winner of the 2008 gold medal in all-around gymnastics, Nastia Liukin will address the College community on Sept. 18. Wednesday, Sept. 19: Four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey ‘99 and

Joe Ryan, members of the 2012 Guyanese Olympic track team, will visit campus on Sept. 19. Thursday, Sept. 20: Two-time gold medalist Lindy Remigino ‘53, will return to Manhattan on Sept. 20 to discuss his Olympic track career, specifically at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. Friday, Sept. 21: Seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard will conclude the weeklong series and discuss her swimming career after participating in four separate Olympic Games. Each lecture will start at 8 p.m., with the athlete discussing his or her experiences, backgrounds and life lessons, followed by a question and an-

Skating at armory seen as boon to boro Continued from Page 11 ate around 1,200 jobs and was adamant his firm’s mixed-use plan was far superior. “We’re confident our plan is the best, in terms of diverse economic impact,” he said. “It offers the most significant benefits, and our plan reflects what the community asked for. We packed everything in because that’s what we do.” When pressed to provide an economic impact estimate, Zucker said an independent study was commissioned for the Mercado proposal but that the group was not yet ready to

release its findings. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said the KNIC estimate was further proof that the ice sports center deserved to be chosen as the winning project. “I feel strongly about putting the armory to the best possible use. This is a once in a generation opportunity to do something really meaningful in the community,” he said. “It would provide amazing opportunities for young people throughout The Bronx that never existed before and generate a lot of economic activity.” Plans to breathe new life into

the historic northwest Bronx structure stalled in 2009 after the City Council spectacularly voted down a $310 million proposal by The Related Companies after concerns arose about wages. Under the Related plan, the imposing redbrick facility would have been transformed into a large shopping mall containing a department store, dozens of shops and a movie theater. But critics noted that every dollar of sales that the mall would have generated would “come from the hides of merchants” on nearby Fordham Road.

swer segment with the students that will end at 9 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday, the lectures will be held in Smith Auditorium, and on Wednesday and Thursday, the lectures will be held in Hayden Hall, room 100. For event-related questions, please contact John

Bennett by email at john. Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line and accessible by MTA subway line No. 1. For directions to the campus, visit



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Olympic lecture series at Manhattan College

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