Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Bronx Thanksgiving Community Meals

2015 Bronx Thanksgiving Community Meals

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Friendly Baptist Church 
962 Ogden Avenue Bronx, NY 10452 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Christ Church 
United Church of Christ
860 Forest Avenue Bronx, NY 10456 
12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Harvest Hands, Westchester Square BID & 
The Owen Dolen Recreation Center 

Host a Dinner Celebration
Owen Dolen Recreation Center
2551 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY 10461 
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Rock of Salvation 
Christian Church 1179 Hoe Avenue Bronx, NY 10459 
12-3 p.m.

Ramah Christian Center 
J.P. Hall
3428 a Boston Road (bet. Fish Ave. & Seymour Avenue) 
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Green Pasture Baptist Church 
1115 Ward Avenue Bronx, NY 10472 
12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church 
771 Fairmount Place (c/s Prospect Avenue) Bronx, NY 10460 
Service: 10 a.m.
Dinner Served: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thessalonia Baptist Church 
951 Rev. James A. Polite Avenue Bronx, NY 10459 
12-3 p.m.

New Season Christian Center 
788 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10458
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

United Christian Baptist Church and The Black Spades 

713 East 222nd Street Bronx, NY 10467
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Real Life Church @ The Point
940 Garrison Ave. 
11-4p with free clothes and free toiletries. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

BRONX COMMUNITY BOARD #8’s: Affordable Housing Forum



Affordable Housing Forum

Come learn about the fundamentals -

How is affordable housing defined, conceived, 

financed and constructed/preserved?

Hear from the organizations 

that make it possible.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

7:00 PM

William E. Irwin, Jr. American Legion Post 774

3035-37 Corlear Avenue

(Between West 230

th and West 231st Streets)

Panel will feature:

Kimberly Darga and Ted Weinstein,

NYC Housing Preservation and Development

Josue Sanchez, L&M Development Partners


Bronx Community Board No. 8

Telephone: 718-884-3959 • Email: • Website:

Bronx Families Receive Must Needed Assistance (and Turkeys) From Council Member Andy King

    New York City Council Member Andy King offered the residents of the 12th Council District an abundance of constituent services on Tuesday (Nov. 24), ranging from free immigration assistance to free health-care insurance enrollment to free civic legal consultation.

As a bonus, Council Member King was able to spread holiday cheer with an impromptu turkey giveaway at his district office at 940 East Gun Hill Road., Bronx.

Before the turkey giveaway, Council Member King held a news conference with Victor Bell, associate executive director of marketing at MetroPlus, Andrea Walters, Associate Secretary Treasurer at Local 371, and several constituents, to urge New Yorkers who do not have health insurance, or need to renew their plan through the NYS Marketplace, to do so beforeDecember 31st.

"The Open Enrollment Period is going on now through January 31, 2016. Existing 2014/2015 plans expire on December 31, 2015. In order to avoid any gaps in coverage, it is highly recommended you sign-up by December 15, 2015," said Council Member King. "If you enroll by December 15, your coverage begins on January 1, 2016. However, if you are even a day late, you would have to wait until February 1, 2016 for your coverage to begin."

Bell noted that health-care insurance plans are more affordable as they become more competitive. MetroPlus has launched the new Essential Plan, which is the lowest cost health plan now offered through NY State of Health at $0 to $20 monthly premiums and the MetroPlus Gold Plan, which is the health plan for all NYC employees.

Ms. Walters commended MetroPlus for launching the new initiatives and working to bring affordable healthcare insurance to New York City employees.

Following the press conference, Council Member King and Bell surprised many of the constituents with free turkeys for the holidays.

Throughout the day, MetroPlus navigators assisted Bronx residents who wanted to sign-up for health-care insurance, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provided free legal consultation, a CUNY Citizenship Now! attorney helped residents with questions on citizenship and the WBLS mobile team provided music and games.

Above - Councilman Andy King tells of the importance of having health care coverage, as he is about to introduce Mr. David Bell of MetroPlus.
Below - David Bell of Metroplus informs that while MetroPlus has covered members of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation that MertoPlus will now be the prime coverage of all New York City workers, but that they can continue with their current medical coverage.

Above - Councilman King then gave out turkeys to his constituents so they could enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.
Below - Several recipients hold up their turkeys as they thank Councilman Andy King for his generosity.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Statement from Assemblyman Dinowitz Regarding MTA’s Decision to Allow Vulgar and Offensive Advertising

  "In the aftermath of the MTA's recent decision to allow vulgar and offensive advertisements for Amazon's new show, "The Man in the High Castle," which depict insignia's representing Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan laid over the American flag, I am mortified. While we are all used to bad decisions by the MTA, this goes beyond anything we have come to expect from them. The MTA could have allowed this show to be advertised without using such offensive insignias. As a Jew I am offended, and as a New Yorker I am embarrassed. The MTA should be ashamed of themselves and this ignorant advertising campaign, as it is offensive not just to the Jewish community, but to all Americans. I demand that these ads be pulled immediately, and that the MTA issue a public apology."

Editor's Note:
Mayor Bill deBlasio joined with Assemblyman Dinowitz to decry the ads for the new show. 
Assemblyman Dinowitz and Mayor deBlasio's cries have been heard by the MTA and the MTA has agreed to pull the ads.

Senator Klein, Assemblyman Blake host free IT workforce development workshop in latest Bronx H.I.R.E. On-the-Go training

State Senator Jeff Klein and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, joined by Assemblyman Michael Blake hosted the latest Bronx H.I.R.E On-the-Go session at the SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center on Monday.

Bronx H.I.R.E. On-the-Go is a mobile employment program connecting unemployed or underemployed Bronxites to good-paying jobs. On this stop in the 79th Assembly District in Claremont, participants signed up for the Bronx H.I.R.E program and learned about free certification opportunities for IT technician courses, personal training courses and security licenses. These certifications are often expensive obstacles faced by unemployed residents who want to get back into the workforce. Job seekers also built valuable resume writing and interview skills at the workshop.

“The technology industry in New York has seen a boom in recent years, and this growth is only expected to continue. I am proud that, in order to ensure that our communities stay competitive in this, and other growing fields, Bronx H.I.R.E. On-the-Go is bringing opportunity to all areas of The Bronx. By partnering with Assemblyman Blake and The Bronx Chamber of Commerce, through these workshops we can bring first-rate training, resume and interview skills, and educational opportunities to those communities most in need,” said Senator Jeff Klein.

"One of our top priorities is to ensure economic opportunity for all. It is imperative that we help Bronxites get back on their feet, and to make sure that they stay standing with stable and sustainable job opportunities. Our partnership with Bronx H.I.R.E. and the introduction of their new "On-The-Go" initiative will aid in our efforts to address the issue of unemployment by giving Bronx residents the tools that will better prepare them to join the workforce. Bronx residents will learn how to get free IT Certifications as well as certifications in personal training and security.  Bronx H.I.R.E.'s one-on-one personalized  guidance on securing jobs and interviews with bronx employers continues our effort of turning the South Bronx into the urban metropolis of the world," said Assemblyman Blake.

Bronx H.I.R.E. On-the-Go has traveled to Pelham Parkway, Riverdale, Soundview and Hunts Point.

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Nov 26th at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

Deacon Emeritus Walter Mizell’s
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Coat Distribution            
 Cena annual de Acción de Gracias y el Distribución de Abrigos

Held at / Celebrada en
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
771 Fairmount Place (c/s Prospect Ave)
Bronx, New York 10460
Reverend Torrence Robinson, Pastor

All Are Welcome
Thursday/ Jueves, November 26, 2015
Service Starts at / Servicio Empieza a las 10:00am Sharp!
Dinner is Served from/ Se sirve la cena 11:00am to 4pm;
                    Coats and Clothes Available (while they last).                               
                Los abrigos y ropa disponibles (mientras duren).                   
All is Free! / Todo es gratis!

Chairperson: Sister Deborah Mizell
Co-Chairperson: Minister Jean Hill-Francis

Tickets still available: 1st Annual North Bronx Democratic Club Holiday Party

You are cordially invited to the 
North Bronx Democratic Club 
1st Annual Holiday Dinner
with NYS Senator Jeff Klein &
NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
6:00pm- 9:00pm
Maestro's Caterers
 1703 Bronxdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Guest of Honor
Hon. Carl E. Heastie
Norman Seabrook
President, NYC Correction Officers Benevolent Association

Beatrice Castiglia Catullo
Founder, RAIN Inc.

Joseph Kelleher
President, Metro Properties & Chairman, Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Meisha Ross-Porter
Superintendent, NYC DOE School District 11 

For more information and to purchase tickets and/or journal ad, please call (347) 256-8719, or email