Saturday, April 14, 2012

Baseball in the Bronx Exhibit

  Last year the theme of the exhibit at the Bronx Museum was the "History of the Negro Leagues". This year the theme of the baseball exhibit at the Bronx Museum is "Baseball in the Bronx". What does "Baseball in the Bronx" mean you might ask, and "Baseball in the Bronx" refers to anything Baseball that happened in the Bronx.
  This could mean anything New York Yankees (Bronx Bombers), or it could mean little league baseball played in the Bronx, or it could mean high school or college baseball played in the Bronx, or anything to do with playing the game of baseball in the borough of the Bronx, as you will see from the photos below.
Yankee hall of fame catcher Elston Howard #32 jersey, signed baseball, and Daily News back page tribute to Elston Howard. Also a team photo with Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard, Tom Tresh, and Roger Maris.
A pair of authentic baseball shoes worn by Elston Howard.
Rare old baseball cards.
1951 Bangor Baseball Club photo with Elston Howard front row.
A rare old photo of a 1919 New York baseball team.
Casey Stengel's all time Yankee team circa 1970.
A 1967 Manhattan College Jaspers baseball jersey.
A concrete slab from the old Yankee Stadium, with Dr. Cary Goodman the Director of the 161st Street BID and sponsor of "Baseball in the Bronx"..
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4 Alarm Fire on Van Nest Avenue
                    By Robert Press

  The fire started at around 1 PM, and as the first fire trucks pulled up to 724 Van Nest Avenue a few minutes later 724 Van Nest Avenue and adjoining buildings were engulfed in flames. Smoke could be seen as far away as the George Washington Bridge, and the fire quickly went to a second alarm. As more and more fire and emergency units arrived the fire went to four alarms. The Bx22 and Bx39 had to be detoured around the fire equipment that was lined up and down White Plains Road.
  The Bronx assistant Fire Chief on the scene said that the fire started in 724 Van Nest Avenue a three story wood frame structure, and quickly spread to three adjoining buildings. 200 firefighters were on hand to battle the blaze which injured 9 firefighters (none seriously), even though several were taken to Jacobi Hospital. The FDNY declared the blaze under control at 3:30PM about 2 1/2 hours after it started. On hand at the fire were several city agencies including the Buildings Department which said that 724 Van Nest Avenue (where it was said the fire started) would have to be demolished. The three other buildings appeared to be able to be repaired, but they will have to pass inspection by the Buildings Department first. 
  While Con Edison was called to the scene, representatives said that there were no reports of any gas leaks in the area, and no construction on gas lines in the area. Arson has not been ruled out as Fire Marshals were also on the scene due to the quick movement of the fire to adjoining buildings. The Fire Marshals will have a determination on just how the fire started in a few days.
Thick black smoke was visible from far away at 1:30PM
The fire was still not under control as we arrived on the scene
Firefighters here are battling the blaze from several ladder trucks
On the top right you can see another fire hose battling the fire

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Bronx PUSH 4 PEACE


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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


President of COBA - Norman Seabrook


Festival & Hot 97 FM Live Show

Saturday, April 28, 2012   (1-5 p.m.)

Hostos Community College (CUNY)
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Live Hot 97 DJ-
Artist Open Mic Competition,
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**Hot 97 FM Street Soldiers Town Hall Live Show Discussion,
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York 

Congressman Charles Rangel and Senator Adriano Espaillat will attend Hispanic Ministers Banquet

You should know that  this weekend many Evangelical Churches and their congregations, together with The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will join together to celebrate their 24th Annual Banquet.
You should also know that among the many  dignitaries and elected officials who have confirmed their attendance are New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, Congressman Charles Rangel, Senator Adriano Espaillat,  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., New York City Comptroller John Liu and New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio.
The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization was created in 1988, with the purpose of defending and protecting  those Biblical, traditional, family and moral values taught by the word of God, since then, each year the organization celebrates an annual banquet where more than 800 people including ministers, elected officials, and dignitaries gather to recognize those men and women who have done outstanding work on behalf of their communities and those in need. 

This year’s annual banquet, which will take place Saturday April 14th,  and will be dedicated to six members of our community, who have excelled in their religious endeavors on behalf of their community and  service to those that are most in need.
The Rev. Abelardo Batista - Bishop General of the Assembly of Christian Churches, Rev. Rene Cruz -   Apostle of the Christian Church El Redentor, Rev. Pedro Olivieri – Pastor of the Church La Puerta Estrecha in upper Manhattan, Rev. Myrna Padro – Director of the Bible Institute Rehoboth, Dr. Pedro Sanchez -  from the Dominican Republic and Mr.  Juan Bautista Jimenez Reinoso - Lieutenant Colonel of the Dominican National Police.
These six individuals have been recommended and selected by the Executive Board of Directors of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, as the most prominent figures in the evangelical community during  the year 2011.

You should know that we all rejoice in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for allowing us to celebrate together another year of many victories, achievements, blessings and the opportunity to do his will.
I am  Senator Rev.  Rubén Díaz and this is what you  should know.



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Harlem River Working Group

  The Harlem River Working group met last week at Lehman College for its third and last session on planning recommendations for the Harlem River Bronx Waterfront. The Bronx Borough Presidents office, Community Boards 1,4,5,7,8, and local elected officials are trying to connect Bronx residents with the Harlem River. There have been different plans that have been proposed over the past four years, and some have changed in one way or another.
  The Trust for Public Land (a national non-profit organization) along with Pratt Institute are gathering information from past and present working groups to come up with a definite plan for the Bronx Harlem River Waterfront. At Lehman College there were three breakout groups from different areas that brought out ideas, and then were presented to the group as a whole to add or comment on. 
  The project will begin at the the new Fresh Direct site in the Southern portion of the Bronx with a proposal for a pedestrian bridge at Lincoln Avenue for waterfront access. A path from the Bronx to Randall's Island under the current train trestle is proposed, while Pier 5 by Yankee Stadium is proposed to be a waterfront park. A new safer route under the Macombs Dam Bridge is also proposed, while a new 3 acre park at Highbridge is also in the works. Access to the Putnam Greenway by Fordham Landing along the Train tracks, and a waterfront park by the Spuyten Dyvil Metro North station are also proposed. 
  There was discussion on how people would get to the waterfront on the other side of the Metro North tracks, access across the Henry Hudson Bridge to the Greenway, the waterfront by Target, and to the waterfront Triangle at the Spuyten Dyvil station. 
  In June there will be a final proposal by Pratt for the Bronx Council for Environment Quality  and public to discuss. Several government agencies (EPA, HUD, Army Corp of Engineers, Fish & Wildlife Agriculture) as part of the Urban Waters Initiative are charged with this non funded mandate.
   Visit the BCEQ website for much more on this and other items of interest at .

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Bronx YEP, "YOUTH SPEAKS" 2012 Building Relationsh​​ips

7th Annual "YOUTH SPEAKS" 2012 Building Relationsh​​ips
News 12 Molly Rokasy will help host this youth organized event where youth voice their concerns and ideas to community and elected leaders.
Youth will be celebrating youth. Youth from 20 different schools participating 
Friday April 27. 2012 3:30-6pm 
Evander Childs High School Campus. 
800 East Gun Hill Road.
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Thanks for all your support of the youth.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Croton Facility Monitoring Committee Meeting

Croton Facility Monitoring Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 7:00 PM
DEP Office – 3660 Jerome Avenue, Bronx NY 10467 - (718) 231-8470

I  Welcome                         Paul Foster, Chair

II Consider and Adopt The Meeting Agenda        CFMC Representatives

III Consider, Adopt 3/15/12 Meeting Minutes    CFMC Representatives

IV Update on JPR Jogging Path PDC Status    Hector Aponte, DPR 
                                                                    Steve Des Noyer, DPR

V Croton Construction Update,                   Bernard Daly, P.E., DEP
     Schedule and Costs
VI Croton Jobs and Bronx Purchases             Mark Lanaghan, DEP

VII CFMC Discussion, Set Next Meeting        CFMC Representatives

VIII   Adjourn

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April Volunteer Projects with New York Cares


Do your part for The Bronx – Volunteer!

New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers great ways for Bronx residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects.

April Volunteer Project Highlights – The Bronx
Becoming a New York Cares volunteer is easy. Simply attend a one-time orientation at the Mott Haven Library on the evening of Tuesday, April 17th or any other Bronx location. You can then choose from approximately 1,200 projects citywide each month.  To register for an orientation in your area, please visit or call 212-228-5000.

Upcoming Bronx project highlights:

·         New York Cares Day Spring Ensure your local parks, community gardens, and public spaces remain safe and fun places to relax and enjoy nature by joining more than 5,000 volunteers from across New York City in this April 21st day of service. Visit one of our twelve sites in the Bronx or any of our dozens of other locations. No orientation is required to participate. Visit for more information.
·         Bedtime Stories at Theresa’s Haven Foster a love of books and art in children, ages 4-12, by reading and crafts projects with the children of Theresa’s Haven in Mount Hope on Thursday evenings.
·         Pre-GED Prep at GED Plus Davidson Ensure students realize their full potential and take a step towards achieving their goals by preparing them in reading, writing, and math for the GED in Mt. Eden on Tuesday afternoons.
·         Music and Movement at BronxWorks' Nelson Avenue Family ResidenceEnjoy hands-on music games with children as they learn about different musical instruments, play rhythm games, and have fun expressing themselves through music on Saturday afternoons in University Heights.

About New York Cares:
New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer organization.  Founded in 1987, New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies citywide.  New York Cares volunteers help children learn to read, prepare meals for homeless and housebound people, help low income students get into college, revitalize public parks and schools, and much more.  Last year, New York Cares volunteers helped 400,000 New Yorkers in need.  For more information about New York Cares, the public should visit or call 212-228-5000.


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