• Kingsbridge Heights Octavitas Parranda Returns

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesDespite the frigid weather, the second annual Kingsbridge Octavitas Parranda on Saturday, January 13 helped warm residents’ holiday spirits through its unique Caribbean holiday caroling tradition. The event was made possible to the collective efforts of community activist Samelys Lopez, Jose ‘Dr. Drum’ Ortiz, BombaYo!, Miriam Quin Photography, BronxNet, Eduardo Christian Ramos, News 12 the Bronx, the Kingsbridge Merchant
  • Final ruling: statue stays/Columbus monument to receive tell-all markers

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesThe stone sculpture of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle will stay, but is expected to have some company.On Friday, January 12, Mayor de Blasio released the Monuments Commission’s final report on public monuments and property in the city.While the statue will be staying, new historical markers are expected to be placed at Columbus Circle detailing the life of Christopher Columbus and history of the statue itself, according t
  • Bronx Council On The Arts Hosts ‘The Black & White Of It’

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesBronx Council on the Arts and Visual art master Aleathia Brown co-hosted ‘The Black and White of It,’ an exciting art workshop on Saturday, January 13 at the Westchester Library. Through a special partnership with the Bronx Council on the Arts, students learned how to use black and white acrylic paint, black watercolor paper and pencil to create a work of art. The next program will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 3 p.m
  • 2 BIDs move closer to being established

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Patrick RocchioBronx TimesOne east Bronx community’s effort to create a business improvement district is all but done, while another is moving forward after receiving a green light from local property owners and merchants.
    The steering committee creating a business improvement district in Throggs Neck reports that it has received “overwhelming support” from local property owners and merchants, and is now moving onto the legislative phase of the
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  • Judges Give Back To Community

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesTwo Bronx judges gave a legal presentation on Saturday, December 2 to the Pathfinder Club, a community service oriented youth organization of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Over 100 parishioners attended the presentation and received answers to questions on criminal and family law.
  • Hope Center Rings In New Year

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesHope Center residents and staff welcomed 2018 with a New Year’s celebration.Reach Reporter Sarah Valenzuela at (718) 260-4584. E-mail her at svalenzuela@cnglocal.com.
  • Revitalized health center in Tremont attracts more patients

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesIf you have visited the NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health center in Tremont recently, you may have noticed a few big changes.That is because this health center was one of five health centers citywide to receive much needed renovation and revitalization.“Every New Yorker deserves equal access to health care, and now, if you wake up in Tremont feeling under the weather, you don’t need to travel to get health care,” sa
  • FIAME Hosts Epiphany Luncheon

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe Forum of Italian American Educators held its Epiphany Luncheon on Sunday, January 7 at Fratelli’s Restaurant. This year’s celebration paid tribute to honorees Brandon Muccino, Elisa Toapha, Christine D’Angelo, Tina Allesandro, Frank Vitarelou, Anthony Stiffler, Michelle Pasquale, Jessica Miano, Cathy Cirillo and Neil Mattera.
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  • Commonwealth Ave. fire unites community in relief efforts

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesWhile the cause of a 7-alarm fire outside Parkchester that injured 23 people is still under investigation, the community has generously responded to their fellow Bronxites.The all-engulfing blaze that started on the first floor of the four-story building on 1547 Commonwealth Avenue awoke residents to thick clouds of smoke and flame on Tuesday, January 2.
    Though every resident of the property was accounted for and lives were spared, many
  • Bronx Opera opens 51st season with Mozart production

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesCries, cheers, and rounds of applause are all elements you would expect from your typical day at the opera.And that is what happened on Thursday, January 11 during the Bronx Opera’s abridged version of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio.Thisspecial performance was viewed by about 500 students from five different schools through the borough and the kids certainly were not disappointed.
    But the showcasing of these abridg
  • Bronx journalist Paul Thaler pens first adventure novel

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesA new novel takes readers on an nostalgia trip to a bygone Bronx.Paul Thaler, formerly of West Tremont before moving to Riverdale 25 years ago, is the author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction books, ‘The Spectacle: Media and the Making of the OJ Simpson Story’ and ‘The Watchful Eye: American Justice in the Age of the Television Trial.’As a former journalist and media commentator for many national publications
  • BP Diaz Sworn In For 3rd Term

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesRuben Diaz, Jr. was sworn in for his third full term as the 13th Bronx Borough President at a ceremony held on Tuesday, January 2 at the Bronx County Building’s Veterans’ Memorial Hall.
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  • Parkchester Community Celebrates Kwanzaa

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesCreating Unity in the Community presented Parkchester’s annual Kwanzaa celebration on Friday, December 29 at St. Helena’s Church.The entertaining event featured live musical and dance performances, guest speakers and poets, delicious food, raffles and African art vendors.
  • NIDC helps Bronx residents through Klein-funded program

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesThe Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corp. has set up shop in Senator Jeff Klein’s office and for good reason.In 2017, Senator Klein allotted $147,000 to the organization to help them continue their work in the Bronx.
    With a portion of the funds, the NIDC has started Tenant Advocacy Office Hours in the senator’s office every Wednesday to help residents in his district with their housing issues.“We advocate for tena
  • High Winds Tilt Jerome Ave. Scaffolding

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe first snowstorm of the new year brought with it high winds that threatened to knock down a scaffolding at 2912 Jerome Avenue on Thursday, January 4 at 9:30 p.m. NYPD and FDNY members were on the scene and blocked off traffic from Minerva Place to East 199th Street. Firefighters were successful in securing the scaffolding to the building. No injuries or damage were reported from this incident.Photo by Miriam Quin
  • Church Alive Distributes Food Vouchers

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesChurch Alive Community Church members joined fellow parishes in distributing food vouchers from the New York Yankees Food Drive to local supermarkets to help customers pay for food during the holiday season.
  • Wakefield Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Hurt

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesPolice are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two wounded in Wakefield. According to police, two men and a woman were shot inside 4424 Richardson Avenue on Saturday, January 6 at 9:15 p.m. The 21-year-old man was shot in the back and rushed to Montefiore Medical Center where he died. The 47-year-old man was shot in his back and his 47-year-old girlfriend was shot in the shoulder. Both were taken to Jacobi Medical Cente
  • King Honors Leaders At New Year’s Ball

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesCouncilman Andy King and his wife Neva Shillingford-King honored community leaders, organizations and businesses on Monday, January 1 at the 12th District annual New Year’s Day Ball at Eastwood Manor. ‘Celebrating our Beloved Community’ was the theme of this year’s ball which honored local leaders Jamaal Bowman, C.A.S.A. Middle School 11X462 principal; Shirley Trippico, Brandi Realty owner; Michael Felter, Rivera D
  • Boro applauds NYPD changes/Four citywide promotions have deep Bronx roots

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesFour NYPD members with strong Bronx roots were among those promoted to top positions following the department’s recently announced extensive overhaul.On Monday, January 8, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced more than a dozen executive staff level changes in conjunction with the department’s continued operational shift toward neighborhood policing following last year’s record low levels of crime and violence
  • 2 CI homes get landmark designations

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesCity Island received two more individual landmarks at the end of 2017.
    The Landmarks Preservation Commission had surveyed the area in the early 2000s in an effort to find preservation opportunities of buildings with historic or architectural significance.
    One of the homes, called the Booth House, located at 30 Centre Street, stood out because of its unique style as well as the time period it reflected, according to Kate Lemos Mchale, th
  • K&Q Hosts Chess, Basketball Christmas Tourney

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe Young Kings and Queens Chess Club’s inaugural Chess and Basketball Christmas Invitational Tournament for students, parents and faculty members was held on Tuesday, December 19 at the Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship.
  • Iowa & Boston Colleges Visit NYSE

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesRepresentatives from New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Boston College and the University of Iowa visited the New York Stock Exchange to ring the Opening Bell on Tuesday, December 26.
  • New York Dolls At Huntington Library

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe Huntington Free Library hosted an event with the New York Doll Collection and BronxMama on Sunday, December 17. Lifestyle site BronxMama partnered with the New York Doll Collection to give donated dolls to Bronx families this holiday season.
  • Morris Park Community Association receives new patrol cars

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesThe Morris Park Community Association patrol is hitting the road in style.The MPCA, one of the few remaining community associations in the Bronx that still conduct their own community patrols, received new wheels.
    While the MPCA provides many community services, patrolling their neighborhood year round to help keep it safe is a task they have committed themselves to for 40 years.Their new patrol car, a Lincoln MKZ, has added pizzazz to
  • Benedetto At CSG Eastern Regional Conference

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesAssemblyman Michael Benedetto attended a Council of State Governments meeting on Wednesday, December 20, where he was presented the official gavel to chair the 2018 CSG Eastern Regional Conference Annual Meeting to be held August 4 to 8 in lower Westchester and the Bronx.
  • Com’ty leaders, Crowley discuss Bruckner Exp. decking proposal

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Patrick RocchioBronx TimesAn idea that would increase parking in a Bronx community may be taking shape.
    Community leaders are meeting and advocating for decking over the Bruckner Expressway from between Logan/Crosby avenues and East Tremont Avenue. Revere and Hollywood avenues are also being considered.The decking proposal has been before Community Board 10 in recent years and is presently being championed by the Waterbury-LaSalle Community Association, which rec
  • Christmas Caroling At Triboro Center

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesTo commemorate the official start of winter, Triboro Center’s Recreation Department staff toured their facility singing Christmas carols to residents on Thursday, December 21.Reach Reporter Sarah Valenzuela at (718) 260-4584. E-mail her at svalenzuela@cnglocal.com.
  • Christmas Fun At Williamsbridge Center

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesWilliamsbridge Center residents’ spirits were merry and bright on Monday, December 25 as they received presents, played games, sang Christmas tunes and enjoyed some tasty eggnog.
  • Bronx Zoo’s polar bear put down due to age-related illness

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesA familiar furry face will no longer be seen at the Bronx Zoo.Tundra the polar bear was euthanized on Saturday, December 23 due to medical conditions associated with old age, according to zoo officials.At 26-years-old, Tundra was the only bear of his species at the zoo. When officials conducted an official necropsy, they learned Tundra had chronic kidney failure causing acute kidney failure and progressive arthritis that worsened despit
  • Teen Shot & Killed In Claremont

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesPolice are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a teen in Claremont.According to police, Gregory Pena, 18, was standing on Sheridan Avenue near Marcy Place on Tuesday, December 26 at 8:40 p.m. when a gunman approached Pena, shooting him once and fleeing the scene.Gravely wounded, Pena walked more than two blocks to Walton Avenue before collapsing from his injury.Medics rushed Pena to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital where he was pronounced de
  • Mott Haven’s Lyncee Stroman named Miss NY finalist

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesAn inspirational Bronxite is one of nearly 200 women competing to be crowned this year’s Miss New York.Mott Haven native Lyncee Ann Stroman will participate in the Miss New York USA pageant from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 14 at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center.Fresh out of college, the 22-year-old St. Thomas Aquinas College alumna is employed as a full-time case manager at Bronx County Re-entry Task Force f
  • Community Board 7 selects Ischia Bravo as new DM

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesCommunity Board 7 hired its fifth district manager in five years.
    On Tuesday, December 19, the board voted 16 to 3 with nine abstentions to approve Ischia Bravo as its latest district manager.
    However, her hiring came with some controversy.“I’m happy that people are aware there’s a change in the district manager position and that there’s someone here now,” said Bravo, who has been an on and off member of th
  • Bx. River Art Center Hosts Starlight Park Art Reception

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe Bronx River Art Center celebrated the winners of its Starlight Park public art competition on Thursday, December 28 at the center’s Pop-Up Gallery on 755 E. 133rd Street.
  • Gjonaj & Family Hosts Christmas Celebration Party

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesAssemblyman Mark Gjonaj and his family welcomed everyone in celebrating the Yuletide season at their annual Christmas Celebration Party on Thursday, December 21 at Don Conqui. The festive event featured delicious food and drink for a night of great fun and friendship.
  • Fire Affects 2 Parkchester Homes

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesFirefighters responded to a 2-alarm fire in Unionport on New Year’s Day. According to the FDNY, a 2-alarm fire started inside a private house at 2356 Waterbury Avenue on Monday, January 1 at noon and spread to another house serving as Little Star Day Care. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. Photo by Edwin Soto
  • Bronx Kids Shine In ‘Perfect Monster’

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesTADA! Youth Theater, a unique Drama Desk award-winning non-profit youth theater producing original musicals for children, teens and family audiences, will present ‘The Perfect Monster’ from Friday, January 19 to Monday, February 19 at 15 W. 28th Street.
  • Gunfire ends teen party/1 dead, 1 injured at Sweet 16 celebration

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesPolice are seeking help in solving a fatal drive-by double shooting that occurred outside a Bronx catering hall.
    According to a NYPD spokesman, 49th Precinct police officers responded to a call of a male shot on Thursday, December 28 at 12:30 a.m. at Bronxdale Avenue and Kinsella Street.Upon arrival, police discovered two teenage males with gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in front of Maestro’s Caterers at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue.The fi
  • 2 fires leave dozens of families homeless

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Sarah ValenzuelaBronx TimesIn less than a week, two catastrophic fires ripped through Tremont and Stratton Park.On Thursday, December 28, a little before 7 p.m. police and firefighters responded to a 911 call about a fire in an apartment building at 2363 Prospect Avenue.Though emergency crews arrived about three minutes after receiving the call, the blaze claimed the lives of 12 people including four children, a teenager and a recently enlisted Army recruit.&ldqu
  • Young Israel Holds Chanukah Party, Concert

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe Bronx Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway sponsored a Chanukah party and concert on Sunday, December 17 at the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway Jewish Center.
  • Sweets & Sweaters Season Gives Cheer

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesBharati Dance Academy and the Bharati Foundation at Vishnu Mandir along with several sponsors and donors co-hosted the second annual Sweets and Sweater Season event distribute toys, books, T-shirts and pajamas to over 500 local youth at three locations and two drop-off sites on Tuesday, December 26.
  • History Forum Hosts Robert Diamond

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesRobert Diamond delivered a fascinating historical presentation to over 30 East Bronx History Forum members on Wednesday, December 20 at the Huntington Free Library. The plot by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln which led to an 1844 tunnel under Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was the talk’s main topic.
  • Girl Scouts Celebrate Holidays At Triboro Center

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesEmbodying the holiday spirit, the Girl Scouts paid a visit to Triboro residents on Wednesday, December 20 to distribute cookies and presents at their annual Holiday Gift Giving event.
  • Talitha Cumi’s Christmas, Vision Board Party

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesTalitha Cumi Urban Etiquette and Leadership Academy hosted its Christmas and Vision Board Party on Friday, December 15 at the Sanz Banquet Hall. Students created and showcased their own collage posters representing their hopes, dreams and aspirations.
  • Santa Visits Pel Pkway Nursing Home

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesSanta Claus paid a surprise visit to elders at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home on Friday, December 22.
  • Klein Thanks P.S. 14 For Thanksgiving Art

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesSenator Jeff Klein presented P.S. 14 students with certificates of appreciation and thank you letters for their participation in this year’s NYS Senate Thanksgiving Day Celebration on Thursday, December 21.
  • Chippewa Hosts Holiday Party, Toy Drive

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesIn the spirit of the holiday season, the Chippewa Democratic Club hosted its fun-filled Holiday Party and Toy Drive on Monday, December 18 at 1450 Commerce Avenue.
  • 161st BID Welcomes Garth Brooks

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe 161st Street Business Improvement District and its Youth Ambassadors celebrated country music king Garth Brooks’ upcoming concerts at Yankee Stadium by distributing free souvenirs to fans on Friday, July 8.
  • Young K&Q Hosts Chess, Basketball Tourney

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe Young Kings and Queens Chess Club’s inaugural Chess and Basketball Christmas Invitational Tournament tested students, parents and faculty members’ skills against each other on and off the court on Tuesday, December 19 at the Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship.
  • Palma Honored At Seniors Connected Meeting

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesOutgoing Councilwoman Annabel Palma was honored at Community Board 9’s Seniors Connected meeting on Wednesday, December 20 at Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center.
  • City Council Honors Sports & Arts In Schools

    See this story at BxTimes.com.By Robert WirsingBronx TimesThe City Council recently honored the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation with a proclamation recognizing the organization’s outstanding service and contributions to the city.

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