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Talking the Bronx 02.20.13

Talking the Bronx 02.20.13

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park invites volunteers to join its trail restoration group.

Trail Restoration at Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park invites those interested in developing useful skills, making a significant contribution to the future of Van Cortlandt Park and the Bronx community to join its “Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Spring 2013 Trail Restoration Crew”.

Training will begin Sat., Mar. 9th and continue every second Saturday of the month (from March through June). Each session will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Crew members will attend workshops with trails professionals, developing skills in various areas of trail construction while improving the Cross Country, Cass Gallagher and the John Muir Trails of Van Cortlandt Park.

No prior trails experience is necessary but is encouraged. All training will be offered in an on-the-job format.

All meetings will being at the Compost Site (enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue) Registration begins March 1st.

For more information or to register please call 718.601.1460 or visit


Black Wall Street will be performed at Bronx Community College in celebration of black history month.

Black Wall Street  

Shades of Truth Theatre will present Black Wall Street, a theatrical performance, at Bronx Community College in honor of Black History Month.

The performance will take place on Tues., Feb, 26th at 12 p.m.

Black Wall Street is set in 1921, in a small community in Tulsa, Oklahoma made up of African-Americans, Indians, and Jews who carved out a vibrant economic community for themselves. In the telling of the drama, some of the African-Americans that settled on the oil rich lands became incredibly wealthy. So wealthy, in fact, that the town was soon known as Black Wall Street. These African-Americans owned and operated up to 600 thriving businesses. In honor of the community’s 20th anniversary, the town’s most influential citizens gathered to have their pictures taken for the local newspaper at one of the most popular businesses in Greenwood, Old Lady Boley’s Restaurant, where the play begins and tragically ends. Within a 12-hour period of the photo session, the entire community of Greenwood is completely burned to the ground and a major African-American economic movement is halted.

For more information please visit


SoBRO awarded funding for College Access Program

As announced this past Wed., Feb. 13th, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) has awarded $50,000 in funding to the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) for a College Access Program at Crotona Academy High School, a transfer high school in the South Bronx.

SoBRO began operating the program in December 2012 and will continue offering services through the end of July 2013. The College Access Program will prepare 100 students in grades 9 through 11 to apply to, enter, and succeed in college.

The award will support a variety of program activities, including workshops on the college application process, individual counseling sessions, assistance in the development of a college portfolio, college tours, family workshops on college readiness, and a mentoring program with graduating college-bound students.

The College Access Program will expand the current Learning to Work (LTW) program at Crotona, funded by the New York City Department of Education. The LTW program provides specialized support services to encourage academic success and graduation. Program staff assesses each student, creates Individual Service Plans, and assists students in completing an internship. The College Access Program will complement this program by empowering students to prepare for college.

For more information on the College Access Program at Crotona Academy High School, please contact Johanna DeJesus, Vice President of Education and Career Development, at or 718.732.7610.


Sen. Klein hosts “Valentines for Vets” with Miss USA

Sen. Jeff Klein hosted his 18th Annual “Valentines for Veterans” celebration, joined by Miss USA 2012 winner Nani Meriweather.

This past Thurs., Feb. 14th, State Senator Jeff Klein was joined by Miss USA 2012 winner, Nani Meriwether, in hosting “Valentines for Veterans” at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. This year marked Sen. Klein’s 18th Annual “Valentines for Veterans” Celebration.

The program included remarks from Jean T. Cooney, Chief of Voluntary Services at James J. Peters VA Medical Center; Jim Mullarkey, President of Catholic War Veterans of the Bronx; and Pat Devine, Chairman of the American Legion Department of New York Homeless Veterans, in addition to musical performances by Anthony Ruiz and the PS 83 Children’s Choir.

Following the program, cards and gift bags prepared by children from 25 schools across the Bronx were distributed to veterans.

The Valentines for Veterans event coincides with a week of national and local celebrations commemorating veteran patients as part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program. The National Salute to Veteran Patients Program seeks to spread awareness and appreciation for veterans by encouraging citizens to visit hospitalized veterans in their communities.

For more information on the program, please visit


19th Annual Bronx Parks Speak-Up 2013

Advocates and residents will again gather at the Annual Bronx Parks Speak-Up at Lehman College. Photo: Toni-Ann Martin

Join hundreds of park advocates, employees, elected officials and volunteer groups on Sat., Feb.27th to learn about opportunities and resources for improving Bronx Green Spaces. Speak Up 2013 is an event for individuals and groups to network and find out what is being done to advance the cause of green spaces and community engagement.

The theme of Speak Up 2013 is “History, Parks and Culture: Using Open Spaces to Bridge Cultural Gaps.”

The day will feature presentations, among others, on the historic anniversary of Bronx parks, on the African-American heritage of the Bronx River.  There will also be three interactive, hands-on workshops:

  • The History of Hip-Hop in Bronx Parks
  • Identifying New Open Spaces & Uses
  • The Bronx as an Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

In addition, there were two panel discussions:

  • Mayoral Candidates Forum: The Future of Bronx Parks
  • Building Understanding Around Cultural Differences

The event will be held at the Lehman College Faculty Dining Room in the Music Building. Lehman College is located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Con Edison

For more information, please visit or send an email to


Free Road to College Workshop

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New Futuro will host a workshop that will help inform Latino students and their families on college

New Futuro, an organization that focuses on helping Latino families get their students into college, will host The New Futuro Road to College Workshop on Sat., Feb 23rd.

This event will take place at the Academy for Language and Technology located at 1700 Macombs Road from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will serve to give attendees the inspiration and tools needed to prepare, apply and pay for college. Those who attend will receive a 10-Step College Plan and Workbook to guide them into college.

Attendees will also have a chance to win $1,000 in scholarships.

No registration is required. 

For more information, please visit

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