Here is an announcement related to a Mr. Mark Gjonaj running for the 80th Assembly District seat. From the candidates name I assume he is of Albanian descent. If elected he should be the first Bronx representative with Albanian heritage. The seat is presently held by Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera.
I share with you very exciting news. On Sunday, April 22, 2012, I will officially announce my candidacy for the New York State Assembly representing the proud 80th Assembly District of the amazing Borough of the Bronx. This district, which includes Mosholou Parkway, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Allerton and Morris Park, is home to many humble and hard working people.
As a fellow Bronxite, I know the challenges we face raising a family and making an honest living. As your Assemblyman, I will stand up for you, your families, and our communities.
I invite you to join me at campaign headquarters located at 2134 Barnes Avenue (Corner of Lydig Avenue) Bronx, New York, this Sunday, as we begin this journey together.
I look forward to working hard, bringing a fresh perspective to the way government is run and being your choice for progress.
Thank you in advance for your time and support,
Here is more good news about our park space in the Bronx. Again Kudos to Vacca and all other parties involved for securing the funds and making the renovations a reality.
Renovations Completed After Funding Secured by Vacca
Tomorrow morning at 9:00 A.M., Council Member James Vacca, Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and Parks Bronx Borough Commissioner Hector Aponte, will join community leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Loreto Playground to celebrate the newly renovated play areas at the park.
The renovations, which began in March 2011 and were completed last month, were funded with $500,000 that Vacca was able to allocate through the City Council. The restorations include a reconstructed bocce court, a new play area for toddlers, wheelchair-accessible equipment, new planting beds, benches and fencing, game tables, and a new drainage system that relieved past flooding problems.
WHO: Council Member James Vacca
Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Hector Aponte , Bronx Parks Commissioner
Angela Deegan, St. Francis Xavier School Principal
Jeremy Warneke, Community Board 11 District Manager
Students of St. Francis Xavier and other community leaders
WHAT: Dedication of renovated play areas
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
WHERE: Loreto Playground, Van Nest Avenue between Tomlinson and Haight avenues, the Bronx
Here is more good news about our borough and its involvement in an upcoming green festival.
FRIDAY APRIL 20, 6:00 - 10:00pm
FIRST FRIDAYS! Ahi Na’ma’!
5th Annual Collaboration with the Havana Film Festival of New York
Screening: Caminando Aragon
The 72 year-old Orquesta Aragón, one of the jewels of Cuba’s musical heritage starts a musical journey. La Havana, Cienfuegos and New York are the main stages in this musical journey during two concerts in 2011. Well-known as the “Kings of Cha Cha Cha” in the 50’s, the Aragones enjoy sharing unforgettable moments with their fans as a classic group of popular Cuban music. Director Tané Martínez, 2012, 52 min
LIVE performance by Gerardo Cortino y sus Habaneros.
Additional music by DJ Asho.
Location: BxMA North Wing – 2nd Fl.
First Fridays! are made possible through the support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Simón Bolívar Foundation. Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.
Here is news on three Bronx entities that united to make sure we all have an extra opportunity to connect with mother nature. They installed a video cam to provide live footage of a Red-tailed Hawk that calls the our borough home. Kudos to everyone that took the time to make the video stream a reality.
Here is news on another CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program maturing in the Boogiedown. This group is active in the West Side of the Bronx. If you live along the Grand Concourse and are interested in buying into a CSA that delivers fresh, organically grown, pesticide free food, please do review the press release below.
The second season of the Bronx Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) will begin Tuesday June 19, 2012, and continue every Tuesday through November 13, 2012. “Our CSA’s mission is to ‘make fresh, healthy produce, direct from the farmer available and accessible to any Bronx resident, regardless of economic status’”, said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. In addition to fresh, pesticide-free, affordable vegetables, this year the Bronx CSA will be offering an optional fruit share to its members.
Each member receives a “share” of vegetables: a full share will feed 3-4 people and a half- share will feed 1-2 people depending on your typical diet. We only have a limited amount of shares available for everyone, so don’t wait to purchase your share. To ensure that our shares are affordable for everyone, we offer flexible payment options for low-income households, and SNAP (formerly known as “Food Stamps”) benefits are also accepted to purchase vegetable and fruit shares.
In addition to providing more fresh produce for consumers, CSAs also support local farmers. The Bronx CSA will once again partner with the Fresh Radish Farm a small 9-acre family farm located in Goshen, New York, for its vegetable share. The newly added fruit share will be provided by Hepworth Farms, a 7th generation family owned farm located in Milton, New York on the banks of the Hudson River. Each week, Hepworth Farms will provide a selection of locally grown fruits that is cultivated using practices as close to organic as possible in this region.
The farmers will bring the harvest every Tuesday for 22 consecutive weeks from June 19 through November 13 to the Seventh Day Adventist Temple at 1275 Grand Concourse. Members will be able to pick up their shares from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The deadline to purchase shares is Wednesday, May 23rd. There will be opportunities to sign up in person every Tuesday from April 20th through Tuesday May 22nd at 5 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Temple at 1275 Grand Concourse. Please contact us at email@example.com or at (212) 825-0028 for a membership agreement. You can also visit our website at www.BronxCSA.wordpress.com to download the agreement. In addition to fresh, pesticide-free food, there are also opportunities for cooking and nutrition workshops, farm visits, and food policy and advocacy information.
Here is a whole list of great events for and about our borough. There is a lot being offered so I hope the community finds time to take advantage of the programs planned.
Baseball has played a central role in the lives of Bronx residents for generations. People of all ages and backgrounds call the Bronx home and embrace the game. The sport and the borough grew simultaneously and both continue to evolve in the twenty-first century. Each of nine “innings” that make up the Baseball in the Bronx exhibition portrays a different aspect of the game. It begins with the Unions, who played in Morrisania in the 19th Century, and with Esteban Bellan, the first professional Latin American baseball player who was a student at Fordham University in 1863. The exhibit also includes material about:
• Bronx Little League teams from Hunts Point, Crotona, Riverdale and Van Nest
• College baseball at Fordham and NYU
• Baseball alumni from the Bronx
• The ninth and final inning of the exhibit features family photographs from the 1950s to the present day, submitted by the public through an open call.
|Starting April 13, a TROLLEY will run from the businesses along River Avenue and across 161 St to the Bronx Museum, and back to Yankee Stadium - courtesy of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and SBS’ Avenue NYC program.|
Sunday, April 15, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with Arlene Howard and Ralph Wimbish, coauthors of the memoir Elston and Me: The Story of the First Black Yankee, University of Missouri, 2001. New York City Councilwoman Helen Foster will be on hand to open the event.
Monday, April 16, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with Kostya Kennedy, sportswriter and author of the book 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, Sports Illustrated, 2011. New York City Councilman James Vacca will open the event.
Tuesday, April 17, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey, author of Stan Musial: An American Life, ESPN, 2011.
Wednesday, April 18, 5 PM
Talk and book signing with ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, Pantheon, 2010. Howie Evans, Sports Editor at the NY Amsterdam News, will participate in the event.
Thursday, April 19, 5 PM
Historian Dr. George Kirsch of Manhattan College and Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan will speak about the history of Bronx baseball.
Saturday, April 21, 11 AM
Locked Out of the Locker Room, a talk by Melissa Ludtke, formerly of Sports Illustrated. NY State Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson will be on hand to open the event.
Friday, April 27, 3 PM
Actor Angelis Perez Soto will introduce the film Sugar, Sony Pictures Classics, 2008. NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat will open the event.
Monday, April 30, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with New York Times sports journalist Bob Lipsyte, An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir, Ecco, 2011.
This exhibit is produced by the 161 Street Business Improvement District and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Baseball in the Bronx is generously supported by The NYC Department of Small Business Services' Avenue NYC Program, the New York Yankees Foundation, The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and Sparrow Construction.
Baseball in the Bronx owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Ricky Martinez and Mrs. Arlene Howard. They have generously shared their private collections of Negro League and Major League artworks, artifacts, autographs, photos and a film.
Here is another press release from CM Vacca's office related to cuts to after school programs.
On Monday April 16, Council Member James Vacca will join community and school leaders at the I.S. 192 Piagentini and Jones Beacon Campus to protest the proposed Department of Youth and Community Development cuts to vital city afterschool programs.
The Beacon Program at I.S. 192, which is operated by the Phipps Community Development Corporation, is one of seven Beacon Programs throughout the city scheduled for closure at the end of the school year. The afterschool program at I.S. 192 currently employs 16 staff members and serves over 1,300 students, adults, and seniors, providing them with an opportunity to improve education and skills. These students and their families will lose these critical services if the Mayor does not restore the funding in his Fiscal 2013 Executive Budget.
WHO: Council Member James Vacca
Dianne Morales, Executive Director/CEO of Phipps CDC
Sharon Williams, Managing Director of Youth Services
Monique De La Oz, I.S. 192 Beacon Program Director
Members of The Campaign for Children
WHERE: I.S. 192 Piagentini and Jones Beacon Campus, 650 Hollywood Avenue
WHEN: Monday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m.