Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Diaz and Heastie Spread Thanksgiving Cheer



Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

 and NY State Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie to Participate in the 2012

 Shelter Rock Developers LLC, Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway


Who:  -Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz. Jr.

            -New York State Assemblyman for the 83rd District Carl E. Heastie

-Ben Shavolian, Owner, Developer and General Contractor for Shelter Rock Developers LLC.


What:  Distribution of 200 Thanksgiving Turkeys to the community. Turkeys to be

             Distributed on a first come, first serve basis. One turkey per family.


Where: Baycheser Villas; 2801-2895 Ely Avenue, On Ely Avenue between Bartow and

              Arnow Avenue


When:  Wednesday, November 21 at 11:30am


Why:    To help insure every Bronx family has a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.


            On Wednesday November 21st, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NYS Assemblyman Carl Heastie will help distribute 200 turkeys donated by Shelter Rock Developers LLC, owner, Ben Shavolian.


            “This Thanksgiving Turkey distribution is a celebration on so many levels. Besides It being a celebration of a developer stepping up to the ‘Thanksgiving plate’, it’s also a celebration of political unity in our borough and the completion of a successful middle income condo development right her in the Bronx. Together Bronxites can do anything, even during difficult economic times”

                        Gregory Tsougranis – Keller Williams Realty NYC Group.

                                                            Team Tsougranis Group Leader


More information is available by contacting


Gregory Tsougranis # (845) 304-5745

NYS Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

Keller Williams Realty NYC Group

2300 Eastchester Road

Bronx, NY 10469

Web page:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hugs for Pun Foundation Seeks Supporters

Here is news on a grass roots foundaton helping local youth. You might remember past posts about their distributing school supplies to local students at the beginning of each school year. Please do read on about this great effort started by "Big Puns" sister Nichole Rodriguez.


Inspired by and in memory of the late first time platinum winning hip hop artist Christopher “ Big Pun” Rios both born and raised in the Bronx, Big Pun’s childhood dream was to give back to his community. To make his dream possible, his sister Nicole Rodriguez opened the Hugs From Pun Foundation in hopes of “Building Today’s Youth’ Through mentorship and music, our children can be inspired from greatness within their own communities. Our mission is to inspire and uplift our youth by providing an outlet to prevent children whom are victims of abusive households or exposed to everyday negativity to repeat the cycle in their adult lives. Furthermore, keep our children out of trouble and in touch with their creativity for a bright future. 

HFP Foundation is now accepting both used and/or unused (working) instruments,music books/tutorials or money donations to make dreams possible for our children. By donating you will help kids fulfill their dreams to gain the skills to become artists, musicians in their future. Help keep our children off the streets and occupied with something positive that will change their lives. Please mail instruments or Money orders to P.O Box 771463, Orlando, FL 32877 Attention:NicoleRodriguez/Hugs FromPunFoundation. Any questions email:

HFP Foundation is seeking music professionals to volunteer their time to serve the children of our community in the Brronx,NY/Orlando,FL areas. With your help in mentoring and training in the music field you'll be making a difference by helping to "Build Today's Youth". If you are a currrent or retired established vocal coach, choreographer, music instructor, producer/engineer, DJ, have excellent instrumental skills (piano/keyboard, guitar, drums, violin, etc..) please contact NicoleRodriguez via email and attach a resume to: Either myself or Director will contact you.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Serrano Helps Open Hell Gate Pathway on Randall's Island; Plans for a Pedestrian Bridge Connecting the South Bronx to Randall’s Island also Announced

Here is news on a ribbon cutting for a new pathway on Randall's Island that should eventfully lead to a pedestrian / cyclist bridge leading into the South Bronx. It looks like the Bx. can have the industry and jobs created by the Fresh Direct move to Port Morris, and a greenway with a bridge connecting the South Bronx to Randall’s Island.



On Friday, Congressman Serrano attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Hell's Gate Pathway on Randall's Island.  The pathway runs under the scenic arches of the Hell Gate Bridge and railroad trestle, connecting the Hell Gate to the southern end of Randall's Island Park. The next step in the plan is for the pathway to be connected to the South Bronx Greenway by building a bridge across the Bronx Kill. "I am happy to have worked with partners from city and state government, the Randall's Island Park Alliance, and partners from the private sector to create more than a mile of non-vehicular access along renovated and reclaimed parkland," said Serrano. "I look forward to crossing the Bronx Connector and using Randall’s Island along with people from my community in the very near future. It is a very exciting vision that is now coming to reality." The Ribbon Cutting was done with the help and participation of the Bike New York and children from P.S. 180.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mark Gjonaj Announces Run for 80th Assembly District

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.



Dear Friends,

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,


Mark Gjonaj

List of NY State Asseblymembers:

Vacca to Dedicate New Play Area at Loreto Playground

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

Free Mammogram Screenings Available in Highbridge

Early Detection Saves Lives!

Senator José M. Serrano and Project Renewal Scan Van Program will be sponsoring a series of FREE Mammogram Screenings for the 28th District!

Free screenings will be available for women 40 years of age and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year.

Please RSVP to 1(800)-564-6868 for anappointment as space is limited.

See below for more information!

Bronx Mammogram Screening
Thursday, May 24, 2012
1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Highbridge House
1131 Ogden Avenue
Bronx, New York 10452
CLICK HERE for flyer

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Green Festival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, is debuting in New York City, and the Bronx plans to make its mark!

Here is more good news about our borough and its involvement in an upcoming green festival.



On Friday, April 20th at 11am at Mothers on the Move (928 Intervale
Ave), the press and public are invited to preview demonstrations and
interview Bronxites who are preparing products and topics to showcase
to over 30,000 guests from across the city and the nation expected at
the April 21st and 22nd New York City Green Festival at the Jacob
Javits Center North on 11th Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets in
Manhattan. At NYC Green Festival, attendees will learn how to green
their homes, find a green job, hear inspiring speakers, participate in
workshops, see a film festival and the latest in eco-fashion, taste
delicious local foods, enjoy family activities and shop at the
nation’s largest green marketplace with over 250 businesses committed
to sustainable practices. Those who come on bicycle will get in

At 11am Saturday morning, Discovery High School students with their
teacher Steve Ritz will make juices and salads on stage with fruit and
vegetables grown from their own edible walls: vertical gardens that
are transforming their cafeteria and curriculum. Tanya Fields,
founder of the Blk Projek, will be featured on the Good Food Stage at
2pm on Saturday with her signature cooking demo, “Fab Food on a Food
Stamp Budget.” The Bronx Green Business Network will have a booth
showcasing small businesses such as those incubated by the Osborne
Association: Vertical Home Gardens, Karma Builders, and FarmCity

Also not to be missed is the DIY demo at 3pm on Saturday (Stage C) on
rainwater capture, kitchen composting, non-toxic cleansers and solar
power by Andre Rivera and Taleigh Smith, members of fledgling
cooperative “Concrete Green” along with their business partners Marlon
Castro, representing his South Bronx family-owned solar thermal
business “Pyropeg,” and Kimberly Beazer, of Beazer Gardens. Sunday at
3pm, Omar Freilla will present the newest Greenworker Cooperatives
cohort and discuss how cooperatives are an essential component of the
new green economy in the Bronx and beyond.

Bronx organizations and individuals have partnered with Green
Festival’s local host “UrbanGoGreen” to develop the “Green Economy
Jobs and Opportunity Expo.” Energy Efficient retrofits for residences
and businesses will be explained on the Green Economy Stage A on both
days, featuring Kate Shackford from the Bronx Overall Economic
Development Corporation, Cynthia Ngombe from Sustainable South Bronx,
and Taleigh Smith from the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy
Coalition. Also from NWBCCC, Yorman Nuñez will be featured as a
panelist at 4pm on Saturday speaking on “How CBOs and Faith Based
Organizations can Lead the Green Economy.” Saturday at 2pm, John
Valverde from the Osborne Association Green Career Center and Jameelah
Muhammad of Bronx Community College Center for Sustainable Energy will
present information on green trainings & certifications opportunities.

A complete listing of activities and presenters can be found online at

More information on participating organizations can be found here:,,,,,