Out & About: Holiday Gatherings in the Bronx

Editor’s Pick  Holiday Lightings  The public is invited to the following holiday lighting events: Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. – At Mosholu Parkway and Bainbridge Avenue, presented by Community Board 7. Activities include annual tree lighting, CB7 choir and Mount St. Ursula and PS/MS 20 choirs. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (718) 933-5650. Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. – At Williamsbridge Square, 3500 White Plains Road (corner of Gun Hill Road), presented by Mosholu Preservation Corporation and Councilmember Andy King. Activities include holiday lighting, singing, dancing and free gift giving. For more information, email mpc@mpcbronx.org.


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Financial Focus: Kingsbridge Armory Is a State 140% Profit

Let me first get my conflict of interest out of the way. As a former U.S. Navy man, I was honored to take part in “reserve duty” in the Kingsbridge Armory in the late 1970s and even more excited, taking part in spending my money at the Armory watching many closed circuit boxing fights in the 1980s back before pay-per-view was in vogue. I also protested for the city to bring “schools to the Armory” after it closed in 1997, after it was re-purposed into a women’s homeless shelter that was so bad it had closed. And 20 years later,


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Monte’s “Say It With Flowers” Exhibit Aims to Ease Anxiety

At the first floor of Montefiore Medical Center’s radiation oncology department, a collection of photos stretch across the hallway featuring everyday people holding flowers. The photos, part of an exhibit, intends to calm the nerves of those whose anxiety kicks up at a center where results can be life-altering. The photos were taken by Linda Stillman as part of an exhibit dubbed “Say it With Flowers,” presented by the hospital’s Fine Art Program and Collection. “You may be going to your physician for a procedure [that] you are nervous or fearful,” said Jodi Moise, curator of the program.  “Then you


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Out & About: Get Ready for the JGHBID Fall Festival

Editor’s Pick JGH-BID Fall Festival  The Jerome-Gun Hill BID presents its 16th Annual Fall Festival, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along Jerome Avenue between Mosholu Parkway and Gun Hill Road. Events include musical performers, hula hoops, jump rope, caricatures, face painting, food, free health screenings and giveaways. No rain date. For more information, call (718) 324-4946.  Onstage Lehman College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents the following events: Santo Domingo Tiene Salsa, featuring a number of known performers playing salsa music, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. (tickets are $50 to $75; $125/VIP


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Newly Sworn in Lehman College President Pledges Expansion 

The inauguration of Lehman College’s third president, Dr. José Luis Cruz, was filled with smiles and optimism for the future. It also doubled for the announcement of a new initiative by the college dubbed “90 by 30.” Cruz’s 90 by 30 initiative hopes to produce 90,000 degrees and credentials by the year 2030, doubling the current number of degrees conferred. The plan includes hiring more professors and working on expanding virtual and physical infrastructure. This includes building a $53 million, 50,000-square-foot nursing teaching and research center, a $12.8 million addition to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, and the


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Neighborhood Notes

Jerome-Gun Hill BID Board Mtg. The Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District will be holding its quarterly board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Reservoir Keeper’s House, 3400 Reservoir Oval E. The meeting is open to everyone. For more information, and to RSVP, call Jennifer Tausig, executive director of the Jerome-Gun Hill BID, at (718) 324-4946. Free College Prep Class The SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center is hosting a free college prep course on Oct. 2. Students will be given pre-college level instructions in reading, writing and math. Instructors can also help in the college and financial


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Out & About: Beer, Botany and Blues 

Editor’s Pick  Beer, Botany and Blues  New York Botanical Garden presents Beer, Botany and Blues Weekend, Sept. 23 and 24 from noon to 4 p.m. for adults 21+. Enjoy classic blues performed by the Paul Josephs Blues Project at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on the Daffodil Hill Main Stage; sample craft brews and ciders at Daffodil Hill; and learn the botany of beer from a garden scientist relating how beer is made from barley, hops, and many other plants. Visitors can also attend plant collecting demonstrations at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions from noon to 4 p.m. and


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Proposed Cuts in College Readiness Program Inspire Social Message Video

Imani Martinez sat slightly coy as a video bearing her image boomed across the East Dining Room of Lehman College. On screen, Martinez stood confident, revealing moments and milestones that have contributed to her character. “Why must I have to put double the blood, sweat and tears I normally would have to put in order to accomplish my goal? Because I’m poor, Latina and I live in the Bronx,” Martinez, who dreams a career in law enforcement, said. Martinez’s verbal purge, a raw, coming-of-age message chronicled her personal struggles, ambitions, and a love for borough, warts and all. She intertwined


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Out & About: MMCC’s Power Walk

Power Walk at NYBG  Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and J Train Wellness invite the public to join the B’N Fit Annual Power Walk to Wellness at the New York Botanical Garden on May 6 at 9 a.m. rain or shine ($10 p/p; raise $50 and walk free). Event helps educate the community about how to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent the adverse effects of obesity. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Whoever raises the most in donations receives $100 gift card and a B’N Fit trophy. Meet at Everett Garden Gate school group entrance. For more


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