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2019 Community Engagement Grants

BCA is proud to award 82 grants totaling over $300,000 through our Community Engagement Grants program.

 

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Borough President Diaz Hosts Annual Sweethearts Luncheon

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Healthfirst co-hosted the "12th Annual Bronx Sweetheart Luncheon" at Villa Barone Manor, honoring over 65 couples who have been married 50 years or more....
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BP Diaz Visits SAGE Center Bronx On St. Valentine's Day

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr visited SAGE Center Bronx for a Valentine's Day gathering....
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Forgotten American Traditions

Across America, we celebrate and mark quite a few occasions on an annual basis....
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Creating Unity In The Community Parkchester’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, the community turned out to enjoy Parkchester’s Annual Celebration of Kwanzaa, a much-needed festive gathering....
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BP Diaz Hosts Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration, honoring individuals who have contributed to the growth and promotion of their community and culture....
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NYC Kicks Off Veterans Week By Displaying Military Service Branch Flags

Today, New York City kicked off “Veterans’ Week”, a week of celebratory activities leading up to Veterans’ Day on November 11th....
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Bronx Stands United Against Hatred

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York held an interfaith prayer vigil to support the Jewish community and stand united against hatred in response to the murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this weekend....
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BP Diaz & CM Gibson Host “National Coming Out Day” Celebration

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Destination Tomorrow and local residents co-hosted a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “National Coming Out Day” as part of LGBTQ History Month....
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Dear Future: Coca-Cola Co. USA Calls On Young Adults For Change-Making Ideas To Renew Local Communities

A Coca-Cola USA campaign that began as a humble reintroduction has evolved into a community-focused call to action. ...
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Why Horse Racing In Australia Needs A Social License To Operate

Racing industry has grown exponentially since it started....
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BP Diaz Hosts 8th Annual LGBTQ & Allies Pride Awards

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his office’s 8th annual LGBTQ & Allies Pride Awards Ceremony at Billy’s Sports Bar in South Bronx....
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BP Diaz & LGBTQ Community Raise The Rainbow Flag At The Bronx County Building To Celebrate Pride Month

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined members of the City’s LGBTQ community to raise the rainbow flag at the Bronx County Building....
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High Times

The world is changing at a very fast pace. This change is not just in the technology but also in socially accepted things. ...
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Senior & Parent Events As Bronx Week 2018 Continues

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 (tomorrow), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host two events, as part of Borough President Diaz Jr.'s annual Bronx Week celebration....
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Jewish Americans Honored For Contributions To Bronx Community

The achievements and contributions of Jewish Americans are being recognized this month....
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Sex Workers Rights

Sex workers and sex trafficking survivors will hold a press conference on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in Greenwich Village to remind policymakers that sex work is work. Sex trafficking involves coercion and should not be conflated with consensual sex work....
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Bronx Students Depart To “March For Our Lives”

On March 24, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined more than 150 students from five Bronx high schools in the early morning as they boarded buses to participate in the “March for Our Lives” against gun violence in Washington, DC....
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Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration

You do not want to miss the Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration....
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Children's Minister Begins Fact-Finding Mission To Bronx

Irish Children's Minister Katherine Zappone will lead a fact-finding mission to New York starting today to improve state agency co-operation on child protection....
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Innovative Community-Clinical Partnerships To Reduce Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

To advance its mission to improve the health of local residents and address healthcare disparities, Bronx Health REACH continues to create community-based healthcare partnerships....
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BP Diaz Hosts The 15th Annual DiVA Spa

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the 15th annual DiVA Spa at the Bronx Museum of Arts. The event was designed to bring domestic violence awareness information to Bronx residents....
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Odiosas Is Creating A Space For Intersectional Hood Feminists In Bronx

New York is a repository of feminist thought and activism. Across NYC’s boroughs, you can catch statues memorializing black heroines, bookstores teeming with literature on gender, race, and sexuality, women-only work spaces, and college classes delving into feminist theory....
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Bronx Daughter, U.S. Marine Honored

The roar of the city seemed to fade as if the borough was offering its humble respect toward the group who gathered to honor one of Bronx’s own daughters – Marine Corps Cpl. Ramona M. Valdez, a 20-year-old New York City native who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving overseas....
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9/11 Memorial At Jacobi

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Community Advisory Board is inviting you to join us in a solemn ceremony at the Memorial Garden on the Jacobi Medical Center campus to commemorate the 16th Anniversary of September 11, 2001....
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The Unbridgeable Chasm Between The Bronx And The Police

“Is there a possibility for this community and police to restore a relationship?” Artist Shaun Leonardo asked three panelists at the Laundromat Project. The answer was a unequivocal "No"....
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Poverty Prison

Imagine sitting in a cell, while awaiting trial for a misdemeanor: you are unable to return to your family, because you cannot afford the bail that was set at arraignment. At this point, you are no longer innocent until proven guilty — you are jailed until proven wealthy....
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Free Food For Black People - Black Racism Against Whites In Bronx

A pop-up food cart with paper plates signs reading “free food for black people” in the streets of New York has been branded “racist” by angry onlookers....
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Gangs, Raids And Conspiracy: New York's Addiction To Incarceration

You are invited to a very important community forum for both youth advocates & families that live in or near New York City housing projects. The admission is free....
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African American Abrazo (Embrace) In New York

State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz together with Assembly Members Marcos Crespo, Luis Sepúlveda, Michael Blake, Victor Pichardo and Councilmember Rafael Salamanca announce the celebration of the Annual “African-American Abrazo” (Embrace) in New York State....
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Statement From Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., On Lunar New Year

English: “As New Yorkers across the city join together to ring in the Year of the Rooster, I would like to wish everyone celebrating a happy ...
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Statement From Mayor Bill De Blasio On Lunar New Year

English: "I wish all those celebrating across the Asian diaspora a happy and healthy Lunar New Year. As the proud city of immigrants, we cherish every ...
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Creating Unity In The Community

The public is invited to a conversation about service and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....
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Bronx Borough President Diaz To Odell Beckham & Von Miller

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter to NFL stars Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver for the New York Giants, and Von Miller, linebacker for the Denver Broncos, regarding the pair’s recent, highly publicized visit to the notorious Sin City, a strip club located in South Bronx. ...
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The Other Man / Collection Of Sayings

The Other Man A normal man treats his children like children. The other man treats his children like adults, and when they grow up he treats ...
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Independence Day

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire....
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Special Needs Professionals Honored

On June 14, 2016, the Advance Care Alliance of New York (ACA) celebrated the graduation of 222 professionals at the Hutchinson Metro Conference Center in Bronx....
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Holocaust Survivor’s Daughter Inspires Forgiveness In Riverdale Double-Header

Renown author/speaker Karen Kaplan will be in Riverdale to share her Memoir, Descendants Of Rajgród: "Learning To Forgive"....
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Nonprofit CEO Brissett-Andre Among 2016 Brava Award Honorees

Yvette Brissett-Andre, Executive Director, Unique People Services (UPS), is a recipient of New York SmartCEO’s 2016 Brava Awards....
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Bronx Kid Reached Out To A Queens Kid And Look What Happened!

Twenty five years ago, the big unknown star in college basketball was a little known kid from NYC. Seton Hall had never won the Big East tournament, and out of the blue, Oliver Taylor dazzled the Garden and helped Seton Hall hoist the trophy, while winning his own trophy, as MVP....
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Before-And-After Slides Paint Vivid Image Of The Rejuvenation Of Bronx

With the Bronx serving as the city’s next real estate frontier, developers and investors have been eyeing commercial and residential opportunities alike; according to data from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office, in 2014 alone, Bronx saw an influx of $1.2 billion worth of real estate investment (26% more than in the year before) – mostly directed towards new residential projects, that have been replacing either blighted structures or partly vacant lots....
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MetroPlus Health Plan Sponsored The 1st Mother-Love & Father-Love Awards Luncheon

On Friday, September 11th MetroPlus Health Plan sponsored the first Mother-Love & Father Love Awards Luncheon at Lehman College/CUNY....
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New Affordable-Housing Community Under Construction In Bronx

Community leaders, affordable-housing advocates and key investment partners toured a new 68-unit affordable-housing development under construction in Bronx that will integrate high-quality affordable housing with supportive services....
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A Better Way To Shine Light In A Dark World

Years ago I purchased a headlamp - a small flashlight that straps around your head to light your way. It is really useful because it leaves both your hands free as you work or walk. I used my headlamp during the dark half of the year to exercise my dog in dark pastures and an undeveloped No Man's Land on a steep hill near my house....
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New Housing & Services Lift Veterans In Bronx

A new housing development in South Bronx is helping chronically homeless veterans move from shelters and street corners to safe, decent apartments where they can finally get the social services they need....
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LGBT Housing Coming To Bronx With help from pop star Cyndi Lauper

A supportive housing complex for LGBT youth is coming to Jerome Avenue — the site is named after the Cyndi Lauper "True Colors" song because the pop icon had a hand in the project....
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Bronx Suicide Prevention Walk

People gathered in Van Cortlandt Park Sunday to educate and raise awareness about suicide prevention....
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CITGO Helps Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church

CITGO Petroleum Corporation hosted a special celebration at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church on September 26, 2014, highlighting the completion of a food storage container that CITGO donated earlier this year for the church’s food pantry program....
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Bronx Organization To Host Father-Daughter Dance For Former Prisoners

A Bronx organization is working to help formerly imprisoned dads reconnect with their daughters this Father's Day....
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Bronx LGBTQ Center Announces Outreach Initiatives

Tym Moss of the Bronx LGBTQ Center, along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and other speakers (Senator Jose Serrano, Chanel Lopez of the Anti-Violence Project, Reverand James Dusenbury of In The Life Ministries, and Cynthia Tompkins of WAVE - Women Against Violence Everywhere) announced plans for more community outreach programs in Bronx, where they say assaults often go unreported or uncovered in the media....
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Bronx Borough President Outraged By “Ghetto” Bus Tour

A bus tour operated three times per week promises to take tourists “through a real New York City GHETTO," all the while doling out misinformation to mostly Australians and Europeans....
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What You Can Do To Help Decrease Violence Against Women

December 6th was celebrated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. This was established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, and marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. It is said that they paid the ultimate price simply because they were women....
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Dashing For Safety

I was minding my own business in my kitchen the other day, tossing some eggshells into the small garbage pail that sits underneath the sink. Suddenly I heard a rustle coming from the plastic lining the garbage pail....
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Picture The Homeless Presents

In January 2012, Picture The Homeless issued a report, "Banking on Vacancy: Homelessness and Real Estate Speculation" documenting the outstanding amount of underutilized housing stock that is available in just a third of New York City....
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Bronx Workers & Youth Speak Out Against Stop-And-Frisk

WSWS reporters spoke with residents of the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx in New York City, where police harassment is pervasive. This overwhelmingly working class and minority area is among the city’s poorest areas, with the median household income barely reaching $20,000. The official poverty rate is 42 percent; official unemployment stands at 16 percent....
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In 1906, The Bronx Zoo Caged A Black Man On Display In The Monkey House

The young black man who arrived at the Bronx Zoo in the summer of 1906 cut a striking figure. Barely dressed, he was carrying a wooden bow, a quiver of arrows, and a chimpanzee. He stood 4’ 11” tall and weighed 103 pounds, and when he smiled, he revealed a set of pointy whittled teeth, like a piranha’s....
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Intergenerational Networking Event For Bronx Youth

Celebrating the end of Women's History Month, Prep 4 Success (under the auspice of Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corp. [NIDC]) & the Young Women's Leadership of Collegiate Institute for Math & Science presents a professional networking opportunity along with an abundance of youthful potential for a powerful event on the Christopher Columbus High School campus....
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Domestic Violence: A Bronx Community Affair

When most people hear the words domestic violence they think that its about a man battering a woman and how its not their problem....
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Occupy Bronx: Stop Police Brutality!

As distributed by Occupy Bronx:...
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Screen Debut Of ‘Speedsuit’ Gives Anti-Bullying Message New Voice

On Friday February 3, 2012 the Thessalonia Worship Center will host a private screening for "Speedsuit," a new independent film with a fresh take on teen bullying....
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When Cauliflower Becomes A Crime

Two recent demonstrations in the Bronx present a study in contrasts....
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Muslim Food Pantries In Bronx Need Help

This is the time of year when many families rely on assistance to put food on the table. And with the economy still struggling, many charities say contributions are hard to come by this holiday season....
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Kathy Zamechansky Honored By Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Kathy Landi Larson Zamechansky, President of KZA Realty Group, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the New York City and Westchester County markets, was among four Italian-Americans recently honored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., The Belmont Business Improvement District, and The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York....
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African Immigrants Add Their Own Flavor To South Bronx

On a recent chilly fall day, Bourema Niambele wore a black dashiki—a thin, loose, dress-like garment worn by West African men—to work. He complemented the African attire with his regular cowboy hat and orange, pointed toe shoes....
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The 60-Year-Old Virgin

What is it like to have lived your entire life without love?...
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Bengali Enclave Grows In Norwood

During the recent Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha, 62-year-old Mohammed Hussein sat in a loud, crowded Norwood apartment surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and several members of his extended family....
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Incarcerated Men Give Thanks For Their Fresh Start By Giving Back

This Thanksgiving, men on Rikers Island are giving back to the city by cooking turkeys and fixings for over 800 New Yorkers in need, including 400 elderly men and women who are home-bound....
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Bronx Students Occupy Public Education

A group of young activists from the Bronx called say they’re being deprived of a quality education, and they’re prepared to fight for something better....
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Occupy For Jobs Movement Is Launched

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, ­activists have launched an Occupy For Jobs Network to demand a massive public works program big enough to provide jobs at union wages for the more than 30 million unemployed and underemployed workers in the country....
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Evacuation Expert Fights To Rescue Morrisania

Two days before Hurricane Irene slammed into New York City, evacuation expert Maria Forbes was told by city’s emergency coordinators to prepare for a possible disaster. ...
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Occupy Bronx Day 2: Yankee Stadium Just Another Bailout

The New York Yankees are now squarely in the sights of the Occupy Bronx protesters, who consider themselves the real “99 percent” of the non-wealthy Americans. ...
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Deportation Due To Clerical Mistake

The New York State Youth Leadership Council will hold a rally and press conference to urge DHS to halt the deportation of Nadia Habib and her mother Nazmin Habib....
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Senator Will Not Tolerate Hatred

State Senator Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) said that he will not tolerate any messages of hatred from Christians joining the rally Sunday against the new gay marriage law....
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Nina Rivera Designs Digital Billboard Against Youth Violence

This morning, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav and The Center to Prevent Youth Violence (CPYV) at MTV studios in Times Square to unveil a new digital billboard, designed by Bronx teen Nina Rivera to promote SPEAK UP NYC, a citywide youth violence prevention program funded by the City Council....
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Espaillat Votes For Marriage Equality

Shortly after 10:30 pm tonight, the New York State Senate passed marriage equality by a 33 – 29 vote. After voting “Yes” on the legislation, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement:...
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The New York Community Trust Awards $4.7M In Competitive Grants

The New York Community Trust, the largest private funder of City nonprofits, has made the following grants. The next round will be announced later this year in October. ...
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Renaming The Food Stamps Program

Anti-hunger advocates in New York want to change the name of the food stamps program to help avoid the stigma of receiving the benefit for the poor and working poor....
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Bronx Rally Against Same-Sex Marriage

Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Radio Vision Cristiana, a New Jersey-based Spanish-language AM radio station that broadcasts religious programming, are planning a march in opposition to the legalization of same-sex marriage....
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A Fresh Start For Men Serving Time On Rikers Island

Nationwide, the unemployment rate for all formerly incarcerated individuals is an astonishing 66 percent. In one program operated out of Rikers Island, however, the unemployment rate for its graduates at one year after their release is more than cut in half—to 29 percent....
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Bronx Japanese Relief Bake Sale

We teach kindergarten at Santa Maria School in Bronx, NY. Our students have been learning about Japanese culture and recently discussed ways to help Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and the tsunami....
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South Bronx: Highest US Hunger Rates

A new poll finds the city still has the hungriest congressional districts in the nation....
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Protest Of Immigrant Contractors Deal

Leaders of the South Bronx Community Congress plan a protest at the Jerome Avenue gate of Woodlawn Cemetery tomorrow, Thursday, February 17, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., during an emergency meeting of the Woodlawn Cemetery Board of Directors....
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Bronx Organization To Receive Funds

Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx has been awarded a Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grant to help translate its vision for an exemplary art space into a buildable plan....
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New York's HOPE Survey

The Department of Homeless Services is counting down to the seventh annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) survey on January 31, 2011....
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LGBTQ Runaway & Homeless Youth

In commemoration of National Runaway Prevention Month, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav is hosting a series of forums in the five boroughs designed to build support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth....
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Stop Domestic Violence Event

Hundreds of New Yorkers will climb the 756 steps of 1411 Broadway at 39th Street on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 6:45 p.m. to help raise awareness of the problem of domestic abuse and demonstrate support for battered women in New York....
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Children With Incarcerated Parents

For the first time in state history, a coalition of government agencies and family advocacy groups convened on Monday, November 15, at New York Law School, to develop a strategic plan to address the needs of the more than 100,000 children in New York who have an incarcerated parent....
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SUS Kicks Off Their Holiday Gift Drive

Services for the UnderServed (SUS), a non-profit agency serving homeless New Yorkers for more than 30 years, will kick off its 2010 Annual Holiday Gift Project drive at this year’s Veterans Day Parade....
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5th Annual Comité Noviembre

The Artisan Fair & Exhibit was established in 2006, in celebration of Comité Noviembre's, 20th anniversary. Over 40 artesanos puertorriqueños from throughout the US and Puerto Rico participated and the event boasted an attendance of over 5000 people in this very first Fair. Last year's Fair continued to exceed CN's expectations with over 60 artisans participating and a steady 5,000 people....
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Community Care Center Opens In Bronx

The grand opening of the Bronx Community Care Service, offering low-income families state-sponsored health insurance programs for children, attracted community members to a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday. The event also featured various activities for children....
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What Is National Coming Out Day?

National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed awareness day that recognizes and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their supporting communities: families, friends, and work colleagues....
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Anti-Defamation League Statement

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at the violent, brutal torture of a gay man in the Bronx....
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Former Hooker Teaches In The Bronx

Would you be happy if you learned that your elementary-grade kids are being schooled by a former sex worker?...
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Suit Up 4 Success With Bronx Suit Drive

Concerned that thousands of men are unable to secure employment because they lack the initial, yet vital, step of looking presentable for a job interview, The Osborne Association and Men’s Wearhouse are partnering to help men seeking employment get a boost of self-confidence during the third annual National Suit Drive, the country’s largest collection of gently used business attire....
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Fixing The NY Juvenile Justice System

For juvenile justice advocates, this summer, once again, has ushered in campaigns to close the infamous Spofford Juvenile Center. Spofford, located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, serves as a facility for youth fifteen years and younger who are either awaiting a trial or placement in a long-term youth detention center. ...
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Help Us Make A Difference

Please help us make new beginnings in the lives of the children we serve and there is no better time to step forward. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of children in our area in need of loving, caring families....
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Bronx Family Center

The Bronx Family Center provides much-needed social and health care services in a location that is convenient for the surrounding community. The Children's Aid Society established the center in 2000 in response to a need for integrated services that meet children's needs from infancy to young adulthood....
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Combatting Bronx Domestic Violence

As part of an ongoing commitment to raise awareness about domestic violence, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) Commissioner Yolanda B. Jimenez today launched a new phase of a Citywide public education campaign. ...
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Bronxites Learn To Use Controversial New Voting Machines

On Saturday, August 14th, the New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP) is hosting a demonstration of the DS200 Ballot Scanner system....
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Sex Offender Relocation Notification

New Yorkers can now register to receive alerts – via e-mail, text message, fax or telephone – whenever a moderate or high-risk sex offender listed on the public subdirectory of the New York State Sex Offender Registry moves to, or from, a community of interest to them and their family....
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Plan To Evict Registered Sex Offenders

New York City to registered sex offenders: Get out of our public housing!...
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August Child Support Month

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced last week, that Governor David A. Paterson has issued an official Proclamation declaring August as Child Support Month in New York State, highlighting how essential child support payments are to a child's well-being....
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Teen Uses The Internet To Mentor 6th Graders

With all the news of cyberbullying, videos on YouTube of middle and high school student brawling and on YouTube and “sexting”, digital technology has become, in many ways, a dangerous frontier....
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Give A Child A Chance To Succeed

Some kids really look forward to going back to school. Especially kids whose parents have shown them the importance of a sound education. Unfortunately, some New York City children are facing the school year without the help of their families....
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The Right To Look Ridiculous: Defended

You have the right to look ridiculous, especially in New York....
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Gang Membership Up 42,000 Nationwide Since 2002

In a matter of days, about 130 youth from across the country will converge at the nation’s capital to push for an end to gang violence....
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Annual Bronx Family Day To Be Held

The 1st Annual Bronx Family Day will inspire creativity in children and adults alike through its interactive programs and musical delights. Featuring a lively, exciting mix of Latin and American inspired music and dance artists, the entire family will be entertained!...
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Now Recruiting For Bronx Leaders

We Are The Bronx (WATB) fellowship is currently accepting applications from Bronx community leaders to apply to participate in a professional development program to strengthen themselves, their agencies, the Bronx, as well as to learn how to bring resources and best practices to their community....
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Saint Dominic’s Home Names CFO

Saint Dominic’s Home Executive Director Judith Kydon today announced the appointment of Ken Gruber as the nonprofit agency’s new Chief Financial Officer. Gruber joins Blauvelt, N.Y.-based Saint Dominic’s Home from the New York City office of Tatum LLC, where he was a partner of the nation's largest executive services firm....
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New York’s Drug-Free Heroes

Some of New York’s true heroes in the fight to keep our kids off drugs will be honored by the Foundation for a Drug Free World, Founder of the Award-Winning “Truth About Drugs” Campaign, in a ceremony on June 24 at the Church of Scientology New York, as part of the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse....
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Union Notifies Public On Looming Strike

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, New York State's largest grocery workers Union, has begun the process of notifying the public and local enforcement of a potential strike that could effect over 150 supermarkets and 16,000 workers. With a contract expiration date of June 26th, any potential job action could effect the 4th of July weekend for hundreds of thousands of customers. ...
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Hutchinson Metro Center Steps Up

After being shunned by Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin, Mother Teresa will be honored on what would have been her 100th birthday, at least in Bronx....
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Severe Cuts For The Impoverished In NY

Regarding New York State's severe cuts to programs for impoverished New Yorkers:...
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Crisis In Custody Courts

For years, protective mothers have complained about a broken custody court system giving custody to abusive fathers. A new book based on multi-disciplinary research has confirmed that common mistakes in the custody courts have resulted in thousands of children being forced to live with abusers....
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Student Apathy, No More

Students take a stand and make a statement: Not by dressing differently or sporting a ribbon or bracelet, but by living outside their comfort zones in a sign of solidarity with refugees around the world....
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Bronx Crime Victims Information Fair

In observation of the United States National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, celebrated from April 18th, 2010 to April 24th, 2010, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College is partnering with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office to host a Crime Victims Information Fair to provide information and available resources to victims of crime....
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Ban On Provocative Children’s Clothing

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn), will soon be introducing legislation that will call on the State Comptroller to cease investments in corporations that design, manufacture, and sell provocative children’s clothing....
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7th Gr. Bronx Student Raises $298.77

Adam A. Israfil, a 12 year old 7th grade student in M.S. 101 EDWARD R BYRNE School in BRONX, NY, was motivated by his teachers & his personal desire to help the earthquake victims of Haiti....
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Free SS Disability Benefits Seminar

White Plains law firm, Markhoff & Mittman, is offering a FREE seminar to help people learn more about obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits in the Bronx this month. The seminar is designed to help individuals learn more about obtaining Federal Social Security Disability benefits....
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Bronx Mercy Center's 20th Anniversary

This Saturday, January 9th, Mercy Center, a community resource of the South Bronx, will launch a yearlong celebration commemorating it's 20th Year of serving the Mott Haven community and beyond....
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Grants Awarded For The 2010 Census

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that 31 grants totaling $2 million have been awarded to community groups and local governments that will assist the federal government in ensuring every New Yorker is counted during next year’s census....
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A Renaissance Christmas In The Bronx

Renaissance E.M.S. (Education, Music and Sports) is a nonprofit organization located in the South Bronx that serves over 1,000 inner city youths with a first rate performance based music program and a very competitive basketball program along with an academic enrichment and social development agenda that is integrated into all of our programs and that attempts to close part of the gap left by the public schools and by difficult family circumstances....
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The Bronx Declaration

The Manhattan Declaration got bogged down with a bunch of irrelevant stuff. Here's an alternative, the Bronx (another part of New York City, for those wondering what Bronx has to do with anything) Declaration:...
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$25M In Homeless Housing Grants

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that nearly $25 million has been awarded to fund homeless housing projects and related support services throughout the State. Six organizations will share in the funding that will support the creation of more than 500 housing units. ...
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Residential Services For Adults

Leake & Watts opened a new community residence for six young men with developmental disabilities on November 17th. The new home, named Sevilla, provides 24 hour care and support and is the second opened by Leake & Watts in 2009....
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The Recession In The South Bronx

Not all South Bronx residents have been affected by the recession. For Morrisania resident Jose Martinez, life hasn’t changed during the recession because he didn’t have much else to lose....
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Bronx’s Future Depends On African Immigrants

A study by the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP) of Fordham University, Bronx, NY has revealed that African immigrants in the Bronx are impacting positively the economy of Bronx and the New York state as a whole....
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ORT - An Organization That Empowers

On November 19th, 2009 ORT, the largest Jewish education and training non-governmental organization in the world open to people of all religions and ethnic backgrounds, had an inspiring and sentimental reception at the United Nations building to celebrate 130 brave years....
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Bronx On Bronx.com - His First Birthday

Ashlee Simpson and husband Peter Wentz mark a year today from the birth of their son Bronx. ...
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Panthers & Lords: In Unity & Struggle

The Maysles Institute will be hosting a series of films that will explore the roles played by two vital, revolutionary civil-rights groups, The Black Panthers and The Young Lords. ...
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

On Tuesday, November 17, both Hoose and Colvin, who now lives in the Bronx, will be on-hand to speak about the book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice, during the 11th Annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, an event that gives more than 250 middle and high school students the chance to engage authors nominated for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature with questions on the nominated works and to learn from the Finalists first-hand about books that changed their own lives as children....
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Who Is Caring For The Caregivers?

The Obama administration issued a proclamation on November 3, 2009, officially declaring November as National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month), to celebrate the estimated 50 million Americans providing care for their loved ones suffering from chronic ailments; disabilities or the frailties of old age. ...
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Ryan Hall Volunteers In South Bronx

Ryan and Sara Hall to fill 100 backpacks for Bronx xchoolchildren - the day after the ING NYC Marathon. ...
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SUS Awarded $3.75M To Help The Homeless

Services for the UnderServed (SUS) has been awarded two separate multi-year federal grant awards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) totaling $3.75 million....
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New Yorkers Share Homes & Lives

To save money in this slow economy, New York City residents in all five boroughs are turning to Home Sharing. It is a free matching service and affordable housing option created by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens to help people find a home that they can afford....
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Free SS Disability Benefits Seminars

White Plains law firm, Markhoff & Mittman, is offering two FREE seminars to help people learn more about obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits in New York City this month. The seminars are designed to help individuals learn more about obtaining Social Security Disability benefits....
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Diaz Creates Disability Advisory Council

...in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month....
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Single Bronx Mom Volunteers In Brazil

Gena Surphlis is a single mother from the Bronx seeking to raise funds to volunteer her time and services on a one week volunteer program in Salvador, Brazil with Cross-Cultural Solutions in January 2010....
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Celebrating Women Of Colour

The WBLS Circle of Sisters will be hosting a two day expo designed to unite and celebrate women of colour. The event will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues in Manhattan, on Saturday, October 10th from 10am to 10pm and Sunday, October 11th from 11am to 8pm....
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Hispanic Heritage Tour Of Woodlawn Cemetery

Founded in 1863, the Woodlawn Cemetery has a long tradition of serving New Yorkers of all cultures, religions and ethnic heritages. Among those at rest in the 400-acre burial ground are many individuals who took great pride in their Hispanic Heritage and made great contributions to the growth and diversity of New York. Heroes, Artists, Entertainers, Business Leaders and Sports Figures are among those in Woodlawn’s care....
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21,000 Lb Food Donation To City Harvest

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Levy Restaurants, the official restaurateur of the US Open, teamed up to donate more than 21,000 pounds of unused food to City Harvest following the 2009 US Open....
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From South Bronx To Manhattan & Back

Alexie Torres-Fleming, speaker and Christian urban leader, shared her faith journey with the Goshen College community at the special “Celebrate Service Day” chapel on Wednesday morning....
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Celebrating Garifuna Month In Bronx

Garifuna Heritage Month 2010 will be hosted by Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc....
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Bronx Nonprofits Pushed To The Edge

A heartbreaking report released today by Human Service Council (HSC) and Baruch College: School of Public Affairs shows that the majority of human services organizations in New York City are seeing major decreases to public and private funding due to the economic recession....
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Abuse In NYS Juvenile Justice Facilities

The United States Department of Justice has released a report stating youths’ civil rights have been violated in New York State’s juvenile justice system — highlighting abuses such as excessive force, youth injury, and lack of treatment....
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For A Woman On The 6 Train

To start, I admit to being a thick-skinned New Yorker. After nearly forty-years here, there is little that this city can offer which would evoke even an emotion. This is particularly true in the New York City subways. Rats run across the subway tracks....
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Lower Bronx River Restoration Initiative

Reclaimed concrete plant becomes a community resource. ...
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Women's Empowerment Hotline

Over 23% of men incarcerated in New York State are married or were living in a common law arrangement at the time of their arrest. The percentage of incarcerated men with female intimate partners increases when the number of men with girlfriends is also considered....
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Bronx Purple Heart Soldier Honored With A Donated Home

New York City will honor the courage and patriotism of US Army Specialist Roberto Reyes, who served two Iraq tours, was awarded with a Purple Heart, earned two combat Action Badges and endured 16 combat injuries on Saturday July 25, 2009 at 12pm in the Bronx, New York with a First Nail Ceremony for the non-profit A Home for Robert....
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Bronx Community Center Gets $12K

Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), the nation's leading rent-to-own company, helped strengthen the sense of community for families residing in the Edenwald Housing Complex. Area Rent-A-Center representatives delivered and assembled more than $12,000 in electronics and furniture for the new Edenwald Beacon Community Center as part of the company's Random Acts of Caring program....
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The Clemenza Foundation's $50K Aid

Knowing all too well how the current economic situation is affecting local families and children, The Clemenza Foundation has once again made a major distribution to some of the neediest individuals in the community. The distribution included items, all brand new, ranging from clothing and shoes, to household goods and gift sets. The items were distributed directly to families in need, as well as given via major disbursements to organizations ranging from Madonna Heights and the SCO Family of Services to the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless....
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New York Welfare Checks To Increase

City and state officials said that this month, after nineteen years, welfare checks are set to increase, bringing the subsidy for a typical family of three to $321 a month, from $291. For a family of four, the subsidy will rise to $413.70 a month, from $375.70....
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Bronx Forum On Immigration Fraud

Representatives from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's Office held a public forum on the topic of Immigration Services Fraud and the Unauthorized Practice of Law at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital on Tuesday, June 30th....
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Smarter Seniors In The Bronx

A representative from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office spoke last week to members of the Rain East Tremont Senior Center about consumer fraud issues as part of Cuomo’s statewide Smart Seniors Program....
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Rikers Island Job Training Program

The Osborne Association’s Fresh Start Program trains men incarcerated on Rikers Island with the job skills and life skills they need to stay clean, hold down jobs, and avoid returning to crime. Fresh Start became part of the Osborne Association in 1997; and since that time, the program has served more than 450 inmates....
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Bronx Synagogues Get $$ For Security

The two Bronx synagogues targeted in a planned terror attack were each awarded $25,000 by New York's governor to beef up security. ...
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Strike At Stella D'Oro Continues

A strong turnout on May 30th sends a message: We Demand a Better Deal for Stella D'Oro Workers!...
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Bronx-Born Marine Stands Out

Sgt. Victor Arroyo, network operations supervisor for Regimental Combat Team 6, works at his computer while sipping on a hot cup of coffee in his work space aboard Camp Ramadi, Iraq, May 1, 2009....
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City Year NY Bronx Community Service

City Year New York is having our 6th Annual Service Day in the South Bronx. We’re excited to have it for the first time in Mott Haven and are expecting over 300 Volunteers, including 250 middle and high school students....
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Michelle Orge... Simply Outstanding

Recently we received this letter from one of our readers and decided to publish it as we were equally impressed with both its writer and the subject of her writing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!...
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New Spoken Word CD

West Virginia native Stephen Earley Jordan II, who works and lives in Bronx, NY, has released his debut CD, “Black Baby Tears.”...
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Amputated Penis Reattached

Indian doctors managed to sew back a man's penis 13 hours after it had been chopped off by a jealous husband....
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Anorexic Model Too Skinny

A skinny woman sparked a controversy in Australia as she became a finalist of Miss Australia beauty pageant. She seemed too exhausted and too thin to doctors and dietitians: specialists said that the woman’s thinness was dangerous to her own health and could set a wrong example to young Australian females....
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2019 Community Engagement Grants

BCA is proud to award 82 grants totaling over $300,000 through our Community Engagement Grants program.
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Borough President Diaz Hosts Annual Sweethearts Luncheon

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Healthfirst co-hosted the "12th Annual Bronx Sweetheart Luncheon" at Villa Barone Manor, honoring over 65 couples who have been married 50 years or more.
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BP Diaz Visits SAGE Center Bronx On St. Valentine's Day

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr visited SAGE Center Bronx for a Valentine's Day gathering.
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Forgotten American Traditions

Across America, we celebrate and mark quite a few occasions on an annual basis.
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Creating Unity In The Community Parkchester’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, the community turned out to enjoy Parkchester’s Annual Celebration of Kwanzaa, a much-needed festive gathering.
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BP Diaz Hosts Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration, honoring individuals who have contributed to the growth and promotion of their community and culture.
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NYC Kicks Off Veterans Week By Displaying Military Service Branch Flags

Today, New York City kicked off “Veterans’ Week”, a week of celebratory activities leading up to Veterans’ Day on November 11th.
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Bronx Stands United Against Hatred

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York held an interfaith prayer vigil to support the Jewish community and stand united against hatred in response to the murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this weekend.
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BP Diaz & CM Gibson Host “National Coming Out Day” Celebration

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Destination Tomorrow and local residents co-hosted a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “National Coming Out Day” as part of LGBTQ History Month.
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Dear Future: Coca-Cola Co. USA Calls On Young Adults For Change-Making Ideas To Renew Local Communities

A Coca-Cola USA campaign that began as a humble reintroduction has evolved into a community-focused call to action.

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Elizabeth Dilts

is currently pursuing a masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dilts came to New York City from Shanghai, China, where she worked as an editor with the English-language City Weekend magazine. Prior to that, Dilts spent a year in Nanjing, China, with a bilingual, Mandarin-English magazine and a stint in Tianjin, China, with a business publication. Looking to use her Mandarin back in the United States, Dilts is covering Flushing, Queens, one of New York’s four Chinatowns. A native of Gary, Indiana., Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. While in China, she reported on Internet usage among young adults and the education issues faced by multi-ethnic children raised in China.