Plans afoot for June Primary

By MIAWLING LAM New York’s primary election day for federal and state offices could be moved to June 26, under a bill proposed by Albany legislators. The bill, which was quietly introduced last Friday, would push the state primary up from September, in keeping with federal law. Officials estimate the move will save local governments [...]

Polar Bears migrate north for Orchard Beach swim

    By DAVID GREENE More than two dozen members of the Coney Island-based Polar Bears Club traveled north for a post-Valentine’s Day plunge into the chilly waters of Orchard Beach on Saturday, February 18. Despite the air temperature of slightly over the freezing point, members arrived wearing bathrobes, sandals and summer shorts—an ensemble topped [...]

Four bandits sought in postal robbery

    By DAVID GREENE The United States Postal Inspection Service, the police arm of the U.S. Postal Service, has released a surveillance photo of two of the four individuals wanted in connection with the robbery of a letter carrier near Fort Independence Park in Kingsbridge Heights. According to a flyer released by the service, [...]

Manhattan College Fair Trade Program: Is it worth it?

By Lauran O’Neill Manhattan College Student On February 16th, MC was honored with a certificate from Fair Trade USA. This makes it the first college in New York City to receive Fair Trade status. According to, Fair Trade‘s mission is to ensure farm-ers and workers have fair prices and wages, safe work conditions, adequate [...]

Co-ops need relief from ‘unfunded mandate’

To The Editor: We are very pleased to see that Community Board 8 has recognized the urgent need to bring to light the vast inequity imposed by the financial issues associated with the city’s mandated conversion of heating systems away from number 6 fuel by holding a public forum on February 27. While nearly everyone [...]

Questioning the Hebrew Home

To The Editor: I am outraged, once again, about the spending of millions of dollars by The Hebrew Home on everything but direct patient care. My father died there in April 2007 because of a lack of trained caregivers and the lack of a particular piece of equipment specifically needed to prevent a horrifying, gaping [...]

Gerrymandering? Be careful what you wish for

  Fifty years ago, The Bronx was home to four Congressional districts, neatly carved into identifiable quadrants: one district covered the northwest Bronx, another the southwest, one in the northeast and one in the southeastern portion of the borough. These districts averaged about 375,000 people, about half the number that you would find in a [...]

February 23, 2012 cartoon

4th Annual 5k and Family Fun Run at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

  Calling all runners, walkers, and athletic hopefuls – it is time to lace-up your running shoes to prepare for New York City’s wildest race: the fourth annual Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild at WCS’s Bronx Zoo. This year’s 5k-run/walk takes place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and is dedicated to saving lions, [...]

St. Gabriel’s alumni reunion planned

Former students of St. Gabriel’s School are invited to take a trip down memory lane and reconnect with classmates, teachers and coaches at the first-ever alumni reunion. The event, which is open to the graduating classes of 1945-2004, will be held at the school’s gymnasium on Saturday March 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. [...]

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