Up close and personal with the great outdoors

Pitching a tent. Eating s’mores by the campfire. Hiking to wetlands after nightfall. This may sound like a wilderness adventure far away from the city, but it all took place at Van Cortlandt Park …

Flame of passion still burns for many seniors

It seems that once a year or so, news reports begin circulating about senior citizens having sex. Just this summer WABE in Atlanta reported a story about senior homes offering sex education …

Precocious chef gets cooking for new Food Network show

Sammy Voit was just 5-years-old when he started cooking with his grandma. Now, at the ripe old age of 11, the Riverdale boy is competing for his own show on Food Network. Sammy will be contesting …

Blood drive aims to restore sagging summer supply

Forty-four people showed up to donate blood at the Riverdale Temple, in the Reform synagogue’s first-ever blood drive intended to help cover blood-supply shortages typical for August, although …

Botanical Garden looks back on first 125 years and forward to its future as a treasured oasis

The New York Botanical Garden has often been a site for celebration — hosting weddings, galas and such. Now the venerable natural oasis in the middle of the Bronx has something of its own to …

Police Beat

August 25, 2016 crime round-up

  Robbery of the week 1. An assailant wrestled a man to the ground and beat him with an unidentified object, before robbing the victim of a smartphone and other valuables in an Aug. 20 …

Police Beat

August 18, 2016 crime round-up

  Burglars hit Riverdale Avenue A pair of similar, though bizarre, burglaries occurred this weekend on Riverdale Avenue between W. 259th and 260th streets. 1. In the first case, …

Take a nearby cruise for a whale of a time

Somehow I always associate whale-watching with vacationing far from New York. Since I get seasick on ferries, there is little incentive to checking out anything remotely involving heaving water. But …

College’s new dean has unique perspective

Back in her student days, Karen Nicholson turned down a full scholarship to Marshall University to attend a historically black college where she had taken summer classes, West Virginia State College …

Van Nostrand may be an administrator, but her heart is still on the softball field

Erin Van Nostrand was decked out in a T-shirt, athletic shorts and sneakers as she helped line the South Field at Lehman College for the Lightning’s upcoming soccer season. It was 11 …

Queen of the garden now flits from flowery throne to throne

Once again, on Aug. 5, I was sitting at my desk from which I spotted my first hummingbird of the year and I sensed motion. The Joe Pye weed is blooming well this year, and atop the long stalks I saw …

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'Press’ named best in class

The New York Press Association (NYPA) has named The Riverdale Press the best large-circulation community newspaper in the state for the second year in a row. The Press won the Past …