Lively speaker shares wisdom gained in century of experience

To say that Regina Spierer is an older member of the Riverdale community would be a grand understatement.

First no gas, now a lawsuit plagues 500 W. 235th

When Christopher Ford moved into his apartment at 500 W. 235th St., nearly a decade ago, he was offered a rent of just over $820.

Rabbi journeys to Memphis and everywhere in between

After spending the first 28 years of his life in New York, it’s safe to stay Abe Schacter-Gampel has grown accustomed to home.

American flags stolen from memorial site

Herb Eysser didn’t want a vandalized 9/11 memorial site to stay empty over the Fourth of July holiday, so he draped an American flag on the vacant stand at Endor Community Garden near West 253rd Street and Fieldston Road.

CRIME WATCH

Man sought in failed necklace heist

Police in the 50th Precinct needs help identifying and tracking down a man who tried to steal a necklace from a senior citizen.

POLITICAL ARENA

Cabrera: It's hard to be rich

Councilman Fernando Cabrera can’t seem to get away from one video that some of his opponents believe endorse the death penalty for homosexuals in some countries.

Maternal health care faces challenges in Washington

When Dwhani Patel gave birth to her son, she had to pay a lot of the hospital costs out of pocket — even though she had private insurance. On top of that, her employer gave her no maternity leave.

Sports

Peña ‘angling’ for a shot at MLB’s big time   

In the past several weeks, Fabian Peña has watched a pair of his former Manhattan College baseball teammates begin their journey toward a career as professional baseball players. Former Jaspers’ pitcher Tom Cosgrove was drafted in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft, while shortstop José Carrera signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees.

Whistleblower remembered as devoted caregiver

Many may remember Bracha Graber as the city social worker-turned-whistleblower who exposed citywide foster care fraud in the early 1990s.

Squeezed by day care cost, a mom has her own solution

When Rodica Chiacu was searching for day care for her youngest daughter in 1997, she stumbled across The Riverdale Y and was shocked by how much they were going to charge her: $10,000 per year.

Police Beat

Thief steals some tools of the trade

A Manhattan company didn’t get the kind of Bronx welcome they hoped for. Instead, they lost more than $1,000 worth of tools.

Story time at Kingsbridge library is now a drag ... in a good way

A sea of paper crowns covered in star stickers, a baby running around wearing a shirt with the word “feminist” on the front, and a drag queen in a sparkly dress set a vibrant scene for Kingsbridge Library’s first ever Drag Queen Story Hour.