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Martin Spett promised his father he would never discuss the Holocaust. It’s a promise that led off Spett’s 2002 book “Reflections of the Soul,” and the same promise Rabbi Barry Dov Katz shared to begin his eulogy of Martin Spett, a locally renowned Holocaust survivor who died Oct. 20 at 90. more
They did it again. With the air starting to cool down, and the leaves on trees beginning to turn, members from the Kiwanis Club of Riverdale pulled out the brushes and the paint, setting children loose onto businesses on Johnson and Riverdale avenues to get storefront windows ready for Halloween. more
Ever wanted to try acting, but didn’t know where to start? Riverdale Neighborhood House is offering a chance to do just that through the return of its improvisational theatre workshops this week and running through Nov. 20. more
Diners are a staple of classic Americana. With foundations laid by Greek immigrants and a dozen variations on that theme, the diner remains a versatile culinary concept, common in the most rural parts of the country, and even the most urban, like here in the northwest Bronx. more
A string of late-night robberies that seemingly started last August in Kingsbridge is racking up more and more victims as police try to bring the drive-by jewelry snatchers to justice. more
Zelda Fassler isn’t going quietly into that good night. She’s living out her golden years on her own terms. Some of that includes keeping her mind sharp and joints limber as an active member of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. It also includes partaking in a ground-breaking treatment using an unorthodox substance she’d never let her kids try when they were younger. more
The mood was tense at the quarterly meeting of the Croton Facility Monitoring Committee, and Anne Marie Garti had not even brought up Jerome Park Reservoir quite yet. In fact, several attendees to that Oct. 7 meeting were there for that very purpose, especially after many had heard last summer the city’s environmental protection department would keep the reservoir’s north basin dry just in case there was ever a need for more water capacity at the Croton facility under Van Cortlandt Park. more
What was meant to be a much-needed overhaul of decades-old environmental rules protecting greenbelts in both the Bronx and Staten Island instead became a controversy that pitted some of New York City’s biggest movers and shakers in planning against each other. more
West 231st Street and Godwin Terrace received a new name on Sept. 28 — at least ceremonially — when a new sign declaring the corner “Loeser’s Deli Place” was unveiled. Loeser’s Kosher Deli, owned and operated by Fredy Loeser, has been a fixture of the Kingsbridge street for 60 years. Fredy’s daughter, Pam Loeser-Halpern, has been campaigning for the name change for the last of those. more
Small apartment buildings in the neighborhood can now schedule curbside pickup of unwanted electronics, part of an overall expansion of the program into the outer boroughs by the city’s sanitation department. more
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