Also starring in the win was pitcher Christina Roldan. Christina struck out eight Jaguars in just three innings.
The Angels' next scheduled games are on Wednesday, April 23 against North Riverdale's SB Supply Company Huskies and on April 26 against the Jake's Steakhouse Tar Heels at 3:30 p.m. at Seton Park.]]>
Done in 10 minutes, this quick, easy, kid-friendly breakfast is just the ticket to utilizing all that extra matzoh and putting some other typical pantry and fridge ingredients to use.
I like to use regular matzohs, but whole wheat or egg would do as well. For a savory twist, skip the cinnamon sugar and fruit. Instead, top the warm matzohs with smoked fish like salmon or trout, salmon roe, crème fraiche and chopped dill or chives. Enjoy! From my kitchen to yours!
Matzoh French Toast Serves 3-4
2 ½ matzohs
1/3 cup milk (fat-free or whole)
1 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 orange, cut into segments
5 strawberries, quartered
Whipped cream, for serving
Canola or vegetable oil for frying
Break each matzoh into 12 to 16 squares.
Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl and gently coat the matzohs. Set aside.
Meanwhile, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small ramekin or bowl. Toss the oranges and strawberries together and set aside.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once hot, fry the matzohs in batches until golden -- about one minute per side. Be careful to allow any excess egg mixture to drip off the matzoh before frying. Depending on the size of your pan, you might need to add additional oil between batches.*
Transfer to plate lined with paper towels and keep warm while you fry the rest. Sprinkle to taste with cinnamon sugar and serve on individual plates topped with fruit and whipped cream.
Cook's note: If any of the oil begins to turn brown, pour it out, wipe the pan with a few lengths of paper towel and add fresh oil.]]>
The Passover service, the Seder, offers an opportunity to reflect on all manner of philosophical thoughts from the sublime to the ridiculous and to reflect on how little things have changed since Biblical days.
Here's a whimsical listing of modern plagues in our community -- some serious, some silly -- in no particular order:
• Appliance makers' ego trips. There's no real reason for LG to build a headquarters that towers over the Palisades other than ego. The company has plenty of land in Englewood, N.J., to build a more restrainted and responsible headquarters.
• Potholes. Here's one that needs no explanation. They crop up every spring with bone-jarring, teeth rattling frequency.
• Over-the-top animal rights advocates. Whether they're harrassing local veterinarians or distorting the mayoral election over carriage horses in Central Park, they've got to cool the rhetoric.
• Putnam Trail hysteria. There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the debate about paving the Putnam Trail through Van Cortlandt Park. But if farmers and cowmen could get along in Oklahoma, bikers and hikers ought to be able to find a compromise in the Bronx.
• Greenway doomsayers. Yes, we should protect bucolic Riverdale Park and our country lands, but Riverdale will never be overrun by hordes of Tour de France-style cyclists, nor will a pleasant path along the waterfront usher in a wave of apartment tower development.
• Expansionist medical facilities. Medical care is changing fast and not necessarily for the better. A prominent doctor based elsewhere in the Bronx offered a chilling comment about the consequences for Riverdale if Montefiore goes ahead with its plans for a mega-center on Riverdale Avenue. "Forget about seeing your current local doctor," he said, "they'll all be shutting their doors."
• A new city for the elderly. At least the Hebrew Home for the Aged has reached out to its neighbors and tempered its plans to build on the riverfront site of the Passionist Retreat House, but the neighborhood's character will be altered irreparably when the project is done.
• InBloom data sharing. Apparently, this plague has come and gone -- for now. But, don't be surprised if the state tries again to sell your children's personal information to the highest bidder.
• Graffiti vandals. Get over yourselves, kids. Your tags are defacement, not art. A decade or so ago, residents were so outraged by the shennanigans of your predecessors that they organized to demand harsh penalties. Be forewarned, it could happen again.
• Racist outbursts. The vile scrawling of hate messages on the truck of a Whitehall resident go far beyond the mere annoyance of taggers. It was indeed heartening to see the immediate outpouring of support from almost every quarter of the community.]]>
A graduate of CCNY, he was a World War II veteran trained by the Navy at Notre Dame, Northwestern University, and at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Commissioned as an ensign, he rose to lieutenant commander, serving on several aircraft carriers in the South Pacific. During that time ,he took part in 19 battle engagements (receiving two unit citations) and was also awarded the Pacific Theatre Ribbon with Seven Stars.
Mr. Kovar was a highly successful advertising executive in the "Mad Men" era with Goodren Products, specialists in print media and point-of-purchase design, and was listed in Sales Executives of New York Who's Who.
He was a past President of Riverdale Temple and its Men's Club, as well as active in Israel Bonds, B'nai B'rith, UJA and other Jewish organizations. He was also a past president of a fraternal organization, Lipsonian Kinsmen, Inc.
He was the dear brother of Philip, husband of the late Mariann, father of Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker (Marty) and Lance (Galina) as well as the grandfather of Sophia.
His other survivors include beloved wife Sylvia Klein Paff Kovar and the Paff and Konigsberg families: Bonnie and Bob, Jonathan, Ami and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who gave him years of abundant comfort and support.
Mr. Kovar's funeral service will be at the Riverdale Temple on Thursday, April 17 at 11:30 a.m. Observing Jewish tradition, there are no flowers. Donations may be made to www.RAC.org and www.GSJC.org.]]>
2. Criminal mischief of a residence
On April 7 at 1:05 a.m., a 50-year-old man told police that he saw a male break the front window of his residence at 2811 Sedgwick Ave. A 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
3. Grand larceny auto
A man, 55, reported his 2002 Dodge Caravan stolen at 12:57 a.m. on April 9 after he returned to find that his vehicle was no longer parked where he left it at 5530 Netherland Ave., according to police. A GPS and an EZ-Pass were stolen along with the caravan. The case is open to police.
4. Criminal mischief auto
After a 52-year-old woman had an altercation with another person over a parking space earlier on April 13, police say she returned to her 2009 Nissan Versa at 7:35 p.m., parked opposite of 2899 Kingsbridge Terrace, to find that the vehicle's right side view mirror had been smashed. Damage was assessed at no more than $250. The case is closed to police.
5. Criminal possession of marijuana
Police say a man, 33, was caught smoking a marijuana cigarette at the southwest corner of Jerome Avenue and the Major Deegan Expressway on April 8 at 5 p.m. He was charged with criminal possession of marijuana.
Items in Police Beat are based on reports of crimes and arrests. Those arrested are not guilty unless a court convicts them. Police Beat does not include every crime in our coverage area.]]>
Board members voted 21-18, with one abstention, to table a resolution calling for a path to be built just west of Metro-North railroad tracks running alongside the Hudson River through Riverdale. The resolution marked a different approach than plans by the New York Metropolitan Council (NYMTC) calling for the path, known as the greenway, to be built in stages. NYMTC has proposed building an "interim" route going through Riverdale streets before building a path along the Hudson River itself.
Charles Moerdler, a member of both CB 8 and the MTA's board, urged the former body to table its resolution on April 8 so the MTA could weigh in on the matter.
Mr. Moerdler echoed widespread criticism of NYMTC's plans, which call for the path to go over the Henry Hudson Bridge, as costly and inconvenient. He called for the path to go over the structure known as the Spuyten Duyvil swing bridge, which is run by Amtrak.
Mr. Moerdler said thanks to CB 8's April 8 move, Metro-North President Joseph Giuletti and members of his staff with meet with members of CB 8's Parks & Recreation and Transportation Committees to discuss use of the swing bridge and other matters in May.
"This is the very first time in recent years that a Community Board group is having that kind of input with the MTA directly in the formation of planning," he added.
Mr. Moerdler said the MTA does not have enough money to make the kind of changes that would have to take place to incorporate the swing bridge into the greenway. He called on Sen. Chuck Schumer, who previously announced he will seek millions of dollars in funding for the greenway, to include money to work on the swing bridge.
CB 8 Chairman Robert Fanuzzi was among the significant minority of board members who voted against tabling the resolution.
He said, "I voted against the tabling because I don't think the Community Board should be elevating itself into a negotiating party with MTA for their capital expenses."]]>
The victim, 44, said she boarded the 1 train at 66th Street at 6:30 p.m., heading home to Riverdale after a job interview. The train was jam-packed and when she noticed an open seat next to the window, the victim said she took the opportunity to sit down.
At 103rd Street, the man sitting next to her began to repeatedly push her into the train window. The victim described the man as roughly 50 years old, six feet tall and weighing 230 pounds with glasses and a neck brace. After he began pushing her into the window, the situation quickly escalated.
"I kept telling him to stop and that he was hurting me. Then he took his hand and swung and hit me in my face," said the victim, whose name The Press withheld out of fear of retribution.
But the incident did not end there. The victim explained that the man then grabbed her by the neck and slammed her head into the train car window. To her shock, she said most of the train riders watched and did not try to intervene, except for a few young men, who pulled the alleged assailant off of her after he smashed her into the window.
"He chipped my front tooth and my lip was all bloody and scratched up. Why the seat was open, I don't know. I guess everyone could tell he was a little off," the victim said.
The incident occurred between the 103rd and 110th Street stations at about 7 p.m. The unknown man got up to exit the train at 110th street after the young men intervened. At that point, the victim snapped a photo of him.
"Before he got off the train he said, 'If I ever see you again, I'll slice your throat,'" she said.
During a hospital visit on April 5, doctors took x-rays of the victim's elbow and knee after she said they were bothering her from the attack. She also reported the incident to the 50th Precinct on April 5, but they told her to visit the transit police at 145th Street since the event occurred on the train.
At the transit police station, officers questioned her about the event and filled out paperwork for her. She provided them with the photo she had of the man and the police told her they would send undercover officers onto the 1 train to look for him. Transit police will notify her if they nab the man, the victim said.
"I have taken the train for 35 years and nothing like this has ever happened. I pay a lot more attention to who is around me now," she said. "It is scary because I don't feel like he was under the influence, so he could snap again at any time."
Detective Annette Markowski, a public information officer with the NYPD, said that no arrests had been made as of April 10. But she added that the photo will help police inform people about the attack, and if the 110th Street station has a security camera, authorities will review the video to get a better picture of who the suspect is.
"We can take the photo and make press releases," Det. Markowski said. "There are a lot of things we can do. It is an ongoing investigation."]]>
A resident of the RiverWalk apartments on the campus of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Mr. Nusbaum turned 100 years old on March 30. Wendy Steinberg, director of communications for the home, said Mr. Nusbaum is the second oldest RiverWalk resident, but only by a few months.
Despite his advanced age, Mr. Nusbaum admitted that he does not have any real secrets for staying healthy and resilient except for never limiting himself.
"Activity is the answer. People actually wish themselves into a state of disrepair, and they take a negative view on doing anything that will get them involved," Mr. Nusbaum said.
Staying involved is something that Mr. Nusbaum explained he has done his entire life. Born in 1914 to Austrian immigrants, Mr. Nusbaum grew up in Williamsburg with five siblings. He is the middle child, but his two younger siblings died at 50 and 55, respectively.
At the age of 10, he worked backstage at the Lyric Theater and the Gayety Theater in Brooklyn, running errands and helping out in any way he could. Mr. Nusbaum explained that he also sang in a choir and worked on Coney Island in the summer where his father peddled to concession stands.
The Gayety Theater played burlesque shows, but even at age 10, Mr. Nusbaum said, his parents were supportive of his ventures.
"I've always valued family values; we worked together, we worked with our parents," he added.
When he was in his late teens, Mr. Nusbaum met his wife, Ann, whose older brother was a friend of his. The couple will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary in July.
Mr. Nusbaum studied at Brooklyn Law School and became an attorney in 1938, but his career was interrupted when World War II broke out. He spent four years in the Army.
When he returned, he and Ms. Nusbaum got married and started a family. "I made a wise choice," he said. "She's a wonderful woman."
The couple had two sons, Howard and Neil. During the Korean War, Mr. Nusbaum was stationed away from home when Neil, his youngest son, was born.
"It was hard for Ann, but she, too, had a very close family, so they filled in," Mr. Nusbaum recalled.
Never one to shy away from controversial subjects, Mr. Nusbaum said he took up causes like gun control and a more just health care system during the 1990s. He pointed out they are still hot-button topics.
Laws surrounding the ownership of firearms have always been too lax, he avowed, He added there has not been enough transparency in the health care field, leading to mismanagement of funds.
Talking to teens
Today, Mr. Nusbaum said he would like to teach classes to teens about differences between the current generation and generations gone by, to be titled "then and now." He said there is not enough communication among young people, calling them too preoccupied with their cell phones.
Ms. Nusbaum's ill health has forced him and his wife to live separately, but she lives in a building on the campus just across from Mr. Nusbaum's senior living apartment. He said he visits her every morning and afternoon.
"We don't converse anymore because she stops talking about things," Mr. Nusbaum said. "But I kiss her and that satisfies her, so it satisfies me, too."]]>
But a subsequent outpouring of support from neighbors has made him change his mind.
Religious leaders across Riverdale organized an April 13 vigil at the monument on 239th Street and Riverdale Avenue to show solidarity with Mr. Hart, who is black, and push back against intolerance. Dozens of residents joined the vigil, including Mr. Hart and his sister, Dawn Rowe.
"People have been leaving me notes and I am sending out thank you cards. I am very happy to be here and to have all the support," Mr. Hart said.
On the morning of April 4, Mr. Hart discovered the phrase "u shood [sic] move" spray painted on his 2011 red Dodge Ram pickup truck. The vehicle was parked on Independence Avenue overnight when the vandalism occurred. Mr. Hart -- who has lived at the Whitehall, an apartment building at 3333 Henry Hudson Parkway, for roughly three years -- had his first encounter with graffiti vandalism on his truck in September.
Speaking about the incidents, Mr. Hart said he has been trying to pinpoint who the culprit or culprits may be. He stated that he does not know many people in his building -- only the doorman and a neighbor he occasionally socializes with. He added that his brother was disgusted that such an event would occur twice in a place with such diversity.
"When I first got there, [Whitehall residents] treated me all kind of funny, but you shake a lot of stuff off," Mr. Hart said. "But there is a bad apple in everything. What can you do?"
During the vigil, Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn of Congregation Tehillah urged the crowd to refrain from making assumptions about others based on their race.
She added that while Riverdale will not tolerate the behavior that Mr. Hart experienced, it can be used as a moment to collectively stand up against racism and hatred.
"The newness of spring should be a time of renewal for all of us," Rabbi Shriner-Cahn said. "Separate, what are we? But together, we are a force to be reckoned with."
Rev. Michael Hafele of Riverdale Presbyterian Church said that at this time of year, Christians celebrate reconciliation.
"We pray for those who are wrestling with injustice and hate, but we also pray for those perpetrating hate and intolerance," Rev. Hafele said.
Attending in support of her brother, Dawn Rowe, 39, said she is a community advocate in New Rochelle and was baffled when her brother's truck was vandalized twice. But she said the swift action the community took to help right a wrong overshadows the crime.
"The outpouring of support is overwhelming, and that there is such a collective consciousness against it," Ms. Rowe said.
Toyna Walker-Daniels, 34, said she recently moved to Riverdale from Harlem. She described residents in her apartment building giving her strange looks and being unwelcoming. She said she worries about what her young daughter may face in the community in light of what happened to Mr. Hart.
"It hit really close to home. I am scared, especially for my child. The mentality of the parents trickles down to the children," Ms. Walker-Daniels said.
Residents started an indiegogo.com fundraiser to help Mr. Hart purchase a new paint job for his truck. As of Monday, the drive had collected $2,019 of its $5,000 goal. To donate before the fundraiser ends on April 30, search for "toward a welcoming and racially diverse Riverdale" on indiegogo.com.]]>
The Bronx was a borough of industry, powered by the Johnson Iron Works in Spuyten Duyvil. Riverdale was a place of woods and wealth dotted with private houses and mansions, according to Bronx Historical Society director of museums and curator Kathleen McAuley.
While the borough itself is over 300 years old, this year marks a century since the Bronx gained county status.
"People decided to celebrate the distinction," said Ms. McAuley.
The historical society's own centennial celebration comes in the form of an exhibit giving an overview of the Bronx's past 100 years.
It will open to the public on Saturday, April 26.
The exhibit juxtaposes the Bronx of old with the modern locale. Ms. McAuley said it also emphasizes the borough's efforts to fight against negative stereotypes that were particularly strong in the 1970s.
She hopes the exhibit will open people's eyes to changes the Bronx has seen over the past hundred years.
Ms. McAuley said, "I appreciate how optimistic the borough is today -- much more than it has been in a long time."]]>