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There is a lot of debate over the power of prayer, generally along lines of how religious or spiritual one might be. While it might not be immediately clear how much praying can help someone, what many of us already know is that it certainly can’t — and doesn’t — hurt. Except in one context. And there, it hurts a lot. more
I read with great interest the story in a recent edition of The Riverdale Press by Heather J. Smith for several reasons. One reason was because Ms. Smith interviewed me via telephone for information to include in the story. Another reason was because the photo included with the story is of my house in front of which “a power line dangles with a bit of yellow tape. Even though a call was put in to 311 several months ago, the problem has yet to be resolved.” more
If the changes proposed by the city planning department — which are scheduled to be voted on by the full City Planning Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 25 — become law, Riverdale, as we know it, will in the not-too-distant future cease to exist. more
Right here in the Northwest Bronx, we have an amazing piece of nature — 900 acres in the big city — where people have discovered a way to live and protect their watershed by limiting landscape development to only 30 percent cover. more
I was somewhat perplexed by the recent letter from Eric Seiff about Van Cortlandt Park. I sincerely hope that The Riverdale Press will actively cover all sorts of news about events in the park and projects in the park. Keeping track of such news is one of the reasons I subscribe. more
For many, the end of summer is a bittersweet time. It marks the beginning of fall, cooler weather, and most importantly, the start of the school year. more
Joaquin Phoenix has a new movie coming out next month that already has some whispers about potential Oscar nominations, and it's a film with a number of connections to the Bronx. more
Last June, Gov. Cuomo signed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Law. Its stated purpose is to address certain abuses in the rental market, but we believe the law will potentially — perhaps unintentionally — harm many tenant shareholders. more
It’s hard to find a leader like Father Ted Hesburgh. He led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years — transforming the school from just a football favorite to one with academic prowess. He worked under a number of presidents beginning with Dwight Eisenhower, and he even joined hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., singing “We Shall Overcome.” more
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. What we are not entitled to is the belittling and dehumanization of others. Unfortunately, this was the tone of an opinion piece recently published in The Riverdale Press voicing several assaults against, and inaccuracies about, the immigrant community. more
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