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Under an autumn sky — heavily clouded and gray — a group gathered for a centuries-old tradition. Tashlich, the Jewish ritual of atonement held during the High Holy Days, is a time to reflect on the previous year’s transgressions. One is to meditate on their sins over small objects like rice or pebbles, toss them into a body of water, and to start anew. more
Money laundering is so 2018. The newest thing is mail fishing and check washing. Anyone who has followed crime news lately has likely heard about people — even here in the northwest Bronx — falling victim to check fraud. The check they dropped into the mail finds its way into the hands of a hooligan, and then money begins disappearing out of that unlucky victim’s bank account. 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
A nice lady just wanted to eat in peace on the morning of Sept. 29 at Land & Sea restaurant. Instead, the 29-year-old stepped away from her table at the 5535 Broadway restaurant to speak to someone. 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
If single-payer health care is passed in New York — or anywhere else in the country, for that matter — expect the sky to fall. That’s the clarion call of Sally Pipes, the president and chief executive of the California conservative think tank Pacific Research Institute, in an opinion piece published in The Riverdale Press last July. more
Dr. Phil Schneider likes to keep it simple. Walking into the speech pathologist’s Whitehall clinic, patients generally don’t find much more than a small sparsely decorated waiting area, leading to an office dominated by Schneider’s desk, with a big window facing Independence Avenue. more
Even though the Bronx has a tough reputation, there are still some good people out there, as evidenced by one thankful person. more
Universal health care isn’t a new concept. The first modern iteration of such a system was first implemented in 1883 by Prussian leader Otto von Bismarck in the country that later became Germany. more
Campaign finance and the rules that regulate candidate spending are a little like knowing how to change a tire. Many people have a general idea of what it is and how it’s done. If they’re lucky, they’ll never be stuck on the side of the road with a tire iron (or in an elections office, filling out a finance report). more
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