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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Get Green Earth Fest 2-24-2010

Bronx Community Solutions Supports GetGreen South Bronx Earth Fest

On Saturday, April 24, 2010 Bronx Community Solutions’ Community Service Crew assisted with the third annual “GetGreen South Bronx Earth Fest” in honor of Earth Day. Participation in this event highlights BCS’s on-going commitment to a greener Bronx and New York City.

Over 30 businesses, community organizations, city agencies and not-for-profit groups participated in this year’s GetGreen festival. Featured entertainment included Bronx hip hop legends DJ Jazzy Jay, GrandMaster Caz and Carols “Mare 139” Rodriguez. Activities included the “Environmental Mobile - a nature and maritime museum on wheels; and a visit by Global Man, New York’s own environmental superhero, who posed with BCS staff and crew. The Bronx Borough President’s Office and the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education also held a Textile and E-Waste recycling drive, which collected electronics, clothing and more for recycling.

Event organizers included the Bronx Borough President’s Office, Bronx River Alliance, Bronx GreenUp, City Matters LLC, Council on the Environment of NYC, LAS Consulting, Materials for the ARTS/NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Nox Quedamos, Grow NYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Coroporation (SoBro), the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy and Waste Management of New York.

BCS would like to extend a special thank you to John Johnson (pictured in green below), Grow NYC Outreach Coordinator and BCS Community Advisory Board Member, for inviting us to particpate in this event.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Law Day Event in the Bronx Hall of Justice

In celebration of New York State Court System’s annual Law Day- Bronx Community Solutions, in conjunction with Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson’s office, and the Bronx County Supreme Court, criminal division- participated in it's second Law Day event on Friday, April 30, titled “Choice & Consequences” moderated by the Bureau Chief, Joseph McCormack of the DA's office.
The event is designed to increase awareness among Bronx youth on the impact of driving while intoxicated and the many criminal offenses that follow. This event also gives youth and local law enforcement the opportunity to exchange ideas on this serious crime (Driving While Intoxicated/Driving While Under the Influence) that effects youth on an everyday basis. Nicole Keary, Assistant Bureau Chief provided a great presentation to the 60 + young High School students from the School of Law Government and Justice.
A special thanks must be given to the Honorable Efrain Alvardo, Administrative Judge for criminal matters, Steven Clark, Chief Cleark, Bronx Superme Court, Major Joe Rodgriguez, Commanding Officer, Bronx Superme Court, and Assistant Prinicple Felder, School of Law Government and Justice.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

BCS Celebrates Earth Day by Impacting Communities, Not Just Removing Graffiti

"I have been living here for 20 years, and I have never seen anyone cleaning this street” and ... “Wow! I thought I was on the wrong block.” Those were the sentiments of Bronx residents when they saw a team of community residents, court defendants, and community affairs officers painting over graffiti in their neighborhood.

BCS, along with the 46th precinct community affairs unit, cleared four blocks of graffiti today between 183 and 187 Street and Ryer Avenue. This project had a more lasting impact however than just newly painted buildings - it worked towards restoring faith in the criminal justice system, provided an opportunity for offenders who commit quality-of-life crimes to have a positive impact, and engaged community members to make long-lasting positive change.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Community Advisory Board Discusses Re-Entry Issues

On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, the Community Advisory Board of Bronx Community Solutions gathered for its second meeting of the year.

The topic of discussion was health disparities in the reentry population. A presentation about services available at the Albert Einstein Transitional Health Clinic was delivered by Dr. Matt Anderson, and a lively discussion was facilitated by Pamela Valera, Ph.D., researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Outcomes of this discussion were the creation of a working group to address health disparities in the reentry population, plans to conduct a focus group with community members to explore barriers to obtaining health services, creating more meaningful collaborations with agencies and departments in the Bronx, and exploring ways to increase prevention and awareness by inviting educators to participate in the working group.

There were ten community advisory board members in attendance, representing The Simpson Street Development Association, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the Montefiore Clinic, Osborne Association, Promesa, The Patrol Borough Bronx Community Affairs Office, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, and the FDNY.

If you or your organization would like to be part of the working group, please contact Maria Almonte-Weston, Project Director of Bronx Community Solutions, at

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium

From Moises Reyes, Coordinator of Community Service...

Yesterday, Bronx Community Solutions participated and supported the 161st street Business Improvement District. The Bronx Community Solutions community service crew cleaned the area around Yankee Stadium, and welcomed fans to the Bronx by handing out flyers with information about the local restaurants ,recreations, souvenirs shops, and sports bars.
The individuals who participated had fun handing out flyers to the many visitors. It was a great day overall, and Bronx Community Solutions would like to thank Mr Cary Goodman, the Executive Director of the Business Improvement District (BID) for including our organization in this endeavor.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

News from the 161st Street Business Improvement District

by Cary Goodman, Executive Director of the 161st Street BID


The season will open with the Bronx Bombers playing the Angels on Tuesday, April 13 at 1:05 PM. Bronx Community Solutions will join the BID in welcoming fans by sweeping the train stations and greeting guests with Yankee cheers.

The Bronx Museum has just opened a major exhibition on The Civil Rights Movement. Jarring photographs. Expert panel discussions. Striking images of the struggles and triumphs. The BID will be partnering with the Bronx Museum and the Negro League Baseball Museum this summer for a look at baseball and the civil rights movement.

The Joe Yancey Track at Macombs Dam Park will be dedicated on Friday, April 9 at 11:00 AM. Comm. Aponte will officiate. Expect great performances from the Cardinal Hayes HS track team and Mr. Lon’s senior fitness team.

As the walls (of the old ballpark) keep tumbling down, the two River Avenue parks are rising at 157th Street. The skate park and playground will be wonderful additions to the neighborhood. Look for late spring or early summer openings.

There will be a community meeting to discuss historic preservation of the Grand Concourse on April 20th at 7:00 PM, hosted by the Borough President at the Bronx Museum.