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Thursday, May 28, 2015

BCS Paints Over Graffiti in the 48th Precinct

At the end of last month we received a call from Community Affairs Officer Perez from the 48th Precinct asking for our help removing graffiti in his district. We decided on a date, and on May 14 we brought a crew of seven BCS participants over to a new location, 178th Street and Park Avenue. We covered the area including the MetroNorth overpass and spanning to an area that we had painted over before, expanding on our previous work. All participants worked with enthusiasm and it was a very productive day. Some of our participants started out expressing resistance about doing graffiti removal work, but by the end of the day they were smiling and proud of their work. Enjoy the pictures below.

- Ramon Semorile, Community Service Crew Supervisor
The area, before the crew painted


The finished product

The area now looks more well-tended

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BCS Cleans Up Bronx Stadium Garden

BCS paired up with community partners to clean up and plant near the 161st street tunnel
Last Friday, the BCS community service crew headed up to Bronx Stadium Garden located at 161st Street and Gerald Avenue (at the 161st Street tunnel). In attendance were supervisors Ramon Semorile, Omar Camacho, myself and four community service clients. We worked together with a 161st Street Business Improvement District staff member and Jennifer Beaugrand from The Bronx Is Blooming. We started by pulling weeds, pruning bushes and planting. The photos speaks for themselves as well as the passion, energy and joy of everyone involved in this project including the BCS clients.

- Moises Reyes, Coordinator of Community Service and Initiatives
Clients and supervisors headed to the site
Learning about what the day's work will entail
Preparing the ground and clearing out weeds
A community service participant digging a hole for a new plant 
The ground is now ready
Another participant does some planting
Working hard
The tunnel, after our efforts!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bronx Community Solutions Turns 10!

Happy Birthday to BCS!  This year marks the tenth year that Bronx Community Solutions has been in operation in the Bronx.

From our humble beginnings of a staff of four, we are now a staff of over twenty, providing alternatives to jail for nearly 9,000 individuals each year.

To commemorate this anniversary, in April we hosted an event at the Bronx Supreme Court. Nearly 170 people were in attendance for the lunchtime event. Some pictures from the event are below. You can also read a write-up about the event by our Executive Director here: Changing the DNA of the Courts

CCI ED Greg Berman and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, honored speakers at the event

From left: Queens City Council Member Rory Lancman, NYS Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (keynote speaker), Bronx City Council Member Vanessa Gibson

With BCS ED Maria Almonte-Weston, receiving a proclamation on BCS's achievements in criminal justice
Longtime BCS staff member Ramon Semorile receiving an award for his dedication to BCS, and to working to help the reentering population in the Bronx