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Banana Kelly teacher honored for creativity

Banana Kelly teacher honored for creativity

By Justyna Malota jmalota@hunter.cuny.edu When he was in second grade, Nicola Vitale’s teacher challenged him to repair a broken toilet in his school. With just the guidance of a how-to workbook, he and a classmate fixed it. “It was very empowering,” recalled Vitale, a teacher at Banana Kelly High School. […]

Education

Families give thanks for after-school program

Students enjoy their Thanksgiving Meal

By Venita Virgia Johnson vjo@hunter.cuny.edu For families of students from Bronx Charter School for the Arts, St. Athanasius, MS 424 and PS 48, Thanksgiving came early. They gathered at The Point CDC on Nov. 19, for a celebratory potluck dinner, joined by City Year, the organization of young volunteers who […]

Education / Environment

Hunts Point after-school programs saluted

Local after-school programs received a boost when three local youth program leaders, Danny R. Peralta and Earl Skinner, both of the Point Community Development Corporation on Garrison Avenue, and Adam Green, founder and director of the Hunts Point-based non-profit Rocking the Boat, were granted prestigious honors for their work with […]

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Fire devastates shopping area

Fire devastates shopping area

by Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com A four-alarm fire on Hunts Point Avenue between 163rd Street and Westchester Avenue gutted five stores and damaged two others on Wednesday night, October 28. No one was injured, but the five stores will be demolished next week, say city officials.

Crime / Education / Housing

Neighborhood voices: A friend is gunned down

Neighborhood voices: A friend is gunned down

By Danny R. Peralta Glenn Wright, 21-year-old youth leader from The Point CDC who was tragically murdered on September 13, 2009 on the Lower East Side, will be remembered as a unique voice by his peers and supervisors. In the short year that he spent at The Point, Glenn excelled […]

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Folk icon feted at Hunts Point Riverside Park

Folk icon feted at Hunts Point Riverside Park

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Musician Pete Seeger, who became an icon of social movements in the 1960s for his use of traditional folk music and original folk songs to rally the public for political change, was honored at Hunts Point Riverside Park on September 3 for his lifetime contribution to […]

Education

Sesame Street comes to Hunts Point

Sesame Street comes to Hunts Point

By Danny Peralta The Point community center on Garrison Avenue played host in August to one of the South Bronx’s most recognizable celebrities, Sonia Manzano, who for 30 years has played Maria on Sesame Street. The event, the last in a series of summer workshops organized by at the Point […]

Education / Environment / Health

Michelle Obama’s garden inspires Hunts Point teen

Michelle Obama’s garden inspires Hunts Point teen

By Jeanmarie Evelly jmevelly@gmail.com Victor Davila got the chance of a lifetime this summer—an invite to Michelle Obama’s garden at the White House. The Hunts Point teenager was part of a group of 60 students from urban and community gardening programs across the country who got a chance to compare […]

Education

At Longwood gathering, youth speak out for safer schools

At Longwood gathering, youth speak out for safer schools

By Maria Clark mariapclark@gmail.com Teens from around the Bronx gathered in Longwood in August to rap, recite poetry, and speak out against teen violence, while also criticizing policies that put metal detectors and overzealous security officers in their schools. The event, at the studio of Longwood area hip-hop recording artists […]