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Bronx Council on The Arts


Free Short Poetry Writing Workshop w/ Anna Purves 4/20/12 6PM - 8PM

Free Short Poetry Writing Workshop is one of a series of free workshops for aspiring writers at Barnes & Noble Bay Plaza. The Bronx...

Bronx Writers Center
The Big Read in the Bronx Reading Group

Do you love a good story about courage, love and country? Come together to read a great book and explore the culture, the lives and the...

Bronx Writers Center
The Bronx Reads "In the Time of the Butterflies" 4/25/12 6PM - 7:30PM



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Hazardous Travel Advisory


This winter storm is shaping up to be a travel nightmare for Thanksgiving. A coating to several inches of snow could accumulate along the I-95 corridor on Wednesday. While temperatures have been unseasonably warm early this week, snow is still likely to accumulate along coastal interstates, especially during periods of heavy snowfall.

RS: Rendezvous with Sabrina


There is good news and there is not so good news. First the not so good news is that it took me 2 hours to travel 20 miles in NYC traffic today. Crosstown traffic was the usual mess and driving downtown was dreadful.

Now the good news. This was a very special meeting with someone even more special than I could have hoped for. She was in town for a few high caliber meetings with some very important people, the least of which was me.



What is the attraction of of the doughnut? -

From Indiana to California and from India to Chile, global expressions of deep-fried dough transcend trends, defy political parties and provide an insightful look at history and culture.

Some of the world's top fritters may keep you well informed with the circle of life. Please pack your bags and maybe throw in some workout gear?

Indiana: Tom's Doughnuts



As we approach the twilight years, we're struck by the inevitability that the party must end. And one clear, cold morning after we are gone, our partner will awaken in the warmth of the bedroom and be struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore."

No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute."

Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, or say "I love you."



80 years ago today, back in 1935, US Congress passed the Social Security Act and President Franklin D. Roosevelt immediately signed it into law.

Provides for federal contributions of up to $15 a month a person, starting soon, to help states pension their most needy aged residents.

Establishes a great national annuity system by which an estimated 25,000,000 workers and their employers will be taxed billions of dollars through the years, and workers will be paid $10 to $85 a month by the government when they are 65 and jobless.

100 Years - Marshall McLuhan




Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Place: City Island Yacht Club
63 Pilot Street
City Island, NY 10464
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Nine Sessions
Price: Instruction is free. Nominal fee for course materials
Contact: Jim Duffy (718)863-3855 (Please do not call after 10 PM)
or Franz Alvarez (914)636-5216 email:

Public Boating Flier:
The Safe Boating course is designed to familiarize you with most of the fundamentals of safe boating.

Subjects covered include:

* Boat Handling
* Boat Types & Terminology

First Mothers Day


Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 8 and I am celebrating a new mom in my life. My younger daughter Sabrina Caren Soto. She is stylish and enjoys lazy Sundays with Olivia, her gorgeous baby girl and father Steve in their hectic, new and exciting parenting challenge.

Although my mom Margarita has passed away, she will never, ever be forgotten. I also pay tribute to other moms in my life. Maria Soto, my ex and the mother of my darling, delightful daughters. My loving wife, Yirong Chen Soto, who is the mother of our smart son Yiliang Chen.



The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.