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TONIGHT * FRIDAY, JULY 11 @ 6 pm Pelham Bay Park - Middletown Road and Stadium Ave.
AFRO-CUBAN AND LATIN JAZZ Master percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his band
First appearance at BAE SummerMusic Presented by Councilman James Vacca

Bobby Sanabria is a 7x Grammy nominated as a leader American drummer of Puerto Rican descent who is also a percussionist, composer, arranger producer, documentary film producer, educator and a writer.

http://www.bobbysanabria.com/

DIRECTIONS
Pelham Bay Park is located in the northeast corner of the Bronx and is serviced by the Bruckner Expressway/New England Thruway (I-95) combination. Pelham Parkway serves as a crosstown route to the park.

From the New England Thruway (I-95) South Take I-95 South to the Westchester Avenue exit. Go straight along the service road for approximately 4 lights and make a left onto Jarvis Place to go over the I-95/Bruckner Expressway. Make the next left and head north on the service road. At the first light, make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the street (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and the first left into the parking lot.

From the Bruckner Expressway Take the Bruckner Expressway north and exit at the Lafayette Avenue exit. Stay on the northbound service road and make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the block (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and another left turn into the parking lot.

From the I-95 North Take I-95 north and exit at the Country Club Road/Pelham Bay Park exit. Stay on the northbound service road and make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the block (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and another left turn into the parking lot.

From Pelham Parkway, eastbound Take Pelham Parkway eastbound past Eastchester Road and get into the right lane. Go through the next light and make a right turn onto the Pelham Parkway service road. (Be careful not to get onto the Hutchinson River Parkway.) Follow the service road around to a stop sign and under the IRT No. 6 train and head south along the Bruckner Expressway service road. Go straight along the service road for approximately 4 lights and make a left onto Jarvis Place to go over the I-95/Bruckner Expressway. Make the next left and head north on the service road. At the first light, make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the street (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and the first left into the parking lot.

Public Transportation Pelham Bay Park can be reached by the IRT No. 6 train to the last stop; the Bx5, Bx12, and Qbx1 buses to the train station; the Bx29 to the City Island Traffic Circle; or Westchester bus No. 45 to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. To get to the park take the pedestrian bridge from the train station down to the park side, walk toward the brick building/parkhouse, and go past the back heading straight toward the tennis courts. Once past the tennis courts, the track will be visible. Concert is on the opposite side of the track, next to the parking lot.

NEWS 12 BIRTHDAY

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I'd like to be the first to wish News 12 The Bronx a joyous and healthy Happy Birthday and 17 year anniversary.

You're no longer a baby, you're a popular and good looking teenager. However, since my talented team and I lovingly gave birth to you 17 years ago, and I will always and forever see you as one of my many beautiful cable and broadcast babes.

News 12 Long Island is the flagship channel of the Cablevision news group. It launched way back on December 15, 1986 as the brainchild of visionary Charles Dolan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dolan. News 12 became the first 24-hour local cable news channel in the nation. This cable TV station provides 24-hour news coverage primarily focused on Long Island news and information content.

Years later, I was very proud to be chosen your founding station manager, to build and then launch News 12 The Bronx in June 1988, after being hired by the company founder, owner and then CEO.

I had already lived in the NY metropolitan area before, while working for NBC http://www.nbcnews.com/ as an awatrd winning writer and producer. Later, as news director, for WNJU-TV 47, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNJU. I moved to City Island, The Bronx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Island,_Bronx from the west coast, where I had been working for KVEA-TV 52, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVEA .

Following many intense months of nearly non stop work, News 12 became the sixth and most diverse operation of the News 12 Regional News Network, which currently reaches about 300,000 cable television households in The Bronx.

We built this 24 hour cable news channel inside what used to be an abandoned roller-skating ring, located in the Soundview area. I then hired the best staff I was able to recruit and so to it that they were well trained inside the very same South Bronx neighborhood, where US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor enjoyed her early years.

These "on air " staffers included folks who are now well known media personalities, like NBC News anchorwoman Natalie Morales: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Morales and FOX Newsman James Rosen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Rosen_%28journalist%29#Career to name two. The only staff member, who is still working there from the original founding group, which I hired at News 12 The Bronx: http://bronx.news12.com/ is Operations Manager Brian Webb, https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=26637770&authType=name&authToke...

News 12 The Bronx was the first television news organization in the region to adopt the utilization of robotic cameras: http://www.parkervision.com/, as well as digital video servers to play back news: http://www.capitalnetworks.com/ and an environmentally friendly fleet of Hybrid electric vehicles which make up the state of the art news-gathering mobile units and reduce air pollution.

HB News 12, The Bronx * https://youtu.be/gParpNbPD8Y

EASTER

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Pope Francis will address an Easter Mass Sunday offering a traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing , and The Pontiff also presides over Easter Vigil at the St Peter's Basilica today..

You can watch the events live through the Vatican's official YouTube video below. Live streaming of Pope Francis' events will also be available on Vatican Radio, Catholic TV and the Vatican Television Center.

http://www.ctv.va/content/ctv/it.html

http://www.vatican.va/news_services/television/index.htm

Jerome Park Reservoir Walking Tour

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On Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.
What do the Jerome Park Reservoir, the Belmont Stakes and Winston Churchill have in common?

The Jerome Park Reservoir lies on a site that was originally a thoroughbred racetrack where the Belmont Stakes was first run between 1866 and 1890. It was built by Leonard Jerome who partnered with financier August Belmont and others to build it in 1866. Then the city took over the land to create a new reservoir for the "New Aqueduct" [Croton Aqueduct].

Where does Churchill fit in? Was he a jockey maybe?
No, Leonard Jerome was his grandfather.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

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NYC Parks Department recreation staff created “Everything Day” after hearing that members of the Sorrentino Center’s Afterschool program, most of whom were affected by Hurricane Sandy, weren’t able to go trick-or-treating for Halloween, in many cases spent Thanksgiving away from home, and in some won’t have their normal Christmas or Hanukkah celebration. During this event, these children will have the opportunity to celebrate all these missed holidays, at once.

Circle Death

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An off-duty female police officer was killed and another off-duty male housing cop critically injured when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed on the City Island circle. The following are assorted news media reports of the fiery crash.

The wrecked car could be seen in a heap in the middle of the busy roundabout.
Woman killed, off-duty cop injured in tragic crash http://nyp.st/2kVwE5w

Off-duty cop killed, sergeant critically injured in Bronx crash http://nydn.us/2kt6mKD

ORCHARD BEACH FIREWORKS

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NEW YORK SALUTES AMERICA.

Fireworks show on Orchard Beach Friday June 28 @ 6P - 10P

Free shuttle bus services will be available between Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach.

City Island Images suggests yo make it a family night of fun, food and fireworks!

HOW TO IDENTIFY A JACK @$$

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Have you ever been outdoors enjoying the weather only to have to worry about...

An idiot driving over the posted speed limit near a public school, playground, church, community center, museum, or any other place where young people and old folks gather for spiritual, educational, or recreational reasons.

The next time you see this Jack @$$ placing our lives as well as their own lives in danger, while wasting gasoline.... Take a photo of their license plate, or write it down and immediately report it to your local police department, or to a public safety officer.

Today in Her and History

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Today is Saturday, March 1, the 60th day of 2014. There are 305 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators' gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. The United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands; the explosive yield of 15 megatons, much greater than expected, dropped radioactive fallout on occupied islands hundreds of miles away.

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Charles Dickens Exibit

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was Britain's first true literary superstar. In his time, he attracted international adulation on an unprecedented scale, and many of his books became instant classics. Today, his popularity continues unabated, and his work remains not only widely read but widely adapted to stage and screen.

CULTURE SATURDAY

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HollyTrolley- BCA’s Culture Trolley Saturday returns on December 10th with an afternoon of free trolley rides, attractions, free giveaways, including a number of exhibitions, interactive games, dance and craft workshops, a benefit comic book sale, and a holiday craft sale by bronxArtworks artisans. The day begins and ends at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street. Click here for directions. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The afternoon line-up includes...

12:00am-5:00pm

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos