Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tomorrow night's guest at PRSUN Radio is Judith Escalona, executive director of PRdream and MediaNoche in NYC's El Barrio.
PRdream (Puerto Rico and the American Dream) is the award-winning website on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. The mission of PRdream is to empower community through technology.
As part of that mission, PRdream launched MediaNoche, a new media project and digital gallery. MediaNoche offers residencies and exhibition space for artists working in new media. The Digital Film Studio at MediaNoche is a space for independent filmmakers to converge. Works-in-progress screenings, screenplay readings and a variety of workshops are offered.
Escalona is also a filmmaker. Escalona is a longtime Manhattan resident, but she grew up in the Bronx.
To read Escalona's bio, go to my blog at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio.
Tomorrow night's show will be at 9 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio.
To listen to PRSUN Radio's chat with Judith Escalona:
FINAL CUT PRO AND PHOTOSHOP WORKSHOPS - Beginning in April
Wednesday, April 8
FINAL CUT PRO BASICS: $300.
Learn the basics for effective non-linear editing.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 10 p.m.,
Section 1: April 13, 15, 20, 22
*Must have basic computer skills and a familiarity with the Mac interface or have taken the Mac Basics workshop.
Learn the basics of using a MAC computer. $50.
April 8, 6 - 9 p.m.
PHOTOSHOP BASICS: 1 day intensive: $175
Saturdays in April, 1 – 6 p.m.
First class: April 4
Learn the fundamentals from a pro. Basic computer skills in pc or Mac platforms.
Call (212) 828-0401 for more information or to register.
Small class size, one computer per student. All workshops are held in the gallery of
1355 Park Avenue, Corner Store
the entrance is on East 102nd Street, East Harlem
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Some refer to this place as “Juan Laporte’s Boxing Gym,” named after Laporte who was a boxing champion in the early 1980’s. But the gym located at 1029 East 167th Street doesn’t serve only as a gym. It’s also a cultural and educational oasis for those with an interest in Puerto Rican and Latino themes.
The center is an endeavor aimed at transforming a social void into a valuable community space. It serves as a social and cultural center for the entire community. It’s a place for community members to socialize and participate in ongoing programs and activities for children, teenagers and adults.
Among the cultural programs that take place at El Maestro are: “Puerto Rican Roots Music performances (monthly), Afro-Puerto Rican Roots Dance & Percussion Classes (weekly), Resident Musical Ensembles (weekly rehearsals), Educational Video Presentations (monthly), Art Exhibitions (monthly), and Spoken Word/Poetry Open Mic and Showcase (monthly). It’s a busy place for sure.
There is also a little league baseball team and softball league El Maestro sponsors.
At the gym, participants learn to box and work on getting in shape. The gym membership fee: $50.
Coto Talavera, head trainer at the gym, says, “The success is not when an individual wins a title.”
The gym has served as a perfect place for members of several boxing members of the NYPD Boxing Team and the FDNY Boxing Team to work out.
“I come here often to train,” said a police officer at the gym who did not want to be identified. “Everything is clean and in complete order; there are no fights. I recommend every Police Athletic League in the city to come here.”
Naralie Pacheco, a female boxing champion and trainer at the gym, said, “When I train fighters here, I demand respect not just to me but for all, and that’s why this place is so special for the community because there is respect.”
For more information about El Maestro, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 337-6775. –- Ismael Nunez
(photos by Ismael Nunez)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
On Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 pm, the Bronx Borough President’s Office will join millions of people as they turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change. Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour got started just two years ago and is now the largest event of its kind in the world.
This year, over 250 cities in 74 countries have agreed to take part in Earth Hour including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Moscow, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and The Bronx.
Acting Borough President Earl Brown is encouraging the borough to participate in the movement. “I would encourage all Bronxites to turn off all non-essential lights not only at 8:30 on March 28 but to use this global event as an opportunity to start addressing energy conservation and environmental stewardship on a daily basis. With increased concerns about the health of our environmental and our economy this event is an excellent way for people to participate in a global movement starting in their own community."
source: Bronx BP's office
Editor's Note: Bronx Latino supports Earth Hour. In solidarity.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Acentos Writers Workshop with Erica Miriam Fabri @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse,
12 p.m. sharp, Sunday
To RSVP, Fish@louderarts.com.
Xavier Serbia, the former Menudo turned financial pro, talks about his new finance book at a presentation at the Barnes & Noble in Coop City Thursday. Here he poses with a group of fans. For more photos, go to my site at www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel and click on the "Writing" set.
Check out this entry on last night's event by Silvia Felicia Leva titled "In Four Steps I met Xavier Serbia" at her Twitter wall at
Here's the trailer for the new movie "Sugar," which opens in theaters in April. The film follows the story of a young Dominican ball player (Miguel “Sugar” Santos) in his struggle to play in MLB.
See related story at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123810663847552241.html
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Things to do in the Bx
8 p.m. TOMORROW
Bronx-grown Tango like no other! Don’t miss KONRAD ADDERLY and his BRONX TANGO ensemble featuring Tito Castro on the bandoneón, violinist Sergio Reyes and pianist Octavio Brunetti. Dancers: Hernán Brizuela & Cyrena Drusene and Sara & Iván Terrazas. To purchase tickets or more information, go to www.pregones.org.
Kharon's Fare from Reel 13 on Vimeo.
Bronx Latino is offering a new section titled "Featured Bronx Film," which will especially highlight movies by, for and about Latinos and/or the Bronx. Priority will be given to independent film projects by Bronx Latino filmmakers, but we are open.
Our pick today is "Kharon's Fare," a film by David C. Diaz and written by Matt Raimo.
Check out this low budget film shot in the Bronx portraying two hitmen at odds in the tight quarters of a kitchen. The film is now up for a vote now against one other short.
The winning film will be aired this Saturday night on Channel 13.
*If you want to vote, take a few seconds and click on a button underneath "KHARON'S FARE" at the link below.
7 p.m. TONIGHT
Big Read Discussion/Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance*
Nigger/Nigga: A Discussion of Language, Culture and History -- As the Bronx celebrates the national Big Read with "To Kill A Mockingbird," a distinguished panel of cultural warriors and artists will discuss the use of the word in the book, in culture, society and in some cases, their own work with Black Artemis/Sophia Quintero (author and founder of Chica Luna and Sister Outsider Entertainment), Rokafella (Master Hip Hop Dancer/Choreographer) and Rosamond King (performance artist and scholar). This evening is sponsored by the Freda Rosen Memorial Fund and is part of the 2009 BAAD!Ass Women Festival. Admission is free. BAAD! Is located at 841 Barretto Street in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Take #6 train to Hunts Point Ave. BAAD! offers discounts to BAADGE and Bronx Cultural Card holders. Students and seniors also receive discounts. Ticket offers cannot be combined. For further information and tickets call (718) 842-5223 or visit BAAD!’s website. For additional information about The Big Read in the Bronx and its upcoming events, visit www.bronxarts.org, e-mail email@example.com, or call 718-931-9500 x21.
It's sad news. He was going to perform a show right here in the Bronx in May. (See March 10 entry in this blog.)
May he rest in peace.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
(El Taller de Diabetes incluirá charlas acerca de cuidados médicos, y información para ayudarle a mantener una dieta sana y un estilo de vida saludable.)
Everyone is Welcome
The workshop is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Friday, March 27
(Constituent Services: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Highbridge Senior Center
1181 Nelson Avenue
(Between 167th & 168th Streets)
Note: For constituent services, bring any paperwork you may have related to the situation or issue you wish to discuss to allow Serrano's office to help you more effectively. If you have any questions, call the District Office at (212) 828-5829.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Xavier Serbia, a former Menudo, is now a financial expert and he is the author of a new Spanish guide titled "La riqueza en cu4tro pisos." It's a guide providing readers steps on how to strategize and build financial independence.
Serbia has become a leading financial voice, especially within the U.S. Hispanic media.
Listen to my interview with Serbia in English about his guide and what he has to say about building wealth. Xavier breaks down the steps he thinks people should take to work on achieving financial independence.
Xavier Serbia will be in the Bronx for a book presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza in Coop City. Serbia says he hopes to interact with people and discuss his book, which he describes as a "roadmap" to wealth.
For more information about the writer, go to his website at www.xavierserbia.com. -- Clarisel Gonzalez
Xavier Serbia's book is also available at the Bronx Latino aStore.
Hi Bronx Latino readers and visitors, I just noticed that Bronx Latino is one year old. On March 6, 2008, I posted my first entry announcing the birth of a new blog focusing on the Bronx from a Latino perspective.
Bronx Latino is a lifestyle blog focusing on the Bronx from a Latino perspective. Bronx Latino is a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, an independent community-minded multimedia social entrepreneurship.
The first article in the Bronx Latino blog was posted on March 31.
Happy Blogosversary Bronx Latino!
Thank you Bronxites for your support. If you are on Facebook, join the Bronx Latino blog network. If you are on flickr, you are invited to join our Bronx Latino photo group.
I am looking forward to a new and better year. Keep sending me your news, community events. This blog is aimed at highlighting Latinos from the Bronx.
Here's the countdown for Bronx Latino's next Blogosversary.
-- Clarisel Gonzalez, editor
(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)
The committee Guadalupano of Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx invites you to its “VII Annual Mexican Folk festival,” aimed at celebrating and maintaining Mexican roots for those who live in New York City . This event will be in Our Lady of Refuge gymnasium located at 290 East 196 Street. It will take place from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, March 29.
The celebration will include typical Mexican dances presented by danced groups: Nuestra Seňora del Refugio, Estampas Folkloricas Mexicanas, Ballet folklorico mexicano de Nueva York, Telpochtli, Juventud Azteca, Ecos de México, Yavidaxiu y Ballet folklorico San Juan Diego. This event will be in Spanish. To cover the events expenses the entrance fee is $5.
Each dance piece represents a certain region of Mexico such as, Chiapas , Veracruz , Puebla , Jalisco, Sinaloa , Chihuahua , south California , amongst many other regions.
Mexico also counts on their excellent dishes gaining a lot of recognition all around with their exquisite taste. Thus not only would the audience enjoy the bright colors and cheerful dances, but they would also enjoy the authentic taste of Mexican dishes. Admirers of Mexican culture are invited to attend.
The committee Guadalupano of Our Lady of Refuge was founded 13 years ago.
For more information about the event, please call Mr.Enriquez at (917) 582-4895 or visit the website www.MexicanosUnidos.org.
source: Mexicanos Unidos press release
(photo by Javier Soriano)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
According to the website, the parade will be at 1 p.m. May 17 along 176 Street and Grand Concourse. Applications are being accepted for every country and every island that wants to be a part of the parade.
Call: 646-401-4787 for more information on the parade.
The parade's festival is planned for noon May 3. "LA BORINQUEÑA" festival will be held at Lafayette Avenue. The rain date is May 10.
For more information, visit the parade's website at www.bronxprparade.com.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Acentos Writers Workshops Welcomes Sandra Maria Esteves
Acentos is doing something special every Sunday at Hostos Community college to promote writing and poetry. Acentos is offering dynamic workshops in the Bronx for free. Acentos offers participants the opportunity to work with some of the most well respected writers of our time. Writers like Sandra Maria Esteves who has blazed trails so wide and thick it made it just a little bit easier for Acentos to exist. This coming Sunday is not a day to miss.
Sandra Maria Esteves
Poet Sandra María Esteves is a "Puerto Rican-Dominican-Boriqueña- Quisqueyana-Taino-African-American," born and raised in the Bronx.
One of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement, she has published six collections of poetry including Finding Your Way (2001); Contrapunto In The Open Field (1998); Undelivered Love Poems (1997); Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo (1990); Tropical Rain: A Bilingual Downpour (1984); and Yerba Buena (1981) which was selected as Best Small Press in 1981 by the Library Journal.
She has conducted literary programs at organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center and El Museo del Barrio. Ms. Esteves was awarded as an Art Review 2001 Honoree from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and received the 1985 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. She lives in New York City..
Acentos Writers Workshop with Sandra Maria Esteves @ Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College •
450 Grand Concourse,
12 pm sharp
Phone (718) 518-4444
RSVP at Fish@louderarts.com.
(photo of Sandra Maria Esteves by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Editor's note: Esteves' works are available at the Bronx Latino aStore:
Check it out. Shopping at the Bronx Latino aStore is a way of supporting the Puerto Rico Sun community media project, which publishes Bronx Latino.
FRIENDS OF EL MAESTRO, INC.
will have a dinner fundraiser for El Maestro's Juan Laporte boxing gym on Saturday, April 25.
Music by 5 en Plena
El Maestro, 1029 E. 167 St.
Event kicks off at 8 p.m.
That night they will also have on TV the W.B.O. JR. Featherweight Championshop of JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ VS. GERRY PENALOSA.
For more information, (646) 337-6775.
(photos courtesy of El Maestro)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here's some info. from a press release from Power to the Parents:
South Bronx public school parents, your kids need you now! Midnight, March 19th (TONIGHT), is the deadline for public school parents to register to represent their children and local school district on NYC’s Community and Citywide Education Councils (CECs).
Although many parents have applied to run for a CEC seat, there are still District schools that have yet to put forward candidates, including those in the South Bronx neighborhoods.
CECs were formed in 2003 to replace the city’s school boards. CEC members advise the Department of Education on issues impacting parents and schools like instructional programs and zoning.
“You can register online to be a CEC candidate for your District in a matter of minutes at www.powertotheparents.org,” said Jeff S. Merritt, founder and president of Grassroots Initiative, the New York City-based nonprofit organization partnering with the Department of Education to recruit and assist CEC candidates.
Parents who have any questions about applying to run for a CEC seat are encouraged to call the election’s toll-free help line immediately: 1-877-NYC-VOTE and to look at the www.powertotheparents.org website to get answers to frequently-asked questions.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
NY YANKEES, GO HOME! AND WE HAVE TO PAY...
In 1986 when the world was shouting for the more “working class” Mets to win the World Series, I made my father proud as I wore a navy blue and white tank top amidst the threat of ridicule. How could I, a proud red diaper baby, champion of the working class, be a Yankee fan?
Well, like all rituals and allegiances it was not logic which guided me, it was the pride in the eyes of my father as his favorite team played, and I could not betray him. However, now working in the hub of Latino life, the Bronx, as a fundraiser and media person, I may have to stand and yell with the residents, “Yanqui, go home!” -- Lenina Nadal
To read Lenina Nadal's full report, go to www.us-puertoricans.org.
Monday, March 16, 2009
In the first person
If you’ve ever been to the Nuyorican Poets Café in lower Manhattan than you can understand why it would be such an honor for my first public performance outside of school to be at this historical Café.
It was a Sunday in the middle of the afternoon and I was seemingly relaxed. I was coming above ground from the 6 train, probably the most eager as I’ve ever been. My older sister Lisa and I strolled the streets of the L.E.S. searching for this landmark. My blood was boiling with excitement. I was headed to the Urban Word’s 11th Annual Teen Poetry Preliminary Round at the Nuyorican! Life couldn’t get better.
I spent countless hours practicing the poem, so I wasn’t nervous about my memorization of my piece. I remember the names were placed in a raffle envelope as everyone took a seat for a chance to spill their guts into the mic for the judges.
“This rug is a very famous one, one that Saul Williams and other famous poets have stood on; you should be honored to recite on this rug poets,” I remember one of the hosts telling us as part of his introduction. Poet after poet literally poured their hearts out for us to hear and for judges to judge in the hopes to make it to the next round. INTENSE. When I was called up, the level of comfort was amazing. It was as if I felt that this was where I belonged all these years. I was sick with pink eye in both eyes and just midway through my recovery, but that didn’t stop me. I was up on stage at the Nuyorican. AMAZING.
“You Are Nothing.” That was the first line of my poem. People gasp and laugh at the same time throughout the piece. I’m still shocked at such positive feedback I received. Being pulled to the side by a judge was probably the most stunning part of the night. “CARLOS! Besides our name being the same, I really liked that poem,” the judge told me.
I mean even the bathroom at the café is amazing. It’s decorated with autographed posters of famous performing artists that I’ve never even heard. As a poet, honestly, it was a dream to perform at the Nuyorican Poets Café, especially because I am a Puerto Rican from New York. I never, ever, ever, ever, EVER thought it would happen, and I never expected this to be the first place where I would have been given the opportunity to perform.
It’s truly amazing. As I write this article, I’m still in shock that I performed at the Nuyorican and impressed with the people, even though I couldn’t see their faces during the performance because of the spotlight. Honestly, if not the best, performing at the Nuyorican has been one of the best experiences of my life as a poet and even more so as a person trying to succeed. -- Carlos Burgos
Carlos Burgos, a contributing writer to Bronx Latino, is a poet that goes by the name "Iro" because he says it means "Man" in Taino and the name Carlos also means "Man." Burgos was born in the Bronx and now lives in nearby Yonkers. To connect with Iro, go to his Facebook page at
(photo of Carlos Burgos)
(photo of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This April, join the mayor and thousands of New Yorkers to make a greener, greater New York City by planting and watering trees during the second annual MillionTreesNYC Month.
On April 25th, 20,000 trees will be planted in 18 sites citywide as part of New York Cares Hands on New York Day, and community members are needed to make this happen. Bring your friends, your family or your neighbors to roll up their sleeves, dig in, and help reach the goal of one million trees by 2017.
To register or learn more about this event and other volunteer opportunities this spring, visit www.milliontreesnyc.org.
March is for music at Pregones theater. This month has been full of concerts.
Today's afternoon show features classical music with Puerto Rican concert pianist Jose Ramos Santana.
For ticket info. on today's show, go to www.pregones.org.
(photo courtesy of Pregones)
Friday, March 13, 2009
As an example of her humor, check out her jibara picture on her Facebook page.
Cindy jokes about her Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage, calling herself a "Domrican."
So, tune in from 9-9:15 p.m. www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio on March 18, Wednesday night. Cindy will share information on her upcoming shows and projects.
To read her bio, go to my blog at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio.
(photo courtesy of Cindy SugaRush/photo by Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero)
Listen to the interview here:
Teatrostagefest says: "Know any High School Students?
Make sure they register for FREE Playwriting Workshops on Saturdays, March 14th, 21st, and 28th, from 1-4 p.m., hosted by TeatroStageFest and Young Playwrights Inc. For info/registration visit www.teatrostagefest.org.
YPLC Playwriting Workshop TOMORROW, Young Playwrights, Inc.
"Come and share your questions with established actors, directors and playwrights..."
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
source: Teatro StageFest
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Join the New York Women's Chamber of Commerce in the Bronx Business Solution Center on March 18th
Minority/Women Owned Businesses,
& Construction Related Companies
Topics that will be discussed:
Selling to the Government
Qualifications to Get Certified with the City
Types of Certifications
Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)
Locally-Based Enterprises (LBE)
Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE)
Walk-through the Application Forms
Questions and Answers
The NYWCC will assist you through the certification process and obtaining contracts with the city for FREE.
Limited participants only. RSVP a must.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 18
Bronx Business Solution Center
358 East 149th Street, Lower Level
To RSVP, call or e-mail
(212) 491-9640 ext. 105
Attention parents of children 8 to 11-years-old: The Urban Park Rangers are now accepting applications for Junior Ranger Camp. This is a fun and educational nature exploration program held right here in New York City. Imagine your child paddling a canoe in quiet blue waters edged with bright green marsh grass, exploring nature from a whole new perspective. As a Junior Ranger, your child will canoe, fish, learn to use a map and compass, observe wildlife, and even camp out in the park! Sites include Crotona Park in the Bronx, Marine Park in Brooklyn, Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan, and Blue Heron Park in Staten Island.
This low-cost opportunity ($65/week) continues to be extremely popular around the city, so get your application in today! For more information or to download an application, visit http://www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers
and click on the "Junior Rangers" tab on the right. You can also call the Director of the Junior Ranger Program at (212) 360-2776.
source: The Urban Park Rangers
The Office of the Bronx Borough President invites
to the Women’s History Month Celebration 2009
Bronx Borough President’s Office and The New York Botanical Garden present Empowering Bronx Women: a Panel Discussion on Women and the Opportunities Before Us, an event to celebrate Women History Month 2009.
The event will feature exciting guest speakers: Isabel Toledo, one of New York’s hottest designers, she designed First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugurations outfit; Leanna Archer, 13 years old child entrepreneur, motivational and inspirational speaker, New York’s youngest Chief Executive Office; and Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir & Featured on a Lifetime Movie and Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.
10 a.m.- noon TODAY
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) East 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Concert at the Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road at Briggs Avenue
noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14
Mezzo Soprano Anna Tonna, with her accompanist Daniel Daroca on the piano, will perform "La cancion de arte puertorriqueña" – classical songs by Hector Campos Paris, Awilda Villarini, Julio Miron, Luis Antonio Ramirez, Jack Delano, Ernesto Cordero and Luis Prado. Tonna and Daroca are currently engaged by the Festival Casals of Puerto Rico to perform this concert in March of 2009. This afternoon’s audience will enjoy a sneak preview of selections from that engagement. This afternoon’s performance, a segment of BCA’s Bronx Indie Artist Series, is open to the public and admission is free. For information, visit www.bronxarts.org, call 718-931-9500 x35 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the tough state of the economy, it is becoming more challenging for some pet owners to care for their beloved cats and dogs. But don't lose hope. Don't let go of your cat or dog so quickly.
There are resources out there to help you keep costs down and your kitty and doggie healthy and at home with you. Bronx Latino speaks to Joel Lopez, administrative and outreach manager of the ASPCA's Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics, about the work the mobile clinics are doing and why Bronxites should take advantage of them.
1. With this economy, many people across the country are releasing their animals to the streets because they say they can't afford them. Others are taking them to shelters. What should pet owners do to cut costs and try to keep their pets in these financially strapped times?
You would be hard pressed to find a New Yorker who is not looking for ways to save money right now. Perhaps the best way to maintain costs on pet care is to ensure your pet is up-to-date on all their veterinary needs. Preventative care, such as yearly vaccinations and dental cleanings, can stop the occurrence of major issues (and major costs) later.
2. The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics offer free and low-cost spay and neuter services for pet owners. Why should people take advantage of these clinics? What is the average cost if they were to go to a veterinarian to get these same services?
The national average fees for spaying or neutering a cat (including pre-anesthesia tests) averages about $145. For dogs, it's about $200. These averages would be slightly higher for a large city like New York. If you are a New Yorker on public assistance, you can receive spay/neuter services, as well as vaccinations, microchipping, and nail trim for FREE. If you are not a public assistance the fee would be $75. It’s the best deal in town!
3. Many people don't want to spay or neuter their pets such as their pitbulls because they say they would like their pets to mate someday. Why should pet owners who think this way reconsider?
Pitbulls are near and dear to the ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter clinic’s heart. Pitbull owners are proud of their companions and love them dearly. However, statistically, most pitbull offspring end up at the city shelter. Unfortunately, most don’t make it out. Altering these pets will not only decrease the number of animals entering shelters, but also gives them a healthier longer life. What pet owner doesn’t want that?
4. Many people also say they don't want to spay or neuter their pets because they get fat. What do you say about this?
Weight gain is about calorie intake and energy expenditure, just like people. If you feed your pet the right foods in the right amounts, and exercise them regularly, you can keep your pet fit and healthy.
5. What is the main message you would like to deliver to readers about the mobile clinics?
The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics are here for New York City residents in need and their pets. We are currently out in all 5 boroughs 7 days a week, operating 28, soon to be 32, clinics every week. Not only do we come to your neighborhood, but we make our services as affordable as possible if not free (for those on public assistance). Come take advantage of our services.
6. When and where could people go to take advantage of the mobile clinic and what are the requirements?
To learn where and when a clinic will be available please reach out to our 24 – hour bilingual hotline (877) SPAY-NYC. We can also be found at www.aspca.org/petowners. All instructions and requirements are clearly covered in each of these resources.
7. Are pet owners who don't live in public housing or receive government benefits eligible to take their pets to the clinic? What do they need to bring?
The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic welcomes all animals, whether they live in public housing or not. For those not on public assistance, all we ask is proof of NYC residency and a fee of $75. For those on public assistance, a benefits card will gain you free services. We also accept Medicaid, Medicare, disability, SSI, food stamps, TANF; rent receipt from public housing, etc.
8. Why is it important for our cats and dogs to have all their shots?
First, vaccinations protect your pets from exposure to communicable diseases. Second, the city requires pets to have proof of vaccination, to ensure the health and safety of the pet and its environment. To learn more about city pet owning requirements please contact the health department.
To learn more about the ASPCA, go to www.aspca.org. -- Clarisel Gonzalez
Editor's Note: Bronx Latino is a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, a social entrepreneurship venture. My cat Sol is the mascot of the Puerto Rico Sun project. Support the good work of the ASPCA. PRSUN is currently raising money for the ASPCA via change.org. To donate to the PRSUN for the ASPCA drive, go to http://www.change.org/aspca/projects/fundraising/prsun_for_the_aspca
(photo of Sol by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
NuyoRican School Poery Jazz Ensemble is honored to present this powerhouse salsa band considered by many as New york City's ambassadors of salsa: Manny Oquendo Y Libre featuring Oquendo on timbales and Andy Gonzalez on bass.
Manny Oquendo began percussion studies in 1945 and gained experience with the bands of Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan "El Boy" Torres, Jose Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, Jose Curbelo and Pupi Campo before becoming Tito Puente's bongo player in 1950. Four years later, Oquendo was with Tito Rodriquez and with Vicentico Valdes in 1955. In 1962, he settled with the Eddie Palmieri orchestra. Before 1974 ended, Oquendo's Conjunto Libre came into being. Oquendo Y Libre gained world-wide recognition with their ability to play both hard New York Salsa and Jazz or Latin Jazz. In 1983, for example, they recording "Little Sunflower," considered one of the best recordings of the year and in 2001, they presented a monster arrangement of "Jumpin with Lester."
7:30 p.m., Satuday, May 30
Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Gallery
1040 Grand Concourse, corner of East 165 Street
For information: 718-601-1163 or email email@example.com
source: NuyoRican school
Editor's Note: Manny Oquendo y Libre's music is available for purchase at the Bronx aStore. Go to:
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Monday, March 9, 2009
The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) presents a day of free family-oriented events as it kicks off its Culture Trolley Saturdays on March 14, 2009, from noon to 6 p.m. The tour will take guests to a multitude of activities, 18 in all, at cultural organizations and artists’ studios along the South Bronx Cultural Corridor and beyond. The Comic Book Convention at Hostos Community College and Big Read events at Pregones Theater and the Bronx Library Center will highlight the day’s activities. All events, including the trolley ride, are free and open the public.
An offshoot of BCA’s very successful First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley, Culture Trolley Saturdays will offer families a daytime opportunity to enjoy the cultural treasures along the lower Grand Concourse with a couple of surprise activities in other areas of the Bronx. 18 events are scheduled for March 14th in the areas of Mott Haven, Fordham, and Westchester Square. The Mott Haven activities will take place along the trolley route.
For more information, go to www.bronxarts.org.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The International Women's Day is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
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Check out the wonderful array of articles in celebration of la mujer.
Felicidades mujeres trabajadoras y luchadoras.
This series was shot on East 142nd between Brook and St. Ann's avenues. The yellow casita is Villa Puerto Rico.
(photos by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Saturday, March 7, 2009
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For more information on this or other Women's History events at Cemi Underground, go to www.cemiunderground.com.
This month you can meet and greet Bronx Latina Sofia Quintero, author of the novel "Divas Don't Yield." Quintero will discuss and sign copies of her "Divas Don't Yield" from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street, El Taller, 3rd Floor, East Harlem.
3 Questions for Sofia Quintero
1. What was the inspiration behind your book?
The novel "Divas Don't Yield" was based on a screenplay I wrote almost 10 years ago in response to the so-called Latin pop explosion or as I prefer to describe it - the six months in 1999 when Latinos were "in" again. It was difficult for me to celebrate our popularity because one, I suspected it would be fleeting, and two, the few Latinos handpicked for stardom were not very diverse. I decided to write a screenplay that would break out not just one but four different Latina stars including an Afro-Latina and hopefully an out lesbian. It is much easier to get a novel published about four Latinas than it is to have a film produced about one.
2. If you were casting the movie version of "Divas Don't Yield" who would be your picks for the main characters?
That's actually something I hope readers of the novel will assist me. Most of my favorite actresses at the time I wrote the
screenplay like Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana can no longer play college students. But I realize that I may not be familiar with the upcoming Latina talents, so I'd love it if readers of the novel will go find "Divas Don't Yield" on Storycasting.com and post their suggestions. I'd be especially indebted if they could lead me to a spectacular Afro-Latina actress who could pull off Jackie.
3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I've been writing stories since I was eight years old. At the age of 12, I wrote my first "novel," and it starred all the kids on my block! When I was about 15, I wrote another based on the b-boys in my high school, so I've been writing with a hip-hop aesthetic for over 20 years. However, it wasn't until I had my creative recovery at the age of 28 that I decided to pursue writing as a career. I encourage anyone who aspires to create art to follow the 12-week program in Julia Cameron's "The Artist Way." That is one of the books that has changed my life.
Light refreshments will be provided at Tuesday's meet the author event. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Aurora Anaya-Cerda
Aurora Anaya-Cerda is owner of the independent La Casa Azul Bookstore and a new contributing writer to Bronx Latino. For more information, visit www.lacasaazulbookstore.com or e-mail email@example.com. Article reprinted with permission from La Casa Azul Bookstore.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thru Sunday, April 12
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Thousands of brilliantly colored orchids and the lush tropical setting of a contemporary Brazilian garden await visitors to this year’s Orchid Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s exhibition, the 7th annual, is designed by noted Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles. In creating the display he has drawn on his years of work with renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.
Fountains, pools, and colorful mosaics are combined with graceful palms, delicate orchids, bromeliads, and other native plants of Brazil, which are also highlighted throughout the Conservatory. Botanical Garden scientists will present their ongoing research in Brazil and elsewhere in South America.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday
For more information:
UPCOMING at the New York Botanical Garden
Martha Stewart to redesign historic herb garden
Martha Stewart’s Culinary Herb Garden One of the Highlights of
The Edible Garden, A Summer Event Celebrating Edible Plants
June 27 – September 13
Martha Stewart’s Culinary Herb Garden, a display of the finest culinary herbs personally selected by Martha Stewart and her team of gardening experts, will be one of the highlights of The Edible Garden, The New York Botanical Garden’s campus-wide summer program celebrating edible plants.
Martha Stewart brings her distinctive design aesthetic, which has inspired millions of fans around the world, to
the Botanical Garden’s historic Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden, redesigning it to display a rich selection of herbs that are perfect for any recipe. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the newly designed garden as part of the season-long celebration of edible plants at The New York Botanical Garden.
Martha Stewart’s design will be anchored by the architectural foliage of the cardoon, a plant cultivated for its edible leafstalks and roots, and will feature many types of culinary herbs, from common chives to savory curry plants to aromatic artemisia.
Large groupings of herbs will be placed so that their colors and textures repeat throughout the Herb Garden’s symmetrical space. The display is slated to feature over 50 types of herbs, including 5 types of basil, 4 types of thyme, and 3 types of lavender. The garden’s perimeter piers will feature handmade pots by Ben Wolff of Goshen, Connecticut, and will
include parsley and violas for spring and rosemary, scented geranium, and oregano for summer. For more information, www.nybg.org.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Xavier Serbiá, ex-integrante del grupo Menudo, lanza en Nueva York su primer libro LA RIQUEZA EN CU4TRO PISOS, CÓMO CONSTRUIR LA INDEPENDENCIA FINANCIERA
7 p.m. jueves 26 de marzo
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Bay Plaza
290 Baychester Ave.
Xavier Serbia, a former member of Menudo, will be in the Bronx promoting his first book LA RIQUEZA EN CU4TRO PISOS, CÓMO CONSTRUIR LA INDEPENDENCIA FINANCIERA at 7 p.m. March 26, Barnes & Noble, Bay Plaza. The book is about building financial independence.
Editor's note: Serbia's book is available at the Bronx Latino aStore:
Monday, March 2, 2009
Public school parents in NYC encouraged to run for community & citywide education councils
If you are a public school parent in New York City, the Department of Education wants you to run for your Community or Citywide Education Council.
In an ambitious reinvention of the Community and Citywide Education Council (CEC) elections, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is reaching out to public school parents across the five boroughs to encourage as many parents as possible to become candidates for their local CEC. The CECs, which replaced New York City’s School Boards in 2004, are parental advisory boards – one for each of the City’s 32 school districts – that meet with the district superintendent each month and advise the DOE on issues like zoning and instruction.
In response to parent feedback following the last set of elections in 2007, the DOE has simplified the process of becoming a candidate for the CEC by setting up the website powertotheparents.org. Parents can sign up online to run in a matter of minutes.
Up until the March 14, registration deadline, every public school parent with a child in grades K-8 can register at powertotheparents.org to become a candidate for the CEC. In addition, parents of children in an NYC public high school can run for the Citywide Council on High Schools and parents of children in District 75 (Special Education) can run for the Citywide Council on Special Education. Only parents who work or do business with the DOE, who hold other elective office, or have been convicted of a felony are ineligible to run. Parents currently serving as an officer on a Parent Teacher Association (PA/PTA) must step down before running for a CEC position.
The Department of Education has partnered with the New York City-based nonprofit organization Grassroots Initiative to make sure that parents who run for the CEC feel comfortable with the process and have all the information and support they need to be good candidates.
Parent members will be selected for the CEC through a two-step election process. In a historic step by the DOE, each household with a public school child may cast a single “straw vote” – or advisory vote – online at powertotheparents.org from April 6-12, for the candidates running for the CEC in their district. After the results of this “straw vote” are tabulated and posted online, the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of each school’s PA/PTA – collectively referred to as “Parent Selectors” – will cast their votes from May 12-14, to decide the official winners of the elections.
For more information about the elections or running for the CEC, log on to powertotheparents.org and call 1-877-NYC-VOTE.
UPDATE: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED.
The deadline for public school parents to register to run for NYC’s Community and Citywide Education Councils (CECs) has been extended until March 19th.
Here's a PSA:
source: Power to the Parents
En Foco's Touring Gallery & Pregones Theatre present:
Mi Sangre Portraits by Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez
Wednesday, March 4:
6-8p.m., OPENING RECEPTION
Stay for a FREE Rock - Trova concert at Pregones.
TAKE THE BRONX CULTURE TROLLEY
Saturday, March 14:
ARTIST TALK 1-2 pm
School groups welcome
The photo exhibition is on view from
March 4 - May 9
571-575 Walton Avenue (between 149th & 150th)
For more information, www.pregones.org or www.enfoco.org.
Photo: © Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez, Rodolpho con gallo.