Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 14 September 2012 09:28
I lived the first 27 years of my life in the Bronx. I am proud of my many years and experiences that I enjoyed in that much-maligned borough.
I attended Yankee Stadium for both football and baseball games. My public school, P.S. 50, my junior high school P.S. 98 (Herman Ridder) and James Monroe High School all provided happy and memorable experiences. I also went to the Bronx Zoo many, many times. It was always enlightening to learn about nature and the animals of our world. The steamy streets of asphalt and concrete did not convey much information in that area.
Last Sunday, after the turbulent storm of Saturday, Lorraine and I, along with our friends Jerry and Bunny, visited the Giverny Exhibition at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. Honestly, I had never been there prior to last Sunday. I always believed that Central Park was the only land set aside for greenery and plant life within the bounds of New York City. Not true.
The Botanical Gardens housed thousands of glorious flowers, trees, cactuses, and lily-filled ponds that were dazzling to the eye. The Giverny Exhibition was a monument to Claude Monet (1840-1926). Monet was a prolific French Impressionist painter, with a passion for water lilies, flowers and nature, who bought some small natural acreage in Giverny in northern France. He then started planting (and then painting) thousands of flowers and natural scenes on his property. He created 2500 paintings and 500 drawings. He invited many of the famous artists of his time to dine and view his gardens. He loved good food and good company; Yorkshire Pudding was his favorite dish.
On his estate was a scenic bridge over a lily pond. This was all captured at the Botanical Gardens. We also viewed two of his paintings of the wild growth, while a tram ride with speakers was exciting and informative.
How did I ever miss this oasis, this paradise that was only a few blocks from where I grew up? Shame!
We left the gardens and we were starving. Fortunately, Arthur Avenue was close by with all of its Italian restaurants (although at one time, it also held the draft board that all the Bronx boys reported to.) Emilia’s was our choice. It was and is a family restaurant with authentic southern Italian food. We sat in the window as we ate the glorious dishes. The bread was especially delicious and we ate three trays of it.
A huge fair was going on and Arthur Avenue was closed to traffic as thousands of people walked by our window. Zeppoles, sausages and sangria were sold on the street, contributing to a truly festive air. We all promised to come back to the Gardens and Arthur Avenue in the near future.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Legislator Judy Jacobs, (D-Woodbury) attended the recent Plainview-Old Bethpage CARES Project PACE NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Walk sponsored by the Mid Island Jewish Community Center in Plainview. This Wellness Walk was filled with family activities, including face painting and a bouncy house. There was a community expo, a 50/50 raffle, live music and refreshments.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come out, walk, get fit and have fun,” said Jacobs.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education unanimously approved of 15 tenure recommendations during a school board meeting last week. The boardroom was packed with family and friends of each tenure recipient. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Timothy Eagen commended them for the employees’ “efforts, hard work with our children and professionalism.”
From JFK High School, guidance counselor Christina Rivas-Laline and teachers Owen Dugan, Michael Horun and Jennifer Santorello were recommended; teacher Linda Curran from H.B. Mattlin Middle School and JFK; teacher Amanda Gundling from POB Middle School and H.B. Mattlin Middle School; teacher Rachel Quattrocchi from POB Middle School; teacher Risa Henkel from POB Middle School and JFK High School; teacher Brian Gurney from POB Middle School; social worker Marc Galloway from Parkway School and Old Bethpage School; District Psychologist Jennifer Strangio-Lott, district teacher Jennifer Hoffman; teacher Dina Futterman from Stratford Road School; teacher Tara Gaudreault from Pasadena School and teacher Debra Lovett from Parkway School.