Month: October 2018

Bronx teen scores a full ride to Columbia University

NEW YORK—Gil De Jesus lived most of his life in the Soundview section of the Bronx.

“I was born in the Dominican Republic. My family and I we moved here when I was six years old with the intentions of my brother and I getting a better education. My father always believed the key to a better life is through education,” De Jesus said.

His mother was a beautician and his father worked several jobs to bring in money.

Hard work was instilled in Gil early on.

And that’s exactly what he did during his time at Mott Hall Bronx High School.

“Seeing how much they sacrificed and how much they dedicated to my brother and I. I didn’t want them to see us moving here or them sacrificing so much as a burden. It has really been the motivation thus far in why I do all the things that I do,” De Jesus explained.

That hard work paid off.

Through his grades and the counselors at the College Bound Initiative, Gil was not only accepted into Columbia University.

He has a full ride.

He credits much of his success to the help he received from CBI.

His parents didn’t know much about the college process, so Gil relied heavily on the counselors’ help.

“I found that a lot of the counselors who were part of the process were people who came from similar backgrounds to mine. You know, low income or from immigrant families Anyone can help someone apply for college, but not everyone can put in perspective the importance of higher education. And that’s what CBI really does,” De Jesus said.

He’s a month or so into his freshman year, learning the ropes of college life and majoring in Latin American studies and political science.

He hopes to become a defense attorney and one day represent people from his community.

“I’m very passionate about my roots. I’ve done all I can to learn as much as I can about being a Latin X person without the resources. Now I have a whole data base to teach me about my people, my culture and I’m definitely going to take advantage of that,” De Jesus added.

But for now, Gil’s living the dream and making his parents proud.

“The fact that they know how much I’ve worked for this and I’m here now. My parents, they’re as proud of me as they could ever be,” De Jesus said.

Enter a Pie Baking Contest at Bartow Pell Mansion’s Fall Harvest Festival

Enter a Pie Baking Contest at Bartow Pell Mansion’s Fall Harvest Festival

Think you make the best pie? Then you need to enter the Pie Baking Contest at the upcoming Fall Harvest Festival at Bartow Pell Mansion!

Here’s the scoop:

Saturday, October 6, 11 am. – 3 p.m.

All ages welcome, fruit pies only. Drop your ready-to-taste creation off by 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The official judging begins at 1:30 p.m. See official rules here.

First Prize – $100
Second Prize – $75
Third Prize – $50

In addition to the contest, there will be music, crafts, games, and seasonal treats, including fresh cider from our outdoor press, and refreshments. Help harvest the season’s final bounty, ride a horse-drawn wagon, and pick your own pumpkin from BPMM’s pop-up pumpkin patch.

Festival Cost $10 per adult; $8 seniors/students; children under 3 free

Grab your tickets here.

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Published at Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:54:42 +0000

Bronx Apartment Fire: child playing with stove started fire

Bronx Apartment Fire: child playing with stove started fire

The Bronx apartment fire was started by a child playing with a stove, according to N.Y. fire commissioner Daniel Nigro. Twelve people died in the fire.

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Two Free Wellness Programs at Wave Hill this Fall

Two Free Wellness Programs at Wave Hill this Fall

So many of us experience a profound sense of wellbeing when visiting a garden. In fact, connecting visitors to nature in this and many other ways is central to Wave Hill’s mission as a public garden and cultural center. This fall, Wave Hill is offering free yoga and meditation programs so you can breathe deep—welcome the new season with 108 sun salutations on September 15, and clear your mind of Black Friday shopping frenzy on November 23.

Both programs are free with admission to the grounds.


Free fall wellness programs at Wave Hill


West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471


Sat, Sept 15, 10AM-Noon—Autumnal Equinox Sun Salutation

Fri, Nov 23, 11AM-Noon—Black Friday Meditation


Autumnal Equinox Sun SalutationSat, Sept 15, 10AM-12PM

Celebrate the beautiful sun that sustains us and guides our seasons, with Sara Hart from iHart Lens. This energizing, outdoor class consists of 108 salutes—a sacred number and symbolic tradition. Bring your own yoga mat and water bottle and please be on time. Meets indoors in case of rain.

Black Friday MeditationFri, Nov 23, 11AM-12PM

Avoid “Black Friday” busyness! Join us for a community meditation focused on gratitude and clearing your mind of holiday clutter. Get inspired by the outdoors and the peace and tranquility that nature evokes, and learn how to work loving kindness into each day. Led by Neem Dewji of Yoga for Bliss. Please bring a meditation cushion and be on time; latecomers will not be admitted.


A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

HOURS: Open all year, Tuesday–Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM–5:30PM; Nov 1–Mar 14, closes 4:30PM.

ADMISSION TO THE GROUNDS: $8 adults, $4 students and senior 65+, $2 children 6-18. Free Tuesdays and Saturdays until noon. Free to members, children under 6.

DIRECTIONS: Getting here is easy! Located only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate and Metro-North’s Riverdale station, the W. 242 Street stop on the #1 subway line, and to and from our free offsite parking lot. Limited onsite parking is available for $8 per vehicle. Complete directions and shuttle van schedule

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Published at Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:35:52 +0000