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Operation Cleaner Streets Revitalize Baychester Ave.


Councilman Andy King, Riverbay Corporation members and local volunteers helped clean up Baychester Avenue between Bartow Avenue and Co-op City Boulevard as part of ‘Operation Cleaner Streets’ on Monday, September 12. Lead by Councilman King, the program encouraged residents to collect trash at bus stops, subway stations and heavily trafficked streets.

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Source: Bronx Times Reporter

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Local teacher is a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellow

A local teacher was recently selected to take part in a prestigious multi-year program for math and science educators.

Rebecca Guarino, who is going to enter her second year as a mathematics teacher at South Bronx Preparatory, was selected as one of 35 teachers nationwide to be part of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation 2016 cohort of fellows.

The fellowship provides grants for teaching materials, mentoring from experienced educators, support for teaching leadership activities, funding for professional development and membership in a community of more than 300 peers like-minded peers. The program takes five years.

Guarino, who grew up in Morris Park, said she applied when she attended a mandatory job fair for students as undergraduate at the University of Delaware.

Most of the teaching jobs at the fair were in Delaware and she was looking for a job in New York, she said. She applied at the Knowles because it is a national program.

At the time, she didn’t realize what it would lead to and was somewhat surprised and thrilled by her acceptance into the program, she said.

It was confirmation that she is doing what she was meant to do professionally, said Guarino.

“It is just a really humbling experience to know that something so incredible is going to develop me as a teacher,” said Guarino, adding that Knowles believes in teachers’ mission and the impact they can have on the communities they serve.

She said that she hopes being a Knowles fellow can help her teach students to see the beauty of math and help her grow in the profession.

“I just believe that as teachers we should be continually be growing and developing, and I don’t think at any point in my career am I going to be a perfect teacher,” said Guarino. “I hope the teaching fellowship will help me strive to be the better than I can be today.”

While she said that she does not yet have a complete picture of the improvements she will make over the next five years as part of the fellowship program, she already has some solid ideas.

She said she would soon present a grant proposal for funds to purchase a document projector, which she believes can help students to better see their mistakes and work together as a class in solving mathematics problems.

The second-year teacher said she looks forward collaborating with fellows from both rural and urban areas across the country, and believes the experience can add more rigor and content to her teaching.

“I am so excited to see where it takes me,” said Guarino.

Knowles provides support and professional development math and science teachers who are early on in their careers, according to the organization.

Teachers supported by Knowles are improving science, technology, engineering and math education.

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Only 3 Day to Go for The Throggs Neck ‘Summer 2016’ Restaurant Week

Only 3 Days Remaining!

The summer of 2016 is on it’s way out and so is the Throggs Neck ‘Summer 2016’ Restaurant Week.  So if you haven’t already visited these fine restaurants for restaurant week, this weekend is your last chance. At least until next year!

Click on the images below to see videos from some of the restaurants we visited…

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Pest Control Violation Letter Is A Scam

A statement was made by assistant commissioner Mario Merlino alerting new yorkers about a “vermin control of new york” letter scam.

New York City Health Department Assistant Commissioner for Pest Control and Veterinary Services Mario Merlino today alerted New York City residents about a scam involving fake pest control violation notices issued by “Vermin Control of New York.” These fraudulent notices look like they are issued by the Health Department and are signed by a former Department of Buildings Commissioner. The notice demands payment for alleged “assessment and eradication of vermin” in the amount of $120. The Health Department is investigating these notices and has referred the matter to the City’s Department of Investigation. Any New Yorker receiving a notice should immediately contact 311.

“Unscrupulous people are mailing fraudulent violation notices acting as the Health Department’s Division of Pest Control,” said Assistant Commissioner for Pest Control Services Mario Merlino. “New Yorkers should know that the Health Department never issues a notice of violation demanding immediate payment. Our notices of violation allow New York City residents to address any violations and they can be contested at an official hearing. We ask New Yorkers to immediately contact 311 or the Health Department if they have received a letter from “Vermin Control of New York;” with their help we can stop these tactics.”

In this particular scam, a letter from the “Vermin Control of New York” is sent via U.S. mail to an unsuspecting property owner. The notice is printed on a fake NYC Health Department letterhead and claims to originate from “Rodent Control Program Assessment.” The letter requests immediate payment for specified amounts ranging from $120 through $280 to be mailed to “Vermin Control of New York” at 1255 150th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357. The notice also says “This violation cannot be contested or challenged.”

A notice of violation cannot result in a fine or penalty without there being an opportunity to contest it in a hearing. Further, the Health Department never requests that it, or its programs, be paid directly for violations it issues. A copy of a fraudulent notice of violation can be found below.

We ask the public to be alert to this scam.


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