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Frank Sinatra, Jr. Dead at 72

  The Sinatra family said in a statement that Frank Sinatra, Jr. died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.   Sinatra Jr. was the son of Sinatra’s first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra, and the […]

by · March 17, 2016 · Entertainment, Obituary
President Obama Nominates Judge Merrick Garland For Supreme Court

President Obama Nominates Judge Merrick Garland For Supreme Court

On Wednesday morning, President Obama’s nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.     President Obama said, “In putting forward a nominee […]

St. Patrick’s Day — Erin Go Bragh

St. Patrick’s Day — Erin Go Bragh

Irish-Americans Today Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and President Barack Obama issued a proclamation commemorating the occasion this year.   Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth […]

by · March 17, 2016 · Cultures, Holidays
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon To Speak At Lehman College Thursday

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon To Speak At Lehman College Thursday

Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, will deliver the 47th Annual Herbert H. Lehman Lecture on Thursday, March 17, at the Lovinger Theatre at 11 a.m at Lehman College. The title of the lecture is “From Turmoil to Opportunity: The United Nations […]

Memorial Day Flagging. Courtesy Woodlawn Cemetery.

Novelist E. L. Doctorow Buried At Woodlawn Cemetery

Bronx-born novelist and writer E. L. Doctorow, who died July 21st, was interred here at Woodlawn Cemetery on Thursday, October 1st.  I was among only three others, besides the family, to attend.   He included Woodlawn in his novels “Ragtime” […]

President Lyndon B. Johnson spearheaded the War on Poverty during his Great Society era.

Profile America: War on Poverty

WAR ON POVERTY Wednesday, March 16 —  The first salvo in what we’ve come to know as the War on Poverty was fired on this date 52 years ago. Following President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union call for tackling poverty […]

by · March 16, 2016 · Profile America
SENATOR KLEIN CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY  WITH SHAMROCK COOKIES

SENATOR KLEIN CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH SHAMROCK COOKIES

SENATOR KLEIN CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY Klein Donates Thousands of Shamrock Cookies to Parade Marchers In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day     BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) joined the 2016 […]

Above: DDC Commissioner, Feniosky Pea-Mora (center), poses with students from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in addition to students from Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology at the 2016 Introduce a Girl to AEC event.

City Agency Celebrates Pi Day and Girls in STEAM Careers

Program celebrated female engineers during Pi day and Women’s History Month   Long Island City – In celebration of Pi day and Women’s History Month, the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s STEAM education initiative hosted 20 female […]

Profile America: Belva A. Lockwood, First Woman To Appear Before US Supreme Court

Profile America: Belva A. Lockwood, First Woman To Appear Before US Supreme Court

COURT APPEARANCE: Belva A. Lockwood   Monday, March 14 — This month in 1879 marked a milestone in women’s history and the opportunities available to them. Earlier, President Rutherford Hayes signed a congressional act “to relieve certain legal disabilities of […]

by · March 14, 2016 · Profile America, Women
New York State Youth Executive Pardons Program

New York State Youth Executive Pardons Program

New York State Youth Pardon Program Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is offering executive pardons to New Yorkers convicted of nonviolent crimes at ages 16 and 17, who have been crime free for a minimum of 10 years since their offense. […]

Profile America: The Right To Vote And Voter Registration

Profile America: The Right To Vote And Voter Registration

VOTER REGISTRATION The right to vote began to receive some supervision more than two centuries ago, when Massachusetts acted this month in 1801 to register voters. At that time, the franchise was limited to men — usually those of local repute […]

Sales of Cars and Car Parts At $1 Trillion

Sales of Cars and Car Parts At $1 Trillion

Car and car parts dealers had sales of $1.0 trillion, representing an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year, according to new statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Annual Retail Trade Survey.   The Census Bureau […]

Meena Alagappan, daughter of Dr. Alagappa Alagappan, Executuve Director, Humane Education Advicates Reaching out to Teachers. Like her father an inspiring humane person.

Profile America: First Dog License

DOG LICENSING   Wednesday, March 9 — “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” Whatever is the merit in the remark by the late advice columnist Ann Landers, there are few bonds of esteem stronger than […]

by · March 9, 2016 · Profile America
2016 Best Cars for Families: Honda and Mercedes-Benz Tie

2016 Best Cars for Families: Honda and Mercedes-Benz Tie

Honda and Mercedes-Benz Tie for Most Wins   U.S. News & World Report ranked the 2016 Best Cars for Families. U.S. News evaluated 256 vehicles and named winners across 21 categories. The 2016 Best Cars for Families winners have the […]

by · March 9, 2016 · Transportation
Photo Credit: John McCarten, NYCC

CM King, Black Community Call for Recognition Of “Three-Fifths Clause Awareness Day” in NYC

  NEW YORK — As New Yorkers went about their busy day in the City Hall area on Saturday, a group of community-minded citizens, led by NYC Council Member Andy King, stood in a moment of silence for a purpose. […]

by · March 8, 2016 · Government, News