Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Matters of Faith: In Remembrance

Matters of Faith: In Remembrance

When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the […]

by · January 19, 2020 · Matters of Faith, Religion
Savor the Bronx 2020 Credit: BronxBP/Flickr


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today celebrated the start of the 9th Annual “Savor The Bronx” Restaurant Week at Seis Vecinos, a family-operated restaurant in Longwood serving Central American Cuisine with an emphasis on Honduran gastronomy. “Savor The Bronx” […]

by · January 6, 2020 · Food & Restaurants, News
Matters of Faith: You’d Better Recognize

Matters of Faith: You’d Better Recognize

By Rev. J. Loren Russell “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.” Job 14:1-2 ‭NKJV […]

by · January 5, 2020 · Matters of Faith, Religion
January is National Eye Care Month

Profile America: The Eyes Have It

Sunday, January. Many causes are being celebrated this month, some ridiculous, some serious. In the serious category are two linked together — National Eye Care Month and National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Regular eye examinations should be part of everyone’s health […]

by · January 5, 2020 · Census, Health, Profile America
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

DiNapoli: Read the Fine Print on Your New Gift Card

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers this holiday season to read the fine print on gift cards for details about fees and expiration dates. While some gift cards sellers have eliminated inactivity fees, consumers should […]

by · December 30, 2019 · Holidays, News, Personal Finance
Profile America: First Drive-in Gas Station

Profile America: First Drive-in Gas Station

Sunday, December 1. On this date in 1913, what is today the Gulf Oil Company opened the nation’s first drive-in gas station. Located at the intersection of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh, the filling station was a […]

by · November 30, 2019 · Census, Profile America, Transportation
Profile America: Freedom of the Press

Profile America: Freedom of the Press

Sunday, November 17. The first glimmers of what Americans now take for granted — freedom of the press — started on this date in 1734. It came with the arrest of John Peter Zenger, a German immigrant who published the […]

by · November 17, 2019 · Census, History, Profile America
Profile America: Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Profile America: Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Saturday, November 16. It’s a time to celebrate one of life’s simple, viscous pleasures — it’s Peanut Butter Lovers Month. The stuff of one of America’s favorite sandwiches, peanut butter was first offered to the public at the St. Louis […]

Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration

by · November 14, 2019 · Race and Culture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (

Profile America: First Engineering College

Tuesday, November 5. Much has been heard in recent years about national education policy encouraging more science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — students. As far as engineering goes, the trail was broken 195 years ago on this […]

Vintage NCR cash register (Instagram)

Profile America: Ka-ching! The Cash Register Is Patented

Monday, November 4. The slang exclamation “ka-ching!” owes its birth to a development on this date140 years ago. That’s when James Ritty, a saloon keeper in Dayton, Ohio, patented the cash register he developed with his mechanic brother John. The […]

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

One of the nation’s enduring symbols, the Statue of Liberty, was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on this date in 1886. A gift from France, the statue’s full name is “Liberty Enlightening the World,” and is the […]

by · November 3, 2019 · History, Profile America
You can get a free sandwich for a good cause at Subway on National Sandwich Day.

Profile America: Clichés & Sandwiches

Sunday, November 3. Today is Cliché Day — any way you slice it, a minor and obscure occasion. While the ostensible purpose is to encourage our verbal banalities, it might also be stretched to stereotypes. Such as the cliché that […]

by · November 3, 2019 · Profile America
Breaking Ground, Comunilife and elected officials unveil new supportive housing in the Bronx.  Photo credit: Breaking Ground

New supportive housing unveiled in the Bronx

Breaking Ground and Comunilife unveil new supportive housing in the Bronx The nonprofits celebrated the opening of a 161-unit residence at the La Central mixed-use project on Tuesday, October 29 – the seventh residence managed by Breaking Ground in the […]

by · November 1, 2019 · Housing, News
Profile America: National Crime Prevention Month

Profile America: National Crime Prevention Month

Sunday, October 27th. Everyone is a potential crime victim, and October is when government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses and youth organizations join in trying to reduce the threat. This is National Crime Prevention Month, with special awareness and education […]

by · October 27, 2019 · Census, Crime, Profile America