Around Town: News from your neighbors

The congressman and former councilman present the certificate to Salemi.
Photo courtesy of Congressman Crowley’s office

The Bronx Times Reporter will publish your announcements. Send announcements along with photo, to: Bronx Times Reporter, 3604 E. Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465 or e-mail Please include a phone number or a way to contact you in case of questions.

Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town!

Honors For WWII Veteran

At a recent meeting at the Northeast Bronx Senior Citizen Center, World War II veteran Ciro Salemi were honored and his lifetime of contributions to his community was commemorated.

Congressman Joseph Crowley honored Salemi with a Congressional Certificate in honor of the veteran’s 100th birthday.

Crowley also announced at the senior center that a flag would be flown over the U.S. Capital in honor of Salemi’s service.

Crowley lionized Salemi: One of my greatest pleasures is meeting with members of our community who have contributed so much to our city.

Mr. Salemi served our nation during World War II with honor and distinction. America has certainly changed a lot over the past century and Mr. Salemi has had a front-row seat to some of our most historic moments.

I deeply appreciate him taking the time to meet with me and share his story.

Salemi was born on February 25, 1918 and served as a cook during the war.

Continuing Service

To The City

Michael Rivadeneyra recently joined the Civilian Complaint Review Board as the board’s designee from the borough.

He was appointed to the board by Mayor de Blasio.

Rivadeneyra works at the YMCA of Greater New York as the organization’s senior director of government relations.

He was a chief-of staff to former Councilman James Vacca, as well as a staffer to former Councilwoman Annabel Palma and to former councilwoman (and current Brooklyn Deputy Borough President) Diana Reyna.

New Borough

History Exhibits

The Bronx Museum of History will hold an opening reception following two exhibitions on Thursday, April 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The event is free to the public and all are welcome. One of the exhibits is called Women’s Suffrage and New York City: A Centennial Celebration.

It is a celebration of the 100 years of women having the right to vote in New York State.

The second exhibit is called Bronx Expo — The Starlight Park Story. Starlight Park originally opened as a ‘world’s fair’ for the borough in 1918, and was later converted into an amusement park.

For more information, call (718) 881-8900.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
Michael Rivadeneyra
Photo courtesy of the CCRB

More from Around NYC