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Jesse Soto holds his newborn child for the first time.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

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Bronx Sailor

Meets His Baby

U.S. Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jesse Soto, who is from the borough, held his newborn child for the first time during a recent homecoming of his amphibious ship, the U.S.S. America, in San Diego, CA.

Soto serves aboard U.S.S. America, which is part of the America Amphibious Ready Group.

The ship embarked with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and returned at the start of February from a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean region and the Middle East.

The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting peace and security.

Roofers Recruit


The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local Union #8 will conduct a recruitment from Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 23, for 25 roofer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced.

Applications can be obtained in person at Local Union #8, 12-11 43rd Avenue, Long Island City, NY, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, during the recruitment period. Applications will be available for two weeks or until 200 applications have been distributed, whichever comes first. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 6. Any application postmarked after April 6 will not be accepted. Any applicant who misses an appointment or arrives late will be disqualified.

For further information, and requirements, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Local Union #8 at (718) 361-1169.

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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