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Tap Dancer honored

Bronxite Tina Pratt will be honored on Saturday, May 25 during the celebration of National Tap Dance Day. She performed with Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr. and Nancy Wilson. The ceremonies will be held at Art and Design H.S. at 245 E. 56th Street in Manhattan at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on The website is

Pet Adoption Event

The Throggs Neck Kiwanis Club will be holding their third annual Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, May 18. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ice House Cafe’s parking lot at 4124 Harding Avenue. There will be music, food, games and adoption opportunities for dogs and cats.

The Kiwanis club is teaming up with Center for Animal Care Centers for NYC, the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and Little Darling’s Pinups for Pit Bulls, Little Wanderers NYC, Bronx Tail Cats, South Brooklyn Cats and New Beginnings Rescue.

In the past, our adoption events have resulted in numerous adoptions for deserving dogs and cats. Come out and join us, meet new friends and go home with a precious new friend.

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NY Yankees Name

Honorary Bat Girl

Major League Baseball has announced the 2019 Honorary Bat Girls for each MLB Club in support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day.

Clubs had the opportunity to hand-select their respective honorees, each of whom demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the battle against breast cancer. The Honorary Bat Girl for the New York Yankees is Orisel Bejaran from Washington Heights, N.Y.

Orisel is a lifelong Yankees fan and breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 HER2+ breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 31, and decided to tackle it head-on by immediately going to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center to meet with Drs. Lisa Weichmann and Melissa Accordino. Unfortunately, she is not the first member of her family to battle cancer, as her mom and three of her aunts are also survivors. ‘Ori’ found that watching her Yankees play – whether at the stadium or on TV – brought much needed comfort and joy, and she has no doubts that watching her favorite team helped her heal much faster. This, along with perseverance, a good sense of humor, a positive disposition and the support she found at NYP/Columbia, helped Ori beat her cancer, and in six months, nonetheless.

For the first time since the Honorary Bat Girl program’s inception in 2009, MLB has partnered with CrowdRise to host a fundraising contest for each of the Honorary Bat Girls to raise money to benefit Stand up to Cancer (SU2C) and Susan G. Komen. The winner of the contest will receive a trip to the 2019 World Series. MLB will donate all funds from the contest to SU2C and Komen.

As has been tradition since 2006, players will continue to swing pink bats and sport pink wristbands through the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is intended to raise awareness and, through donations and auction proceeds, funds to fight breast cancer.

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