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(l-r) Andrea Mahee, Violet Smith, Toby Liederman, Annette Sambolin and Beryl Dorset work on this year’s Anne Hutchinson celebration.

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The Anne Hutchinson Committee, a group interested in the study and preservation of history surrounding one of the borough’s earliest settlers, Anne Hutchinson, sent in the following information:

Ever wonder how the Hutchinson River Parkway was given that name? It is because of a person who was one of the earliest settlers in the Bronx: Anne Hutchinson.

This year, 2016, marks Hutchinson’s 425th birthday. She is recognized for her contributions to free speech, women’s rights, and for the courage to stand up for her beliefs at whatever the cost.

Hutchinson, her family and several townspeople were banished from their community in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638. The community moved south. They reached the present-day northeast Bronx and southern Westchester in 1642.

The Anne Hutchinson Committee met on January 4 to brainstorm ways of giving her recognition.

There is another important dimension to this year’s event for Hutchinson.

It relates to Bill Twomey, founder and first president of the East Bronx History Forum.

Several years ago, Twomey expressed the importance of recognizing Anne Hutchinson to several members of the forum. He deserves a tribute for his efforts.

Anne Hutchinson was his focus in several articles that he wrote for his weekly column.

The East Bronx History Forum has already scheduled events to remember Anne Hutchinson’s story. So has the St. Paul’s National Historic Site in Mt. Vernon, New York.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Toby Liederman by calling (718) 885-3423 or by e-mail at

Members of the committee include Liederman, Andrea Mahee, Violet Smith, Annette Sambolin and Beryl Dorsett.

New Regional


Linda Mele Dougherty will be appointed the Northeast Bronx/East Bronx regional superintendent for Archdiocese of New York Catholic Schools as of Friday, July 1.

The region includes Pelham Parkway, Pelham Bay, Country Club, Throggs Neck, Castle Hill, Morris Park, Pelham Gardens, Allerton, Wakefield, Williamsbridge and Baychester.

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

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