Bronx Beat

Municipal Credit Union recently joined in partnership with Pathmark Supermarkets, a division of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (better known as A&P) to place MCU ATM’s in 16 of their stores. All of them are located in the New York metropolitan area, and they bring MCU’s proprietary network up to 178 machines. The deployment of the Pathmark machines took place over the course of six weeks beginning in October, with the last going live in early November, and the results so far in terms of member utilization have been excellent.

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Lafayette College senior Daniella Colon of the Bronx helped research and design an environmentally friendly roof for a campus building. A 588 square-foot section of a building located in Lafayette’s Easton, Pa. campus has been planted with a specialized lawn that will bring environmental benefits to the building and educational opportunities to students.

Colon, a civil engineering major, has been the driving force behind the project. She is involved in composting and organic gardening on campus and while looking for a related project, found that a “green roof” would be beneficial to both the environment and students.

The roof is planted with a hearty native grass that stores water in its leaves, allowing the vegetated roof to thrive with minimal maintenance. A green roof has environmental advantages, such as prolonging the life of the roof system (by blocking UV rays and protecting against acid rain), removing impurities in the storm water runoff, and insulating the space below the roof.

Additionally, it can be a buffer against external noises and provide a habitat for wildlife.

The vegetated roof installation is incorporated into the classroom in a variety of ways. For example, students have been using it to measure storm water rate of runoff and effects on interior and exterior temperatures. In order to maximize the research opportunities, a scaled model of the roof is also available for running tests.

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Lehman College Art Gallery will host a free art workshop and gallery tour on Sat., Dec. 12 from 11 am to 1 pm. Visitors will participate in a guided tour of the exhibition Beyond Appearances, a collection of work that investigates portraiture and includes painting, photography, video, and sculpture. Families will draw from the exhibition to create an edition of hand printed holiday cards. All ages are welcome. Tour and workshop are offered in English and Spanish. All ages are welcome. This free event will take place at Lehman College Art Gallery, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West.

For more information call (718) 960-8732.

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The Jorge Posada Foundation, the non-profit organization established by NY Yankees all-star catcher Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, whose son was born with medical condition of Crainosynostosis has announced that their foundation will be providing a grant to the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore to assist families with Crainosynostosis.

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The Bronx Library Center and the Montefiore Medical Group will sponsor a free workshop in English and Spanish on Managing Your Diabetes, on Thurs., Dec. 17, from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road. To register call (718) 933-2400, ext. 4143.

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Area physicians, Dr. Gaetano Perrilli, a family practitioner, and Dr. Mehmet Albulak, a pulmonologist, hosted a free seminar on the preventive care and treatment of asthma at the RAIN Senior Middletown Senior Center, 3035 Middletown Road, on Thurs., Dec. 3. The event was offered through the sponsorship of Touchstone Health, a Medicare Advantage health plan in New York.

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The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents its festive St. Nicholas Day Celebration on Sat., Dec. 12 and Sun., Dec. 13 at 1 and 3 pm at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum on Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, near the Split Rock Golf Course.

The St. Nicholas Celebration describes in song and storytelling the arrival of the Dutch sinterklass, who brings candies and fruits to good children of colonial New Amsterdam, and lumps of coal to those who have misbehaved. Following the program, which includes many old Dutch carols, the audience will join with the group in singing holiday songs.

Free tickets are available by calling the BAE at (718) 601-7399. Orders are limited to five tickets per person, as seating is limited.

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The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, presents Animals in Winter Family Day from 1 to 4 pm on Sun., Dec. 13. At 3 pm Puppeteer Deborah Hertzberg presents her shadow puppet show Animals in Winter!, a charming exploration of how animals survive the cold winter months. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can take gallery hunts through the new exhibition Eat or Be Eaten: Animal Survival Strategies, then make a variety of colorful animal crafts in the Museum’s Education Workshop. All activities are free with Museum admission and suitable for students of all abilities, ages 5 years and up.

The museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, CT. For more information call (203) 869-0376.

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The teen group at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is organizing Film and Feast as part of the Children Sunday Assembly’s community project on Food and Hunger issues affecting our local communities in the Bronx, and around the world.

This event will be held on Sat., Dec. 21, at the Society Meeting House, located at 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway.

The event will begin with a showing of the documentary Food Inc. and sustainable food feast. The film begins from 5 to 6:30 pm. The Feast is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. There is no admission fee but bring non-perishable foods for the food drive. The donation will benefit homeless people and other charities. For further information call (718) 548-4445.

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Music lovers will receive a special late autumn treat when the Riverdale Choral Society presents its fall concert titled Basically Bach, Music for Chorus, Soloists and Chamber Orchestra.

Under the direction of music director John Lettieri, the concert will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s entire Cantata 68 Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, selections from Cantata 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden, Cantata 140 Wachet auf, Wohl mir dass ich Jesum habe from Cantata 147 and the dreaded oratorio The Seasonings by the forgotten member of the Bach family, the fictional PDQ Bach.

The concert will take place at Christ Church Riverdale on Sun., Dec. 13, at 3 pm. Christ Church is located at W. 252nd Street and Henry Hudson Parkway East. Street parking is available. Admission is $15. With the Bronx Cultural Card, admission is $13. For more information call (718) 543-2219.

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