Sparkling Heart Of Fordham Brightens Spirits

Fordham residents Ethan (l) and Ivan Felix were excited to meet jolly old Santa Claus.
Photo by Laura Stone

The Sparkling Heart of Fordham is still beating this holiday season. Hosted by the Fordham Road Business Improvement District and BronxNet’s Rhina Valentin, the 13th annual Sparkling Heart of Fordham Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting welcomed over 4,000 people to commemorate the holidays on Friday, December 1 at Bryan Park. The festive event featured its trademark Christmas tree lighting, a visit from Santa Claus, live music, prizes, raffles and gifts for 600 children. (left) The Ice Queen cast a wintry spell over the crowd. Photos by Laura Stone

Reina Latinas Unido Wanda Guzman (r) celebrated the holiday season with Father Christmas.
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(l-r) Police officer Reveron, 52nd Precinct Community Affairs and Fordham Road BID’s executive director Wilma Alonso and marketing manager Jessica Godon embraced the holiday spirit in festive Yuletide style.
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(l-r) The 52nd Precinct Explorers’ police officer Ortega, Fiennelis Valdez, Lesley Reyes and Mornelis Rodriguez’s spirits were bright for the holidays.
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(l-r) Good Shephard Services’ volunteers Gabriella, Talia, Moesha, Precious, Melody Ruiz; Daniel Bernstein, FRBID deputy executive director; volunteers Lily, Janey and Tyler distributed gifts for all the good boys and girls this season.
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Fordham University’s Gloria Dei choir led everyone in song.
Photo by Laura Stone

The Ice Queen cast a wintry spell over the crowd.
Photo by Laura Stone

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