Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:19:26 -0400 HamletHub.com Riverdale Residents Protest Homeless Shelter at Yonkers Border https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border

 Leafy North Riverdale has been described as, "the last bastion of gracious living in New York City." The neighborhood is affluent and mostly free of serious crime with the exception of automobile vandalism. It features a mixture of private residences and apartment buildings. The most northern portion rests on the south west Yonkers border. 

Traditionally an enclave of Irish Catholics,  the neighborhood has seen an influx of Orthodox Jewish families.

Yet although it remains relatively crime free, it is not without problems. In a neighborhood where the average single family home is valued at $800k, developers and the City of New York have made consistent attempts to build high rises and homeless shelters in the area. Having failed in their efforts, they sought out other locations in Riverdale.

Thirty blocks south at 5731 Broadway between 234th and 236th,  in Kingsbridge, The City of New York succeeded in 2017 by authorizing a new building destined for luxury living to be converted into an 80 unit dwelling for homeless families. Riverdale Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz referred to it as a “bait and switch.” The community was outraged but North Riverdale was spared. North Riverdale was not immune to the homeless problem but it remained relatively isolated to Ewen Park.     

"A rare example, some residents say, can be found in Ewen Park.

“In the evenings, you can’t really go to the park anymore,” said Deena Fellner, a landlady who lives and works at a house near the park. “If we had more police attention, these people wouldn’t be hanging out there.”

She and other Riverdalians said they feel increasingly threatened by the homeless people who sleep at the park at night, hang out during the day and use the area as a bathroom." -Riverdale Press 2015 



By 2017, the NYC homeless shelter game plan was already in motion. But the initiation process started in 2016. That year, the City of New York quietly moved 50 homeless men into the Van Cortlandt Motel located at 6389 Broadway. Eventually, the men were moved elsewhere, only to be replaced with 40 homeless families. Once again, the community protested and once again, their fears were validated.

In 2016, Paul Taylor 48. a resident of the Van Cortland Motel, was charged with robbing the Chase Bank at 5656 Riverdale Avenue. Six days later, he robbed the Citibank across the street from that location.

It would be only a matter of time before, The City of New York would look further north in Riverdale for more locations. And early in October 2021, they found one at the Bronx/Yonkers border.

Bronx Community board 8 was duly informed by the City of New York that 6661 Broadway, a row of small commercial stores would be purchased and managed by a contractor to the Department of Homeless Services. The proposal is for a five story facility to be constructed that will house 130 homeless men. The shelter, according to the City will be staffed with social workers, job counselors, and an abundance of cameras and security. The men will be allowed to work, and are free during the day to pursue their own interests. Curfew is set at 10pm.

No sooner than the notice was made public, an outcry from community residents was launched on Facebook. It was followed by a zoom meeting held by Community Board 8 on Wednesday, October 13th.

Over 400 people attended. A rep, Erin Drinkwater, from the City of New York, defended the proposal while irate neighbors held sway over the City Hall missive. Her words fell upon deaf ears. The “I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.” mantra had begun to take effect.

Also in attendance was the proposed contractor, Matthew Okebiyi an accomplished Nigerian born entrepreneur and the son of Nigerian diplomats.

Okebiyi's experience with social services began in 1998. He formed the African American Planning Commission also known as AACPI, which established a domestic violence center in an undisclosed borough. Other facilities followed to fulfill the needs of persons with HIV and temporary housing for the homeless in general.

All housing for the general homeless population sponsored by AACPI. is situated in low income areas throughout Queens. The Bronx and Brooklyn.

On March 8, 2019, Randy Santos 24, a resident of the Hotel Fortune, which was managed by AACPI, sexually assaulted a female employee who was in the process of letting him into a room.

Six months later, and no longer residing at the Hotel Fortune, Santos was charged with bludgeoning four homeless men to death in unprovoked attacks in Chinatown. At that time, he had fourteen prior arrests.

Yet, both DHS and Okebiyi propose to provide a well managed operation that will not interfere with the North Riverdale neighborhood.

Many dispute that.

Ruby and her family own King Wok. The Chinese take out restaurant has been a staple in the community for twenty five years. She was raised nearby. They have been told that although they have a four year lease, there is the probability that the building will be razed where their business is located. They will have to start all over again.

Homeowners are deeply concerned. The average price of single family houses surrounding 6661 Broadway is $800k. Owners work diligently to maintain the pristine appearance of the largest investments they have ever made. Pumpkins, American flags, and the occasional baby carriage dot the landscape. Children run and bounce along the sidewalk with abandon. It is a good life for families.

Contrary to statements made by Erin Drinkwater at the zoom meeting regarding, the drop in property values, it has been shown that homeless shelters do cause a decline. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/nyregion/nyc-homeless-shelters-property-values.html

Despite the assurance by both the City of New York and AACPI, there is no guarantee on the cap of the number of homeless men. There is no guarantee of the vetting process. There is no guarantee that it will not be populated with sex offenders or those with a criminal background

A tremendous amount of money is involved. Will the AACP budget allow for all the expenditures necessary? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/nyregion/jack-brown-homeless-nyc-core-services.html  The GuideStar website charity navigator profile lists the current AACPI  receipts as $46,305,607. Their assets total $19,204,981. Raymond Okebiyi, is the chief financial officer of AACP. He is Matthew Okebiyi's brother.  Matthew Okebiyi's annual salary is $500k.

If not, will more residents be added to boost revenue? In addition, due to the fact that the proposed shelter is on the border of Yonkers, has there been an outreach to the City of Yonkers soliciting cooperation? Yonkers is presently experiencing an increase in crime. As a result, policing strategy has changed and personnel placed in high crime areas. Can Yonkers police handle cross border incidents related to the proposed shelter?

West 262nd Street and Broadway stands significant. The outcome is poised to impact the future of tidy middle and upper middle income residents who labored tirelessly to earn their “piece of the rock.” A poorly operated shelter could signal the destruction of the neighborhood. as well as the political aspirations of elected officials involved.

Both Alessandra Biaggi and Jaamal Bowman have adopted a “wait and see” position. Although they sent political aids to the zoom meeting, they have yet to make an official statement either for or against.

Biaggi's term is up in 2022 and Bowman's in 2023. Both garnered huge support in the Riverdale community. And although both benefited from the Democratic Progressive wing agenda as well as endorsements from political superstars such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, that was yesterday.

Today, the people of North Riverdale are restless. A rally was held on October 16th 2021 at the proposed site. A large crowd gathered at 10:30am. They carried signs and chanted in protest. They took a break from raking leaves and playing with the grandchildren. They moved appointments at the beauty salon to be there. They caucused with familiar faces and chatted with new ones. Their sense of betrayal is palpable.  https://youtu.be/Ou5QatI4tIc

Some will move, retreating in desperation. Some will stay and face the consequences of a misguided political agenda. Ruby's family will be forced to re format their retirement plans. And North Riverdale residents will be forced to re think which politicians they will support.


It is different this time because the people are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore.



Additional reporting by News 12:  https://bronx.news12.com/riverdale-residents-blindsided-over-plans-to-build-homeless-shelter-in-neighborhood?fbclid=IwAR18olQblfgb5EkzR-wT8oz4g-svnz19Tg-ylzLM5PO6KMYIzULsdgrYJ2U


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:00:31 -0400
Yonkers Synagogue Welcomes Police https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police

The rain did not stop the festivities at the Greystone Jewish Center/Chabad of Yonkers.

The Yonkers community gathered to take part in the Faith in Blue weekend which promotes building bridges and breaking biases with law enforcement.

The event was held at the synagogue which is located at 600 North Broadway in Yonkers.

Yonkers police and community members turned out for a day of fun, hand shaking, cotton candy and chess.

One officer sweetened the event by becoming the official cotton candy maker. Another YPD member, Detective Autumn Edwards, was the queen of the chess board.

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz performed his duties by putting on Tefillin with officer Dean Campana of the 3rd precinct in Yonkers. (see video by Robert Kalfus) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp6YhatMgz0

The Chabad's mission is to reach out to others with acts of goodness and kindness. They are a community-based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values.  Many of the programs help the needy regardless of background.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 17:15:58 -0400
A Plumber Gets Flooded https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded

Boris, the owner of 24/7 Sewer Cleaning, was content to know that soon, he could leave his tools behind and fly off to a well deserved vacation abroad.  So he and his wife packed their bags.  Shortly afterwards, they awoke along with their toddler far away from the hustle and bustle of the New York metropolitan area. 

After a few weeks, it was time to return home and get back to work. . But what they saw when they returned home was a nightmare. Storm Ida had whipped through their town and destroyed their house. 

Seven feet of water filled the basement. Their car was destroyed and the house was no longer fit for occupancy. Boris the plumber became his own customer. 

Yet, Boris is back in business 24/7. He understands your needs more than ever now and is ready to help with your plumbing. 

24/7 Sewer Cleaning can be reached at 516-534-9075.  They service NYC and Westchester County. 



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 03 Oct 2021 19:52:48 -0400
Assistance for Pregnant Women https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women

In Westchester County, Black women are more likely to deliver babies with low birth weight, more likely to have premature births, and more likely to have their babies die. With those statistics in mind – and hoping to change them – the County has launched a pilot program with the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network Children's Health and Research Foundation to offer doulas to qualifying Westchester County pregnant women.

County Executive George Latimer said: “I know that as a man I can never fully understand the birthing process – but as a husband, a father of a daughter and the grandfather to a young girl – I can tell you I am listening to you and I hear you.  We can do better when it comes to these alarming statistics, and we will. You can count on my continued support of this most important issue.  I commend the Office for Women, the Women’s Advisory Board and the many local organizations committed to this work who have advocated tirelessly on the issue of improving birth outcomes for Black women.”

Certified doulas have been shown to increase positive health outcomes, including reducing birth complications for the mother and the baby.  The Program will cover labor/birth and postpartum doulas, offer Medicaid to eligible pregnant mothers.

Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD said: “By providing doulas we aim to reduce cesarean rates, shorten labor, reduce requests for epidurals, reduce use of Pitocin and increase breastfeeding, while providing environments of respect, and active listening.  We want our moms to feel safe and cared for. Research proves that when pregnant women’s voices are heard, positive birth outcomes are increased.”

In 2019, the nationwide maternal mortality rate for black women was 44 per 100,000 births – that is two and a half times the rate for white mothers (17.9), according to the CDC. In other words, black women are two and a half times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women.

The pilot program will begin with $75,000 with options to expand.

aseward100@aol.com (Office of County Executive) Life Sun, 03 Oct 2021 09:50:27 -0400
Painted Mannequins Art Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit

Imagine a large front yard populated with one hundred decorated mannequins. No, it is not a harbinger of Halloween, it is the first exhibit of it's kind in New City, NY

On October 8th, the Art Reborn exhibit will open. The exhibit is a collection of 100 mannequins designed and decorated by 140 different artists during the pandemic lockdown. 

The exhibit sponsored by the Dan and Trudy Reagan Foundation, will run until October 11th at 29 Woodland Road, New City, New York. It will feature not only outdoor art but break dancers, cosmetology demonstrations and other activities. It is free to the public.

Former affordable housing developer, Daniel Regan purchased the raw mannequins from retail outlets that were going out of business. Regan and his wife, Trudy formed the Dan and Trudy Regan Foundation in 1990 after he retired from his business. Regan, an artist himself, wants the foundation to be a charitable organization that helps not only other artists but support groups such as schools in Nepal.

Regan is in talks with other venues to exhibit the mannequins throughout the year at local facilities.

A rain date will be announced if the weather is inclement. Call 845-323-3107 for details. Updates can be found on Facebook or on Instagram at artists.mannequins.



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Thu, 30 Sep 2021 01:57:10 -0400
Drive By Shooting in Downtown Yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2661-drive-by-shooting-in-downtown-yonkers-16317337302661-drive-by-shooting-in-downtown-yonkers-1631733730 https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2661-drive-by-shooting-in-downtown-yonkers-16317337302661-drive-by-shooting-in-downtown-yonkers-1631733730

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Yonkers Police investigate Riverdale Avenue shooting incident
PRESS RELEASE: Yonkers Police Officers and Detectives are currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the area of 83 Riverdale Avenue on September 14, 2021, at approximately 10:26 PM. 
YONKERS: Preliminary investigation has yielded that at least one suspect fired several gunshots in the direction of a group of people; two gunshot victims responded to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect(s) fled the area.
Investigators are actively pursuing all leads to identify the perpetrators and effect arrests.
Additional information may be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Yonkers Police Detectives at (914) 377-7724.
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:22:09 -0400
Watch SOUL this Friday Under the Stars at Croton Point Park https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/events/2660-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park2660-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/events/2660-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park2660-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park

The Croton Point Park parking lot will be transformed into a drive-in theater, presenting Disney PIXAR's Soul this Friday, September 10 allowing movie-goers to enjoy a classic, family-friendly film in a socially-distanced way.

The movie is presented by White Plains Hospital as part of Westchester County Parks’ and Sharc Creative's Screenings under the Stars series.

Purchase your tickets here and see below for additional Screening Under the Stars movies.

  • Sept. 24 Disney’s Mulan (2020) at Tibbetts Brook Park
  • Oct. 15 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) at Kensico Dam Plaza
  • Oct. 22 Hocus Pocus (1993) at Croton Point Park

All movies are shown on Fridays, right after dark.

All movies are ticketed-admission events, with purchase available online pre-sale only. Tickets are $25 per car and there will be limited capacity following distancing protocols.

White Plains Hospital’s Screenings under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Hamlethub, Robison Oil, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, Palisades Mazda/The Premier Collection, Iona College and Westchester Magazine.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:37:40 -0400
Email Pleas From Afghanistan https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2659-email-pleas-from-afghanistan2659-email-pleas-from-afghanistan https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2659-email-pleas-from-afghanistan2659-email-pleas-from-afghanistan

In a continuation of the previous post about letters from Afghanistan, SW Yonkers Hamlet Hub is committed to be the voice of those who speak in hiding. 

The following are the latest emails from Afghans who cannot escape the Taliban. They are people who have worked for the US Government and are now, begging for help. They cannot get out. The tragedy is a portrait of despair and possible death in real time.  Names have been redacted to protect their identities.


Hello thank a lot for asking about us.
Actually these days are the most worst days of our lives. Not clam mentally not safe physically. Have no petite to eat and no energy to do something.
We all are overthinking about what is gonna happen to us if those who have kidnapped me find me again.
Beside that, Before Taliban use to kill us now ISIS-K emerged.
I don't have money to bring my family out of the country and all borders are closed too.
I have contacted my supervisor again but I think he is not willing to help me. He sent a recommendation letter of someone else and as I messaged him again he never replied.
Now everything is end I think the airport is closed no one is allowed American troops are evacuating themselves
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 29 Aug 2021 15:40:08 -0400
Letters From Afghanistan https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2658-letters-from-afghanistan2658-letters-from-afghanistan https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2658-letters-from-afghanistan2658-letters-from-afghanistan

The plight of Afghan refugees becomes more dire each day. The chance to evacuate Americans and the Afghans that worked alongside them has dwindled down to a matter of only a few days. 

Their situation has become progressively worse.. Attempts to reach the Kabul airport have been thwarted and murderous threats from the Taliban have served to drive many into hiding. They hide in fear both physically and psychologically. Food is becoming scarce  Some hide out in the mountains while others wait in anticipation at home. 

The Westchester refugee resettlement group, Rivertowns for Refugees,  has been active in not only sponsoring refugees when they arrive but active in corresponding with them as they await their departure. The group has re settled several families in Westchester. New arrivals are scheduled to reside in Yonkers in the coming weeks. 

Rivertowns for Refugee has agreed to share their correspondence with Hamlet Hub. The emails are unredacted except for the names of the senders. Volunteers for the organization state that the emails are sent on a daily basis. Although inconsistent, internet service is still active even in mountainous areas where many are in hiding. 

Hamlet Hub will publish emails as soon as they are received. The name of the series is Afghan Letters. Anyone wishing to help should contact. Rivertowns for Refugees river­towns­for­refugees@gmail.com or Hearts and Homes for Refugees https://www.heartsandhomesforrefugees.org/who-we-are


On Aug 20, 2021, at 5:14 AM, 


I'm not safe taliban arrive near to my home they have checkpoint and list names of
who worked for USA they try find my location because of work with USA government.
Taliban will kill me."


| received gate pass and visa to airport from this

email xxxxxx yesterday

Someone said it's fake | don't know what should | do but in the airport so rush and
crowded guide me please"
On August 20, 2021 at 9:01 PM


"Hello Dear Madam.
| hope you are doing well i am good now | am at home today i want to trying another
gate of airport and the situation is very dangerous i am afraid"


On August 19, 2024 at 10:49 AM, "This is BBC news is saying, UNHCR handed a secret
informations which says Taliban hold a list people who were working with foreign
countries to Kill even their families."


"Thanks a lot for you efforts . That means a lot to us . Physically we are safe, and
nobody have disturbed us so far. But my wife and daughters are in very high stress
they lost hope for the future. They are very active and hard work.

My wife was working with a group of 10 women where she was their leader and teach
them tailor and support them to be a free women. They were under support of a
foreign company called RELIFE and was awarded the most talented and active
women of our province. My older daughter also have finished her college and was
working in an office. My second daughter just finished her school and was papering to
enter the college next year but seems everything got changed. And my last daughter
is still in elementary school. Right now they are really disappointed since Taliban
entered the country. | hope we can manage ourselves. Thanks one more time for your


"Thanks for asking about our situation. Actually, we are still hide at home .

Taliban have announced their hilarious laws for men and women.

Men should grow beard never should wear pants as it's for none Muslims instead use
afghans traditional clothes.

Women can't go outside can't work cannot study. And so on."


"It’s about 10 days that  l  living in mountains and disguised ourselves. The Taliban has all of our information as they accessed to the Americans Army biometric. They called on our families with exact names and address. They has chosen the exact date for our execution and according to the phone that we received from them, they are going to perform it in Pol-e-Charkhi prison." 


"All my family lost their hope and petite to eat.

They think they lost their opportunity to keep their studying and working."


These are the stories of real people experiencing a life and death situation. Hopefully, they will survive long enough to clear the hurdles of  getting to Kabul airport. The road to freedom is long and arduous. But the help of good people makes the journey possible. 

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Mon, 23 Aug 2021 17:35:36 -0400
Yonkers Man Arrested in Brutal Hatchet Attack https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2657-yonkers-man-arrested-in-brutal-hatchet-attack2657-yonkers-man-arrested-in-brutal-hatchet-attack https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2657-yonkers-man-arrested-in-brutal-hatchet-attack2657-yonkers-man-arrested-in-brutal-hatchet-attack

A Yonkers man has been arrested for attempted murder. On Wednesday, the police arrested Aaron Garcia of Yonkers, N.Y., as the suspect in the attack, charging him with attempted murder and assault. 

Garcia entered a Chase Bank on Broadway near Beaver Street in Manhattan, on the night of August 15th, 2021.  He then proceeded to viciously attack a 51 year old man in the ATM vestibule. 

The man was struck on the head and thigh as he was standing in front of a cash machine.  He then smashed several A.T.M. screens, dropped the hatchet and walked away.

The bloody life and death struggle was captured on surveillance video. The victim is recovering in the hospital.



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Wed, 18 Aug 2021 19:31:06 -0400
Cuomo Accuser To Be on Local Radio Show https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2656-cuomo-accuser-to-be-on-local-radio-show2656-cuomo-accuser-to-be-on-local-radio-show https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2656-cuomo-accuser-to-be-on-local-radio-show2656-cuomo-accuser-to-be-on-local-radio-show

Cuomo accuser, Karen Hinton, will be a guest on Westchester Eye on the Radio on Monday, August 16th, 2021. 

 Hinton was a press aide and consultant for New York Governor Cuomo during his tenure as Housing and Urban Development secretary.

She is not part of the group of eleven women that have accused Cuomo of misconduct while in office as New York State Governor.  

However, her critique of Cuomo and calls for justice are aligned with that group. She stated: “He approached me, embraced too tightly, too long and was aroused,” Hinton said. “I felt extremely uncomfortable and actually shocked. Nothing had ever happened that way between the two of us.”

Hinton will be a guest on Monday August 16th, from 3-4pm on Westchester Eye on the Radio.

Tune into WVOX 1460AM. The show will also be streamed live online at wvox.com.

Call in to comment at 914-636-0110.




aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Politics Fri, 13 Aug 2021 16:24:49 -0400
Yonkers Library Offers New Dance Moves https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2655-yonkers-library-offers-new-dance-moves2655-yonkers-library-offers-new-dance-moves https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2655-yonkers-library-offers-new-dance-moves2655-yonkers-library-offers-new-dance-moves

The voguing class at the Yonkers Riverfront Library was a big hit. 

Instructor, Eli Hibiscus guided the students through contortions, gyrations, and cool dance moves with attitude. Attendance was diverse and not strictly limited to LGBTQ members. Anyone is welcome to bust a move. 

The class is not just about voguing, a highly stylized form of dance that arose from Harlem Ballroom culture. It was performed  by African American gay/trans people, from the early 1960s through the 1980s.

It is a disciplined form of movement that requires strength, flexibility and concentration. 

If you are looking for exercise, strength building, cardio and a novel way of working out, this class is for you.

For more information about the next class, call the Yonkers Riverfront Library. (914) 337-1500

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 13 Aug 2021 16:01:53 -0400
Illegal South Yonkers Driveway Update https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2654-illegal-south-yonkers-driveway-update2654-illegal-south-yonkers-driveway-update https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2654-illegal-south-yonkers-driveway-update2654-illegal-south-yonkers-driveway-update

SW Yonkers Hamlet Hub published an article on 8/3/2021 about a Yonkers real estate owner  that created an illegal driveway from a pedestrian sidewalk. This allowed large vehicles to enter and exit a lot at the corner of Warburton and Willow creating a hazard for pedestrians, especially young children attending the nearby Charter School of Excellence. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway

As of 8/4/2021, the vehicles are no longer there and a surveillance warning sign has been prominently displayed. 

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:46:44 -0400
South Yonkers Developer Creates Illegal Driveway https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway

In May 2021, SW Yonkers Hamlet Hub published an article about the destruction of a South Yonkers neighborhood. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2644-yonkers-developer-ruins-neighborhood

The developer responsible for the blight, was admonished by the City of Yonkers and removed the vehicles from the lot. The lot became green once again as wild flowers and plants reclaimed the corner plot. 

The respite lasted only three months. Although fewer in number, the prohibited vehicles are back again. And even though, they appear to have legitimate plates, the fact remains that they are not supposed to be there. Their proximity to multiple and single family residences poses an air quality threat. The water run off from the lot is potentially hazardous due to engine fluids leaking into the soil. The sewers that collect that water are already clogged with debris from the area.

This causes flooding in heavy rain which then impacts the traffic flow on Warburton Avenue. 

However, the worst violation is the unauthorized creation of a driveway where heavy vehicles mount the sidewalk and drive onto the lot. In a city where homeowners have to fork over big bucks for permits to alter a sidewalk, this owner does it for free. The corner of Willow and Warburton is strictly for pedestrian traffic. There is the disturbing fact that the Charter School of Excellence is only one short block north from the lot. Soon, children will be walking on that sidewalk to the school destination.

There are no safe guards to protect those children from trucks illegally exiting and entering that lot. Due to the height of those vehicles, a small child is not visible behind a truck that is backing out of the lot onto the sidewalk. What will prevent those vehicles from sliding in the snow and ice during the winter months?  Why is this allowed to continue when it puts children in jeopardy? Where are the public officials that are sworn to protect the people of that district that voted for them?

Do the lives of Black children matter in the City of Hills?


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 03 Aug 2021 21:35:00 -0400
Westchester County Offers Free Back to School Vaccine Clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics

Call Westchester County Health Department for an appointment and to determine eligibility

 The Westchester County Department of Health will now book appointments for its free back-to-school vaccine clinics in Yonkers on Mondays and Thursdays from July 26 through the end of August and on Friday in White Plains from July 23 through the end of August for children to have the vaccines they need for school.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Our clinics have the vaccines children need to start their in-person learning on time, including COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12 and older. I also encourage families with their own healthcare provider to call now and avoid the September rush, because there are many families who must catch up on visits they missed during the past pandemic year.”

All children who do not have their required immunizations must have their first dose of vaccinations within 14 days from the first day of school. This requirement follows legislation enacted in 2019 that removed non-medical exemptions for children in public, private or parochial school through 12th grade as well as childcare programs. Parents and guardians of these children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses within 30 days of the start of school.

The County Health Department can help. Families with no insurance, ChildHealth Plus or Medicaid, should call the County Health Department to schedule an appointment for vaccines at no charge.  Call (914) 995-5800 to find out if you qualify and to make an appointment for these Back to School clinics:

At the County Health Department, 20 S. Broadway, 2nd floor in Yonkers:

  • Mondays, July 26, through Aug. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays, July 29 through Aug. 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At the County Health Department, 134 Court Street in White Plains

  • Fridays, July 23 through Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone who would like a Covid-19 vaccine is welcome to come to these clinics with no appointment during these times.

The Westchester County Department of Health provides free immunizations by appointment to eligible children and students of all ages who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines.

Ask your healthcare provider which vaccines your children need. All 7th and 12th graders must get the meningococcal vaccine, and all students must be vaccinated against whooping cough, measles and mumps.

Health Navigators available through the Health Department can help families and individuals sign up for the health insurance they need. Those without a regular doctor can learn where to go for ongoing primary care. For more information, call (914) 995-6350.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Dept. of Health) Life Wed, 21 Jul 2021 08:32:30 -0400