PRESTON WORKS WITH BILLION OYSTER PROJECT
Dr. Christina Zeoli, Science Department chairperson at Preston High School. has
been bringing some of her honors students to SUNY Maritime to help with the Billion
Oyster Project. BOP is an organization dedicated to restoring oyster reefs to
New York Harbor through public education initiatives. They believe that restoring
oysters and reefs will, over time, restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural
mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity.
Photo courtesy of Preston High School
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We don’t particularly
of other communities
professing what is
best for us.
It happens time and time and time
again. Sometimes their suggestions
are amazing and would really benefi t
our community. But the lack of communication
with the residents will set
them off on a tirade no one wants to encounter.
This is the core of centralized
power. To usher new ideas whether
good, bad or indifferent to make
change. And yes, we are all Bronxites
but the Bronx is very diverse and each
neighborhood is special. Edgewater
Park to Riverdale. City Island to Fordham.
Co-op City. Belmont. Mott Haven.
There are 62 ‘neighborhoods’ in
the Bronx and each one is special. We
each have unique aspects but we are
all Bronxites. However, when we don’t
appreciate and accept our uniqueness
and what makes our identity special
is when resentment stands out and exposes
it’s ugly head.
That is the same for the rest of the
country and it’s 50 states. We are all
Americans with unique qualities. That
is the same for all cultures. We are all
human with unique qualities as well.
Not all neighborhoods are as tight
and strong as Allerton. Some are
stronger. Some have one person standing
up to speak for them. Others have
a very strong and organized group advocating
for them. Some communities
embrace their leadership. Some reject
it. These all need to be taken into account
when proposing something to a
Not all communities want chain
stores. Some do. Not all communities
want traffi c lights and speed bumps on
every corner. Some do. Some don’t want
bike share programs. Some do. Some
don’t want a business improvement district.
Some do. Some don’t want new
buildings in their community. Some
do. There are neighborhoods that don’t
want prisons in their community. They
need new schools instead.
There are even some neighborhoods
that want homeless shelters. They want
panhandlers, graffi ti, litter and dozens
of street vendors lining the sidewalk.
Allerton is not that community.
The elected offi cials’ job would be
easier if they listened more to their
constituents and less to their party.
But that falls on us, the citizens. If
we don’t speak up or listen and learn.
If we took back our elected positions,
knew the candidates, selected them
from our community, supported them,
and provided them with votes, then
we would not be infi ltrated by nearby
counties and cities. They would not be
beholden to follow their party but follow
Diversity is a great thing. It is the
spice of life. We must respect the opinion
of those that
disagree. But we
must also come up
with solutions and
results when people
are in need.
If each district
did more to focus
we can build up
faster instead of
the state or city dictating down the orders.
If the state and city supported
smaller district based organizations
and their community boards then
they would see a lot more progress.
But the question is are they working
for their party to hold power or are
they working for us to give the people
Allerton is fl ourishing everyday.
More and more great things are happening
here to make Allerton a haven
for working class families.
Remember there is no executive
meeting this month due to National
Night Out Against Crime. We hope
you join the community at Bronx Park
East at Lydig Avenue, Tuesday, August
6 at 7 p.m.
Business Incubator Project, Community
Garden, and the holiday lights
are our big ticket projects this year.
We are also excited to partner with
professionals to help our long time residents
of Allerton become Allerton Homeowners,
educating them on the do’s
and don’ts, the laws and the requirements
The project is also to include military
veterans who wish to own a home.
If you rented in Allerton for 30-plus
years or served this country, we want
to help you own a home in Allerton.
For more details you can contact us
is not a sales proposal or a guarantee
of homeownership. We believe that Allerton
residents with deep roots in the
community will make the best Allerton
Homeowners and will help keep
our neighborhood strong.
Also, Allerton International Food
Festival is Saturday, August 17 and
fast approaching. We want to thank
Assemblymember Nathalie Fernandez
for being so hands on this year in helping
Allerton produce the best festival
yet. Lots of great surprises in store. We
are still welcoming vendors and sponsors.
And, of course, as always thank
you to Jackie and her MAS team for
your hard work organizing and putting
the pieces together.
Allerton is the place to be August
17th! Come out get involved. Visit Tessey’s
International Restaurant, 2542
White Plains Road. New to Allerton
offering African and Caribbean food.
They will also be showcased at the
Look after the elderly and children
during the heat wave. Be patient
and courteous when the temperature
climbs. Don’t lose your cool or your
concentration. Drink plenty of water.
Knock on your neighbor’s door to make
sure they are holding up ok in the heat.
Your community is your business.
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