Lehman Hosts Concerto Competition for high school students
Attention high school woodwind and
brass players and percussionists. Friday,
March 15, is the deadline for entry
into the 18th Annual Jerome G.
Sala Memorial Concerto Competition,
hosted by Lehman College’s Department
of Music, Multimedia, Theatre,
The competition itself will take place
from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22 in
the Recital Hall on the third fl oor of the
Music Building on the Lehman campus.
Instructions for entry can be found on
the competition website and questions
about the competition should be directed
to the Department of Music, Multimedia,
Theatre, and Dance at (718)
960-8247 or by email at music@lehman.
Contestants in the Sala competition
must be high school students and residents
of the lower Hudson Valley region,
including New York City, Long Island,
Westchester, Putnam, Rockland,
Orange, and northern New Jersey.
The contestants will be judged on a
woodwind, brass, or mallet percussion
solo, suitable for performance with wind
band, such as Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto”
or the Chaminade’s ‘Concertino
for Flute.’ It is strongly recommended
that contestants bring an accompanist
or accompanying audio recording (CD,
Mp3, etc.) to their evaluation session.
Judging will be based both on technical
skill and artistic presentation.
The winner of the fi rst prize will receive
a $500 award and perform his or
her piece with the Lehman College and
Community Band in concert on Sunday,
May 19. The runner-up will have the opportunity
to perform with the band at a
The competition is named in memory
of Jerome G. Sala, a member of the
Music faculty at Lehman College for 20
years and founding director of the Lehman
College and Community Band.
For more information about the competition,
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Do you need help getting to and from
your medical appointments? Transportation
services are available to seniors
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
in community districts 9, 10, 11 and 12.
The program provides door-to-door service
for all medical appointments. Their
drivers are courteous and professional;
and their vehicles are clean and handicap
accessible, including wheelchair
For further information, contact Mildred
Cardona, program director of the
R.A.I.N. Transportation Program, at
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Renaissance Home Health Care
Services announces that they have received
top scores from their audit conducted
by the Visiting Nurse Services of
New York (VNSNY). The largest home
care insurance provider in New York,
VNSNY is accredited by the Community
Health Accreditation Program (CHAP),
certifying that VNSNY meets the highest
recognized standards in healthcare.
They do their audits once a year and
with little more than an hours’ notice.
This audit recognizes 2018 and took
place on January 25.
“I am so proud to receive such a
wonderfully high score from the VNSNY,”
said Marise Deaussou, RN, CCM,
MBA, director of Patient Services at Renaissance
Home Health Care Services.
“Only a team who believes in providing
the very best care for our clients and
who truly work together can achieve
this.” Alexander Markowits, president/
CEO of Spring Hills Senior Communities,
said, “The Renaissance Home
Health Care Services team continuously
shows their passion for their patients.
Their score illustrates their dedication
and attention to detail.”
VNSNY provides insurance to the
patients. They conduct their audits in
each of the following areas:
Personnel records – all up to date
and within regulations; documentation
of communication with VNS regarding
the patient; incident recording; visit
compliance; nursing supervision; and
care plan/task reconciliation
All Renaissance Home Health Care
and Adult Day Services offer a full range
of individualized services that promote
social, physical, and emotional well-being
through their home health care and
adult day locations serving all fi ve boroughs
in New York.
Their Signature Touches philosophy
refl ects the company’s goal of providing
compassionate, professional, and
skilled services in the comfort of one’s
own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.
For more information, visit
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The Bronx Museum of the Arts
announces the appointment of seven
new members to the museum’s board
“We are very pleased and fortunate
to welcome such a strong and diverse
group of industry leaders in academia,
art, architecture, fi nance, and social
media who all share the museum’s dedication
to making art accessible to all,”
said Joseph Mizzi, chairperson of the
Board of Trustees.
The appointees are as follows:
Angel Otero, artist; Dana Emmott,
owner, Elden Services Company; Debbie
Landau, co-founder and fi rst president/
CEO, Madison Square Park
Conservancy; Karen Robinovitz, cofounder,
former co-CEO, Digital Brand
Architects; Mark Lu, principal, Terracina
Real Estate Management; Nathaniel
Wilcox, associate dean for Finance and
Human Resources, The School of General
Studies at Columbia University; Susan
Hinkson, executive vice president
and co-leader, The Real Estate, Land
Use and Zoning Practice Group at Capalino
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The Mobile Mammography Van,
sponsored by the Italian American
Cancer Society will be at St. Helena
Parish, 1315 Olmstead Avenue, on St.
Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any woman between
the ages of 40 and 80 who lives in New
York City and has not had a mammogram
in the past 12 months is eligible for
this free screening.
Early detection of breast cancer
does save lives.
You are asked to register for your
own personal time slot by calling the
parish at (718) 892-3232. There is no
charge for this service, no co-pays are
required, and deductibles are waived;
however, if you have an insurance
card, you are asked to bring it, which
is how this service can be offered free
BRONX TIMES R 40 EPORTER, MARCH 1-7, 2019 BTR
RALLY HELD IN SUPPORT OF COUNCILMAN DIAZ, SR.
Community members rallied in support of Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. on Thursday,
February 14 in front of his district offi ce at 2347 Lafayette Avenue. The rally was held
in response to the councilman’s remarks regarding the City Council being controlled
by the LGBTQ community. Some council members demanded Diaz resign, and others
demanded he be punished. His son, Borough President Ruben Diaz, did not publicly
support his dad. In response to the controversial characterization Council Speaker
Corey Johnson punished Diaz by taking away his leadership position as chairman
of the council’s Taxi Committee. The committee was disbanded to the dismay of the
(Above) Councilman Diaz (c) thanked residents for their continued support.
Photo by Curtis Heath
of charge., and uninsured patients are
Then, once you have had your mammogram,
you might be ready to do some
fundraising for cancer research, either
out on the track or in the privacy of your
The First Annual Bay Plaza 5K Run-
Walk to benefi t cancer research and
programs at the American Cancer Society
of the Bronx will take place on Sunday,
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the
start time is at 9 a.m. You can either register
to participate in the event or you can
support one of the many runners participating
in the event, including St. Helena’s
very own Omara Santiago (ID 448475)
who is running for her mother Carmen
Hernandez, a breast cancer survivor.
The race will begin at the Bay Plaza
Mall. To register to participate or to donate
to the cause, go to: www.ACSDetermination.
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Stop by the PSS City Island Center,
located at 116 City Island Avenue,
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Experience their exercise classes
from gentle yoga stretch, balance class,
arthritis workshop and tai chi as well as
the fi t for life and cardio fi t. They also
offer acrylic painting, calligraphy, canasta,
health presentations, singing
group, and parties. Lunch is served
from noon to 1 p.m., suggested donation
$2. The center participants go on
shopping trips every day; i.e. Shop Rite,
Dollar Tree, Target, Kmart ,as well as
theatre excursions, boat trips, special
luncheons and more.
It’s free to become a member but
you must be 60 years or above.
For further information contact Patty
at (718) 885-0727 or email pattis@
pssusa.org for their monthly calendar.
Upcoming Special Events: Monday,
March 4, Charades, Snacks & Cocoa, 1
p.m.; Friday, March 8, Signs and Symptoms
of Depression Talk by VNS, 12:30
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The fi rst of four free healthy aging
workshops offered by SBH Health System
and catering to individuals 60 and
over, will take place at St. Barnabas
Hospital (4th fl oor, Center for Comprehensive
Care, 4422 Third Avenue) on
Tuesday, March 12 beginning at 9 a.m.
The fi rst workshop is entitled ‘Ingredients
for Successful Aging.’
The fi rst event will focus on anticipated
changes during the aging process
and how to counteract them with proper
nutrition and proactive behaviors. Clinical
specialists will discuss such things
as healthy eating habits, weight maintenance,
smoking cessation, and social
networking. Future workshops will be
on hydration and fall risk, physical activities
and bone health, and managing
medical conditions and medication.
The groundbreaking Health and
Wellness Center at SBH will open in
2020. The 50,000 square foot center,
which is part of a mixed use development
that will include more than 300
units of affordable housing, will also feature
a fi tness center, a teaching kitchen,
a rooftop garden, and an integrative
The goal of the project is to address
such issues as food and housing insecurities,
education, social support and
personal safety concerns for a county
that perennially ranks in 62nd and last
place in New York State.
To register for the workshop, call
Wilma Diaz, RN, at (718) 960-8988.
Seating is limited.