Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Westchester Square News: Bronxites walk for a cure

Westchester Square News: Bronxites walk for a cure: Bronxites walk for a cure (Photos by Gary Quintal) On Sunday, October 19th approximately 8,000 people from all over the 5 borough...

Bronxites walk for a cure

Bronxites walk for a cure
(Photos by Gary Quintal)
On Sunday, October 19th approximately 8,000 people from all over the 5 boroughs and Westchester gathered at Orchard Beach in the Bronx to walk for a cure. Participants were adorned in pink tutus, wigs and feather boas. Together they had raised $565,000.00 for the fight Agaisnt Breast Cancer at the Making Strides of The Bronx, NY
This is the American Cancer Society's largest fundraising event each year, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish 
the fight. This event takes place the 3rd Sunday in October each year. If you wish to make a donation it is not too late visit their website
More than 108,000 New York City residents rallied together on October 19 in every borough of the city for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising approximately $5.6 million in all five boroughs.
“Sunday’s event was an inspirational example of passion in action,” said Jennifer Podoll, Vice President of Community Engagement for the American Cancer Society. “I’m so proud of how our community responded and how every participant, volunteer and sponsor took positive steps to help finish the fight against breast cancer.”
While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.
Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers in nearly 300 communities across the nation have collected over $594 million.
With one in every two newly diagnosed women turning to the American Cancer Society for help and support, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds are used to make a difference by:
Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable;
Investing in groundbreaking cancer research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease;
Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer when and where they need it including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance, and more;
Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.
For additional details about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can get involved visit For free breast cancer information and resources visit the American Cancer Society’s website at or call 800.227.2345 any time day or night.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Westchester Square News: Comic Con

Westchester Square News: Comic Con: Bronxites get their Geek on at Comic Con  (Photos by Robert Press & Seitu Oronde) By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOB...

Comic Con

Bronxites get their Geek on at Comic Con 
(Photos by Robert Press & Seitu Oronde)
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 16- As you can see by some of the photos there were many different attractions for the attendees.
The amount of people who attended surpassed last year, but in speaking to many people the impression was that Comic Con 2013 was a little bigger, and a little better. Since Comic Con is a mixture of comic and real action stories there will always be the many comic book sellers, as was seen at this year's event. There were celebrities in attendance, and of course the fees for autographs or photos that come with them. There seemed to be plenty of free autographs and merchandise that was also available at many of the booths. The big publishers with several spots had their artists signing free samples of various comics. Many of those in single spots were part-time artists and publishers who printed much less copies, and only had a few different items on display.
I met a Bronx based small part-time artist/publisher who said he has a full time job to support his family. His company was called Section Eight Comics which immediately drew my attention. We spoke for about a half hour as to how the name came about, and where he was located in the Bronx. I then remembered that I had seen him at Comic Con 2013, and he still had some of his work from then. I wished him well and moved on to the next booth.
I met the lovely Amanda Rivera who was poised at one booth. Amanda said that she is from the Wakefield section of the Bronx. When I told her that I was from the Bronx News she replied that she reads the paper, and can not wait to see herself in the paper. Enough said so I'll end it here so there will be room for more photos of Comic Con 2014.