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Stabbing leaves 1 dead in Parkchester


A 34-year-old man is dead and another injured after a violent stabbing on Westchester Avenue early Sunday.
The other man is currently recovering at Jacobi Hospital. Police say a group of individuals got into an argument that turned deadly.

The 34-year-old man was stabbed multiple times and died at Jacobi Hospital. The other man was stabbed in the torso he’s in stable condition. The investigation is still ongoing. Two men were stabbed, one fatally, on a Bronx street early Sunday, cops said. The two victims were attacked by a pair of men on Westchester Ave. near Pugsley Ave. in Parkchester about 4:20 a.m.

A 34-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the torso and a 35-year-old man was knifed once in the midsection.
EMTs took both victims to Jacobi Medical center, where the younger man died.

The 34-year-old man was stabbed several times as he brawled with at least six other men and two women on Westchester Avenue near Pugsley Avenue in Parkchester at about 4:20 a.m., cops said. The victim, whose identity was being withheld pending family notification, was rushed to Jacobi Hospital and pronounced dead.

Another 35-year-old man was also stabbed in the melee, but he is expected to survive, police said.
No arrests were made, and the investigation is ongoing.

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Hello and welcome to the Health and Wellness section of the Parkchester Times!

Sylvia Williams-Simmons,

By: Sylvia Williams-Simmons,


Here is where you will find information pertaining to health and wellness!  We will spotlight relevant information and news from in and around your community as well as feature interviews, healthy recipes, suggestions and personal triumphant stories all written by members of our locally founded organization Survival Instinct – The Network, Inc.

So, who am I?  My name is Sylvia -Williams Simmons; I am a proud resident of the Bronx NY and co-founder /President of Survival Instinct The Network (SITNET.) SITNET is a 501c3 organization that promotes cancer awareness, early detection, prevention and healthy living.  Some of our activities include …cancer walks, support groups for men, women and children.  In addition, through our Community Health & Awareness Days (CHAD), we invite medical professionals into the community to speak on a variety of topics and interests in the health and wellness field.  In our 13-year existence, SITNET has made quite an impact in the lives we serve by disseminating the information needed for all to make healthier choices.

Our success story includes the 2010 decision by Congressman Joseph Crowley and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr to name September 12th, and September 13th   as Survival Instinct The Network Day here in the Bronx!  We invite you and your family to celebrate this day with us next year (details to follow.) Also, to honor my late husband, the co-founder of SITNET, and to commend the services performed though our organization, New York City’s Mayor Bill De’ Blasio signed into law a street thoroughfare which co names Newbold Ave to Jahi Williams-Simmons Way …his legacy continues.

So, with all of that said…. our overall goal is to build a healthier Bronx and beyond.

Important to note: any article written by SITNET members is to be used for informational purposes only. We encourage you to speak to your medical and/or health provider and/or wellness team before making any changes to your current regiment.

To become a volunteer or attend one of our events or if you have a health related story to share, give us a call at 917-531-4288.

On behalf of Survival Instinct – The Network, Inc., it’s founders and Board of Directors “Thank you Parkchester Times” for your existence and allowing us to bring news and information needed to build a “cancer intelligent” community and health and wellness alignment to the Bronx and beyond!


Sylvia Williams-Simmons,

Co/Founder & President

Survival Instinct – The Network, Inc. 

“A Network Of Hope And New Beginnings”

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World Trade Center Memories and Mission

Islamic Leadership School

Leading up to the 9/11 memorial, my feelings have begun to drastically change similar to the mix feelings I always have in past years when I reflect on what took place in our city on that unforgettable day.

As remarkable as 9/11 National Memorial Museum is, it is one place I truly dread going in because of the strong feelings that consistently converged in me. The feeling of guilt, anger, confusion, sorry and a vivid cognizant of the utter disregard to the lives violently taken from us on that regrettable day that has forever left in our hearts incurable wounds.

My only refuge during this terrible moment is Islamic Leadership School, the first full time Muslim school that opened its doors for the first time on the same fateful day of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  The opening of this first Islamic school in the Bronx on 9/11 was a divine message, the message of fighting evil religious extremism with education.  Instead of the school becoming the center of radicalization and extreme religious views, it became a conduit of wisdom, tolerance, pluralism, progressively moderate and vital peaceful pillar of New York and beyond.

Islamic Leadership School has become one of the most effective counter extremism endeavors in the nation. Promoting a peaceful coexistence among all people is unwavering mission of its leadership.  “While we can’t change what had happened to the World Trade Center, we can certainly use our school’s peaceful coexistence platform to prevent such cowardice act from ever happening again. This is a small step towards healing.” Said Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Islamic Leadership School co-founder.

Because of the success of ILS in its promotion of peaceful coexistence, the founders are piloting a new public school curriculum next year called STEMDUP to broaden its mission. STEMDUP stand for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, diversity, unity and peace. #911memorial #worldtradecenter #ils #stemdup

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St. Helena’s Oldest Parishioner Passes

Helen Urban

Helen Urban was the last of the “founding members” of St. Helena’s Parish in Parkchester, and she recently passed away at the age of 103 3/4 years of age.  Her youngest son John was at her side  Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Helena’s on Saturday, September 8, the feast of the Birth of Our Blessed Mother.  Helen was a long-time resident of Parkchester and was one of the original members of St. Helena’s when it was founded by Msgr. Arthur Scanlan in 1940, at the beginning of the Second World War.  She was very active at St. Helena’s, and she often organized parish bus trips to various places.  Her daughter, Marilyn, was the very first baby born in Parkchester, and she attended St. Helena School.  Helen’s husband, Joseph, bought the very first car in Parkchester.  She was a mother, grandmother, and twice a great-grandmother.  Her eldest granddaughter Dorothy Dugandzic spoke at her funeral. Our condolences are extended to the entire Urban Family.

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Book Bags for Students

St. Helena Elementary School
A very special thanks to St. Helena alumnus Andrew Curiel ’10 and his business partner Francisco Neeko Zeno for successfully organizing The Be You Stay True Program’s #AssistProject where they supplied 50+ St. Helena Elementary School students with brand new book-bags and school supplies.
Andrew has been selected as a Victory Scholar with the Sport Changes Life program for the 2018 – 2019 year. For the next year, he is now living in Limerick, Ireland earning his Masters in Business Marketing, playing for the Limerick Lions, and most importantly coaching/mentoring the youth of Ireland through the game of basketball.
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YESTERDAY, September 6th, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined the NYC Department of Transportation, PS 343 Principal Brooke Barr and PS 343 parents, student and faculty to celebrate the activation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of 42nd Street and 47th Avenue in front of the elementary school in Sunnyside.  

Since PS 343 opened in 2014, Council Member Van Bramer has advocated for the installation of a traffic signal to calm traffic at the dangerous intersection and make it safer for children and families to cross the street to and from the school. At yesterday’s event, parents expressed gratitude and relief. 

“For over four years, I have advocated with teachers, students and families for the installation of a traffic signal outside of PS 343. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and it’s about time that these lights were activated to make this school zone safer,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “The new traffic signal will undeniably ease the fears of everyone who crosses that busy intersection to and from PS 343, Noonan Playground and the multiple apartment buildings in its vicinity. I am thankful to the Department of Transportation for finally heeding our pleas.”

“On behalf of the children, families and staff of PS 343Q The Children’s Lab School, I want to express our appreciation for the installation of the new traffic signals located at 42nd Street and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside,” said PS 343 Principal Brooke Barr. “This intersection is closest to our school and connects us to our local park and library. Adding this signal will greatly increase safety for everyone traveling to and from our building. We thank the Department of Transportation for conducting multiple traffic surveys leading up to the installation and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer for his tireless advocacy on this issue and for our community.”

“I could not have asked for a better start to a new school year, knowing that my families will be safe coming and going to school. Thank you to all my families, the students, and Jimmy Van Bramer and his staff for not giving up until we got our street light,” said PS 343 Parent Coordinator Clara Oza.


The Department of Transportation installed the traffic signal last week and activated it on Wednesday, August 29th.

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The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be on display at St. Helena Church

1315 Olmstead Avenue, Bronx, beginning on Saturday, September 29 until Saturday, October 6.  The statue will be carried in procession and will arrive at the church at 8PM, which will be followed by the praying of the Rosary at 8:15PM and then followed by an opening reception in the gym.  The statue will then be on display in the church for public veneration.  For more information, call 718-892-3232.