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Cool Season Tree ID Where G.I.V.E. Started

Nature in the fall, the height of its seasonal maturity, is wonderful and Morgan shows us how to appreciate it with this article. We have a tendency to think once something has bloomed or fruited it’s past it prime. We even look at people that way (sadly). A fall/winter walk can inspire us in new ways and open us up to new discovery. How many kids do you think go to PS 119 and don’t notice the magnificent White Pine on the corner or the folks that don’t appreciate the “New York Allee” of Pin Oaks and London Planes near the Haviland Playground.

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Welcome to the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx.  You are about to walk the urban forest where hundreds of school children make a path daily.  The photos that follow were taken in November 2013.  This is where Nilka Martell and her children (Lia Lynn and Isaias Vega) began a community greening program called G.I.V.E. in 2011.  It had expanded throughout much of the Bronx, in periodic initiatives, by fall 2013.   G.I.V.E. (Getting Involved Virginia Avenue Efforts) started out as a small block beautification project behind the C-Town Supermarket on Newbold Avenue at Virginia Avenue (just off Hugh Grant Circle).  They plug youths into volunteer work, teaching them to care for Bronx County while developing social skills and learning job skills.  G.I.V.E. leaders seek to cultivate awareness of urban environmental issues through volunteerism, education, activism, and hands-on experiences.

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