CTL's Joanie Madden to Join Bronx Walk of Fame

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Friday May 14, 2010

(From The NY Daily News)

By: Daniel Beekman
Published: May 12, 2010

From crooners to to congressmen, the Bronx has nurtured some of the best.

To round out Bronx Week 2010, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. plans to announce Wednesday four homegrown heroes who will join the Grand Concourse’s Bronx Walk of Fame. Set to be enshrined are: magazine founder Edward Lewis, singer Jerry Vale, former Congressman Herman Badillo and Celtic flutist Joanie Madden.

They’ll join a pantheon of Bronx-bred stars such as singer Tony Orlando, “Scrubs” actress Judy Reyes and hip-hop innovator Grand Wizzard Theodore – who were all added last year.

The 2010 inductees “have made a difference throughout the world,” boasted Diaz.

Lewis, who founded Essence magazine, is one of America’s foremost African-American entrepreneurs. The Dewitt Clinton High School grad has worked for decades to change the way Madison Avenue portrays black women.

Jerry Vale, who got his start as a Bronx bootblack, is one of the world’s most beloved romantic balladeers thanks to hits like “You Don’t Know Me.”

In 1970, Herman Badillo, who also served as borough president, was the first Puerto Rican elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Grammy Award-winner Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, a Celtic folk band, has collaborated with legends Don Henley and Pete Seeger.

The inductees will “walk the Walk” on Sunday, May 23, the final day of Bronx Week, Diaz said.

The week-long borough bash begins Wednesday, with Diaz and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Madison Ave. Bridge.

Bronx Week continues Thursday with a homeowners forum at Fordham University and shifts into high gear on Saturday at the New York Botanical Garden, where families will enjoy free admission and entertainment.

Also on Saturday, the Fordham Road Green Walk will kick off from the Concourse to Kingsbridge Road, while the Bronx Culture Trolley will chug to Westchester Square for arts and crafts, music and games.

The fun heats up next week, with events highlighting veterans, youth, seniors, health, environment and Bronx history.

On Saturday, May 22, the swanky, sandy, starlit black-tie Bronx Ball will be held at Orchard Beach.

The week’s grand finale the next day starts at the Walk of Fame on the lower Grand Concourse and moves to Mosholu Parkway for the Bronx Week Parade and Food & Arts Festival. A main event is the Bronx Arm Wrestling Championship.

“The Bronx is a big party and we want to see you all there,” said Diaz.

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