May 2, 2008: 2008, Issue 18
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Friday, May 2, 2008

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Assembly acts on sex offenders: Benedetto

Assemblymember Michael R. Benedetto announced that the Assembly passed a measure, the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act regulating sex offenders’ use of the Internet to help prevent sex crimes. The bill is the result of a landmark agreement with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to prevent predators from victimizing children on Internet social networking sites. Comment.
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Vacca spreads blindness program awareness

With the help of a local leader, older Bronxites will be more informed on issues about vision care.  Comment.
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AECOM names founding prof.

Aviv Bergman, Ph.D., has been named Founding Professor and University Chairman of Einstein’s newly created Department of Systems and Computational Biology. The appointment was announced by Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Comment.
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Vacca weighs in on DOB commish’s resignation

The recent resignation of NYC Department of Buildings commissioner Patricia Lancaster has created an opportunity for Councilman Jimmy Vacca.  Comment.
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Steps taken to reduce wait at Pel Bay Station

Councilman Jimmy Vacca and frustrated straphangers have been clamoring for the MTA to do something about the long wait for trains coming into Pelham Bay Station for years. The MTA is about to implement actions to address this complaint. Comment.
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New van rides in to help senior citizens

Elderly northeast Bronx residents are in for a less bumpy van ride.   Comment.
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Joint community patrol organized in 49th

Communities in the 49th Precinct are taking back their neighborhood as one cohesive unit.  Comment.
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Kid’s Web plea

Always striving to help their own, the Morris Park Community Association once again pulled together to create a hopeful future for a local girl in need. Comment.
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Menna Meats expanding; moves to Cafaro’s site

After 37 years in the same location, Menna’s Quality Meats is moving up Tremont Avenue, taking over the Cafaro’s Deli location to form Menna’s Quality Meats and Salumeria. Comment.
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Trash removed from sub-prime house wreck

A long overdue spring-cleaning brought much-needed improvement to the quality of life of residents on Revere Avenue suffering from a nearby absentee landlord. Comment.
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Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.
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WS merchants feel hopeful after meeting

Westchester Square business owners and residents received some encouraging news about the shopping strip’s future last week.  Comment.
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Bronx actress shines in How She Move

One Bronx actress is discovering just how much art imitates life, as a featured player in Paramount Vantage’s newest release, How She Move. Comment.
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Beyond borders: Bronxite provides relief in Mexico

While Bronx resident and Springfield College sophomore Natalie Flores chose to spend spring break in the likely location of sunny Mexico, her purpose was far from ordinary.                Comment.
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Regis Raiders crush Spellman Falcons at their home, 11-1

It was a tough day to be a Spellman baseball fan.  Comment.
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Preston Panthers split double-header

An umpire error may have cost Preston High School its’ first regular season game this year, as the Panthers split a double header with Our Lady of Victory on Saturday, April 26, at Veterans Bicentennial Memorial Park.  Comment.
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Future NBA star promotes talent

The next great NBA star may be a 12-year-old from the Bronx, who only picked up the game of basketball at age 10.    Comment.
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Third time’s the charm for Juan Laporte boxing

The Juan Laporte Boxing Gym has moved once again.  Comment.
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Bronx fighters victorious at Paradise Theater

Bronx fighters Andrey Tsurkan and Eddie Irizarry proved victorious in front of a home crowd at the Star Boxing sponsored Punchin at the Paradise card on Friday, April 25.  Comment.
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St. Ray’s alumni named Marist coach

Ending weeks of speculation, a former St. Raymond High School alumni has given the Bronx another reason to boast, as Marist College named Chuck Martin its new head men’s basketball coach on Thursday, April 17. Comment.

Columbus’ soccer struggles stalled

The whistle blew and the Columbus girls’ varsity soccer team stormed their field in a rare celebration, as they bested Lehman 4-0 for only its second win of the season; a far cry from the stellar year the Lady Explorers enjoyed in 2007.  Comment.

Softball Highlights

Preston 7 – Maria Regina 3: Preston, coming into the game boasting five players – Ashley Weiderhold, Devyn Abbate, Lauren Barrett, Leanne Cerbone and Sara Cavigliano – who were named to the school’s honor society, picked up a big win on Thursday, April 17, behind Abbate’s excellent pitching.  The senior picked up 11 K’s, while the bats did the work in the 3rd inning, as Laura Montalto, Danielle Sedia, Weiderhold and Cerbone moved runners over and brought them home with big little hits during a stron Comment.

Tough loss a big boost for Clinton team

“We needed this game,” said Clinton coach Robert Miller, after his team suffered a 4-3 extra inning loss to Lehman on April 11.  “This game could be a big boost for us down the stretch.” Comment.

Monroe beats Gompers; Turo wins 900th

Monroe’s Jeffrey Hostos waited for the sign and delivered the pitch; a stinging curve ball that had Gompers’ Victor Ruiz swinging at air, capping off an amazing come-from-behind 4-2 victory that landed Eagle coach Mike Turo in the record books with his 900th career victory. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Decades of achievers honored at VMA

The Villa Maria Academy family celebrated the lives of a diverse group of alumni whose stories of achievement were lauded at a dinner and silent auction.   Comment.

Bronxites team up for borough cleaning

On Saturday, May 3, hundreds of Bronx residents will join together to clean up the borough in the fifth annual Team Up to Clean Up the Bronx. Comment.

Bronx teens teach tolerance in Germany

Four students chosen to represent the Bronx on a goodwill trip to Germany are overseas; ready to share the truth about their borough with their German peers. Comment.

Gateway to Bronx Zoo cries for repair

After numerous community complaints, a road that serves as a gateway to the Bronx Zoo, an eyesore to tourists and poor example of the borough, will finally be repaired – in five years. Comment.
Opinion

Pipe Dreams

Maybe it's just me, but... Comment.

Knowing the Score

I’m sitting here at 7 a.m. in the office on a lonely, lonely, lonely Monday morning, wondering how another weekend flew right by, and trying to come up with new ways to say the same old stuff.  It’s hard being witty.  At least that’s what I hear.    Comment.
Opinion

Do You Remember

You don’t have to be from Edgewater Park to remember the Edgewater Park Dancehall.  People came from all around to attend the movies there.  First it was the silents with Catherine Lowe at the piano but few are alive who would recall those days.  Later the talkies were held there and even later they were shown at the Square Club, the Masonic hall located over the Weir Creek estuary at the entrance to the community. Comment.
Business

Attendance swells at zoo

A record 83,331 zoo-goers spent the day at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo headquarters during its Earth Week – Party for the Planet celebration yesterday, Wednesday, April 23. That is the highest number of visitors in one day since 1941. Comment.
Business

Ridgewood Savings Bank appoints ass’t vice prez

Ridgewood Savings Bank announced the appointment of Arthur P. Saitta as assistant vice president and Residential Business Development Officer. Comment.

Ampere wine shop sparks local debate

The liquor license applicant for a new wine shop in Spencer Estate spoke before Community Board 10 at the April 17 monthly meeting held at Preston High School. Comment.
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Entrepreneur serves up tasty tostones at Tostobueno

Customers are going bananas for a unique Bronx culinary product. Comment.
Film

Bronx actress to shines in How She Move

One Bronx actress is discovering just how much art imitates life, as a featured player in Paramount Vantage’s newest release, How She Move. Comment.
Parenting

Doo Wop at Co-op City

The Riverbay Fund of Co-op City presents an afternoon of Doo Wop on Sunday, May 18, at the Dreiser Auditorium, 177 Dreiser Loop. The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Comment.
Arts

Preston teen sets dreams on airwaves

In the early hours of April 28, one local teen made her on-air debut on The WOR Morning Show with personalities Joe Bartlett and Donna Hanover. Comment.
Arts

Local R&B singer hits the big time

Go hard or go home!! Comment.
Arts

Bronx Actress Shines in How She Move

One Bronx actress is discovering just how much art imitates life, as a featured player in Paramount Vantage’s newest release, How She Move. Comment.
Arts

Bronx prisoner turns passion into practice

A prisoner from the Bronx is already making plans for his release, as an award-winning author.  Comment.
Arts

One-eyed cat teaches lesson of acceptance

From the streets to stardom, a local cat proves the importance of acceptance in a recent children’s book. Comment.

RadioShack opens on Fordham Road

West Fordham Road residents won’t have to trek up to the Grand Concourse any longer for all of their technological needs.  Comment.

Kid’s Web Plea

Always striving to help their own, the Morris Park Community Association once again pulled together to create a hopeful future for a local girl in need. Comment.
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Field for Leo

“Mr. Little League” was honored on Saturday, April 19, at the place he called home for more than half a century – the Throgs Neck Little League fields. Comment.

First Yankee Stadium-generated park unveiled

While the Bronx has to wait until 2009 for the new Yankee Stadium, local children received their own new field today.   Comment.

Papal Mass provides message of hope to thousands

Pope Benedict XVI delivered a message of peace and hope to close to 60,000 residents at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 20, during an afternoon ceremony that wrapped up his visit to the United States.   Comment.

Loretta’s up in flames

A fire in the early morning, while workers were tarring the roof of a popular Country Club eatery, sent flames spewing into the air and left several school lunch programs high and dry. Comment.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Bronx player silences critics

One Bronx player is defying the odds and silencing his critics, as he attempts to achieve a dream.  Comment.
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Olando Minott: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

Some people use hardships as an excuse to quit, others, like Olando Minott use it to persevere. Comment.
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Bronxites pound it out in the ring

All the world was a boxing ring when Bronx boxers emerged victorious at the 81st Annual Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament kicked off on Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 at the WAMU Theater at MSG. Comment.
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Pipe Dreams

Maybe it’s just me, but... Comment.
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Xavier celebrates championship season

On the heels of an amazing 62-6 season record by the Kevin Melrose and Larry Arena-coached St. Francis Xavier JV team that led to a Bronx and City title, three other teams helped make the Morris Park school proud this season.  Comment.
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Baseball Highlights

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St. Ray’s fails to dominate in non-league match-up

A lack of determination cost St. Raymond’s,  as they hosted and lost 10-5 to John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in a non-league match-up this past Saturday, April 19. Comment.
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Columbus’ soccer struggles stalled

The whistle blew and the Columbus girls’ varsity soccer team stormed their field in a rare celebration, as they bested Lehman 4-0 for only its second win of the season; a far cry from the stellar year the Lady Explorers enjoyed in 2007.  Comment.
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Softball Highlights

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Knowing the Score: I’m cursed by jersey

I heard the rumors.  At first I didn’t believe them.  Who would do such a thing?  But after digging deep, I discovered it was true; someone did bury a Bob Connolly Pipe Dreams jersey under my cubicle, right under my very nose.  I’ve been cursed.  Comment.
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Tough loss a big boost for Clinton team

“We needed this game,” said Clinton coach Robert Miller, after his team suffered a 4-3 extra inning loss to Lehman on April 11.  “This game could be a big boost for us down the stretch.” Comment.
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Monroe beats Gompers; Turo wins 900th

Monroe’s Jeffrey Hostos waited for the sign and delivered the pitch; a stinging curve ball that had Gompers’ Victor Ruiz swinging at air, capping off an amazing come-from-behind 4-2 victory that landed Eagle coach Mike Turo in the record books with his 900th career victory.  Comment.
Food

Cerini Coffee perks big time at new spot

For nearly three decades patrons and fellow merchants of Belmont’s Little Italy have frequented Cerini Coffee & Gifts for more than just their morning cup of Joe. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

First Yankee Stadium-generated park unveiled

While the Bronx has to wait until 2009 for the new Yankee Stadium, local children received their own new field today.   Comment.

Beyond borders: Bronxite provides relief in Mexico

While Bronx resident and Springfield College sophomore Natalie Flores chose to spend spring break in the likely location of sunny Mexico, her purpose was far from ordinary.                Comment.

Bus snag ruins Papal youth rally

Hundreds of Bronx youth were left stranded on Saturday, April 19, after their chartered buses failed to show, forcing  numerous kids to miss their opportunity to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers. Comment.

Safer streets for seniors

A study of pedestrian fatalities from 2002 to 2006 showed senior citizens, ages 65 and older, made up about 12 percent of New York City’s population, but were involved in nearly 39 percent of the City’s fatal pedestrian accidents. Comment.

Papal Mass provides message of hope to thousands

Pope Benedict XVI delivered a message of peace and hope to close to 60,000 residents at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 20, during an afternoon ceremony that wrapped up his visit to the United States.   Comment.

Preston principal leaves a distinguished legacy

A new era will begin at Preston High School on July 1, as the school celebrates the successes of longtime principal Sr. Lucille Coldrick when she passes the educational torch on to her associate and friend Jane Grendell. Comment.

WSMC celebrates second chance

In a gala announcement on Friday, April 18, outside of the hospital’s main entrance on Seddon Street, elected officials, hospital administration and staff all gathered to celebrate the survival of New York Westchester Square Medical Center. Comment.

MOM calls on DEC: enforce codes

Mothers on the Move and residents of the South Bronx, staged another in a series of what is an ongoing protest, calling on the DEC to enforce existing health codes and stop fowl air from drifting over into their community. Comment.

Retail center for Armory

The NYC Economic Development Corporation announced the selection of Related Companies to redevelop the landmark Kingsbridge Armory into a retail destination center for the Bronx. Comment.
Opinion

Do You Remember

Tom Casey and I have taken to visiting some of the many south Bronx churches on Sunday mornings.  We’ve heard some astoundingly great gospel music and met some wonderful welcoming people in our travels.  Last week we checked out one church that was over a century old and had the original pews, organ pipes, etc.  We also stopped by a newer structure, St. Margaret’s, in the Longwood historic district. Comment.
Business

Monroe Lovinger, retired Bronx accountant, philantropist

Monroe Lovinger, a retired accountant who worked his way through college, built a successful practice and then became a staunch and generous supporter of those in need, died on April 14 at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. Comment.
Arts

CAB unveils outstanding mural

After preparing for more than a year, a group of Bronx youth proudly displayed a mural at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to parents, friends and the center’s staff on April 15. Comment.

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