May 25, 2008: 2008, Issue 21
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Sunday, May 25, 2008

S. Bronx wins fitness championship

Setting a record pace, the boys of South Bronx won their second straight National High School Physical Fitness Championship in San Diego, California last week, and they did it for two special fallen friends.  Comment.

Preston clinches Bronx/Westchester title

As the Preston Panthers go into the CHSAA softball playoffs this week, they do so as the Bronx/Westchester champions.  Comment.

Girls high school softball roundup

Only days after Lehman High School’s Domenica Regina pitched a gem in a 5-2 win over Hunter College High School, the Bronx pitcher’s continued journey from a collision at the plate that broke her face two years ago stalled in two straight losses, dropping Lehman to third place in the Bronx A Division.  Comment.

Lehman Lions capture Bronx crown

The Lehman Lions are the new kings of the baseball jungle.  Comment.

Pipe Dreams

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

Knowing the Score

I borrowed the title for this week’s column from one of my favorite highlight shows about baseball, hosted by the late great Mel Allen, that I used to watch as a kid growing up in the Bronx. Comment.
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Rogue traffic enforcement agents caught lying

Overzealous traffic enforcement agents have Morris Park residents on the edge, with community leaders close behind. Comment.
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MP man sentenced 1.5 to 4.5 years in DWI death

The recent sentencing of drunk driver Robert Polidore has sent a message about the grave consequences of intoxication behind the wheel.  Comment.
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Owner boards up dangerous Gun Hill Rd. property

The owner of a construction site containing a dangerous retaining wall that has become a hangout spot for local youth has addressed community concerns in hopes of making the site inaccessible to trespassers - although children in the area are not making it easy.  Comment.
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Skunks invade abandoned Astor Ave. parcel

To the dismay of local homeowners, a controversial Pelham Gardens property now has some new residents. Comment.
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NYPD speaks: We’re hogging parking spots

Police have finally responded to Westchester Square residents who are riled up when it comes to traffic enforcement agents taking up valuable parking spots by jockeying personal and professional vehicles during changes of shifts. Comment.
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Hair salon boosts image with donation

With prom season quickly approaching, one lucky lady’s pocketbook will receive a little relief. Comment.
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Explorers gain experience

Having only 15 minutes to enter, dissect and begin to solve a crime scene before presenting conclusions to FBI agents may seem a daunting task for most, but four 45th Precinct Explorers rose to the challenge at the 2008 Spring Competition Day. Comment.
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Traffic agents swarm down on Layton Ave.

The deluge of parking enforcement efforts on Layton Avenue had subsided in recent months to the delight of local merchants. However, now they’re back, and nothing is safe. Comment.
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TNBA plans annual triathlon

The Throggs Neck Benevolent Association is hosting its 6th annual triathlon in memory of one of its founding board members, Tom Garvey. Garvey was instrumental in laying the foundation for the organization. Comment.
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CB 10 opposes liquor store for Ampere Avenue

A businessman looking to open a ‘fine wine shop’ on Ampere Avenue got a rude awakening when he was confronted by many angry residents of Spencer Estate at a Community Board 10 hearing. Comment.
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49th Pct. extends financial aid to sick girl

Officers at the 49th Precinct recently took their role to protect and serve to a new level when they donated more than $500 to help a local, suffering youth. Comment.
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Fundraiser for ailing youngster

In January of 2001, the pain began. With no cure in sight, one local student continues to suffer, as a mother plans a fundraiser to help her ailing daughter.  Comment.
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P.O. Edward Byrne competition underway

A police chief at One Police Plaza, and faculty and administration of a M.S. 101, are making sure the school bearing the namesake of slain officer Edward Byrne forever remembers the fallen officer’s contributions to the city 20 years ago. Comment.
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Police clear tractor trailers from Lafayette Avenue

After a couple of years of wrangling that produced little progress, tractor-trailers using Lafayette and Brush avenues as a truck stop finally got the boot. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.
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Rock on the Bronx

Welcome once again to Rock on the Bronx. Comment.

St. Pius Excelsior Awards presented to women leaders

Five remarkable women will be honored for their service to the Bronx community in the 16th annual Excelsior Awards gala benefiting St. Pius V High School in Mott Haven. Comment.

Mount St. Ursula welcomes new leadership

Beyond the religious realm, for the first time in Mount St. Ursula’s more that 150-year history of educating Bronx youth, the school’s first lay principal will soon take the reins. Comment.

Bronx stacks up at worldwide LEGO open

The I.S. 98 Herman Ridder Intermediate School’s robotics team recently returned home after representing the United States at the FIRST LEGO League Asian Open Invitational, in Tokyo Japan. Comments (1).

WP/Burke Ave. merchants try to lure supermarket

Red tape is holding up the process of a newly formed merchants group from attempting to replace a lost supermarket with a Fine Fair. Comment.

City’s floating pool to dock in Hunts Point

Bronxites will soon enjoy a unique aquatic experience to beat the summer heat.  The nation’s only floating pool will soon be docked in Hunts Point for up to three years.  Comment.

Green housing slated

As the rain continued to pound the pavement, a crowd huddled under a sea of umbrellas, welcoming the Bronx’s newest green construction to their neighborhood.  Comment.

IS 125 fights change

A dispute between two neighboring schools has erupted with I.S. 125 parents accusing P.S. 119 administrators of taking advantage of their generosity.  Comment.

Rain doesn’t deter Puerto Rican Day festivities

The 20th annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade went off without a hitch Sunday, May 18, despite bouts of rain throughout the afternoon. Comment.

Two schools square off to represent Bronx

The competition is heating up as two local schools get set to square off on Cablevision’s The Challenge, an academic style quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge, with the Bronx championship now on the line.  Comment.

Verizon cable a vote away

Bronx residents may have a choice in their cable television provider by the end of the year, if a vote by the New York City Franchise and Concession Review Committee on Tuesday, May 27, goes Verizon’s way.  Comment.

Community boards brace for cuts

Bronxites, up in arms over proposed cuts to community board funding, are breathing a sigh of relief after assurances by the City Council that the drastic measures will not take place.  Comment.

Klein investigates single-source drugs

Senator Jeff Klein, Senator Tom Duane, and Senator John Sabini, joined by several patients, doctors, and pharmacists, released a report, For Health or Money, a comprehensive analysis of New York’s 19 major HMOs and the life threatening restrictions on what are known as single source drugs. Single source drugs are unique medications for which there are no generic alternatives. Comment.

Preston HS recognizes excellence

For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Preston High School has been awarded a 2008 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils. Close to 120 high schools were named to National Councils of Excellence, but Preston High School is one of only 98 high schools nationwide to receive the highly-esteemed honor of being named a National Gold Council of Excellence. Comment.

St. Catharine’s inducts honor students

Thursday, April 25, 34 students at St. Catharine Academy were inducted into the Mercy Chapter of the National Honor Society. To be selected for this honor, students must exhibit characteristics of strong leadership, fine character, high scholarship and service to their school and community. In welcoming the candidates and their guests to the ceremony, Sr. Ann M. Welch, principal, spoke to the young women who represent the finest at St. Catharine Academy. Comment.

AECOM professor to receive coveted award

Michael Brownlee, M.D., the Anita and Jack Saltz Professor of Diabetes Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been selected by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to receive the prestigious David Rumbough Award for Scientific Excellence.  The award recognizes researchers for their outstanding achievement and commitment to diabetes research.  Actress Dina Merrill established this award in 1974 in honor of her late son, David. Comment.

Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.

Rock on The Bronx

Welcome once again to Rock on the Bronx. Comment.

Do You Remember

I was recently reading a booklet about Dutch Schultz and it reminded me of a story John McNamara once told me about how Schultz rented a dock from Harry Abromowitz of Edgewater Park.  Harry lived at the tip of C Section and sometime during the wee hours of the morning a boat would arrive with a mysterious cargo which was quietly and quickly transferred to a waiting truck. It was no secret that Schultz was the beer baron of the Bronx and Prohibition did not stop the steady flow of illicit alcohol from reaching the speakeasies under his control.  Comment.

The Gottesmans donate $25 million to AECOM

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University announced that it has received a major gift of $25 million – one of the largest in the College’s 53-year history – from Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman. Comment.

Wave Hill presents an activity-filled June and July

Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center, invites visitors to steep themselves in a summer mood with beautiful garden landscapes and programs as expansive as the season. Comment.

911: The Bronx documentary depicts St. Barnabas

A new Discovery Channel documentary airing Thursday, May 29, at 8 p.m., will show a side of the ER you’ve never seen.  Comment.

St. Ann’s Terrace to spruce up Mott Haven

Mott Haven will soon see new development rising up at an old eyesore of a parking garage on St. Ann’s Avenue. Comment.
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Seniors fight for market

A crowd of more than 100 angry and equally distraught seniors gathered at 2504 Eastchester Road, Monday, May 19, to protest the closure of their only neighborhood supermarket, Met Food. Comment.
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TN 9/11 family replants trees

The Friends of Ferry Point Park made good on their vows to replant the 9/11-memorial grove of trees vandals stole earlier this year. Comment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Columbus avenges lacrosse loss

After a long wait, last year’s lacrosse wars between Lehman and Columbus were finally rekindled on Tuesday, May 6, with the Explorers slipping past the Lions 8-7 off a goal by Alejandro Gonzalez with only 14 seconds remaining in regulation.  Comment.

Monroe squeaks by Walton; Clinton on way of title

Monroe 3 – Walton 2: Monroe (12-1) moved one step closer to clinching the Bronx A East with help from Elias Todman (2-for-3, 1 R), Juan Arroyo (2-for-4, 1 R), Raymond Molina (2-for-3, 1 RBI), and Resto Cruz (2-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 Double).  Arroyo (7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 5 K’s) pitched a classic.  For Walton (9-5), who took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 4th inning, Ronny Vargas (3-for-3, 1 R, 2 doubles) and Joel Delorbe (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 HP, 5 K’s) played strong in the loss.  Comment.

Monday, May 19, 2008

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TN thief lands self in jail

As if not reading your local community newspaper was enough of a mistake, one Bronx thief learned the hard way that a life of crime is not for the weak of mind.  Comment.
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49th Pct. housing officers honored for crime reduction

Two housing unit officers were honored for their months of services at two Pelham Parkway housing developments now policed by the 49th Precinct.  Comment.
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‘Snake’ landlord linked to Pel Bay project

An individual involved in the purchase and development of a 44-unit, seven-story building at 3030 Middletown Road is known to the Bronx tenants for all the wrong reasons.  Comment.
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Vacca, community leaders oppose water rate increase

Councilman James Vacca, joined by a busload of committed community residents, trekked to the Manhattan College campus on Monday, May 5, to personally inform members of the New York City Water Board that he strictly opposes this year’s 14.5% water bill hike, and does not see the need for any hike this year based on available data. Comment.
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Graffiti creeps back into the CB 10 area

Members of community groups all over Community Board 10 area are noticing an increased activity when it comes to graffiti. Comment.
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Pioneer deep-sea diver with Bronx ties, dies at 81

A pioneering diver, whose City Island company helped set the standard for the commercial deep-sea diving industry, has passed away. Comment.
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TN woman’s $15 million sex agreement suit tossed

A civil suit filed by a Bronx woman with claims her lover reneged on a legal agreement to provide her with half of his house in exchange for frequent sex and cultural enrichment was thrown out by the New York State Court of Appeals. Comment.
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9-11 memorial grove replanting set

After vandals tore up 15 trees, which were planted in memory of the 9/11 Throggs Neck victims, an outraged community called for a replanting ceremony.  Comment.
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OLA scouts honored for achieving excellence

Applauding their outstanding community service efforts, the congregation at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral showed their support to Our Lady of Assumption Church Cub Scout Pack 345 on April 27. Comment.
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MPCA drums up new membership from drive

The Morris Park Community Association has been looking to drum up new membership and pass the torch of leadership onto the next generation. Comment.
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OLA, Mahan Avenue blessed with speed hump

A busy street in Pelham Bay will soon have a new speed hump, slowing down traffic for schoolchildren and senior citizens. Comment.
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Collegiate Institute student serves as Bronx councilman

Councilman Jimmy Vacca may have found his future replacement in a student from his alma mater at Christopher Columbus High School.  Comment.
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Leaning wall springs nabe into action

An unsightly and unsafe structure at a work site on the corner of Allerton and Lodovick avenues is about to be addressed before someone gets hurt.    Comment.
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Economy forces Schuyler Hill summer camp to close

For 15 years, Schuyler Hill Performing Arts and Cultural Center, Inc., offered Bronx youth an opportunity for expression and academic growth through its various programs, however, a slowing economy changed those summer plans. Comment.
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Ladies Choice to take B. Brown’s old location

As Westchester Square continues to evolve, one local business owner is taking advantage of an opening on the strip. Comment.
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Girls wrestle with old stereotype

Throughout history women have been perceived as the weaker sex, but Lehman High School students Janel Gonzalez and Jacquie Rivera are looking to change those perceptions one match at a time. Comment.
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Preston impresses in victory

Lehman 20 – Bronx Leadership Academy 3: Lehman (13-1) exploded with offense from Brittany Gonzalez (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 Double), Leslie Spencer (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI’s, 1 Double, 1 Triple), Lourdes Arias (3-for-4, 2 RBI’s), Sharlene Figueroa (2-for-4, 3 R, 5 RBI’s, 1 HR) to help Domenica Regina (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 9 K’s) pick up another victory on Thursday, May 8, at the Parkchester Little League.  The win put Lehman atop the Bronx A Division.  Comment.
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Hunter win ends Columbus’ soccer playoff hopes

Early in the second half of play, with the score tied 1-1, Hunter College High School’s Chelsea Weinberg nailed a high shot off Columbus goalkeeper Asia Wheeler’s hands and into the net.  Comment.
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Alfred E. Smith varsity volleyball makes best of unique situation

It was the final regular season boys’ varsity game for Kennedy and Alfred E. Smith on May 1, and Kennedy’s Marquis Romero slapped a shot over the net, just out of the reach of Melany Javier to give the Knights a 25-9 win in the second straight set.  Comment.
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AFC Rapid Soccer final standings

Another exciting season of soccer has ended for the AFC Rapid Soccer League, who last month, held its closing ceremonies to honor the best teams and players for their efforts during the competitive, yet fun year. Comment.

Counterfeit operation halted

One Bronx resident was hard at work, making money...literally, and will now face a judge to answer for crimes that go beyond his initial arrest for counterfeiting.  Comment.

First ‘John Doe’ sex assault case ends in conviction

A 28-year-old Manhattan man was sentenced Tuesday, May 6, to a maximum of 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Bronx boy in Van Cortlandt Park in 1998. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Mayor unveils Soundview school playground

Students at one Soundview school are getting a playground finally fit for the modern age.  Comment.

Puerto Rican Day festival squashed by 43rd

While the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade is slated to begin May 18, the affiliated festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, was recently canceled. Comment.

HP EDC honors women entrepreneurs

The Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce recently honored women who made their mark on the local business landscape, with awards presented by NYC Comptroller William Thompson and others. Comment.

DOT studies Jerome Ave. traffic plan

The Department of Transportation is taking steps to improve the traffic flow into Jerome Avenue.   Comment.

Solara co-op project offers 160 affordable units

The Briarwood Organization and its partners announce that applications of interest are now being accepted for The Solara: 160 magnificent new cooperative apartments representing the largest affordable home ownership project in the Concourse section. The one, two and three-bedroom units are designed for maximum space and comfort, offering homeowners an elegant living environment at a reasonable cost. Comment.

Report cites school overcrowding in E. Bronx nabes

A new report for the City Comptroller William Thompson cites several Bronx communities as areas where population increases have precluded school construction. Comment.

Vacca, mayor announce Bronx ferry service study

Bronx residents may soon be able to ride the maritime highway.  Comment.

AECOM holds awards luncheon

The National Women’s Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine honored Pamela Fiori, Whoopi Goldberg, Dylan Lauren, Zaha Hadid, Suzanne Wright and Sydell L. Miller, a prominent group of women for their professional and humanitarian successes, at its 54th annual Spirit of Achievement Awards Luncheon today at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Comment.

Bronx students nominated for Eddy Awards

On Thursday, May 8, local students gathered at the ITV Studios in Yonkers, anxiously awaiting the results of the 35th Annual Eddy Awards. Comment.

P.S. 14 students provide relief for disabled youth

Living with constant pain – his every motion presents a challenge, a fear that the slightest tear will create yet another agonizing day. Comment.

Track meet honors tragic teen

As students from schools throughout the Bronx ran the track at Villa Maria Academy, on Saturday, May 10, they did so in honor of an athlete who passed away much too soon. Comment.

AECOM commencement marks milestone

This year’s commencement marks a special milestone for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, as its June 5 ceremony will be the 50th in the medical school’s history. The 2008 Einstein graduation exercises will take place at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on Thursday, June 5, at 2:30 p.m., with Dr. Albert S. Kuperman, associate dean for Educational Affairs at Einstein, delivering the commencement address. Kuperman’s leadership has guided and shaped the medical curriculum at Einstein for more than 30 years. Comment.

MMC appoints senior vice pres.

Milton C. Anderson has been appointed senior vice president-Human Resources of Montefiore Medical Center. Anderson, 40, will be responsible for all aspects of Human Resources across the medical center. Comment.

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

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

Knowing the Score

I made a decision recently, as a sports editor that I would stop being a couch potato and more like the athletes I cover daily. Comment.

Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.

Do You Remember


WP Rd TLC cars block shoppers

A problem that’s plagued the Pelham Parkway business community for years seems to have no end in sight.  Comment.

Madagascar on view

The animals of Madagascar will soon be on view for the borough’s inquisitive crowd at the Bronx Zoo. Comment.

Parkchester rapper tears up VH1’s stage

A lifelong Bronxite, and current Parkchester resident, is tearing up the stage on a new reality show. Comment.
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Traffic ticket turns deadly

A routine traffic ticket took a turn for the worse last Saturday after a man who argued with three traffic enforcement agents suffered a massive heart attack and died. Comment.
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Rally to keep market

A disturbing transformation in Pelham Gardens could leave local seniors inconvenienced. Comment.

$43 mil site for sale

A large waterfront space that could be a positive harbinger for the Bronx is up for sale in Port Morris, with the asking price: a cool $43.5 million. Comment.

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