June 28, 2008: 2008, Issue 26
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Zodiacs track team tears up the track en route to nationals

The Zodiacs Track Team, shown above at a recent fundraiser effort, has continued to achieve some success since bolstering its ranks to over 80 members.  Comment.

Summer sports clinics

Warrior Football League will join with Maritime College, Pelham Bay Little League and the Highlander Baseball Academy for two one-week sports clinics.  From July 21 to 25, the clinic will include  football instruction, physical fitness, baseball and softball instruction by Joe Cisco and the Highlanders staff, and swimming.   Participants receive t-shirts, snacks and awards. For info, call (718) 829-7574.  Comment.

Lyons capture medals

Most of the New York Lyons Mane runners on June 7, at Yale University qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union regional championship meet to be held June 27-29.  Comment.

Spellman Block ‘S’ dinner honors athletes

Cardinal Spellman High School recently recognized the contributions of nearly 300 student athletes at the Block “S” awards dinner.  Comment.

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

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

Legendary pitching coach brings perfect form to TNGSL

The Throggs Neck Girls Softball League is preparing to kickoff another exciting season of play with an emphasis on pitching, thanks to world-renowned pitching ace Julie Bolduc.  Comment.

Knowing the Score

Summer is officially upon us, and as the school year ends, so does our usual high school sports coverage.  Comment.

Success has capital ‘S’ at Salesian

While some things change, some things stay the same.  Success still starts with a big “S” just like that of the Salesian High School Athletic logo.  Comment.

Mauricio Matos lives out a dream

From a DC Governor to a KC Royal, Mauricio Matos is living out a dream as a high school baseball star one moment to a major league prospect the next.  Comment.
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P.S. 89 students send a strong social message

P.S. 89 students are fighting for the good of their community.  Comment.
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Pelham Gardens residents want stop sign for Bouck Ave.

Local residents in Pelham Gardens are concerned about the lack of sidewalk around the northwest corner of the intersection of Bouck and Waring avenues, coupled with speeding in the area.  Comment.
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MP gets a glimpse of justice in action

The Morris Park Community Association office felt like a taping of Law and Order, as the Bronx DA’s office staged a mock trial at the Bronxdale Avenue facility on Wednesday, June 11.  Comment.
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Vacca, non-profits team up to put seniors online

Councilman Jimmy Vacca has teamed up with several non-profits at the Boston Road R.A.I.N. senior center to ensure seniors are included in the information age. Comment.
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State meets with CB 10 to discuss Lyvere Street

Fed up with the over saturation of social service programs, Zerega residents finally had their grievances heard when representatives from the Office of Mental Health finally held a long sought after meeting with Community Board 10. Comment.
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Road rage shooting rocks Van Nest community

A traffic accident early Saturday morning escalated into a tragic shooting, leaving a young man dead.  Comment.
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Residents flee crumbling building

A severely damaged wall in the basement at 2139 Barnes Avenue has compromised the integrity of the structure, leading to a Monday, June 23 partial evacuation of the premises.  Comment.
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Grocery Market Sell Out

With Angelo and Joe’s Met Food supermarket set to close within a month, controversy continues to percolate over who is responsible for the sale. Comment.
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Family-run Farenga Funeral Home celebrates 50th

An Allerton community mainstay is celebrating a milestone.  Comment.

Monroe College wins food festival

For the third year in a row, the Monroe College School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts participated in the Greater NY Wine & Food Festival held in Tarrytown, NY from April 4 to 6. Comment.

Program offers support for first-time fathers

As news of parenthood can come as a shock to any unsuspecting first-time parent, a new program is easing the anxiety for local fathers. Comment.

Affinity opens Community Service Center in The Hub

On Thursday, June 19, Affinity Health Plan’s staff welcomed community members from the Hub section of the Bronx to help celebrate the opening of their new Community Service Center. Comment.

Bob’s Furniture donates laptops to M.S. 206

On Monday, June 2, the students and staff at the Anna Cross Mersereau Intermediate School M.S. 206, 2280 Aqueduct Avenue, got a surprise donation from an unexpected source. Comment.

Teen joins Wisconsin Posse, 1 of 10 nationwide

As the school year winds down, one local teen’s unexpected college career is about to take her on the ride of her life. Comment.

All Hallows wins Cablevision Challenge

One Bronx high school bested 14 others in Cablevision’s The Challenge, dominating every opponent it faced in the academic quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge. Comment.

SEBCO christens HP building

What was once a symbol of the troubling times has become a symbol of continued strength for Hunts Point.  Comment.

Mayor’s S. Bronx Vision

On Tuesday, June 17, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the South Bronx that will specifically target Melrose Commons, the Bronx Civic Center and the Lower Concourse. Comment.

Muskrat Cove spruce-up reveals true Bronx beauty

On Wednesday, May 28, the Bronx regained valuable greenery that had been lost after years of neglect at a ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly reconstructed Muskrat Cove. Comment.

Do You Remember


Rock on the Bronx

WHEDCo accepting new affordable housing aps

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation is now accepting applications for Intervale Green, a new affordable housing development located in the Morrisania/Crotona East community. Comment.

Friday, June 27, 2008

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P.S. 304 Penny Harvest benefits TNVAC

The Throggs Neck Volunteer Ambulance Corps got a boost from elementary school children who raised $1,000 to benefit what has become a community staple. Comment.
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Sister Servants raise over $700,000 for convent repairs

The Sisters Servants of Mary, who last year said they needed a miracle to fund repairs to their Country Club Road convent, are now celebrating thousands of them. Comment.
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P.S. 304 showcases student art at open house

The budding artists of P.S. 304 now have a place to showcase their work to parents and guardians, thanks to an innovative program for most of the student body. Comment.
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P. S. 71’s Mock Trial Club’s 7th grade team makes 2nd round

The Mock Trial Club of the Preparatory Academy at P.S. 71 announces that their 7th grade team made it to Round 2 in their competitions at Bronx County Courthouse. They were coached by Brian Mardon, Esq., who came each week to give them helpful advice, and who willingly shared his time and expertise. Comment.
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Teacher nominated for top award

“You have the kids’ touch. Everyone you teach turns good,” an admiring P.S. 72 student told his beloved teacher. Comment.
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Speed humps approved for Middletown Road

Spencer Estate resident Sal Grassia was enjoying a peaceful evening on the porch until his tranquility was abruptly interrupted with the screeching tires of a car jetting down Middletown Road. Comment.
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Owen-Dolen Center renovations scheduled

After years of neglect by a variety of city agencies, Parks and Recreation has finally committed to a nearly $1 million revamp of the Owen Dolen Recreation Center in Westchester Square. Comment.
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Something stinks on Hawkins Street

City Island neighbors are up in arm over a family of skunks, who are joining mice and other vermin in making a derelict property on Hawkins Street their home. Comment.
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Project halted by DOB

The sale of the five large homes on the property of the former Finkle Estate in Country Club, which are practically completed, may take a long time if the Department of Buildings’ issues are not resolved quickly. Comment.
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P.S. 71’s 8th grade class graduation 1st in 50 years

While the eighth grade graduation from P.S. 71 was not a first, it was a long time coming.  Comment.
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Around Town

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

Sanitation nabs recycling violators

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that Sanitation Police seized and impounded 10 vehicles in the Bronx that were involved in incidents of theft of recyclables during the month of May. The DSNY Police Force, composes of uniformed and plainclothes sanitation police officers, patrol areas where large amounts of curbside recyclables are being removed unlawfully. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Calvary Hospital honors top nurse

On Tuesday, June 5, members of the Calvary Hospital medical and nursing team were on hand at the 2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards to cheer on their colleague, Luz Hernandez, MS, APRN, BC, NP. Hernandez was one of six NY/NJ Region finalists in the category of Advancing and Leading the Profession. Comment.

Grant brings Bronx Zoo experience to students

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., approximately 1,500 local youth will have the opportunity to experience hands-on science at the Bronx Zoo. Comment.

Hillary attends PB supporter’s graduation

For one young Pelham Bay resident, Hillary Clinton has been a lifelong friend.  Comment.

Annual DiVa Spa combats youth crime

Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr., hosted the 6th annual DiVA Spa, an annual event to bring domestic violence awareness information to the men and women of the borough. Comment.

Golfers tee off to fight cancer

Two Atlanta based golfers are going to the extremes to raise money and awareness of melanoma, breast, and prostate cancer, playing 900 holes of golf at 50 public golf courses in 50 states, over a 50 day period, including a stop at Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course in Bronx. Comment.

Triborough Bridge renaming to RFK awaits gov’s pen

The State Assembly and Senate have voted to rename the Triborough Bridge, connecting the Bronx with Manhattan and Queens, after the late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of his death. Comment.

TN cell tower draws neighborhood ire

Local residents in Throggs Neck are concerned about a new telecommunications infrastructure in their backyards. Comment.

Belgian TV seeks ‘Birthday Twins

Bringing Belgians to the Bronx could make for some entertaining, educational television. Comment.

Bronx Ball salutes 2008 Walk of Fame honorees

A celebration of the Bronx was capped off with a star-studded Bronx Ball on Saturday, June 21, at Orchard Beach. Comment.

Stadium, Ampere traffic accident prompts outrage

An accident in Spencer Estate has left residents who live near one intersection wondering just how close their children came to suffering the consequences of not having a traffic safety device in their community.  Comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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49th Precinct takes steps in war against graffiti

In the wake of the recent desecration of a 9/11 mural, the 49th Precinct has stepped up efforts in its never ending war on graffiti; making three big arrests over the last few weeks.  Comment.
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Hunt Ave. home loses its sunshine

A longtime Hunt Avenue resident is angered with the developer of a property next door to her home that has stolen her sunshine...literally. Comment.
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DOT approves Bronx Park E./Mace traffic light

Much desired pedestrian relief will soon come in the form of a traffic light at the highly traveled intersection of Bronx Park East and Mace Avenue. Comment.
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MP fundraiser gives ailing youngster hope

Just a few months ago, a Morris Park mother deeply feared for her daughter’s life. Now, with the recent conclusion of a Morris Park fundraiser, hope is on the horizon. Comment.
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MP car crash leaves driver in anguish

An accident in Morris Park on June 11 destroyed Zerega resident Irene Caraballo’s Toyota, and the ordeal has not been limited to her injury.  Issues have arisen regarding the other driver and the city’s poor response.  Comment.
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Cameras installed after sex-offender scare

After years of complaining and nearly 10 months in court with her landlord, the Mayfair and Mayflower Tenant’s Association president finally feels secure.  The buildings are showing signs of landlord neglect, she said. Comment.
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FP Golf Design Team

A renowned golf course design firm out of Florida is the presumptive choice for design and construction management of the Ferry Point Golf Course, allaying concerns of those who live near the site that were worried about when progress would be made. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

First off, congratulations to Colleen McCarthy on her elevation to Bronx County Commander. She’s a tireless worker and this was much deserved. So, congrats. Comment.
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Ferry Point Civic Association

The Hutchinson River Parkway Service Road South will be closed between Schuyler and Avenue and Senger Place due to crane operations at this location. The street closing will go in affect Monday, June 16 and will conclude on Wednesday, July 16. Ferry Point residents have received a notice in their mailboxes from the Ferry Point Civic Association concerning this matter. Any additional updates will be provided. For the time being, drivers will need to use an alternate route to arrive at their destination. Please note that Brush Avenue m Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

See your veteran’s and community’s activities here. Call (347) 672-4918. Congratulations to all of our Bronx County officers on their election. Let’s get all the posts working together for a great year. Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

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Throggs Neck Home Owners Association

Just a reminder that our last meeting until September will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Villa Barone Manor. Our guest speaker will be Captain McSorley of the 45th Precinct. We look forward to seeing you all there. Comment.
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

Our next PBTCA meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at St. Theresa’s cafeteria, 2855 St. Theresa Avenue.  Refreshments at 7 p.m. Meeting at 7.30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Assemblyman Michael Benedetto.  Our next meeting will be in September so if you have any complaints be sure and express them loudly at our June 24 meeting.   Comment.
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Around Town

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

Multiple task forces hit hot spots

The 52nd Precinct in conjunction with various city agencies, including the neighboring 46th Precinct, recently conducted a Multiple Agency Response to Community Hotspots operation on Fordham Road. Comment.

$10 million facelift for Concrete Park

A $10 million facelift will soon transform a facility that’s camouflaged the Bronx River’s beauty for more than 20 years. Comment.

University Heights Bridge centennial

This year’s Bronx Week, an annual 10-day event stretching from June 12 to 22 got off to a ceremonious start, as the University Heights Bridge, celebrating its centennial, was rededicated in grand fashion. Comment.

Fordham Rd. BID to boost local Bronx image

On Thursday, June 5, the Fordham Road Business Improvement District hosted its Third Annual Meeting at the Bronx Library Center to complete board elections and announce the BID’s upcoming projects. Comment.

Produce market wants new facility or else

A staple in the Hunts Point peninsula for over 40 years is considering leaving for what could be greener pastures, spurring outrage from those who feel the city should save the complex. Comment.

Benjamin welcomes Bronx students from Germany exchange

Bronx students Nasais Veloz, Durrell Noel and Isaiah Holston returned on May 3 from the one of the most profound two weeks of their young lives, traveling overseas to Germany as goodwill ambassadors for their community.   Comment.

New med facility to anchor Fordham Road

A crowd braved extreme heat in the parking lot of 625 E. Fordham Road on Wednesday, June 11, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the neighborhood’s newest and largest medical facility. Comment.

Citizens Advice Bureau holds annual event

The Citizens Advice Bureau held its annual event at the Bronx Museum on Tuesday, May 20.  Over 150 persons attended the gathering, which featured Dominic Carter as MC and two honorees, Dr. Lucy Cabrera, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, and Peter Magistro, the president of Bronx Pro Real Estate, a company that has developed over 1,000 units of low and moderate income housing.  Comment.

AECOM facility focuses on research

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine officially cut the ribbon on its Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine/Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion on June 12, with a garden party, marking the first major research facility built in the Bronx in over 50 years.     Comment.

Throggs Neck Merchants Association

Independence Day is coming soon!  As we get closer to yet another spectacular celebration, the merchants remind you to stay safe.  Instead of lighting fireworks, which can cause legal problems as well as health problems, take a ride to one of our many Throggs Neck food establishments which are having Fourth of July specials.  Enjoy the day with the family in your own neighborhood.  Comment.

Armory Project Meeting

With looming plans of remodeling the architectural giant, known as the Kingsbridge Armory, the project’s developer met with community members for the first time at a meet-and-greet on June 10 at Community Board 7. Comment.

Speed hump requested after car hits boy

On Thursday, June 5, tragedy struck the northeast Bronx as a young boy, playing near the entrance of the Allerton Library on Barnes Avenue, was hit by a car while crossing the street with his bike.  Comment.

More parking doesn’t calm angry PB’ites

Angry Pelham Bay residents increased pressure on local elected officials to stop the controversial construction project at 3030 Middletown Road during a packed Waterbury-LaSalle Community Association meeting on Thursday, June 11. Comment.

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