July 19, 2008: 2008, Issue 29
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bronx vies for arm title

Bronx residents who think they can strong arm the competition will have a chance to test their mettle against some of the largest arms in the world, when the Astella Development Corporation and New York Arm Wrestling Association join forces to present the 26th Annual Kingsboro Golden Arm Wrestling Championships on Saturday, July 26, on the Coney Island Beach boardwalk. Comment.

Truman B-girls hope for Ireland reunion

Earlier in March of this year, a group of girl basketball players from Ireland made the journey to the Bronx for a game against Truman High School.  Comment.

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

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

Knowing the Score

When you are looking for ideas for your sports column, the last thing you want to lead off with is news about death, but unfortunately, three deaths shocked the sports world recently.  Comment.

St. Frances de Chantal JV girls win Bronx CYO title

The championship varsity team from St. Frances de Chantal has a promising future ahead with the JV team recently taking the Bronx CYO Championship.  Comment.

PB Belles win Metro NYS 14-U

The Pelham Bay Belles overcame some strong odds and immediate hurdles to claim the Metro New York State 14-and-under Babe Ruth Softball Championship two weeks ago.  Comment.

Local little league legend dies at 67

Though they recently celebrated their win in the District 22 Championship, 13-14-year-old division, the Throgs Neck Little League mourned a great loss on Sunday, July 13, after hearing of the league vice president’s death. Comment.
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Gianna’s Gelato ignites the taste buds

Motivated by their seven-month-old sweetheart Gianna, parents Ernie and Melissa Aiello recently opened Gianna’s Café – an eatery that will surely satisfy any Italian sweet tooth. Comment.
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Lt. receives top FDNY honor for saving 5 in VN

A fire fighter, who saved 5 lives on May 23, 2007 in Van Nest, was recently honored with the Fire Department’s highest honor at its annual Medal Day. Comment.
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Msgr. Ruvo turns over the reins of Mt. Carmel Church

The pastor of one of the most influential Bronx parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is stepping out of his managerial role at the church to devote more time to the spiritual enlightenment of faithful Catholics. Comment.
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Barnes Avenue building needs emergency repairs

What used to be one of the strongest buildings in the Pelham Parkway community has gone downhill, activists say, and is in desperate need of emergency repairs that as of yet the management has not provided. Comment.
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Local resident wins by losing

Ignoring his obesity for the majority of his life, 38-year-old Laki Trantos had no choice but to lose the weight when he developed a back problem and in turn couldn’t tie his shoes or pick up his own children. Comment.
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PBTP: St. Paul Avenue traffic flow flawed

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the two factions in Pelham Bay regarding the switch in the direction of traffic on a stretch of St. Paul Avenue over two years ago. Comment.
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DOB, community eye Finkle-zoning issue solutions

With construction now halted at the site of the former Finkle Mansion, the possible solutions to a zoning mistake that has put the project on hold seems like a choice between lesser evils. Comment.
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Seniors warned of scam

A local senior on a fixed income is stuck with a home security system she says she does not want, and wouldn’t have purchased if not for the persuasiveness of a slick salesperson. Comment.
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Around Town

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

We would like to apologize for not having our column last week, but with the community and political season in full swing, we have been involved in many activities and events. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

See your veterans and community activities here. Call (347) 672-4918. Sunday, July 27, there will be an old fashioned grocery sale at the TN Memorial Post 1456. Proceeds go to Legion and Auxiliary causes. Comment.
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Pehlam Bay Tax Association

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Verizon Wireless to replace Frishman’s on WP Rd.

The White Plains Road Business Improvement district is getting a new first-rate tenant for a large location on the shopping strip. Comment.

Whipping up something real tasty in the Bronx

Bronx residents received a warm welcome from an unexpected face when they opened their doors recently. Comment.

Bernie’s Fish and Chips serves southern cuisine

With Fish and Chips establishments disappearing in the Bronx and Harlem, those in search of southern cooking and soul food often have to look far and wide, but for many the wait to satisfy their craving is now over. Comment.

‘Please! Not our Starbucks’ Bronxites plea

The revelation that 600 Starbucks locations across the nation will close has many Bronx patrons of the famous coffee shop wondering if their store will be getting the ax. Comments (1).

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

300 uninvited guests trigger gunfire

Tracey Towers residents claim a quicker response time from the 52nd Precinct to an unauthorized backyard barbecue could have saved one man from the intensive care unit. Comment.

Rock on the Bronx

Hey readers. Here are five local music scenes to keep an eye out for. Comment.

Group’s superior work rewarded

The annual Neighborhood Awards Reception recently served as an evening of appreciation for the 19 Bronx organizations that received special recognition from the Citizens Committee for New York City for their commitment and dedication to community improvement. Comment.

Defaced 9/11 firefighters mural nearly restored

The family of a local hero who lost his life during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center can now breath a sigh of relief now that a vandalized mural honoring the 9/ll firefighter is now almost completely restored.  Comment.

Bronx star nabs competitive scholarship

At 22, Kojo Wallace, an exceptionally bright and humble student from the Bronx, won the country’s largest undergraduate transfer scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  Comment.

MOM files lawsuit against HP businesses

Foul smells from a Hunts Point sewage plant and nearby human waste and biosolids fertilizer factory are the target of a nuisance lawsuit by the Natural Resources Defense Council on behalf of Mother’s on the Move, a locally based environmental justice organization, and 10 south Bronx residents. Comment.

State re-opens NE Thruway N. ramp

Elected officials and community leaders were on hand to reopen an entrance to I-95 from Pelham Parkway. Lack of access to the ramp had caused traffic backups for years. Comment.

‘Forgotten’ park gets first grant

Once a friendless park, University Woods in University Heights is at last increasing its circle, with Friends of the Woods, a new non-profit dedicated to its preservation, securing its first grant to create programming at the bucolic space. Comment.

Cardinal Spellman graduates 372; honors faculty for years of service

Cardinal Spellman High School held its 46th commencement on Saturday, June 7 at the Lehman College Performing Arts Center, with 372 young men and women receiving diplomas. Rev. Trevor Nicholls, president, presided over the ceremony. Comment.

Study: Temp classroom units consume outdoor school space

According to recent results from Work Hard, Play Hardly: How NYC School Children Are Denied Adequate Outdoor Play Space, 94% of City schools that replied to a similar survey in 2003 still have Temporary Class Room Units consuming what could be essential outdoor play space. Comment.

Advocates for mentally challenged fight Rx cuts

Full Circle-Health, a leading Bronx provider of mental health consulting and treatment, joined a growing number of health care providers as part of the Protect Patients Coalition to protest the recent cuts to Medicaid, EPIC, and ADAP. Comment.

No money to fix 6 line

Four train stations on the #6 train line were scheduled for rehabilitation, but now it seems that there is not enough money in the budget to completely revamp the stations. Comment.

Legislation ousts sex-perv teachers

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto announced that the Assembly passed a bill that provides for the termination of any teacher – including classroom teachers, teaching assistants, school counselors, social workers and psychologists, school administrators, supervisors or superintendents of schools – guilty of committing a registrable sex offense and the  revocation of their teaching certificate or license. The Senate and governor back the measure. Comment.

Do You Remember

I recently mentioned how many works of the Janes and Kirtland Foundry were scattered around the globe including in our own Central Park.  Theirs, however, is not the only bridge span created in the Bronx located in that great park.  The Mott Iron Works crafted a number of wrought iron bridges for the park which were both utilitarian and ornamental. Comment.

HPEDC hosts forum on green tech, energy costs

The Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation hosted a forum entitled ‘Coping with High Energy Prices’ in an effort to get businesses on-board with green-fleet technology for their trucks in an era of soaring energy costs. Comment.

Visitor center added to Poe’s cottage

The new Yankee Stadium is not the only project about to increase tourism in the Bronx. Comment.

Movie explores the medicinal power of laughter

A local filmmaker and producer have just completed work on a feature film that including interviews with both area residents and celebrities, and its topic promises to be of universal appeal. Comment.

Chase awards Bronx Museum funds for street life exhibit

JPMorgan Chase recently took a step toward their goal of building more vibrant communities by awarding a $100,000 grant to the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Comment.

Karma thug threatens to kill reporter

Community worry received yet another solidified justification on Friday, July 11, when an unidentified man threatened a News 12 reporter at the Karma nightclub in Morris Park. Comment.

Yankee legends pitch in

“It just doesn’t get much better than this,” Yankee Hall of Fame inductee Rich “Goose” Gossage exclaimed before a crowd of excited youth at the Castle Hill Little League baseball field dedication on Wednesday, July 9. Comment.

Break-in closes hero strip shop

Cousin Vinny’s Way, a Westchester Square sub shop that boasted of its nighttime transformation into a “wildly exotic and explicit, all-nude private club,” closed after a questionable break-in destroyed the establishment. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Clinton celebrates soccer stars at annual BBQ

Students had finished their exams and seniors had graduated – school was, for the most part, over, but soccer players could not think of a better way to celebrate their summer freedom than to go back to Clinton High School on Friday, June 27 to take part in the school’s annual end-of-the-year barbecue celebration.  Comment.

Santa Maria School honors b-ball stars

The basketball program at Santa Maria School recently held its end of the year Sports Dinner, honoring the great accomplishments made by the team this year.  Comment.

NY Lyons Mane team advances to AAU Nationals

Several local Bronx runners are just one step away from a national championship, but they need help in order to overcome the hurdles ahead.  Comment.

Villa Maria captures baseball title

A dream by one former Villa Maria student was fully realized by his father when the Villa Maria baseball team recently captured the Westchester Catholic Baseball Association championship in only the team’s third year of existence.  Comment.

Knowing the Score

When you’re bored this summer, especially during this dreadful weather, know that you can really make a sport out of anything around you.  Comment.
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Half-priced cheer for those donating clothing to needy

On Thursday, July 3, Eastside Grill, located at 4029 E. Tremont Avenue, kicked off their newest philanthropic mission to collect clothes for less fortunate New Yorkers – Girls Night Out for Charity. Comment.
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Waterbury Estates man busted for drug sales

One Pelham Bay resident was very involved in his community for all the wrong reasons. Comment.
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Skate park, soccer field opens in Bronx Park

A new soccer field and skate park on Bronx Park East promises to provide area children and adults with a new venue for amusement in their free time. Comment.
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Community Board 11 honors 29-year member

Reverend Leslie McHenry has been serving the northeast Bronx for decades and will continue her good work, though she has retired from one of her many civic roles.  Comment.
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Interested party eyes fire-ravaged WP Rd. site

A building destroyed by a fire last November near Pelham Parkway has been recently cleaned up, leaving room for the new building project local shoppers have been clamoring for.  Comment.
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Local agent offers relief

With large insurance companies like Allstate refusing to renew homeowners, one local insurance agent is promising to work with homeowners who live near the water to get them the coverage they deserve. Comment.
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LP Beach KO’d by City Health Department

After years of water tests and filling out forms, the Locust Point Civic Association was essentially told by the Department of Health that the opening of their beach is not in works. Comment.
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Ambrosini ball fields, playground renovated

A little league field and playground on City Island got a much-needed facelift, as a sparkling new facility for young people was dedicated at Anthony Ambrosini Field. Comment.
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At tree planting, grads remember friends

The St. Benedict’s graduates of 1977 and 1978 joined together on June 14, for a bittersweet reunion of celebration and remembrance in their old school auditorium. Comment.
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Cancellation of Triathlon does not cancel the fun

The sixth annual triathlon to honor Throggs Neck Benevolent Association co-founder Tom Garvey was canceled at the last minute due to a conflict with SUNY Maritime, but that didn’t stop the organization from enjoying a celebration of the community at the nearby Redwood Pleasure Club.  Comment.
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Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.
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St. Theresa’s feast: fun for the whole family

From July 23-27, St. Theresa’s Parish, will host its 12th Annual Summer Feast, themed “Christ Our Hope,” in commemoration of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent visit to New York City. Comment.

Fire-ravaged site unsecured; poised for sale

After a ravenous fire destroyed much of the interior of the Neptune Inn, a popular City Island eatery, security issues continue to plague the site. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Rock on the Bronx

Koppell obtains millions for computers, park rehab, library expansion

Councilman Oliver Koppell reports that he has obtained close to $4 million in discretionary funds in the FY’09 city budget to allocate for capital projects in his district, which include school computer equipment, park rehabilitation, playground construction and library expansion. Comment.

Bronx Lebanon recognized in hospital study

A respected Bronx hospital has made the top 10 in a comparative study of its peer institutions.   Comment.

MSU donates books to Philippines; promotes literacy

Before they left for the summer, students at Mount St. Ursula were asked one last question; what would it be like to live without books? Comment.

HDC approves millions for co-op construction

On Wednesday, June 11, the New York City Housing Development Corporation approved more than $35 million in taxable bonds for construction of two cooperative buildings in the Bronx and East Harlem. Comment.

Floating Pool Lady makes port in HP

Gracing the waves of the East River, The Floating Pool Lady made port on Friday, June 27, off the coast of Hunts Point. Comment.

TNT use sparks outcry

Recent news of blasting at Jerome Park Reservoir is shaking tempers throughout the northwest Bronx. Comment.

Playgrounds planned for 11 schools

Recess will take on a new meaning for thousands of Bronx youth when they return to their unexpected, state of the art school playgrounds this fall. Comment.

City Council restores $590,000 in community board cuts

In a move that acknowledged the importance of grassroots activism, the city council restored $590,000 in proposed cuts to community boards that were in place in the preliminary 2009 budget. Comment.

$3.2 million secured for Orchard Beach restoration

Orchard Beach is continuing to become a resource Bronxites can be proud to enjoy during the summer.  Comment.

Retailer VIM selects Bronx site for warehouse

The trendy clothing store V.I.M. will soon make the move from their existing warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to an entirely new, expanded building in the Bronx. Comment.

Select Bus Service begins on the #12 route

Bronx straphangers crossing through the center of the borough are now benefiting from faster bus transit, thanks to an innovative new system called Select Bus Service.  Comment.

Abandoned boats find a taker

After a struggle to find an agency to support his efforts to clean up the Bronx shoreline of beached boats, Councilman Jimmy Vacca finally gained a hand from the New York City Police Department’s Harbor Unit. Comment.

Do You Remember

I was wandering around Woodlawn Cemetery a few years ago whiling away some time before a luncheon up on McLean Avenue.  Quite by chance I came upon the Henry Bruckner gravesite on Clover Avenue (also known as West Border Avenue).  Knowing the man’s background, I snapped a photograph of his memorial in case I ever had to refer to it.  Comment.

PAL launches 2008 Summer Playstreet recreational program

The Police Athletic League (PAL) launches its 2008 Summer Program in the Bronx on Monday, July 7. New York City youngsters play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists. Comment.

Riverdale ‘Sexpert’ treats female dysfunction

The Bronx is home to a nationally recognized “sexpert,” who is working in the ever-expanding field of treating female sexual dysfunction. Comments (4).

Bad permit,bad karma

On the heels of Senator Jeff Klein’s various efforts to close the highly talked about and extremely controversial Karma nightclub, at 1907 White Plains Road, a recent discovery from Councilman Jimmy Vacca led to an unexpected closure of the establishment over the weekend. Comment.

Probe: drug store chains selling expired goods

An undercover investigation of all major drug store chains operating in New York State recently revealed 254 CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies sold more than 600 expired products. Comment.

Reaction mixed to group home

While some claim that group homes make good neighbors, Throggs Neck area residents by and large had a mixed reaction to a proposed facility on Lawton Avenue. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

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

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