August 5, 2008: 2008, Issue 32
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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

WELCOME Comment.

Bronx handball players test mettle against the city’s best

Satish Jagnandan will be among the Bronx’ best handball players competing at Coney Island’s famed Seaside Handball Courts during the 48th United State Handball Association One-Wall Championships this week.  Comment.

Zodiacs Track Team tests Nike’s popular new styles

Recognizing the importance of working with the future generation of track stars, Nike had a van come out on Tuesday, July 22, at the Truman High School track to give runners from the Zodiacs Track Team an opportunity to try out a number of the popular sneaker company’s newest styles.  Comment.

PB Belles fall short in title bid

After winning the Metro New York State 14-and-under Babe Ruth Softball Championship last month, the Pelham Bay Belles’ win streak has unfortunately come to an end. Comment.

Knowing the Score

It’s Saturday afternoon and I am sitting in a hotel room in Long Beach, taking a nap after an early morning where I succeeded only slightly in getting color on this pasty white skin of mine.  Comment.

New obstacles for deaf TN wrestler

For Throggs Neck wrestler David Cardona, overcoming his hearing-impairment to achieve success on the mat has been a constant struggle with great rewards.  Comment.

Local star achieves dream in Italy

After many exasperating years satiated with obstacles from injuries to gun-bearing Dominicans, the Bronx’ Rocky Nicotina is finally living his dream as the only American invited back to play baseball for Rajo Baseball in Milan, Italy. Comment.
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Good to Go: home-style cooking without a stove

On Monday, July 21, they opened their moms’ kitchens to the Morris Park community with the desire to fill every empty stomach with home cooking from the heart. Comment.
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Gunfire erupts at Deli

A double shooting shook nerves in the Morris Park section of the Bronx over the weekend after two men were wounded while walking along Holland Avenue. Comment.
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Klein retrieves medical records for disabled woman

Senator Jeff Klein helped a Morris Park woman who was severely injured in a car accident in Florida and moved back to New York, get her medical records for much needed treatments to a life-endangering condition. Comment.
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Karma operates as SLA squabbles

On Friday, July 25, a flood of eager young adults swarmed into Morris Park’s club Karma for the Uptown Girls at Karma, Sex on the Beach Edition party. Comment.
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MPCA promises they’ll be holiday lights

After much confusion last year over who was going to put up holiday lights in Morris Park’s commercial areas, the MPCA hopes to raise funds well-in advance of the holidays, ensuring commercial strips are beautified. Comment.
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Ride-along is an eye opener for BTR reporter

Last week I turned in my high-heeled shoes for a bulletproof vest. While it’s not exactly the expected turn of events for an average reporter – for me it was a window into reality. Comment.
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Bronx Underground, WLCA team up to clean graffiti

In an effort to beautify a wide swath of the local area, the Waterbury-LaSalle Community Organization is forming a partnership with neighborhood teens affiliated with the Bronx Underground, for a clean up of graffiti in the community. Comment.
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$5 million repair for Pennyfield Ave. seawall

With the short-term stabilization project complete, the Pennyfield Avenue seawall is now receiving a much-needed long-term reconstruction. Comment.
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Elderly woman pays for grandson’s errors

A Pelham Bay woman whose grandson and former-daughter in law allegedly took out a mortgage loan in her name by forging her signature says she is nearing bankruptcy and close to being kicked out of her home because of a faulty loan. Comment.
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45th capt. transferred to the 48th

The 18 new officers announced for the 45th Precinct arrive without a captain to command them.  Comment.
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Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.
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New revitalized Edgewater Deli plans opening

After turmoil over the previous owners’ departure, a new, renamed and revitalized deli will be serving the Edgewater Park community, once again providing the quality service the neighborhood expects. Comment.
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TGI Friday set to build Gun Hill Rd. restaurant

A vacant mall on E. Gun Hill Road, which has become an economic ghost town ever since an A&P store closed a few years ago, is about to see a major resurgence in the near future. Comment.
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Verizon to sell Westchester Square office space

A sale proposal for the 2510 Westchester Avenue Verizon building could mean a monumental boost in Westchester Square’s revitalizations efforts. Comment.
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Pel Bay restaurant stars in indie film

Lucca Fine Italian Cuisine served more than a pair of lovebirds when Brandon and Abby Sanders dined at the eatery on Sunday, July 20 – it transformed into a set for the stars. Comment.
Crime

Four arrested of stealing NYCHA funds collected for space rentals

Rose Gill Hearn, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI), announced the arrests of three employees and one former employee of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Community Centers in the Bronx on charges of stealing, in separate cases, more than $10,000 paid by residents and a church for room rentals, summer camp fees and after-school program fees. Those charged worked in a range of positions at the centers, from community service aide to center director. Comment.
Crime

Impact Zone to decrease crime surge in 47th Pct.

After a steady increase in crime has led to more drugs and guns along White Plains Road, a remediation team, in the form of approximately 30 new cops, is now making it their job to clean up the mess. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.
Nightlife

Rock on the Bronx

ITEM: Bronx bassist Eric Mauriello is working harder than ever these days. Eric started playing in the Bronx way back in the day in a band called Paradox. Today he is a busy session and touring bass player plus an up and coming independent producer. Here’s just a few of the things he is currently working on. Comment.

Volunteers give P.S. 73 a massive makeover

On Wednesday, July 16, P.S. 73 and surrounding areas of the Highbridge Section of the Bronx received a generous makeover. Comment.

Charter School graduates first class

The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning graduated its first fifth grade class late last month. Comment.

NCB celebrates the opening of Harvest Home Farmer’s Mark

To celebrate the provision of affordable healthy dietary options for patients, employees and the local community, a vine cutting event was held on July 23 to kick off the North Central Bronx Harvest Home Farmer’s Market. Located on the corner of Mosholu Parkway North and Jerome Avenue (adjacent to the Mosholu Parkway Station on the #4 line), the market will operate every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through mid-November and will feature a wide assortment of fresh produce from numerous regional farmers, as well as baked goods and specialty items. Comment.

School of Law student rings bell at NY Stock Exchange

It’s not often that a Bronx high school student gets to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Comment.

Bronx youth official Home Run Derby shaggers

Living every child’s dream, two Bronx teens affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC acted as official Home Run Derby “shaggers,” during the final All-Star break at Yankee Stadium last Monday, July 14. Comment.

State acts to remedy HP odors

After Hunts Point environmental justice group Mothers on the Move, this month, announced they were filing a lawsuit against a fertilizer plant they say is making the community sick, it seems the State DEC has finally begun to take action to remedy an odor problem plaguing the community for years. Comment.
Opinion

Do You Remember

Business

Koppell expands HPEZ to include Baldwin Street

At its meeting on July 23, the City Council approved Councilman Oliver Koppell-sponsored legislation extending the boundaries of the Hunts Point Empire Zone (HPEZ) to 4821 Baldwin Street, in the Wakefield section of Koppell’s district, in order to allow the Bronx-Westchester Tempering Corporation to apply for Empire Zone NYS tax credits as an incentive for the company to site and build a glass manufacturing facility at this location.  Comment.

OLM gets new life

A white-coated crowd recently filled the driveway of Montefiore’s newest facility to applaud the unveiling of a sign that symbolized another step on the medical giant’s road of progress. Comment.

49th’s CO transferred to Narcotics

The 49th Precinct’s Deputy Inspector Kevin Collins will once again take on a new challenge as he complements his 28-year history on the force with a move to the Narcotics Squad. Comment.

GHI Bronx Tennis Classic transforms Crotona Park

Visitors to Crotona Park in the Bronx will have a chance to see future Andy Roddicks, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapovas, and Roger Federers at the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic presented by Panasonic which takes place from Saturday, August 9 through Sunday, August 17. The tournament which is sanctioned by the USTA and organized by the New York Junior Tennis League offers $50,000 grand prizes each to the men’s and women’s winners. Comment.

Wave Hill to celebrate Henry Hudson exploration

This summer, Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center located at W. 249th Street, was a proud recipient of a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Comment.

Bronx celebrates 25th National Night Out

Year by year, Bronx residents have been taking back their streets one block at a time, using National Night Out as their platform to put all criminals on notice that they will not tolerate crime any further.  Comment.

Summertime Symphonies tradition continues in parks

An annual summertime tradition returns to the Bronx, with the kickoff of Senator Jeff Klein’s Summertime Symphonies.  Comment.

Replacement of Willis Ave. Bridge is underway

A landscape with over 100 years of history in the trendy Mott Haven section of the south Bronx is going to be no more come 2011. But according to the Department of Transportation, traffic will be flowing better than ever as a glistening new Willis Avenue bridge rises in its place. Comment.

Vacca presents Council citation to 94-year old walker

Councilman James Vacca presented a New York City Council citation on Monday, July 14, to local resident Nicholas J. Tonner, who, at the tender age of 94, walks two miles nearly every day and credits his steady exercise regimen for his good health and mental agility. Comment.

Bronx retirees, veterans eligible for stimulus $$

The Internal Revenue Service has put out a reminder to qualifying retirees and veterans that it is not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment and announced it will send a second set of information packets to 5.2 million people, including many in the Bronx, who may be eligible but who have not yet filed for their payment. Comment.

NYPA supports zoo’s fuel cell goals

The Wildlife Conservation Society received a helping paw this summer when The New York Power Authority installed a fuel cell in the organization’s Madagascar! exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. Comment.

Out of control drivers

A stretch of Kearney Avenue running parallel to the Bruckner Expressway has become a junkyard of sorts, with car after car totaled as out-of-control speeders crash and destroy vehicles parked along the curb. Comment.

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