August 17, 2008: 2008, Issue 33
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Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

Maybe it’s just me, but... Comment.

Knowing the Score

I just turned 32 and in honor of my big birthday celebration this week, the world’s greatest athletes are doing battle for my personal satisfaction in what they are calling the Olympics, which in some language must mean Happy Birthday Jon.   Comment.

Local veteran competes in National Wheelchair Games

While two Bronxites compete overseas for Olympic glory, one local veteran has made a name for himself winning medals in a national competition, all while confined to a wheelchair.  Comment.
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Loretta’s pizza rebuilds; grand re-opening planned

When Loretta’s Pizza caught fire and was all but destroyed last April, many in the neighborhood and beyond were concerned that the popular eatery, which has been of service to school lunch programs in the area, would shut its doors for good. Comment.
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Illegal parking lot pops up on Lyon Avenue

While an illegal innovation at 2280 Lyon Avenue began as a dirt lot approximately two years ago, a neighborhood resident that spoke on the condition of anonymity said it was only recently that concrete turned the spot into a full-blown parking lot. Comment.
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MPCA patrol nabs naked motorist

Two MPCA volunteer watchmen helped apprehend a man who apparently wanted to get back to nature, in a totally inappropriate way. Comment.
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New C-O makes plans for 49th Precinct

Once again, the 49th Precinct has undergone a change in leadership – its fifth new captain in over eight years.  Comment.
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Zerega Community Association hosts fire-safety experience

Kids in the summer program at the Zerega Community Association learned some potentially life saving skills for themselves and their families when they took part in a lifelike fire simulator last week.  Comment.
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Ferry Point asks for Brush Ave. repaving, line

With ever increasing traffic due to a recently opened Home Depot store, and a soon to open Pepsi bottling plant on Brush Avenue, the Ferry Point community is asking for some much needed infrastructure improvements that go beyond just patch work. Comment.
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Lapsed variance may doom CI waterfront homes

In what was seemed a surprise for builder and community alike, a new development on City Island that was slated to include 22 homes might no longer comply with zoning because of a lapse in a variance. Comment.
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New captain takes helm at 45th Precinct

Dimitrios Roumeliotis, a 21-year veteran of the NYPD, has assumed the role of the commanding office of the 45th Precinct and he could be bringing with him an old method of policing to the community.  Comment.
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P.S. 71 Gets Seats: New classroom space will save Pre-K, K

In what was a tremendous effort on the part of parents, school officials, and Councilman Jimmy Vacca, two new classrooms will rise in the schoolyard of P.S. 71, hopefully opened for the new school year this fall. Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

This association is dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of the Waterbury LaSalle Community also known as Schuylerville.  It is made up of people from all walks of life, be they homeowners, tenants, or business people. People who love this area, and seek to preserve every phase of life in their community. Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

The United Veterans Day Parade Committee of New York’s Annual Mini-Golf Outing will be held on Sunday, September 21, at Turtle Cove, with a barbecue to follow at the Throggs Neck Memorial Post 1456. Thanks to the Sam Young Post 620 for another successful Music Night. I promise to learn a polka for the older folks, and whoever made the fried chicken should have a cooking show on PBS! You can call in any veterans’ activities, serious, or fun, to (347) 672-4918 and I’ll post it here for you. Comment.
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Ferry point Community

I apologize for not writing our column for a few weeks. I have been involved with many projects that have absorbed my column time. Comment.
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Community Board 10

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Pehlam Bay Taxpayers

We want to know of any other neighborhood in New York City, that has three consecutive streets all facing the same one way direction. If our community is ever faced with an evacuation order, what chaos would we be facing trying to leave our homes to get to safety. Comment.
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Lottery Scope

A Bronx player has won a very large New York Lotto jackpot – a prize of $19 million!  The gleeful winner is Linda Holley, 59 years old, who recently retired from her job as an executive assistant.   “It will give me the opportunity to enjoy my retirement,” she explained.  “My husband, daughter and I will make the most of it.” Comment.
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Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edi-tion of Around Town. Comment.
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Ferry Point Civic Association

The Ferry Point Civic Association will host its annual block party on Saturday, August 16, with a rain date of Sunday, August 17 on Rohr Place. Similar to last year, each family is asked to provide their own tables and chairs and their favorite dish to share. Last year we had an overwhelming turnout in all aspects and we are hopeful that this year will surpass last year’s. Comment.
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Korony American Legion 253

The United Veterans Day Parade Committee of New York announces the Annual Mini-Golf Outing will be September 21 at Turtle Cove. The proceeds from this family fun day, with barbecue to follow, are used for the expenses incurred b our Bronx Veterans Day Parade in November. All are welcome, sign up information to follow. Comment.
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Pehlam Bay Taxpayers Association

The Pelham Bay Taxpayers & Civic Association was revitalized after St. Paul Avenue between Pelham Parkway So. and E. 196th was reversed.  Cars in the neighborhood could no longer make a right turn on St. Paul Avenue to get to Westchester Avenue.  This reversal was done without the knowledge of the entire community.  Only three people in opposition were at the meeting.  Everyone else was from St. Paul Avenue.  This reversal was done without an impact study on the safety of the adjacent streets and especially to Pelham Bay Station. Comment.
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Throggs Neck Merchants Association

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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Civic Center Community Board 10

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Zerega businesses become Empire Zone certified

While some deride the Empire Zone program, which provides tax credits to businesses in Zerega and across the state, as an initiative that makes the rich get richer, two local businesses that recently added employees because of the program’s existence say it benefits everyone, no matter what their role is in the economy. Comment.
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E. Tremont merchants request parking meters

While parking meters are often seen as a necessary evil on the business scene, there is one group of area merchants that would gladly welcome such devices to their commercial strip. Comment.
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TN Merchants think BID

With Business Improvement Districts the seeming wave of the future when it comes to shopping areas around the Bronx, the Throggs Neck Merchants Association has begun putting out feelers for what could be the Bronx’s largest BID by far. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Store promotes something special for kids in Ghana

For the past 15 months, the unique Riverdale store, Someplace Special, Haircuts and Toys For Kids and owner Suzanne Axelbank have raised money to help a group of children in Ghana who had been living in slavery. Comment.

Bronx women featured in VNSNY film competition

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York recently teamed up with Independent Features and film students to bring the reality of hospice care and its Bronx patients to the big screen. Comment.

Elderly woman not a‘muse’d with by unfair tickets

An empty lot filled with trees sits next to one elderly resident who calls the coveted greenspace a “holy hell” causing her an unfair financial burden brought on by the Department of Environmental Protection, Health and Sanitation.  Comment.

100 years of glory

St. Brendan Church, 333 E. 206th Street, is celebrating 100 years of serving the Catholics in the Bronx. Comment.

Koppell awards business honor on book merchant

Oftentimes neighborhood shops can get overshadowed by large national chains, but sometimes even under intense competition and pressure, strong independent stores can find their niche and thrive for a long time. Comment.

Bus Stop Havoc

While a quicker commute is always welcomed among area riders, with the Bx12 Select Bus Service, some feel they got more than they bargained for. Comment.

Do You Remember

GHI Tennis Classic heats up borough

The world’s elite athletes made the trip overseas to compete in one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year, and it was not the Olympics.  Comment.

From the south Bronx to Beijing

Although Taraje Williams-Murray could not be reached for comment last week, the south Bronx judo gold medal hopeful took the time to discuss his journey to Beijing and his quest to succeed at the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Comment.

Stretch the buck in our backyard

As the dollar continues to slump with the country’s sinking economy, this summer, local residents can stretch the buck in their own backyard. Comment.

MoMA offers hands-on art experience

A dozen students from throughout the Bronx made the grade this summer as they sharpened their art inspired trades with the Museum of Modern Art program “In the Making.” Comment.

Bronx graffiti troupe tags Lord & Taylor’s

Local Bronx businesses don’t want graffiti on their storefronts, but one popular New York department store demanded it...all over their store.  Comment.

AECOM opens Barnes and Noble staffed bookstore

Buying books for school will be a whole lot easier for students of Albert Einstein College of Medicine when they begin their fall semester in the next few weeks.  Comment.

Green initiative moves Jewish Home into 21st Century

Five years ago, Gene Holland, Jewish Home Lifecare director of facilities, was given a daunting mission: bring Jewish Home Lifecare’s Bronx campus, including buildings built more than a century ago, into the 21st century.  Comment.

Bronxites fight back against crime at National Night Out

Thousands of residents from throughout the Bronx gathered to convey one simple message to would-be criminals looking to prey on their communities:  “Stay out.” Comment.

Carrion releases Back-to-School Enrollment FAQ for semester start

In advance of the start of new school year on September 2, Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. released a Back to School Enrollment Fact Sheet as a part of an outreach campaign to address repeated issues that arise for parents at the start of the school year when dealing with Bronx schools. Comment.

Raging rats could stop reservoir TNT plans

The Department of Environmental Protection’s current plan to use dynamite at the Jerome Park Reservoir could release much more than soil and rock. Comment.

SLA nixes club

After more than nine months of controversial operation, Karma is now being forced to turn off the tap. Comment.

I-95 pedestrian bridge pulled down

A dump truck heading southbound on the Bruckner slammed into a pedestrian bridge at Waterbury Avenue, instantly destroying the southbound portion of the bridge linking Country Club and Waterbury-LaSalle. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

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

Co-op track star at state games

Co-op City resident Simone Grant was surprise when she qualified to compete in the Empire State Games, in Binghamton New York from July 23 - 27.  Comment.

District 22 champions fall short of sectional title win

The Throgs Neck Little League 13-14 year olds just missed making the state championship playoffs in a tough and emotional 9-5 loss to a team from Brewster during the recent sectional tournament at Fox Valley Park.  Comment.

Teron looks impressive with TKO win

A Throggs Neck prized pugilist continued his journey into the upper echelons of the boxing lightweight division and did so in front of a nationwide audience.  Comment.

Bronxites in quest for the gold

Starting on Friday, August 8, all eyes of the world will be on Beijing, China and the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, as the United States attempts to fulfill its quest for the gold.  Comment.
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Pizzeria owner braves the recent heat wave

The recent heat waves plaguing the Bronx have made it uncomfortable for many local residents, but for Mike Ditroia, the above-90 degree weather outside is like an arctic blast compared to what he has to deal with on a daily basis.  Comment.
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18-wheelers told to move rigs away from LL field

After four-years of what league officials say were dangerous conditions caused by a proliferation of trucks parked around the Astor Little League field, the problem is subsiding thanks to help from Senator Jeff Klein. Comment.
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Graffiti removal, helps more than the community

Quality Services for the Autism Community, a day habilitation program for young people living with Autism, is changing lives and cleaning neighborhoods. Comment.
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Barnes Avenue tenants ponder building’s future

While the NIDC is looking into solutions to issues at one Pelham Parkway building that range from a near wall collapse to repairs needed on individual apartments, it is ultimately its tenants that have to make decisions on how to proceed. Comment.
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TN residents build their dream house

When someone buys a home, it is usually considered a personal investment for an individual. When an existing home is expanded, it is a sure sign of investment in the community. Comment.
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Proposed Verizon building sale irks union

The proposed sale of the 60,000 square foot Westchester Square Verizon building has employees and elected officials demanding answers, requesting reconsideration. Comment.
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City Island traffic flow improved

After several close calls due to an obscured stop sign at what becomes a busy intersection during the summer rush on City Island, the community, working in concert with Senator Jeff Klein, was able to shrink the hazardous conditions. Comment.
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Final hearing on Ampere liquor store

The controversy about the fate of the Country Club Wine Shop, a liquor store that applied for a license to operate at a former deli site on Ampere Avenue may be coming to a conclusion.  Comment.
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Signs denounce worst slumlord

The Waterbury LaSalle Community Association has plans to show a man often described as a “slumlord” what they think about his latest project at 3030 Middletown Road. Comment.
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Around Town

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

Food Factory edges toward grand opening celebration

The anticipated new restaurant catering to the Zerega industrial business community has finally arrived on the scene to provide gourmet food for all kinds of palates. Comment.

Arrested for breaking into meters

Rose Gill Hearn, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation, announced the culmination of a multi-agency investigation that has resulted in the indictment by the office of Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson of Arthur Henderson on charges of using homemade keys to break into New York City Department of Transportation free-standing parking meters to take approximately $1,420 in coins. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Rock on the Bronx

ITEM: Bronx rock lives in all its infamous glory in a local band called The Broken Steps! Comment.

Heastie launches free customized graffiti cleaning

Assemblyman Carl Heastie is going above and beyond when it comes to making sure that his district is clear of unwanted urban scrawl, announcing a free graffiti clean-up program for constituents of the 83rd district in the Northeast Bronx. Comment.

New SSBx Leadership promises continued growth

For the past seven years Sustainable South Bronx has made green waves of change by providing environmental justice solutions throughout the borough and beyond. Comment.

Banco Popular distributes different kind of green

Dedicated to providing superior service to the communities they serve, on Monday, July 28, Banco Popular took their efforts to the streets. Comment.

Illegal fish found in market

The Fulton Fish Market in the South Bronx was subject to a sweep by law enforcement agents last month, netting violations for various agencies, and pounds of illegal fish. Comment.

‘Green’ Youthmarket comes to Southern Blvd.

In an effort to keep the community healthy by offering fresh fruits and vegetables, and to teach entrepreneurial skills to youth, two vanguard community organizations have created a thriving market for fresh produce. Comment.

Yankee visits Hunts Point kids

As part of a personal commitment to the Police Athletic League, New York Yankee right fielder Bobby Abreu visited Hunts Point children to play stickball and sign autographs in an event that left the star-struck youngsters to aim high within their own lives. Comment.

Do You Remember


Koppell alots arts funding

Councilman Oliver Koppell has allocated $142,000 from his discretionary Council funds to Bronx arts organizations that provide cultural programs in his district.  A portion of  these funds are for school programs that bring enrichment and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument to young people in district schools. Organizations that provide in-school programs include. Comment.

Kingsbridge celebrates new library

Eight smiling children adorned with yellow hardhats stood across the street from the current Kingsbridge Branch of The New York Public Library on Friday, July 25, to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new building. Comment.

Pols to SLA: Nix Karma’s booze sales

“I think today we all speak as one that this establishment Karma must be closed,” Senator Jeff Klein assuredly stated at a press conference in front of the controversial nightclub on Monday, August 4. Comment.

Allerton rallies for speed hump

More than two months after the northeast Bronx suffered a tragic loss, the community is continuing to fight for a simple measure they believe could have saved a little boy’s life. Comment.

Knowing the Score

I had the opportunity to read Bob Connolly’s Pipe Dreams column this week before writing my own and he got me thinking about my own historic Yankee Stadium moments. Comment.

Movie night planned at Bartow-Pell

Through a unique Bronx and lower Westchester partnership, the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, the Picture House in Pelham, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, at 895 Shore Road, with generous support from Senator Jeff Klein, will host a free outdoor film for one night only on its historic grounds in Pelham Bay Park.  Comment.

Homeowners can now stop unwanted doorstep advertising

Many homeowners and apartment-dwellers often feel put out by the sheer amount of unsolicited advertisements they receive near their front doors from an ever-growing number of companies distributing circulars and other ad-sheets. Comment.

Day in the country is minutes away

As high gas prices continue to limit the distance Bronxites travel to their summer vacation destinations, a unique, outdoor adventure is only a short train ride away. Comment.

New law protects traffic agents

Assaulting a traffic enforcement agent will result in felony charges after a change in state law went into affect on July 22.  Comment.

Calvary Hospital hosts bereavement camp in Monroe, NY

From July 14 through July 18, Calvary Hospital hosted the 11th session of Camp Courageous, a children’s bereavement camp located at Arrow Park in Monroe, NY, surrounded by the beautiful and vast Sterling Forest. Comment.

War vet finally receives a proper burial

Shovels dug deep into an unmarked grave’s freshly filled soil at Potter’s Field recently as the body of a lonesome vet was exhumed for an honorable burial.    Comment.

BP provides $50.7 million for Bronx capital projects

Despite what seems to be ever increasing amounts of economic issues in the local and national economies, Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. delivered over $50 million to worthy projects all over the Bronx in his 2009 capitol budget. Comment.

Graffiti tagger blankets Pel Bay with scrawl

A late-night graffiti strike in Pelham Bay shocked residents who said it was one of the worst they ever saw. Comment.

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