August 28, 2008: 2008, Issue 35
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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008

Sports Briefs

Monroe Baseball Alum Debuts For Twins Comment.

Pipe Dreams

Maybe it’s just me, but... Comment.

50-year-old takes dream to new level

A Bronx basketball hopeful has taken his dream of playing in the NBA and turned it into a unique career.  Comment.

Former Olympian has success at World Cup

Champion hurdler Yvonne Harrison continues to find new success as a football player.  Comment.

Vance selected to lead Lions

Despite the departure of longtime coach Carmine Colasanto from the Lehman High School varsity football program, the Lions are in good paws with his replacement, Debbie Vance.  Comment.

Knowing the Score

It is almost September, which means that high school football is right around the corner.  Comment.
Opinion

Do You Remember

Labor Day races among the various beach clubs and waterfront communities are an annual event and a great opportunity for youngsters to show off their skills.   The Labor Day competitions in Edgewater Park began circa 1916 and were originally for adults while the children watched from the side-lines.  After World War I the games got tougher as some veterans returned from overseas toughened up by their military service.  About the same time a few foot races were added for the children.  Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

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DOT fills street “cave in”

A large hole in the Ferry Point community’s main thoroughfare, Brush Avenue, was finally filled by the DOT, ending a racket on a small residential corner caused by large trucks hitting the gorge.  Comment.
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Cousin Vinny shot escorting stripper to bogus party

After a failed attempt to convert his Westchester Square sub shop into a secret strip club led to a suspicious break in at the end of June, Anthony “Cousin Vinny” Agnello’s side job as a striptease business owner put him in the line of fire over the weekend – literally. Comment.
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Square BID effort gets $25G boost

Efforts to create a Business Improvement District in Westchester Square recently received a sizeable shove to success through a $25,000 BID Formation Grant from the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment.
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Throggs Neck Houses celebrates new playground

Once an unsafe play space, children of Throggs Neck Houses’ Child Care Center now have a modern facility. Comment.
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Young girl donates her locks

A pair of scissors combined with a youngster’s generous spirit will provide the priceless gift of hope and confidence for ailing youth. Comment.
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Square shoppers put in their two-cents

There were no real surprises as the Westchester Square Merchants Association completed its Needs Assessment Survey necessary to become a Business Improvement District.  Comment.
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14’s principal: fresh ideas, solid success

Though new leadership at P.S. 14 promises fresh ideas for the 2008-2009 school year, the first time principal said he’s going to strive to keep things as they are – solidly successful. Comment.
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Around Town

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

Rock on the Bronx

Arts

Working for Diddy

Two native Bronxites have recently been given the  opportunity of a lifetime participating in the new VH1 reality series I Want to Work for Diddy. Comment.

Vacca honors outstanding summer interns

A good internship provides local students with a hands-on opportunity to learn a new career and it doesn’t get more hands-on then working with Councilman Jimmy Vacca.  Comment.

Best Choice honors grads

Beth Abraham has provided excellent health services to the community yet again, this time helping 10 individuals on the path to new careers as home health aides. Comment.

BCC receives $2.75M to enhance instruction

With a digital divide existing in many minority and low-income communities, Bronx Community College has secured a five-year $2.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to bridge the technology gap. Comment.

Maritime hosts Chinese earthquake victims

While thousands of Americans traveled out to Beijing, China for the Olympics, a number of Chinese residents found themselves in the Bronx.  Comment.
Film

Bronx film depicts laughter as soothing to troubled minds

It is very often noted that laughter has a healing power that can soothe troubled minds and bodies. Now, one Bronx film company has created a film about the medicinal power of laughter that they will premiere for their hometown crowd. Comment.

Two rabid raccoons and one cat found on City Island

In what the Department of Health is indicating as a rare occurrence, two rabid raccoons and a cat infected with the disease were recently found on City Island. Comment.

Annual Classic Car Show at Orchard Beach

Some of the great new and classic automobiles and bikes will be on display when Eastcoast Classic Car Association presents its 8th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car & Motorcycle Show.  Comment.

Residents take back the ‘Woods’

Local residents are taking back their beloved park.  Comment.

Speed hump secures safety in Allerton

On Tuesday, August 19, Allerton community activist Irene Estrada-Rukaj received a much-awaited response to an increasingly dangerous community need. Comment.

Shot Down

In what was a pleasant outcome for the residents of Spencer Estate, but a shock to most, the proposed Country Club Wine Shop will not open as planned. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

AFC Rapid Soccer to host opening day parade

Summer is winding down and the little league baseball season is almost officially over.  For local soccer fans, this means one thing; the start of the a AFC Rapid Soccer season.  Comment.

Pipe Dreams: The Director’s Cut

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

Knowing the Score

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Czech Republic’s Lukas Dlouhy wins GHI twice

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Man charged in rape of 14-year-old

In a disturbing revelation, a 24-year-old is being accused of allegedly raping his 14-year-old Waterbury neighbor. Comments (3).
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Illegal lot owner receives wake up call: summons

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CI hangout finally secured

It had become a rite of passage for young people to use an empty wooded lot on City Island as a hang out and dumping ground for everything from cars to furniture. Comment.
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Scam security system removed from seniors’ home

When a slick salesperson convinced two elderly Paine Street residents to buy a security system they didn’t need, they all but lost hope that their money and dignity would ever be retrieved. Comment.
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Parking enforcement hits angle-parked vehicles

Car owners parking their vehicles on three streets in Throggs Neck received a rude awakening recently when after 20 years of angled parking, residents say traffic enforcement agents “swooped in like locusts” and ticketed their cars. Comment.
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Harbour Pointe permits may be revoked: DOB

It now appears that Department of Buildings permits for an ambitious development on City Island known as Harbour Pointe may be revoked, as the DOB has confirmed they have sent a letter to the developer, asking him to defend his plans.  Comment.
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Brush Avenue residents demand catch basins

The recent rain storms over the past week have once again brought out residents of the Ferry Point community who are tired of their basements being flooded and are demanding to see action so that such hazards are avoided in the future.  Comment.
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Square Library closed for repairs till Aug. 31

The Westchester Square Library branch is finally getting the attention many longtime residents and elected officials believe it has deserved for some time.  Comment.
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Verizon solidifies intent to sell; leaders on edge

A multi-agency meeting regarding the controversial sale of the Westchester Square Verizon building received mixed reviews after an angered union and anxious politicians gathered on Monday, August 18. Comment.
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DOT acts fast to replace P.S. 14 footbridge

With the end of summer vacation fast approaching, the collapse of the pedestrian bridge linking Country Club to Waterbury-LaSalle could make it difficult for children to get to and from school, leading local elected officials searching for a solution.  Comment.
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Fire-damaged CI eatery secured

After a ravenous fire destroyed much of the interior of the Neptune Inn, a popular City Island eatery, security issues continued to plague the site. Comment.
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Ferry Point Civic Association

I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend this year’s block party. I understand many families had prior plans that could not be broken. This year’s block party was dedicated to John Lesnick, Sr., a longtime Ferry Point resident and Nettie Sohmers, my mother-in-law. Both recently passed away and whose presence was sorely missed. Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

Around The County Comment.
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Pehlam Bay Taxpayers Association

How did one half of St. Paul Avenue accomplish getting the two streets of St. Paul Avenue to go in two different directions? Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

On August 6 you might have seen an odd group of kids with spiked hair, chains and strange piercings walking through our neighborhood with paint cans and paint brushes.  Bet you thought they were up to no good!  Were you thinking “Oh my God, are they going to paint graffiti right here and in broad daylight?”  Well, it just goes to show you that as the old saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover!” Comment.
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Community Board 10

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Around Town

On a sad note this week, the Bronx Times Reporter family bids farewell to its own Walter Pofeldt. Most of you know Walter as the man behind the lens at all your community events. Needless to say Walter, although we’ll all miss you, we wish you luck and happiness in your future endeavors. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Bissel Gardens – the root of summer fun

After weeks of sweat equity helped further transform a previous dumping ground into a prosperous community garden, a group of students from the Summer Youth Employment Program bid farewell to Bissel Gardens. Comment.

Despite all odds, Bronx woman establishes outdoor oasis

In 1992, Wakefield resident Theresa Scalera’s Multiple Sclerosis confined her to a wheelchair and she turned a negative situation into a positive for the community. Comment.

Hub buses rerouted for road work

South Bronx mass transit riders are seeing new sites as local bus routes changed to create a more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.  Comment.

Grace Dodge’s small learning communities receive $1.25M

Thanks to the United States Department of Education, Grace Dodge High School will receive a $1.25 million grant over the next five years to enhance small learning communities at a large Bronx high school. Comment.

Glass maker benefits from E-Z tax credits

With the manufacturing sector of New York City hemorrhaging jobs for more than a half century, and plants all around the country closing due to increased globalization, when a new manufacturing venture decides to set up shop it does so with little hope for the future; of course having help from Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t hurt.  Comment.

Upgrades for four Bx parks

Four Bronx parks were rededicated as Croton Water Filtration mitigation money, over $200 million worth, continues to flow through the borough. Comment.
Business

Electronics store opens on Gun Hill

In a long awaited opening that promises to revitalize a local shopping center, and hopefully a national electronics store chain, Circuit City opened its first location in the Bronx. Comment.
Arts

Bx actress lands role in award-winning new play

Fresh from stints in HBO’s The Wire and the Sundance acclaimed film, How She Move, local Bronx actress, wife and mother, Melanie Nicholls-King has landed the role of a lifetime. Comment.
Arts

Gospel group signed to Alicia Keys’ label

Dreams came true for a young Bronx gospel group after a well-played performance landed them a record deal on superstar Alicia Keys’ new label, Glory to Glory. Comment.

Clesse Run honors 9-1 victims

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5 AECOM docs get tenured

Five faculty members at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have received tenure, a permanent teaching status that is granted to the most esteemed members of the institution’s teaching staff.  The honor was announced by Allen M. Spiegel, MD, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of Einstein.  Comment.

Sanitation impoundments for recycling violations

The Department of Sanitation’s Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force seized and impounded 11 vehicles that were involved in incidents of illegal dumping during the month of July. Comment.

New senior VP named at Montefiore Medical Center

Richard T. Celiberti has been appointed senior vice president, Network Development at Montefiore Medical Center. In this position, he will have overall responsibility for strengthening the Monte-fiore network through strategic partnerships with other healthcare providers in the region. Comment.

Climbing the ladder of success

A student from St. Catharine Academy is just one of 26 young people from the Bronx that are going to have their futures brightened by NYC Ladders for Leaders, an internship program connecting high potential young people with exciting career opportunities. Comment.

New sea lion pup at the Bronx Zoo

There’s a whole lot of excitement and splashing going on at the Bronx Zoo’s Sea Lion Pool these days with an adorable new sea lion pup. Comment.

Riverdale Choral Society welcomes new director

The Riverdale Choral Society invites singers to join them rehearsing and performing  a program entitled Music Celebrating Holidays of the Season which will take place Sunday, December 7, at 3 p.m. at Christ Church Riverdale and feature Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, and holiday music selections from around the world. Comment.

Bronx Sanitation worker dies on route

A routine garbage pickup ended tragically for one local Bronx sanitation worker recently when a brief break in the workday ended in his unexpected death. Comment.

Storm causes local power outages

A power outage left many local residents of Edgewater Park, Country Club, Throggs Neck and Silver Beach in the dark for four hours, ending a bizarre week of weather in the community. Comment.

Boxer killed

An undefeated, three-time Golden Gloves winner was killed Saturday, August 16, after a confrontation in a local bodega went tragically awry. Comment.

Karma’s hearing may be last call

The first step for what community members and local elected officials hope to be the end of Karma began in the courtroom on Thursday, August 14. Comment.

Hail hits Throggs Neck

It typically doesn’t snow in August, at least not in the Bronx, but pieces of ice did touch down in Locust Point, Silver Beach, and Fort Schuyler, last week. Comment.

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