September 19, 2008: 2008, Issue 38
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Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

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Columbus puts up a fight

Amongst a good sized crowd on a hot, humid September afternoon, Christopher Columbus hosted Brooklyn Tech. The two teams duked it out for the whole first half. There was only one TD, which occurred in the second quarter by Brooklyn’s Cory Frederick. Both teams went into halftime pumped up and ready for a win. Comment.
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PBLL starts fall games; Guiliano throws shutout

The Pelham Bay Bandits opened up their fall season with a bang, as they swept a The Pelham Bay Bandits opened up their fall season with a bang, as they swept a doubleheader vs. New Rochelle. Comment.
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TNLL sets registration

The Throgs Neck Little League’s 2009 season registration is as follows. Comment.
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Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.
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NY Courts commemorate the victims of September 11th

In what was a special pick for the borough, the New York State Unified Court system chose Bronx county’s new Hall of Justice to hold this year’s memorial service for three slain court officers who perished trying to save the lives of others on 9/11. Comment.
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Crowley condems kids programming propaganda

Determined to end the message of terrorism played to the Middle East’s most formidable minds, the U.S. House of Representatives, with assistance from Congressman Joseph Crowley, recently passed a bill to condemn the message of hatred and violence over the airwaves. Comment.
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Bronx Zoo restores 98-year-old Italian fountain

The Wildlife Conservation Society continues to help keep history alive for generations to come at the Bronx Zoo. Comment.
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Three illegal dumpers nabbed in the act

The Department of Sanitation’s Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force seized and impounded three vehicles that were involved in incidents of illegal Bronx dumping during the month of August. The DSNY Task Force, composed of plainclothes Sanitation Police Officers, monitors known dumping locations and seizes the vehicles of illegal dumpers caught in the act of violating the law. Comment.
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St. Ray’s blood drive

On Sunday, September 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. Raymond’s Parish will hold a blood drive in the elementary school gym. Registration accepted during the weekend of September 20 to 21 in front of the church. Comment.
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Toddler class at Bx House

The Bronx House Toddler Center is offering children stimulating activities and the opportunity to socialize. Children learn through music, arts and crafts, story time, and have an opportunity to play in the well equipped playroom. Comment.
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Another accident at DOT-neglected intersection

In what neighbors say has become a common occurrence, another accident occurred at a busy intersection in Spencer Estate. Comment.
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Sex spa conviction

District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced that the owner of a spa has been convicted of sexually abusing a client on February 20, 2006. Comment.
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Bon Appetit at the Bronx Y a huge success

Lucky boosters of our Bronx YMCA got to sample food from some of the best restaurants in the borough during a gala event held featuring every kind of culinary delight imaginable. Comment.
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Weird behavior upsets bucolic TN home life

Is it a group home, an illegal SRO or just some odd behavior from strange neighbors? Comment.
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Klein unveils dirtiest eateries

In what has become something of an annual tradition, Senator Jeff Klein unveiled his list of the 12 dirtiest eateries in New York City on September 14, complimenting them with a list of what he considers to be the 12 cleanest food establishments, as well as another, more detailed report on the 100 cleanest and dirtiest restaurants in the City. Comment.
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Ron Schliessman, avid Bronx historian

Ron Schliessman is one of the most dedicated Bronx historians to grace our borough. He grew up on B Street in Schuylerville, the son of an avid biker and photographer who took pleasure in photographing the streets of the Bronx. After graduation from Cornell University, Ron took a job with the government that allowed him time to follow in his father’s footsteps in capturing now historic scenes throughout the borough on film. He set up a dark room in his basement and developed his own work which he readily made available to those who showed an interest. Comment.
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Bronx ‘laughter’ premieres at the Whitestone

A film about the healing powes of laughter, with guest appearances from many well-known celebrities, as well as Bronx residents, premiered at the Whitestone Multiplex Cinema on Sunday, September 14. Comment.
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Nikeysha nixed from TV show

“Do you want to be on top?” Comment.
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Bronx bands find new sanctuary

Tired of the smoldering heat and wandering vermin, Bronx musician Steven Gallegos decided to take matters into his own hands with the creation of SoBro Studios. Comment.
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TN artist receives council citation

Every few months the halls of Throgs Neck Extended Care are graced with magnificent artwork helping brighten the lives of all who visit. Comment.
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Mind-Builders sets fundraiser

Alumni of Mind-Builder Creative Arts Center are holding a fundraiser and reunion in order to help sustain this community icon. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, at 5 p.m. at Mind-Builders, 3415 Olinville Avenue, near Gun Hill and Whites Plain roads. Comment.

Evander Tigers on prowl

The Evander Tigers have not been known for being a good football team over the last few years. The school has been overcoming some obstacles as the school was recently closed and turned into a campus. Still the boys of Evander tried to put all of that behind them and start the season off with a win. Comment.

Bronx boxer captures 3rd world title belt

In a heated Las Vegas fight on Friday, September 5, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez claimed her third world title, solidifying her place as New York’s finest female boxer. Comment.

Lehman College groundbreaking for sci building

College campuses are going green, creating eco-friendly buildings, such as Lehman College’s New Science Building. Comment.

New facility opens to serve children with special needs

A new facility has opened up serving special need children throughout the Bronx. Comment.

Espada defeats Gonzalez; Bronx County trounced

In what most insiders describe as a big defeat to the Bronx Democratic party organization, leaders of a rebel faction that included both new-comers and incumbent elected officials trounced ‘machine’-backed candidates in the September 9 primary. Comment.

B-ball team plans Irish culture swap

Truman called on the community to fulfill the wishes of the girls’ basketball team, giving them the opportunity to open the doors to a rare and exciting cultural experience. Comment.

Seniors grow 5-foot zucchini

Seniors volunteers the of Morris Park Senior Garden were proud to show off their garden, the result of hard labor the past few months, featuring a zucchini reaching a height of almost five feet, and still growing. Comment.

Local street leaves a sinking feeling

A sinking street continues to remain the center of concern for local Van Nest residents who patiently wait for needed city intervention. Comment.

Sneaker removal cleans up local Morris Park streets

Nearly 20 known sneaker sightings recently sparked a demand for change among Morris Park residents – a move they believe will clean up their image. Comment.

WSPT Physical Therapy showcases new facility

The WSPT Physical Therapy facility was full of Bronx community members as it opened the doors to the celebratory grand opening ribbon cutting. Comment.

Workers protest Verizon sale; demand answers

Emotions ran high as dozens of Verizon workers gathered in the shadows of a mammoth rat on Wednesday, September 10, to protest the sale of 2510 Westchester Avenue. Comment.

Footbridge covered by graffiti tags

With graffiti popping up almost everywhere, there seems to be no place that is immune to those who wish to leave their ‘tags’ for the world to see. Comment.

Capri-Whitestone Motel to MD group

In what is a grab for a key piece of Bronx real estate with a somewhat dubious reputation, a Maryland-based hotel company purchased the Capri-Whitestone Motel last week. Comment.

Bullet ends a dream

Confusion spread along 167th Street as a shaken community mourned the loss of one of its most peaceful members. Comment.

Law skills go beyond the cloth

From the Bar to the Bible, Jennifer Raimo will soon utilize her love of the law with her passion for God as a religious sister taking up residence at St. Dominic’s Convent in Van Nest before taking vows later this month. Comment.

Board: no 911 center

It could be the largest structure to rise in the Bronx in over 30 years, but members of Community Board 11’s land use committee don’t want to see a huge back-up 911 call center built on land that was formally Bronx State Hospital. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

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AFC Rapid Soccer season shifts into full weekend play

Due to Hurricane Hannah, the annual AFC Rapid opening day parade was canceled on Sunday, September 7, but the slate of matches was played. The highlights are as follows. Comment.
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St. Rays under 12 team beats Boston

The 2008 O’Neill’s Continental Youth Championship (CYC) games were recently held in Chester County Pennsylvania. The tournament brought 1,500 elite players from across the nation, plus teams from Canada and England to the Philadelphia area to compete in Gaelic Games. Comment.
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PB 11-12 y.o. win championship

The Pelham Bay 11-12 year old division has won the A.I.T. championship for the 3rd straight year. Each of the three teams were linked together by one ballplayer, Captain Brandon Soto. Soto played on the 2006 team in a reserve role, being the youngest player in the league at the time. Last year he became one of Pelham Bay’s top stars, leading the 2007 team with his stick and his gold glove. This year he blossomed into being the M.V.P. of the 2008 squad, dominating opponents with his fastball and slider. In 9 playoff innings, Soto struck out 24 batters while allowing only 1 hit. Comment.
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2007 champs defeat Lehman Lions

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The final scorecard

I am sadly announcing my retirement from the Bronx Times. Comment.
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48th precinct awards plaque for 1950 act of bravery

the 48th Precinct near West Farms held a memorial for Patrolman Alfred Loreto who was killed off duty in 1950 while trying to prevent a robbery and kidnapping in Morris Park. Loreto park is named after Officer Loreto. Comments (1).
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City Island Civic welcomes flamboyant leader

With its longtime president moving away, another, more flamboyant leader is planning to move a local civic association into new territory, hoping to unify the residents of City Island. Comment.
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Pelham Parkway S. association to lead graffiti coverup

On Monday, September 15, at 10:30 a.m., the Pelham Parkway South Neighborhood Association will hold a Graffiti Cleanup. A group from Quality Services for Autistic Children, supervised by Bill Stolfi, director, will meet at Maran Place and White Plains Road, in front of the post office, with members of the PPSNA, to clean up and repaint the mailboxes in the Pelham Parkway South area. Anyone interested is invited to volunteer their services. It will be greatly appreciated. Comment.
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Friends of St. Dominic’s Home raise $385,000

Any PGA golfer would be thrilled to walk away with a $385,000 purse for winning a one-day golf tournament. That is the amount the Friends of Saint Dominic’s walked away without having to pick up a club. Instead they relied on the goodwill of some 200 golfers, a stellar golf committee and the generosity of several sponsors who contributed the “green” in the Friends’ 16th Annual Golf Tourney held August 4 at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J. Comment.
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Skate Park security $$

Preserving the safety and security of a local youth hot spot was the center of Congressman Joseph Crowley’s mind when he awarded a $10,000 grant to the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership on Wednesday, September 3. Comment.
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Klein to host insurance forum

In the spring of 2006, residents of the 34th District began contacting Senator Jeff Klein to report that longtime homeowner’s insurance policies with Allstate were not being renewed; the company was taking steps to reduce its exposure in the coastal NY insurance market. In 2006, Allstate cancelled, or “non-renewed” more than 26,000 homeowners policies throughout the coastal portions of NYC, Westchester County and Long Island. Similar cancellations followed in 2007 and 2008. Comment.
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Vacca, Per Scholas offer $300 laptops to students

In a burst of creativity, Councilman Jimmy Vacca and Bronx-based technology company Per Scholas have teamed up to offer over 1,000 refurbished laptop computers to Bronx middle and high-school students – for only $300 a piece. Comment.
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Dan Zanes and Friends to perform new album

On Sunday, September 14, join Dan Zanes and Friends at The New York Botanical Garden for a performance of songs from their new album, ¡Nueva York! Two concerts are scheduled to be held at the Botanical Garden’s Daffodil Hill: one from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other at from 2 to 4 p.m. Comment.
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Bronx Zoo attendance grows 11% over summer

The numbers are in and many area residents decided that the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) zoos and aquarium were the place to be during July and August. The Bronx Zoo’s new permanent Madagascar! exhibit was certainly the perfect reason to plan a visit. Extraordinary weather and gas prices were also part of the equation that resulted in an attendance increase across the board. Each of the WCS wildlife centers provides an exciting “staycation” adventure for family and friends. Comment.
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Fiesta de Flores, a day-long event at the Garden

On Sunday, September 14, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta de Flores, a day-long festival at the New York Botanical Garden commemorating the flowers and culture of Latin and South America. Enjoy the beauty of the garden while being treated to music, dancing, and more. Comment.
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Photographer releases first published compilation

Through the lens of a native Bronx photographer comes an intriguing new look at New York’s Capital Region. Comment.
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Vacca grant to repair Loreto Park bocce courts

In what will be a great victory for bocce players all over the area, the Department of Parks and Recreation will be spending half a million dollars to build and refurbished covered bocce courts in Loreto Park. Comment.

Kennedy takes home opener vs. New Utrecht

After a season-ending loss in the quarterfinals of the PSAL title round last November, Kennedy H.S. set out this season with something to prove. With 13 out of 22 starters returning from last year, they came out to play with a renewed spirit. On Friday, September 5, Kennedy hosted New Utrecht in front of a lively packed house. In the first quarter, Michael Washington scored one of his two touchdowns. This, along with a successful conversion and a defense-packed second quarter, saw Kennedy up 8-0 at the half. Comment.

Bronx children demand an equal education

It’s too little, too late for seats being added to schools throughout the Bronx and New York City. Comment.

CHAM adds pediatric heart transplantation

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is bringing the medical miracle of pediatric heart transplantation to the Bronx, following the recent approval of its transplant center application by the New York State Department of Health. This important approval clears the way for specialists at CHAM, recently ranked among America’s top children’s hospitals, to treat any congenital or acquired heart abnormality in children and adolescents. Comment.

SEBCo seniors celebrate centennials

The Sebco Senior Center was covered in brilliant gold and silver decorations as three Bronx seniors reached the incredible landmark of their 100th birthdays. Comment.

Bronx tenants fight back

Tenants of the Bronx have finally had enough and are taking a stand and filing a lawsuit against their landlord, fighting for the right to live normal lives in a healthy environment. Comment.

Grant gets high school freshmen college ready

The New York Life Foundation recently awarded New Visions for Public Schools a two-year, $400,000 grant to launch the Campaign for College and Career Readiness initiative throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Comment.

Vacca bill attacks elder abuse

An elder abuse law mandating the training of senior center personnel in the detection of various forms of exploitation cleared the City Council and will likely become law in January. Comment.

Lehman College partners with S. Korean U.

Through efforts to expand their global programming reach, Lehman College recently initiated a dual-degree course with Sungshin Women’s University of South Korea. Comment.

9-11 victims remembered at Lt. Clesse Run

With a storm looming overhead, they pressed on, determined to remember their brother in blue. Comment.

Crazed burglar nabbed after dance studio heist

A burglar’s rap-sheet that got a little longer after he broke into a local dance studio, injured himself in the process, while receiving no reward for his endeavors, except a cool pair of handcuffs. Comment.

Temporary pedestrian overpass rises

When a dump truck heading southbound on the Bruckner Expressway destroyed a pedestrian bridge at Waterbury Avenue, many were worried that schoolchildren at P.S. 14 would have a hard time getting to class safely. Concerns also existed regarding visitors and workers at Providence Rest nursing home in Country Club. Comment.

Columbus Day Parade names 2008 honorees

The 2008 Bronx Columbus Day Parade is shaping up to be the best yet, keeping the classic vibe but including many new activities and appeals. Comment.

Hearing halts blasting at Jerome Park

Concerned community members breathed a sigh of relief as the verdict was read – no blasting at Jerome Park Reservoir. Comment.

MTA Dooms Shops

As mass transit riders continue to enjoy a quicker commute with the Bx 12 Select Bus Service, business owners along the route are calling it quits. Comment.

SRO Shut Down

In the Zerega community, a two-family home that was turned into Single Room Occupancy units is being shut down. Comment.

Thieves Steal 39 Laptops

St. Frances de Chantal school wanted its computer lab cleaned, not cleaned out. Comment.

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