October 17, 2008: 2008, Issue 42
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Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

AFC Rapid Soccer

The “Curse of the Shadow” hit AFC Rapid in week five so due rain we were only able to play on Saturday, 10/4. The highlights for those games are as follows. Comment.

Knights defeat Campus Magnet

Neither coach was pleased with how his team played. And neither coach was really happy with the outcome in John F. Kennedy’s 20-18, double-overtime victory against Campus Magnet on Saturday afternoon in Cambria Heights. Comment.

Monroe soccer squad still faces challenges

The James Monroe boys’ soccer program hasn’t had much more than bad luck the past few years. Comment.

Pelham Bay Bandits continue great play

The Pelham Bay Bandits, the 11-u A-division travel team has continued their winning ways. Comment.

Xavier trounces visiting Hayes 86-42

Wild, high-scoring games have become the norm for Xavier, but this one may have reached a new level of absurdity. Comment.

Mountaineers’ Coon takes on Holy Cross

Having coached football at Mount St. Michael for a quarter century, Mario Valentini has a pretty good handle on what is needed to win in the CHSFL. Comment.

AFC Rapid Soccer: Week 4

The last game in September was played, and there have been no cancellations due to the weather. (I hope I haven’t jinxed us.) Here are the highlights. Comment.

Warriors Football

Flag Division Comment.

Zodiacs ready for the big test

Zodiacs’ Cross Country Team is ready for their big test on Sunday, October 11, the MAC Championship at Van Cortlandt Park. The top youth cross country runners of New York, will be competing in this event. The children has been training hard at Van Cortlandt Park and are expected to do well. Comment.
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Throggs Neck Home Owners Association

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Villa Barone Manor, and our guest speaker will be Ellen Kolodney from District Attorney Robert Johnson’s office, who will give us all an Identity Theft Quiz so we can see whether we are vulnerable. It should be fun, as well as informative. We look forward to seeing you there.  Comment.
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Korony American Legion 253

Around The County Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Locust Point Civic Association

What a great week!  A positive, productive board meeting on September 30 and the Department of Sanitation held their twice yearly free compost giveaway on Saturday.   Get your calendars out - here’s the schedule of events for the rest of the year. Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle

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Community Board 10

District Manager Comment.
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

Our next PBTCA meeting will be held on Monday, October 20, at St. Theresa’s auditorium between Pilgrim and Mayflower avenues.  This meeting is an invitation to our community from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. You are all welcome to bring your questions and get answers from our guests.  The meeting will be from 6.30 to 8 p.m. followed by our regular meeting. Comment.
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Learning how to cook with apples

Mrs. Marino’s (and Ms. R’s) first grade class at Villa Maria Academy added a little spice to their Apple Unit. They baked apple pies, apple sauce and candy apples to help them learn about some of the many things we can make with apples. A great learning experience was had by all. Comment.
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New York Botanical Garden train show to preserve House That Babe Ruth Built

The holiday season is full of family traditions, and the Holiday Train Show is one of the most eagerly anticipated. The amazing display of New York landmark replicas created out of plant materials and enlivened by model trains returns to the New York Botanical Garden on Sunday, November 23, with familiar favorites from seasons past and some spectacular additions to enchant audiences anew. Beloved by people of all ages, the popular exhibition will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory through January 11. Comment.
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Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum brings fall harvest to life

Spark your own artistic flair at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll be able to paint your own pumpkin, make corn husk dolls, have your face painted with a favorite character and even give a whirl at preparing basic Native American food. All the while you’ll learn about the tradition of Jack-o-lanterns, which was brought to the United States from Ireland during the 19th Century and why corn husk dolls were popular with Native American and European children. Comment.
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Mount St. Ursula welcomes new administration

This past summer the Academy of Mount St. Ursula began a new chapter in its 153-year history. Fr. John Vigilanti and Dr. Joseph S. Fusco have been appointed president and principal of this prestigious all girls’ Catholic high school in the Bronx. This new administration brings a visionary leadership that embraces the traditions of this unique institution and challenges the faculty and students to become active learners through innovative methods. Comment.
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Scanlan honors beloved Sr. Linda Bonasera

Monsignor Scanlan High School started off the month of October with a crusade against Breast Cancer. Campus Ministry and the Health and Wellness Club, joined together for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and raised money in memory of their late assistant principal, Sister Linda Bonasera, who passed away after a long struggle with breast cancer this past June. The school’s Campus Ministry, moderated by. Marianne Sheridan, sold pink ribbons labeled Breast Cancer Awareness, and purple ribbons, labeled In Memory of Sister Linda, throughout the school. Comment.
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St. Vincent alleviates tuition burden

In response to the country’s current economic crisis, the College of Mount Saint Vincent has created a new program to alleviate the financial burden placed on students and their families. The all new Local Catholic High School Incentive Awards will be given to admitted Mount students who have attended area Catholic high schools. The idea is to give back to those families who are committed to a Catholic education and have invested tuition money each year at a private Catholic school. Comment.
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Klein’s ready, willing and able to clean parade route

Senator Jeff Klein helped make the parade route along Morris Park Avenue for Sunday’s Columbus Day spectacular much cleaner through a massive graffiti clean up. Comment.
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Crosby, Roberts traffic control gets green light

Councilman Jimmy Vacca has stepped in to remedy a situation that has lingered on Crosby Avenue for much of his career as district manager and now in the city council. Comment.
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The positive side of crime

The courts are finding a new way to give back to the community, turning punishment into production. Comment.
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City Islander, Patricia Warner, takes her final vows

Taking vows to any religious order requires a deep commitment to not only the mission of the order, but in a more general way, to doing God’s work on earth. Comment.
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CI Garden Club wants to discuss bridge design

Despite what has appeared like a done deal, with everyone from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to important city agencies expecting to build a new cable-stayed bridge to replace the current City Island Bridge, one group considers the matter of bridge design still open for discussion. Comment.
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Lehman principal Saraceno: taking baby steps to change

New Lehman High School principal Janet Saraceno, has officially taken the reigns and begun the school year towards improvements. Comment.
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Preston High School 11th graders to help new freshmen

Twenty-nine 11th graders at Preston High School will be assisting faculty, guidance counselors, and administration in helping the freshmen class get acclimated to their new surroundings. The Junior Ambassador Program is directed by Sr. Carol Wagner. Comment.
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The Bronx RHIO breaks new ground

The Bronx RHIO, representing 80 percent of the providers in this borough of 1.36 million residents, went “live” in July, becoming the first RHIO (regional health information organization) in New York City to begin exchanging patient data. To date, the Bronx RHIO has received consent forms from over 4,000 patients; and has trained 79 “early adopter” clinicians. There are now 55 care locations in the Bronx whose patients’ clinical data can be accessed with appropriate patient consent. Comment.
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Tenant’s actions leave property owner holding the garbage bag

Area residents are disappointed with the upkeep of a building that has become an eyesore in the community. Comment.
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Albanians raise money for domestic violence victim

A recent immigrant who was the victim of a horrific stabbing at the hands of her estranged husband is now struggling for her life. Members of the Albanian American Society Foundation are trying to raise money for the children of the woman and the victim, who was stabbed 12 times, but miraculously survived. Comment.
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Loretta’s Pizza reopens; plans grand celebration

When a local pizzeria caught fire and was all but destroyed last April, many in the neighborhood and beyond were concerned that the popular eatery would shut its doors for good. Comment.
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East Bronx History Forum to feature Woodlawn Cemetery

The next meeting of the East Bronx History Forum will be held on Wednesday evening, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.. The guest speaker will be Susan Olsen of Woodlawn Cemetery and her topic will be “What Woodlawn has to offer a Historian: An insider’s look at the amazing archives of Woodlawn.” It will be a PowerPoint presentation with handouts. Comment.
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Westchester Square Physical Therapy unveils new facility

The Westchester Square Physical Therapy facility has once again given back to the community and those who have contributed to its existence by hold a celebratory open house. Comment.
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AARP Driver Safety Course

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety course on Saturday, November 1, from to 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Comment.
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Benedetto sponsors mobile mammography screenings

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto, in conjunction with the Woman’s Outreach Network, is sponsoring a free Mobile Mammography Screening Van which will be located outside of the City Island Library at 320 City Island Avenue on Saturday, October 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Comment.
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Bronxites offered free Italian cooking classes

Jeff Klein announced a $25,000 grant he secured for the Westchester Italian Cultural Center (WICC) for free Italian cooking classes for residents of the 34th Senate District. The classes will be held in October, November, and December and will be offered to over 1,000 residents of Westchester and the Bronx. Comment.
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Broken water meter soaks homeowner

When a Department of Environmental Protection bill began recording outrageous water usage charges for a period of time when there was a broken meter, one area homeowner turned to Senator Jeff Klein for help. Comment.
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BronxNet testifies at Congressional public access hearing

A Congressional hearing was held on Wednesday, September 17, to address the issue of Public, Educational, and Government Access for Cable Television. Comment.
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Bronx Opera Company’s fall Y concert set at Forstmann Castle

The Bronx Opera Company will give its annual Fall Concert in the unique surroundings of Frost Valley YMCA’s Forstmann Castle on Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Comment.
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Local chiropractor, Klein help wrestler realize dream

On a beautiful day in July, Jean Cardona came to Senator Jeff Klein’s office looking for financial support. She’d been walking the streets all day on behalf of her son David asking for help from the community to assist him in his quest to compete in the World Deaf Wrestling championship and the 2009 Deaflympics. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Deja vu Club license okayed

After much speculation over the renewal of Café Déjà vu Lounge & Grill’s liquor license, it was approved by the State Liquor Authority, according to owner Robert Karagi. Comment.

Bronx Academy of Dance presents annual festival; Eddie Palmieri at Lehman Center

The Bronx Academy of Art & Dance presents its annual BlakTino Performance Series, a festival celebrating works by Black, Latino and Blatino artists. The festival runs from Fri., Oct. 10 (National Coming Out Weekend) and continues through Sat., Nov. 8, at BAAD!, 841 Barretto Street in Hunts Point. Tickets cost $15 to $20 and a festival pass costs $45. Several events are offered free! BAAD! offers discounts to BAADGE and Bronx Cultural Card holders. Students and seniors also receive discounts. Ticket offers cannot be combined. For further information and tickets call (718) 842-5223. Comment.

Britney Spears Visits John Philip Sousa

Pop singer Britney Spears came up to John Philip Sousa Junior High on Baychester Avenue on Wednesday, October 1. She gave a check to the school’s music department through the Elizabeth Arden program. The school’s band played some music for Spears. Comment.

Flower party at New York Botanical Garden

Dan Zanes & Friends appeared in the Fiesta de Flores on the Conservatory Lawn in the New York Botanical Garden on Sunday, September 14. The music featured styles from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and more. Comment.

Dream realized at aquinas high school

At Aquinas High School, incoming 9th grade students were greeted by smiling faces as Student Council members and faculty welcomed the class of 2012. Comment.

Bronx River honors friends

On Monday, September 22, the first day of Fall, the Bronx River Alliance hosted An Upstream Soirée at Hunts Point Riverside Park to celebrate the ongoing transformation of the Bronx River. The evening’s event also honored the contributions of three individuals who have each, in their own way, contributed to making the Bronx a better place to live and raise a family. Favorable weather ensured us a sparkling convivial evening and everyone enjoyed the great music, food and cocktails. Comment.

Lehman College officially starts ‘Decade of the Sciences’

Lehman College officially starts its newest project leading the way for the “Decade of the Sciences.” Comment.

Bronx seniors become computer savvy

It is never too late to learn as a group of senior citizens graduated from a basic computer literacy course at the State University of New York North Bronx Career Counseling & Outreach Center (NBCCOC), located in Wakefield on Laconia Avenue. Each student was comfortable in the state-of-the-art, fully equipped computer lab which featured a $10,000 smart board. Comment.

Drew park opens

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation inaugurated the ribbon cutting for two completed neighborhood parks projects. Comment.

Deja Vu fined again

After the State Liquor Authority’s renewal of Café Déjà vu’s liquor license, it continues to be a source of controversy in the Morris Park community, as it recently citied for numerous violations on a NYC multi taskforce inspection, according to sources. Comment.

45th Precinct to etch cell phones, bikes

With a rash of cell phone robberies, as well as bicycle thefts, plaguing the community, the 45th Precinct is taking a proactive approach to the problem with an innovative etching identification program. Comment.

Dinner to honor Leder

The Parents Association of Lehman High School will be honoring Robert Leder on his retirement after 48 years of service on Sunday, November 2, 1 to 6 p.m. at the Surf Club, New Rochelle. The price is $100 per person. Comment.

Bronx vets set to march on Sunday, Nov. 9th

Veterans, family members, and supporters from across the borough will march through Throggs Neck to celebrate the nation’s past and present service men and women at the 24th annual Bronx Veterans Day Parade. Comment.

3030 Middletown Road project protest planned

Residents of Waterbury-LaSalle, Pelham Bay, and the surrounding areas feel that they are getting the shaft by three city agencies in charge of housing development, and will take to the streets to protest a project they say is bad for their neighborhood. Comment.

Couples for study

Doctors at Albert Einstein College of Medicine are looking for healthy couples in a monogamous relationship for at least six months to participate in a research study. Comment.

Benedetto donates school supplies to students

In an amazing outpouring of generosity from residents of the 82nd Assembly district in Throggs Neck, parts of Pelham Bay, Co-op City, and City Island, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto distributed a truckload of school supplies to some of the borough’s neediest school children. Comment.

Sanitation snow jobs gearing up

Long before the first snowflakes fall on New York City’s 6,000 miles of streets, the Department of Sanitation has begun gearing up for the impending 2008-2009 snow season. Comment.

Halloween Parade set for Oct. 25

A fun-filled day for children and their parents will once again – baring inclement weather – come to the streets of Throggs Neck, as Assemblyman Benedetto and other local elected officials sponsor the 25th annual Throggs Neck Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 25. Comment.

State closes home

Neighbors concerned about a group of grown men they said were eating out of garbage cans and urinating on sidewalks may finally be getting some answers about the troubled house that these men called home. Comment.

Katay House pundits weigh in on presidential election

In an otherwise serene corner of the Bronx, where seniors retire to an active social life, a group of homegrown “pundits”, many of whom are in their 90s, are weighing in on the upcoming presidential election. Comment.

Budget cuts will impact Tiffany Park

SEBCO Development, Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking for the future Tiffany Park, on Thursday, June 19, but its completion date has been delayed due to the project being defunded by the Bronx Borough President’s Office. Comment.

Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance protests armory plan

Groups allied with the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance feel that they are about to be “mauled” by a plan to turn the huge Kingsbridge Armory space into a state-of-the-art shopping center. Comment.

Arrested gate-crasher blames Vacca for her troubles

A Throggs Neck woman who was arrested at the Buhre Avenue IRT station of the #6 line for leaving through an emergency exit and then refusing to provide information to a police officer, is now blaming Councilman Jimmy Vacca for her troubles, despite ample evidence to the contrary. Comment.

Westchester Square meeting addresses social service agencies

As problems continue to be apparent in the Westchester Square-Zerega area, community members and elected officials are taking steps towards instituting better communication to resolve these issues. Comment.

R.A.I.N. celebrates opening of new exec. offices

Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. invited associates and community members and officials on Thursday, October 2, to celebrate the ribbon cutting of its new executive facility. Comment.

Tuff play destroys Field Turf

The potential for serious injury during a tackle football game is high enough for players on a sure-footed field. Add the hazard of an unsure playing surface and conditions become downright treacherous. Comment.

32nd Bronx Columbus Day Parade

The 2008 Bronx Columbus Day Parade, taking place on Sunday, October 12 promises to be both the biggest and best parade to ever grace Morris Park Avenue and Williamsbridge Road. Comment.

Pelham Bay Builder Gets OK

A developer with one of the worst track records as a NYC landlord is coming to the Pelham Bay area, and residents are so up in arms about his new project, that they will take to the streets with signs and placards to protest what they believe is another example of overdevelopment. Comment.

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