October 24, 2008: 2008, Issue 43
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Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

Syracuse becoming New York City North

It was the summer of 2006 when Syracuse was hot on the trail of several talented players from Apache Paschall’s Exodus AAU program. That was nothing new, a Big East college in pursuit of several of Paschall’s blue-chip prospects. Comment.

Holy Cross receiver follows in father’s footsteps

Before he was running routes for the Holy Cross football team, even before he could walk, Tariq Tongue was on the sideline at August Martin High School taking in a high-school football game. Comment.

TNLL senior field named for Robert Jonap

When Throgs Neck Little League legend Leo Vitti passed away, a familiar face in the community stepped to the plate to lead the league. After over 50 years of service, Robert “Bob” Jonap saw the senior field he helped to build named in his honor in a ceremony on Saturday, October 18. Comment.

Metro Classic preseason all-star game pits ‘borough vs. burbs’

The rosters for the boys’ basketball portion of the Metro Classic preseason all-star game, which pits New York City’s best against their counterparts from Long Island and the Hudson Valley, were recently released. The fifth annual contest, billed “The Boros vs. The Burbs,” will take place Oct. 26 at Island Garden in Hempstead, L.I. Comment.

AFC Rapid Soccer Week 7 play

Autumn weather is upon us and the cool down is welcomed by players of AFC. The highlights are as follows. Comment.

Added punch delivers Columbus Bronx A Divsion title

A sea of white jerseys joyously met at midfield to celebrate Columbus’s first Bronx A division title in five years. As one, the Explorers hopped up and down together like pogo sticks, their index fingers pointed skyward. Comment.

Spellman advances to girls’ soccer semi round

The Cardinal Spellman girls’ soccer team advanced to the Archdiocesan semifinals after defeating Blessed Sacrament, 4-0, on Saturday morning. Comment.

JFK quiets Clinton, wins crowns

Almost every day, as the BX 1 made its way down the Grand Concourse, Jamel Lane heard the insults and the predictions from his adversaries. Clinton was going to win when the two teams met Oct. 18. It wouldn’t even be close. This was the year the Governors would own the Bronx. Comment.
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Japanese art at Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Gardes will be unveiling an eclectic work of eastern art as part of Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum. The exhibition and flower show, which opened on Saturday, October 18, also includes an authentic Japanese garden with a pond, bonsai trees, and Japanese Chrysanthemum. The flagship exhibit is the bamboo sculpture designed by Tetsunori Kawana, whose works have been seen in Japan, Russia, Italy, and the U.S. Comment.
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Winter wonderland goes green

In an effort to become more environmentally friendly the Bronx Zoo has discontinued the long standing nighttime holiday lights display and replaced it with a daytime extravaganza. Comment.
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Red Hats hold meeting

The Pelham Bay Red Hats had a meeting discussing future events on Friday, October 3 at Ampere Avenue. Comment.
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2008 grads receive AP Scholar Awards

Stephanie Marchena and Maxiel Peralta, St. Raymond Academy for Girls graduates from the class of 2008, have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams in Spanish Literature, Spanish Language and English Literature and Composition. Comment.
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Il Club Italiano celebrates heritage

Once again, Il Club Italiano of St. Catharine Academy, sponsored school-wide activities to celebrate Italian Heritage and Culture Month. This year, Il Club featured the teachings of San Francesco d’Assisi. Comment.
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High-tech dentistry at St. Barnabas

Did You Know? Comment.
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Native Bronx artist tours local libraries

The works of a new and exciting artist are traveling throughout Bronx public libraries in order to awe and inspire community members. Comment.
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All Hallows reaches milestone

All Hallows High School, a celebrated fixture of the Grand Concourse area for the past 80 years, has been educating young men in the Christian Brothers tradition for a total of 100 years. For the past five years, the school has been named one of the 50 best Catholic high schools in the country by the Catholic High School Honor Roll, and has much to celebrate. Comment.
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P.S. 71 welcomes notable alumnus as Principal For A Day

As part of an innovative program that matches up great role models with our city’s public schools, Department of Education Schools Chancellor Joel Klein came to P.S. 71, welcoming a notable alumnus of the school, the president of a cable news network. Comment.
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Multi-agency raid closes Pelham Parkway stables

A horse stable that has been part of the Pelham Parkway community for decades was closed by city agencies when it was discovered that the owner had set up his business on city property. Comment.
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Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park facelift planned

Major capital improvements are planed for a park dedicated as a place for quiet reflection and meditation about the men and women who make enormous sacrifices so that we may live as free Americans. Comment.

MasterCard VP joins Beth Abe’s board

MasterCard Worldwide vice president Jean Brewster has joined the Board of Directors of Beth Abraham Family of Health Services’ Comprehensive Care Management (CCM), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and coordinating health and related services that enable medically frail, chronically ill and disabled adults to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. A veteran financial services industry professional, Brewster will contribute her considerable experience, strategic planning abilities, insight and counsel to the Board’s efforts. Comment.

Waste Management encourages children to enrich Halloween fun

This year, Halloween doesn’t have to be only orange and black. With a little creativity, you can add a touch of green to the eerie holiday. Traditionally, Halloween is a holiday that conjures up spooky spells and tall tales. It’s when the children trick and treat to their hearts’ content. But kids and parents can do things this Halloween to help enrich their community and environment. Comment.

C.E.S. 73 hosts Project Morry meeting to help students

Students of the Bronx have been given an outlet to assist in their success and a brighter future. Comment.

MMCC to rebuild center’s library

The Aetna Foundation has sponsored a community rebuild through a grant to the RTNYC organization. The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center selected the recipient for the refurbish and rebuild. Comment.

MMCC teen programs in full swing

Liza Perez and Steven Rodriguez, director and assistant director of Teen Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, announce that both the middle school (ages 12 ½ to 14 ¾) and senior high (ages 15-18) Teen Programs are in full swing for the program year. Comment.

Bronx Community College celebrates new academic building

Bronx Community College held the groundbreaking for its first new academic building since the college moved to the University Heights campus in 1973. Comment.

Klein forces insurer to abide by Timothy’s Law

In late July, both New York State Insurance Department (NYSID) and private insurer GHI informed Bronx resident Shawn Guffey that his regular visits to his psychiatrist to treat his chronic depression were no longer covered under his policy. Guffey, knew that their denial was against state law and reached out to Deputy Minority Leader and State Senator Jeffrey Klein for assistance. Comment.

Grand opening of new Touchstone Office

On Thursday, October 16, Touchstone Health Care opened a new Bronx office on 2366 Grand Concourse. This office is for the company that is expanding into the Bronx from Manhattan. It provides supplemental insurance to Medicaid recipients. Comment.

Bronx Council releases Black Book

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) announces the release of the fall 2008 Creative Bronx! Black Book – a new, updated version of the Bronx Black Book Creative Industry Directory in convenient PDF format. The Creative Bronx! Black Book is a vetted directory of quality creative business resources located in the Bronx, and is a valuable resource for anyone seeking specialized art and design services and products. The information is easy to access and it’s free. Comment.

Narragansett Avenue experiences odd thefts

A quiet residential street in the Indian Village section of Morris Park has experienced some strange thefts recently, leading neighbors to worry about something on their block that may be attracting scoundrels. Comment.

White Plains Road examines future

One of the busiest shopping strips in the central Bronx had a meeting of the minds recently, at F & J Pine Restaurant on Bronxdale Avenue, to celebrate the accomplishments of the White Plains Road Business Improvement District and plan for the rest of 2008 and 2009. Comment.

Hit ’n run blamed on Deja vu

The 49th Precinct is seeking witnesses to a traffic incident that occurred on Saturday, October 18, at 4:10 a.m., near the corner of Morris Park and Holland avenues, which area residents believe may have something to do with the unpopular nightspot, Café Déjà vu. Comment.

Mr. Bronx passes away

The entire Bronx community suffered a deep and profound loss when a man who spent his entire life making the Bronx a better place to live passed away on Monday, October 20. Comment.

M.S. 181 attends cancer walk

Two notable community resources in Co-op City helped to raise both money and awareness about the scourge of breast cancer by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Orchard Beach. Comment.

Mosholu Montefiore Holds Fair

Mathew Elias-Aponte, 4, and Mykalah Channer, 4, passed the time by working on their activity books during the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center’s annual small high school fair held on Wednesday, October 15 at Gun Hill Road and Dekalb Avenue. Parents found out more information about their children applying to high schools. Comment.

Assemblywoman Rivera joins Bronx colleges for walk against domestic violence

Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera was joined by students from Bronx Community College, Lehman College, Fordham University, Mercy College, and Hostos Community College at Mercy College for the fourth annual walk against domestic violence. “Walk With Me” is a state-wide initiative organized by Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera in which students from campuses across New York State march in silent procession to raise awareness about domestic violence. Comment.

Academics in Motion brings mentoring back to school

Student athletes and their coaches often enjoy many opportunities for mentoring due to the common interest they share in whatever athletic programs their schools offer. Comment.

Bank Note Building begins major renovations

A fixture in the Hunts Point area for the past 96-years is now undergoing a massive enhancement project that will bring back past greatness and new splendor to the massive four-building complex better known as the Bank Note Building. Comment.

Square building owner cleans property; expansion possible

After much wrangling over the fate of the back of the Foot Locker location in Westchester Square, business and community groups have finally convinced the building’s management to remove graffiti and weeds that blighted Benson Street for years. This may be the first of many changes at the location. Comment.

Calvary Hospital hosts annual Trust, Estates Conference

On Tuesday, October 7, Calvary Hospital hosted its 5th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference at the Princeton Club in New York City. The event attracted more than 200 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. A panel focused on Ethics for Breakfast: “Who is Your Client?” -- Ethical Considerations When Representing Multiple Parties in Estate Proceedings. Comment.

Simone in contract for Verizon building

A well-respected developer is currently under contract to purchase a piece of Westchester Square real estate whose new incarnation could signal a rebirth of the busy commercial area. Comment.

CB 10: Keep group home in S. Bronx

An agency planning to open a full-fledged group home in Waterbury Estates received a alternative site location from Community Board 10. Comment.

Rally held to stop project

Protesters from Ferry Point and Silver Beach to Morris Park and City Island gathered on Saturday, October 18 to protest a project they feel will have a negative impact on the greater northeast Bronx area. Comment.

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