November 5, 2008: 2008, Issue 45
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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Bandits vie for title

The Pelham Bay Bandits’ playoff run began Saturday, November 1, with a 13-4 victory vs. Bobby Valentine’s Baseball Academy team in the quarter-final round. Comment.

Re-dedication of CSHS athletic field

Cardinal Spellman High School has reached a new milestone to add to its significant history in the Bronx, with the addition of a newly renovated field. Comment.

Columbus beats Bayside in Boys’ Soccer 2nd round

Columbus cashes in on opportunities, beats Bayside in boys’ soccer second round Comment.

Fordham Prep eyes title

Marco Mikolaiski couldn’t explain the feeling running through his body when he scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 3:41 left in the second half in a 1-0 victory for Fordham Prep against Regis in the CHSAA Class A intersectional semifinal at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. Comment.

preston’s jv volleyball beats spellman

The Junior Varsity Volleyball team of Preston High School defeated Cardinal Spellman High School on Sunday, October 26. After Sunday’s win, the CHSAA Bronx-Westchester league champions are now named NYA CHSAA Archdiocesan Champions as well. Comment.

Cinderella who? St. Cath’s wins CHSAA title

The players on the St. Catharine Academy girls’ volleyball team never thought they were going to lose. Not even down two sets in the CHSAA New York Archdiocesan championship match. Not even when the hopes of coming back against Cardinal Spellman looked bleak. Comment.

St. Catharine’s beats Spellman to win first title in 8 years

Alessandra Rosso was sick of all the talk. Sure, her St. Catharine Academy girls’ volleyball team started the season as an upstart, thought of as a second-class citizen to CHSAA Bronx-Westchester Division I powers Preston and Cardinal Spellman. And yes, the Crusaders had not won a league title since 2000. Comment.

Pelham Bay Bandits finish 11-2 in Fall League

The Pelham Bay Bandits clinched 1st place with a double-header sweep over the Croton baseball team on Saturday, October 25. The hometown heroes finished with a franchise best 11-2 Fall League record in the Westchester Baseball League. Comment.

Volleyball Roundup

Gina Meltzer had 12 kills and 11 digs to lead the Bronx Science girls’ volleyball team to a 25-13, 25-16 win against Columbus at home Friday evening. Comment.

Boys’ soccer roundup

Dan Chevau Brown scored all three goals, including two in the second half, for Jamaica in a 3-1 win over division-leading Beach Channel in Queens B-I. The win puts Jamaica (12-1) in position to claim the division title with a win over Campus Magnet today. Brown has 19 goals and 21 assists this season, tied for tops in the PSAL with Thomas Jefferson’s Stanley Ballantyne. Gabbi Francis and Ibrahima Keita each added an assist. Jose Baires scored in the first half for Beach Channel (12-1-1). Comment.

Pipe Dreams

It might be just me, but I think that… Comment.

31st Annual White Castle Empire Golden Art Tournament

The New York Arm Wrestling Association will present the 31st Annual White Castle Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions to be held on Thursday, November 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (North Wing/Main Concourse) at 625 8th Avenue New York, NY. 10018. Competition is open to the public and entries fees are $25 for amateurs, $35 for pros and include a free T-shirt. There are amateur and pro weight classes for men and women and contestants are asked to weigh-in and register before noon. Comment.

Sounding the horns: Fordham Prep beats back Xaverian

Pete McNamara has been coaching soccer at Fordham Prep for almost a quarter of a century and he is usually quick to rationalize game situations, positive and negative. But when the Rams dominated the first half of a CHSAA Class A intersectional quarterfinal game against Xaverian with nothing to show for it, McNamara didn’t have an answer. Comment.

Big play, defense, lead Mount to the top

Max Otano watched from the sidelines as St. Francis Prep got within a touchdown of his Mount St. Michael football team in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers, a team built on strong defense, have often found themselves on the wrong side of tight games this season due to an inconsistent offense. Comment.
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Out2Play constructs new playground for P.S. 96

The Richard Rogers School, P.S. 96, finally has the playground the school, administration and students feel they deserve. Comment.
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Pel. Pkwy. S. buildings need repair

Tenants in one large complex of art-deco style buildings on Pelham Parkway South are fed up, and they want some major repairs to take place on their homes. Comment.
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Stable’s future inabled

Plans and negotiations are underway for the space where the Pelham Parkway Stables were once located. Comment.
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Deal finalized on Korony American Legion building

Citing high maintenance costs and dwindling demand for its party room, Korony American Legion Post #253 sold its headquarters on Longstreet Avenue in a deal finalized over the summer. Comment.
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Graffiti cleanup makes Westchester Square shine

Westchester Square continues its revitalization, as New York City agencies stepped in to assist with the much-needed graffiti clean up on Wednesday, October 22 at 9 a.m. Comment.
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Lion of the Bronx budget process plans retirement

A man who has dedicated 30 years of service to three different borough presidents and was a driving force in creating the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation is retiring at the end of this month. Comment.
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Ferry Point Community Advocate

On Saturday, October 25, even though many It’s My Park Days were cancelled throughout NYC (due to the projected rain forecast), our volunteers from Monsignor Scanlan High School, led by Friends of Ferry Point Park, were willing and able to complete a successful volunteer day, rain or shine. Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

Around The Post Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

Our next PBTCA meeting will be held on Monday, November 17, at St. Theresa’s cafeteria, 2855 St. Theresa Avenue. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., followed by our meeting. Our guest speakers are members of the NYC Fire Department. They will cover fire safety and fire prevention. I heard them speak at the Waterbury La Salle Community Association meeting and came away with a lot more important information in case of a fire. I also came home with a free smoke alarm, which they will also give to everyone at our November 17 meeting. Comment.
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M.S. 71 teams up with parks to clean Vets Memorial

In an amazing display of generosity and kindness on the part of middle school students who gave of their time to make sure that a vital community resource in Throggs Neck remains clean, young people took to a neighborhood park on a special day. Comment.
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TN bank victim of 2G robbery

With sketchy details currently available as of press time, a Throggs Neck bank was the victim of a robbery attempt on Monday, October 27 at approximately 12:20 p.m. Comment.
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Vets Day Parade to proceed without artillery

Despite the likely absence of a 21-gun salute at the memorial service held at the Throggs Neck Veterans Day, parade organizers said the rest of the parade should be a blast. Comment.
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A new reward for students improves behavior

Bronx schools begin to find new and inventive ways to improve the attitude and behavior of their students to help brighten their future. Comment.
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Newlywed nabbed in killing wife’s pet dog

A man who allegedly took his frustrations out on his wife’s dog may be looking at jail time, after allegedly murdering the beagle by stabbing it in the chest and stomach, and shooting the animal with a BB gun. Comment.
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Jacobi partners with DOH, BP on HIV testing initiative

Jacobi Medical Center and the Department of Health team up to have Bronx residents beat the odds against the HIV epidemic in the borough. Comment.
Crime

Dumping Task Force seizes Bronx vehicle

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that the Department of Sanitation’s Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force seized and impounded 15 vehicles that were involved in incidents of illegal dumping during the month of September.   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. Comment.

Carrion, Palma fund colorful new library

Potluck fare and sing-a-longs marked the opening of CES 102’s bright new library space and media center Monday, October 27. Borough President Adolfo Carrion and Councilwoman Annabel Palma teamed up to fund the renovation, each contributing $150,000 of capital budget money. Comment.

Bronx tenants fight landlord

Two-dozen Bronx tenants reached a court-approved settlement last week, ensuring that their landlord will shape up…or else. Comment.

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Pelham Gardens Circuit City outlet to close

In a desperate bid to keep a struggling electronics chain alive, a Circuit City location, which opened in the Bronx a little over two months ago, will be shutting its doors soon. Comment.

Traffic flow change

Residents of Morris Park and Pelham Parkway have long been plagued with the congestion and inescapable traffic created by Pelham Parkway, but Community Board 11 hopes to fix some of that soon with new traffic controls. Comment.

Carrion, Palma fund CES 102 library

Potluck fare and sing-a-longs marked the opening of CES 102’s bright new library space and media center Monday, October 27. Borough President Adolfo Carrion and Councilwoman Annabel Palma teamed up to fund the renovation, each contributing $150,000 of capital budget money. Comment.

Monroe College celebrates 75th anniversary

Three quarters of a century ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as President of the United States, New York State repealed prohibition and Monroe College opened its doors to students. Comment.

Once a fireman, always a fireman

Dennis O’Connell of City Island was in grammar school when he caught firefighter fever. It was nearly five decades ago and O’Connell lived on E. 187th Street off Webster Avenue. He saw a new television show: “Rescue 8.” Comment.

City Island continues efforts for new bridge design

In defiance of an agency many feel are hurting their community by imposing a bridge design, City Island residents are once again expressing their frustrations with the design of the bridge that will replace the current artery accessing the mainland. Comment.

Fordham, Yeshiva agreement boosts course offerings

In a mutually beneficial deal that provides Yeshiva University students access to Fordham University’s library during the Saturday Sabbath, and Fordham’s students the opportunity to get hands on clinical experience, the presidents of the two colleges came together. Comment.

Neighbors, merchants rejoice - Foot Locker property cleaned

In what is a stunning before and after, the owner of commercial property at 35 Westchester Square has finally cleaned the rear of the store, and granted the city permission to allow various agencies to keep it that way in the future. Comment.

Yes, the Bronx tower in planning phase

Motorists, bike riders, and pedestrians may someday see a tall structure not unlike the Seattle Space Needle rising up from near the Willis Avenue Bridge, welcoming outsiders and residents to the new and exciting Bronx. Comment.

Soprano killer guilty

One of the two men charged with the murder of an off-duty police officer that interrupted a burglary in process on a quiet Pelham Bay street in December 2005 was found guilty by a Bronx jury. Comment.

Ramp it up vote

Many in Throggs Neck and Locust Point want an off-ramp on the Throgs Neck Expressway, next to the Throgs Neck Bridge toll plaza, re-opened after a redesign by the state DOT. Community Board 10 is expected to vote on the request at the next full board meeting. Comment.

Baptist Church forming a young male youth choir

Boys of the Bronx seeking an alternative to the streets have a new program as the Multi-ethnic Center for Youth, derived from the Bronx Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, is in the process of forming a young male youth choir known as BOYZ. Comment.

New Mercy College president bullish on the Bronx

With a new president taking the reins at Mercy College, students and faculty, as well as neighbors in the Hutchinson Metro Center which houses the Bronx Campus, are eager to hear about her plans for the school. Comment.

Vacca joins mayor’s term-limits extension effort

In one of the most closely watched votes in years, the New York City Council voted last week to modify a referendum allowing elected officials in New York City offices to run for only two terms. The entire Bronx delegation, with the exception Councilwoman Annabel Palma, voted to extend term limits. One surprise development was that Councilman Jimmy Vacca, who was expected to vote ‘no,’ switched his vote, siding with three-term advocates at the eleventh hour.     Comment.

Columbus Alliance honors Italian-American leaders

The Columbus Alliance paid tribute to five individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Bronx and throughout their lifetime at the annual Salute to Italian American Role Models. Comment.

Bronx pool parlor, Cue Lounge, renovated for 50th

An institution on E. Gun Hill Road is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, filling a void for families looking for group activities that all their members, young and old, can enjoy as a whole. Comment.

$40 million for Van Courtland Park overhaul

The Department of Parks and Recreation broke ground on the renovation of Van Courtland Park on Tuesday, October 21. Comment.

Waste Mgmt. launches gas project

Waste Management, Inc. announced that it plans to use its expertise as the nation’s largest developer of landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) projects to partner with private and municipal landfill owners to develop the country’s untapped landfill gas resources.  Waste Management is the first in the waste management industry to launch such a program. Comment.

Halloween Parade rescheduled for Nov. 2nd

A fun-filled day for children and residents of the Bronx will continue despite the rain cancellation of the Throggs Neck Halloween Parade. Comment.

Bx Chamber event reveals Pelham-Split Rock clubhouse

While in the past, the Bronx hasn’t known country club-style golfing this is starting to change as American Golf opened its new private party venue at Pelham-Split Rock’s clubhouse, hosting the New Bronx Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 15. Comment.

Elias Karmon’s legacy remembered

Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. and one thousand other mourners attended a funeral service for a Bronx businessman and philanthropist who left an ever-lasting mark on the Bronx when he passed away at the age of 98.  Comment.

School gun threat

On Wednesday, October 22 at approximately 2:15 p.m. police were summoned to P.S. 14 after it was reported that a male student threatened to shoot two fifth-grade girls in the cafeteria. Comment.

Fire engulfs home

A fire that had the potential for tragedy occurred last Friday night on a quiet Waterbury-LaSalle street, is being investigated by the FDNY. The property was vacant at the time and the fire did not spread to other structures. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

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Spencer Estate Civic Association

A visit from Senator Jeff Klein to our October meeting proved more than fruitful. The senator issued a call to action. It seems that the American Indian is pulling the wool over our eyes regarding the sale of cigarettes, where millions of tax dollars are not collected. The senator said he is seeking ways to divert the monies especially now that our state treasury is low. A noble endeavor, but remember Custer. Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

Around The County Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

In many ways the business district is the lifeblood of our community.  If our business district is healthy and thriving, people from our community as well as surrounding communities will be drawn here.  Of course, this will also make our residential area a more sought after place.  There are many aspects to a healthy business district.  One very important aspect is visual appeal.  Another is parking but we’ll save that for another column!  Comment.
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Throggs Neck Merchants Association

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Samueal Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Locust Point Association

Hello all!  I would like to have been able to report that Comedy Night was a great success, but unfortunately, it was cancelled due to lack of response.  Some other scheduling changes: The Adult Halloween Costume Party has also been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and will be combined with the Kid’s Party and Movie Night on Halloween.  We also rescheduled the Meet Your Neighbors Night to Saturday, November 6.  Look in your bulletin for further details or call me at (718) 792 7647. Comment.
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Throggs Neck Homeowners Association

We have another addition to our meetng on Tuesday, October 28. Captain Dimitrios Roumeliotis of the 45th Precinct will stop by to say hello and introduce himself to our members. This will be a perfect time to discuss the quality of life issues we spoke about at our last meeting.  Please join us in welcoming the captain to our meeting  and also Ellen Kolodney from DA Johnson’s office who will give us great tips on identity theft. Our meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Comment.
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

The PBTCA is happy to report that a traffic signal will soon be installed at Crosby and Roberts avenues.  Our board member, Frank Tranchese, submitted a petition with 40 pages of signatures to Councilman Jimmy Vacca.  There were many years of requests for this traffic light and we were told it would never happen.  Solid proof that when taxpaying citizens unite with our elected officials-remarkable achievements do result. Comment.
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Ferry Point Community Association

Hello all you concerned neighbors. October 13, Columbus Day, turned out to be a more productive day than we planned. The Building With Books group (which was made up of student volunteers from five borough after school programs), turned out to be 70 instead of the original 50. Comment.
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Community Board #10

Recently, Bronx Community Board 10 had received word from the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) that a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Roberts Avenue and Crosby Avenue.  This signal was among the many requests that the Board had forwarded to the DOT concerning traffic safety issues in our service area.  The signal was needed to aid school children and pedestrians in crossing this busy street. Comment.

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