November 19, 2008: 2008, Issue 47
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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Pelham Bay Bandits go for the title

For the 2nd straight season, the Pelham Bay Bandits have reached the championship. Losing to Rye Brook 7-6 in the finals over the summer was a good thing according to manager Dom Caggiano, “It took them five innings to realize they were in a championship game. They learned a valuable lesson because this time around their sense of urgency is right where it needs to be.” In the summer finals, with the score at 7-1, the Bandits scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Comment.

Wings and Wiggins expect to take off

The start of pre-season practices has always brought a smile to Billy Turnage’s face. Every year the same excitement flows through the body of the Wings Academy coach, the way he used to get as a player at Andrew Jackson (now Campus Magnet) in Queens. Comment.

Bronx AA boys’ basketball preview: it’s going to be a battle

Bronx AA could possibly be the city’s toughest division. Wings returns its entire lineup, and then some, Kennedy has its backcourt back, plus its biggest lineup since 2000. Lehman, led by center Armand Thomas, may be the darkhorse. And don’t forget about Gompers and Eagle Academy, two of Class A’s best a season ago that have moved up to ‘AA.’ It should be a fun year in the Boogie Down. Comment.

Bronx native signs LOI with St. John’s

Omari Lawrence made it official Thursday night. In front of family, friends and members of the media, the former St. Raymond HS and current South Kent School guard signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at St. John’s University inside the Mullally Park Recreation Center in the Bronx. Comment.

No. 24 Columbus shocks PSA powerhouse Hunter

All year, Rafaela Mascarin was a stabilizing force for the Columbus girls’ volleyball team. She was the missing piece for the Explorers when she moved to the Bronx from her native Brazil in February. Comment.

Kennedy sweeps LaGuardia

If coach Iris Bromfield had her way, her John F. Kennedy girls’ volleyball team would be more like bug spray. Comment.

AFC Rapid Soccer highlights and top players for week 9

Another weekend has past and the ghouls and goblins have left Cintron Field bringing out the soccer players. The highlights are as follows. Comment.

MLK beats Beacon for PSAL Class A city title

There would be 95 minutes of soccer left to play, a round of penalty kicks and several near misses by both sides, but the PSAL Class A city championship turned – in favor of Martin Luther King Jr. and to Beacon’s detriment – in the fifth minute. Comment.

Dominant “D” leads to Clinton rout

Ikeem Williams may have led the city in rushing yards and finished third with 15 touchdowns, but Clinton players and coaches weren’t impressed when they watched game film of the Grady senior. Comment.
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Scanlan students beautify 9-11 Memorial Grove

After a dramatic episode in which a 9/11 Memorial Grove dedicated to the Throggs Neck victims of the national tragedy was destroyed by vandals and then replaced by Parks, Monsignor Scanlan High School students have made efforts of their own to beautify the area. Comment.
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AECOM unveils new branding campaign

After more than a century of scientific and educational achievement, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in a gala unveiling at the school on Monday, November 17 has announced a bold new branding initiative aimed at raising its national and international profile. Comment.
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Afghanistan-bound soldier supplied by Beth Abe

Later this month, when Fernando Gonzalez rejoins the 69th Infantry Regiment, security forces may search his bag. Comment.
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Booming wine business buys into BankNote

Since joining The BankNote three years ago, Lars Neubohn has watched his revenue balloon 500 percent. Now Neubohn’s balloon – The Wine Cellarage company – is taking flight. Comment.
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Pelham Bay community critizes planting

While trees produce oxygen and are overall beneficial to the environment, some community residents in one corner of Pelham Bay feel that it might be more beneficial if they were not placed in open areas often used for make-up soccer games and Sunday afternoon strolling. Comment.
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Bronx Chamber salutes heroic veterans

In a salute to three great Americans and Bronxites who valiantly served their country in past and present conflicts, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce held a Veterans Recognition Luncheon at F&J Pine Restaurant at 1913 Bronxdale Avenue. Comment.
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Another accident on Ampere

In what is the third accident in four months at a busy Spencer Estate intersection, three people were taken to the hospital conscious, but with complaint of pain, during rush hour. Comment.
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Vacca, Koppell decry senior center consolidation

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s what Councilmen James Vacca and G. Oliver Koppell are telling the Mayor’s office. Comment.
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Veterans Day Memorial at Winged Victory

America’s heroes were honored on Tuesday, November 11, at the Veterans Day memorial tribute at the Winged Victory World War I monument at Pelham Bay Park. The remembrance included a prayer, singing of the national anthem and a 21-gun salute. Comment.
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New mural for Engine 89 firehouse door

A.J. Smart and his fellow firemen came up with the design, Josie Gonzalez Albright grabbed the paint and the Bronx Council on the Arts kicked in the funds. Comment.
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Gun Hill Road Circuit City store was a bust: neighbors

Circuit City, the battered national electronics retailer, is pulling out of the Bronx. According to neighboring businesses, Circuit City’s 1750 E. Gun Hill Road store was a bust. Comment.
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Klein: Cafe Deja vu should surrender liquor license

Café Déjà vu strikes again, as Senator Jeff Klein calls on them to honor the cancellation of their liquor license. Comment.
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Morris Park to play bocce at Loreto Park

Loreto Park will be bringing back an old tradition for resident to enjoy with the renovation of the worn-down bocce courts. Comment.
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Holiday lights return to Morris Park

Morris Park will be decking the halls once again as the holiday light tradition returns to the area, after its upsetting disappearance in 2007. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Korony American Legion Post 253

Around the Post Comment.
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

Our PBTCA will be held on Monday, November 17, at St. Theresa’s cafeteria, 2855 St. Theresa Avenue. Refreshments served at 7 p.m., followed by our meeting.   Our guest speakers are from the NYC Fire Dept. and will inform us on Fire Safety and Fire Prevention. You will also go home with a free smoke detector. Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

Our next membership meeting will be on November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at P.S. 14 on Bruckner Boulevard.  Our guest speaker will be Captain Demetrios Roumeliotis and P.O. Mike O’Connor of the 45th Precinct. Comment.
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Ferry Point Community Association

Tuesday, October 28: The Pelham Bay Bridge Centennial Celebration was a nice place to meet and greet people who we mainly talk with on the phone. The presence of this bridge from1908 to 2008 was celebrated by Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. and the NYC Bridge Centennial Commission at the Le’ Refuge on City Island. Although the parade during the day was cancelled due to a storm, the gathering at the Le’Refuge was a great evening. More on our website Comment.
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Hands-on Gingerbread Adventure at NYBG

In the hands-on Gingerbread Adventures program at The New York Botanical Garden, children can learn about the different plant parts used in creating the favorite holiday snack, gingerbread. From November 23, through January 11, 2009, in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, youngsters will be amazed to discover that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree, ginger is derived from an underground stem, and more. They’ll have an opportunity to grind and examine gingerbread ingredients under a microscope and develop a field notebook about their visit. Comment.
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One-woman show at Hunts Point BAAD

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance presents Elizabeth “Macha” Marrero in Retro Petro. This one-woman comedic show following the life and times of a ghetto matriach has sprung from the hyperactive, bilingual mind of Ms. Marrero who works with choreographer Arthur Aviles as her director. The shows will be presented Fridays and Sat., Nov. 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 pm. Performances are at BAAD!, 841 Barretto Street in Hunts Point. Tickets are $15 with reservations and $20 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling (718) 842-5223. Comment.
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Childhood passion kept alive at WCS’s Children’s Zoo

It is believed by many that man’s best friend is a dog, but one woman from the Bronx believes goats can do the job just as well. Comment.
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Bigger, better E. Tremont Patricia’s opens for business

On Thursday, October 30, Patricia’s Pizza & Pasta moved two blocks down East Tremont. The ten-year-old Italian restaurant’s new location boasts a private party room, a remodeled kitchen and patron parking. At 4,500 square feet, it has doubled Patricia’s capacity to 170 diners. Comment.
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Doggie pooh stench makes vacant lot a stinker

Despite laws against not picking up after your dog, a small parcel of land owned by the city in Spencer Estate has become a dumping ground for those who do not curb their four-legged friends. Comment.
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MTA workers abuse Amendola Plaza walkway

MTA workers have been using Amendola Plaza as a parking lot, and are getting away with it, because traffic enforcement is turning a blind eye towards dispensing parking justice in an equitable way. Comment.

NYC Housing Authority offers development lots

Five private firms will develop more than 1,000 units of low and moderate income housing in the south Bronx at four New York City Housing Authority sites, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced Tuesday, October 21. Comment.

Bronx caregiver is honored for saving patient’s life

A local Bronxite has recently been awarded for her services in the health care industry and dedication to patients, and one in particular whose life she saved Comment.

Foundation laid for Morris Heights Health Center complex

Excavations are nearly complete at the site of Morris Heights Health Center’s new mixed-use residential and medical facility. Harrison Circle will accommodate 40 dwelling units for low-income seniors and several clinical areas. Construction on the $45 million project began this February. Comment.

Exciting colors transcend dreary schools

A program that helps young people transcend dreary surroundings that often plague poor or inner-city youth will work on the interiors of three Bronx schools this fall, adding color to the schoolhouse and hopefully enhancing the learning experience in the process. Comment.

Merchants: Put parking meters back on strip

Merchants along Fordham Road warned the New York City Department of Transportation to restore daytime metered parking on the shopping thoroughfare Wednesday, October 29 at a Town Hall Meeting. Comment.

Television game show gets Bronx students buzzing

Quick. What’s the larger root of P in the equation P2 + 6P + 8 = 0? Which connects the kidney and bladder, the aorta or ureter? Who was Don Quixote’s faithful friend? Comment.

klein welcomes vets to annual breakfast

Senator Jeff Klein welcomed over 200 guests to his 2nd Annual Veterans’ Day Breakfast at Villa Barone Manor. Veterans and their families from throughout the 34th Senate District joined together to honor Kenneth Champlin, of the Throggs Neck Memorial Post and grand marshal of the Throggs Neck Veterans’ Day Parade, as well as three deceased servicemen. The P.S. 14, John Calandra Chorus and SUNY Maritime Color Guard were also in attendance. Comment.

Crowley receives oncology award

For his continued commitment to cancer research and care, US Oncology awarded Congressman Joseph Crowley the ‘US Oncology Cancer Care Leadership Award.’ Comment.

Crowley, Benedetto secure Zodiacs’ practice space

Until 2005, the Zodiacs fled cold weather to the crowded confines of Co-op City’s parking garage. That’s when the track team finally moved indoors. Comment.

Generous gift used to repair JMC’s rotunda

Jacobi Medical Center held its first-ever dedication ceremony Tuesday, November 11. The Bronx’s largest public hospital doesn’t often receive hefty donations. Comment.

Vacca introduces technology for P.S. 108

New computers have been presented to P.S. 108 through funding from Councilman James Vacca, giving students a more innovative approach to education. Comment.

Square, WSZIO have plans for Owen Dolen

Owen Dolen Park, the much-abused center of what a coalition of three different groups hope will be a revitalization of the commercial and residential life of Westchester Square, is now the subject of a bold, new proposal. Comment.

Fordham Road goes green and blue in recycling effort

Wilma Alonso can see one of the Bronx’s new recycling bins outside her office window. She can see shoppers hustle by. And Alonso can see Fordham Road’s future. Comment.

15 parking spots added to project

A loud and boisterous protest outside a building worksite has brought a small victory. Comment.

Man shot dead on VN’s street

A 27-year old Bronx man was gunned down Wednesday, November 5 in the vicinity of Amethyst Street and Sagamore Avenue, near the Bronx Park East elevated train station. Comment.

Final resting place

Bob Gumbs, an Army veteran and African-American, didn’t know Cornelius H. Charlton. In fact, Gumbs wasn’t aware he existed until 2004, 53 years after Charlton’s heroic death. Comment.

Loner holds victim

A wild stand-off between police and a man who barricaded himself in his Eastchester Road apartment played out on Tuesday, November 18, as hostage negotiators tried to convince him to throw down his gun and come out of the house. Comment.

Buyers to lose $42,000

When times were better, a young family put a down payment on a home in the troubled Waterbury Estates development. Now they face a financial dilemma: lose their down payment or purchase a house that is worth far less than what they are contracted to pay. Comment.

Barber’s essay nets $10G for enslaved children

In Ghana, there are children that live in slavery, Suzanne Axelbank wrote in an essay to Oriental Trading, a toy marketing company. Children sold to crook fisherman as apprentices. Children from poor families. Comment.

Clubs Gone Wild

The unwelcomed bars along Morris Park Avenue have community members in an uproar as this past weekend resulted in disturbing violence for the area. Comment.

Vacca helps tenants in Pelham Pkwy. South

A meeting in the basement of a Pelham Parkway South building with concerned tenants, building’s management, and Councilman Jimmy Vacca led to an agreement that will begin the process to remove serious violations in the building, and keep six families from becoming homeless after fire tore through their apartments recently. Comment.

Newest reality game

In what was appears to be a creative advertising piece from a realtor desperate to drum up business in a very shaky economy, a local homeowner was unnecessarily stressed when informed papers had been filed in Bronx County court to foreclose on his home. Comment.

Construction starts on first of Ferry Point Park improvements

In what will be the first phase of a two-part reconstruction of one of the borough’s most underdeveloped parks, the construction of Ferry Park Community Park near Balcom and Schley avenues, began with a ceremonial shovel of soil on Thursday, November 6. Comment.

Vacca criticizes mayor’s cancellation of rebate

Mayor Michael Bloomberg moved Wednesday, November 5 to cancel $400 property tax rebates awarded to homeowners annually. Comment.

DA’s office targets auto break-ins

Angel Perez, 51, began his night strolling down a desolate Bronx street searching for a car to break into. Comments (1).

Election Day 2008

More than 300,000 Bronxites turned out Tuesday, November 5 to elect Barack Obama President of the United States. Borough voters, 88 percent of whom picked the Illinois Senator, also rewarded a crop of local incumbents. Despite recent infighting, the Democratic Party reserved its grip on the Bronx. Comment.

Throggs Neck Holiday Lights to stretch 2 more blocks

Storeowners have taken matters into their own hands, organizing for the Throggs Neck Holiday Lights along E. Tremont Avenue. Comment.

City recognizes top Bronx Parks employees

Since 2006, the Bronx Croton Capital Team has completed 26 Parks Department projects – athletic fields, playgrounds and public showers. On Thursday, October 30, at the city’s annual Best of Parks event, Commissioner Adrian Benepe presented the team with an award. Comment.

Budget problems shorten 911 call center

Due to escalating cost and a decline in revenue for the city, a 911-call center that is planned for the Pelham Parkway area will get drastically scaled back. Comment.

Bronx Psych. polls angry residents

Neighbors of a Family Care Home on Lawton Avenue are receiving letters from a state agency that may have allowed potentially dangerous conditions to exist in a facility that brought mentally ill individuals into their neighborhood. Comment.

Saps to block sound

State DOT may finally abate a whoosing sound that many who live in private homes along the Bruckner Expressway sometimes experience, thanks to a selective planting of new saplings. Comment.

Scout holds coat drive

As the cold season approaches, one youngster took the initiative to help those in need by organizing a coat and blanket drive throughout the borough. Comment.

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