December 5, 2008: 2008, Issue 49
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Friday, Dec. 5, 2008

All-City boys’ soccer honors

It was an outstanding year for New York City boys’ soccer. Two teams – Beacon and Martin Luther King Jr. – were ranked nationally at points and Archbishop Molloy completed an incredible run to win its 12th CHSAA Class A intersectional championship. Comment.

Young Ravens will learn on the fly

The all-time leading scorer in school history is at West Virginia, seniors Omari Lawrence and Kevin Parrom transferred out and Tyreke Johnson is the lone returning starter on a very young St. Raymond’s basketball team. Comment.

Fordham Prep bowls over Xavier in Turkey Bowl

All the talk leading up to the 85th annual Turkey Bowl between Fordham Prep and Xavier was about a special running back named Seamus Kelly. The Rams were trying to figure out how to do what no other team could do this year: stop the bruising back from Breezy Point. Comment.

Garden of dreams for Fordham Prep skaters

Stephen Imbasciani managed to do something his idol Scott Gomez and the New York Rangers couldn’t do on Sunday – score and win at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Hayes beats Mount in Turkey Bowl

Twenty-eight years of frustration was being let out all around him, Cardinal Hayes players and coaches and fans and alumni dancing and jumping and screaming and posing all at once. Comment.
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St. Raymond’s principal a popular role model

Brother Andrew O’Gara, the longtime principal of St. Raymond’s Boys High School in the 1960s and 1970s, passed away recently, kicking off a remembrance of the man so many young men in the area looked up as a role model. Comment.
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Show of merchant pride

After a drought of inactivity among merchants and professionals in Westchester Square left the area devoid of leadership and essential city services, the newly reconstituted group is coming together urging holiday shoppers to support those stores that support the community. Comment.
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49th institutes etching program for cell phones

As the Bronx enters the holiday season and technological devices become more common, theft is on the rise, but the New York Police Department is coming up with new ways to mitigate this threat. Comment.
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Creative Image shears Locks of Love

Creative Image hair salon used the store as an outlet to give to children in need by hosting their 2nd annual Locks of Love day. Comment.
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CB 10 to DOT: Make Ferry Pt. streets one way

Residents of two short blocks in the Ferry Point community have wanted their streets to run one-way for years prevent 18-wheelers from cutting through their quiet residential street. Comment.
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Klein donates turkeys to local senior centers

Senior centers throughout the Bronx have been given generous turkey donations by Senator Jeff Klein to help families during these troubling times as Thanksgiving approaches. Comment.
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All Hallows a top 50 school

All Hallows high school has been evaluated and once again exceeded average standards and has been named one of the top 50 Catholic High Schools in the country. Comment.
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Gingerbread Adventure at the 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, 2008, 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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Stories of Survival

The Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, the contemporary art center of the Bronx Council on the Arts, presents Evolving: Stories of Survival and Resistance, an exhibition of works by some of the 2007 and 2008 recipients of Longwood’s Digital Matrix Commissions Program. Comment.
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WCS designated key supporter of gorillas

The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is designated as a key supporter of the world-wide Year of the Gorilla campaign, which was launched here today at the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS). Comment.

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

CB 7 completes emergency response training

In case of an emergency, it is essential people have the proper training and ability to handle an unexpected or dangerous emergency, the Community Emergency Response Team Program offers these valuable skills. Comment.

Project helps treat MICA youth

The Bronx now offers a free after school support program to help assist adolescents suffering from substance abuse and mental illnesses. Comment.

Turkey giveaway at New Era

Veterans and community members in need of help this holiday season were able to come to a fabulous resource in Soundview where they were given free turkeys and related accessories. Comment.

Intersection ticketing introduced

Bronxites already feeling the pressure of overpopulated roadways and traffic jams have an additional cause for concern with a new initiative for intersection ticketing. Comment.

The Bronx has lots to offer this holiday season

During these difficult economic times, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces fun-filled events that are free to low-cost for Bronxites, New Yorkers, and tourists to enjoy, while keeping the holiday spirit alive. Comment.

Class-A designation

Upon completion of a $25-million renovation, the 405,000-square-foot BankNote building will become the first Class-A office and retail building in Hunts Point, Bronx. Comment.

New restaurant features Latin American cuisine

A new dining establishment has opened in the Bronx, bring back the old tradition of family meals in a serene environment. Comment.

Cosmo’s Comics celebrates with Shop n’ Win promo

One still-thriving comic book store specializing in baseball and sports cards for almost two decades is celebrating this holiday season with a special offer through the Community Newspaper Group. Comment.

Graffiti vandals revisit recently-cleaned site

Graffiti is a point of irritation for some merchants and residents in Westchester Square. They say the spray-paint shouts “bad neighborhood” to passing straphangers and borough shoppers. Comment.

Rotary Club trucks turkeys to blind kids

For the fourth time since 2004, a turkey train stopped at Pelham Parkway and the New York Institute for Special Education’s Schermerhorn program. Comment.

Ferry Point Golf Course plans back on track

As a holiday treat it was announced that the Ferry Point Golf Course seems to be progressing into a world-class 18-hole green as promised. Comment.

CI leaders to combat drugs

A flamboyant new leader of the City Island Civic Association is taking the helm, and he has vowed to fight a drug trade including heroin arising among young people living in the community with the help of retired members of the NYPD he calls “the greatest crime fighters New York City has ever produced,” – and yes, you have it in writing. Comment.

Building Blocks for Bronx’ resurgence

Home to a development deluge and prepped for more, the Bronx is booming. Comment.

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge approach upgrade

With the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge set to turn 70 next year, the MTA has announced that it has awarded a $192.8 million contract to rebuild the entire Bronx approach to the bridge. Residents in the Ferry Point community wondered what impact, if any, this would have on the neighborhood. Comment.

Pols Blast MTA

Proposed service cuts to the Bx 14, Bx 4, Bx 8, and BxM7B have local elected officials up in arms, demanding that the MTA’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall not be corrected by socking it to the most needy or deserving people who use mass transit. Comment.

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