December 19, 2008: 2008, Issue 51
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Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

JFK girls can’t hold off young rivals

China Crosby didn’t begin the game with a ton of faith in her younger teammates’ ability to handle adversity. She knew if the Manhattan Center girls’ basketball team was going to beat Kennedy on Friday afternoon, it would have everything to do with her and junior guard Aziza Patterson. Comment.

Wings Academy’s Baker flies under the radar

An anomaly, Baker doesn’t travel for AAU tournaments, preferring to spend his summers lifting weights and running wind sprints in stinky and stuffy gyms instead of glitzy arenas across the country. He avoids the spotlight, leaving it for teammates. He is an arduous worker, the first to arrive for practice and last to leave. Comment.

Alvarado leads All Hallows over Kennedy

Michael Alvarado made big play after big play down the stretch to try to secure All Hallows its first win of the season. Yet for just a second it appeared his efforts would not be enough. Comment.

Shorthanded St Ray’s wins

St. Raymond’s was late arriving to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday afternoon because the Ravens players shot 50 free throws apiece at their gym before making the trip across the Whitestone Bridge. Comment.

Williams keys solid second half

Tom Fraher doesn’t need to look at the tape and he didn’t go into any elaborate explanation about defensive schemes or offensive sets. The longtime Mount St. Michael basketball coach explained his team’s solid second half in a 78-55 victory against Curtis HS in the PSAL-CHSAA Challenge Sunday at Baruch College in two words. Comment.

Spencer Estate Civic Association

Our November meeting was highlighted by the reports of the intersection of Ampere Avenue and Stadium Avenue becoming a death valley unless some remedy to curb the reckless driving is not taken. The stop signs that are there are not doing the job. Comment.
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Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto delivers winter coats for the homeless

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto delivered several dozen winter coats to The Humans First Fund, a non-profit group that brings services to the homeless and less fortunate population of the city. The coats were collected from donations by the assemblyman’s constituents throughout his district. Comment.
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Barnes and Noble holiday book drive

Barnes and Noble invites its customers to celebrate the close of its Holiday Book Drive. As the drive comes to a close, they have received an outpouring number of books which have been purchased as a donation. These books will be handed out to local agencies in need. The event will be held on Friday, December 19, beginning at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 290 Baychester Avenue. Comment.
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Librarian, Twilight energize students

Mary Knopp, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula’s full-time certified high school library media specialist, does not want to see her students fall prey to the statistics that indicate a decline in reading among teenagers today. Although the primary mission of a school librarian is to support the curriculum and academic needs of students and teachers, she recognizes the equally important goal of getting teenagers to read simply for pleasure. Comment.
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Yankees’ food drive nets 35 tons of food

Yankee fans trucked 70,000 non-perishable pounds of canned foods and pasta to old Yankee Stadium Thursday, December 11. Next year, the team will stage its annual holiday food drive across the street in its new facility. Comment.
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Bronx River Art Center launches experimental exhibition: Metro Poles

West Farms is refuse. West Farms is comic strip jokes, twig scaffolding, rainbow fabric and droopy clay bowls. Comment.
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Shop ‘n’ Win a big hit at cozy Cestra’s Pizza

In a borough where pizza can be found on the corner of almost every street, one pizzeria stands out amongst the rest for its fine food and quality service. Comment.
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Vacca grant used to buy P.S. 14 hi-tech boards

It’s a whiteboard. It’s a computer monitor. It’s an Internet surfboard. Ms. Judith Baumeister’s new classroom gizmo is nothing if not versatile. Her second-graders love the Promethean board – an interactive, hi-tech teaching tool. Comment.
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Locust Point Civic Association

Seasons greetings everyone. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

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Community Board #10

By Kenneth Kearns Comment.
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Ferry Point Civic Association

We have become aware of an influx of domesticated animals. It has come to our attention that individuals are dumping their unwanted pets in the Ferry Point area. We understand that in some cases, due to the economic crisis, pets are an added expense that just cannot be afforded at this time. We are noticing mostly domesticated cats roaming our streets. Comment.
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Ferry Point Community Association

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all! Comment.
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

Our next PBTCA meeting will be on Monday, December 15, at St. Theresa’s cafeteria. We will not have meetings during January and February 2009, due to possible cold and inclement weather.  So come and join us for our December Christmas meeting. Our guests will be the Carotenuto family.  Refreshments at 7 p.m. followed by our Christmas holiday meeting. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 253

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Korony American Legion Post 253

Around The Post Comment.
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Throggs Neck Homeowners Association

The executive board and members of the association wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Janet Koys, our membership chairman, on the passing of her mother recently. Janet has been a mainstay of our executive committee for a very long time and our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family at this time so they may find peace at this difficult time. Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

Opps! There was an error in last week’s column.  Our Christmas Tree Lighting is on December 14 as was reported in all previous columns.  We will begin to gather at 4:30 p.m. at Sampson Schneider Park across from the Lutheran Church on Baisley and Hollywood Avenues.  Comment.
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Throggs Neck Merchants Association

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Lehman College chorus presents concert

On Sunday, November 7, Lehman College and the 150-member Community Chorus performed their free Winter Concert in the Lehman College Performing Arts Center. The show was directed by Lehman Professor Diana Mittler-Battipaglia and accompanied by the Lehman Symphony Orchestra. Comment.
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Organ showcase

Showcasing one of the oldest working organs in the country, Dr. Jan Piett Knijff performs classical music and holiday favorites, in a special concert, at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, in Mt. Vernon, NY, on Sun., December 21, at 2 pm. Dr. Knijff, the St. Paul’s concert organist in residence, will be accompanied by soprano in the recital on the 1833 Erben pipe organ. At 1 pm, storyteller and author Stephanie Mita shares seasonal tales and legends. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Comment.
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City Island Nautical Museum goes back into commission

When the façade and entranceway for the City Island Nautical Museum caught fire in a suspicious blaze in 2007, those in charge of the more than 40-year-old society vowed to rebuild. Now, the City Island Historical Society’s Nautical Museum has been brought back into commission. Comment.

City Islanders protest planned firehouse cuts

The FDNY’s plan to shutter City Island’s Ladder Company 53 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. beginning January 17 has the community up in arms over what they feel will be diminished safety possibly endangering lives during the nighttime hours. Comment.

25 years of making hungry people happy

According to Tony Candela, Bronxites appreciate good food. More than Manhattanites. More than Brooklynites. Comment.

Security company ‘played her like a fool’

In what has become something of a trend over the past few months, another senior who was sold a security system by a Utah-based company is complaining about the sales practices and installation of the home protection device. Comment.

Perfect setting for the perfect Yule time tree

When Anthony’s Flower Farm moved to the former site of the 99-year-old Meskers Flowers at 3240 E. Tremont Avenue two years ago, its owner vowed to turn the large open space behind the building into a vibrant part of the business during the holidays. Comment.

Arrested for false alarms

Though many in New York City are upset over recent budget cuts, one individual is being charged with using a potentially dangerous outlet to display his opposition. Comment.

Vision remains as Metro Optics enters 30th year

In December 1978, Michael Ungaro opened Parkchester’s Metro Optics. Fresh from optometry school at City Tech – then New York City Community College – and a number of jobs around the Bronx, the Vietnam War veteran coined Metro Optics’ motto: ‘At Metro, we care.’ Comment.

Sen. Klein slams ‘sub-prime scrooges’

New York City lenders foreclosed on more than 250 homes last month, down from October. But experts are attributing the drop to Albany’s 90-day foreclosure freeze. Comment.

Capital project promises classroom walls

Built in the mid-1970s during the apex of educational experimentation all across the country, the classrooms for grades four through six in P.S. 175 followed the “open classroom” model of a big open space housing multiple grades, in vogue at that time. Comment.

Westchester Square Medical Center loses savior

With the economy slowing and news that the borough and the country are in a recession, a proposal to save Westchester Square Medical Center by merging it with New York Presbyterian Hospital to reduce beds has fallen through, possibly endangering the long-term viability of the hospital. Comment.

Fight to keep senior centers open

As the threat to close down senior centers increases, Councilman James Vacca is doing all he can to keep these essential locations open for those who rely on them. Comment.

Carrion set to accept Obama post

According to published reports circulating in the New York media, Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. will likely be tapped to head President-elect Barak Obama’s newly created White House Office of Urban Policy. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Girls’ basketball round-up

Starasia Lawley recorded a double-double, but it certainly wasn’t of the pedestrian variety. The sophomore poured in 25 points, grabbed 25 rebounds and dished out five assists for August Martin in a 48-38 victory over James Madison Friday in Brooklyn/Queens AA girls’ basketball crossover. Latoya Griffith had six points and seven rebounds and Krystina Agard added seven rebounds and five assists to go along with four points for August Martin. James Madison is 0-3. Comment.

Aquilar has dream debut for Mt. St. Michael versus Salesian

For Pete Aguilar, Monday afternoon was a day four years in the making. Ever since he enrolled in Mount St. Michael junior high, the sophomore guard from the Bronx has been waiting to make his varsity basketball debut with the Mountaineers. Comment.

Kennedy remembers ‘Pop’

There were too many kind stories to recount or selfless gestures to recreate. Perhaps the best way to sum up the afternoon at John F. Kennedy HS in the Bronx to remember former student and basketball player Andre (Pop) Davidson was silence. Comment.

Balanced attack leads Kennedy past Truman

Before the opening tip-off of John F. Kennedy’s PSAL home opener, emotions were already running high. But it had little to do with a basketball game. Comment.

Williams dominates All Hallows

Four years ago, Willie Williams was trying to figure out where he would fit among the CHSAA-bound Bronx guards. Tyreak Johnson was going to St. Raymond’s and Rashawn Storch was planning on attending All Hallows. Comment.
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Klein works magic: makes soggy water bill disappear

When Carmen Oquendo opened her $28,000 water bill, the Throggs Neck 67-year old panicked. Comment.
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School choir performs during stamp release

The U.S. Postal Service issued the 42-cent Christmas and holiday stamps at the 2008 Fall Postage Stamp Mega Event at Madison Square in late October and Preston High School’s Gospel Choir provided music for the celebration. After being asked to perform last year by Dr. Katherine Tobin, a member of the post office’s governing board and former Preston Board member, the choir was invited back and sang both traditional holiday music and gospel hymns. Dr. Peggy Morton is the choir’s faculty advisor and Senior Ebony Pulley serves as the group director. Comment.
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La Strada brings NYC-style food, service to Bronx

One restaurant in the Bronx entering into its second year of service continues bringing fine Italian cuisine to neighborhood. Comment.

A beacon for immigrants, turns 100 years old

First and second generation immigrants founded St. Brendan’s. So it was fitting October 26 when Spanish, Tagalog and Albanian hymns carried the Norwood church into its 101st year. Comment.

Holiday spirits lifted at st. barnabus

On Wednesday, December 3, St. Barnabus Hospital held a tree lighting ceremony with Councilman Joel Rivera, Ivine Galarza, district manager of Community Board 6. The event included bagpipers from the DSNY Emerald Society and carols sung in English and Spanish by P.S. 59. Comment.

Knicks’ Starks, Cong. Crowley push literacy

Sharrod Gorum loves to read chapter books, poetry and Harry Potter. He’s an honor roll fifth grader at Coop City’s P.S. 178. Comment.

BID awaits money

Southern Boulevard started its Business Improvement District nearly a year ago. At least, that’s when Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the organization into effect. But BIDs need money to run and the Southern Boulevard BID remains penniless. Comment.

Student designs Christmas ornament

Preston High School 12th grade art student, Carlene Gonzalez, was selected by Congressman Joseph Crowley’s office to design an ornament for the White House Christmas tree for this holiday season. Comment.

Naomi Rivera brings a Bronx Christmas

Brightening the holiday season for children throughout her district, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera hosted the second annual ‘Christmas in the Bronx.’ Comment.

Restaurant-rich Belmont becomes Bronx’ newest BID

Mayor Bloomberg created a new Business Improvement District on Monday, December 1. The Belmont BID, squeezed between Lorillard Place and Southern Boulevard south of E. Fordham Road to E. 183rd Street, will begin work next year. Comment.

4-way sign installed at last

After what seemed like a lighting-quick decision, a four way stop sign was finally installed at the most accident-prone intersection in Spencer Estate. Comment.

Bronx tenants prevail in Hunts Point

Tenants of the Bronx recently prevailed after their long struggle against unsafe and unlivable housing conditions. Comment.

Bronx stores stock many toxic toys

This holiday season, Bronx moms and dads will sweep through Toys ‘R’ Us, Marshalls and Target in search of bargains. After all, the borough and nation are in recession. Comment.

Bank Robber Nabbed

Bronx police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for at least 10 bank robberies, Captain Dimitrios Roumeliotis of the 45th Police Precinct announced Thursday, December 4. Comment.

NYPD demands civilian patrols remove insignia

Members of civilian patrols are outraged after being asked to remove or alter their current car door insignia, which is believed by the New York Police Department to be too similar to their own, causing confusion and problems in the community. Comment.

Freedomland’s Canadian is alive and floating

If you cruised around Freedomland U.S.A.’s “Great Lakes” in the early 1960s, listen up. The Canadian floats again. Comment.

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