March 19, 2009: 2009, Issue 12
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hutchinson’s big fourth quarter carries Douglass Academy

Entering the fourth quarter, Umojah Hutchinson stood out only because of his thick, long dreadlocks that nearly hang to his waist. He was scoreless, just one of nine others on the court. Comment.

Spellman hockey caps undefeated season

As is the case with the other sports at Cardinal Spellman, a banner hangs in the gymnasium of the Bronx school for the hockey team. On Monday night, the Crusaders made sure a year could finally be placed on it. Comment.

All Hallows earns respect in loss

It seemed everything was stacked against All Hallows on Wednesday – the Gaels had lost twice to Rice during the regular season, both lopsided results and Rice was a heavy favorite to advance to Sunday’s CHSAA Class AA intersectional final. Comment.

Doomed by slow start

Ryan Ramraj put the blame on himself. Comment.

Fieldston’s season ends in Long Island

Early foul trouble and hot shooting by Long Island Lutheran finally put an end to a fantastic year for Fieldston. Comment.

JFK heads back to the Garden

As soon as Corwin Austin’s desperation 3-point shot thudded off the backboard, bounced off the rim and landed harmlessly on the floor, the celebration began. Comment.

All Hallows advances in CHSAA Class  AA match

At the start of the basketball season, All Hallows was an afterthought. The preseason favorites were Rice and Christ the King, with Bishop Loughlin a close third. Comment.

Williams, Mount can’t overcome Iona Prep

Will Williams emerged from the locker room, sat on the first row of the bleachers at Holy Cross HS and came to grips with the reality that his high-school basketball career had just ended. Comment.

St. Frances de Chantal wins JV Bronx CYO

The St. Frances de Chantal JV Girls’ Basketball Team won the 2008-2009 CYO County Championship. They will go to the Downstate Finals on Saturday, March 14. Coaches are Chris Todino, Jack Giannini, and Kevin Donovan. Comment.

Sloppy first half dooms St. Raymond’s

There were enough squandered fourth-quarter chances to steal a win against Bishop Loughlin in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional quarterfinals to give Oliver Antigua insomnia. Comment.

Shot bounces out and Kennedy survives MSIT

Jeffrey Arzu’s high-school career flashed before his eyes. He stood completely still, just inside of the 3-point line, watching as Lowell Ulmer’s shot headed for the rim. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Diaz, Jr. outlines borough plan during breakfast

Now that Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. is headed to Washington D.C. to serve as President Obama’s point-man on urban affairs, one of the contenders to fill his place is wasting no time outlining his plans for the borough. Comment.
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Residents tired of Van Nest Park neglect

After a long time of neglect, the residents of Van Nest are demanding their park receive attention. Comment.
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Cancer treatment studied

Women with certain gene variations appear to be protected against cervical cancer, according to a study led by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and reported in Clinical Cancer Research. Knowing whether or not women have these genetic variants could help physicians to better tailor treatment strategies. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Local store fights teen drinking

The Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP) is spotlightighting all Throggs Neck businesses that work to prevent underage drinking. Albana Discount Grocery has gained a reputation in Throggs Neck for being very proactive in the fight against youth drinking. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

City Islanders scoff at form-letter response

City Island residents who have e-mailed the NYC fire commissioner to protest the impact of closing the island’s Ladder Company 53 are receiving a form-letter response that fails to address their specific concerns. Comment.
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Egan, Klein call for return of school funds

Edward Cardinal Egan, Senator Jeff Klein, and other elected officials and religious leaders from around the state met at Our Lady of Assumption School on Friday, March 13. The group, backed by parents and students, called on state leaders to reinstate the Mandated Services Reimbursement program funding for private schools. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Klein awards 49th Cops of the Month

For their courageous service and efforts to the community, Officers Yvette Rivera and Harry Pakiakis were awarded ‘Cops of the Month’ at the Tuesday, February 24, 49th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

NIDC demands Unionport Road building cleanup

The Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation has launched a campaign to cleanup the excessive violations – including bed-bug infestation and lack of heat – at three buildings on Unionport Road. Comment.
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Walgreens continues renovation of former supermarket

Controversy erupted at the corner of Eastchester Road and Mace Avenue last spring when neighbors caught wind of Applebaum Realty’s plans to replace supermarket Met Foods with chain drugstore Walgreens. Comment.
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Councilman Vacca declares war on deadbeat developers

Councilman James Vacca has declared war on “deadbeat” developers, including the erstwhile landlord of 3030 Middletown Road, Vacca said. Comment.
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Strolling coyotes spotted in Pel Bay Park

Beginning the day bird watching, one native Bronxite ran into a big surprise when he spotted two coyotes strolling through Pelham Bay Park. Comment.
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Villa Maria plans Breakfast of Champions

An athletic awards ceremony growing bigger every year at a local K-8 school is now celebrating physical fitness with its 21st annual Breakfast of Champions, featuring a home-cooked meals by some of the area’s best caterers on Saturday, March 14. Comment.
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Simone Development inks Westchester Square Verizon deal

Simone Development continues its vigorous acquisition of Bronx commercial real estate with the purchase of the former Verizon Building in Westchester Square, and plans to completely remodel the building. Comment.
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Sidewalk placement lures vandals

The construction of the Pepsi bottling plant between Brush Avenue and the Hutchinson River Parkway service road near Ferry Point Park includes a new sidewalk that some residents feel will encourage graffiti.. Comment.
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Lehman Center hosts Russian National Ballet Theatre; spring egg hunt

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, known for presenting the world class dance, brings the Russian National Ballet Theatre in a fully-staged production of the timeless classic fairytale Cinderella on Sun., Mar. 22, at 4 pm. The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall is located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard W. on the campus of Lehman. Tickets are affordably priced at $35, $30, $25 & $20 with tickets for children 12 and under at only $10 for any seat. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

ECO Recycling Art Collage workshop at Huntington Library

The Bronx Council on the Arts and the Huntington Free Library present a free ECO Art Creative Recycling Art Collage workshop on Saturday, March 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Huntington Free Library at 9 Westchester Square (next to the Apple Savings Bank). The workshop is open to the public and all are welcome. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Mystic Seaport Art Collection at the Bruce Museum.

Join Preston High School for an exciting interactive Murder Mystery show, Let’s Kill the Boss, on Sat., Mar. 28 at 7 pm. This dinner theater production will be put on by Mystery Café, the nation’s largest producer of Interactive Murder Mystery Theater. Tickets are $50 and include an Italian buffet and complimentary soda or wine. Additional cash bar, raffle opportunities and table reservations are available. For tickets call (718) 863-9134, ext. 143. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Bronx gospel group hits the Keyes

A new gospel-themed band comprised of Bronx teenagers has inked a deal with a major record label and is even writing songs for, and singing on, Grammy-winner Alicia Keyes’ new album. Comment.

Knickerbocker tenants report building flaws

Tenants at a handful of Bronx apartment buildings managed by Knickerbocker LLC thought they were moving on up. Now some wish they were moving on out. Comment.

Bronx sluggers storm DR

A baseball team loaded with Bronx talent won seven straight games to capture a World Series championship in the Dominican Republic last month. Comment.

First Lady Paterson visits MMCC’s B’NFit program

Governor David Paterson’s wife Michelle visited the B’N Fit program at Mosholu-Montefiore’s Childhood Development Center to speak to doctors and raise awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic that has hit the Bronx hard. Comment.

Yankee Leadership awardee a muralist, designer, producer

Charles Bell, 17, is a mother’s dream. Energetic, respectful, hard working and artistic. Comment.

Boost Mobile delivers the goods

With the overcrowding and budget cuts facing Bronx school, resources are scarce, but Boost Mobile came to the rescue of P.S. 47, delivering supplies to meet the students’ needs. Comment.

Robin Hood Library is dedicated

After $2 million of reconstruction, and three-years of waiting, the students of P.S. 47 at 1794 E. 172 Street in Soundview will finally have a place to kick back and enjoy a good book. Comment.

Bronxites can tour courts at the Bronx Hall of Justice

State Supreme Court officials are looking to increase knowledge of the judicial process by encouraging residents to take advantage of court tours and the community outreach program. Comment.

21st Annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade to honor the media

The 21st Annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 17, at noon by conferring Special Honors on print and television reporters Irv Gikovsky of WPIX, Audrey Puente of WWOR (Channel 9), Darlene Rodriguez of WNBC TV, and Jorge Ramos of Telemundo Channel 47, and a special honor to Rossana Rosado, publisher of El Diario-La Prensa for her pioneer, trail blazing spirit. Comment.

Overzealous traffic cops are the bane of Belmont

What’d you call an $85 cannoli? A parking ticket on Arthur Avenue. According to Jerome Raguso, overzealous parking cops are the bane of Little Italy. Comment.

IDA eyes Kingsbridge Armory’s tax breaks

Comptroller William Thompson Jr. and Council majority leader Joel Rivera joined members of the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance at City Hall on Thursday, March 5 to protest Related Companies’ request for $17.8 million in tax breaks. Community Board 7 stood behind the exemptions. Comment.

DHS rejects Valentine shelter

The city’s Department of Homeless Services will not establish a stand-alone family shelter at 2903 Valentine Avenue, agency spokeswoman Linda Bazurjian said. Comment.

All-weather tennis courts proposed for Crotona Park

Crotona Park could acquire an all-weather tennis shelter in 2010. The news has enthusiasts young and old bubbling. Comment.

MTA calls for shutdown of Barretto shuttle

The MTA giveth and the MTA taketh away. One year after granting parched Bronxites a shuttle bus to Barretto Point Park’s floating pool, transit bigwigs are threatening to eliminate the route. Comment.

Remembering tragic Highbridge fire

Before a ghastly fire claimed the lives of ten Malian immigrants – nine children – the Bronx paid its burgeoning West African population little mind. Comment.

Crowley applauds passage of house-saving legislation

Congressman Joseph Crowley applauded the passage of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act (H.R. 1106) to stabilize the housing market and help struggling homeowners. Once enacted, thousands of responsible homeowners in Queens and the Bronx would be able to secure more affordable mortgages and keep their homes. The bill is estimated to reduce foreclosures by 20% nationwide and passed by a vote of 234 to 191. Comment.

Jacobi Medical’s oral team corrects Afghan’s condition

As a result of a childhood fall from a bridge in her native Kabul, Afghanistan, 16-year-old Wahida Sher-Agha has spent half of her life unable to smile, laugh or eat solid foods without pain. With the bones in her jaw nearly welded shut and after attempts by Afghani doctors to correct the condition proved unsuccessful, Wahida was left with little hope for the future. Comment.

En Foco: Mexico exposed

Morris Park’s En Foco surfaced in the south Bronx on Wednesday, March 4. The non-profit photo group held a reception for Mi Sangre – Portraits by Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez at the Pregones Theater. Comment.

Cultural dollars restored

In what is seen as a victory over deep mid-year budget cuts, state funding for the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, and Wave Hill has been restored for the remainder of fiscal year 2009. Comment.

AECOM professor accepts annual prize for research

Nancy Carrasco, M.D., a leading authority on the iodide-concentrating transport system of the thyroid and other tissues, has received the third annual Marshall S. Horwitz, M.D. Faculty Prize for Research Excellence during a special ceremony at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Comment.
Arts

Orchids grow at the New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden unveiled its new exhibit, The Orchid Show: Brazilian Modern on Friday, February 27. Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who has drawn on his years of learning from his mentor, architect and artist Roberto Burle Marx, designs this year’s exhibition. The ceramic mosaics compliment the orchid chandeliers, living orchid walls and epiphytic sculptures. Comment.
Arts

Belmont goes boutique

Every weekend, Belmont-born suburbanites pour down Arthur Avenue to shop, chow and reminisce. The neighborhood, a vibrant Italian-American enclave, is a full-blown tourist destination. Comment.

Little league ejected

An undeveloped piece of land on the Bronx Psychiatric Center’s grounds that has been used by area little leagues for the past 40 years is slated for the housing of mentally impaired individuals. Comment.

Pelham Parkway schools are overflowing

The Pelham Parkway community is seeking relief from the overcrowding burdening its elementary school. Comment.

Owen-Dolen makeover

The Department of Parks and Recreation Bronx Commissioner Hector Aponte, Councilman Jimmy Vacca and the Association of Merchants and Professionals of Westchester Square met to discuss plans for the renovation of Owen-Dolen Park and Recreation Center, set to begin in April. Comment.

New Red Hats group forms in Pelham Bay

A new group of a special organization for mature ladies has formed, promising to add yet another Red Hat chapter to our area. Comment.

Ex-NY Giant charms OLA 7th, 8th graders

The Washington Redskins cut Chris Godfrey. So did the New York Jets. And the Green Bay Packers. Godfrey, a star defensive lineman for the University of Michigan, nearly quit football. Comment.

Ferry Pt., Pel. Bay parks’ comfort stations funded

No more sneaking into the woods. No more dirty diapers. No more mess. A year from now, Ferry Point Park and Pelham Bay Park will boast new restrooms. Comment.

Bronx Flavor contends for New York Emmy

A local show that explores hole-in-the-wall Bronx eateries with a flamboyant, rambunctious host is up for a New York-area Emmy Award for cinematography. Comment.

Saturday Italiano, tomorrow the world

Priscilla Mbimadong strolled from her Parkchester home to St. Benedict’s School on the morning of Saturday, March 7. No lazy weekend for Mbimadong. No pancakes. No cartoons. Mbimadong, a ten-year old P.S. 14 fifth grader, prefers Italian. Comment.

VMA holds annual Breakfast of Champs

Students and their families packed into the Visitation Center at Villa Maria Academy on Friday, March 13 for the 21st annual Breakfast of Champions. Comment.

Mayor favors cuts to community boards

Mayor Michael Bloomberg favors “across the board” cuts – a cross Bronx community boards may have to bear. Comment.

Westchester Square Medical Center merger talks

St. Barnabas Hospital is in merger talks with Westchester Square Medical Center. Comment.

Merchants search for an angle an angle

Merchants and residents in Pelham Bay met with representatives from Councilman Jimmy Vacca’s office and Community Board 10 on Tuesday, March 10 to discuss the future of curbside parking in their neighborhood. Comment.

Headache on E. 134th Street

With construction on the Willis Avenue Bridge periodically closing auto access to their street, and unfinished curb work hampering parking, residents and businesses along a stretch of East 134th Street are crying foul. Comment.

Morris Park pub again a menace

A recent change in management at MP Pub has residents fearful the nightmare will return. Comment.

45th Pct. fights auto theft rise

With auto theft on the rise in all parts of the 45th Precinct, the Police Department is again calling on the community to participate in the different, free decal programs available to combat auto theft. Comment.

St. Frances choir introduces new music director

With a new music director straight one of eastern Europe’s most prestigious musical academies, St. Frances de Chantal’s seventh season concert series promises to be even more in tune as they prepare for a Concert of Italian & Irish music at the church on Sunday, March 22. Comment.

Indie drug stores hang on

Twelve independent Bronx drug stores met their demise in 2008, according to a congressional study published last month. There are now 654 chain drug stores in New York City, up from 165 in 1990. Are neighborhood drug stores in trouble? Comment.

Foul language removed from wall

Washington Mutual has finally cleaned up its act, removing the obscene language painted on the building by vandals. Comment.

Merchants see the future

The newly formed Bronx Merchant Coalition held their first meeting on Wednesday, March 4, sharing ideas and visions for the future. Comment.

New fiber optic cable branches out in the Bronx

Verizon FiOS is spreading through the Bronx, offering an advance fiber optics network, with 100-high definition channels and triple play service, including FiOS TV, broadband Internet reaching speeds up to 50 megabits per second and telephone service. Comment.

Clean streets for St. Patty’s Parade

In an effort to make the 2009 Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade sparkle on Sunday, March 15, Senator Jeff Klein is providing a thorough street-sweeping and graffiti removal along the route before the marchers line up. Klein also donated $5,000 for the festivities this year. Comment.

Bx Chamber hosts women’s lunch, Mar. 27

As part of its commemoration of Women’s History Month, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 27, at Marina del Rey, One Marina Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mistress of ceremonies is Mary Calvi, of CBS2 News, and the keynote speaker is E. Gail Suchman, special counsel, Environment and Climate Change, Stroock Stroock & Lavan LLP, adjunct professor, Columbia University Law School senior legal advisor, Urban Design Lab, Columbia University. Comment.

Limited seating at P.S. 71

Beatriz Ayala loves P.S. 71, loves it so much she’s willing to endure overcrowding. The school’s 1,650 students occupy a building built for 950. P.S. 71 recently added a middle school academy. Comment.

Diaz, Jr. seeks BP position

Surrounded by a sea of supporters chanting his name on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall, Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. officially announced his candidacy for the office of Bronx Borough President in the special election on Tuesday, April 21. Comment.

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