April 2, 2009: 2009, Issue 14
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fordham U. baseball team has mix of vets, newcomers

The Fordham University baseball team was picked ninth by the Atlantic 10’s coaches in its preseason poll. Comment.


The preparation for the 2009 baseball season for Mark Ycaza began in the sullen Cardinal Hayes locker room at the conclusion of the disappointing 2008 season. Comment.


If the adage holds true, it could be a great year for the Fordham Prep baseball team. Comment.

Truman senior stands out at PSAL showcase

Kaydine Bent might not have even started playing basketball if not for some discouraging words from a coach. Comment.

Jenny from the block

It was hard to tell from her first high-school game just how good Jennifer O’Neill was going to be. Comment.
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Owner set to build

The area of White Plains Road, destroyed by a devastating three-alarm fire last year, is preparing to break ground for construction this week. Comment.
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A good ‘tude lands a job

By Mariana Ayerbe Comment.
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A-N-M Beauty wins battle to remain open

After the almost certain eviction of A-N-M Beauty Supply & Variety Store, the popular East Tremont store will continue to service Throggs Neck until 2011. Comment.
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Bronx River Arts Center offers classes

The Bronx River Art Center, located at 1087 East Tremont Avenue, announces its 2009 Spring session of free art classes for youth, teens and young adults ages 9 to 21. Youth Classes are held Mon. to Fri., 4 to 6 pm and Sat., 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Comment.
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TN’er hits home run building new Yankee Stadium

As a lifelong Yankees fan, Joe Byrne has always looked forward to Opening Day in the Bronx, having attended the last 25 straight home openers, and several others before that. Comment.
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Burglars target Asian-owned businesses

A rash of nighttime burglaries in the 45th Precinct may be targeting Asian-owned businesses. Comment.

Vacca cuts ribbon on Columbus Campus Library

Improving the lives and learning environment for students, Christopher Columbus Educational Campus has recently completed renovations thanks to funds secured by Councilman Jimmy Vacca. Comment.

CB 11 fights ban on block street fairs

by amanda marinaccio Comment.

Annual South Bronx Earth Fest set

A group of local businesses, community organizations and environmental groups today announced plans for the second annual GetGreen: South Bronx Earth Fest, to take place on Saturday, April 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park, on St. Ann’s Avenue and 146th Street. This free festival will celebrate the environment and the culture of the South Bronx with an afternoon full of family activities, entertainment and education. Comment.

First-class office tower, Fordham Place, now leasing

Acadia Realty and PA Associates are working to fill their new office tower at Fordham Road and Webster Avenue. Comment.

Bus Co. wants to grow

On Zerega Avenue, Michael LaVallie is building. Building a sumptuous garage. Building a mini-bus business. Building a sculpture pond. Across Zerega, a city-owned field is rotting. Beer bottles litter the land, and squatters’ shacks. LaVallie wants to lease the field and expand. The MTA has offered GVC II an additional 100-200 Access-a-Ride vehicles, he said. Comment.

Belmont council honors former executive director

While continuing a mission to serve residents of the Bronx, members of the Council of Belmont Organization, Inc., located 630 E. 187th Street, took the time on March 26 for a memorial service to honor their former executive director. Comment.

New landlord for Lauren

On February 13, businessman Sharone Hodara bought a trio of E. Tremont Avenue office buildings for $3 million. Hodara plans to give the buildings – in the heart of Throggs Neck – a major facelift. Comment.

TN Extended Care celebrates 100th birthdays

The atmosphere was full of excitement with fun music, vibrant decorations, and delicious goodies for residents at Throgs Neck Extended Care who gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday milestone. Comment.

Montefiore leases 31,000 sf in Hutchinson Metro Center

The Hutchinson Metro Center announced that Montefiore Medical Center has signed a 31,000-square-foot lease for medical office space. According to the developer, Simone Development, Montefiore will relocate its orthopedic specialties department to Tower One in September. Comment.

CB 10 supports Park’s bid to remove seating

A strip of parkland next to the Bruckner Expressway in Pelham Bay that used to be a great resource has fallen on hard times. The community wants it spruced up. Comment.

Woman recovers $22k from HMO

Senator Jeff Klein came to the aid of an Allerton Avenue woman whose stay at a local rehab center was supposed to be covered by her HMO. She almost ended up footing a $22,000 bill. Comment.

Out of the Wild, with City Island style

During a casting call for Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment, a TV executive questioned John Ulmer’s outdoor experience. Out of the Wild is a Discovery Channel reality show. Could city slicker Ulmer ford a river, build a fire, trap a ptarmigan? Comment.

BCC provides stimulus aid to 19 artists

In response to the decline in philanthropic and other support to the non-profit arts sector during this current economic downturn, the Bronx Council on the Arts designed the 2008-09 Program Management Initiative to provide its own stimulus aid to 19 Bronx arts organizations this year. The initiative was funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Comment.

City Hall to study 911 Call Center traffic

The reduced height of the proposed 911 Call Center to be constructed just south of where Pelham Parkway and the Hutchinson River Parkway intersect is now a given. However, it seems that there is a wellspring of further good news. Comment.

Vet Mem’l Pk. security to increase

The Throggs Neck Girls Softball League, as well as the surrounding community, are seeking solutions to the constant vandalism plaguing Veterans Memorial Park. Comment.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Zodiacs hold trophy night

On Friday, March 13, the Zodiacs Track Team had a good turnout for its orientation. Comment.

Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game rosters set

The rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game were announced today. The game will feature the top prep players from the New York City metropolitan area in a City vs. Suburbs showdown with a portion of the proceeds of the event once again benefiting the New York-based charity, Children’s Aid Society. Comment.

New Yankee Stadium set to open

Opening day of the new Yankee Stadium is only weeks away. Work crews are putting the finishing touch on every inch of the ballpark in anticipation of two pre-season exhibition games. In photo left, the tent area protects the recently applied logo from the elements. Comment.

Tavernier unable to put Science in finals

Nishi Tavernier couldn’t be stopped. Defenders couldn’t be stay in front of her and she seemingly couldn’t miss. The Bronx Science senior point guard completely dominated in the fourth quarter. She drove into the lane and scored at will. Comment.

JFK falls in PSAL Class AA try

The play seemed to be as poignant as it was aesthetically pleasing. Comment.
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Morris Park businesses counsel veterans

Many veterans come home to no home. On Monday, February 2, volunteers Johnnie Williams and Carmine Mezzacappa organized a Veterans Helping Veterans real estate symposium for patients at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center on Kingsbridge Road. Comment.
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Vacca proposes tech grants for private schools

Councilman Jimmy Vacca held out hope that Mayor Bloomberg would change budget rules forbidding members of the City Council from allocating discretionary funds for technology improvements at Catholic and private schools. Comment.
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DOT: ‘No’ St. Theresa stop sign

Pelham Bay resident Frank Tranchese, St. Theresa School principal Josephine Fanelli and Senator Jeffrey Klein asked the city’s Department of Transportation for stop signs where St. Theresa Avenue meets Pilgrim Avenue. Motorists careen down St. Theresa from Westchester Avenue. School children and elderly churchgoers use the street. Tranchese collected more than 300 signatures. Comment.
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NYBG plans renovation of Waring gate

The New York Botanical Garden is in the early stages of plans for a new and improved pathway leading in from the Waring Avenue entry gate. Comment.
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BCC Foundation to host gala

Speed humps for Van Nest

After years of community effort, Van Nest Avenue has been approved to receive speed humps to slow down traffic. Comment.

Donors fix churche’s boiler

St. Luke’s Church received a special gift this past winter, when numerous local organizations joined together to provide the parsonage with heat. Comment.

New supermarket for Pelham Parkway S.

Attention all Pelham Parkway South butchers, stockers, meat wrappers and cashiers. Attention shoppers. Met Foods will open a 5,000-square foot supermarket on White Plains Road very soon. Comment.

Tween/teen programs at Bronx House

Bronx House Community Center has ongoing registration for its Tween/Teen Program. The Bronx House Teen/Tween Center provides Tweens (5th to 8th grade) and Teens (9th to 12th grade) with a safe, nurturing place to come and spend afternoons, evenings, and school holiday programs. Comment.

P.S. 304 finds enrichment

The faculty of P.S. 304 has incorporated enrichments clusters into the curriculum, giving students an opportunity to give back to the community and service the needs of others. Comment.

24 Hour Fitness opens

The exclusive fitness center of the New York Yankees has taken its act to the center of the Bronx’s busiest commercial district, with the grand opening of a 24 Hour Fitness at 400 E. Fordham Road on Saturday, March 21. Comment.

BALAM Dance to perform at Lehman

BALAM Dance Theatre will visit Lehman College Mar. 30 to present Defining Diversity, its 30th anniversary performance, featuring a traditional Balinese, Spanish and Afro-Caribbean repertoire. Sponsored by the college’s Freshman Year Initiative Program, the free performance will take place from 11 am to 12:40 pm in the Lovinger Theatre. The public is invited to attend. Comment.

Young workers need Social Security info

Retirement is probably the last thing on your mind if you’re a young worker. But there are some basics you should know about Social Security and savings to plan for your retirement. Comment.

International plans Easter brunch

International Caterers of Distinction is offering an all-you-can eat buffet for Easter Sunday. Comment.

Inside Broadway brings theater to the students

Students of the Bronx have a chance to see a live musical as Inside Broadway, a theater group for young audiences, brings a slice of the Big Apple to Bronx schools. Comment.

1,000 care packages sent

Cathy Praino, still grieving her soldier nephew’s death, snipped a phone number from the newspaper and called Colleen McCarthy. Comment.

CB 10 challenges Waterbury group home

A state hearing about a group home planning to move from the south Bronx to the struggling Waterbury Estates development in Pelham Bay was recently held. Comment.

Training scientists to fight epedemic

Agroundbreaking partnership between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa will establish an international research center focused on making major scientific contributions to the worldwide effort to control the devastating co-epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV and on training a new generation of scientists in Africa. HHMI, a non-profit medical research organization, has committed $60 million to the initiative over the next 10 years. Comment.

Social Security building sold to Parker West

One of the nation’s busiest Social Security Administration offices will be staying put, despite a Westchester Avenue property transfer. Comment.

Crispino, judge, ex-councilman

The Bronx lost a steady politician, judge and father on March 20 when Jerry L. Crispino passed away. Crispino, 78, most recently of Pelham Manor, had been ill for some time. Comment.

3-alarm blaze roars through Pel Bay Park

A blazing fire engulfed the woods near Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park on Wednesday, March 18. Comment.

Transitional housing for Bronx State

Bronx Psychiatric Center is currently floating a long-term plan to replace two large buildings on its campus off Waters Place with five smaller buildings housing those suffering from mental impairments. Comment.

89 graffiti arrests in last 14 mos.

In an effort to combat graffiti vandalism, the 45th and 49th precincts have issued the list of non-juveniles arrested for graffiti-related incidents for the last 14 months. Comment.

Blaze destroys Westchester Square shops

A fire tore through businesses in Westchester Square. The merchants association and city agencies are working to relocate the affected businesses to other parts of the square. Comment.

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