April 17, 2009: 2009, Issue 16
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Moffa a keeper in the cage

For Chris Moffa it all started with a forgetful goalie and missing jock strap. Comment.

Spellman on the rise

After several years of being one of the better teams in the CHSAA, the Cardinal Spellman baseball team has fallen on hard times over the last few seasons. Comment.

Patient GW walks past Knights in holiday play

Defending champion George Washington is best known for its lethal, power-hitting lineup. But it was patience that carried the Trojans to a 9-3 win over Bronx power John F. Kennedy in the opener of round robin play in their holiday tournament in Washington Heights Thursday afternoon. Comment.

Bronx prodigy ready to make her mark

Bianca Cuevas looks like someone’s little sister. Her hair tied up in a ponytail atop her 5-foot frame, she looks every bit the seventh grader. Cuevas is rail thin and, when talking to people for the first time, painfully shy. Comment.
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Great Horned Owl spotted in NYBG

The Great Horned Owl is at home in the Bronx. Several males, females, and chicks of the breed of bird were spotted recently in the New York Botanical Garden. They live in trees of the garden’s 50-acre natural forest. Comment.
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9/11 First Responders support group holds meeting

On Thursday, March 26, a small group of men who responded to a national tragedy met in the Morris Park Community Association’s center, speaking about medical issues they said are related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. The group joins together in drawing attention to the plight of 9/11 first responders. Comment.
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Eastchester Road welcomes two new retail merchants

At a time when local business corridors are in trouble, the Pelham Gardens area has o strengthened its shopping strip with the addition of two new stores. Comment.
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49th honors Cops of the Month

During the March 49th Precinct Community Council meeting, three distinguished members of the precinct were honored with the Cop of the Month Award, sponsored by Senator Jeff Klein. Comment.
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City buses stray into local streets

Following a year of complaints, residents of Pelham Gardens are still infuriated at New York City buses driving through their residential streets affecting their quality of life. Comment.
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30th Annual Il Leone di San Marco awards luncheon set

The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of the Bronx and Westchester will continue a great tradition in 2009 as they honor members of the Italian-American community. Comment.
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AARP driver safety course

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety course on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Comment.
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Prom season special

Several lucky Lehman students will receive financial relief this prom season. Three East Tremont Avenue stores have teamed up to put together exciting prizes. Comment.
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A greener Crosby Avenue

Spring is in the air on Crosby Avenue as the Waterbury LaSalle Community Association greens the business district. Comment.
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TN Little League parade Saturday

Hey, batter! Hey, batter batter! Break out your lawn chair, break in your mitt and prepare to cheer, because another season of Throgs Neck Little League is here. Comment.
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Lil’ Angels host bunny hop for MDA

Lil’ Angels Academy at 818 Clarence Avenue held their first big fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The young children raised almost $1600 for Jerry’s kids. Comment.
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St. Benedict’s choir director one-of-a-kind

Ann Myers considers the St. Benedict’s choir family. They’ve been singing and swaying together for so long. Myers has been with the choir for 28 years, and she’s a newcomer. Comment.

Bronx resident wins Sloan Public Service Award

A Co-op City resident who is a longtime employee of the Human Resources Department has won the city’s most prestigious independent award for public employees. Comment.

Kingsbridge-Riverdale Van Cortlandt to sponsor Earth Day celebration

Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development Corporation announced that the organization is sponsoring a free family-friendly Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The event will be located near the pool area at 242nd Street and Broadway in Van Cortlandt Park. The organization hopes to raise environmental awareness and inspire more Earth-friendly behavior in its neighboring communities. Comment.

Bronx student wins gold in statewide competition

A local Bronx student brought home the gold in a statewide competition for Hydronic Heating. Comments (1).

Yanks fan knee(d)s a seat

An 85-year old woman living in the shadows of the new Yankee Stadium opted for a complete knee-replacement surgery on the condition that she would be well in time to see her beloved Yankees in their new home. Now all she needs is a seat. Comment.

Former director tapped to lead Edenwald CC

Edenwald missed Ivan Croft. Slim, gentle and bright, Croft devoted 17 years to the city’s largest public housing project – a brick fortress on E. 229th Street. Croft left Edenwald’s community center in 2003 and the New York City Housing Authority shed staff. The center emptied. Teen violence spiked. Comment.

Hunts Point kids plant 50 saplings

Trees reduce air, water and noise pollution. Trees cool the atmosphere. Trees are beautiful. Hunts Point suffers from air, water and noise pollution. Hunts Point fries during the summer. Hunts Point is not a picturesque neighborhood. Comment.

DOE ID’s school site

A pair of crowded Bronx schools could soon see some relief. According to Councilman Oliver Koppell, the Department of Education has identified a new school site on Webster Avenue in Norwood. Comment.

What to do if you see a child abused in a public place

Is there anything you can do if you see child abuse in a public place? Here are some helpful suggestions. Comment.
Arts

2009 Summer Enrichment Camp open

Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation announces its 2009 Summer Enrichment Camp which will include sports (baseball, basketball, soccer, bowling), academic enrichment activities, swimming twice weekly, field trips including NY Hall of Science, Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, etc., performing and cultural arts, environmental education, and breakfast, lunch and a snack served daily. Comment.
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Riverdale Choral Society presents spring concert

The Riverdale Choral Society will present its spring concert titled Music Of Spain And The Americas. It features Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s exciting Romancero Gitano, a setting of the poetry of Spain’s Federico Garcia-Lorca. Under the direction of John Lettieri, the chorus will perform the Romancero accompanied by well-known guitarist Oren Fader. They will also perform works in Latin and Spanish by Argentine, Mexican and United States composers, both acappella and accompanied by pianists Mavis Pan and Indah Hertanto. Comment.

Clemente Pool to be repaired

This summer, Morris Heights will bake. The Roberto Clemente State Park swimming pool won’t open in 2009. According to the State Office of Parks, the pool will undergo renovations. Comment.

Pub owner to make changes

Renovations continue at the former site of the once troublesome MP Pub, as new owner Charlie Khalil hopes renovations will erase the past. Comment.

Nabes react to MTA bus cuts

The community raised its concerns with the MTA. It has complained. It has protested. But the MTA still announced that it plans to cut bus service on the Bx14 and Bx8 lines starting Sunday, June 28, with cuts to City Island’s express bus service to go into effect by September. Comment.

Bronx Chamber supports tax credits for NYS film industry

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce supported for the extension of tax credits to the television and film industry. Thanks in part to their efforts the 2009-10 budget included $350 million for the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program. Comment.

Off-Broadway, in the Bronx

In Richard Edwin Knipe Jr.’s play, “Schooling Giacomo,” currently running off-Broadway, the Bronx feels more like a character than simply a setting. Comment.

DA launches gun buyback

Making the streets a safer place, the Gun Buyback Program has spread to the Bronx and is giving residents an incentive to turn in the dangerous weapons. Comment.

Spencer Estate enlists help in eradicating graffiti

Al Carena, as well as the Spencer Estate community-at-large, feels the east Bronx is being hit hard by graffiti vandals. As president of the Spencer Estate Civic Association, he has invited Senator Jeff Klein to help fight this never-ending battle. Comment.

Locust Point developer promises upkeep

Senator Jeff Klein has intervened to get some action at a partially completed house in Locust Point that has been an eyesore for the past few years. Local residents want it either torn down or completed. Comment.

Missing St. Ray Cemetery items baffle mourners

Last Christmas, Rose Heckman left a large wreath at the grave of her late husband several weeks before Christmas, and tied it down with yarn and pegs. Within two days it was gone. Other mourners have experienced the same problem at St. Raymond Cemetery. Comments (2).

Westchester Square building goes solar

A building in Westchester Square will now sport solar panels providing energy to the tenants. The new installation is now operational and will greatly reduce the energy bill for 55 Westchester Square. Comment.

Ciampa prices tumble $200K

The asking price for the cookie-cutter homes at Waterbury Estates have tumbled over $200,000. Comment.

Plummer Pavilion’s plans fail

Word is spreading through Pelham Bay that the Plummer Pavilion, which was planned as a luxury senior assisted-living facility, may fall victim to the recession. Concern has mounted as to what will come next to the five-story former hospital. Comment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Bridge will link Bronx to Randall’s Island

Randall’s Island is such a tease. There its wetland trails and ball fields sit, a few measly feet from the Bronx, but hardly accessible. No buses run from the Bronx to Randall’s Island. Only plucky pedestrians visit the island via the treacherous RFK Bridge. Comment.
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Foundation of a job search: a resume

If you’re looking for a job especially during these tough economic times when competition for jobs is fierce, you need a quality resume. In olden days, people had calling cards to announce their arrival. But in today’s world of work, everyone from teenagers to retirees should also have their own modern calling cards: resumes. Comment.
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TN thief back on the street

Police nabbed an alleged Throggs Neck thief on Monday, March 23, but the man – a repeat offender – is back on the street. Comment.
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CB 10 forms economic development committee

On Thursday, April 2 the Economic Development Committee for Community Board 10 held its first meeting. Comment.
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Yankee Stadium, Hard Rock open for business

Iris Nunez of Kingsbridge, 55, bounced down River Avenue. Comment.

More truck operations clog Zerega Avenue

Castle Hill YMCA members in the know avoid Zerega Avenue, where buses rumble and semi-trucks sway. Zerega is home to three school bus depots, a bus training school, a FedEx Ground warehouse, three truck rental outfits and a city Department of Sanitation garage. Comment.

Healthcare and education: The right Rx for our future!

Nursing homes, hospitals and schools can work together in a cost-effective manner for the benefit of all. Comment.

Appliance dealer donates washing machine

The patients of Jacobi Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit were recently faced with a major dilemma when their 18-year old laundry machine broke, leaving them unable to wash their clothing. Comment.

Westchester Square Hospital merger talk welcomed

St. Barnabas Hospital is engaging in a dialogue with Westchester Square Medical Center about a possible merger. Comment.
Arts

Earth and Arbor Day celebrations at NYBG

Celebrate Earth Month at The New York Botanical Garden throughout April as part of the global observance of environmental awareness. Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 24, but the garden offers rich programming throughout the month as part of the celebration, including tree plantings, garden openings, new exhibitions, picnics, and poetry. Comment.

Jacobi, Columbia bring skills to Montenegro

For the past two summers, volunteer doctors and nurses from Jacobi Medical Center and Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital have traveled to Montenegro to participate in a clinical exchange of knowledge and skills. Comment.

Hearts, Hammers ready to nail some volunteers

Members of the Regional Aid For Interim Needs’s 2009 Hearts & Hammers Program gathered together on Wednesday, March 25. The “kick off breakfast” took place at R.A.I.N.’s Elias Karmon Senior Center at 2424 Boston Road. Comment.

Middletown Rd. construction limits precious parking

No one has moved into the new apartment building under construction at 3030 Middletown Road. But already the building has claimed a number of precious Pelham Bay parking spots. Comment.

Maritime College tri-state headquarters for NROTC

Maritime College is headquarters for the training and development of this country’s future leaders, those strong and disciplined enough to join the prestigious Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. Comment.

Sanit agents demand proof of private sanitation

The New York City Department of Sanitation enforcement agents are now asking Pelham Bay merchants to produce on demand their most current bill for private sanitation. This is in addition to requiring that all businesses display stickers from a private sanitation company in their store window. Comment.

Lucky to avoid scam

A Throggs Neck woman received a letter indicating that it was her lucky day, and that she had won $250,000. However, optimism soon turned into dismay when her bank informed her that she was the victim of a scam. She almost lost nearly $4000. Comment.

Fundraiser for injured barkeep

Friends of a bartender who was shot in the leg by her ex-boyfriend, are hosting a fundraiser to help per pay medical bills. Comment.

Six BronxNet channels offered on Verizon FiOS

Verizon FiOS, the advanced fiber optics network offering over 100-high definition channels, now delivers more BronxNet channels to its Bronx customers. Comment.

Pelham Bay leaders react to angled parking

Local leaders met on Tuesday, March 17 to further discuss angled street parking in Pelham Bay. Staffers from Councilman James Vacca’s office will survey a handful of streets, hold a public hearing and deliver a presentation to the Department of Transportation. Comment.

Preston, Citibank celebrate student art achievements

On Thursday, March 26 some very talented high school art students received awards for their artwork hanging in Citibank at 3924 E. Tremont Avenue. Comment.

Hutch Metro road renamed Marconi Place

The city is taking over a road leading to the Hutchinson Metro Center and the 911-call center site which is currently in its planning phase. A City Council vote on Thursday, April 1 named the street Marconi Street. Comment.

Schley home bugs out neighbors

Throggs Neck neighbors are fed up with 3011 Schley Avenue and its absentee owner. According to Ariel Alvarez, the house is a moldy mess and a mosquito nest. Last summer, a sump pump system behind the home broke, causing a flood. Comment.

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