May 14, 2009: 2009, Issue 20
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

2-hit gem lifts Mount over Rams

Playing a division rival under the lights at Fordham University was enough to get Steven Rivera’s competitive juices boiling. But the Mount St. Michael star pitcher received additional motivation when he logged onto his Facebook account Wednesday morning. Comment.

Congratulations OLA Varsity Boys

Congratulations to the OLA Varsity Boys who are 2009 All Bronx Champions. They won 40 games and lost 11 during the five-month season for an impressive winning percentage of .780. (Kneeling, l-r) Santino De Franco, Dylan Hall, Nick Dardia, Matt Flamio, John Liccese and D. J. Cassidy. (Standing, l-r) Harry Ramirez, Coach, John Fanelli, Sal Amore, Evan Carrillo, Varg Berisha, Val Berisha, Enrique Hendriquez, Jim Cassidy and John Fanelli , Coach. (Not pictured) Mario Carrillo, coach and Vinny Macrino. Comments (1).

Kennedy’s offense overwhelms Clinton

Chris Hernandez hit a homerun in his first at-bat of the season. Wilman Polanco drove in a run despite being quick-pitched and still going through his warm-up routine. Comment.

Melany Javier, Rosalba Perez try boys’ volleyball

Melany Javier is used to the weird looks by now, the whispers and questions, too. The Alfred E. Smith junior is one of two girls, along with sophomore Rosalba Perez, to play on the school’s boys’ volleyball team. They are the only two females in the PSAL playing the male version of the sport. Comment.

Weiderhold’s double sparks big fourth

All it takes is one big hit to get things going for Preston. The Panthers appeared to be wrapped in another close affair early with rival Cardinal Spellman, leading by a run heading into the fourth. Then Ashley Weiderhold doubled to the gap in left-center field to lead off the inning. Preston rolled from there. Comment.
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NE Bronx Association brings back Block Watch

The Northeast Bronx Association is hoping to keep the community safe and decrease quality-of-life crimes by assisting the 49th Precinct through the revitalization of their Block Watch program. Comment.
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Cong. Crowley joins the Rockin’ Bull Dogs

Congressman Joseph Crowley joined the Rockin’ Bull Dogs at P.S. 83, to help raise awareness of the importance of musical education in students’ lives. Comment.
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Deja vu prompts concerns

After undergoing a renovation into a restaurant, Café Déjà vu has recently stirred concert from residents, who feel its former problems are resurfacing. Comment.
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49th: Prostitutes keep out

Some call prostitution a victimless crime. Not Joe Thompson. According to Thompson, prostitution on White Plains Road is a threat. Comments (1).
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Senior sees his way clear

When John Zullo stopped his car to clean his eyeglasses, a traffic agent issued him a $115 double-parking ticket. The elderly Morris Park resident fought the summons in court, and on April 29 an administrative judge threw out the ticket. Comment.
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Benedetto conducts district tour

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, in a continuing effort to stay in contact with the constituents he represents, conducted a walking tour of his entire assembly district on Saturday, May 2. This was the second time the assemblyman has done the district-wide tour. Comment.
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Benedetto grant to enhance Westchester Square

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto joined community and business leaders to present a grant that is expected to go a long way in the ongoing revitalization of Westchester Square. Comment.
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CB 10 asks Army Corps to dredge Hammond Cove

When was the last time anyone dredged Hammond Cove, home to the Locust Point Yacht Club, the Stepping Stone Yacht Club, the Bait Shack and the Ice House Cafe? Never. Comment.
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Mural dedicated to deceased teen

Friends and family honored a youth who passed away on January 30 with a mural painted by Manhattan artist Ray Jerez on a wall near the corner of Layton and Vincent avenues. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Economic downturn leaves Bengali community nervous

In 2006, Muhammed Ali sat on his veranda and smiled. To his left, a row of bright townhouses. To his right, a handsome tree. Ali emigrated from Bangladesh in 1995. He became a real estate broker in 2004. He’s a diehard Democrat, and attended Barack Obama’s inauguration. Comments (1).

No time to vet armory plan

NYC Economic Development Corporation reps startled neighborhood defenders last month, predicting that Related Companies’ plan for a Kingsbridge Armory shopping mall will begin public review soon. Comment.

Mother’s Day eve rally demands killer’s arrest

Diana Rodriguez lost her daughter to a gangster with gun. It was three years ago, on Mother’s Day. Comment.

Bad news for low-income students

Dr. Margaret Mahoney is a school dentist based in the Bronx. She works at P.S. 21, P.S. 33 and P.S. 76. Her teeny patients are poor. If it weren’t for the city’s Oral Health Program, many wouldn’t see a dentist at all. Comment.

Crotona Ave. kids fuse science, art

You’re walking down E. 181st Street, near Crotona Avenue. To your right, litter. To your left, dog poo. Diesel fumes all around. Comment.

Volunteer for Jacobi’s Traveling Book Cart

Are you a book lover? Have some spare time during the week and want to help others? Do you enjoy talking about literature? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for one of two Traveling Book Cart volunteer positions at Jacobi Medical Center. Comment.

Waste Management kicks off Earth Day at the Stock Exchange

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.

Applications for 2009 youth jobs

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto announces that the Department of Youth and Community Development is now accepting applications for 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Comment.

BCC Hall of Fame Run an all-day tradition

On the morning of Saturday, May 2, runners and walkers took to the streets near Bronx Community College at 2155 University Avenue to raise money and awareness for one of the borough’s most important focal points of higher education. Comment.

Crespo, Gibson to run

On Saturday, May 3, the Bronx County Democratic Committee nominated Marcos Crespo to run for the 85th District Assembly seat vacated by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Vanessa Gibson to vie for the 77th District seat vacated by Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene. Comment.

Passionist Spiritual Ctr. is threatened by closure

For the first time in its history, the Passionist Spiritual Center is in need of help as closure threatens the religious retreat location. Comment.

Basketball standout signs LOI

Sterling, Colorado must be a trucker town. Because Armand Thomas is a wide load. On Friday, May 1, the 270-pound Lehman High School senior signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Northeastern Junior College, a small two-year school near South Dakota. Comment.

Flag-napping at Throggs Neck Post Office

On the morning of Wednesday, April 23, a vandal cut the rope used to raise the flag in front of the Throggs Neck Post Office at 3630 E. Tremont Avenue. The flag was stolen. Comment.

Keane Post receives $125K for renovations

The Lawrence Keane American Legion Post at 2879 Buhre Avenue will receive some much-needed repairs to its roof, air conditioning and electrical systems, and basement thanks to the help of two elected officials. Comment.

Beloved dolphin statue stays

Some City Islanders had a very strong emotional reaction when they heard that a dolphin sculpture they have come to love was to be moved by the Parks Department out of Hawkins Park. Now, after much pleading, the dolphin sculpture is staying put. Comment.

New website for CB 10

Community Board 10 will launch a new website soon. District manager Ken Kearns is working with the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to design a useful online tool. Comment.

Square fire victims receive city funds

A month after an early-morning fire displaced a row of small businesses on Westchester Square, the New York City Department of Small Business Services joined the Association of the Merchants & Business Professionals of Westchester Square on Monday, April 27, to present emergency grants to five of the displaced businesses. Comment.

Funds collected for quake victims

Senator Jeff Klein and members of the Morris Park Community Association gathered on Friday, May 1, to announce the impressive collection of funds raised for Abruzzo Earthquake victims. Comment.

Pelham Bay graffiti faces the brush

The glaring, graffiti-scarred, second-story eyesores dotting Pelham Bay will be a part of the past as local community groups and elected officials chart a new strategy. Comment.

Water rate hearing held; Bronxites hosed

Rather than incur the wrath of taxpayers at an evening hearing, members of the NYC Water Board heard testimony at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 27. Councilmen James Vacca and Oliver Koppell joined 20 angry Bronxites to protest a planned 14 percent rate hike. Last year, taxpayers shouldered an 11.5 percent water and sewer hike. Comment.

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