May 28, 2009: 2009, Issue 22
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Riverdale/Kingsbridge takes advantage of staying in Class B

In February, Mac Psachie sat his players down and broke the bad news. The Riverdale/Kingsbridge baseball team was not moving up to the ‘A’ league like division rivals Morris and Jane Addams and Bayard Rustin, the opponent that ended their season in the Class B semifinals. Comment.

Eusebio leads St. Raymond’s over Xavier, 5-2

The showdown for the CHSAA Bronx/Manhattan ‘A’ division title never materialized. A loss to Cardinal Hayes combined with Xavier’s win against rival Regis meant the best St. Raymond’s could do was finish second. Comment.

Hilario, Parra lift Gompers over Stuy

Last spring, the Gompers baseball team rode the left arms of Juan Hilario and Dominique Parra all the way to the PSAL Class A semifinals. Comment.

Preston falls in semifinals

Costly errors and the lack of timely hits haven’t been an issue for Preston seemingly the entire season and certainly not the last few weeks. Unfortunately for the Panthers, both were issues against Moore Catholic. They managed just two hits, none of which came during their chances with runners in scoring position and a costly error in the third opened the door for two Maverick runs. Comment.

Clinton’s season ends on bad note

Slowly, the Clinton baseball players trudged to the third-base line together, heads down, shoulders slumped, eyes watery. Comment.

Kennedy takes third place

It wasn’t just that John F. Kennedy was playing in the consolation match that bothered Arturo Cabrera. The Knights’ senior outside hitter looked into the gym as defending champion and No. 1 Cardozo and No. 7 McKee/Staten Island Tech – the championship participants – were warming up and shook his head. Comment.
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At 26, Abraham Sultan is now NYC’s tutoring specialist

When Champion Learning’s 26-year-old founder started his company after his mother encouraged him to tutor neighborhood kids, he never dreamed he would one day be in charge of extra learning for thousands of New York City kids. Comment.
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New Kids Kut on the block

Calling all frightened three-year olds! Head to Morris Park Avenue and Williamsbridge Road for bubbles, videos, toy trucks and painless haircuts. Comment.
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St. Theresa honors students for academic success

In a special ceremony on Friday, May 1, at St. Theresa School, 15 students in grades 4 through 8 were named to the Principal’s List for achieving highest honors – an average of 95% or above – for the third quarter of the school year. In addition, many students received First Honors awards with a total average of 90% to 94.9% and others students were awarded Second Honors with a total average of 85% to 89.9%. Students also must receive an A (excellent) or a B (good) in conduct and effort in order to be awarded Honors. Comment.
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City replaces crumbling wall

After a resident petitioned the city to do something about a dangerous crumbling retaining wall at the corner of Pilgrim and Buhre avenues, a local elected official responded with a solution. Comment.
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1000s attend Target job fair

Eugene Aldridge, 45, is unemployed, one of 56,000 Bronxites out of work. Aldridge worked as a loader for Greyhound; the bus business let him go in 2008. Comment.
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Neighbors contribute to speedy recovery

Steve DeMartis has a lot to be thankful for. His cancer has been in remission for two years. And the good deeds and kindness he has shown to others over a lifetime in Morris Park paid off when he got sick. The community came through with an amazing show of support. Comment.
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D’Urso’s future on hold

Nathan Plummer has abandoned 1870 Pelham Parkway South, the former site of the Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center Florence D’Urso Pavilion. The ongoing economic crisis sank his spanking new senior home, Plummer Pavilion. Comment.
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Amusement park’s failure debunked; DVD celebrates Freedomland, USA

A historic piece of the Bronx is now preserved digitally. Comment.

City Divas provide haven for top performing female stars

The City Divas’ softball teams are hitting hard, empowering youth to achieve success. Comment.

Viking, HIR team up for clothing drive

The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR) teamed up with A-1 First Class – Viking Moving & Storage and The Global Jewish Assistance and Relief Network (GJARN) to host a clothing drive where donations remarkably filled a 26-foot moving truck with a 1,500 cubic foot storage capacity – room enough to transport a three bedroom house. The bi-annual charity clothing drive was held earlier this month in Riverdale. Comment.

Sheridan Ave. tenants sue SG2

Five months ago, tenants from 1530 Sheridan Avenue filed a housing suit against SG2 Properties, the largest landlord in the borough. A judge ordered SG2 to repair 61 emergency “c-level violations” and 400 “b-level” code violations at the building – broken sinks, a defective elevator and peeling paint. Comment.

West Africans win their mosque back

On Third Avenue, West African Muslims are jumping for joy. The desperate Masjid Al-Faysal congregation scored an enormous court victory on May 5. A State Supreme Court judge sided with Masjid Al-Faysal against the city’s Department of Finance. Comment.

Let armory battle begin

At an Industrial Development Agency hearing on March 5, Kingsbridge Armory developer Related Companies and Bronx community advocates sized each other up. The weigh in. Comment.

Sanctuary re-enforced at Marcello

Sara Bengur is a celebrated interior designer. She’s a furniture expert, a widow wizard and a texture technician. Bengur recently helped decorate the common room at Marcello Manor, a new apartment building in the west Bronx for low-income tenants and domestic violence survivors. Beforehand, she consulted a panel of experts – the residents of Marcello Manor. Comment.

Tree dedication to deceased classmate

On Thursday, May 21, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula’s That’s Life club led the school from chapel, after the Mass of the Ascension, to the front of the school building for a tree dedication ceremony in honor of their fellow classmate Samira Ahmed ’11. It has been five months since the sudden death of Samira, and the students wished to end the year with a symbol of life and hope. Comment.

Jacobi hosts trauma event

More than 500 trauma care professionals gathered at the Jacobi Medical Center Rotunda on May 13 for the 11th Annual Warren Wetzel, M.D. Trauma/Emergency Medicine Symposium. The daylong event is the only New York City area conference dedicated solely to reviewing the latest in trauma care. Comment.

Wave Hill offers open-air art sessions, cooking demo

Upcoming events at Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd Street, include. Comment.

BRIO winners to headline free concert; Longwood Arts presents Linger

Velvet Ross, winner of the 2008 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Individual Artist award for vocal performance will headline a free concert hosted by Bronx Council on the Arts at Christ Church Riverdale on June 7, at 3 pm in celebration of the council’s twentieth anniversary of its prestigious independent artist recognition program. Comment.

Diaz Jr. gives inaugural address

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli referred to Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s inaugural address as a love fest, and it was. Comment.

Music Fest planned for Comras Mall

Whether you are looking to take a stroll in the park or a place to gather the family together, Pelham Parkway South will be your solution during the first ever Community Music Festival. Comment.

Riverdale terror plot foiled

Four would-be terrorists wanted to blow the Bronx apart. Fortunately, FBI agents and police officers snuffed the plot. On Thursday, May 21, the Riverdale Jewish Center and the Riverdale Reform Temple emerged unscathed and borough clergy offered thanks as one. Comment.

Former boxing champion a mentor to MP teens

In 1984, Aaron Davis was a teen with a dream, determined to become the welterweight champion of the world. One of the finest fighters the Bronx has ever produced, he snatched a Golden Gloves title and, in 1990, a WBA welterweight belt. Comment.

Utility tries to quiet its neighbors

After months of complaints, Con Edison representative have visited their irritated neighbors to gain a new perspective. Comment.

Red Cross pink-slips Bronx staff

The American Red Cross sent out pink slips to all staffers in their Bronx office, including borough executive director Enrique Vega on Wednesday, May 20. The Red Cross said Bronx services would not be interrupted by this action. Comment.

Four Bronxites selected for Walk of Fame honors

A great Bronx tradition continues with four native Bronxites selected to be inducted into the Bronx Walk of Frame during the highly anticipated Bronx Week. Comment.

Abandoned boat removed from Eastchester Bay

A sunken, boat that was under water at high tide created problems for the occupants of a condo complex at the end of Outlook Avenue in Spencer Estate. Now, the 30-foot abandoned boat has been removed from the water. Comments (1).

Mayor opens new Metro-North station

All aboard! The new Metro-North Railroad station is open, giving fans a direct route to see the Bronx Bombers and local residents a new travel option. Comment.

Obama taps Bronxite for Supreme spot

President Barack Obama picked federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 26. If confirmed by the senate, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic justice in history. Comment.

City Island molester, suspected murderer, released

Robert Fioretti, a convicted molester and suspected murderer who shocked City Island 21 years ago, is free. On Thursday, May 14, he left prison for a halfway house in Brooklyn. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Toribio’s bat, Cartagena’s arm power Monroe rout

Kelvin Toribio was hunched over like a senior citizen as he spoke after the game, the searing pain in his stomach bringing the sophomore rightfielder to near tears. Comment.

Throgs Neck Thunder improves to 5-1 after doubleheader sweep

The Throgs Neck Thunder continued their spring season in the Westchester Baseball Association with a doubleheader sweep of CYO/MYBA (Manhattan Youth Baseball Association) on Saturday, May 9. TNT’s record now improves to 5-1. Comment.

Bent makes Truman HS history

John Burke called Kaydine Bent, one of his players on the Truman girls’ basketball team, on her cell phone earlier this week. When she answered, he told her to sit down. So, she did. Comment.

Monroe clinchs  division

On May 12, the Monroe Mustangs clinched their second consecutive NJCAA Region XV, Division I baseball championship with a 9-1 win over the ASA Avengers at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY. As a result, Monroe sweeps the best-of three series 2-0 (they won 3-2 on Monday night) and will kick off the NJCAA Eastern District tournament this Friday at 9 a.m. against USC Sumter. Comment.

Morris continues to win

Three weeks ago, the Morris baseball team stood near the bottom of Bronx A East, just one league win to its credit. The Bulldogs’ first season in ‘A,’ one year after winning the Class B city championship, wasn’t going according to plan. Comment.

Mount’s Rayegan showcases skills at CHSAA clinic

Farbod Rayegan walked onto the field at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University Tuesday night hoping for an opportunity, the same reason why he moved to the United States from his native Iran when he was 11 years old. Comment.

Kennedy advances to semifinals

Arturo Cabrera and Ross Vizcaino decided on a friendly little competition before their John F. Kennedy boys’ volleyball team’s match Saturday. Comment.
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Salesian dedicates Br. Wiegand Field

“After months of planning, our long awaited dream to construct a new athletic facility at Salesian High School will finally become a reality,” announced Fr. Patrick Angelucci, SDB, the school’s director/president. Comment.
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St. Clare’s grad teaches team discipline

St. Clare’s School has a special girls’ volleyball coach, who has volunteered her time since 1992 to teach team discipline. Comment.
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Revenge-seeking wife guilty

Don’t cross Bonnie Davido. In 2006, the 42-year old Bronxite asked a “hit man” to blind, rape and murder another woman, court documents state. Davido suspected the woman of sleeping with her husband. Comment.
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For fifty years it’s run hot and cold

Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Services Inc. celebrates a milestone, as 2009 marks 50 years of service for Bronx residents. Comment.
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Hearing held on L&W home

Residents of Zerega’s Glover Street had a shaky relationship with Leake & Watts’s group home, once a fixture on their block for 30 years. The prospect of having another group home administered by the same outfit, but serving a very different population, is causing some uneasiness. Comment.
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Bronx film trio shoot Baby Boomer

Hollywood’s Bronx boy, James Madio, returned home for his directorial debut on April 24, 25, and 26. He filmed in collaboration with Bronx artists and producers like Harrington Talents and Joe Mileto at locations including Wilkinson Park and Pelham Bay Little League’s Naclerio Field. Comment.
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Girl scouts help furry friends

The girl scouts at P.S. 71 are helping those who can’t help themselves, by donating supplies for our furry friends. Comment.
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St. Ben’s variety show highlights student talents

St. Benedict’s school is not putting on another version of American Idol, lets make that clear immediately. But they are showcasing student talent in what has become an anticipated event at the school. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

BioBus visits Frederick Douglass II

Tyler Schlotterbeck of Morris Park is a science nut. So is Peter Borges of Walton Avenue. Trouble is, Schlotterbeck, 15, and Borges, 16, attend Frederick Douglass Academy III on 3rd Avenue. FDA III is a solid school but has no science lab. Comment.

Truman girls basketball team enjoys Ireland trip

John Burke grew up in Ireland, but when he was there last week a funny observation came to him. Comment.

St. Barnabas Nursing Home receives 5-star rating

St. Barnabas Nursing Home, 2175 Quarry Road, has received a 5-star rating (out of five stars) from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) in its new rating system of nursing homes nationwide. St. Barnabas is among approximately 12 percent of all certified nursing homes to receive the CMS’s highest rating. Comment.

Thompson discusses CB 12 over breakfast

It’s 240 blocks from City Hall to the Carriage House on White Plains Road. NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate William “Bill” Thompson Jr. made the trek on Monday, May 18 to slurp coffee and answer questions. Comment.

Highbridge food pantry finds a new home

After a dispute that resulted in the relocation of the Community Food Pantry at Highbridge, the pantry continues to meet the increasing demand during these troubling times. Comment.

Mount Hope adds 63 affordable units

Mount Hope Housing Company continues to service Bronxites in these difficult times through the development of new affordable housing. Comment.

Base less future

The U.S. Army Reserve is set to vacate a 50,000-square foot building on Nereid Avenue. Wakefield desperately needs a recreation center. A match made in heaven? Comment.

CB 2: No more  shelters

The Department of Homeless Services wants to move NYC families off the street. Community Board 2 and Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo want DHS to let Hunts Point and Longwood be. Comment.

Schumer, Crowley: need to train more docs

New legislation was unveiled at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center on Friday, May 8 that would increase the amount of doctors in training, or “residents,” across the Bronx. Comment.

Water Board ok’s 12.9% rate hike

On Friday, May 15, the NYC Water Board trimmed its proposed 14 percent rate hike a piddling 1.1 percent. A 12.9 percent increase will take effect on July 1. Comment.

Klein restores patriotic mural

A neighborhood landmark, defaced with graffiti, will be restored to its rightful glory in time for Memorial Day. Comment.

Rohr Place tap water no longer appears raw

Residents of Rohr Place have had to contend with household water containing sediments coming into their homes. Now, new connections to an existing water main will make it easier for work crews to fix any problems that may occur underground. Comment.

Vito’s hosts hot dog contest

On your mark, get set, eat! For the first time Bronxites will have a chance to compete to be the Vito’s Deli Hot Dog Eating Contest champ Comment.

Pelham Bay merchant named Business Woman of the Year

The Bronx Puerto Rican Parade committee named Embroidery Zone owner Estrella Negron its Businesswoman of the Year at the 21st Annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, May 17. Comment.

NYBG, Vacca bring Orchard Show to TN Extended Care

Having a unique piece of the New York Botanical Garden within their home, the residents of Throgs Neck Extended Care were able to enjoy the start of spring with their own orchid show. Comment.

BP promotes pedal power during Bike to Work Day

Jose Benitez pedaled past Fordham Road, blew by Tremont Avenue, drifted down the Grand Concourse and smiled. Comment.

Restaurant hit with tax evasion

When did paying taxes become optional? A Pelham Gardens restaurant has been taking more than people’s orders, it seems, having been recently convicted of evading taxes since 2004. Comment.

P.S. 72 cafeteria named for superintendent

Students at P.S. 72 choose to name their cafeteria in honor of a man who already is the namesake of their school. He helped shape educational policy in the Bronx during the 1960s and 1970s. Comment.

No place to park

The Westchester Square business owners are outraged at the disrespect shown by the government agencies occupying customer parking. Comment.

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