June 5, 2009: 2009, Issue 23
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Escano pushes Lehman over Madison

It’s safe to say there wasn’t a shot Luiny Escano hadn’t seen last week. His teammates made sure of it. Comment.

Govs already content in PSAL Class A play

Clinton coach Rich Eaton told his players afterward that they were going to be the story of the PSAL Class A softball first round. The 21st-seeded Governors had just knocked off No. 12 McKee/Staten Island, 11-6, on Thursday in Staten Island. Comment.

Hough sinks putt to clinch golf title

As he stepped to the green on the 17th hole at Pelham-Split Rock Golf Course in the Bronx Thursday with a chance to sink the championship-winning putt, John Hough flashed back to his freshman year when junior Tyler Morgan was in a similar situation. Comment.

Errors pile up as No. 4 Kennedy is eliminated

Preceding this weekend, the John F. Kennedy baseball team had played 19 games during the regular season and playoffs combined. The Knights had won 18 of them, allowed seven runs or more twice, riding winning tenets such as timely hitting, reliable defense and consistent pitching to the Bronx A West crown and PSAL Class A semifinals. Comment.

Patience rewarded for Gerena

Snow was still on the ground and the temperature was freezing, but Joseph Gerena couldn’t help but imagine the possibilities come spring. Comment.

Cartagena sends Monroe to finals

Maybe, had it not been Henry Cartagena on the bump, Mike Turo would’ve been worried. His Monroe baseball team had carried a five-run lead in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Now, the lead was cut to three, the tying runs were aboard, the go-ahead run at the plate. Comment.
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Chimney-sweep scam costs stacks of cash

Two chimney sweeps allegedly misled a Morris Park homeowner into performing unnecessary work on her smokestack. Now an elected official is calling for stronger regulation of the industry.. Comment.
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City buses to stay out of Pelham Gardens

Residents of Pelham Gardens can rest easy knowing they will no longer hear the rumbling of New York City buses driving down their private blocks. Comment.
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Allerton Ave. Tenants and Homeowners celebrate vets

Veterans from Allerton Avenue and beyond got a boost of emotional and moral support as a local civic organization honored their dedication to America. Comment.
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CB 11 takes action on derelict Pierce Ave.  home

The Morris Park community is outraged at the dangerous eyesore located on Peirce Avenue, a result of over 30 years of neglect by an absentee owner. Comment.
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DOE pursues P.S. 105 space

With an ever-expanding population, the Pelham Parkway South community is seeking an annex to P.S. 105 at the former site of Young Israel of Pelham Parkway. Comment.
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Sanitation revises rules

By Patrick Rocchio Comment.
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Police target CI teen

Police nabbed a City Island ruffian and alleged drug dealer twice last month. On Wednesday, May 13, Frank Bequiraj, 19, was arrested for assault. Two days later, Bequiraj was hauled in for selling marijuana, possessing a weapon, trespassing, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, court records show. The Pickwick Terrace resident, released for $1,000 bail, pled not guilty on May 14 and May 16. He will next appear in court on June 11 and July 6. Comment.
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Lehman College dean, Mr. Minter, visionary educator

Dr. Thomas K. Minter, a distinguished scholar and visionary educator who served as Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, New York City Deputy Schools Chancellor and Dean of Lehman College, died May 22 at the age of 84. Comment.
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CI’s ‘Worm Bar’ falls to recession

One of the last places to go, where for $50 you could rent a boat and enjoy a day of fishing, has closed for good, a victim of the recession and changing tastes. Comment.
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Brockway retires

For 30 years since its founding, Shirley Brockway has been the director the JASA’s Throggs Neck Senior Center. She is bidding it farewell as its director, but has vowed to remain active in the center’s many functions. Comment.
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Custom-designed playground for P.S. 71

Out2Play, a non-profit that goes into schools and helps students, faculty, and administrators design new and exciting playgrounds for their students, is giving the Bronx a reason to celebrate this year. During the spring, summer and fall, Out2Play will install 12 new custom-designed playgrounds at schools around the Bronx. Comment.
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Statesman selected New Hostos president

The City University of New York recently tapped Puerto Rican scholar and civil servant Felix Matos Rodriguez to head Hostos Community College. As president, Matos Rodriguez will cater to 5,100 students in the south Bronx. Comment.
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St. Barnabas NH honors fire hero

Officials at St. Barnabas Nursing Home have dedicated the recently renovated conference room after a one-time city worker and hero who has been a long-standing chairman of its Board of Trustees. Comment.
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Walking tours at Woodlawn

This June, the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery will welcome in the spring with a series of walking tours that showcase the beauty and history of the 400-acre New York landmark. Comment.
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Nature art has beneficial effects

Through the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to placing colorful, soothing photographs of nature and flowers in health care facilities around the world, individuals with developmental disabilities, served at AHRC Bronx Mayflower Adult Day Center (ADC), were given the opportunity to showcase their photos inside Jacobi Medical Center. Comment.

AMS scores Intel School of Distinction Award

When you were 12 years old, what did you want to become? A lawyer? A doctor? A firefighter? A baseball player? Patricia Pena wants to become an accountant. No kidding. Comment.

Clinton’s stately trees tagged by vandals

Graffiti has marred Dewitt Clinton High School’s distinguished row of trees. A handful were tagged some time ago, neighbor Saundra Hartley said. At least three facing Mosholu Parkway still bear graffiti. Comment.

Montefiore hosts 2nd Earth Day celebration

Montefiore Medical Center is leading by example to show the community how we can do our part to save the Earth and go green. Comment.

Sistas, Brothas demand youth center

Sistas and Brothas United thanked Chris Manning for attending its 10th Anniversary Celebration. Then SBU gave the Department of Health assistant commissioner an earful. Comment.

Angel tours former hell

Radio talk-show personality and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa has been taking out-of-towners on a guided tour of the southern parts of the borough, pointing out trouble spots in a borough on the rise. Comment.

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents 2nd festival

The Bronx Arts Ensemble will present its 2nd Annual Festival Of The Arts, a competition and performance showcasing talented students in its arts-in-education programs in Bronx schools, on Wed., June 10 at 3:30 pm in the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, featuring a ballroom dance competition and performances by violin, African drumming, African dance, Tap, Hip-Hop, Rock Band, and chorus students. The June 10 program is free and open to the public. Comment.

BCA offers free Culture Trolley

The Bronx Council on the Arts presents an afternoon of free trolley rides and attractions as Culture Trolley Saturdays returns on June 6 with ¡VIVA Cultura! – A Celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage in the Bronx. Co-produced and sponsored by Wally Edgecombe and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, the trolley will shuttle people from noon to 6 p.m., along its afternoon route. Comment.

Tenants protest neglectful landlord

A newly formed tenant association bused to City Hall on Thursday, May 28 to protest sorry conditions and crooked management in Highbridge. The landlord of 1380 University Avenue has accumulated 32 building code violations and 263 housing violations at the 18-story tower. He owes Con Edison more than $120,000 and has constructed illegal partitions. Comment.

CB 10 votes against Glover group home

Community Board 10 voted to disapprove plans for a new group home at 1623 Glover Street. Residents are concerned with the past performance of the group home’s sponsor, Leake and Watts, as well as oversaturation of social service providers in Westchester Square and Zerega. Comment.

Stella D’oro workers march on cookie factory

Eddie Marrero of Kingsbridge started at the Stella D’oro factory when he was 18. Marrero joined a union, BCTGM Local 50. He won a fair wage and benefits. Marrero sent his kids to private school. Comment.

Owen-Dolen design snag halts construction

No work without permits. Further delay in the Owen Dolen Park renovation has the Westchester Square community demanding action. Comment.

P.S. 72 gains SMART technology

Excelling their way into the future, the students of P.S. 72 are the recipients of a technology grant to allow for an interactive classroom experience. Comment.

Decision expected soon on Bruckner group home

By Patrick Rocchio Comment.

Einstein releases e-zine

Last April, the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, launched a new, online publication, Pulse--voices from the heart of medicine, a unique, timely and free e-magazine and web site (www.pulsemagazine.org) featuring first-person accounts of illness, health and encounters with our health care system. The publication celebrates its first anniversary with more than 3,000 subscribers from around the nation. Comment.

Graffiti on a wooden fence removed by Klein

Graffiti on the wooden fence of an unused parking lot at the corner of Continental Avenue and Pelham Parkway South in Pelham Bay has been cleaned free of charge by a local elected official. Comment.

Center Stage Community Playhouse in crisis

Center Stage Community Playhouse is a Westchester Square institution and the oldest neighborhood theater in the borough. Since 1969, Center Stage has treated Bronxites to lively off-Broadway productions like Cabaret, Our Town, Damn Yankees, Chicago, Into the Woods, Doubt, and Hair. But the theater – a volunteer operation – is in trouble. Ticket sales plummeted in 2008. Last month, Center Stage dispatched an SOS. Comment.

Shame day grill

Is Game Day a nightmare? A group of East Tremont Avenue merchants, landlords and residents have asked Community Board 10 and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto to rein in the Game Day Grill; its liquor license is up for review. Comment.

Msgr. Ivers reassigned to Manhattan

Following more than a decade of service to Throggs Neck, Monsignor Leslie Ivers will be leaving St. Frances de Chantal Parish. Comment.

City Island chef claims fame

Michael Proietti is a born television personality – loud and fun. Proietti is a chef extraordinaire –inventive and industrious. He’s also a finalist on The Next Food Network Star and the product of a City Island kitchen. Comment.

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