June 19, 2009: 2009, Issue 25
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Deep pitching leads Fordham Prep to CHSAA title

On a blustery March afternoon on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx, Fordham Prep coach Steve Pettus boldly touted his pitching staff as the deepest in the CHSAA. Comment.

Pelham Bay Belles Girls Softball League

On the weekend of June 20 and 21, the Pelham Bay Belles Girls Softball Tournament teams and families will travel to Sparta, NJ to participate in the annual Sparta Schools Out Tournament with teams from our 8u, 10u, 12u and14u Divisions. Comment.

Hall Of Famer Goose Gossage Spotted At AT&T

One of the all-time great Yankee pitchers visited Bruckner Plaza’s new AT&T Mobility wireless store to sign autographs for fans and meet with Bronxites. Comment.

Monroe’s fast start backfires

Monroe made Norman Thomas ace Mariel Checo look hittable and human in the first inning. The Eagles collected three hits and scored twice to take an immediate lead. Comment.
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M. Cotter, Sr. Place dedication

The legacy of one local Bronxite will be forever remembered, with a street named to mark all of his accomplishments. Comment.
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Juveniles arrested for 49th graffiti

As residents continue to complain of graffiti affecting their quality of life, the 49th Precinct is stepping up enforcement, producing two arrests. Comment.
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Klein honors 49th Cop of the Month

Standing out amongst the rest for the month of May, the Cop of the Month Award was presented to Police Officer Trina Heffner. Comment.
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Astor Collegiate students explore Costa Rica

One Bronx high school is taking an innovative approach to having students learn about science and the environment: they are sending their students off to South America to learn about the eco-system in a real rain forest. Comment.
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Cure for traffic on allerton ave.

Residents of Allerton will soon witness something new when they walk out their door, with a complete new design planned for the busy street. Comment.
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City Hall rally to save community board $$

The fight continues on the steps of City Hall to save community boards across the City, which face devastating cuts. Comment.
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Sen. Klein moves street light repairs

Concerned about the safety of his residents, Senator Jeff Klein took immediate action to resolve an issue that had been troubling those in the area for months. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Bronx teens choose chess

Earn a pawn; earn an A. Beware the knight; beware the night. Defend your queen; defend your dream. Risk and reward; victory and defeat. Life in the south Bronx is a chess match, particularly for Matheu Jefferson and Rahwaizh Abdul-Rahman. Jefferson and Abdul-Rahman anchor the Bronx Writing Academy chess team, a national contender. Comment.

At 50+, returns to school

A rising tide of older adults are returning to school to complete degrees or upgrade their skills. Kathleen Rutherford, according to friends, is an example of how perseverance and hard work can help people of all ages accomplishes their goals. Comment.

Soundview Park renovation budget slashed

Now that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chopped the Soundview Park renovation budget in half, neighborhood leaders are pushing for work to begin – possible contamination notwithstanding. Comment.

Group home eyes Colden property

Fearing for a decline in their quality of life, Olinville residents are upset over the prospect of having a new group home move into the neighborhood. Comment.

Kingsbridge Armory hearing set

If you think the Kingsbridge Armory should be a shopping mall, circle June 24 on your calendar. If you think it shouldn’t be a shopping mall, circle June 24. Comment.

Nan Clark releases 4th fun book

If you like cats and enjoy humorous puzzles, then this book is purrfect. Comment.

Tenants rage against Espada

On Monday, June 8, Senator Pedro Espada Jr. hopped the aisle to vote with the Republican Party and pitch Democrat leaders out of power. Espada, elected to represent the northwest Bronx in 2008, heads the Senate housing committee but, according to some, has suffocated pro-tenant legislation, including a bill to repeal vacancy decontrol – a loophole that allows landlords to escape rent regulation. Comment.

CI: drug use is rampant

Drug use by both teens and adults on City Island seems to have spiked, according to residents. The increase in illegal narcotic use and sales brought out roughly 70 people from the seaside community to the last 45th Pct. Council Meeting before the summer. Comment.

P.S. 304 donates pennies to Edgewater Park’s VFD

A penny saved is a penny donated for the students of P.S. 304. Comment.

Stress at Stella D’oro

Vincenzo Carolvillano misses the work. He misses the pals. He misses the paychecks. Most of all, Carolvillano misses the Stella D’oro smell. Comment.

City Island’s Ladder Co. 53 saved

Just two weeks before Ladder Company 53 on City Island was set to close permanently, a last minute budget agreement saving the company was announced on Monday, June 15. Comment.

CB 10’s H & Z Committee adds restriction to CI plan

Even if developer Tony Errico sells the parcel known as 226 Fordham Street, the property will not sprout more than 43 residential units. Comment.

Diaz appoints former challenger to CB 10

The new borough president has finalized his appointments to community board around the Bronx. In Community Board 10, one of the appointments was a big surprise – it was his opponent in the recent borough president’s race. Comment.

Vandals attack Veterans Memorial Park again

Enough is enough! Members of the Throggs Neck Girl’s Softball League are furious over the vandalism destroying their field, which struck again this past weekend. Comment.

Parkview Ave. 7-story condo project stalled

A plan to develop the corner of Roberts and Parkview avenues has stalled, thanks to building code objections. On January 12, property owner Alfred Reyes and ITG Development Group asked the city for permission to demolish a three-story house at 1701 Parkview Avenue and erect a seven-story apartment building. On Tuesday, June 9, the Department of Buildings reviewed ITG’s plan for a fourteenth time. Comment.

Pelham Bay parking plan to DOT

If the Department of Transportation listens to Councilman James Vacca, Pelham Bay could add angled parking and new, metered spots. On Monday, June 15, Vacca sent an advisory letter to DOT, after an informal parking study. Comment.

Too late to save Yank gate

A pack of Yankee fans are determined to save Gate Two of the old Yankee Stadium. They want it to celebrate baseball history and dignify Heritage Field, a public park planned for the old Yankee Stadium site. Gate Two was built in 1923. Comment.

Randall Ave. squatters shown the door

A troublesome property on Randall Avenue which has had squatters living in it has been ordered sealed and vacated by the city due to a damaged roof, frequent fights, and a group of pit bulls neighbors said were out of control. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

As momentum shifts, Fordham Prep is the underdog

The Fordham Prep crowd was on its feet and the Rams’ bench was empty, the team greeting Jack Giannini at home plate. No. 9 hitter Dan Turner had just driven him in, giving the Bronx school the lead. Comment.

TN Thunder heads to the WBA playoffs

The Throgs Neck Thunder (TNT) completed their spring season in the Westchester Baseball Association (WBA) with a sweep of a doubleheader against Richards on Sunday, June 7. Comment.

Fountain breaks meet record and PRs in the 200-meter run

Whitney Fountain was late to the start, but arrived earlier than usual to the finish. The Christopher Columbus junior ran a blazing time of 23.94 in the trials and was slow getting to the other side of the track for the finals. Comment.

Bloop, double play seal Stevenson loss

The Adlai Stevenson softball team was loud and alive, every member up and cheering. New Dorp had just scored twice in the top of the six to take a one-run lead, but Stevenson was threatening in the bottom of the inning. Comment.

Scanlan basketball team moves to ‘A’ division

The Monsignor Scanlan boys’ basketball team went on a miraculous playoff run in March, culminating with a loss to Blessed Sacrament in the CHSAA Class B title game at Mount St. Michael. Comment.

One mistake dooms St. Raymond’s

For Ron Patnosh, it wasn’t too soon to start second guessing himself. Comment.
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P.S. 83 collects used sneakers

Running with the idea to help the environment, the students of P.S. 83 have put their old sneakers to good use. Comment.
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49th recovers laptops

by amanda marinaccio Comment.
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Vacca praises Per Scholas

At a benefit reception packed with a who’s who of the city’s top financiers and philanthropists, Councilman James Vacca praised the Bronx-based nonprofit organization Per Scholas for its innovative programming and stellar record of connecting low-income New Yorkers with top-rate technology. Comment.
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DA presents mock trail at MPCA

Members of the Morris Park Community Association had an opportunity to act as judge and jury and received a first-hand look into our justice system. Comment.
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Vandals swipe car mirrors in Pelham Gardens

Mirror, mirror, where’d you go? Members of the Pelham Parkway community have seen a recent increase in the amount of side view mirrors vandalized. Comment.
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Contractor to tackle 2nd story graffiti

Merchants in the White Plains Road Business Improvement District were happy to learn that a contractor who will be removing graffiti from the el near their shops has also agreed to remove graffiti on top of their stores. Comment.
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Crowley, Serrano applaud passage of PCB cleanup bill

Congressmen Joseph Crowley (D- and José Serrano applauded passage of the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act (H.R. 2187) that included a provision written by Crowley-Serrano to help school districts fund cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in New York City and throughout the country. This initiative will provide schools with access to funding for critical modernization, renovation and repair projects. Comment.
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Amtrak bridge work poses hazard if Ladder 53 closes

City Island residents and elected officials from all over the borough called on the mayor to keep the island’s Ladder Company 53 open come July 1, when the FDNY has scheduled it for closure. Comment.
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CI developer asks for variance

City Island Estates, the 5.4-acre condo community planned for Fordham Place and Fordham Street, is not a sweatshop, not a hip-hop club, not a high-density development. Comment.
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TNBA set to hold its 7th annual triathlon

By Patrick Rocchio Comment.
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Pel Bay minister retires

Even though he was involved in a Pelham Bay church for only three years, Rev. Leon Matthias’ tenure marks a period during which the congregation’s community outreach thrived. Comment.
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E. Bronx Forum to present ‘The Old Put’

The East Bronx History Forum will feature “The Old Put” at their June 17th meeting at the Huntington Free Library. It’s been many years since most of us have traveled from the Bronx on the old Putman Railroad and longer still since we’ve seen a steam engine in operation. Passenger service on the Putnam line ended in 1958 and the last freight train to Carmel rolled into that station in 1970. Comment.
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Explore baseball’s early roots at Bartow-Pell

Get a lead on Fathers’ Day, and transport dad or granddad back in time to an 1864 “match” of “base ball” complete with authentic rules and replica bats, balls, and uniforms—but no helmets or gloves! Comment.

Ride the Jerome Ave. Express

On Monday, June 8, the MTA launched a Jerome Avenue el pilot program. Until June 26 at least, four Manhattan-bound 4-trains will run express between Woodlawn and E. 149th Street. Express trains leaving Woodlawn at 7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. will stop at Mosholu Parkway, Burnside Avenue and E. 149th Street only, Monday through Friday. Comment.

Fordham Road BID holds 4th annual meeting

Wrapping up another successful year, the Fordham Road Business Improvement District held their Fourth Annual meeting to discuss past initiatives and plans for the future. Comment.

DOT’s bus stop move leaves passenger stranded

A disabled Parkchester resident feels stranded after the elimination of a Bx36 bus stop. Comment.

Sustainable S. Bronx to host Hunts Point Hustle

Soon, the South Bronx Greenway will zigzag up and down Hunts Point, the industrial neighborhood where the borough’s green movement began. So hustle to Hunts Point on Saturday, June 20 for the third annual Hunts Point Hustle, a five-kilometer run-walk. Comment.

CB 7: No compromise on library

The city’s Department of Health is amenable to an Old Fordham Library spay and neuter compromise. So is Councilman Joel Rivera. Community Board 7 is not. Comment.

Project could disturb ‘Negro Fort’

If you want to build in Bedford Park and need a variance, you start with Community Board 7 and district manager Fernando Tirado. You mail Tirado an address and a plan. You expect a “yes” or a “no.” You don’t expect to disturb a potential landmark, a fort manned by African-Americans during the revolutionary war. Comment.

Bronx Stage & Film Co. presents BXFF

The Bronx Stage & Film Company will present the 7th Annual Bronx Independent Film Festival (BXFF) June 18 to 20 at Lehman Stages (Lehman College) showcasing narrative and documentary films and filmmakers from around the world. Visit http://www.bronxstage.com for the latest film schedule, credits and directions. Comment.

Crespo and Gibson win elections

The special elections on Tuesday, June 2 sent two new Assembly members from the Bronx to Albany. Comment.

Bronx on track for IBD sufferers

To address the needs of those affected by an Irritable Bowel Disease, the Bronx finally has a formal support group. Comments (1).

Heartbreak at Stella D’oro

Luigi Merolla is Stella D’oro. He joined the Kingsbridge cookie factory in 1972, a month after leaving Italy. He met a girl at the factory; they married in 1978. Merolla is a shipping supervisor and has belonged to the bakers’ union for 36 years. Comment.

Illyria medical practice turns 10

Ten years ago, some 10,000 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo fled the Balkans and settled in the Bronx. Ten years ago, pediatrician Dr. Alan Ross sensed a need. Ten years ago, a one-of-a-kind medical practice was born. Comment.

Gallons of paint bring back the shine

Residents of City Island set out to clean up City Island Avenue recently by placing artwork in the windows of the thoroughfare’s vacant storefronts, as well as painting over a number of graffiti vandalized mailboxes and a picket fence at Bridge Street and City Island Avenue. Comment.

Villa honors Miss Linda

Linda Giancaspro is and always will be a Villa girl. Villa Maria Academy presented Giancaspro with a Decades of Achievement award on Saturday, May 9. Comment.

MTA could add more Bronx Select Bus Service

If you love the Bx12 Select Bus Service on Pelham Parkway and Fordham Road, get ready to ride. If you hate the Bx12 SBS, let the MTA and Department of Transportation know, because the Bronx is due for at least one more SBS. Comment.

Student honors retiring teacher

A P.S. 14 student used her writing skills to demonstrate how special one teacher can be in a child’s life. Comment.

Water leak concerns Pelham Bay Park user

Sal Grassia enjoys his morning strolls through Pelham Bay Park on his way to pick up his coffee and a newspaper. But sometimes on the way back, he feels like he is crossing the Bronx River. Comment.

5 Bronx-born celebs ready to walk the Walk

Five artists who were born and reared in the Bronx will come back to the borough as hometown heroes for their induction into the Bronx Walk of Fame during Bronx Week 2009. Comment.

Leaders address non-solit

Once a hot-button issue, it barely drew a dozen attendees, mostly representing the New York Department of State. On Monday, June 8, at a hearing held at Lehman High School, the few speakers presented testimony in favor of renewing the state’s non-solicitation order for Community Board 10. Comment.

Klein coup less

Senate Democrats from the Bronx may be out of luck – and out of funds for their districts – because of a shocking coup that brought two renegade Democrats, one, a Bronx senator, over to the Republican camp, creating a new majority. Comment.

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