June 25, 2009: 2009, Issue 26
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

JFK’s Obeng primed to be a big hit

The best players from Long Island will soon find out what the New York City starters already know. Keep an eye on John F. Kennedy’s Stephen Obeng Agyapong. If you have the ball and he is running toward you – watch out. Comment.

TNT heads to WBA championship playoff

The Throgs Neck Thunder (TNT) kept up their winning ways in the Westchester Baseball Association (WBA) with two playoff victories this past weekend. Comment.

MLK’s Faye prepares soccer journey

Malick Faye came to Martin Luther King Jr. HS three years ago unsure of himself in a new land. He leaves the Manhattan power supremely confident in his abilities, a two-time city champion and the recipient of the PSAL Wingate Award in boys’ soccer, given to the top senior in each sport. Comment.

Football or b-ball

Jeffrey Mack had finally made his decision. Well, the performance did for him, at least. Comment.
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New Internet Cafe opens at Beth Abraham

Seniors learning to surf the web to connect with friends and family, as well as younger people looking to go online to complete GEDs or college credits will have no problem accessing the information superhighway at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services’ nursing facility. Comment.
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A little change can go a long way

Students of P.S. 108 prove that a little change can go a long way. Comment.
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Film-generated OTB storefront panics M.P.

All bets are off! Comment.
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Tomlinson residents fight CB 11 decision

Tomlinson residents continue the fight to save their private block and peaceful way of life. Comment.
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Traffic agents strike again in bus stop

How should we repay an elderly veteran taking an ill friend out for a cup of coffee? For Michael Salzano the answer was with a parking ticket. Comment.
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TNCAP students illustrate community safety

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than the students from Throggs Neck are speaking up in volumes Comment.
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Cars squat on Ampere

A blue Chevrolet Impala remains parked on the street in Spencer Estate where it has languished for more than a year, according to neighbor and Spencer Estate Civic Association acting vice president Ronnie Clough. Comment.
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P.S. 71 Mock Trail Team celebrates trip to the finals

The Mock Trial Club of P.S. 71 was fortunate to be in the Final Round on May 29, at Bronx County Court. This program is a wonderful opportunity for 7th and 8th graders to work with attorneys, and learn about trials and court procedures. Comment.
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Bronx Red Hat Roses catch the bus

They wanted to hire a bus for a day trip to Pennsylvania, but found that the cost of the fare would break the bank. However, thanks to some quick thinking, now the group of senior ladies will be hearing an “all aboard!” Comment.
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Five inducted into Walk of Fame during Bronx Week

Five talents, who have risen to the top of their fields, were honored in a ceremony on Saturday, June 20. The Bronx Walk of Fame inductions topped off Bronx Week’s nine days of festivities celebrating Bronx pride. Comment.
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Sen. Klein selects outstanding educator for Distinction Award

On Tuesday, June 2, the New York State Senate held its annual Women of Distinction Awards and Ceremony. Each senator selected a woman from New York’s 62 senatorial districts to be part of a traveling exhibition of outstanding women. Nominees included women from the worlds of business, academia and civic life, as well as those who performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or excelled against difficult odds. Comment.
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Hearts and Hammers fix it up

Regional Aid For Interim Needs held its 13th annual Hearts and Hammers Renovation Day on Saturday, June 6, making free repairs to two houses of worship and a senior center. Comment.
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Workers maintain Stella D’oro line through heavy rain

It rained on Thursday, June 18, cold and heavy. Elizabeth Francisco and Roberto Lopez shivered. Ghanshyam Amin and Thanh La souhgt refuge under the Kingsbridge el. Comment.
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P.S. 175 adds a variety of new tech upgrades

The future is looking bright at P.S. 175 with the addition of a wide variety of new technology for students to enjoy and learn on. Comment.
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City Island honors Henry Hudson’s expedition

Not even rain could stop City Island residents from celebrating their great history. Comment.
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WCS celebrates Gorilla Congo’s 10th year

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has gone bananas! Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Convicted in girlfriend’s slaying

District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the murder conviction of a 39-year-old man who paid a hit-man to kill his 18-year-old girlfriend. Carlos Cruz, of Southbridge, MA, pled guilty to one count of murder in the 1st degree in the shooting death of Chelsea Frazier, also of Southbridge, MA, on April 13, 2008. Comment.

All work, no play? Not at Alfred Smith H.S.

Alfred E. Smith High is a career and technical school. Students at Smith study automotive technology, construction and architecture; most snag union jobs after graduation. Comment.

12 students travel to S. Africa

Inspired through the efforts of Nelson Mandela, 12 New York students had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and make their own impression on the world. Comment.

Jewish Home presents ‘Dancing Like The Stars’

Gliding across the floor and moving to the beat, the participants in the Adult Day Care program of Jewish Home Lifecare had their chance to ‘Dance Like the Stars.’ Comment.

HPD, SOBRO celebrate Gateway building

It had once been a vacant eyesore, visible to all motorists entering the borough from the Willis Avenue Bridge. It has now been transformed into a vibrant residential building home to the occupants of 23 units of affordable housing. Comment.

Morris Heights Community Day a hit

The Morris Heights community is unifying to strengthen the neighborhood and help spread awareness of all the resources available. Comment.

AT&T opens 2 stores

For better or worse, Bronxites love Blackberries, iPhones and Sidekicks. To address the wireless demand, AT&T opened two new stores in the Bronx on Thursday, June 4 at Bruckner Plaza and Westchester Avenue. Comment.

Goodbye Reserve, Hello NY Guard

National and New York Guard units currently stationed at the Kingsbridge Armory annex could occupy Wakefield’s Muller Army Reserve Center. The U.S. Army Reserve is set to vacate the 50,000-square foot building in 2011. Comment.
Arts

BCA to showcase new dir.

The Bronx Council on the Arts formally introduces new managing director Deirdre Scott at July 1’s Bronx Culture Trolley at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College. Comment.

Pool to dock at Hunts Point

Splash! The Floating Pool Lady will reopen on Saturday, June 27, docked at Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point. Last summer, more than 35,000 people used the seven-lane pool. Comment.

93-unit rental for Stillwell

A new development will be breaking ground later this year, adding many new apartments to Morris Park. Comment.

Recently renovated Orchard Beach Pavilion closed

The Orchard Beach Bathhouse and Pavilion, which was landmarked by the city in 2006, is still in the middle of a $3.3 million restoration project undertaken by the Parks department which has dragged on for more than a year and a half. Comment.

DOT denies Stadium Ave. speed hump

The Department of Transportation has denied residents’ request for a second speed hump on Stadium Avenue. The Spencer Estate Civic Association will lodge an appeal, president Al Carena said. Spencer Estate residents have nicknamed Stadium Avenue between Pelham Bay Park and Ampere Avenue “Indianapolis Motor Speedway.” Motorists pop out of Pelham Bay Park and scream into Spencer Estate. Comment.

New yoga studio takes Pelham Bay

Bamboo Moves is the first gym in Pelham Bay offering not only yoga classes, but also belly dancing, cardio dance, Pilates and zumba Latin dance – all designed to boost both physical fitness and relieve stress. Comment.

CB 10 okays CI rezone; but denies height waiver

Developer Tony Errico got what he wanted, almost. On Thursday, June 18, members of Community Board 10 voted to approve a rezone of 226 Fordham Street, where Errico plans to build a 5.4-acre condo community. His current plan calls for 22 houses – 43 residential units. The vote was unanimous with three abstentions. Comment.

PB student wins prestigious NASA marketing award

A Pelham Bay college student was part of a team that won a prestigious marketing award at an annual competition held by NASA. The program is designed to generate advertising campaigns that sell the idea of space exploration to a whole new generation of Americans. Comment.

Boat explosion shakes Throggs Neck

An explosion on a boat in the Hammond Cove Marina near Locust Point literally shook nearby homes, but resulted in no injuries thanks to a little bit of luck and the quick response of the Fire Department. Comment.

New fashion designer in town

Watch out Gucci, move over Prada, there is a new designer in town, and the amazing part is she hasn’t even finished the 5th grade. Comment.

Manhattan Beer grabs piece of Paradise

Hunts Point is already a hub for produce and meat distribution. It could become a hub for beer distribution as well. On May 20, Manhattan Beer Distributors bought the vacant Paradise Foods warehouse on Leggett Avenue for $20 million. Comment.

Hanky panky raids

Enough with the hanky-panky. Police from the 45th Precinct hit two massage parlors on Saturday, June 6. At Sun Spa on City Island Avenue, the raid netted two prostitution arrests. At New Skin Spa on E. Tremont Avenue, it netted one. Comment.

CB 10 votes to honor PB cheese man

At the Community Board 10 general meeting on Thursday, June 18, the board unanimously voted to honor a Pelham Bay merchant who recently passed away for his dedication to the community where he made his living. Comment.

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