July 2, 2009: 2009, Issue 27
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Different man: Wiggins makes personal changes

Dashaun Wiggins knew the perception around the city. He saw the sideways looks. He heard the rumors that he was a problem. Comment.

Pearl Mensah sacrifices volleyball for academics at Villanova

It was an extremely difficult choice. Pearl Mensah earned Division I interest in two different sports – volleyball and basketball – but might not be playing either one of them in college next year. Comment.

All-Bronx-Manhattan CHSAA/PSAL softball honors

The Bronx and Manhattan are still trying to shake their stereotype of being a weak softball borough. Comment.

All-Bronx baseball honors

It was a special spring in the Bronx, as Fordham Prep in the CHSAA and Monroe in the PSAL made deep playoff runs. Comment.

St. Clare’s wins title

After becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Youth Volleyball League with a top record of 21 wins and one loss, St. Clare’s Girls varsity volleyball team took home a championship in the league’s playoffs held at Cardinal Spellman High School. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

49th makes 5 burglary arrests

On June 10, at 7:38 p.m. police arrested Omar Camble, a 24-year-old black male, for trying to burglarize 2145 Matthews Avenue. Comment.
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Seniors dealing heroin

Grandpa got caught doing what? Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

82 students receive their diplomas from St. Ray’s

Saint Raymond Elementary School held its Graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12, at St. Raymond Church. Monsignor John Graham, Pastor of Saint Raymond parish, presided over the Mass and ceremony at which 82 graduates received their diplomas. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

St. Theresa graduation marks 50th anniversary of first

The 8th Grade Class at St. Theresa School has enjoyed several celebrations of their graduation, the 50th anniversary of St. Theresa’s first graduating class. There was a special Mass on Sunday, June 7, celebrated by Father Grippo, pastor of the parish; there was an 8th grade prom dance at Maestro’s Caterers on Wednesday, June 10; and, finally, the 8th graders graduated at the ceremony for them on Friday, June 12. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Spellman holds 47th commencement

Cardinal Spellman High School held its 47th commencement on Saturday, June 6 at the Lehman College Performing Arts Center, with 298 young men and women receiving diplomas. Rev. Trevor Nicholls, president of Cardinal Spellman, presided over the ceremony, and welcomed everyone in attendance. An invocation by Rev. Francis J. Principe, director of Spiritual Activities, was followed by Kristiana Brooks of the Class of 2009 singing the National Anthem. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

American Civics Institute offers free tutoring services

The American Civics Institute is offering free tutoring services to all students in the Morris Park area thanks to a donation of space from an area fitness center. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Doyle descendents celebrate 100-year old heritage

Picture a south Bronx immigrant family. Picture a tough subway super and a devoted mother. Picture tenement poverty. Picture a wedding at St. Jerome Church on Alexander Avenue. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Bronx River Art Center to offer fine arts classes

The Bronx River Art Center is offering. Comment.
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Dixieland on July 4th

The Bronx Arts Ensemble Jazz and Dixieland Band opens the BAE SUMMERMUSIC series with a salute to George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, W. C. Handy and more at a FREE concert in Van Cortlandt Park at Rockwood Drive Circle, near Mosholu Avenue and Broadway on Sat., July 4 at 2 pm in celebration of Independence Day. Trombonist and bandleader Jack Gale, who has arranged music for numerous Broadway theatres, commercials and concerts, will arrange all music for the Jul 4 performance. Seating is provided but the audience is urged to bring folding chairs. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

River Avenue ballpark businesses in a rage

Linda Zale is frustrated. Game day after game day, Zale stands on River Avenue and watches Yankee fans skip Ballpark Souvenir. Day after game day, she stands on River Avenue and watches her small shop die. Comment.

Hunts Point jail proposal left in limbo

Lisa Ortega has battled Department of Correction Commissioner Martin Horn since 2006, when Horn asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg to build a new jail in Hunts Point. Ortega helped beat Horn back at the outset; in 2008, the DOC commissioner gave up on a parcel known as Oak Point. Now Horn is set to resign and Ortega is ready to strike. On Wednesday, June 24, she led a Community in Unity meeting at The Point EDC in Hunts Point. Ortega is a Hunts Point resident; CIU is a neighborhood coalition hostile to the jail plan. Comment.

Fordham BID award finalist

The Fordham Road Business Improvement District has been announced as a finalist of the 2009 American Business Awards in the Corporate Literature Category. Comment.

Castle Hill, Clason Point streets named

Whenever Chrissandra Mosby strolls past Castle Hill Avenue, she feels as if her father were near. He passed away in 2007. He defined Castle Hill Avenue. Comment.

Calvary plans free foot screening

Following their successful pilot from last year, Calvary Hospital is again planning to offer free monthly foot screenings for adult diabetics, on the following Fridays, all from 9 am to noon: July 10, August 28, and September 25. The screenings will take place at Calvary Hospital’s Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care located at 1740 Eastchester Road. For directions, go to www.calvaryhospital.org. Comment.

Young Bronxites aid in BronxNet’s Youth Channel launch

BronxNet kicked off its new youth channel on Monday, June 15, with a launch party and television special. The new channel will feature content for, by, and about young people in and around the Bronx. Comment.

Bronx Zoo plans 10 days of Congo craft-making

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit, the Wildlife Conservation Society – the zoo’s parent organization – is hosting ten days of craft-making workshops in collaboration with the Museum for African Art. Comment.

Armory battle rages

Burly carpenters and angry supermarket workers clashed over jobs and the future of the Kingsbridge Armory on Wednesday, June 24 at an electric public hearing in the northwest Bronx. Comment.

Final graduation for I.S. 192

A school is closing at the Piagentini & Jones campus, and its principal claims this year’s graduates are the cream of the crop. Comment.

Civic leader to monitor graffiti-related sentencing

Tony Canatta is headed to court. He and other members of the Waterbury LaSalle Community Association want the Bronx judicial bench to know: residents of the east Bronx consider graffiti a serious offense. The WLCA will launch a court watcher initiative soon, Canatta said. It has been a topic of discussion for a year or two. Members will attend graffiti-related cases to combat clemency. Graffiti is not a high priority on E. 161st Street, Canatta said. The vandals who deface E. Tremont and Waterbury LaSalle “get off easy.” Comment.

Bronx Chamber hosts Business & Energy Expo

Yankee Stadium was abuzz with excitement on Wednesday, June 24 when members of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce joined their counterparts from around the five boroughs and Westchester for the New York Business & Energy Expo. Comment.

BP joins walking tour of Westchester Square

The Association of the Merchants and Business Professionals of Westchester Square hosted a tour to take a closer look at Westchester Square and discuss plans for its development into a cultural Mecca. Comment.

TNGSL: Play ball!

When the softball field at Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park turned soggy, Rachel Mazza growled and went to work. When the police department denied Mazza a parade permit, she growled and went to work. When heartless vandals targeted her softball field, Mazza growled and went to work. Comment.

La Cookie & Bagel opens in Morris Park

La Cookie & Bagel Luncheonette has reopened under new ownership and expanded its operation to serve the families and residents of Morris Park. Comment.

‘Green’ locomotives unveiled at Oak Point

CSX Transportation unveiled four new locomotives at the Oak Point Rail Yard that promise to greatly reduce emissions as they operate in and around the Bronx. Comment.

$300 million for new Bronx Psychiatric Center

The Bronx Psychiatric Center will soon be moving it’s operation with a $ 300 million redevelopment project that will add numerous modern facilities. Comment.

Taming of the grill

In May, Game Day Grill was hot. It had a pulsing hip-hop beat. It had a loud jumping crowd. It had a liquor license. Comment.

Fine way to treat a cabbie

A private cab driver was waiting for his fare in Throggs Neck, but didn’t bargain for what he got. A traffic agent summonsed him, even though he offered to move his car. The $125 fine he received was more than he makes on a good day – driving his cab. Comment.

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