July 17, 2009: 2009, Issue 29
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Friday, July 17, 2009

All-City Boys’ Outdoor Track honors

There weren’t many surprises during the outdoor track & field season. The champions didn’t change , nor did many of the faces. Fordham Prep and East New York Transit Tech, which both won indoors, again claimed their respective titles. Comment.

All-City Boys’ Volleyball honors

There was plenty of intrigue in New York City boys’ volleyball this season – until the end of the season. Comment.

All-City Boys’ Tennis honors

It was an entertaining year, to say the least, in boys’ tennis in New York City. Cardozo and Beacon staged two remarkable championship matches – both won by the Blue Demons – in the PSAL and Mayor’s Cup team finals. Comment.

TNLL 12u All-Stars take District 22

After starting tournament play with two wins, the Throgs Neck Little League (TNLL) 12 year old All-Star team won 3 more games this past week to go undefeated and become District 22 champions. Comment.

Dream ending for a fantastic season

Fordham Prep’s Jack Giannini ran out to shortstop like he’s done so many times before. When he got out between third and second base in this particular instance there was someone next to him. The person extended his hand and introduced himself as Derek. Giannini told Derek it was nice to meet him. Comment.
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49th’s top cops get award

Burglars beware; the 49th precinct is cracking down on crime, with two burglary arrests earning three officers the June ‘Cop of the Month’ Award. Comment.
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Tomlinson residents rally against reversal

‘Don’t reverse, don’t make us road kill’ was the sign held by six-year-old Isabella Basile, to demonstrate her feelings during a rally against the potential reversal of Tomlinson Avenue. Comment.
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CB 11 calls hearing for Bx. River Pk. ramp

A public hearing has been called for residents demanding to know why the Birchall Avenue Bronx River Parkway entrance remains closed. Comment.
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St. Theresa’s first honors announced

In a special awards ceremony on Thursday, June 18, at St. Theresa School, students in grades 4 through 7 were named to The Principal’s List for achieving highest honors – an average of 95% or above – for the 4th quarter and for the whole 2008-2009 school year. Comment.
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Summer camp officially begins at P.S. 72

Let the summer fun begin! Excitement filled the schoolyard of P.S. 72 during the official kick off for the summer camp program on Monday, July 6. Comment.
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P.S. 71 grads accepted to Bronx Science

P.S. 71’s middle school academy will send a pair of young men to the Bronx High School of Science and a trio of young women to other specialized public high schools in the fall. The academy is only four years old and graduated its first class of eighth graders in 2008; none were accepted to Bronx Science, one of the best high schools in NYC. Comment.
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Civic groups offer plans for Jay Street’s future

A petition that circulated through the Ferry Point community calling for the creation of a community garden on a city-owned green space garnered some support recently, but there is still a disagreement among neighbors over what is best for the small parcel of land. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

CB 7 honors teenage tech wiz consultants

On Tuesday, June 16, Community Board 7 honored Brandon Rutishauser and Merlin Valdez, both 16, who spent the 2008-2009 school year as tech consultants to CB7. Rutishauser and Valdez latched onto CB7 via CITI Youth, a Municipal Art Society of New York initiative. Comment.

Lorillard Pl. renters cry for better living conditions

What do flies, rats and the birthplace of hip-hop have in common? How about 2356 Lorillard Place, a beleaguered apartment building on the edge of Little Italy. Comment.

City Council approves Lower Concourse rezoning

When Department of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden looks at the Lower Concourse, she pictures a Harlem River promenade. She pictures skyscraping condos, corner stores, lofts and a waterfront park. Burden pictures a rusty neighborhood remade for residential and commercial development. Comment.

Tenants demand new elevators

You’re 16 years old. You enter a tower at the Boston Secor Houses in Baychester. You hit the “UP” elevator button and wait…and wait and wait. You laugh. You play fight. You chat. When the elevator finally comes, so do the police. You’re handed a summons. You loitered. Comment.

Distraught homeowners refuse to endure summer havoc

Fireworks, drugs, gunshots, bass. Welcome to the warm weather Bronx. Homeowners in Clason Point, Bedford Park and University Heights met recently to demand police action. They’d rather not suffer the noise and crime. They’d rather not endure another summer of homeowner discontent. Comment.

Wimbledon champ gives some tips

The ball was in their court. Bronx students had a chance to learn tennis from a pro during the experience of a lifetime. Comment.

Mount Hope opens community center

Mount Hope Community Center at 55 E. 175 Street had a grand opening with the kind of fanfare that comes after a long, sought-after dream is realized. Comment.

Half-Nelson Playground dedicated amid fanfare

The Half-Nelson Playground, the product of years of work by community advocates, opened with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 17. Comment.

Armory plan okayed

Morton Williams Supermarkets employees stomped out of a Community Board 7 land use committee meeting on Tuesday, July 7. Even so, the committee endorsed Related Companies’ plan to build a shopping mall at the Kingsbridge Armory, albeit with a list of neighborhood-minded conditions. Comment.

Wave Hill has a lot in store for July

This is next to last Sunset Wednesday of the summer at Wave Hill, and high time to schedule an evening in the gardens. Reserve a Sunset Supper and a session with poet Rachel Simon, or just find a quiet nook to curl up in a Wave Hill chair for a birdy serenade as the sun begins to set. Comment.

DOT finishes 200-mile bike path project

The Department of Transportation topped off a 3-year program that installed 40 miles of bike paths across Bronx streets, and 200 miles around the city, on the Grand Concourse on Wednesday, July 8. Comment.

‘NO’ to street scape

Merchants of Allerton Avenue cry out against proposed alterations to the strip, which may deter customers. Comment.

Eagle Scout selected to shadow a councilman

Christopher Bednarz, a Pelham Bay resident, newly inducted Eagle Scout, and recent graduate of Regis High School, got a taste of the life of an elected official on Tuesday, June 30, when he shadowed Councilman James Vacca as Councilman for a Day. Throughout the day, as the pair made d to a local senior center to a Stated Meeting at City Hall, Bednarz witnessed firsthand the range of responsibilities for local representatives. Comment.

Bronxite runs youth yoga program in Throggs Neck

In the hustle and bustle of the urban environment you would think is may be hard to find a moment to relax with peace and quiet, right? Well, one Bronxite is out to prove this wrong. Comment.

Stella D’oro Bronx factory’s future uncertain

The union workers at Stella D’oro nabbed a legal victory on Tuesday, June 30 when National Labor Relations Board judge Steven Davis found ownership guilty of bad-faith negotiations. The workers – who went on strike eleven months ago – are baking and mixing at Stella D’oro again. In order to stay, they may need a second legal victory. Ownership has threatened to shutter the Kingsbridge cookie factory in October. Comment.

Pelham Bay Bridge centennial celebration

A celebration including a procession led by a marching band, Clydesdale horse and horse-drawn carriage celebrated 100 years of the Pelham Bay Bridge, on June 17. Comment.

What’s next for WaMu bank locations?

The recent merger of two banking powerhouses with branches in the east Bronx has left some in the business community wondering if vacant storefronts will soon line commercial strips. Comment.

SUNY Maritime has homecoming for cadets

After a long 54 day European voyage, S.U.N.Y. Maritime’s massive training vessel carrying 650 students and staff was welcomed back to the Bronx on Friday, July 10. Comment.

Arthur Ave. cuisine spices up the day

The New York Botanical Garden kicked off the first of seven Edible Evenings, a celebration of wine, beer, and food featuring a different theme each week. The first Edible Evening was Thursday, July 9 and celebrated Arthur Avenue’s cuisine. Comment.

Bronx historians honor baseball’s cathedral

There are Yankee fans and then there are Bronx Yankee fans. The former worship the Bombers from afar, cloak the ball club in myth and visit the ballpark on vacation. The latter scream at the Bombers from the bleachers, wear pinstripes to work and pass the ballpark daily. Comment.

Klein removes second-story graffiti scrawl

Residents of Pelham Bay can start to look up without disgust, with over 20 second story graffiti locations wiped clean this week. Comment.

Vacant stores on the rise in Throggs Neck

With the number of retail and commercial vacancies increasing at the intersection of Bruckner Boulevard and E. Tremont Avenue, business leaders from the past and present are eying strategies to return the location to the Throggs Neck jewel it once was. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TNLL 12u All-Stars win first two games

The Throgs Neck Little League (TNLL) 12 year old All-Star team began tournament play in District 22 by defending their title with two straight wins. (This same team won the district title as 10 and 11 year olds.) Comment.

TNT undefeated in Cola Invitational

The Throgs Neck Thunder (TNT) participated in the Mike Cola Invitational tournament in Yonkers on June 27 to 28 and won all of their four games. Comment.

All-Bronx Boys Volleyball

John F. Kennedy has had a stranglehold on the Bronx for much of coach Iris Bromfield’s 27 years with the program. But this season, the Knights lost their first league game since 2001, to Walton. The Wildcats emerged as a legitimate city powerhouse, earning the No. 4 seed in the postseason. Bronx Science was also a force to be reckoned with, led by Daniel Dworakowki. Comment.

All-City Baseball honors announced

It was a memorable baseball season for so many reasons. There were dominant pitching performances, unforgettable extra-inning affairs, impressive offensive displays. Comment.

Cruz enjoys time with the New York 9

Jose Cruz knew little about summer baseball when Norman Thomas coach Nerva Jean Pierre suggested the New York Nine to him. Comment.
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Mace resident fights for livable conditions

Feeling raindrops on your head would normally indicate you were outdoors, but for Bobi Brooks this is not the case. Comment.
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Bronx Green Middle School, M.S. 326, 2009 graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of Bronx Green Middle School, M.S. 326, on the Frank Whalen Campus. The grads are. Comment.
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4th of July blast

by Patrick Rocchio Comment.
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Center Stage rescued

Center Stage Community Playhouse, the oldest neighborhood theater in the Bronx and a Westchester Square institution, is saved. Members, patrons and shopkeepers raised $8,150 in two months to keep Center Stage afloat. The volunteer outfit asked for help in May following a sparsely attended 2008 season. Comment.
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S&E Market will treat you like family

Three established Throggs Neck businessmen are joining together in still another venture – a deli that one of the owners said will treat everyone who walks in the door as if they are family. Comment.
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Police close massage parlor

No more hanky panky. On the night of Thursday, June 25, the police department padlocked New Skin Spa, a beauty and massage parlor on E. Tremont Avenue near Coddington Avenue. Community Board 10 district manager Ken Kearns thanked the 45th Precinct; on Saturday, June 6, a raid netted a prostitution arrest and an unlicensed massage arrest at New Skin Spa. Comment.
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Fine Fare unveils classy improvements

Many food shoppers in Throggs Neck now have a much more enjoyable experience as they shop at Fine Fare at 3680 E. Tremont Avenue. Comment.
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Alternate side parking nixed after Vacca objects

In June, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Sanitation introduced alternate side parking on the west side of Emerson Avenue, the north side of Miles Avenue and the south side of Randall Avenue in Throggs Neck. Three weeks later, it was removed, DOT spokesman Monty Dean said. Comment.
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Workers win Stella D’oro strike, but factory to close

The stubborn confectionary workers who formed a picket line in Kingsbridge eleven months ago won a decisive victory on Tuesday, June 30 when a National Labor Relations Board judge ordered the Stella D’oro Biscuit Company to reinstate the workers and surrender back pay. Comment.
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Bronx filmmaker wins student Oscar Award

A filmmaker from Allerton has achieved his dream of creating a short movie recognized nationally as one of the best student films. Comment.
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Dolores Fernandez named to Board of Education

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., announced the appointment of Dr. Dolores Fernandez as the Bronx representative on the newly reconstituted Board of Education, effective following the sunset of mayoral control on July 1. Comment.
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Diaz, Klein deliver an explosive fireworks display

If you thought Bronx Week was an explosive way to celebrate the borough, this year’s New York Salutes America left you filled with wonder. Comment.
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Bruckner Bar and Grill hosts Bronx SNL

Live from the Bronx, it’s Saturday Night! Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Biz orders green wall

You know all about the green roof – a blanket of vegetation engineered to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, to grow fruit and flowers, to capture storm-water run off, to reduce air pollution and to lure animals back to the city. Comment.

Kids design playground

Ever play football on asphalt? Ouch. Bryan Edwards has. Football. Baseball. Basketball. The rising eighth grader is a sports fanatic. So Edwards was jazzed when the Trust for Public Land asked students at M.S. 424 to help design a new playground and mini-field in Hunts Point. On Wednesday, June 24, the playground opened and Edwards sprinted to play football on turf. Comment.

Students team up with banking firm

Eight eighth-grade students from The Young Scholars Academy in the Bronx ended a mock business acquisition project recently by presenting their recommendations to investors at the private equity firm Castle Harlan. Comments (1).

Treasury secretary makes stimulus announcement

Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geitner came to one of the borough’s premier non-profits to announce $90 million in President Obama’s and Congress’ Recovery Act geared toward helping community-based groups. Comment.

South Bronx Food Cooperative expands services

Helping to reduce the effects of poor eating habits, the South Bronx Food Cooperative has expanded its facility and will offer new and exciting programs for members. Comment.

Mitchell-Lama mystery in Highbridge

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Councilwoman Helen Diane Foster have stepped in to help restore order at 1380 University Avenue in Highbridge, where a maintenance related tenant-landlord dispute has exposed a tangle of questions. Comment.

Community Arts Grants available

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) announces the availability of its 2009-2010 Community Arts Grants (CAG) application and guidelines which are currently available online on BCA’s web site at www.bronxarts.org. Hard copies will be available at BCA’s 1738 Hone Avenue office on July 13. Additionally, copies will be available at borough-wide distribution sites the week of July 20,. Comment.

Bronx Arts Ensemble offers SummerMusic

The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents Romantic Summer Breezes, part of the SummerMusic 2009 concert series, on Sun., July 12 featuring the music of Dvorak and Brahms. Concerts are scheduled for 2 pm at Rockwood Drive Circle, Van Cortlandt Park, near Broadway and Mosholu Avenue in Riverdale and repeated at 4 pm in the McGinley Center Ballroom at Fordham University, on the Bronx Rose Hill Campus at Southern Boulevard. Comment.

Mixed housing for Cedar Ave.

Designed to strengthen the community and provide people with a secure home, a joint project between Community Access and Alembic Development Corporation will bring the Bronx a new affordable housing development. Comment.

Pelham Parkway teddy bear drug bust

They are cute and cuddly, but the feds say the stuffing of these teddy bears was filled with a deadly drug. Comment.

Chosen for caterpillar study

Lauren Augustine bugged out when she realized she had been accepted for the chance of a lifetime. Comment.

CB 10 refutes Game Day claim

Complaints about the Game Day Grill on E. Tremont Avenue have nothing to do with ethnicity and everything to do with behavior, according to Community Board 10 manager Ken Kearns. In May, E. Tremont Avenue business owners and Waterbury LaSalle residents met Kearns and Game Day Grill co-proprietor Bobby Mileno at the CB10 district office to vent. Trouble at the bar often spills onto the street, they said. Comment.

LPCA hosts first Family Fun Day

Locust Point Civic Association held its first Family Fun Day, and christened its brand new bocce court and waterslide, all in a move to draw people out to its clubhouse and beachfront property. Comment.

Ladder 53 saved in the nick of time

City Island celebrated its successful fight to save Ladder Company 53 with cake and fanfare. The celebration came just two days after a fire many said proved why it is so important for the remote City Island community to have its own engine and ladder company. Comment.

I.S. 192 trash overflow

I.S. 192 graduated its last eighth grade class on Monday, July 6. Teachers, administrators and students are gone from the Piagentini-Jones campus but a mountain of I.S. 192 trash remains. If you’ve driven on the Throgs Neck Expressway Service Road recently, you may’ve noticed the trash behind Piagentini-Jones. Neighbors want the campus’ custodial staff and the city to secure the trash; it floats into traffic and onto Hollywood Avenue. Comment.

St. Theresa’s annual feast runs July 22-26

The annual Feast of Saint Theresa will celebrate its 13th year with a five-day extravaganza set to begin on Wednesday, July 22. Comment.

Throggs Neck girls’ field of dreams

They had a league of their own. Now girls in Throggs Neck have a field to share. On Monday, July 6, a golden afternoon, the Throgs Neck Little League allowed the Throggs Neck Girls Softball League to compete on its little league field for the first time ever. Comment.

New deans named at Lehman College

Two new deans have been named at Lehman College: Lehman History Professor Dr. Timothy Alborn will become the new dean of Arts and Humanities and Dr. Edward L. Jarroll, a biologist and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University, will become dean of Natural and Social Sciences. Both appointments were approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees and are effective July 1. Comment.

American Christmas recognized for fast growth

Don’t be fooled by the warm weather, holiday cheer is still in the air for members of American Christmas, honored this year as one of the Nation’s fastest growing inner city companies. Comment.

Windmill buff proposes wind turbines

Throggs Neck may harness the power of the Nor’easter. Malcolm Brown, a City Island resident and windmill buff, wants to build wind turbines at Hart Island, Orchard Beach, SUNY Maritime and/or the Pelham Bay landfill. Comment.

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