July 24, 2009: 2009, Issue 30
Past issues Contact The NewsstandClassifieds

Friday, July 24, 2009

All-City Girls’ PSAL Soccer honors

One could make the case that the best girls’ soccer in the PSAL this year was played in Manhattan and the Bronx. After all, Beacon made the Class A championship game before being turned away in its bed to repeat by McKee/Staten Island Tech. Bronx Science also made it to the semifinals. Comment.

Pitches Bells into the finals

It’s hard to blame Krista Lancione if she feels a bit cheated. The Bronx native’s softball postseason was taken away from her this past school season. Comment.

All-City Girls’ Tennis honors

Call 2009 the year of the dynasty in girls’ tennis. Comment.

New-look Johnson focused at Reebok Camp

Sidiki Johnson’s bulked-up frame isn’t the only thing new about him this summer. Comment.

Coach switch has resounding effect

Ashton Pankey begrudgingly transferred from Archbishop Molloy HS in Briarwood Queens to St. Anthony in Jersey City last year. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

49th police grab AK-47 toting perps

On Tuesday, July 14 at 11 p.m., police from the 49th Precinct’s anti-crime team stopped a home invasion, snared four would-be robbers and confiscated an AK-47 assault rifle. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Contractor removes graffiti for free

A contractor who pledged to remove graffiti on stores and buildings free of charge while painting the el in the White Plains Road Business Improvement District has made good on its promise. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Seymour Avenue sinkholes persist

Residents of Seymour Avenue between Waring and Mace avenues are once again calling on the city to do something about a longstanding problem grown more serious in the past three years. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Earth Day to the next level

A 4th grade class took their Earth Day project to the next level, reaching out to educate the community and make an impact on the world. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Residents demand the re-opening of Birchall Ave. BRP ramp

Come out, come out, wherever you are! During the Bronx River Parkway public hearing this week this resounding cry seemed to be addressed at the Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Talented writers are invited to apply for literary residency

Talented Bronx writers are invited to apply for the 2009-10 Literary Arts Fellowship and Residency, available from The Bronx Writers’ Center (BWC), a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts. Two nine-month fellowships are awarded annually to fiction writers, poets, playwrights and screenwriters who reside in the Bronx. Fellows are awarded $5,000 and are required to complete a community service project as part of a residency at the Bronx Writers’ Center. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 14. There is no entry fee. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

S&E Market celebrates opening

Dora the Explorer welcomed patrons on the opening day of the S&E Market at 3200 Schley Avenue on Saturday, July 11. Folks from the neighborhood surrounding the market were treated to free hot dogs, soda and water. Community leaders and an elected official were on hand to wish the deli’s owners much success. Comments (2).
Bronx Times Reporter

Pelham Bay girls rescue scaredy cat from 2nd floor perch

Jaime Angelo and Michelle Antico did Pelham Bay proud on Monday, July 13, when they rescued a cat from the wall of an apartment building. Angelo, 12, and Antico, 12, were en route to a babysitting appointment when they spotted a gray and white cat trapped on the second story molding of 2860 Buhre Avenue. The girls demanded that mom Laura Angelo pull her car over. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Skate Park holds its annual summer kick-off event

On June 7th, 2009, TNCAP hosted its 4th Annual Skate Park Summer Kick-Off Event. Congressman Crowley, TNCAP, and Citibank sponsored the event. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

St. Theresa adds two Universal Pre-k classes

St. Theresa School has been certified a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) school by the State Education Department and the Board of Education of the City of New York. The approval, for two 18-seat classes, is based upon a proposal and presentation to the district by the school’s principal, Josephine Fanelli and the school’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten director, Donna Sirabella. Registration for the UPK program, beginning in September, is currently open only to 4-year old children. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Bravest saves pets from Pel Bay blaze

James Minaugh stepped off the Bx14 bus and into a nightmare. On Wednesday, July 8, the 3505 Bruckner Boulevard resident returned home from physical therapy to a kitchen fire. Minaugh sprinted to rescue his beloved dog and cat. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Melrose Playground facelift done

Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe ducked under an outdoor spray shower at Melrose Playground on Tuesday, July 7 to the delight of Phipps CDC Summer Day Campers. Moments earlier, Benepe and neighborhood leaders cut the ribbon on the renovated playground. In addition to the spray shower, it boasts water fountains, climbing structures, a rose bush and a teeter-totter. Comment.

Drug-fighting heroes honored at ceremony

Some of New York’s true heroes in the fight to keep kids off drugs were honored by the Foundation for a Drug-free World as part of the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse. Comment.

NYS DOT to rehabilitate Alexander Hamilton Bridge

New York State Department of Transportation is building bridges, announcing the official start of rehabilitation to the Alexander Hamilton Bridge. Comment.

The supermarket wars begin

With the future of the Kingsbridge Amory under public review, a rift has emerged between northwest Bronx residents who want a new supermarket to open at the vacant landmark and those who vehemently do not. The Related Companies plan to build a shopping mall at the armory. Comment.

Developer of Broadway property rethinking its involvement

Ceruzzi Properties, the Connecticut-based developer picked to build a shopping mall at W. 230th Street and Broadway, on the border of Marble Hill and Kingsbridge, is rethinking its involvement. Comment.

Parking tickets hurt Castle Hill businesses

A busy corner in Castle Hill has become a stomping ground for traffic agents, which many say are issuing tickets for trivial or non-existent infractions of the parking codes. Comment.

Knicks superstar on hand to unveil Sedgwick Playround

Former New York Knicks superstar John Starks was on hand to celebrate more than $1.7 million in improvements to the basketball courts and play area of Sedgwick Playground on Wednesday, July 8. Comment.

Armory vote to the BP

Community Board 7 voted to approve a shopping mall plan for the city-owned Kingsbridge Armory on Tuesday, July 16, provided that mega-developer The Related Companies abide by neighborhood-friendly conditions. Comment.

Hunts Point Park wins Bruner Award

It had once been a barren, illegal dumping ground. Now, after opening in the spring of 2007, Hunts Point Riverside Park has won a national award for its replicate-able green design. Comment.
Arts

kanburian pit viper at one week of age

The Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx Zoo’s Kanburian Pit Viper at one week of age. Kanburian pit vipers live in the trees of Thailand’s western forests, preying on small animals. Visit the Bronx Zoo Reptile House and all exhibits year-round. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10a.m. to 5 p.m., and to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2. The WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. Comment.

Crowd rallies for Armory control

Hundreds of northwest Bronx residents chanted, stomped and danced from a Wednesday, July 15 rally at the Our Lady of Refuge Church to Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue, where they wrapped the Kingsbridge Armory in caution tape. “Es nuestro arsenal,” the tape read. “Our armory.” Comment.

Horrific crash kills two on Laconia Avenue

Castle Hill resident Ann Flournoy, 29, was ejected from a livery cab at the intersection of Laconia and Waring avenues just before midnight on Tuesday, July 14. Flournoy, who landed on the grounds of the Pelham Parkway Nursing Home, died. Comment.

Milton Place construction riles some neighbors

A former neighbor’s plans to constuct four, 3-family homes on his property is not sitting well with his neighbors. Comment.

66 new laptops for M.S. 101

Typing and clicking their way into the future, the students of M.S. 101 were the recipients of a technology grant set to be used to purchase computers. Comment.

Montefiore celebrates 30th anniversary of WIC program

Montefiore’s Woman Infants and Children supplemental food and nutritional education program celebrated its 30th anniversary at its present location at Westchester Square, with its original director coming back to see how it has grown. Comment.

Motorists snagged by bogus ‘No Parking’ sign

Motorists have been parking their cars for years in three spots between the Catherine Scott Promenade and Seashore Restaurant. Now, many have been slapped with tickets even though the Department of Transportation deemed a “No Standing” sign at the location bogus. Comment.

Vacca, Palma and Benedetto endorse de Blasio for Pub. Adv.

Councilman James Vacca, Councilwoman Annabel Palma, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto today welcomed Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio to the east Bronx to officially endorse his candidacy and tout his partnership in their fight against the city’s overzealous parking ticket blitz. Comment.

Leaders weigh in on graffiti initiative

Members of the Waterbury LaSalle Community Association are preparing to launch a court watcher initiative. They want harsher sentences for graffiti vandals. Will the initiative work? Law enforcement agents disagree. Comment.

Westchester Square DOT meeting gets results

The ongoing revitalization of Westchester Square continues, with newly painted lines to help customers with their shopping excursions. Comment.

Shell to open Bronx hydrogen station

The Shell Oil Company will open a hydrogen filling station in the Bronx in the next month, according to spokesman L.K. Herlong. The Houston-based energy giant opened its second hydrogen station at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday, July 14. It opened a White Plains station in 2008. Comment.

Aging In America is eyeing D’Urso

Concerns about possible tenants for 1870 Pelham Parkway South seem to be subsiding, as word spreads that Aging in America hopes to turn the vacant, former D’Urso Pavilion of Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center into an assisted living facility. Comment.

WSMC merger talks off

Merger talks between Westchester Square Medical Center and St. Barnabas Hospital have hit a snag, and according to Westchester Square’s CEO, the hospital will now seek other partners. Comment.

Sign up for daily news emails!

Bronx Times archive

CNG: Community Newspaper Group