August 5, 2009: 2009, Issue 32
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Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Grounded Walker remembers roots

The qualities that made Kemba Walker a Big-East All-Rookie team selection at UConn are on display at Dyckman, a streetball tournament in Inwood. Comment.

Andre Martin finds a fit at FIT

Andre Martin still doesn’t have the school of his dreams. The former South Bronx standout just attends the dream school of so many others: Fashion Institute of Technology. Comment.

Scoring in bunches, SJU’s Hardy impresses

Hardy has been given the nickname Comment.

All-City Boys’ Lacrosse

New Dorp’s Andrew Fiore created a moment all in attendance will remember. The senior, playing with an 80-percent torn ACL, just saw Midwood rally to send the PSAL Class A final to overtime. The All-American summoned one last burst to break to the cage and end it with a quick shot. The goal gave the Central Cougars their first city crown in their initial finals appearance. The young Hornets will be the team to beat next season. Comment.

All-PSAL Girls’ Lacrosse

It was a year in which some of the up and coming programs challenged the established ones, with Beach Channel solidifying the fact that there was a new kid in town. The Dolphins road a dynamic offense, led by Cynithia Smalls, Tolagbe Olatunbosun and Kiara VanBrackle to their first PSAL City title. Beach Channel came back to beat powerhouse Tottenville in the final. It beat both the Pirates and defending champion Curtis during the regular season. Comment.

Taking it to the streets

Justine Perry’s is taking her training to the streets. Comment.

Zodiacs track team members head to national competition

Put the Zodiacs in your prayers, so that they may have a safe trip to and from Greeboro, North Carolina with the 19 athletes and families who qualified for the 2009 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. The competition takes place from July 28 to August 3. Comment.

All-PSAL Girls’ Soccer honors

It was a sterling year for PSAL girls’ soccer, not to mention its last in the spring. Comment.

Playing overseas

Smush Parker fought hard to get to the NBA and the Brooklyn native didn’t exactly take a common route. But now, out of the league once more, Parker says he’ll be content if he never returns. Comment.

Going Camping

Kerri Johnson was a basketball player, so she knows how important the summer months are. Two years ago, the Bronx native traveled all over the country with the NY Xplosion AAU team. Comment.
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Explorers clean up allerton graffiti

Explorers from the 49th Precinct participated in a graffiti cleanups on an empty store at While Plains Road and Waring Avenue and elsewhere in the command with police officers Chris Traumer and Mamosa Bakraqi. The officers and youth spent five hours at several locations on Saturday, July 17 cleaning up graffiti in the Allerton Avenue and Olinville areas. Comment.
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49th Precinct joins the effort to support troops

The 49th Precinct is joining in the efforts to help our troops and asking the community to do their part for our service men and women. Comment.
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Benefit for Pelham Bay gal a success

Family came. Friends came. Nurses from Montefiore Medical Center, where Erika Altuchoff-Kenny endures chemotherapy, came. More than 300 people attended a benefit for Altuchoff-Kenny at the Manhem Beach Club in Throggs Neck on Friday, July 24. Comment.
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Pelham Parkway project delayed

How long will this go on? Community Board 11 has become frustrated over the ongoing delays hindering the start of the Pelham Parkway reconstruction. Comment.
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Night Out Against Crime, Aug. 4

by DANIEL BEEKMAN Comment.
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Balancing trade

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced that critically endangered alligators in China have a new chance for survival. The WCS’s Bronx Zoo, in partnership with two other North American parks and the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Management of the State Forestry Administration of China, has successfully reintroduced alligators into the wild that are now multiplying on their own. Comment.
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Greener future for Pelham Bay IRT Station

Every summer the Pelham Bay IRT Station’s popularity transforms the neighborhood into a sea of litter. Plans are in progress to rid the transportation hub of this problem. Comment.
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Newest IHOP to celebrate grand opening

Bronxites are just an IHOP, skip and jump away from one of the nation’s favorite dining facilities offering friendly service and yummy food. Comment.
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Saturday night live

Saturday Night Live at the Bruckner Bar & Grill took place on Saturday, July 11 entertained the audience with a range of performances while raising money for a documentary on individualized cancer research. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Bronx teachers nab excellence awards

Malik Ketchum grew up in the south Bronx. Brooke Nixon-Friedheim grew up in Iowa. Ketchum is a first-year teacher, Nixon-Friedheim a fourth-year vet. Both are NYC Teaching Fellows and both recently nabbed classroom awards for excellence. Ketchum teaches math at J.H.S. 118 William W. Niles on E. 179th Street and Arthur Avenue. Nixon-Friedheim teaches math and physics at the Bronx High School for Law and Community Service on Fordham Road. Comment.

Castle Hill LL volunteer passes

Kenny Pontillo, a coach at the Castle Hill Little League for the past 33 years, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on his way home from work on Friday, July 17. Pontillo had just coached his team to four straight championships in the league’s nine and ten-year-old division. Comment.

Norwood soup kitchen rises back from the ashes

A northwest Bronx soup kitchen will reopen soon. St. Stephen’s Meals closed temporarily on Saturday, January 3 when a fire damaged the basement at Norwood’s Lutheran Church of the Epiphany. The blaze destroyed tables and chairs, utensils and paper plates, wires and food. St. Stephen’s Meals is the only soup kitchen in Norwood; for six months, hungry residents have trekked to POTS, a soup kitchen on Webster Avenue and E. 198th Street. Comment.

Castle Hill farmer’s market opens next to Y

Castle Hill Avenue boasts a farmer’s market for the first time in recent memory. The modest-priced produce and baked goods market set up shop on Saturday, July 11 at Castle Hill Avenue and Hart Street – next door to the YMCA. Comment.

Palma, Crespo call for subway ‘Bill of Rights’

The fare Bronxites are paying to use the subway to get to and from work and school is up, and many are calling on the MTA to provide better, faster, and more easily-accessible service. Comment.

El Nuevo Delicioso is small biz of the year

On Monday, July 13, at Gracie Mansion, the Department of Small Business Services honored El Nuevo Delicioso as 2008 Bronx Small Business of the Year. El Nuevo Delicioso is an Ecuadorian and Dominican restaurant in the south Bronx where rotisserie chickens spin slow and good times roll. Comment.

Improvements to Crotona Lake unveiled by Parks

Bronxites can be proud as the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled the new Crotona Park, a vital nature escape and community safe haven that all can enjoy. Comment.

BP Diaz enters battle

Community Board 7 nudged. Now the borough president will shove. Ruben Diaz Jr. heard Bronxites speak about the future of the Kingsbridge Armory at a marathon public hearing on Monday, July 27 and promised to “negotiate strong” for a living wage proviso plus schools at the northwest Bronx landmark. Held at Lehman College, the hearing lasted nearly four hours. Comment.

Grand Concourse clogged

The Department of Transportation meant to install a breezy bicycle lane. Instead, the Grand Concourse south of E. Fordham Road has become a parking lot – thanks in part to space-hogging government vehicles. Comment.

DOT revises Allerton lane changes

Community Board 11, local residents, and Allerton merchants rejoiced after the Department of Transportation returned with welcomed changes to the Pelham Gardens Safe Streets for Seniors Program. Comment.

FP community: pave and name bridge road

Controversy has developed in the Ferry Point community over what is known as the ‘Ring Road,’ though all parties agree a course of action is necessary. Comment.

Pelham/Split Rock celebrates $10.8 million rehab

On a beautiful summer day what better place to be than on the green? Comment.

Neighborhood art improves eyesore

While the Throggs Neck street may be changing with the construction of four, three-family homes, a construction fence has become a temporary canvas of sorts for neighborhood artists. Comment.

Merchants go head-to-head

In the spirit of the historic 2000 Subway World Series, two Bronx teams will go head to head for the honor of Bronx Champion in what has been termed the ‘Sidewalk Series.’ Comment.

Group celebrates five years of helping learning disabled

The Learning Disabilities Support Center of New York, which holds educational programming in Westchester Square’s Owen Dolen Recreational Center, is celebrating five years of helping special needs people lead fuller lives. Comment.

Longtime OB/GYN retires

Now that Dr. George Muscillo has closed the doors of his medical practice after more than 46 years, many will remember him as the man who delivered their child, or for that matter, themselves into this world. Comment.

Benedetto thanked for commitment to playgrounds

Bufano Playground is a abuzz with activity this summer, with children running under its spray shower, teenagers playing basketball, and a playground associate providing youngsters with everything from lunch to games, while keeping them occupied. Comment.

Marshalls to open new store

Marshalls, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers, will open a new store in Bronx on Thursday, August 6. The 38,000 sq. ft. store will be located at Gateway Center (610 Exterior Street). Grand opening hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Regular store hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The new location will open with a Shoe MegaShop featuring designer and brand name shoes for the whole family and The CUBE, a hip, new in-store boutique. The store will add approximately 75 full and part-time jobs to the area. Comment.

‘First Nail’ for wounded veteran

U.S. Army Specialist Roberto Reyes had a special homecoming after four years in VA hospitals on Saturday, July 25, as he drove a ceremonial “First Nail” into a board symbolizing the doorway to his new home in Throggs Neck. Comment.

11 hurt on ride mishap

The St. Theresa Feast was packed on the evening of Saturday, July 25 when a mini-roller coaster for children derailed, sending 11 to the hospital. The next day, Archbishop Timothy Dolan the feast he feast to pray for the injured and show his support for the church and its biggest annual fundraiser. Comment.

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