August 19, 2009: 2009, Issue 34
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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Injury helps Tia Scott better understand game

Tia Scott was forced to sit and watch. Comment.

All-City Softball Honors - 2009 season

Whoever said that New York City doesn’t have softball talent, probably needs to see this list. It’s loaded with players going to Division I and II schools and littered with girls who will someday make that leap once their incredible high-school careers are over. Comment.

An up and down summer

Naquan Pierce froze the defender by hesitating before quickly crossing over, the ball quickly switching from his left to right hand. He buzzed past his man, into the lane, just to the right of the paint. Comment.

New Heights White earns bragging rights

The friendly trash talking began as soon as the teams entered the gates of Courtney Callender playground on West 131st Street and Fifth Avenue in Harlem. The Uptown Challenge high school division final was to be a battle between the 17-and-under New Heights White team and its 16-and-under counterpart. Comment.

J.C. Mathis still chasing dreams

J.C. Mathis was taught the importance of a good education from a young age. His mother, Marsha, was a teacher and his father, Johnny, is well known in these parts for his views on schooling. Mathis’ dad, of course, is the legendary boys’ basketball coach at John F. Kennedy HS in the Bronx. Comment.
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Insomnia Lounge keeps neighbors up all night

Does Insomnia Lounge evoke a family-friendly environment to you? Comment.
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Police checkpoint finds 2 pounds of marijuana

In the continuing effort to get drugs off the street, the 49th precinct has yet again made an arrest for possession of illegal drugs. Comment.
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49th sets annual Clesse Run

Its time to break out the running shoes in preparation for the 49th Precinct’s 7th annual 5K 9/11 Memorial Run in honor of Lt. Thomas Clesse. Comment.
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Van Nest Post Office may close

Apparently snow, rain, heat and gloom won’t stop the United States Postal Service, but technology and the recession might. Comment.
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More Munis for Morris Park Avenue

Out with the old and in with the new. Morris Park residents and shoppers can expect a change to their business district within in the next few weeks, as standard curbside parking meters are replaced with muni-meters. Comment.
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Parking deck over the Bruckner widely favored

Some have labeled it a pipe dream. But if the money could be found, the Throggs Neck, Waterbury LaSalle and Pelham Bay communities feel that a decking proposal kicked around ever since the Bruckner Expressway was built might be an asset and restore the old-time look of the boulevard. Comment.
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Speeding motorists enjoy roadway without controls

Peter Spoto of Spoto’s Restaurant on E. Tremont Avenue thinks there should be some sort of speed deterrent on the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension. On Sunday, July 26, a motorist swerved to the side of the extension and hit a parked vehicle. Comment.
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DEP vows to fix Puritan Ave. sinkhole

For two months, residents of Puritan Avenue between E. Tremont and Waterbury avenues have had to contend with a large sinkhole right in the middle. Cars have to swerve to avoid hitting the one- to two-foot deep hole. Comment.
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Fr. Sullivan to lead St. Frances de C.

by Patrick Rocchio Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Crowded council race field trimmed by BoE

So long, Miguel Santana. Adios, Algernon Quattlebaum. Sayonara, Daryl Johnson. Au revoir, Myra Bon. On Tuesday, August 4, the New York City Board of Elections dismissed a slew of Bronx candidates for City Council – unknowns and on-the-cusp contenders – on the basis of flawed or insufficient petitions. Comment.

Palma measures Council contenders

Annabel Palma is safe – unopposed by any Democrat in her bid for re-election to the City Council. The Parkchester pol will stroll to victory in the 18th Council District primary on September 15. Comment.

BP Diaz, Jr. seeks interns

The office of the Bronx Borough President is seeking interns for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters. Comment.

Bon Appetit at Bronx Y

The Bronx YMCA celebrates its the 3rd Annual Bon Appétit Event at the Bronx YMCA located on 2 Castle Hill Avenue on Wednesday, September 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event brings you a selection food and wine from some of the best restaurants in the Bronx and beyond. This event will help the branch continue to provide children and teens a place to come after school for safe, productive activities that encourage and support academic performance, help to build their self-esteem and develop healthy lifestyles. Comment.

Neighbors on new playground: it’s unsafe

Gun Hill Houses tenant Barbara Gibson and tenant president Robert Hall are pleased that the Parks Department saw fit to renovate Gun Hill Playground, a .72-acre park at the corner of Holland Avenue and Magenta Street. Only, Gibson and Hall wish there had been more neighborhood dialogue beforehand. Comment.

New housing for Longwood

A groundbreaking was held for two affordable buildings in Longwood. Comment.

Bronx Post Offices set for closure

Eight of 677 post offices set to close nationwide are in the Bronx, borough residents learned recently. Saddled with costly retiree health benefits and wounded by a decrease in mail, the United States Postal Service has announced its intention to consolidate. The eight Bronx post offices in danger are: Botanical, Clason Point, Crotona Park, Hillside, Hub, Melcourt, Oak Point and Van Nest. USPS handled 4.5 percent fewer pieces of mail in 2008, one of the largest decreases in history. Comment.

Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to be celebrated in her native borough

The confirmation of Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice will not go without celebration in the borough. Two elected officials are planning on inviting her back to where it all began for a victory celebration. Comment.

Landmark researcher lauded

Dr. Laird W. Bergad, whose landmark research on slave-based plantation societies has broadened historical understanding of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil, has been named a Distinguished Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College. He becomes the seventh current member of the Lehman faculty to hold this rank, which honors a small group of scholars and artists who have attained the highest levels of achievement within their fields. His appointment was approved on June 22 by the CUNY Board of Trustees. Comment.

Nat’l Night Out Against Crime a hit

In the spirit of unity and an increased quality of life, community members came out to join our men in blue as the NYPD held their 26th Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Comment.

Home recording studio takes off

Whether you are an old pro musician or a new band just starting out, there is a recording studio in Throggs Neck that’s got you covered. Comment.

Neighbors demand seal-up

by DANIEL BEEKMAN Comment.

Benedetto urges fiscal solutions at conference

The Northeast region has been hit hard by the country’s fiscal crisis. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto is helping New York navigate that turbulent economy. Comment.

House for vet delayed

by Patrick Rocchio Comment.

Mammoth housing development in Melrose underway

Suits and hardhats gathered on a mountain of gravel in Melrose on Tuesday, August 4 to break ground on St. Ann’s Terrace, a 600-unit mixed-income housing development. The development will eventually include 50,000 square feet of street level retail and 400 below ground parking spots, city brass said. Comment.

Mayor highlights Castle Hill Houses retrofit

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. at the Castle Hill Houses on Wednesday, August 5 to promote an energy-conscious initiative. Comment.

CBA draft delivered to Kingsbridge Armory developer

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Kingsbridge Armory stakeholders have drafted a community benefits agreement and delivered it to The Related Companies. Diaz Jr. expects to enter negotiations with Related shortly. Comment.

Tragedy on Zerega leads to youth’s death

A police investigation is ongoing in Zerega where a young male was killed earlier this month. Comment.

Throggs Neck woman has harrowing story to tell

Geraldine Panattieri, of 1055 Edison Avenue, who suffers from a mental disability, was found by her neighbors and friends homeless and wandering the street. Panattieri, in her 50s, also is afflicted with auditory hallucinations. Comment.

Street renaming in honor of Martin Gold

On Wednesday, August 12, Councilman Jimmy Vacca joined Congressman Joseph Crowley, Senator Jeff Klein, and Gold’s widow Helen in celebrating the renaming of Tenbroeck Avenue between Mace and Allerton avenues in honor of the deceased senior activist. Comment.

Bill de Blasio endorsed for public advocate by BP Diaz

Borough President Diaz made an endorsement in the upcoming primary and general election for the citywide office of public advocate at a packed street festival he hosts every year. Comment.

Borough president to hand out $$

On his 100th day as borough president, Ruben Diaz Jr. announced plans to allocate $21 million to Bronx schools, parks, community facilities and institutions. Owen Dolen Recreation Center will receive $500,000 and Aspire Preparatory Middle School on Wallace Avenue $208,000. Comment.

Vice Unit slams Bobbie’s Café Lounge

The Bronx NYPD Vice Unit busted into Bobbie’s on Thursday, August 13 and shuttered the Hone Avenue cafe lounge. Bobbie’s has generated a number of complaints, 49th Precinct Captain John Greeley said. He recently asked the vice unit to step in. Comment.

Sotomayor confirmation to be celebrated in the Bronx

The confirmation of Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice will not go without celebration in the borough. Two elected officials are planning on inviting her back to where it all began for a victory celebration. Comment.

A House for Robert hits a snag

On Saturday, July 25 Reyes drove a ceremonial first nail into a board as a crowd of neighbors, friends and family looked on. The ceremony was supposed to kick off construction on the house being purchased for Robert using his veterans’ benefits and other funding. Reyes was injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2005 – thrown 20 feet from a vehicle and beaten by insurgents. Comment.

Bronx candidates get ballot boot

So long, Miguel Santana. Adios, Algernon Quattlebaum. Sayonara, Daryl Johnson. Au revoir, Myra Bon. On Tuesday, August 4, the New York City Board of Elections dismissed a slew of Bronx candidates for City Council – unknowns and on-the-cusp contenders – on the basis of flawed or insufficient petitions. Comment.

Muni-Meters in Morris Park

Out with the old and in with the new.Morris Park residents and shoppers can expect a change coming to their business district within in the next few weeks, as standard curbside meters are replaced with muni-meters. Comment.

Marshalls opens at Gateway

The south Bronx has a new Yankee Stadium, a new Metro North station and now a new Marshalls. The national bargain store opened at the Gateway Center shopping mall – Exterior Street and E. 150th Street – on Thursday, August 6. Comment.

Groundbreaking held for over 120 units of affordable housing

A groundbreaking was held for two affordable buildings in Longwood. Comment.

49th Precinct checkpoint leads to 2 pounds of marijuana

In the continuing effort to get drugs off the street, the 49th precinct has yet again made an arrest for possession of illegal drugs. Comment.

Insomnia Lounge keeping neighbors up all night

Does Insomnia Lounge evoke a family-friendly environment to you? Comment.

49th Precinct holds 7th Annual Clesse Run

Its time to break out the running shoes in preparation for the 49th Precinct’s 7th annual 5K 9/11 Memorial Run in honor of Lt. Thomas Clesse. Comment.

Clamdigger rows to the rescue

The storm surprised Gerald Tyson. One minute, he was a happy fisherman in a rented City Island skiff. The next, Tyson was a frightened Manhattanite in rough water. When a monster wave hit, Tyson and the skiff went vertical. Comment.

Bloomberg opens Pelham Bay office

Love ’em or hate ’em, Mayor Mike is here. Bloomberg for Mayor 2009 hosted an open house at its new Pelham Bay campaign office on Thursday, July 30. The main objective of the event was to rally Mayor Mike supporters – potential volunteers – around the campaign, staffer Silvia Alvarez said. The office is at Middletown Road and Hobart Avenue. Comment.

Red Bulls keeper reps Castle Hill

Call him the Jennifer Lopez of Major League Soccer. New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, acquired from the Colorado Rapids in June, hails from Lopez’ old neighborhood – Castle Hill. Comment.

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