August 27, 2009: 2009, Issue 35
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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

Gaucho’s Lamb stars in Elite 24

Doron Lamb was already billed as the hometown favorite Friday night. The Queens resident was the only New York City native on either team’s roster in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game at Harlem’s Rucker Park. Comment.

Preseason honors for Crockett

Fordham University senior defensive back James Crockett was named Honorable Mention Preseason All-America by the College Sporting News. This is the second preseason All-America honor received by Crockett who was also was given the accolade from Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. Crockett, who will serve as a captain for the second consecutive year, moves from linebacker to safety this season. Comment.

Makes good after prison stay

Jasmine Mansell seemed to be on the fast track. Fame, fortune and everything that comes with an NBA career was on the horizon for the Bronx native. Comment.

Glover’s ready for a challenge - in Utah

New York City’s streetball circuit can be broken up into several factions. There are the guys who made it at a high level in college and are playing overseas, those who never quite got to the mountaintop, and ones who are currently there. Comment.

Manhattan College names Pardalis new softball coach

Looking to resurrect its softball program, Manhattan College tabbed Tom Pardalis as its new coach. The 37-year coaching veteran was an assistant at Marist when the Red Foxes won the MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2006 and has held different jobs on the collegiate and high-school level. Comment.

Already Adjusting

Angel Nunez walked into the weight room at the Winchendon School in Massachusetts with a puzzled look on his face. Comment.
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Burglary arrest in the 49th Pct.

With all the hardships business owners are facing today, burglary should not be one of them. The 49th precinct has made another phenomenal arrest of two individuals breaking into a commercial establishment. Comment.
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49th Precinct makes arrest for possession of a weapon

There is one less gun on the street thanks to the efforts of the 49th Precinct, recently arresting two individuals by the Pelham Parkway Houses. Comment.
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Dedication set to honor Mother Teresa

Residents and persons inspired or touched by the life and work of Mother Teresa are invited this weekend to honor her legacy during the dedication of Mother Teresa Way. Comment.
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BronxNet’s logo search taps youthful imagination

Shouldn’t you have a say in what you watch? Bronx youth are now being given the opportunity to name and design a logo for a BronxNet channel dedicated to youth, created by youth, for youth. Comment.
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Sidewalk tree repairs are lagging: Vacca

In 2007, the city embarked on MillionTreesNYC. Its admirable goal: a million new trees planted by 2030. Trees are great for shade and fresh air. Trees are beautiful. Comment.
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AECOM reports cancer relies on disease-fighting cells

The deadliest part of the cancer process, metastasis, appears to rely on help from macrophages, potent immune system cells that usually defend vigorously against disease, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University report. Comment.
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Leipold (Scheuring) earns Teacher of Honor award

Dr. Malissa Ann Leipold, nee Scheuring, assistant professor at Iona College, recently earned Teacher of Honor designation from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor society in Education. As the 19th recipient of the award this year, Leipold joins a small group of remarkable educators who have been recognized with this honor. Comment.
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Jacobi celebrates 2nd WeCOACH graduation

Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital recently celebrated their 2nd WeCOACH Graduation Ceremony on August 6. WeCOACH, which stands for Community Older Adults Care about their Health, is an evidence-based initiative designed to address chronic conditions among seniors over the age of 60 by enrolling them in a six week fitness program. Comment.
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Events center around Hudson’s arrival

In this summer heat, the Aquatic Garden at Wave Hill truly begins to come into its own, making it the perfect destination for a tour on Thursday or Saturday or the Family Art Project on Saturday or Sunday, while Glyndor Gallery provides a cool counterpoint to the lush gardens, a place to absorb a variety of media and viewpoints that all center on the Native American experience of Henry Hudson’s arrival. Comment.

Seabrook town hall meeting addresses healthcare

At town hall meetings in Tampa and St. Louis, Georgia and Philadelphia, loud and angry protestors condemned President Barack Obama’s plan for health insurance reform. Not in the Bronx. Comment.

Serrano picks Rice; Nunez remains neutral

Krystal Serrano and Yorman Nunez are to some extent insiders, the former an immigrant advocate and ex-candidate in the 12th Council District, the latter a rising star and ex-candidate in the 14th Council District. So what do Serrano and Nunez think of the candidates who remain? Comment.

Kittay House teens dedicated to seniors

Luz Lara and Matt Gonzalez are a high-powered pair. Lara, 18, has pledged to a business sorority at SUNY Albany; the Kingsbridge-born sophomore is bilingual. Gonzalez, 17, will start at Brandeis University in September; the Morris Park-born history buff won a full-tuition scholarship. Comment.

Friends hold fundraiser for community activist

Bill Pacheco, described by friends as a tireless community activist who took on important issues like education for immigrant children and affordable housing, needs help of his own after years of giving to the community. Comments (1).

BP highlights summer meals

You don’t need to fill out an application. You don’t need to be enrolled in summer school. You don’t need to bring a parent or guardian along. Comment.

Bodegas stand by Baez; mayor speaks on armory

In June, Councilwoman Maria Baez skipped a Community Board 7 public hearing on the future of the Kingsbridge Armory. In July, the 14th Council District incumbent skipped a CB7 vote. Baez skipped a public hearing hosted by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and a rally led by the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA). Comment.

Crotona Park tenants up for grabs

The Crotona Park tenants who dumped absentee landlord OCG VII and won court-appointed repairs in February are now afraid that Fannie Mae will sell 806-808 E. 175th Street to another irresponsible firm. Comment.

BP Diaz’ armory meeting

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. allowed the deadline for his recommendation on the future of the Kingsbridge Armory to come and go. Determined to negotiate a community benefits agreement with The Related Companies and armory stakeholders, Diaz Jr. will submit a noncompliant recommendation. Comment.

Score a membership to BJ’s

Big ups to BJ’s Wholesale Club. Modest ups, at least. Comment.

38-unit shelter opens

Transient housing has been thrust upon the Zerega community with little prior notification from the Department of Homeless Services. Comment.

Avella pushes for nabe-based planning

Mayoral candidate Tony Avella let fly at incumbent Michael Bloomberg at a sit-down interview with Community Newspaper Group reporters on Monday, August 24. Comment.

Bloomberg sits down with CNG

It appears that The Related Companies will sign a community benefits agreement at the Kingsbridge Armory, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg is none too pleased. Comment.

Summertime tennis served up at P.S./M.S. 194

The New York Junior Tennis League’s summer tennis program at P.S./M.S. 194 in Zerega is having a positive impact on young people enrolled in the program, many say. Beyond teaching the game’s fundamentals, the youth are learning invaluable social skills. Comment.

TNMA to install banners

Throggs Neck will soon have some extra flare, as the Throggs Neck Merchants Association dresses up their business district with new colorful banners. Comment.

Property owner adds a room without permits

Neighbors on a quiet block in Throggs Neck reached out for help after they saw a lot of construction work being done behind a house without any Department of Buildings permits posted. Comment.

Second Griswold shooting in two months

Residents of Griswold Avenue in Spencer Estate are concerned after two shootings from moving vehicles in as many months have disturbed the calm and quiet block. Comment.

Finest beats Bravest, but everyone wins

The Police Department defeated the Fire Department on Sunday, August 23 at the 2009 EmblemHealth Bravest versus Finest Bronx Open in Crotona Park. EmblemHealth donated $2,500 to the NYPD Widows and Orphans Fund and the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund. Comment.

Parking cop refuses to ‘right’ ticket

It seems NYC’s traffic ticket writing brigade has no problem issuing thousands of questionable summons on a daily basis, but ask them to enforce an actual violation, well that’s going to lead to an investigation. Comment.

Father pinned to tree

A young man accidently pinned his father against a tree while learning how to park a car on E. Tremont Avenue, killing him. The tragic accident occurred after the family shared a meal together at a local restaurant. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Jefferson’s improving, Avila ready to reach new heights

While others were resting Edson Avila was working. Comment.

Starr gazing

Stephon Marbury. Ron Artest. Rafer Alston. Elton Brand. Jermaine O’Neal. Shawn Marion. Zach Randolph. Kareem Reid. Cuttino Mobley. Terry Dehere. Erick Barkley. Comment.

Explosive Reid leads Dancy Power

Kareem Reid put his travel plans on hold for a chance to play in the Tri-State Classic title game. The former St. Raymond and Arkansas star was supposed to travel to France to start working with his team on Saturday, but told them he planned on staying in New York to play for the crown with Dancy Power. Comment.

A free agent again

Andre Barrett is a free agent again. Comment.

Ready to conquer Marshall

Milan Germany started her high-school basketball career at St. Michael Academy in Manhattan. But she wasn’t there this past winter when the Eagles won their first New York State Federation Class AA championship. Comment.

Nine leaves an imprint

Jimmy Bermudez has shed tears on a baseball diamond twice – after losing the PSAL Class B championship his junior year and when his New York Nine career ended late Saturday night in Jackson, Miss. The scout team had just finished third in the National Amateur Baseball Federation 18U World Series, an invite and qualifier-only tournament composed of the best travel programs nationwide. Comment.
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Klein: V’Nest needs a bank

Will the outcry for a bank in the Van Nest area finally be answered? Comment.
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Zerega shooting

A police investigation is ongoing in Zerega where a young male was killed earlier this month. Comment.
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Vice Unit slams Bobbie’s Cafe 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.
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Graffiti tags sour prime shopping area

Months ago, Pelham Parkway South Neighborhood Association president Edith Blitzer sounded the alarm. Graffiti on Holland Avenue, Cruger Avenue, Brady Avenue, Maran Place and White Plains Road had exploded. Comment.
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Tall grass an unsightly mess

Grass four to five feet tall at the Bruckner Expressway-Pelham Parkway cloverleaf has presented serious problems for drivers for many years. Comment.
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Red Bulls goalkeeper 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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Homeowner told: get rid of  the junk

Neighbors charge a property owner appears to be operating an auto repair business on his premises. Comment.
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Bronx Y to host Annual Bon Appetit gala

The Bronx YMCA will celebrate its the 3rd Annual Bon Appétit Event at the Bronx YMCA, located on 2 Castle Hill Avenue, on 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 teems 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.
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Enjoy lush aquatic gardens and a salute to the tomato

Now that real summer weather seems to have arrived, expect to find the gardens especially lush, making a walk in the Aquatic Garden on Thursday a perfect outing and Glyndor Gallery a refreshing alternative indoors. Start off in the cool early hours with Tai Chi or Yoga on the lawns, and then graduate to brunch in the Cafe, where the Tomato Festival offers a toast to one of the plump stars of the season. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Freddy endorses Baez; Ruben picks de Blasio

On Saturday, August 15 the BK got a boost from the BX. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. endorsed Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio, a Brooklyn councilman. The two pols met a Soundview street fair to promote de Blasio’s platform: a reformed Civilian Complaint Review Board. Comment.

Tapia endorsed ex-Republican

14th Council District candidate Yudelka Tapia has made opponent Fernando Cabrera’s alleged “outsider” status an issue. Cabrera lived in the Westchester County town of Pelham and was registered as a Republican until 2008. Comment.

Castle Hill retrofit lauded

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.

12th CD update: Ulanga drops out

Co-op City parent Sebastian Ulanga is no longer a candidate in the 12th Council District. Ulanga was on the ballot as of Friday, August 14 but announced that he would cut short his campaign. Comment.

Tenant prez sounds off on 12th CD race

Robert Hall knows Gun Hill Road. The Gun Hill Houses tenant association president and Community Board 12 member is frank and opinionated. Hall recently weighed in on Larry Seabrook and the 12th Council District Democratic primary. Comment.

Benefits draft delivered to Related Cos.

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.

Bronx Zoo adds Birds of Prey show

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is debuting a brand new educational Birds of Prey flying show, September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Comment.

Melrose project started

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.

Street renaming for man of Gold

Martin Gold, who exemplified an active citizenry, was remembered by numerous community leaders and elected officials last week. His name will forever be immortalized in the Pelham Parkway community he always watched over. Comment.

St. Barnabas launches ambulatory surgery unit

First it was get your fast food on the run. Now, you can get a colonoscopy or cosmetic dental surgery on the run, and be quickly out of the hospital within a day. Comment.

Hess still intends to develop gas station

Hess is coming to E. Tremont and Baisley avenues in Throggs Neck. But whenever that day comes, it’s questionable if the community will be happy with the 24-hour convenience store that is also part of the plans. Comment.

Teddy Bear Hospital opens at Jacobi

Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital invite neighborhood children to bring their injured or ripped stuffed animals and dolls in for repair at their Annual Teddy Bear Hospital. Missing a nose? Broken bones? Boo-boo’s? Have no fear! The doctors and nurses will fix it! Comment.

Bill de Blasio endorsed for Public Advocate by 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.

TNMA honors 2 businesses

Distinguishing the work and dedication of two individuals, the Throggs Neck Merchant Association recently announced the selection of the businessman and businesswoman of the year. Comment.

Focal Point Gallery celebrates 35 years

Focal Point Gallery, a fixture in the City Island community for the past 35 years, is celebrating its anniversary with a showing of “self portraits” representing the lives of contributing artists. Comment.

BP Diaz to distribute $21 million

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.

MTA urged to reinstate student fares

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto is calling on the MTA to reinstate reduced fares for students using express bus service. Comment.

Careening SUV rips through church fence

An SUV careening out of control off the Bruckner Boulevard service road at Balcom Avenue smashed through a concrete-reinforced fence at the Crossway Christian Center on Saturday, August 15 – one of many such occasions, the pastor said. The Alleged drunk driver was arrested at the scene. Comment.

Woman fooled out of house

She lived in the same house in Throggs Neck all of her life. That is, until she was forced to leave after befriending a man and transferring the property to him. Comment.

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