September 17, 2009: 2009, Issue 38
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Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

PSAL Soccer preview

It didn’t take long for Yong Sung Kim to grow adjusted to varsity soccer. As a freshman, he scored 12 goals, leading the Lehman boys soccer team to the PSAL Class A city championship game. Comment.

Coach Crane faces a season-long construction project at Spellman

It was the perfect end of the season, and an ideal end of Joe DeSimone’s career as Cardinal Spellman football coach. Comment.

CHSAA Bronx Girls’ Volleyball

The Cardinal Spellman girls volleyball team is a perennial contender in CHSAA Bronx/Westchester and the New York Archdiocese. If the Falcons aren’t winning titles, they’re usually the runner-up. Comment.

St. Cath’s brings back its core

The St. Catharine Academy girls volleyball team is a perennial underdog in CHSAA Bronx/Westchester, so when senior setter Lauren Paylor was told the Crusaders were the favorites this year, she didn’t believe it. Comment.
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Target volunteers complete P.S. 76’s library makeover

On Thursday, September 10, 250 Target volunteers flooded P.S. 76 to assemble a new library and hand out thousands of books. Target and The Heart of America Foundation selected P.S. 76 for a library makeover in April. Comment.
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SLA issues penalty for Insomnia Lounge

Opposition continues to grow against the Morris Park nightspot, now advertised as Insomnia Lounge,. Comment.
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Bronx Park named Park of the Month for September

Receiving special recognition for its beautiful greenery and recreation space, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has selected a Bronx location as Septembers Park of the Month. Comment.
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Residents say ‘No’ to Astor Ave. facility

Residents of Pelham Parkway and Allerton spoke out against the proposed medical facility that they fear will diminish the quality of their neighborhood, in preparation for the upcoming Board of Standards and Appeals hearing. Comment.
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Square Hospital life’s extended

The state Department of Health has granted Westchester Square Medical Center an extended operating certificate, allowing the hospital to remain open through December 31, 2010, and a ray of hope for its longtime continuance. Comment.
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Residents vow to fight the secret shelter

Hundreds of residents and merchants in Westchester Square and Zerega have vowed to fight in the streets and courts against a “stealth shelter” they feel is being dumped on the area without notification or a fair share analysis – as required by law. Comment.
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Take advantage of tax credits

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto wants his constituents to be aware of new federal benefits that they may be qualified for. Comment.
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AFC Rapid Soccer Opening Day

On Sunday, September 13, the AFC Rapid Junior Soccer Club kicked off the 2009/2010 season with the annual parade down East Tremont Avenue to Cintron Field at Balcolm Avenue and Barkley Avenue. The throng of approximately 700 parents, coaches and players arrived at 9:30 a.m. and were greeted with the flag raising to “God Bless America” and a speech from league president, Stefan Manz. Comment.
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City Island man threatens neighbor and fires shotgun

By Patrick Rocchio Comment.
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Bronx Arts BRIO winner featured

The Bronx Council on the Arts and the Bronx Library Center present playwright and BRIO winner Camille Darby for a 6 pm reading from her play Sweetest Taboo on Sat., Sept. 26, at the Bronx Library Center at 310 East Kingsbridge Road at Briggs Avenue. The reading is open to the public and admission is free. The center is wheelchair accessible Comment.
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Baby Chilean Flamingo to develop its pink feathers in two years

It will take two years for two-week old Chilean flamingo chick to develop his pink feathers, but it took him no time at all to learn how to stand like an adult. On Sunday, August 16, 2009, this male chick hatched at the Bronx Zoo. The zoo has successfully reared a number of Chilean flamingo chicks. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Enjoy fall activities at Wave Hill

School’s back in session: your home may be quieter as a result, but your commute may have gotten much worse. You hope that the stickiest of the summer weather is over and some gorgeous, crisp fall days lie ahead, but Mother Nature can have brainwaves when she ponders New York City. Things could be superb, or unbearable. Beat the uncertainty with a day-trip to Wave Hill. Comment.

Lost Symbols Tour at Woodlawn

The Woodlawn Cemetery will host its Lost Symbols Tour on Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m. Comment.

Cabrera announces defeat of Baez; Koppell, Seabrook, Foster win

Bye bye Baez. Fernando Cabrera upset 14th Council District incumbent Maria Baez in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, September 15, or so it appeared as of 11 p.m. at Maestro’s Caterers on Bronxdale Avenue, where Cabrera addressed an excited crowd. Comment.

Jacobi Medical Center Remembers 9-11 Victims

The 9/11 memorial garden for Bronx victims of the World Trade Center tragedy was abuzz with activity as mourners came to pay tribute to their fallen brethren. Comment.

Keane Square attack

A local man was hospitalized following an attack in Keane Square, a spot many residents have come to regard as troublesome. Comment.

CT owner sells Stella D’oro brand

The union workers at Stella D’oro went on strike. They marched. They sang. They appealed to teachers and nurses, congressmen and borough presidents. They won a National Labor Relations Board case. Comment.

Senator Klein moves to larger quarters

Senator Klein now has new offices to provide an ever-increasing array of constituent services. Comment.

Ice House grabs Wing Cook-Off title once again

It was dubbed ‘Wing Cook-Off Part Deux.’ For the second time, as a kick-off to football season, local restaurants competed against one another to woo voters in S.U.N.Y. Maritime’s wing contest – testing whose wings were the tastiest. Comment.

Top jeweler moves into Tower One penthouse

The Hutchinson Metro Center has announced that Buccellati Jewelers, one of the world’s leading jewelers, has moved its headquarters to the 42-acre office complex. Comment.

New president for office complex

Joseph Kelleher, executive director of Leasing and Property Management for the Hutchinson Metro Center, has been named president and Chief Operating Officer of Hutch Management LLC. He will oversee leasing and management of the 42-acre office complex as well as other commercial properties in the Bronx. Comment.

The Bronx now has its own soda brand

Three native Bronxites are bringing their own flavor back to the Bronx, igniting peoples’ taste buds with the old school flavor of fountain soda. Comment.

Beloved Pelham Bay librarian retires after 27 years

Legendary storyteller Angela Calderella, children’s librarian at the Pelham Bay Library for 27 years, retired in August. Calderella will miss her friends and colleagues. Comment.

Hospital receives reprieve

The state Department of Health has granted Westchester Square Medical Center an extended operating certificate, allowing the hospital to remain open through December 31, 2010, and a ray of hope for its longtime continuance. Comment.

Speed hump for Jarvis scheduled

Jarvis Avenue has been approved for a speed hump that will provide added safety for the school children, and many neighbors say that it cannot come soon enough. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

Relying on defense

Zoe Loveman isn’t quick to point out a weakness in her Riverdale girls soccer team. Comment.

Top seniors lead Science girls’ soccer

Josh Zuckerman compared the function of a strong midfield to that of a spine. Without it, the rest of the body cannot function properly. Comment.

Young Kennedy team expects tough times

Alex Vega has been a part of the John F. Kennedy football program for 18 years, going back to when he was a 14-year-old freshman at the Bronx school. He can recite the team’s achievements at the drop of a hat: five PSAL city titles, two state crowns, and the Knights have missed the playoffs three times since 1981. Comment.

New offense excites Cardinal Hayes

Kwamayne Davis spent the past two seasons learning and growing comfortable in the flex bone offense at Cardinal Hayes. Now, in is his third season as the starter, the senior quarterback can chuck that playbook aside. Comment.
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Campanaro Playground re-opens

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has celebrated yet another milestone with the ribbon cutting of Campanaro Playground. Comment.
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Thompson talks Bronx at CNG candidate Q&A

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson huddled with reporters at the downtown Brooklyn headquarters of the Community Newspaper Group on Monday, September 31 to discuss his five-borough plan. Comment.
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Locust Point clubhouse gets new lease on life

by Patrick Rocchio Comment.
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Public school parents’ Bill of Rights proposed

The school year has begun, and many are thinking about ways in which parents can have a greater say in school policy and curriculum. Comment.
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Ferragosto with gusto

You like doo-wop. You like laughs. You like oysters and sweets. So head to Arthur Avenue on Sunday, September 13 for the legendary Belmont celebration Ferragosto. Comment.
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CI residents oppose T-Mobile cell tower

City Island residents rejected the proposed T-Mobile cell tower that many contend poses an aesthetic nightmare. Comment.
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Pelham Bay shopper gets the boot

An elderly Pelham Bay resident, Bernard Sheridan, parked in the Rite Aid parking lot on Crosby Avenue. He strolled down the street to grab a cup of coffee, and then headed to shop at the drug store. Comment.
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Boulevard of Dreams: A book re-view Comment.
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NYBG is gearing up for Annual Holiday Train Show

The holiday season is full of family traditions, and the Holiday Train Show is one of the most eagerly anticipated. The amazing display of New York landmark replicas created out of plant materials and enlivened by model trains returns to The New York Botanical Garden on Saturday, November 21, with familiar favorites from seasons past and a spectacular addition to enchant audiences anew. Beloved by people of all ages, the popular exhibition will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory through January 10, 2010. Comment.
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Woodlawn Cemetery offers fall programs

The Woodlawn Cemetery will offer the following events. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

I.S. 125 celebrates first MSLTC graduates

Unlike any program in New York State, the disciplined students of I.S. 125 celebrated the competition of the 2-week summer training program for the Middle School Leadership Training Corp. Comment.

Ghanian princess lives ordinary life as Bronxite

At the laundromat, on the 4 train, in the supermarket…you missed a princess. Rocky Otoo has no crown, no gown, no retinue. But the 19-year old Otoo is a princess, Ghanaian royalty. She has a surprising story to tell. So many Bronx residents do. Comment.

Forest Houses protest NYCHA neglect

Mothers on the Move, an unabashed south Bronx activist organization, is on the move at Forest Houses, the New York City Public Housing development in Morrisania where hip-hop artist Fat Joe was raised. Comment.

Task force combs borough for Mexican-hating thugs

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is combing Tremont and Fordham for hooligans who punched and stabbed three Mexican-Americans in what some are referring to as bias attacks. The hooligans are thought to be of Dominican descent. Comment.

BOEDC releases Gateway report

In 2006, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation agreed to administer a Gateway Center community benefits agreement between The Related Companies and a community coalition – the New Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Hostos Community College and Mount Hope Housing Company. Comment.

Bronx neighbors want rec center

White Plains Road needs a recreation center. Baychester needs a rec center. Wakefield needs a rec center. Co-op City needs a rec center. Williambridge needs a rec center. Comment.

Beep says ‘no’ shopping mall yet

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. waited. Diaz Jr. negotiated. But on Friday, September 4, the borough president issued a “no” recommendation on the shopping mall The Related Companies plan to build at the Kingsbridge Armory. Related has yet to sign a community benefits agreement, he said. Comment.

Musical theater workshops offered

Bronx House School for Performing Arts will be offering a Musical Theater Workshop for students ages 8 to 12 beginning Saturday, September 12. The new program introduces songs from kid-favorite Broadway musicals like Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Hairspray, and others. Workshops include theater games, improvisation, basic vocal skills and dance technique. Each 15-week session will end with a final performance on the last day of class. Comment.

Annual Orchard Beach car show

Get ready to rev your engines as car enthusiasts prepare for the 9th annual Orchard Beach Classic Car & Motorcycle Show presented by the Eastcoast Classic Car Association. Comment.

DeBlasio posts slumlord watch list

Public advocate candidate Bill deBlasio launched an online slumlord watch list on Sunday, August 30 and the Bronx is slumlord borough number one. Comment.

MTA won’t budge on reduced express bus fares

Students relying on discounted express bus fares have been told to take a hike by the MTA, after the agency declined to continue its policy of half-priced student fares on premium service. Comment.

‘Emergency’ circumvents process

Despite a meeting at Community Board 10 recently where Bronxites protested the Department of Homeless Services decision to move homeless families into a brand new Zerega building without prior notice, many are still dissatisfied. Comment.

DEP repairs water pipe break in Morris Park

The Department of Environmental Protection quickly responded to a complaint of an underground water main break under Morris Park Avenue. Local residents and nearby merchants had observed water rising into the street. Comment.

AIA’s intergenerational art project celebrated

Residents of Aging in America’s nursing facility and youth from Pelham Parkway schools celebrates an art project they created together to promote peace in a world sometimes wracked with violence. Comment.

Vietnam vet returns to help street kids

Tom Whelan wants street kids in Vietnam to taste the Bronx childhood he knew. Whelan wants the kids to learn and to succeed. Comments (1).

Lunch money secured for Lehman’s cafeteria

Lehman High School students will have more options this school year when it comes to getting meals inside the school building, as funding has been put to use to revamp the cafeteria to include seven new food kiosks. Comment.

Physician named Top Family Doctor

Dr. Gaetano Perilli, Board Certified in Family Medicine, has been selected to be included in the “Guide To America’s Top Family Doctors 2009” by the Washington, D.C. based research organization Consumers’ Research Council of America. The selection process for the guide is based on a point value system that awards points for education, years in practice and affiliations with professional associations. Comment.

Hess waits to demo site

A vacant gas station that was scheduled to become a “Hess Express” early last year will be demolition or tidied up, the community hopes. Comment.

MD plea: we need WSMC

A group of doctors from around the borough feel that Westchester Square Medical Center is an important community resource that must be saved at all costs. Comment.

Columbus Day Parade names grand marshal

Having made an outstanding impact on the Bronx and the Italian community, John F. Calvelli has been named the grand marshal for the 33rd Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade by the Bronx Columbus Day Parade Committee. Comment.

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