September 25, 2009: 2009, Issue 39
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Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

Grant can’t reverse Fordham’s tumbles

Bruce Grant spent the second half trying to make up for turnovers. Comment.

Multi-tasking Murtaugh, Science off to fast start

Taylor Murtaugh is used to juggling soccer and basketball, just not this way. The Bronx Science senior has been a four-year player at the school in both sports, in the past transitioning from basketball in the winter to soccer in the spring. Comment.

AFC Rapid Soccer - Week 2 highlights, plays

Second beautiful weekend, just before the Autumnal Equinox, had the players of AFC Rapid playing a full schedule of games. The highlights of the matches. Comment.

Kennedy girls’ volleyball builds on youth

Iris Bromfield didn’t have high expectations for her John F. Kennedy girls volleyball team entering the preseason. The PSAL city runner-up Knights lost four senior starters, all of them standouts. Comment.

PSAL Bronx Girls’ Volleyball preview: many contenders

Gina Meltzer was a four-year starter and led the Bronx Science girls volleyball team to three straight PSAL Class A quarterfinal appearances. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter was one of the best players in the league. Comment.

Mountaineers not making excuses

Jaylen Amaker cringes every time anyone associated with the Mount St. Michael football program mentions the team’s inexperience. Comment.
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Bogart Ave. leak almost broke bank

It is said a small leak can sink a great ship, but after appealing an enormous water bill, one local senior was able to keep kept afloat financially. Comment.
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Shelter fight heading for the courts

A legal defense fund established by merchants and residents of the Westchester Square – Zerega community is taking the city into court to temporarily close homeless shelter that was opened without any community notification. Comment.
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Villa Maria students sow seeds of worldwide peace

Students of Villa Maria Academy are doing their part to spread peace, love and understanding, participating in their own 4th Annual International Day of Peace. Comment.
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Low-cost funding for new wing could save aid program

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein joined Fordham Preparatory president Reverend Kenneth Boller and Fordham Prep students today to urge Governor Patterson to sign a bill that would help Fordham Preparatory School expand its prestigious science program, while continuing to offer financial aid packages. Comment.
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Neighbors petition against Animal House parties

In a very unusual move, neighbors have singled out two nearby homes for throwing wild parties during the summer months. Comment.
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TNGSL holds season-ending celebration

Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park was full of cheer and excitement as over 100 players gathered to celebrate the 33rd Annual Closing Day for the Throggs Neck Girls Softball League. Comment.
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Spencer Estate residents protest Lucerne land grab

When someone started to fill in the waterfront end of Lucerne Street in Spencer Estate, June Haymon sniffed. When someone installed a gated fence, Haymon grumbled. Comment.
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SUNY Maritime football team sets 4 home games

What better way to spend a fall afternoon or evening than going to a college football game? Comment.
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Klein boosts Fordham Prep’s scholarship program

Thanks in part to Senator Jeff Klein, some 20 students will attend Fordham Preparatory School on scholarship. Thanks in part to Klein, those students will twirl test tubes and ignite Bunsen burners in new Fordham Prep science labs. Comment.
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PB deli victim of hate crime

A new Pelham Bay deli serving Spanish-American food was victimized three times over three days. The incidents have been classified as bias attacks by the police. Comment.
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Bartow Pell Mansion Museum plans Fall Workshop Series: Collecting Basics

The Bartow Pell Mansion Museum will hold a Fall Workshop Series: Collecting Basics, in-depth workshops with antiques and fine art appraisers Nora Mazur and Patricia Dillon. The first three workshops focus on what you need to know to start collecting fine art, furniture, and silver. The series culminates with a visit to Doyle New York for a talk and preview of an upcoming auction of furniture and fine art. Admission is $15 each workshop or save $10 on all four for $50; members $10 each or $35 for all four workshops. Reservations required; space limited. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Cassino laments low voter turnout

11th Council District candidate Tony Perez Cassino, who fell to incumbent Oliver Koppell on Primary Day, blamed poor voter turnout and promised to remain active in Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Woodlawn and Norwood. Comment.

Seabrook takes Democratic Primary with 55% of vote

12th Council District incumbent Larry Seabrook issued a press release thanking his supporters on Thursday, September 17, two days after the Democratic primary. Seabrook singled out former Mayor David Dinkins, the New York Amsterdam News and a bloc of labor unions, including DC37 and the United Federation of Teachers. Comment.

King questions primary count

12th Council District candidates Andy King and Sebastian Ulanga smell something fishy in Co-op City. King and Ulanga believe 12th Council District incumbent Larry Seabrook may have rigged the Democratic primary. Comment.

Bronx man scratches off $1 million Lottery winner

David Moran has been playing scratch-off games in the New York State Lottery for the past five years, and had been content to walk away with winning around $1,000 – until he hit the mother load. Comments (1).

Handy man gunned down

On Saturday, September 5, Wakefield lost a dutiful son, an upright father and an esteemed handyman. Martin Anthony Lewis, 33, was gunned down on E. 229th Street. Although Lewis was not in a gang, family members think a gangster pulled the trigger. Comment.

Dolan visits Little Angels

Newly installed Archbishop Timothy Dolan paid a visit to the Little Angels Head Start program to meet with the children and staff, and discuss the successes of the program. Comment.

One mall more to go

The Related Companies’ Stephen Ross was in the Bronx on Thursday, September 17 to open the Gateway Center, a $500 million shopping mall on River Avenue. Comment.

Bronx adds 18 new schools

The Department of Education opened 18 new schools in the Bronx on Wednesday, September 9, to restrained applause. Comment.

Bronx Trolley rolls October 7th

The Bronx Culture Trolley rolls again on Wednesday, October 7, along the South Bronx Cultural Corridor with an evening full of family activities. The evening features six art exhibitions at: Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Blue bedroom Project, LDR Studio Gallery, and Bruckner Gallery at the Bruckner Bar & Grill. The evening will also include percussion sounds of the Quijombo Festival, the outdoor Tree Museum, and a karaoke after-party at the Bruckner Bar & Grill. Comment.

Lehman Center Players begin season

The Lehman Chamber Players will begin their musical season at Lehman College on Sun., Oct. 4, at 2 pm with a performance of piano trios by Beethoven, Arensky, and Shostakovitch. The public is invited to attend the free concert, which will be held in the Music Building’s Recital Hall, located on the third floor. Seating is limited. Comment.

Fire guts mosque

Flames destroyed a notable Bronx mosque on Thursday, September 17. Between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. a fire erupted at the Islamic Cultural Center on E. 166th Street, the same Islamic Cultural Center where thousands of West Africans mourned in 2007. Comment.

Related opens Gateway

On Thursday, September 17, designer suits flooded the south Bronx. Comment.

Thompson blasts Stella D’oro sale

On Thursday, September 17, City Comptroller Bill Thompson warned snack-food firm Lance, Inc. not to shift production of Stella D’oro snacks from the Bronx to Ohio. Comment.

American Cancer Society holds Orchard Beach fundraising walk

Through something as simple as walking you can help make a difference in the lives of the many Bronxites suffering from breast cancer and help change history. Comment.

Center Stage sets season

In June, friends and patrons of Center Stage Community Playhouse in Westchester Square raised $8,150 to rescue the penurious theater. Center Stage will perform again. On Monday, September 14, the theater released plans for its 41st season. Comment.

Small Business Services discusses making borough’s economy thrive

The Bronx Merchants Coalition met with a Small Business Services assistant commissioner to discuss making small business thrive in the borough. Comment.

CB 10 votes against Island-threatening cell tower

The community board has voted to stand behind the City Island community against the proposed cell tower that threatens its historic atmosphere. Comment.

Traffic triangle dedicated to local 9/11 hero

The process has begun to rename a Bronx traffic triangle to formally honor a local hero who bravely gave his life to help those in need on September 11, 2001. Comment.

Bronx Dems endorse Liu

The Bronx County Democratic Party endorsed Queens Councilman John Liu for City Comptroller on Friday, September 18. Comment.

Maritime student crushed while repairing auto

A S.U.N.Y. Maritime student who jacked up his car to do an oil change was killed in a tragic accident when the lift gave way and his car crushed him. Comment.

Parks shuts down newsstand eatery

The Parks Department has closed a concession stand near the Westchester Square train station after the operator began preparing food at the location without a proper license. Comment.

March on the Mayor

by Patrick Rocchio 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.

Residents, merchants come together to fight ‘stealth shelter’

243 residents, merchants, and elected officials came to the Westchester Square Public Library on Saturday, September 12 for an “organizational meeting” to fight a new homeless shelter at 1564 St. Peter’s Avenue. Residents said it opened at night without conducting saturation analysis hearings or community board notification because of a Department of Homeless Services self-proclaimed “state of emergency.” Comment.

WSMC gets a year extension on its operating certificate

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.

City Island man allegedly threatens neighbor and fires shot

A City Island man is accused of threatening a neighbor, and then firing a shotgun into a wall in his own home, causing a hole the size of a baseball, police said. Comment.

SLA issues penalty for Insomnia Lounge

Opposition continues to grow against the Morris Park nightspot, now advertised as Insomnia Lounge,. Comment.

The Bronx now has its own soda

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.

Residents say ‘NO’ to Astor development

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.

Armory opposition mounts

The battle for development at the Kingsbridge Armory has taken on biblical proportions. At City Hall, members of the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. testified. On the corner of Kingsbridge Road and Reservoir Avenue, northwest Bronx pastors, rabbis and imams led a crowd in prayer. Comment.

Jacobi remembers twin tower tragedy

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.

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