September 30, 2009: 2009, Issue 40
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Wounded Rams survive Archbishop Molloy

Pete McNamara saw the small army of Archbishop Molloy players march onto Murphy Field and felt a bit like Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Comment.

Young Wings set to take off

When Billy Turnage is asked to point out his go-to guy, the player he has the highest expectations for, the Wings Academy basketball coach simply smiles. Comment.

Walton girls’ volleyball mimics boys’ footsteps

The Walton boys volleyball team had its best season ever in the spring. The Wildcats handed powerhouse John F. Kennedy their first league loss since 2001, shared the division crown with the Knights and advanced to the PSAL quarterfinals for the first time. Comment.

Addison leads CSHS

Mel Brown had just gotten the hang of telling junior identical twins Saran and Anika Hall apart. It’s a process he will have to go through all over again this season. The Cardinal Spellman girls soccer coach added a new set of identical twins in Victoria and Christina Quinones, both sophomores. Comment.

Failure motivates Kennedy’s short

Jeffrey Short attacks the rim with abandon. First it’s in transition, then off a set play, followed by a broken one, a steal, and later a rebound, scoring a team-high 30 points. On this night at the prestigious iS8 Nike Tip-Off Classic, nothing can stop from him getting to the basket, a characteristic he severely lacked last winter. Comment.

Clinton’s momentum rolls over New Dorp

Howard Langley knew there was one major key to his DeWitt Clinton football team’s success this year: the play of fullback/linebacker Onell Dishmey. But the bruising senior, nicknamed “Bus,” had a right leg injury that had curtailed his production. Comment.
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Hutch Metro signs 51,000 s.f. of medical office leases

Building on its reputation as the location for medical practices in the New York Metro Area, the Hutchinson Metro Center has announced 51,000 square feet of new leases for medical office space at the 42-acre campus in the Bronx. Comment.
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P.S. 89 accepting registration

P.S. 89 has space available for more students, and area parents are being called on to fill the gap and enroll their children. Comment.
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49th makes gun arrest

The 49th Precinct has taken another gun off the streets with a recent arrest. Comment.
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Post Office fight

Senator Jeff Klein took a stand for the Van Nest community and the Bronx during the Postal Regulatory Commission public hearing,. Comment.
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Hit with termination fees

A Throggs Neck man was in for a surprise when he decided to change TV providers – his contract was being renewed every time he received new equipment for his television, binding him to two more years with the same carrier. Comment.
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Fall swimming programs at SUNY Maritime

Summer may be coming to a close, but it’s time kids and adults to dive into SUNY Maritime’s fall swimming programs. Comment.
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BronxTalk to celebrate its 15th aniversary

BronxTalk will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on Monday, October 5, with a special one-hour program from 9 to 10 p.m. Comment.
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Lehman College’s president accepts S. Korean degree

Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández began his twentieth year as president of Lehman College with a trip to South Korea to accept an honorary doctorate in education from one of Lehman’s new international partners, Sungshin Women’s University. Comment.
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Spellman begins 50th school year

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Boo at the Zoo Spooktacular

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo invites you to spend this Halloween season enjoying a variety of new fun-filled activities that are all part of having a wild wildlife experience including the first ever Haunted Safari Adventure, the weekends of October 10/12, 17/18, 24/25 and 31/1. Comment.
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Wave Hill features tours, Accents in Bloom Trunk Show

Setting sail for Wave Hill, in the spirit of Columbus and Captain Henry Hudson, is a fine, if impractical, idea for the holiday weekend coming up. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Farrand Building sold

The Farrand Building is the latest piece of what was Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center to become part of the Montefiore family. Comment.

Elevator outage in Morris Heights

Tenants at 1750 Sedgwick Avenue in Morris Heights are livid at management over broken elevators. Comment.

Parks removes 22 tree stumps

From now on it will be smooth walking for residents of Woodlawn. Comment.

Riverdale address brings Kingsbridge a mess

The developer of a large residential building on the border of Riverdale and Kingsbridge boasts a Riverdale Avenue address but wants to roll 150 cars down Irwin Avenue in Kingsbridge. Comment.

Parents protest P.S. 111 share plan

P.S. 111 is beginning to resemble a Wild West town. Too small for the both of us, and destined for a showdown. Comment.

Sen. Diaz funds Mott Hall V SMART boards

Months ago, Senator Ruben Diaz had no idea what a SMART Board was. Today, Diaz is determined to put SMART Boards in classrooms throughout the 32nd Senate District: Soundview, Castle Hill, Hunts Point, Longwood, Parkchester and west Pelham Parkway. Comment.

AFL-CIO prez visits armory

Union boss Richard Trumka stopped at Kingsbridge Road and Reservoir Avenue on Tuesday, September 22 to buttress the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) in its quest for a community benefits agreement. Comment.

Midnight trysts disturb street

When Bernice Zap and her husband found a red light fixed to a tree on Davison Avenue, the elderly couple wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. There was something funny about the light, something ludicrous. But the prostitution problem on Davidson Avenue between Kingsbridge Road and E. 192nd Street is no joke. Comment.
Arts

Bronx Concert Singers plan rehearsals

Rehearsals have begun for the Bronx Concert Singers’ holiday concert, An English Christmas. BCS will host Community Open Rehearsals, two great opportunities to hear excerpts from the upcoming program and to participate in the arts, on the following Tuesday evenings; Oct. 13 and 20, from 7:30 to 10 pm at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Avenue. All are welcome to this free event and refreshments will be served. For more information call (917) 743-4641. Comment.

Leaders go postal over closures

Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene and Community Board 7 district manager Fernando Tirado slammed the United States Postal Service at a public hearing on Wednesday, September 23. USPS plans to close seven Bronx postal stations: Botanical, Clason Point, Crotona Park, Hillside, Melcourt, Oak Point and Van Nest. Comment.

Westchester Square arsonist arrested

On Monday, September 21, fire marshals and federal agents arrested William Crean, 40, for arson in the Westchester Square fire of March 2009. Crean allegedly started the fire around 6 a.m. at 21 Latin Lounge. Comment.

Bronx carter tackles recyclables worldwide

Joining a long list of businesses that are going green in the borough, Action Environmental Solutions held its official grand opening of a state-of-the-art recycling center in Hunts Point on Thursday, September 24. Comment.

Car hits house

A Plymouth Voyager minivan careened out of control and crashed through a fence before hitting a house in Spencer Estate. According to an eyewitness, the driver also hit another car in the street. Comment.

TGI Friday’s opens in Gun Hill Road mall

Thank goodness it’s here. TGI Friday’s opened Labor Day weekend on Gun Hill Road. The chain restaurant has boosted business at the Gun Hill Road shopping center between Gunther and Ely avenues, Northeast Bronx Association president Vinny Prezioso said. Comment.

Handicapped man’s wife ticketed during pick-up

A man with Multiple Sclerosis saw his wife’s car ticketed while she picked him up from physical therapy on Bruckner Boulevard. The couple receiving the summons said this is just the latest questionable ticket written by traffic agents working in Throggs Neck. Comment.

City Planning OKs CI Estates

On Wednesday, September 9, the City Planning Commission (CPC) endorsed City Island Estates, the 5.4-acre condominium development planned for Fordham Place and Fordham Street. Up next: the City Council. Comment.

Car show set for weekend

Car enthusiast have nothing to fear with the 9th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car & Motorcycle Show being held this weekend, promising to be an exciting day despite the rain dely. Comment.

Ann Randazzo, icon of catering, 97

A beloved figure in the borough’s catering scene passed away last week. Anna Randazzo, the owner of Marina del Rey, died at the age of 97. Comment.

Hate graffiti defiles park

This time they went too far. Vandals left symbols of hate and turf tags at a park created to honor our nation’s veterans Comment.

Homeless protest escalates

A group of 50 protestors from different walks-of-life marched outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s Pelham Bay campaign office for a second consecutive weekend in a battle over a St. Peter’s Avenue homeless facility. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Endorsement: Mike Bloomberg for re-election as mayor of New York City

Those of us who have lived in New York for a long time remember the all-too-recent days when crime was rampant, infrastructure was crumbling, services were diminishing and, indeed, the city itself seemed ungovernable. Comment.

Villa Maria is giving a piece for 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.

Traffic triangle to be dedicated to local Hero of 9/11

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 adds 18 new schools

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

Maritime student crushed under car in accident

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.

Hate crimes hit new Pelham Bay deli

The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the ransacking and destruction of the interior of Lysette’s Deli and Market, which opened at 1610 Crosby Avenue on Tuesday, September 1. The owner of the deli said he found a letter stuck in his door when he opened on Wednesday, September 16, which he said read: “get out you Spanish bastards – move or else.” Comment.

Neighbors protest 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.

Related opens Gateway Center

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

CB10 votes to support City Island residents against 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.

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