October 14, 2009: 2009, Issue 42
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Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

Mass hoops exodus

St. Raymond High School has lost eight Division I-caliber boys basketball players in the past two years — six since this summer — an alarming rate for one of the Catholic league’s trademark programs. Comment.

Lions roar to the top

Instead of spending the summer lounging on the beach or relaxing with family on vacation, the Lehman boys soccer team used the months of July and August to improve. Comment.

Warriors Football highlights for Week 1

Due to inclement weather all games scheduled for Sunday, September 27 were canceled. These games will be made up at the end of the season. Comment.

South Bronx is back atop Cup Division

As was the case last season, South Bronx is running through the Cup Division without much of a problem. After Saturday’s 40-0 win over formerly undefeated Petrides, the Phoenix are 5-0. Comment.

Volleyball tug of war

Pashke Gjini had a difficult choice – one she never wanted to make. Comment.
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Music therapy for children at Jacobi

The Childlife Program at Jacobi Medical Center recently received funding from the Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT to continue a special music therapy program for children in Jacobi’s pediatric in-patient and pediatric intensive care units for another year. Comment.
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Lurting Ave. home burns

A fire consumed 1853 Lurting Avenue in Morris Park on Sunday, October 4. Comment.
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New banners for WP Road

Out with the old and in with the new! Comment.
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BSA hears Astor Avenue variance

Dozens of residents were full of excitement and hope as they shuffled onto the buses ready for the fight to preserve their community from the proposed medical facility. Comment.
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Car show a roaring success

Over a thousand visitors and car enthusiasts gathered to enjoy the 9th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 4, which once again turned out to be a huge success. Comment.
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CI blaze destroys building

A two-alarm blaze tore through a City Island building on the morning of Monday, October 5, destroying several apartments and a take-out eatery. Comment.
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Allerton I-Hop goes Italian

What does I-Hop stand for – The Italian House of Pasta? Comment.
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#6 IRT station facelift

The capital plan to renovate #6 IRT stations has been postponed but New York City Transit has agreed to smarten up stations from Zerega Avenue to Pelham Bay. Comment.

Animal Shelter debate

A Manhattan Supreme Court justice has ordered the Department of Health to submit its plan for animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens by early November. How the court order will influence an ongoing battle at the Old Fordham Library remains to been seen. Comment.
Arts

CITG performs One Act Plays

To finish tje acclaimed 10th anniversary season, the City Island Theater Group will present the always popular Festival of One Act Plays. This enormous undertaking features 15 plays, 11 directors and 26 actors over the course of two weekends! The latest endeavor is alllows the group to produce a different set of one act plays each weekend, thus enabling them to present more great theatre and talent! Each weekend will be comprised of both original and published comedies and dramas! This festival will truly have something for everyone! Comment.

P.S. 169 named in honor of Willie Bowman

Family members, friends and dignitaries huddled against a cold wind on Wednesday, September 30 to christen the new Willie Ella Paschal Bowman Campus, also known as P.S. 169 and home to Baychester Academy. Comment.

Bx Hero saves 4 year old

A brave resident who runs a variety store on Zerega Avenue found himself in the national spotlight unexpectedly, when he rescued a young boy from a fire above his store. Comment.

West Nile Virus upsets Ferry Point community

Residents of Ferry Point are itching to be rid of the mosquitoes that they believe are a burden to daily outdoor activities, carrying disease Comment.

Assemblyman Benedetto donates bocce balls

Let the games begin! To keep the community active and a traditional sport alive, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto has donated a set of bocce balls. Comment.

Paint donation gives rec room some pizazz

One merchant is giving back to the community that helps him earn a living, and neighborhood children will now have a much nicer recreation room because of his generosity. Comment.

Stop sign saga drags on

The battle for stop signs on St. Theresa Avenue may never end. The Department of Transportation has launched another traffic study at St. Theresa and Edison avenues, at the behest of Councilman James Vacca. Meanwhile, Senator Jeff Klein has asked DOT to consider speed humps and/or a yellow light at St. Theresa and Pilgrim avenues, where DOT has denied two stop sign requests before. Comment.

Bronx alliance to watch the upkeep of distressed homes

The North East Bronx Community Alliance plans to monitor abandoned houses in Country Club, Ferry Point, Throggs Neck, Pelham Bay, Spencer Estate and Waterbury LaSalle. Comment.

CI massage parlor shut by 45th Pct.

After two prostitution arrests at the Sun Spa on City Island in June, police finally shuttered it, at least temporarily, on Friday, October 2. Comment.

St. Peters’ shelter protest goes on

Despite rain that seemed like it was coming down in buckets, a group gathered outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign office for the third consecutive Saturday to protest the opening of a St. Peters Avenue homeless shelter. Comment.

Cops to eye drug dealers

The 45th Precinct is eyeing spots where neighbors have reported drug activity. The corner of Philip and Hollywood avenues, near the Throgs Neck Expressway, has been problematic for years, a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said. Comment.

MP Columbus Day Parade this Sunday

With the parade approaching this Sunday and all plans finalized, members of the Morris Park Community Association and Columbus Parade Committee celebrated the 33rd annual parade at the Columbus Day Parade Dinner Dance. Comment.

Zerega business owner saves child in fire

A brave resident who runs a variety store on Zerega Avenue found himself in the national spotlight unexpectedly, when he rescued a young boy from a fire above his store. Comment.

School named for Willie Bowman

Family members, friends and dignitaries huddled against a cold wind on Wednesday, September 30 to christen the new Willie Ella Paschal Bowman Campus, also known as P.S. 169 and home to Baychester Academy. Comment.

St. Peter’s shelter protest goes on despite rain

Despite rain that seemed like it was coming down in buckets, a group gathered outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign office for the third consecutive Saturday to protest the opening of a St. Peters Avenue homeless shelter. Comment.

Family room at St. Vincent de Paul honors Msgr. Smith

One of the most beloved religious figures in Hunts Point now has a visitors lounge named in his honor at the facility where he became a part of the patients’ lives. Comment.

NEBCA eyes abandoned homes

The North East Bronx Community Alliance plans to monitor abandoned houses in Country Club, Ferry Point, Throggs Neck, Pelham Bay, Spencer Estate and Waterbury LaSalle. Comment.

Drug spots under watch

The 45th Precinct is eyeing spots where neighbors have reported drug activity. The corner of Philip and Hollywood avenues, near the Throgs Neck Expressway, has been problematic for years, a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said. Comment.

Columbus Day Parade Dinner/Dance celebrated 33rd annual parade

With the parade approaching this Sunday and all plans finalized, members of the Morris Park Community Association and Columbus Parade Committee celebrated the 33rd annual parade at the Columbus Day Parade Dinner Dance. Comment.

New campus for Casita Maria

The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education surrendered its old Simpson Street building to the School Construction Authority in 2007. On Friday, October 1, the SCA returned to Casita Maria a gorgeous facility. Comment.

Prayers for slain mother

Friends and neighbors gathered on a Mott Haven sidewalk to pray for slain Aisha Santiago and her distraught mother on Wednesday, September 30. Comment.

Handicapped man’s car ticketed in bus stop

Joan Capezuti was waiting for her husband Charles to come out of his physical therapy session at Proactive Physical and Hand Therapy at 2904 Bruckner Boulevard near E. Tremont Avenue. She was slapped with a summons for standing in a bus stop, on Wednesday, September 22, as he exited the building. Comment.

Another St. Peter’s Avenue protest

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.

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.

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.

Riverdale address, Kingsbridge 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.

Action Environmental holds recycling facility grand opening

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.

Resident exposes issues with fine print on Direct TV contracts

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.

Davidson Ave is red light district

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.

Cops arrest man in WCS arson

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.

Out2Play celebrates new schoolyard at P.S. 112

Out2Play was joined by students of P.S. 112, principal Susan Barnes, faculty and staff, and Councilman Larry Seabrook on Thursday, September 10 to cut the ribbon on the new playground. Comment.

Library attendance up as grant comes in

Difficult economic times seem to be a factor in increasing attendance at the New York Public Library’s Bronx branches as more people look for free things close to home. Comment.

Gauchos gym gets sparkle

The Gauchos hopped puddles, dodged debris and won trophies. The Gauchos sent players from a dilapidated warehouse gym on Gerard Avenue to the NBA. Imagine what the Gauchos will accomplish now, with a watertight roof, new bleachers and a historic hardwood floor. Comment.

49th collars gun-toting perps

Michael Gersch of the 49th Precinct slapped handcuffs on a pair of stick-up kids on Wednesday, August 5 at the intersection of Eastchester Road and Mace Avenue. Comment.

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