October 25, 2009: 2009, Issue 43
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Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009

Horace Mann striker scores twice in 2-0 victory over Poly Prep

Neil Berniker has coached boys soccer at Horace Mann for 47 years. In close to five decades, two players have risen above the rest – Charles Alcheck, a ’00 graduate who went on to star at Harvard, and current senior Max Fikke. Comment.

Lehman Lions defeat Canarsie

Debbie Vance was going to run out the clock. Her Lehman football team led Canarsie by eight points with less than a half-minute remaining in the first half. But after fullback Rudy DeLeon picked up 14 yards, advancing the ball near midfield, Vance took a shot. Comment.

Salesian soccer passes test

Wiggins commits to Seton Hall

When Dashaun Wiggins verbally committed to Seton Hall Saturday afternoon, he cited many reasons for the decision. Comment.

Mount falls to Xaverian

Mount St. Michael hoped it had turned a corner. The Mountaineers rallied for a thrilling come-from-behind win at home against St. Francis Prep last week and thought the momentum would carry over into an important game against Xaverian. Comment.

For Kennedy, lost year has one final indignity

All around there were DeWitt Clinton football players flying around the field, dancing and high-fiving and partying like it was their homecoming. The Governors had just beaten John F. Kennedy, 38-14, Friday night for the first time since 1998, on the road no less. Comment.

Goal line stand propels Fordham Prep over Farrell

One yard was likely going to decide the rest of Fordham Prep’s season. Comment.

Eleven years to knock off rival

Nothing could keep Joaquin DeJesus from the field Friday night. Comment.
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Groundbreaking held for Fenton Avenue convent

Their prayers have been answered. The Sisters Oblates to the Blessed Trinity this week celebrated the groundbreaking for their new convent, finally giving them a place they can call their own. Comments (1).
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Rail crash on Sackett Avenue

A woman and two children flirted with disaster on Tuesday, October 13 when their Acura sedan smashed through an Amtrak fence and careened close to the railroad tracks. Comment.
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Montefiore opens first-stop cancer center on Jarrett Pl.

Remember when your friend was diagnosed with cancer? Remember how your friend schlepped from doctor to doctor? The surgeon. The radiologist. The therapist. The psychologist. Remember the frustration and fatigue? Comment.
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Former veteran’s post commander, Joe Mazzariello, dies

Joe Mazzariello will be remembered as many things – from a loving father and devoted husband, to a man that cared about his fellow veterans and did everything he could to make their lives easier. Comment.
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MOMIX at Lehman Center

NYCHA tenants weary of housing conditions

Tenants at Parkside Houses in Olinville are beset with urine and rodents. Tenants at Castle Hill Houses describe the development as in disrepair. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is $45 million in the hole. So what’s the good news? Tenants want to lend a hand and NYCHA has promised to plug away at maintenance problems. Comment.

R&B singer re-opens Paradise

Excitement is in the air with the spectacular reopening of the Paradise Theater featuring a concert with the legendary singer/songwriter Charlie Wilson and friends. As one of the most distinguished voices in R & B music and the former lead singer of the GAP Band, Charlie Wilson will fill the Paradise Theater with his contemporary music and phenomenal vocal style. He will be joined by the sensational R & B newcomer K’Jon (On the Ocean). The concert will take place on Saturday, October 24, at 8 p.m. Comment.

Out2Play cuts ribbon on new P.S. 160 schoolyard

Out2Play has cut the ribbon on yet another schoolyard to enhance playtime and recreational activities for students of the Bronx. Comment.

Mayoral candidate, Thompson, stumps on Broadway

Watch candidate Bill Thompson duck into Loeser’s Kosher Deli. Watch Thompson order a hot dog, knish and soda. Watch a Thompson sign appear in Loeser’s window. Comment.

Bobbi Brown begins partnership with Jane Addams

Helping to inspire the youth of today, Bobbi Brown returned Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers to meet with faculty and students to work on strategies for continuing improvements to the school. Comment.

BronxPro celebrates eco-friendly apartments

Too often, the Bronx has dealt with developers in pursuit of profit and only profit. Too often, the Bronx has witnessed other boroughs add sumptuous condos. But 1085 Washington Avenue Apartments represents change, an affordable Bronx building that radiates quality from its green roof to its day-lit basement. Comment.

Blog shouts: Welcome to Melrose

The grandmas and the grandpas, the gangsters and the cops, the grocers and the gardeners know Eduardo Garcia as the “Mayor of Melrose.” So do thousands on the Internet, thanks to “Welcome to Melrose,” an upbeat blog about the neighborhood. Comment.

Armory plan passes

Boom. The Related Companies absorbed a cannonball of sorts on Monday, October 19, as four City Planning Commission (CPC) members rebuffed its Kingsbridge Armory shopping mall plan. But the plan sails on. Related won the CPC vote eight to four. Comment.

Deja Vu liquor stopped

The recent Déjà vu liquor license cancellation stands following a court hearing that lifted a temporary restraining order requested by the club’s owner. Comment.

Shining light on domestic violence

The Hutchinson Metro Center, a Class A office complex in the Bronx, is joining the statewide effort to “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” by illuminating its main building in purple lights throughout the month of October. Comment.

Kiderific Nursery School offers kids’ yoga program

Can you say ooommm…? Comment.

Vacca captures major lines

13th Council District incumbent James Vacca is a donkelephant. At least for the purposes of the general election, Vacca is a donkey and an elephant, a lefty and a righty, a Democrat and a Republican. Comment.

Acts of vandalism plague TN church

No place is safe from vandalism. Comment.

New sewers for Fairfax

Residents of one block with severe pooling of water in the street may soon have that problem eliminated, and get new storm drains to boot. Other blocks in the area will also be getting sewers and storm drain improvements. Comment.

Halloween Parade set for October 31st

Clear skies are what the organizers of the 26th Annual Throggs Neck Halloween Parade are hoping for. It is set to take place on Saturday, October 31. Comment.

Delays hinder progress of West. Square parks

The reconstruction of Owen Dolen Park and Pearly Gates Playground have once again been delayed, upsetting local residents and community leaders that have been fighting for progress in Westchester Square. Comment.

BronxNet overwhelms Cablevision hearing

BronxNet boosters urged Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to “stay Bronx strong” in negotiations with Cablevision at a public hearing on Thursday, October 15. Fans of the public access television network outnumbered other interests three-to-one inside the Bronx County Court Building Rotunda. Comment.

Baisley homes marred

The last thing James Scarangella expected to find outside his home on a beautiful fall morning was vandalism to his property. Comment.

Bill Thompson joins fight against shelter

In a bold move likely inspired by political maneuvering in the mayoral race, the protesters in their fifth weekend of picketing outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s Pelham Bay campaign office found a new ally in their fight against a St. Peter’s Avenue homeless shelter. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

AFC Rapid Soccer highlights

It was Octoberfest and Columbus Day combined at Cintron Field, as the weather agreed with the league playing a full schedule. The highlights are follows. Comment.

Horace Mann Lions roar in Ivy League

When the Horace Mann girls volleyball team won the Ivy League title in 2007 it was the first time the Lions took home the crown in 30 years. The sport at the Riverdale school was just an afterthought. Comment.

Lawrence guts out injury in Spellman’s loss to Christ the King

Dexter Lawrence walked to the bus with a bag of ice on his left shoulder. Cardinal Spellman football coach Dan Crane tried to get the senior running back to rest his sore shoulder during practice earlier in the week, but he refused. Comment.

Kim leads Lehman to the top

It was the morning of August 17, a summer day like so many others. Pat Straw drove over to Bronx State Park, adjacent to the Bronx Psychiatric Center. He walked through the trees and bushes that hide the soccer field. Comment.

Salesian bowlers roll

The 2009 Salesian High School Bowling Team is on a mission to get back to the playoffs. And to redeem themselves for a semi-final defeat to Xaverian in last season’s City Championship round. Comment.

Nick of time: Paganelli strikes

Nick Paganelli can play anywhere on the soccer field. That versatility has allowed Fordham Prep coach Pete McNamara to plug some holes, especially in the back. Comment.

Grant leads Fordham Prep to sloppy win

His players were mugging for a television camera after a 17-14 win against Kellenberg at Coffey Field in The Bronx Friday night, but Pete Gorynski stood off to the side. The Fordham Prep football coach was in no mood to celebrate. Comment.

Star volleyball player touched by heroics

So many things ran through Jeff Johnson’s mind on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The veteran firefighter had been dispatched with Engine Co. 74 to the Marriott adjacent to the World Trade Center towers. He was there, inside the hotel trying to evacuate guests when the north and then the south tower collapsed. Comment.
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49th honors 3 as ‘Cops of Month’

During the 49th Precinct Community Council Meeting, the heroics and dedication of three men were honored with the September ‘Cop of the Month’ Award, sponsored by Senator Jeff Klein. Comment.
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Bobbie’s owner promises MP-friendly restaurant

The owner of Bobbie’s Café Lounge has given the troublesome manager the boot in hopes of becoming a community-friendly establishment. Comment.
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Landlord clears most building violations

The city took the owner of a 136-unit apartment building on Pelham Parkway to court for repairs after serious violations came to light. The number of violations are being reduced, but more work needs to be done, according to tenants and housing advocates. Comments (2).
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Liquor license cancellation

The Déjà vu saga continues as the local night spot owner is fighting the cancelation of the establishment’s liquor license in order to remain open for business. Comment.
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Pelham Parkway barrieris finally chosen

With the final barrier now cleared it looks as if the Pelham Parkway reconstruction will finally become a reality. Comment.
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Bronxite wins Colorful Life contest

Jacqueline Wayans of the Bronx is a grand prize winner in the Colorful Life contest. A contest celebrating women who exude confidence, optimism, compassion, style and personality. The contest is sponsored by Maybelline New York in partnership with Meredith 360°, and bestselling author Candace Bushnell, one of America’s most colorful authors and personalities. Comment.
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Coca Cola employees branch into Ferry Point Pk.

Coca-Cola Enterprises showed Mother Nature some ‘TreeLC’ in Ferry Point Park as a part of the company’s nationwide initiative to get more involved. Comment.
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Einstein doctor receives award

Lynne Holden, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (CHL) for her work with Mentoring in Medicine. Dr. Holden is co-founder and president of the organization, which encourages disadvantaged students to enter the health professions. Dr. Holden is one of 10 honorees who received the CHL Award at a ceremony held in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Comment.
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Dream Makers to develop local dance, acting talent

Lisa Maietta Rybacki, a 28-year-old dancer who grew up in Country Club, has opened a full-scale dance and acting studio that will develop the talents of neighborhood young people. Comment.
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West Nile alert

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto wants his constituents to be aware that the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an alert as to the presence of West Nile Virus activity in his 82nd Assembly District. Comment.
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Food Factory After Dark car show

Are you passionate about classic cars and tasty food? Then the Food Factory is serving up the perfect dish each week when they host their own classic car show. Comment.
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Bronx Arts Ensemble features electrifying pianist Valentina Lisista

The Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Chamber Music Concert on Sun., Oct. 25 at 3 pm will feature “electrifying pianist” Valentina Lisista in a concert of Brahms, Strauss and Beethoven at 4673 Delafield Avenue in the historic neighborhood of Fieldston in the Bronx. Concert program includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 27 (Moonlight) and Sonata, Op. 81 (“Les Adieux”); Strauss’ Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op 13 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25. Comment.
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The Kezners re-unite; to perform at Frank Bee’s

Ladies and gentlemen put your hands together for the return of The Kezners! Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Second Bronx Unity Day brings neighbors together

Community members enjoyed a lively, fun-filled day complete with live entertainment, health screenings, and visits from elected officials at the second annual Bronx Unity Day on Saturday, September 5. Comment.

Green candidate to challenge Councilwoman Palma

Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks green. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. talks green. City Council Democrats in the Bronx talk green. Comment.

Montefiore-Einstein open first-stop cancer center

Remember when your friend was diagnosed with cancer? Remember how your friend schlepped from doctor to doctor? The surgeon. The radiologist. The therapist. The psychologist. Remember the frustration and fatigue. Comment.

St. Simon Stock School hosts Yankee players

Hundreds of elementary and middle school children got the thrill of a lifetime when seven Yankees showed up at their school to give them a few words of encouragement. Comment.

Diaz, Jr. rips Related’s environmental statements

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. took a swing at Kingsbridge Armory developer The Related Companies on Friday, October 9 in a retort critical of environmental impact statements released by city consultants. Comment.

161st Street BID grows up

The long-dormant 161st Street Business Improvement District is finally operational, thanks to excitement generated by the new Yankee Stadium and 161st Street rezone passed by the City Council on Wednesday, September 30. Comment.

Intervale Ave. nursing home closes its doors

San Vicente de Paul Residence, a nursing home on Intervale Avenue in Longwood, has announced that it will close its doors. Because most of its patients are dependent on Medicaid, the 200-bed nursing home has accumulated a $7.5 million deficit. Comment.

California sea lions showcase painting skills

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo continually improves and develops its Animal Enrichment Program. The newest breakthrough in enrichment activities is painting. Comment.

Bette Midler unveils beauty

Entertainer Bette Midler and Target opened an elegant community garden off Woodycrest Avenue in Highbridge on Tuesday, October 6. Comment.

Sonora Southwest Grill introduces bold flavors

It’s time to add some spice to your life. A new restaurant has opened in Morris Park, heating things up with a bold southwest cuisine. Comment.

Jeanne Jugan Residence celebrates namesake’s sainthood

Nuns and religious pilgrims from around the borough are off to Rome’s Vatican City for the canonization of St. Jeanne Jugan, founders of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Comment.

Stella D’oro workers get the boot after sale

Sandrino Franco knew the day would come. In September, when Brynwood Partners announced plans to sell the Stella D’oro brand and shut down its legendary Bronx cookie factory, Franco began to prepare for the end. But on Thursday, October 8, when Brynwood asked Franco, 56, to get out and stay out, he let his head hang. The Morris Park resident has worked at Stella D’oro for 28 years. Comment.

Retired telephone volunteers host Bingo game at TNEC

Senior citizens had a fun day at Throgs Neck Extended Care, at a bingo game hosted by a group of retired telephone company workers who came to the nursing facility to spread cheer. Comment.

Vandals strike Veterans Memorial Park again

“This seems to have become a war,” said Rachel Mazza of the most recent vandalism to mar the Throggs Neck Girls Softball Field. Comment.

Legislation will speed up graffiti cleanup

On Wednesday, September 30, the City Council passed legislation to speed graffiti clean up. Thanks to the new legislation, property owners will automatically benefit from Graffiti Free NYC. Comment.

Greenstreet replaces Ericson Pl. eyesore

A traffic island on Ericson Place that used to sport tall weeds has been transformed into a shaded Greenstreet, where residents can now walk beneath the trees. Comment.

Two fire dispatch errors cause concern

Two dispatch errors to fires in Morris Park and on City Island in one week has some calling for an investigation of the new call taking system for the Fire Department. Comment.

Homeless protest enters 4th week

More than 50 protestors showed up for the fourth straight week of Saturday picketing outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s Pelham Bay Campaign office. There are no signs that organizers have any intention of calling off the protests of the opening of a homeless shelter in a brand-new Westchester Square building. Comment.

Thousands show their Italian pride

In a proud display of Italian American heritage, hundreds of Bronxites lined the street for the 33rd Annual Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, October 11. Comment.

Nature rakes in revenue

It appears that it is open season on motorists trying to find meter-free parking on E. Tremont Avenue in Throggs Neck. Comment.

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