November 8, 2009: 2009, Issue 45
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Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

Unease after rapes in Harding Park

The police nabbed alleged serial rapist Ray Ray Conner on Friday, October 23 but Harding Park and Clason Point neighbors are still on edge. The DNA-based arrest followed three alleged rapes in the Harding Park playground. The Parks Department has increased patrols at the unlit playground but nearby Pugsley Creek Park remains open at night. Comment.

Bloomberg wins city, Thompson takes Bronx

Hundreds of Soundview residents demanded change at P.S. 47 on Tuesday, November 3 and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson won the Bronx in a landslide but incumbent Michael Bloomberg eked out a third term. Comment.

New York Community Bank Celebrates 150 Years

Beginning Monday, November 2 and running through Saturday, November 7, New York Community Bank’s Throggs Neck Branch, located at 3681-83 East Tremont Avenue, is offering gifts, chances to win prizes and opportunities to enjoy extra CD points in this limited time offer. Comment.

CAB to change its name

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), a Bronx-based non-profit known for its remarkable range of social services, will announce its brand new name and logo on Friday, November 13 at its new headquarters on East Tremont Avenue. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009

AFC Rapid Soccer highlights for Week VIII

The ghosts and goblins were trick or treating on Cintron Field this weekend with a full schedule played. The highlights are follows. Comment.

Hayes grounds the Eagles

Gallo Henson saw John Woodford run in and out of trouble nearly the entire game. With Cardinal Hayes leading by eight points in the final minutes, the defensive end had the St. Peter’s quarterback in his sights as he tried to make yet another play with his legs. Comment.

Science mounts scare

Francis Lewis has aspirations of playing for the city championship, but the Queens power learned that any little lapse could cost them such an opportunity. Comment.

Aghahowa leads Lehman

When his Lehman boys soccer team went down two goals halfway through the first half, one thought popped into Pat Straw’s head. Comment.

Knights surge past Columbus

There was no need to manufacture motivation for this match. The John F. Kennedy girls volleyball team had it in bushels. Comment.
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Fr. Pergjini, new pastor, ready to guide St. Lucy’s

A new pastor has come into St. Lucy’s Parish, providing spiritual guidance and directing the church in a new bold direction. Comment.
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49th October Cops of the Month

Police Officer Ivanne Vizcarrondo and Police Officer William Castillo of the 49th Precinct received the October Cop of the Month Award, sponsored by Senator Jeff Klein, during the 49th Precinct Community Council meeting held on Tuesday, October 27. Comment.
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P.S. 83 class plants daffodils in remembrance of Sept. 11

On Wednesday, October 21 students in the fifth grade at P.S. 83 planted daffodils near the front of the school’s annex in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Comment.
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Lydig’s rough speed humps now gentler

Drivers, as well as passengers, on Lydig Avenue, between Paulding and Colden avenues will soon be enjoying a smoother ride, thanks to the flattening out of two rough speed humps near each intersection. Comment.
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Bronx Veterans’ Day Parade Celebration

There used to be a parade in the Bronx. I used to march there,” said Pat Devine, a Vietnam veteran, recalling a time when the veterans of former wars were honored on the Grand Concourse. “Our veterans should never be forgotten and that’s why it was important to bring the parade here to Throggs Neck.” Comment.
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Ready, Set, Parent! Program added to JMC Maternity Unit

Jacobi Medical Center recently became the first hospital in New York City to welcome the Ready, Set, Parent! Program onto its Maternity Unit. Ready, Set, Parent! is a hospital-based, award-winning parent education program designed by EPIC- Every Person Influences Children and Baker Victory Services (BVS) which focuses on the parent’s role in promoting developmental growth in their babies. The program is funded by the New York State Health Foundation. Comment.
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Friends of Woodlawn explore county’s legacy

This Sunday, November 8, Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery and Westchester County Historical Society will explore Westchester’s legacy at the burial ground with a special program and tour. Comment.
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Duo preys on seniors

Detectives are still after the dastardly duo that robbed senior homeowners in Zerega, Pelham Bay and Throggs Neck. Last spotted in southern Brooklyn, the two men run a utility scam. George John, 29, a 5-foot-8 160 pound white male, poses as a “water department” or utility worker to distract seniors. His partner, a 5-foot-7 230 pound white male not yet identified, slips in to pocket cash and jewelry, a 45th Precinct detective said. Comment.
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TN resident helps fight child abuse

A Throggs Neck resident has demonstrated that one person can affect the lives of many. Comment.
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Cookies for Kids’ Cancer holiday bazaar

The fourth annual Christmas bazaar at Jeanne Jugan Residence on Saturday, November 14 includes a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale with proceeds going to pediatric cancer research. Comment.
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Morris Park Dental hosts Halloween candy buy back

Kids who have a sweet tooth were able to avoid cavities and decay by bringing their Halloween candy to Morris Park Dental. Comment.
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Stella D’oro workers refuse to quit

It appears that no one will rescue Stella D’oro, not even El Commandante. Brynwood Partners, the Connecticut-based firm that sold the Stella D’oro brand in September, has rebuffed offers for its legendary Kingsbridge cracker and cookie factory, among those a bid from the socialist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Comment.
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Penn Station added to NYBG 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 spectacular additions 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.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

So. Blvd. fire guts 7 stores

A devastating fire destroyed five stores, with damage to an additional two, along Southern Boulevard in Longwood. Comment.

Leaders rally after Sadie Mitchell death

Neighborhood leaders plan to rally Wakefield against teen violence in the wake of an October tragedy. E. 224th Street grandmother Sadie Mitchell, 92, died when a stray bullet burst into her living room. Comment.

Residents protest San Vicente closing

Nearly 2,000 San Vicente de Paul residents, adult day care patients, family members, staff and St. Athanasius Church parishioners want Archbishop Timothy Dolan to keep the Longwood nursing home open. Comment.

183rd Street merchants plan to retake street

There is a street where two precincts stop, where drug dealers deal and prostitutes stalk, a street so unfriendly to business that McDonald’s closed up shop. Comment.

Mill Pond Park ribbon-cutting held

Bronxites have the opportunity to enjoy the great out doors while lounge, jog or play along the majestic Harlem River at the recently completed Mill Pong Park. Comment.

West Farms art project gets respect

West Farms is no different from the rest of the Bronx. Ride the #5 IRT up Boston Road. Ride the Bx42 up East Tremont Avenue. West Farms sports a coat of graffiti. Comment.
Arts

Walk of historic St. Mary’s Park

An walking tour of historic St. Mary’s Park and its 17th Century roots will be held on Sun., Nov. 8, 9:30 am. the tour will be led by Marcus Hickman. Meet in front of Optical City Xpress, corner of Melrose Avenue and E. 149th Street (next to the elevators for the #2 and #5 subway service). Comment.
Arts

Holiday gift and craft sale

Get a headstart on your holiday shopping at the Riverdale Temple Holiday Gift and Craft Sale, 4545 Independence Avenue, on Sunday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Comment.

Blaze destroys row of stores

Flames engulfed a Norwood commercial strip early on Halloween as business owners and neighbors stood by and wept. The five-alarm blaze, reported at 3 a.m., took 200 firefighters more than five hours to extinguish. Comment.

Landlord cleans up violations

The city, a tenant-advocacy group, and others are working together with the landlord of a 136-unit Pelham Parkway residential building to fix longstanding violations. Is reported to be moving slow, but steady. Comment.

Bronx author warns vaccines can be harmful, lead to death

One man has a message for the medical establishment when it comes to the incessant demand from health professionals that we vaccinate for viruses like H1N1: vaccines may cause more harm then good. Comment.

Calvary Hospital hosts pastoral care forum

Calvary Hospital’s staff of priests, ministers, rabbis and other religious figures held its 3rd annual Pastoral Care Day recently, focusing on helping patients find a “supportive presence” while undergoing medical treatment. Comment.

Fox 5 chooses Fine Fare for squeaky clean story

The owner, managers, and staff of Fine Fare Supermarket in Throggs Neck got an unexpected visit from a Fox 5 news crew and Senator Jeff Klein on Friday, October 30. Comment.

St. Frances de Chantal hosts walk for cancer research

Despite the cold weather, students at St. Frances de Chantal School braved the temperature in a walk-a-thon to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Comment.

Third round of plantings to buffer Bruckner Boulevard

Residents living along the Bruckner Expressway service road near Coddington Avenue will see the dead saplings, across the street from homes, replaced by the state Department of Transportation. Comment.

Borough arts group eyes vacated bank property

Bronx Council on the Arts may soon take an even more active role in the revitalization of Westchester Square. It is currently in talks to purchase a building that was formally a Washington Mutual bank branch. Comment.

Lohegrin Pl. to win recognition

Pot-holed and sewer-less Lohengrin Place is set to join the rest of Country Club on the city map. Thanks in part to Country Club resident Frank Menillo, the city plans to dedicate Lohengrin Place between Rawlins Avenue and Parsifal Place. It has suffered from disrepair for decades because city Department of Transportation will only reconstruct city-owned streets. Comment.

Lehman HS grades scandal

Lehman High School principal Janet Saraceno is under investigation. Saraceno, appointed to head the 4,000-student school in 2008, has changed grades to help students graduate, past and present teachers told watchdog news source GothamSchools. Comment.

Protest signs raised in defiance to Bloomberg

As the final protest before Election Day against the opening of a St. Peters Avenue homeless shelter wrapped up, picketers – many in costume – raised signs high above their heads and faced the windows of Mayor Bloomberg’s Pelham Bay mayoral campaign office. Comment.

Midler opens Highbridge garden

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

Stella D’oro workers get boot

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.

Protest against homeless shelter goes on for fourth 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.

Pelham Parkway barrier chosen: 87 trees to be removed

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

Jeanne Jugan Residence celebrates canonization

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.

Déjà vu owner fights liquor license cancelation

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.

Diaz Jr. rips armory environmental statements

Diaz Jr., who issued a “no” recommendation on Related’s planned armory shopping mall in September, when the developer turned down his community benefits agreement, condemned the city and its consultants for a poor Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and an inadequate Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). 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.

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Fordham Prep rallies past Mount after 21-yard TD

Max Kinder knew the outcome once the pass left his hand. Trailing Mount St. Michael, Fordham Prep was down to its final play when he saw Michael Seminario open on the right sideline just outside the end zone. Comment.

Turnovers do in Hayes in loss to Stepinac

Kwamayne Davis’ helmet was still on and his mouth piece still in as he tried to stay out of the rain outside the locker room at SUNY Maritime. It seemed like clouds had followed the Cardinal Hayes quarterback all game. Comment.

Crusaders sweep Preston

Alessandra Rosso remembers St. Catharine Academy’s 2005 season well. She wasn’t on the school’s girls volleyball team yet, she was still in eighth grade. But her sister, Melissa, played and Alessandra was the Crusaders’ pseudo manager. She had a front row seat as SCA played in the CHSAA Class A state title match. Comment.

Charging Rams defeat Mount

Mario Valentini had a decision to make. His Mount St. Michael football team led Fordham Prep by five points with less than two minutes left and they were facing a fourth-and-short on the Rams’ 42-yard line. Comment.
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Spotlight on Pelham Parkway landlord as tenants protest

Tenants on Cruger Avenue in Pelham Parkway South and on Wallace Avenue in Allerton have enlisted the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation and Councilman James Vacca to pressure landlord Richard Laubsch for repairs. Comment.
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Group home nixed

Community Board 11 has voted to reject a proposal for a group home that has applied to open in Pelham Gardens. Comment.
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Senator Klein hosts graffiti roundtable

Civic leaders and legal experts sat down with Senator Jeff Klein on Wednesday, October 7 to formulate an anti-graffiti plan for the 34th Senate District, in particular Community Board 10 and Community Board 11. Comment.
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Out2Play designs, builds new P.S. 71 playground

Thomas Whelan grinned as he bounced onto the new jungle gym at P.S. 71. Decades of Pelham Bay students have made do with a bare asphalt playground. Not Whelan. Comment.
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Chamber shines light on domestic violence

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum at its headquarters on Friday, October 16 to raise awareness for domestic violence victims and garner support for aiding battered women. Comment.
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Schley Ave. developer may construct a marina

The Board of Standards and Appeals granted a developer the right to build on a waterfront parcel of land that includes an unmapped street, but according to Community Board 10 the matter may be subject to further review by the Department of City Planning. Comment.
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Mom helps parents of visually impaired youngsters

It was 2003. Jeannette Christie of Throggs Neck had to choose. Go to work in Manhattan or escort her legally blind son to a performance at the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) on Pelham Parkway. Comment.
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Young women learn accountability

An innovative new program that teaches young women about self-respect and the respecting the rights of others has come to St. Catharine Academy. Comment.
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School District 8 CEC incomplete

Community Education Council 8 held its second “meet the candidates” event on Tuesday, November 27 in an attempt to plug four empty spots. Comment.
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Convicted 15 years later

District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced that a jury convicted a 43-year-old Florida man of murder in the stabbing death of a Bronx man 15 years ago, in February 1994. Comment.
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Paradise Theater reopens

The famed art deco Paradise Theater reopened after two years with a concert on Saturday, October 25. It will be the first of many under its new management. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

HPEDC hosts 22nd Annual Tent Party

The best of the Hunts Point food markets and business community was once again on display when the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation threw its 22nd Annual Tent Party. Comment.

Senior hit by stray bullet

The stray bullet murder of Wakefield grandmother Sadie Mitchell on Tuesday, October 20 has neighbors frightened and determined to counsel wayward teens. On Friday, October 23, Jamal Blair, 18, pled not guilty to second-degree murder. Comment.

Palma runs on her record

18th Council District incumbent Annabel Palma answers to her constituents, not to 1199 SEIU, she said. Palma has funded new school libraries, pushed playground renovations and opposed Mayor Michael Bloomberg on term limits. In 2003, Palma had 1199 SEIU, the healthcare workers union, help run her campaign. The Democrat and former 1199 SEIU member won but was fined $30,000 by the Campaign Finance Board. Comment.

Bronx student accepts NASCAR challenge

A college student found herself switching her major to Marketing while taking part in a NASCAR motor sports program that challenges students to work on company projects. Comment.

P.S. 103 celebrates Out2Play schoolyard

Not even rain could dampen the spirits of the students at P.S. 103 celebrating their brand new play space. Comment.

Call to prayer protest

Imagine sunrise behind a minaret. Imagine a bearded imam. Listen for his thunderous call to worship. Not in Baghdad or Tehran or Islamabad. In the Bronx. Comment.

1,000 rally for Armory living wage

“If you want to do business in the Bronx, we can do business,” Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. thundered. “But it has to be good for everybody.” Comment.

Plans revealed to ease P.S. 105’s crowding

With relief needed to ease the overcrowding in the City’s public schools, plans are moving forward to turn the former site of the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway Synagogue into a school. Comment.

Bronx veterans celebrate US Navy’s birthday at med center

A celebration of the 234th anniversary of the United States Navy was held in the lobby of the James. J. Peters VA Medical Center on Wednesday, October 14. Comment.

Archbishop Dolan attends OLA prayer service

Newly installed Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan paid a visit to the church’s East Bronx Vicariate, attending a prayer service and then holding a meet and greet at Our Lady of Assumption Church. Comment.

Former Yankee bat boy, author visits P.S. 304

The New York Yankees were supposed to visit P.S. 304 on Tuesday, October 13 but had to cancel to prepare for an American League Championship Series match-up against the Los Angeles Angels. Principal Joseph Nobile and his students understood. But the day was salvaged when former Yankee batboy Ray Negron stopped at the school instead and promised that the Bronx Bombers would swing by after the World Series. Comment.

A match made in heaven: merchants welcome Lehman High School interns

Small business owners in Throggs Neck and Westchester Square need affordable employees. Students at Lehman High School need work. Talk about a match made in heaven. Comment.

Parks reveals plans for Owen Dolen phase 2

The revitalization of Westchester Square continues as plans are revealed for phase 2 of Owen Dolen Plaza. Comment.

BCA to offer programs at Westchester Square

The Bronx Council on the Arts has a full slate of programs available at three Westchester Square locations, all part of a revitalization effort expected to spark a renaissance. Comment.

CI firefighters welcome new house repairs

Firefighters on City Island will soon be saying good-bye to those rusty counters, pesky burners, and shoddy outlets, thanks to a $200,000 renovation of the kitchen and dining area at Engine 70/Ladder 53 on Schofield Street. With designs now completed, the New York City Council-funded project is on track to begin in late March or early April. Comment.

A safer Keane Square

Keane Square is being revamped in an effort to increase safety and beautify the area. Comment.

Shelter foes prepare for more protests

The protesters of a St. Peters Avenue homeless shelter are gearing up for one final Saturday afternoon of picketing outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s Pelham Bay campaign office before the November 3 general election. Comment.

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