November 19, 2009: 2009, Issue 47
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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Hayes blasts Lions 33-7

Jeramiah Kobena was determined to get into the end zone, but his path along the Monsignor Farrell sideline was blocked. Most other punt returners would accept their fate, duck out of bounds and let the offense do their thing. Comment.

Mount keeps winning to honor teammate

Tarik Hawkins ran off the field the same way he ran onto it. The Mount St. Michael junior held a photo collage remembering teammate Kyle Rembert, who died of carbon monoxide in his grandmother’s home on Nov. 7, up high for all to see. It was one of many ways the Mountaineers remembered him. There were No. 45 stickers on the back of every helmet, 45 in eye black in many of their faces or written on wrist bands and towels. Quarterback Jaylen Amaker and fullback Gary Acquah carried Rembert’s jersey out for the game. Comment.

Salesian soccer team losses heartbreaker to Bishop Ford

The defending CHSAA “B” champions, Salesian High School, lost in dramatic fashion to Bishop Ford at Aviator Field by the score of 2-1 Tuesday in the semi-final round of the CHSAA Intersectional Championship. Comment.

Co-op City LL registration

Co-op City Little League registration will be held on Friday, November 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 177 Dre4iser Loop, Room 17. Comment.

Rembert’s family thanks Mt. St. Michael for support

There was an extra hand on Kyle Rembert’s jersey in the Mount St. Michael locker room. Comment.

Clinton offense sputters in loss

The final offensive stats were ugly: three first downs, 19 rushing yards, two turnovers. The final score – Curtis 20, DeWitt Clinton 8 – was just as tough to stomach for the Governors. Comment.

PSAL Bowl/Cup Playoff Football Roundup: Martin shocks Truman

August Martin had enough. Comment.

Pipe Dreams

It might be just me, but I think that… Comment.

St. Catharine makes history

At the start of the season, the question around St. Catharine Academy was if it could match or even exceed the 2005 volleyball team, the program’s best ever. Now it’s if the 2009 Crusaders are the most accomplished team in CHSAA Archdiocesan history. Comment.
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Fundraiser for burned out neighbors

On Wednesday, October 14, a fire destroyed the apartment that Gina and Peter Garibaldi were renting in Spencer Estate. The fire was particularly devastating to the Garibaldi family because they are caring for their three children, all under the age of three, with Cystic Fibrosis. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the editor

$1,400 raised for pediatric cancer care Comment.
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Ridgewood Savings Bank to offer SizzleMoney prepaid accounts

Ridgewood Savings Bank has announced that it will be offering SizzleMoney® prepaid accounts at selected branches in the Bronx and its main office in Ridgewood. SizzleMoney®, which was developed by Denarii Payments, Inc., is a unique mobile stored value product that enables access to money, payment services, and payroll distribution. Friendly bilingual customer service is available through a toll free telephone call. Comment.
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Country Club Civic Association

Developer Les Lerner’s corporation has requested a variance to allow construction of a 9,996 sq ft office building on the interior lot behind 1464 Astor Avenue. The lot has no frontage on any city street. It is completely surrounded by lots with one and two family private homes that do have frontage on the four city streets (Astor Avenue, Eastchester Road, Pelham Parkway and Fenton Avenue) that surround those lots. They plan to have access to the interior lot through the 1464 Astor Avenue lot which they also own because it does have frontage on a city street. Comment.
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Throggs Neck Home Owners Association

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m., at the Villa Barone Manor. Our guest speakers will be Venecia Fernandez from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office who will talk to us about unclaimed funds and she will also have a computer available to check to see if any of us are entitled to some money we forgot about...maybe in a bank or a depost on something we never collected. You may leave the meeting rich! Comment.
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Locust Point Civic Association

Welcome to the fall season, my favorite time of the year. With fall comes our annual kids Halloween party, which is always a great time, the children and adults really look forward to this event. Comment.
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Community Action Civic Association

Every community has one: the small grocery store, bodega or coffee shop where locals stop each morning for a newspaper and cup of coffee before driving on to work. They are a part of our morning ritual, a pleasant few seconds to greet your neighbors and ease into the day. Not so for the patrons of Bronx establishments such as Lizzie’s on Layton Avenue. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post

Hello all! Comment.
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italian American Museum honors Fran Coglitore

The Italian American Museum honored Fran Coglitore, the past president and Scholarship chairperson of the Forum of Italian American Educators (FIAME) at their Second Annual Ambasciatore breakfast on Sunday, November 8. The event was held at the V.I.P. Club in New Rochelle. Outstanding leaders from various Italian-American organizations were honored. Comment.
Opinion

Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

14th Annual Turkey Trot scheduled for November 21

The Throggs Neck Benevolent Association’s annual five-kilometer Turkey Trot will take place on Saturday, November 21 at Orchard Beach. Comment.

Vacant house now cleaned and secured

After months of worry about overgrown weeds and teenagers who might use a vacant house in Waterbury-LaSalle as a hangout, the property has been secured. Comment.

Bronx teachers win Sloan Awards

Four Bronx high school teachers claimed the first annual Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics on Thursday, November 5. On Thursday, November 12, dignitaries visited each in his or her classroom. The Sloan Awards, presented by the Fund for the City of New York on behalf of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, are based on the Sloan Public Service Awards. Comment.

P.S. 181 gets tech grant

The students in the Gifted & Talented program of P.S. 181 celebrated the official ribbon cutting for the new technology and innovative software sure to help them succeed. Comment.

Arthur Ashe essay contest winner at Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Charter School has another feather in its cap, as one of the school’s students has won the borough-wide title to the prestigious Arthur Ashe Essay Contest this year. Comment.

Mecca trip postpones prayer dispute

A quarrel between members of the Parkchester Jame Masjid and non-Muslim neighbors was postponed on Monday, November 16 when the mosque’s leaders hopped a holy flight to Mecca. Comments (1).

Residents win round two versus Astor project

Following a second Board of Stands and Appeals (BSA) public hearing, Astor Avenue community members sound optimistic about the future of 1464 Astor Avenue. On Tuesday, November 10, they joined representatives for Councilman Jimmy Vacca, Senator Jeff Klein, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Community Board 11 and the Allerton Avenue Homeowners and Tenants Association at 40 Rector Street in Manhattan to reiterate concerns about an unspecified medical facility proposed for the empty lot. Comment.

Lights return to Westchester Square

For the second year in a row, the Merchants and Business Professionals of Westchester Square are preparing to brighten up the holiday season with decorative lights. Comment.

Vacca plans new downzoning in Pelham Bay, Westchester Square and Zerega

Councilman Jimmy Vacca expects an important zoning amendment A new downzoning bill expected to pass thewin City Council approval within a monthbefore Christmas and thinks it should have an impact onwill concerns aboutcounter overdevelopment and lack of parkingparking problems in densemore densely developed areas of Community Board 10. Comment.

D’Adamo named five-two commander

Hello, neighbor! The 52nd Precinct has a new commander: former 50th Precinct commander John D’Adamo. The Police Department transferred Deputy Inspector D’Adamo from his post in the 50th Precinct – Riverdale, Kingsbridge and Marble Hill – east of the Major Deegan Expressway to the 52nd Precinct – Fordham, Bedford Park, Norwood and University Heights – on Wednesday, October 28. Comment.

Clock ticking on Kingsbridge Armory plan

The clock is ticking on The Related Companies’ plan to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory and negotiations remain stalled. Related lawyer Jesse Masyr thinks the City Council is determined to deny the shopping mall plan, while some council members consider Mayor Michael Bloomberg responsible for the landmark’s future. Bloomberg is in favor of the plan. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition have demanded community benefits. Comment.

52nd Precinct Community Council holds recognition breakfast

The 52nd Precinct Community Council welcomed its new commanding officer, Deputy Inspector John D’Adamo, at its Sixth Annual Fellowship Breakfast at Lehman College’s Music Building on Friday, November 13. Comment.

Rock On The Bronx

ITEM: The great Lou Valentino at LaStrada Enoteca Italian Restaurant on E.Tremont and LaSalle avenues, on Sunday, November 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Comment.

Bronx Beat

Store manager Bob Harlacher sees the new location as a vast improvement. The new location offers free convenient parking right in front of the store for the customers. Comment.

Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.

Perez plans Tremont Renaissance

Bronx real estate baron, Community Board 6 member and former 15th Council District candidate Radame Perez, has announced plans to build an 18-story mixed-use development at E. Tremont and Webster avenues. Comment.

DOT plans White Plains Road upgrades

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to refurbish a 5.5-mile stretch of White Plains Road between E. Tremont Avenue and E. 233rd Street. Proposals for the thoroughfare include more muni-meters, possible delivery windows for White Plains Road businesses, more curbside parking between Bronxdale and Brady avenues, a reconfigured Gun Hill Road intersection and a raft of traffic changes. One change could accelerate plans for an enlarged Van Nest Park. Comment.
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Saving homes is CEEF’s ultimate goal

Essoham Toyi immigrated to the United States from Togo in 2001 and worked long hours at modest pay.In 2006, the truck driver met a realtor. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

Merchant rescues Clinton

By Zach Braziller Comment.

Lehman stunned in 78th minute

The look on the faces of the Lehman players as they walked off the field at New Dorp HS Tuesday morning was that of astonishment. Comment.

Deja vu for Columbus soccer team

Forgive Jason Renick if his stomach gets queasy and his head hurts at the mere sight of the Beacon boys soccer team. Comment.

Sister Act

Volleyball team was already a family affair, with Melissa Rosso coaching and her younger sister, Alessandra, as the team’s star outside hitter. On Sunday, the Crusaders added another Rosso: Jennifer. Comment.
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SLA cancels Deja vu’s license to sell alcohol

After a drawn out battle the establishment once known as Déjà vu no longer has a liquor license. Comment.
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Medical facility revised

Changes to a proposed medical facility at Astor Avenue were made and submitted to the Board of Standards and Appeals for the second public hearing that was held this week. The new plan was immediately blasted Comment.
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Seniors flex their muscles at exercise class

March. March. March. Punch. Punch. Uppercut. The gym rumbles in military time. But these are no soldiers and Theresa Webb is no drill sergeant. These are septuagenarians and arthritis patients. Webb, 41, is an Aging in America senior exercise instructor. Comment.
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St. Frances students salute championship Yankees

Youngsters sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame as they marched through the streets of Throggs Neck celebrating the Yankees winning the World Series. Comment.
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Renaissance receives technology grant

Councilman Jimmy Vacca secured a grant to bring new technology into Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology. Comment.
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Keane Square park bench returned to original position

Someone has chosen a rather unique way to express his or her displeasure at the new changes to Keane Square. Comment.
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Futuristic proposals address Bronx’ development

Imagine a tree farm on the banks of the Harlem River. Imagine a clean air pump on the Major Deegan Expressway. Imagine a pump factory near the Grand Concourse. Comment.
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Maritime hosts Bronx FDNY Chili Cook-off

Firefighters from around the borough were on hand before S.U.N.Y. Maritime’s football game on Friday, November 6 to serve up spicy chili to fans at the college’s 2nd annual FDNY Bronx Firehouse Chili Cook-off. Comment.
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‘Silent Samaritan’ Award

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Rich colors of fall at Wave Hill

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Gingerbread Adventures at NYBG

In the hands-on Gingerbread Adventures program at The New York Botanical Garden, children learn about the different plant parts used in creating the favorite holiday snack, gingerbread. From November 21 through January 10, 2010, in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, youngsters will be amazed to discover that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree and ginger is derived from an underground stem, as they use their senses to examine these and other plant ingredients that go into a classic gingerbread recipe. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

University Heights Playground gazebo proves folly

The gazebo at Andrews Avenue and the Hall of Fame Terrace in University Heights was meant for picnics, or naps, or chats, or chess…anything but what the strange wooden structure is really used for. Comment.

Paid to vacate rooms

Candido Resto wants to stay in Hunts Point. But he claims that his apartment building has quietly become a de-facto homeless shelter and that his building management company wants him out. It appears that the city Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has agreed to pay his landlord and a homeless services provider for each apartment its clients occupy. Comment.

Residents oppose Maj. Deegan plan

South Bronx residents furious at the state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) trumpeted concerns at a public hearing at Hostos Community College on Monday, November 9. NYSDOT wants to widen the Major Deegan Expressway by two lanes between E. 138th Street and the Macombs Dam Bridge through eminent domain but the city Department of City Planning (DCP) and some residents think the change would increase air pollution and infringe on Harlem River waterfront development. Comment.

Demand soars for Grant Ave. co-ops

Grand Concourse resident Beverly Beja thought she’d be “dead and buried under Joyce Kilmer Park” sooner than she’d see her neighborhood reborn. But the Lorlei Fountain has been restored, there are three busy supermarkets on E. 167th Street and 153 of 160 co-op apartments were sold when dignitaries opened The Solara on Friday, October 30. Comment.

CB 10 to state: No more L&W group homes

Community Board 10 and Leake and Watts faced off at a recent state hearing about a proposed group home for six developmentally disabled women near Westchester Square. Comment.

Saving homes is financier’s ultimate goal

Essoham Toyi immigrated to the United States from Togo in 2001 and worked long hours at modest pay. In 2006, the truck driver met a realtor. Comment.

Bloomberg wins city; Thompson, the 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.

Preston’s Center of Compassion offers tutoring, mentoring

Many people are familiar with the Sisters of the Divine Compassion from their work teaching young women at Preston High School. There is, however, another ministry sharing the school’s Schurz Avenue property offering counseling, tutoring, and social services to women and children. Comment.

Vacca, P.S. 10 principal cut technology ribbon

Bringing P10 into the 21st century, a new technology lab has been created to help monitor students work and increase the quality of their education. Comment.

Pel Bay Merchants receive grant

The Pelham Bay Merchants Association received a $20,000 grant recently, to recruit new businesses into the association. Comment.

One student stabbed near Lehman

Safety concerns have been raised for the students who travel through Westchester Square after a violent stabbing occurred last week leading to a serious injury and one arrest. Comment.

Bronx vets host USS New York Marines

Just one day before the commissioning of the U.S.S. New York, local veterans welcomed Marines from the ship built with World Trade Center steel in its bow. Comment.

Diaz to host Eco Summit

Bronx Council on the Arts’ Deidre Scott wants to promote creative industries. Monroe College president Stephen Jerome wants to create jobs. Westchester Square business leader John Bonizio wants to lower taxes. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. wants the Bronx to go green collar. Comment.

Throggs Neck gets ready for holiday lights

‘Tis the season to enjoy the lights! The Throggs Neck Merchants Association has begun the process of organizing the holiday lights that dazzle the business strip each year. Comment.

Push-in thieves attack

A bizarre home invasion where the victims were held hostage and tortured in a Throggs Neck apartment building has led to one arrest. Police continue to search for two other suspects. Comment.

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