December 19, 2009: 2009, Issue 51
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Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

St. Francis wins tournaments; at 24-0 looking for a trophy

The St. Francis Xavier varsity boy’s basketball team came into the 2009-10 season sporting a giant chip on their shoulder. Although they had a successful season last year, they failed to win a tournament they entered and lost in the championship games of both leagues they participate in. Comment.

Pierce’s outburst leads Kennedy past W. 50th Street

Jeffrey Short’s meteoric rise has drawn so much attention from the opposition, it has created opportunities for Naquan Pierce, Kennedy’s leading scorer last year. Comment.

Kennedy’s football coach axed

Alex Vega was fired from his job as John F. Kennedy’s football coach and he has no idea why, he told The Post on Monday. Comment.

Pipe Dreams

Giants Week 13-B Comment.

Football honors

Mount St. Michael had a season to remember. Comment.

St. Ray’s shows maturity

Like a proud father with a newborn child, St. Raymond’s coach Oliver Antigua is watching his team grow up right in front of his eyes. Comment.

Girls’ volleyball honors

The biggest story in The Bronx this season was St. Catharine Academy winning its second straight CHSAA Bronx/Westchester and New York Archdiocesan titles. The Crusaders, not usually known for volleyball dominance before last season, also advanced to the CHSAA Class A state championship match to cap the program’s best campaign ever. Comment.

Rice heats up defensively

The jump shots weren’t falling, the passes weren’t crisp. On the offensive side, Rice looked like a shell of the team that captured the New York State Federation title last year and is a favorite to do it again this March. Comment.
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St. Francis Xavier wins tournaments

The St. Francis Xavier varsity boy’s basketball team came into the 2009-10 season sporting a giant chip on their shoulder. Although they had a successful season last year, they failed to win a tournament they entered and lost in the championship games of both leagues they participate in. Comment.
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40th PCT. Comment.

Letters To The Editor

One in a million Comment.
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For Your Health

Cardiovascular Disease and Dental Disease are Genetically Linked Comment.
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Bronx Schools

The 13th season of The Challenge kicked off with all-star student scholars from the Academy of Mount St. Ursula and Saint Barnabas High School competing against each other in round one of this high school quiz show. This first round match-up aired on MSG Varsity. Comment.
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Rock On The Bronx

ITEM: If you’re reading this in time get on over and see the great Lou Valentino. He will be performing at LaStrada Italian Restaurant on the corner of East Tremont and LaSalle avenues on Sunday, December 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Comment.
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Civic Center

Hello all! Comment.
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Do You Remember

I was browsing through the New York section at Barnes and Noble when I noticed another book about Yankee Stadium. Since I was once a tour guide there, it immediately caught my attention. What is interesting about this book is that it’s not predominantly about the Yankees. It’s about the stadium and has a variety of area photographs that are rarely, if ever, seen. Comment.
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Bronx SceneBronx Zoo conducts toy, coat drive

While the animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo have coats to keep them warm and toys to keep them happy, many New Yorkers are not quite so lucky. Comment.
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Bronx Scene

Winter transforms Wave Hill’s gardens into places of airy light and unexpected splashes of color—both on the grounds and in its holiday programming. Pastry chef Newton Pryce warms us up with a cooking demo of a heritage recipe for a classic holiday dessert on Saturday, the perfect complement to a walk through the gardens. Comment.
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Bronx Beat

The City Island Theater Group will hold auditions for Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knoww and directed by Eileen Marcus, at Grace Church Hall, 116 City Island Avenue, on Thurs., Dec. 17 and Fri., Dec. 18 at 7:30 pm. Comment.

Bronx Prep seniors prepare for success

The younger students of Bronx Preparatory Charter School lined up outside of 3872 Third Avenue to cheer and chant on Wednesday, November 18, as the high school’s seniors ran through the crowd proudly waving their college applications. Comment.

FDA III middle school in danger

Two Bronx schools could close soon, the Department of Education announced on Wednesday, December 2 and Friday, December 4. The DOE has proposed that no new students attend the Frederick Douglass Academy III middle school in Claremont and the School for Community Research and Learning, a high school in Soundview. Comment.

Truman students design greeting cards

Students at Truman High School in Co-op City competed to design greeting cards for Morris Heights Health Center patients. The cards thank patients for choosing MHHC. Comment.

KIPP Academy holds five-year charter hearing

KIPP Academy Charter School held its mandatory five-year charter renewal hearing on Wednesday, November 18. Comment.

Hateful vandalism and fire destroy church

A shocked Jeff Padilla, youth leader at the Glory of Christ Church, referred to hateful graffiti and satanic symbols found inside his charred Bronx house of worship last week as “unbelievable.” Comment.

North Bronx neighbors oppose shelter

News that a HIV/AIDS homeless housing provider could set up shop smack dab in the middle of Wakefield’s shopping corridor has sent residents and business owners into a tizzy. Community Board 12 will host a meeting between Praxis Housing Initiatives and anxious neighbors on Thursday, January 7 to discuss the future of 4339 White Plains Road, a vacant lot between E. 236th and E. 237th streets where Praxis wants to build. Comment.

Six BIDs get solar-powered trash compactors

It’s no belly flop. BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) around the borough now boast BigBelly solar compactors, which harness the power of the sun to compress refuse and require fewer trips by garbage trucks. The nifty trash and recycle bins will help the city decrease its sanitation truck trips and benefit Bronx business corridors. Comment.

DOT reverses traffic flow

“This is going to get ugly and it’s going to court.” Comment.

Alleged Westchester Square arsonist out on bail

Alleged arsonist and Van Nest resident William Crean, arrested in September for the Westchester Square fire of March 2009, has pled not guilty and is out on bail, his attorney confirmed. Crean was released for tens of thousands of dollars, Arlen Yalkut said. Comment.

Bronx gets hydrogen station

While scientists and politicians bickered about carbon emissions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the Bronx established itself as a leader in clean automotive technology. Comment.

Muliner Avenue mosque speakers cause concern

Some neighbors are concerned about use of loudspeakers at a mosque on Muliner Avenue but worshippers maintain that the noise problem no longer exists. Comment.

Rhythm City dance crew reps Boogie Down

When Alonzo Williams and Rhythm City hit the stage, heads bob and hearts pound. The Bronx hip-hop dance crew that wowed national television audiences on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in August and September has popped and locked to fame and fortune: Rhythm City has booked an international tour, members plan to release music records and the crew boasts thousands of Twitter fans. Comment.

Pelham Bay needs a brake

Some residents of Pelham Bay are determined to win speed controls for the eastbound Hutchinson River Parkway Service Road between Exit 3E and Continental Avenue. Vehicles often exit the Hutch and careen down the service road past Mayflower Avenue and E. 197th Street, Anita Valenti and Paul Hadshian contend. Comment.

I-95 pedestrian bridge repair next summer

The Waterbury Avenue pedestrian bridge linking Waterbury-LaSalle and Country Club will be permanently repaired next summer, a NYS DOT spokesman said. The children of P.S. 14 will not go without the bridge for a single school day. Comment.

Providence Rest saved from crisis

A major snafu by a state agency almost destroyed a well-respected neighborhood institution and the well being of its staff. Comment.

Bx14 bus service cut looms

Whenever the Metropolitan Transit Authority hefts its axe, the Bx14 bus seems to end up on the chopping block. Comment.

Armory plan squashed

Downtown at City Hall on the afternoon of Monday, December 14, union bosses and lobbyists, Bronx pols and CEOs breathlessly rehashed a historic City Council vote to oppose the rezone and redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory as a shopping mall. Comment.

Columbus High School community outraged

Christopher Columbus High School students, parents, teachers and alumni, rocked by news that the city Department of Education plans to shutter the 70-year old institution (not the building), will fight to keep Columbus open. Hundreds of Explorers faithful plan to attend a public hearing on the DOE’s proposal on Thursday, January 7. Comment.

Cliffhanger at Kingsbridge Armory

Manic days of debate and feverish nights of negotiations have come and gone but the Kingsbridge Armory living wage battle rages on. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

Bronx school grades soar

Bronx high schools rushed to the top of the class, as 41 were awarded progress report A’s for 2008-2009, as opposed to 31 in 2007-2008, the city Department of Education announced in November. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Pipe Dreams

Intended or Unintended Slight Comment.

Wings flies by Bx. Sci.

Bob Gregory knew all about Wings Academy’s first two games – both blowouts by 121 points and 46 points, respectively. The Bronx Science coach, who felt like his Wings counterpart Juan Gonzalez ran up the score in each, had a discussion with the referees before the game. Comment.

Wings past F. Hills

Kristian Foriest spent his Saturday night talking basketball, telling Deonte Houston how important the junior point guard was to the Wings Academy basketball team’s success. Sunday evening, Wings coach Billy Turnage hammered home the point during a fourth-quarter timeout, demanding the pass-first Houston take over down the stretch. Comment.

Acquah helps the Mount bounce Salesian in opener

Gary Acquah is making a habit of winning games, no matter what the sport. Comment.

AFC Rapid Soccer highlights and scores for Week XII

As frost starts to appear on the pumpkins AFC Rapid starts to wind down preparing for the holidays. The highlights for week 12 are as follows. Comment.

Post’s All-Bronx boys soccer honors

The Bronx was home to plenty of phenomenal performances, on an individual basis and in a team setting. Comment.

Letters To The Editor

Support Cong. Crowley’s vote on Stupak-Pitts Comment.
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St. Benedict’s debuts new website

St. Benedict’s Parish has launched a second generation website designed to bring parishioners together for interaction and exchange on the Internet. Comment.
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Attack claim is a lie

An employee of a Westchester Square pharmacy, who was arrested after arguing with a traffic agent over a parking ticket, has won support from area merchants who claim the traffic agent lied about George Collazo physically assaulting her while issuing a summons. Comment.
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For Your Health

Jacobi Medical Center partnered with Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) Assistant Commissioner Dr. Monica Sweeney, for a World AIDS Day program held in Jacobi’s Main Lobby. Comment.
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Bronx Schools

The Academy of Mount St. Ursula is hosting a Christmas Flea Market on Saturday, December 12, in the school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The idea for the flea market was developed by the school principal, Lisa Harrison, and the director of Development/Alumnae Relations,. Anna Ramos. In keeping with the school’s theme of Spirit of Community and Family for the month of December, this event will bring community members into the school building for an opportunity to buy poinsettias, baked goods, new and gently used toys, games, clothes, books, CDs and more. Comment.
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Bronx family devotes Sundays to feed firemen

For the last 18 years, Ybett Ramos has worked her day job as a nurse, and more recently a nursing supervisor, at St. Barnabas Hospital. Comment.
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Community Action

The State of New York, facing its deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, is also enduring an equally profound, if not greater, challenge: the loss of integrity within its electoral and legislative systems. The combination of these two dilemmas is devastating, and it appears neither will be resolved quickly. Even worse, there is little evidence that the willpower to face reality exists among the Empire State’s elected officials. Comment.
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Do You Remember

Earlier this week I was thinking about the statue of Archbishop John Hughes located on the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University. This led to thoughts of the man who sculpted the statue. Oddly, he was a Confederate soldier from Virginia who had relocated to the Bronx after the Civil War. Although he was not trained as a sculptor, he became somewhat renowned in that field and was welcomed into the ranks of the Society of American Sculptors and the Architectural League. As his fame grew, he was also inducted as an associate of the National Academy of Design. Comment.
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Train show rolls on at NYBG

For almost two decades, The New York Botanical Garden has ushered in the holiday season with its annual Holiday Train Show, featuring exquisite replicas of New York landmarks and landscapes—each meticulously handcrafted using botanical materials such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pods, pine cones, twigs, bark and berries—and brought to life by the chugging engines of model trains. Comment.
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Rock On The Bronx

ITEM: Its not often the term ‘end of an era’ can be used. In this case it’s a perfect Fort Schuylerville Music on East Tremont Avenue is closing its doors after 39 years! Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Bronx Beat

Municipal Credit Union recently joined in partnership with Pathmark Supermarkets, a division of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (better known as A&P) to place MCU ATM’s in 16 of their stores. All of them are located in the New York metropolitan area, and they bring MCU’s proprietary network up to 178 machines. The deployment of the Pathmark machines took place over the course of six weeks beginning in October, with the last going live in early November, and the results so far in terms of member utilization have been excellent. Comment.

Parks Department greens Beach Avenue

The Parks Department continues to plant trees and green Bronx neighborhoods. Comment.

Fordham Road BID adds holiday security

Visitors to the Fordham Road Business Improvement District will note a new addition this season: a holiday security patrol established to keep people safe and help shoppers navigate the business corridor. Comment.

Civic Center

Hello All! Comment.

Co-op City Little League clinics

THE Co-op City Little League is having baseball clinics at Harry Truman High School starting December 5 and continuing through February 27 (excluding December 26). The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. determinded by division and age. Comment.

Heart surgery survivor celebrates 99th birthday

A heart surgery survivor chose to celebrate her 99th birthday at Montefiore Medical Center, where she received a triple bypass. The surgery and subsequent care, including exercise and physical therapy, improved Daisy McFadden’s quality-of-life, she said. Comment.

Three Bronx Supreme Court judges to retire

The Bronx Supreme Court will retire three of its most distinguished judges on Thursday, December 31. Justice George Salerno doesn’t want to surrender his robes. Neither do Justice Alan Saks and Justice Paul Victor. But court rules require judges to retire at age 70. Salerno, Saks and Victor won two three-year extensions each but the three 76-year olds are finally through. Comment.

An eye on Bronx architecture

Lehman College has launched a website devoted to the borough’s greatest examples of architecture. Comment.

Bronx photographer captures borough’s wilderness

Master photographer Joel Meyerowtiz loves to remember his childhood in Soundview, back when horse-drawn wagons rumbled by to sell fruit and fresh fish. Indeed, Meyerowitz, 71, who trapped snakes and rabbits, felt like Huck Finn, he said. The Bronx River was his Mississippi. Comment.

Mayor signs two “gotcha ticket” parking bills

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed two bills co-sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Vacca into law on Monday, December 7. Comment.

Maritime security chief wins Ardy Award

SUNY Maritime is now home to an ‘Ardy Award’ winner. Comment.

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