December 25, 2009: 2009, Issue 52
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Friday, Dec. 25, 2009

Van Nest men nabbed with guns and drugs

The 49th Precinct continues to clean up the Van Nest community, with four more criminal arrests for possession of a weapon. Comment.

Police Officer Turner named 49th Precinct Cop of the Month

The 49th Precinct acknowledged a long-time police officer for his years of service and dedication to improving his precinct and community on Tuesday, November 24. Comment.

Our Lady of Solace ramps up donations

A handicapped accessible ramp is on its way Our Lady of Solace Church, thanks to the generosity of others. Comment.

Spoto’s premiers new wine bar

Restaurant patrons in search of fine Italian cuisine and drink have a new reason to go to Spoto’s. The restaurant now boasts its very own wine bar. Comment.

Hawkins Park restored for holiday season

A Christmas tree and a Hanukkah menorah are on display again in City Island’s Hawkins Park, which benefited from an enormous $250,000 renovation completed in November. Comment.

White Plains Road supermarket opens

As darkness fell on White Plains Road between Maran Place and Brady Avenue, shoppers clustered in front of the neighborhood’s newest business, an Associated Supermarket, to pick out bananas and pomegranates, tomatoes and tomatillos. Comment.

NIDC to stabilize Eastchester Gardens CC

Eastchester Gardens Community Center has been in transition for nearly a year but it appears that stability is on the way. The city Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has tapped Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation (NIDC) to run the Adee Avenue public housing development’s recreational hub. Comment.

Blood drive for beloved TN resident

Throggs Neck residents and friends of longtime community member Joseph O’Grady will hold a blood drive in his honor at St. Benedict’s Church on Sunday, January 3. Comment.

Vandals hit TNGSL again

Vandals at Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park have struck again. Comment.

Residents demand renewal of non-solicit order

In August, when a real estate non-solicitation order expired, that incorporated several east Bronx neighborhoods, residents were again deluged with mail from real estate agents eager to buy their homes. Now community groups are working together to make sure that the expired order and mortgage crisis don’t result in needless panic. Comment.

City Council overrides ‘gotcha’ veto

The City Council voted overwhelmingly to establish a five-minute grace period for alternate-side parking regulations and Muni-meters on Monday, December 14. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had vetoed the bill, but more than two-thirds of the City Council weighed in to override the mayor. Comment.

Perry Avenue row houses landmarked

For Grace Siemer, the nine Queen Anne-style row houses on Perry Avenue, shaded red brick and tan, will always represent peace and tranquility. Siemer associates the houses, built between 1910 and 1912, with her escape from E. 165th Street near Yankee Stadium to a pastoral Bedford Park. Comment.

Residents stop Deegan plan

South Bronx residents furious at a plan to widen the Major Deegan Expressway by two lanes between E. 138th Street and the Macombs Dam Bridge had a happy Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, November 25, the state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced that it would abandon the plan. Comment.

Cabrera ponders Kingsbridge Armory’s future

The City Council spurned Mayor Michael Bloomberg and The Related Companies for a second straight week on Monday, December 21, as Bronx Delegation members led the vote to nix a mayoral veto and close the door on Related’s plan to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory as a $310 million shopping mall. Comment.

Eyesore to get a facelift

Neighbors of three houses left unfinished for four years want someone to rescue the buildings. The original builder has abandoned the property. Comment.

Students rally for Smith High School

Alfred E. Smith High School may graduate less than half its students, but the career and technical institution – few remain in the Bronx and the city – does what some strictly academic high schools don’t: land students good jobs. Comment.

No more pain in the tra$h

Rosanna Gennarelli and homeowners everywhere: one. Sanitation Department: zero. Comment.

School closing opposed

As Community Board 11 wrapped up its vote on a motion to defend Christopher Columbus High School against a city Department of Education phase-out plan, board member Vinny Prezioso began to hum the school song. Comment.

Allerton bike lanes a problem

Perhaps residents of Community Board 11 should take note of Brooklyn’s Hasidim, members quipped at a general meeting on Thursday, December 17. CB11 passed a motion to request the elimination of newly installed bikes lanes on Allerton Avenue. Comment.

Norwood blasted again by fire

Norwood has suffered a blaze on another busy corridor. If the fires continue, the neighborhood stands to lose its best stores and businesses. Comment.

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