February 19, 2009: 2009, Issue 8
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Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Zodiacs rack up trophies at Millrose Games

Some Zodiacs girls received their Valentine gifts early. Zodiacs athletes won Educational Grants worth $750, an interview on the Good Morning America Show, some beautiful trophies and a Millrose Games medal. Comment.

Knights miss chance to beat rival Blazers

O’Neil Glenn summed it up rather simply. Comment.

Miami-based senior leads Rice over Ray’s

The St. Raymond’s basketball team had just cut its halftime deficit to four points with two quick buckets to open the third quarter and Mo Hicks called a 30-second timeout to talk things over with his club. Comment.

JFK’s Obeng signs with Penn

Alex Vega has three of his former players at Penn State. And every time the John F. Kennedy football coach goes to see Stephfon Green, Nerraw McCormack and Shaine Thompson play in State College, Pa., the same feeling washes over him. Comment.

Hayesmen, Diaz and Ladson, sign LOIs

Fernando Diaz’s career at the University of Pittsburgh got off to an auspicious start on Wednesday morning. After signing his letter of intent and faxing it off, the Cardinal Hayes offensive lineman was ready to field a congratulatory phone call from Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. Comment.


40th PCT. Comment.

Fire ball engulfs bodega

A corner bodega one block from the old Yankee Stadium belched fire early on Friday, January 30, gutting four apartments. What started as a basement electrical fire erupted into a fireball when firefighters opened the bodega’s gate. Comment.

Kips Bay hosts Ice-T’s inspirational message

Rapper and actor Ice-T paid a visit to children at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to host a mini rap school for a few hours and talk about his experiences coming from the streets and making it big. Comment.

C-Town, Health Plus keep community warm

C-Town Supermarket is finding ways to give back the their community to show their appreciation and give assistance during this cold winter. Comment.

Woodlawn fusses over BX34 status

Every day and night, the BX34 rumbles down Katonah Avenue through Woodlawn, ferrying construction workers to the el train, nurses to the hospital and grandparents to Fordham Road. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Bronx Times Reporter

Sasha enjoys cold spell at bronx zoo

Siberian tiger Sasha is sitting quite regally and enjoying the weather at his Tiger Mountain habitat at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. This is his weather, as Siberian tigers can be found in the cold reaches of the Russian Far East. Sadly, their numbers have been dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching. See Sasha and the other amazing wildlife at the Bronx Zoo every day. Comment.

Bronx Arts Ensemble sets annual jazz concert

Emmy-winning Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin will appear at the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s annual jazz concert, Sat., Feb. 28 at 8 pm at the Russian Mission to the UN Residency, Mosholu Avenue at W. 255 Street, in an exciting evening of pop, R&B, Brazilian music and Latin jazz. Appearing with Valentin will be members of his quintet - Bill O’Connell, piano, Lincoln Goines, bass, Robby Ameen, drums and Richie Flores, congas. Comment.

Vacca, BP fund P.S. 83 library

Students at P.S. 83 now have a state-of-the-art learning resource that was dedicated on Thursday, February 5 to the music of a student band that played hits from decades past on guitars and bongos. Comment.

McDonald’s opening is grand

A new McDonalds held its grand opening at 1820 Eastchester Road, on Wednesday, February 4 welcoming the community to check out the new store design and features. Comment.

Bronxdale Ave. Community concerned by school’s height

The site of the Icahn North Charter School is causing community concern over its height and potential parking problems. Comment.

Concerns persist at Con Ed yard; Klein steps in

While Con Edison has been working with residents in Morris Park to deal with a variety of issues at their yard, some who own homes bordering the facility are not satisfied and are demanding further action. Comment.

Medical call for mansion

The site of a former mansion once occupied by the prominent Arnow family may get a new lease on life, as Community Board 11, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, and the Morris Park Community Association are all pleased with plans to erect a professional building, though the MPCA would have preferred senior housing. Comment.

Sanitation enforcement officers to shoot the violation

Broadening his campaign to stem the City’s raging ticket blitz, Councilman James Vacca announced the introduction of a bill that would require Department of Sanitation enforcement agents to photograph all offenses and attach the photograph to individual tickets. Comment.

Kips Bay youngsters enjoy their hot meals

The children from Kips Bay Boys & Girl Club in Throggs Neck may now have a hot meal thanks to community activist Bob Bieder and Councilman James Vacca. Comment.

Spellman and Hayes high schools go indie

Cardinal Spellman and Cardinal Hayes high schools will be beginning with a fresh start in September 2009 as they become independent of the Archdiocese of New York. Comment.

Old photo shines light on Korony AL Post’s storied past

Two years ago, Edgewater resident Tom Brown stopped by the Theodore Korony American Legion Post’s 241 Longstreet Avenue building. Korony Post commander Pat Devine was there, knee deep in memorabilia and dusty furniture. Comment.

Stella D’oro strike leads to worker’s illness

Mike Filippou, 44, of Country Club, is sick. Sick with a cough. Sick of his employer. Comment.

Major drug distribution bust in Spencer Estate

Despite a drug bust that allegedly took down a major distribution point for marijuana and cocaine in Spencer Estate, neighbors are still uneasy about a house. Comment.

TNCAP sponsors alcohol awareness training

True or false – some Throggs Neck kids begin drinking alcohol in the fourth grade. Shocking but true, Janit Bliss of the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership said. Comment.

Mercy selects incoming frosh to test PACT

Welcome to college. Here’s the admissions office. Here’s the financial aid office. Here’s your academic advisor’s office and a career office. Overwhelmed yet? Comment.

Vacca hosts district-wide Day Out to Work Out

Councilman Jimmy Vacca hosted a district-wide “Day Out to Work Out,” on Saturday, January 24, bringing some of his constituents into area gyms to try out the equipment and get a idea of what is going on inside. Comment.

DOB’s new website has community tracking projects

New York City will become the first large municipality to post diagrams of new buildings or major enlargements online so the public can view the size and scale of a project. But a new 30-day formal public challenge period that will also be implemented has many community leaders concerned. Comment.

MetroPCS launches wireless plan in NY

MetroPCS recently announced its New York City service launch, giving the Bronx an alternative to costly and complex wireless plans. Comment.

Square Library display celebrates February

In keeping with what has become an tradition at the Westchester Square Library, the front window holds a display in honor of Black History Month, Valentines Day, and President Barack Obama. Comment.

Forever remembered

Fifteen longtime fixtures in the Irish-American community in Throggs Neck will be posthumously honored in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on Sunday, March 15. Comment.

Cuts by MTA hit Throggs Neck Hard

The MTA’s proposed cuts to the BX 8 and BX 14 buslines, that provide vital links to the outlying areas of Locust Point, Silver Beach, Country Club, and Spencer Estate, have the community bracing for the worst. Comment.

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