February 27, 2009: 2009, Issue 9
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Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

Mother Cabrini clinches playoff spot

On Friday, February 6, the Cabrini Saints, Mother Cabrini High School’s varsity basketball team, clinched a spot in the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) playoffs with a 48-22 victory over Dominican Academy. During the first half, the Saints maintained a steady 25 point lead over Dominican. Comment.

Knights blow lead

The John F. Kennedy girls’ basketball team blew a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead to Archbishop Molloy on Thursday night and lost, 52-50, after a dramatic Stanners comeback in Briarwood. Comment.

Bernard stars in St. Raymond’s victory

He’s done well in cameo performances during wins against Boys & Girls and Rice, but Friday night in his last regular-season game at St. Raymond’s, senior guard Kareem Bernard played a starring role in the Ravens’ 58-51 victory against Bishop Loughlin in a CHSAA Class AA league game in the Bronx. Comment.

Spellman rallies to take first round

With 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied, everyone at Bishop Ford HS Saturday afternoon thought Chris Manhertz was going to get the ball. That includes the Nazareth players, who doubled Cardinal Spellman’s dominant junior forward. Comment.
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I-HOP coming to New Horizons Mall

The borough’s newest I-HOP restaurant is set to open in April, in Tremont, and is expected to create 80 to 90 new jobs in the Bronx. Comment.
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Cameras secure school

After several break-ins and years of waiting, P.S. 89 will finally be receiving the surveillance cameras that they have longed for. Comment.
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Borough preservationists recommend landmarks

A Baptist synagogue. A Gothic study hall. A Hapsburg fountain. A Nyorican casita. A Gaelic sports field. A Yiddish coop. A 300-year old cemetery. The birthplace of hip-hop. Comment.
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Little Fashion Week for area youth

Hoping to inspire the creativity of youngsters throughout the Bronx, the first ever Little Fashion Week Contest will be held in Westchester Square. Comment.
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Country Club sewers overdue

According to Marcia Pavlica and Jack Reith, Country Club isn’t just due for new storm water drains – it’s overdue. Comment.
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Orchid Show returns to NYBG

Consistently recognized as a “blockbuster” winter flower show for its elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays of orchids, the New York Botanical Garden’s annual exhibition this season offers a new theme, design, and experience, all created by a new designer. The Orchid Show: Brazilian Modern, which runs February 28 through April 12, takes visitors on a stroll through a contemporary Brazilian garden. It’s a can’t miss showcase for garden lovers, modern art enthusiasts, and those in need of a flower fix or one-day tropical getaway to brighten winter blues. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

WHEDCo builds energy saving housing

The Women’s Housing & Economic Development Corporation has constructed new green affordable apartments. Comment.

Tremont biz hold Valentine’s dinner; comtemplates a BID

The Tremont Business & Community Association held a St. Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tremont on Thursday, February 12 for seniors and those in the community who want to see the mid-Tremont area thrive. Comment.

Youth launch Southeast Asian cultural center effort

The only Asian kid at Taft High School two years ago, Reamroatha Moeun absorbed slurs and abuse. Comment.

Secret shelter found

Parents and teachers were surprised to discover a homeless shelter across the street from P.S. 8 last December. Turns out they’re not alone. Comment.

Bx. House offers performing arts

Bronx House School for Performing Arts invites members, friends and community residents to its annual faculty recital on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. in the Bronx House auditorium. The recital includes members of the music and dance teaching staff who will perform a variety of classical and contemporary work. Admission to the program is $4 for the general public and is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Proceeds benefit the Music School Lending Library and Scholarship Fund. Comment.

Hutch Metro exec. director selected Chamber’s chairman

Joseph Kelleher, executive director of Leasing and Property Management for the Hutchinson Metro Center office complex, has been elected chairman of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce. Comment.

Albanians mark freedom

More than 300 New Yorkers of Kosovar and Albanian descent packed into City Hall on the evening of Tuesday, February 17, to mark the first anniversary of the Republic of Kosovo’s historic declaration of independence. Comment.
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Bronx Arts Ensemble jazz concert

Grammy-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 Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Avenue, 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.

Street sign unveiling honors Garcia

Third Avenue between E. 156 and E. 159 streets was renamed after community and environmental activist, and Nos Quedamos founder, Yolanda Garcia on Tuesday, February 17. The moving ceremony brought many who knew her to tears. Comment.

SoBro alum create website FromtheBronx.com

If you love your borough, you’re from the Bronx. If you love hip-hop, you’re from the Bronx. If you love an underdog, you’re from the Bronx. And if you love fromthebronx.com, chances are you’re from the Bronx. Comment.

Calvary Hospital recipient of Hospice Foundation grant

Calvary Hospital announced that they have been selected among five recipients of the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) first grants program. The $5,000 grant from HFA will provide critical support to Calvary’s year-round bereavement programs for school-age and teenage children, and to Camp Courageous, the Hospital’s innovative summer camp for children ages 6 through 18. The camp, which will mark its 12th session in July 2009, is open to participants of the Hospital’s children’s and teen bereavement support programs. Comment.

Throggs Neck Benevolent honors more individuals

The families of the outstanding individuals being remembered for lifetimes of achievement in the 2009 Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade were moved by the gesture. Comment.

Affordable units for CB 10

The newly constructed Westchester Square Apartments are accepting applications, and offering a 50% unit preference for residents of Community Board 10. Comment.

Parking meters added to Westchester Square

Community Board 10 voted on Thursday, February 19, to support the installation of parking meters and the removal of “No Standing” signs on Ferris Place between Westchester and Commerce avenues. Comment.

CB 10: DOB review process too short

The mayor’s proposal to allow the public a 30-day period to challenge new construction projects was unanimously rejected by Community Board 10 at its monthly full-board meeting held at St. Peter’s Church on Thursday, February 19. Comment.

Bed bugs to go

Community Board 10 had the highest New York City percentage increase in the number of bed bug cases reported in 2008, according to a report released by tracking group New York vs Bed Bugs. Comment.

North Bronx merchants join coalition

The Bronx Business Alliance has invited all shopping areas community boards 9, 10, 11 to join the newly formed Merchant Coalition. Comment.

Obama taps Carrion for housing slot

The Bronx has a friend in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, February 18, Barack Obama tapped 47-year old Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. the country’s first-ever White House Director of Urban Affairs. Comment.

Carrion’s final ‘State of Bronx’ message

Joking, reminiscing and reciting poetry, Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. bid farewell to the Bronx – for now. During his final State of the Borough address on Friday, February 20, Carrion improvised. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Fordham Prep claims indoor title

Kennedy wins first boro crown

Jeffrey Short isn’t passing up shots anymore. The John F. Kennedy boys’ basketball team couldn’t be happier. Wings Academy isn’t nearly as thrilled. Comment.

Salesian ends season on the right path

Bronx hoop stars named to McD’s team

Two local Bronx high school basketball players, Rashawn Stores, All Hallows High School; and Tyreak Johnson, St. Raymond’s High School For Boys, have been recognized as nominees for the annual McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Teams. With one hundred three New York, New Jersey and Connecticut high school students nominated, this year marks the 32nd anniversary of the boys’ McDonald’s All American Game and the eighth annual girls’ Game. Comment.

Grid stars help S. Bronx in upset

When Jonathan Rivera injured his ankle and leading scorer Delano Morgan was saddled with foul trouble early in the second quarter, Doug Porter didn’t take too long to decide where to go. Comment.

Slumping Kennedy girls thumped by Trenton

With his team already in the locker room, John F. Kennedy girls’ basketball coach O’Neil Glenn slowly made his way through the bowels of the Sovereign Bank Arena, constantly staring at his scorers’ book. Comment.

St. Raymond’s bounces back

Tyreak Johnson stepped to the line for a pair of critical free throws with his team clinging to a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter. It was a position the senior point guard found himself in less than 24 hours earlier, back in the Bronx. Comment.
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Con Ed workers trapped below ground

Three Con Edison workers were 110 feet below the south Bronx on Thursday, February 12 when their elevator came to a frightening halt. Comment.
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City to trap plastic cups, grocery bags

Ever seen a beer bottle or toilet paper roll drifting down the Bronx River? Comment.
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A lotta dough for 99¢

With these tough economic times making many people a little short on their dough, one local pizzeria is offering 99 cent regular slices to make sure those on their lunch breaks from school or work can afford a hot, nutritious meal. Comment.
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Online polling for CEC elections is launched

In a bid to up parent interest, the city’s Department of Education will tweak the Community Education Committee (CEC) election process. Parents will cast e-ballots this spring. Comment.
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Historic building cleaned

Westchester Square will no longer tolerate graffiti, sending a clear message to vandals as to warmer weather approaches, by cleaning the Huntington Free Library. Comment.
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Klein, Miss Teen USA, students salute vets

Senator Jeff Klein joined the boys and girls of P.S. 14, the S.U.N.Y. Maritime Color Guard, and Stevi Perry – Miss Teen U.S.A. – in a celebration of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans on Friday, February 13 at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Comment.
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Writer, producer discuss projects

James McSherry, the author of A Clean Street’s A Happy Street, and filmmaker and producer Wayne Gurman, visited eighth grade students at I.S. 192 on Thursday, February 11 to discuss McSherry’s book and upcoming short film project. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Four degrees later, Monte’s top nurse

Four children. Work. Nursing degree after nursing degree. Eva Williamson keeps on juggling, to applause from her peers. Comments (2).

CB 6 uneasy with Bridge plan

A respected non-profit plans to build a low-income project for men and women recovering from mental illnesses at 2265 Bathgate Avenue, near St. Barnabus Hospital and P.S. 59. Comment.

Safer streets on tap

Northwest Bronx residents will soon benefit from a city pilot initiative aimed at reducing traffic fatalities. Comment.

YMCA kicks off Strong Kids Campaign 2009

Remember a time when kids could just be kids? Not many do. In America today, kids are growing up too fast and missing the years that determine their talents, passions and future life plans. Finally, there is a way to promote childhood in the neighborhood in which you life: the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. The Bronx YMCA kicked off their 2009 campaign at 2 Castle Hill Avenue. Comment.

Bronx Albanians cheer Kosovo independence

Albanian culture is alive and well, from Belmont to the Balkans. On Wednesday, February 11, ethnic Albanians crowded into the Belmont’s Library for a night of folk poetry, dance and song, and a salute to Kosovo. Comment.

Senior named NAS program finalist

Jerenee Charles, Class of 2009 at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, has been named a Finalist in the 2009 National Achievement® Scholarship Program. She is one of over 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated Finalists in the 45th annual Achievement Scholarship® competition. Comment.
Arts

African Heritage celebration at the garden

On Thursday, February 12, The New York Botanical Garden featured the African Heritage Celebration hosted by Anthony Greene at the Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall and Gallery. The event included Indigo Arts, artist Daren Chambers, storyteller Scottie Davis, urban farmer Karen Washington, poet James Clark Robinson. Comment.

Benjamin banks on Claremont

When Assemblyman Michael Benjamin ran for office in 2003, he made only one campaign promise: a bank for the residents of Claremont Village. Comment.

Please Slow Down

Excessive speeding has long been a concern for residents of the Bronx, but one woman has had enough after a car struck and killed her beloved pet. Comment.

20 cars vandalized on Clarence Avenue

Homeowners and visitors got an unexpected shock to the senses – finding their car exteriors scratched by what neighbors describe as a group of three vandals on Clarence Avenue between Philip and Lafayette avenues on Saturday, February 7. Comment.

Photos could stop ticket mayhem

With the city showing nearly 10 million parking tickets issued between July 2007 and June 2008, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, is introducing legislation to monitor the quality of the summonses. Comment.

St. Ben’s launches state-of-art website

In an effort to embrace the most modern technologies while preserving traditional methods of teaching, St. Benedict School has launched its first web site. Comment.

Belmont man survives 100 foot plunge

Jacobi saved the life of one Bronx resident after a horrific accident left him worried he would never walk again. Comment.

NE Bronx seniors celebrate 50-plus years of bliss

While everyone celebrated Valentines Day this past weekend, the North East Bronx Senior Center added a different twist to the holiday, celebrating the anniversaries of couples married over 50 years. Comment.

Former TN marina owner dies at 78

The man who once owned and operated the marina at the location of the present day Hammonds’ Cove Marina passed away on February 1 in Florida at the age of 78.. Comment.

Pelham/Split Rock celebrates 3-yr. rehab

Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course has been completely restored and is now fully open for public use. Comment.

Health care priority is tops: Klein

Senator Jeff Klein addressed the annual luncheon of the influential Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS). Klein spoke to the crowd of roughly 500, emphasizing that although the state faces a multi-million dollar deficit, health care-which accounts for over 40% of the budget is a top priority for the Senate. The health care industry employs 38% of working people in the Bronx. Comment.

I.S. 192 gets new school

Because of the success of the two smaller academies that replaced I.S. 192, the Department of Education has decided to add a third middle school to the same building in September called Mott Hall Community School. Comment.

Food, drugs coming to Gun Hill Road Mall

It appears that T.G.I. Fridays will have company when it opens at 1700-1800 E. Gun Hill Road, as Duane Reade has also broken ground on a retail store in the parking lot of the shopping center. Comment.

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