February 25, 2010: 2010, Issue 8
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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

AT&T opens high-tech wireless store at Gateway Center

AT&T officially opened its ninth high-tech wireless retail store in the Bronx at the Gateway Center on Friday, February 5. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a meet-and-greet autograph signing with former New York Yankees slugger Bernie Williams. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

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Northeast Bronx Seniors celebrate Valentine’s Day

Love was in the air at the Northeast Bronx Senior Center for the center’s annual Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday, February 12. Comment.
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American Civics honors Famiglia Pizzeria co-founder

The American Civics Institute has paid tribute to a supporter who donates time and treasure to make sure the organization’s free tutoring programs are a success. Comment.
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After-school programs puts emphasis on Volunteerism

To make the Bronx a better borough and help those in need, the students of P.S. 72’s after-school program have taken on more than a dozen community service projects. Comment.

Evander Child and P.S. 103 get grants

The Evander Child High School campus and P.S. 103 now boast the funds needed to construct better learning environments. Comment.

Castle Hill woman’s weight loss called ‘inspirational’

A Castle Hill woman has been named a Weight Watchers Inspiring Stories of Change Contest Finalist. Dawn Gordon shed 106 pounds in two years and wants to share her story. Comment.

Montefiore Docs return from Haiti med mission

Doctors from Montefiore Medical Center joined teams of surgeons from Spain and France on a mission to Haiti to aid children injured in the colossal earthquake that shook the island nation on Tuesday, January 12. Comment.

Bronx Dem Party endorses Gillibrand

Borough Democrats prefer her Gilli-brand. The Bronx County Democratic Committee endorsed incumbent United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in her Fall 2010 bid for election on Wednesday, February 10. Comment.

Lack of stiff penalties frustrates 49th Precinct

The 49th Precinct Community Council, in an attempt to get more involved in the judicial system, has launched a letter-writing campaign. Comment.

Van Nest resident campaigns for animal shelter

If the Health Department fails to build an animal shelter at the Old Fordham Library in Community District 7, expect to hear from animal rescuer Bernadette Ferrara. Comment.

6 IRT station rehabs

Thank goodness for the Bx4 bus! New York City Transit has announced that it expects 6 IRT straphangers to use the Bx4 as a free substitute for seven months while the Morrison Avenue – Soundview and Whitlock Avenue elevated train stations are rehabilitated. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

Walgreens expands to Williamsbridge Road

Walgreens is headed for one of the busiest corners in Morris Park. The drug store giant has inked a 20-year lease to expand a former Blockbuster Video and add more parking. Comment.

Grocers plan to expand

Bronx leaders and labor groups bristled when it appeared that a new supermarket proposed for the Kingsbridge Armory would benefit from public subsidies. In late 2009, the supermarket and a planned shopping mall were scrapped. Comment.

Seabrook surrenders committee

Storm-battered Councilman Larry Seabrook resigned as chairman of the City Council’s civil rights committee but clung to his primary post on Thursday, February 11, as some former challengers circled like so many bloodthirsty sharks. Comment.

Church pastor ousted

A pastor who led a Throggs Neck church for more than 20 years was dismissed recently after allegations of inappropriate physical relationships with several churchgoers surfaced. The relationships were allegedly formed over the past ten years. One churchgoer has called the allegations baseless and suggested that the pastor has been framed. Comment.

Borough president taps new BOEDC president

Marlene Cintron, tapped to run the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation on Valentine’s Day weekend, attended Senator Jose M. Serrano’s sixth grade graduation. Comment.

St. Patrick’s Day grand marshals set

While the Bronx St. Patrick’s Day Parade is about fun and marching bands, it will also pay a solemn tribute to several men and women who made a difference in the borough, but have passed on. Comment.

Hess won’t confirm parking lot

Community leaders are piling onto the Hess parking lot bandwagon. They want the Hess Corporation to convert a stalled construction site into a parking lot for neighborhood use. Comment.

Baby escapes blaze

Firefighters rescued several Pelham Parkway Houses residents from a fourth floor apartment fire at 785 Pelham Parkway North on Monday, February 15. Comment.

Rubber rooms rub Sen. Diaz wrong way

Senator Ruben Diaz Jr. bounced angry remarks at the city and the Department of Education outside the Bronx “rubber room” on Thursday, February 11. Comment.

Mayor, Senator Klein propose ‘CWI’ gun law

You’ve heard of DWI and DUI: Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Under the Influence. Meet CWI: Carrying a Gun While Intoxicated, a proposed law that would land irresponsible gunslingers up to a year in jail. Comment.

Unionport co-op leader fussed over Mitchell-Lama

Many Mitchell-Lama apartment buildings, constructed in the 1950s and 1960s to house middle-income Bronx residents, are on the ropes. Comment.

Friend of vets launches monument campaign

Ray Trillo thinks the borough owes its veterans more. The Castle Hill resident and retired Department of Corrections employee has designed a modern monument to Bronx veterans and wants to build it in Pelham Bay Park or Throggs Neck. Comment.

Teen mentor pushes Community Board Athletic League

Abdul “Sleep” Johnson is a carrot and stick thinker. Teens love sports and video games, he contends. Why not use sports and video games to encourage civic participation? Why not establish a Community Board Athletic League? Comment.

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