May 2, 2008: 2008, Issue 18
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Friday, May 2, 2008

Bronx Times Reporter

Assembly acts on sex offenders: Benedetto

Assemblymember Michael R. Benedetto announced that the Assembly passed a measure, the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act regulating sex offenders’ use of the Internet to help prevent sex crimes. The bill is the result of a landmark agreement with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to prevent predators from victimizing children on Internet social networking sites. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Vacca spreads blindness program awareness

With the help of a local leader, older Bronxites will be more informed on issues about vision care.  Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

AECOM names founding prof.

Aviv Bergman, Ph.D., has been named Founding Professor and University Chairman of Einstein’s newly created Department of Systems and Computational Biology. The appointment was announced by Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Vacca weighs in on DOB commish’s resignation

The recent resignation of NYC Department of Buildings commissioner Patricia Lancaster has created an opportunity for Councilman Jimmy Vacca.  Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Steps taken to reduce wait at Pel Bay Station

Councilman Jimmy Vacca and frustrated straphangers have been clamoring for the MTA to do something about the long wait for trains coming into Pelham Bay Station for years. The MTA is about to implement actions to address this complaint. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

New van rides in to help senior citizens

Elderly northeast Bronx residents are in for a less bumpy van ride.   Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Joint community patrol organized in 49th

Communities in the 49th Precinct are taking back their neighborhood as one cohesive unit.  Comment.
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Kid’s Web plea

Always striving to help their own, the Morris Park Community Association once again pulled together to create a hopeful future for a local girl in need. Comment.
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Menna Meats expanding; moves to Cafaro’s site

After 37 years in the same location, Menna’s Quality Meats is moving up Tremont Avenue, taking over the Cafaro’s Deli location to form Menna’s Quality Meats and Salumeria. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Trash removed from sub-prime house wreck

A long overdue spring-cleaning brought much-needed improvement to the quality of life of residents on Revere Avenue suffering from a nearby absentee landlord. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

WS merchants feel hopeful after meeting

Westchester Square business owners and residents received some encouraging news about the shopping strip’s future last week.  Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Decades of achievers honored at VMA

The Villa Maria Academy family celebrated the lives of a diverse group of alumni whose stories of achievement were lauded at a dinner and silent auction.   Comment.

Bronxites team up for borough cleaning

On Saturday, May 3, hundreds of Bronx residents will join together to clean up the borough in the fifth annual Team Up to Clean Up the Bronx. Comment.

Bronx teens teach tolerance in Germany

Four students chosen to represent the Bronx on a goodwill trip to Germany are overseas; ready to share the truth about their borough with their German peers. Comment.

Gateway to Bronx Zoo cries for repair

After numerous community complaints, a road that serves as a gateway to the Bronx Zoo, an eyesore to tourists and poor example of the borough, will finally be repaired – in five years. Comment.

Pipe Dreams

Maybe it's just me, but... Comment.

Do You Remember

You don’t have to be from Edgewater Park to remember the Edgewater Park Dancehall.  People came from all around to attend the movies there.  First it was the silents with Catherine Lowe at the piano but few are alive who would recall those days.  Later the talkies were held there and even later they were shown at the Square Club, the Masonic hall located over the Weir Creek estuary at the entrance to the community. Comment.

Attendance swells at zoo

A record 83,331 zoo-goers spent the day at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo headquarters during its Earth Week – Party for the Planet celebration yesterday, Wednesday, April 23. That is the highest number of visitors in one day since 1941. Comment.

Ridgewood Savings Bank appoints ass’t vice prez

Ridgewood Savings Bank announced the appointment of Arthur P. Saitta as assistant vice president and Residential Business Development Officer. Comment.

Ampere wine shop sparks local debate

The liquor license applicant for a new wine shop in Spencer Estate spoke before Community Board 10 at the April 17 monthly meeting held at Preston High School. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Entrepreneur serves up tasty tostones at Tostobueno

Customers are going bananas for a unique Bronx culinary product. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Field for Leo

“Mr. Little League” was honored on Saturday, April 19, at the place he called home for more than half a century – the Throgs Neck Little League fields. Comment.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

First Yankee Stadium-generated park unveiled

While the Bronx has to wait until 2009 for the new Yankee Stadium, local children received their own new field today.   Comment.

Beyond borders: Bronxite provides relief in Mexico

While Bronx resident and Springfield College sophomore Natalie Flores chose to spend spring break in the likely location of sunny Mexico, her purpose was far from ordinary.                Comment.

Bus snag ruins Papal youth rally

Hundreds of Bronx youth were left stranded on Saturday, April 19, after their chartered buses failed to show, forcing  numerous kids to miss their opportunity to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers. Comment.

Safer streets for seniors

A study of pedestrian fatalities from 2002 to 2006 showed senior citizens, ages 65 and older, made up about 12 percent of New York City’s population, but were involved in nearly 39 percent of the City’s fatal pedestrian accidents. Comment.

Papal Mass provides message of hope to thousands

Pope Benedict XVI delivered a message of peace and hope to close to 60,000 residents at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 20, during an afternoon ceremony that wrapped up his visit to the United States.   Comment.

Preston principal leaves a distinguished legacy

A new era will begin at Preston High School on July 1, as the school celebrates the successes of longtime principal Sr. Lucille Coldrick when she passes the educational torch on to her associate and friend Jane Grendell. Comment.

WSMC celebrates second chance

In a gala announcement on Friday, April 18, outside of the hospital’s main entrance on Seddon Street, elected officials, hospital administration and staff all gathered to celebrate the survival of New York Westchester Square Medical Center. Comment.

MOM calls on DEC: enforce codes

Mothers on the Move and residents of the South Bronx, staged another in a series of what is an ongoing protest, calling on the DEC to enforce existing health codes and stop fowl air from drifting over into their community. Comment.

Retail center for Armory

The NYC Economic Development Corporation announced the selection of Related Companies to redevelop the landmark Kingsbridge Armory into a retail destination center for the Bronx. Comment.

Do You Remember

Tom Casey and I have taken to visiting some of the many south Bronx churches on Sunday mornings.  We’ve heard some astoundingly great gospel music and met some wonderful welcoming people in our travels.  Last week we checked out one church that was over a century old and had the original pews, organ pipes, etc.  We also stopped by a newer structure, St. Margaret’s, in the Longwood historic district. Comment.

Monroe Lovinger, retired Bronx accountant, philantropist

Monroe Lovinger, a retired accountant who worked his way through college, built a successful practice and then became a staunch and generous supporter of those in need, died on April 14 at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. Comment.

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