May 30, 2008: 2008, Issue 22
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Friday, May 30, 2008

Bronx Times Reporter

Vandals deface 9-11 mural

As America prepared to celebrate Memorial Day, one graffiti vandal chose to dishonor the country and its heroes by defacing a mural honoring Bronx firefighter Peter Alexander Bielfeld.  Comment.
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Dog takes bite out of crime

A Pelham Gardens woman and her dog took a bite out of crime, aiding the apprehension of a car thief. Comment.
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Apartment building to have duplexes

The changing landscape of a stretch of Bruckner Boulevard in Pelham Bay has residents wondering what the project’s total impact will be to the neighborhood. Comment.
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New civic group forms on Square

A new civic group in the Westchester Square neighborhood is hoping to join the fight to improve the area’s quality of life.  Comment.
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Klein asks for a gas tax rebate

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Fire engulfs former Rhodes site on City Island

The site of a former bar and grill that was a staple in the community for over 15 years, as well as a local pizzeria, was recently engulfed in flames as firefighters fought desperately to save the two storefronts. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Veteran museum collection grows; seeks new space

As the Bronx’ unique veteran’s historical hot spot continues to grow, the search remains for a new site for the borough’s unofficial military museum. Comment.
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Sanitation enforcement causes concern in Allerton area

After concerns about neighbors leaving garbage in front of other people’s homes and businesses, Beth Abraham Health Services’ small property division and the Allerton Business and Community Association say they have had enough. Comment.
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Year-end honors for young leaders in 49th

The 49th Precinct Explorers held their first annual awards dinner on Wednesday, May 14, attended by parents, friends and community leaders, honoring the young leaders for their community service. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

WLCA keeps urban scrawl off mailboxes

With graffiti on the rise all over the Bronx, residents of the Waterbury-LaSalle area have decided to take matters into their own hands to make sure their neighborhood remains as clean as  possible. Comment.
Crime

Man convicted of robbing, murdering drug dealer

On Tuesday, May 13, District Attorney Robert T. Johnson convicted a 46-year-old criminal for the murder of a 42-year-old local drug dealer. Comment.
Crime

Bronx man arrested for creating fake SS numbers

A Bronx man has been arrested for creating fake social security numbers and using them to file false claims for state tax refund checks. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Man dies in quest of dream

A local Bronx man’s energetic spirit died at 2:35 a.m., Thursday, May 13, when a freak car crash claimed his life. Comment.

Students, staff, alumni bid Evander farewell

Over 500 alumni and staff converged onto Villa Barone Manor on Sunday, May 18, to bid a fond farewell to Evander High School, as they know it. Comment.

Popular bakery up and running after fire

A popular local bakery, which supplies Italian and French bread to supermarkets and delis all over the area, is back up and running after a fire threatened the business. Comment.

Truman HS hosts blood drive

Truman High School continued to set the pace for blood drives that won them the Chairman’s Pacesetter Award and the 2007 Bronx Outstanding Achievement Award for the most blood donated out of all Bronx high schools last year.  Comment.

New senior housing for Webb Avenue

Dedicated to the well being of our community’s elders, Jewish Home Lifecare is ensuring low-income seniors have more opportunities for affordable housing and health services. Comment.

Truman pool renovations long overdue: Benedetto

The Truman High School pool has been dry for 13 years, and Co-op City won’t stand for it any longer.  Comment.

Crowley honored at Hispanic college forum

Congressman Joseph Crowley was celebrated at the 2008 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Capitol Forum for his Congressional work to boost math and science programs for Hispanic-serving colleges and universities in New York and across the nation. Comment.

Charter School for Better Learning celebrates 5th

The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning celebrated its fifth anniversary recently with representatives from the offices of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., and Councilwoman Annabel Palma, and James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence. Comment.

Mt. St. Michael rededicates Vietnam-era memorial

Mount St. Michael held a rededication ceremony for its Vietnam Memorial flagpole, adding six names to the list of alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s longest conflict. Comment.

Jonathan Levin teacher wins cable-TV award

Don Cerrone, a teacher at Jonathan Levin High School, will be honored with a prestigious Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award for creating and implementing innovative ways to educate students and for making substantial contributions to learning in the Bronx. Comment.

CB 10 requests curb cuts for City Island project

In a decision to put people over profits, Community Board 10 sent an advisory statement to the Department of Design and Construction, asking that a summer moratorium on construction be lifted so new curb cuts and sidewalks can be put into place in the vicinity of Pilot Street and City Island Avenue. Comment.

Beached boats continue to burden waterfront nabes

Waterfront communities may soon find relief to remove the eyesores of abandoned and dilapidated boats that line the Bronx shoreline. Comment.

Lehman welcomes home UN staffers from 1946

A memorial grove honoring workers of the United Nations, which took up residence on the campus of Lehman College from March to August 1946, was given a new lease on life at a rededication ceremony on Wednesday, May 21. Comment.

BP Carrion demands DOE increase physical education

Currently, more than 4,000 Bronx students, in at least 10 schools, don’t have physical education programs – a statistic Borough President Adolfo Carrion demanded change through the release of a shocking new report. Comment.

Bon Secours appoints VP

James T. Higgins, chief executive officer of Bon Secours New York Health System, announces the appointment of Louis L. Harris, DPT, as executive vice president of Bon Secours New York and as administrator of Schervier Nursing Care Center. In this role,. Harris works on strategic direction, long term care, short term rehabilitation, senior housing, home health care and community services. Comment.

Grant funds HIV research

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has been awarded a five-year grant of more than $8.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The renewal grant will fund the Einstein-Montefiore Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the College, that together conduct some of the most important, fundamental research contributing to our understanding of how HIV infection causes AIDS, as well as develop and provide innovative treatment and support programs for patients. Comment.

Graduates return for Career Day

On April 22, the sophomore class of Monsignor Scanlan High School attended the school’s annual Career Day presentations. Comment.

Scanlan awards scholarships

On Friday, April 25, the administration, faculty and students of Monsignor Scanlan High School gathered for this year’s Leadership Assembly. Comment.

Seniors chosen for scholarships

Five seniors at Monsignor Scanlan High School have received word that they have been selected to receive a Scholarship of Academic Excellence. This scholarship is awarded by the New York State Education Department. Comment.

NSHSS selects Mount senior

The National Society of High School Scholars announced that Mount St. Michael Academy student Richard Jimenez has been selected for membership. The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS founder and chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. Comment.

Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.
Opinion

Do You Remember

There is something about buried treasure that sparks everyone’s imagination.  Perhaps that’s why my last column on Dutch Schultz resulted in so many inquiries.  Everyone responding wanted more information about his buried treasure.  Comment.
Business

Bronx corp. offers green waste management alternative

A Bronx company is betting heavily on the green revolution, manufacturing and distributing eco-friendly products promising to reduce the wasteful burning of fossil fuels.  Comment.

Shoppers rally to save Key Food

On Thursday, May 22 residents of Soundview and elected officials from around the borough rallied at Bruckner Plaza to protest the possible eviction of their local Key Food supermarket. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Parks commish opens gate talk

At a contentious meeting of the Spencer Estate Civic Association on May 21, residents expressed their anger to Bronx Parks Commissioner Hector Aponte over a proposed public access gate to a proposed waterfront promenade in Pelham Bay Park.  Comment.

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