June 19, 2008: 2008, Issue 25
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bronx Times Reporter

Zerega DOB employee took bribes: DOI

A Zerega Avenue resident was arrested Friday, June 6 on felony corruption charges for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a crane and equipment company over eight years. Comment.
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Parks explores other options to proposed Bayshore-Watts gate

It seems that the loud complaints of Spencer Estate residents about the Parks Department’s decision to install a gate to a waterfront promenade they are designing are, in fact, being heard. Comment.
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Graffiti-awareness poster winners honored

The Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership’s second annual graffiti awareness poster competition was a resounding success, as area leaders came out to honor the group of schoolchildren whose posters help raise awareness about the growing neighborhood problem.  Comment.
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New owner ready to restore deli’s former popularity

With a contentious legal battle between the former leasee of a well-known local business and the Edgewater Park Owners Cooperative now resolved, a new operator is stepping up to breathe new life into the once popular deli spot. Comment.
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P.S. 14 principal announces retirement

Inspired by his generous spirit and innovate thinking, the students and staff of P.S. 14 will deeply miss their principal when he retires this July. Comment.
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DOT finally commits to traffic light study

After years of denied requests, Councilman Jimmy Vacca is happy to announce a secured commitment from the Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic survey at the intersection of Roberts and Crosby avenues, hopefully proving the community’s desperate need for intervention. Comment.
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Byrne essay winners announced

Three dedicated M.S. 101 students who honored the school’s namesake will, themselves, be honored as winners of the school’s annual essay contest. Comments (1).
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OLA grad ordained; celebrates first Mass

He gave him his First Holy Communion in 1985. Now, 23 years later, one local clergyman will help a former parishioner celebrate his first New York Mass as a Roman Catholic priest. Comment.
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Outrage over kindergartener’s ambulance ordeal

The Greek American Institute community is outraged over the alarmingly slow ambulance service and misdiagnosis that left one ailing kindergartener anxiously seeking treatment.  Comment.
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Sponsor deflects skate park criticism

A groundbreaking experiment - the first unsupervised local skateboard park - has drawn heat from some community leaders and police who feel it is contributing to problems with disrespectful and out of control  youth. Comment.
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Einstein changes MP Avenue’s street scape

A fresh look of modern infrastructure and street improvements is ushering in the new campus vision at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and streetscape at Morris Park Avenue.    Comment.
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LPCA to host popular country fair on June 21

The Locust Point Civic Association is bringing back a tradition whose history in the tight-knit community stretches back 40 years.  Comment.
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I.S. 192 student helps honor school’s legacy

A simple act of curiosity led one I.S. 192 student to honor the two police officers, Joseph A. Piagentini and Waverly M. Jones, whose names adorn the school, in a fitting tribute to their lives.  Comment.
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Sacred Heart parents hold out hope

This week, the last graduating class from Sacred Heart Private School will turn their tassels and say goodbye to the school they’ve grown to know and love. Comment.
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DOB to audit Middletown Road project

In a rare move by the Department of Buildings, the 44-unit apartment project proposed by a known jackal landlord, Jacob Selechnik and his partners, at 3030 Middletown Road will be put “on hold” pending a complete audit of the building’s plan. Comment.
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TN parents reject unfair distribution of G&T seats

A crowd of angry parents filled the Community and Citywide Education Council’s District 8 office on Monday, June 9, after they received a slew of surprising letters the previous Friday. Comment.
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Wallace, Mace traffic light ends nightmare

A much needed traffic light at the corner of Wallace and Mace avenues will add to the safety of local residents and school children.  Comment.
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Student experiences police work as Commander of the Day

Sirens blaring, she made her grand entrance as the 49th Precinct’s Commanding Officer of the Day at a recognition ceremony at One Police Plaza on June 3. Comment.
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MTA clears 180th St. overgrowth

Local straphangers no longer have to feel like they’re trekking through a forest to get to the 180th Street Station in Van Nest.  Comment.
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Allerton Ave. graffiti vandal nabbed two times in 10 days

A local 18 year old just won’t learn his lesson, and has recently brought a youth along in his criminal escapades.  Comment.
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49th Precinct breakfast honors police, community

The 49th Precinct was fully represented with elected, community and business leaders attending this year’s 20th Annual Fellowship Conference hosted by the precinct and its community council on Friday, June 6, at Maestro’s Catering.  Comment.
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Waterbury Lasalle Community Association

Our next general meeting will be held on June 12, at 7:30 p.m. in P.S.  14 School  Auditorium, 3041 Bruckner Boulevard. The subject of our meeting will be the proposed construction at 3030 Middletown Road Our guest will be Councilman James Vacca. We have also invited the Buildings Department and the City Planning department. Comment.
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Ferry Point Civic Association

Phase Two Of Ferry Point Sign Alterations Comment.
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Community Board 610

In our last column, the board stated that it would contact Nicholas Scoppetta, Commissioner of the FDNY, to impress upon his office the importance of maintaining an ambulance at Orchard Beach during the summer.  In a letter to Commissioner Scoppetta , the board stated that park patrons who suffer from drowning, physical injuries or heart attacks, would have to wait an inordinate amount of time for an ambulance to arrive from Pelham Bay or Pelham Parkway.  The board urged the Commissioner to review this decision, and to leave the ambulance at the beach. Comment.
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Samuel Young - Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
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Around Town

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

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Five years for posing as NYCHA agent

On Wednesday, May 28, a former Morrisania resident was sentenced to 2 ½ to five years in prison for stealing nearly $14,000 from Bronx residents after illegally posing as a New York City Housing Authority agent. Comment.

Seniors protest NYCHA cutbacks

Nearly 200 seniors gathered on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, June 11, to protest the proposed NYCHA budget cuts that would close more than 400 community programs citywide. Comment.

Budget cuts hurt Bronx social service agencies

The Jewish Community Council, a social service organization which operates sites throughout the borough, serving thousands of Bronxites last year, will likely need to eliminate many vital services and programs if city budget cuts go through.  Comment.

Hutch facility offers new water therapy

After just over a month in their new location, the staff at Westchester Square Physical Therapy is feeling right at home. Comment.

Einstein grad trumps odds

Noe Romo may not have a predictable Albert Einstein Medical School student background, but the newly minted MD never tried to be average. Comment.

Beth Abraham wins national award

Beth Abraham Family of Health Services has won a national award for its educational initiatives to help its patients and community members. Comment.

Fordham Rd./Pel. Pkwy. Select Bus Service starts

With the new, faster Select Bus Service scheduled to begin soon across the Bx12 limited bus line, from Inwood to Co-op City, many straphangers are wondering how the new arrangement will change the way surface transit works in the Bronx. Comment.

Selected in Police Commissioner contest

Joshua Lopez, a sophomore at Monsignor Scanlan High School, recently received a letter from the Police Athletic League informing him that he was being selected as an award recipient in this year’s Police Commissioner for a Day essay contest. Joshua’s award category is Deputy Commissioner Awards: Information Technology. Comment.

57th graduate class attends commencement

The 57th graduating class of Preston High School received their diplomas at the school’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 7. The ceremony was the culmination of a week filled with celebrations and traditions. Comment.

Engineers expand senior opportunities

For the third consecutive year, engineers from IBM visited Preston High School to inform the young women about opportunities available in engineering and to engage them in experiments to give them a better understanding of the different roles engineers can play. The visit began with an experiment called “The Superconductivity Challenge,” in which PHS students had the chance to discover how cooling certain materials to the temperature of liquid nitrogen can change their properties. Comment.

Naomi Rivera’s free workshop and training series gets rave reviews

The Bronx Central Council for Economic Development announces that the month of May was successful and  filled with productive activity. Comment.

Beth Abraham Services nurse named Caring Award winner

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) announced that Alisa Huggins, community health nurse, is the winner of a statewide competition in the “Caring Award” category. CNR is a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare organizations in New York State. Comment.

Activists blast DOC commish

“Department of Corrections is offering us the same wrapping, different bow, but we still say no,” a crowd of approximately 100 angry community activists chanted at a meeting with the DOC commissioner on May 28 at Mothers on the Move. Comment.

Bronx man bikes to raise cancer-cure funds

The famed Jimmy Fund, a cancer researching foundation started in 1948, will get a boost this August, with a Bronx man leading the charge to find new cures and treatment for the disease. Comment.

Old Fordham Library project makes gains

More than 800 people gathered at a Shared Faith Action Forum at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 2345 University Avenue, on May 31 to discuss local planning projects, with the old Fordham Library as the first order of business. Comment.

Bronx family offers missing-dog award

Bugzy was more than a pet; to the Mollicas, he was family, and now that the half Rottweiler/German Shepard has gone missing, a $1,000 reward is being offered for his return.  Comment.

Bronx youth launch newest vessel ‘Triumph’

More than 200 people gathered along the Bronx River in Hunts Point on Saturday, June 7, to celebrate the launch of “Triumph,” Rocking the Boat’s newest vessel in their wooden fleet. Comment.

Youth, elderly bear NYCHA’s slashing of services

On Thursday, May 29, the New York City Housing Authority released a new plan to fund the agency’s financial shortfalls by eliminating a number of their community-based programs, including 94 community centers, 147 senior centers and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities citywide. Comment.

Klein asks review of Hutch off-ramp signage

After years of intoxicated drivers plowing into parked cars near the corner of the Hutchinson River Parkway service road and E. 197th Street in Pelham Bay, new measures may begin to slow down motorists exiting the Hutch at exit 3E. Comment.

Walk of Fame celebrities get ready

An annual tradition will continue this year, as five outstanding local natives and groups will be honored at the Bronx Ball before being inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame, as part of the highly anticipated Bronx Week.  Comment.

World’s most huggable team nominated by Build-A-Bear

One local student received quite a surprise when a gigantic, walking teddy bear interrupted her English class on May 28, to name her one of Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Huggable Heroes of 2008. Comment.

Jacobi, NBCH, name first Lorraine Tredge Award recipient

Patient safety is a concern for both the patients themselves and their caretakers, and both Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital are doing everything possible to make the phrase “to err is human…” seldom spoken. Comment.

Hearts & Hammers revitalize five Bronx homes

Hearts and Hammers, a program sponsored by R.A.I.N., dedicated a committed group of over 100 volunteers from all walks of life to rehabilitate five Bronx houses and properties occupied by seniors and the disabled in one fell swoop on Saturday, June 7. Comment.

New York Botanical Garden’s popular Farmer’s Market returns

The New York Botanical Garden’s popular Farmers Market returns on June 25 for its seventh year, offering an array of seasonal produce, home-baked goods, and natural products from New York State farmers and merchants throughout the summer and into the fall. The Farmers Market takes place at the Botanical Garden’s Tulip Tree Allée every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 29. Comment.

Do You Remember

The Piccirillis were once among the most noted Bronx families.  They were friendly with some of America’s leading citizens including John D. Rockefeller, Daniel Chester French, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Theodore Roosevelt, Enrico Caruso, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and numerous others.  Their contribution to American heritage is still highly visible as reminders of their skill dot our landscape. Comment.

Pehlam Bay Taxpayers Association

Our next PBTCA meeting will be on Tuesday, June 24, at St. Theresa’s Cafeteria, 2855 St. Theresa Avenue.  Refreshments at 7 p.m. Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Assemblyman Michael Benedetto. Comment.

Koppell bill would extend business zone

Councilman Koppell introduced legislation in the City Council on Wednesday, May 28, to extend the boundaries of the Hunts Point Empire Zone (HPEZ) to encompass 4821 Baldwin Street in  Wakefield . Comment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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World’s most huggable teen nominated by Build-A-Bear

One local student received quite a surprise when a gigantic, walking teddy bear interrupted her English class on May 28, to name her one of Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Huggable Heroes of 2008. Comment.
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Jacobi, NBCH, name first Lorraine Tredge Award recipient

Patient safety is a concern for both the patients themselves and their caretakers, and both Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital are doing everything possible to make the phrase “to err is human…” seldom spoken. Comment.
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9-11 mural scrawler erased

The elusive graffiti vandal, known only to disheartened Pelham Parkway North residents as “SIPS” now has a name.  Comment.
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MTA lets weeds overgrow landmark

Some local straphangers have been asking about the virtual forest growing around the 180th Street IRT train station in Van Nest.  Comment.
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CB 11 shoots down law firm’s variance renewal

Eastchester Road law firm, Corpina, Piergrossi, Overzat & Klar, LLP, located at 2344 Eastchester Road, has run into a roadblock in its attempt to bring their property into compliance. Comment.
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Bronx judiciary remembers Judge Cerbone

The recent passing of The Honorable Joe Cerbone, longtime Pelham Gardens resident and Bronx judge, has his peers reminiscing on the beloved local legal giant’s life and contributions to the borough. Comment.
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Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Comment.
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Vacca rips ‘pricey’ parkway gas stations

With gas prices up all over the borough, Councilman Jimmy Vacca has targeted two local gas stations he feels are pumping the community for exorbitant amounts of money. Comment.
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TNCAP unveils anti-graffiti poster campaign

Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP) sponsored a community-wide Graffiti Awareness Media Poster Campaign for students in grades 5 to 10 in Throggs Neck public and parochial schools. The students created over 700 beautiful posters sending a clear message that graffiti hurts our community. Twenty winning posters were chosen to be honored at a ceremony at the Commerce Bank on June 13 at 3:30 p.m. All posters are displayed in stores and businesses along E. Tremont Avenue. Special thanks to all the supportive businesses along E. Tremont Avenue. Comment.

Four sentenced for beating of police officer

Justice was finally dished out to four men who beat an off-duty Bronx police officer, leading up to his death outside of a White Castle restaurant. Comment.

Police Blotter

40 th PCT. Comment.

Anheuser-Busch acts to reduce Hunts Point smog

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch will retrofit 15 trucks with smog reduction devices, improving the air quality and, therefore the health, of Bronx residents, as it drives through the borough to make deliveries. Comment.

Solara co-op complex offers unparalleled living

As the development of affordable housing gains momentum in the Bronx, one new cooperative complex is generating buzz and setting a new standard for uptown home ownership. The Solara, located on Grant Avenue between 167th and 169th streets, features 160 magnificent new apartments that offer modern living at an unparalleled price.  Comment.

Bronx Week 2008 continues celebrating Bronx success

From Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 22, dozens of activities will take place throughout the 61 plus neighborhoods of The Bronx to pay tribute to the progress and revitalization for the borough’s businesses, educational and cultural institutions and civic groups at this year’s Bronx Week celebration themed, “The Bronx is Up.” Comment.

Do You Remember

Not long ago the postcard pictured here was offered on eBay and Tom Vasti, the vice pesident of the East Bronx History Forum and a retired police officer, wanted to know why there was a cop in the picture.  Another forum member and ex-policeman, Nick DiBrino, came up with the answer.  The cop was an official police escort for visiting celebrities.  Comment.

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