July 19, 2008: 2008, Issue 29
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bronx Times Reporter

Lt. receives top FDNY honor for saving 5 in VN

A fire fighter, who saved 5 lives on May 23, 2007 in Van Nest, was recently honored with the Fire Department’s highest honor at its annual Medal Day. Comment.
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Msgr. Ruvo turns over the reins of Mt. Carmel Church

The pastor of one of the most influential Bronx parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is stepping out of his managerial role at the church to devote more time to the spiritual enlightenment of faithful Catholics. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Barnes Avenue building needs emergency repairs

What used to be one of the strongest buildings in the Pelham Parkway community has gone downhill, activists say, and is in desperate need of emergency repairs that as of yet the management has not provided. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Local resident wins by losing

Ignoring his obesity for the majority of his life, 38-year-old Laki Trantos had no choice but to lose the weight when he developed a back problem and in turn couldn’t tie his shoes or pick up his own children. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

PBTP: St. Paul Avenue traffic flow flawed

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the two factions in Pelham Bay regarding the switch in the direction of traffic on a stretch of St. Paul Avenue over two years ago. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

DOB, community eye Finkle-zoning issue solutions

With construction now halted at the site of the former Finkle Mansion, the possible solutions to a zoning mistake that has put the project on hold seems like a choice between lesser evils. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Seniors warned of scam

A local senior on a fixed income is stuck with a home security system she says she does not want, and wouldn’t have purchased if not for the persuasiveness of a slick salesperson. Comment.
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Around Town

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

Liberty Democratic Association

We would like to apologize for not having our column last week, but with the community and political season in full swing, we have been involved in many activities and events. Comment.
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Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Hello all! Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Korony American Legion Post 253

See your veterans and community activities here. Call (347) 672-4918. Sunday, July 27, there will be an old fashioned grocery sale at the TN Memorial Post 1456. Proceeds go to Legion and Auxiliary causes. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Pehlam Bay Tax Association

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Verizon Wireless to replace Frishman’s on WP Rd.

The White Plains Road Business Improvement district is getting a new first-rate tenant for a large location on the shopping strip. Comment.

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

300 uninvited guests trigger gunfire

Tracey Towers residents claim a quicker response time from the 52nd Precinct to an unauthorized backyard barbecue could have saved one man from the intensive care unit. Comment.

Group’s superior work rewarded

The annual Neighborhood Awards Reception recently served as an evening of appreciation for the 19 Bronx organizations that received special recognition from the Citizens Committee for New York City for their commitment and dedication to community improvement. Comment.

Defaced 9/11 firefighters mural nearly restored

The family of a local hero who lost his life during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center can now breath a sigh of relief now that a vandalized mural honoring the 9/ll firefighter is now almost completely restored.  Comment.

Bronx star nabs competitive scholarship

At 22, Kojo Wallace, an exceptionally bright and humble student from the Bronx, won the country’s largest undergraduate transfer scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  Comment.

MOM files lawsuit against HP businesses

Foul smells from a Hunts Point sewage plant and nearby human waste and biosolids fertilizer factory are the target of a nuisance lawsuit by the Natural Resources Defense Council on behalf of Mother’s on the Move, a locally based environmental justice organization, and 10 south Bronx residents. Comment.

State re-opens NE Thruway N. ramp

Elected officials and community leaders were on hand to reopen an entrance to I-95 from Pelham Parkway. Lack of access to the ramp had caused traffic backups for years. Comment.

‘Forgotten’ park gets first grant

Once a friendless park, University Woods in University Heights is at last increasing its circle, with Friends of the Woods, a new non-profit dedicated to its preservation, securing its first grant to create programming at the bucolic space. Comment.

Cardinal Spellman graduates 372; honors faculty for years of service

Cardinal Spellman High School held its 46th commencement on Saturday, June 7 at the Lehman College Performing Arts Center, with 372 young men and women receiving diplomas. Rev. Trevor Nicholls, president, presided over the ceremony. Comment.

Study: Temp classroom units consume outdoor school space

According to recent results from Work Hard, Play Hardly: How NYC School Children Are Denied Adequate Outdoor Play Space, 94% of City schools that replied to a similar survey in 2003 still have Temporary Class Room Units consuming what could be essential outdoor play space. Comment.

Advocates for mentally challenged fight Rx cuts

Full Circle-Health, a leading Bronx provider of mental health consulting and treatment, joined a growing number of health care providers as part of the Protect Patients Coalition to protest the recent cuts to Medicaid, EPIC, and ADAP. Comment.

No money to fix 6 line

Four train stations on the #6 train line were scheduled for rehabilitation, but now it seems that there is not enough money in the budget to completely revamp the stations. Comment.

Legislation ousts sex-perv teachers

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto announced that the Assembly passed a bill that provides for the termination of any teacher – including classroom teachers, teaching assistants, school counselors, social workers and psychologists, school administrators, supervisors or superintendents of schools – guilty of committing a registrable sex offense and the  revocation of their teaching certificate or license. The Senate and governor back the measure. Comment.

Do You Remember

I recently mentioned how many works of the Janes and Kirtland Foundry were scattered around the globe including in our own Central Park.  Theirs, however, is not the only bridge span created in the Bronx located in that great park.  The Mott Iron Works crafted a number of wrought iron bridges for the park which were both utilitarian and ornamental. Comment.

HPEDC hosts forum on green tech, energy costs

The Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation hosted a forum entitled ‘Coping with High Energy Prices’ in an effort to get businesses on-board with green-fleet technology for their trucks in an era of soaring energy costs. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bronx Times Reporter

Waterbury Estates man busted for drug sales

One Pelham Bay resident was very involved in his community for all the wrong reasons. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Skate park, soccer field opens in Bronx Park

A new soccer field and skate park on Bronx Park East promises to provide area children and adults with a new venue for amusement in their free time. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Community Board 11 honors 29-year member

Reverend Leslie McHenry has been serving the northeast Bronx for decades and will continue her good work, though she has retired from one of her many civic roles.  Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Interested party eyes fire-ravaged WP Rd. site

A building destroyed by a fire last November near Pelham Parkway has been recently cleaned up, leaving room for the new building project local shoppers have been clamoring for.  Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Local agent offers relief

With large insurance companies like Allstate refusing to renew homeowners, one local insurance agent is promising to work with homeowners who live near the water to get them the coverage they deserve. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

LP Beach KO’d by City Health Department

After years of water tests and filling out forms, the Locust Point Civic Association was essentially told by the Department of Health that the opening of their beach is not in works. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Ambrosini ball fields, playground renovated

A little league field and playground on City Island got a much-needed facelift, as a sparkling new facility for young people was dedicated at Anthony Ambrosini Field. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

At tree planting, grads remember friends

The St. Benedict’s graduates of 1977 and 1978 joined together on June 14, for a bittersweet reunion of celebration and remembrance in their old school auditorium. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Cancellation of Triathlon does not cancel the fun

The sixth annual triathlon to honor Throggs Neck Benevolent Association co-founder Tom Garvey was canceled at the last minute due to a conflict with SUNY Maritime, but that didn’t stop the organization from enjoying a celebration of the community at the nearby Redwood Pleasure Club.  Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Around Town

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

Police Blotter

40th PCT. Comment.

Koppell obtains millions for computers, park rehab, library expansion

Councilman Oliver Koppell reports that he has obtained close to $4 million in discretionary funds in the FY’09 city budget to allocate for capital projects in his district, which include school computer equipment, park rehabilitation, playground construction and library expansion. Comment.

Bronx Lebanon recognized in hospital study

A respected Bronx hospital has made the top 10 in a comparative study of its peer institutions.   Comment.

MSU donates books to Philippines; promotes literacy

Before they left for the summer, students at Mount St. Ursula were asked one last question; what would it be like to live without books? Comment.

HDC approves millions for co-op construction

On Wednesday, June 11, the New York City Housing Development Corporation approved more than $35 million in taxable bonds for construction of two cooperative buildings in the Bronx and East Harlem. Comment.

Floating Pool Lady makes port in HP

Gracing the waves of the East River, The Floating Pool Lady made port on Friday, June 27, off the coast of Hunts Point. Comment.

TNT use sparks outcry

Recent news of blasting at Jerome Park Reservoir is shaking tempers throughout the northwest Bronx. Comment.

Playgrounds planned for 11 schools

Recess will take on a new meaning for thousands of Bronx youth when they return to their unexpected, state of the art school playgrounds this fall. Comment.

City Council restores $590,000 in community board cuts

In a move that acknowledged the importance of grassroots activism, the city council restored $590,000 in proposed cuts to community boards that were in place in the preliminary 2009 budget. Comment.

$3.2 million secured for Orchard Beach restoration

Orchard Beach is continuing to become a resource Bronxites can be proud to enjoy during the summer.  Comment.

Retailer VIM selects Bronx site for warehouse

The trendy clothing store V.I.M. will soon make the move from their existing warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to an entirely new, expanded building in the Bronx. Comment.

Select Bus Service begins on the #12 route

Bronx straphangers crossing through the center of the borough are now benefiting from faster bus transit, thanks to an innovative new system called Select Bus Service.  Comment.

Abandoned boats find a taker

After a struggle to find an agency to support his efforts to clean up the Bronx shoreline of beached boats, Councilman Jimmy Vacca finally gained a hand from the New York City Police Department’s Harbor Unit. Comment.

Do You Remember

I was wandering around Woodlawn Cemetery a few years ago whiling away some time before a luncheon up on McLean Avenue.  Quite by chance I came upon the Henry Bruckner gravesite on Clover Avenue (also known as West Border Avenue).  Knowing the man’s background, I snapped a photograph of his memorial in case I ever had to refer to it.  Comment.

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