July 17, 2009: 2009, Issue 29
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Bronx Times Reporter

49th’s top cops get award

Burglars beware; the 49th precinct is cracking down on crime, with two burglary arrests earning three officers the June ‘Cop of the Month’ Award. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Tomlinson residents rally against reversal

‘Don’t reverse, don’t make us road kill’ was the sign held by six-year-old Isabella Basile, to demonstrate her feelings during a rally against the potential reversal of Tomlinson Avenue. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

CB 11 calls hearing for Bx. River Pk. ramp

A public hearing has been called for residents demanding to know why the Birchall Avenue Bronx River Parkway entrance remains closed. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

St. Theresa’s first honors announced

In a special awards ceremony on Thursday, June 18, at St. Theresa School, students in grades 4 through 7 were named to The Principal’s List for achieving highest honors – an average of 95% or above – for the 4th quarter and for the whole 2008-2009 school year. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Summer camp officially begins at P.S. 72

Let the summer fun begin! Excitement filled the schoolyard of P.S. 72 during the official kick off for the summer camp program on Monday, July 6. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

P.S. 71 grads accepted to Bronx Science

P.S. 71’s middle school academy will send a pair of young men to the Bronx High School of Science and a trio of young women to other specialized public high schools in the fall. The academy is only four years old and graduated its first class of eighth graders in 2008; none were accepted to Bronx Science, one of the best high schools in NYC. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Civic groups offer plans for Jay Street’s future

A petition that circulated through the Ferry Point community calling for the creation of a community garden on a city-owned green space garnered some support recently, but there is still a disagreement among neighbors over what is best for the small parcel of land. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

CB 7 honors teenage tech wiz consultants

On Tuesday, June 16, Community Board 7 honored Brandon Rutishauser and Merlin Valdez, both 16, who spent the 2008-2009 school year as tech consultants to CB7. Rutishauser and Valdez latched onto CB7 via CITI Youth, a Municipal Art Society of New York initiative. Comment.

Lorillard Pl. renters cry for better living conditions

What do flies, rats and the birthplace of hip-hop have in common? How about 2356 Lorillard Place, a beleaguered apartment building on the edge of Little Italy. Comment.

City Council approves Lower Concourse rezoning

When Department of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden looks at the Lower Concourse, she pictures a Harlem River promenade. She pictures skyscraping condos, corner stores, lofts and a waterfront park. Burden pictures a rusty neighborhood remade for residential and commercial development. Comment.

Tenants demand new elevators

You’re 16 years old. You enter a tower at the Boston Secor Houses in Baychester. You hit the “UP” elevator button and wait…and wait and wait. You laugh. You play fight. You chat. When the elevator finally comes, so do the police. You’re handed a summons. You loitered. Comment.

Distraught homeowners refuse to endure summer havoc

Fireworks, drugs, gunshots, bass. Welcome to the warm weather Bronx. Homeowners in Clason Point, Bedford Park and University Heights met recently to demand police action. They’d rather not suffer the noise and crime. They’d rather not endure another summer of homeowner discontent. Comment.

Wimbledon champ gives some tips

The ball was in their court. Bronx students had a chance to learn tennis from a pro during the experience of a lifetime. Comment.

Mount Hope opens community center

Mount Hope Community Center at 55 E. 175 Street had a grand opening with the kind of fanfare that comes after a long, sought-after dream is realized. Comment.

Half-Nelson Playground dedicated amid fanfare

The Half-Nelson Playground, the product of years of work by community advocates, opened with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 17. Comment.

Armory plan okayed

Morton Williams Supermarkets employees stomped out of a Community Board 7 land use committee meeting on Tuesday, July 7. Even so, the committee endorsed Related Companies’ plan to build a shopping mall at the Kingsbridge Armory, albeit with a list of neighborhood-minded conditions. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bronx Times Reporter

Mace resident fights for livable conditions

Feeling raindrops on your head would normally indicate you were outdoors, but for Bobi Brooks this is not the case. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Bronx Green Middle School, M.S. 326, 2009 graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of Bronx Green Middle School, M.S. 326, on the Frank Whalen Campus. The grads are. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

4th of July blast

by Patrick Rocchio Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Center Stage rescued

Center Stage Community Playhouse, the oldest neighborhood theater in the Bronx and a Westchester Square institution, is saved. Members, patrons and shopkeepers raised $8,150 in two months to keep Center Stage afloat. The volunteer outfit asked for help in May following a sparsely attended 2008 season. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

S&E Market will treat you like family

Three established Throggs Neck businessmen are joining together in still another venture – a deli that one of the owners said will treat everyone who walks in the door as if they are family. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Police close massage parlor

No more hanky panky. On the night of Thursday, June 25, the police department padlocked New Skin Spa, a beauty and massage parlor on E. Tremont Avenue near Coddington Avenue. Community Board 10 district manager Ken Kearns thanked the 45th Precinct; on Saturday, June 6, a raid netted a prostitution arrest and an unlicensed massage arrest at New Skin Spa. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Fine Fare unveils classy improvements

Many food shoppers in Throggs Neck now have a much more enjoyable experience as they shop at Fine Fare at 3680 E. Tremont Avenue. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Alternate side parking nixed after Vacca objects

In June, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Sanitation introduced alternate side parking on the west side of Emerson Avenue, the north side of Miles Avenue and the south side of Randall Avenue in Throggs Neck. Three weeks later, it was removed, DOT spokesman Monty Dean said. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Workers win Stella D’oro strike, but factory to close

The stubborn confectionary workers who formed a picket line in Kingsbridge eleven months ago won a decisive victory on Tuesday, June 30 when a National Labor Relations Board judge ordered the Stella D’oro Biscuit Company to reinstate the workers and surrender back pay. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Bronx filmmaker wins student Oscar Award

A filmmaker from Allerton has achieved his dream of creating a short movie recognized nationally as one of the best student films. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Dolores Fernandez named to Board of Education

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., announced the appointment of Dr. Dolores Fernandez as the Bronx representative on the newly reconstituted Board of Education, effective following the sunset of mayoral control on July 1. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Biz orders green wall

You know all about the green roof – a blanket of vegetation engineered to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, to grow fruit and flowers, to capture storm-water run off, to reduce air pollution and to lure animals back to the city. Comment.

Kids design playground

Ever play football on asphalt? Ouch. Bryan Edwards has. Football. Baseball. Basketball. The rising eighth grader is a sports fanatic. So Edwards was jazzed when the Trust for Public Land asked students at M.S. 424 to help design a new playground and mini-field in Hunts Point. On Wednesday, June 24, the playground opened and Edwards sprinted to play football on turf. Comment.

Students team up with banking firm

Eight eighth-grade students from The Young Scholars Academy in the Bronx ended a mock business acquisition project recently by presenting their recommendations to investors at the private equity firm Castle Harlan. Comments (1).

Treasury secretary makes stimulus announcement

Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geitner came to one of the borough’s premier non-profits to announce $90 million in President Obama’s and Congress’ Recovery Act geared toward helping community-based groups. Comment.

South Bronx Food Cooperative expands services

Helping to reduce the effects of poor eating habits, the South Bronx Food Cooperative has expanded its facility and will offer new and exciting programs for members. Comment.

Mitchell-Lama mystery in Highbridge

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Councilwoman Helen Diane Foster have stepped in to help restore order at 1380 University Avenue in Highbridge, where a maintenance related tenant-landlord dispute has exposed a tangle of questions. Comment.

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