August 5, 2009: 2009, Issue 32
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Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Bronx Times Reporter

Explorers clean up allerton graffiti

Explorers from the 49th Precinct participated in a graffiti cleanups on an empty store at While Plains Road and Waring Avenue and elsewhere in the command with police officers Chris Traumer and Mamosa Bakraqi. The officers and youth spent five hours at several locations on Saturday, July 17 cleaning up graffiti in the Allerton Avenue and Olinville areas. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

49th Precinct joins the effort to support troops

The 49th Precinct is joining in the efforts to help our troops and asking the community to do their part for our service men and women. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Benefit for Pelham Bay gal a success

Family came. Friends came. Nurses from Montefiore Medical Center, where Erika Altuchoff-Kenny endures chemotherapy, came. More than 300 people attended a benefit for Altuchoff-Kenny at the Manhem Beach Club in Throggs Neck on Friday, July 24. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Pelham Parkway project delayed

How long will this go on? Community Board 11 has become frustrated over the ongoing delays hindering the start of the Pelham Parkway reconstruction. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Night Out Against Crime, Aug. 4

by DANIEL BEEKMAN Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Balancing trade

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced that critically endangered alligators in China have a new chance for survival. The WCS’s Bronx Zoo, in partnership with two other North American parks and the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Management of the State Forestry Administration of China, has successfully reintroduced alligators into the wild that are now multiplying on their own. Comment.
Bronx Times Reporter

Greener future for Pelham Bay IRT Station

Every summer the Pelham Bay IRT Station’s popularity transforms the neighborhood into a sea of litter. Plans are in progress to rid the transportation hub of this problem. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

40th PCT. Comment.

Bronx teachers nab excellence awards

Malik Ketchum grew up in the south Bronx. Brooke Nixon-Friedheim grew up in Iowa. Ketchum is a first-year teacher, Nixon-Friedheim a fourth-year vet. Both are NYC Teaching Fellows and both recently nabbed classroom awards for excellence. Ketchum teaches math at J.H.S. 118 William W. Niles on E. 179th Street and Arthur Avenue. Nixon-Friedheim teaches math and physics at the Bronx High School for Law and Community Service on Fordham Road. Comment.

Castle Hill LL volunteer passes

Kenny Pontillo, a coach at the Castle Hill Little League for the past 33 years, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on his way home from work on Friday, July 17. Pontillo had just coached his team to four straight championships in the league’s nine and ten-year-old division. Comment.

Norwood soup kitchen rises back from the ashes

A northwest Bronx soup kitchen will reopen soon. St. Stephen’s Meals closed temporarily on Saturday, January 3 when a fire damaged the basement at Norwood’s Lutheran Church of the Epiphany. The blaze destroyed tables and chairs, utensils and paper plates, wires and food. St. Stephen’s Meals is the only soup kitchen in Norwood; for six months, hungry residents have trekked to POTS, a soup kitchen on Webster Avenue and E. 198th Street. Comment.

Castle Hill farmer’s market opens next to Y

Castle Hill Avenue boasts a farmer’s market for the first time in recent memory. The modest-priced produce and baked goods market set up shop on Saturday, July 11 at Castle Hill Avenue and Hart Street – next door to the YMCA. Comment.

Palma, Crespo call for subway ‘Bill of Rights’

The fare Bronxites are paying to use the subway to get to and from work and school is up, and many are calling on the MTA to provide better, faster, and more easily-accessible service. Comment.

El Nuevo Delicioso is small biz of the year

On Monday, July 13, at Gracie Mansion, the Department of Small Business Services honored El Nuevo Delicioso as 2008 Bronx Small Business of the Year. El Nuevo Delicioso is an Ecuadorian and Dominican restaurant in the south Bronx where rotisserie chickens spin slow and good times roll. Comment.

Improvements to Crotona Lake unveiled by Parks

Bronxites can be proud as the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled the new Crotona Park, a vital nature escape and community safe haven that all can enjoy. Comment.

BP Diaz enters battle

Community Board 7 nudged. Now the borough president will shove. Ruben Diaz Jr. heard Bronxites speak about the future of the Kingsbridge Armory at a marathon public hearing on Monday, July 27 and promised to “negotiate strong” for a living wage proviso plus schools at the northwest Bronx landmark. Held at Lehman College, the hearing lasted nearly four hours. Comment.

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