Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

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Builder unveils plans for Marine Street

A planned development that would plop two large buildings on Marine Street has City Island residents hot and bothered. Read more…
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Solemn Mass for Rielo’s anniversary

Archbishop Timothy Dolan will preside over a solemn Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on Friday, December 4 to honor the fifth anniversary of Fernando Rielo’s entrance into eternal life. All Bronx residents are invited to attend. Read more…
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Women’s Empowerment Self-Defense Academy offers skills and support

Women looking to strengthen their bodies and souls have to look no further then the Women’s Empowerment Self Defense Academy in Morris Park. Read more…
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Identity theft victim’s debt cleared by cellphone shop

A victim of identity theft who received two bills from a wireless telephone provider for service and phones he said he didn’t order was able to resolve the issue and have the bills reversed. Read more…
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Do you remember

There was a time when the chatter of the Hell Gate pilots could be heard throughout City Island and most especially at Belden Point where they had their headquarters. Other than the very popular Captain Ed Sadler, you don’t see too many Hell Gate pilots around the island these days. There are, however, the permanent residents now interred in Pelham Cemetery on King Street. The graves of quite a few Hell Gate pilots can be found there. Read more…
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49th Precinct food drive starts soon

Grab a can of beans or a bag of ramen noodles. The seventh annual 49th Precinct Community Council holiday food drive is about to begin. In 2008, despite an economic recession, the 49th Precinct, its community council, its Explorers, neighborhood cub scouts, and students from P.S. 162, P.S. 108, P.S. 83, P.S. 105 and P.S. 44 gathered nearly 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food for the hungry. Read more…
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Santa Claus is coming to White Plains Road mall

In keeping with a great holiday tradition for the White Plains Road Business Improvement District, shoppers will soon see bright lights welcome the holiday season. Read more…
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Local businesses offer niche holiday gifts

City Island, Morris Park and Pelham Bay are home to a number of niche businesses that sell products found nowhere else in the Bronx, businesses that hope to make hay this holiday season. Read more…

Per Scholas opens new job training center

Per Scholas opened its new Institute for Technology with a bold goal of training over 500 people for well-paying information technology jobs and career advancement in the upcoming year. Read more…

PeaceLove Cafe adds flavor to HUB

Stand at the HUB – 3rd Avenue and E. 149th Street – and spin around. What do you see? Read more…

Defective parking summonses left on windshield

For Louis Cooper, a lifelong resident of E. 134 Street, living in the borough is often an adventure. Cooper recently received what appears to be a bogus parking ticket on his windshield. He had committed no offense, Cooper said. Read more…

CAB unveils new name and headquarters

Goodbye Citizens Advice Bureau. Hello Bronx Works. Citizens Advice Bureau, the Bronx-based non-profit also known as CAB, unveiled a new name, logo and headquarters on Friday, November 13. The new name, Bronx Works, represents the non-profit’s commitment to the Bronx, executive director Carolyn McLaughlin said. Read more…

Only three postal stations in danger

On Friday, November 20, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released an updated list of postal stations and branches under consideration for closure, and only three Bronx stations and branches remain: Van Nest, Oak Point and Crotona Park. The Botanical, Clason Point, Hillside and Melcourt stations, on the list in September, will stay open. Read more…

St. Barnabas promises to pave Grand Concourse lot

Under pressure from angry neighbors and its own physicians-in-training, St. Barnabas Hospital has announced that it plans to tidy up and pave over 2050 Grand Concourse, an empty lot where it hopes to build a health clinic one day. Read more…

Skanska grads ready to change the world

Since 1993, when Jose Rosa woke from a coma unable to walk or remember, the former building superintendent and plumber has been rebuilding his life, block by block. He’s relearned to walk. He started an HIV-AIDS outreach program at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. He went back to school. Read more…

BP releases special needs housing map

On Tuesday, November 10, Community Board 3 okayed a nine-story residential development planned for Claremont Parkway. To be managed by the non-profit Lantern Organization, the 104-unit development will house low-income families and single homeless veterans, CB3 district manager John Dudley said. Read more…

CB10, 45th Precinct rein in unlicensed cabs

Community Board 10 has joined an effort to rein in unlicensed and unregistered cabs on Westchester Avenue. The goal is for the cabs to comply with regulations issued by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Radio cabs are supposed to respond to phone hails only, not street hails. Read more…

Bronx school grades soar but Columbus in trouble

Public schools in the east Bronx earned high marks for 2008-2009, the city Department of Education announced in November. But some elected officials don’t buy DOE Chancellor Joel Klein’s progress reports. Read more…

“Gotcha” parking ticket bills headed for veto

Councilman Jimmy Vacca expects Mayor Michael Bloomberg to veto three bills passed by the City Council and designed to avert thousands of “gotcha” parking tickets. Vacca co-sponsored the bills. Read more…

Van Nest Park public hearing set for December

Van Nest residents will discuss potential changes to Van Nest Park at a public hearing in December, The Bronx Times Reporter has learned. Read more…

Surge of violence hits borough

Bullets rained down on the Bronx throughout Thanksgiving weekend, as shooters left borough residents dead and wounded in Fordham, Longwood, and Tremont and near Yankee Stadium. Read more…

Throggs Neck tree lighting set for December 6

The holiday season will start in style at Throggs Neck’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 6. The fun is set for 5 p.m. Read more…

Albanian Independence Day celebrated throughout the borough

Hundreds attended the borough’s Albanian Independence Day celebration on Saturday, November 28. Albania broke free of the Ottoman Empire in 1912. Festivities took place throughout the day. Proud Albanian Americans raised double-headed eagle flags in Belmont at E. 187th Street and Crescent Avenue. Read more…

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009


Pipe Dreams

Giants-Jets Week 11 Read more…

Future looks good for Ford. Prep

Pete Gorynski saw his team make its share of mistakes on both sides of the football, but Fordham Prep had wrestled momentum away from rival Xavier and forced overtime on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Max Kinder to Michael Seminario and the tying two-point conversion from Kinder to Peter Carlino with 3:02 left in the fourth quarter. Read more…


As the leaves change colors and the weather turns cooler, holiday turkeys and Santa Claus watch over Cintron Field and the players wind down the fall portion of the season. Highlights are as follows. Read more…

Visit convinces Fieldston player on Brown

Everyone around Jacqueline Schoninger told her she should attend Brown for the next four years. No matter where she turned to, her parents, friends, coaches, and teammates, that is all the Fieldston guard heard. Read more…

Tricks a treat for Cardinal Hayes

C J O’Neil said he had a few options left in his bag of tricks. Read more…

Young Ravens need some time; one senior left on starting team

Daniel Dingle says he gets asked the same question often. The highly-touted sophomore just shakes his head and gives his stock answer. Read more…

Harmonious Wings set to take off

The Wings Academy boys basketball team graduated or lost four starters and two reserves. With them came 60 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists per game. Read more…

Letters To The Editor

Wonderful hospital care Read more…

Guest Editorial

A little known but very important event will take place at the Bronx County Courthouse next week. Some would say it’s a fight against helping those in need. Others would describe it as a difficult solution to a difficult problem. But those who take the time to look beneath the veil of rhetoric will see it for what it truly is: a challenge to the city’s growing policy of mandates and totalitarian control over a community board system that is losing its way as the voice of the people. Read more…
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Bronx Beat

The Fordham Road Business Improvement District announced that 76 BID businesses are participating in a special Holiday Shopping Promotion in which they will offer 10% public discounts (consumers must display one of the many BID sponsored newspaper/magazine advertisements, downloadable online coupons or a MetroCard at the time of purchases, some restrictions may apply) from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 20. A portion of these businesses will also have extended shopping hours on each Friday until 9 p.m. during the promotion dates. Read more…
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Reduce waste, have a greener holiday

The holiday season is now in full swing – and along with good holiday cheer comes a lot of extra waste. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s as compared to any other time of the year. The extra waste amounts to about 1.2 million extra tons per week (or an extra 6 million tons during the entire holiday season) and is being predicted to be roughly the same for this year even in light of the economic downturn. Read more…
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injured Red Tail Hawk rescued

An injured Red Tail Hawk was found in Pelham Bay Park by naturalists Jorge Santiago and Thomas X. Casey just off the Siwanoy Trail, close to the Bartow Circle. Urban Park Rangers Sergeant Pendergrass gently captured the injured male hawk and placed it in a cage. It will be given medical attention, and once healed, will be returned to the park. Read more…
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Academy of Mount St. Ursula World involvement

At the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, both the faculty and administration encourage students to get involved in critical issues facing our community and the world. On Wednesday, October 21st six students participated in Pro-Life Day at St. Joseph’s Seminary with Religion department chair, Joanne Kelly. A group of seniors, Adeola Okoduwa, Lucitania Hernandez, Shani Ogilvie and Kumyhun Song, participated in a conference whose goals affect the lives of girls world wide. They received certificates for their participation in the UN Working Group on Girls panel. Read more…
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Salesian’s annual England Exchange program

On Thursday, October 22, ten students from Farnborough England arrived in the United States to begin the 3rd annual Salesian High School Exchange Program. They were greeted by ten Salesian High School students. The students stay in the homes of their exchange partners and they participate in normal everyday life as an American. In March, the Salesian students who played host will take the trip to England and reunite with their partners. Read more…
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Spellman celebrates 50th anniversary

Cardinal Spellman High School celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at Villa Barone Manor on October 30. More than 500 graduates, faculty past and present, and friends of Spellman attended the sold out event. Marcus Solis, Reporter for WABC Eyewitness News and graduate of the Class of 1987 was Master of Ceremonies for the night that included the induction into the Spellman Hall of Honor of Anne and Stephen J. McGuinness (class of 1977), and Gloria (Perri) and Daniel S. O’Connell, both from the class of 1972. Read more…
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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

Our December meeting will be held, Monday, December 14, at St. Theresa’s cafeteria, 2872 St. Theresa Avenue. Refreshments at 7 p.m. followed by our meeting. Dues of $10 for the year 2010, which includes the Bronx Times Reporter mailed to your home address, can be paid at our December 14 meeting. We will not be holding meetings for January and February 2010. We usually meet the 3rd Monday of the month, except during holidays. Read more…
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Throggs Neck Merchants Association

By John Cerini Read more…
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Around Town

Hi Readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town. Read more…
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Westchester Square Zerega Improvement Organization

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Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership

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Community Action

Many of the most profound issues affecting our society are decided by the courts, making the question of “who judges whom should be a judge?” vital to every American. Read more…
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First Friday at Bartow-Pell

The Bartow-Pell Maniosn Museum, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, presents First Fridays! Read more…
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Rock The Bronx



40th PCT. Read more…

Their day in court

Local residents, merchants, and officials are expected to offer testimony, some possibly under subpoena, in a court hearing to determine if the opening of the St. Peter’s Avenue homeless shelter in August was done in a lawful manner. Read more…

Hit ‘n run kin to killer: give up

There was an empty seat at Ruth Santos’ table on Thanksgiving. Her daughter, Yvette Diaz, died in a hit-and-run accident early on Sunday, November 15. On Wednesday, November 25, Santos and her younger daughters gathered on the Grand Concourse and begged Diaz’ killer to turn him or herself in. The family won’t stop until he or she does, Santos promised. Read more…

Bronx properties troubled no Mo

Former New York Mets slugger Mo Vaughn played in Queens but plans to rescue 14 apartment buildings in the Bronx. Read more…

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

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MP Community Association starts collection for holiday lights

The Morris Park Community Association (MPCA) has begun to collect donations for holiday lights and is asking merchants and community members to help make the season bright. Read more…
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MP community mourns passing of true friend Rocky Miano

Morris Park residents were in mourning last week over the passing of a lifelong resident who was considered the heart of the Morris Park community. Read more…
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Van Nest postal station status unchanged

An updated list that released some branches and retail stations under consideration for “consolidation” by the United States Postal Service (USPS) continues to press for the closing of the Van Nest postal station. Read more…
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$500 reward for capture of graffiti vandal

The Morris Park Community Association (MPCA) has formulated a plan to deter future vandalism and declared that the latest act of vandalism in the neighborhood went too far. Read more…
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Ropes Avenue eyesore demolished

A small apartment building that has been vacant for the past ten years was demolished when it became not only an eyesore, but also a dumping ground for trash. Read more…

St. Barnabas Hospital dedicates entryway

Going to the hospital for medical care or to see a relative can be stressful but St. Barnabas Hospital wants to make your visit a more pleasant experience. Read more…

Out2Play cuts ribbon on P.S. 90 playground

Students of P.S. 90 finally have an engaging space to call their own, where they can run, jump, and play, thanks to a new schoolyard through Out2Play. Read more…

Fox Point is green, affordable housing

It is a development that many feel will be a model when it comes to building housing that is both green and affordable. Read more…

Straphangers want elevator at Burnside station

The weekday 4 IRT will run express in the Bronx from 7 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. through Friday, December 11. But Deborah James is less than impressed. Read more…

Quality of life disputed in Bedford Park

The frustration was palpable at Our Lady of Refuge Church, as residents of Bedford Park, Fordham, Norwood, Kingsbridge Heights and University Heights vented to 52nd Precinct Captain Philip Rivera. Daylight drug deals. Subway scams. Gratuitous graffiti. Rivera swallowed some 20 complaints on Wednesday, October 14 at an emergency public hearing arranged by Community Board 7. Read more…

Bronx Albanians celebrate independence

Albanian pride can be seen fluttering high above the streets of the Bronx in honor of Albanian Independence Day on Saturday, November 28. Read more…

Bronx Economic Summit packs ‘em in

More than 300 business and government leaders hob-nobbed and conferred at the New York Botanical Garden on Wednesday, November 18 at a sold-out Bronx Economic Summit organized by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Read more…

City Island Theater Group celebrates tenth anniversary

City Island Theater Group, the talented troupe responsible for To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Kuddy’s Wild West Kabaret, The Women, Doubt, Steel Magnolias and Rumors, is ten years young. Read more…

Future of Sheridan discussed

A bold initiative calling for the dismantling of the Sheridan Expressway, 200,000 square feet of commercial space, 1,200 units of affordable housing and the creation of a greenway linking parks along the Bronx River was discussed by community members at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at The Point Community Development Corporation (CDC). Read more…

Learning Disabilities Support Center opens computer room

For the first time in its five-year history, Learning Disabilities Support Center of New York (LDSCNY) has found a permanent home: a new computer room at the Glebe Avenue Senior Center. Read more…
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Traffic flow conflict

The 2006 reversal of St. Paul Avenue left some Pelham Bayites cheering, while others were upset with the new traffic pattern. Therefore, St. Paul Avenue traffic direction will be the subject of yet another Community Board 10 hearing in 2010. Read more…

Top runner distributes school supplies

One day after finishing fourth in the ING New York City Marathon, elite runner Ryan Hall took time to hand out book bags and other school supplies to teachers who will distibute them to children in need. Read more…

Highbridge tenants prepare for court battle

A Highbridge Avenue apartment building is headed for a battle royal in court. On Tuesday, November 17, tenants at 1380 University Avenue announced a lawsuit against landlord Martin Carlin, who has allegedly failed to repair apartments and keep elevators in order. Read more…

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