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Monte addresses community concerns
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strategy to fi x it.
Hospital brass met with Community Board 11 Tuesday Feb. 11
to brainstorm ways to ease what
locals say are unbearable wait
times for care in the emergency
room at Monte’s Weiler Division
on the Albert Einstein Campus.
Monte staff at the meeting admitted that they’ve had to deal
with overcrowding at its in-patient units —meaning those with
overnight beds — for years now.
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The problem came into sharp
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sale in January despite a
years-long protest from local community groups and
elected officials.
USPS has said it needs to
close a yawning $20 billion
budget gap by 2015.
After the agency sells the
property, it plans to wash
its hands of it entirely.
“Future uses of the facility are not within our decision-making equation,” USPS
spokesperson Connie Chirichello stated in an email.
Diaz may have to break
out the Elmer’s Glue-All.
“The way it’s traditionally gone, they pretty much
decide who they want to sell
it to,” said Steve Hutchins,
an NYU professor who
tracks post office sales on
his website savethepostoffice.com, “and usually it’s
to the highest bidder.”
Marketplace on table
USPS has stayed mum
on how many or what type
of bids it has already received for the site, which
has an estimated value of
Local leaders hope that the interior of the landmarked General Post Office on the Grand Concourse
Photo by Aracelis Batista
won’t become a storage site.
around $14 million. Local
leaders would like to see a
developer build some sort
of market facility that the
community can use.
“I think the people here
would be on board with the
market proposal,” said Jose
Rodriguez, district manager of local Community
Board 4.
Reports surfaced last
week that Young Woo and
Associates —whose idea
of an eclectic marketplace
was considered for the
Kingsbridge Armory but
eventually shot down —was
among the bidders.
An official reached for
comment at that company
could not confirm that the
developer had made a bid.
Storage site concerns
Borough officials’ fear
that a landmarked space —
a developer cannot touch either the Post Office’s edifice
or its mural-lined interior
—will become a storage facility doesn’t come totally
out of left field.
In November 2012, NYC
storage titan Tuck-it-away
expanded into the former
H. W. Wilson bookmaking
lighthouse in Highbridge.
But the specifics of the
Post Office situation complicate any developer’s
plan. Any buyer would sign
a “convenant” that among
other requirements says
that it must allow the public
to enter once a month and
view the 13 Depression-era
murals.
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They should stuff their
storage somewhere else.
That’s what Bronx local
leaders are demanding as
they try to influence the ultimate fate of the borough’s
iconic General Post Office
with its Depression-era murals.
“The building the way
that it is now is ripe for, say,
a storage company to come
in,” said Borough President
Ruben Diaz Jr. at a panel
at New York Law School
Friday Feb. 7. “And I will
Krazy Glue myself to the
door before I will allow that
to happen.”
Locals locked out?
But it is unclear at this
point if Diaz, or any other
community leader for that
matter, will have any say
over what will happen
to the four-story 159,000
square foot building on the
Grand Concourse and E.
149th Street.
The United States Postal
Service already listed it for
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Who says that Kosher
can’t be delicious? Next
Friday, February 21 at 7:30
p.m., Temple Hatikva will
be sponsoring its first Kosher Wine & Cheese Festival directly after its Shabbat Services.
Everyone will have the
opportunity to sample several types of Kosher wines
and cheeses and compare
the various products. The
knowledgeable
“sommeliers” (wine experts) will
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and provide a mini-course
on Kosher wine production.
Of course, the cheese and
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crackers will serve to highlight the taste of each wine
and bring out its natural
flavorings.
Kosher wines have truly
come into their own in the
past several years, and now
you’ll be able to find out
why. The temple promises
you that these are not your
father’s wines!
Due to the nature of this
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Birthday
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February 10, 2014. I am
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Pelham Bay Little
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the field house at 2680
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Expressnow
Yourselfon the map
‘Allerton’
BY BEN KOCHMAN
Goodbye Bronxdale —
and hello Allerton.
East Bronx locals long
confused about where exactly they live are cheering
the City Planning Department’s decision to change
its maps to reflect what
they actually call their
neighborhood.
Where there once was
“Bronxdale”
—approximately bordered by north
of Pelham Parkway, west
of E. Gun Hill Road, east of
Bronx Park East and south
of Burke Avenue —there
will soon be “Allerton.”
“It is a sign of our community coming together
and restoring common
sense,” said Gene DeFrancis, director of the Allerton
International Merchants
Association, a coalition of
local businesses on Allerton Avenue.
Google Maps has already been altered to
update City Planning’s
changes, while a ‘Pelham
Parkway’
neighborhood
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was drawn in south of what
is now Allerton.
Since 2008, Google has
allowed users to draw
their own neighborhood
lines with its “Mapmaker”
feature. But the company
reserves fi nal edit over its
maps.
Both City Planning and
Google decided to change
those maps after a local
push that began at Community Board 11 gained
steam, with local electeds
jumping into the fray.
On Jan. 28, a team of
pols including Rep. Joe
Crowley, Councilmember
Jimmy Vacca, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and State
Sen. Jeff Klein urged City
Planning to change the
maps on its “Community
Data Portal,” among other
resources.
Those pols claimed victory Monday, Feb. 10, after receiving a letter from
City Planning confi rming
that the agency would update its unofficial maps to
include Allerton.
PLUS MANICURE
Allerton Avenue, the main strip of the newly recognized neighborhood of Allerton.
Photo by Walter Pofeldt
The ‘unofficial’ part of
that is key. City Planning
can’t draw official boundaries for Allerton, nor for
any other neighborhood,
because there are no offi-
cial neighborhood boundaries in New York City.
Areas now being called
Allerton and Pelham Parkway are examples of how
many headaches the city
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has caused mapmakers
over time.
“Bronxdale” refers to a
cotton farming village settled in the 1880s and labeled
on early maps on the west
bank of the Bronx River at
Boston Road, an area that
today holds a parking lot
for the Bronx Zoo.
Back then there wasn’t
a Pelham Parkway or an
Allerton.
Today most locals in
Pelham Parkway and Allerton simply use the area’s biggest street to describe what neighborhood
they are in, whether it’s
Pelham Parkway North or
South, or the Allerton Avenue commercial strip.
Bronx’s resident expert
on these things, Borough
Historian Lloyd Ultan,
cautioned in January that
the push for Allerton is
in essence “creating a fiction, something that does
not exist and has never existed.”
But the Allertoners —or
is it Allertonians?—are far
too excited to mind.
“These corrections will
go a long way in putting us
on the map!” boasted CB
11’s district manager, Jeremy Warneke.
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In Loving Memory of
Michael Smith
Happy 11th Anniversary In Heaven
Love, Mom, Janis, Kara & Frank
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LET’S GO RINGSIDE
A couple of nasty potential political challenges are brewing in
the Bronx, and they’re all about incumbents looking to take out incumbents.
City Councilman Fernando
Cabrera will announce shortly
that he is forming an exploratory committee to weigh challenging west Bronx state Senator
Gustavo Rivera.
Meanwhile, C ouncilwoman
A n n a b e l Pa l m a has been
talking to various folks about her
chances of taking out long-term
South Bronx Congressman Jose
Serrano. Other names floating in that potential dust-up include state Senator Ruben Diaz
Sr. and Assemblyman Marcos
Crespo.
But at this point, the only race
we might take seriously is that potential Cabrera-Rivera brawl.
Cabrera could find some strong
backing by candidates looking to
fill his council seat in a wide-open
special election.
As for Serrano, with nominating
petition gathering due to kick off
March 4 for the June 2 congressional primary, any Serrano challengers would have to get into high
gear mucho pronto.
Even so, Serrano has recently
stirred himself from hibernation, suddenly cranking out a blizzard of press releases and jumping into a number of local community issues.
If you listen to some politicrats,
both Rivera and Serrano could be
vulnerable, with neither having
much of a political organization
or funding to beat back a strong
challenger.
Serrano, in fact, has rarely
had a primary since he was first
elected in 1990.
But even though Count y is
ticked at Gustavo and Jose for various sins and annoyances, we’re
told Party Boss Carl Heastie
will still offer the machine’s services – such as they are these
days without union help – to both
Serrano and Rivera in gathering
petitions.
T he old rule about always
backing your incumbents apparently still holds in the Bronx – un-
less they are patently indictable,
i.e. former West Bronx state Senator Pedro Espada, who the
party ignored, paving the way for
Gustavo to topple.
WE GOT IT RIGHT
W hen S oundview C ouncilwoman Annabel Palma wound
up without a committee chairmanship under new Speaker Melissa
Mark-Viverito, whom she had challenged for the post, we wrote that
Annabel purposely took a pass.
The day after the chairmanships
were handed out - or not - she
griped she was left out.
But Annabel now backs us up,
saying “My main interest was in
keeping chairmanship of the General Welfare committee, and when
it wasn’t on the table, I didn’t want
another chairmanship.”
MORRISANIA RUSH
With now ex-Morrisania Assemblyman Eric Stevenson
convicted of bribe receiving, add
a few more wannabes looking at
the open seat.
We previously reported the
Democratic machine favorite du
jour is attorney Marsha Mi-
chaels, even as former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin
has been going around trying to
find some love.
We’re told local 79th A.D. male
and female district leaders Wilbert Tee Lawton and Cynthia Cox supposedly have their
eyes on the prize in what could
become a free-for-all primary
race, given that some of the contenders for the recent local City
Council seat won by Countybacked ex-Assemblywoman
Vanessa Gibson are also
weighing runs.
CANDIDATE KOPPELL
Former Riverdale City Councilman Oliver Koppell sounding
like a candidate with press release
taking aim at Senate co-leader
Jeff Klein over report cohort
Republican leader Dean Skelos
will block Mayor de Blasio’s pre-K
plan from coming up for a vote.
“The only reason Senator Skelos is allowed to block this and
other progressive legislation is because of his backroom deal with
Senator Jeff Klein,” sayeth Ollie,
who most likely will face a Man
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Kappstatter
of LaMancha uphill fight to unseat
Jeff, the entrenched leader of the
Independent Democratic Conference. Ollie called upon Jeff to “immediately renounce his self-serving agreement with Senator Skelos
and rejoin the Democratic Conference.”
To which we would say FAT
CHANCE.
COP CORNER
Canned. Glad to hear that
Beergate up at the Four-Seven
detective squad in Edenwald has
gone flat, thanks to new Commissioner Bill Bratton ordering
shoofly cops to can it, veteran cop
reporter Murray Weiss writes
at dnainfo.com.
Seems former Bronx, and
now ( soon-to-be-ex) citywide
Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski went all CIS when a shoofly captain out of Bronx Boro with
no love for the squad boss there
found four empty beer cans in the
trash and a six-pack in the fridge
in the bunk room. While booze in
precincts is a no-no, this case
was more a grudge match than
a scandal.
S econd in comma nd.
Gotta hand it to PC Bill Bratton for
political savvy. He’s keeping former Bronx Boro commander Raphael Pineiro as his first deputy
commissioner. Bratton scores on a
couple of fronts. He makes points
with the city’s Hispanic electeds
and population, and while former
PC Ray Kelly was a micro-manager,
not leaving that much to do for Pineiro, the new PC is known for giving commanders more free hands
and responsibility, also not leaving
that much for Pineiro to do.
OOPS
Calm down you folks in Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj’s district.
After we ran a short item last column about Mark returning $25,000
to the state in unspent office funding, a lotta local groups inundated
his office with phone calls, griping
those bux coulda helped them out.
Relax. The money was strictly limited to his district office budget,
not for community funding.
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St. Pat’s Parade honorees
Grand marshals, honored clergy excited about March 16 parade
BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
When a sea of green
marchers roll down E.
Tremont Ave. for the Bronx
St. Patrick’s Parade, these
three honorees will be siting pretty.
The parade committee
has selected Denis and Noreen Donoghue, a married
couple from Throggs Neck
who have spent their retirement years volunteering at
Calvary Hospital for more
than a decade, as the 16th
Annual Bronx St. Patrick’s
Day Parade’s grand marshals.
Honored Clergy will
be Mother Alice Mary
McGowan, mother superior
and CEO of Jeanne Jugan
Residence on Schurz Avenue in Throggs Neck.
The parade kicks off
at noon at E. Tremont and
Lafayette avenues on Sunday, March 16, with a reviewing stand at Harding
and E. Tremont avenues.
“I feel wonderful about
being honored here,” said
MOTHER ALICE MARY MCGOWAN
Denis Donoghue. “It is really nice to be recognized,
and it’s exciting for us.”
Denis and Noreen met
in Ireland when they were
teenagers, with he hailing
from County Kerry and she
from County Cork.
They were married in
1958 in Throggs Neck at the
Hideaway Inn on Pennyfield
Avenue, a few years after
they immigrated to America, said Noreen Donoghue.
Calvary volunteers
She worked in catering,
and he in refrigeration and
restaurants, and they have
been volunteering at Calvary Hospital since their
retirement in 2001.
He helps take patients to
Mass and activities, and she
brings patients ice and water and helps feed those who
cannot feed themselves.
“When I was growing
up, I always wanted to be a
nurse,” she said. “I like to
help sick people and those
who cannot help themselves.”
Both Denis and Noreen
are thrilled about being
grand marshals, but they
were also honored by the
Kerrymen’s Patriotic & Benevolent Association.
They are the proud parents of Patrick (PJ), Noreen
and Denis, and grandparents to seven.
Noreen expressed her
admiration for the Bronx
and for the United States.
“The Bronx is just
great,” she said. “We like
the people and the conveniences.”
Mother Alice
Mother Alice was born
in the Bronx, and was baptized at St. Augustine Parish, attending St. Philip
Neri School and Aquinas
High School.
She professed her vows
as a Little Sister of the
Poor in France, as all members of that order do, and
served her community in
New Jersey, New York, and
as well as in Baychester in
the Bronx before landing in
Throggs Neck.
“I think it is a privilege
to represent the clergy, and
also my Irish heritage,” she
said, adding that she could
not get over the size of the
parade.
She has been the administrator of the Jeanne Jugan
Residence for three years.
The day of festivities
DENIS AND NOREEN DONOGHUE
will begin with a mass and
breakfast for the marchers
at St. Benedict’s Church.
Every year after the
parade, there are several
parties and family get-to-
gethers, said Sheila Haney,
parade committee member.
There is also a festive
atmosphere in bars and restaurants on and around E.
Tremont Ave.
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The Alda’s at the Bronx Museum
Actor and writer wife return to her home borough
BY JAIME WILLIAMS
The Aldas are putting on
a show.
The Bronx Museum of
the Arts will host Arlene
Alda, musician, writer, photographer, and wife of actor Alan Alda, as part of its
“Back in the Bronx” series
February 22. At the event
Alda will answer questions
about growing up in the
Bronx, as posed by her husband.
“I thought it would be
fun if my husband got up
and interviewed me,” she
said. “I have no idea what
he’s going to ask.”
Alda also plans to read
parts of her recently completed manuscript, which
features interviews with
other
famous
former
Bronxites. The book, “Just
Kids from the Bronx,” will
be published February
2015.
Alda said the idea for
the book came from meeting Mickey Drexler, CEO of
J. Crew, at a friend’s house.
Alda at age 1 in front of her
childhood apartment building near Allerton Avenue. She
recalls photographers coming
around the neighborhood with
their ponies, hoping parents
would pay for a photo.
Photo courtesy of Arlene Alda
They realized they had
grown up in the same apartment building near Aller-
ton Avenue, and went back
and visited their old home
together. After that experience, Alda said she wanted
to learn what other prominent Bronxites’ stories and
influences are.
“It became a project in
my mind,” she said.
Among those featured
are: Regis Philbin, author
Mary Higgins Clark, rapper
Grandmaster Melle Mel, architect Daniel Libeskind,
astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and borough
historian Lloyd Ultan.
Alda said it was important to her to include both
this wide range of subjects
as well as a range of time in
order to create a fuller picture of the Bronx.
Born in 1933, she described her childhood in the
1940s as a time when things
were good. The daughter
of Eastern European immigrants, Alda lived with
her family of five in a onebedroom apartment. But
she said she spent her child-
hood outside playing street
games such as marbles,
handball and jump rope
in her neighborhood, only
heading home when it was
time for dinner.
“It was a time of tremendous freedom for kids and
tremendous optimism for
the future.”
Although Alda left the
Bronx around 1957 to join
the Houston Symphony and
then moved to Manhattan,
her father lived in her childhood home until he died in
1986, so she returned often.
“I kept going back, I always enjoyed going back,”
she said. “I always feel at
home in the Bronx.”
Alison Chernow, the
museum’s director of external affairs, said Alda
was a natural choice for
the series, which she hopes
will make the museum a
hub for former Bronxites.
The museum plans to hold
the events about every two
months.
The event is noon, Satur-
Arlene and hubby Alan Alda share a laugh. Former Bronx girl and
husband best known for his role as Hawkeye Piere on TV series
M*A*S*H will be a Bronx Museum of Arts Saturday, Feb. 22 to talk
about her new book of interviews with famous former Bronxites.
Photo courtesy of Arlene Alda
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at 1040 Grand Concourse.
Lunch will be provided.
Tickets are $5 for museum
members and $10 for nonmembers.
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Lowell St. and Longfellow Ave. A police officers required medical attention after being injured in the line of
duty. The officer was injured while
arresting a suspect on an assault
charge. The officer was treated at
Lincoln Medical Center.
42nd PCT.
FRI, DEC. 27TH, 7:35 p.m. –
1105 Tinton Ave. Authorities are
looking into a shooting that occurred
near East 166 St. A Hispanic male
was transported to Lincoln Medical
Center after being shot once in the
arm. Additional police officers were
deployed into the area to search for
the culprits as investigators were
attempting to locate witnesses.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 10:40 p.m.
– 1385 Washington Ave. Two more
males ended up in trouble with the
law enforcement community. A Hispanic male and a black male were
arrested after being found in possession of a 9-mm pistol. The gun
was voucher as evidence for the
pending trail.
43rd PCT.
THURS, DEC. 26TH, 10:30 a.m.
– 1268 Stratford Ave. A black male
who attempted a home invasion received an unexpected surprise. The
culprit knocked on the door of a 50
year old Hispanic female home. The
unknown culprit pushed the lady
44th PCT.
WED, DEC. 25TH, 3:35 a.m. –
1491 Jerome Ave. Authorities are
looking into a shooting. A 25 year
old Hispanic male arrived at Bronx
Lebanon Hospital suffering from a
bullet wound to the back area. Local
detectives are handling the inquiry.
SAT, DEC. 28TH, 10:40 a.m.
– 1325 College Ave. Local police
officers needed assistance from
members of the Emergency Service
Squad. The officers were faced with
an emotionally disturbed person
who was barricaded within a building. After a while the person was
taken into custody without anyone
being injured.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 1:20 a.m.
– 1354 Teller Ave. A 37 year old
black male was transported to Lincoln Medical Center. The man was
suffering from a stab wound to the
chest. Police investigators arrested
a suspect.
45th PCT.
THURS, DEC. 26TH, 7:15 a.m.
– 1332 Commerce Ave. Police are
looking for the three male culprits
who robbed a deli at knife point.
The team, composed of a Caucasian
male along with two black males,
robbed the ‘DMV Deli’ of one-hundred sixty-eight dollars and a pack
of cigarette. No injuries were reported.
FRI, DEC. 27TH, 11:55 p.m. –
1815 Mayflower Ave. With an arrest in the Middletown section, police took another gun off of Bronx
streets. Recovered by police was a
loaded 32-caliber revolver. The gun
was vouched for the pending court
hearing.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 12:45 p.m. –
Bruckner Expwy and Westchester
Ave. Authorities are looking into a
report that shots had rung out inside a vehicle. The vehicle was apparently on am exit ramp near Pelham Parkway when the shots were
heard. Officials have not received
any indication of injuries. The incident is under review by detectives.
MON, DEC. 30TH, 5:35 p.m. –
2503 Tratman St. Local police officers required re-enforcements
when they came face to face with
an emotional female. The unidentified female was barricaded inside
a home. Police officers from the
Emergency Service Squad were requested to respond in addition to the
Hostage Negotiation Team and the
Technical Assistance and Response
Unit. Authorities were able to gain
control of the woman without any
injuries being reported.
MON, DEC. 30TH, 11:00 p.m. –
Middletown Rd and Bruckner Blvd.
Telephones in various emergency
dispatch centers rang off their cradles after an explosion occurred.
Residents from several counties
over loaded various emergency
communications centers reporting
hearing a loud noise. First responders traced the calls to an unexpected explosion of professional firework
that occurred in Pelham Bay Park.
Federal investigators got involved
with the inquiry since the explosives
were placed inside a metal garbage
container. Windows in several nearby homes in the County Club section
were broken. Based on evidence recovered at the scene provided authorities with leads that permitted
them to trace the fireworks to the
manufacture. An arrest was made
within days.
46th PCT.
TUES, DEC. 24TH, 10:00 p.m.
– University Ave. and West 174 St.
Emergency workers came to the aid
of two males. One of the victims had
been stabbed while the other male
was slashed. The pair was transported to a nearby hospital in Manhattan.
THURS, DEC. 26TH, 4:05 a.m. –
1985 Davidson Ave. Authorities are
looking into an incident where a police officer shot a person. The culprit was transported to St. Barnabas
Hospital where he expired within an
hour. Police officers were alerted to
a robbery that occurred in a bank
lobby. The victim who was with
police officers spotted the culprit.
The officers attempted to stop the
man, but he ran into a nearby building. A struggle occurred with several shots being fired. The injured
man, James Torres, 44, of Throggs
Neck, was taken to St. Barnabas
Hospital where he expired. A loaded
380-caliber pistol was found at the
crime scene.
MON, DEC. 30TH, 8:55 p.m. –
1600 Sedgwick Ave. Police officers
assigned to an anti-crime unit arrested a 21 year old Hispanic male.
The culprit was in possession of a
32-caliber revolver according to officials. The gun was vouched as evidence for the pending trail.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 4:40 a.m. –
2411 Valentine Ave. Police arrested
a suspect after a teen was shot. A
19 year old black male was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital suffering from a bullet wound to the
right leg. A gun was also recovered
by authorities.
47th PCT.
49th PCT.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 6:55 a.m. –
4825 White Plains Rd. An investigation is underway after officials
learned of a stabbing. An unidentified black male received a stab
wound. The male victim was reported in critical condition at a near-by
hospital.
TUES, DEC. 31ST, 7:10 a.m. –
1909 Edenwald Ave. Authorities are
looking into the death of a teenage
girl. The 17 year old victim, with a
history of headaches, was found in
bed dead. Detectives are waiting for
the results of the Medical Examiner’s autopsy with will determine if
the death was suspicious.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 12:05 a.m. –
4524 Barnes Ave. Police are looking
for two masked men. A 37 year old
forced their way into a home within
a four-story dwelling. The occupant
was awoken by the noise the two
masked culprits made. Demanding
money from the victim, the pair fled
with a cell phone.
SAT, DEC. 28TH, 3:05 p.m. –
Astor Ave. and Cruger Ave. A search
was conducted for two Hispanic
males. The unknown culprits wearing black hoodies indicated that they
were armed with a gun robbed their
victim of two expensive handbags.
Local detectives are handling the
inquiry.
48th PCT.
TUES, DEC. 24TH, 6:50 a.m. –
702 East 187 St. Police were alerted
that a grocery store in the Belmont
section was broken into. The un-
50th PCT.
MON, DEC. 30TH, 3115 Corlear
Ave. Specially trained police investigators are conducting an inquiry in the Riverdale community
after a synagogue was defaced.
Detectives are looking for the person who placed a swastika on the
Kingsbridge Center of Israel.
52nd PCT.
TUES, DEC. 24TH, 12:40 a.m.
– East 212 St. and DeKalb Ave. A
stabbing victim was transported to
near-by North Central Bronx Hospital. The injured crime victim was
suffering from a wound to the left
shoulder. Local detectives are handling the inquiry.
TUES, DEC. 24TH, 4:10 p.m. –
2757 Morris Ave. Officials are look-
TRANSIT
No major incidents reported.
HOUSING
WED, DEC. 25TH, 1:30 a.m.
– 304 East 156 St. Authorities are
looking for the person who shot a
16 year old black male. The incident
occurred in a hallway on the 8th
floor of NYC Housing Authority facility officials report. The teen, who
was enroute to visit his grand-mother on Christmas morning, was taken
to Lincoln Medical Center where he
was reported to be in stable condition being struck by a bullet in the
chest area. Additional police officers
were dispersed into the area.
THURS, DEC. 26TH, 12:55 p.m.
– 2225 Lacombe Ave. Police officers from Housing’s PSA # 8 arrested a female suspect. The culprit
is being charged with stabbing her
boyfriend after the couple had a verbal dispute. The injured male was
reported to be in stable condition as
the female culprit was transported
to court. Police were able to voucher
evidence that was recovered at the
crime scene.
FRI, DEC. 27TH, 1:55 p.m. –
750 East 166 St. Despite the effects
of a Housing’s PSA # 7 Police Officer, a woman succumbed to an apparent heart attack. The police officer used an AED device to save a
44 year old Hispanic woman who
was suffering from a heart attack.
The officer attempted to revive the
woman, but she expired at Bronx
Lebanon Hospital.
FRI, DEC. 27TH, 8:25 p.m. –
320 East 156 St. Police officers
looking into a report of possible
child abuse made two arrests. Police officers from Housing’s PSA # 7
arrested the child’s mother and her
boyfriend.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 2:50 p.m. –
1343 Washington Ave. Police investigators from the 42nd Pct. Detective
Squad are looking for the person who
fired a bullet. The bullet broke through
the kitchen window of an apartment
in the NYC Housing Authority building.
No injuries were reported.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 10:00 p.m. –
3545 Third Ave. Another teenager
was arrested after being found in
possession of a gun. Arrested by police officers from Housing’s PSA # 7
was a 19 year old Hispanic teenager.
Taken away from the young culprit
was a 9-mm pistol. The gun was
vouched as evidence for the pending trail.
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41st PCT.
into her home only to find her two
brothers there. He struggled with
the two good guys before grabbing a
metal chain from the woman’s neck.
The culprit fled on foot before police
were summoned.
FRI, DEC. 27TH, 2:00 p.m. –
805 Taylor Ave. Local police officers were faced with an emotionally disturbed woman. The 24 year
old black woman had locked herself
with in the building telling people
that she was going to kill herself.
Police officers from the Emergency
Service Squad were called to the
scene. After a standoff the police
officers were able to gain control
of the woman without anyone being injured.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 6:55 a.m.
– 1177 Wheeler Ave. Police were
called after two males were
stabbed. The victims were entering a cab when an unidentified person stabbed them in their back after
leaving a neighborhood bar.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 11:35 p.m. –
1040 Sound View Ave. Officials are
looking into an assault. A 23 year
old Hispanic male was injured after
being pistol whipped on the head
area. Responding police officers recovered evidence indicating that all
most a dozen shots had been fired.
ing for the person who broke into a
house of worship. The unknown culprit removed a camera and a lens
from the church.
MON, DEC. 30TH, 7:50 p.m. –
284 East Kingsbridge Rd. Police officers responding to a reported armed
robbery conducted a search but
came up empty handed. Detectives
have taken over the inquiry after two
black males fired a shot during a robbery where an Apple – I phone and six
hundred dollars were taken.
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WED, DEC. 25TH, 1:00 a.m. –
2537 Third Ave. Police were summoned to Lincoln Medical Center
after a male arrived at the hospital
suffering from a previous received
bullet wound. The 41 year old black
male informed investigators that he
had been previously shot and waited several hours before he went for
medical assistance. The man was
treated for a bullet wound to the
torso area.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 8:10 a.m. –
383 Grand Concourse. An inquiry
was started after officials learned
of a thief. Apparently 20 or more
trucks being longing to U-Haul had
their catalyst converters stolen. Authorities are looking for the culprits.
MON, DEC. 30TH, 6:00 p.m.
– 674 East 136 St. An inquiry was
started after police learned of an
armed robbery. Two black males
wearing masks committed the robbery officials report. The victim was
struck in the face by one of the culprits who used a gun as the weapon.
An unknown amount of money was
taken from the cash register before
they fled.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 12:05 a.m. –
Saint Ann’s Ave. and East 149 St.
Five persons were arrested after police officers found them with a gun.
The 22-caliber revolver was taken
away from the culprits and vouched
as evidence for the pending trail.
known thief made off with a stack
of calling cards and six-hundred dollars in cash.
SAT, DEC. 28TH, 3:45 a.m. –
East 178 St. and Bathgate Ave. Officials are looking for a female who
robbed a cab driver. The woman
apparently armed fled with an unknown amount of money from the
driver. The driver did escape injury.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 3:15 a.m. –
2294 Crotona Ave. Investigators are
looking for the person who broke
into a store. The unknown thief entered a phone store removing an unknown amount of property.
SUN, DEC. 29TH, 2:30 p.m. –
2069 Honeywell Ave. Police investigators are looking for a male who
fled from a crime scene. The male
apparently stabbed his girlfriend.
The injured female was transported
to St. Barnabas Hospital.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 3:55 a.m. –
Beaumont Ave. and East 187 St. Police officers were dispatched to St.
Barnabas Hospital. A black teenager appeared at the hospital seeking
treatment for a bullet wound to the
left leg. The officers interviewed the
15 year old male teen learning that
he was shot in the Belmont community. Local detectives are handling
the inquiry.
WED, JAN. 1ST, 8:30 a.m. –
855 East 178 St. An inquiry was
launched after officials learned of a
slashing. A 26 year old black male
was being robbed in the building’s
lobby when the male victim was
slashed three times in the face. The
injured man was transported to St.
Barnabas Hospital. Additional police
officers were dispatched into the
area to help look for a Hispanic male
believed to be around 30’s year old.
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40th PCT.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Parkway perils
Dear editor,
Have you ever seen a disaster happen?
Well, you are welcome to come to Pelham
Parkway and witness it first hand.
When our esteemed candidates were running for office this past election, they all promised that all Boroughs would and should be
treated equally. What happened to the Bronx?
Once again the BALL WAS DROPPED.
On Pelham Parkway South, almost all of
the side streets are a sheet of ice. Bad enough
that on Lydig Avenue, because of the Con Edison construction, street plows could not be
used because of the plates covering the holes,
but nothing was done on the side streets such
as Maran Place, Matthews Avenue and others
to try to melt the ice.
I have received many complaints regarding this issue from community residents who
try to navigate both themselves and their cars
without slipping and sliding to avoid a bad fall
or an accident.
Another issue is the sidewalk on Holland
Avenue, where people actually have to walk in
the icy gutter because the sidewalk is blocked
off with Con Edison equipment.
Parents walking their children to school, seniors trying to go about their daily chores, young
parents with baby carriages and the rest of the
community are really having a hard time not
only with walking but also parking their cars.
Pelham Parkway has always been a tough
place to park, but now it’s impossible.
Many parking spots are being taken by Con
Edison equipment. I know that the Con Edison
construction is a necessity to upgrade the gas
lines, but enough is enough.
I also understand that due to the inclement
weather the target date for completion is being
pushed ahead, but when will we see the light
of day?
Please someone, give us some answers.
Edith Blitzer,
Chairman Pelham Parkway
Neighborhood Association
Unplowed streets
Dear editor,
The recent storm that occurred bring both
snow and ice on February 5th, still remains
unplowed in many parts of Throggs Neck.
I am tired of the terms certain type roads
are given by our governing state. In particular the term tertiary road. By definition, this
means a minor secondary road. Who makes
these determinations?
I have witnessed many cars going down these
roads or blocks if you will. When two cars traveling in the opposite direction could not pass
each other, one of these cars had to back up to
the nearest intersection allowing the other car
to pass. This in itself is a dangerous situation.
Recently I have heard our learning-on-thejob Mayor state that the Dept. of Sanitation
would plow the main roads and private contactors the secondary or tertiary roads.
Really? If this is the case, then what city agency
is ensuring that this is being followed through?
Senior citizens comprise a large part of the
population of Throggs Neck. Shall we wait till
a major car accident occurs that could have
been avoided if better planning was thought
of? One solution, I believe, would be to finally
make more streets one-way streets.
The second would be to have snow emergency street designations.
I would hope Mr. Vacca is looking in to
these very things before it is too late.
Chris Christensen
Property tax
Dear editor,
Thanks to Jimmy Vacca for his advice regarding NYC property taxes, it seems rather
sad to think that as a homeowner, taxpayer
and citizen of NYC one must remember “caveat emptor”, buyer beware, when dealing
with “our” city’s agencies.
In my previous letter to the editor, I asked
“if anyone can tell me why” I pay more taxes
on a FMV of $580,000,with $3,900.00 in taxes,
while the Mayor pays $2,900 on a $1.4 million
house in Brooklyn.
If there is a reason for this difference so be
it. If not, it just shows how abused the system
Tom Hansen
and the homeowners are.
Transit issue
Dear editor,
I would like to answer please, the recent
letter that was written to the editor the Bronx
Times Reporter by Mr. Larry Penner.
Actually, if memory serves me right, starting to grow up as a boy back in the sixties, I
think I remember hearing about a special
bond issue that if passed by the public on Election Day, with the money left over from this
bond issue, I believe the No.6 train from Pelham Bay would actually have been extended
in to CO-OP City.
However, all the rage back then was that
the Second Avenue Subway would be terminating somewhere inside CO-OP City and the
extended No.6 train from Pelham
Bay was just not needed.
Now, fast forward all these years later, with
the new mall going up and almost completed inside of Bay Plaza, public transportation MUST
be enhanced and augmented by the M.T.A or
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we will all see major, major backups and delays leading into Bay Plaza in CO-OP City.
I would like to suggest a new monorail be
built across I 95 at Pelham Bay leading into
Bay Plaza.
At the same time, another monorail or elevated subway spur from the No.5 train at Baychester Avenue also be built leading into the
new mall at Bay Plaza.
Thus, both monorails would terminate at
roughly the same spot at Bay Plaza.
Hopefully, all elected officials will see fit to
build these extensions into Bay Plaza in COJoseph P. Wall
OP City.
Tobacco-free
Dear editor,
In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a
landmark report on smoking and health that
clearly linked smoking to lung cancer and
rattled our nation to its core. Fifty years later,
smoking rates have more than halved, but tobacco use still remains the leading cause of
preventable death.
In New York City, smoking kills more than
7,000 residents aged 35 and older each year. The
Bronx has one of the highest smoking rates in
the City: 156,000 adults and 3,000 public high
school students currently smoke.
We’ve made great strides, but more work
needs to be done. Today, people in the Bronx
live, work, play and learn in tobacco-free
buildings, workplaces and public spaces.
These smoke-free environments encourage
tobacco users to quit, protect people from secondhand smoke, and model tobacco-free living
for Bronx youth.
But we cannot declare victory just yet. In
New York State alone, the tobacco industry
spends about $1 million every day to aggressively and intentionally market its deadly products to youth and in communities where people
are struggling to get by financially. These vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by the toll tobacco takes on our community.
We must renew our efforts to lower smoking rates and save lives. We know what works:
bold smoke-free policies, hard-hitting media
campaigns, high cigarette prices, and strong
tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
By applying these strategies more fully and
aggressively, we can ultimately break the cycle of sickness, disability and death and make
the next generation tobacco-free.
Lisa Spitzner, Borough Manager,
Bronx Smoke-Free Partnership
Wasted education $
Dear editor,
How much money is the NYC Department
of Education wasting every time they take out
multi page ads in the New York Daily News
along with other daily and weekly newspapers
for “The latest news from the NYC Department
of Education Public School Press”?
These dollars would be better spend educating children than promoting Mayor Bill de
Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Larry Penner
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Borough’s oldest
Irish pub feted
The Jolly Tinker last pub standing
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The Bronx’s last Irish
pub standing hit a major
milestone this month.
Though now Bedford
Park’s The Jolly Tinker—
which turned 45 years old
last week —stands in a
neighborhood that hasn’t
been Irish for decades.
If 45 years doesn’t sound
like that long —well, it isn’t,
by New York City standards. Some Irish pubs in
Manhattan date back to the
mid-19th century.
But a quirk in the
Bronx’s unique history, in
which Irish families have
moved every few generations, taking their beloved
pubs with them, means
that the Jolly Tinker is the
boroough’s elder statesman
of local Irish pubs.
“We’ve figured out how
to navigate through the decades,” said Michael Prendergast Jr., the pub’s current manager. “And I’m
proud of that.”
Awash with green
flags
Prendergast’s pub, on
Webster Avenue at Bedord
Park Blvd., is a relic of an
era when Bedford Park was
packed with Irish immigrants. Back then, Webster
Avenue was awash with the
green flags that today hang
from storefronts further
north on Katonah Avenue
in heavily Irish Woodlawn.
Many Irish families
moved into the Bedford
Park area with the extension of the Third Avenue elevated subway line, which
from 1955 to 1973 ran from
the 149th Street Hub to Gun
Hill Road, said Borough
Historian Lloyd Ultan.
Among those fresh off
the boat was Prendergast’s
father, Michael Prendergast
Sr., who opened the Jolly
Tinker’s doors on Feb. 8,
1969 after coming from Ireland’s County Waterford.
A meeting place
As more and more Irish
families came over in the
70’s and 80’s, the Jolly Tinker was an essential meeting place for those just putting roots down in a new
city.
“People would come in
still carrying their suit-
cases from the trip,” said
Prendergast Jr., who worked
behind the bar while he was
still in high school. “And all
they had was a note with
the Jolly Tinker’s address
on it.”
But the days when the
area was affectionately
nicknamed “Little Belfast”
are long gone. Many of the
families that frequented the
Jolly Tinker in the years after it has opened have since
migrated to other areas of
the Bronx or out of the borough entirely.
“A tavern would open up,
and as the population aged,
the kids moved someplace
else,” Ultan said.
The Jolly Tinker has
stayed at its corner perch
through that change, open
8 a.m to 4 a.m seven days a
week.
Only once, in 1985 when a
fire hit part of the pub’s yellow brick exterior, did the
bar close for a few hours.
But by later that night,
the Prendergast clan got
the place back up and running, serving up suds to its
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$90 million Zerega ‘pill mill’ bust
Local bizman’s suspicions lead to multi-agency takedown
BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
There were just too many
customers lined up every
day outside this Zerega
medical clinic for one local
businessman to ignore.
Four years later, Bob
Bieder’s suspicions became
a major bust of an illegal
scheme that allegedly sold
prescriptions for $90 million worth of Oxycodone
since 2012, and even more
before that.
Federal, state, and city
law enforcement officials
announced the arrest of
Dr. Robert Terdiman, Dr.
Kevin Lowe and 21 individuals who allegedly took
part in the illegal “pill mill”
at Astramed Physicians PC,
which was originally located on Glebe Avenue in
Zerega back in 2010, and
then moved to Westchester
Avenue near Parkchester
and finally to Southern
Blvd. before it was shut
down last week.
Bieder had informed
Senator Jeff Klein’s office of
the situation in 2010, and after several inquiries to find
out what was going on at
that location, Klein finally
contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“For years, the physicians at Astramed have illegally sold narcotics prescriptions to individuals
who could score up to $30
per pill on the black market,” said Klein.
But he added that the impact of Astramed’s illegal
activity “went beyond just
the illegal sale of prescriptions.
“Astramed,
which
moved three separate times
in the Bronx before being
caught,” said Klein, “fundamentally disrupted the
quality of life for residents
and small business owners
in the surrounding area.”
Bieder said that when
he first saw people lined
Scene at Astramed’s operations when it was located at 2029 Westchester Avenue. Several doctors
and others involved in major pill-pushing operation were busted.
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up outside of Astramed, he
was alarmed and thought
it might have been a unlicensed drug treatment
clinic, and was later told
that it was a sleep disorder
clinic.
Aside from the long
lines, he noticed cars that
would often pull up with
out-of-state plates and people would get out and go in-
side.
Bieder
commended
Klein’s office for getting the
investigation launched, and
then for following up on it
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SNUG welcomed into the Bronx
Anti-gun and gun violence program to be based at Jacobi
BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
A widely successful antiviolence program that has
helped other cities around
the state deal with the
scourge of gun violence is
coming to the Bronx.
The SNUG program, an
acronyms for ‘guns’ spelled
backwards, brings violence
mediators into the streets to
help diffuse gun and gang
situations that could turn
violent.
The mediators, known as
“violence interrupters,” are
former gang members and
street-wise people not affiliated with law enforcement
who can speak to gang and
crew members one-on-one at
street corners and locations
identified as hot spots.
The program has proven
widely successful in nearby
Yonkers, and was brought
to the Bronx through Senator Jeff Klein, who secured
a $300,000 grant from the
state’s Department of Crimi-
nal Justice Services to the
Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary, which will run the
program, .
Information is already
gathered at Jacobi to help
gun-shot victims. Jacobi will
contribute another $50,000
to the program, budgeted for
two years.
“SNUG’s aggressive and
proven approach makes it
clear to our young people
that guns and gang violence
do not need to be a way of
life,” said Klein. “Our violence interrupters can reach
these kids in a way that
no one else can,” he added.
“Their inspiring stories
teach kids that gun violence
is not worth the tragedy and
jail time that too often tear
apart our communities.”
The violence interrupters
are not affiliated with local
law enforcement, and they
will be identified by Rev. Joseph Gooding of Fellowship
Tabernacle Ministries in
Senator Klein speaks during the annoucement of the new program on Friday, Feb. 7.
Photo by Walter Pofeldt
Williamsbridge.
“This is a very significant
program that we are bringing to The Bronx,” Gooding
said at the announcement at
Jacobi on Friday, Feb. 7. “In
my line of work I eulogize a
lot of young men from street
violence. I believe that this
is a way that we can save
lives.”
Basing the program at
the hospital is a first. Similar
programs are usually based
at local community organizations, said Jacobi Associate Director Hannah Nelson.
Jacobi’s resident gun violence prevention activist,
Dr. Sheldon Teperman, a
board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence,
said at the news conference
that the interrupters bring
“street cred,” meaning street
credibility, to the program.
“Approaching the gun
violence epidemic with a
community-centered
violence prevention program,”
he said, “is the most effective
way of ensuring these kids
never get injured or have to
cross through the doors of
our Emergency Room.”
Joining Klein at the conference were Senator Ruth
Hassell-Thompson, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda
and Assemblyman Mark
Gjonaj, who all praised Klein
for bringing the SNUG program to the borough.
Community leaders and
hospital reps also expressed
their support, including 49th
Precinct Community Council President Joe Thompson;
Community Board 10 Chairman John Marano; Jacobi’s
Dr. Stephen Blumberg; Elizabeth Thompson, a member
of the North Central Bronx
Hospital’s Community Advisory Board who lost a
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College of New Rochelle plans to lease back space
BY JAIME WILLIAMS
A prime piece of Bronx
commercial real estate is up
for sale by its owner—who
wants to stay in the building
in a hot neighborhood.
The College of New Rochelle has announced a plan
to sell its nine-story John
Cardinal O’Connor Campus on 149th street and lease
back four floors.
College President Judith
Huntington said the sale with an asking price of $10.5
million - will contribute to
the neighborhood by freeing
up both office space and potential retail space on street
level. She said the sale should
also increase property and
sales tax revenue.
“It’s a win-win,” she said.
Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO Lenny
Caro agreed, and said the
available space will create
an opportunity for economic
development in an area that
has become a strong, viable
commercial neighborhood.
“It’s a prime spot,” he
said of the college’s location
on 149th Street between Morris and Cortlandt avenues.
“Finding space there is a
positive.”
Kathy
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president of the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors, agreed that 149th street
is a prime realty location
right now.
She pointed to the Triangle Plaza project in the
HUB, which will include a
supermarket, restaurant, retail and office space on 149th
Street, and the Bronxchester
development, which will include retail and restaurant
space alongside mixed-income affordable housing.
“I think we’re going to
see a revitalization on the
block,” she said.
The corridor, she noted,is
one of the most heavily trafficked areas in the Bronx.
Huntington said the sale
will benefit the students as
well as the community, because she can put the money
from the building back into
educational services for the
college. She said the college’s
School of New Resources
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Locals steaming over steam
BY BEN KOCHMAN
A steady cloud of mysterious steam seeping out of
the sidewalk near a Pelham
Parkway housing project has
locals steaming.
The steam has been leaking out of a patch of the sidewalk on Bronxwood Avenue
near the Pelham Parkway
Houses and Christopher
Columbus High School for
weeks now —and complaining community members
have seen enough.
Senator Jeff Klein’s district office has been flooded
with complaints from nearby
residents asking: What’s that
smell? And where exactly is
it coming from?
“Someone needs to go
down there and check that
stuff out,” said John Hill,
who lives in the Pelham
Parkway Houses.
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Hill described the smell
as “peculiar.” Other people
who have passed by the patch
between Astor and Waring
Avenues called the cloud’s
scent “strange” and “kind of
like gas.” Some can’t smell it
at all, but are still concerned
by its steady stream up from
the ground.
“It’s been very noticeable
for a while now,” said Wanda
Haynes, who walks down the
avenue regularly and said
she can’t smell the cloud, but
is still puzzled by its sudden
appearance.
‘Apparent breaks’
A spokesperson for the
New York City Housing
Authority, which has managed the Pelham Parkway
Houses since its construction in 1950, said that the
steam stems from “apparent
breaks” in the underground
piping system that connects
the two sections of the housing project. The piping system provides heat to the over
2,500 people that live in the
Houses.
In the short term, NYCHA plans to close off the
leaking steam mains —a
process that may get delayed
because of snowstorms. The
agency promised that it
would find another way to
heat the Houses during repairs, though there will be
a brief disruption of heat
and hot water service.
Piping problems
Hill, the Pelham Parkway Houses resident, said
he wasn’t surprised that
NYCHA was having piping
issues. The water hasn’t
been truly hot in his apartment since he moved in a
year ago, he said.
“I feel like I haven’t
taken a decent shower or
bath once,” he said.
In
the
meantime,
Sen. Klein vowed to keep
watch.
“To ensure the safety of
pedestrians, students and
local residents, NYCHA
must act quickly,” he said.
“I’m pleased that at our request, NYCHA has developed a plan to fix the steam
pipe in the coming days.
My office will continue to
monitor this project until
the issue is resolved.”
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Singles out group helping those in trouble with law
BY JAIME WILLIAMS
A Bronx program that
helps people on probabtion get back on track has
wound up in the mayoral
spotlight.
New Mayor Bill de Blasio chose the Osborne Association on Westchester Avenue to announce that his
wife, Chirlane McCray, will
chair the Mayor’s Fund to
Advance New York City.
Certain programs at the
Osborne Association, which
offers a wide range of support and services to people
who have been in conflict
with the law, are offered because of the Mayor’s Fund.
The reentry services offered include job readiness
training, counseling, substance abuse treatment,
and mentoring for those on
probabtion.
“This is the kind of partnership, the kind of holistic
work that changes peoples
lives,” de Blasio said of the
Osborne Association’s efforts.
The Mayor’s Fund’s
Young Men’s Initiative, in
partnership with the Department of Probation,
offers two programs at
Osborne locations in the
Bronx for 18 to 24-year-olds
involved in the criminal
justice system.
The
first
program,
called Justice Community,
offers job readiness training alongside community
service programs. Osborne
Association Director Elizabeth Gaynes calls the program “restorative justice,”
where the members give
back to the communities
they harm, and start to feel
a stronger connection to it.
The second program,
Arches, is a group mentoring program. Gaynes said
the mentors are men who
have come through the justice system and succeeded,
because they are “credible
messengers” who can get
through to the young men
in the program.
“It’s a very strong message of ‘I did this, and you
can do this,’” Gaynes said.
Both Arches and Justice
Community are offered at
other locations throughout
the city.
McCray praised the mission of the Osborne Association’s reentry programs.
“I refuse to give up on
those who have fallen down
and need help getting back
on their feet. How many of
us would want to be forever
defined by our worst mistake?” she asked.
After the announcement, de Blasio said the
fund intends to continue
supporting the Young Men’s
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New bleachers for Scanlan
Alum donates $20,000 to improve gym
BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
It was a large gift from a man
with a big heart.
John Mulligan, a booster of
Monsignor Scanlan High School’s
five basketball teams, has graciously donated $20,000 to his alma
mater to purchase new state-of-theart, top-of-the-line bleachers for the
Gallagher Gym.
Mulligan has been a fano of the
school’s basketball teams since he
was a student there, graduating
in 1969 when it was called St. Helena’s.
He said he still fondly recalls attending a b-ball game in December
1967, when Helena defeated a powerhouse team from Powell Memorial Academy that included future
NBA player Len Elmore in an upset
victory.
He was reconnected with the
school when he returned to the
school’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1999. Since then, he has attended basketball games zealously
at the school, and said that he
thought the addition of the bleachers might drum up interest in Scan-
lan’s sports programs.
“I think by adding the bleachers with more adequate seating,
young people may be more inclined
to come to a basketball game, and
maybe bring a friend and be impressed,” he said.
It serves a great
purpose to us. We
can fit people in our
gym comfortably.
Karen Gennarelli
The bleachers was originally
budgeted by Scanlan’s board of directors, but had to be cut because
of other pressing needs, he said.
So Mulligan decided to donate the
$20,000 for new bleachers.
Mulligan received a big thank
you from the school community
during an on-the-court ceremony
at a double-header basketball game
between the Scanlan and Xavier on
Saturday, Feb. 8. Scanlan’s Junior
Varsity team fell to Xavier 67 to
60, but their Varsity team defeated
Xavier 93 to 73.
The bleachers were installed last
fall, just in time for Scanlan’s basketball season, said Karen Gennarelli,
the schools director of development.
She added that Mulligan’s gift was a
big donation in terms of what Scanlan usually sees.
“It serves a great purpose to us,”
she said. “We can fit people in our
gym comfortably. We have great
teams, and we should have a gym
that reflects that.”
The bleachers also will be used
for watching a variety of sports, including volleyball. The steel bleachers complement older wooden
bleachers already in the gym, she
said.
“It is not only where we have our
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our auditorium,” said Gennarelli.
“If there is a pep rally, the
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Locals pols are taking
a dim view of development
of an office tower they say
will mar Bronx vistas of the
New Jersey Palisades.
Because there is a 35-foot
height restriction in places
like Englewood Cliffs, NJ,
institutions such as Wave
Hill in Riverdale and local residents have enjoyed
unparalleled views of the
Palisades mountains north
of the George Washington
Bridge and across the Hudson River.
Concerns are at the
fore in west Bronx communities that face the
Hudson River because the
New Jersey municipality
granted a variance to LG
Electronics to construct
a 143-foot tall office tower
on private property next
to Palisades Interstate
Park, not far from the foot
of the cliffs.
Congressman Eliot En-
gel, Senator Jeff Klein,
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Councilman
Andrew Cohen have announced that they will fi le
an amicus (friend of the
court) brief in support of
a lawsuit challenging the
variance currently in the
appeals process in New Jersey Superior Court. A judge
has already ruled once in
LG’s favor.
“New York and New Jersey may be a river apart, but
residents from both states
understand the importance
of preserving the national
treasure of the Palisades,”
said Klein, who called the
LG project a “massive and
unwanted
overdevelopment.”
The amicus brief opposing the variance is expected
to be fi led in March by noteworthy environmental attorney Bradley Campbell.
The theme of overdevelopment, a major concern
An artist rendering of LG’s proposed facility in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, with opponents charging its
Courtesy of LG Electronics
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New York.”
The 143-foot-tall building would serve as the
South Korean-based LG’s
U.S. Headquarters.
It could be built as a
shorter, but wider building,
with the same capacity, said
Dinowitz. Councilman Co-
hen called the project “detrimental to the integrity of
the Palisades.”
But John Taylor, a
spokesman for LG, called
Dinowitz’s idea of a shorter,
wider building “naive,”
and also called out Engel
because he feels the Palisades are “trademark landscapes” of New Jersey.
Taylor said construction
has already begun at the site
after six years of research,
four years of preparation,
and consultation with NJ
community groups.
“We don’t believe that
the opinions of elected officials from New York reflect the needs and desires
of Bergen County and the
State of New Jersey,” he
stated. “And they’ve overlooked the economic and
environmental benefits the
project will bring. They
have been misled by the NY
activists opposed to the LG
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and the capital and service
needs of the borough.
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Bronx Parks Speak Up
XX, whose theme is “Bronx
Parks: A 20/20 Vision”, will
be held Saturday Feb. 22
from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in
the Music Building of Lehman College.
There will be a catered
lunch courtesy of Consolidated Edison.
Workshops will be Creative Solutions: Addressing
Park Group Dilemmas, Engaging Youth and Working
Together on a Master Plan.
For more Information
please visit www.bronxspeakup.org.
To request a table, please
send an email to speakupt-
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In case of bad weather,
please visit www.bronxspeakup.org or call 718-6011460.
Among the groups involved are the Bronx Council
for
Environmental
Quality (BCEQ), Bronx is
Blooming, Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Friends
of Van Cortlandt Park,
G.I.V.E., Harlem River
Working Group, Lehman
College, Partnerships for
Parks, Wave Hill, Bronx
Zoo, and the NY Botanical
Garden.
***
In conjunction with Hospice Foundation of America, Calvary Hospital will
host a special live telecast
on “Living With Grief: Helping Adolescents Cope with
Loss” on:Thursday, April 10
from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
A panel discussion featuring Calvary experts will
follow telecast. Attendees
may apply for three Continuing Education credits.
Open to the Public. There
is no fee to attend, however
space is limited and parking will NOT be available
at the hospital at 1740 Eastchester Road.
For directions, please
visit: www.calvaryhospital.
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For questions or to register, contact: Lynne Pappalardi at lpappalardi@
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(718)
518-2173.
***
Senator Jeff Klein announced the launch of
the New York State Senate’s Annual Earth Day
Poster Contest. Students
from across the Bronx and
Westchester are encouraged to participate in this
statewide competition.
To celebrate and honor
Earth Day, the New York
State Senate is sponsoring a poster contest for the
fi fth year in a row. Children
in grades Kindergarten
through 6th grade are eligi-
ble. The theme of this year’s
Earth Day celebration is
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
The winning posters
will be displayed on Senator Klein’s website and the
participants will receive a
certificate acknowledging
their participation.
Students wishing to participate in this year’s event
must submit their entry by
April 11, 2014 via Senator
Klein’s website: www.klein.
nysenate.gov.
Students are encouraged not only to be creative
in their project, but also to
convey a real commitment
to making the environment
a better place.
Since the first Earth Day
was celebrated in 1970, over
20 million Americans have
participated, helping to improve the quality of air we
breathe and the water we
drink. In addition, landmark legislation has been
passed to help support this
effort, such as the Clean Air
Act, Clean Water Act and
the Endangered Species
Act.
***
The Bronx Museum
of the Arts will host its
annual gala on Monday,
March 3 at Conrad New
York in lower Manhattan.
The event, called “Greetings from the Bronx,” features dinner and an auction. Proceeds help the
museum continue to offer
free admission, free public
programs, career development for artists and arts education programs for Bronx
youth.
This year’s honorees
are Deputy Bronx Borough
President Aurelia Greene,
artist Mierle Laderman
Ukeles, Bronx Museum
Board Chair R. Douglass
Rice and the New York Yankees.
To buy tickets, contact
Emily Drori at [email protected] or 212-8688450 x 204, or visit Bronxmuseum.org.
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VICTOR MASTRO SUPERBOWL PRESENTATION
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
Professor Victor Mastro gave another one of his historical sports talks, this time on “The Super Bowl
and the Bronx.” The event took place at the City Island Library on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Photo by Walter Pofeldt
COOKBOOK AUTHOR LIDIA AT ST. RAYS
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DONATES TO CALVARY
The New York Chapter of Knights of Columbus presents a check for $15,000 to the Calvary Hospital at
the hospital’s 34th annual communion mass and breakfast Sunday, Feb. 2. Pictured from left to right:
Jorge DeJesus of the Calvary fund; Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, chapter chaplain; Carmine Musumeci, State
Deputy of New York; Vincent J. Spinelli of the Calvary Fund; Ben DiSalvo, chapter chairman; John
Sweeney, charity drive chairman; and Joseph Kearns, charity ball chairman.
Photo courtesy of Calvary Hospital
The celeb chef takes a question from student Amonic Pineda.
Photo by Walter Pofeldt
MORRIS HEIGHTS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
LION DANCE
FOR NEW YEAR
AT KAI ASIAN
FUSION
It’s Gong Hay Fat Choy! Or “Best
wishes and Congratulations” for
the Chinese New Year at the new
Kai Asian Fusion Restaurant, at
1475 Williamsbridge Road near
Westchester Square, with the traditional Lion Dance. Celebration
was held Saturday, Feb. 8 to usher
in the year of the horse.
Morris Heights Health Center held its first annual Provider Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, January
31. All MHHC providers shared ideas on improving accessible quality healthcare for patients. Enjoying
the breakfast are (l-r) MHHC president and CEO Verona Greenland, ; Congressman Jose Serrano; MHHC
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Tosan Oruwariye, and Dr. Yvette Walker.
Photo by Walter Pofeldt
Photo courtesy of Morris Heights Health Center
February 14-20, 2014
“And of course, you always add garlic,” it looks like Bastianich advises school assembly, where Italian
language students greeted her with the Italian national anthem at St. Raymond Elementary School
on Monday, Feb. 3.
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Annual Eye Exams:
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Quick! Can you name any conditions of the
eye? Often the first things that come to mind are
nearsightedness (myopia), pink eye (conjunctivitis), “lazy eye” (amblyopia, commonly found in
children)… then there are the more serious conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and detachment of
the retina. What do all of the above have in common? They range in how critical they are, but all
are detectable during the course of an annual eye
exam.
Did you know that everyone, starting around
age 40 or even before, will experience age-related
presbyopia (the need for reading glasses)? Repeated exposure of the eyes to sunlight also has
many negative effects:
Short term: risk of photokeratitis (corneal inflammation, like a sunburn to the eye)
Longer term: Retinal damage, increased risk of
cataracts, pterygium (a growth in the corner of the
eyes) and pinguecula (a lesion on the surface tissue of the white part of your eye)
From a cosmetic perspective, we all know that
over time, the very sensitive skin that surrounds
your eyes will naturally get thinner, drier, and start
to wrinkle. However, ongoing exposure to the sun’s
powerful rays will accelerate this process – and
can cause skin cancer.
Once again, an annual eye exam will detect the
above and your optometrist can provide treatment
options where available. In some cases, the answer is simple: a pair of reading glasses with your
correct prescription, a pair of sunglasses with total
UVA/UVB protection (polarized lenses are always
a good choice) is all you need to protect your eyes
from the sun. An ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure…
Unfortunately, too many people self-diagnose
and rationalize the need for a full eye exam merely
because they can “still see OK.” Refraction, or the
test that determines your eyewear prescription, is
only one part of the comprehensive eye examination. Proper eye health really requires you have
your eyes examined every year.
However, due to employment changes and
other life events, some people do not have vision
benefits; or they have insurance, but it only covers
an exam every other year. Enter the Metro Optics
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If you’re looking beyond the basics, Vision Club
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Metro can arrange group rates for your membership. Simply contact [email protected] for
more details.
Metro Optics has three Bronx locations: in
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BRONX REPUBLICAN PARTY LUNCH
They may be outnumbered, but they can lunch with the best of em. The borough’s Republican leaders
met for their annual Lincoln lunch at the Villa Barone Manor in Throggs Neck Sunday, Feb. 9.
(Left-right) State GOP chair Edward Cox, Upstate Senator Cathy Young, former mayoral candidate Joe
Lhota, Bronx GOP leader John Greaney, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and former U.S.
Photos by Walter Pofeldt
Attorney Michael Garcia at the Villa Barone Manor.
Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj headlined the Morris Park Community Association‚‘s latest Bedtime Story
Time Friday Feb.7 at the MPCA headquarters on Bronxdale Avenue. Only a handful of kids made it to
the event through a snowstorm, but those in attendance were treated to tales from the newly minted
elected official.
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(L-r) Astorino, Greaney and Garcia at the event.
LOCUST POINT REOPENS CIVIC BUILDING
The Locust Point Civic Association held a grand opening celebration for its newly refurbished Civic
Center building on Saturday, Feb. 8. The building was remodeled after it sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. The LPCA looks forward to hosting events and programs there, including Zumba and Yoga
classes. Councilman Vacca was able to secure $300,000 in funding for repairs to the building, which
is owned by the city and leased to DCAS.
As part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, St. Barnabas Hospital held a free dental health
event at a local Bronx school for children with special needs Tuesday Feb. 11 at the New York Institute
of Special Education. Dr. Paul Chu, Director of St. Barnabas Hospital’s department of pediatric dentistry, and his team used puppets to demonstrate the importance of daily brushing and flossing.
(Above) Mariam Diarrassouba practices brushing on this blue guy. The students were also taught how
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER
Goodwill program helping with services for the jobless
BY JAIME WILLIAMS
February 14-20, 2014
This program is about
more than just jobs.
The Jobs-Plus program
run by Goodwill offers a
range of services for those
in need of finding jobs but
extends to other support.
“We meet people wherever they are,” Assistant
Director Janae Shields said
of their members needs.
“You may need a haircut,
you may need a suit. Sometimes you have to start with
the very basics.”
The program reaches
out to residents of Clason
Point, Sack Wern and Monroe NYC Housing Authority developments, although
some services, such as tax
preparation, are open to the
general community.
Since the unique program
began in April 2013, it has
enrolled 442 members, with
129 of them finding work.
Some 975 people have come
through its doors looking for
help. Those who don’t qualify
or have other needs, are referred to other help agencies.
“There is never a situation that is beyond us,” said
Director Natalie Bryan.
New members receive an
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Jobs-Plus offers help
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After employment readiness, financial counseling is the program’s second mission. Bryan called
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After they fi nd a job,
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Program Director Natalie Bryan and Assistant Program Director
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Photo by Jaime Williams
work or providing $25 to
open a minimum balance
account. It also counsels
members about credit.
Another pillar of the
program is community support for the group’s efforts.
Shields and Bryan both are
involved in the community
and regularly attend community meetings.
“You can’t say you give
people what they need if
you’re not around when
they’re talking about what
they need,” Shields said.
“It’s the small things
that matter,” said Shields,
“and when they see us in the
community it’s validation.”
Danielle Williams, 18,
has been a Jobs-Plus member since April, getting
help balancing a GED program and part-time work.
She hopes to get good news
shortly about her GED test
scores so she can start looking for full-time work.
“They help me with everything I need help with,”
she said.
Having a life coach has
been particularly helpful.
With her life coach she realized she has a long-term
goal of becoming a psychiatrist, and a short-term goal
of working in customer service. “You never know what
you may find out about
yourself,” she said.
Potential program members are encouraged to come
in from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday,
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday, and 8 a.m.
- 2 p.m. Saturday, at JobsPlus officers at 1620 Bruckner Blvd. in the Bruckner
Plaza.
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Today, as part of the
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grown into a multi-program
organization providing a
comprehensive range of empowerment and concrete social services and treatment
programs to low-income
people in its community
and from across the City.
UBP’s approach to serving
its community is to provide
easily accessible, dignified
services that address the
most underserved and neglected persons and to vigorously advocate for the rights
of our clients.
La Casita Residential
Treatment Program
UBP provides its La Casita residential treatment
program for eighty-nine
homeless women and their
children. Licensed by the
New York State Office of
Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse (NYSOASAS), its
mission is to provide a safe
and nurturing therapeutic
environment for homeless
women and their children to
overcome substance abuse
and the debilitating effects
of addiction on their families, to restore dignity and
self-reliance, and to help,
heal and provide hope. The
program is committed to
keeping the family together
and will accept up to three
children under the age of 10.
Each family has their own
room. The children attend
on-site licensed daycare, or
school in the community.
The program goal is to
support recovery through
integrated health care, substance abuse, mental health
and vocational services.
This comprehensive range
of services for families includes group and individual
counseling and intervention, mental health services,
educational/vocational services, primary health care
including education and
wellness, HIV education, life
skills training, parenting
training, family counseling,
cultural and recreational activities and a comprehensive
on-site licensed day care program.
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communities.”
Founded in 1969, Acacia
Network is the second largest Latino-founded and led
community-based organization in the country and the
largest in New York State.
Acacia Network’s comprehensive network of integrated services include:
substance abuse and mental
health treatment, primary
and specialty medical care,
dental care, skilled nursing
facility and outpatient support for individuals with
HIV/AIDS, services for people with developmental disabilities, daycare and education services, transitional
housing for homeless families, supportive housing,
the development and management of rental housing
for low income households,
Health Home care coordination and economic development services. The roots
of Acacia Network, Inc. are
deep in the Bronx and East
Harlem communities.
For more information,
please visit www.acacianetwork.org.
United Bronx Parents, an
affiliate of Acacia Network,
was incorporated in 1966 as a
not-for-profit organization of
parents and local businesses
advocating for improved education for children in the
South Bronx public school
system.
Bilingual education, minority hiring, parent training, decentralization and
community control of local
schools were some of the issues for which UBP organized community response
and advocated for more inclusive policies.
Increasingly, as the community began to express
more basic survival needs,
UBP began to develop new
service offerings, including
emergency food programs,
Bilingual Adult Education and Day Care services
throughout the 1970’s.In the
1980’s and 1990’s, the growing prevalence of substance
abuse and HIV-related issues prompted UBP to develop a variety of AIDS and
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United Bronx Parents
(UBP), an affiliate of the Acacia Network, and Macy’s,
are partnering on an inaugural program to provide
interview tips and closet
essentials for women who
are mothers, and have been
homeless and in recovery.
These women will have successfully completed a life
skills curriculum as part of
a residential treatment program and are currently seeking employment.
The program, “Suit Up,
Move Forward,” will initially serve 25 women from
UBP’s La Casita residential
treatment program. Macy’s
will donate a $150 electronic
gift card to purchase interview-appropriate
apparel.
Additionally, Macy’s will
provide a stylist who will
consult with the women regarding fashion, hair and
makeup trends. UBP/Acacia
will supply career counseling services and a pre-paid
subway pass to allow for
transportation to interview
destinations throughout the
five boroughs of New York
City. The program is taking
place today at Macy’s Herald
Square in New York.
“We are very proud to
partner with Macy’s on this
important initiative,” said
Cynthia Delarosa, Division Director for Behavioral
Health Services at Acacia
Network. This program will
provide much needed attire advice to women from
the Bronx who have come
through our residential recovery program and are now
entering the next important
chapter of their lives.” Delarosa continues,
“Together with Macy’s,
we are providing these
women with essential tools
for self-reliance and to help
them move forward.”
“At Macy’s, giving back
to our communities is of paramount importance,” said
Dineen Garcia, vice president of Diversity Strategies,
Macy’s. “We are pleased to
partner with UBP/Acacia
Network in helping women
in need reconnect and become viable citizens in their
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Dinner with a Doctor
(L-r) Ð Francine Forrest, RN, Patient Service Manager; Novelette Dunbar, CCT, (Honoree); Amma Bediako, CCT, (Honoree);and Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, Vice President, Hospital Patient Care Services.
Catch A Star Award winner
Calvary Hospital recently
honored
Bronx
residents,Amma Bediako,
and Novelette Dunbar
both Cancer Care Technician’s with the “Catch a
Star”Award. The Hospital
encourages patients, family
members, visitors and employees to nominatemembers of the nursing staff
(nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative
staff) whodemonstrate the
Hospital’s Core Values of
Caring, Compassion, Commitment,
Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through
their work. Honorees are
also expected to go above
andbeyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with
patients and familymembers. Award recipients are
chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patientsand families.
Amma Bediako has
worked as a nurse’s aide
since joining Calvary in
2009 and graduatedas a
Cancer Care Technician,
CCT in 2011.
Her nomination forms
from colleagues and family members included comments such as:
“Amma is the most
professional employee I
have met so far, she could
well be a nurse.”
• Amma is careful to
keep my privacy and do
her job cheerfully, even
when times are unpleasant.”
• “She greets each job
with a smile and lights
up the room, she also gets
along well with the other
staff.”
Amma was born in
Ghana, West Africa and
graduated from Kumasi
Secondary
Technical
School in 1983. During
her spare time, she enjoys
singing and is fluent in
Twi. Amma and her family
reside in the Parkchester
section of the Bronx.
Novelette Dunbar has
worked as a nurse’s aide
since 2002 and graduated
as a Cancer Care Technician in 2003.
Her nominations included the following comment:
• “Novelette is comforting, cheerful and courteous. She listens and spends
time talking to me, she
treated me with respect
and made my stay comfortable. Novelette provided
me with service that was
above and beyond what I
expected, she helped me
with my special needs and
kept me informed. She explained the care and services I was receiving and
also protected my privacy.
Novelette was born in
Jamaica, she enjoys spending time with her family
and resides with them in
the Bronx.
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patients with chronic conditions. Unfortunately, such
factors as misunderstandings, lack of compliance,
changes in one’s medical
condition, cost, and lack of
insurance coverage, can all
get in the way.
St. Barnabas Hospital’s
popular Dinner with a Doctor series will return in
March with a presentation
on the topic “Let’s Talk About
Your Medication.” Seminars
will be held Tuesday, March
4th (in Spanish) and Wednesday, March 5th (in English)
beginning at 6 p.m. in the
hospital’s Braker Building
boardroom on the St. Barnabas Hospital campus (Third
Avenue and 182nd Street).
There is no cost to attend the
event, which includes the
serving of a delicious and
healthful meal.
Presenting will be Dr.
Valery Chu, a clinical pharmacist with the hospital’s
new Comprehensive Center
for Care, and Dr. Guido Macchiavello, a board eligible internist.
Taking Your Medication
Dr. Chu works says she
works as both a detective
and psychologist as part of
the clinical team at the Comprehensive Center for Care,
which provides outpatient
care for geriatric patients
as well as adults and children with asthma and diabetes. This involves educating patients, their families
and caregivers on proper
medication and dosage, and
navigating them effectively
through this critical component of care.
“When you have patients,
primarily elderly, who may
be taking a number of different medications, there can
be both confusion and adherence issues,” she said. “This
can lead to hospitalizations,
side effects, mistaken diagnoses, and/or a failure for
the medications to work as
prescribed.”
The Presenters
Dr. Chu is one of a relative
handful of clinical pharmacists in the U.S. to be board
certified in ambulatory care.
She has held senior roles as a
clinical pharmacist for outpatients at major hospitals in
New York and California.
Dr. Guido Macchiavello,
an attending physician at St.
Barnabas Hospital, will do
the Spanish language presentation. He trained at St.
Barnabas Hospital and got
his medical degree from the
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Ecuador.
Dinner with a Doctor
St. Barnabas Hospital
holds Dinner with a Doctor on a regular basis, with
members of the hospital’s
medical staff discussing
various health issues while
attendees enjoy a light meal.
Past events have included
presentations on such topics
as aging joints, attention deficit disorder, dental health,
diabetes, heart care, men’s
health, pain management,
sleep disorders, vascular
disease, wound healing, and
women’s health. To meet the
diverse needs of the people
served by the hospital, presentations are offered in
English, Spanish and other
languages.
“We encourage members of those communities
we serve to take advantage
of our Dinner with a Doctor
series,” said Len Walsh, Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer at St.
Barnabas Hospital. “It gives
them a chance to meet some
of the area’s best doctors and
clinicians, and get answers
to questions they may have
on various health and medical topics. This upcoming
presentation on the topic of
medication for patients with
chronic conditions should be
of particular importance to
the patients we treat.”
Dinner with a Doctor is
limited to 60 people, with
parking available by entering the hospital at 183rd
Street and Third Avenue. To
RSVP, call Diana Loubriel at
718-960-9295.
Union Community recognizes students
Students from throughout the Bronx received
awards from Union Community Health Center (UCHC)
as part of its unique Academic Challenge program.
Established
several
years ago by Janine Clark
Adjo, MD, pediatric site
director at UCHC’s 470 E.
Fordham Road facility, the
award encourages children
in grades K – 12 to achieve
good school grades and attendance. Winners receive
certificates and gift cards.
This past semester, approximately 400 children participated in the challenge
at both the 470 E. Fordham
Road and 2021 Grand Concourse sites.
“It is important that
we teach our children that
hard work, preparation, and
determination can lead to
outstanding achievement,”
said Dr. Adjo. “Union Community Health Center’s
Academic Challenge encourages hard work and celebrates that achievement.”
“Union Community
Health Center is proud to
recognize and celebrate
the academic achievements
of our patients,” said Dr.
Wipanee Phupakdi, pediatric site director at 2021
Grand Concourse, Union
Community Health Center. “With its Academic
Challenge, Union encourages children to do well in
school and to strive for excellence.”
This winter semester’s
winners are: Sienna Gonzalez; Isaiah Velez; Zahid
Benzan Soto; Emmanuel
Diaz; Delta Reyes; Ana Hernandez; Janet Calderon;
Amanda Baez; Brianna
Avalos; Mariangel Martinez; and Mariano Avalos.
“In urban settings, and
particularly in the Bronx,
there is so much negative
attention paid to young
people today,” said Douglas
L. York, Chief Executive Officer of Union Community
Health Center. “That why
it is so important to focus
on the positive things children in our community are
doing. With its Academic
Challenge, Union Community Health Center hopes
to encourage children to
dream.”
The next round of
awards will be presented in
June. To find out more, call
718-618-8590.
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Welcome to the new
Throggs Neck Merchants
Association (TNMA) column!
The Throggs Neck Merchants Association is your
local merchants group, led
by volunteers seeking to
make our community a better place to live and shop.
We meet monthly to discuss
ways to make this area a
better place to do business
in for shoppers, and to assist local merchants in networking with each other
and meeting the challenges
of doing business in New
York City.
You are probably already familiar with some of
what we do. Those beautiful Holiday Lights are a result of our efforts, as is the
exciting annual East Tremont street fair held in the
spring. These events are
part of our ongoing effort
to unite local residents with
the stores and businesses
that make up the commercial heart of our neighbor-
hood.
We are constantly looking for ways to make East
Tremont Avenue a more
pleasant, beautiful and exciting place to stroll and
shop in.
Patronizing local stores
is a great way to make sure
our neighborhood remains
strong. Local businesses
frequently purchase a great
deal from each other, hire
local residents, and work to
insure that the community
stays an appealing place to
live.
We play a vital role in
the health of our entire city.
Because our enterprises
are and will remain rooted
in your home area, our success depends on keeping
this community in excellent condition.
Since we are here to
stay, an important task the
Throggs Neck Merchant’s
Association has taken on
is planning for the future.
Significant
development
is coming to the Northeast
Bronx, and we need to insure that this does not result in any harmful effects
to our neighborhood.
One way in which to meet
these changes is through
the development of a local
Business Improvement District, which is, essentially,
a city-recognized means
of uniting local stores and
property owners in a way
that could enhance services
for our area.
We will discuss that and
other exciting plans and
developments, as well as
answering any questions
you may have, in future
columns. We truly look forward to hearing from you.
You can reach us at
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(646) 657-1312. Our website
is www.throggsneckmerchants.com.
AARP Driver Safety Program
Assemblyman
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be sponsoring an AARP
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on Saturday, March15,
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This course is a closed
class with AARP.
Space is limited. Registration for this class
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To reserve a seat, call
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6-hour
course
will refresh your driving
knowledge with a review
of time-tested safe driving
tips. Those who complete
the course will receive
a reduction of approximately 10 percent from
the base rate of automobile and motorcycle liability premiums each
year for three years.
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Health Alert: Smoking
is a $289 Million Dollar a
Year Burden! During the
last half-century, 20 million
Americans have died as a
consequence of smoking and
16 million more continue to
suffer from smoking-related
conditions. The combined
healthcare expenses and
lost economic productivity
that results from smokingrelated illnesses costs the
United States (US) about
$289,000,000 each year. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, one in every thirteen children alive in the
US right now will die pre-
maturely from smokingrelated diseases unless current smoking rates drop!
- Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, January
2014
Diet: Diet Soda Not Helpful for Dieters! A new study
conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that drinking diet soda may not help
dieters lose weight. Using
data from the long-term
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,
researchers
discovered
that, even though people
who drink diet sodas are
drinking fewer calories,
they tend to consume just
as many or more total calories than people who drink
sugary beverages. According to lead author Dr. Sarah
Bleich, “The results of our
study suggest that overweight and obese adults
looking to lose or maintain
their weight--who have already made the switch from
sugary to diet beverages-may need to look carefully
at other components of their
solid-food diet, particularly
sweet snacks, to potentially
identify areas for modification.” - American Journal of
Public Health, January 2014
Exercise: How to Keep
that New Year’s Resolution.
Recording goals in a fitness
diary, reflecting on suc-
cesses and failures, and being held accountable by others are key strategies that
have been found to maximize the achievement of all
goals, including New Year’s
resolutions. - Loughborough
University, January 2014
Chiropractic:
The
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Neck Pain. After a car accident, the cause of neck
pain may be unknown.
Muscles and ligaments can
become strained and even
inflamed, but they usually
heal within six to ten weeks.
Pain that lasts longer is
usually due to injury to the
disk, facet joint, or both.
Facet joint pain is the most
common cause of chronic
neck pain after an accident.
Facet joint pain may occur
alone or along with disk
pain and may sometimes be
mistaken for muscle pain. North American Spine Society, January 2014
Wellness/Prevention:
Breastfeeding and Rheumatoid Arthritis? A study of
7,000 older Chinese women
showed that those who
breast fed their children
had a 50% reduced risk for
rheumatoid arthritis later
in life. - Rheumatology, January 2014
David Kaseman, D.C. is
located at 3505 East Tremont
Avenue. For further information call (718) 597-6400.
Values in Action Award recipient
Bon Secours New York
Health System’s Schervier
Nursing Care Center, specializing in long-term and
rehabilitation care in the
Riverdale section, recognizes Dr. John D’Ambrosio
as the Values in Action
award recipient for December 2013.
The prestigious Values
in Action award honors
those employees who live
Bon Secours’ mission to
bring compassion to health
care and to be “good help”
to those in need, especially
the poor, elderly and the
dying. D’Ambrosio, a member of the medical services
team for 24 years, is an attending physician at the
nursing care center. He
lives in Yonkers, NY. He
recently became a grandfather for the fi rst time.
He was nominated by his
peers and fellow leaders for
his innovative approach to
caring for the elderly, and
for his compassion towards
those dealing with the
heartbreaking decisions of
death and dying.
“I am very proud to
present Dr. D’Ambrosio
with this award, he embodies our shared values
of compassion, respect,
integrity, justice, growth,
quality, innovation, and
stewardship,” said Stephen
Kazanjian, Director of
Mission at Schervier. Jennifer Giuffrida, Director
of Social Work, nominated
D’Ambrosio, “He takes
time to educate staff on different diagnoses and prognoses so that we are better
equipped to understand
a particular resident’s
needs. He is an advocate
for his patients; he is consistently able to capture
their individual needs and
wants at the end of life.”
A Values in Action ceremony was held in honor
of D’Ambrosio on January
29, to honor him and recognize his accomplishments.
Dr. Joseph Scarpa, Director of Medical Services,
commended D’Ambrosio,
“John has a unique way
of fi nding time for all who
need him, regardless of
his busy schedule. He is
a strong advocate of palliative care when appropriate, and an asset to our organization.”
D’Ambrosio was presented with a certificate
of excellence, along with
a small gift on behalf of
Schervier by Kazanjian.
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On Saturday night, Feb.
8, the Locust Point Civic
Association held their long
awaited Grand Reopening Party. DCAS worked
with us up to the last minute and thanks to Nua at
John Cerini’s office and
our Treasurer, Ed Toth, we
were able to provide them
with the paperwork they
required so that we could
have the event. Whew. And
what a night it was - the
house was packed with Locust Point residents, neighbors from all over Throggs
Neck and our local elected
officials. Locust Point residents included those of us
who were born and grew up
here as well as new neighbors who had just moved
into the Point.
I will let Al and Jerry,
who write our Civic Center
column handle the details,
but I just want to say how
PROUD I am to be in this
wonderful group of friends
and neighbors.
Once the details of our
lease are confirmed and we
have completed some additional work we want to do
(storage closets, shelving
under the bar, other miscellaneous punch list items),
the civic will be available
for rental for parties and
events. We will also post our
LPCA Schedule of Events
which will include our CSA
Open House and Pot Luck
Dinner. Back in Septemeber of 2012, before Hurricane Sandy swept through,
our CSA Core Members organized a Pot Luck Dinner
on one of the Monday night
distributions. Most of our
members participated and
showed off their favorite
recipes, utilizing their CSA
veggies.
During our first year,
we had 30 shares, which I
thought was a huge accomplishment for a fledgling
CSA. One of the things I
believe was a key to our successful enrollment attempts
was our CSA Open House,
which was held in Spring
2012. It was a terrific way to
do outreach and gave people
who did not know anything
about a CSA a chance to
talk with experienced CSA
members. We were also
able to match up CSA share
partners, explain the ins
and outs (AKA CSA 101),
talk about the CSA extras
and answer questions from
the floor.
We were not able to do
this type of outreach without the civic house last
year and our membership
dropped to 20 shares. This
year, once we can confirm
our schedule, we will combine the two events. Admission will be free, all you
have to do is bring a dish to
share. So keep an eye on
this column for the date,
which should be in either
March or April. We are also
working on pulling together
a few cooking classes, further details on that t
I am writing this in my
usual wintertime spot - my
kitchen table. I would go
upstairs, but my attic workroom/office is bit cold in the
mornings and I don’t feel
like setting up the electric
heater just yet. It’s Monday morning and I need to
get organized for the week,
plan menus, errands, time
for appointments and time
to get things done in my
workroom. It’s cold and all
I want to do is make comfort food - braised meats
and stews, oven roasted
vegetables and homemade
macaroni and cheese. If
you read this column, you
know I buy meat and dairy
from Lewis Waite Farm, a
ham-Split Rock Golf Course.
For more information, please
all 718-430-4685.
Remember when I mentioned the restoration project that will include three
overpasses in our area? Well,
the first should have started
at the Castle Hill overpass
over the Bruckner. I will
update you when the project directly affects us in the
Throggs Neck area...Be prepared!!
I filed Throggs Neck Homeowners Tax form with Internal Revenue last week. Since
we are a 501 (c) 4, we have to
file a yearly report on how
much income we receive.
It is a 990-ezpostcard I file
electronically. It is very easy
peasy and user friendly.
I also completed our permit filing with the NYC De-
partment of Transportation
for the banners we have on
East Tremont Avenue. Every three months we have
to file for the permit, which
includes insurance papers,
a picture of the banners and
a letter requesting permission to keep them up. I have
to mark the dates to apply on
my calendar, so I don’t miss
a filing.
Jacobi Medical Center
is holding an Emergency
Blood Drive on Wednesday,
February 26, from 11 am to
5 pm, and on Thursday, February 27, from 9 am to 3 pm.,
at Building 8 -Atrium. For
more information, please
call 1-800-688-0900. Please
bring ID with a photo or a
signature.
Have a wonderful week
everyone. As I am writing
this column, the weather report is predicting two more
snow events coming our
way...Stay safe and healthy...
watch your step! As always,
you can call us at 718-8230327.
cooperative in upstate New
York. But without a CSA
from December to May, I do
what everyone else does buy my fruit and
veggies from the local
stores. I and don’t have any
locavore guilt about it.
During the CSA seaon, I
try to preserve as much as I
can and I do a pretty good job
of setting aside something
every week. Sometimes it
means making a zucchini
pickle, garlic scape pesto,
parsley butter or any chutney or jam that I can think
of. Of course there is plenty
of tomato sauce. Some veggies are great for freezing
- hardy greens like kale,
collards and chard break
down easier after being
thawed. Winter squashes
are great if you steam, puree and freeze the beta carotene rich flesh. I throw hot
peppers in ziploc bags and
use them all the time. And
I make as much applesauce
as I can.
But that’s about it and let
me tell you, it’s not enough.
But my CSA experience has
taught me what is seasonal
and I try to keep that in
mind when I shop. Try to
pay attention to what you
are buying and if you can locate a label that notes country of origin, use this information. If you stick with
winter hardy vegetables
in the winter you are more
likely to find produce that
comes from local sources
like Long Island, New Jersey and upstate New York,
even Georgia and Florida.
Root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, tur-
nips, carrots, beets, etc. can
still be grown in the locally
during the winter, as can
the aforementioned winter
squashes and fresh mushrooms. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, Brussel Sprouts and cauliflower
can also be grown here.
It may be tough to find
it, but the extra work is
worth it. Of course, if you
can find organic, that’s
great. If your local grocer
only stocks produce from
places over 1500 miles away,
then use your voice and ask
them to try to stock items
that are seasonal. You don’t
need a tomato in the middle
of winter, even if it comes
from California - I can
pretty much guarantee you
it won’t taste good.
This is a great way to
help local farms. Many of
these vegetables thrive in
the cold climate and many
of them can be harvested
and kept fresh (ever heard
of “root cellars”) for sale
over the winter months.
This is also a great way to
support the growing movement of urban farming that
includes rooftop gardens.
Tell this to your grocer
and let them know that you
would be willing to pay a
few cents more to get better
food
Knowledge is power and
when it comes to your food,
you can not be ignorant.
We live simply and don’t
spend tons on food, despite
what you might think. We
also don’t live on a spartan
diet - again, if you read this
column you know I make
things like roasted marrow
bones and have rendered
my own pork fat. I believe
good food feeds the soul but
it really does feed your body
better too. I also think that
our bodies are in tune with
nature and nature provides
us with what need when we
need it. By eating fresh and
local, you maximize the nutritional value of the food
you eat.
Due to commercial farming, monocrops and the use
of chemical fertilizers, the
nutritional values of many
vegetables has been reduced
over the last 75 years. Over
the counter vitamins don’t
cut it as a substitute, our
bodies need the real thing.
When we don’t eat nutritious food, one of the biggest
problems is that we are not
satisfied after eating them.
How many times have you
finished a fast food meal
and felt like eating an hour
later? If your food has nothing but sugar, fat and salt in
it, then your body has not
been fed and will send signals to your brain that it
needs food. This is a big key
to our obesity problem.
I realize that the answer
is not as simple as saying,
“eat better food”. For many
people, access to fresh food
is difficult, but the local
food movement is addressing this issue as well. One
of the ways it does this is
through urban farming.
Urban farms are staffed
with people from the community. In the south Bronx,
SkyFarms built a hydroponic greenhouse on top of
a housing development. It’s
staffed by people from the
building who grow and sell
the produce, creating jobs
and access to good food in
their own neighborhood.
For these enterprises to
succeed, we as consumers
need to be more aware of
where we are spending our
money. We need to let our
local retailers know what
we want and if they want to
be successful business owners, they will listen to us.
Always remember you have
the power of the purse.
Is the effort worth it?
Why is it so important to
eat food that has nutritional
value? Our bodies don’t
function properly and we
become more open to illness
and disease - we learned
that in grade school biology.
But here’s another reason.
After the earthquake and
tsunami in Japan in 2011,
one of their nuclear reactor
facilities had “an accident”.
Since then, high radiation
levels have been noted in
fish caught off the shores of
Japan. The concern is that
this radiation can spread
and eventually will be detected in produce from California.
But what we forget is
that we live in a toxic world
and this is just one threat
we face. We are constantly
bombarded by man made
chemicals that we create
for one reason and then find
out it has other damaging
side effects.
By eating a diet rich in
the macro and micro nutrients our bodies have
evolved over the last 10,000
years to thrive on, we can
help battle the unnatural
chemicals that can hurt
us. For example, there is
a theory that radioactive
isotopes of chemicals can’t
be absorbed as readily in a
body that has been eating
a diet rich in the naturally
occurring forms of these
chemicals. I’m not a chemist, but it makes sense if you
think about it.
Or don’t think about it.
If all you do is try to eat seasonal and local and avoid
processed foods, you’re set.
Be the change you want
to see in the world. If you
want more information on
our CSA, email me at [email protected]
or
call me at 347 607 7705.
February 14-20, 2014
BY CHRYS NAPOLITANO
when I was the editor of the
paper and he was always a
sweetheart and a gentleman.
Rest in Peace, Papa Lou...
Thanks to all of you who
have already sent in your
dues. If you have not, please
send a $15 check to : Throggs
Neck Homeowners Association, PO Box 25, Throggs
Neck Station, Bronx, New
York 10465.
The Friends of Pelham
Bay Park will hold a 2014
Spring Fundraiser on March
27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Pel-
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
BY LYNN GERBINO
Well, I never thought we
would receive the horrible
weather that has befallen
us in the past few weeks! I
don’t know about you, but I
am so over it!! I won’t complain when we have high 90’s
again!! (Maybe!!)
I would like to offer our
condolences to the former
Publisher of the Bronx Times
Reporter John Collazzi on
the passing of his dad, Papa
Lou Collazzi. I worked with
Papa Lou many years ago
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• Just About Taverns............................................................... 51
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• Rock On The Bronx ............................................................. 51
• Do You Remember - General Fiorentino.............................53
Catch the winter at Wave Hill
It may not help warm anyone up, but February was
one of the very last months to
be added to the calendar, because the Romans originally
considered winter a monthless period.
That being said, this current endurance contest with
Old Man Winter could be
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River and Palisades can help
bring a little internal sunshine to shivering souls.
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coming week offer a variety
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In discussions about
cover bands and original
bands one must not forget
to include those bands who
are so inspired by one particular act that they only do
the songs of that act.
This is called a Tribute band. Tribute bands
do their best, with varying
degrees of success, to recreate the style, show, look
and sound of a famous performer or band.
These tribute acts fall
into the category of cover
band but they only do one
type of cover song.
Tribute bands are usually modeled after the
most successful bands and
performers of all time but
lately there have been like
minded musicians of a
more esoteric nature getting together and forming
tribute bands of acts that
are barely well-known in
their own right.
Usually these tribute
bands are dedicated to a
band with such a strong,
loyal, cult following that if
they can succeed in making it a success the tribute
may gain a large portion of
the fans of the act they are
emulating.
Original bands, Cover
bands and tribute acts: each
with its own special successes and pitfalls. See you
next week.
Rock on. Rock out.
BronxNet Polar Bears plunge
On Saturday, February
15, fitness enthusiasts and
fun seekers from the Bronx,
Brooklyn and other locations
will join BronxNet and the
Bronx Polar Bears for a refreshing plunge into the cool
waters of Orchard Beach.
As with the 2011, 2012
and 2013 events, this year’s
theme is “Take the Plunge
with Someone You Love.”
Dozens of people are expected to participate in a
mass dip for health, revital-
ization and fun. Members
of the Brooklyn Polar Bears
were instrumental in helping to organize previous
events, and they will be active participants again this
year. One of the participants
and founders of Bronx Polar
Bears, Michael Max Knobbe,
competed in the 2012 World
Winter Swimming Championships in Riga, Latvia.
This year’s event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with safety
tips from the lifeguard team
and words of inspiration
from some Bronx leaders,
followed by the big plunge
at noon. Participants will
warm up after the plunge
with hot soup.
Thanks to the Office of
Borough President Ruben
Diaz, Jr., participants coming from other boroughs will
have easy access to the beach
via The Bronx Trolley, which
will pick up passengers on
42nd Street, between Lexington and Park at 9:30 a.m.
February 14-20, 2014
Jolly Tinker in Bedford
Park, celebrates its 45th anniversary “, this was written by Fernando P. Tirado.
My answer to that very
hard question… who is
older, the jolly tinker or
Glackens bar? Glackens
bar, owned and operated by
the Glacken family since
Dec.7th 1940, same location.
Next time we write something we should do a little
research, or read about it in
Justabout taverns.
Friday is Valentine’s
Day. A big day for flowers
and chocolates, but don’t
forget to take your Valentine out for a night on the
town in the Bronx, many of
our local restaurants offering a very romantic dinner
menu.
On Sunday Feb 23, my
pal Anthony Farino will
be bringing his Sinatra
and Friends show to The
Turner club. The show
starts at 2pm and features a
spectacular view of the water and a great bartender,
Phyllis. Come on down and
enjoy the show.
Tavern History… In
1786, nearly every block had
a tavern. Of the 3,340 buildings in New York City, 330
held licenses permitting
the sale of liquor. At that
time the cost of a tavern
license cost 30 shillings,
from which the Mayor and
City Clerk each kept 6 shillings and the rest went to
the City’s treasury
See ya next week
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
Who’s older? The Jolly
Tinker bar, located on Webster av. And Bedford park
blvd or Glackens bar, located at 1335 E. 149th st. I’ll
give you the facts and you
be the judge. The Jolly Tinker opened its doors on Feb.
8th 1969, which makes it 45
years old. Not bad. Glackens bar opened its doors on
Dec.7th 1940, which makes it
74 years old. Logic and good
math skills tell me that 74 is
older than 45. It seems easy,
Glackens is older, right?
On Feb 5th the Daily
news published that “the
jolly tinker is the only bar
in the Bronx to be owned by
a single family for all those
years” and “ it’s also the oldest bar” , period. This was
written by Denis Slattery.
On Feb. 9th Bronx on the
go published its headline
“Oldest bar in the Bronx,
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Writers at the Mount
The College of Mount
Saint Vincent Writers at
the Mount series features
novelists Myla Goldberg on
February 27, at 6:00 p.m. in
Benedict’s, Karen Shepard
on March 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the
President’s Reception Room,
and Darin Strauss on April 8
at 6:00 p.m. in the President’s
Reception Room on the Riverdale campus.
The three authors will be
delivering craft talks before
each of their readings in Dr.
Rob Jacklosky’s “Writers in
the 21st Century” Humanities class at 4:00 p.m.
Myla Goldberg is the author of the novels Bee Season,
The False Friend, Wickett’s
Remedy, and the children’s
book Catching the Moon.
Her short story “The Commemorative” was published
is Harper’s Magazine and
is now available as a Kindle
Single.
Karen Shepard is the author of the novels The Celestials, Don’t I Know You?, and
The Bad Boy’s Wife. Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House,
and Ploughshares, and her
non-fiction has appeared in
Self, USA Today, More, and
The Boston Globe.
Darin Strauss is the author of the novels Chang
and Eng, More than it Hurts
You, and The Real McCoy.
His memoir Half a Life, was
featured on NPR’s (formerly
National Public Radio) This
American Life, and “Long Island Shaolin” is available as
a Kindle Single.
The readings are free and
open to the public.
The series is sponsored
by the Department of English and is funded by a grant
from the Sisters of Charity.
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The New York Botanical Garden’s 14th Annual
Winter Lecture Series continues with a rare chance
for Americans to hear the
acclaimed British landscape
architect Kim Wilkie reveal
his process in Sculpting the
Land, an examination of the
British tradition of sculpting
huge landforms out of clay
and chalk and clothing them
in grass.
Although his presentation will be very visual with
examples from his renowned
work in Heveningham Hall
in Suffolk and Boughton in
Northamptonshire, he will
explain his philosophy of
approaching the land’s canvas as more than just the visual, experiencing the land
as poetry through the other
senses as well. He will also
show how his ideas can be
translated into small urban
spaces.
The essence of a successful garden lies in its ability
to inspire as well as to satisfy
the inner souls of the creator
and the visitor.
The lecture series will
take place in Ross Hall, at
The New York Botanical
Garden. The series concludes on March 20 with a
presentation by Thomas
Rainer, landscape architect
specializing in designing
with native plants and author of the award-winning
blog Grounded Design.
To purchase tickets, visit
nybg.org/AdultEd or call
800.322.6924
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Hall on the Rose Hill campus
of Fordham University where
he is honored for heading up
the Star Wars Project officially known as the Pershing
Project. It was the first time
that a material command
unit was presented with the
Army Superior Unit Award.
The General, by the way,
also holds a Master of Science
Degree in Engineering from
the University of Alabama.
He retired in 1988 but is
still active in Army affairs
and also serves as the president of the board of directors
of Redstone Village, a retirement village for Army veterans.
He lives in Madison,
Alabama where he owns and
operates Steelstables with his
wife, Judith. He still holds a
special place in the hearts of
those in the Van Nest community where he was raised
and nurtured.
General William Fiorentino was raised in Van Nest and attended
local schools including P. S. 34, Cardinal Hayes High School and
Fordham University.
February 14-20, 2014
would graduate from P.S. 34,
Cardinal Hayes High School,
and Fordham University
with a degree in physics. He
joined the U. S. Army in 1956
and rose through the ranks
to Brigadier General.
Along the way, he garnered quite a few plaudits including being inducted into
the Ordnance Corps Hall of
Fame in 1993.
Among his important assignments were: heading up
the Pershing Project Office;
Project Manager of the Joint
Tactical Missile System;
Deputy Program Manager
of that same system; Deputy
Program Manager of Ballistic Missile Defense; Director
of the Army Space Study;
and Program Manager and
Program Executive Officer
of the Forward Air Defense
Systems.
His name can also be
found on a plaque at Dealy
The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents the
Valerie Capers Ensemble for a night of Jazz
classics from the Great
American Songbook on
February 22 at 8 p.m. at
the Riverdale-Yonkers
Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston
Road.
The Valerie Capers
Ensemble members are
Valerie Capers, piano
and vocals; Alan Givens, flute and sax; Mark
Marino, guitar; John
Robinson, bass; Doug
Richardson, drums and
Pito Castillo, Latin Percussion.
Tickets are $20; $15
for seniors and students and include intermission refreshments.
Discount available for
advance online tickets
sales.
For tickets and information, visit http://
bronxartsensemble.org
or call 718.601.7399.
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
When William J. Fiorentino of Van Nest was attending P. S. 34 or Cardinal Hayes
High School, his classmates
would have no idea that he
would one day be a Brigadier
General. He was just one of
the guys.
His grandparents, Anthony and Euphemia Fiorentino, immigrated from the
small town of Giovinazzo on
the Adriatic coast of southern Italy just a little over eleven miles west northwest of
Bari and settled in the Bronx
where they raised their 10
children.
One of those children,
Dominic, became a priest
and founded St. Dominic’s
Church at Unionport Road
and Morris Park Avenue
which was formally opened
as a National Italian Parish
on August 25, 1926. He had
begun studying for the priesthood while still a young boy
in Italy and clung tight to his
vocation.
Another son, William,
became a lawyer and raised
his family at 1842 Hunt Avenue. It was his son, William,
born January 2, 1935, who
Bronx Arts
presents Valerie
Capers Ensemble
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General Fiorentino, Brigadier General, Van Nest
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February 14-20, 2014
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
Spellman’s John F. Ward
Scholarship winners
Cardinal
Spellman
High School is pleased to
announce the recipients of
the John F. Ward ’66 Vietnam Veteran Patriot Award
for 2013-2014. This $2,500
scholarship amount, given
to a Spellman boy and girl
based on an essay competition, DUTY: God, Honor and
Country, has been awarded
to Gabriella Catuogno and
Tariq Shameen. The scholarship has been made possible from a generous donor
in memory of his friend,
P.F.C. John F. Ward. After
graduating from Cardinal
Spellman in 1966, John
Francis Ward attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and
was designated ‘11 Bravo 40’
light weapons infantry. He
then completed Advanced
Individual Training in infantry tactics and advanced
weaponry, and arrived in
Vietnam in early July 1969.
P.F.C. Ward was killed during nighttime combat operations in Vietnam on October 6th of that same year,
25 days before his 21st birth-
day.
Gabriella lives in the
Morris Park area of the
Bronx and attended St.
Francis Xavier Elementary School. At Spellman,
she has been a member of
the STARS mentoring program, Cardinal’s Players,
and Italian American Club,
in addition to receiving
Second Honors. Next year,
Gabriella is considering
attending Iona, Fordham
or Mt. St. Vincent, possibly majoring in Education.
Tariq, residing in the Gun
2014 Ward Scholarship Winners Tariq Shameen and Gabriella Catuogno.
Hill section of the Bronx,
graduated from Holy Rosary Elementary School. At
Spellman he has received
First Honors each year, and
was a recipient of the Dia-
mond “S” Award. Tariq is
a member of the Pro Life
Club, Model U.N. Asian
American Club, Yearbook
Committee, Debate Team,
and Gaming and Anime
Club. He is interested in
studying Bio Chemistry,
and might possibly attend
Macaulay Honors College
at CUNY, Fordham, or one
of the State Universities.
Preston Players present Into the Woods
This past weekend The
Preston High School Players presented their rendition of Into the Woods in
front of sold out audiences.
The play, performed from
Thursday, Feb. 6th – Sunday, Feb. 9th, is a tale, as
written by James Lapine,
that intertwines a variety of beloved fairy tales
such as Little Red Riding
Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. Over
forty Preston High School
students worked tirelessly
over the past three months
to prepare for the show.
PHS students were joined
by ten male leads hailing
from Salesian High School,
Mount Saint Michael’s
High School and St. Raymond’s High School. A special cameo was performed
by Preston English teacher
Robert Vellani as the Mysterious Man and generated
quite the applause from the
audience.
Preston High School’s
own talented faculty members, Stephen Abel, Joanna Fusco, and Joseph
DeBona, lent their talents
as Director, Music Director, and Producer respectively. Preston Art teacher
Cast of Into the Woods during the final scene.
Liz Shireman also lent her
artistic talents by painting
the backdrop and assisting
in the creation of multiple
props. Alumnae Angelique
Cruz, Class of 2010, and Ni-
cole Sellati, Class of 2011,
were welcomed back as
the production’s Choreographer and Assistant Producer. Preston Alumnae
and Alumnae parents con-
tributed to the show as well;
Chuck Cormier was the productions Master Sound and
Lighting Designer while
David and Ruth Leich ’78
created the perfect back-
drop along with Costume
Designer Betty DiLorenzo
to bring everything together just right.
Principal Jane Grendell
stated, “An excellent job
was done by all. The cast
and crew never cease to
amaze me every year and
this year was no different. I
am looking forward to next
year’s production already.”
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The most important
failure at last week’s Super Bowl had nothing to
do with the collapse of the
woeful Denver Broncos.
Public officials had
urged ticketholders to
leave their cars at home
and take mass transit. The
public responded to their
call. The result: both before and after the game,
which was widely billed as
the fi rst “Mass Transit Super Bowl,” fans who chose
to use public transportation experienced extraordinary difficulties getting to
and from MetLife Stadium.
Officials in New York and
New Jersey geared transit
services for 15,000 riders.
Between 27,000 and 28,000
actually showed up.
The result was chaotic.
Even hours before the
game, the crush of passen-
gers at train stations was
so intense that there were
reports of riders passing
out. Many did not board
trains until about 1am,
three hours after the game
ended. Fans were urged
to not even try to leave the
stadium for some time after the fi nal down. It was
clear that, once again, the
elite “planners” who dislike private vehicles failed
to provide an adequate alternative.
The epic problem is a
prime example why the
smug “urban planners”
and the “we know better
than you” crowd overlook
reality in the pursuit of
their ideological agendas.
This is just one reason
why the elite group of individuals and organizations who constantly seek
to impose their frequently
poorly thought out ideas,
many based on a revulsion
argued passionately for
ferry service to Manhattan
from Co-op City, City Island
and Throggs Neck. We had
been told that the there was
not enough water at the potential landing sites in any
of the above communities to
accommodate a large ferry
boat. Our Board recently
learned that the preferred
site for the ferry would be
the Soundview community.
The City chose the site because it is a deep water anchorage. Bronx Community Board #10 had sent a
letter to the President of the
New York City Economic
Development Corporation
(EDC) requesting that the
Corporation consider having a system of smaller
feeder boats picking people
up from Co-op City, City Island and Throggs Neck and
ferrying them to the landing at Soundview. This suggestion was made, so that
all of the shoreline communities of the northeast
Bronx could benefit from
ferry service. Our Board
feels strongly, that the City
should look upon ferry service as a regional issue and
that its Economic Development Corporation should
proceed with its plans, but
Action
Association
for traditional American
solutions, often fail. Their
half-baked concepts sound
interesting in the hothouse
environment of academia
and self-proclaimed “progressive” forums but fail
in the cold light of reality.
What does this one incident have to do with the everyday governance of New
York State and New York
City? A great deal. Consider these examples:
• On an almost annual basis, elitist plans are made
to penalize, prevent, and
discourage motorists from
commuting into Manhattan. However, almost
that they should also adopt
a policy of having smaller
water taxis transfer commuters to the larger ferry.
The Social Security Administration has announced
twenty-five new categories
of disability under the Compassionate Allowance program. This program allows
for the expedited review and
decisions for clients with
specific categories of disability, which will result in
faster processing times for
future payouts. Over 200,000
people with severe disabilities have been fast tracked
for approval through this
process. To learn more contact [email protected] In another
area of disability benefits,
the Social Security Administration has now made it
easier for people to apply for
services.
In the past applicants
had to complete two online
documents, a benefit application and an adult disability report. Now, all applicants need to do is complete
one application. To learn
more contact www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/ssi.htm.
For businesses, Social Security has established a
Business Service Online application. Here, businesses
can access information or
have questions answered,
after pre-registering about
a variety of Social Security related topics. To learn
more about this service,
please contact www.socialsecurity.gov/bso.
Queens College of the
City University of New
York is the sponsor the
Women to Work program .
This program provides free
job training, and all of the
supplies for the classes are
provided free of charge, as
well. It is a 14 week job and
life skills program training program that runs
the gamut from computer
training, to communication, interpersonal skills
and dressing for success.
Classes meet four days a
week from 8:45 AM to 4:00
PM. Interested parties
can apply in person at the
Women and Work office
Monday through Friday
between 9:30 AM and 12:30
PM at 25 W. 43rd Street,
Suite 1005 (10th Floor) New
York, NY 10036 - Phone #
212-642-2070, or people can
apply at the Queens College
Open House at 10:00 AM on
February 4th and 11th at
the Queens College Rosenthal Library, President’s
Conference Room #1, 5th
Floor, 65-30 Kissena Blvd,
Flushing, NY. To apply you
will need your high school
diploma or GED, ability to
converse in English, legally
able to work in the U.S. and
be able to commit the 14
week program.
Graffiti is scourge of our
City, it is not art and it detracts from the appearance
of both public and private
properties throughout our
Board area. Bronx Community Board #10 led by
our Chairman John Marano, recently took the initiative with our partners
in the community such as
John Provetto, anti-graffiti
activist and community
resident, the 45th Precinct,
area schools, community
organizations and Senator Jeff Klein. The groups
painted out the scrawl
of “LOOT” from various
highway walls and buildings. The Board will be
conducting another graffiti removal effort in the
near future and anyone interested in participating in
this project, please contact
the Board with their name
and telephone numbers.
Many of us are truly
fortunate in having four
legged friends; please remember to clean up after
your dog. It is very important for the health of your
dog and your neighbors.
Besides, there is a $250.00
fine for failing to clean up
after your pet and violating
the pooper-scooper law.
Bronx
Community
Board #10 is available to
assist you with your concerns, please feel free to
contact us at 718-892-1161
or [email protected] Please
feel free to visit our office
at 3165 E. Tremont Avenue.
We are open five days a
week between 9:00 AM and
5:00 PM.
no provision is made for
timely, realistic, and effective alternative means
for those individuals to get
to and from work. If most
of those who commute by
car showed up at subway
stations and bus stops, the
system would not be able to
handle the crush, far worse
than what occurred at the
Super Bowl. The Northeast
Bronx is a prime example.
As business continues to
grow on the Westside of
Manhattan, the city, which
took over private express
lines some time ago, has
failed to provide any direct,
convenient mass transit
link to this vital new addition to the Manhattan business district. For those
with physical challenges,
the trip would be impossible. Commuters from areas
such as Throggs Neck can
reach Albany by car in just
about 100 minutes longer
than it takes them to reach
the newly developed areas
of Manhattan by multiple
buses or combinations of
subways and buses.
• Governor Cuomo continues to roadblock fracking
in response to the wishes
of elitist environmentalists who have absolutely no
facts on their side. However, he has yet to come
up with a viable solution
to the ongoing economic
and employment catastrophe of upstate New York,
a dilemma which could be
addressed by fracking. It’s
always amusing to hear
billionaires like Al Gore
with their private plane
trips lecture the rest of us
about our energy use.
Similarly,
President
Obama’s has begun a war
on coal, held up authorizing the Keystone Pipeline,
and has blocked issuance
of additional permits to
drill on federal lands while
Americans pay almost
twice as much for energy
as they did when he took
office and suffer devastating national unemployment levels.
• Plutocrats such as former NYC Mayor Mike
Bloomberg continue to advocate for “micro-apartments” offering living
quarters that are basically
the size of the walk-in closets in their mansions.
More common sense and
common decency resides
in the hearts and minds of
average Americans than
in the pompous plans of
the elitist progressives and
planners who would alter
so much of our daily lives.
Contact
COMACTA
at nycommunityaction@
gmail.com; tune into our
affi liated radio broadcasts,
and visit our website at comactainc.com.
February 14-20, 2014
BY FRANK V. VERNUCCIO, JR.
bus system serving Co-op
City, is the same one that
serves the mall, and that a
coordinated study was necessary to ensure that both
the mall and the Co-op City
received
the best bus service possible. At this juncture, our
Chairman John Marano,
realized the necessity for a
coordinated analysis of the
bus system, and contacted
Mr. Prendergast, Chairman of the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority
and suggested a coordinated bus study.
At Board #10’s behest,
the MTA agreed to embark a comprehensive
study of the bus system in
Co-op City. This resulted
in sweeping changes that
will now guarantee a single seat ride on the BX #23,
throughout the five sections of Co-op City, among
other very positive service
improvements. The Board
wishes to thank the MTA
management and staff for
their concern and positive
action. We also would like
to acknowledge the efforts
of Assembly Member Benedetto, who also advocated
for increased service.
The northeast Bronx
consists of water bound communities and our Board,
represented by Chairman
Marano and District Manager Kenneth Kearns, attended every meeting about
the City’s ferry study and
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
BY KENNETH KEARNS
Back in 2010, the MTA,
in response to drastic budget cuts adopted a series of
curtailed service changes
throughout the City. One of
the areas hard hit was Coop City. The area had complete round trip service on
the BX 26, BX 28 ad BX30
Buses, serving all five sections in Co-op City, a community of 55,000 people that
is totally dependent on bus
service. The MTA eliminated the one seat ride on
these buses and adopted a
system of connecter buses
on the BX 38 from the northern sections of the cooperative to the BX 26 and BX 28,
which would take riders out
of the community. This system was not greeted warmly
and many complaints were
generated. Over the years,
the MTA New York City
Transit and MTA Bus Company attempted to compensate for the adjusted service
by increasing the runs of
the BX 30 through every
shopping center and establishing limited runs around
the development on the Q50.
This system helped, but the
residents of Co-op City were
still left with the connector
systems.
While Co-op City struggled with its bus system,
the adjacent Bay Plaza had
grown in leaps and bounds.
Soon it will be the largest
mall in New York City. It
became apparent that the
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February 14-20, 2014
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
Bronx Park East Community Association news
BY RAPHAEL SCHWEIZER
Bronx Park East Community Association, fi ghting for the residents of Allerton, Pelham Parkway
North & Bronxdale, will be
having our monthly community meeting on the day
of this paper’s publication:
Thursday, February 14th
from 6:45 to 9:00pm.
Our special guest will
be our New York State
Senator, and NY Senate
President Pro Tempore,
Jeffrey Klein. We will also
feature a presentation on
improving Skate Parks in
our community, given by
neighborhood resident Ron
Cicatelli.
Our monthly meetings
are the one chance that
YOU, the resident of Olinville, Barker, Arnow,
Allerton any of the other
streets that make up our BPECA area get to show up
and be counted!
When 70, 80 or 90 residents show up to a meeting on a monthly basis,
it makes our community
have credibility. So it’s
up to YOU to show up and
make your presence felt.
Our meetings are graciously hosted by our good
neighbors of CenterLight
Health Systems, in their
building at 2401 White
Plains Road, just north of
Waring Avenue. The building has on-site parking,
located directly across the
street from Walgreens.
Thanks as always to Sal
Manna, Linda Murray,
Carmen Cruz-Lee, Jackie
Kennedy-Saddler and the
rest of CenterLight for
making B-PECA possible
These monthly meetings take place on the
second Thursday of each
month, so mark those “2nd
Thursday” dates on your
calendar for the rest of
2014!
Getting Incorporated
If an organization such
as Bronx Park East Community Association “BPECA” seeks to continue
being active in Allerton,
Pelham Parkway North
and elsewhere, we have to
become incorporated with
the State of New York. And
to do that, we need “ByLaws”.
Thus, in the spirit of
openness and transparency, which the B-PECA
Executive Board & Advisory Council seeks to operate under, the rest of
this column will contain
the DRAFT of the by-laws
which will govern and
guide our organization for
years to come.
These by-laws are not
fi nal, and we would love
to have your thoughts and
opinions. If you have any
suggestions or questions,
please email bxparkeast@
gmail.com or call/text
(347) 654-7044.
We would love to hear
from you! So here we go...
Our Draft By-Laws
NAME:
The name of this Association shall be the “Bronx
Park East Community Association Inc.”, organized
under the laws of the State
of New York as a not-forprofit corporation.
PURPOSE:
The purpose of BPECA
shall be to improve the
quality of life conditions in
our neighborhood, and to
give support to other organizations and individuals
who also work to further
that goal. Our neighborhood is the area (to be decided) within the boundaries of Bronx Community
Board 11.
MEMBERSHIP:
1. Membership is voluntary and open to all interested persons over the age
of 16.
2. Dues are voluntary
and the yearly amount
shall be set by vote of the
Board of Directors. Only
those members who are
paid in full at the time of
a vote, and have attended
at least six meetings in the
previous fi scal year, are
Voting Members, eligible
to cast a ballot.
Membership categories
are:
• Individual, with one
vote per member, or
• Family for any number of persons living in one
household, with two votes,
voted identically.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
1. The affairs of BPECA
shall be managed by a
Board of Directors (Executive Board), which shall
have seven Members, five
Officers and two At-Large.
The Officers shall be a
Chairman; a Vice-Chair-
man, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Sergeant-atArms.
The Chairman, or in his
absence the Vice-Chairman, shall conduct and
preside over all BPECA
meetings, and manage the
day-to-day affairs between
Board meetings.
The Secretary shall take
minutes of meetings, and
present them to the next
meeting of the Board or
in the case of the General
Meetings, the membership
for adoption. The Secretary shall also prepare all
correspondence, and keep
the register of Voting Members. The Treasurer shall
keep the records of the financial affairs of BPECA
and present a summary
report at Board and General Meetings. Upon the request of a Voting Member a
more detailed report shall
be presented to that member. The Sergeant-at-Arms
shall maintain order at all
Meetings.
2. The terms of office of
all of the members of the
Board shall be two years.
All officers must be Voting Members at the time of
their election and throughout their term of office.
Nominations, which require a second from a Voting Member, to be a Member of the Board can be
made starting at the May
meeting, with an election
to be held at the June Meeting.
3. There is no limit on
the number of terms a
Board Member may serve.
A Board Member may be
removed for cause by a
motion voted upon by five
Board Members. Vacancies in the Board, from
whatever cause, shall be
fi lled by a majority vote of
the remaining Members.
Multiple vacancies must
be fi lled one at a time after
each new member is appointed.
MEETINGS:
A General Meeting to
present a program and
conduct other business of
BPECA shall be held every month except August.
If necessary, a meeting of
the Board can be called at
any time by the chairman
or upon the motion of any
four members. An Advisory Council of Members
invited by the Chairman
or another Board Member
can meet after/before each
Board Meeting to focus on
policy planning or to prepare for the next General
Meeting.
CONDUCT OF
BUSINESS:
1. Motions at Board and
General Meetings must
be approved by a majority of those present making up a quorum. Motions
must fi rst be approved by
the Board, then presented
for ratification at the next
General Meeting.
2. The Board shall have
the authority to form committees from interested
members as required for
projects. Any such com-
mittee shall present reports to the Board of their
activities.
3. The Fiscal Year of the
BPECA shall start on July
1st and end on June 30th.
AMENDMENTS:
These By-Laws may
be amended by a proposal
fi rst approved by at least 5
members of Board,
and then presented to
the Members at the next
General Meeting and approved by two-thirds of the
Voting Members.
Contact B-PECA
As always, feel free to
email us at BxParkEast@
gmail.com or call/text (347)
654-7044 to tell Bronx Park
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BY AL BELFIORE
On Sat Feb. 8th, the Locust Point Board Of Directors hosted the Grand
Re-opening of our civic
building. It was a monumental success.
First off, it was an amazing that it happened at all,
due to some “unforeseen”
insurance problems that we
were having at the time.
If not for our local politicians, namely, Congressman Joe Crowly, Jimmy
Vacca, Senator Jeff Klein ad
Mike Benedetto (who also
were all in attendance at
our event, more about that
later) to help us navigate
through endless city regulations.
Anyway,
wine
and
cheese, beer and soda ,
hor d’hoevers and spirited
discussions were seved in
plenty and free of charge.
Some of these discussions
included our plans for the
coming year.
Comedy nite, Breakfast
with the Easter Bunny,
Dancing Under The Stars,
Pilates, Boot Camp Program, Music Instruction
and other fund raising
events were all talked about.
A key card entry system
will also be implemented in
time for the summer. It was
very heartwarming to see
BY TONY SALIMBENE
Hi again. Apologies for
last week. We had a bad
one as you know and I really had nothing to say! If
you manage to dig out, don’t
forget our meetings are the
3rd Sunday of the month at
11am sharp, coffee before
hand and refreshments in
the club room afterward.
That’s at the Turner Club.
In February we’ll have
another Annual Amazing
Belly Bomber Bingo at the
VA Hospital. Please give
Tony F. and crew a hand - do
good and have some fun too.
Exact date and time to follow.
We will be proudly marching
down E. Tremont Ave in the
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the
Sunday before on the 16th.
As always, we form up on
Lafayette and Tremont, step-
can also join our vibrant
Facebook page at www.
f a c e b o o k . c o m /g r o u p s /
bxparkeast to post your
thoughts for all to see!
B-PECA is gearing up
for another whirlwind season of Block Parties, TreeGuard building, Clean-ups,
Graffiti Removal, Murals
& more this spring. But we
want your opinion!
Please
contact
us
through any of the 3 ways
stated above and tell us
what YOU want to see in
YOUR community.
Oh yeah, and call us if
your landlord isn’t giving
you enough heat to keep
your apartment warm.
Be well. Be in touch. BePECA!
all of our neighbors come
out for this event, especially
with the weather that we
have been having lately.
Congressman Crowly
and Jimmy Vacca each said
a few words about the importance of constantly improving our neighborhood
and also keeping it safe
and secure with the help of
State and Federal funding.
As always, Assemblyman
Benedetto is always there
for us and we are very fortunate to have a great team
in place with our Board of
Directors and our membership.
The next event will be
Comedy Nite, probably
sometime in March. We
will keep everyone posted.
Thanks for reading!
ping off promptly at 12 noon
after Mass and breakfast at
St. Benedict.
Don’t forget, there is a
lot of good vets info on the
computer and we have our
own www.koronypost253
web presence. A big thanks
to Sensi George for all those
uplifting and motivational
eMail photos he sends!
Until Next Time: If you
think you’re too small to
make a difference, just try
to sleep with a mosquito in
the room! - Dali Lama
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February 14-20, 2014
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
BY MARY JANE MUSANO
Wonderful things are
happening at Jacobi Medical
Center!
Recently, they instituted
a new program to reduce the
incidence of catheter caused
urinary tract infections
which can lead to sepsis and
even death. They took the initiative to re-think their practices and made changes that
helped to insure the safety of
their patients and the cost of
care. Catheter related UTI’s
are preventable and now at
Jacobi, the number of patients using catheters and
the number of days of use
will be reduced. There will
be better communication
concerning all patients using catheters. This change,
that every hospital and nursing home should make, will
certainly save lives.
In 2011, numbers released
by the Department of Health,
showed that Jacobi Medical Center had a marked decrease in hospital acquired
infection rates. It’s encouraging to know that they are
making this a top priority,
especially when we know
that as many as 1.7 million
people die every year from
hospital acquired infections.
So, Jacobi is improving
by leaps and bounds in the
areas that really matter. It is
clear that they are striving to
bring their patients care that
is safe but they also realize
that healing takes place in
many ways. There is scientific proof that a positive outlook helps us to heal faster
and maybe that is why Jacobi Medical Center created
a Dog Therapy Program.
In an article written by
Margo A. Halm in The American Journal of Critical Care
we learn that “the immediate and long-term health benefits of animals on the mind,
body and spirit continue to
be documented.” She also
tells us that in 1860, Florence
Nightingale commented that
a pet is an excellent companion for the sick. So, the wonderful benefits of pet therapy
has long been known.
In an article by Patri-
cia Montemurri and L. L.
Brasier in the Detroit Free
Press, we learn that “Michigan is among a growing
number of states where dogs
are moving into courts,
schools, prisons and juvenile
facilities on the heels of new
research that shows the emotional and physical benefits
of dog-person contact, particularly for people in pain or in
trouble.”
Pet therapy can reduce
blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, release
endorphins that have a calming effect, reduce pain, lessen
depression, decrease feelings
of isolation, lower feelings of
anxiety, increase socialization, reduce loneliness and
help people overcome speech
and emotional disorders. I
think that’s quite an impressive list!
(L-r) Derrick Grace and Holly.
BY JOSEPH ODDO
Reminder: The Pelham
Bay Taxpayers and Civic Association meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
Our next meeting will take
place on March 11. The meeting will take place in the
Saint Theresa School Cafeteria located at the corner of
Saint Theresa Ave and Pilgrim Ave. The room opens
at 7:00pm and the meeting
begins at 7:30pm.
But before the arrival of
March, there are a number
of events happening during the month of February
that need to be addressed.
The first and some would
say the most important one
takes place at the end of this
week. Friday, February 14 is
Valentine’s Day! One of the
day’s in our calendar that
cannot be missed or forgotten. To help us remember,
the management at BartowPell Mansion as put together
a Chamber Concert to be remembered.
So the following is an offer from the folks at BartowPell Mansion: What lovelier
way to celebrate Valentine’s
Day than with an intimate
concert of chamber music
in an elegant setting? Basis,
an ensemble of young, Juilliard-trained musicians, offer a musical taste of the 19th
century with Beethoven’s
touching D major string trio,
as well as works that feature
the bassoon. Always the musical prankster, this rare
solo instrument gets to show
off it’s flair for romance.
You can show off your
flair for romance by joining
them for the hour-long performance followed, perhaps,
by dinner at Lucca’s or any
of the fine restraints located
near the intersection of
Crosby and Westchester Avenues. For additional information you may call BartowPell 718-885-1461 or write to
[email protected] The cost for
the concert is $20 adults;$15
Armed with all of the
research, I was very excited
to meet John Doyle at Jacobi Medical Center to visit
their Dog Therapy Program.
Lana Wechsler, coordinator
of Dogs On Call (D.O.C.), explained that all of the dogs
and their owners are formally trained. The team
of dogs consists of many
breeds, all who love working with people. The owners
take their dogs to the hospital for a work session either
by patient request or when
the time allows.
And as
the abbreviation implies the
dogs act as “doctors” helping
the healing process along.
An adorable Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever,
named Holly, was on call
that night. Her owner, Lauren Mellusi, explained that
Holly must know certain
commands to ensure the
safety of the patients. It
was evident that Holly was
an obedient and loving dog.
Lana and Lauren suggested
that our tour begin with the
pediatrics floor.
We stopped first at the
nurse’s station. As soon as
Holly was spotted, nurses
and doctors came to greet
her. It immediately made me
think that this program has
to be as good for the staff as
it is for the patients. Doctors
and nurses have such stressful and demanding jobs and
if their stress is lessened
they can certainly perform
their jobs better.
As we chatted at the
nurse’s station, I noticed that
at almost every door a little
head was poking out and
the smiles were from ear to
for members.
If a seeing a play is more
to your liking, New York Italians has a special offer for
their membership to see the
Bridges of Madison County
on Broadway.
Special pricing for New
York Italians members! One
set of free tickets for NYI
member..
Email [email protected]!! Pss…if you’re
not a member you can join
it is free and you might still
qualify for the special offer.
You can reach them on
the internet at the following
address:
www.newyorkitalians.org
Besides Valentine’s Day
this month we also celebrate
the birthdays of Pat Rocchio
(L-r) Brianna Deonarine, Holly and Lauren.
ear! They were invited to pet
Holly and give her treats for
the successful commands
that she performed. The parents of the children seemed
equally happy to see Holly. It
was nice to see their looks of
concern melt into smiles as
they watched their children
enjoy Holly’s company. We
all had a lighthearted laugh
when Holly snuck some
treats from the bag when
Lauren was talking with the
children!
Next, we visited the Rehabilitation Department. Holly
and Lauren went to the doors
of several patients to ask if
they wanted a visit. I noticed
that most of the patients were
elderly and none of them had
visitors in their room. The
nurses told us that some patients do not get visitors and
when the dogs make a call
to them it really lifts their
spirits. Holly visited several patients and left them
with smiles. She was gentle
and sweet and seemed to be
aware of their frailness.
The therapy dogs usually
spend about an hour each
time they visit the hospital.
In that hour they touch the
hearts and souls of young
and old patients, their families and the hospital staff.
It’s a program where everyone benefits, everyone smiles
and everyone finds a ray of
happiness during a stressful
and difficult time. So, if you
find yourself at Jacobi for
your medical care, be sure
to schedule an appointment
with your D.O.C.. It just may
help your recovery as much
as the real doc will!
Next Meeting
The next Waterbury LaSalle Community Association will be on Thursday,
March 13th at 7:30 pm at PS
14. Please mark it on your
calendar now so that you
will not forget.
(a locale scribe) and Vito
Antonio Signorile (a locale
scribe tender) .
We wish them both a very
memorable and joyful birthday. I am purposefully leaving out the actual date they
were born just incase they
want to call in sick and take
the day off.
The new administration
is still in the process of appointing new Commissioners to run the city agencies
as per the desires of Mayor
de Blasio. Hopefully by the
end of next week we can proceed and pursue the item
that are important to our
community.
Traffic
improvements
and safety as usual are very
high on our agenda. The Pel-
ham Grand is still a work in
progress ass soon as there
is something substantive
to report we will do so. Until then, please come to our
March meeting and meet
your neighbors and elected
officials.
This winter has been
brutal stay warm and stay
safe. When going out be
careful.
Our mailing address
is Pelham Bay Taxpayers
And Civic Association Pilgrim Station, PO box 610124,
Bronx, NY 10461. Our annual dues is ten dollars.
Please feel free to come to
our meetings. They are open
to all. If you are new to our
community we would love to
meet you. See you soon.
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Wenner Place to Jay Place.
With poor drainage along
Brush Avenue, filthy salted
water is splashed on the
cars, homes and children of
the 680 to 710 Brush Avenue
each rainfall and snow melt.
Sloppy surface patch jobs
add dirty asphalt to the mix
of water and street dirt.
When will Brush Avenue be respected as the economic hub of CB10? Where
is the respect for the thousands of employees that
commute to work each day
and throughout the night.
Resurfacing Brush Ave. is
among our continued Annual Budget requests. Ring
Road is now a pleasure to
ride on thanks to whom? we
are not sure. We had asked
so many different NYC Departments and agencies
that we are not sure who
actually funded the work.
Thank you, now can you
pave the extremely utilized
portion of the Zerega Industrial Zone of Brush Ave.?
Ferry Point Parks reasonably new Synthetic Field
(2009) was damage during
Sandy and will have to be
redesigned before it is repaired? The Pre paid for 1
million dollar Restroom
which is badly needed in
this Park is still a long way
off for various reasons but
the permits are still sold at
$4000,00 per field per league
per season which is approx
$45,000 per season which
goes into the overall NYC finances . This is paid while
children and adults have to
stomp through poison ivy
and piles of poop to relieve
themselves. The waterfront
Promenade that was promised to the Community between the Golf Course and
the East River will be delayed due to Sandy’s possible affect on the previous
design? By the way Ferry
Point Park is a beautiful
Park which can be enjoyed
Thursday and Friday of the
summer months by anyone.
This park is now registered on the map of locations in NYC where Oysters
are flourishing. Pics’ on Facebook page (Ferry Point
Park) this is great because
the oyster is a natural water
filter that will help raise the
quality of our waterways.
The 9/11 Memorial Forest is
registered and we may be on
the “Blue Map” of natural
Kayak launches soon.
The Bronx Ferry committee (on which we serve)
of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (of which we
are members) has accomplished a lot and has collected over 1000 signatures
and letters of support to
encourage the extension of
the East River Ferry route
to include a Bronx Ferry
stop in the area of Soundview or Throggs Neck with
hopes for more stops in the
future. The Economic Development Corp. originally
recommended Ferry Point
to be the area for the future
dock.
The projected site has
changed so far to be in the
Soundview area. Info on
www.MetropolitanWaterfrontAlliance.org website
or facebook page.
The Hutchinson River
Parkway Corridor committee of NYC Planning (on
which I served) is still working on the Traffic study
with input from various
community liaisons. CB10
has had a smaller traffic
study completed and will
continue to assess the situation to see what can be recommended to keep the traffic moving through the area
side streets, Parkways and
Highways. Info. on facebook
(Hutchinson River Corridor
Dev. Plus Traffic) page.
Keeblers’ Corner continues to spay and neuter as
many feral and stray cats
as we can trap. For seven
years we had zero population growth due to our tiring efforts. This lasted until 2013 when adult cats are
appearing in lumps of 4 and
5? Some cats have been neutered and some not. We have
had few adoptions for adult
cats. To “fix” a cat using the
TNR Vans is near impossible at the discounted prices
for certified trappers. The
Schedules are overwhelmed
and the way the appointments are arranged leads to
monopolization of the vans
by a few. A Bronx Animal
Shelter is still a goal of ours
and other animal advocates.
We are working together towards this goal. In the mean
time we are hoping to gain
another spay/neuter van.
This will be a forceful goal
in the near future. Check
out Table at Bx Park Speak
up Feb. 22 Sat. Lehman College next to Ferry Point
Park table.
The East Bronx Coastal
Working Group (off shoot of
BCEQ) (on which we serve)
is doing well and there are
many ways we can help the
mainly Coastal neighborhoods of CB 9, 10 and 11. We
are planning multiple 10 person canoe trips from Ferry
Point Park and seventy five
9th graders led by the Park
Rangers on Friday April 11
(call 917-741-2768 if you are
interested in observing or
supervising).Info on: BCEQ
.com website.
The Annual Bronx Park
Speak Up (www.BCPGS.org
Bronx Coalition for Parks
& Green Spaces) which we
participate in planning and
tabling) will be held at Lehman College February 22nd.
The theme this 20th year is
(20/20 Vision) 20 years back
and 20 years ahead. What
condition was your Park in
20 years ago and what do
you hope for the future?
The situation with the
Horse named Rusty by many
and Bronco by a few is still
in the cold, dark, dank walls
of the shifting concrete
structure at 1680 Pelham
Parkway... Our laws are so
far behind that we are at a
standstill with our attempt
to help others get the horses
to a safe sanctuary. This became a very confusing situation that was thwarted by
greed from at least 5 very
different angles. Info on :(
Save Rusty/Bronx Horse)
Facebook Group Page.
In closing the NEBCA
group is having a re-start
planning meeting soon.
Call for details 917-741-2768
or patiently wait for our
redesigned website, www.
NEBCAbronx.org
Email:
[email protected]
plumbing.
First Aid/CPR. Sign up
by logging onto www.ssbx.
org
For more info, call 646400-5431.
Another Sandy Rolon
item. Training opportunity for Vets in Air Sealing
tactics(It’s a environmental
thing) this will take place
on February 22.
Call 607 327-0583 for
more information. Sandy
is a Retired Army SGT who
served a couple of tours in
the sandbox and is a former
member of my old unit the
353 Civil Affairs Command.
She really rates her own
column. Are you listening
BXTMSRPTR.
More Hollywood Stars
in the Military. Rod Steiger
served aboard one of the
ships that launched the
Doolittle Raid.
Tony Curtis and Larry
Storch both served aboard
the USS Proteus, a Navy
Sub tender and were in Tokyo Bay for the surrender
of Japan.
Forrest Tucker enlisted
as a Private in the Army
and rose to the rank of Lieutenant.
Mickey Rooney served
under Patton and earned a
Bronze Star.
Denver Pyle was in the
Navy, was wounded on Guadalcanal and was medically
discharged.
More next week.
Keep the troops in your
prayers, take a Vet to lunch
and God Bless.
BY PAUL GOLLUSCIO
Hello all!
This in from Sandy Rolon. Employment opportunity from the Bronx Environmental Stewardship
Training (BEST). Training
is free and a transportation
stipend is provided. Great
for Vets. Needed: SS Card,
Birth Certificate, Have
Math and Reading skills
at an 8th grade level, H.S.
Diploma or GED, Be physically able to work.
Must complete a full time
17 week training program,
be able to participate in a
one-on-one career counseling sessions until employment is obtained.
Positions include, EPA
Lead Removal, Repair and
Painting. OSHA 40 Hour
HAZWOPER. OSHA 10
Hour Construction Safety.
OSHA Confined space. Basic construction/electrical/
February 14-20, 2014
Schley Avenue right passed
the Capri Motel. Once open
to the vandals, they made
quick use of the green fence
to scribble their nasty looking tags. The next degraded
area is the apparently empty
Scanlon Building that was
leased by the NYPD along
the Hutch service road right
after Home Depots parking
lot exit. A few evergreens
planted there would stop
the graffiti. On the black
cloth on the fences that hide
the construction equipment under the Bruckner
Clover leaf near the Unionport Bridge North Side are
always scribbled ugly tags.
The fuzzy green inserts
on the fences that hide the
construction
equipment
under the Bruckner Cloverleaf at Brush Avenue are re
sprayed with green very often (right now a new white
tag has been painted but we
hope for the continued diligence of the contractor to
repaint in green). We appreciate the attempts to keep
them clear.
Unitron, Hellman Elec.,
Box Storage 711-713 Brush
and UPS etc. all keep a clean
wall (Thank you).I recall HO
Penn having a small scribble
on the silver fence that needs
to be attended to or there
will be a mess there as well.
Remember these vandals
want their paint to stay as
long as possible. The quicker
it is covered the less likely
they will repeat their tagging…(it would be wasting
their paint). The Cablevision
Building at Schley Ave. and
Brush is wonderful at removing Graffiti and we appreciate that especially because it
faces the large Park with no
Parks Enforcement Police Officers. The living green walls
that were planted a few years
ago on Ciminello Properties
fence have defeated Graffiti
all together. Although there
are large gaps in the winter
foliage the idea is well intended.
As evergreen vines they
clean our air all year round
and add a bit of spring to the
cold landscape. There is no
graffiti on them which supports one of my college final
papers that showed “where
there is a bush, there is no
graffiti “. More green fences
should be attempted.
Our streets are still in
shambles since Con Ed and
DEP buried the Gas and
Electric lines for Pepsi from
BRONX TIMES REPORTER
BY DOROTHEA POGGI
Well I personally hope
everyone
reading
this
made it through the crazy
weather without any serious mishaps.
This is an update on the
ongoing development and
concerns of the Ferry Point
area of Throggs Neck:
The 200 plus Pepsi Trucks
are being somewhat cooperative in not parking in front
of our Residential homes to
attend to their noisy inventory. The reasons they give
for stopping in front of our
homes instead of the industrial area of Brush Avenue is that they feel more
secure that they will not
be hijacked. Sounds simple
enough but each truck sets
the neighborhood dogs in
a frenzy with the chattering sound that bellows from
the raising and lowering of
their soda delivery truck
doors.
After years of photos and
Emails we have enforced
Pepsi Managements agreement (before it was built)
that the 200 plus fleet of delivery trucks would not idle
in front of our homes, empty
their daily coffee cups, delivery lists, Styrofoam lunch
dishes and newspapers before returning to their home
base. Pepsi has enforced the
posted sign at the office to let
their sub contracted drivers
know they have a designated
area on site to attend to their
daily inventory. Thank you
Pepsi.These drivers are
taught to use Polite, Passive
retorts. They continue to do
what they want as they “Yes”
you to death. Of course this
must be normal for them as
they deal with ongoing complaints while unloading deliveries daily.
This dense City must
force them to block parked
cars and driveways etc.
Some of the more aggressive
personalities have changed
these polite comments into
sword like responses that
have a passive aggressive nature, turning into sarcastic
threats. So we have taken to
photographing them in the
act of inventory and emailing it to our contact at Pepsi.
Graffiti problems are
few but our zero tolerance
is hard to maintain. Our
worst is in the now in the
empty lot that was cleared
lately under the ugly black
billboard on the corner
of Hutch. Serv. Rd. S and
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Credit to a new mayor by Tom Allon
BY FATHER RICHARD F.
GORMAN
Environmental
Control
Board -- in addition to an
even more considerable
collection of complaints.
As a consequence, the construction of this multi-unit
apartment dwelling came
to a stand-still. For several
years, the site became an
atrocious eyesore and unbearable burden for those
living in the vicinity of it.
The incomplete edifice was
dumped on - literally -- by
those too lazy and/or uncaring to dispose properly
of their refuse. Vagrants established residency in this
unfinished dwelling, some
on a short-term basis, others on that of a more longstanding
arrangement.
Other living creatures
-- i.e., four-legged ones -likewise came and congregated, especially those most
permanent and persistent
of urban creepy-crawlers
-- viz., rats. Some vandals
generously complemented
the vagrants by more enduringly embellishing and
bedecking their new-found
abodes with wall decorations reminiscent of those
of the cavemen of old. Many
others treated the building
The “WRONG” of
“As – of – Right:”
Woodlawn’s Worry
(Part One)
There was a well-attended meeting on Monday
evening, 10 February 2014
of the Woodlawn Heights
Taxpayers and Community
Association in the Cafeteria of Saint Barnabas Girls
High School.
The crowd, noticeably
larger-than-usual, came out
in response to a flyer that
had been circulated farand-wide throughout the
neighborhood. The flyer invited the residents of Woodlawn Heights to learn more
concerning a recently restarted development at the
crossroads of Vireo Avenue
and East 236th Street.
Several years ago, the
construction of a building
was undertaken at said locale. Many problems and
much aggravation accompanied this circumstance.
The structure garnered a
host of so-called “E.C.B.’s”
-- i.e., violations and fines
from the New York City
As de Blasio realizes,
this is not a quick-fi x for
public education in New
York. In fact, unlike most
government programs, we
are unlikely to see the full
results or the economic impact of this new education
initiative for almost another two decades.
It is impressive that
de Blasio is thinking that
far ahead and kudos, too,
to Cuomo for making universal pre-K a priority
throughout the state.
Some believe that since
the governor pledged the
money from the state, de
Blasio should just declare
victory and move on. That
would be the easy, expedient
political move. But de Blasio
has exhibited that he doesn’t
want partial victories or
easy political solutions.
Like his fi rst boss, Mayor
David Dinkins (and his esteemed colleague, Council Speaker Peter Vallone
Sr.), who tackled the city’s
rampant crime problem in
the early 1990s by raising
taxes to hire more police officers, de Blasio knows that
as their very own “HOME
DEPOT” and helped themselves to materials they
deemed
useful
and/or
needed at a simply fabulous price . . . . . . or, should I
more appropriately say, absence of thereof, since their
removal of these materials
cost them nothing but the
expenditure of their labor.
For years, this unseemly
state of affairs continued on
East 236th Street and Vireo
Avenue. Suddenly, on the
very last day of the Year
of Our Lord 2013, a piece
of mail sent “CERTIFIED,
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED” arrived at the
Town Hall Headquarters of
Community Board #12 (The
Bronx). It contained a photocopy of an “Application for
A Preliminary Certificate of
Eligibility for A Partial Tax
Exemption” that had been
forwarded to the New York
City Department of Housing
mayors sometimes have to
make unpopular decisions
with one segment of the
population to achieve the
greater good for all.
Even de Blasio’s highly
praised predecessor, Mike
Bloomberg, raised property
taxes early in his term, to
help the city meet its growing budget obligations.
So, Mayor de Blasio’s
bold plan for city funding
for early childhood education (and expanded afterschool for middle schoolers)
is the right thing to do and
not without precedent.
Here’s hoping that even
in a statewide election year,
when the governor and the
Albany Legislature will be
extra cautious about new
taxes, de Blasio will press
on to allow New York City
to independently pay for its
new education initiatives.
Tom Allon, president of
City & State NY, was a Republican and Liberal Partybacked mayoral candidate
in 2013 before he left to return to the private sector.
Reach him at [email protected]
Preservation and Development (N.Y.C.H.P.D.). Apparently, a MR. RAY KAHN,
the Managing Member of a
Limited Liability Company
(L.L.C.) by the name of the
“EAST 236TH STREET REALTY LLC” was applying
for tax relief in the form of
an abatement from the City
of New York in order to complete the construction of the
unsightly blemish on the
southeastern complexion
of Woodlawn Heights. MR.
February 14-20, 2014
de Blasio and the other candidates, I raised the concern that increasing taxes
would lead to an exodus of
the wealthy from the city
and therefore decrease our
core base of taxpayers.
But de Blasio has won
me over during the past
year. While I think perhaps
the tax should start at $1
million of annual earnings,
I now believe he’s right:
This is an equitable way for
those doing well to “pay it
forward” to the next generation of children in our city.
Upper middle class and
rich New Yorkers have long
recognized the importance
of pre-K for their children.
They pay high tuitions to
make sure their children
get a head start in learning.
A dedicated tax to help
those children whose families can’t afford private preschools is actually a great
investment in our city’s
future. More of these students will be more employable themselves and thus
will contribute to the city’s
tax base in the future.
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You have to give credit
to the new mayor: Bill de
Blasio presented a clear
progressive vision during
the campaign and in his
fi rst 40 days in office he has
hit the ground running,
doggedly pursuing his bold
agenda.
From appointing housing commissioners who see
the urgency for dramatically increased affordable
housing to the modest tax
hike to fund universal preK, de Blasio has not let politics or the very powerful
Gov. Andrew Cuomo dissuade him from pursuing
his campaign pledges.
On universal pre-K, de
Blasio has been clear: the
city should pay its own way
by taxing the top earners
($500,000 and above annually) and this will ensure
that there is a constant
revenue stream that can’t
be cut if Albany has budget shortfalls or if the state
leaders of the future decide
to cut this important program.
When I was running for
mayor and in debates with
TOM ALLON
MARTIN JOSEPH of “Metropolitan Realty Exemption, Incorporated,” located
at 118 Middleton Street in
Brooklyn, is doing the paperwork for Mr. Kahn as his
“Filing Representative.”
Good news for Woodlawn Heights?
Well, it
hasn’t exactly been seen in
such light. At this point, the
story becomes a bit more
technical and detailed, so
let’s defer further comment
until again we meet. I shall
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for this time!
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goes to print, State Senator
Jeff Klein is arranging for
a sit-down, face-to-face powwow between Mr., Kahn,
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Roberto Garcia, senior director of community and governmental relations at Montefiore Medical Center, and Beverly Michael, executive
director at the Weiler Campus, strategize with Community Board 11 members on ways to decrease wait time at its Weiler Division in Morris
Photo by Ben Kochman
Park.
Square site works.
Though that site has
no overnight beds on its
premises, patients can be
quickly shuffled to one of
Montefiore’s other facilities —which together con-
tain 1,512 beds — in the
borough.
“The wait times at
Westchester Square are
actually lower a lot of the
time,” Garcia said.
Monte brass said they
would continue to show up
at community meetings to
work on the issue —and
locals plan to ramp up the
pressure until the issues
are resolved.
“This is something that
we’ve let go,” said Marcy
Gross, co-chair of the
Board’s health committee.
“The Bronx has been No.1
in quality care since I’ve
been born. We have to fi gure out a way to fi x this.”
Potholes plague borough streets
From page 1
up the potholes.
For frustrated drivers
dodging the craters, it’s
been a bumpy ride.
“The infrastructure of
the city right now is terrible,” said Marvin Kamiel,
who says his morning commute south on the Major
Deegan Expressway from
Van Cortland Park to Port
Morris has ballooned from
15 minutes to 45 minutes
this winter as drivers slow
down and swerve to avoid
holes in the highway.
Motorist outrage
DOT says its crews are
on the case. Since Jan. 1, the
city agency has fi lled more
than 75,000 potholes across
the five boroughs, including 14,370 in the Bronx.
Francisco Lopez shows off his tire fixing form at Gino’s Tire Repair
shop on Bruckner Blvd. in Port Morris. They’ve been doing a steady
business with a mean Mother Nature this winter.
Its average response
time to a pothole complaint —which can be made
through 311 or at DOT’s
website The Daily Pothole
— through January was
a mere 1.72 days, said an
agency spokesman.
But motorists whose vehicles have been battered by
the potholes are still fuming.
“They come out of nowhere, and then BANG,”
said Amauri Peralta of West
Farms, whose front right
tire was bent out of shape
by a gaping hole in the right
hand lane of the northbound FDR just before the
Willis Avenue Bridge.
“When you hit it, you
know you hit it.”
“My rim is all bent,” said
Edward Kopelowitz of Manhattan’s Upper East Side,
who was behind Peralta in
line at Gino’s Tire Repair in
Port Morris after striking
the same FDR crater. “It’s a
disaster.”
Booming local biz
Both men were part of a
line of damaged cars snaking around the block on St.
Ann’s Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard Thursday,
Amauri Peralta is not a happy customer after his front right tire was bent out of shape by a tire-eating
Photos by Ben Kochman
pothole on the FDR Drive just short of the WIllis Avenue Bridge.
Feb. 6. Business was booming at the tire repair shop,
where a bent rim repair
costs a minimum of $20.
“We’ve had a steady
stream of customers all
day,” said Renato Lopez,
while his father Francisco
—an Ecuadorian immigrant who was a bodybuilder in his youth —used
a miniature sledgehammer
to beat Kopelowitz’s bent
rim back into place.
Never-ending fight
The DOT’s ongoing effects to patch the city’s
bruised streets will continue, especially with yet
another
power-packed
snowstorm in the forecast.
In the Bronx, the agency’s crews spent Sunday,
Feb. 9 resurfacing portions
of the northbound Bronx
River Parkway between the
Cross Bronx Expressway
and Sagamore Street, closing two of the parkway’s
three lanes in the process.
On Monday, crews began to tackle the Sheridan
Expressway. southbound
service
road
between
Westchester Ave. and Freeman St. and Exterior Street
between E. 138th St. and
Third Avenue.
Besides the cost of all
that manpower, the potholes may end up costing
the city cold hard cash. Motorists whose vehicles are
damaged by potholes can
fi le a claim with the City
Comptroller’s office to get
reimbursed.
At press time, only 61
motorists had filed with
the Comptroller since Nov.
1. But an agency spokesman said more claims were
likely on the way.
Motorists have 90 days
after an incident to fi le the
proper paperwork.
February 14-20, 2014
gent Care Centers to deal
with smaller issues such
as ear infections and common colds, Garcia said.
But locals need to use those
sites to loosen up the jam at
Weiler.
“Whether it’s a heart
attack or a toothache, we
can’t turn anyone away at
Weiler,” Garcia said. “If we
can refer people to those
urgent care sites, then a lot
of the space can be freed
up.”
Another reason for the
overcrowding is the massive number of Bronxites
without health insurance,
he noted. Those folks instead wait until a health
issue is dire enough to require an ER visit.
Uninsured locals have
until March 31 to sign up
for insurance under the
Affordable Care Act before
a fee kicks in. Those confused by the process can
swing by a Monte site and
ask for a “Certified Appli-
cation Counselor” to guide
them.
More
honesty
on
space
Locals at the meeting
suggested that Montefiore
be more up front about the
lack of bed space.
Nurses at Weiler have
reported that even with
the added 21 beds Einstein
put in on its seventh floor
in December 2013, some
patients spend the night in
the hallway.
“You need to tell people
that the hospital is full,”
said Pat Quaranta, a longtime community board
member who serves on
Einstein’s advisory board.
“When people are waiting there with their loved
ones, and they don’t know
when they are going in,
that makes it even worse.”
Spreading out patients
Part of the problem at
Weiler may stem from a
misunderstanding about
how the newly renovated
Montefiore
Westchester
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Montefiore meets with Community Board 11 to discuss concerns
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Bridal fashion
BRIDAL STYLE BOUTIQUE
905 Ave. U in Brooklyn, (718) 339–3222,
www.bridalstylesboutique.com
Brides hoping to add a bit of flair to their outfit need to
look no further than Bridal Styles. Its showroom has an
unmatched selection of unique headpieces, veils, and jewelry.
SPOSABELLA COUTURE
69A 7th Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 789–8700,
www.sposabellacouture.com
This full-service bridal shop has just about everything a bride
needs like veils, headpieces, flower girl dresses, and a wide
array of designer gowns.
WORLD MALL BRIDAL DREAMS
7905 5th Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 333–5041 or
(646) 712–4084, www.bridaldreamsmall.com
It has a wide selection of designer gowns and shoes. This
Bay Ridge dress shop will work with any bride, regardless of
budget, to find the perfect dress.
GRAND OAKS COUNTRY CLUB
FLORAL FANTASY
JOURDAN LEON PHOTOGRAPHY
200 Huguenot Ave. in Staten Island,
(718) 356–2771, www.grandoaksnyc.com
3031 Quentin Rd. in Brooklyn, (718) 998–7060 or
(800) 566–8380, www.floralfantasyny.com
(718) 529–4303, jourdanphotovideo.com
This new and improved Staten Island venue, which was formerly
the South Shore Country Club, can provide the perfect and elegant
backdrop for your reception. It has prime dates still available.
Floral Fantasy is an instructor for Brooklyn’s Botanic Gardens
and has your entire wedding celebration covered with
bouquets, floral arrangements, and decorations fitting any
budget.
NEW YORK CITY EVENTS
Contact Dyker Beach Golf Course at
(718) 836–9722 x 1 or Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf
Course at (718) 885–1258 x 229,
www.nycevents.americangolf.com
These two historic venues, each situated on a beautiful golf course,
can provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding reception.
REBAR
147 Front St. in Brooklyn, (718) 766–9110,
www.rebarnyc.com
Rebar, located in the heart of DUMBO, is a gastropub that
promises to give you a unique “Brooklyn style” wedding that
is truly an unforgettable experience.
SIRICO’S
Catering & venues
8015-23 13th Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 331–2900,
www.siricoscaterers.net
ALLEGRIA HOTEL
Sirico’s offers elegantly modern accommodations, with the
care and service that comes from being family-owned and
operated business for over 85 years.
80 W Broadway in Long Beach, (516) 889–1300,
www.allegriahotel.com
Allegria Horel, is a chic and sophisticated wedding venue
in Long Beach with breathtaking ocean views. Its great for
rooftop or beachfront weddings.
BAY RIDGE MANOR
476 76th St. in Brooklyn, (718) 748–8855,
www.bayridgemanor.com
This distinctive catering hall is located in the heart of Bay
Ridge and can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 250
guests in its two banquet rooms.
CASA PEPE RESTAURANT
114 Bay Ridge Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 833–8865,
www.casapepe.com
Casa Pepe, a Mexican and Spanish restaurant that New York
Magazine describes as an “elegant restaurant, with garden
dining in fine weather and a fireplace to warm up the gray
days of winter” is a great place for a wedding or rehearsal.
GIACOMO’S TRATTORIA
7902 3rd Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 439–6993,
www.facebook.com/GiacomosWoodFiredPizza
Giacomo’s offers authentic Italian cuisine prepared by
its renowned chefs. Its party room, that has a friendly
atmosphere, is the perfect place for your bridal shower or
rehearsal dinner. It offers off-premises catering as well.
GLEN TERRACE
5313 Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 252–4614
Glen Terrae has been serving Brooklyn for over 50 years
and offers unique catering options at affordable prices
for wedding banquets and other special occasions. It also
features a brand new Caribbean menu.
GREENHOUSE CAFE
7717 Third Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 833–8200,
greenhousecafe.com
Greenhouse Cafe offers a blend of traditions and modern
food trends and is located in the heart of Bay Ridge. It
has a full-sized bar and three dining rooms which include
a beautiful atrium and outdoor dining area. It is ready to
accommodate your boutique wedding, bridal shower, or
rehearsal dinner. Valet parking is also available.
IL FORNETTO
2902 Emmons Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 332–8494,
www.ilfornettorestaruant.com
Il Fornetto is the only restaurant in Sheepshead Bay with a
waterfront view. Its banquet hall and authentic Italian cuisine
is the perfect setting for your wedding reception.
GRAND PROSPECT HALL
263 Prospect Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 788–0777,
www.grandprospecthall.com
Grand Prospect Hall offers a wide variety of traditional
wedding accommodations. It ensures the highest level of
service to make your special day like a fairy tale.
THE VANDERBILT AT SOUTH
BEACH
300 Father Capodanno Blvd. in Staten Island,
(718) 447–0800, www.vanderbiltsouthbeach.com
The Vanderbilt boasts both a luxurious banquet hall and
magnificent outdoor oceanfront space. It can provide the
highest quality of service, regardless of your preference.
VILLA RUSSO
118-16 101st Ave in Queens, (718) 849–0990,
www.villarussocatering.com
Celebrate your wedding while experiencing the true radiance of
this elegant Italian style villa that is nestled in the heart of Queens.
HENRY’S FLORIST
8103 Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn, (800) 543–6797 or
(718) 238–3838, www.henrysfloristweddingevents.com
This company has proudly been serving the tri-state area for
over 75 years with service, floral designs for different tastes,
and budget-friendly wedding and reception packages.
MARINE FLORIST AND
DECORATORS
1995 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, (800) 447–6730 or
(718) 338–3600, www.marineflorists.com
This 100-year-old family-owned and operated florist has your
ceremony and reception covered on the day of your wedding
Jewelry
BENNY’S JEWELRY LTD.
CHIARIELLO JEWELERS
1135 Morris Park Ave. in the Bronx, (718) 823–0495,
www.chiariellojewelers.com
Chiariello Jewelers has been a family owned and operated
business since 1988. It is a full-service jewelry store and
offers comprehensive and detailed advice at any time.
TIVOLI JEWELERS
327 Graham Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 384–1305,
www.tivolijewelers.com
Limousine services
(800) 760–7125, www.aclasslimousine.com
A-CLASS LIMOUSINE
New York and New Jersey’s #1 limousine specialist has
wedding packages to meet your budget. Call for a free price
quote.
The Amazing Bottle Dancers’ thrilling 20-minute program is a
great addition to your wedding reception.
MILA LIMOUSINE CORPORATION
E-SQUARED PRODUCTIONS
Mila is about providing the best service possible to ensure
the utmost satisfaction by servicing the tri-state area with
their selection of luxury and exotic vehicles.
This full service wedding DJ has combined the latest
technology in music, lighting, and entertainment to make for
an unforgettable wedding reception.
Event planning
ERRAND BOY’S EXPRESS
Salons
PILO ARTS SALON
8412 3rd Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 748–7411,
www.piloarts.com
This award winning Bay Ridge salon has been serving
the New York area with exceptional style and service
for 35 years. It was voted “Top five color salons” in the
Metropolitan area and has been a choice wedding day-hairan- make-up destination.
SALON MALAVE
Salon Malave is owned by master hairstylist Mary K. BerlingeriMalave and is home to a special team of experienced and
dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to pamper and
indulge their clients. It offers numerous bridal services.
360 Entertainment is a DJ and event-planning company for
all types of events and affairs. It has monthly discounts so
follow the company on Facebook.
4308 Richmond Ave. in Staten Island or 1665 Bath
Ave in Brooklyn, (718) 227–3235, www.e2dj.com
This company offers award-winning photography and video
packages and competitive pricing that can match any budget.
Benny’s Jewelry, LTD sets the standard in fine diamond watch
making. Twenty years of creating some of the most unique
jewelry has given it a unique perspective on the pulse of its
clientele.
(718) 974–3214,
www.facebook.com/360Entertainment,
[email protected]
(800) 716–0556, www.bottledancers.com
459 Pacific St. in Massapequa Park, (516) 690–1320,
www.onefinedayphotographers.com
7824 13th Ave in Brooklyn, (347) 497–5720,
salonmalave.com
360 ENTERTAINMENT
THE AMAZING BOTTLE DANCERS
ONE FINE DAY PHOTOGRAPHERS
89-02 165th St., Ste. B1 in Jamaica, (718) 526–4613,
www.bennysjewelryllc.com
Offering a wide variety of unique brands that cannot be
found anywhere else, Tivoli Jeweler offers the highest quality
of product while still remaining affordable.
Entertainment
Jourdan Leon Photography specializes in wedding and event
photography and video. It has been in business for t20 years
and serves the five boroughs of New York.
(718) 232–8973, www.milalimo.com
RJ’S LIMOUSINES
3285 Sunrise Hwy. in Wantagh, (516) 221–3040,
www.rjlimos.com
RJ’s will beat the price of any legitimate competitor by
offering one of the largest selections of new and exotic cars
on the East Coast with the utmost professional service,
Services
THE CAMBRIA FAMILY DENTAL
CENTER
22802 Linden Blvd. in Queens, (718) 528–8592,
www.cambriafamilydental.com
Cambria Family Dental Center is dedicated to providing the
entire family with outstanding preventive and restorative
dental healthcare. It can give you a perfect smile for your
big day.
JOSEPH LICHTER, D.D.S.
1420 Ave. P in Brooklyn, (718) 339–7878,
www.josephlichterdds.com
Your smile is Joseph Lichter’s top priority. His entire team is
dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care
that you deserve.
OMNI DENTAL CARE
313 Kings Hwy. in Brooklyn, (718) 376–8656,
www.omnidentalcare.com
If you teeth have chips, gaps, or just need whitening, Omni
Dental can solve many issues with minimal visits so your
smile can be perfect for your wedding day. Call now for a
free consultation.
Wedding expos
BOSCO’S WEDDING EXPO
www.cl.boscoweddings.com
Bosco’s Wedding Expo puts on bridal shows in the New York
and Connecticut areas. Visit it’s website to see the remaining
2013 show dates, and special offers.
(888) 418–6616 or (347) 946–9298,
www.ErrandBoysExpress.com
Photography & video
BRIDAL AFFAIR
This full-service event planning company offers 24/7
assistance with lifestyle management , personal assistant,
concierge, and errand services. It provides assistance for your
special event or party.
FANTASY PHOTOGRAPHY
(718) 317–9701, www.bridalaffair.com
3031 Quentin Rd. in Brooklyn, (718) 998–0949,
www.fantasyphotographyandvideo.com
Bridal Affair hosts free bridal shows through November
and across all the boroughs. It features runway shows and
a variety of vendors. See its website for reservations and
additional details.
Florists
Fantasy Photography has over 30 years experience in the
Metropolitan area and specializes in photo and video
services for all types of weddings.
13TH AVENUE FLORIST
GLAMOUR ME PHOTO & VIDEO
www.greatbridalextravaganza.com
7806 13th Ave in Brooklyn, (718) 236–9088,
13thavefl[email protected]
104-12 111th St. in South Richmond Hill,
(888) 400–2738 or (718) 504–1970,
www.glamourmestudio.com
Great Bridal Extravaganza knows that your wedding day
is something special and it wants your help you make your
dreams come true. Attend a Great Bridal Extravaganza bridal
show and enter the world of weddings and meet local and
national bridal professionals like florists, wedding planners,
caterers, and DJs.
Thirteenth Avenue Florist is fully equipped and can make
your wedding day a memorable occasion. It is located in
Dyker Heights and offers cutting-edge designs and a variety
of signature wedding packages.
Glamour Me offers one of the best wedding photo and video
services in New York. It has packages for any budget, with a
price and quality money-back guarantee.
GREAT BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA
TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS DIRECTORY CALL (718) 260–2500
Hayes stars make college choices
February 14-20, 2014
PIPE
DREAMS
By Bob Connolly
The Sun
Felt Good
I was happy to read about
Derek Jeter taking batting practice. It was a session of 5 rounds
totaling 39 pitches and he hit
with authority to all fields.
The grass smelled sweet and
wonderful but then I remembered I was still in icy NY.
OMEN
How many of you, also, felt
that safety was an omen of bad
things to come for Denver on
their fi rst offensive play?
OMA-WHO?
Gene Collier (Pgh. Post Gazette) gave us an unbiased look
at the Super Bowl. “On the night
“Omaha! Omaha!” got changed
to “Oh my God! Oh My God!,” a
typically furious flock of Seattle Seahawks plastered Peyton
Manning and the Denver Broncos with one of the most dominating defensive performances
in Super Bowl history.
The so-called Legion of
Boom, the defense that had
more takeaways, more interceptions and the most dramatic
turnover ratio of this entire
NFL season, laughed off Denver’s record-breaking offense
as though it couldn’t possibly be
serious.
Your final from the fi rst outdoor, not-so-cold-weather Super
Bowl:
Immovable 43, Unstoppable
Continued on Page 70
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NIAJAH MORGAN...............................................................PAGE 71
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“We were worried about winning the game. It’s not
the end of the season, she can get her 700th win the
next game of the game after. The most important
part for us was winning the game period.”
Shawn Antoine (l.) and Amir Crenshaw (r.) of Cardinal Hayes signed National Letters of Intent with Rhode Island and C.W. Post respectively with head coach C.J. O’Neil
Photo by Joseph Staszewski
(c.) looking on.
BY JOSEPH STASZEWSKI
Signing Day, just like their
elusive CHSFL Class AA title
was worth the wait for Cardinal
Hayes’ Shawn Antoine and Amir
Crenshaw.
The due led the Cardinals to
their fi rst ‘AA” title since 1981.
They didn’t get to sign at Hayes,
but had to send their National
Letters of Intent from their mother’s office and Staples respectively after inclement weather
closed the school on Jan. 5. A day
later there we surrounded by trophies, coaches, teammates, family and friends as the celebrated
making their college choices
official. Antoine is heading to
Division-I Rhode Island to play
safety and Crenshaw is going to
be a wide receiver at Division-II
C.W. Post.
“It’s one of the best feelings of
my life,” Crenshaw said. “This
has been my goal since coming
into Hayes.”
Antoine got a special feeling
when he stepped onto the Rhode
Island campus. First-year head
coach Jim Fleming took over after helping the University of Central Florida to a Fiesta Bowl win
over of Oregon as the defensive
coordinator. Antoine saw the improvements the university made
to its athletic infrastructure and
the comments Fleming had to
turning things around.
“They are just doing everything right to try to rebuild the
program,” he said.
In Antoine the Rams get one
of the CHSFL’s most dynamic
defensive back. The hard hitter
always made his presence felt in
a game, including a big fourthquarter hit against rival Mount
St. Michal in the fi nal on Thanksgiving Day.
“He’s just a kid who has a
nose for the football and loves to
hit and changed the dynamic of
games at times,” Cardinals coach
C. J. ONeil said.
Crenshaw could do the same
with his size, speed and tremendous hands. He put the work
in during the offseason and excelled in the No. 1 receivers role
after the graduation of George
Dawson. He caught 40 passed for
638 yards and nine touchdowns.
Crenshaw also added a big fourth
down grab for a fi rst down late in
the championship game.
“I think they got a steal,”
O’Neil said. “That’s a young man
who is a very hard worker and he
is going to keep developing.”
C.W. Post showed and assistant coach Mark Verdi showed
the most interest in Crenshaw.
His aggressiveness and a chance
to compete to play right away
won Crenshaw over despite having Division-I schools like Sacred
Heart and Lehigh also on him. He
joins Mount St. Michael corner
Kasim Thomas, New Utrecht’s
Richard Wright and Brooklyn
Tech’s Deion Mash in the list of
New York City players signing
with the Pioneers
“Coach Verdi says he knows
a player when he sees one and he
said when he saw me he knew that
was his guy,” Crenshaw said.
Antoine said he and his teammates talked in the preseason
about getting over the hump and
bringing home a title. That was
step one to a successful senior
year. Signing to play college football just makes things feel that
much more complete.
“Every year we were so close
to getting there,” Antoine said.
“This year we finally got there.”
Now their next stop is set.
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February 14-20, 2014
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Fordham Prep’s Crossdale, McHale helped
propel each other to Division I dreams
BY JOSEPH STASZEWSKI
Malik Crossdale and
James McHale wouldn’t
be heading to Division I
schools if it wasn’t for each
other.
The Fordham Prep running back and quarterback
made their respectful commitments to Army and Holy
Cross official last week
on National Signing Day.
McHale played four years
on the varsity and Crossdale three. They became
inseparable in the offseason after their sophomore
seasons working on routes
and pass catching.
“I think if he wasn’t
there I wouldn’t have gotten
to play Division I football,”
McHale said. “He pushed
me and helped me get to
where I wanted to be.”
Crossdale
can
say
the same thing about his
quarterback. He struggled
catching the ball out of
the backfield and McHale
threw him hard pass after
hard pass until he got the
hang of it. It made Cross-
dale a complete player. The
duo led the Rams to the
CHSFL Class AA title as
sophomores, but strived to
improve under head coach
Pete Gorynski.
“Sophomore year I
couldn’t catch a toss much
less a swing pass,” Crossdale said. “He was always
telling me you have to learn
how to catch. I want you to
take one of my passes to the
house.”
He was one of the CHSFL’s most versatile backs
until a serve ankle sprain
greatly limited him this
season. It put more on
McHale’s shoulders and
forced the Rams, who struggled, to be predominantly a
passing team. McHale, a
fi rst team All-Bronx selection by the Bronx Times,
led the CHSFL in passing
yards with 2,060 and threw
for 10 touchdowns. Crossdale was limited to 452 yard
on the ground, but believes
better days are ahead.
“I know that everything
is going to be fine if I keep
working and I keep my eye
on the prize,” he said. “I just
can’t let it get me down.”
Mount’s Thomas picks
C. W. Post: Kasim Thomas
had to prove himself at cornerback because his time
as his natural position was
limited when he had to fi ll
a need at quarterback at
Mount St. Michael. C.W.
Post saw all it needed at a
CHSFL Senior Bowl practice and began recruiting
Thomas heavily. He felt he
covered well that day.
“You never know who
is watching,” Thomas said.
“You always have to go 100
percent.”
Mountaineer
coach
Mario Valentini praised
Thomas’ unselfishness and
wiliness to step in under
center to lead Mount to the
CHSFL Class AA title. He
feels college coaches overlooked Thomas because
they have a lot of fi lm of
him playing corner as a senior.
“He’s a real good cover
corner,” Valentini said. “I
Fordham Prep James McHale and Malik Crossdale, celebrate scoring a touchdown during game between Xavier and Fordham Prep, at Fordham University, Bronx New York, on November 22, 2012.
Photo by Robert Cole
think they got a real good
player, someone who was
under the radar.”
Thomas felt at home
at Post, which features a
strong contingent of New
York City players. There
was a family type atmosphere when he went on his
visit in January.
“Everybody on the team
is close,” Thomas said.
“Guys are from New York.
It is easy to adapt to the
campus.”
Pipe Dreams:Two Words: Keep Carmelo; Chaos; Marcus Browne
From Page 69
8.
Even with their defense
on the sideline, the Seahawks got an unexpected
adrenaline boost from
wide out Percy Harvin,
who had been struggling
with concussion issues.
Harvin gave ‘em 137 allpurpose yards, 45 on two
end-around plays in the
fi rst, then 87 on the kickoff that started the second
half, a backbreaker that
made it 29-0.
‘We had bounce-right,
counter-right,
something we were calling for
all week,’ Harvin said.
‘We knew it was a good
chance. We’d put that on
fi lm all year so the guys
did a heckuva job blocking. As soon as I caught it
there was open field.’
Any chance Manning
had of bringing his team
back methodically vanished at that moment, and
the Seahawks seemed to
think all of last week that
their moment was com-
ing.”
Dan Daly wrote, “Can
hardly wait for the Super
Bowl to be over so we can
begin the Countdown to
Curling.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted Craig
Ferguson saying, “Well
done, Seattle, I think they
needed this to cement
their reputation. Before
last night, the meanest guy from Seattle was
Frasier.”
TWO WORDS:
KEEP CARMELO
Ohm Youngmisuk (ESPNNY.com) quoted Michael Wilbon’s position
that the Bulls should take
a run at Carmelo Anthony
and add a few of his own
thoughts, with which I
agree. “There are scouts
in the NBA who believe
Anthony will be the same
player going forward he’s
been the past 11 years,
which is to say a professional scorer who has
never been committed to
defense or the nuances of
being a great teammate,
which just happen to be
the obsessions of the coach
Anthony would be playing for in Chicago. But
there are others who believe that while the above
assessment is undeniable,
the Bulls are in desperate
need of what Anthony still
does as well as anybody in
the NBA not named Kevin
Durant: score.
My take? The very reasons Wilbon argues the
Bulls should go after Melo
are the very reasons the
Knicks should hold on
tight. As Wilbon says, big
stars win in the NBA. You
can argue all you want
about whether Melo is a
“superstar.” But any perennial All-Star who can
win a scoring title against
the likes of Durant, Kobe
Bryant
and
LeBron
James is the kind of legitimate star that doesn’t
come
around
often.
Melo might not make others around him better
the way Michael Jordan
did. That’s fi ne. There
have been only a handful of stars like that over
the past couple of decades.
The Knicks have to understand what Melo is and
find a way to put the right
pieces around him. He
needs a better point guard,
a consistent second scorer
and an inside presence.
Sure, acquiring the right
pieces while signing Anthony to a maximum contract worth $129 million
over five years will be
difficult. But trading Anthony and starting over
with draft picks is a risky
proposition. Drafting prospects today is the furthest
thing from a sure thing.
And the Knicks don’t exactly have the best track
record in that department.
Besides, is there a team
willing to give up highround picks in this upcoming, tantalizing draft?
I’ll take my chances
with a guy I know can
score 62 on any given night
and electrify the Garden
like no other Knick has
since Bernard King.
CHAOS
The Sports Curmudgeon gave us a warning
that the NCAA’s existence might be in danger.
“Chaos Theory is a branch
of mathematics that considers how the initial
conditions of a situation
and minute variations in
those initial conditions
might have immense consequences on the outcome
of that situation. The most
common example given is
that the flap of a butterfly’s wing at just the right
moment could lead to the
formation of a hurricane
hundreds of miles away. I
am not going to devote any
more time to the math or
the physics of such a conjecture but I believe that
we may have seen the flap
of a butterfly wing yesterday in the sports world.
Athletes at Northwestern University announced their intention
to form a union. As is to
be expected, the NCAA
stands opposed to that
idea. Everyone should
stand ready to take on a
barrage of rhetoric with
regard to the righteousness or the iniquity of this
idea. I am not prepared to
“take sides” on this yet
because I have no idea
how the positions of each
side of this argument will
evolve over time. I will
choose to reserve judgment to provide a more
informed argument at a
later date.
If – I said IF – in the end,
a union to represent college athletes comes into
existence; the NCAA as
it exists today will go extinct. The announcement
by Northwestern athletes
in Evanston, Illinois yesterday was a small time
event; it might have a
huge effect on an institution in Indianapolis, Indiana about 200 miles away.
Chaos Theory at work…”
MARCUS BROWNE
Browne (9-0,7 KO) won
Danelle Gibson chipped in
11 points. The Pilots were
also without junior point
guard Jade Vega, a doubledigit scorer, who missed
her second game with a
broken arm. Morgan has
been averaging 12 points
per game coming in.
“Her point production
defi nitely has to come up,”
Morris said. “I usually
have four kids in double
figures...I need another kid
to step into the role of being more of a high scorer.”
Morgan scored 18 of her
points in the second half.
She hit a 3-pointer to put
Spellman up 53-51 with
5:50 left in the game. Her
fall away jumper in the
post gave the Pilots a 6157 advantage with 3:37 remaining in the contest.
Cardinal
Spellman
(17-2) couldn’t hold on
after that. Pace-bound
guard Gabriella Rubin (22
points), who scored her
1,000 career point in the
game, connected on a second straight 3-pointer and
freshman guard Rayshel
Brown (19 points) scored
six points during a 9-0 run
that sealed the victory for
the Mavericks (11-8).
“We have to stay on her,”
Morgan said of Rubin. “We
tried to switch and it didn’t
work.”
The Pilots created opportunities to get back into
the game, but a turnover
and missed layups after
two straight steals kept
that from happening.
“Turnovers and missed
layups,” Morris said. “We
had two golden opportunities.”
Spellman caught a
break when Mavericks center Dina Motrechuk missed
most of the fi rst half with
two fouls. They couldn’t
capitalize as Moore again
fi nished strong and led 2928 at the half.
The Pilots will likely get
a rematch in the CHSAA
Archdiocesan fi nal, but for
now this loss stung.
“It was pretty disappointing, but we’ll get
them next time,” Morgan
said.
February 14-20, 2014
Niajah Morgan played
the way Cardinal Spellman needs her to if they
are going to be successful
the rest of the season, it
just wasn’t good enough
for one afternoon.
The Pilots junior scored
a career-high 28 points only
to see the Spellman girl’s
basketball team fall 7064 at home to rival Moore
Catholic last Saturday.
The lost pulls Spellman
and Moore, the Archdioceses’ top two teams, even
at a win apiece this season
and kept head coach Jane
Morris from reaching career win No. 700.
“We were worried about
winning the game,” Morgan said. “It’s not the end of
the season, she can get her
700th win the next game of
the game after. The most
important part for us was
winning the game period.”
She did everything
she could with Michiganbound wing Maria Backman held to 12 points
by a box-and-1 defense.
Cardinal Spellman coach Jane Morris was denied her 700th career win in a loss to Moore Catholic on
Photo by Joseph Staszewski
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