Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wrestling Returns to St. Francis

By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, April 4- ECPW Wrestling returns to the St Francis Xavier School Gym located at 1711 Haight Avenue on Saturday April 13th at 7:30 p.m. Former WWF star Rikishi highlights this card which includes a rematch from last year between Tristen Law & Ghetto Brown in which Brown defeated Law. Rocky Jones, Gino Caruaso, and many other ECPW stars are slated to appear. Tickets to this event can be purchased at St. Francis Rectory 1703 Lurting Avenue, or at Scagliones Bakery located at 1078 Morris Park Avenue. For more information check my blog at or you can call 718-892-3330.
Speaking of a wrestling match, last week Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn took some shots as she tried to outmaneuver her opponents on the issue of “Stop and Frisk” by proposing that an Inspector General for the NYPD be established by her City Council. Only mayoral candidate John Liu has said that he would eliminate the police policy, and even Mayor Bloomberg (a Quinn ally?) thinks the establishment of an Inspector General would be wrong by establishing what could become an unaccountable position. I agree, and Mayor Bloomberg should know the most about unaccountable positions. Quinn is being called a bully in her role as speaker of the council, and she even admitted that she is brash at times. Some City Council members, or should I say their districts, have seen the “Wrath of Quinn” in the allotment of funding to council districts by Speaker Quinn as reported this past week.
After holding back a “Paid Sick Leave” bill Speaker Quinn gave into the political pressure of having it as a noose around her neck during the upcoming election. After being beaten up recently at a debate by her opponents on the issue for holding the bill back for almost three years, Quinn finally worked out a compromise with unions and business leaders. It was however Councilwoman (and candidate for Manhattan Borough President) Gail Brewer who received most of the credit for the “Compromise Paid Sick Leave” bill, and not Speaker Quinn. There are dates when the different parts of the bill would go into effect, and even provisions that could prevent it or parts from going into effect however. You can check my blog for some comments on the bill. More on the mayor’s race in future columns.
On Sunday April 14th Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will will join together with thousands of community and clergy members to join “Hands Across the Concourse” in opposition to gun violence and domestic violence. The event, which is co-produced by the Bronx Reentry Task Force and the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable, will see Bronx residents and other concerned community leaders join hands in opposition to violence along the Grand Concourse, between West Kingsbridge Road and Mosholu Parkway. The line up along the Grand Concourse begins at 3 PM, with BP Diaz joining at 4 PM at the corner of W. Kingsbridge Road & the Concourse. You can check this out on my blog or go to
Our friend 80th A.D. State Committeeman Joe McManus has asked us to warn you not to park or even stand in a bus stop to unload a passenger or whatever. The reason why McManus says, is that the latest version of the city bus is now equipped with a camera linked directly into the Parking Violation Bureau. The bus takes a photo of your car license plate if it is in the bus stop and you get a $165.00 ticket in the mail. McManus adds that this is similar to a red light camera ticket, and another new way for Mayor Bloomberg to raise revenue. Thanks Joe.
This Saturday is the Bronx Health & Wellness Summit being held at Fordham University from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can check my blog March archive section (Bronx Health & Wellness Summit) for the listing on the summit and the link for the online registration.
Don't forget that Bronx Week begins on May 9th ending on May 19th with the Bronx Walk of Fame introductions, Bronx Day Parade, and the Arts & Food Festival on Mosholu Parkway.
If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail us at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

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