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Monday, September 30, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Kennedy Leaps Over Walton

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Kennedy Leaps Over Walton: Photos by Gary Quintal By Gary Quintal BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30- Kennedy Campus High School leaped over Walton Campus in...

Kennedy Leaps Over Walton



Photos by Gary Quintal

By Gary Quintal

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30- Kennedy Campus High School leaped over Walton Campus in boys soccer with a hard fought victory Friday afternoon.  

The Kennedy Knights were behind 2-1 at the half, but shut down Walton campus in the second half winning 3-2. Both teams were tied at 2-3-1 coming into the match. The win puts Kennedy in fourth place in the Bronx A league while Walton falls into sixth place.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Clinton Dominates Again

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Clinton Dominates Again: Photos by Gary Quintal By Gary Quintal BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30- Saturday afternoon saw Week 4 of PSAL boys football as Dewitt Cli...

Clinton Dominates Again



Photos by Gary Quintal


By Gary Quintal

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30- Saturday afternoon saw Week 4 of PSAL boys football as Dewitt Clinton hosted their homecoming match-up against Brooklyn Technical.   

Despite the teams having record in opposite directions, the 0-4 Engineers played a close game, losing 30-24 to the Governors. 

Clinton hosts its final home contest attempting to keep their perfect season intact next week against Tottenville Sunday October 6th at 12 p.m.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Comeback Kids

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Comeback Kids: Football Rallies to Beat Saint Francis, 38-20 Rams score 21 points in fourth quarter BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30- If the appropria...

Comeback Kids

Football Rallies to Beat Saint Francis, 38-20
Rams score 21 points in fourth quarter

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30- If the appropriate lead for Fordham’s win over Temple two weeks ago was “Wow”, a fitting lead for this week’s game at Saint Francis University might be “Whew”, as in “Whew, that was a close one. The Rams scored 21 unanswered fourth quarter points to pull away from a determined Red Flash squad to pull out a 38-20 win on DeGol Field.
With the win, the Rams improve to 5-0 on the year while the Red Flash falls to 1-3. It is the first 5-0 start to a season for a Fordham squad since the 1988 team also opened the season 5-0. The win is also Fordham’s fifth non-conference win of the year, the most non-conference victories for the Rams since the 2003 squad also won five non-conference games.
The win was spurred by special teams play as freshman Jorge Solano took the opening kickoff 96 yards for a score, the third longest kickoff return in school history, and junior Brian Wetzel set a school record with an 84-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that set up Fordham’s final score. 
“Saint Francis did a good job on us defensively in the first half,” said Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead. “They did some things to keep the ball inside and we had a difficult time picking up some of the pressures but we made some adjustments at halftime and we came out and were able to move the ball in the second half.” 
The Fordham offense was once again led by the one-two punch of quarterback Mike Nebrich and running back Carlton Koonce. Nebrich completed 31 of 41 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns while Koonce had his third straight 100-yard game, gaining 126 yards on 23 carries with one score. 
Nebrich’s favorite receiver was Tebucky Jones, Jr., who hauled in nine passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. 
The Rams led most of the game until a 71-yard scoring run by Kyle Harbridge, who entered the game fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards/game, put Saint Francis up 20-17 with 3:21 left in the first. 
The Rams responded with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive. The big play was the third play as the Rams faced a third and nine from their own 26 but Nebrich found Sam Ajala with a 13-yard gain and a first down. Fordham would get the ball to the Saint Francis 23 where Nebrich was forced out of the pocket but found a wide open Jones in the end zone to give the Rams the lead for good, 24-20, nine seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Red Flash moved into Fordham territory on the ensuing possession but the Fordham defense held firm on a third and five from the Rams’ 20 and Saint Francis kicker Lance Geesey missed on a 37-yard field goal attempt. 
Fordham took over on its own 20 and Nebrich and Koonce went to work, with Nebrich connecting with Jones on a 45-yard pass on third-and-15 from the Fordham 15. Two plays later, Koonce rushed for 21 yards to the Saint Francis eight and, on the next play, took it around the left side for the score as Fordham took a 31-20 lead with 9:15 remaining.
The Fordham defense held the Red Flash to 21 yards on the next series and the Red Flash were forced to punt. Wetzel fielded the punt on the Fordham 12, avoided the first tackler, and then took it 84 yards to the Saint Francis four. Three plays later, Nebrich hit Wetzel over the middle with a three-yard scoring strike as the Rams extended their lead to 38-20 with 4:49 on the clock.
A final Saint Francis scoring drive was stopped by an Ian Williams interception in the end zone with 1:40 left.
After the Rams took the 7-0 lead on Solano’s kickoff return, Nebrich made it a 14-0 game on the Rams’ second offensive possession, capping it with a ten-yard touchdown toss to Dan Light with 4:48 left in the first.

The game would remain 14-0 until the Red Flash scored on a 67-yard scoring rush from Harbridge early in the second.
The 14-6 score would hold until early in the third quarter when a 66-yard carry by Harbridge put the ball on the Fordham two and he took it in from there on the next play to cut the Fordham lead to two, 14-12, 1:23 into the second half.
Later in the third, a Fordham drive stalled on the Saint Francis 22 where Michael Marando connected on a 39-yard field goal to bump the Rams’ lead to five, 17-12, with 3:40 remaining in the third.
It took the Red Flash just one play to change the score as Harbridge took the handoff and raced 71 yards to pay dirt on the next play from scrimmage and Saint Francis took a 20-17 lead 19 seconds later.
Jake Dixon led the Ram defense with seven tackles, four solo, while Stephen Hodge, Jordan Chapman, Levon Williams and Jake Rodriques each added six stops.
The Rams return to action next Saturday, October 5, as they host the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks  on Jack Coffey Field in a battle of undefeated Patriot League teams at 12:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Farewell Mo

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Farewell Mo: Fans Say Goodbye to the Last Sports Hero By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 27- The tears in Mariano Rivera's eyes said it ...

Farewell Mo


Fans Say Goodbye to the Last Sports Hero

By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 27- The tears in Mariano Rivera's eyes said it all- an era was coming to an end. The greatest closer of all time, known for his cool, professional way of getting the job done, finally broke down as his time at Yankee Stadium came to an end.

Although the game against the Tampa Bay Rays was meaningless for the Yankees, as they were eliminated from post-season play one day earlier, the emotions of everyone in the park were stirred by the entrance of Mariano Rivera with one out in the eighth. He received a prolonged and deserved standing ovation before he threw his first pitch. He retired both batters he faced to end the inning.

To the delight of the capacity crowd, he returned to the mound for the ninth inning. After retiring the first two batters, his long-time teammates and friends, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, walked to the mound to escort him from the game.

Rivera, overcome with emotion, hugged Pettitte and broke down into sobs. 

After the game, Rivera exclaimed, “The emotions bombarded me. The fans, the opposing team, everyone on their feet. It has no price.” 

Pettitte called it, “A moment I’ll never forget.” 

The Rays had left the dugout and all were on their feet applauding as were the police officers on the field and the fans in the stands. Many, in addition to Rivera, were in tears.

After the last out of the inning was made, Andy Pettitte’s name was chanted by the fans. The Rays remained in their dugout and urged the retiring left-hander to come on the field. Another standing ovation was given and responded to by Pettitte before the game could continue.

The loss was far less important to the fans than their opportunity to bid a loving farewell to two great Yankees. 

Jeter is now the lone member of the famous Core Four, but with Mo’s retirement it feels that the era is gone now. Rivera’s humbleness and sense of team seems quaint by today’s standards. The last great sports hero who gave his best for the team and not for the dollar or for his own self-importance. A man of class leaving a world of overhyped, over paid superstars. 

As proof one need not look any further than the fans. They stayed long after the final out. They stayed as Mo sat in the dugout trying to take it all in one last time. And they cheered one last time as the greatest and possibly the one last true sports hero and role model tipped his cap one last time and exited Yankee Stadium. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Armory Skates Through 1st Two Steps

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Armory Skates Through 1st Two Steps: 100 PERCENT By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26- The Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) at the Kingsbridge Armory has cl...

Armory Skates Through 1st Two Steps


100 PERCENT
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26- The Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) at the Kingsbridge Armory has cleared the first two hurdles in the land use process know as ULERP. 
Community Board 7 held a public hearing last week, and then voted 20 – 5 to approve the KNIC proposal of nine ice skating rinks and a community benefits package of $1.7 Billion. The next hurdle in the ULERP process was a public hearing by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. last Friday. BP Diaz having come out in favor of the KNIC proposal early on has now passed it to the City Planning Department. CPC has up to 60 days to either approve or disapprove the armory proposal. One would have to bet since this is a “Pet Project” of outgoing Mayor Bloomberg that CPC should not waste any time in approving the KNIC proposal. The last stop of the ULERP process is a hearing before the full City Council which votes to approve or not. The original Shops at the Armory proposal two years ago was vetoed by the City Council, and led to the fierce battle over “The Living Wage Bill”.
At both hearings local City Councilman Fernando Cabrera was not present and did not have anyone to represent him either. It is said that Councilman Cabrera is not totally in agreement with the community benefits agreement that was agreed upon, but we will have to see if Cabrera is silent when the KNIC proposal come before the City Council. It is believed that while this ULERP process could drag out into the new year under a new mayor and city council that many from Mayor Bloomberg down want this ULERP process to be finished before Mayor Bloomberg leaves office. You can go to my blog at www.100percent.blogspot.com to read more on the public hearings, see photos of New York Ranger great Mark Messier (CEO of the KNIC) as he testifies at Bronx Borough Hall, and even a photo of the Community Benefits agreement.
Last Friday was the annual Bronx Democratic County Judicial Convention. What is usually a ho-hum boring meeting was filled with excitement as Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill deBlasio showed up before the meeting to rally the Bronx troops in his support. The Bronx Democratic organization had supported Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary, but now it was full steam ahead for Bill deBlasio. To my question about former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion stealing Democratic votes away here in the Bronx as the candidate of the Independence Party, there was a rush to the podium as current Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. got to it first. Diaz said 'Carrion is no longer a Democrat, and that he has turned his back on the Democratic Party”. Diaz added that the Bronx Democratic County organization will take care of things in the Bronx, to which Bronx Democratic County Leader Carl Heastie agreed.
In the first mayoral poll after the primary Democrat Bill deBlasio leads Republican Joe Lhota by 43 percent. It was about 65 percent for deBlasio and 22 percent for Lhota, with 3 percent for Carrion, and about 10 percent undecided. By the way, the four judges that were nominated were Justice Laura Douglas, Judge Norma Ruiz, Judge Larry Schachner, and Judge Julia Rodriguez to fill the four upcoming vacancies.
Don't forget that Tuesday October 1st is Primary Run Off Day between the two top finishers in the Democratic Public Advocate race Brooklyn State Senator Dan Squadron and Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James. My prediction - Squadron wins 61 percent - 39 percent.
In the 86th A.D. special election, candidate Victor Pichardo has increased his lead to 104 votes after the re-canvassing of the voter machines. There are still many paper ballots that have to be counted, but it looks like Mr. Pichardo will be the new Assemblyman from the 86th Assembly District.
Don't forget to check my blog for events that took place over the past weekend such as the Jerome-Gun Hill BID Street Festival that took place last Saturday. Also check for upcoming events such as Fordham Fever Friday's. On Friday October 4th the Fordham BID will present an “International Day Fair” from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Muller Park & Plaza located on Fordham Road by Creston Avenue.
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 100percentbronxnews@gmail.com or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fat Lady Sang Loud For Yanks’ Playoff Dreams

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fat Lady Sang Loud For Yanks’ Playoff Dreams: I t’s over for the Yankees and it was a matter of when By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26- There was that buzz...

Fat Lady Sang Loud For Yanks’ Playoff Dreams


It’s over for the Yankees and it was a matter of when

By Rich Mancuso

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26- There was that buzz in the crowd at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night. But it was more suited for a one night stand. The New York Yankees needed to win and the scoreboard numbers were all in favor of the Cleveland Indians.  Fans were not waiting for bobble heads either, as the Charlie Brown give-away bobble head this night arrived on time.

The Yankees, though, never arrived this year. It all became official in the eighth inning with Curtis Granderson at bat. The Yankees were trying to rally against Tampa Bay, but it did not matter because Cleveland would get their win over the White Sox.

The Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the post season when the Cleveland score went final. Granderson would ground out and a few of the Yankees, on the field for the top of the ninth had a few words with each other.

It was over, and for the second time in 19 years the Yankees will not be involved with playing baseball in October.

“It’s extremely disappointing and back to the drawing board,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. This had to be one of his most difficult post game press briefings with the media. There was a sense of exhaustion as well as disappointment.

However Girardi and the Yankees, as well as their fans, had to know this day was coming. They have been on the brink of elimination from a second wild card spot in the American League and if that second spot was not available elimination would have come that much sooner.

But they were a resilient group, and never quit. Despite all the injuries, and players who kept coming and going, and the lineup shuffling, the Yankees until that eighth inning saw some hope. In that eighth inning, despite again having to battle back to try and win a game, there was hope.

“We were right there,” said Girardi. “Today was probably a reality check for me.”

And it will be a reality check for the New York Yankees. Not playing baseball in October, and with no playoff baseball in the Bronx, well that does not sound right. Indeed, the reality all along was this Yankees team had limited chances for an October post season with 28 stints of disabling 21 different players. That was not supposed to happen to a team with an opening day Major league baseball high payroll of $230 million.

The Rays don’t feel sorry for the Yankees. Most teams never do when the Yankees fail to succeed and Girardi said all season, no team will feel sorry for the walking wounded Yankees. All teams have their share of injuries, but the general manager Brian Cashman went wherever he could to bring in reinforcements.

The veterans Cashman acquired at a reasonable price worked for a limited period of time. Lyle Overbay had a comeback season, a surprise pickup, and David Wells did his part as another key acquisition. Many more came along for the ride with hopes that Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and even Alex Rodriguez would return.

The Yankees started strong and had a brief hold on first place. Then the comeback and making things interesting, and earlier this month trailed the wild card spot by one game as they went up to Boston. That three-game sweep by the Red Sox led to the bad September, losing eight of their last 11 games.

“Just a tough way to end things here, not making the postseason,” commented Phil Hughes who started and in all probability lost his last game as a Yankee. Hughes (4-14) pitched two innings, allowed three runs. He tossed less than 5.0 innings in each of his last five starts.

Hughes was only part of the issue. If the Yankees want to see October baseball next year, the pitching staff has to do it down the stretch. At one point, before that series up in Boston, it appeared the pitching and hitting was coming together.

The Yankees never gave up on Girardi, it all fell apart at the wrong time.

“It’s a really sad feeling,” said Robinson Cano. “The fun part of this game is playoffs. I’m really sad right now. And it’s going to stick in my head, in my mind, until next season.”

That is, if there is a next season in New York for Cano who will be seeking a six figure contract. And the Yankees hierarchy has not seemed very interested in investing in these long term mega contracts due partly to how they have appeared to have not got the best of that big deal from A-Rod.

It did not work for the 2013 New York Yankees. And there is a lot of work to be done in order to be a part of October baseball again. They won’t be one of ten teams that will move on in October this time around. Again teams, like the Rays won’t feel sorry for the Yankees.

“Eliminating a team like the Yankees who played us tough all year is a good thing,” said the Rays’ Evan Longoria after his second multi-career home run game  of the season and 13th of his career.

Out before the post season starts, and a final game at Yankee Stadium for Mariano Rivera Thursday night was not supposed to be that way, but it is.

In a quiet and otherwise quiet Yankees clubhouse, without many players available to talk, Rivera said, “I’ll be there for the fans, they deserve it. But it don’t mean  anything.  I’m not used to pitching for something that doesn’t mean anything. I wanted to pitch for something that means something.”

Rivera could get some playing time in center field at his final game in the Bronx. Andy Pettitte, another of the retiring ‘Core Four” of those Yankees championship teams that played in October, could toss an inning. Because now the games have no meaning, and the final four games are being played for pride.

In the distance from those fans that remained, a fainted chant of “Let’s Go Yankees” could be heard before Ichiro Suziki got on base with a single, pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez in that eighth inning.

For the Yankees the chants of “Let’s go” will not be heard again until next April. Then we should know better, if and when pennant baseball will be played in the Bronx again.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Man seriously injured in taxi crash

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Man seriously injured in taxi crash: Photo by David Greene A man struck by a taxi was seriously injured crossing a busy street. Sources say the unidentified victim was crossi...

Man seriously injured in taxi crash



Photo by David Greene

A man struck by a taxi was seriously injured crossing a busy street. Sources say the unidentified victim was crossing Morris Park Avenue on September 16, when he was run over by a livery cab driver from the Kiss Car Service on Webster Avenue. The victim was expected to survive and the incident will likely be deemed an accident.

A detective waits with the driver as a highway patrolman investigates the crash.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fat Lady is Getting Ready to Sing for Yankees

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fat Lady is Getting Ready to Sing for Yankees: Y ankees Looked Like a Team Eliminated and it is All but Official By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25- It will be officia...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fat Lady is Getting Ready to Sing for Yankees

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fat Lady is Getting Ready to Sing for Yankees: Y ankees Looked Like a Team Eliminated and it is All but Official By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25- It will be officia...

Fat Lady is Getting Ready to Sing for Yankees

Yankees Looked Like a Team Eliminated and it is All but Official

By Rich Mancuso

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25- It will be official by Thursday, as reality will say time has run out for the New York Yankees and any hope for post season baseball. Tuesday night in the Bronx, when Tampa Bay Rays lead-off hitter Matt Joyce drove a home run to right off Hiroki Kuroda it was going to be that type of ballgame.

And all that was left when the night was over is that the Yankees know, Wednesday night they have to win. Though the inevitable is here, and reality of post season aspirations means they have to win all of their remaining five games.

Winning them all, though, could be too much to ask. Because this has been a season of hope for the Yankees, and despite the numerous injuries, they should not even be fighting for their playoff hopes even if it meant being a post season second wild card team out of the American League.

However, baseball is made to be played until there is an elimination game. And on Wednesday night, elimination faces the Yankees, a team that may have had their final chance for a post season chance before they took the field Tuesday night.

Instead, the starter, Hiroki Kuroda once again did not have his best stuff. The same issues that have seen him lose seven of his last 12 starts have just about put the final nail in the coffin of the Yankees. And now it is more likely going to be a rare October with no post season baseball in the Bronx.

The manager, Joe Girardi, who has been the optimistic one, had that look of disappointment and there was a sense it was over in his post game meeting with the media after Tampa Bay shut out the Yankees 7-0. He talked about Kuroda, how the sinker, slider, and his overall stuff were not there.

And then there was that issue, again, as was so often this season. The Yankees could not capitalize and get the hits when they were needed.

“It’s frustrating because we had opportunities and we weren’t able to put in the hits,” said Girardi. “Runs have been tough for us lately at a time when we needed to score some runs we weren’t able to do it.” He reflected on the Boston series last week and being swept in three games up at Fenway Park.

“We lost the game Sunday,” he added referring to a game his Yankees needed to win against the lowly San Francisco Giants. “It’s been a combination,” he said. A 31-31 record since the All-Star break will not guarantee a spot for October. Nor will stranding 11 on base as the New York offense once again went cold at the wrong time.  

“Right now we need a ton of help and need to win games,” said Girardi. He was reacting to a question about this possibly being the end of a season. He has been optimistic despite the gloom and doom of a long season that was interrupted often with one injury or another to a key player.

 “That’s what you work for," he said. The reference was to starting in February and working your way to October. Unfortunate for the Yankees, they will wait one more day until not playing baseball in October becomes official.

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Bronx News (Bxnews.net): The End Is Near For Yankees

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): The End Is Near For Yankees: Rays Shutout Yanks, 7-0 By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25- The Yanks lost a must-win game to the Tampa Rays on Tuesday ni...

The End Is Near For Yankees

Rays Shutout Yanks, 7-0



By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25- The Yanks lost a must-win game to the Tampa Rays on Tuesday night. The Yanks entered the contest trailing four teams for a Wild Card spot in the American League, Tampa and Cleveland by four games, Texas by three and Kansas City by one.

The Rays wasted no time before putting runs up on the board. The game’s lead-off batter, Matt Joyce, hit the third pitch thrown by Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda into the right field stands.

Rookie Will Myers followed with a single to center. He was driven across the plate by a double to right by David DeJesus. The latter moved to third on the outfield throw and scored as the next batter, Evan Longoria hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field. The three runs in the first were sufficient to ensure the victory.

Kuroda settled down and retired 15 of 16 batters from the first through five innings. Longoria was the only Tampa batter to reach base during that stretch as he was safe on an error by Yankee third sacker Eduardo Nuñez in the fifth.

Myers walked to begin the sixth. The base on balls was the first issued by Kuroda during the contest. With one down, Longoria doubled to left and Ben Zobrist was intentionally walked to load the bases. A double by James Loney knocked in two runs to give the Rays a 5-0 advantage.

The visitors added two more runs in the ninth.

Although the Rays starter Matt Moore exhibited wildness during his five innings, six walks and three wild pitches, he did not allow a runner to cross the plate. The major league sophomore had another one of his impressive performances, which earned him his eighth victory in his last nine decisions.

Moore only gave up three hits in his five innings of work. The first Yankee hit was a single by Ichiro in the third. Two more singles by Alfonso Soriano and Nuñez were hit in the fifth.
The game was the 20th of Moore’s 26 starts in 2013 in which he held the opposing team to six hits or less. The 24 year-old is undefeated, 16-0, in those 20 starts. He is obviously not suffering from the “sophomore jinx.” If he hid not been on the disabled list for more than one month earlier this summer he very likely may have achieved 20 wins this year.

Clutch hitting was absent while the Yankees batted against Moore. They stranded 10 runners and were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position while Moore was on the mound.
When all of Tuesday’s games ended, The Yanks trailed Tampa and Cleveland by five games with five remaining. Winning all five will not be sufficient for the Yanks unless Tampa and/or Cleveland loss all of their remaining contests.

Phil Hughes (4-13) and David Price (8-8) will be the starting pitchers in game two of the three game set on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Killer Phones It In

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Killer Phones It In: Norwood Woman Murdered, Boyfriend Charged BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 24 - Police have charged the boyfriend of a Norwood woman who wa...

Killer Phones It In

Norwood Woman Murdered, Boyfriend Charged

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 24- Police have charged the boyfriend of a Norwood woman who was shot to death inside her home. Cops say the boyfriend called to confess the crime shortly after the murder.

 

Cops say Frederick White, 42, called police at 12:30 a.m. on September 11. Upon their arrival to 3576 Dekalb Avenue, police discovered Cleopatra Lovelace, 30, had been shot in the back of the head. Lovelace died at the scene.

 

Few people knew the couple, which only moved into the building a few months earlier.


One resident of the quiet building, who declined to be identified, stated, "I was in complete shock... they would come and go, but no one had time to get to know them."

 

White has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

 

The victim is the seventh homicide reported within the 52nd Precinct command. There were just three homicides reported over the same time period last year.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Customers Say They Will Return to Hawaii Sea Despi...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Customers Say They Will Return to Hawaii Sea Despi...: (Customers of Hawaii Sea Restaurant stand on line outside Herbert H. Lehman High School for a free shot from the Department of Health.--P...

Customers Say They Will Return to Hawaii Sea Despite Hepatitis Outbreak




(Customers of Hawaii Sea Restaurant stand on line outside Herbert H. Lehman High School for a free shot from the Department of Health.--Photo by David Greene)


By David Greene
  
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22- Hundreds of patrons of a popular Westchester Square restaurant have been immunized after an outbreak of hepatitis A that has so far sickened four customers and one employee.

Officials from the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOH) ordered the New Hawaii Sea Restaurant, located at 1475 Williamsbridge Road, closed on September 19, after the outbreak came to light.

The following day an alert was issued for customers of New Hawaii Sea, who ate there between September 7 and September 19, urging them to get a free hepatitis A Vaccine.

One customer who declined to be identified, drove up to the restaurant to read the signs posted on the businesses front door, before driving the half-mile to Herbert H. Lehman High School where the free shots were being offered.

The customer who has been a frequent visitor of the New Hawaii Sea for the last 25-years, recalled, "I ate there twice in the last month. I got an alert on facebook and heard it on the news. Actually, it's one of the better restaurants around here." 

When the restaurant's B letter grade on its front window was pointed out to the customer, he responded, "I never noticed the rating. The place seems to be clean, the service is good and the portions are a very nice in size... it's shocking."

On September 21 officials from the DOH were back at New Hawaii Sea re-inspecting the restaurant as several hundred customers waited for over an hour for the free shot, just a short drive away.

The official said the business could be back open after enough food handlers at the restaurant could be immunized--possibly in time for the Saturday night dinner crowd.

The DOH alert stated, "Hepatitis A is spread by eating food (even though it may look clean) that has been contaminated by an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea."

DOH Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley told reporters, "If people experience symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately. This incident serves as an important reminder to always wash your hands thoroughly before handling food to prevent the spread of disease."

"I love Hawaii Sea," another 25-year customer of the Chinese and Japanese eatery stated after exiting Lehman High School, adding, "It happens." The woman laughed after declaring, "I'll be back."

A third customer who waited 90 minutes for his shot was asked if he'd return, the man responded, "Probably not."

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus and is spread when trace amounts of fecal matter of an infected person is ingested. There is currently no treatment once a person is infected but the disease can be prevented with a vaccine within 14 days of exposure.

Officials say that hepatitis A is fatal in fewer than 1 percent of all reported cases.

On September 22 an employee of the New Hawaii Sea stated that the business, "will be closed for a few more days."   


Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hayes Dominates Spellman

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hayes Dominates Spellman: Photos by Gary Quintal Cardinal Hayes took it to Cardinal Spellman this Saturday scoring  26 points in the opening quarter. Spe...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hayes Dominates Spellman

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hayes Dominates Spellman: Photos by Gary Quintal Cardinal Hayes took it to Cardinal Spellman this Saturday scoring  26 points in the opening quarter. Spe...

Hayes Dominates Spellman



Photos by Gary Quintal



Cardinal Hayes took it to Cardinal Spellman this Saturday scoring  26 points in the opening quarter. Spellman could do nothing to answer Hayes attack losing 47-0. Spellman will hope for better luck next Saturday at home vs Bishsop Ford while Hayes will look to continue its dominance with a matchup vs Saint Peter's

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Rams Look Unstoppable

Football Retains Liberty Cup with Victory Over Columbia
 
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22- It had all the makings of a trap game for the Fordham football squad. Coming off one of the biggest wins in school history, an upset win at Temple, it would have been easy for the Rams to suffer a letdown. For the first half it appeared to be the case as the Rams amassed 338 yards of offense but only had ten points to show for it. But the second half was a different story as Fordham erupted for 42 points en route to a 52-7 Liberty Cup win over Columbia in front of a sellout Homecoming crowd of 7,026 on Jack Coffey Field.
 
With the win, the Rams, who entered the game ranked 21st in the NCAA FCS, improve to 4-0 on the season while Columbia drops its season opener. It is the first time that Fordham has opened a season 4-0 since the 1988 squad went 6-0 and the Rams’ first ever 4-0 start on the NCAA FCS level.
 
The win also ensures that the Liberty Cup remains at Rose Hill for the fourth straight year as the Rams take an 8-5 lead in the all-time series for the Cup.
 
“We really didn’t make an schematic adjustments at the half,” said head coach Joe Moorhead, who became the second fastest Fordham head coach to win ten games, doing so in his 15th game. “We had almost 350 yards of offense at halftime but only ten points. We weren’t capitalizing on opportunities in the red zone. I just reminded them to pay attention to detail and not turn the ball over and we capitalized better on our opportunities in the second half.”
 
The Fordham offense gained a season-high 606 yards and was led by junior quarterback Mike Nebrich, who competed 32 of 38 passes for 347 yards, his second straight 300-yard passing game, and three touchdowns and he rushed 12 times for another 85 yards. Eight of those passes went to junior receiver Brian Wetzel for 116 yards and two scores while senior Carlton Koonce led the Fordham rushing attack, gaining 158 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game, on 27 carries with two scores.
 
But the offense could not have gotten the job done without the play of the offensive line of starters Tom Fisher, Garrick Mayweather, Matt Stolte, Steven Tapia and Chris Watkins along with Mason Halter, who despite not being in the starting lineup due to illness last week, still came on to give the line depth.
 
“I said going into the game that the game would be decided in the trenches,” said Moorhead. “I think our lines on both sides of the ball did a great job today.”
 
Defensively, the Rams sacked the Columbia quarterback five times and allowed just 31 net rushing yards, 258 total yards.
 
The Rams got on the board first, moving 80 yards on nine plays, taking a 7-0 lead on Koonce’s eight-yard scoring run with 5:02 left in first.
 
The Lions threatened early in the second but Jordan Chapman intercepted a Brett Nottingham pass on the Fordham three. Nebrich then led the Rams downfield but the drive stalled at the Columbia 27 where Michael Marando booted a 38-yard field goal to give the Rams a 10-0 lead 4:10 into the second half.
 
Later in the second, the Rams’ defense held Columbia on a fourth-and-nine play on the Fordham 48 and Fordham took over with 1:48 left on the clock. Fordham moved to the Columbia four with one second left where they had one last chance to score before the half, but Nebrich was stopped shy of the goal line and the Rams settled for the 10-0 halftime lead.
 
After the Rams forced a Columbia three-and-out on the first series of the second half, Fordham advanced to the Columbia 35 but Nebrich fumbled after a 15-yard gain and the ball was recovered by Columbia on its own 16.
 
The Fordham defense stepped up, sacking Nottingham on the second play from scrimmage, forcing a fumble, which was recovered in the end zone by Brett Biestek for a Fordham touchdown and 17-0 lead with 10:29 on the clock.
 
The defensive touchdown sparked the Fordham offense which scored on its next four possessions, starting with a 29-yard scoring strike from Nebrich on a drive that was set up by a Levon Williams interception to build the lead to 24-0.
 
On their next offensive series, the Rams covered 64 yards on just five plays with Nebrich connecting with Tebucky Jones on a 15-yard pass to boost the lead to 31-0 with 45 seconds left in the third.
 
On the ensuing kickoff, JQ Bowers forced and recovered a fumble on the Columbia 15 and Nebrich found Wetzel with his third touchdown pass of the day on the very next play as the Rams’ lead ballooned to 38-0 with 16 ticks on the clock.
 
The lead grew to 45-0 when Koonce accounted for 55 yards of a 67-yard drive, scoring from the one with 12:13 left, and then 52-0 when Columbia fumbled a punt return on its own two and, two plays later, Kendall Pearcey brought it in midway through the fourth.
 
The Lions got on the board late in the game, capping an 82-yard drive with an 11-yard scoring pass from Trevor McDonagh to Ryan Flannery with 3:27 left.
 
Ian Williams, Jake Dixon and Jordan Chapman each recorded a team-high six tackles for the Fordham defense, with Williams recording two sacks and two pass breakups.
 
The Rams return to action next Saturday, September 28, as they travel to Loretto, Pennsylvania, to face the Saint Francis University Red Flash at 12:00 p.m.
 


Bronx News Sports: Nova Shuts Out Giants

Bronx News Sports: Nova Shuts Out Giants: By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22- On Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Ivan Nova pitched a six hit, complete game shutout ...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Nova Shuts Out Giants

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Nova Shuts Out Giants: By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22- On Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Ivan Nova pitched a six hit, complete game shutout ...

Nova Shuts Out Giants

By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22- On Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Ivan Nova pitched a six hit, complete game shutout against the San Francisco Giants. Earlier this summer, Nova hurled two complete games, both against Baltimore. His previous shutout, a three-hit masterpiece, was hurled on August 31.

In his latest outing, Nova did not permit more than one man to reach base in any one inning. He threw more strikes, 73, than in any game he pitched this season. His command of the strike zone, which limited his pitch count to 108, was a major reason he could complete the game.

Both managers found much to admire in his performance. Giants skipper Bruce Bochy praised Nova with the following words, “Their guy [Nova] did pitch well, he’s been throwing the ball well and he did again today. He’s got a good fastball with command of it and a breaking ball.”

Joe Girardi was, of course, overjoyed with Nova’s performance, “Outstanding sinker, outstanding curve today. He was ahead of the hitters. He has a lot more confidence in his stuff.” The manager was looking to give his overworked bullpen some rest. For this reason, he admitted, “That’s why we sent him out there in the ninth.”

Between Nova’s two shutouts, the 26-year old surrendered 11 earned runs in 17 innings during the three starts. Speaking with reporters after the game, Nova explained that he was watching videos of his most recent games and saw that he was tipping a variety of his pitches. He believes this knowledge allowed him to be much more effective on Saturday.
Each of the first three batters in the Yankees order drove in a run in the third inning. After the seven, eight and nine batters reached base,Ichiro hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Mark Reynolds, Alex Rodriguez grounded to short to score Brendan Ryan and Robinson Cano singled to plate Chris Stewart.

Eduardo Nuñez homered to left in the fourth. The home run also scored Curtis Granderson, who was on first with a single.

Alfonso Soriano led off the sixth with his 17th homer and 50th RBI was a Yankee this year to score the final run of the game. The 50th RBI added to 51 as a Chicago Cub tied him with four other players as the only ones who have driven in at least 50 runs with two different teams in the same season.

Girardi said of Soriano, “He’s provided a lot of punch in our lineup. He’s provided a lot of protection for Robbie [Cano}. He believes Soriano’s success has come because “He’s excited to be here.”

Soriano expressed a different explanation for his great hitting with the Yankees, “We have a lot of good players in the lineup that makes it more easy for me. That gives me more concentration.”

The Yanks hope to sweep the three game set on Sunday afternoon. Andy Pettitte (10-10) will be making his final career start at Yankee Stadium. The undefeated Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) will be on the mound for the Giants in his first start against the Yankees. The game will be preceded by a lengthy and emotional salute to Mariano Rivera, who will retire at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Honoring ‘Lefty’

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Honoring ‘Lefty’: Council Member James Vacca honored Ostacio “Lefty” Negron of the Morris Park Community Association in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Mont...

Honoring ‘Lefty’


Council Member James Vacca honored Ostacio “Lefty” Negron of the Morris Park Community Association in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Negron, who has been a volunteer in the Morris Park and Van Nest communities for over 30 years, has served as Coordinator of the Morris Park Community Association Neighborhood Patrol since 2010, and has become the Association’s chief liaison to the 49th Precinct and 49th Precinct Community Council. Vacca (Left to Right), was joined by Negron, his two sons, and Morris Park Community Association President Tony Signorile

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Cardinal Spellman High School Begins Academic Year...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Cardinal Spellman High School Begins Academic Year...: BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 20- Over 1,400 students from Cardinal Spellman High School, accompanied by the administration, faculty, and st...

Cardinal Spellman High School Begins Academic Year With Mass




BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 20- Over 1,400 students from Cardinal Spellman High School, accompanied by the administration, faculty, and staff, gathered together for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, held at the start of each new school year.  
The principal celebrant this year was Father Trevor Nicholls, President of CSHS, who was joined by Father James O'Shaughnessy, Father John Kraljic, Father John Monaghan, Father Peter Pilsner, and Father Francis Principe, faculty members at the school.

Immediately following the Mass, the new Student Body President, Jamie Crowther, and Vice President, Ashney Mills, were administered the oath of office by Mr. Daniel  O'Keefe, Principal of Cardinal Spellman. 

Each year the President and Vice President, together with the Executive Committee of Student Government, organize and coordinate various school-wide events and activities such as International Culture Day, Candy-Grams, Give a Gift at Christmas time for children in the community, Teacher Appreciation Day, school dances, and many other activities.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Wave Hill Events

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Wave Hill Events: Tai Chi classes Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature.  ...

Wave Hill Events




Tai Chi classes

Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. 

In this beginner-level class, Irving Yee, a member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, introduces students to the internal martial arts and promotes an awareness of its benefits. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call 718.549.3200 x245 by 8AM on the day of the class for program updates. Session fee: $23/$15 Wave Hill Member. Registration opens onsite at 9:30 a.m.

The event begins at 10 a.m. on October 5 at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Information at (718) 549-3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.


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Learn to make the colors of autumn 

Join papermaker extraordinaire Randy Brozen, on October 5, to make paper out of rich colors of pulp in red, orange and yellow. 

Using an easy process, make your paper in a leaf-shape mold or add a found leaf for fancy decoration. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

The event will be held at Wave Hill House from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Information at (718) 549-3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.

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Creating stained glass collages 

Engage in a creative dialogue with your surroundings guided by professional artists working in various media.

In this session held on October 5, Van Lier Fellow and painter Francisco Donoso explores color, light and image-making in his exhibition on view in the Sunroom Project Space. Experiment with drawing and painting materials to create collages inspired by the natural light and architectural elements in a space. 

All levels welcome. Materials provided. $30/$20 Wave Hill Member. Reservations required, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Drop-ins accommodated as space permits.

Information at (718) 549-3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.


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Garden Walk

Many plants, like the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) and Dioscorea elephantipes (elephant’s foot) are naturally protected with weapon-worthy spines or a thick coating of armor. Others, such as Sagittaria, have names that allude to armor-like aspects of their anatomy. 

On Ocotber 5Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreter  Charles Day will lead a tour of these denizens of the garden, all relevant to Bashford Dean, whose interest in both arms and ichthyology is the subject of the fall exhibition in Glyndor Gallery. 

This walk repeats October 10. Free with admission to the grounds.

Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center at 2 p.m.

Information at (718) 549-3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.

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Yoga classes 

Find refuge from city life by practicing seasonal yoga. 

Decrease stress and increase your energy by focusing on your posture, your breath and your mind/body/spirit. Classes are led by Neem Dewji, certified in Hatha and Therapeutic Yoga from The Yoga for Health Foundation, England, and The Integral Yoga Institute, NYC. All levels welcome. 

Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call (718) 549-3200 x245 by 8 a.m. on the day of the class for program updates. Session fee: $23/Wave Hill Member $15. Registration opens onsite at 9:30 a.m.

Information at (718) 549-3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.

Bronx News Sports: Home coming for two Bronx all-stars as Giants visi...

Bronx News Sports: Home coming for two Bronx all-stars as Giants visi...: By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 20- Picture two ballplayers from the Bronx on the baseball diamond and in opposite dugouts. Both ...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Home coming for two Bronx all-stars as Giants visi...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Home coming for two Bronx all-stars as Giants visi...: By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 20- Picture two ballplayers from the Bronx on the baseball diamond and in opposite dugouts. Both ...

Home coming for two Bronx all-stars as Giants visit the Yankees

By Rich Mancuso

BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 20- Picture two ballplayers from the Bronx on the baseball diamond and in opposite dugouts. Both are all-city stars and dreaming of the day when they could be a part of a Major league Baseball franchise. It can happen, and with the San Francisco Giants it is a reality.

Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, after the Giants 2-1 series finale win over the New York Mets, Juan Perez and Johnny Monell were in the visitor’s clubhouse packing their bags for their next series. A trip across the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to the Bronx and a meeting with the New York Yankees is also a part of the reality.

Yes, Yankee Stadium, the venue where every ballplayer from the Bronx hopes to be one day. Just like a fighter who dreams of fighting at the “Meca” known as Madison Square Garden.

Perez played high school ball at Dewitt Clinton, and Monell a few minutes away at Christopher Columbus. They opposed each other more than once in PSAL league games and were eventually drafted as first round picks by the Giants.

It is a story of success and a chapter taking place in two big league ballparks this week, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. It is the first time the Giants are playing two New York teams in the same week.

 But it used to be that way all the time. Back in the old days when the Giants were a New York team, they played the Yankees and Dodgers all the time in New York at the Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field and Yankee Stadium. Perez and Monell were not around to see that, but they have heard the stories.

Now they have their own story. It is success and they can share that with family, friends and the kids of New York City who play on the same baseball fields that they once occupied.

“This has been awesome, something I always thought about,” said Perez who started in left field Thursday afternoon and batted seventh in the lineup of manager Bruce Bochy.

Perez did not disappoint the many family and friends that were in the Citi Field crowd of 22,897.  He had a career high three hits for the Giants, walked, and drove in a run. A majority cheered, obvious rooting for the Giants with orange shirts and jerseys.

Monell came off the bench Wednesday night. In the series at Citi Field, he went hitless in two at bats. Before their major home coming against the Yankees, three games in the Bronx beginning Friday night, Monell was getting ready for an annual rookie ritual, something all teams do on the big league level to their rookies in September.

It was another script, this time wearing outfits as “Naked Cowboys” and walking out of the Giants’ clubhouse with other rookies, and wearing similar gear that had nothing to do with baseball.

They were now in the big leagues, and loving every minute of it. Perez, the 26-year old who came to the Bronx from Santiago, Dominican Republic was a 13th round draft pick of the Giants in 2008. That year, at Western Oklahoma Junior College, he hit .465 with 37 home runs and knocked in 102 runs.

“We will play him more and get him a start against the Yankees,” said Bochy. That certainly will make his parents, family and friends proud. Perez said he does not know how he will handle the demand for tickets. Yankee Stadium is home and more so than Citi Field.

On this final road trip of the season for the Giants, Perez is staying with his wife, daughter and sister in the University Heights section of the Bronx, a few minutes from the Stadium.

But the ticket demand will be easy. Ballplayers, even from the inner city have a way of handling the pressure. After all, getting to the big leagues requires adjustment and has its share of pressure that is more demanding.

“It has been a major adjustment for me,” said Perez. “Getting here, different pitching, and not making many mistakes… It has been amazing,” he said about the five year journey to get where he is now.

But more amazing is the script, and how his teammate Monell is sharing the same experience. How they will have a similar homecoming in the Bronx makes this a better story. When asked, Bochy would not commit to having both of his rookies on the field at the same time in the Bronx.

Monell, the 27-year old left- handed hitter was also a teammate with Perez last year at double-A Richmond where he led the club with a .449 slugging percentage. He tied Perez for the most home runs with 11.

The script and amazing journey will resume in the Bronx tomorrow night. And, more importantly Perez, Monell, and the Giants may have a major impact as to the Yankees post season chances.

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