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Monday, October 27, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Truman advances

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Truman advances: Truman advances Photo by Gary Quintal In Boys B division Soccer #5 Harry S Truman High School hosted its opening round match-up agains...

Truman advances

Truman advances




Photo by Gary Quintal


In Boys B division Soccer #5 Harry S Truman High School hosted its opening round match-up against #28 Fiorello H Laguardia October 26th. Truman made its first half goal stand as they won 1-0 advancing to the second round.  


Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hayes

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hayes: Hayes dominates  Photo by Gary Quintal Playing their final regular season match-up at Rooftop, Cardinal Hayes improved to ...

Hayes

Hayes dominates 






Photo by Gary Quintal


Playing their final regular season match-up at Rooftop, Cardinal Hayes improved to 3-5 after a 13-point second half propelled Hayes to a 19-6 victory over Saint John the Baptist. Hayes hopes to finish its regular season with a three game winning streak for traveling  to St. Anthony's for a 7pm match-up Saturday November 1st.  


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Halloween

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Halloween: Zoo scares up some Halloween fun Tweet   Photos by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS Boo a...

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Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs is returning to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and it may be the last time to check out the Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed experience before it becomes extinct. This year’s Boo at the Zoo activities are themed around the zoo’s lifelike animatronic dinosaur experience and real-life dinosaurs in the komodo dragon exhibit at Zoo Center. 
Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs is presented by Cannon and will run for five full weekends including Halloween. All attractions and activities will embrace the spirit of the season while highlighting wildlife and conservation. Annual favorites including the hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, costume parades, music, magic and more will return with some additional Halloween surprises.
An eerie walk-through experience – Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination – Creatures of the Night – will take over the exhibits in the former World of Darkness creating a one-of-a-kind illuminated Halloween display. At Broadway at Boo, cast members from plays including Pippin, Motown, Cinderella, On the Town, and the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe will make special appearances. Entertainment will include an original musical revue Carnival of Extraordinary Animals created by Noel MacNeal and encore performances from magician David Levitan and musical group Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band.
All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the price of admission with the exception of Dinosaur Safari and Jack O’Lantern Illumination which are included with the Total Experience Ticket. 
Everyone is encouraged to visit www.bronxzoo.com for a complete schedule of dates, performances and activities. 
Boo at the Zoo activities:
Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination – Creatures of the Night 
Walk through a dark, eerie tunnel filled with more than 1,000 hand-carved and beautifully lit Jack ‘O lanterns meticulously sculpted into various animal shapes. Created by Rise of the Jack O ‘Lanterns, the exhibit lanterns will consist of dozens of intricate, detailed portraits of animals ranging from bats, to reptiles, marine creatures, mammals, nocturnal birds, bugs, and mythical creatures. 
Location: By Somba Village
Time: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed
The narrated ride takes adventurers through a two-acre area of the zoo past more than 30 fully-animatronic dinosaurs as they move, snarl, and roar. The entire experience is designed to provide an understanding about how fossils and artifacts are meaningful clues to the mysteries of the past. Tour guides engage with zoo-goers and help them discover how fossils provide insight into what life may have looked like in prehistoric times. 
Location: Boarding at Fordham Parking
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations   
Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings of wildlife. 
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sponsor: Food Network 
Costume Parade  
Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. 
Location: Starts at Zoo Center
Time: 12:00 p.m. and  2:00 p.m. 
Photos available at the end of each performance and from 3:30- 4 p.m. in Dancing Crane Plaza
Sponsors:  Empire BlueCross BlueShield and IKEA
Musical Theater: Carnival of Extraordinary Animals 
Inspired by the endearing children’s concert by Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns, Carnival of Extraordinary Animals re-introduces participants to the species that have left us, such as the Falkland Island Wolf, the Dodo, and of course, dinosaurs. Carnival of Extraordinary Animals was created by puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House and several Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho.
Location: Asia Plaza Theater 
Timing: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Sponsors: IKEA and BlueCross BlueShield
Hay Maze  
Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure.
Location: Butterfly Patio 
Time: 11:00 a.m.– 5 p.m.


Live Music  
Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi’s Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games. 
Location: Tent by bear exhibit 
Time: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. 
Sponsor: IKEA and BlueCross BlueShield
Animal Themed Magic Shows  
Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable slight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan.
Location: Tent by bear exhibit 
Time: 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: IKEA and BlueCross BlueShield
Broadway at Boo
Treat Stations  
Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.



Crafts Workshop  
Paint a wildlife-themed pumpkin of your own.
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza

Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Fresh Direct; Family Circle 
Extinct Animal Graveyard  
Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display. 
Location: Mouse House lawn.

Creature Chats  
Bronx Zoo animal experts celebrate wildlife iconic to Halloween season. 
Location: visit www.bronxzoo.com for full schedule 
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Bronx Parent Summit


Join the Bronx Borough President’s Bronx Fathers Taking Action at the UFT Bronx Parent Summit – November 1


Please join the Bronx Fathers Taking Action as they present a workshop focused on mentoring in this year’s Bronx Parent Summit! Bronx parents, grandparents and community activists are welcome to join in for a great day of workshops, networking and food. Spanish translation is available. Pre-registration is required. Register online.


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Halloween bash

The Bronx UFT Halloween Bash  will be held on October 31 at the Bay Eden Senior Center at 1220 East 229th Street. The event will run from 4 - 7:30 p.m.


Frightful games, candy and more for children ages 4-10!         


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Fall into Autumn activities at Wave Hill
What better way to pay homage to the harvest season than with a delectable Sunday brunch in historic Wave Hill House’s glorious Armor Hall, and a mid-week stroll through the vibrant fall gardens with Charles Day, the dapper Englishman who is also our Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.

Saturday, November 1- Tai Chi Chuan

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 indoors. Session fee: $25/$15 Wave Hill Member. Advance registration online receives a $2 discount. Online registration closes at 8 a.m. on the day of the session. Cancellations must be made by 3 p.m. the Friday before; after that, refunds will not be made. Drop-ins will be accommodated as the limited space permits. Participants must present their Member’s ID card or a printed program registration form at the front gate.


Saturday, November 1- Art and Nature Portfolio Review


Artists have the opportunity to meet with a curator, gallerist or critic for a 20-minute session providing feedback on their work or presentation materials. Guest reviewers to be announced. Review fee: $25 per artist to meet with one reviewer. Registration required, online at www.wavehill.org. Call 718.549.3200 x398 with questions.


Saturday, November 1- Family Art Project: Plant Jewelry


Collect intriguing items from the grounds of Wave Hill. Then visiting artist Jessica Lagunas shows us how to turn our found natural wonders into exciting plant jewelry. Save some to glue to a found box, along with fabric or embossed foil, and make a treasure chest to house your prized possession of the season. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.


Sunday, November 2- Hatha Yoga

Reduce stress, increase your energy and bring strength and flexibility to mind, body and spirit with a yoga practice. 


Classes are led by Yoga for Bliss director Neem Dewji and other certified instructors. Ms. Dewji is 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 indoors. Session fee: $25/$15 Wave Hill Member. Advance registration online receives a $2 discount. Online registration closes at 8 a.m. on the day of the session. Cancellations must be made by 3 p.m. the Friday before; after that, refunds will not be made. Drop-ins will be accommodated as the limited space permits. Participants must present their Member’s ID card or a printed program registration form at the front gate.


Sunday, November 2- Meditation

This fall, take a moment to release stress and reconnect with your inner self while practicing meditation. 


Each session includes instruction in simple techniques followed by 20 to 30 minutes of meditation. Classes are led by Yoga for Bliss director Neem Dewji and other certified instructors. All levels welcome. Sessions are held indoors. Session fee: $20/$10 Wave Hill Member. Advance registration online receives a $2 discount. Online registration closes at 8 a.m. on the day of the session. Cancellations must be made by 3 p.m. the Friday before; after that, refunds will not be made. Drop-ins will be accommodated as the limited space permits. Participants must present their Member’s ID card or a printed program registration form at the front gate.


Sunday, November 2- Harvest Brunch

Presented by Wave Hill's long-time partner and exclusive caterer Great Performances, New York City’s premier catering and events company, this very special brunch in historic Wave Hill House’s Armor Hall will feature a beautiful spread of unique twists on classic brunch presentations and is perfect for honoring the harvest season. Seatings will be offered at 11:30, Noon and 12:30PM.  Wave Hill’s Harvest Brunch is $45 per person excluding tax and gratuity, $40 for Wave Hill Members, $25 for children ages three to 11. Unlimited mimosas will be provided. Reservations may be made by emailing wavehillreservations@greatperformances.com by October 30. Guests will be provided with a secured credit card payment link when reservations are requested.


Wednesday, November5- Fall Foliage Walk


Enjoy colorful foliage at its seasonal peak. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day shares some of his favorite trees and shrubs in their vibrant fall finery. Free with admission to the grounds.

Information at 718.549.3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham: Fordham Coach Looks Forward to New Season (Photos by Gary Quintal) By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 23- The early fall is th...

Fordham

Fordham Coach Looks Forward to New Season

(Photos by Gary Quintal)



By Howard Goldin


BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 23- The early fall is the time that the seasons of several important team sports converge. This week, the World Series and college football are moving forward, the NFL season is taking shape, the new seasons of the NBA and NHL are beginning, the college basketball conferences are previewing the next season at their annual media days. 


The Atlantic-10 Conference held its Media Day at 







Barclays Center last Tuesday. The location was chosen because Barclays will be hosting the A-10 Championship in March for the third straight season. 


Each of the 14 head coaches in the currently misnamed conference (there are 14 teams in the Atlantic-10) met with members of the media to discuss the upcoming season. Much of interest was told to reporters during the lengthy event, but this article will focus on the only New York City team in the A-10, Fordham University.


Although hundreds of college teams compete in thousands of games each season, a number of coincidences regarding Fordham personnel show college basketball is a small world. Fordham’s coach Tom Pecora began his career in coaching as an assistant to Bob Mckillop at Long Island Lutheran 30 years ago. McKillop, now in his 26th year as the coach at Davidson, was also at Media Day as Davidson is the newest member of the conference. 


Pecora was an assistant coach at UNLV under coach Rollie Massimino during 1992-93. Massimino’s grandson, Matt, is on this year’s Fordham roster. Paul Hewitt, the coach at George Mason, was an assistant coach at Fordham.


Fordham finished last in the A-10 last year and was chosen to be last in the pre-season poll revealed. Yet, before the season begins, hope springs eternal. Pecora enthused, “This is the best time of the year. I like the anticipation and the unpredictability of a college basketball season.” 


Coach Chris Mooney of Richmond reiterated the feeling in his interview, “All coaches are excited and optimistic this time of the year.”


Several of the teams, including Fordham, took overseas trips during the off-season. The Fordham coach believes the trip to Canada will benefit his team for several reasons, “the practices, the cultural experiences and competing together.” He feels the bonding experience is invaluable for a team with “seven new bodies.”


Hewitt, who traveled with his team to Spain, spoke even more strongly, “The trip to Spain will help us more than anything that happened last season.”


Pecora spoke very positively of several of the newcomers. Eric Paschall, 6-6, was a standout at Dobbs Ferry High School in Westchester County and the New England Prep School player of the year at St. Thomas More in Connecticut. Pecora told of the youngster’s versatility on the court, “He’s 17 years old; he can play positions 2, 3 or 4; we expect a lot of Eric.”


He said of Chris Sengfelder, 6-8, of Germany, “He’s really been a big surprise.”
Pecora also anticipates improvement in his returning players. Last year’s prize recruit, Jon Severe of Brooklyn, was on the A-10 All-Rookie Team and has been selected as a preseason choice for A-10 Third Team. Pecora explained the opposition game plan last year was to stop Severe from scoring, “He was being defended by grown men. This year, there’ll be less of a burden.” 


He also talked of why he expects two upperclassmen to improve, “Senior Bryan Smith is finally playing his natural position. The offensive game of Junior Ryan Rhomes, 6-8, has blossomed.”


Fordham’s home arena, the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, has been oft-criticized as the oldest Division I gym and for its limited seating of 3,200. Yet, Pecora praised it as one of Fordham’s strengths, “Rose Hill is a special place. It reeks of tradition. It’s a great home court advantage. Sixteen games there is a good thing.”


Shaka Smart, the coach of the unanimous choice for first place in the A-10, VCU, reminisced of his first visit to Rose Hill, “They had Smush Parker and a hell of a team. Bob Hill was the coach. It was different and a challenge.”


Pecora, a native of Queens Village said of himself, “I’m born and bred there. It’s important for me to be a part of New York basketball.” Thus, he is exceptionally pleased to be playing against St. John’s University at Madison Square Garden (December 14) and against Manhattan College, its Bronx rival, at Barclays on December 28.


Fordham’s season will begin on November 14 at the Rose Hill Gym against the New York Institute of Technology.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Another Bloody Week

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Another Bloody Week: Another Bloody Week   (A paramedic tends to one of two wounded men who were shot along East 204 Street in Norwood.- -Photo by Steve Smith) ...

Another Bloody Week

Another Bloody Week
 
(A paramedic tends to one of two wounded men who were shot along East 204 Street in Norwood.-
-Photo by Steve Smith)


3 Dead, 4 Wounded After Another Deadly Week Across the Borough







By David Greene


BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 22- At least three men are dead and several others were wounded and are recovering after a week of violent, unrelated incidents across the borough.

Sometime after 11 p.m., on Wednesday, October 15, police officers from the 52nd Precinct were called to the scene where two people were shot at Decatur Avenue and East 204 Street in Norwood. Both men were expected to recover.


At 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, police at the 40th Precinct in Mott Haven were called to Lozada Playground on East 135 Street, where a 50-year-old man was discovered lying face up with multiple stab wounds to the head and chest. He died a short time later at Lincoln Hospital.


Police have not yet released the name of the victim and continue to hunt for the man's killer.


Police in the Soundview section were called to the El Carbonocito Restaurant on Watson Avenue at 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, after a patron involved in a dispute reportedly pulled out a machete from inside an umbrella and began hacking his victim.


The unidentified victim was slashed in the neck, back and shoulder and was rushed to Jacobi Hospital in "likely to die" condition. The victim has since been upgraded to “stable."


Detectives would release surveillance video of the assailant, who is described as a Hispanic male, 5 foot 7 and wearing a white T-shirt and a NY Yankees baseball cap. The individual also had a large tattoo on his right arm.


At just before Midnight on Saturday, October 18, cops in the 48th Precinct were called to a disturbance at 2052 Mapes Avenue in the Tremont section, where they discovered a 26-year-old man stabbed multiple times in the torso, just inside the building's lobby.


The victim, who was later identified by police as Angel Mejias, expired from his injuries six-hours later at St. Barnabas Hospital.


Police say a 19-year-old male surrendered to police a short time later in connection with the incident. One published report stated that Mejias had a long standing feud with his assailant.


At 1:40 a.m. Saturday officers in Longwood were called to 775 Fox Street where they discovered 46 year-old stabbing victim Regino Montero of nearby Tiffany Street. Montero died a short time later at Lincoln Hospital.


Police say Montero, a retired member of the U.S. Army, was involved in a dispute with a group of men, when one of the assailants plunged a knife into his stomach.


Police have since released surveillance video of the suspect showing a man wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt with white writing and a baseball cap.


Less than 20 minutes later, police in University Heights were called to Burnside Avenue and Andrews Avenue where officers from the 46th Precinct discovered a male victim who had been shot in the torso and leg.


Police say the 23-year-old victim was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Anyone with any information on any of the incidents is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls remain confidential.   

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bronxites walk for a cure

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bronxites walk for a cure: Bronxites walk for a cure (Photos by Gary Quintal) On Sunday, October 19th approximately 8,000 people from all over the 5 boroughs and We...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bronxites walk for a cure

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bronxites walk for a cure: Bronxites walk for a cure (Photos by Gary Quintal) On Sunday, October 19th approximately 8,000 people from all over the 5 boroughs and We...

Bronxites walk for a cure

Bronxites walk for a cure
(Photos by Gary Quintal)


On Sunday, October 19th approximately 8,000 people from all over the 5 boroughs and Westchester gathered at Orchard Beach in the Bronx to walk for a cure. Participants were adorned in pink tutus, wigs and feather boas. Together they had raised $565,000.00 for the fight Agaisnt Breast Cancer at the Making Strides of The Bronx, NY


This is the American Cancer Society's largest fundraising event each year, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish 
the fight. This event takes place the 3rd Sunday in October each year. If you wish to make a donation it is not too late visit their website http://makingstrides.acsevents.org.


More than 108,000 New York City residents rallied together on October 19 in every borough of the city for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising approximately $5.6 million in all five boroughs.


“Sunday’s event was an inspirational example of passion in action,” said Jennifer Podoll, Vice President of Community Engagement for the American Cancer Society. “I’m so proud of how our community responded and how every participant, volunteer and sponsor took positive steps to help finish the fight against breast cancer.”

While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.

Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers in nearly 300 communities across the nation have collected over $594 million.

With one in every two newly diagnosed women turning to the American Cancer Society for help and support, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds are used to make a difference by:
Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable;
Investing in groundbreaking cancer research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease;
Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer when and where they need it including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance, and more;
Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.

For additional details about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can get involved visit makingstrideswalk.org. For free breast cancer information and resources visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call 800.227.2345 any time day or night.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Comic Con

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Comic Con: Bronxites get their Geek on at Comic Con  (Photos by Robert Press & Seitu Oronde) By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 16- As you ...

Comic Con

Bronxites get their Geek on at Comic Con 
(Photos by Robert Press & Seitu Oronde)

By Robert Press

BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 16- As you can see by some of the photos there were many different attractions for the attendees.

The amount of people who attended surpassed last year, but in speaking to many people the impression was that Comic Con 2013 was a little bigger, and a little better. Since Comic Con is a mixture of comic and real action stories there will always be the many comic book sellers, as was seen at this year's event. There were celebrities in attendance, and of course the fees for autographs or photos that come with them. There seemed to be plenty of free autographs and merchandise that was also available at many of the booths. The big publishers with several spots had their artists signing free samples of various comics. Many of those in single spots were part-time artists and publishers who printed much less copies, and only had a few different items on display.

I met a Bronx based small part-time artist/publisher who said he has a full time job to support his family. His company was called Section Eight Comics which immediately drew my attention. We spoke for about a half hour as to how the name came about, and where he was located in the Bronx. I then remembered that I had seen him at Comic Con 2013, and he still had some of his work from then. I wished him well and moved on to the next booth.

I met the lovely Amanda Rivera who was poised at one booth. Amanda said that she is from the Wakefield section of the Bronx. When I told her that I was from the Bronx News she replied that she reads the paper, and can not wait to see herself in the paper. Enough said so I'll end it here so there will be room for more photos of Comic Con 2014.






Monday, October 13, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bronx Cheer for Mayor

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Bronx Cheer for Mayor: Raz for Blaz Bronx Cheer for Mayor after he skips Boro  Columbus Day Parade   (Photos by Gary Quintal) Gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino...

Bronx Cheer for Mayor

Raz for Blaz
Bronx Cheer for Mayor after he skips Boro 
Columbus Day Parade
 (Photos by Gary Quintal)


Gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino made it. Most of the Bronx elected officials made it. Even a former “Soprano’s” star made it. So why did Mayor Bill deBlasio skip the annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade when his predecessor Mike Bloomberg was a regular fixture at the Morris Park event? Bronxites were a bit ticked that the mayor chose not to attend the annual event which displays Italian-American Heritage in the Bronx.

Various community organizations, school bands, and more marched in the annual event on Morris Park Avenue. This year Bronx native and “Soprano’s” star Vincent Pastore was the Grand Marshal.

























Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker: Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker (Photos by Gary Quintal) By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13- The sixth meetin...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker: Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker (Photos by Gary Quintal) By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13- The sixth meetin...

Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker

Fordham’s First Win over Penn is a Record Breaker
(Photos by Gary Quintal)


By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13- The sixth meeting between the Fordham Rams (6-1, 2-0) and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (0-4, 0-1) took place at Jack Coffey Field in the Bronx on October 11. The game on Saturday was the first victory of Fordham, 60-22, over the Quakers. The two teams seem to be heading in different directions. The win for Fordham was its fifth straight and 11th consecutive home win, and the loss for Penn was its eighth straight. The 60 points scored by the Rams was the most their Ivy League opponent had surrendered in a single game since its 61-0 defeat by #1 ranked Army on November 17, 1945.

The visitors reached the scoreboard first as Penn quarterback Alek Torgerson threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ryan O’Malley at 10:01. To the credit of the Fordham defense, that intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles, the first Penn touchdown was also its last. The last 16 points scored by the Quakers were off the foot of Jimmy Gammil. The junior kicked the point after touchdown and five field goals.

Fordham scored twice on the ground in the first quarter. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native Chase Edmunds carried the ball three yards for Fordham’s first points. His 11th touchdown of the season, in only six games, has been topped only five times in Fordham history in a single (full). He rushed for 101 yards, the sixth game in which has rushed for triple figures of yards. He is the first Fordham freshman to have a season rushing yardage total above 1,000 (1,011).

Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead, in his third successful season in the Bronx, spoke very highly of the sensational freshman’s work ethic, preparation, and effort, “He’s an old soul. Everything he’s gotten, he’s earned. It’s not a surprise the success he’s had.”

Quarterback Mike Nebrich, a senior, has also been impressed by the freshman running back, “He’s been huge. It [his rushing] opens up the defense. You can lead as a freshman.”

The second Fordham first quarter touchdown came on a recovered fumble and eight-yard run by senior defenseman DeAndre Slate.

Fordham’s defensive onslaught during the remainder of the game was achieved through the air under the leadership and outstanding ability of quarterback Nebrich. The senior from Virginia spoke of how he sees his responsibility during each contest, “My job is to get us going anytime we start sputtering.”

On Saturday, he completed 36 of 47 passes for a Fordham record of 566 yards, which broke the mark of 524 yards he set in 2013. Six of the 36 completions were for touchdowns, tying a Fordham game mark.

Five different receivers caught touchdown tosses from Nebrich. Tubucky Jones Jr., like Nebrich, a University of Connecticut transfer, caught two, one of 37 yards and one of 47 yards. Jones caught 10 for 203 yards, the eighth highest total in Fordham history. Sam Ajala received eight passes for 199 yards, the ninth highest total.

The 730 yards gained by the Fordham offense was a single game school record and the highest total by an NCAA FCS team this season. According to Moorhead, this success stems from good practice habits and game preparation. The coach also praised his players as being good students and fine human beings as well as good athletes. His own college experience at Fordham has obviously imbued in him the knowledge of what a student-athlete should be.


After Fordham’s bye-week the team will travel to Lehigh for its next contest on October 25. The Rams will return to Jack Coffey Field on November 1 to host Colgate.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Changes begin for Yankees

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Changes begin for Yankees: Cashman gets three years and changes begin for Yankees By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 11- Brian Cashman obviously was not at f...

Changes begin for Yankees

Cashman gets three years and changes begin for Yankees

By Rich Mancuso

BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 11- Brian Cashman obviously was not at fault for the New York Yankees failure of not making the postseason a second consecutive year. Instead the team announced Friday that their GM has a new three-year contract but the hitting and third base coaches have been dismissed.

Mick Kelleher and hitting coach Kevin Long were dismissed, though in the end it was the failure of an expected and high paid offense that did not produce. Cashman made some mid season adjustments to keep the Yankees competitive in a tight race for the second American League wild card, but they won fewer games, (84) than they did the previous year.

So why did the Yankees grant Cashman another three years, after $438 million of spending went to not seeing baseball being played again in the Bronx this month? Cashman has helped build the Yankees to 14 post season appearances in 16 years.

Simple: Cashman does not take the field. A combination of injuries and expectations of a roster not producing will eventually lead to failure, and the Yankees were once again an example of spending and expectations, but you have to play out the entire 162-game schedule.

As for Long and Kelleher, they became the victims because baseball is a game where changes are made when expectations and hopes do not come to fruition. And as much as there has been a call from fans to dismiss manager Joe Girardi, he did the impossible.

Under the circumstances, and trying to find a solution, Girardi often adjusted the lineup and used reinforcements that Cashman acquired. The results were the same resulting in a fourth place finish and one of the lowest scoring teams in the league.

“Nick Kelleher was not responsible,” Cashman explained to reporters late Thursday afternoon in a media conference call. And perhaps neither was Long responsible, who did his best to help a struggling lineup make adjustments.

On the dismissal of Long, Cashman said: “He tried everything in his power by his own assessment…. I know he publicly stated late in the year that he tried everything. The effort was sufficient, the results weren’t. We had higher hopes for the offense.”

Cashman added that a bone spur injury to Carlos Beltran to his right elbow was a serious blow for the entire team. And it was, as Beltran missed a significant amount of games and had surgery to remove the spur two days after the season concluded.

But Cashman, responding to a question did say, “Changing staff has to come to an expense.” So with the season about two weeks over, and with Cashman settled in again for a 17th year in his chair, the coaching changes are the beginning of what is expected to be an off season of activity.

That includes filling a void at shortstop for the retired and certain first ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, and what to do with the return of Alex Rodriguez who becomes active upon completion of the World Series after sitting out a season long suspension from violating a strict baseball anti steroid policy.  

The Yankee are expected to have Rodriguez when players report to Tampa, Florida in mid February and begin the first of what is hoped to be a productive three remaining years of that lucrative 10-year $275 million contract.

On the return of his 14-time all-star who played a role with the Yankees’ 2009 championship team, Cashman said there will be “contingency plans” in the event he is not up to par. Rodriguez, will turn 40 in July and will be the center of attention with the void of Jeter,and there is concern about his mobility manning third base especially being out a year and having surgery to both of his hips.

Cashman may look at free agent options, go with someone on the roster, or use a player in the Yankees under manned minor league system. Regardless, Rodriguez is expected in the lineup at third or in the designated hitter spot.

“Third base, safe to say we have some contingencies in place with Alex,” said Cashman when asked about the health and age of Rodriguez.

There is also the acquisition of Martin Prado, acquired in mid season who can play the position and was the Yankees most potent hitter down the stretch before going on the disabled list with appendicitis.

“I don’t know what to expect because he, (Rodriguez) missed a full year though he brings dedication and competes,” said Cashman. “Any alternatives for contingency purposes remain to be seen. We have to pursue all options…  Just need to make sure I have the protection to provide alternatives to pursue third base options.”

Pitching was not the issue of failures. If there was anything about the 2014 Yankees it was how Cashman and Girardi were able to get good performances from a makeship staff that replaced four of five starters that were on the disabled list.

Cashman is hoping CC Sabathia can fully recover from a knee procedure, and that the seven-year investment in Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will be healthy to pitch an entire season, not having to be concerned about Tanaka needing Tommy John surgery.

He did hint there is reason to upgrade in the pitching department, whether it be free agency or from within.

The process of re-signing David Robertson who in his opinion, “Graduated with honors”  and is a “bonafide closer,” is also an immediate priority. The obvious reference that his 39 saves this past season was not an easy task in filling the shoes of the all-time saves leader.
 
The GM concluded that this offseason will be no different from the last 16. “In this chair every winter has it’s challenges. I’m responsible for it all, offense, defense.”

And most of all that challenge is for the fan base.

Because no matter what Cashman does, the Yankees not playing baseball in October is unacceptable to the fans, and of course his bosses that gave him another three years.

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