Monday, June 29, 2015
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Driver sentenced for fatally striking mother of tw...: Driver sentenced for fatally striking mother of twins BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 29- District Attorney Robert Johnson ann...
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BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 29- District Attorney Robert Johnson announced that 29-year-old Agustus Jenkins of Montgomery, NY, has been sentenced to the maximum sentence of 1-1/3-to-4 years behind bars for the January 2014 death of the mother of twin toddlers, Nydja Herring, of the Bronx.
Jenkins was found guilty of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a Class E Felony, following an 11-day trial before Justice Peter Benitez, during which the jury returned their verdict on June 4th after less than a day’s deliberation.
The 32-year-old victim was crossing the street at East Tremont and Van Nest Avenues, on the way to the store to buy milk for her twin toddlers, when she was struck by Jenkins’ speeding vehicle. He was behind the wheel but had a friend with him, along with two children aged four and 11. Blood alcohol tests showed he was operating the vehicle above the legal limit. He was also driving on a suspended license. Ironically, Jenkins was coming back from the wake for a baby who had died from SIDS.
Not only were Nydja Herring’s twin 2-year-olds left without a mother, the victim’s own mother was scheduled to receive a kidney from her daughter. Herring’s mother is still on the organ transplant list.
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Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Red Bulls Stop NYCFC in New York Derby at Yankee S...: Red Bulls Stop NYCFC in New York Derby at Yankee Stadium By Howard Goldin The long awaited first New York City meeting between the...
Red Bulls Stop NYCFC in New York Derby at Yankee Stadium
By Howard Goldin
The long awaited first New York City meeting between the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC took place on late Sunday afternoon at the pitch at Yankee Stadium.
Despite the pre‐match hoopla, it was not the first of the New York Derby matches in 2015. NYC visited the Red Bulls at their arena in Harrison, New Jersey on May 10. The visitors were edged 2‐1. That loss continued a lengthy NYCFC winless streak, which did not end until June 6 with a 3‐1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
In a non‐league match on June 17, NYC traveled to Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University, where they bowed to the Cosmos after two tied overtime periods in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Those previous matches did not lower the intensity of interest in Sunday’s match as Yankee Stadium was sold out with a huge crowd of 48,047. Both coaches spoke of the importance of the importance of the very large attendance.
Jessie Marsch of the Red Bulls complimented his club’s followers, “We couldn’t have asked for more. They were fantastic.” After the contest, NYC’s Jason Kreis said of his club’s performance, “It was an opportunity lost to win over the fans.”
NYC, familiar with the nuances of their home pitch, took an early lead with a goal in the sixth minute as Thomas McNamara scored with assists by Andrew Jacobson and Mix Diskerud. That goal would be the last from the home side as the momentum of the match changed.
Another goal was not scored by either side in the first half, but both coaches noted a change. Marsch remarked, “It [match] probably settled down in the 25th minute. Then we started to push...We thought we had a size advantage and took advantage of it.” Kreis agreed, ‘I think the second half was a continuation of the end of the first half.”
The Red Bull duo that combined for the winning goal in the match on May 10 did so again on Sunday in the second minute of the second half. Bradley Wright‐ Phillips scored on an assist by Sacha Kljestan.
The visitors went ahead five minutes later as Chris Duvall scored. In the 72nd minute, the Red Bulls scored a season high third goal as Matt Miazga was set up by Kljestan. Miazga, who came up through the Red Bulls Academy, was very happy with his goal, “I wanted to contribute. Luckily, I was able to.”
Krteis was unusually critical of his club’s play, “it was the first time we didn’t get an honest effort from all our players. We scored too early.” He believed the early goal created an attitude of “complacency and comfort” in his team.
He also named as reasons for the loss, the early removal of injured defender Chris Wingert and fatigue caused by the heat and humidity.
The exciting New York rivalries have not yet ended this year. The red Bulls will be hosting the Cosmos in a U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday. Marsch alluded to it in the post‐game press conference, “We will enjoy the win and think about how we can transition to Wednesday. We’re not taking that game lightly.” NYCFC will visit the Red Bulls in Harrison for a final regular season match in August.
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Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Restaurant Charges to Use Bathroom: Gotta Go? Better Have the #Dough! Restaurant Charges to Use Bathroom By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 29- Residents and visitor...
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 29- Residents and visitors of Norwood got a shock recently when one popular restaurant began charging a $3 fee to use the restroom.
Those entering the El Caribe Restaurant located at 2 East Gun Hill Road were immediately confronted with a pair of signs that read, "Bathroom is only for the customers. You want to use it? You will have to pay $3.00."
One local resident who declined to use his name because he had friends among the staff, stated, "I think they’re going to lose a lot of business because it's a public facility and now your going to ban people from using the bathroom."
The resident added, "C
ustomers may want to go in there and wash their hands before a meal. Now they’re going to charge you to use the bathroom and wash your hands? That's crazy."
One East Gun Hill Road street peddler offered, "Since they started doing that we walk around the block and use the bathroom at North Central Bronx Hospital, so we just won't patronize them anymore. It's a shame and it's a lousy policy. No other restaurant is doing that, so we'll just go somewhere else."
Asked if he'd ever used the bathroom, the peddler replied, "Yes, it's a nice bathroom, but it's kind of small. It's not like the gas stations, but I don't think it's worth three bucks."
Repeated attempts for comment were met with employees slamming down the receiver of the telephone on two separate occasions.
The trend appears to be growing as the front door to the Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center a block away, now has a sign on it's from door that reads, "Sorry no public restrooms."
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): #Fireworks at Orchard Beach: Bronx Lights Up Photos by David Greene Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York State Senator Klein held a salute to t...
Bronx Lights Up
Photos by David Greene
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York State Senator Klein held a salute to this great country at the annual "New York Salutes America Fireworks Extravaganza" at Orchard Beach.
Friday, June 26, 2015
BP hosts eating contest
Photo by Robert Benimoff
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the first ever "Bronx Eating Contest," featuring empanadas from Havana Cafe in Throggs Neck, at the annual "New York Salutes America" fireworks extravaganza at Orchard Beach on June 25. The event, which is co-sponsored by State Senator Jeff Klein, kicks off the city's week-long celebration of America's independence.
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Pols Hail Supremes on #GayMarriage Decision: Pols Hail Supremes on #GayMarriage Decision BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 26- Officials throughout the Bronx hailed the Supreme ...
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BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 26- Officials throughout the Bronx hailed the Supreme Court’s decision making gay marriage the law of the land.
The court’s 5-4 decision allows gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in any of the 50 states.
“Today is a historic day in the United States,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “The Supreme Court has made history and affirmed a basic human right today by allowing men and women to legally marry throughout this nation, regardless of their sexual orientation.
“After two decades of litigation, the Supreme Court has finally expanded equal rights and marriage equality to all. I would like to thank the Supreme Court for having the courage to make this bold decision, and I congratulate this nation’s LGBT community for their efforts on this issue,” Diaz said.
“Today the Supreme Court put to rest a decades-long civil rights struggle for marriage equality,” said Rep. Joe Crowley. “In its decision the Supreme Court affirmed what a majority of Americans believe, that marriage between two loving individuals, regardless of their sex, deserves full protection under the law as afforded under the 14th Amendment. History will remember this day as a watershed moment, a day when ‘we the people’ took another major step toward justice in our enormous and enduring struggle to form a more perfect union.
“So today, as we celebrate this momentous victory for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters let us also remember those we lost along the way. Those who came before us as activists, advocates, and allies who, when faced with bigotry and violence, did not shrink, but rather stood for the belief that discrimination based on sexual orientation has absolutely no place in the laws and policies of our country. We stand on the shoulders of those giants today, and proudly proclaim love is love.”
“America will never forget this day, and neither will people all across the world who know the meaning of love and compassion,” said Mayor Bill deBlasio “June 26, 2015, will forever be memorialized as a pivotal moment in the history of our nation – the day the Supreme Court affirmed our core values of love, equality, and justice, rejected ignorance and malice, and appealed to the humanity in us all. Our country will finally afford millions of Americans the rights they have always deserved, but until now were unable to exercise. Today, this country is richer – filled with
more equality, more acceptance, and more love than yesterday. And for the people of this city, where the movement for LGBT rights began in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, we can be proud that we helped blaze the trail to this great victory.”
Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents the 13th Congressional District of New York that includes Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, released the following statement on the Unite States Supreme decision on same-sex marriage:
"Indeed, all love is equal. I applaud the Supreme Court ruling on the same-sex marriage case and reaffirming that the union of the LGBT community should be treated equally. This decision marks another milestone toward American progress as the court reaffirms equal protections guaranteed to all Americans under the 14th Amendment. Today, a long overdue justice and equality have been served.
“Far too many couples have been denied protections by their governments, rights to legally commit to one another, and basic responsibilities as spouse and parents. The Court's ruling today makes it loud and clear that same-sex marriage is less about redefining the institution of marriage, but more so to ensure fundamental rights and dignity that gays and lesbians across the country deserve.
“As our nation celebrates Pride Month, this ruling could not come at a more appropriate time. I am proud that New York State is a leader in marriage equality and I look forward to other states across the nation recognizing this important right for all people. Let us continue on our path towards progress and let nothing stand in the way of ensuring equality for all,” Rangel said.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Nova gives #Yankees boost: Nova Return on Mound Gave Yankees boost they Needed By Rich Mancuso Ivan Nova had a sleepless Tuesday night knowing in a few hou...
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Nova Return on Mound Gave Yankees boost they Needed
By Rich Mancuso
Ivan Nova had a sleepless Tuesday night knowing in a few hours he would be making his season debut Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees right-hander was anxious to get the ball again after a 14-month recovery and rehab stint from Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
The wait was over and Nova was a boost the Yankees needed. More so, because the Yankees top three in the rotation of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia had three consecutive bad starts, Nova had to be a stopper and he was as New York took the finale of a three game series with a 10-2 win over the lowly Philadelphia Phillies.
And it was important for Nova to prove that his comeback was complete. Just as important was the Yankees getting a win and preventing the Phillies from getting a three-game sweep in the Bronx.
“Sinker was really good and the curve,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi about Nova. The manager said everything was good and that included the command and how Nova kept his pace. It was Nova’s first Major League appearance since April 19th of last year at Tampa Bay, and the final numbers showed he was ready:
He retired eight of the first nine batters faced, 19 of his first 22, tossed 6.2 innings, allowed three hits, two walks, had one strikeout and allowed no-runs.
The last number, no runs was a change of pace because over the past three games the Yankees starters and bullpen allowed 34 runs to the Phillies, a team that scores the second fewest runs in baseball. There was no doubt that Nova is what the Yankees needed as they embarked on their two city road trip, with four games at Houston and three against the Los Angeles Angels.
Girardi never had his doubts about Nova. “He’s pitched well in our rotation the last few years,” he said. “We missed him the last 14-months.”
And Nova is what the Yankees need now, especially when it appears that Sabathia is no longer pitching like an ace, there are questions about a Tanaka elbow and then there is the inconsistency of Pineda.
Until what Nova did on the mound Wednesday afternoon. the lone reliable Yankees starter has been Adam Warren who got a win over the Detroit Tigers last Friday night, and it will probably mean he returns to the bullpen unless Girardi decides to go with a six-man rotation.
The command from Nova was nice to see, and the talk was how hard the 28-year old worked hard to get back.
“It was more than expected,” Nova said about his return performance in the Bronx. He was asked if this was more special than his debut with the Yankees, and his first start in 2010.
“This was more,” he said, “Because I worked through rehab.” It was 14-months and constantly working with the rehab process down in Tampa Florida, but starting a season on the sidelines and anxious to get back made the process easier for Nova, who according to Girardi has always been instrumental in the Yankees pitching rotation.
Said Nova, who was thrilled to be back and contributing to his team,”I think that’s one of the best things, not only to come back, but to do it in front of the Yankees fans. It’s amazing the way they treated me today, so I’m really happy.” When his day was over after throwing 92 pitches, the 45,877 in the matinee crowd gave Nova a standing ovation and he responded by tipping his cap. It was a happy return and the outing Nova, the Yankees and their fans needed. Girardi had said the pitch limit for this first start would be no more than 95 pitches.
Nova added, “ When I was walking to the mound, I didn’t believe it had been 14 months. I was able to keep calm and try to do my best out there. Think positive the whole time. I was ready to go.”
But five days ago, in a final rehab start at Triple -A Scranton, Nova was ineffective and the curve ball, this according to a longtime scout, was not breaking as he allowed five earned runs, and seven hits in seven innings. There was discussion of possibly moving back his return and having one or two more rehab stints at Scranton.
The schedule is favorable for Nova to be here now and contribute, and Girardi commented that works in his favor to build up more.
“Thing is, he is healthy and sound,” Girardi said. “He’s not thrown a lot of innings this year so its not like you’re asking him to throw 200 innings.” And the ability to throw strikes and get fly ball outs showed that the command was there.
And there was that pace that Nova had, something that impressed Girardi and his teammates who were more than happy to see him back on the mound.
“Not a whole lot works him up but given the circumstances and the year off he had, it would be easy to be a little too aggressive out there,” said John Ryan Murphy the catcher who saw the calm and comfort Nova had behind the plate.
“Early in the game,” Murphy said, “we just wanted to get rolling and get him some outs under his belt and we did that. He got comfortable there and kept his nerves calm and did a great job.”
And for the Yankees it was what they needed as they gained a game on Tampa Bay in the tight AL East race for first place in late June.Comment: Twitter@Ring786 Ring786@aol.com Facebook.com/Rich Mancuso
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Posted by Bronx News at 6:08 PM
Was Cole Hamels loss to Yanks on Wednesday his final game with the Phillies?
By Howard Goldin
Although most of the writing on the final game of the Yankees-Phillies four game series at Yankee Stadium will be devoted to the excellent pitching of Ivan Nova in his first major league start in 14 months, there should also be interest in what could have been Phillies starter, Cole Hamels, last game in a Phillies’ uniform.
Hamels, a native of San Diego, California, has been a member of the zPhiladelphia Phillies organization since being drafted in the first round of the 2002 MLB First Year Players Draft.
The lefthander made his major league debut in May of 2006. After an outstanding rookie campaign, Hamelswith double figure victories in each of the next five seasons was an important contributor to the Phillies qualifying for post-season play in each of those years, 2007-2011. His playoff pitching in 2008 was exceptionally impressive as he was named MVP in both the National league Championship Series (NLCS) and in the World Series. His superlative work was also recognized by him being chosen for the National League all-Star team in three seasons, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
Despite his fine pitching or perhaps because of it, Hamels was considered a candidate for free agency in 2012, but elected to sign a long-term renewal with Philadelpia, six years (through 2018) with a club option for 2019.
During the past two seasons, 2013 and 2014, Hamelshas not reached double figures in wins. That may appear to be a decline, but the full story is somewhat different. In 2013, Hamels had the seventh lowest run support average among National League starters. In 2014, the support from his teammates declined further as he was sixth lowest in the league. Also, he had his lowest season ERA of 2.46 and finished sixth in the voting for the Cy Young Award. It should also be noted that the Phillies completed both years with a record beneath .500.
The story is not very different this season for Hamels. His record is 5-6, but he still lacks offensive support. After his five innings on the mound at Yankee stadium on Wednesday, not a Phillies run has been scored in 32 of the last 33 innings he has been on the mound.
The 31 year-old may soon have a change of scenery. His name has been prominently mentioned in trade rumors. Although not one reporter asked a question on that topic to Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg after Wednesday’s game, several queries were raised to Hamels.
The veteran pitcher, now in his 10th season with Philadelphia, spoke carefully on the subject, “We all understand what’s going on. We’re trying to develop young, good Phillies ballplayers. They’ve got to make their decision. [It’s an] organization decision. You [the player] don’t really have control of anything.”
As far as he was concerned, he remarked, “I’m just trying to stay healthy, and put up good results for this team. That’s all I’, focused on.”
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Marriott Opens Door in Metro Center: Bronx Now has a First-Class Place to Stay Marriott Opens Door in Metro Center By Dan Gesslein BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 24- In a sign of t...
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By Dan Gesslein
BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 24- In a sign of the continued revitalization of the Bronx, community leaders hailed the opening of the borough's first upscale hotel. The ribbon cutting was also the capping of an odyssey for the Metro Center complex which went from an abandoned factory and vacant land to a thriving college campus style office complex and medical village.
The 125-room Marriott Residence Inn officially opened to great fanfare on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony with elected officials. Sure the Bronx has many motel rooms but none you would want to spend the night in. New Rochelle boasted the closest place to get a nice hotel room while visiting family rather than a hot-sheet motel. Now all that has changed with the opening of a first-class hotel.
"We’re thrilled that Marriott, one of the world’s premier hospitality companies, chose this location. Metro Center Atrium is unique in the Bronx – there’s nothing quite like it available anywhere else in the Borough. This truly is a landmark event for Metro Center Atrium, for our company, and for the Bronx," said Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development, whose company envisioned and built the Metro Center.
The Marriott is the crowning jewel in the Metro Center complex. The hotel caps off the Metro Center Atrium which is a mix of medical and office space in a suburban style campus.
Twelve years ago Old London Foods moved out of the area behind the Metro North tracks. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr said people were worried about the loss of jobs and that the land would sit unused. Now the Metro Center boasts 370,000 square feet of medical offices, an Applebee's, an LA Fitness and now a first class hotel. The complex also includes Mercy College.
Metro North is planning to reopen the old Morris Park station which will have a stop steps from the Marriott. Thus giving hotel guests access to transportation to Penn Station in Manhattan and upstate New York.
The new hotel is already a success. Officials say that although it officially opened today, the hotel is already 80 percent occupied. Business execs and hospital visitors to the medical centers inside the complex as well as nearby Calvary, Einstein Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center are staying at the new Marriott.
“Today is a great day for the Bronx,” said New York City Council Member James Vacca. “We welcome Marriott as the borough’s first hotel with open arms and hope it is the signal of even more great things to come. Clearly Marriott has recognized that the Bronx is a destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike. We already have beautiful parks, thebest zoo in the nation, the Yankees, and a PGA tour worthy golf course recently completed in nearby Ferry Point Park.”
Father Richard Gorman, chairman of Community Board 12, said the grand opening is a culmination of the revitalization of the borough.
"The Bronx is not only coming back. The Bronx is back," he said.
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New Yanks Meet Fans on Way to Work
BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 24- Yankees players Andrew Miller, Mason Williams and Brendan Ryan rode the subway from midtown Manhattan to Yankee Stadium, introducing themselves to fans and giving away Yankees caps.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Ain't that a Pitch
Pitching is killing #Yankees
By Rich Mancuso
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BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 23- Sunday afternoon Masahiro Tanaka allowed a career-high three home runs and tied his mark of seven runs in five innings as the New York Yankees headed to an early loss against the Detroit Tigers. Monday night, Michael Pineda, the Yankees most effective pitcher was not any better as New York lost the opening of a three-game series to the Philadelphia Phillies 11-8.
So in two games, and with supposedly the most reliable tandem on the mound, manager Joe Girardi must be wondering are these the arms that can be depended on to win a mediocre AL east division? In two straight games Yankees pitching gave up a combined 23 runs, and CC Sabathia who at times shows some signs of becoming an ace again will get the ball Tuesday night in the Bronx.
The good news, assuming Sabathia can’t get the job done, is the return of Ivan Nova Wednesday afternoon, his first start in
over a year since undergoing Tommy John Surgery. And there is always a concern about the 35-year-old Sabathia and his history of elbow and knee issues.
But the Yankees need to get more consistent on the mound if they are serious about not missing the postseason a third straight year. The Phillies, a team last in baseball in runs scored, probably wish Pineda was on the mound every time they take the field.
Pineda had no command. The slider which helped him compile 16 strikeouts a month ago against the Orioles, and had him throw six no-hit innings against the Marlins last Wednesday night in the Bronx, was not visible. The eight runs allowed in 3.11 innings, 11-hits and a home run ball took the Yankees quickly out of another ballgame.
Now the questions are about Tanaka and Pineda. Are there concerns about a Tanaka elbow that is being overworked and headed to eventual surgery? And is Pineda once again feeling effects of a bad right shoulder that put him twice on the disabled list the past two years?
“It’s hard to tell,” said Pitching coach Larry Rothschild regarding any impact on Pineda of a 116- pitch count performance in that game against the Orioles.
He added, “His last time out, he was as good as he was probably at any time. I don’t know that we can have the answer to that. I don’t think it’s the case, but there’s no way to know if it is or isn’t.”
However, Girardi and Rothschild need to get some answers, and they have to come soon. There has been some discussion about Girardi going to a six-man pitching rotation and that may not work because pitchers are creatures of habit and need that consistency.
And, at the moment the most reliable and consistent starter has been Adam Warren who recorded his fifth win of the season in a Yankees 7-2 win over the Tigers Friday night. Also keep in mind that has been a surprise, because Warren was supposed to be the odd man out and designated to bullpen duty.
But there has been a change of events and the unexpected that should have the Yankees brass in some type of panic mode. Though not even a half of the season has yet to be played, there is plenty of time to get the pitching issues addressed.
Girardi is not in that panic mode, and you can’t blame him because the one question was the offense and the Yankees have had no issue hitting home runs. His team is second in baseball with the long ball as Brett Gardner and Brian McCann put the Yankees back in a game that saw the Phillies get a season high in runs and in hits.
Pineda said he is healthy and there are no issues. Girardi has his reasons why the right-hander, 8-4, had a bad evening on the mound.
“It's been kind of up and down, and that's hard to figure out," Girardi said. "Sometimes they just go through stretches like that, the starters, and then they'll reel off six or seven good ones in a row. You've got to make pitches every time you go out. That's the bottom line. Tonight he just didn't.”
Girardi added, “It starts with your starting pitching.” Indeed it does and if he and Rothschild don’t find answers for consistency that leads to more questions and a prevailing one:
How far will the Yankees get to October without good starting pitching that is needed to get there?
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