Friday, November 28, 2014

Bronx News ( Hayes Stuffs Mount in Turkey Bowl

Bronx News ( Hayes Stuffs Mount in Turkey Bowl: Hayes Stuffs Mount in Turkey Bowl (Photos by Gary Quintal) By Gary Quintal BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 28- In the 72nd edition of the annua...

Hayes Stuffs Mount in Turkey Bowl

Hayes Stuffs Mount in Turkey Bowl

(Photos by Gary Quintal)

By Gary Quintal

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 28- In the 72nd edition of the annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey-Bowl , Cardinal Hayes and Mount Saint Michael Academy battled each other and the snow.   

Mount Saint Michael was looking to avenge last season's 20-16 defeat, while Hayes was hoping to win consecutive match-ups for the first time since 1979-1980.  

The Mountaineers  could not get anything going on offense gaining only one first down in the first half while Cardinal Hayes book-ended their scoring with 1 yard touchdown runs. The first came the opening drive of the game and the second to end the third quarter capping the scoring with a 32-0 Hayes victory.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bronx News ( What do you know about Thanksgiving?

Bronx News ( What do you know about Thanksgiving?: What do you know about Thanksgiving? Community Board News N’ Views By Father Richard F. Gorman Chairman Community Board #12 (The Bronx) ...

What do you know about Thanksgiving?

What do you know about Thanksgiving?

Community Board
News N’ Views


Father Richard F. Gorman
Community Board #12 (The Bronx)

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 26- Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday. It originated in the New World. Even before it became a national holiday established by law, generations of Americans celebrated a day of thanksgiving for blessings received. Americans, despite diversity in faith traditions, racial and ethnic background, economic status, gender, age, or physical and mental condition uniformly anticipate and celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

One could suppose, then, that Americans know all that is fact about Thanksgiving. Do they? How about you, neighbors and friends? For example, do you know any or all of the following …

  • The first Thanksgiving Day was held in the Autumn of 1621, included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn't survive that difficult first year in the New World. 

  • Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb” convinced President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

  • Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish were. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also did not eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. There were no “Turduckens”  --  i.e., a turkey stuffed with a duck that is stuffed with a chicken. These were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.

  • The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives, but no forks! Forks were not even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and were not a popular utensil until the eighteenth century. The Pilgrims, prior to utilizing forks, did use their fingers, however.

  • Thanksgiving is the reason for T.V. dinners. In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey  --  260 tons  --  that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes. Ergo, the first T.V. dinner was born!

  • Thanksgiving was almost a fast and not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and  --  lucky for us!   --  turned their fast into a three-day feast!

  • Each year, the President of the United States pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Harry S. Truman in1947.

  • Why is Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November? President Abraham Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but, in 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help improve the Christmas shopping season and spur the economy during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.

  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching from Convent Ave to 145TH  Street in New York City.  No large balloons were at this parade, as it featured only live animals from Central Park Zoo.
  • Turkey is not responsible for drowsiness or the dreaded "food coma." Scientists say that extra glass of wine, the high-calorie meal or relaxing after a busy work schedule is what makes one drowsy!

  • How did the tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving start? The National Football League started the Thanksgiving Classic Games in 1920 and, since then, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.

  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys are bred are heavier and cannot run quite that fast.

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States instead of the eagle.

  • Americans eat 46,000,000 turkeys each Thanksgiving.

  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.

  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed 86 pounds.

  • Californians consume the most turkey in the United States on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Female turkeys, called “hens,” do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.

  • The average turkey for Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.

  • Campbell's soup created green bean casserole for an annual cookbook 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

So how many of these pearls of wisdom did you know?  Regardless of your expertise in Thanksgiving Day trivia, there is one most important thing that all of us know-- viz., that the need for and the origin of Thanksgiving Day both spring from a common yearning to acknowledge God’s loving goodness and His munificent generosity to us. Join me, then, fulfilling this need rooted in the very core of our being by praying these words, taken from the Preface of the Roman Catholic Mass for Thanksgiving Day:

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks.

We acknowledge You as the Lord of all Nations,
the Creator of land, and sea, and sky,
the Source of the wonders of nature and salvation.
Through Your Word You called all things into being,
that You might bestow on us Your love
reflected in the vastness of the universe
and the bounty of this earth.

You placed creation in our care,
yet You alone sustain all life with the gentle dew of Your Word
and the life-giving breath of Your Spirit.
Your gifts of nature have not exhausted Your goodness,
for the fullness of Your love is revealed by the imparting
of the manifold gifts of Your Grace.

Our hearts are moved to thankful praise,
and so we join the choirs of angels and saints
in proclaiming Your glory.


Happy Thanksgiving! See you after the feast!

Bronx News ( Where did the Muni-Meter Go?

Bronx News ( Where did the Muni-Meter Go?: Where did the Muni-Meter Go? Riverdale Report By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 26- It appears that after two very successful sit...

Where did the Muni-Meter Go?

Where did the Muni-Meter Go?

Riverdale Report
By Robert Press

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 26- It appears that after two very successful site visits to the 254th Street city park by the Metro North station the special Greenway Committee can get down to a little business. The next meeting of the special Community Board 8 Greenway Committee will be on Monday December 1st at the Riverdale YM/YWHA located at 5625 Arlington Avenue in the teen lounge starting at 7:30 p.m. Committee chair Phil Friedman was so jubilant during the tours, but he may not know exactly what he has gotten himself into as is the history of this Greenway project.

The last meeting of Community Board 8's Environmental and Sanitation committee proved to be more than just a lot of garbage. The city is now going to expand its composting project in the Bronx from the current Throggs Neck area to Riverdale on the other side of the Bronx. A spokesperson for the Department of Sanitation said that normally the city would expand out from the current pilot area, but that is hard to do in the Bronx. That is the reason a section of Community Board 8 from the city line down all the way on the West side of the Henry Hudson Parkway, and down to West 238th Street on the East side of the HHP. The project involves 2700 private homes who will be given a small composting bin free of charge by the city to hold their food waste products until the pick up date that will be the same as the current recycle day. Apartment buildings can join in, but the city right now is looking for at least 25 percent of the 2700 homes to join this pilot program before it is expanded.
The hope in the future is that the city can make a sizable dent in the waste that has to be sent to landfills outside of the city and state. Currently city garbage is trucked, trained, and boated to landfill areas at a huge cost to city residents. The less garbage the city would have to cart away the less it would cost, and save taxpayers money.

Lastly, check my blog at to see or should I say not see a Muni Meter that was missing from its base. To make matters worse the other Muni Meter on the block was out of order. If you are using a credit or debit card in these meters you should check to see that there is no scanner placed inside the opening to skim the card. There is a question of why so man of these Muini Meters will not take quarters, but only cards. This is happening on White Plains Road as well as on Riverdale Avenue, so be careful.

Lastly I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and thank those who have helped this holiday by giving or volunteering so that the less fortunate would also have a Happy Thanksgiving.

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail us at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bronx News ( ‘Blood’ in the Streets Over Ferguson

Bronx News ( ‘Blood’ in the Streets Over Ferguson: ‘Blood’ in the Streets Over Ferguson (Photojournalist Ken Murray is soaked in red paint aimed for Police Commissioner Bill Bratton--Photo by...

‘Blood’ in the Streets Over Ferguson

‘Blood’ in the Streets Over Ferguson
(Photojournalist Ken Murray is soaked in red paint aimed for Police Commissioner Bill Bratton--Photo by James Keinom, NY Daily News via Facebook)

Photojournalist Recalls Paint Toss Aimed for Bratton

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 25- An angry crowd estimated between 300 - 500 took to the streets of Times Square to demonstrate the grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, MO.

Brooklyn-born photojournalist Ken Murray recalled getting the brunt of the red paint tossed at Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Monday, November 24.

The violence in Ferguson and in Times Square broke out as President Barack Obama was asking the nation for calm and restraint regarding the decision.

Murray recalled, "He (Commissioner Bratton) was being chanted at and told to go home and some other things and then we got down the block a little bit and I got hit with the fake blood behind me, but I got the most of it."

A small army of photographers captured Murray covered in the red paint, mostly missing the intended target Commissioner Bratton.

"I didn't even flinch," Murray added, "I just kept taking my pictures."

Murray then moved with the crowd of police who quickly apprehended the former Occupy Wall Street protester, identified by police as Diego Ibanez, 26.

Ibanez was charged with assault and obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief.

As the crowd broke off into smaller groups, one group estimated at 250 walked and reportedly laid down briefly in the roadbed along the Tri-boro Bridge.

It's not immediately known if any additional arrests had been made.   

Bronx News ( Lucky to be Alive!

Bronx News ( Lucky to be Alive!: Lucky to be Alive! Five Injured, 2 Critically in Bruckner Expressway Crash By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 25- A horrific crash...

Bronx News ( Lucky to be Alive!

Bronx News ( Lucky to be Alive!: Lucky to be Alive! Five Injured, 2 Critically in Bruckner Expressway Crash By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 25- A horrific crash...

Lucky to be Alive!

Lucky to be Alive!

Five Injured, 2 Critically in Bruckner Expressway Crash

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 25- A horrific crash that sent an SUV to flip over several times has injured five people, including two children.

Police were called to the Bruckner Expressway at Elder Avenue at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22. Investigators say a 31 year-old woman lost control of a 2005 Ford Explorer that was traveling eastbound when it hit a guardrail and flipped over several times.

Police say an 11-year-old boy was ejected from the back of the vehicle and suffered a severe head injury. He was transported to Jacobi Hospital and was listed in critical condition.

Officials reported a second child was listed in serious, but stable condition.

The unidentified driver and two additional passengers, a 17- year-old female and a 57 year-old woman were also listed to be in stable condition at Jacobi Hospital.

No charges have been filed in the crash, however police continue to investigate its cause.

The site is a half-mile away from where rookie police officer Michael Williams was killed in September when the police van he was riding in overturned near Hunts Point Avenue.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bronx News ( Throggs Neck Shopping Center Open

Bronx News ( Throggs Neck Shopping Center Open: Open for Business New shopping center opens in Throggs Neck in time for the holiday season BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 21- Simone Developme...

Throggs Neck Shopping Center Open

Open for Business

New shopping center opens in Throggs Neck in time for the holiday season

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 21- Simone Development Companies marked the grand opening of the new Throggs Neck Shopping Center in the Ferry Point section of The Bronx at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and the Hutchinson River Parkway on November 20th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a host of elected officials and community leaders. 

Anchored by a 165,000+ square-foot Target department store – the retailer’s third Bronx store – the Throggs Neck Shopping Center features over a dozen new stores and restaurants including TJ Maxx, Famous Footwear, Sleepy's, Petco, Skechers, Metro Optics, BX Sports and Super Wines and Liquors, and coming soon, T-Mobile and Starbucks. For fantastic food there is Applebee's, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Subway and Sarku Japan. The shopping center also includes secure free parking for over 600 cars directly in front of the stores.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development Companies, Borough President Ruben Diaz, NYS Senator Jeff Klein, NYS Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, NYC Councilman James Vacca and Lenny Caro, Executive Director of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.  Joseph Kelleher, President, Simone Metro Properties, emceed the event.

“This wonderful new retail center is yet another example of how Simone Development is helping to transform and revitalize the New Bronx with innovative commercial and retail projects that create new jobs and boost the Bronx economy,” said Mr. Simone. “I’d also like to recognize Aaron Malinsky, Principal of Curbcut Urban Partners, and Paul Slayton of Slayton Investments, for their experience and involvement in this project.” 

The new Throggs Neck Shopping Center is a prime example of Simone Development Companies’ dedication to repurposing vacant and under-utilized commercial property in the New York metropolitan area. Simone Development Companies acquired the 7.9-acre site in 2011. The property had been used as a Postal Service equipment transfer station for many years and had been closed since September 2010.

Miles Mahony of Ripco Real Estate is exclusive leasing agent for Simone Development and its partners. Only 12,000 square feet of additional space is currently available at the Throggs Neck Shopping Center in various configurations.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bronx News ( Subway Push Suspect Arrested

Bronx News ( Subway Push Suspect Arrested: Subway Push Suspect Arrested Expected to be Charged with Murder By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 19 - Police arrested a man in co...

Subway Push Suspect Arrested

Subway Push Suspect Arrested
Expected to be Charged with Murder

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 19- Police arrested a man in connection with the subway push murder of a Chinese immigrant.

Kevin Darden, 34, is expected to be charged with second degree murder charges at the Bronx Criminal courthouse today.

Officials say Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, was standing near the platform’s edge when he was shoved in front of the moving train at just before 9 a.m., on November 16 at the East 167 Street Station.

Kwok, an immigrant from Hong Kong, died instantly as three train cars passed over his body, before the motorman was able to bring the train to a screeching halt.

Investigators used area surveillance video to track the 'person of interest,' turned suspect as be boarded a Bx-35 bus into Highbridge where the surveillance video lost the man.

Shortly after the release of the surveillance video police questioned and later arrested Darden.

A second person was reported struck by a train at the St. Lawrence Avenue Station at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, November 14. Although no criminality was suspected, the condition of that victim was not immediately known.

Officials from the Metropolitan Transit Authority say that Kwok was the 50th person to die in a subway mishap this year, but the first to die at the hands of another individual.

Anyone with information on the individual or his whereabouts is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bronx News ( Bank robbin’ fashionista at large

Bronx News ( Bank robbin’ fashionista at large: Bank robbin’ fashionista at large By Dan Gesslein BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15- A would-be fashionista went to Bay Plaza not to shop the l...

Bank robbin’ fashionista at large

Bank robbin’ fashionista at large

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15- A would-be fashionista went to Bay Plaza not to shop the latest trends but to try to rob a bank.

The well-dressed crook entered the Chase Bank inside the Bay Plaza Shopping Center at around 12:48 p.m. on October 28. Dressed as if he were headed to a fashion shoot, complete with a luxuriously looking scarf and high-end shades and pea coat, the man passed the teller a note demanding cash. However, cops said he fled the bank without the cash.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect in the hopes someone recognizes the would-be bank robber.

The suspect is a described as a black male in his mid 30’s. He is 5 foot 8, dark complexion with a mustache and beard. He was last seen wearing a gray cap, dark sunglasses, black and white scarf, a black pea-coat type jacket, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.

Bronx News ( Yankees’ Good Luck Charm Passes Away

Bronx News ( Yankees’ Good Luck Charm Passes Away: Yankees’ Good Luck Charm Passes Away (Bill Stimers with Bert Blyleven, a Basebll Hall of Famer, in the broadcast booth at YS.    —Photo by ...

Yankees’ Good Luck Charm Passes Away

Yankees’ Good Luck Charm Passes Away

(Bill Stimers with Bert Blyleven, a Basebll Hall of Famer, in the broadcast booth at YS.    —Photo by Howard Goldin)

By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15- There are very few fans of sports teams who have become a part of the organization they root for. Bill Stimers, who passed away at the age of 67 on Thursday at the Hebrew Home of Riverdale, his place of residence for the past 10 months, was considered a valued member of the Yankee family by the Steinbrenners. 

Stimers, a devoted rooter for the Yankees since his early childhood, met Steinbrenner at Shea Stadium, where the Yankees played their home games during the refurbishment of Yankee Stadium, shortly after the Cleveland businessman led a group that purchased the Yankees from CBS. The story, as Stimers always told it, went like this, “I said to George, ‘Let’s hope the Yankees win today,’ and he just took a liking to me.”

Stimers was an only child, a brother died in a miscarriage, born to a middle class couple in Queens. His father worked on the Long Island Railroad and his mother was a telephone operator. The couple and their young son moved to Brentwood, Long Island, where they each remained for the rest of their lives. Even though both parents worked full-time, they were devoted to their son. To the day of his death, he told stories of his parents concern for him to a close friend. He remembered them with love and respect and was not embarrassed to say how much he still missed them.

At the age of five, Stimers attended his first baseball game in May of 1952. As his memory was astonishing, decades later he recalled seeing Mickey Mantle hit a home run and the Yankees winning the ballgame. He did not return to the Stadium for several years as his father thought he was too young for such an outing. 

He was an enthusiastic sports fan, especially of baseball, throughout his life. His ability to remember what he read, what he heard and what he witnessed made him exceptionally knowledgeable of many topics. He was one of the most well-known callers to radio station WFAN, where he was known as “Bill the Baker”

The sobriquet came from Stimers’ occupation at Entenmann’s Bakery in Bay Shore, Long Island. In his senior year in high school, Stimers worked in a co-op program at Entenmann’s. He kept the job after his graduation, and worked there until his retirement at the age of 50. 

Over the past several decades, Stimers attended many MLB All-Star Games and  World Series games. He told interesting stories of many events such as the earthquake during the World Series in San Francisco and seeing the final hit (#3,000) of Roberto Clemente. 

For whatever the reason, Steinbrenner was dedicated to the well-being of Stimers. On July 26, 1976, Stimers moved to a seat with his own nameplate in the Press Box at Steinbrenner’s behest. The Yankee owner told Stimers, “You’ll be more valuable to me in the press box than in the stands.” Stimers’ seat was next to Steinbrenner’s box in the old Stadium. The Yankee owner and members of his family often came to Stimers’ seat and engaged the dedicated fan in conversation. Steinbrenner joked with him, solicited advice on players and discussed that day’s game. He also invited Stimers to travel with the team to post-season playoff trips. 

Bill, who considered Steinbrenner his greatest friend, liked to recall that shortly after his mother died, Steinbrenner invited him to travel to the American League Division Series. When Stimers was threatened with the loss of the family home due to a second mortgage that his late mother took out, the Yankee principal owner saved the home by paying off the money owed. Those who are familiar with the relationship between the two men understand the charitable nature and compassion that was an important part of Steinbrenner.

Stimers retained his seat in the Yankee Stadium Press Box through the 2012 a. L. Division Series. He attended only nine games during the 2014 season, but had a seat in the lower stands. 

On an even more personal note, another devoted Yankee fan and extremely knowledgeable observer of baseball, my brother Jeffrey also passed away in 2014. The two had many congenial baseball conversations. Jeffrey was well-educated and had much knowledge and understanding of many diverse matters. He worked quietly, but with great capability and effort for the New York State Court System for many years. Despite being a private person and soft-spoken, he was very pleasant to spend time with because of his highly advanced sense of humor and kindness. Like Bill, the 65 year-old man passed away far too soon. He was a blessing to his family and all who knew him.

May you rest in peace Jeffrey and Bill. You are both missed.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bronx News ( ATM Bandits Strike Again.

Bronx News ( ATM Bandits Strike Again.: Despite Arrests, ATM Bandits Strike Again... and again By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 14- Police are asking the public's he...

ATM Bandits Strike Again.

Despite Arrests, ATM Bandits Strike Again... and again

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 14- Police are asking the public's help in identifying a lone individual wanted in connection with a string of as many as 54 burglary's since the beginning of the year-- and despite four arrests in June, thieves recently hit three stores in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx.

On Tuesday, October 28 Detective Michael DeBonis, an NYPD spokesman confirmed that two separate burglary patterns have now been linked together, saying, "Yes, it's a citywide burglary pattern and their wanted for all of these incidents."

After police announced three arrests at a heist at the Spin City Laundromat on East 204 Street in the Bronx on July 30, it was revealed that the suspects were wanted for 32 similar jobs in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester, the thieves often targeted businesses with ATM machines.

The bandits would either steal or dismantled the businesses surveillance equipment before stealing cash and other valuables.

The same group is now credited with 20 additional thefts that occurred in Queens and the Bronx.

The brazen burglary teams list of jobs now include a break-in at the popular Mar y Tierra Restaurant on Bainbridge Avenue in June and another business on Prospect Avenue as well as a dozen cases in Queens.

In the most recent incident that took place on Monday, October 22, thieves smashed their way into Connie's Laundromat, the Bedford Park Cleaners and the Wai Kang Kitchen along East Bedford Park Boulevard.

Thieves again made off with cash from all three registers as well as security cameras and equipment, before they reportedly cleaned-out the ATM machine inside the Wai Kang Kitchen.

According to Mar y Tierra manager Nelson Fernandez, "They took the ATM machine and moved it over to there," pointing to an open floor in the back of the restaurant, and continued, "and they sawed it (open) and took the money out."

He added thieves removed $4,000 from the ATM, $1,000 from the register and also removed several bottles of the restaurant's best liquor.

The restaurant shut for a day so police could conduct their investigation and Fernandez could make repairs to the ventilation system, where the thieves smashed their way through the roof and squeezed through the vent and into the restaurant.

Now open minus the ATM machine, Fernandez responded to a question about the missing ATM machine, with his own question, "Do I look stupid?" Customers will now have to bring cash or credit cards or visit the nearby bank.

Police have released a lone security camera photo of one suspect, but police could not immediately say where it was taken. The subject is wearing blue jeans, a sweat shirt and a baseball cap.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bronx News ( Serial groper continues reign of terror

Bronx News ( Serial groper continues reign of terror: Serial groper continues reign of terror By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 13- Despite round the clock surveillance of several key ...

Serial groper continues reign of terror

Serial groper continues reign of terror

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 13- Despite round the clock surveillance of several key areas and at least two possible suspects recently questioned, police continue to hunt for a serial groper who could now be responsible for nearly two-dozen attacks on girls and young women.

The NYPD has not yet acknowledged seven additional incidents reported since July 11, when two girls claimed they were molested as they crossed over the Eastchester Road footbridge that leads in and out of Co-Op City.

According to one published report and sources within the community, additional attacks have taken place on July 10, September 22 and 29, October 1, 18 and most recently on October 27.

A 14 year-old and an 18 year-old reported being attacked on July 10. A report in the Co-op City Times reported a 17 year-old was groped on September 22. A 16 year-old claimed she was molested on September 29 and a 13 year-old reported a stalking incident on October 18.

In the October 18 incident, Maxx Brown, 25, a security guard with the Workman's Circle Multicare Center on Grace Avenue, was aware of the sexual predator and believed he had thwarted an attack and the deviant was in custody.

Brown said he was making his rounds at 9 a.m. at Workman's Circle, across from Haffen Park, when a 13-year-old girl claimed she was being pursued by a 25-year-old man. Brown brought the crying teen inside where she called her mother and police.

Baffled when told that police stated that no arrests had been made, Brown recalled, "He (the suspect) actually saw me outside the nursing home and then inside the precinct. They (detectives) told me that when he saw me at the precinct, he confessed.”

After repeated requests an NYPD spokesman attempted to clarify, stating, "It wasn't the guy... we're not privy to the exact play-by-play, but the latest is that it's an on-going investigation and still no arrests.”

The official added, "There hasn't been any changes since the last
thing that was put out, I believe it was nine incidents that we’ve had. This is the latest that we have as far as what the investigators provide for us.”

After being denied access to investigators working the case, on Friday, October 24, this reporter visited one of the locations targeted by the suspect-- to question teens about police presence in the area.

Most of those questioned reported that they had not seen officers recently, but I'd soon realized that police had the area under surveillance and I had just walked onto the set of an undercover operation, as I was stopped by three plain clothes detectives.

A second vehicle with at least one ranking police official would watch from an unmarked car nearby.

One Co-op City resident whose 16-year-old daughter was molested on the Eastchester Road footbridge recalled, "A guy walked in front of her, grabbed her vagina and he just walked away.” 

Despite her daughter participating in a line-up to identify the individual, police have still not included that incident in the string of incidents that have now taken place in the neighborhoods of Eastchester, Edenwald and Baychester since February.

On October 23, the mother of the victim recalled, "I spoke to the detectives a little while ago and she said, 'Oh yeah, we're working on some leads, we'll know something by tomorrow.’”

If the latest incident recorded on Monday, October 27 is the same individual, he may have changed his modus operandi, by striking in the evening instead of early in the morning.

Police surrounded Seton Falls Park in the Edenwald section after a female claimed she was attacked by a black man between 25 and 30 years of age who had a full beard and an Afro.

The suspect in the latest incident was wearing black jeans, black 
boots and black gloves with the letters RDX on them. 

Officials at the NYPD could also not say if a man wanted for six
similar attacks that occurred in Baychester and Soundview during one six-hour period in November, 2011, had ever been apprehended.

Meanwhile, police in New Rochelle arrested a man back in July for several groping attacks there. Officials charged Guillermo Merino with four similar attacks in June and is now facing sex abuse and harassment charges.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bronx News ( Police make arrests in 2 unrelated homicides

Bronx News ( Police make arrests in 2 unrelated homicides: Police make arrests in 2 unrelated homicides Suspects charged in October nightclub killing By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 12- D...

Police make arrests in 2 unrelated homicides

Police make arrests in 2 unrelated homicides
Suspects charged in October nightclub killing

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 12- Detectives in the North Bronx had a busy week, quickly solving two homicides that occurred on the same day as well as charging two suspects in last month's nightclub homicide in Fordham.

Officers from the 52nd Precinct responded to a 911 call of a male shot at a house party at just after midnight on November 2, inside of 2316 Loring Place North in University Heights.

The victim was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police would later identify the victim as 19-year-old Jordany Correa of nearby Morris Avenue.

Police say a witness to the killing found a photo of the suspect on the social media website Facebook, investigators ran the photo through the NYPD's facial-recognition software and came up with the suspects name.

On November 4, detectives announced the arrest of Carlos Ramirez, 19, of Claflin Avenue. Ramirez was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

On the afternoon of November 2, police were called to the Grand Concourse Motel, located at 2327 Grand Concourse and discovered the victim, Richard Rivera, 45, stabbed several times in the torso in the building's stairway at 5:30 p.m.

Paramedics rushed Rivera to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Police quickly arrested neighbor Eddie Davis, 53, who is facing
murder, manslaughter and weapons possession charges. Investigators offered no motive for the killing.

On November 3, police announced the arrest of two men, charged in the wild nightclub brawl in Fordham that left one man dead and five others wounded.

Officials said that the October 5 brawl broke out inside the Xtreme Lounge on Valentine Avenue and spilled onto the street and involved a gun, a knife and a baseball bat.

Detectives charged Zaire Bansey, 19, of Castle Hill and Peter Hajdari, 18, of Westchester Square with murder, manslaughter and weapons possession charges in the death of Dennis Rodriguez, 24, of Mott Haven.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bronx News ( Football Invades Yankee Stadium

Bronx News ( Football Invades Yankee Stadium: Football Invades Yankee Stadium (Photos by Gary Quintal) By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10- The first of three coll...

Football Invades Yankee Stadium

Football Invades Yankee Stadium
(Photos by Gary Quintal)

By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10- The first of three college football games scheduled to be played in Yankee Stadium during the remaining days of 2014 took place on Saturday afternoon, November 8. The Black Knights of Army (3-6) and the University of Connecticut Huskies (2-7, 1-4) met on the gridiron at the baseball cathedral on 161st Street. 

The first big event at Yankee Stadium since Derek Jeter’s final game in the Bronx on September 25 drew tens of thousands to the neighborhood for the weekend festivities. Both sides of River Ave. were filled with spectators watching a large contingent of West Point Cadets march from 153rd Street to the ballpark’s entrance. As always, the 161st Business Improvement District (161 BID) led by its executive director Cary Goodman provided a warm welcome to visitors, whether attending the game or not. Youth Ambassadors of the local organization distributed maps of the area and local restaurants and sports bars gave free souvenir footballs to its patrons. 

The 27,453 fans inside the stadium were entertained by the West Point Band and Glee Club and a demonstration by the West Point Parachute Team before the contest and heard a stirring rendition of God Bless America sung by Master Sgt. Mary Kay Messenger at the conclusion of the third quarter. They also were treated to an exciting football contest whose result was not decided until the final minute of action.

Both teams began the game with disappointing identical win/loss marks, 2-6, under their first year coaches, Bob Diaco at Connecticut and Jeff Monken at Army. Army took a 14-0 lead with two short runs after lengthy drives. Quarterback Angel Santiago began its successful game-long ground attack with a two-yard touchdown run with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter. Coach Diaco of the Huskies felt the game changed at that point, “At 14-0, the game changed. The opportunities for the opposition became too few.”

At 8:39 of the second quarter, Joe Walker ran the ball across the goal line for the Black Knights.  

Santiago only threw three passes, two completed, for Army, but had a net gain of 97 yards on 25 carries. His second touchdown was scored on a 1 yard rush in the fourth quarter. 

Walker scored a second touchdown on a two-yard rush in the third. 

The third touchdown for the Huskies with 2:08 left in the contest brought the score to 28-21. The Connecticut kicker made an on-side kick that was recovered by the Huskies on their own 48. UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer led the drive to the Army 6. On the drive, he carried three times for a total of 43 yards himself. 

The Huskies were six yards away from tying the game when Whitmer’s last pass was intercepted by Chris Carnegie on the Army 1 and carried 99 yards for the final score of the game with 28 seconds remaining.

Army coach Monken praised the junior for his second interception of the game, “I can’t say enough for the play by Chris Carnegie. It was  a huge play for the team.”

Coach Diaco did not feel the one play was the cause for his team’s loss, “That play did not lose the game. There were too many errors on offense. We didn’t execute well enough; we didn’t play well enough.”

On November 22, college football will return to Yankee Stadium as Leigh and Lafayette will compete in their 150th game, the longest rivalry in college football history.