Friday, March 6, 2015

Fordham Loses Final Home Game  

By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 6- The Fordham Rams (9‐19, 4‐13) hosted their final game of the season at the Rose Hill Gym on their campus in the Bronx on Wednesday evening. The visitors, the Duquesne Dukes (11‐17, 6‐11) were contesting Fordham for a better seeding in the following week’s Atlantic‐10 Conference Championship.

Prior to the contest’s start, Fordham’s basketball seniors were saluted on the court. Two, Halilaj and Gaitley, of the four players underwent the difficult task of making the team as walk‐ons. Erando Halilaj, a Bronx native, joined the team this year and saw action in five games. DC Gaitley, son of Fordham’s women’s coach, played in six games. The communications major suffered several injuries which curtailed his playing time at Fordham. Nihad Musovic, a Fordham Prep grad, played in 11 contests in his four years at the university.

Bryan Smith played 113 games during his career at Fordham. The Brooklyn native is completing his college career very impressively. He appeared in every game this season, and started the last 13 at guard. Smith averaged 11 points per game in his latest nine contests. He scored his season high of 17 points against Duquesne.

Seniors Lauren Hutt, student assistant, and Nick Stanaj, team manager, were also honored for their service to the basketball program.

The Rams spurted to an early 7‐2 lead during the first two minutes of action. Eight unanswered points by the visitors gave the Dukes a 10‐7 advantage two minutes later. A 16‐11 lead by Duquesne was turned around as the Rams scored 14 straight points, keeping the Dukes scoreless for nearly seven minutes to move ahead, 25‐16 at 6:56. Fordham’s first double digit lead, 29‐18, at 6:04 evaporated by the close of the first half as the Dukes outscored Fordham, 20‐6, to lead 38‐35, at the half.

The Dukes began the second stanza almost exactly as they closed the first with a 20‐7 scoring run to take their largest lead of the game, 58‐42, with 10:58 remaining in the game. The 40‐13 scoring differential those 15 minutes decided the outcome as the Rams cut the advantage to single figures only once in the final 11 minutes. The Dukes were victorious, 81‐66.

Both teams had balanced scoring. Five of the Dukes scored in double figures; each of four players netted 16 points including L. G. Hill who came off the bench and in only 18 minutes scored 16 and grabbed seven rebounds. Four of Fordham’s starters scored in double digits paced by Smith who led with 17.
Fordham’s 17 offensive rebounds gave them access to 12 second chance points contrasted to two for the Dukes. The 12 Fordham turnovers allowed the Dukes to score 17 points from turnovers while Fordham only scored two.

Fordham’s coach Tom Pecora explained his disappointment with his team’s lack of effort during their final home game of the season, “We probably lost it yesterday during practice” where he felt his players were resistant to putting in sufficient effort. He told reporters, “Whether there’s two inches or two feet of snow, we’ll practice tomorrow.”

He also noted the same insufficient effort during the contest, “They [Duquesne] went to the foul line 25 times and we went eight. That shows you who played harder. Effort should be a given.”

Another reason Pecora cited for the loss was the absence of Eric Paschall. The freshman is fourth in the conference in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game. Pecora stated that he was not replaced, “We lost our bounce without Eric.”

Both teams play one more regular season contests before entering the Atlantic‐10 Championship on March 12 at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

#Fordham #Rams #Basketball #Bronxnews

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hunts Point News: Double Down Dimwits Nabbed for Cell Phone Stickup

Hunts Point News: Double Down Dimwits Nabbed for Cell Phone Stickup: Double Down Dimwits Nabbed for Cell Phone Stickup By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 5-  One of three brazen thieves who robbed...

Double Down Dimwits Nabbed for Cell Phone Stickup

Double Down Dimwits Nabbed for Cell Phone Stickup

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 5- One of three brazen thieves who robbed an AT&T store for the second time-- has been captured by police.

According to several sources, the three bandits entered the shop at 3 p.m., on Friday, February 27 at 1709 Crosby Avenue at Middletown Road.

Fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash, police spotted one of the suspects and captured him after a brief foot chase.

One AT&T employee offered, "And it was the same people this time."

The employee added, "It was pretty stupid," returning a second time and added that the NYPD currently has a copy of the store's surveillance video from the latest incident and seeks to identify the two outstanding suspects.    

#NYPD #Cellphone #Stickup

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hunts Point News: Target Practice

Hunts Point News: Target Practice: Target Practice Passing Drivers Just Target Practice at Bronxdale Houses By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 2- Police say ...

Target Practice

Target Practice
Passing Drivers Just Target Practice at Bronxdale Houses
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 2- Police say a passing motorist was a live moving target for an armed individual outside of the Bronxdale Houses in Soundview.
At 3:20 p.m. on March 1, a female driver reported that the back window of her SUV was shot out as she drove down Beach Avenue where the incident took place.
One police official stated, "We didn't find a bullet, so we think it was a B.B. gun or pellet gun that was used.”
"Whoever did this," the official continued, "was apparently just taking target practice.”
The unidentified victim was not injured and after a friend assisted her with covering the back window with a tarp, she was able to continue her journey.
The unidentified friend said the woman was too shaken up to speak about the incident.
The Soundview section is patrolled by the 43rd Precinct. According to statistics released by the NYPD, the area had five shootings reported in the first seven weeks of 2015, unchanged from the previous year.
Officials could not immediately provide any additional details on the incident or the assailant.
#Gunman #Shooter #NYPD #Bronxnews

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hunts Point News: Live Long and Prosper

Hunts Point News: Live Long and Prosper: Live Long and Prosper 100 PERCENT By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 2- One has to have been an original Trekie or fa...

Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 2- One has to have been an original Trekie or fan of the original Star Trek series that aired from 1966 to 1969. Captain James Kirk (William Shatner), and others were the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise, that explored outer space representing the United Federation of Planets. Captain Kirk's second in command Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) was the only actor on the series to appear in all 80 episodes of the show. The character Mr. Spock became one of the show's biggest stars along with Captain Kirk. It may have been those pointy ears or uncanny logical reasoning of the character, or was it the great acting of Leonard Nimoy.
This was a television show in the late 1960's that already had cell phones; they were called 'communicators'. There were also weapons such as phasers to stun opponents, and proton bombs sent at enemies. This was a show ahead of its time. While many thought that Captain Kirk was the star, there were those who thought Mr. Spock was the star of the show. By the way, there were six motion pictures made, and four spin off series of the original Star Trek. However, we have lost Mr. Spock, and he will not come back to us as he did in the movie Star Trek 3. Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. One of Mr. Spocks favorite lines was 'LIVE LONG AND PROSPER' as he raised his fingers in a special way as he said good-bye to friends. Good-bye Mr. Spock we will miss you.
Getting back to the real world, the DREAM ACT has once again been passed by the state assembly. It has died three times before in the state senate, and there is no reason why it won't a fourth time.
This year State Senator Jeff Klein is no longer Co-Leader of the state senate, but that has not stopped Governor Cuomo from bringing him back into the budget negotiations as the fourth person in the room. This has State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. so angry that he wants the Senate Democratic Conference to boycott the budget hearings. You can go to my blog at to read the letter he has written.
Governor Cuomo has finally called for that special election for the vacant Staten Island congressional seat. Brooklyn Democratic City Councilman Vincent Gentile will face off against Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. Here in the Bronx who cares what is going on in Staten Island. I thought Staten Island succeeded from the city when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
With all the chatter about Sheldon Silver in the state assembly, and rumors of possible charges coming down from the U.S. Attorney on Senate Representing Leader Dean Skelows, let's go to the City Council. Word I am getting from a very reliable source is that one of maybe two Bronx City Council members are going be named soon .by the Bronx DA or U.S. Attorney. Could it be Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo on the petition she handed in, or could it be Councilman Fernando Cabrera about the Kingsbridge National Ice Center controversy? Check my blog for the latest developments.
Lastly the Bedford Mosholu Community Association will be holding their Annual Flea Market on Saturday March 7th at the St. Mary's Orthodox Church on Bedford Park Blvd. and Decatur Ave. from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Admission is free.
If you have any political information that you may want to share or have checked out, 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.
#Spock #LeonardNimoy #StarTrek #Bronxnews