The Yankees Unobstructed — August 23

The Yankees, Unobstructed is back after a long hiatus, and — wouldn’t ya know it — it’s returned just in time to acknowledge yesterday’s 10-0 massacre of a certain Norwood News Managing Editor’s favorite team (the Seattle Mariners).Indeed, on a day when the Yanks needed score only one run to get by, they piled it on against the West Coast’s Cleveland Indians. But alas, one blowout victory against the squad from Major League 3: Back to the Minors does not a championship make, and thus despite their win, the Yankees are facing their first major crisis of this season.Tonight Ivan Nova, 23, will make the first start of his major league career. The Yankees have all but acknowledged that they’re unsure whether the AAA ace is ready for the bigs, but what choice do they have?The Yankees starting rotation:C.C. Sabathia – GreatPhil Hughes – FineA.J. Burnett – The bane of everyone’s existenceJavier Vazquez – Has foresaken confidenceAndy Pettitte – ‘Ol Yeller hasn’t pitched in over a monthDustin Moseley – A reasonable facsimile of a Seattle-quality starter (dissed!)Ivan Nova – TBASo there ya go. Leading the division by only one game with 38 left to play, the Yankees have two quality starters, four posers and a rookie with great expectations.So how are they supposed to hold onto that one game lead? The answer is Robinson Cano.Say it with me: MVP!

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 23

We’ll start this week off with the story of an uplifting fundraiser held by Love Gospel Assembly Church, which was gutted in a four-alarm fire in July, at Lehman College on Saturday. The event was attended by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., who both vowed to help the church rebuild.Speaking of Espada, the NY Post reports that the Senate Majority Leader failed to disclose campaign spending for at least two food giveaways – one on Reservoir Avenue and one across the street from St. Brendan’s Church in Norwood. A spokesman for Espada said the spending would be disclosed during the next filing period. Espada has racked up tens of thousands of dollars in campaign finance violations over the years.More than a dozen school workers, including at least two in the Bronx, have been terminated since 2009 for falsifying excuses for missing work.

Parishioners call for priest's ouster

Rebelling against their new pastor, congregants at St. Athanasius Church in Longwood staged an angry demonstration Sunday to criticize their new parish priest for ending a long-standing flea market that served the neighborhood’s poor, ousting the beloved nun who ran the market and letting longtime volunteers go. Find the whole story in The Hunts Point Express.

Youth Theater Director Carlos Laboy Passes Away

Carlos Laboy loved the theater. He also loved teaching everything about the theater – from acting to stage production – to the youth of the northwest Bronx where he founded the StageKids program that is run out of Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. It was his great passion in life. Laboy (pictured, center) passed away yesterday at the age of 59 after a months-long battle with an aggressive form of cancer.”Carlos will be greatly missed and will live on in our hearts,” his family wrote in a statement announcing his death. On Wednesday afternoon, from 3 to 9 p.m., there will be a wake for Laboy at Ortiz Funeral Home, 2580 Grand Concourse (just north of Fordham Road).In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to donate to the Teen Program at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center.

More Endorsements for Rivera

Gustavo Rivera, one of two State Senate candidates looking to unseat Sen. Pedro Espada, has received three more endorsements this morning. According to press releases, he’s scored the support of State Senator Eric Schneiderman, who represents Northern Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, as well as that of Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat. Rivera is also being backed by the grassroots organization Citizen Action of New York.”Today, I’m not just endorsing Gustavo Rivera for State Senate-I’m endorsing reform, I’m reforming leadership, and I’m endorsing integrity,” Schneiderman said in a statement sent this morning.Schneiderman, who is running for Attorney General this fall, is the first State Senator from the Bronx to endorse Rivera (he’s also been endorsed by Sen. Liz Krueger, of Manhattan).It’s been a good week for Rivera, who’s received a slew of other endorsements recently, including support from Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera and former Borough President Freddy Ferrer last week.