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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 12 News Roundup

South Bronx Band Plays Last Show

Even if you haven't heard of ESG, chances are you've heard of artists influenced by ESG: The Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, and Gangstarr are reportedly among the hip-hop acts who have sampled the band, whose sound is described as something of a fusion of hip-hop, post-punk, and soul.

According to this item from pitchforkmedia.com, the group formed in the mid-1970s after the mother of the Scroggins sisters--Renee, Valerie, Marie, and Deborah--decided to buy her daughters musical instruments to give them somewhere to go besides the streets.

After three decades of music, ESG plays its last show Friday September 21.

No Vote Yet on Yankee Parking Lots

Yesterday, the city delayed voting on whether to approve $225 million in tax-free bonds to subsidize construction of new parking garages for Yankee fans. The city Industrial Development Agency board met yesterday as planned, but postponed voting on the parking lot subsidy to a special meeting , at an unnamed date and unspecified location; it was announced that board members had concerns about the issue.

The board isn't alone in that regard-- Highbridge residents testified at a hearing last week that the parking garages would bring exhaust fumes and heavy traffic into a neighborhood that already suffers from high asthma rates. Even Borough President Adolfo CarriĆ³n Jr., a supporter and key driving force of the Yankee Stadium project, said through a representative at the same hearing that his office lacked essential information about the proposed parking space construction.

Indeed, it seems even the basic details of when the matter will next be formally discussed are hard to come by.

Stanley Richards profiled in Daily News

Yesterday's Daily News spotlighted Stanley Richards, the Bedford Park resident who overcame drug addiction and incarceration to become the chief operating officer of the Fortune Society, a Manhattan nonprofit.

The Daily News article comes a couple of weeks after a more comprehensive profile of Richards written by Norwood News Deputy Editor Alex Kratz.

1 comment:

  1. Might this have something to do with the band's retirement???

    On May 9, 2007, ESG drummer Valerie Scroggins was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on charges of taking more than $13,000 in workers' compensation payments. Scroggins, a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York), told them that she suffered a shoulder injury last September. In November, Scroggins went on tour with ESG, where an MTA investigator filmed her playing "drums for an hour or more and on every song the band played, doing things very similar to actions she told her employers she could not perform," according to the Brooklyn DA's press release. Scroggins asserts that her injury is legitimate and that she could not safely drive a bus.


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