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Monday, October 22, 2007

Bronx News Roundup, Mondary Morning, Oct. 21

Good morning (early afternoon) everyone. Here's a few news links to accompany your cup of coffee today. Some hot topics to discuss.

The NY Times is obsessed with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's link to the Bronx, well, specifically the South Bronx. In any case, this story in yesterday's Metro section examines the quasi-socialist leader's relationship with the Bronx, where he has donated discounted heating oil and millions for development programs through Venezuela's oil company, Citgo.

This quote sums up the Times' angle on the story: "It is an unlikely flow of largess, from an oil-rich South American country where much of the population lives in poverty to one of the neediest pockets in the seat of American capitalism."

Here's a look at the organizations and programs that will benefit from the Chavez money.

Some weekend crime stories:

Two men were stabbed, one to died, during a robbery in Mt. Eden early Sunday morning.

After an earlier stabbing death in Fordham on Saturday, a man was arrested and charged with murder.

Also on Saturday, a 7-year-old girl was hit by a car in Baychester.

Jose Calderon was convicted last week of manslaughter in the beating death of Quachaun Brown, 4, in Norwood last year. The jury acquitted Calderon of the more serious murder charge. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 1.

The NY Post and Gothamist report on a dogfighting "lair" here in northwest Bronx on Valentine Avenue. Warning: there are some graphic and unsettling images with these stories.

And, finally, here's a Times City section story about Mexican immigrants who fear for their safety in the North Fordham area here in the Bronx. Father John Jenik, of Our Lady of Refuge Church, is quoted in the story.

Often Jenik is alone in decrying the violence and drug activity in that troubled neighborhood. In an email sent to the Norwood News yesterday, Jenik said that, for the first time ever, drug dealers were conducting transactions in his church. Not a good sign.

Note: Please feel free to weigh in here on Bronx crime and safety concerns, Hugo Chavez or anything else you feel is of concern. We want to ramp up the discussion and hear from everyone.


  1. Hello-- I can't find a contact so I'm writing here. My name is Brian Berger & I'm the co-editor, writer & photographer of various parts of a new book--

    New York Calling: From Blackout To Bloomberg

    (You can see it on Amazon & elsewhere.)

    I write about the Bronx extensively in my section intros, took many unique-- I hope-- photos of the Bronx and was at pains to make sure the Bronx got its proper representation.

    Anyway, myself, Bronx-native Marshall Berman*, Bronx-native CJ Sullivan**, and Village Voice food writer, Robert Sietsema will all be reading & talking about ... ** THE BRONX ** at the Baychester Barnes & Noble November 1 at 7 pm.

    I don't know if you can put this on your site but personally, if it's of any interest to you or others... I wanted to let you know.

    It was personally very important to me to bring attention to the Bronx issues in a book about all of New York City-- for reasons I'm sure you'll understand if you have a chance to see the book.

    Thank you for your time & attention.


    Brian Berger

    p/s: if you or others in the Bronx might be interested in reviewing the book, I can provide contact information with the book's distributor, University of Chicago Press. It is ** NOT ** however an academic book-- it's all streets, I swear.

    * Author of "All That Is Solid Melts Into Air," among other things

    ** New York Post crime reporter & the former author of the "Bronx Stroll" column in New York Press.

  2. Thanks, Brian. We'll let our readers know and we're looking forward to seeing the book. I would appreciate the contact info for the publisher which you can e-mail to me. Just go to www.norwoodnews.org and get my contact information from there.
    Jordan Moss
    Editor, Norwood News


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