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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Aug. 19

South Bronx residents still pine for Macombs Dam Park, which was swallowed up to make way for the new Yankee Stadium [Daily News]

Eighteen new charter schools will open across the city this fall, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday. The press conference was held outside the early anticipated Bronx Community Charter School, a k-8 school at 2348 Webster Ave. [NYT] The school was profiled in the Norwood News last November. Here's the school's blog.

A homeless intake center planned for 151st Street and Walton Avenue will help improve the neighborhood, according to the Department of Homeless Services. [Daily News]

Nelson Castro, the Democratic machine's choice to replace Assemblyman Luiz Diaz, has shaken off charges of voter fraud, says Bob Kappstatter in his weekly column. The charges, bought by a rival of Castro's, were thrown out by the Bronx Supreme Court despite Castro's testimony being called "less than credible." [Daily News]

Castro is attempting to become the first Dominican elected official in the Bronx (discounting district leaders). He is described by the party as a "young visionary" and "energetic, compassionate." But his endorsement seems to have come out of the blue. Just months ago Castro blogged:

"Would there ever be an opportunity? I'm no way near the Rivera family. How do you see it, could there ever in my life time be a chance for a Dominican elected official in the Bronx?" [The Sun]
Here's a Times story documenting Castro's rise. For a time, he worked for Washington Heights Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat who is being challenged in the primary by his former protege Councilman Miguel Martinez. Espaillat vs Martinez (both of whom are Dominican) is shaping up to be one of the more exciting (and bitter) races. [NYT]

Two off-duty female cops have been charged with pistol-whipping a man in Williamsbridge [Daily News]

The West Nile virus has sickened a Bronx man. [Daily News]

A Bronx woman who downloaded eight songs onto a music sharing Web site has been found guilty of copyright infringement. She's been fined $6,050, which equates to a rather pricey $756 per song [DailyTech]

Homeless, smelly, but alive! Three new-born kittens, found hiding out in a garbage can in Kingsbridge, are looking for a new home. [NY1]


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