July's edition of the Monitor is now online. Stories include:
A New Community Center in Mount Hope
The wait is nearly over. Mount Hope Housing Company’s $16 million community center on East 175th Street will soon open to the public. On June 25, the organization held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the end of construction.
Push to Close Schools on Muslim Holy Days Gains Momentum
We’re in favor! That was the message city council members sent out on June 30 when they voted to approve a bill to add two Muslim holy days to the public school calendar. Only Councilman Oliver Koppell voted against.
Plans for Health Center ‘Up in the Air’
St. Barnabas Hospital has halted plans to construct a health center at 2050 Grand Concourse near Burnside Avenue, according to a representative. “Right now the project is on hold because of the economic climate,” said Steven Clark of Andover Communications, who spoke on behalf of St. Barnabas.
Suspected Drug Dealer Injured in Police Chase
A 22-year-old man was seriously injured on June 23, after falling from a 5th floor window in the apartment he lives in at 2295 Morris Ave. Ernest Bostic, who was being chased by the cops, landed on the roof of a barber shop, four stories below. He was taken to St. Barnabas in a critical condition. A doctor later extracted several bags of crack cocaine from his mouth, police say.
Street Talk - Michael Jackson
We asked readers if they thought history would be kind to Michael Jackson.