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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, August 5

The United States Postal Service is considering closing 14 city post offices - seven of which are in the Bronx - in an effort to cut costs. Here's a map showing the endangered locations. In a press release sent out yesterday, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr. called the potential closings "unacceptable." He added:

The neighborhood post office is an institution that all Bronxites, especially our seniors and those without ready access to new technology, rely on for numerous important services. I will work with the Bronx Congressional delegation and other officials to do everything possible to find the money to keep these vital resources open for business.
The much-maligned Cross Bronx Expressway is New York's worst road, according to AAA New York.

A TGI Fridays will soon open in a shopping center on Gun Hill Road, not far from Co-op City. The center has struggled in recent times after Circuit City went out of business.

The latest album from Aventura, the Bachata band from the Bronx, is the biggest selling Latin music release of the year, but it could also be their last. In June, The Times ran a huge profile on these guys and their struggle for mainstream success.

State Senator Pedro Espada has again missed a deadline - this time self-imposed - to the pay the $61,000 in fines he owes to the city Campaign Finance Board.

A Bronx mom is suing her landlord after her 2-year-old daughter was allegedly bitten by rats in their Clay Avenue home.

A World War I memorial in Bedford Park that was recently defaced with graffiti has been cleaned.

This summer, 15 college-bound teenagers received a crash-course in professional-level historical research, thanks to "History Makers," a program run by Fordham University and the Citizens Advice Bureau.


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