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Friday, October 9, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Oct. 9

Happy Friday, everyone. Let's get to the news as we head into the Columbus Day weekend.

It will be an even-longer extended weekend for the 136 employees of the Stella D'oro cookie factory in Kingsbridge, which closed its doors for the last time yesterday afternoon. The plant had produced cookies in the area for almost 80 years. For more than a year, workers were on strike after refusing to take a significant pay cut. In June, the National Labor Relation's Board ordered the plant to restore workers at their previous pay. The owners responded by selling the company to a snack maker that is moving the company's operation to Ohio.

The Indypendent has some good coverage of the workers' response yesterday. Times' city columnist Jim Dwyer wrote about this earlier this week.

There will be a rally outside of the cookie factory on Boadway at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

On Tuesday, thousands showed up to mourn a Bronx firefighter who was killed fighting a blaze in Yonkers last Friday.

The Bronx Zoo recently opened a new Global Conservation Center.

Gov. Paterson praised the stem cell research being done at the Bronx's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which is the teaching hospital of the Montefiore Medical Center. He called it the "wave of the future."

The Daily News' says the swine flu disporportionally affects blacks and Latinos. The city's vaccination effort kicked off in the Bronx at Montefiore on Tuesday.

A new group in the east Bronx is keeping watch on distressed homes.

Bronx rapper Fat Joe, who just released his ninth solo album on Tuesday, "J.O.S.E 2," said his career goal remains to produce the best hip-hop record of all-time.


  1. Mark Rodriguez said................... Hey speaking about todays rally at Stella D'Oro. Saw Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz stop his gray Saturn in front of rally and then just kept on going. I guess elections are over. No need to pretend to care about the latino workers in your community. Were was your candidate Cabrera. Jordan these are the people your newspaper just won't write anything negative about.

  2. This is Mark Rodriguez from the Political Parent Party and all I know how to do is grab attention for myself.

    Actually I'm not Mark Rodriguez. But I think that's what he would say.

  3. Dear Anonymous.......Are you trying to mock Mark Rodriguez who is a very respected community leader? Cause if you are, you can't fit in his shoes.

  4. For JORDAN MOSS and anyone else that wants information on the STELLA D'ORO RALLYS, one in City Hall and the other in the Bronx. Since this newspaper did not cover them. You can go to YOUTUBE/STELLA DORO and see how they went. OH and by the way I guess elections are over so MIA at both rallys were: Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, Councilman Oliver Koppell, BP Ruben Diaz Jr and newly elected Councilman Fernando Cabrera. Guess they all had better things to do.

  5. Mark you are a joke...Stella Doro is not in district 14, so why would you expect Cabrera and Jordan to show up, when it is not their district. You just want attention no one is willing to give you. If you think attacking people is the answer to your political future, you really need a lesson in politics.

  6. When the issue is our people losing their jobs. It should be a concern of all our elected officials and our local papers. So shame on you. And shame on them for not being there.


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