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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New in the Mount Hope Monitor

The latest edition of the Mount Hope Monitor is now online:

Stories include:

PS 204 Teachers, Parents: Current School Building Not Up to Par
Teachers and parents suspect that the academic success of their school, on West 174th Street in Morris Heights, is hurting their chances of moving to a new location a few blocks away.

Historic Theater Reopens
It was a sight unseen along the Grand Concourse for more than two years: a buoyant throng of people waiting in line outside the iconic Loew’s Paradise Theater. Braving a steady rain and defying a dreary economy, nearly 3,000 people turned out for reopening on Oct. 24.

CEO Promises New Day for Embattled Housing Company
Mount Hope Housing Company was founded in 1986. Its mission: to provide safe, affordable housing for local residents, and in the process fight back against the urban decay. Today, the organization manages more than 30 apartment buildings, and provides an array of services, such as GED classes. It is, in the words of one community leader, one of the area's "Fortune 500 companies." But all has not been well these past few years. Tenants say the buildings have been neglected, and repair requests ignored. They say Mount Hope has been contributing to the problems it seeks to combat.

Cuts to After-School Programming Draws Protest
When school started this past September at three local schools, hundreds of kids, and their parents, had to face the reality that the afterschool program they’d once counted on no longer had room for them.


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