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Monday, September 20, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 20

A tragic car crash on Saturday killed six members of the Joy Fellowship Church, on East Gunhill Road, when their van overturned on the New York Thruway. The group was on their way to a church event in upstate Schenectady when a tire blew out on their van. The church's bishop, Simon White, and his wife, Zelda, were among those killed. A vigil will be held to honor the victims tonight.

Former Yankees managers Joe Torre and Don Mattingly will return to the Bronx tonight for a tribute to the late George Steinbrenner.

A Bronx woman was arrested after a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a motorcyclist in Manhattan on Sunday night.

A section of Valentine Avenue in Bedford Park is being called "Heroin Avenue," for its rampant drug and gang problems. The area has long been a hotspot of violent activity for the 52nd Precinct. 

Former beat cop Anthony Mango, who patrolled the St. Mary's Park Houses in Melrose in the 1970s, inspired a young Kevin Taylor to join the force himself. Taylor is now an NYPD lieutenant in Manhattan.

A second beaver was spotted in the Bronx River this summer. It will join Jose, the first beaver to call the river home in over a century, who was first spotted back in 2007 and named after Sen. Jose Serrano.

An 11-year-old Throgs Neck girl who went missing last week has returned home safely, according to police.


  1. Isn't the area mentioned as "Heroin Avenue" down on 194th? About 10 blocks from the area mentioned in the linked Norwood News article from May 2009? I'm not sure it's correct to connect these two stories; they are about different areas, different sides of Bedford Park Boulevard, and about different times (about a year and a half difference). A little too facile of a connection for my taste.

  2. It's an interesting question, but why must we identify one block or the other? The solution to this problem is much less about a cop on the specific corner and much more a host of complex societal questions and issues. Let's not get bogged down on particulars and work a little harder to get to the meat of solving these very difficult matters.

  3. By the way, here's how you begin to do it. the city and state officials who represent the area should convene a special task force/meeting... whatever you want to call it... that includes representatives from the community board, the pct., the local social service community, the schools, the DA's office, and some involved local residents to come up with a multi-level short and long-term plan to address the problem.

    i know if i represented the area and the daily news ran that kind of a story in the sunday paper, i wouldn't give a damn which specific block it was, but first thing monday morning, i'd be on the phone with my colleagues in government and all the stakeholders in the area to find out 1) what their take on it is; and 2) when can they be part of the solution.

    p.s. that's called leadership.


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