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Friday, December 10, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Dec. 10

Good morning and a happy Friday to everyone!  On to the Bronx stories we've conveniently compiled for you, our lovely readers.

Our Lady of Refuge Church, one of several Bronx churches victimized over the past month, has received more than $10,000 in donations after being burglarized two weekends ago.

Bronx Councilman James Vacca chaired a raucous transportation committee hearing on city bike lanes yesterday. It featured strong arguments both in favor and opposed to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's push for more bike lanes. “Nobody disagrees that using more bicycles is a good thing, but in a city where traffic is horrendous and finding a parking space is difficult, bike policy is all about trade-offs," Vacca said, according to the Times.

A handful of state senators -- including Bronx amigos Pedro Espada Jr. and Ruben Diaz Sr. -- did not show for a big vote on the fate of Off Track Betting. the Times-Union opines. Espada's been absent since losing his re-election bid in the September primary.

Richard A. Falkenrath, a former counterterrorism official with the NYPD, is now fighting a Riverdale school that he says is disrupting the neighborhood with its traffic and construction plans.

A pregnant Bronx teacher suffered a miscarriage after being pushed to the ground while trying to break up a fight at the school she works at, Explorations Academy, a small high school on Boston Road and E. 173rd Street.

A dozen of the 21 schools, more than half, added this year to the city's list of failing schools are in the Bronx.

Columbus and Global Enterprise high schools are two of the Bronx institutions the DOE wants to close our reorganize.

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce will distribute some 500 toys and gifts collected at its annual holiday party.

The Van Nest community is looking to save St. Dominic School from closure.

The John F. Kennedy Knights hoop squad pulled out a win last night despite missing two key players who are academically ineligible.


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