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Friday, January 7, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 7

In the '70s, when parts of the South Bronx were literally burning, one landlord took care to maintain a handful of buildings on Kelly Street. His "pluck" inspired Harry De Rienzo to organize the block and its residents into the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Organization. Fast forward some thirty-something years and several of these properties are in disrepair. De Rienzo (now Banana Kelly's executive director) is back on the block as he looks to turn their fortunes around. 

Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca is being credited with convincing the mayor to scrap plans to hike parking meter rates in the outer boroughs.  In a statement released yesterday, Vacca said: “Outer-borough motorists can breathe a big sigh of relief today, knowing that after years of an out-of-control parking ticket blitz and ever-increasing tolls and registration fees, for once the budget will not be balanced on their backs.”

Forty-eight percent of Bronx pregnancies are aborted, the highest rate in the city and more than twice the national average. More here

The police have questioned at least three people in connection with the murder of 70-year-old Bronx woman on Wednesday. Ethal Parish, a Crotona Avenue resident, was found stabbed to death. 

Two Lehman High School students were arrested yesterday following the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy outside PS 12 on Tratman Avenue on Wednesday.

A Long Island broker who defrauded an order of nuns has agreed to pay them $350,000 in damages.  The nuns are with the Sisters of Charity New York, located in Riverdale. 

A Bronx man has admitted shooting and injuring two women in Times Square last Easter.

A teenager wanted for allegedly shooting and killing a fellow teen in Soundview last month has been arrested in Florida

A teen toll collector pocketed more than $16,000 from truck drivers going over the Throgs Neck Bridge, the authorities say.


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