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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, March 2

Anyone else out there feeling over-Sheen-ed today? You're a winner whose brain works on a higher level  comprehended only by the accelerated minds of gods and porn stars. We get it. Now I need a shower. Let's move on to the weather: lots of sun today in the Bronx with temperatures creeping into the high 40s.

Story of the Day:
Saying they are tired of living without heat, hot water and working elevators, tenants at 1380 University Avenue are poised to begin a rent strike in order to force the 17-story building's landlord to make amends. Despite 625 outstanding housing code violations, the landlord, Martin Carlin, says the building is fine and it's only the tenants behind on rent who are complaining. Council member Helen Foster supports the tenants, saying she applauded them "for staying organized and together." Some good (gross) imagery from the DN's Dan Beekman, who described the building as a place where "rats scurry across urine-soaked floors."

Quick Hits:
Domenick Lombardozzi, who played knucklehead Baltimore cop Thomas "Herc" Hauk through all five seasons of HBO's "The Wire," is from the Bronx. Lombardozzi, who got his break in Robert De Niro's "A Bronx Tale," plays a U.S. Marshal in the upcoming A&E drama "Breakout Kings." Where's Herc's spot on the Bronx Walk of Fame? He's ready, Mr. Borough President.

Two gas stations on either side of the Hutchinson River Parkway are charging customers more than $4 a gallon, some 10 percent higher than the average New York station. 

A stretch of 180th Street, between Devoe Avenue and Park Avenue, will be named after Dennis O'Connell, a longtime FDNY dispatcher in the Bronx who grew up in the borough and played the bagpipes. His wife, Patricia, could name every street and was "an encyclopedia" of knowledge.

An employee with the Archdiocese of New York was sentenced to 51 months for embezzling $250,000 meant for renovations of two Bronx Catholic schools.

Details are slim, but it appears two Bronx parents and their baby girl died in a fire this morning in Tremont, 2275 Morris Ave. More here.

Franklin Romero, a producer for Bronx super music group Aventura, pleaded not guilty to drug charges yesterday.

Big-box retailer Target, along with two developers, has purchased a 7.9-acre lot in Throgs Neck owned by the U.S. Postal Service but vacant since September. They plan to replace the current Postal building with a mall.


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    The link for "embezzling $250,000 meant for renovations of two Bronx Catholic schools" is sending me to "street will be named after Dennis O'Connell, a longtime FDNY dispatcher."


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