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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, March 31

Weather: Cloudy and rainy today, and chance of snow showers tomorrow. Sigh

Story of the Day: Don't Fence Me Out
At a meeting tonight, Department of Environmental Protection officials are likely to get an earful from local residents who are livid over a recent agency report that puts an official damper on community hopes for access to the Jerome Park Reservoir. For decades, only city workers have been allowed in between the two chain link fences that ring the reservoir, which is currently empty but is part of the Croton water system that provides 10 percent of the city with drinking water. It recommends a pilot project of limited access over a 3-day period but throws cold water on the possibility of it being permanent, citing security concerns. The report will be discussed tonight at a meeting of the Croton Facilities Monitoring Committee at the DEP community office at 3660 Jerome Ave.
For more info, here are stories in the Daily News and the Riverdale Press.

Officials say the tour bus that crashed in the Bronx killing 15 people was going 78 mph, 23 above the speed limit.

In his weekly Daily News column, Bob Kappstatter provides some details about a new Target for the east Bronx that does not seem to be experiencing the heavy turbulence Walmart is facing, even though it uses non-union retail workers. Why not? Kappy says they're not using public subsidies, thereby avoiding the city's land use review process, and he's heard they may be using union labor to build the project.

Speaking of Bronx business, New Jersey officials are trying to lure the Hunts Point Market to the Garden State. NYC officials say it's their top priority to keep the market right where it is when its lease expires in May. The facility employs 3,000 union workers.

A study released yesterday ranks the Bronx as the least healthiest of the state's 62 counties. Brooklyn is next in line.

Kids in a Morrisania after-school program get their first taste of Broadway: they went to see Mary Poppins.

It's opening day at Yankee Stadium today with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05. (But the weather ain't cooperating.)

The Times reminds its readers that, while fans revel in the big day, three promised parks in the shadow of the new stadium are way behind schedule.


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