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Friday, May 6, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Friday, May 6

It's a beautiful Friday in the Bronx, people. Enjoy. Now, let's get down to business.

Weather: As I mentioned in the brief pre-amble, it's a beautiful day in the Bronx. Nary a cloud in the sky right now and temperatures are expected to top out in the low-70s. Enjoy it will it lasts -- showers are forecast for Saturday and Sunday (at least until about noon and then it should clear up for the rest of Mother's Day).

Story of the Day: Garden's Ambitious Azalea Project Opens Saturday
Flower-ophiles, this story is for you. (Plus it keeps with the "beautiful Bronx" theme I'm working on this morning.) The Bronx's New York Botanical Garden opens its 11-acre Azalea Garden tomorrow and Times critic Edward Rothstein weighs in with a rave review. While the garden, made up of more than 70,000 new plants at a cost of $5 million, appears wild, but is actually a meticulously plotted, researched and arranged vision. It's part of a larger plan for the Garden, which is being orchestrated by designer Laurie Olin of the Olin Partnership, called "Heart of the Garden." Rothstein gushes: "This is a garden designed to display the suitability of plants to place, while demonstrating the inexorable passage of time — and that may be the most natural phenomenon of all."

Quick Hits: 
Also opening tomorrow is the Bronx Heroes Comic Con at the Bronx Museum, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Now, for the un-beautiful. Police charged 17-year-old Martin Quirindongo of Brookly with murdering his 32-year-old girlfriend's nine-month-old baby boy in Marble Hill.

Following the deadly casino tour bus crash in the Bronx almost two months ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new safety regulations for bus drivers and new bus companies.

In City Hall's weekly "Winners and Losers" feature, former Bronx state senator and current State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gets a victor label for his focus on prosecuting mortgage fraud, which is bringing in big bucks for the state. In the Losers column was Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein's independent caucus for focusing on necktie germs, rather than more important Albany business like negotiations over ethics reform, rent regulation and tax caps.

A violent mugger is preying on the elderly women in the Bronx, the last attack happened near Fordham Road. Really? And we thought the church robberies were heartless acts. See video below:

A wild scene played out in a Bronx courtroom yesterday when former Co-op City janitor Paulino Venesuela was sentenced to 90 years in prison for murdering his boss and wounding two colleagues in 2007.

Who says the Bronx doesn't have proper lodging options for visitors? Ok, lots of people. But The Guardian says The Bronx Guesthouse, on E. 233rd Street, is one of the 10 best places to stay in New York City outside of Manhattan.

In case you missed it, here's Bronx Foodie's awesomely simple guacamole recipe.

And we'll end with this heart-warmer in honor of Mother's Day. Last mom's day, Cynthia Cruz took her 3-year-old daughter Mia to The Children's Hospital at Montefiore after she fell down. Doctors there discovered a seven-centimeter cancerous tumor, which they removed. Because Mia was so young, they decided against the usual treatment of radiation and instead used a combination of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. It worked! Two weeks ago, a scan showed zero signs of a recurring tumor.

Editor's note: A special shout out to all mothers in the Bronx and beyond, especially my own beautiful and extraordinary mom, Lyn Kratz, who I hope will read this and know her oldest son is mostly staying out of trouble, washing behind his ears and using proper grammar. Love you, ma.


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