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Monday, May 2, 2011

Bronx Weekend News Roundup, Monday, May 2

Welcome back to the program, ladies and gentlemen of the Bronx and beyond. Lots of news to get to, so let's get to it. To the weather!

Weather: Cloudy and cool this morning, high in the mid-60s, with rain expected overnight and tomorrow morning.

Story of the Day: Bronx Homeless Intake Center Opens
Tomorrow, the city is set to open a new, $65.5 million homeless intake center in Melrose, on East 151st Street in the South Bronx. The new center replaces a former one on the same site, which was shuttered five years ago and criticized for being dirty, dangerous and inadequately staffed. Officials from the Department of Homeless Services say that at the old center, a family could wait up to 20 hours to be processed, while the new site predicts wait times of about 6  hours.

New studies show that homelessness in the city is on the rise, and that last year, 16 percent more families were turned away from the city's shelters than the year before.

Quick Hits:

Members of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, one of four Bronx parishes that was burglarized in recent months, say they're willing to forgive whoever is responsible for the crimes.

Some 32,000 cyclists rode through the streets of the Bronx yesterday, one leg of the annual Five Boro Bike Tour.

An 11-year-old Bronx girl, who was abducted from her home seven months ago and forced to have sex with her captors while being held in an apartment on the Lower East Side, tells her heartbreaking story to the Daily News.

Dramatists are taking their purchase of two Co-Op City storage lockers -- bought at auction after their owners missed monthly payments to keep the space -- to the stage of a Chelsea theater.

New Yorkers keep a bevy of weird--and illegal--animals as pets, according to according to Health Department records obtained by the New York Post. Found in the Bronx:  A large Colombian red tail boa constrictor, two ball pythons, a 2-foot-long Australian children’s python, and 11 crowing roosters.

Soccer club South Bronx United has formed the first-ever traveling girls' soccer team to represent the Bronx.

After a string of Bronx bodega robberies, the Bodega Association of the United States is urging deli owners to keep guns on hand for protection.

Bronx prosecutor Jennifer Troiano, who was arrested last summer on a DWI charge after getting into a three-car accident on the Major Deegan Expressway, may have skirted a similar arrest years earlier. 

--Compiled by Jeanmarie Evelly


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