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Friday, June 3, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, June 3

A federal appeals court has ruled that the city can bar religious institutions from conducting services in public schools on weekends. Coincidentally, the ruling stems from a case brought by the Bronx Household of Faith in 1995. That church, which uses PS/MS 15 on Andrews Avenue for services, has led the creation of a new youth basketball league in Devoe Park. The Norwood News just profiled the program this week.

Picture the Homeless, a northwest Bronx group we recently profiled, is partnering with Hunter College's Center for Community Planning and Development to identify vacant land in the borough to help make their case that there is available land to ease the burden on the city's bursting-at-the-seams shelter system.

Nobel Prize winner Rosalyn Yalow, a lifelong Bronxite who did groundbreaking work in the study of hormones at the Bronx VA Hospital, died May 30 at the age of 89.

The family of Fatoumata Diallo, a 21-year-old Bronx college student who fainted and was killed after she fell into the path of an oncoming subway train, is mourning her loss just a few years after her mother died.

You can bring the kid to the farm, but you can also bring the farm to the kid. Such is the nature of the gardening and agricultural immersion project at PS 69 in Soundview.

The Hunts Point Market will stay in the Bronx for the next three years, but Market officials still say they need more space, and New Jersey leaders are anxious to capitalize on that need.

And the Riverdale Press has this story on the massive street project associated with the filtration plant project, known as the "force main." The good news is after exploring the possibility of digging up Webster Avenue, and more recently Sedgwick Avenue, the DEP says the work might not be necessary after all.

And just lots of great stories in the latest Hunts Point Express on-line.


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