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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Tuesday, June 7

Weather: Hot, topping out in the upper 80s. Possible thunderstorms later tonight, with temperatures spiking into the mid-90s tomorrow.

Story of the Day: 17-Year-Old Arrested with Stolen Property, Police Say Suspect Responsible for School Burglaries
Police may have caught a break in their efforts to stem a rash of computer burglaries at Bronx schools and churches. Yesterday, police said they had arrested 17-year-old Pedro Delacruz on Jerome Avenue and charged him with possession of stolen property and burglary tools. According to the Daily News, police said Delacruz started his crime spree in January when he broke into St. Ann's Church in Norwood and spent the next five months burglarizing various public and private schools in the Bronx and Manhattan, including All Hallows High School, PS/MS 280, Cardinal Hayes High School and the latest, PS 73, where a total of 77 laptops were stolen. Delacruz has not been convicted of anything, but police say he was in possession of keys to PS 73. They believe he may be part of a larger burglary network.

Quick Hits:
Although David Yassky, the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, said he liked Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.'s taxi hailing plan for the outer boroughs, others aren't convinced, including Fernando Mateo, who represents the New York State Taxi Federation.  

More on the drastic Tracey Towers rent hike proposal, which we reported on last week.

You know that nasty black smoke that billows out of apartment buildings? A new study says its due to dirty boilers, mostly in rent-regulated apartments in the Bronx and Manhattan.

The Bronx is about to get a new Young Democrats Club.

Movies Under the Stars kicks off in the northeast Bronx this Friday.

With approval from the City Planning Commission, the Westchester Square Business Improvement District is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Speaking of Westchester Square, Owen Dolan Recreation Center is getting a $5 million facelift

The new child health center in South Bronx, recently opened by the Children's Health Fund and the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, is focusing on preventive medicine.

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce and NYC Housing police put a smile on the face of 10-year-old boy who witnessed his father's murder in the Castle Hill Houses.

A South Bronx brownfield is now home to a new affordable housing complex. La Terreza was presented with an award for its effort to turn formerly contaminated land into quality housing.


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