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Friday, July 8, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Friday, July 8

Weather: It says on weather.com that it's 77 degrees out this Friday morning in the Bronx. But my sweat-drenched body and wardrobe begs to differ. If it is, it's a thick, muggy, shirt-sticking-to-your-back 77.  Thunderstorms are expected later today and tonight.

Story of the Day: From a Window and a Bucket, the 'Best Ices' in the Bronx
During these sweltering dog days of summer, Providence Lamuitt, an 81-year-old gramma, is probably making a a small fortune selling ices -- some say the "best ices" -- out of her apartment window on Tiebout Avenue near E. 181st Street. Lamuitt, known as "gramma" to customers, grew up experimenting with ice mixtures while growing up in her native Puerto Rico. She moved to her current apartment 30 years ago and began selling ices out of it in the mid-1990s. Her business model is simple. Customers yell up to her window for a certain flavor. She lowers a metal bucket down to the street with a rope to retrieve the money, a bargain at 50 cents a pop. Moments later, your order arrives in the same bucket. "My ices are the best because I have lots of experience," she tells the Daily News. See video below:

Quick Hits:
Funeral services were held yesterday for Isayah Muller, the Truman High football star who was tragically stabbed to death during an altercation with two parking attendants in Bedford Park after his graduation ceremony at Lehman College. His father, who allegedly started the altercation by attacking the attendants with a shovel, has been charged with assault. Isayah, police say, went to help his father and was fatally stabbed in the chest by one of the attendants. The attendants have not been charged.

It appears Bronx cops are reacting to the ongoing ticket-fixing probe by not issuing as many summonses over the past month. Tickets are down 23.5% compared to the same 28-day period from last year.

Preservation Development Partners, a newly formed development group that says it is wants to "help low-income people live in a decent place" (and also make a profit), took on its first project, buying and financing repair work for a 75-unit building on Daly Avenue.

A family finds a home in a co-op on Cayuga Avenue in Riverdale.

Who needs real animals, when you can have LEGO animals?

A Bronx police officer, who approached a group of youngsters (right around where gramma sells her ices, 181st and Tiebout) after his car was struck by a water balloon and then was "sucker punched," is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit at St. Barnabas Hospital. Ernesto Rodriguez cracked his head on the concrete after being punched, police say, and underwent brain surgery Monday night.

Riverdale's Sid Augarten Field is set to get a major rehab.

Meet the 50th Precinct's new commander, Kevin Burke.

A plan to build a shopping center in Kingsbridge, on 230th Street and Broadway, is dead after the developers failed to start construction on time.


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