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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, July 27

Story of the Day: Jerome Avenue Flood Update
The AP reports that the floods from this morning's massive water main break on Jerome Avenue have started to recede. And though the MTA website says No. 4 train service is suspended between 167th Street and Bedford Park Blvd., there were no trains going to Mosholu Parkway or Woodlawn, either, at least not during my morning commute. An MTA service update now says there are shuttle buses running.

Some video footage:

A BxNN reader says she had no running water at her home on E. 162nd and Grand Concourse; another woman I chatted with this morning said the water was waist-deep on 176th Street, and she put plastic bags over her legs to walk up the road. 

Quick Hits:
The U.S. Postal Service could close as many as 17 post office locations in the Bronx because of funding losses (a plan many are protesting, as we reported last week.) The Bronx closures account for more than half  of the locations on the chopping block list. Another office in Crotona Park was already shuttered this spring.

A group of gifted New York City middle school students attended an unconventional summer camp at Bard College, where math equations replace capture-the-flag. 

Here's a really cute photo slideshow of animals at the Botanical Garden coping with the recent heat wave.

A 23-year-old man from Harlem was shot dead last night at East 178th Street and Park Avenue. This is the same Bathgate street corner where Claudia Millan, a 29-year-old mother of four, was shot and killed while walking with her 2-year-old son over Memorial Day weekend.

A bill introduced by Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., that would make prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school a felony offense was signed into law last week (for more on the legislation, see here.)

"Bronx Harmony Day," which aims to strengthen relations between the community and the NYPD, took place this weekend in Van Cortlandt Park.


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