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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, July 28

Weather: Not too hot today, partly cloudy, with a high 85. Enjoy it now, thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

Story of the Day:
Yesterday's massive water main break in Mount Hope caused some serious damage to the surrounding area. In addition to shutting down the 4 train and rerouting various Bronx buses, the breakage has left residents with flooded basements, disrupted utility lines disrupted, and 500 local business and residents are waiting for Con Edison to hook their service back up. In addition, ABC reports that the BX32 and BX 36 are still being rerouted due to a 6 foot deep crater in the middle of the street. See some the damages here:

Quick Hits:
Yesterday, the city announced a plan to revamp Bronx and Queens animal shelters. The city's allocated $10 million to improving these borough's animal care system. Currently, Animal Care & Control Agency operated eight hours a day one or two days a week. With the extra funding, the New York Post says the agency will eventually operate receiving centers and mobile vans in The Bronx and Queens 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Local education activist, Jesse Mojica was named the new executive director for Family and Community Engagement in the city Department of Education. Mojica has recently worked as director of education policy and youth services for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

A Bedford Park guardian wants her 16 year-old-son, who suffers from ADHD, to learn a lesson, so she has decided not to bail him out of Rikers Island. The would-be high school sophomore is accused of selling four Ziploc bags of crack cocaine to an undercover narcotics officer.

Police are looking for a suspect caught on tape trying to rob a woman at a Bronx ATM on Westchester Ave. The suspect placed the woman in a choke hold, but when she was unable to withdraw any money, he threw her to the ground and ran off. If you have any information, call police or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Students at Bronx Community College rallied yesterday to save Julio Hernandez Moreno, a 24-year-old radiology student from El Salvador, who is at risk of being deported. Hernandez told NY 1 that he came to the United States in 2007 as an undocumented immigrant after he was threatened by gang members for being gay.

The family of a 67 year old South Bronx woman, who died of lung cancer, is holding the New York City Housing Authority responsible for her death due to the horrible living conditions of her apartment. The Daily News Reports that the 67-year-old nonsmoker starting having breathing problems about five years ago, when "leaky plumbing first ravaged the bedroom and bathroom walls of her unit at the Morris Houses."

The Yankees go into serious training to prepare for playing the Red Sox.

As has been reported before, Fat Joe might have to change his name. The world famous Bronx born hip-hop has lost over 80 pounds. "I always loved being fat, obviously. I'm Fat Joe," the rapper told the Daily News in June. "If I could gain 1,000 pounds and be healthy, I would love to do that. The biggest killer of people is food." In addition to his weight loss improving his health, it has also had an impact on other hip-hop artists, according to MTV. See what DJ Khaled has to say about how Fat Joe's weight loss inspired him.

1 comment:

  1. The Daily News had it right when they wrote,
    "The Office of Family Information and Action tries to involve parents in their children's school and city education policy".
    The office tries and tries, but constantly fails. That is why the people come and go as they are either bought off and do not know what to do, just don't know what the job calls for without any support, or just plain and simple don't want to do the job because they don't know.
    The DOE is full of people who have no job descriptions, do nothing, and do not want to do anything.
    We will have to see how long Mr. Mojica lasts in the position, which by the way changes almost as quick as the seasons do.


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