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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 23

We're back, Bronxites--apologies for the silence the last few days, but we had some staffers on vacation and are busy putting together the next issue of the Norwood News, which returns from summer hiatus on Thursday. Now, on to the news (shared credit for this roundup goes to BxNN intern Justin Bodden).

Weather: It's starting to feel like fall out there. Sunny and in the low 70s today, and dropping into the 60s later tonight.

Story of the (Last Few) Days: P.S. 51 Will Move to St. Martin of Tours
At an emotional two-hour meeting last Thursday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that P.S. 51, or the Bronx New School, will be moving into the building that housed former catholic school St. Martin of Tours--located over two miles away in Crotona. The failure of the DOE to recognize the high levels of dangerous chemicals that contaminated the Bedford Park school has left parents angry and wanting more than the apology and an information packet given. "I needed some solid answers and I don't think I got that," one parent told NY1.

A group of PS 51 parents are holding their own meeting tomorrow night.

Quick Hits
Soon-to-be college student and Morris Heights resident Raevaughn Gardner-Williams is recovering from injuries to the head, which he suffered 11 days ago in a brutal hit-and-run.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested for the shooting of Yaritza Pacheco, 24, who was struck and killed by stray bullet as she walked home along E. 174th Street early Saturday morning.

As part of a series on 2010 Census data, NY1 looks at the Bronx's booming population--and poverty--rates.

Elected officials are pushing the Manhattan District Attorney's office to "make an example" out of NYPD officer Michael Pena, who has been accused of raping a Bronx school teacher

The Jewish Community Center on Pelham Parkway will hold a canned food drive this Friday in honor of the late Mother Theresa's birthday.

Police are looking to identify both the suspect and the victim of a shooting that took place Sunday night on Rosewood Street and Bronx Boulevard (sketch at the link is of the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene).

The Bronx AIDS Service program at Lincoln Hospital is in its 25th year.

Three men, caught on video surveillance, are being sought for a string of robberies within the Butler Housing Development.


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