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Monday, August 29, 2011

Bronx News Roundup: Aug. 29

Weather: Finally, the sun is back. Today should be sunny with a high of 81 degrees with a chillier 61 low in the evening.

Story of the Day: Irene's first city victim is from the Bronx. Police found the body of Jose Sierra, 68, caught in the water between two boats near a City Island marina. Sources told the Daily News the father of 13 left his home in Crotona 9 a.m. Sunday morning to check up on his boat. Sierra's body was spotted by a marina owner in the afternoon.

Quick Hits: City Island got hit particularly hard. Some residents returned to their homes Sunday to find their neighborhood flooded and fallen trees littered about.

The Riverdale Press finds widespread damage across Kingsbridge and Riverdale. Trees narrowly missed homes, but wrecked tennis courts. Villa Charlotte Bronte residents on Palisades Avenue had to be evacuated after a wall collapsed. (We'll have some storm damage photos for you a little later.)

A homeless man and a Bronx resident rescued two young boys from a burning Baychester building early Thursday morning. The boys were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where the youngest, just 2, was taken to the hyperbaric center.

Borough President Ruben Diaz is gathering experts for a Bronx education summit in October to promote progressive change in the city's education system. Education scholar Diane Ravitch will be the keynote speaker.


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