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Monday, October 24, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Oct. 24

More than 6,000 bikers participated in yesterday's 17th annual Tour de Bronx, a bike ride that circles the entire borough. (Video) If you went and have photos, send us one at bronxnewsnetwork-at-gmail.com. We'll post some!

From the Daily News today: PS 8 in Bedford Park has as many as 40 students in a classroom but new legislation requiring the Department of Education to provide more details in their reports on school capacity won't fix the perennail rampant overcrowding in local schools, parents say. What will? Building more schools.

The issues of whether the Bronx Household of Faith can use PS 15 for its Sunday services is a national issue with this latest report from UPINorwood News had this in-depth report back in June.

Supermodel Tyra Banks surprised 400 students at the High School for Teaching and the Professions at the Walton campus in Kingsbridge Heights last Wednesday, bringing her Get Schooled Foundation agenda to the college bound.

A nun who has been in her Hunts Point Parish for 49 years celebrated 60 years in the Sisters of Charity despite her being dismissed, along with other church staff, by the church's new pastor. 

Councilman Fernando Cabrera talks about his legislation to require the NYPD to release crime data for sectors within precincts, an issue raised by the Norwood News and BxNN.

Twelve people are running the New York Marathon to support the large social service organization BronxWorks.

Speaking of BronxWorks, it was one of eight organizations citywide to be awarded a city contract to develop an Innovative Senior Center. According to the Nonprofit Press, "Innovative Senior Centers will be held accountable for producing vibrant programs, high participation rates and better health outcomes for older New Yorkers."

Shootings are up in the Bronx and throughout the city.

Affordable housing construction projects, including some in the Bronx, are under scrutiny by the city and feds for wage infractions and kickbacks.

The HUB business district on East 149th Street now has a Facebook page.

Bronx Underground is having a Halloween Party on Oct. 29.


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