Thursday, March 8, 2012

This week's Riverdale Review and Bronx Press

Apologies for the lack of updates--Brendan's absence is being sorely felt--but here are the stories in this week's (March 8 - March 15) issue of the Review. 

* Second woman nabbed in local prostitution sting > Undercover NYPD officers swoop on New Healing Touch and arrest a 43-year-old Queens woman for soliciting sexual services. The arrest--the second in three months--means police now have legal grounds to pursue the massage parlor's closure.
* Specialized HS admits from RKA soar > Thirty students from the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy won coveted seats in the city's nine elite specialized high schools this year.
* City may order new buildings to reduce stormwater overflow > Residential buildings could be forced to capture more stormwater runoff and store it on-site under a city plan designed to alleviate street flooding and reduce combined sewer overflows.
* Local pols to play musical chairs in redistricting > The Bronx could be carved up into five different congressional districts under controversial new redistricting lines proposed by the New York State Senate and Assembly.
* Merchants lobby to keep Riverdale Avenue identified > Businesses have joined elected officials in deriding plans to eliminate "Riverdale Avenue" from new Henry Hudson Parkway road signs, arguing the omission will negatively impact the area's identity.
* Mystery surrounds death of RKA alum in Illinois > Tributes have begun to flow in for a Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy graduate whose lifeless body was found in the woods in Illinois last weekend.
* Enhanced local bus service coming in April > MTA officials announce that starting on April 8, buses on the hugely popular Bx7 route will run every six minutes, up from the current eight-minute headway, during evening weekday peak hours.
* Manhattan College cafeteria workers regain lost jobs > The National Labor Relations Board rules that Gourmet Dining Services, the food service vendor at Manhattan College, must rehire all former Sodexo employees.
* Diaz releases ed summit report > Better collaboration among parents, teachers, elected officials and city authorities is the key to lifting the performance and graduating rates of Bronx students, according to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
* Businesses hopeful for skating rink bonanza > Local merchants and residents are devising strategies to boost economic development and capitalize on possible increased foot traffic from the yet-to-be-built Van Cortlandt Park ice skating rink.

Also in the Bronx Press:
* Education disaster for the smartest Bronx kids > Just six percent of Bronx students who took the specialized High School Admissions Test, landed seats at one of the city's eight elite high schools.  The Bronx accounted for just 322 of the 5,360 eighth-graders who received offers. In comparison, 1,919 came from Queens, 1,676 from Brooklyn and 1,074 from Manhattan.
* Westchester Square Biz Improvement District approves > The northeast Bronx is set to become a thriving commercial area after city officials unanimously approved the creation of the Westchester Square Business Improvement District.
* Heart attack eyed as cause in fatal Gun Hill crash > A heart attack is believed to be the cause of an early-morning crash that took the life of a beloved livery.
* SLA sting nets 11 Bronx stores > Investigators at the New York State Liquor Authority issued summonses to 118 stores across the city, alleging they sold liquor to minors.

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