Thursday, June 21, 2012

This week's Riverdale Review & Bronx Press

Here are the stories in this week's (June 21 - June 27) issues of the Riverdale Review and Bronx Press.

* Massage parlor appears to offer its clients a happy ending > Riverdale may have another recalcitrant massage parlor on its hands. A business trading as Riverdale Spa is placing daily advertisements on popular classifieds website and may be soliciting sexual services. When the Review contacted the listed number, the woman stated the establishment was located at 3733 Riverdale Avenue, the same address as Riverdale Skin & Body Care, a parlor that was busted for prostitution four months ago.
* City unveils heating oil relief package > Landlords and building owners will be offered more than $100 million in financial sweeteners to help them comply with the city's controversial heating oil conversion mandate.
* Hebrew Home opens subsidized senior housing > The Hebrew Home at Riverdale opens Hudson House, a new 58-unit low-income senior housing facility on Johnson Avenue.
* Leases out at Stella D'oro mall > National chains Petco, Bank of America and the casual dining restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings are negotiating leases to occupy space at Riverdale Crossing, the mall's developer has confirmed.
* Film shoot disrupts Riverdale > It was the day Ben Stiller came to Riverdale to film his new feature film, but there was nothing funny about his visit. Nearly two-dozen cars were towed from Independence Avenue on June 18 to accommodate film crews shooting a remake of the 1947 film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
* Police issue warning after car break-ins > The 50th Precinct has warned Riverdale residents not to leave valuables inside their cars following a recent spate of car break-ins. Police say car prowlers are plundering GPS units, model airplanes and other valuable goods in order to fuel their drug habits.
* Big trouble in little Riverdale > A local artisan was forced to fire cease-and-desist letters to a Chinese ceramics company after they allegedly ripped her covetable designs and tried to sell exact replicas of her work.
* New lights planned for Broadway > The Kingsbridge Business Improvement District is looking to partner with the Department of Transportation and Con Edison to install new, white LED lights street lights along Broadway.
* Riverdale girl heads to Harvard > Bronx High School of Science 2012 graduate Ashley Vourakis was one of seven New York City high school seniors selected for the Milken Scholars Program, a resource that provides her with a $10,000 scholarship along with mentoring, community service opportunities and other career benefits.
* Community Board 8 welcomes new members and elects new committee chairs > Four seemed to be the magic number following the annual Community Board 8 shuffle--four new committee chairs were elected and four new incoming members were officially welcomed.

Also in the Bronx Press:
* Grandmother found bludgeoned to death in Bronx unit > An 88-year-old woman was found beaten to death in her apartment at the Pelham Parkway Houses in what police say appears to be a push-in robbery.
* Rooftop farm could sprout in The Bronx > The New York City Economic Development Corporation is looking to develop a 200,000 square foot rooftop farm in Hunts Point to further the city's agriculture industry and create new jobs.

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