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Polar Bears migrate north for Orchard Beach swim

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    By DAVID GREENE More than two dozen members of the Coney Island-based Polar Bears Club traveled north for a post-Valentine’s Day plunge into the chilly waters of Orchard Beach on Saturday, February 18. Despite the air temperature of slightly over the freezing point, members arrived wearing bathrobes, sandals and summer shorts—an ensemble topped [...]

Four bandits sought in postal robbery

    By DAVID GREENE The United States Postal Inspection Service, the police arm of the U.S. Postal Service, has released a surveillance photo of two of the four individuals wanted in connection with the robbery of a letter carrier near Fort Independence Park in Kingsbridge Heights. According to a flyer released by the service, [...]

Manhattan College Fair Trade Program: Is it worth it?

By Lauran O’Neill Manhattan College Student On February 16th, MC was honored with a certificate from Fair Trade USA. This makes it the first college in New York City to receive Fair Trade status. According to, Fair Trade‘s mission is to ensure farm-ers and workers have fair prices and wages, safe work conditions, adequate [...]

Co-ops fear cost of city heating oil mandate

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

By MIAWLING LAM Thousands of Riverdale landlords and co-op owners could be slugged hundreds of dollars in higher maintenance fees under a controversial heating oil conversion mandate. Under the mandatory phase-out, all residential buildings must switch from No. 6 heating oil to at least No. 4—a cleaner, but more expensive oil—by 2015. By 2030, buildings [...]

Angry drivers protest arbitrary rules for hated Muni-Meters

    By MIAWLING LAM Predatory parking ticket practices would be eliminated and traffic enforcement would be fairer, under a new proposal introduced by state legislators. The change, sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, means parking violations would be dismissed immediately if motorists can produce a valid Muni-Meter receipt time-stamped before or at the same time [...]

Schools offer help to maintain Van Cortlandt Park Memorial Grove

By MIAWLING LAM Students from three Bronx colleges could be recruited to help clean up the Memorial Grove by raking leaves and picking up strewn tree branches. The latest effort to seek out volunteers from the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will ensure that the beleaguered memorial does not fall into [...]

FreshDirect deal will bring 3,000 jobs to The Bronx

By MIAWLING LAM What began as an innocuous announcement about FreshDirect relocating to The Bronx has become a storm in a teacup. Just last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Queens-based company would build its new 500,000-square-foot headquarters at the Harlem River Yards in the South Bronx. State and city officials, [...]

Seatbelts and cellphones, not speeding, top traffic violations

By MIAWLING LAM Officers from the 50th Precinct slapped drivers with 10 times more tickets for tinted windows than for speeding last year, new data shows. Official NYPD statistics also reveal the precinct issued the fourth-lowest number of moving violations across the five boroughs and the fewest in The Bronx. Data obtained by the Riverdale [...]

New consumer initiatives to empower elderly

By MIAWLING LAM Seniors will be taught how to protect themselves against fraudulent scams, bogus telemarketers and identity theft following the launch of two new outreach initiatives. State officials announced the Senior Consumer Information Hotline, a 24-hour toll-free recording, and The Informed Consumer, a monthly advice column, at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale on Monday. [...]

City tries to ‘ramp up’ Fieldston

By MIAWLING LAM Department of Transportation officials tried to build at least two pedestrian ramps in the exclusive enclave of Fieldston. Authorities confirmed planners surveyed intersections at West 250th Street and Fieldston Road and at West 250th Street and Goodridge Avenue earlier this month in an attempt to install the safety measure. However, they were [...]

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