Local pols to play musical chairs in redistricting

By MIAWLING LAM Parts of The Bronx could be included in five different congressional districts under controversial new redistricting lines proposed by the New York State Senate and Assembly. The plans, which would effectively reduce the borough’s political clout, have been universally panned for being gerrymandered by community and political leaders. Three congressional districts now [...]

Merchants lobby to keep Riverdale Ave. identified

By MIAWLING LAM Merchants 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. The North Riverdale Merchants Association raised concerns about the proposed change at last Thursday’s Community Board 8 economic development committee meeting. President Gary Wartels [...]

Mystery surrounds death of RKA alum in Illinois

By MIAWLING LAM Tributes have begun to flow in for a Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy graduate whose lifeless body was found in the woods in Illinois last weekend. Authorities say Brandon Landau, 18, was found unconscious in a creek at White Pines State Park in Mount Morris, located about 100 miles west of Chicago, on Sunday [...]

Enhanced local bus service coming in April

By MIAWLING LAM Straphangers who cram onto overcrowded Bx7 buses will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials last week announced that starting on April 8, buses on the hugely popular route would run every six minutes, up from the current eight-minute headway. The change, which applies strictly to [...]

Manhattan College cafeteria workers regain lost jobs

By JEANETTE SETTEMBRE Recently, the National Labor Relations Board said that Gourmet Dining Services, the food service vendor at Manhattan College must agree to hire all former Sodexo employees as of Wednesday, February 29. Sodexo was replaced as the College’s vendor last year. “I can confirm that there was a charge filed on the basis [...]

Education News

P.S. 24 Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Students will be dismissed for the day at 11:20 a.m. During the 5:30 to 8 p.m. session, a representative from Metro Plus, a citywide program, will offer information on free or low-cost health insurance [...]

Diaz releases ed summit report

By MIAWLING LAM Better collaboration among parents, teachers, elected officials and city authorities is the key to lifting the performance and graduation rates of Bronx students. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the finding—as part of a shopping list of school reforms—in a 21-page policy paper released on Friday, March 2. The white paper, [...]

Businesses hopeful for skating rink bonanza

By MIAWLING LAM 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. Preliminary discussions on how to keep local cash registers ringing kicked off at last Thursday’s Community Board 8 economic development committee meeting. With the rink [...]

A Green Light for Israel

GUEST EDITORIAL (Editorial of The New York Sun – nysun.com • March 6, 2012)   Prime Minister Netanyahu’s summit meeting with President Obama turned out to have quite a satisfactory outcome, as far as we’re concerned, in that, at least from what one can deduce from the public record, Israel has gained a green light [...]

Stone thrown at Engel meant for all Jews

To the Editor: The recent article by Miawling Lam, “Attack on Engel, others in Israel fizzles” opens with the following quote: “Vandals hurled a large rock at Congressman Eliot Engel in a dramatic turn of events during his recent visit to a Jewish cemetery in Israel. Engel, fellow Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Executive Vice Chairman [...]

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