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In the news, August 26-September 9

General Colin L. Powell will be returning to his Longwood roots on Thursday, Sept 9th to inaugurate a 50-unit condo building for low-income tenants at 715 Fox St. at the corner of Leggett Ave. The building will be named for Powell, who spent his formative years growing up in an walk-up apartment building at 952 Kelly St. Ribbon-cutting on the energy-efficient building is scheduled for 1 p.m. A tour of the building, which has a green roof and was built with the help of Habitat-NYC volunteers, will follow the ribbon-cutting. City officials will also be on hand for the opening. Take the #6 train to E. 149th St.

The Bronx Historical Society will lead a walking tour of Longwood on Saturday, November 6th. The brownstone-filled neighborhood was part of a sprawling estate owned by S.B. White in the 19th century, when it was known as Longwood Park. It is now nationally recognized as a historic district, with some of the borough’s most striking turn-of-the-twentieth-century architecture. Those interested in participating should plan to meet at 10 a.m. at the southeast corner of Westchester Ave and Longwood Ave, on the uptown side of the #2 subway’s Prospect Avenue stop. Those interested in taking part are asked to call 718-881-8900 to RSVP. Cost is $10 for Bronx Historical Society members, and $15 for non-members.

Will the feds help the effort to tear down the Sheridan Expressway and replace it with housing and parks? Maybe so, says the tranportation and planning blog streetsblog. It reports that the city Department of Transportation has made a proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund a planning study called “Revitalizing the Sheridan Corridor, Hunts Point and the Bronx River.” Studying the feasibility of the community plan that calls for replacing the highway with new development and finding the money to do it is has been the big hole in the tear-down proposal, since the state says once it tore the elevated highway down, it would have nothing more to do with the site.

Hunts Point’s Tanya Fields and Mott Haven’s Mychal Johnson will be among the panelists discussing reporting on last spring’s international conference on climate change at the People’s Council on Climate Justice on Sept. 18. Both attended the conference in Bolivia. The discussion at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, between Bank and Bethune, will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is on a sliding scale of $6, $10 or $15.

The 41st Precinct gets a black eye in http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-08-25/news/nypd-tapes-5-the-corroboration/ that lays out the way supervisors harass street cops to “to hit quotas for arrests, summonses, and stop-and-frisks, even when it meant harassing innocent civilians who were doing nothing wrong.” An officer, Adil Polanco, recorded his bosses and union supervisor, who also, he charges, made the cops “downgrade crime complaints and refuse to take complaints from civilians in order to manipulate crime statistics.”

Classic New York school buildings have a family resemblance for a reason: they were designed by the same man– C.B.J. Snyder. The Bronx has preserved a much higher percentage of its Snyder schools than Manhattan, and on Sept. 4, the Bronx Historical Society will conduct a tour of eight of them, built from 1897 to 1922, ending with Snyder’s 1904 masterpiece, Morris High School. The tour will meet at 11 a.m. at the Brook Avenue stop of the #6 train, on the northwest corner of East 138th and Brook Avenue (in front of a discount beauty supply store). The fee is $10 for members of the Society, $15 for non-members. Call 718-881-8900 to RSVP.

Hunts Point Riverside Park will host the Bronx River Alliance’s annual fundraiser, the Upstream Soirée will be on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Longwood resident Roberto Garcia, the outgoing chair of Community Board 2, and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe will be honored. Tickets are $100, or $200 for a patron ticket that includes a listing in the program. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bronxriver.org or reserved by calling 718-430-4665.

SoBRO’s South Bronx Leadership Forum will introduce local business to the services of the Small Business Administration at a breakfast at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at Betances Community Center, 465 St. Ann’s Avenue. Pravina Raghavan, who heads the New York office will be the speaker. A $5 donation is requested. Reserve by contacting Linda Yantz, 718-732-7522 or lyantz@sobro.org.

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