Articles written by: Rios-Nunez

Health

Community groups sound the alarm about opioids

Speakers

The city’s alarming increase in opioid abuse is not only an adult problem, say South Bronx youth organizers who want to alert local parents to the issue. About 40 residents gathered in the auditorium of Entrada Academy on Fox Street in late May for a town hall meeting to discuss […]

Post office audit confirms residents’ suspicions

Post office audit confirms residents’ suspicions

The Postal Service has finally reached a conclusion that residents have known for years: mail delivery here stinks. Now the USPS is promising to do something about it.

News

Mayor’s plan could mean another jail for South Bronx

Rikers Island Prison Complex as seen from Barretto Point Park.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to close the Rikers Island Prison Complex could mean another jail for the South Bronx after residents here fought for years to close others down. The plan is to replace the jails on the 400-acre island with smaller jails in each borough. Rikers currently holds […]

Art / Education

Students lead panel on women’s suffrage

From left to right: Rahim Hough, Ashley Santiago, Aisha Beltran, Jennifer Asokwah, and Jesus Roblas.

The 14-member Women’s Suffrage Commission, which was established by state law, will run programs celebrating the accomplishments of women’s suffrage through 2020. But LEAP’s focus is rooted a little deeper.

Religion

Monsignor Neil Connolly dies at 83

Father Connolly

St. Athanasius’ former pastor was longtime activist Monsignor Neil Connolly, who lived to serve the community and believed in making leaders out of the people who lived there, died on April 1. He was 83 years old. He died in his sleep at the priests’ retirement home in the Bronx.

Art / Immigration / Politics

Artist converts her Mott Haven home into art gallery

Marco Saavedra leads an artist talk and workshop in his first solo show in an apartment “gallery” in Mott Haven.

“Some of the artists have never had the opportunity to actually teach about their work or share their work with a larger audience,” said Blanka Amezkua.

Education

Day care owner Eva Sanjurjo discusses her career running “Eva’s Kids”

Daycare owner Eva Sanjurjo plays cards with two of the children she cared for.

She has been called “Mayor of the Children” by the New York Times and has even had breakfast at Gracie Mansion with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And for the past four decades, she has been caring for the children of working parents, sometimes in exchange for a gallon of milk. […]

Art / Culture / Education / News

Bronx Children’s Museum finally finds a permanent home

The museum has finally found a permanent home – and walls -- in a city-owned former powerhouse located on parkland just steps away from Yankee Stadium.

  They see it like this: Inside an old powerhouse that looks like a castle, a sculpture inspired by the three rivers of the Bronx hangs from the ceiling in the lobby. Paintings created by Bronx artists adorn every wall. Children run from exhibit to exhibit, pushing buttons and pulling […]

Education / Environment

Rocking the Boat students take on most complex task yet

Rocking the Boat students take on most complex task yet

After 20 years and 49 boats, Rocking the Boat students are taking on their most complex project yet.