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Longwood program battles surge in drug use

Longwood program battles surge in drug use

As of 2016, 34 in every 100,000 residents in the Bronx died from an overdose, more than gun homicides and car crashes combined, according to a study by the New York Department of Health.

Health / Parks

Phoenix on brink of undefeated season

Phoenix on brink of undefeated season

For the Phoenix of South Bronx High School, the pressure was officially on. To keep their undefeated 12-0 season going, they’d have to score in the last rays of spring light.

Health / Parks

Shrinking numbers threaten Hunts Point little league

The Carballo Little League 14-year-old travel team.

Dwindling Little League sign-ups are not just a Hunts Point problem. Last year a new little league baseball organization serving kids in Longwood and Soundview also never took hold.

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PharmaCannis opens a medical marijuana dispensary in Hunts Point

Hunts Point residents gather at PharmaCannis to register for a card that will allow patients to obtain medical marijuana.

Many residents who felt that the previous planned location was too isolated are relieved that the dispensary will be in a high-traffic area. They were nervous that the isolation of the company’s former choice of locations, and the fact that its transactions are in cash, would have made it a target for crime.

Environment / Health / Jobs

Hunts Point celebrates annual hustle

Runners launch off the starting line at the Hunts Point Hustle.

On the morning of the 10th annual Hunts Point Hustle, the skies were filled with clouds and weather predictions called for rain, but that didn’t stop the 113 runners who came out to run the 5k race.

Business / Health

Planned marijuana dispensary divides Hunts Point

The site of a proposed new medical marijuana dispensary on Oak Point Ave.

A company that specializes in selling medical marijuana is slated to open a dispensary in Hunts Point on Jan. 1 2016, worrying some residents that it will bring back with it the kinds of vice and crime the community has been fighting for decades.

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Legionnaires’ update: Community Board says city must do better

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio at an August 10 press conference, announcing legislation to inspect cooling towers. 

Community Board 2 says the city must do a better job keeping residents and landlords updated about developments in the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, after cooling towers on three local buildings tested positive for legionella.

Health

Hunts Point walks for people with HIV

The fourth annual Hunts Point AIDS Walk

In 2013, more Bronx residents died of complications from the AIDS virus than in any other borough, according to the city health department.

Environment / Health

Panel debates businesses’ environmental impacts

Kellie Terry, executive director at The Point CDC, speaks at a forum at Hostos Community College on March 18, about the need for environmentally-friendly businesses.

A panel of South Bronx residents, advocates and business owners at a forum at Hostos Community College, said the city must take the area’s high rates of disease into account before allowing industries to relocate to Hunts Point and Port Morris.