NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Education / Environment

For South Bronx educator, it’s easy being green

Stephen Ritz.

More than 5,000 schools in the United States now use some version of Ritz’s curriculum, according to a memoir, “The Power of a Plant,” published on May 2, in which Ritz traces how he transformed himself as he transformed his classroom.

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.

Government / Housing

Residents organize against proposed rezonings

Panelists discuss the City's proposed changes to Bronx neighborhoods

Change in the South Bronx, and pressure on local renters, was the theme at a panel discussion on March 30.

Environment / Parks

Out-of-town fish land in Bronx River

Alewife herring from Connecticut being released into the Bronx River

The Bronx got a lot more crowded on April 20, as 400 alewife herring from Connecticut commuted down from the suburbs and were released into the Bronx River from its shores in the Bronx Zoo.

Transportation

Street repairs get underway

Transportation department equipment on Garrison Avenue.

Drivers accustomed to braving potholes on the streets of the Hunts Point peninsula have been getting used to another inconvenience this week, but this time the hassle is expected to be short-lived and will lead to benefits in the long run.

Education / Environment

Nonprofit changes teens’ minds about college education

Group of juniors at SUNY Albany

Each February, Rocking the Boat takes its juniors on the road and hosts a tour of New York colleges. This year, a group of about 20 traveled to SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University.

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.

Business / Culture

Shuttered fertilizer plant now huge events venue

An estimated 6000 gather for a concert on the Hunts Point waterfront on April 8.

Could the sleepy, industrially zoned Hunts Point waterfront be home to New York City’s next big event center?

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.