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In the news, July 5-11

The Youthmarket at Westchester Ave and Southern Boulevard will sell fresh produce on Fridays all summer.

Fresh fruits and vegetables grown on nearby farms will be sold to the public every Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. through October at the corner of Southern Boulevard and Westchester Ave. The initiative, called Youthmarket, is one of eight across the city, in which 16-to-20-years-olds sell the fresh produce from stands in neighborhoods like Hunts Point where healthy food is in notoriously short supply. Last year’s South Bronx Youthmarket was located at 149th St. Free recipes will be available along with all the good food. Freshly grown tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, lettuce, kale, bell peppers, beets, cilantro and sugar plum were on offer on July 9th as Youthmarket opened its retail season. EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP are all accepted.

Project HOPE, the health center on Hunts Point Avenue, is starting a new effort to bring community organizations and residents together. “We would like to start having monthly meetings with at least one person from each team/ organization, and of course, as many residents as we can get,” says Betsy Kashani. “Our goal will be to brainstorm new ideas and plans, and to inform each other about what each organization is up to for that month. We are looking to increase participation in all activities and have the residents of Hunts Point really take ownership of their community!” First get-together is July 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Project Hope, 854 Hunts Point Ave. RSVP by calling 347-271-3759 or sending an email to Betsy.Huertas@urbanhealthplan.org

For years, the question of what to do with the Sheridan Expressway has been debated in Hunts Point and Longwood. Now, the State Department of Transportation will host its first “Stakeholders Committee” meeting in two years on July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education on 928 Simpson St. The coalition of community organizations calling for the Sheridan to be torn down to make room for new housing and open space is hoping for a big turnout of residents.

The SWIM Coalition, devoted to using keeping storm water from fouling the city’s waterways, will hold a public meeting on Thursday, July 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Rocking the Boat, next door to Hunts Point Riverside Park. In addition to reviewing the organization’s agenda, the meeting will include time on the Bronx River, with teens from Rocking the Boat pulling the oars.

Marcus Hickman and Angel Hernandez will lead a history tour of Hunts Point on Sunday, July 18, that will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to take about two hours. Sponsored by the Bronx County Historical Society, the tour will meet at the Hunts Point #6 train station where Southern Boulevard, East 163rd Street, and Hunts Point Avenue converge. The cost is $10 for Historical Society members, $15 for non-members. For reservations call 718-881-8900.

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