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Orlando Marin named to Planning Commission

Orlando Marin

The chairman of Community Board 2, long-time Longwood resident Orlando Marín, will leave the community board to become the Bronx representative on the City Planning Commission. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. nominated Marín earlier this year to succeed Kenneth Knuckles as the Bronx representative on the influential 13-person commission, the […]

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Sen. Diaz says sex education belongs at home

Sen. Diaz says sex education belongs at home

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. denounced the Bloomberg administration’s plan to revive mandatory sex education in public schools, saying the proposal violated the right of parents to decide what and how to teach their children. “In matters involving intimacy and human sexuality, parents have the right and the responsibility to […]

News / Parks / Politics

Bronx first gay marriage makes history

As Carmen Hernandez-DeArmas said “I do” to her partner of three years, Doris DeArmas-Hernandez, many in the audience understood they were watching history in the making. A month after New York legalized same-sex marriage, Hernandez and her partner became the first gay couple to be married in the Bronx.

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Produce Market stays put, for now

Produce Market stays put, for now

The bustling caverns of Hunts Point’s food distribution markets, hidden behind tall walls of corrugated aluminum, begin stirring before dawn, and quit around lunchtime. This industrial twilight zone has its own restaurants and shops, tightly guarded entrances and its very own security force. It’s hard to imagine this fortified compound […]

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Remembering a neighborhood activist

Remembering a neighborhood activist

It was 1974, and a group of South Bronx residents were looking for someone to fill a vacant seat on the state Assembly. The pick from the community was nearly unanimous: It would be Evelina Antonetty, surely. But public office was of no interest to the forty-something activist. Instead, she […]

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Serrano votes against debt ceiling deal

Congressman José E. Serrano voted against the legislation raising the nation’s debt ceiling, saying the package urged on Congress by President Barack Obama and the leaders of both parties cut necessary programs and failed to raise taxes on the wealthy.

Jobs / Politics

Neighborhood voices: Fight for the future

Neighborhood voices: Fight for the future

By Mark Naison I have been driving around the Bronx a lot lately and am trying hard to be positive and optimistic. There is certainly much to celebrate. What were once decayed neighborhoods are being filled with new housing complexes, some of which are beautifully designed and filled with inspiring […]

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Local pols differ on same-sex marriage

Local pols differ  on same-sex marriage

New York became just the sixth state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, when the state senate passed a bill in June approving the measure. 33 state senators cast votes supporting the hotly debated measure while 29 opposed it. The measure met with strikingly different reactions from two elected […]

Education / Politics

City Year survives battle over budget

City Year, the volunteer organization that works with students at Hunts Point schools is breathing a sigh of relief. Faced with elimination by the Republican budget proposal in Congress, City Year’s parent organization the Corporation for National and Community Service, won a reprieve when the final budget bill was passed.