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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: ‘Groovin in the Park’ means the best reggae and R&B


Boasting a host of performers, such as American R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and soulful reggae singer Freddie McGregor, the “Groovin in the Park” event easily lives up to its claim of being North America’s largest annual reggae and R&B concert.


Patrons are eagerly awaiting the June 25 concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, which also stars singer Leroy Sibbles of Heptones fame; veteran U-Roy, known as the “Originator;” dancehall’s Busy Signal; smooth singer Ken Boothe, aka “Mr. Rock Steady;” roots reggae singer Tarrus Riley; and Lloyd Parks of the We The People band.


And the Groovin’ in the Park experience has gone mobile this year with the introduction of an information-packed app. Available for Apple and android platforms. The app features exclusive content — artist interviews, event news, giveaways and more.


A family friendly event, children under 12 years old are admitted free to the concert with the requisite proof.

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Tickets range from for standard admission to 0 for VIP seating (with meals and beverages) and 0 for exclusive VVIP skybox seating (with meals and premium beverages).


Roy Wilkins Park is at 177-01 Baisley Blvd. near Merrick Blvd. Gate opens at 11 a.m.


Visit www.groovininthepark.com. for information


Send email to groovinintheparkinc@gmail.com or call (347) 980-2252.

CARIBBEAT: Here comes “Caribbean Week in New York” 2017


IT’S JAZZ BRUNCH FOR DADS


A benefit Father’s Day Caribbean Jazz Brunch, presented by the Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center, will be held next Sunday at the Marine Park Golf Course, 2880 Flatbush Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donation is . Call (516) 984-8948 or (78) 421-4312.


GUYANA BIRTHDAY AFFAIR


The golden arrowhead flag of Guyana will fly high on Friday when the nation’s 51st anniversary of independence is marked at a Guyana Tri-State Alliance-organized ceremony and a taste of Guyana reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

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The event is being supported by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Council Member Mathieu Eugene.


For information, call Patricia Jordan-Langford at (917) 541-2501, Lynette Marshall at (718) 342-0842 or Yvonne Marcus at (347) 256-4473.


SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHING


The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations is still accepting applications for its High School Graduates Award Program for exceptional graduating high school seniors of Jamaican heritage attending U.S. schools.


The deadline has been extended to Tuesday. Cash awards are available to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, community and/or workplace.


Among the criteria is a plan to enroll in a college or university after graduation. Recipients will be announced at in a ceremony.


For full requirements and application forms, visit http://bit.ly/UJAAawards2017 and contact HSGA Awards coordinator Natasha Davids by calling (917) 523-5887 or by email at HSGAwards@ujaausa.org.


SHARING HER MUSICAL MEMOIR


Danielle Brown will be discussing — and even singing — about her book “East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home,” at a free event Tuesday at Medgar Evers College, 1638 Bedford Ave., at 6 p.m., said Winthrop Holder of the Caribbean Awareness Committee.


Brown — a NYU-trained ethnomusicologist of Trinidadian heritage — skillfully weaves calypso, reggae, hip hop and tales of central Brooklyn in the 1960s to tell her story, which touches on the legacy of colonialism and imperialism that impacts people of color today.


She is also a vocalist and a player of the guitar-like cuatro instrument who composes and performs jazz and Latin American and Caribbean-based music.


Roger Toussaint, former president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, and City College of New York faculty member Lawrence Waldron are scheduled to participate in Tuesday’s discussion.


Brown has also authored a six-chapter “East of Flatbush, North of Love” teacher’s guide to help middle-school, high school and colleges educators use the book to create exercises and assignments and lesson plans.


The event is presented by Medgar Evers College, School of Professional and Community Development in collaboration with the Caribbean Awareness Committee.


“East of Flatbush, North of Love” can be purchased through the author’s website: www.mypeopletellstories.com.


REGGAE AT THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM


Performances by conscious-reggae star Protoje with the Indiggnation band and The Wailers, music great Bob Marley’s legendary band, are coming to the Highline Ballroom on next Sunday and July 15, respectively.


For tickets, visit the Calendar/Tickets section of the www.highlineballroom.com website.


Protoje — eyed as a powerful force in the return of conscious reggae to the music scene — continues his influence with his third studio album, “Ancient Future.” The show, part of the Blxxdclxxt Tour, features DJ Yaadcore.


Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are in advance and on the day of show.


The ever-powerful Wailers band — with its award-winning bassist and group founder Aston (Familyman) Barrett, some original band members and talented new cohorts — promises an exciting performance.


A member of the new-generation of talent includes drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Familyman’s son and nephew of late drummer Carlton (Carly) Barrett, a Wailers co-founder.


Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from to .


For tickets, visit the Calendar/Tickets section of the www.highlineballroom.com website.


CONTROLLER’S HERITAGE HONORS


City Controller Scott Stringer celebrated the June commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month last week by honoring pioneering reggae music and radio personalities Bobby Konders and Jabba; Conrard’s Famous Bakery, the source of Trinidadian baked goods that was founded by owner Conrad Ifill; and respected educator Ken George Irish-Bramble in a reception at Medgar Evers College on June 6.


“These are all notable leaders from the Caribbean community in New York that have made significant contributions to entertainment, culinary arts, and education,” said a spokesperson for the controller’s office.


GRENADA-AIRBnB PARTNERSHIP


The government of Grenada and the international home-sharing company Airbnb last week signed a memorandum of understanding creating a partnership to “maximize” the exposure the tri-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique to prospective visitors.


Grenada Minister of Tourism Clarice Modeste-Curwen signed the pact at conference held during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Caribbean Week.


The deal is part of ongoing efforts by the Grenada Tourism Authority.


Currently, Airbnb has more than 400 active listings across Grenada and the establishment of the MOU will create new opportunities for Grenadians to “develop and support unique Pure Grenada experiences that will further strengthen the continued growth of the destination’s economy,” said statement from the government.


“Solidifying a strategic alliance with a global entity like Airbnb demonstrates our commitment to strengthening Grenada’s tourism sector by tapping into new segments of the industry and providing Grenadians with opportunities that stimulate our island’s economic growth,” said Modeste-Curwen.


“Grenada is known and loved for the warm and friendly hospitality of its people, world-class beaches, cuisine, culture and we recognize that in order for the destination to remain competitive we must grow and evolve with the ever-changing travel landscape.


“We are proud to partner with Grenada and help create genuine experiences for travelers and new economic opportunities for Grenadians while highlighting local culture and heritage,” said Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s public policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean.


HAITI ARTIST AND THE ERIE CANAL


Port-Au-Prince, Haiti-born artist Yolene Legrand is onboard with the canal-themed “Life on the Canal Then” exhibit on display in upstate Syracuse at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, through July 31.


Legrand’s contribution — the oil on canvas artwork “Canal d’Avezac, Camp-Perrin, Haiti (built in 1765)” — joins the creations of Richard Haas, Dona Nelson, Virginia Creighton, Diana Horowitz, Charlotte Ka, Diana Kurz, Elizabeth Leader, Bill Murphy, Tom Nelson, Joe Overstreet, Amy Sanchez, Paul Antonio Szabo, Jane Grace Taylor, Joyce Wellman and the late Robert Berlind to illustrate “diverse visions of life on canals” and mark the 200th anniversary of the waterway.


The museum is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Visit www.eriecanalmuseum.org for information.


MONEY FOR HEALTH AND CULTURAL GROUPS


State Sen. Jesse Hamilton of Brooklyn brought some great news for several of the borough’s Caribbean American health and heritage groups last week — a 0,000 in state funding.


To support its work to stem domestic violence and intimate partner violence, the Caribbean Women’s Health Association will receive ,000. Global Trauma Research Inc. and the Haitian-American Community Coalition will receive ,000 to support their public health and mental health work.


The United States Steel Band Association will receive ,000 to support their music education programs and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association will receive ,000. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the WIADCA will use the funds for its year-round Caribbean cultural programming and its annual carnival parade.


Senator Hamilton made the announcement during a press conference Friday at Allan’s Bakery on Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.


NEW CARIB HOTEL ASSOCIATION HEAD NAMED


Congratulations to Barbados hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass who last week was named president-elect of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.


Affonso-Dass — group general manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados — will serve as president-elect for the next year before taking over the association next summer from Karolin Troubetzkoy, executive director of the Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts in St. Lucia.


Affonso-Dass, who will serve as president for two years, is former president of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.


For information on the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

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BRONX NEWS: Bronx school counselor uses jiu-jitsu to keep kids out of trouble


He taught social studies to youths in Rikers. Now he’s using martial arts to make sure his students won’t end up there in the first place.


Fernando Restrepo works as a counselor at Bronxdale High School. His passion is Brazilian jiu-jitsu and he spends his days giving lessons to students who attend Bronxdale and the other four high schools within the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus in the Bronx.


For his tireless efforts to improve the lives of his students and impart life lessons through martial arts, Restrepo is nominated for a Hometown Heroes in Education award.


Restrepo, 39, said he began studying jiu-jitsu in 2002, while he was still working as a teacher for young prisoners at Rikers Island.

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“I figured I’d get started in a healthy practice,” Restrepo said.


He practiced jiu-jitsu daily. Eventually he decided to work helping at-risk youth in traditional city schools.


“Rikers is tough work. I thought it would be useful to help black and brown students,” Restrepo said.


“I was working with young people who have been incarcerated. I decided to work with students in social studies to stop them from going to Rikers.”

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Restrepo landed his current position at Bronxdale in 2015, where he helps students alleviate stress and avoid conflicts.


His jiu-jitsu programs at the Columbus campus now boast around two dozen students who train regularly in twice-weekly 90-minute classes.


Restrepo said he has plenty of support from the faculty.


“The principal loves the paradoxical thing where I spend most of my day teaching kids not to fight and now I teach them how to fight, how to grapple,” Restrepo said.

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Not only does his program teach students to be humble and confident, but Restrepo says it also offers them a chance to practice something they would not otherwise be able to attain.


“Growing up in the Bronx, I couldn’t afford it,” Restrepo said. “For me, the idea here is to provide free access to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.”


Through generous donations from people within the martial arts community, Restrepo received much-needed mats and fighting robes, called “gis,” for students to use.


He has also been able to team up with the people behind Bronx jiu-jitsu to provide scholarships to students who wish to pursue the sport outside of school.


Restrepo’s end goal is to push for Brazilian jiu-jitsu practice in more schools. He said many schools have contacted him about starting their own programs and he would love to potentially raise enough money to see his own students compete in tournaments around the city.

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BRONX NEWS: NYC mom dies after failed plastic surgeries in Dominican Republic


The never-ending search for beauty ended tragically for a Bronx mother who died of complications from a series of plastic surgeries she got in the Dominican Republic, police sources said Saturday.


Janelle Edwards, 25, was found unconscious in her car on Bellamy Loop near Co-op City Blvd. in Co-op City at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, sources said.


Her parents found her slumped behind the wheel and called police.


Edwards died 30 minutes later at Montefiore Medical Center’s Albert Einstein Hospital — where she once worked, according to a Facebook post, sources said.

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“We found her in the car unresponsive,” her grieving mother Marjorie Edwards, 57, told the Daily News. “We don’t know what happened.”


An initial autopsy on Saturday was inconclusive as more tests were ordered, but a doctor told detectives that Edwards died of a blood clot caused by her recent surgeries, police sources said.


Edward’s older sister Samantha Edwards believes the operations — breast enhancement, a tummy tuck and butt implants — which were performed in Santo Domingo, killed her sibling, although she doesn’t think her family has any legal recourse.


“She was a very loving person,” Edwards said. “That’s how I want to remember my sister. She lived her life and God took her early.”

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Family members told detectives that Edwards complained of stomach and breast pain since she returned from her 1,500-mile trip.


Yet she apparently wouldn’t slow down — and showed no signs of distress on the day she died.


“Busy, busy, busy,” she posted on Facebook Thursday, roughly three hours before she died. “I must sleep good tonight.”


Edwards leaves behind two daughters — the oldest 7 years old, the youngest just 1 — family members said.

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Marjorie Edwards refused to talk about her daughter’s surgeries and asked a reporter to leave when the issue was brought up.


“I can only say kind words about her,” she said. “That’s all anyone can say about her.”


Neighbors said Edwards returned home about a month ago.


“She was all wrapped in bandages and had an IV on a stand. She was in a lot of pain,” said Elia Mayo, 50, a Bronx cleaning woman who lives next door to Edwards.

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“It’s such a shock,” Mayo said. “She was a nice girl. She had such good manners.”


In June, 2016, Edwards posted a photo of herself on Facebook in burgundy scrubs, sporting a Montefiore Hospital employee ID.


Citing privacy rules, a spokeswoman for Montefiore would not confirm that Edwards was a hospital employee.


Edwards’ death comes as more and more doctors are warning people about the dangers of getting plastic surgeries abroad.


“I know the cheaper cost is tempting, but consider the risks,” Dr. Susan Downey explained in a video posted on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. “If any problems come up, you may have additional costs and no legal protection.”


“Cosmetic surgery is real surgery and requires consultation, planning and follow-up care best with a board certified surgeon,” she said.


Taking long flights after surgery can also increase a patient’s risk of developing a pulmonary embolism and blood clots, the ASPS notes, encouraging patients to wait up to seven days after surgery to fly.

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BRONX NEWS: Family remembers loving Bronx dad gunned down outside salon


A 24-year-old man shot to death after stepping out of a Bronx salon was remembered as a devoted dad by tearful relatives Saturday.


Joshua Lopez, 24, was shot once in the midsection in front of the Supreme Clientele Beauty Salon on E. Tremont Ave. in West Farms around 10:20 p.m. Friday, cops said. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center but could not be saved.


“He was a great family man, a great father,” said his aunt Carmen Lopez, struggling to hold back sobs.


Lopez, a construction worker, had a 3-year-old son and another boy who will soon turn 1.

Man, 24, shot dead outside of beauty salon in the Bronx


The boys lived with their mothers but Lopez doted on them, relatives said.


“Nearly every day, he was part of their lives,” Carmen Lopez said.


There were no arrests in Lopez’s killing. Cops were looking for a black sedan seen speeding away from the scene.


Relatives had yet to break the news of Lopez’s death to his eldest son, Tyler, Saturday.

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“We don’t know how to tell him,” Carmen Lopez said.


The 47-year-old owner of the beauty shop, who only gave his name as Supreme, said he watched the gunman approach Lopez and open fire.


He said the slain father, whom he had known for six years, had just left the salon, where he had watched a basketball game.


“There was no beef, no static, no nothing going on. Everything was so positive,” Supreme said. “We were just in here watching the Cavs game, the grill was going and then this happens. It doesn’t make sense.”


Police said Lopez had multiple prior arrests on charges including assault and attempted murder in 2016, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in 2015 and several sealed offenses.


But the salon owner said Lopez had begun to turn his life around.


“He was at a point where he was starting to grow up — like taking care of himself and his kids,” he said. 

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BRONX NEWS: Alums of Bronx’s 41st Precinct, ‘Fort Apache,’ share war stories


The tales, unlike the cops spinning them, never get old.


Like the robbery attempt on a Bronx bar — where the crooks discovered too late they were inside a hangout for the officers of the 41st Precinct. The majority of patrons were armed and more dangerous than the bad guys.


“Two of them were dead before they hit the sidewalk,” recalled retired NYPD Lt. Bob DiMartini, the most decorated cop in department history.


The stories flowed like the cold beer at a reunion of the infamous Four-One, dubbed “Fort Apache” back in the early ’70s when the unforgiving slice of the South Bronx was home to a staggering 120 to 130 homicides per year.

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The remote outpost became a national symbol of urban decay after Capt. Tom Walker wrote his police potboiler “Fort Apache, Bronx, NY.” And then the book become a 1981 movie, starring Paul Newman — despite his lack of resemblance to the rank and file.


“When I came to the Four-One, I had never seen such crime,” remembered Walker, 82, at the crowded get-together inside a better section of the Bronx overlooking the Long Island Sound. “It was like going to war — like our own Vietnam. It formed a bond that lasts to this day.


“It was something we lived through. It’s something I’m glad I survived.”


Not everyone — or everything — did. Two officers were killed during Walker’s South Bronx stay. And he once walked out of the precinct to find all four tires stolen off his car.

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Friday’s reunion began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for their fallen NYPD colleagues. And then the cops, gone from NYPD blue to grey, got down to the business of reminiscing.


“We took over 6,000 guns off the street,” recalled DiMartini, now 73, who earned a stunning 476 decorations during his career. “I never counted awards. I just loved what I did.”


That sentiment was echoed by retired Detective Ralph Friedman, whose Fort Apache memoir “Street Warrior” arrives in stores July 25.


Friedman, the NYPD’s second most-decorated cop behind the cigar-chomping DiMartini, looks back fondly on his nights working the beleaguered precinct on a trash-strewn stretch of Simpson Ave.

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“I want to go out tonight!” said the chiseled and tattooed ex-cop. “We dealt with a lot of violent criminals. We were just more violent. That’s how we came out on top.”


He continues without missing a beat: “I shot eight guys. I killed four.”


The precinct nickname stemmed from a particularly insane night where the phones were ringing off the hook. One of the cops answered a call, listened for a few seconds, and then cut the caller off.


“I don’t have time for that,” he announced. “This is Fort Apache.”


The cops embraced the nom de guerre, and created a new logo for the Four-One: A precinct house as a porcupine with an assortment of arrows poking out of its windows.


The South Bronx isn’t burning anymore and crime in the new millennium is down dramatically. There were just eight murders last year, along with 241 robberies and 166 burglaries. Back in the ’70s, the average was 17 burglaries and eight robberies per day.


But the camaraderie lives on, as do the legends.


“The Four-One has been a tight house for years,” said current Bronx Chief of Patrol Terry Monahan, who started at the precinct back in 1982. “Fort Apache had a mystique and we kept it. The old guys broke me in. They went through it in the ’70s. I am where I am today because of those guys.”

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BRONX NEWS: Family remembers loving Bronx dad killed by drive-by gunman


A Bronx man slain by a drive-by shooter was remembered as a devoted dad by tearful family members Saturday.


Joshua Lopez, 24, was shot once in the midsection in front of the Supreme Clientele Beauty Salon on E. Tremont Ave. by Bronx Park Ave. in West Farms around 10:20 p.m. Friday, cops said. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center but could not be saved.


“He was a great family man, a great father,” said his aunt, Carmen Lopez, struggling to hold back sobs.


Lopez, a construction worker, had a 3-year-old son and a boy who will soon turn 1.

Man, 24, shot dead outside of beauty salon in the Bronx


The boys lived with their mothers but Lopez doted on them, relatives said.


“Nearly every day, he was part of their lives,” Carmen Lopez said.


Family members still hadn’t broken the news of Lopez’s death to his eldest son, Tyler.


“We don’t know how to tell him yet,” Carmen Lopez said.


Police said Lopez had multiple prior arrests but details were not immediately available.


There were no arrests in Lopez’s killing. Cops were looking for a black sedan seen speeding away from the scene.

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BRONX NEWS: 14 busted in drug ring linked to overdose death of NYC woman


A probe into the overdose death of a 35-year-old Manhattan woman sparked the arrest of 14 alleged heroin and cocaine dealers, authorities said Friday.


Cops recovered five firearms and massive amounts of narcotics while dismantling two loosely-connected drug rings operating in Washington Heights, authorities said.


The investigation, dubbed “Operation Scorpion Sting,” was set in motion in June 2016 after the overdose victim was found dead on W. 191st St. near St. Nicholas Ave.


Near the woman’s body investigators found envelopes of drugs containing the highly-potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. The tiny packages were stamped with the brand name “Scorpion,” authorities said.

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A search of the victim’s phone, along with other evidence, led police to identify the members of the drug gangs.


Undercover officers purchased numerous Scorpion-stamped envelopes of fentanyl-laced heroin from July 2016 through May 2017.


Intercepted phone calls revealed the identities of the group’s alleged ringleaders — Elcires “Dice” Cruz, 30, and his uncle Erick “D-Bo” Cruz, 44.


Their drug supplier was identified as Denny Guerrero, 47. All three men were based in the Bronx, authorities said.

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The investigation mushroomed to include the second drug trafficking group in Dec. 2016.


The noose tightened on Tuesday when NYPD officers observed alleged supplier Genaro Liriano sell nearly three pounds of cocaine and 100 grams of heroin to a customer in the lobby of a building on W. 149th St. near Broadway.


Cops arrested 12 suspects in Manhattan and the Bronx on Wednesday.


Amid the raids, officers seized seven pounds of cocaine, more than 7,000 envelopes of heroin and more than 0,000 in cash.

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The search of a storage unit on West Fordham Road in the Bronx yielded 60 pounds of pot, authorities said.


The bust was the result of a joint investigation between city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan’s office, the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.


The defendents were hit with conspiracy and drug selling counts, but none was charged in the death of the overdose victim.

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BRONX NEWS: Man, 24, shot dead outside of beauty salon in the Bronx


A Bronx man was shot to death in front of a beauty salon Friday night, cops said.


Joshua Lopez, 24, was found outside the Supreme Clientele Beauty Salon on E. Tremont Ave. by Bronx Park Ave. in West Farms at 10:20 p.m., according to authorities.


Police believe Lopez, was hit with one bullet in a drive-by shooting, cops said.


Medics raced Lopez, who lived in an apartment nearby on Boston Road, to Jacobi Medical Center where he died, authorities said.


There were no immediate arrests, cops said.

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BRONX NEWS: NYPD must crank up enforcement on noise complaints, audit finds


ALBANY — City nightlife is getting noisier and not enough is being done to keep things quiet, an audit released Friday revealed.


State Controller Thomas DiNapoli’s audit found that noise complaints in the city nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015, with much of it being generated from bars and nightclubs.


DiNapoli said the state Liquor Authority and the NYPD need to do a better job coordinating their efforts and cracking down on establishments that repeatedly generate noise complaints.


“Establishments with hundreds of complaints lodged against them faced little or no repercussions,” DiNapoli said. “For the sake of city residents, more action must be taken to address noisy clubs and bars.”

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According to the audit, noise complaints called in to the city’s 311 system rose from 86,365 in 2010 to 179,394 in 2015.


Noise complaints involving nightlife establishments increased from 38,401 to 93,412 over the same period, with 277 locations having 100 or more complaints lodged against them.


DiNapoli’s auditors reviewed the 30 locations with the most noise complaints – a total of 13,432 complaints – and found that the Liquor Authority pursued only 32 noise-related cases. Ten of those cases were eventually abandoned because of “insufficient resources,” the audit revealed.


Auditors also found that noise complaints responded to by the NYPD increased from 33,482 in 2011 to 90,954 in 2015. But in 85% of those complaints, either no action was taken or the records were unclear what was done.

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DiNapoli urged both agencies to develop better policies to track noise complaints and share information with each other.


The SLA disputed many of DiNapoli’s findings.


“The SLA agrees that noise violations are a serious issue, and we continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to hold licensees accountable for violating these local ordinances,” said authority spokesman William Crowely. “However, the claims in the Comptroller’s report that the SLA can suspend or revoke a business’s license based solely on 311 calls are completely false.”


In a formal response to DiNapoli’s audit, the NYPD said it was developing new procedures to better address noise complaints and coordinate with SLA.

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BRONX NEWS: Bat-swinging killer gets 20 years to life for fatal Bronx beating

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BRONX NEWS: Transportation officials want more speed cameras around schools


Drivers are taking it easy on the gas pedal near schools now that cameras are snapping pictures of lead-foot drivers, a new city Department of Transportation study shows.


With data in hand, DOT officials said that speed cameras — limited by law to 140 school zones, when class is in session — need to be expanded to 750 school areas and on high-speed streets nearby.


DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg cited the December 2013 death of 8-year-old Noshat Nahian, who was mowed down by a truck driver as he walked to school on Northern Blvd.


“It does not technically abut the school, so I couldn’t put a camera in the spot where that little boy got run over by a truck,” Trottenberg told the Daily News.

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Mayor de Blasio and Trottenberg on Friday will rally with advocates for the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero street safety agenda at City Hall to get Albany to loosen restrictions on speed cameras and allow them in more school zones.


“Lives hang in the balance,” said Caroline Samponaro, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, a traffic safety and cycling group. “Speed cameras are like vaccines. They’re a proven way to stop speeding. Would we withhold a vaccine from some parts of the population if we knew it could prevent disease or illness? No.”


There is legislation pending in Albany to expand the use of speed cameras, which send drivers tickets for going 10 mph over the limit.


Overall, the DOT found that speeding dropped 63% near school zones with speed cameras, with 14% fewer injuries, from 2014 to 2016.


The average number of speeding tickets issued from cameras dropped to 33 violations, down from 104 tickets a day in the first month of the program.


Flatbush in particular saw the biggest drop in speed camera tickets, declining to 75 a day from 506 when they were first installed.


Drivers on Flatbush Ave. near Public School 207 in Marine Park, say they’re taking care to ease their foot off the gas around schools.


“Every time I approach a light, I’m kinda like, let me not speed because I know I’ll get caught with the cameras,” said Jonathan Jackson, 27. “So that’s already in the back of my mind. So I’m sure that’s in the back of minds of a lot of people.”


Bruce Herman, 68, who walks and drives in the area, was glad to see traffic rule breakers get tickets.


“If it’s economically feasible, it should be everywhere. Of course, people should be really attentive to the rules,” Herman said. “Fewer accidents means fewer people hurt.”

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