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Jul 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 4 people miraculously survive Bronx crash that destroyed vehicle


Four people miraculously survived a two-car crash in the Bronx that decimated one of the cars early Sunday, officials said.


The driver of a black sedan smashed into several pillars and collided with another car after speeding east on Westchester Ave. near Sands Place in Middletown – Pelham Bay just before 6 a.m.


Medics took four people to a nearby hospital — one with serious injuries and three with minor injuries, authorities said.

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Jul 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Make fare-beating ‘civil, not ‘criminal’


Deportation over a .75 subway fare is unfortunately a frightening reality that two Brooklyn politicians want to eliminate by decriminalizing subway fare-beating and making it a civil offense.


State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Crown Heights) and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant) last week said turnstile-jumping cases, which predominately affect people of color with low incomes, would become noncriminal offenses under legislation they plan to introduce.


“Look at the numbers, 20,000 kids, 16 and 17, arrested every year; some of them have been incarcerated, getting criminal records for just .75! It makes no sense,” Hamilton said, noting the consequences for some immigrants can be dire.


“Also if you’re undocumented, now they (the federal government) can use that against you for deportation,” said Hamilton, who announced the decriminalization bill with Wright at a press conference last Tuesday attended by community activists and representatives of legal groups supporting the proposed measure.

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GALA FOR JAMAICA’S BIRTHDAY


From politics to sports and entertainment, this year’s black-tie Jamaica Independence Gala will feature a number of high-caliber attendees.


Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Patrick Ewing, the newly named Georgetown University head coach, are headlining the Aug. 26 event coming to the New York Hilton and Towers Hotel in Manhattan, from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga, recipient of a Nation Builder Award, will be honored at the event, which is being presented by the Jamaica Independence Foundation and the Jamaica Tourist Board under the patronage of Trudy Deans, Jamaica consul general in New York.

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There will be cocktails, dinner, an awards presentation and a silent auction at the affair.


Celebrity hosts for the Gala will be Estelle and actor/singer Leon with entertainment provided by Romain Virgo and the Unit Band, and Road International.


For tickets and information, call the Jamaican Consulate at (212) 935-9000, ext. 8120.


ISSUES AIRED ON ‘COME CHAT’ TV SERIES

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The sentiments of “Vini Kozé” — Creole for “Come Chat” — now echo throughout the Eastern Caribbean with last week’s debut of a taped television series focused on achievements, development opportunities and challenges facing the region.


In the diaspora, the TV series can be seen on One Caribbean Television Fridays at 8 p.m., from Aug. 25 through Sept. 29.


The culmination of OECS Public Education Forum Series regional sessions held earlier this year, the “Vini Kozé” TV shows share the interaction of key decision makers, and grass-roots observers recorded in front of a live audience.


Education, economic development, youth empowerment, regional integration, agriculture and climate change are some of the topics addressed in the series.

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For broadcast times in Eastern Caribbean, visit http://bit.ly/vinikozestv2017.


DONATING LIFESAVING DEFIBRILLATORS


Being prepared to save lives is what this week’s Team Jamaica Bickle “Defibrillator to Schools Program” presentation and training session at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in Jamaica is all about.


On Wednesday, officials from the program — started in 2014 following the death of a St. Jago High School student Cavahn McKenzie at a cross country meet — will donate lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and give instructions in their use.


This year, eight high schools and two institutions will receive AEDs through the program.


Rusea’s High, Charlie Smith High, Lennon High, Spaulding’s High, Tivoli High, Eltham High, St. Mary’s High, and Bellefield High have been selected to receive defibrillators.


G.C. Foster College of Sport and Physical Education and The Jamaica Association of Emergency Medical Technicians will also receive the devices.


Since 2014, TJB has donated 21 AED units to schools and trained close to 100 staff members. This week’s donation brings the total to 31. The goal is to equip every high school on the island with a unit.


“We have seen where our efforts have inspired other diaspora organizations contribute AEDs to several schools and medical institutions,” said TJB CEO and founder Irwine Clare.


Contact Team Jamaica Bickle at (718) 523-2861 or by email at teamjamaicabickle@gmail.com. Follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jul 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teacher gives students taste of rural life with school farm


J.M. Rapport High School teacher Michael Masefield wanted to give his Bronx students access to fresh food and a break from city life.


So he built a farm with vegetables and a chicken coop on school grounds, and taught his students how to grow crops and raise animals.


For giving kids from some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods a fresh perspective on food and their lives, Masefield is nominated for a Hometown Heroes in Education award.


The work has been a labor of love for Masefield, an English instructor who’s taught in city schools since 2009 and operates his on-campus farm after normal classes end.

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All of his students have serious learning disabilities or behavioral issues, and few of them have ever worked on a garden before.


But Masefield said working with underserved students comes easily to him.


“Things that drive other people crazy don’t get to me,” said Masefield, 30, whose passion for gardening earned him the nickname “Farmer Mike” from his friends.


“These kids are used to being seen a certain way, but I give them the benefit of the doubt,” he said. “A lot of times they just haven’t had the right outlets or people didn’t give them a chance.”

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J.M. Rapport students mostly hail from the school’s hardscrabble Mott Haven neighborhood.


Many are behind in their schooling and some of them have been involved in crimes. Masefield’s farm is an unusual sight to them.


It wraps around the J.M. Rapport campus in a narrow strip, with about a dozen elevated beds holding tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables.


The farm also boasts a chicken coop with seven birds who all lay eggs, plus a greenhouse for seedlings.

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And Masefield uses an indoor classroom space to grow hydroponic crops and cook food from the farm with students.


About 10 kids participated in Masefield’s after-school farming club during the school year that ended in June.


Another half-dozen kids are working with Masefield on the farm over the summer.


Only a small number of students are involved so far, but more are signing up each year for the farming activities that Masefield began in 2015.


And for those students who do work on the farm, a transformation often takes place.


“Kids who have violent backgrounds become really calm when they hold a chicken,” Masefield said.


“And kids who have a hard time explaining a math problem can do very well when it comes to explaining what’s going on at the farm.”


The new experiences may help kids perform in their regular classes or handle issues they face outside school, Masefield said.


“Farming is a hands-on activity,” Masefield said.


“A lot of the kids who don’t do so well academically excel at the farm.”

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BRONX NEWS: NYPD gets threats over cuffing trooper for driving drunk in Bronx


A New York State Trooper’s arrest for drunk driving in the Bronx has frayed tensions between police and the law enforcement agency, sources said Saturday.


Police arrested Trooper Dana Narvaez, 42, near his home when cops found him passed out behind the wheel of his idling car. When he was given a Breathalyzer, he scored more than double the legal limit.


Cops charged him with drunk driving. A judge ordered him released from custody after a brief arraignment.


But since Narvaez’s arrest, cops from the 45th Precinct have received calls from people claiming to be state troopers seeking retaliation, police sources said.

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“It’s on,” one caller threatened.


In response, NYPD union leaders have let their membership know about the threats, and encouraged everyone to obey the rules of the road to the letter, especially if driving in Westchester or upstate.


“We just wanted the members to be careful on the road and obey the speed limit because they’re looking,” said one union head, who wished not to be named. “We’ve been down this road before.”


State Trooper spokesman Beau Duffy said Narvaez was suspended without pay. Rumors of retaliation are “pure nonsense.”


“That will not happen,” he said.” The State Police have an outstanding relationship with the NYPD.”

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Jul 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 77, dies after car hit him as he walked across Bronx parkway


A 77-year-old man died after he was struck by a white Subaru as he tried to cross a Bronx parkway on foot, police said Saturday.


Rugovac Dzemaily was crossing the Hutchinson River Parkway near the Pelham Parkway exit when he was hit by a Subaru at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.


Medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died.


The driver of the Subaru remained at the scene and faced no immediate charges.

Woman, 72, dies after being struck by car in the Bronx


In an unrelated case, a 54-year-old man died a week after his Jeep Wrangler was hit by another vehicle in Queens, cops said.


Patrick Marcano, of Brentwood, L.I., was driving a 2007 Jeep Wrangler on North Conduit Ave. near 181st St. in Jamaica when a Hyundai Elantra attempted to change lanes and struck him about 12:30 p.m. July 21.


Marcano was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died Thursday.


The Elantra driver has not been charged.

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BRONX NEWS: School safety agent busted for drunken driving in Bronx


Cops busted a city school safety agent for drunken driving early Friday after he was caught weaving down a Bronx block with his side door open, police said.


Dwight Hall, 27, was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle after cops stopped him on Tinton Ave. near E. 155th St. in Woodstock about 2:15 a.m.


Hall had nearly collided with a parked car when he was stopped, police said.


His arraignment was pending Friday.

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BRONX NEWS: Man, 72, shot younger wife after she said he didn’t satisfy her


She complained that her husband was weak under the sheets, so he whipped out his little pistol and shot her in the face, police sources said.


Clarence White, 72, grabbed a 22-caliber handgun and blasted his much-younger wife in their Bronx home on Thursday morning.


Sources said the shooting followed an argument between White and his spouse over her growing dissatisfaction with his inability to satisfy her — financially or sexually. Responding officers found Dominique White around 8:40 a.m. sitting on the floor in a hallway of their home on Glebe Ave. in Parkchester.


The young woman was shot in the right cheek. She was in critical, but stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center on Friday. Fragments from the bullet were still lodged in her face, doctors said.

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“I shot my wife,” White, still holding the smoking gun, told cops, according to court documents.


The two have been married for three years and have a daughter, according to neighbors.


White told police he and his wife were arguing in the hours leading up to the shooting. Money was tight after he lost his job. During the argument, his wife ordered him to move out, the husband told police.


As he packed his bags, he found the pistol in a nightstand and put it in his pocket, he admitted. Then, as he talked to her one last time in the hopes of reconciling, his wife dropped a bombshell: He didn’t do anything for her in the sack or in her pocketbook.

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Clarence White took out the gun and fired. He claimed he didn’t mean to shoot his wife. He only wanted to scare her. He noted that he was the one who first called 911. He also gave his wife a towel to stop the bleeding and did everything the 911 operator told him to do to care for Dominique as first responders arrived, police sources said.


A Bronx Criminal Court judge ordered White held on 0,000 bail when he was arraigned on attempted murder, assault, harassment and weapons possession charges Friday.

With Rocco Parascandola

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 33, shot in Bronx amid dispute over double-parked car


A fight over a double-parked car turned into a real pain the rear for a man in the Bronx, police sources said Friday.


The 33-year-old victim and his friend, whose car was double-parked, were hanging out talking on Plimpton Ave. near W. 169th St. in Highbridge when a red sedan came down the block. The three men inside complained they didn’t have enough room to pass about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, cops said.


The victim’s friend moved his car and the trio continued down the block. But they soon returned, first by car and then on foot and a fight ensued, said police.


As the victim tried to walk away, he was shot in the buttocks by one of the three men, who all ran off. The bullet was removed at Lincoln Hospital.

Man, 72, shot younger wife after she said he didn’t satisfy her

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: BLM leader rips SBA boss for backing NYPD cop indicted in killing

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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teen Pedro Hernandez freed from Rikers Island

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Brooklyn’s mayhem-marred J’Ouvert fest moved to daylight hours

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx students with disabilities missing out on services: suit


Advocates slapped the city Education Department with a class-action lawsuit Thursday for failing to provide hundreds of Bronx students with diabilities critical services.


The lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Advocates seeks an overhaul of the city’s treatments for students with disabilities in Bronx public schools, including a tracking system to make sure kids get services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and counseling.


The suit filed on behalf of Bronx families cites a July 12 report by Public Advocate Letitia James that found thousands of city vouchers for services were going unused because parents couldn’t find providers.


Bronx District 8 had the lowest redemption rate of any district, with 91 % vouchers there going to waste, according to James’ review of Department of Education data.

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Disability Rights Advocates’ Director of Litigation Michelle Caiola said the city needs to fix the problem.


“DOE must stop pretending it is meeting its legal obligations by transferring its duties to parents, who are often over-burdened,” Caiola said. “The law requires the services actually be provided, but DOE’s own data show that is not happening.”


A spokesman for the city Legal Department said the matter is under review.


Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness said the city hired 700 new staff clinicians over the past three years to serve more public school students with disabilities.


“In the small percentage of cases when we issue a related service authorization, we work with families to connect them with an appropriate provider,” Holness said.

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