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Jun 23, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx woman fatally strikes 95-year-old backing out of driveway

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Jun 23, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Suspect sought in Bronx stabbing of 55-year-old man

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Jun 23, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx blaze injures eight firefighters, spreads to six houses

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Jun 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Council group wants cops to face NYPD trial in Bronx teen’s death

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Jun 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Gunman arrested in fatal shooting of 24-year-old Bronx man 


Cops say they have arrested a gunman who killed a 24-year-old Bronx man last month in revenge for a 2013 killing.


Jonathan Jimenez, 22, of the Bronx, was nabbed in New Rochelle about 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Jimenez allegedly shot Dytrell Jackson multiple times in the back and one leg on W. 176th St. and Andrews Ave. in Morris Heights around 9:30 p.m. May 20. The victim died at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.


Jimenez is charged with murder, manslaughter and possession of a loaded firearm.


Earlier this month police arrested Joshua Ayala, 25, also of the Bronx, and hit him with charges for murder, manslaughter, assault and weapons possession for his role in the killing. He is being held without bail at the Vernon C. Bain Center jail in the Bronx.


Police believe Jimenez was killed in retaliation for the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Dayson Sumpter in May 2013, sources said.


Jackson was killed just one block from where Sumpter was shot to death. 

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Jun 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman slashes fellow commuter over seating space on Bronx train

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Jun 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Council Speaker plans forums to take on cyberbullying in schools

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Jun 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD judge ripped cops’ conduct in fatal Ramarley Graham shooting

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Jun 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Pols urge de Blasio to let black, Hispanic kids in gifted classes


The Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents are demanding the city take drastic steps to end the unequal access to gifted classes and specialized high schools that have penalized kids in several districts.


In a 22-page report, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams and Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. say Mayor de Blasio and the city Education Department must make a number of fixes to help needy kids from their neighborhoods.


Adams said current department policies block black and Hispanic kids from the city’s top schools.


“Your zip code determines your ability to get into gifted and talented classes, that’s the system that we’re looking at now,” Adams said. “It’s an embarrassment.”

Group claims NYC charter schools serve more needy students


Many Bronx and Brooklyn neighborhoods have no gifted programs at all, and black and Hispanic students account for a tiny fraction of enrollment at specialized high schools.


Adams and Diaz say the city needs to test all 4-year-olds for gifted and talented programs and scrap the Specialized High School Aptitude Test as the sole means for admitting students to top high schools. They also called on the city to provide free test prep to students who need it and to transport kids admitted to gifted programs outside their neighborhoods.


The borough presidents’ report, “Fixing the Pipeline,” is based on the testimony of families who attended two town halls Adams and Diaz hosted, plus interviews with public school educators, alumni and advocates. The document was being released Wednesday.


Diaz said the research shows the status quo must change.

NYC schools under de Blasio see improvements, struggles


“When you look at where gifted programs are located throughout the city, you can see that you’re in a place where there are disparities,” Diaz said. “But there are a number of things we think we can do right off the bat here.”


Education Department spokesman Will Mantell said the city has taken a number of steps to boost underserved kids’ access to gifted programs and specialized high schools.


The city added gifted classes to four districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx in 2016, which previously had no gifted classes. Those classes use teacher referrals rather than tests to determine admissions.


The city has also expanded programs to notify families of testing for gifted programs and boosted tutoring programs for the Specialized High School Aptitude Test.

Blaz’ pre-K programs match diversity of NYC’s segregated schools


“We’ll review the recommendations in the report, and look forward to working with the borough presidents,” Mantell said.

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Jun 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man, 59, falls into coma after severe beating in Belmont


A 59-year-old Bronx man has slipped into a coma, four days after five men beat him senseless at a street corner, sources said.


Carlos Delgado told his ex-wife he was attacked at E. 184th St. and Hoffman St. in Belmont while he was on his way to a medical appointment around 4 a.m. Friday, sources said.


Someone called 911 and medics took him to St. Barnabas Hospital, sources said.


He contacted the ex-wife Saturday from the hospital and told her what happened. When cops arrived at the hospital, he was unconscious.


As the weekend passed, Delgado’s condition deteriorated further. He needed emergency surgery to relieve pressure in his skull after the beating caused his brain to swell, sources said.

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Jun 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Sen. Schumer: Special DEA unit needed to battle heroin in N.Y.

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Jun 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Fashion plus a good cause


The now-signature Bikini Under the Bridge Swimwear and Active Wear show returns next month with a dual purpose — to display a new array of hot fashions and raise funds to combat breast cancer.


An ethnic array of models will sashay along runways at JRG Entertainment’s anticipated show on July 9 at the 26 Bridge event space, 26 Bridge St., in DUMBO, Brooklyn.



This year, in addition to displaying apparel, Bikini Under the Bridge will honor the life and contributions of Karen Pompey Giddings, the late wife of Guyana-born J.R. Giddings, the producer of the event and head of JRG Entertainment.


Sending a cancer awareness message from the start, VIP guests will make a “pink” carpet walk to enter the venue at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. An after-party starts at 9 p.m.


Pompey Giddings, a key contributor to the annual show, died of breast cancer last year, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Anne Moore Breast Cancer Research Fund at Weill Cornell Breast Center in Manhattan, where she was treated. The center is part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.


With his late wife in mind, Giddings said “KP’s Passion” swimwear line will be highlighted at this year’s show, in addition to special suits for breast cancer survivors, women with scars from surgeries — or ladies “who prefer to show less, but be sexy at the same time.”



With a glimpse of the glam and a peek at the purpose of the annual fashion show, a kickoff event for Bikini Under the Bridge was held at Suede Lounge in Brooklyn on June 1.


Get tickets for the July show at www.bit.ly/butb2017 and send email to jrgbikini@gmail.com for information.


HONORING JUNETEENTH — AND HEROES


The third annual Juneteenth Celebration — featuring a free concert and an awards ceremony commemorating the holiday — will be held Monday in Manhattan at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


To RSVP for the event, visit www.juneteenth2017.splashthat.com.


Music from the African-American sacred tradition will be performed by jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; soprano Brandie Sutton; pianist, arranger, composer and musical director, Joseph Joubert; and The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble and the Juneteenth Jubilee Singers, featuring singers from choirs around the city.


A highlight of the affair will be the “Spirit Alive” awards ceremony, recognizing honorees as “champions of justice for oppressors and the oppressed.”


This year’s awardees include the lead organizers of the of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington D.C. — Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland and Janaye Ingram; the late criminal justice reform leader Kalief Browder; and Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College.


“We work every year to keep the legacy of Juneteenth alive and make sure that generations to come will honor our country’s history and keep the work of our ancestors alive — for a smarter, stronger and more peaceful nation,” said Rev. James Forbes the senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church. “All racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are welcome. Join us to celebrate those who capably labor for our justice today,” he said.


The concert and awards event — which will be followed by a reception — are being hosted in collaboration with the Union Theological Seminary, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, Drum Major Institute, Healing of the Nations Foundation, and The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, Inc.


Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, has grown to also mark the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.


STRIKING ‘SOCA GOLD’ WITH NEW ALBUM


With preorders available and an album launch party held last week, the official release of VP Records’ music-packed 2017 Soca Gold compilation of Caribbean carnival hits is almost here.


Entertainers Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons were featured at last Wednesday’s Manhattan release party for the Soca Gold album, which will be released Friday.



Garlin and Lyons are contributors to the 17-track collection of 2017 Caribbean carnival hits, which also comes with a bonus DVD of exclusive Trinidad Carnival footage, live performances and music videos.


In addition to Garlin’s “Road Bunx,” featuring Stadic, and “Hold On Something” by Lyons, the Soca Gold album has tunes by carinval music makers Iwer George; Uncle Ellis; Teddyson John, featuring the Roy Cape All Stars; Ricky T, featuring Emepey Slicker; Destra Garcia; Marvay; Omardath Maharaj, featuring Raymond Ramnarine; Peter Ram; Mr. Dale; Rupee and Ricardo Drue; Tizzy; Hypasounds; Rikki Jai; Omardath Maharaj, featuring Raymond Ramnarine; and Gryner. Visit www.vprecords.com or www.vprecords.com/soca-gold-2017-pre-orders-available-now to preorder Soca Gold before Friday.


FREE BIZ EXPO WORKSHOPS


The International & Multicultural Business, Homebuyers and Health Expo 2017 — an event of free workshops, exhibits and networking — comes to the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel, 228 Duffield St., downtown Brooklyn, Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A networking luncheon with former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is one of the highlights of the daylong expo, presented by the New American Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition of Chambers.


There are nominal fees for the luncheon and the VIP breakfast (.95 each for non-members), but there is no charge for general admission to business event and its many workshops.


Promoted as the expo for new and small start-up businesses, professionals, hone and health representatives and executives, the expo features free sessions, including “Doing Business with the Federal Government,” “Small Business Matchmaking,” “How to Do Business with the United Nations: A Seminar for U.S. Companies,” “First-Time Home Buyers: Be Equity Smart!,” “Commercial Real Estate Financing Solutions for Multifamily, Mixed Use, Office, and Retail Properties,” “Florida is Back!” and “Poconos is Back!” workshops and the “Publishing, Writing and Surviving in the Contemporary Market,” presented by journalist, author and educator Charles Salzberg.


To register for the expo or participate on the breakfast or luncheon, visit www.businessexponyc.com or call (718) 722-9217.


CITIZENSHIP HOTLINE COMING


Tomorrow, it’s on! — The free, confidential citizenship and immigration information Citizenship NOW! Hotline returns tomorrow, providing volunteers answering calls and questions, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., through June 23.


According to event sponsors the New York Daily News and The City University of New York, hotline workers will answer calls in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Polish, French, Yiddish and Arabic.


Citizenship NOW! — The largest program of its kind in the nation — was co-launched by the Daily News and CUNY in April 2004 and this year the 15th annual hotline is aided with support from media partners Univision Communications Inc. and WABC-TV.


“The New York Daily News is pleased to partner with CUNY to support immigration and citizenship issues in New York City and around the nation by together providing important, confidential and free information and referrals to assist those immigrants who may qualify for citizenship,” said Eric Gertler, co-chairman and co-publisher of the Daily News.


“Citizenship Now! is the most comprehensive university-based immigration legal service program in the country,” said CUNY Chancellor James Milliken. “It’s an important reminder to all that at CUNY, immigrants matter.”


For the English/multilingual hotline, call (212) 444-5968, for Spanish, call (212) 444-5964 and dial 711 for deaf and HoH.



HER ‘SISTER ACT’ BENEFIT


Afro-Latina dancer and actress Karisma Jay — who’s got Broadway experience under her belt and the community service in her heart — is bringing “Broadway to Brooklyn for all ages to enjoy” in the AbunDance Academy of the Arts’ production of “Sister Act AbunDantly!”


The AbunDance Academy of the Arts show — at the Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn next Sunday at 6 p.m. — is fundraiser for the community-oriented group, which trains students age 2 to 80.


The show — a theatrical performance featuring students and performing artists — tells the tale of a successful Broadway star from Brooklyn who returns to her hometown, spreading love for the arts around the borough.


There are influences from the original 1990s classic Whoppi Goldberg movies “Sister Act” and “Sister Act 2” in “Sister Act AbunDantly”! show. And Jay appears in the lead role as Deloris Van Cartier, a part made famous by Goldberg.



Born in Brooklyn, with roots in Panama, Jay has performed on Broadway, television and in ensembles as a dancer and actress. She began sharing her passion for the arts when she founded the AbunDance Academy of the Arts in 2013, with the mentorship of Cheryl Smith, former artistic director of Full of Energy School of Dance.


The school trains students and offers sliding scale fees to families, in addition to offering full scholarships. Although seeking a new permanent location, the academy students are still being taught and rehearsing in temporary spaces. To aid the relocation effort, visit the academy’s GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/abundancehastomove.


Tickets for “Sister Act AbunDantly!” are available through www.Ticketmaster.com.


For information, visit www.abundancearts.org, call (347) 788-1069 or send email to info@abundancearts.org.


“Sister Act AbunDantly!” is being presented with support from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Su-Casa program, city’s Department of Aging, Councilmembers Mathieu Eugene and Inez Barron, and the AbunDance Parents Association.



PIONEERING DANCER TRIBUTE


The 13th Memorial Tribute for Dance Pioneer Lavinia Williams Yarborough — a “pot luck” gathering celebrating the “life, legacy and teaching” of the late dancer and educator — will be held next Sunday in Manhattan at the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company Studio, 70 E. Fourth St., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Video images, photos, and personal memories of Williams Yarborough will be shared at the affair, which includes a repast.


Williams-Yarborough was a distinguished dancer — performing with the famous Katherine Dunham Dance Company and other groups in the U.S. — before going to Haiti in 1953 to work with the National Folkloric Troupe. The following year, she founded the Haitian Institute of Folkloric and Classical dance and for worked conducted extensive research on dance and folklore for decades.


Attendees can bring any photos or artifacts of Williams-Yarborough or contribute a dish of your choice, snacks or beverage for the reception following the event. To contribute or get information, contact Noel Hall at (718) 857-4643, by email at nhall3@verizon.net or email Jill Williams at clarkcenternyc@gmail.com.



ANTHONY BOURDAIN IN T&T


The cultural gems and culinary delights of Trinidad and Tobago are quite familiar to many, but on tonight Anthony Bourdain, will spread the word about the twin-island nation to the viewers of his award-winning, popular “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” show on CNN. The show airs at 9 p.m.


A TALK ABOUT CARIBBEAN MIGRATION


Educator Yinka Stanford will trace post-emancipation migration patterns in the Caribbean in a talk on Saturday in Queens at the Cambria Heights branch of the Queens Public Library, 218-13 Linden Blvd., at 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Stanford will look at the movement of people to Britain, France, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada after the emancipation colonies in the Caribbean. Call the library branch at (718) 528-3535 for information.


WHEELCHAIR DRUG BUST, SAY FEDS


A passenger arriving from St. Lucia in a cocaine-accessible wheelchair, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who say American citizen Yoncela Stanley was found with a quantity of the drug in the back seat cushion of her wheelchair.



Last Sunday, Stanley — who now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges — arrived at Kennedy Airport as disabled passenger in a wheelchair.


During an inspection, CBP officers noticed that the back seat cushion of her wheel chair appeared unusual. The back seat cushion was removed and officers’ packages containing a 27 lbs. of a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Stanley was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. Estimated street value of the cocaine was 8,000.

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