Consider this: It's not hard to keep police dogs cool

Say it’s a sweltering August afternoon and the sidewalk is hot enough to sear a New York strip. You walk by a parked cop car, and are startled by a deep bark emanating from behind the heavily tinted windows. There’s a police dog in the vehicle. And although it’s a highly trained dog, it’s still a dog, and still susceptible to the same heat exhaustion any other animal — or person — would experience if left in a hot car.

Society quick to blame mental illness

Mental illness is not the cause of mass shootings. Period.

No special election — well not now, at least

It’s finally settled. The intractable rumor that Councilman Andrew Cohen would be nominated for a supreme court judgeship this year has been resolved. He won’t be trading his spot in city hall for a black robe and gavel. At least, not yet.

FIRST ONLINE

Country Bank merges with OceanFirst in $102M deal

Country Bank, which operates a branch locally at 583 W. 235th St., is merging with OceanFirst Financial Corp., a New Jersey-based bank chain with some 75 locations throughout the state.

Old Albany Post 'lake' is dry at last

A crew with backhoes showed up at a scrap of dirt off West 251st Street separating Post Road from Broadway last month to address a road that’s not been treated with the respect due a 400-year-old landmark.

Mom charged in 2017 death of Amalgamated siblings

Two years after the deaths of two toddlers at Amalgamated Houses, police last week arrested their mother, Jade Spencer, on two counts of manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault.

SPORTS

Moving on not easy for Noam Pechter

Like a lot of recent graduates, Noam Pechter will miss his school, his routine, his classmates, and his days on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

Vannie nature lovers mourn Putnam Trail paving

It was a bright, warm August day outside the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center where Debbi Dolan passed around a sign-in sheet to the roughly 40 people assembled for her monthly nature walk through the park.

Kingsbridge BID expansion is a case of hurry up and wait

The gears of government turn at a glacial pace, as a Manhattan College official has learned. Last year, Rob Walsh approached the Kingsbridge Business Improvement District board with an idea: Extend its boundaries two blocks north to cover West 238th Street and Broadway. More of the area could benefit from the BID’s daily trash pickup and cleaning, beautification and small business development services.

Robot cats make purr-fect friends at Hebrew Home

Elizabeth Pagan can’t help but talk about her cats. She talks about June, a cat she had before she moved to the Hebrew Home at Riverdale who passed away. Then came Sapphire, who was gray, much like the one she’s petting.

GREEN SCENE

These are trees that look like they want to hug you right back

The last time we met, we began our discussion of the various techniques used to shape and modify trees with a brief discussion of pruning and grafting. Things are about to get more interesting!

More cops in the 5-0, and crime drops

The safest place to live and work in the Bronx isn’t in Riverdale and Kingsbridge, believe it or not. That honor goes to Hunts Point and Longwood. But the 50th Precinct isn’t far behind, judging from reported crime over the first six months of the year.

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Missing teenager found after nearly two months

Martin Chung shared the good news on a Facebook group set up to find his missing son: Max Chung has been found.