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PS 24 will remain closed for two weeks following positive COVID tests

There had been hope P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil would reopen its physical campus on Friday. But in the late evening hours the night before, parents received much different news: The school will be closed until at least Nov. 5.

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The Mount names Susan Burns new president

There is new leadership at the College of Mount Saint Vincent as Susan Burns is set to become the school's sixth president at beginning of the year.

Torkin takes offensive on Palisade, Waldo projects

Jeff Torkin was never really one for the spotlight. Even as a development group he led started spending hundreds of thousands of dollars acquiring land not far from his Fieldston home in the hopes of developing it, the plan seemed to be more to focus on his company Timber Equities than on him.

After years of debate, paved Putnam Trail reopens

Design of the new Putnam Trail started in 2008, but that work wouldn’t finish for another decade. Even with that finally done, the city had another obstacle to overcome: money. The paving project, from start to finish, carried a price tag of more than $4 million. 

Another COVID casualty: Doughnut shop is closing

Fernando Rodríguez is struggling. His family owns Kingsbridge Donut Shop on the corner of West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue, but hasn’t paid rent on the space in months.

Riverdale, South Bronx protesters not treated same

It was just 10 days after the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It had been 10 days of protests nationwide, including in New York City, where crowds flooded the streets each night calling for justice for Floyd and others killed by police in cities across the country. 

Forget COVID-19, youngsters need five days in classroom

It’s near impossible to follow written instructions when you can’t read. And even if you can, it might take a while for you to sound all of the words out.

Developer not ashamed of opening up to homeless

Mark Stagg is likely one of the community’s most prolific builders in recent years, adding several apartment buildings along Broadway and on Fort Independence Street.

A BRONX GAME OF THRONES

Escaping the shadows of larger-than-life leaders

When a young Alessandra Biaggi climbed into the oversized chair at her grandfather’s dining room table, the word “dynasty” wasn’t even in her vocabulary. For her, Mario Biaggi wasn't a congressman. He wasn’t one of the most powerful men in the Bronx at the time. He was simply grandpa. Conversations and outright debate would criss-cross that table, and Alessandra would listen to every word. She might not have understood much of what was discussed, but she knew what was happening there, it was important.

Academic support landscape shifting — literally

Even before this unorthodox academic year began, it was still evident the landscape of education across the country fundamentally changed — if not forever, then at least for the foreseeable future.

Confidence waning in de Blasio before, after closures

One week can make all the difference when it comes to education policy in the city — especially during a public health crisis.

Want to help neighbors? Get a flu shot

Doctors and public health experts sound like a broken record every year as winter nears: Getting a flu shot is important. 

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POLITICAL ARENA

Espaillat wants Georgia ICE facility shut down

It’s a facility that’s nearly 1,000 miles away from the Bronx. But it’s not far enough to escape the attention of U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat.

GREEN SCENE

Documenting nature's beauty here in Riverdale's Park

Riverdale is full of parks. Some are quite large, like the 114 acres of Riverdale Park, while others are relatively small, like the less than 2 acres that make up Brust Park, probably known primarily by those who live in its proximity.

SCHOOL DESK

Schools reopen, but then some close

After two false starts, one major change of plans, and even a few threats to strike, the last of some 1,600 city public schools reopened a couple weeks ago.