Feds get ahead on counting heads

It’s still five months before the 2020 census is set to officially begin, yet federal officials already are working to ensure the once-a-decade constitutionally required headcount of every person in the country goes smoothly. And that means looking deeply to the grassroots level.

A big hand for 'Big Sister' Guevara

More than a century ago, a New York City juvenile court clerk could only watch as boy after boy was marched past his desk on their way into the prison system. It was then Ernest Kent Coulter knew something had to change, and that change started with mentorship.

A good landfill is an empty landfill, compost advocates say

Composting came easily to Matt Turov. Growing up in the ‘60s, his family was focused on throwing away less trash before doing that was even a thing.

Former 5-0 commander Dermot Shea new NYPD commissioner

A little more than a decade ago, Dermot Shea was a rising star in the New York Police Department, taking over the top job at the 50th Precinct. Monday, he stood next to Mayor Bill de Blasio, named to a much different top job: that as the NYPD's 44th commissioner.

MTA proposals would cut out off-peak buses to Manhattan

Riders express outrage at service cuts

It’s something Andy Byford has said for months. Bronx buses are some of the slowest in the country, averaging speeds in the borough equivalent to a brisk walk.

Diners continue to offer ‘something for everyone’

Diners are a staple of classic Americana. With foundations laid by Greek immigrants and a dozen variations on that theme, the diner remains a versatile culinary concept, common in the most rural parts of the country, and even the most urban, like here in the northwest Bronx.

SPORTS

Science’s stellar season ends in quarterfinal loss

It was shortly after the Bronx Science girls soccer team had just put the wraps on its 1-0 victory over McKee in the second round of the Public School Athletic League playoffs that head coach Annie Eckstein turned her focus to the Wolverines’ mega quarterfinal matchup with No. 2 seed Francis Lewis.

Marines create picture-perfect life for Elio Acosta

Elio Acosta is finally putting his GI Bill tuition money to work pursuing a photography degree at Lehman College.

REMEMBERING MARTIN SPETT

Together, the Spett family survived terror, deprivation

Nearly a decade before his passing last month at 90, Martin Spett shared his story with then Riverdale Press editor Jason Fields of how his family survived years inside a Polish ghetto, where many of his fellow Jews were killed or shipped out to concentration camps around Europe.

Dinowitz doubles down on vaccination legislation

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is no stranger to vaccines. Then again, neither is Greenwich Village state senator Brad Hoylman.

THE TICKET

Tenacious teen prowls murky 'Lightning' myth

It’s tough being a teen. That is not news, but it is the starting block for mountains of literature. Shakespeare did a fine job with his attack, as did J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain.

Health care takes center stage at marathon hearing

They filled the sidewalk in front of the Bronx Library Center in Fordham last week, carrying signs and chanting their displeasure with the current health coverage system in the state. “What do we want? Health care! When do we want it? Now!”

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