Water Rates Rise As Tree Delivery Still in Waiting

By MOSES BUSTOS At the latest Croton Facilities Monitoring Committee (CFMC) on April 20, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a 3.24 percent water and sewer rate increase for the 2016 fiscal year. The agency, which has oversight on the long-overdue Croton Water Filtration Plant project, has passed the cost to building the water plant, which is four times over budget, by raising water rates.

Empowering Male Teens at Monroe College

By JASMINE GOMEZ In a borough where 26 percent of people aged 18 to 24 have no high school diploma, a number of professionals sat at round tables at Monroe College’s Mintz Auditorium hoping to increase those numbers.

Gjonaj Strives to Curb Illegal Dumping with Clean-Up Day

By JANAKI CHADHA After a long and cold months, with temperatures climbing, it seems like spring has finally sprung. To help get community parks ready for the new season, local Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj is hosting clean-up events in the area, one of which will take place at an ad hoc dumping ground on Mosholu Parkway on Saturday, April 25. 

Progress Moves, Though Slowly, On Proposed Oliver Place Park

By WILLIAM MATHIS  Community Board 7’s efforts to see the building a new park in a rundown lot on the outskirts of Bedford Park advanced some, albeit minimally, during a meeting with representatives from various city agencies Wednesday night.

Related Cos. Documents Reveal Little in Way of Deal

By DAVID CRUZ Further insight into the New York Comptroller’s Office approval of a multi-billion dollar real estate firm’s purchase of Bronx properties paid with city pension funds came short, despite a Freedom of Information request from the Norwood News. The documents came amid the president of the real estate firm meeting privately with community stakeholders to apologize.      

Inquiring Photographer

This week we asked readers their thoughts on a recent incident where police chased teens smoking marijuana from the lobby of a building onto a roof, where one teen fell to his death.   What was the crime again? It shouldn’t even be considered a crime, and all it does is clog up the courts and the jails. It doesn’t make sense. Winston Bailey, Belmont    

April “Falls” Day

WHAT’S AN APRIL FOOLS Day without April “Falls” Day?!? Senior citizens at the PSS (Presbyterian Senior Services) Parkside Senior Center learned a lesson in staying balanced and preventing falls at the April Falls Day wellness fair on April 1. Experts from LiveOn NY, Parkside Senior Center, and Montefiore Medical Center were on hand to conduct balance assessments. They helped these seniors stand tall.