Oakland council passes ban on flavored tobacco sales

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Wrote article about the Oakland City Council ban of sales of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.

New mall to open soon next to Bruckner Boulevard

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Wrote story about a long-awaited retail mall that was scheduled to open on Hunts Point Avenue in the fall of 2016, but will look much different than an ambitious proposal presented to Community Board 2 five years prior. The story covered a slow but powerful gentrification wave in the South Bronx, New York.

Out of state volunteers help create Mott Haven garden

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“Some 30 cyclists rode down to Mott Haven from the coast of Maine earlier this week, the latest in a wave of activists from all over coming to rescue a formerly abandoned lot that has been repurposed as an urban oasis.

Bike & Build, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, organizes trips around the country for young cyclists who help fundraise to help low-income tenants pay for affordable housing. The group is one of several local and national groups and companies that have helped renovate the space on East 146th Street into a community garden…”

Murder of young mom puts spotlight on safety measures

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Adams Houses residents, NYCHA, seek right ingredients to stop violence

After a young mother of three was killed on June 11 while shielding her children from stray gunfire in a John Adams Houses playground, residents of the public housing complex are once again asking what it will take to help them feel safer.

Barely six months ago, NYCHA’s chair and CEO Shola Olatoye held a press conference in front of their complex to announce new technology-based safety measures at Adams. Housing officials hosted a walkthrough for residents and press to show off closed circuit TV cameras that had been installed in corridors and elevators, and a bank of monitors with a feed to PSA 7, the area’s housing police headquarters on Melrose Avenue.

In an email to The Express, a NYCHA spokesperson said that 95 cameras have been installed inside and outside the complex’s seven buildings since the January rollout, in locations determined as the result of consultations with residents…”

Vigil held for Jessica White in South Bronx

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Wrote story about the vigil of 29-year-old Jessica White, who died shielding her children from a shooting at the John Adams Public Houses playground in the South Bronx, New York. More than 100 people gathered to condemn the neighborhood’s continued gun violence.

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Cop who died in 9/11 cleanup honored

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“A 41st Precinct police officer who died of brain cancer after helping clean up the toxic destruction in Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks, was memorialized by his family, fellow cops and former commanding officer at a June 17 ceremony at the station house on Longwood Avenue.

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A part of Longwood Avenue between Bruckner Blvd and Southern Blvd. was renamed for the late Lieutenant M. Christopher Pupo, who died on June 23, 2012 at the age of 39, after battling cancer contracted while cleaning up the rubble from the Twin Towers. Puno was survived by his wife Kristen, daughters Mackenzie, Kacey, and Devy, and his father Al, who attended the memorial, along with members of the NYPD.

“When his body began to fail him, he did not use that as an excuse,” recalled Deputy Inspector Philip Rivera, who was Pupa’s boss at the 41st Precinct in 2012.

“Despite his pain and suffering, he came to work to ensure that his responsibilities were taken care of, and to assure that his cops knew he had their back,” said Rivera.

Pupa’s NYPD career began in 1998 in the 52nd Precinct’s anti-crime unit in Norwood. In 2004 he was transferred to the 26th Precinct in Harlem, then promoted to sergeant before being assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau. He was also an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard reserves for nearly a decade, then honored as Reserve Petty Officer of the Year in 2009 and promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

“Chris was a man who obviously dedicated his life to the service of others, and it is fitting and appropriate that a plaque is placed on the walls of this station house in his honor, alongside the other heroes that have served before him,” said NYPD’s Bronx Borough assistant chief Larry Nikunen.”


Edgy exhibit Charm & Vinegar opens at BronxArtSpace

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“Knitted tiger skins, knife shaped pillows, embroidered war scenes, and paper and clay dolls with troubled expressions are on display at a new exhibit hosted by BronxArtSpace. Charm & Vinegar features four artists who use domestic materials such as yarn and fabrics to recreate pieces representing serious themes like war and gentrification.

“Some of the things are quite charming, and some of them have an edge so they are sour,” said BronxArtSpace’s co-founder Linda Cunningham about the exhibit, which she began planning three years ago.

Cinnamon Willis is a Brooklyn native who has lived in Morrisania for 13 years. Her sculpted dolls exude angst…”


Rompe récord al obtener 10 becas Gates Millennium

Haz click aquí para leer mi artículo publicado en El Diario de El Paso “Rompe récord al obtener 10 becas Gates Millennium“.

“Yo no tenía fe. Pero si tú no ves lo grandioso que eres, otra gente a lo mejor sí lo hará”

Felipe Palacios II respecto a la invitación que le hizo su consejera para que aplicara

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Socorro (SISD) rompió un récord interno este año, 10 de sus alumnos recibieron la prestigiosa beca Gates Millennium.

La beca fue establecida mediante un fondo de 1.6 billones de dólares de la fundación Bill y Melinda Gates Foundation en 1999, y cada año se otorga el premio a mil estudiantes del país…”