Entrepreneur preaches web access for all

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“A Port Morris startup is looking to ensure that low-income Bronx households aren’t left behind by the area’s technology boom.


Neture Inc. was founded in 2014 by Marlin Jenkins, a 42-year-old Peekskill, NY native, with a guiding hand from another local business, MetaBronx, which was designed to help area startups take off. Jenkins first approached that company’s co-founder, Miguel Sanchez, with his idea two years ago.

“He came to me and wanted to give internet away for free, because a third of the Bronx doesn’t have internet at home,” said Sanchez. “So I worked with him for a few years on his idea and now we are testing the third phase of his startup.”

MetaBronx provides assistance for local minorities and women looking to launch small technology startups…”


Joe Bataan performed as part of SummerStage 2016

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“Classic salsero gets St. Mary’s Park dancing.

Some 200 people waited for hours under a light rain, for a good spot to see legendary salsero Joe Bataan perform at St. Mary’s Park on July 13th. The free concert was one of 115 being put on through the City Parks Foundation SummerStage 2016 Arts Festival.

Summerstage 2016 brought music to the Bronx throughout early July, first at Crotona Park before moving on to St. Mary’s Park on July 12, where events were staged nightly through July 17.

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“I love it because it turns back my clock,” said Angela Lopez, after attending the concert with her friend Betty Soto. It wasn’t the first time the two have gone to see salsa’s most famous Filipino-American playing live in New York.

A native of Spanish Harlem, Bataan began performing in the ’60s with his band, Joe Bataan and the Latin Swingers. In the ’70s, his famous salsoul sound and record label of the same name were established. In 1979, his rap record “Rap-O Clap-O” hit the charts in the US and Europe…”

Conjunto #SETENTA from Paris opening the stage for #JoeBataan #SummerStage16 #NYC #latinsoul

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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…”

Vigil held for Jessica White in South Bronx

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“More than 100 people gathered at the John Adams Houses playground in Longwood on Wednesday, holding candles and anti-gun banners to remember 29 year old Jessica White and to condemn the neighborhood’s continued gun violence.

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Residents, community leaders and members of local anti-gun violence organizations chanted White’s name as they walked from 680 Tinton Avenue to the playground where a stray bullet hit White as she protected her three children from gunfire last Saturday night. NYPD has not yet identified the shooter. At the time White was visiting her mother, a resident of Adams Houses.

The vigil was organized by Adams Houses tenant organizer Ronald Topping, who blamed the code of silence among criminals for police not yet catching White’s murderer…”