FIRST ONLINE

Engel to colleagues: Educate foreign officials on emoluments clause

It's no secret the U.S. House is knee-deep in an inquiry on whether it should impeach President Donald Trump. But what many might now know is that some of the conversations congressional members and their staffs are having with their foreign counterparts is a bit educational, too.

FIRST ONLINE

4 a.m. robbers continue to terrorize Bronx, Inwood

A string of late-night robberies that seemingly started last August in Kingsbridge is racking up more and more victims as police try to bring the drive-by jewelry snatchers to justice.

What's next for natural area zoning?

What was meant to be a much-needed overhaul of decades-old environmental rules protecting greenbelts in both the Bronx and Staten Island instead became a controversy that pitted some of New York City’s biggest movers and shakers in planning against each other.

Inside a new anti-bullying program at IN-Tech

Antoine Larosiliere has been bullied. And he’s been the bully. Yet since he’s become a sixth-grade teacher at IN-Tech Academy, Larosiliere has reflected back quite a bit on his childhood behavior, leading him to become more involved in anti-bullying efforts.

Cannabis offers help for Hebrew Home residents

Zelda Fassler isn’t going quietly into that good night. She’s living out her golden years on her own terms. Some of that includes keeping her mind sharp and joints limber as an active member of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. It also includes partaking in a ground-breaking treatment using an unorthodox substance she’d never let her kids try when they were younger.

Police at mailbox: Check yourself or become a victim

Money laundering is so 2018. The newest thing is mail fishing and check washing. Anyone who has followed crime news lately has likely heard about people — even here in the northwest Bronx — falling victim to check fraud. The check they dropped into the mail finds its way into the hands of a hooligan, and then money begins disappearing out of that unlucky victim’s bank account.

SPORTS

Not even division move slows RKA

The first sign last Friday was going to be a good day for the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy girls volleyball team came during pregame warm-ups. It was then several players from Roosevelt, the Lady Tigers’ opponent, were overheard talking about “all the banners” RKA had adorning the walls of their gym.

PRESS SPECIAL REPORT

Slow road to reforming health care

Dr. Phil Schneider likes to keep it simple. Walking into the speech pathologist’s Whitehall clinic, patients generally don’t find much more than a small sparsely decorated waiting area, leading to an office dominated by Schneider’s desk, with a big window facing Independence Avenue.

PS 7: Where students get apples, and teachers are walking

P.S. 7 Milton Fein School is taking charge of its health. Well, at least the students and teachers are.

BETTER LIVING

Riverdale Y showcases the artistic beauty of the tree

Trees are not particularly fascinating on their own. They are a dull green half the year, noteworthy for around two months in fall, and then barren, gothic protrusions throughout the winter months. Despite their less-than-stellar visages, trees remain major providers of, among other things, oxygen. The tree is simply a vital, yet background, character in the scenery of the world.

Loeser's celebrates 60 years with its own street

West 231st Street and Godwin Terrace received a new name on Sept. 28 — at least ceremonially — when a new sign declaring the corner “Loeser’s Deli Place” was unveiled. Loeser’s Kosher Deli, owned and operated by Fredy Loeser, has been a fixture of the Kingsbridge street for 60 years. Fredy’s daughter, Pam Loeser-Halpern, has been campaigning for the name change for the last of those.

Diaz fights back against plans to scuttle school G&T programs

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school diversity advisory group has a recommendation for the education department’s gifted and talented program: Shut it down.

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OBITUARIES

Beloved volunteer Lucia Loher, 87

Lucia Rose Loher was born in New York City on Dec. 14, 1931, to Isabel Cresten-Cortijo and Fernando Cortijo, both who preceded her in death. She passed away herself Sept. 22, 2019. However, her legacy of caring lives on.

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POLITICAL ARENA

Engel, other House chairs, fight for testimony

As the Trump administration doubles down on its efforts to not cooperate with the U.S. House in its impeachment inquiry, the three committee chairs at the forefront of the initial investigation — including U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel — have said the latest efforts to stop an ambassador from appearing before them could be construed as obstruction.

PRESS POINTS

Jail population could cut in half by 2026

It’s all about putting less people in jail, especially with the pending closure of Rikers Island. And that might actually become a reality as city officials predict jail population in New York City will drop to 3,300 by 2026.