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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. more
The woman working the counter at High Ridge Candy & Lotto had a rough morning Oct. 28 when police say her attempts to calm down an unruly customer turned into a violent assault. more
New York inches closer and closer to outright legalizing recreational use of marijuana. But if and when that happens, Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., believes there should be some ground rules established first. more
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. more
Local news is in peril. From rampant job cuts to dwindling budgets, communities across the country are suffering from a dearth of outlets providing crucial coverage creating what’s being called “news deserts.” more
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. more
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. more
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. more
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is no stranger to vaccines. Then again, neither is Greenwich Village state senator Brad Hoylman. more
Elio Acosta is finally putting his GI Bill tuition money to work pursuing a photography degree at Lehman College. more
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