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MTA implementing dramatic cuts to bus, train service

With more and more people staying home, and more even "essential" businesses like restaurants and cafes not able to keep going with just takeout and delivery, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to drastically reduce service while calling on Congress to earmark billions of dollars to keep the system solvent.

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Society has stopped for coronavirus, but does it have to?

As New York enters its first full week of lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic as an effort to slow its spread and not overwhelm hospitals, elected leaders at all levels are asking everyone to adjust to what they're calling a new normal. A temporary new normal, but a new normal all the same.

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Dinowitz to landlords: Please forgive rents for COVID-19 victims who can't pay

If you're a homeowner and the bank still has an interest in your property, Gov. Andrew Cuomo saw to it that you won't have to worry about your mortgage for the next three months during the coronavirus crisis.

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No plans to close Key Food ... at least for now

If there are indeed plans for the Key Food supermarket at 5661 Riverdale Ave., to close, it won't be during the coronavirus crisis.

April showers bring cheaper Metro-North fares

Commuters in this part of the Bronx have fought to keep express bus service and dealt with frequent interruptions on the 1 train. Last month ended with a quieter victory for Bronx commuters, however: a lower fare on in-city Metro-North trips.

Coronavirus not enough to stop this campaign

Running a local campaign is hard. Keeping momentum for over a year until the election is hard. What’s even harder? Officially launching a campaign in the middle of a pandemic.

EDITOR'S NOTE

Look bleak? No, there's always hope

More often than I would like, I find myself leaving our North Riverdale office quite late in the evening. If you’ve never been around Skyview Shopping Center near West 259th Street after midnight, it’s an interesting experience. What’s typically a busy Riverdale Avenue becomes eerily quiet.

Hero braves smoke to warn neighbors of blaze

It was a shocking wakeup call for some residents of an apartment building at 215 W. 242nd Street, after a fire broke out on the first floor just after 9 a.m., on March 6.

Nosanwisch pioneers fun for Hebrew school

A classroom is sometimes synonymous with boredom. After a certain amount of time, students drift away from the material and doodle in their notebooks, look out the window, or even begin to fall asleep. Most teachers would chide their students and tell them to pay attention.

BETTER LIVING

Sticking together, no matter what

There once was a couple who lived in Arlington, Virginia, Hat and Chia. Both came from Saigon. Both once owned a bike shop. Both had been married since 1942. Then, in 2000, a photographer stopped by, asking about their lives and their marriage.

School closings, self-quarantine, and wary watchfulness

Community copes with COVID-19

New York’s “patient zero,” at least as far as state health officials are concerned, was a Manhattan health care worker who had recently returned from Iran. She was followed by a New Rochelle lawyer who works in Manhattan. Then it was the rest of his family, including a daughter — who attends SAR High School in North Riverdale — and her older brother, a Yeshiva University student in Washington Heights.

Without bus service, how will kids get to school?

Getting to school can be a trip, whether it’s walking a few blocks to someplace like Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, or busing in from other towns — and even states — for institutions like Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Horace Mann.

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OBITUARIES

Lawyer, former neighborhood house president, Richard W. Baldwin, 83

Richard W. Baldwin, of Riverdale and Yonkers, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2020, at Calvary Hospital, after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 83.

POINT OF VIEW

Coronavirus: Life, death, dollars

Google searches reveal our deepest fears: Stock markets crashing. Coronavirus cases skyrocketing. A virus threatens our wealth and health. And we search for answers that give us no good direction.

POLICE BEAT

Keep it cool, young men, keep it cool

A group of roving teenagers got violent on the evening of March 1, allegedly shoving a 61-year-old man to the ground near the corner of Broadway and Exterior Street. Four people — all described as being about 13 years old — reportedly attacked the man around 9 p.m. They then kicked him, stealing $200 in cash before running south on Exterior toward West 225th Street.

POLITICAL ARENA

Ghebreghiorgis takes the virtual route

Jessica Haller, who is trying to succeed Andrew Cohen to represent this community on the city council, isn’t alone about taking her campaign virtual.