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Notable Passing

Robert ‘Bob’ Porter, a past member of Community Board 11, passed away on Saturday, May 5.

Bob was a member of our board from 1990 to 2015, a retired postal worker, and a U.S. Army Signal Corps veteran who had served in Korea in the early 1950s.

He had lived in the Eastchester Gardens community.

Screening And

Insurance Event

Montefiore is hosting a free cancer screening and health education event on Saturday, May 19 for uninsured and under insured women.

During the event, women will receive same-day test results for breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as education about both healthcare and insurance options.

To sign up to attend the event, register by calling (718) 920-4600.

Grace Outreach

Honors Leaders

The south Bronx adult education and workforce development non-profit will honor 15-time Emmy Award-winner Sonia Manzano, better know to generations of kids as ‘Maria’ on Sesame Street for four decades, as well as real estate developer and Sustainable South Bronx founder Majora Carter.

New Generation

Of Bakers

Zeppieri and Sons bakery is proud to announce that Carmine Zeppieri has graduated from Culinary Education in Pastry & Baking Arts, which makes him a fourth generation baker and the third generation of his family to bake for the borough’s communities.

His father, Carmine Zeppieri is the owner of the Pelham Bay shop and its cake baker.

Hutch Metro

Center Expansion

Simone Healthcare Development, a division of Simone Development Companies, is expanding its lease with Montefiore Health System, one of New York’s premier academic health systems. The new lease will total 96,500 square feet of office and medical space at the company’s Hutchinson Metro Center.

The long-term expansion lease is for 90,000 additional square feet at Tower One of Hutchinson Metro Center, 1250 Waters Place and 6,500 square feet at the nearby Metro Center Atrium.

The space at Tower One of Hutchinson Metro Center will allow Montefiore to consolidate more clinical and administrative divisions under one roof. Montefiore will also expand the footprint of various clinical departments, including women’s health, breast-oncology, urology, and orthopedics.

This will help make sure that patients and their families, as well as providers, have easier access to Montefiore-specific floors and services. Simone Healthcare Development is also retrofitting a portion of the building with a new entrance and elevators to accommodate patient needs. The increased square footage at the nearby Metro Center Atrium will accommodate additional office and administrative space.

Simone Development’s Hutchinson Metro Center is one of the most successful commercial projects in the history of the Bronx, totaling more than 1.4 million square feet of office, medical and retail space. The space is almost completely occupied by some of the leading medical, educational and government tenants in New York City.

“Simone Healthcare Development and Montefiore have enjoyed a long partnership aimed at meeting the growing needs of one of New York’s leading health care providers and their patients. We are thrilled to be able to accommodate Montefiore’s latest expansion at Hutchinson Metro Center,” said James MacDonald, vice president, Leasing, Simone Development. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Montefiore as they expand their operations throughout the region.”

With this new lease, Montefiore now occupies a total of 453,000 square feet at Hutch Metro Center.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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