Around Town: News from your neighbors

The borough’s scholarship winners at the parade.
Photo courtesy of Inner City Scholarship Fund

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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town!

BID Director Honored

City and State’s New York Nonproift Media is recognizing Michael Brady, the executive director of the 3rd Avenue Business Improvement District, with one of their 40 Under 40 Awards for his leadership and dedication to the south Bronx.

Good Work!

Bobbie Brooks would like to give a shout-out to the exceptional work, medical care and understanding of Dr. Howard Hochster, a general practitioner on Esplanade, while treating her boyfriend.

I hold him in the highest regard for quality care.

Scholarship Winners

Three borough high school students had the opportunity to march in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade as recipients of the inaugural Cardinal Dolan Scholarship Program for students in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Connor Morris and Michael Costello, Grade 9 at Mount Saint Michael Academy join Emily Gordon, Grade 10 at Cathedral High School. They were the first recipients of the program, created by the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation. Morris, Costello and Gordon marched in the parade with Timothy McNiff, the Archdiocesan superintendent of schools and Aide-at-Large to Grand Marshal Loretta Brennan Glucksman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Guiding Eyes Graduate

Guiding Eyes for the Blind congratulated the March 2018 class of graduates, each of whom was paired with exceptionally trained guide dogs bred and raised by the non-profit organization. Among the March class was the guide dog team of Mark and Josie.

Mark came to Guiding Eyes for his first guide dog, Josie, a female yellow Lab. He has been blind since birth as a result of retinopathy of prematurity, though he has some remaining vision in one eye. Mark works in customer service for a cable company.

Watson Travel Fellowship

Bard College senior Wilmary Rodriguez ’18 from the Bronx has been awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which provides for a year of travel and exploration outside the United States. The fellowship offers college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel—in international settings new to them—to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. Each Watson Fellow receives a grant of $30,000 for 12 months of travel and independent study.

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

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