Bronx Crime Watch: Police Search for West Farms Boy

By David GreenePolice are asking the public's help in locating a missing child, who disappeared from his home on Honeywell Avenue in the West Farms section.Reakwon Marshall, 11, was last seen at his home at 2103 Honeywell Ave., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10. Marshall is 4' 11' and weighs 115 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and black jeans.Anyone with any information on his whereabouts are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS.

Bronx Events: Children’s Health & Safety Day

Tomorrow is Children’s Health & Safety Day at the Jacobi Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Head over to 1400 Pelham Parkway South (between Eastchester Road and Seminole Avenue) for fun educational activities, free giveaways, healthy nutrition and fun fitness demonstrations for kids, FDNY Fire Education Safety Booth, summer reading at the Morris Park Library Booth, Asthma prevention and education at the Asthma Booth, and make (and sample) delicious fruit smoothies at the Nutrition Booth! Check out our calendar for more upcoming events. Editor's note: What did we miss? Send details to bronxnewsnetwork@gmail.com.

Bronx News Roundup Monday, Aug. 15

Weather: Another cloudy day with rain off-and-on throughout the day. Story of the Day: A mistake on this Bronxite's birth certificate is causing him to suffer “a bureaucratic nightmare.” The NY Post reports that the man's first name on his birth certificate was mistakenly entered as “Male.” Although, his social security card and Medicaid card have his proper name, David Rivera, he has not been able to get a job or apply to college because of the mix up. And to top it off, he is always under the threat of being arrested by the NYPD for not having proper ID.

Bronx Events: Children’s Health & Safety Day

Tomorrow is Children’s Health & Safety Day at the Jacobi Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Head over to 1400 Pelham Parkway South (between Eastchester Road and Seminole Avenue) for fun educational activities, free giveaways, healthy nutrition and fun fitness demonstrations for kids, FDNY Fire Education Safety Booth, summer reading at the Morris Park Library Booth, Asthma prevention and education at the Asthma Booth, and make (and sample) delicious fruit smoothies at the Nutrition Booth! Check out our calendar for more upcoming events. Editor's note: What did we miss? Send details to bronxnewsnetwork@gmail.com.

Bronx News Roundup, Friday, Aug. 12

Happy Friday folks. Let's get down to Bronx business. To the news!Weather: Not a cloud in the sky today and tomorrow, with temperatures staying relatively mild in the mid-80s. Look for Sunday showers to break the loveliness. Story of the Day: Striking Workers Bash Verizon Scab PracticesYesterday, the Village Voice found a handful of striking Verizon union workers in the South Bronx criticizing their scab worker replacements for shoddy and unsafe work practices.

Bronx Events: Basketball Tournament in St. James Park

This weekend is the 6th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament in St. James Park (West 192nd Street and Jerome Avenue). The tournament will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14.The two-day tournament, run by The Gardiner Foundation, offers local Bronx residents the chance to watch some of the best street ballers from across the country compete for the title while enjoying free food, entertainment and giveaways.

St. Barnabas Hospital and Union Come to Terms on Residents' Contract

St. Barnabas Hospital and the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare union have ratified a three-year contract set to increase salaries and benefits for the 291 resident physicians at the hospital. The contract also sets up a labor management committee to hold regular meetings where residents and administrators can bring concerns, according to SEIU spokesperson Heather Appel.Union, hospital and elected officials lauded the deal. “We believe the agreement works for all parties concerned,” said St. Barnabas President and CEO Scott Cooper, MD.

Bronx Sports Roundup: Yankee's Granderson Powers Up, Monroe Welcomes New Volleyball Coach and More

Yanks' Curtis is Coming Up GrandRiver Avenue Blues celebrated the one-year anniversary of Yankees center fielder and MVP candidate Curtis Granderson's resurgence yesterday. Granderson hit just .239 with 10 homeruns up until Aug. 11 last year. The slugger asked batting coach Kevin Long to help him with his swing. After sitting out a game against the Texas Rangers to let the changes sink in, Granderson has hit .271 with 45 home runs in 161 calendar games.

State Boots Espada's Health Clinics from Medicaid

(File photo by Jeanmarie evelly) In a decision announced yesterday afternoon, the State Department of Health terminated the network of health care clinics run by former Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. and his son from the state's Medicaid program-a move that will essentially mean closure for the five medical centers of the Soundview Network, which operate almost entirely on reimbursement funds from Medicaid patients.The reason for the exclusion, the Health Department said, is Soundview's failure to comply with state laws that “are designed to ensure that Medicaid dollars are properly accounted for and that systems are in place to ensure that all claims for funding are valid.”Just hours before the announcement, the State's Office of the Medicaid Inspector General released a letter recommending Soundview be cut, also citing the organization's failure to comply as well as a “lack of oversight” of the business operations there, and the fact that both Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, are still leading the company, despite being barred from participating in the Medicaid program themselves back in January. Both Espadas are facing trial on federal charges that they embezzled more than $500,000 from Soundview, spending the money on luxury car payments and exorbitant sushi restaurant tabs.Espada held a press conference Tuesday night, defiantly declaring “this clinic will not close,” to a group of reporters and blaming the attacks against him on political targeting by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo, in his previous role as Attorney General, first raised the embezzlement charges against Espada in a civil suit