Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 27

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Former Bronx State Sen. Guy Velella died this morning after a battle with cancer; he was 66 years old. Velella served in Albany for decades before a bribery scandal ended his political career.

The New York Times' David Gonzalez on the history of the cross country course at Van Cortlandt Park-a “legendary”and grueling trail for distance runners.

The first Montesorri public charter school to open in New York City will be in the Bronx this fall, in Mott Haven. The schools are known for their unique, hands-on learning techniques.

Parking tickets are becoming a major expense for business owners in the city. One Bronx trucking company spent $450,000 in parking tickets and legal fees last year, according to the News.

Bronx Museum of the Arts has an exhibit this winter and spring featuring the works of early African-American artist Elizabeth Catlett and her influence on later generations of artists.

Police are looking for the suspect in a robbery that took place last month on Southern Boulevard in Morrisania. Video at the cut.

A Bronx man shot to death at a bar in Throgs Neck during a mob hit in 1999 may have been killed in retribution for his own role in a gang murder, his brother told investigators.

Predictions that a gentrifying Mott Haven would make the neighborhood the next Williamsburg were a little premature, amNY says.

The Bluestone Group is looking to sell the debt on a portfolio of six deteriorated Bronx buildings, which the company bought just last spring.

Speaking of Mott Haven: a husband and wife team there started up their own vegan cookie business, with help from the BOEDC.

Coyote sightings, apparantly,

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