July 7: 5 non-coronavirus stories from across the tri-state region
Looking for stories that are not about the coronavirus? Here's a selection from across our regions.
Loved ones to host memorial basketball game to honor slain Bronx teen on his 18th birthday: Loved ones are gathering today to remember the 17-year-old Bronx basketball star who was shot to death nearly two weeks ago. Brandon Hendricks’ friends and family are gathering today on what would have been his 18th birthday. A large memorial to Hendricks has been set up on the basketball courts he used to play on in Melrose.
Monday's powerful thunderstorms produce golf ball-sized hail, lightning and flooding across state: Thousands of customers around New Jersey were without power following Monday’s powerful storms that brought rain, hail, and lightning to areas across the state. There was also hail in Metuchen, where viewers also saw lightning, flooding, and felt heavy wind gusts.
Clarkstown police officer saves drowning 4-year-old girl: A Clarkstown police officer is being hailed a hero after saving a 4-year-old girl from drowning this weekend. Officer Paul Munding was off duty, but jumped into action to save the life of Ella. Ella's mom says it happened during a birthday party when her daughter went after a doll in the pool and began to drown.
5 Long Island students win Erase Racism essay, design contest: Five Long Island students won the annual ERASE Racism essay and T-shirt design contests.The essay contest is for public high school seniors; the T-shirt design competition is for middle school students.The awards include a $500 scholarship for each high school student and a $250 award for the middle school student. The awards will be presented at a virtual celebration on July 8.The winner of the middle school T-shirt design competition is Sean Stergis, a seventh-grader at Woodland Middle School in East Meadow.
Bassick High School moving to University of Bridgeport campus: The city of Bridgeport announced Monday a new Bassick High School will be built at the University of Bridgeport.The city is expected to start paying the university $6 million this year for the nearly 7 acres of property that wraps around the UB soccer field. The city said in a press release, "This education model will allow students to take advantage of the college atmosphere and progress from high school to college."