In the news, July 12-18

A new initiative hopes to bring the Bronx into the Internet age, providing high speed Internet access to 400,000 households in the borough. The Bronx lags the other boroughs in broadband access to the web, and poor neighborhoods lag wealthier ones. Only 58 percent of Bronx residents have a computer at home compared to more than 70 percent for Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island and more than 65 percent for Brooklyn, according to a study by New York City. Just 38.8 percent of Bronxites have high-speed access. That number drops to 26 percent in Housing Authority buildings. The new plan, put forward by the County Executives of America, faces a number of hurdles. The federal government would have to rewrite regulations and provide $122 million for it to succeed.

The Mott Haven Farmers Market at Padre Plaza Success Garden, Saint Ann’s Avenue and E. 139th Street, will bring organic produce from farmers in New York and New Jersey to shoppers every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 3. Sponsored by Sustainable South Bronx and managed by Padre Plaza Community Garden, the market plays host to Wassaic Community Farm, Trinity Farms and Nolasco Farms and also sells baked goods prepared by Stylish Cakes and Javin Curtin. The Mott Haven Farmers Market accepts EBT Cards and WIC Vouchers. Shoppers can also take advantage of the city Health Department’s Health Bucks program and receive one health buck (worth $2) for every $5 spent.

Free modern dance classes for teens will be offered at the Betances Community Center, East 146th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue, from July 15 – August 19. The classes, for boys and girls 13-17 years old, will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Call 212-204-6518 to register and for information.

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