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Fueling the Future

Fueling the Future

As his arms reach deeper into the canister outside of a pizzeria in Morris Park, Jean Joachim looks away. “Sometimes you see dead rats,” he says. “Not at this restaurant though- they’re pretty good with the oil.” Joachim, a service technician works for Tri-State Biodiesel (TSB), a green energy start-up that collects used cooking oil from restaurants and converts it into biodiesel.

On Wednesday night, Joachim and his manager, Andrew McCloud are harvesting oilcans from Patricia’s. Famous for their brick oven pizza and Tuscan-style fare, the family-owned restaurant also dishes out a healthy serving of grease, 70 gallons a week to be exact. Not to its customers of course, but to TSB, which collects it for free and ships it to a refinery where it gets transformed into biodiesel.

To prevent restaurants from dumping oil into kitchen sinks, New York City requires businesses to install a mechanism to collect grease and provide proof of regular waste disposal through an outside collection service. Restaurants that do not adhere to the rules properly can be fined up to $10,000. [more..]

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For immigrant Mexican mothers, obesity is a new threat to their children’s health

Mexican immigrants from Puebla struggle to overcome a sedentary lifestyle and fewer fresh food choices

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From Bangladesh to the Bronx: immigrants find new hope and new tensions

Bangladeshi immigrants find a home and a community in the Bronx.

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A Throgs Neck baker turns her dream into a sweet business

An up and coming Bronx-based baker is making a name for herself with creative cupcakes.

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From earth science to the main stage

The Kezners met 10 years ago in middle school and they’re still rocking the Bronx.

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The Bronx is burning…with rock ‘n’ roll

Bronx Underground is still keeping the rock scene alive after 10 years.

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Dropping pounds, gaining votes

Luis Sepulveda has been campaigning for six months, mostly by himself, in hopes of winning the state assembly seat in the 76th district.

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Parkchester mugging turns political

Street violence turned political when candidates for state assembly stepped in.

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