Regional Briefs – May 25, 2017

Dutch Officials Retrace Steps of Their Forebears

KINGSTON, N.Y. – Dutch officials got a taste Wednesday of how their ancestors explored North America 400 years ago, the Daily Freeman reported. Dignitaries took a Hudson River cruise aboard the Onrust, a replica of a Dutch sailing ship constructed in 1614 in what is now NYC.

Attempt to Rebrand Harlem as ‘SoHa’ Leaves Some Fuming

NEW YORK – Some residents say an attempt to rebrand South Harlem as “SoHa” is insulting and another sign of gentrification run amok, NY1 reported. Nicknames such as TriBeCa, Nolita and SoHo have long been in vogue for those trendy Manhattan neighborhoods.

Ambulance Taking Man Home Crashes, Killing Patient

DUANESBURG, N.Y. – An ambulance transporting a man home crashed on the Western Turnpike Wednesday night, killing the patient, The Associated Press reported. The driver and EMT were injured.

NYers Not Aware of Constitutional Convention

ALBANY – A constitutional convention is a momentous occasion, with the last one taking place in New York decades ago. Yet, a Siena poll finds most voters haven’t heard anything about this fall’s referendum whether to hold one. Just 13 percent are aware of it while 67 percent aren’t.

New Nurse Saves Life Of Plane Passenger

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A nurse on the job for just nine months was credited with saving the life of an airplane passenger, MyCentralJersey.com reported. Courtney Donlon, 22, responded when told of an ill passenger. She assessed the woman had symptoms of a heart attack and cared for her until an emergency landing in Charleston.

‘Deer Whisperer’ Patrolman Rescues Fawn From Sewer

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. – A patrolman who refers to himself as a “deer whisperer” is celebrating his latest rescue Wednesday, helping a baby deer out of a storm drain, MyCentralJersey.com reported. Timothy Majek lifted off the grate and the uninjured fawn ran into the woods to its waiting mother.