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It’s Here! A New and Improved Look For The Norwood News

August 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

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by David Cruz 

 

The Norwood News has been anticipating this moment for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment to re-introduce the newspaper to the readers, and it’s finally here…the new Norwood News. Same news spirit. Fresh new look. In it you’ll find an entire color page full of news stories impacting the community, and familiar features the Norwood News has ran for years, including Inquiring Photographer with David Greene, Business Beat, Be Healthy (fascinating piece on the 10-year separation procedure of conjoined twins), and Judy Noy’s Out & About. They’re complemented with a new feature dubbed Norwood News Online, a collection of news stories you’ll only find on www.norwoodnews.org.

Making the news this edition is the eviction for 13 homeless families housed in a cluster site on Mosholu Parkway. Check out Imani Hall’s piece on what tenants, both homeless and renters, have to say about the changes. Also, read all about a trio of thieves on the loose in the northwest section of the Bronx, robbing the elderly.

Also, we want as much feedback as possible so we urge you to email David Cruz, the editor-in-chief of the Norwood News, at dcruz@norwoodnews.org. So check out the digital edition of the Norwood NewsWe want your thoughts so please send them on our. Welcome to the new Norwood News.

 

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Norwood Cluster Site Evicting Homeless Tenants

August 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM

 

NYDIA VARGAS (pictured) sits unsure where she and her husband Emilio will be relocated to after receiving a notice to leave the cluster site shelter operated by Aguila, Inc. Photo by Adi Talwar

NYDIA VARGAS (pictured) sits unsure where she and her husband Emilio will be relocated to after receiving a notice to leave the cluster
site shelter operated by Aguila, Inc.
Photo by Adi Talwar

by Imani Hall 

Homeless families at a cluster site homeless shelter in Norwood will have been slapped with relocation notices, terminating a controversial approach to housing the homeless. Read more

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NYS Clears 16-year-olds to Join Community Boards

August 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

By David Cruz 

In a move intended to infuse young blood into community boards, Albany has approved a measure that allows Bronx residents as young as 16 years old to serve on a local community board.

The bill, dubbed Resolution 115, came from the city level, with Councilman Ritchie Torres drafting the law that needed approval from the State Assembly and Senate.

“With civic engagement rates among young people at critically low levels, we need to put forward every effort to replace apathy with enfranchisement, disengagement with opportunity,” said Councilman Torres, himself one of the younger members of the Council, representing the 15th Council District in central Bronx.

The move is intended to also develop activism and future leaders of tomorrow.

In the Bronx, civic engagement is relatively low, and it’s seen on the community board level. There are twelve boards in all, with many panels having little to no members under the age of 30. Within Torres’ district, members under the age of 45 are scant.

The law takes in effect immediately, though the Boards will begin their new session next month. Anyone interested must apply to their local Board office by next year. Recommendations are made by the local City Council Member and approvals are made by the Bronx Borough President’s Office.

 

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On 25th Anniversary, The COVE Thanks Community

August 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Kids spent last Sunday sprinting throughout Gates Place, cordoned off for a celebration of the COVE's 25th anniversary block party. Photo by David Greene

Kids spent last Sunday at an organized basketball game on Gates Place, a Norwood neighborhood cordoned off for a celebration of the COVE’s 25th anniversary block party.
Photo by David Greene

By David Cruz

Last week, a crowd assembled at Gates Place wishing a neighborhood staple a happy 25th birthday. And the celebratory venue for Community Organized with a Visual of Excellence, also served as a tribute to a community center that’s sparked a teen’s interest in the arts. Read more

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Judge: Cabrera Can Remain On Ballot

August 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

By David Cruz

A Bronx judge has ruled Councilman Fernando Cabrera can remain in the race to unseat incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera, despiterecords showing some of Cabrera’s petition signatures were invalid.

State judge John W. Carter ruled in favor for Cabrera on several technicalities that included the improper subpoena of one witness whose alleged improprieties were presented too late into the trial.

“While the judge refused to consider a number of our objections on technical grounds, this much is certain: Fernando Cabrera’s campaign repeatedly forged signatures from voters who testified they never signed,” said Karthik Ganapathy, a Rivera camp spokesperson.

The development now pushes one of the more closely watched races in the election cycle, with some underhanded machinations motivating the race. Rivera is the current senator for the 33rd District that covers Kingsbridge Heights, Fordham and Morris Park. Cabrera’s 14th Council District virtually covers the northwest side of the Bronx, falling within the Kingsbridge, Fordham and University Heights sections of the borough.

He’s called out Cabrera’s history of purported actions that on the surface appear questionable. Those include an alleged request for funds from developers of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center to a defunct nonprofit he was linked to. The latest perceived infraction was Cabrera transferring taxpayer funds to his campaign in March.

As of press time, a campaign spokesman for Cabrera was unavailable.

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With Bronx Women Businesses Gaining Momentum, Gillibrand Pushes For Greater Access To Contracts

August 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

by David Cruz 

For the past fifteen years, Sheila Mcqueen describes running a small business as brutal. Yes, her cleaning service has attracted clients that included the U.S. Army, but much of it requires the assistance of federal government awards. Read more

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Cheers And Thrills For Bay Plaza Mall Opening

August 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM

A hive of customers swarm the H&M at the new Bay Plaza Mall in Co-Op City. Doors opened August 14.  Photo by David Cruz

A hive of customers swarm the H&M at the new Bay Plaza Mall in Co-Op City. Doors opened August 14.
Photo by David Cruz


By David Cruz 

The highly anticipated Bay Plaza Mall in Co-Op City opened with plenty of verve, a tsunami of crowds, and borough pride. Read more

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Free Concerts at Williamsbridge Oval Rec Center Tonight and Aug. 25

August 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz briefly speaks at the kickoff concert for this year's Summer Concert Series at a park in the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative. Photo courtesy Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz's Office

Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz briefly speaks at the kickoff concert for this year’s Summer Concert Series at a park in the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative.
Photo courtesy Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz’s Office


by David Cruz 

Take advantage of the warm weather and head on out to the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center for a special music presentation courtesy of the borough’s art dais and your local assemblyman.

The venue will host Grammy Award winner John Benitez and his Latin Jazz Band, who plan to light up the crowd this evening with its brand of salsa.

The musical gathering is part of Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz and the Bronx Council On The Arts summer concert series that kicked off July 29. Tonight’s event marks the fourth presentation, with Almagamated Houses and Park Reservoir Housing having executed hosting duties recently.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you can’t make tonight’s free concert show at the Oval, another performance is slated for Monday, August 25

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Bronx Pols Urge FreshDirect To Negotiate Contract Agreement

August 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM


by David Cruz 

As FreshDirect gears up for a move to the Bronx, a faction of the borough’s legislators hopes the online grocer commit to a contract with its current roster of unionized workers. More telling, the letter shows broad support for FreshDirect’s move to the South Bronx. Read more

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Kingsbridge National Ice Center Receives $30 Mil Investment

August 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM

The Kingsbridge National Ice Center received a $30 million boost thanks to a philanthropic foundation. File Photo

The Kingsbridge National Ice Center received a $30 million boost thanks to a philanthropic foundation.
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By David Cruz

A powerhouse philanthropist group is adding some financial investment for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, an allocation that serves as a validation the project is not on “thin ice” despite a lawsuit endangering the project.

The Kresge Foundation, a Detroit-based institutional equity investment firm, has agreed to be the lead investor in a $30 million equity raise for KNIC, a project that’s estimated to cost $350 million to build, according to sources close to the deal.

“The Kresge Foundation is one of the most prestigious and successful foundations in America,” said Messier in a statement. “Its decision to invest in the Kingsbridge National Ice Center represents a ringing endorsement of the contributions made to this project by civic leaders and the community.”

The move downplays calls from naysayers who suspect little to no financial support has been given to KNIC, who’ve long charged that it does have enough financing in place. The money by the Kresge Foundation, known to aid disadvantaged neighborhoods, is part of the group’s “social investment” strategy that looks to prop up poor communities such as Kingsbridge.

“Our philanthropic goal is to improve the health and well-being of low-income adults and children,” said Robert Manilla, Kresge’s vice president and chief investment officer. “The Kingsbridge project advances both our endowment and our mission.”

The endowment comes amid a pair of lawsuits between lead developer Kevin Parker, and three principals who each claim they created the ice skating complex idea. So far, the cases have gone through the legal channels with no outcome.

The city Economic Development Corporation maintains the project will proceed as planned.

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