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Mulling Over the Final Journey

October 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

British Traveler George Meegan Revisits Norwood and Talks Death

GEORGE MEEGAN (PICTURED), a record holder for the longest walk from Argentina to Alaska, stands in front of the Norwood News office in the Bronx. Photo by Kasia Romanowska

GEORGE MEEGAN (PICTURED), a record holder for the longest walk from Argentina to Alaska, stands in front of the Norwood News office in the Bronx. Photo by Kasia Romanowska

By KASIA ROMANOWSKA 

George Meegan, the renowned British adventurer who spent seven years crossing both Americas by foot, is revisiting Norwood, where he looked back on his epic walk while extending an invite to friends for his “last journey.” Yet on this one, he will be present only in spirit.  Read more

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Debates For Police Accountability Rage at Five-Two Mtg.

October 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM

EPHRAIM CRUZ STANDS as he confronts members of the 52nd Precinct Community Council over police tactics.  Photo by David Cruz

EPHRAIM CRUZ STANDS as he confronts members of the 52nd Precinct Community Council over police tactics.
Photo by David Cruz


By David Cruz

One day after celebrating her 24th year at the NYPD, Inspector Nilda Hofmann faced a tense standoff with two police skeptics calling for more accountability within the Police Department. Their weapons: debate and rebuttals that seared with hostility.

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Spelling Bee C-R-A-Z-E At P.S. 94

October 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS Nushera Nahia, Naushin Sakirah, and Imran Rahman placed second, first, and third, respectively, in the eighth annual P.S. 94 spelling bee. Photo by Anton K. Nilsson

By Anton K. Nilsson

Emotions ran high at the eighth annual P.S. 94 spelling bee. For the 26 participating fourth and fifth graders, the dominant feelings were of excitement and stage-fright; for the three finalists, it was all P-R-I-D-E and J-O-Y.  Read more

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S. Bronx Group Home Under Fire After Abuse Claims

October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

 

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SEVENTEEN WORKERS FROM the Union IRA home in the South Bronx (pictured) have been ordered to stay home with pay, pending the outcome of widespread abuse allegations. Photo by David Greene


By DAVID GREENE

A 17th staffer at a South Bronx home for special needs adults has been told to stay home amid a state investigation of alleged chronic abuse by employees.  Read more

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Neighborhood Notes

October 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Gjonaj Mobile Office
Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj’s mobile office van is open each Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at the corner of East 204th Street and Bainbridge Avenue for constituents to voice community concerns. For more information, call (718) 409-0109.

NYPD Career Community Day
NYPD recruiters will be at Poe Park at East 192nd Street and the Grand Concourse on Saturday, Oct. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. as part NYPD Community Career Day. Various departments include police, school safety and traffic divisions. For more information, contact your local precinct. 

Free Flu Shots
Free flu shots will be administered to residents ages 18+ on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Riverdale YM-YWHA at 5625 Arlington Ave. between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants are required to contact the office of Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, a lead sponsor, at (718) 796-5345 to guarantee a flu shot.

Free Financial Seminars
Ridgewood Savings Bank will hold a First-Time Homebuyers Workshop on Oct. 21 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at 711 Allerton Ave. (call (718) 882-2220); and a Financial Education Seminar on Oct. 29 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at 3445 Jerome Ave. (call (718) 881-3430); both free and open to the public.

Financial Ed Workshops
University Neighborhood Housing Program at 2751 Grand Concourse, offers a series of five free financial education workshops on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Nov. 4. Topics include credit building and debt management. For more information or to RSVP, call (718) 933-2539.

Food Bank Assistance
The Food Bank of New York offers free meals and food for the needy throughout the Bronx. It also assists with other services including food stamps, income tax returns, job training, and legal assistance. To find a location near you, call (212) 566-7855 or visit http://www.foodbanknyc.org/news/find-help.

MMCC Services
The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center offers a number of services including food stamps (ext. 304) at 3450 DeKalb Ave. For more information and details of classes and programs, call (718) 882-4000. In addition, there is Head Start and Universal Pre-K at the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center at 3880 Sedgwick Ave. Call (718) 654-0563 for more information.

Recycle Clothes and Food
Recycle old clothes, food scraps for compost, and other textiles at GrowNYC’s Poe Park Greenmarket, 192nd Street and the Grand Concourse, Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through Nov. 25. For more information, call (212) 788-7964.

Homebuying Assistance
The Northwest Bronx Resource Center hosts homebuying counseling workshops on the first or third Friday of every month. For more information or to RSVP for an appointment with a HUD counselor, call (718) 933-3101.

52nd Precinct Explorers
The 52nd Precinct Law Enforcement Explorers meets Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at 3016 Webster Ave. The group is open to youth ages 14 to 20. Learn about law enforcement as a career, meet with local police officers, participate in projects, trips, and various activities. For more information, call PO Yvette Palermo-Ortega at (718) 220-5833.

Editor’s Note: Have a Neighborhood Note item? Send it to David Cruz, Norwood News editor-in-chief, at dcruz@norwoodnews.org.

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Building Upon Webster Avenue

October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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SAFETY COORDINATOR MARK BASS (r) and a colleague oversee the removing of debris from the building site at 3160 Webster Ave. Photo by Anton K. Nilsson

Building Upon Webster Avenue (Picture 1)Building Upon Webster Avenue (Picture 1)
By ANTON K. NILSSON

Heavy-duty bulldozers and trucks pepper an empty lot on Webster Avenue near 205th Street, where a new 10-story, 60-unit residential building is now under construction. And the point has been made loud and clear: The Bedford, as it will be called, will not be supportive housing, a nagging problem for the burgeoning Webster Avenue stretch. Read more

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Getting a Say: More Participatory Budgeting Sessions Set

October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

By DAVID CRUZ

If you had the chance to fill the role of New York City Councilmember, where would you earmark $1 million in capital funds? It’s a question Councilman Andy Cohen will continue posing in his latest round of Participatory Budget sessions, a yearlong process where locals as young as 14-years-old in his 11th Council District can offer input on how to spend taxpayer monies to better their communities.

Six workshops are slated for this month:

  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Schervier Nursing Home, 2975 Independence Ave. at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Rambling House, 4292 Katonah Ave. at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, 3450 DeKalb Ave. at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 27 – Riverdale YM/YWHA, 5625 Arlington Ave. at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Lehman College Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Vladeck Hall, 74 Van Cortlandt Pk. So. at 7 p.m.

“Participatory Budgeting is the true definition of bringing government to the people,” said Cohen, in a statement. “Through this process we will engage residents, increase civic participation and give the public more confidence in government.”

There are caveats– proposals must be a construction or renovation project, cost a minimum of $35,000, and proven be a boon to the public for more than five years. The winning bid must be submitted by the middle of 2015.

For more information on the process, residents are asked to call Councilman Cohen’s office at (718) 549-7300.

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52nd Precinct & Liquor Authority Look To Shut Down Xtreme Lounge

October 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED this white car linked to a grisly shooting near a nightclub.

POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED this white car linked to a grisly shooting near a nightclub.

By Catharina Thuemling

The Five-Two’s taking some extreme measures to shut down a Fordham nightclub.  Read more

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ShotSpotter Arriving To Five-Two

October 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM

SHOTSPOTTER technology is arriving to the 52nd Precinct as a way to deter gun violence. Here a promotional video demonstrates how the program works.  Video image still courtesy ShotSpotter

SHOTSPOTTER technology is arriving to the 52nd Precinct as a way to deter gun violence. Here a promotional video demonstrates how the program works.
Video image still courtesy ShotSpotter

By David Cruz

High-tech software pinpointing the exact origin of gunfire is coming to the 52nd Precinct amid a spate of shootings in recent weeks.  Read more

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Out & About

October 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THIS FINE PIECE of sculpture and many others can be viewed at "Sculpture and Social Consciousness," at the Alumni Room at Manhattan College’s O'Malley Library (see details under “Exhibits.”  Photo courtesy Jay Moss

THIS FINE PIECE of sculpture and many others can be viewed at “Sculpture and Social Consciousness,” at the Alumni Room at Manhattan College’s O’Malley Library (see details under “Exhibits.”
Photo courtesy Jay Moss

Compiled by Judy Noy

Editor’s Pick 

The Bronx by Bike 

The 20th annual free Tour de Bronx will take place on Sunday, Oct. 26, offering a 25- or 40-mile ride, starting from the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse at 161st Street and will culminate at the New York Botanical Garden with live music and light snacks. Check-in time is at 9 a.m. Free bike helmets will be fitted and distributed from 8 to 11:30 a.m., while supplies last. Participants must sign a waiver. To register, go to www.iLoveTheBronx.com. Read more

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