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Bronx Youth Heard Promotes Upcoming After School Session

September 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

David Cruz, program director of Bronx Youth Heard and editor-in-chief of the Norwood News, chats with OPEN 2.0 host Dondre Lemon about the after school journalism program.  Photo courtesy OPEN 2.0

David Cruz (right), program director of Bronx Youth Heard and editor-in-chief of the Norwood News, chats with OPEN 2.0 host Dondre Lemon about the after school journalism program.
Photo courtesy OPEN 2.0

Bronx Youth Heard (Fall application deadline September 18.)

The Norwood News runs the Bronx Youth Heard (formerly known as the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative), a free after-school journalism program for Bronx high school students. There are two sessions each school year: one in the fall and another in the spring.

We are currently accepting applications for our fall 2014 semester, which is scheduled to start on Thursday, September 25.  Classes are held at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, on Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6:00p.m., and run for 12 weeks.

[ATTENTION: Fall applications are DUE THURSDAY, September 18. Download your application now!]

Students learn the fundamentals of writing, reporting, and photojournalism through classroom instruction and hands-on reporting in their own neighborhoods. We take them on field trips – including the newsroom of a daily newspaper. They learn about community activism and civic responsibility, how their neighborhoods work (or don’t), who has power, who doesn’t and why. Guest speakers include public figures in the Bronx and professional journalists. Student work is published in a special youth supplement called Bronx Youth Heard, which appears in the Norwood News, giving youth a powerful voice in their own communities. Students who complete the course will receive a recommendation letter from our program coordinator. Depending on the school’s policy, there’s also the possibility of students earning class credit. We are looking for students of all academic abilities, but they should be highly motivated, love to write, be naturally inquisitive, and care about what’s going on in their communities.

To apply,click here and download the application form or fill it out online here. On a separate piece of paper, please also tell us about yourself, your academic and extra-curricular interests, and why you are applying to this program. Your essay should be at least 400 words long and must be typed. Mail your completed application form and essay to Bronx Youth Heard, c/o Norwood News, 3400 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, NY 10467. Or fax to (718) 324-2917. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29.

The program was founded in 2008. To read about an earlier semester, and students’ experiences, here’s an article that appeared in City Limits. And here’s an article that appeared in DNAinfo. The program is currently being funded through the city’s Department of Youth and Community Development thanks to the support of local Councilman Fernando Cabrera. Bronx Youth Heard is also supported by Hostos Community College’s College Now program. For more information, please call David Cruz at (718) 324-4998, or e-mail bronxyouthheard@gmail.com.

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Business Beat: A Unique Boutique At JGH-BID

September 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

VALERIE PAGAN (r), manager of the Women’s Center at A&O Surgical Supply, stands alongside employee Daphne Aponte posing with the store’s signature product. Photo by David Cruz

VALERIE PAGAN (r), manager of the Women’s Center at A&O Surgical Supply, stands alongside employee Daphne Aponte posing with the store’s signature product.
Photo by David Cruz


by David Cruz 

Upon first glance, this boutique women’s undergarment business in Norwood looks typical–a cozy atmosphere, cream-colored walls and common items sold at a fashion-centric shop. But if you look closer, the Women’s Center at A&O Surgical Supply is just what the doctor ordered. Read more

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Jerome-Gun Hill BID Gears Up For Fall Festival

September 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

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A musical lineup, an array of food and the showcasing of a commercial corridor’s top amenities is in store for the 13th annual Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District’s Fall Festival. Organizers hope the free venue will attract thousands of people who could frequent part of the BID’s borders that lie on Jerome Avenue between East Gun Hill Road and Mosholu Parkway. The event takes place September 20, running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Families are encouraged to stop by the kid-friendly event that also includes giveaways, raffles and children’s rides. Those still interested in sponsoring are encouraged to call Tanya Hurtado at 347-840-8764.

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Fire on Decatur Avenue Injures Six

September 10, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The aftermath of two homes on Decatur Avenue after a three-alarm fire. Photo by Anton K. Nilsson

The aftermath of two homes on Decatur Avenue after a three-alarm fire.
Photo by Anton K. Nilsson


by Anton K. Nilsson and David Cruz

A three-alarm fire tore through two buildings on Decatur Avenue in Norwood early Wednesday morning injuring six, according to the fire department. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. on the second floor of 3311 Decatur Ave., a private three-story home next to a daycare center, according to witnesses. The blaze went on to consume the interior of a neighboring home, 3315 Decatur Ave., which witnesses say was abandoned at the time of the fire. Read more

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Primary Night Roundup

September 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Councilman Fernando Cabrera speaks to supporters on primary night, where he lost a bid to unseat  incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera of the 33rd Senate District. Photo by David Cruz

Councilman Fernando Cabrera speaks to supporters on primary night, where he lost a bid to unseat incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera of the 33rd Senate District.
Photo by David Cruz


By David Cruz

It will be business as usual in the November elections as the Bronx political landscape remained virtually unchanged following several hotly-contested races this year. Read more

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The Last Picture Show Under The Stars

September 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE FORDHAM BID scored another great turnout among Bronxites for this year's free movie screening.

THE FORDHAM BID scored another great turnout among Bronxites for this year’s free movie screening.


by Kasia Romanowska 

The season of the outdoor movies is coming to an end. But don’t be shocked if you see a gigantic inflatable screen in the middle of Fordham Road one last time. Read more

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Bronx Primary Day – A Mid-Day Recap

September 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

By David Cruz

It’s the calm before the big political storm tonight, as several races will be decided by voters in this year’s Primary in the borough. For now, accusations of polling impropriety, get-out-the-vote text messages and Primary victory parties are in order.

The most action thus far has been in the race for the 33rd Senate District, a large central/northwest Bronx district, where Councilman Fernando Cabrera of the 14th District, the lead challenger against incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera, is accusing one poll site of voting misdeed. This came after Cabrera noticed his name was not on the enrollment list for registered voters at PS 310. He’s now calling for an investigation.

“I am requesting an immediate investigation, and filing a Formal Complaint, of such specific voting irregularities, as I fear this instant irregularity involving my exercise of the right to vote, is very possibly more widespread in this election,” wrote Cabrera in a letter sent to the Board of Elections.

Cabrera, a Democrat with conservative leanings, faced a firestorm of controversy last week after a video surfaced showing Cabrera backing the government of Uganda’s decision to ban gay marriage in the eastern African country. This sparked outraged from folks within his own caucus, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. who called Cabrera’s remarks “offensive.”

“Councilmember Cabrera should not be stoking the flames of oppression abroad, nor should he be praising the Ugandan government action’s as a model that should be replicated here,” wrote Diaz Jr. in a statement.

Cabrera did clarify he was not backing Ugandan officials implementation of a law that forbids homosexuality, with the sentence being life in prison. Cabrera has since kept quiet on the matter, and focusing on the race against Rivera. Much like Cabrera, Rivera has been spotted at Jerome Avenue, Crotona Avenue and West Kingsbridge Road today, shaking hands and encouraging folks to vote. His race received a boost from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who endorsed the senator this past weekend.

Meantime, the race in the 34th Senate District between political power player Senator Jeff Klein and challenger Oliver Koppell is tangible, with banners, bus ads and posters seen all over the east Bronx from each of the respective camps. Text messages from Klein reminding voters to head to the polls have also been sent.

The race has been one of the more talked about contests in recent memory, with Koppell waging a war against Klein for forming the Independent Democratic Conference, where he Klein serves as president.

Koppell has since called the formation the ultimate betrayal against Democrats after striking a deal with Republican Senate co-leader Dean Skelos. But under political pressure, Klein has made assurances he will be once against forming a new alliance with Democrats following the November elections.

Stay tuned with the Norwood News as we continue to provide regular updates on Bronx Primary Day 2014.

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Out & About – September 9-18

September 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Editor’s Pick 

The Public Is Invited… 

To a free outdoor movie, “The Lego Movie,” on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Muller Park and Plaza, East Fordham Road and Creston Avenue. Bring a chair or blanket. For more information, call (718) 562-2104.

“Old Mott Haven” Historic Neighborhood Walk TourSaturday, September 13, 2014 – 11:00 AM. In celebration of the Bronx County centennial, BCHS Educator Angel Hernandez leads this  tour through Old Mott Haven with his extensive knowledge of the neighborhood as well as the 1840s Bronx industrial boom. This tour begins at the southeast corner of E. 138th Street and Third Avenue, outside the #6 train station. Tour costs $10. For more information call (718) 881-8900.

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Accepting Applications For Bronx Youth Heard Fall 2014 Session

September 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Bronx Youth Heard Logo

Bronx Youth Heard (Fall application deadline September 18.)

The Norwood News runs the Bronx Youth Heard (formerly known as the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative), a free after-school journalism program for Bronx high school students. There are two sessions each school year: one in the fall and another in the spring.

We are currently accepting applications for our fall 2014 semester, which is scheduled to start on Thursday, September 25.  Classes are held at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, on Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6:00p.m., and run for 12 weeks.

[ATTENTION: Fall applications are DUE THURSDAY, September 18. Download your application now!]

Students learn the fundamentals of writing, reporting, and photojournalism through classroom instruction and hands-on reporting in their own neighborhoods. We take them on field trips – including the newsroom of a daily newspaper. They learn about community activism and civic responsibility, how their neighborhoods work (or don’t), who has power, who doesn’t and why. Guest speakers include public figures in the Bronx and professional journalists. Student work is published in a special youth supplement called Bronx Youth Heard, which appears in the Norwood News, giving youth a powerful voice in their own communities. Students who complete the course will receive a recommendation letter from our program coordinator. Depending on the school’s policy, there’s also the possibility of students earning class credit. We are looking for students of all academic abilities, but they should be highly motivated, love to write, be naturally inquisitive, and care about what’s going on in their communities.

To apply,click here and download the application form or fill it out online here. On a separate piece of paper, please also tell us about yourself, your academic and extra-curricular interests, and why you are applying to this program. Your essay should be at least 400 words long and must be typed. Mail your completed application form and essay to Bronx Youth Heard, c/o Norwood News, 3400 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, NY 10467. Or fax to (718) 324-2917. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29.

The program was founded in 2008. To read about an earlier semester, and students’ experiences, here’s an article that appeared in City Limits. And here’s an article that appeared in DNAinfo. The program is currently being funded through the city’s Department of Youth and Community Development thanks to the support of local Councilman Fernando Cabrera and former Councilman Joel Rivera. Bronx Youth Heard is also supported by Hostos Community College’s College Now program. For more information, please call David Cruz at (718) 324-4998, or e-mail bronxyouthheard@gmail.com.

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Fordham Neighbors Denounce Spate of Gun Violence

September 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Neighbors sick of the gunfire hold a rally to take a stance against gun violence.  Photo by David Greene

Neighbors sick of the gunfire hold a rally to take a stance against gun violence.
Photo by David Greene

by David Greene 

For the second time in as many weeks, a community has turned out for a demonstration denouncing gun violence. More than two dozen residents of Bedford Park and Fordham Manor turned out for the rally held at Decatur Avenue and East 195 Street on September 8.

The site was the scene of 6 shootings in the last five months, the most recent just last week when a 31-year-old man was killed by gunfire. Police suspect the shooting was drug-related, with the assailant gunning for drug turf space.

The rally comes exactly two weeks after residents of Williamsbridge held a similar rally along White Plains Road.

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