March 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
By the NORWOOD NEWS
Vital Stats: 4 million – Number of Americans enrolled in healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. (Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is slated to take effect April 1, offering folks cheaper healthcare for everyone, including those with pre-existing conditions.
In the Bronx, an estimated 250,000 are uninsured for various reasons, inspiring healthcare firms to launch efforts in enrolling them in insurance. The end result, according to President Obama, will save families from going bankrupt and further a healthier America. Read more
March 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
by Shayla Love
As the 45th anniversary of the Jolly Tinker passes by, the Norwood News met the man for whom the birthday is just another notch in the wood.
Kenny Franklin leaned against the weathered bar of the Jolly Tinker and looked at the photos and relics that line the walls. “We must of done something good,” he said. “We’re still here 45 years later.” Read more
March 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By SHAYLA LOVE
Outside of Clark’s window on Lowell Avenue in Longwood, the 6 train rumbled from its underground tunnel and into the sunlight of the above-ground tracks. Clark was eight years old when he looked out of his apartment and noticed something he considered beautiful. The subway car was spray-painted from top to bottom in bright colors. The names “Duster” and “Lizzie” shone from the surface of the car.
He ran out of his building into an empty lot and searched for something to paint with. He found a broken statuette and scratched an image onto the sidewalk. By the time the train rolled to a stop above him, he had created his own tag and name, and a new identity. “It’s burned into my memory,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘This is what I want to do.’” Read more
March 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Annual Flea Market
The public is invited to attend the Bedford-Mosholu Community Association’s free annual flea market on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 360 Bedford Pk. Blvd. at Decatur Avenue. For more information, call (718) 367-2230 or (718) 584-1900.
The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Retumba in celebration of Women’s History Month, performed by an all-female percussion and dance troupe, March 8; as well as a concert, performed by Celia Cruz Bronx H.S. of Music’s Chamber Orchestra and Women’s Choir, March 15; both at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit www.nypl.org. Read more
March 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM
By JUSTIN MCCALLUM
For Bronxites and beyond, traveling to the Bronx’s Little Italy is often compared to a trek to the old country. It’s a destination. The smell of seasoned Italian sausage, blended with sights of Italian-named eateries and singers greeting its customers make the area a must-see.
And behind a push to attract visitors to the destination is the Belmont Business Improvement District, the agency tasked to promote the epicenter for Italian fare. Unlike most BIDs, which usually promote merchandise stores, Belmont’s marquee draw is its neighborhood, intertwined with tradition and Italian fare. After all, its woven into their sales pitch. Read more
March 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM
The political club Northwest Bronx Democrats have now thrown their support for state Senator Adriano Espaillat and Yolanda Garcia, a community activist, in the race for the 13th Congressional District. The latest news puts the incumbent, Congressman Charles Rangel, further away from winning the Bronx, which comprises 20% of his overall district.
But Anthony Rivieccio, president of the Northwest Bronx Democrats, emphasized the support is not an endorsement.
“We decided as a group that we want to do whatever we can to make sure Charlie Rangel does not win,” said Rivieccio. ”Do we believe Adriano Espaillat will be a very good Congressman in this area? We believe any new change would be good, therefore we’re gonna support Adriano Espaillat.”
In a rare move, the political group also supported Garcia, a Fordham activist running under the Rising Voices ticket. “She’s filed her paperwork, and she’s got petitions she’s doing now. So us as a group we’re gonna help the candidates in our our way.”
Political infrastructures often serve as on-the-ground troopers for politicos, handing out leaflets, hitting the campaign trail or spreading the word on their backed candidate.
But NWBx’s approach will be largely different. For the Espaillat camp, the Northwest Bronx Democrats will hold meet-and-greet sessions on behalf of the candidate, stomping for Espaillat before the June primary. Garcia will get support through petitioning, relying on seven dozen volunteers to obtain the signatures needed to be placed on the ballot.
Espaillat has gained early traction in the race so far, having secured a major endorsement from New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito two weeks ago. Espaillat later secured an endorsement from his college, Sen. Gustavo Rivera. Speculation has now surfaced that Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, will also support Espaillat, though he told the Norwood News he is not focused on that now. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” said Pichardo.
But Espaillat, along with Rangel and potential challenger, Rev. Michael Walrond of Manhattan, failed to grab an early endorsement from the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democrats. The Kingsbridge Heights group held off on its support for the candidates at a forum in late February. During the 2012 Espaillat-Rangel primary contest, the group chose Espaillat.
Rangel has received little support in the borough, which would put Rangel in defense mode by ensuring he keeps his Harlem base happy. The Manhattan neighborhood has served as the epicenter of his popularity for the 22 times he’s been voted as Congressman. But Walrond, an African-American pastor with close ties to Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, could steer some of Rangel’s Harlem base away from the seasoned legislator, hurting Rangel’s chances at securing a win.
The race is being viewed as an indicator of changing demographics in the 13th Congressional District, an area that’s largely African-American. Rangel, an African-American legislator, has benefitted from that. But the number of Hispanics has creeped in, a major reason why Espaillat nearly won the district two years ago.
March 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM
BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM
State Senator Gustavo Rivera, representing the 33rd Senate District, joined Montefiore Medical Center doctors and officials to help spread word on colon health in possibly the most fun way on Friday – entering a mega-size, mock-up colon.
“Although it does lend itself to a lot of humor, it’s actually a very serious issue,” Rivera told the Norwood News. “Colon cancer is a cancer that strikes people of color almost disproportionately, and most importantly it can be prevented.”
Rivera hoped that the event would help educate community members about colorectal issues and remove any stigma associated with getting a colonoscopy, saying that he is reaching the age of regular, routine check-ups .
“We’re here to tell folks this is not something to be afraid of, it’s something you should absolutely do, get screened, and get screened early” he said.
Rivera applauded Montefiore for their century of work in the neighborhood, as well as the chance to show off his “nerdy side.”
“I’m very happy to be here today continuing my partnership with the Montefiore Center on issues of health in the Bronx,” he said. “This is just one of the efforts I’ve had with them over the last couple years, they’re just as committed to making the Bronx healthy as I am.”
March 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM
By Shayla Love
At their general meeting on Feb. 18, Community Board 7 voted to write a letter of support for Atmosphere Charter School, which hopes to open a facility in the recently closed Our Lady of Mercy School building at 2512 Marion Ave. in Fordham, foregoing any public space.
The school’s founding team first met with the board in October last year to present the school’s model. Colin Greene, a founder, said that he will include CB7’s letter of support in their application along with a letter from Community 6, which serves East Tremont, Bathgate, Belmont and West Farms. CB6’s borders overlap with District 10. Read more
March 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM
With a deadline approaching, hospital union leaders and their local City Councilman are pressuring the city to re-open North Central Bronx Hospital’s maternity ward on time or risk losing the medical service. Read more
March 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM
by David Cruz
Police in the 52nd Precinct have closed the case on a four-month-old fatal shooting of a 17-year-old in Bedford Park. Cops have charged 19-year-old Hector Bueno of Norwood in the fatal shooting Michael Beltre, shot in the face while running errands. Beltre had arrived from the Dominican Republic two years prior with his family, settling in the Tremont neighborhood with his family.
He was killed in front of 2622 Jerome Avenue, just several blocks from the Kingsbridge Armory and across the street from St. James Park. The area, a mix of stores and residential apartment buildings, is normally bustling during the daylight hours. Evening hours often attract prostitution along neighboring Davison Avenue and drug deal in St. James Park.
According to police, Beltre spoke to two assailants, Bueno being one of them, when Beltre was shot in the face. Beltre and his assailant soon fled as police and paramedics rushed to the scene. Beltre was bussed to St. Barnabas where he died from his gunshot wound.
Bueno faces several charges, including 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, and other gun-related charges. It’s unclear whether the gun Bueno allegedly carried was registered.