Family Displaced by Two-Alarm Fire in Norwood

Two families have been displaced after a two-alarm fire broke out on Decatur Avenue near East 204th Street on Tuesday night. The fire at 3138 Decatur Ave. damaged the property next door at 3140 Decatur Ave. The fire reportedly broke out on the second floor at 10:44 p.m., turning to a two-alarm fire. No injuries were officially reported, but one of the residents was seen with heavy bandages on her hand and fingers and was released from the hospital Wednesday morning. Surrounded by family and neighbors, the family who lived in the home was despondent and would not comment on


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Neighborhood Notes

Resolve Warrants The Bronx District Attorney’s office holds a workshop on resolving outstanding summons warrants to clear one’s criminal record at Eastchester Presbyterian Church, 3154 Fish Ave. (corner of East Gun Hill Road) on Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Defense attorneys will be available to help resolve summons warrants that include loitering, noise violation, littering, and/or disorderly conduct. For more information, call (718) 590-2272. Norwood Writers Club The Norwood Bronx Writers Group meets on July 25 at 7 p.m. at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. Writers can share and critique one another’s work. Participants are asked to bring


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Montefiore Helps Spread Awareness of Diabetes

Diabetic patients treated at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) got an education in diabetes at the Bronx zoo.   The 6th annual education date event, hosted by the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at CHAM, featured activities such as face painting, magic tricks and coloring for the young patients. There was also an area for kids to play with a bubble-making machine.    

Crime File: Ponytailed Suspect Sought

Ponytailed Suspect Sought  Police need the public’s help in tracking a ponytailed suspect wanted for robbing a 15-year-old of his gold chain at gunpoint. The victim was a standing in front of Easy Pickens at 15 E. Fordham Rd. on the morning of July 20 when he was robbed, according to police. The suspect quickly fled with the gold chain, though the victim was not hurt. Police describe the thief as a Hispanic man around 20 to 25 years old, medium complexion with a red bun ponytail. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.


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Health Check: Why Breastfeeding is Simpler Than You Think

Have you noticed more women breastfeeding their babies over the last few years? Yes, we have too, and we’re really happy about it.  Since 2011, breastfeeding rates have been on the rise in the U.S, reflecting a growing recognition of the value of mother’s milk. Why breastfeed? Breast milk is best for your baby. Some of the benefits include: Breastfed babies are often healthier. Breast milk is filled with vitamins and nutrients your baby needs to boost his/her immune system. It also improves your baby’s brain development. Breastfed babies are less likely to get infections and to develop asthma, some


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Norwood Football Club Scores on Youth Development

  For the Bronx Buccaneers, a Norwood-based youth football program, the mission means more than the game. In the last 11 years, the club has found itself functioning more as a vehicle for cultivating the lives of young athletes, and espousing life lessons intended to enhance critical thinking and athletic abilities. The program throws a veil on the students, general manager Tasha Andrews admits proudly, saying the sport is used to “develop responsibility and focus” for the program’s boys and girls. Andrews calls the program a bridge that brings players “together and to focus on creating young men who are


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Making the Grade: How Norwood and Bedford Park Eateries Fare

More restaurants in New York City are earning more A grades than they have since the city Department of Health started issuing restaurants letter grades in 2010, according to numbers released by the city in late May.

Out & About: Night Out at the Oval

Editor’s Pick  Night Out at the Oval  The 52nd Precinct invites the public to a free National Night Out at Williamsbridge Oval, on Aug. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. Meet and greet the precinct’s officers and executive staff and enjoy snacks and drinks. Events include pony rides, face painting, music, bingo, and raffles. For more information, call (718) 220-5824. Onstage Bronx Council on the Arts presents free concert, Aug. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring John Benitez and his Salsa Band, at the Amalgamated Train Park, Orloff Avenue and Gale Place. For more information, call (718) 931-9500.  Bronx


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Sen. Jamaal Bailey Opens Norwood Office, Extending Presence

  A satellite office for State Senator Jamaal Bailey of the 36th District opened at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center with a ceremonial red-ribbon cutting to mark the occasion. The Norwood center will reserve the new office every Wednesday so that constituents may discuss issues they are dealing with to Bailey’s staff, namely Kenny Agosto, deputy chief of staff for Bailey. Agosto serves as the community liaison between the senator and locals. The office, found on the first floor, will be open the first and third Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every second and


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