Montefiore Mourns Suicide-Related Deaths

Montefiore Health System was stunned to learn the deaths of two patients who took their own lives a week apart. “We are deeply saddened by these recent events and our hearts go out to the affected families and staff,” a spokesperson for the widely utilized hospital, said. “In the wake of these two unrelated events, staff and family members are being offered grief counseling services. We will continue to monitor and support the families and our associates through this difficult time.” The latest incident happened March 28 at Montefiore’s Moses Campus in Norwood, which admits and releases a whopping 47,000


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Editorial: A Smarter Way to Have Your Voice Heard

Participatory Budgeting is once again under way in Councilman Andrew Cohen’s 11th Council District, which includes Norwood and Bedford Park, partially shifting a process that’s usually tasked by elected officials in a representative government and placing it into the hands of the electorate. The question posed to the public is simple: If you had $1 million to put towards physical improvements in your neighborhood, what would they be? For the past six months, a handful of residents have bounced that question around, coming up with a list of projects that can benefit their communities. During the last week of March,


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Funeral for EMT Killed in Line of Duty

A sea of blue intertwined with thousands of New Yorkers paying their final respects to fallen EMT, Yadira Arroyo, in a funeral procession on March 25. Arroyo died after being run over by a crazed man who hijacked her ambulance in the Soundview section of the Bronx on March 16. Thousands of firefighters and paramedics from several states lined University Avenue outside of the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church, at the corner of University Avenue and West Fordham Road in the Fordham section of the Bronx, to say goodbye to the 14-year veteran of the FDNY. Maria Perez,


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Party at Bedford Park Eatery Leaves Two People Shot

Police are investigating a shootout that left two people injured following an all-night party at an event hall in Bedford Park. Police say a suspect shot at four people inside a Jeep around 7 a.m. in front of M.B. Restaurant at the corner of Webster Avenue East 198th Street, hitting two people, a 31- and 19-year-old. The restaurant is directly across Sanctuary Grand Hall at 2773 Webster Ave. for an all-night party. The suspect followed the group out. The car fled before any more victims were hit, but crashed at East 193rd Street and Webster Avenue. Paramedics rushed the two victims where they


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Cops Arrest Man Who Accidentally Shoots Himself at Williamsbridge Oval Park

Cops from the 52nd Precinct have arrested a man who accidentally shoots himself, then reportedly blames it on a black man. Police say the incident happened just before 11 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Identified as 20-year-old Arthur Palombo, police say the victim/suspect was walking inside Williamsbridge Oval Park when a gun that was in his backpack had gone off, hitting him in the stomach. When police arrived, a wounded Palombo allegedly made up a story saying he was shot by a black man with a bald head who was interested in buying the gun. The Daily News reports when the


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering the northwest Bronx, with dropoff locations at 300 places, is out with plenty of community news you can use. We begin, of course, with page one, and some mea culpas. The front page story focuses on West Bronx Housing’s attempt to shed light on what they believe is a nagging issue across the Bronx–landlords using deceptive tactics to pump up rents on unsuspecting new tenants. Read why the group’s executive director take on these rent registration forms and the state agency tasked to keep track of them. Before going


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“Ghost Gun” Bill Introduced by Espaillat

A Bronx representative wants to make so-called “ghost guns” disappear. “[They] are called ghost guns because they are oftentimes completely untraceable, assembled using a receiver that does not have a serial number, and are almost impossible to be tracked by law enforcement,” Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who represents Norwood and has introduced a bill to close the loophole, said. “These guns are more often used in violent crimes and pose serious safety concerns to our communities and law enforcement.” Espaillat announced the introduction of the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act on March 1, with Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider co-sponsoring the bill.


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Crime File

  Elderly Man Attacked An 88-year-old man was attacked on a Bedford Park street on March 6. Police say the victim was walking at the intersection of Briggs Avenue and East 196th Street when a young man between the ages of 15 and 20 randomly attacked him, hitting the victim in the face and taking off on foot. Nothing was stolen and the victim turned down any medical attention at the scene. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic with a medium complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket, blue hooded


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Bronx Barriers: Knowing Your Rights

The Norwood News and WFUV continue their five-part series profiling ongoing challenges impacting the Bronx. Leviticus Mitchell’s life could have taken a different turn had he known his rights. Mitchell, who is 22, was just 14 years old when he entered the criminal justice system, arrested on a gun possession charge. He was living in the Crotona section of the Bronx and said he was on his way to the local precinct to drop off a gun he had found for a gun buyback program. But a recent stabbing in the area had increased police presence and when Mitchell saw


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