Inquiring Photographer: What’s the State of the Bronx?

Ahead of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s State of the Borough speech on Feb. 22, this week we asked readers what they think is the current state of the Bronx. I haven’t really seen too much improvement, to be honest with you. Maybe it’s a little better, they’ve opened more businesses in the area and that brings more jobs. Housing is still a big problem too, you have two families living in a two-bedroom apartment, which causes overcrowding. When they distribute the funds, we get what trickles down and the Bronx doesn’t get much–it don’t. I believe they’re cutting


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Health Check: Keeping New Moms Safe

Congratulations! During pregnancy, your body has an enormous responsibility and needs your care.  In the weeks after giving birth, knowing what to expect from your body and how to spot signs of trouble can literally save your life. Today, we’re talking about how to identify symptoms of post-birth complications and what to do next.  Post-birth complications are serious physical conditions that can happen within a year of giving birth. Pregnancy and childbirth send your body on a roller coaster of physical changes.  After you give birth, your body continues to experience many strong sensations. Hormones flood your veins, your breasts


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering the Bronx, is out with plenty of community news you can use. We’ve published 16 pages worth of great information for the borough’s residents, so let’s get into it. We begin, of course, with page one and an interesting development regarding a homeless shelter plan for Norwood. It seems the New York City Department of Homeless Services responded to pressure from the community by relocating a planned shelter to a different part of Norwood. But now concerns have surfaced over the new location of the shelter, which isn’t exactly near


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Out & About: Heart Healthy Month

Editor’s Pick  Heart Healthy Month  Mind Builders and Montefiore Medical Center offer free adult classes at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, 3415 Olinville Ave. (info: (718) 652-6256) as follows: Feb. 17 and 24 – Salsa from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 – Stretch from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 – African/Modern from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 21 – Zumba from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 – Zumba from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 20 – Yoga & Stress Reduction from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Onstage The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Sonido


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Aspiring Local Journalist Heads to DC Conference

A Bedford Park local will represent the Bronx as a National Youth Correspondent at the 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. Keri Campbell, 15, a student at St. Barnabas High School in Woodlawn, will join an elite group of students from all over the country for a journalism and media intensive program. Keri was selected for her academic acumen and strong interest in journalism and media studies. National Youth Correspondents partake in real-world learning through decision-making simulations that push them to solve problems and examine ethical, creative, and pragmatic facets of journalism and media. The experiential


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Bronx Disability Backlog Part of ‘National Disgrace’

“You are all going to be rejected,” cautions Clarence Sessoms, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Morrisania resident who first filed for disability in 2004. His matter has not been resolved. He hopes his third appeal hearing this month can finally secure him benefits he’s been seeking the last 14 years. Genevieve Machado, a Castle Hill resident and former medical assistant who stopped working due to fibromyalgia and a torn meniscus, the latter occurring during a slip and fall and the former surfacing during her career, also feels hoodwinked. She has been working the appeal process and has been unable


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A Warning From a Norwood Activist: Pick Up After Your Dog

If you’re caught not picking up after your dog in front of Sheila Sanchez, expect to hear from her. “I yell at them. I’ll do things, like, ‘Hey you! Do you need a bag?’” Sanchez said in a phone interview with the Norwood News. Sanchez, president of Friends of Williamsbridge Oval volunteer group and a rumored candidate for the 80th Assembly District, has noticed an uptick in residents not picking up after their canines. The list of sightings where Sanchez has noticed an increase include Villa Avenue near St. Philip Neri Church, Williamsbridge Oval Park, and Decatur Avenue between East


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The 411 on 311 Complaints in Norwood

When it came to the more than 15,000 complaints logged to 311 in the Norwood section of the Bronx, tenants at 3525 Decatur Ave. had the most contact with the data-gathering system in 2017, with the bulk of complaints caused by noise. Those were some of the findings determined in an analysis by the Norwood News which reviewed 311 calls filed in Norwood last year. Some questions answered included how long it took a 311 complaint to close, the top 10 buildings with the most 311 complaints in Norwood, what days were most popular to open and close a 311 complaint, and


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SOUPer Bowl Yields Thousands in Canned Goods

Touchdown! Led by a strong fifth grade, St. Philip Neri School in Bedford Park ran through their competition and shocked the Bronx with a surprise soup drive victory this February. The SOUPer Bowl is a soup drive hosted by Our Lady of Refuge School and soup kitchen in Fordham and co-hosted by three other Catholic schools in the Bronx, namely Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (also in Fordham), St. Brendan’s in Norwood, and the surprise winner, St. Philip Neri. St. Philip collected almost 2300 cans in their first year of participation, citing community togetherness, peer to peer mentorship, and a


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