State of the Bronx Address Takes Aim at City and President Trump

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. once again lightly dabbled with the prospect of becoming mayor of New York City in his latest annual State of the Borough Address. Discussing citywide issues, he took aim at both Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump. Diaz’s eighth annual speech, delivered at JFK High School in Marble Hill, drew 89 rounds of applause during his 47-minute delivery, as he summed up a number of the borough’s achievements, while it was light on new, lofty initiatives. Diaz was short on new proposals, while adding to previously announced proposals, which had included installing a deck atop a 13-acre train yard


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Neighborhood Notes: Flea Market, Snow Laborers, and More

Flea Market Donations Sought Donations are needed for the Bedford Mosholu Community Association flea market scheduled to be held on March 4. Bring new and used items (except clothing) to the BMCA office at 400 E. Mosholu Pkwy. So., apt. B1 (lobby floor) on Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 25 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and March 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (718) 367-2230 or email bedfordmosholu@verizon.net.  State Job Exam Exams that qualify you for a state job in the fields of health and human services, environmental conservation, human resources, administrative analysis, and transportation will


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Parents Express Shock Over Imminent Closure of St. Ann School

Nearly three years after the Archdiocese announced the closure of Shrine Church of St. Ann, church officials announced it will close St. Ann School resting above the now-defunct church, surprising parents who’ve long considered the school a major part of their lives. Many parents, the bulk of whom live in the community, were shocked and angry over the school’s imminent closure. Many of the parents were disappointed with the decision to close down the school. “My little one just started,” said Melissa Martinez, 39. “Now we have to start the process all over again and look for another school that


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February Heart Month Begins With One Step

 For the last decade, Montefiore Health System has taken steps to lower the rate of heart disease in the Bronx. That mantra has taken place literally and figuratively. It was at the hospital’s Moses Campus on East Gun Hill Road in Norwood on Feb. 2 where a queue of Montefiore employees took a stroll around the hospital’s perimeter where one loop equates to a quarter mile. Walking has its merits, and has a greater chance of lowering the risk of heart disease. The queue was led by Dr. Steven Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore Health System, who kicked off


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City Rolls Out Summer Jobs Application Process Early

 The city is giving young people extra time to sign up for a summer job. The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development announced early applications are available for its Summer Youth Employment Program. The program connects young people ages 14 to 24 with paying jobs available from July 5 through Aug. 19. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s pushed for more young people to get summer jobs, hopes the early applications will “connect even more youth from across the five boroughs to meaningful opportunity.” Applicants, after submitting an application, are chosen via a lottery system. In 2015, a


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Bronx Barriers: Literacy Challenge

The Norwood News and WFUV are collaborating on a five-part series profiling different types of illiteracy impacting the Bronx. The South Bronx, a vibrant neighborhood of working families, faces a literacy crisis that is affecting most of the area’s residents. Despite efforts by nonprofits and reading programs, the South Bronx has one of the lowest literacy rates of all five boroughs, intertwining with incomes in the South Bronx. Both facets remain low. Strides to break the cycle of illiteracy are being made in the South Bronx, though progress has not advanced enough. It still remains the poorest and has 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 corner of the Bronx, is out with plenty of community news you can use. With 16 pages full of news, it’s always easy to begin at the beginning with page 1. Our front page focuses on the imminent closure of St. Ann School, which comes just two years after the catholic church closed. Read what parents have to say about the school and it’s profound impact it’s had on children. An editorial focuses on the New York City Council’s passage of the Right to Counsel, and why it’s


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Archdiocese: St. Ann School in Norwood to Close

Nearly three years after the Archdiocese announced the closure of Shrine Church of St. Ann, church officials announced it will close the school resting above the now-defunct church. In a message posted on its website, the Archdiocese of New York announced the Bainbridge Avenue school will “cease operations at the end of the current academic year,” citing a cost-saving move. The school is one of three Bronx catholic parishes set to close by the end of the school year. “St. Ann School, Visitation School, and St. Mary School students will have the opportunity to continue their Catholic education at St.


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Inquiring Photographer: $85 Billion New York City Budget

This week we asked readers their thoughts on what should be included in the proposed $85 billion New York City budget. I think it’s very important for the de Blasio Administration to fund transportation, education, health issues and children’s health and education, and to fund local colleges. There isn’t enough money being spent on higher education and money should also be allocated for senior citizens. Grace Chanke Norwood   This money should go to people in need, like people on public assistance because they really need it to help pay their rent and buy food. They should spend some of


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