Health Check: November is Diabetes Month

Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, is caused when your body does not use insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, well. There is no cure for Type 2 diabetes, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help manage it. Know Your ABCs A1C: A blood test ordered by your doctor that measures your average sugar levels over a three-month period. The goal is to keep your A1C level below seven percent. Blood Pressure: Measures the force of blood flow inside your blood vessels. The goal is to keep your blood pressure as close to 120 systolic over


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At Fordham Church, Doors Open For Thanksgiving Meal

A large group of volunteers spent the night before Thanksgiving cooking hot meals in their homes before feeding hundreds of residents at the Fordham United Methodist Church, on Marion Avenue in the Fordham Manor section. The crowd turned out on Thanksgiving Day as members of the church hosted their 15th annual Thanksgiving dinner. Edward Koku, a parishioner and member of the church’s board of trustees, said that 54 volunteers served 454 meals during the course of the day. “Some of them are parishioners, some are from Fordham University and many volunteers are from a group of Korean parishioners,” said Koku


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MMCC and G.O.S.H. Spread Some Thanksgiving Cheer

A thunderous applause filled the second floor hallway of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC), which was aligned with decorated tables full of canned good and Thanksgiving goodies. It was on Nov. 18 where the Norwood center’s hallways were filled with a group of volunteers standing there in service to its low-income recipients who came to collect a turkey for a Thanksgiving feat. Volunteers led families through the conveyor belt-like hallway where they would be given a bundle of products to take home. For low income families, one turkey can go a long way for a Thanksgiving dinner. “You know


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The Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

The 23rd edition of the Norwood News, covering the Norwood section of the Bronx, is out. We begin with page one and the worst landlords in Norwood. Public Advocate Letitia James released the annual list of 100 worst landlords in New York City and Narsinh Desai came in at number 70, making him the worst landlord in Norwood. This edition also features the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, for which a state loan has been approved, a crime file about a wanted serial robber who has attacked at least eight women in Norwood and surrounding neighborhoods, and a movement by Community


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Op-Ed: Keeping Holiday Cheer for Family Caregivers

Family caregiving can take many forms—from parenting a child with special needs who requires around-the-clock supervision, to caring long-distance for an elderly parent who is alone in the apartment they’ve spent their life living in. According to the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), there are “over 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.” Undeniably this role is deeply rooted in love, and caregivers are happy to help their family members who need it. Still, it is important that family caregivers also acknowledge the added demands caretaking can bring. The holiday


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Bronx Institutions Get $25K Grant to Continue STEM Education

Two Bronx cultural institutions have been given the green light to generate more interest in STEM subjects thanks to a renewed grant by the state’s largest utility firm. The New York Botanical Garden in Bedford Park and Wave Hill conservatory in Riverdale will each receive a $25,000 grant by Con Edison to help pay for educators under the company’s STEM Days Out program. The program brings in teachers specializing in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM subjects. “Students will see and touch exhibits, and learn from experts they would not ordinarily meet at school,” said Frances A. Resheske,


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Crime File: Alleged Repeat Robber Strikes Norwood

Police are looking for a suspect connected to at least eight related robberies in Norwood, falling within the 52nd Precinct. A 64-year-old woman at Valentine Avenue and East 204th Street was approached by a man who snatched her purse before escaping on Nov. 6. The woman did not suffer any injuries, police say. A 33-year-old woman was also robbed of her purse. The man approached her in front of 359 East 204th Street on Oct. 27 when he grabbed her purse and ran northbound on Decatur Avenue, police say.   In a similar incident, a suspect approached a 20-year-old woman


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Proposed EMS Charging Station to Cut Emissions

Expected to take a little over one full parking space, and reduce the emission of fossil fuels contributing to pollution, the FDNY looks to install an ambulance charging station on the corner of Sedgwick Avenue and East Fordham Road in Kingsbridge. It’s now received the backing from Community Board 7 representing the Kingsbridge area where the proposed station will be installed. Far from the commonly known charging station, this station allows paramedics to turn off their EMS engine while remaining to a power source. Before then, EMS buses needed to stay on so the medicine inside the ambulance stayed cool


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Vote on Jerome Avenue Rezoning Delayed Until Nov. 27

The next leg of the public review process for the complex Jerome Avenue Rezoning plan has been pushed until Nov. 27, eleven days after its original date. The Bronx Borough Board, a panel made up of all Bronx community board chairs and their district managers, was expected to convene on Nov. 16 to discuss the plan. The large panel, headed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., is part of the southwest Bronx proposal’s public review process. The board was to hear a presentation by the New York City Department of City Planning, the mastermind agency behind the proposal. The


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