Norwood News Picks Up Ippies Awards, a Three-Peat

The Norwood News was recognized for several awards, continuing its streak in producing award-winning community journalism. The paper was recognized on May 18 at the Independent Press awards, commonly known as the “Ippies.” There, the paper took home a second place prize for Best Small Circulation Publication, adding to the first place prizes it received for the category in 2015 and 2016, a veritable 3-peat. “This feisty little bi-weekly produces an impressive variety of original stories with just one full-time staffer,” read Tom Robbins, lead judge and investigative journalist in residence for the CUNY School of Journalism, which sponsors the


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Caring for Caregivers, Courtesy of Montefiore

Montefiore Health System is New York City’s first medical center to offer families a Caregiver Support Center. The role of caregiver can be demanding, stressful and lonely; the Center offers patients’ families and friends a private, safe, soothing and confidential environment to reflect, talk, and meet with the medical team. Professional staff and specially-trained Caregiver Coach Volunteers ensure caregivers find the warm, welcoming atmosphere they deserve. Services are free of charge to Montefiore patients. The Center is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.   For more information, please visit: www.montefiore.org Montefiore’s Volunteer & Student Services department is looking


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Community Board 7 District Manager May Return to Work Next Month

Andrew Sandler, Community Board 7’s district manager who took a leave of absence in late January for an undisclosed medical condition, is expected to return to his post next month. The timing comes as the board faces an election season that could see a minimal shift in its executive board. “Andrew Sandler has notified the board that he intends to return to work by mid-June. According to protocol, we have sent Mr. Sandler today the appropriate forms to be completed in order for the board to consider his reasonable accommodation request. Once he returns the forms, the reasonable accommodation request


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Open Letter to the Bronx By Mayor Bill de Blasio

This week my administration is moving City Hall to the Bronx for a week. It’s something we like to call “City Hall in Your Borough.” Monday through Friday I’ll be working from the Bronx County Courthouse with many of the key people in city government. On Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., we’ll be hosting the City Resource Fair at The Bronx County Building. You can sign up at nyc.gov/Bronx or call (212) 748-0281. You can meet with us and share your concerns, questions and suggestions. On Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., we’ll be at the Adlai E. Stevenson High


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De Blasio Administration Brings Essential City Resources to the Bronx

Bronx residents have the chance to take their gripes directly to senior administrators from various city agencies at a first-ever City Resource Fair on May 23, saving the cumbersome trip to downtown Manhattan where many officials are headquartered. Higher ups from city departments for transportation, parks, finance, health, education, Small Business Services, NYPD, and Economic Development Corporation are scheduled to arrive to lend their ears to Bronx residents who stop by Bronx Borough Hall that day. In some cases, as in the case of the City Resource Fair that took place in Staten Island last month to kick off the initiative, agency commissioners


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Latest Edition of Norwood News is Out!

The latest edition of the Norwood News is out, serving the Bronx community with plenty of news to use. We begin with page one and the local 52nd Precinct’s efforts to squash the heroin culture that continues to sweep the borough. It’s at the precinct, serving Norwood, Bedford Park, Kingsbridge, Fordham, and University Heights where officers are noticing an uptick that’s related to the use of fentanyl, a dangerous narcotic. We delve into just what the Police Department is doing to combat this sad epidemic. Behind the front pages you’ll find a related story on the Drug Enforcement Administration charging


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52nd Precinct Tackles Heroin Amid Fentanyl’s Rise in Popularity

The commanding officer of the 52nd Precinct stunned his audience with a familiar topic that came with a twist: the local precinct ranks first in fatal heroin overdoses out of all 11 Bronx precincts. Compounding the problem is the mix of heroin with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic described as putting heroin on steroids. “It is so bad that our undercovers and narcotics officers don’t want to touch it without any kind of gloves,” Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo, commanding officer of the precinct, said at the recent 52nd Precinct Community Council meeting on April 27. “And it’s very hard for undercovers


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After Three Years, Oval Skate Park Project Yet to Start

When it comes to a skate park project that hasn’t begun, the progress, or lack thereof, particularly miffs the Norwood Council Member who earmarked funds to build it more than three years ago. “If I could build it myself, I would,” Councilman Andrew Cohen, who allocated $750,000 in capital funds to the New York City Department of Parks to build the skate park, told the Norwood News. The proposal to build the skate park was hailed by neighborhood skaters who’ve longed for an appropriate space to perfect their skating skills. Indeed, a vision for the skate park stretches back to


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A Merger at The COVE, Courtesy of DREAM!

Covered in student artwork and colorful murals, a renovated basement located between Knox and Gates Places in Norwood serves as the center for Community Organized with a Vision of Excellence (COVE), a local nonprofit that will be home to Dare to Revitalize Education through Arts and Mediation (DREAM!) when the two nonprofits merge this summer. “The combination just makes us a more powerful unit,” said Aisha Norris, who doubles as co-founder of DREAM! and program director of The COVE. The merger of the two nonprofits is somewhat of a no-brainer. The COVE was founded by the Knox Gates Neighborhood Association


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