Public & Community Meetings

COMMUNITY BOARD 7 will hold its general board meeting on April 18 at North Central Bronx Hospital, 3424 Kossuth Ave., 17th Floor, at 6:30 p.m. CB7 committee meetings will be held on the following dates at the board office, 229A East 204th St., at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Traffic and Transportation Committee on April 13; Veterans Committee on April 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Housing, Land Use and Zoning Committee on April 19; Economic Development Committee on April 25; Community Relations & Long Term Planning Committee on April 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and Website Acknowledgement & Media Committee on April


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Inquiring Photographer: Closing Rikers Island

This week we asked readers about a proposal to close the Rikers Island jail complex and move the prisoners to smaller jails throughout the five boroughs. Yes, close Rikers Island because it is rampant with corruption. Just as failing schools were closed down, so should this jail. Break it into smaller facilities so there’s no more bureaucracy and chaos and more order. They should also hold those officers accountable for failing in their jobs and taking part in the chaos. Rosanna Delgado Pelham Parkway   I guess if they find a good place for them where they’ll be safe and


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Bronx Barriers: Managing Your Money

The Norwood News and WFUV complete their five-part series profiling ongoing challenges impacting the Bronx. With the Bronx experiencing the highest rates of poverty and the lowest median income of all the five boroughs, money is tight. Compounding the problem is education on how to use that money wisely. After all, New Yorkers do not have to learn about personal finance in order to graduate high school — something required in only five other states. The end result is that many Bronx residents are on their own when learning how to properly manage their finances. A lack of understanding personal


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The eighth edition of the award-winning Norwood News is out with plenty of Bronx community news you can use. We’ve packed 16 pages full of news you can share with your family and friends, so let’s get to it. We’re keeping education on the front lines in our coverage and bring you a story out of Junior High School 80, where a three-judge panel ruled the 95-year school should receive a $3 million grant it was approved and then denied by the state. Hear why JHS 80 is in dire need of these funds, and hear from


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Norwood-Bred Man Heads to Amazing Race Determined

Growing up in Norwood with his single mother, Shamir Arzeno knew the odds were stacked against him. Though determined to succeed, little did he know that his tenacity would one day land him a job at Goldman Sachs and a spot as the first Dominican contestant in the Amazing Race, an Emmy Award-winning reality  TV series on CBS, in which the winner walks away with a $1 million prize. He grew up watching the show while living on East 207th Street and Decatur Avenue. The show critically altered Arzeno’s conception of what was possible. “For a long period of time,


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Editorial: The Kingsbridge Ice Center, and Cuomo the Sorcerer

Could the curse of the Kingsbridge Armory be lifted? For decades, it seemed any time there’s some headway in turning it into a promising venue, a barrier gets in the way. There was the failed attempt to repurpose the enormous castle into a public school and then a mall by the Related Companies. The latest proposal that’s within reach of reality is the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). And even then, that project has hobbled along, facing lawsuits along the way. But Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to have broken the spell. Even as the now-approved Fiscal Year 2018-19 $153 billion


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Healthfirst Honors Women

HEALTHFIRST HONORED 11 WOMEN who’ve risen to prominent positions in the private and public sector at a March 30 ceremony at Maestro’s restaurant in Morris Park. Among the honorees is Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (second from right), who shares a moment with (l-r) Gaye Anderson, manager, Community Engagement Healthfirst; Council Member Vanessa Gibson; Sheimyrah Mighty (performer); and George Hulse, VP Community Engagement, Healthfirst. Photo by Jessica Gordon

Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Hello Loyal Readers! The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering all things Norwood and its surrounding communities, is out with plenty of news you can use. We begin, of course, with page 1, and a front cover story on issues within the city Education Department’s Gifted and Talented programs. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and his counterpart in Brooklyn, Eric Adams, have a task force underway that’s examining these inequalities. Read the lengths parents are willing to make to ensure their kids are in a program that’s seen as a ticket to specialized high schools, which help pave a


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BP Report: Total Bronx Investment at $3 Billion

Just more than $3 billion in residential, commercial and institutional projects have been pumped into the Bronx in 2016, according to a newly released report, signaling a continued trend of a Bronx on the mend. But the report hedges its bets somewhat, throwing in its report the Kingsbridge National Ice Center project, which was mired in delays and near extinction last year. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., which drafted the report and presented it at a forum focusing on development projects in the Bronx, included the $350 million project in the report nonetheless. The KNIC project stalled after developers


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