Norwood to City: No Shelter at Sam’s Carpeting

Norwood residents are looking to pull the rug from under a proposed shelter at a carpet store on Webster Avenue. Elected officials, community stakeholders and school children demonstrated across the street from Sam’s Floor Covering. The business, also known as Sam’s Carpeting at 3041 Webster Ave., filed paperwork to convert the business to a shelter. Opponents of the shelter have put continued pressure from the city to relocate the shelter, which would rest diagonally across PS/MS 20. Parents fear the shelter would endanger their kids.   “We are all united to tell the city that we do not want a


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Neighborhood Notes

Jerome-Gun Hill BID Board Mtg. The Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District will be holding its quarterly board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Reservoir Keeper’s House, 3400 Reservoir Oval E. The meeting is open to everyone. For more information, and to RSVP, call Jennifer Tausig, executive director of the Jerome-Gun Hill BID, at (718) 324-4946. Free College Prep Class The SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center is hosting a free college prep course on Oct. 2. Students will be given pre-college level instructions in reading, writing and math. Instructors can also help in the college and financial


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Residents to Protest Proposed Shelter Site on Sept. 19

Community stakeholders are gearing up to protest a proposed homeless shelter at an existing carpeting store on Webster Avenue in Norwood. The move follows weeks of unanswered questions by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, which has remained mum on the project. Sam’s Carpeting Inc. at 3041 Webster Ave. is under consideration to become a homeless shelter. The business is across from PS/MS 20, angering residents who would like to see the shelter placed elsewhere. “We feel strongly that the Mayor’s Office and DHS should work with the neighborhood into finding an appropriate site,” Barbara Stronczer, president of


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Inquiring Photographer: Weighing in on Primaries

This week we asked readers their thoughts on the upcoming Primary Election (asked prior to the Sept. 12 Primary), particularly the races for mayor, Bronx borough president, and City Council. The universal Pre-K has definitely been a huge benefit. It’s not surprising that he (Mayor Bill de Blasio) has so [few] challengers. We just need to give him a chance. He’s had some rough patches. For us, with two little guys, it’s a huge benefit. For City Council, I’m voting for Majorie Velazquez; I think she will make the changes that we need. Andrej Kozikowski Pelham Bay   Voting is


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Editorial: Bedford Park Locals Should Consider a No Solicitation Zone

On Oct. 1, the Country Club section of the Bronx, a middle class enclave that overlooks the Long Island Sound, will officially be considered a “non-solicitation real estate zone.” This should matter to residents living in Bedford Park. This community, just five miles west of Country Club, should add it to its arsenal of neighborhood preservation tools to help thwart the issue of over development that’s become an ongoing problem within the community. Here’s the catch: there has to be proof. The designation stops pesky realtors from pitching homeowners to sell their homes. The Country Club section evinces a suburban-like


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