Out & About: Yiddish Klezfest

Editor’s Pick  Yiddish Klezfest  The public is invited to attend the 5th annual Yiddish Klezfest, including music and dance, at Sholem-Aleichem Cultural Center, 3301 Bainbridge Ave. on June 4 from 1:30 to  4 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call (917) 930-0295. Onstage The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents a free Memorial Day Weekend concert, May 28 at 2 p.m. featuring tango songs and movie music, at Van Cortlandt Park, slightly east of the VC House Museum. For more information, call (718) 601-7399. The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Let’s Do It, featuring songs by Cole Porter,


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De Blasio Puts Placard Abusers on Notice

Of the daily annoyances that make the Bronx a peril for drivers is parking. In every case, there’s barely enough to go around. Roiling civilian drivers more is city employees who skirt the rules by placing a city-issued placard on their dashboard, indicating to a traffic agent they are on official business. It’s promulgated a culture of opportunity for drivers who may use the placard to park with impunity, and creating resentment against traffic agents. It’s further promulgated by a culture of tolerance from traffic agents who create a double standard by issuing a ticket to a violator but look


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, It’s that time again! The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering the Bronx, is out with plenty of community news you can use. We begin with the front page and the story that impacts you the most. We’re talking about the impending return of the Community Board 7’s district manager. If you live in the neighborhoods of Norwood, Bedford Park, Fordham, Kingsbridge Heights, and University Heights, then the return could affect you. Read the story about Andrew Sandler, who’s been on medical leave for four months. Politics is on the mind of the Norwood News and we have a story


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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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Inquiring Photographer: The MTA’s Plan to Improve Service

This week we asked readers their thoughts on the performance of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway and bus service in light of a six-point plan to decrease delays. I spent four hours this weekend on the train and it should have taken less than two. The D train was re-routed; there was no messages posted, so I didn’t know where I was going to get back to the Bronx. So it took me four hours. There seems to be some consistency because it’s always happening. You pay more, but the service stays poor. Lola Ferrer Norwood   I think


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Crime File: Thieves on the Loose in the Bronx and a Safety Summit

Bronx iPad Thieves Still on the Run A couple of Bronx thieves remain on the run two weeks after they entered a phone store in Norwood and made off with an iPad. The suspects were captured on video browsing around the AT&T store at 3430 Jerome Ave. within the boundaries of the Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District on Saturday, April 29 around 1:30 p.m. One of the thieves swiped the iPad from the display table, and bolting with his accomplice without paying, according to police. No one was hurt. Police at the 52nd Precinct describe the suspects as two black


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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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Financial Focus: Income Tax Planning 2017

A new government, a new tax plan, a new world! Have you read or heard about some of the new tax and economic policy changes for 2017? They include: *20% Import Tax on Canadian Imports *Elimination of 3.8% Investment Tax to pay for healthcare *President Trump calls for Income Tax Overhaul *ObamaCare: gone! Yes, after eight years of tax and financial policy under President Barack Obama, our new President, is proposing (and is already implementing) a tax and financial policy which will change our U.S. economy and your pocketbook at the same time. In simple terms, being proposed is: *a 66% Small Business


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