Following String of Robberies, Norwood Thief Caught

The man who allegedly committed a string of robberies in Norwood and Bedford Park is now under arrest, police say. He robbed eight women before being detained. Police say Germaine Butler, who is being charged with five counts of robbery and three counts of grand larceny, was hiding at his sister’s in Long Island after having been identified by several news outlets. The doorman there, who is a retired cop, recognized Butler and called in a tip. “[Butler] eventually left the apartment to order a pizza and [the doorman] called us,” says Captain Kevin Coleman of the 52nd Precinct. Coleman,


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Out & About: Holiday Gatherings in the Bronx

Editor’s Pick  Holiday Lightings  The public is invited to the following holiday lighting events: Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. – At Mosholu Parkway and Bainbridge Avenue, presented by Community Board 7. Activities include annual tree lighting, CB7 choir and Mount St. Ursula and PS/MS 20 choirs. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (718) 933-5650. Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. – At Williamsbridge Square, 3500 White Plains Road (corner of Gun Hill Road), presented by Mosholu Preservation Corporation and Councilmember Andy King. Activities include holiday lighting, singing, dancing and free gift giving. For more information, email mpc@mpcbronx.org.


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Batman Co-Creator to Get Street Renaming

Holy street naming, Batman! The co-creator behind DC Comics’ Batman will be immortalized in Fordham. Bill Finger (pictured right), a graduate of Norwood’s DeWitt Clinton High School, will have his legacy honored with a street naming set for Dec. 8. The portion of East 192nd Street between the Grand Concourse and Valentine Avenue will be renamed “Bill Finger Way.” Finger was born Milton Finger on Feb. 8, 1914 in Denver, Colorado. He’s long remained in the shadow of Bob Kane, another Clinton H. S. alum credited as the main creator of Batman. But Finger, conceptualized the look of the Caped


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering the Norwood and the surrounding Bronx communities, is out with our second to last issue before year’s end (time flies when you’re having fun). With 16 pages of news from end to end, it’s best we get into it. We begin with page one, of course, and the issue of the Jerome Avenue Rezoning plan still in the making. The plan has received the blessing from the Bronx Borough Board, though with stipulations attached. Critics say it does not go far enough. Read what reporter Aaron Mayorga dug up. Inside


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Health Check: Avoid Painkillers When Possible

You may be hearing a lot about opioids lately, particularly in the Bronx where more residents die of drug overdoses than in any other borough. Frequently used opioids include illegal drugs like heroin, but also legal drugs like morphine, hydrocodone (such as Vicodin), oxycodone (such as Percocet and OxyContin), and codeine (such as Tylenol #3). These drugs can be highly addictive and share similar effects on the body like relaxation, pain relief, and feeling “high.” But in higher doses, they can also lead to respiratory failure (when your breathing slows or stops) and death.  Fentanyl, a known opioid, is particularly dangerous


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Parents Protest Mosholu Library’s Sparse Children’s Services

Outside the Mosholu Public Library, 10 children sat on the sidewalk on Dec. 1 as Elaine Langer, a Norwood resident and concerned parent, read to them during story time. Since the summer, the library hasn’t been able to consistently offer children’s services and has been without a children’s librarian since September. Moments before the unorthodox story time, Langer and around two dozen other parents expressed their grievances by protesting in front of the library. Tancy Rodriguez, another Norwood resident, says that her family moved to the community six years ago because “[the community] had a good library. If we expand


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One-Year-Old Ingests Heroin, Rushed to Hospital

A one-year-old child is still being treated at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore after reportedly ingesting heroin from his father’s stash. This happened over the weekend at the child’s Tiebout Avenue home in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Police say that the father, 20-year-old Edgardo Rodriguez, confessed that he had no idea that white powder had landed on his bed. Rodriguez reportedly went to sleep after taking heroin with his two kids in bed with him just after midnight. When Rodriguez woke up at 8 a.m. to find the child struggling to breathe, they took her to the hospital. The


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Stress-Busting Tips for Caregivers This Holiday Season

Two words that the holidays bring to mind for many of us these days are food and stress. With no shortage of sugary, fattening foods and a seemingly never-ending to-do list, it is easy for people with busy lives, particularly family caregivers who often lack time to care for themselves, to resort to unhealthy food habits like stress-eating during the holidays. Does this picture sound familiar: the holiday is right around the corner, you’ve been tending to your elderly parents all day, traveling to appointments, doing housework, and running errands while squeezing in that last minute holiday shopping, decorating, gift wrapping, cooking, and travel plan coordination.


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Financial Focus: Is NY Ready for a New Federal Gov’t?

Yes, there has been much confusion regarding the congressional tax bill that has just passed. I even have a few clients that are still in denial that this is happening. “It’s not gonna pass Anthony. There are too many congressional disagreements,” says one of my clients (we will call them “Mark”). “‘But Mark,’ I said, ‘I think it’s clear that tax rates will be adjusted and your tax life has to adjust with it. Or you won’t like your tax bite or refund next year.’” “Thanks Anthony, but I’ll keep it the way it is.” Now, my bigger worry is


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