Aspiring Local Journalist Heads to DC Conference

A Bedford Park local will represent the Bronx as a National Youth Correspondent at the 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. Keri Campbell, 15, a student at St. Barnabas High School in Woodlawn, will join an elite group of students from all over the country for a journalism and media intensive program. Keri was selected for her academic acumen and strong interest in journalism and media studies. National Youth Correspondents partake in real-world learning through decision-making simulations that push them to solve problems and examine ethical, creative, and pragmatic facets of journalism and media. The experiential


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The 411 on 311 Complaints in Norwood

When it came to the more than 15,000 complaints logged to 311 in the Norwood section of the Bronx, tenants at 3525 Decatur Ave. had the most contact with the data-gathering system in 2017, with the bulk of complaints caused by noise. Those were some of the findings determined in an analysis by the Norwood News which reviewed 311 calls filed in Norwood last year. Some questions answered included how long it took a 311 complaint to close, the top 10 buildings with the most 311 complaints in Norwood, what days were most popular to open and close a 311 complaint, and


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SOUPer Bowl Yields Thousands in Canned Goods

Touchdown! Led by a strong fifth grade, St. Philip Neri School in Bedford Park ran through their competition and shocked the Bronx with a surprise soup drive victory this February. The SOUPer Bowl is a soup drive hosted by Our Lady of Refuge School and soup kitchen in Fordham and co-hosted by three other Catholic schools in the Bronx, namely Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (also in Fordham), St. Brendan’s in Norwood, and the surprise winner, St. Philip Neri. St. Philip collected almost 2300 cans in their first year of participation, citing community togetherness, peer to peer mentorship, and a


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Opinion: Building Strong Schools Through Community Engagement

With over 50 years of experience as an educator, I know that it truly takes a village to deliver for students. In each school community, that village is made up of teachers, administrators, support staff, outside partners and of course, families. While I often say it all comes down to what happens in the classroom, when it comes to building strong school communities, families are critical partners. That’s why, as Chancellor, I’ve made family engagement a priority for all of our schools, and there has been an unprecedented investment in families. Whether we’re bringing parents into the classroom to teach


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers! The latest edition of the Norwood News, largely covering the northwest section of the Bronx, is out with plenty of community news you can use. We pack 16 pages worth of news so let’s get started! We begin, as usual, with page one. There you’ll find a nice human interest story on Nilda Hofmann, a born-and-bred Bronxite who rose to the rank of NYPD Chief of Community Affairs in January. We’ll take you to the ceremony where the 28-year veteran received her gold star from NYPD top cop James O’Neill. You’ll also hear how the NYPD’s Neighborhood


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CEC Meeting Doubles as JHS/MS 80 Pep Rally

They came prepared with signs defending the school’s reputation. And they were very vocal about praising it. Despite reports by the New York Post portraying a school in turmoil, students and parents of JHS/MS 80 rallied behind the school. They came together at the recent Community Education Council (CEC) meeting on Jan. 18, packing the school’s auditorium. Signs held aloft by a group of students displayed the hashtag “#IstandwithMS80” superimposed on images of children holding hands in a hallway, while another student raised a hand-drawn sign reading “We R Staying.” Among the guests was Antonio Ramos, an online celebrity regularly seen on MTV’s


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Academic Accords at Lehman College

GUSTAVO VEGA with the El Colegio de México (COLMEX) (l) shares a moment with Lehman College President Dr. José Luis Cruz (r) at a symbolic signing between Vega’s and Cruz’s academic institutions aimed at strengthening cooperation and promoting mutual understanding. These agreements between Lehman College and eight other schools are intended to lead student and faculty collaboration. The event happened at the Bedford Park-based college on Jan. 18. Photo by Miriam Quinones

Spelling S-h-o-w-d-o-w-n at PS 94

  After 15 rounds and a suspenseful 90 minutes, 10-year-old Mazeen Chawdhury emerged champion of PS 94 King College School’s annual Spelling Bee, which drew plenty of oohs, aahs, and aha moments. Separating Raisa Alam, the runner up, from first place: serviceable. Raisa fell short in spelling the word, but Mazeen did, of course. A first place ribbon soon followed. The two, along with third place winner David Marcos, took on 22 others in an edge-of-your-seat competition that ranks as one of the more anticipated events at the Norwood grade school. The group of competitors were already some of the


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Mosholu Library Gets Children’s Librarians

Finally! Two children’s librarians are officially on the job at the Mosholu Public Library, library officials confirmed. Nicole Figueroa and Katie Loucks started on Dec. 26 and Jan. 8 respectively. Both are full-time librarians, according to the New York Public Library. Officials plan to hold a community meet-and-greet on Feb. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the library, 285 E. 205th St.