Mary Vallati, Bedford Park Stalwart, Dies at Age 102

The Bedford Park apartment home of Mary Vallati, the outspoken community activist who died at the age of 102, captures the character of an altruistic community leader. There’re the portraits of her family, including a vintage photo of her mother, Catholic imagery, personally crocheted items, and proclamations from various elected officials that adorn the walls of her living room. Words like “role model” and “community leader” were the watchwords for Mrs. Vallati. Mrs. Vallati never sought the recognition, wasn’t motivated by it, her daughter Linda McCauley, recalled. Her faith and love lay in the community. “She didn’t want the glory,” McCauley


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Neighborhood Notes

Fresh Air Fund Registration is open for the Fresh Air Fund, which offers free summer experiences for children from low-income communities throughout the city for ages 7 to 12 with volunteer host families and sleep-away camp for ages 8 to 15. For more information, visit www.freshair.org or call (800) 367-0003.  Safety Summit Residents living within Norwood, specifically Webster Avenue from East Mosholu Parkway North to Jerome Avenue; Jerome Avenue to Bainbridge Avenue; Bainbridge Avenue to East Gun Hill Road and down to Webster Avenue, are encouraged to attend a “Safety Summit” meeting on June 6 at 7 p.m. at 3400


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Cambodian-Born Gardener Cultivates Passion at Bedford Park Garden

Between towering brick apartment buildings and a bustling train station in Botanical Square, Rem Kim, a thin, lightly-wrinkled man can be seen working in a small community garden. The ground is finally beginning to thaw after an uneven winter, and Kim is getting ready for the spring. Kim, 62, has been volunteering in the Botanical Square Community Garden for the past three years. Although he speaks limited English, his passion for gardening was immediately apparent upon meeting him. His face lit up when he listed the vegetables that would soon be available to Bronx residents in the latter part of


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Public & Community Meetings

COMMUNITY BOARD 7 committee meetings are held on the following dates at the board office, 229 E. 204th St., at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Executive Committee meets on April 4; Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee meets on April 6; Environment & Sanitation Committee meets on April 11; Health & Hospitals Committee meets on April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Senior Services Committee meets on April 12; and Parks & Recreation meets on April 12 at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call (718) 933-5650. COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER hosts a meet and greet at Tracey Towers, 40 W. Mosholu Parkway


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SEE PHOTOS: BMCA Hosts Yearly Flea Market

NORWOOD AND BEDFORD Park residents took time to browse through knickknacks at the annual flea market sponsored by the Bedford Mosholu Community Association. Books, homewares, and other items were on display at the market held on March 4 at Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church of India. Barbara Stronczer, president of BMCA, characterized the daylong bonanza as a success. Funds from the flea market go towards the group’s operational expenses each year.

Neighborhood Notes: Flea Market, Snow Laborers, and More

Flea Market Donations Sought Donations are needed for the Bedford Mosholu Community Association flea market scheduled to be held on March 4. Bring new and used items (except clothing) to the BMCA office at 400 E. Mosholu Pkwy. So., apt. B1 (lobby floor) on Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 25 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and March 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (718) 367-2230 or email bedfordmosholu@verizon.net.  State Job Exam Exams that qualify you for a state job in the fields of health and human services, environmental conservation, human resources, administrative analysis, and transportation will


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Special Report: Noise in Norwood and Beyond

Beating back the metallic thuds, relentless clacks, rhythmic noise, and bass sounds stands as a daily occurrence in some Bronx neighborhoods, with Norwood and Bedford Park no exception. Unwanted noise, a never-ending nuisance that somehow, despite registering as a top quality of life complaint, remains perpetually prevalent. It is the city that never sleeps, and noise is living up to that adage. And as the holiday season settles in, the uptick in noise complaints usually follows. For the NYPD and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, agencies tasked to respond to aggravating noise issues, the priority to curb


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Community Board 7 Seeks Input on How to Shape Look of Bedford Park

Two neighborhoods falling within Community Board 7 will be the subject of an independent rezoning study by the board, in a move that revisits a request community stakeholders made years ago when rezoning efforts were happening in other parts of the district. But the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), the agency tasked to devise the overall makeup of neighborhoods, will likely reject any plans to down-zone, a request community stakeholders have long sought. The board has now scheduled a brainstorming forum for Nov. 16 to gauge residents on how sections of Kingsbridge Heights and Bedford Park, home


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Shelter Developer Eyes One for Norwood, Sources Say

A homeless shelter provider is eyeing a Norwood property that rests across from PS/MS 20 as his next shelter, sources told the Norwood News. But the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), which offers multi-million dollar contracts to nonprofit shelter providers, hasn’t drafted a contract, according to the agency. News of the proposed site, currently Sam’s Floor Covering at 3041 Webster Ave. near Mosholu Parkway North, caused widespread panic among stakeholders who have demanded that specialized housing be kept to a minimum along the Webster Avenue corridor. The proposal conflicts with and appears to undermine long-term plans to


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