Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering the Bronx, is out with plenty of community news you can use. We’ve published 16 pages worth of great information for the borough’s residents, so let’s get into it. We begin, of course, with page one and an interesting development regarding a homeless shelter plan for Norwood. It seems the New York City Department of Homeless Services responded to pressure from the community by relocating a planned shelter to a different part of Norwood. But now concerns have surfaced over the new location of the shelter, which isn’t exactly near


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Former Chief of Staff to Mark Gjonaj Formally Announces Assembly Run

Nathalia Fernandez, a the former chief of staff to former Norwood Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, has officially announced she’s running for her old boss’s seat in a special election slated for April 24. “I really take my credit to my experience working in the Assembly District,” Fernandez, a Democrat, said in a phone interview with the Norwood News shortly after her campaign staff released a statement announcing her run. Fernandez’s start in politics began in 2012, when she began working on Gjonaj’s campaign for Assembly. In early 2017, Fernandez took a job serving as the Bronx Regional Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, a


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DHS Moves Forward With Jerome Avenue Shelter

The New York City Department of Homeless Services announced it plans to contract with a nonprofit to open a homeless shelter at a property on the outskirts of Norwood. The news will likely be welcoming to parents who worried a shelter would be housed diagonally across PS/MS 20 on Webster Avenue. In a joint Op-Ed submitted to the Norwood News, DHS Commissioner Steven Banks revealed that the new shelter will be placed at 3600 Jerome Ave., a 29,275-square-foot property near East 213th Street. A consensus was reached between DHS and community stakeholders after months of brainstorming over alternative sites, a


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Op-Ed: Working Together to Welcome Neighbors

Homelessness is one of the hardest issues we have to confront as public servants and partners in government. But working together to do so is more important than ever because homelessness impacts literally every community across the five boroughs, including our own constituents right here in Bronx Community District 7—often due to rising rents and stagnant incomes, not through any fault of their own. If we’re going to succeed in this fight, it’s because we find ways to tackle these challenges together, collaboratively along with our communities, putting people and neighborhoods first in all that we do. We must make


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Special Election Date Set for 80th Assembly Seat

Governor Andrew Cuomo has marked April 24 as the day a special election will be held for the vacant 80th Assembly District seat that covers Norwood. The seat was held by Mark Gjonaj, a Democrat, who relinquished his seat after he was voted Councilman for the East Bronx’s 13th Council District in November. Some possible names floated to fill his seat include Gjonaj’s former chief of staff, Nathalia Fernandez and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, a veteran political operative whose résumé includes serving as the former secretary of state for New York. Cuomo has also called a special election for the vacant senate seat


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Police: Bronx Thief Targeted Bedford Park Homes

A serial burglar has robbed up to $10,000 worth of jewelry and other items from two homes in and around Bedford Park over the last month. Police have identified a person of interest in the case. He was spotted on surveillance camera entering a home from an “unsecured entry” near East 201st Street and Perry Avenue around 7 a.m. on Jan. and took items before leaving. A day later, a victim came forward reporting that $5500 worth of jewelry had been taken. That same person of interest matching the description from the first incident broke into a home two blocks


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Norwood Commercial Building to Get Major Facelift

A Brooklyn developer has purchased a parcel of land at the northwest corner of Hull Avenue and East 204th Street, with hopes of transforming it into a modern two-story building featuring medical offices, a fitness center and popular restaurants. Both the Miramar Grocery and Botanica on Hull Avenue closed more than a year ago. The popular Beso Lounge on East 204th Street closed this past June and Liberty Tax closed around the same time. This came shortly before Transition Acquisitions, a family-owned Brooklyn-based real estate firm purchased the 78-year-old, 5,150-square-foot property. Faith Hope Consolo of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the


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Out & About: Motown Music

Editor’s Pick  Motown Music  The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents A Musical Tribute to the Music of Motown, performed by jazz/pop vocalist Cody Childs and the Ladies of Soul, Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit www.nypl.org. Onstage Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) Woodwind Quintet presents a concert of folk dance arrangements at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamaged Houses, 74 Van Cortlandt Pk. So., Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15; $25/at the door. For more information, call (718) 601-7399. Events Williamsbridge Oval presents the following free events: Winter Olympics, Feb. 20 from 10


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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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