Monte’s “Say It With Flowers” Exhibit Aims to Ease Anxiety

At the first floor of Montefiore Medical Center’s radiation oncology department, a collection of photos stretch across the hallway featuring everyday people holding flowers. The photos, part of an exhibit, intends to calm the nerves of those whose anxiety kicks up at a center where results can be life-altering. The photos were taken by Linda Stillman as part of an exhibit dubbed “Say it With Flowers,” presented by the hospital’s Fine Art Program and Collection. “You may be going to your physician for a procedure [that] you are nervous or fearful,” said Jodi Moise, curator of the program.  “Then you


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Crime File: Another Heroin Death in the Bronx

In the early hours of Thursday, May 25, a man walked into Montefiore Medical Center carrying a needle and a bag of heroin. He made his way to the bathroom, locked the door, and never stepped out. “He passed away,” said Lieutenant Brian Hogan of the Narcotics division as he informed the crowd of nearly 50 who attended the 52nd Precinct Community Council meeting. “That’s up to number 11 [this year]. Last year we had 23; we’re going to surpass that number.” Overdose and addiction is an issue that has been plaguing the Bronx, including Norwood. Authorities blame the spike in heroin deaths on fentanyl, a powerful narcotic that’s now mixed with heroin. “If you inhale a small amount, you’re going


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Out & About: Bronxites Show Borough Pride

 Editor’s Pick Bronxites Show Borough Pride  The public is welcome to show its Bronx pride at the free closing event of Bronx Week on May 21 at noon, featuring celebrities, marching bands, community organizations, schools, sports teams, and civic groups as they march along Mosholu Parkway, highlighting the best of the borough. The reviewing stand is at Mosholu Parkway East at Van Cortlandt Avenue. For more information, visit www.ilovethebronx.com. Onstage The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., features Rapunzel presented by the Lehman College Music Department, May 13 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., free but reservation is required.


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As Norwood Project Begins, Developers Met With Concerns

Mixed emotions engulfed a recent Community Board 7 Housing/Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting when the Stagg Group, a housing development firm, sat down to present plans for a 13-story building to be built at the crossroads of Norwood and Bedford Park. Mark Stagg, CEO of the Stagg Group, and the firm’s executive vice president, Adolfo Carrion, laid out the plans for the Mosholu Grand, a 153-unit residence to be built at 150 Van Cortlandt Ave. The building gets its name from its proximity to Mosholu Parkway and the Grand Concourse. “We think this is a tremendous opportunity at the


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Community Engagement Report Says Norwood Disengaged, Locals Disagree

Things got heated at a Community Engagement Forum where the results of a two-month study on Norwood were unveiled. The findings were surprising, but its presentation irked community stakeholders already aware of its problems. The study by the Public Agenda, a civic engagement think tank commissioned by the de Blasio administration, sparked much debate between the study’s investigator, Nicole Hewitt, and guests who found the study pointless.  “We don’t need people to come and tell us what the problems are, we know what they are. We need solutions,” said Sheila Sanchez, president of Friends of Williamsbridge Oval. Hewitt reviewed the


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Out & About: Put Pedal to the Metal

Editor’s Pick  Biking the Bronx  The public is invited to join the 22nd annual Tour de Bronx on Oct. 23. Participants have a choice of a 25- or 40-mile ride, both of which explore Bronx neighborhoods. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at Harris Field, Bedford Park Boulevard West between Paul and Goulden avenues. The rides end at the New York Botanical Garden with live music and light snacks. The NYC Department of Transportation is offering to fit and distribute free bicycle helmets for participants from 8 to 11 a.m. while supplies last. Those 17 and younger must be accompanied by


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SEE PHOTOS: Montefiore Turns Campus into Work of Art

[URIS id=21279] Guests both young and old, created and celebrated art last Thursday in Montefiore Medical Center’s West Garden at the Moses Campus in Norwood, where The Hanging Garden exhibition was unveiled. The Hanging Garden is the second exhibition in the Gallery in the Gardens series; some flowers within the artwork represent breast cancer as well as autism awareness. The artist, Ruth Marshall, was joined by some of her students who contributed to the project, including those from the Boston Secor Senior Center. Marshall, with the help of her students, taught other students from St. Ann’s catholic school how to


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P.S. 280 Show Off Talents at Healing Arts Program

  A team effort by several Bronx institutions brought the arts to Norwood’s local hospital. The Healing Arts Department at Montefiore Medical Center hosted roughly 30 elementary students from P.S 280 in Norwood on May 18. Residents, including parents, gathered at the Grand Hall in the Moses Campus to watch several performances including dance, chorus, and African drumming. The department hosts several programs that use art and creativity to improve health outcomes and ease anxiety, primarily for hospital patients. Employees have taken part in art galleries to show off their creative side. Montefiore typically hosts community artists to showcase their


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