Support Grows for Street Renaming of Andrew Sandler

Community Board 7 is now among the groups supporting a move to rename a street after the late Andrew Sandler, who died in August after serving a year and a half as the board’s district manager. At its general board meeting, CB7 members unanimously approved a letter of support to be sent to Councilman Andrew Cohen backing a proposal to rename a street after Sandler. Supporters want the street renaming to happen in the vicinity of 238th Street and Waldo Avenue, the Riverdale streets where Sandler was raised. Community Board 8, the local board which covers the neighborhood Sandler grew


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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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A Two-Fold Purpose For Tour de Bronx on Oct. 22

Cyclists from around the world are expected to trek around the borough for the annual Tour de Bronx slated for Oct. 22. The tour intends to promote physical activity for an otherwise unhealthy borough while shattering the many stereotypes still linked to the Bronx. “This is not a race,” said the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, speaking at Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the sites riders are expected to pass through. “The Tour de France is a race, the Tour de Bronx is a tour and we encourage people who are doing the 40-mile ride to get off their bikes


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Neighborhood Notes: Free Flu Shots, Resource Fairs, and More

Free Flu Shots Free flu shots will be available on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vladeck Hall, 74 Van Cortlandt Pk. So. Participants should bring their insurance card, be at least 18 years of age or older and cannot be allergic to eggs. Residents must contact the office of Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz at (718) 796-5345 to be guaranteed a flu shot. College Fair The 10th annual College Access Fair will be held on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus, 441 E. Fordham Road with representatives from more than


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Health Check: People With Diabetes Can Live Full, Rich Lives

Diabetes is so common that most people know at least one family member or friend with this chronic illness. There are roughly 30 million Americans with diabetes (about 1 in 10 people). The Bronx has very high rates with approximately one in seven people, or 15 percent of the population, diagnosed with diabetes and many more who have not yet been diagnosed. In order to help your body store and use the sugar and fat from food, your body produces insulin.   Diabetes occurs when the body either produces too little insulin or when the body does not respond appropriately to


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Fighting the Scourge of Graffiti, One Wall at at Time

A Kingsbridge Heights couple has had enough with the scrawls of graffiti on property walls. For the last two years they found a way to combat it—taking it down themselves. They methodically remove graffiti from the neighborhood on a continuous basis. Sirio and Heather Guerino have a small office at the corner of West 197th Street and University Avenue, Guerinos Against Graffiti (GAG), named after the family efforts to wipe out graffiti, and which has been operating for almost two years. Born and raised in the Bronx, Sirio, 61, has always had a pet peeve against graffiti, which led to


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Lehman Center Opens 37th Season With New Acts

When Eva Bornstein, executive director of the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, arrived to the Bronx in 2005, her exposure to the Latin community was limited. Back then, she didn’t know the Spanish translation for “thank you” (it’s “gracias”). Gradually, she took into consideration the borough’s diversity, zeroing in on the Bronx’s large Puerto Rican population, which stands at around 300,000. “The only person I knew was Jose Feliciano because he is a cross-over artist,” said Bornstein, referring to the famed Puerto Rican-born salsero. “So I had to learn from my Puerto Rican community who these artists really are.”


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Crime File: Who’s Wanted in the Bronx?

Knifepoint Robbery Cops need help tracking a suspect in who robbed a 44-year-old man at knifepoint on Oct. 2 at around 11:44 p.m. Police say the suspect approached the victim in front of a residential building near 190th Street and Creston Avenue in Fordham, flashed a knife and demanded his property. The victim gave the suspect roughly $60 in cash. The suspect fled the scene eastbound on 190th Street. The suspect is described as black and being between 30 to 35 years old. He was last seen wearing glasses, a blue hooded sweater, blue jeans, and black sneakers. He was


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Pumpkins, Puppies, and Brew Slated for Oct. 14 JGH-BID Fall Fest

  Thousands of people are expected to walk up and down Norwood’s largest commercial strip on Oct. 14 as the Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District is set to host its annual Fall Festival. That day, the commercial corridor will be cleared of vehicles for visitors to browse through all the offerings available by the BID’s pool of local merchants and street vendors. As most signature BID events go, the Fall Festival aims to draw a crowd in hopes of familiarizing patrons with the commercial district’s many shopping options. The BID, spanning Jerome Avenue between Mosholu Parkway and East Gun Hill


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