Out & About: National Nights Out

Editor’s Pick  National Nights Out  The public is invited to the following National Nights Out Against Crime held by local police precincts on Aug. 7 as follows:52nd – At Poe Park, Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road from 5 to 8 p.m. Events include Bingo, face makeovers, raffles, pony rides, games, face painting, food, and drinks. 47th – At Grenada Place between Ely and Laconia avenues (across the street from the 47th Precinct), from 4 to 8 p.m. Events include games, music, rides, ices, and entertainment. Onstage Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Concert: Songs Sinatra Sang: featuring singer


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News is out, though this time it’s our traditional one-month edition. That’s right, one month. But it’s packed with plenty of news that will get you talking for the month so let’s start with page one. Our epic page one story focuses on several political rumblings and races heading into the September primary. For the Bronx, that’s usually a time where Democrats will decide who will want to be their general election nominee. You’ll hear from the candidates in the closely watched 34th Senate District and the lone nominee for the


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Campaign Champions Bronx Postal Banking System

Several proposals are under way to provide banking services, such as ATMs, paycheck cashing, bill payment, electronic money transfers and small-dollar loans, at Bronx post offices in hopes of making residents less reliant on alternative financial services. While the proposals are being championed by the postal union and federal legislators representing the Bronx, Community Board 7’s district manager, Ischia Bravo, worries about the Postal Service biting off more responsibility than it can chew. “Overall, and my board agrees, we think it’s a good idea for a pilot program to begin; however, you know, given the underlying issues that the post


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Opinion: The Great Equalizer, Serving as a Juror With Mayor Bill de Blasio

I didn’t expect to have one foot in as a private citizen and the other as a reporter during my sole day as a juror at Manhattan Criminal Court. I figured I’d brace myself for two days of killing my hours in a giant room nervously awaiting my name to be called as though it were some kind of death sentence. But, the day before as I was wrapping up a long production day, in came the email showing the next day’s public schedule for Mayor Bill de Blasio: jury duty. I immediately told this to my wife via text,


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Inquiring Photographer: Cuts at the Daily News

This week we asked readers their thoughts on the decision by the Daily News to cut its newsroom staff by nearly 50 percent and what effect, if any, would it have on coverage of our borough. That’s discouraging for the simple fact that those resources they’re letting go are the resources that scoop the information from this area that is valuable to us, and I think it makes us vulnerable now with what’s going on around us. I get my news from the Daily News and I’m disappointed about this decision. Alexander Vega Kingsbridge   People today are getting their


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Editorial: Why Newspapers Should Matter to You

For those who haven’t heard, the New York Daily News saw some of the most brutal cuts to its reporting staff in recent memory. No one was safe, not even the librarians who archive the paper’s work. You may not notice it right away—no sector is immune to layoffs–but the pain of the layoffs could easily affect you. Follow us here: Without reporters you may not know what’s happening down the street, how to best shame a bad landlord putting tenants in harm’s way, and what the people you elected to represent you in public office are up to. That’s


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Outrage in North Bronx Sparks Plan to Reveal Shelter Addresses

Following acrimony by residents over the sudden boom in homeless men roaming the streets of Wakefield and Edenwald sections of the Bronx, Comptroller Scott Stringer plans to share the locations of shelters that have quietly opened across the neighborhood. Stringer, a critic of the mayor’s handling of the homelessness crisis that’s swept the city, promised residents that an investigation will be launched. He distinguished an investigation with an audit, which the latter can take a year and a half to complete. “[Y]ou don’t want that,” Stringer told an audience at a town hall event his office hosted on July 24.


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SEE VIDEO: 5-2 Precinct Scour for Duo Wanted for University Heights Robbery

Two men are wanted for questioning for a daytime robbery the University Heights section of the Bronx on July 24. The men, captured on video, were seen inside an apartment building on University and Aqueduct avenues armed with silver guns, according to police. Once inside, the men allegedly entered a 27-year-old victim’s house, tied the victim up, and ransacked the apartment. They made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was not physically hurt. Police described the first suspect as Hispanic, standing at 5′ 9″, weighing 180 pounds, with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue


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Financial Focus: Prices? Inflation? Greed? What’s That?

If you are familiar with this column, you will know that I am an adjunct college professor at a public college in the Bronx and one of my summer school classes I am teaching focuses on retirement planning. So understanding inflation is of the utmost importance. For example, $1 today at three percent inflation per year will devalue the dollar to .97 cents by next year, .85 cents in five years, and .70 cents in a decade.  The government tells what is inflation in our economy through a measure called the Consumer Price Index (CPI). But what’s in that box? The Bureau of Labor Stats


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