BRONX CB7 COMMUNITY NEWS
Federal Primary Election on June 26th 2018
There will be a Federal Primary Election on June 26th 2018 and the Voter Registration Deadline for this election will be June 1st.
NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL SPARKS COMMUNITY OUTRAGE
NORWOOD – Community members took a preemptive strike against a proposed shelter across from a Norwood school by holding a protest Tuesday. The community is taking action against what members believe will become an all-men’s shelter inside a Sam’s Floor Covering location. Their worries surfaced after an application was filed with the Department of Buildings requesting to expand the building and add sleeping accommodations.
Community Board 7 members say the application was approved by the DOB in March and that they are against an all-men’s shelter so close to P.S./M.S. 20, which directly faces the Sam’s Floor Covering building. The board’s chairwoman says they don’t oppose a shelter; they’re just worried about it being exclusively for men. “We have no clue what’s going to happen here, and that’s what we are worried about,” says Adeline Walker-Santiago.
The community board proposed an alternate location for the shelter at the FEGS Bronx Mental Health Center on Jerome Avenue. News 12 has not confirmed whether the Sam’s Floor Covering location will in fact be a men’s shelter; there’s just the application for expansion. The Department of Homeless Services has told the community that it has not made any final decisions (Bronx News 12, 2017).
The school has over 1040 students Pre-K to 8th grade and 220 teachers and in the adjoining school PS 168 with grades K to 5 located also at 3050 Webster Avenue in their Annex where they have an additional 200 special needs students with 108 additional teachers.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Challenges New Yorkers To Get Civically Involved
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is kicking off the New Year by tackling an issue of tremendous importance in New York City—the need for greater civic engagement among New Yorkers. In partnership with the new civic engagement platform OrangeUGoing.com, Borough President Diaz announced the “Hour New York Challenge” in The Bronx to encourage New Yorkers to take the pledge to dedicate at least one hour each month throughout 2018 to civic engagement.
“Civic engagement comes in many forms,” said Borough President Diaz. “It’s attending your community board meeting, getting involved with an association, volunteering with a nonprofit, attending a conference or seminar to learn about policies that impact you and more. Civic engagment is about being informed and active citizen who works to shalpe a neighborhood, borough, and city your’re proud of” (www.bronxboropres.gov, 2018).
MEET BRONX COMMUNITY BOARD 7
(L-R) Top Row: Tiffany Wheatland, Monique Weston, Miriam Guerra (L-R) Middle Row: Lowell Green, Alfred Grant, Yini Rodriguez, Oswald Feliz, Yajaira Arias, SM Shah Mahmood, Chad Royer, Stanley Richards, Emmanuel Martinez, Betty Arce, Edgar Ramos, Rev. Ralph Beck, Sandra Erickson (L-R) Bottom Row: Barbara Stronczer, Cole Hawkins, Robyn L. Saunders, MPA, Myrna Calderon, Adaline Walker Santiago, Christina Contreras, Nora Feury, Lorita Watson, Andrew Laiosa, and Helene Hartman-Kutnowsky
Not Pictured: Anthony Perez, Carmen Miranda, Cynthia O’Neal-Riley, Gregory Clarke, Sr., Gwendolyn Thomas-Steed, Jean Hill, Jeffrey Hunter, John Snider, Joseph Nieves, Marcos Sierra, Monjur Choudhury, Rev. Ritchie Ramos, Rurth Santana and Vishes Mehta;
Our Amazing Office Team: Londy Ramirez, Community Coordinator & Michael Rosario, Community Assistant
- Servicing 7 Neighborhoods in the Bronx
- With 15 Different Committees