UPDATE Neighborhood Notes: Monkeypox Vax Updates, Free Yankees Tickets, August Primaries & More! - Norwood News

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Amid the current heatwave, which has now been extended to July 24 at 8 p.m., for tips on how to beat the heat, click here. For more information on public pools, click here.

It’s going to be a hot week in NYC. Take steps to stay safe & #beattheheat:

✅Keep cool and hydrated. ✅Find your nearest cooling center: call @nyc311 or visit https://t.co/9PRlDTeUgY  ✅Be a buddy and check on your neighbors. ✅Stay informed and sign up for @NotifyNYC alerts. pic.twitter.com/9MUQVnU3m9

— NYC Emergency Management Commissioner (@NYCEMCommish) July 19, 2022

According to Bronx Community Board 7, this summer, Con Edison is offering residential customers a $50 discount for buying an eligible smart thermostat, and another $85 for registering it with Con Edison’s “Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT)” Program. Con Edison is also offering residential customers a $1,000 rebate to weatherize their home with new air sealing and proper insulation. Click on the following links for more information.

Do you have ideas about what your local community needs? Take a few minutes and fill out a survey to help inform how future funding is spent across the city. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022CNANYC today. See below flier for more information. Norwood News recently published an Inquiring Photographer feature on where would be the best location for a new public swimming pool in Bedford Park / Norwood.

Abortion Services in New York 

New York Attorney General Letitia James is reminding New Yorkers that abortion services remain legal in New York for those who seek them. A free legal hotline is available for information and legal guidance on accessing safe abortion services in the State. Call (212) 899-5567 for more details.

NYC Public Artists in Residence

Applications are open for the next cycle of NYC Public Artists in Residence program. See attached tweet for more details. The deadline to apply is July 22.

Applications for the next cycle of the NYC Public Artists in Residence program (#PAIRnyc) are now open! Socially engaged artists can apply to work with @NYCDDC, @NYCDHS, @stophatenyc & @NYCHealthSystem. The deadline is Friday, July 22. Learn more & apply: https://t.co/qt3ci9t6nM pic.twitter.com/rAhhvKfhVN

Van Cortlandt Jewish Center Blood Drive 

Last month, New York Blood Center declared a blood emergency. Van Cortlandt Jewish Center (VCJC), in conjunction with the New York Blood Center (NYBC), is hosting an upcoming blood drive on Sunday, July 31, at 9.30 a.m. to address the shortage, and is looking for donors and volunteers. Click here for more details.

Local People Reported Missing in Recent Weeks 

A 16-year-old girl was reported missing in Wakefield. Click here for more details.

A 27-year-old man was reported missing in Van Nest. Click here for more details.

A 74-year-old man was reported missing in Fordham Heights. Click here for more details.

A 78-year-old man was reported missing in the Parkchester section of The Bronx. Click here for more details.

A 58-year-old man was reported missing in the Norwood section of The Bronx. Click here for more details.

A 17-year-old boy was reported missing in the Allerton section of The Bronx. Click here for more details.

A 22-year-old woman was reported missing in the Norwood section of The Bronx. Click here for more details.

As reported, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) said that as of June 30, 78 people in New York City had tested positive for orthopoxvirus, and that of these cases, all were likely monkeypox. They emphasized that anyone could get and spread monkeypox, adding, “The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, so this community is currently at greater risk of exposure. If you have a new or unexpected rash or other symptoms of monkeypox, contact a health care provider.”

In the meantime, as reported, cases have further risen, as of July 15, to 461 cases of monkeypox in the City, which is more than 30 percent of the recorded cases of the virus in the U.S., per the CDC. For more information on the latest vaccination efforts and more, click here.

Norwood News is usually on hiatus for a few weeks in August. However, due to the second Primary Election Day falling on Aug. 23, we will continue to publish throughout August, and our last print edition will be on Aug. 25. The next print edition after that will be on Sept. 22.

Cameroonians Living in the U.S. May be Eligible for TPS 

The nonprofit, African Communities Together, has advised that Cameroonian nationals living in the United States may be eligible for TPS, and are offering f ree legal support for Cameroonians looking to apply for TPS. The designation by the Biden-Harris administration comes after over 5 years of advocacy on the ground by the group and others, according to African Communities Together. Click here for more information.

The MTA has advised of structural repairs taking place on the Concourse D line until 2023. See attached flier below for more information.

As reported, New York City launched the country’s first-ever mobile-based “Test to Treat” program on June 30. Participating mobile testing units managed by NYC Test & Trace Corps now include a clinician on their team to provide instant access to prescriptions for no-cost, antiviral medications for eligible New Yorkers who test positive at these sites, City officials said. The initial “Test to Treat” units are partnering with local pharmacies to provide immediate distribution of medication on presentation of the prescription. As the launch continues, officials said the program will expand to over 30 units over the month of July. The program will also evolve to distribute the antiviral medications from the mobile units, themselves.

The Test  to Treat mobile program started with one mobile testing unit (in The Bronx), paired with a local pharmacy (Burkes Avenue Pharmacy). In the initial phase, New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a prescription from a clinician at the mobile site and be able to pick up the medication at the co-located pharmacy or through the city’s free home delivery program. In the Bronx, mobile units have since partnered and deployed to the following additional locations:

City officials said as the program expands, New Yorkers who test positive at a participating mobile testing unit will be offered the chance to engage with an onsite clinician and, if eligible, walk away with a free course of Paxlovid anti-viral medication. Officials said multiple COVID-19 treatments are now available for people aged 12 and older, and can be delivered to New Yorkers’ homes for free. For more information on COVID-19 treatments, call 212-COVID19 and press 9 or visit nyc.gov/health/covidtreatments.

The Omicron BA.2.12.1 and BA.5 variants are now the dominant coronavirus strains in the U.S. since early July, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The Omicron variant comprises several lineages and sub-lineages, including BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2, BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5.

As of July 12, citywide COVID-19 cases had increased substantially since end of June, though hospitalizations and deaths were still trending downwards, according to data from NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

The citywide 7-day average positive percentage rate was 15.2 percent as of July 12, up from the 9.95 percent rate recorded at the end of June. As of July 12, the 7-day percentage positive rate in ZIP code 10468, covering Fordham / Kingsbridge / University Heights, was 16.55 percent (up from 8.55 percent as of June 30), according to DOHMH.

In ZIP code 10467, covering Allerton / Norwood / Pelham Parkway / Williamsbridge, it was 18 percent (up from 10.03 percent as of June 30). In ZIP code 10458, covering Belmont / Fordham University / Kingsbridge, it was 16.5 percent (up from 6.47 percent as of June 30). Meanwhile, in ZIP codes 10465, covering Country Club and Throggs Neck, and 10455 covering Mott Haven, they were the highest in the borough, both at 21 percent.

Throughout the city, 14 landmark cultural sites and 27 branches of @nypl, @QPLNYC and @BKLYNlibrary are distributing at-home #COVID19 tests to New Yorkers for free. Hours and locations: https://t.co/MB8E5PEzmU pic.twitter.com/rX2qwhOX0z

— City of New York (@nycgov) April 7, 2022

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) say vaccinations, masking, hand-washing, and testing remain the most important tools in fighting infection. CDC mask guidance can be checked here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html. In New York State, masks are still required in healthcare facilities, nursing homes, correction facilities, domestic violence shelters, and on public transit.

DOHMH officials say at-home testing kits are available to all New Yorkers to allow people to stay at home if sick, and a telemedicine service has been implemented to ascertain whether New Yorkers who contract the new variant need access to life-saving COVID-19 medication. New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 can receive COVID-19 treatments that help prevent severe disease and hospitalization. DOHMH officials said if they do need such treatment, it will be delivered same day to their homes, curtailing the spread of the virus and keeping the City open.

NYS Department of Health (DOH) officials say all eligible New Yorkers, 6 months and older should get vaccinated and get their booster dose when eligible. The U.S. Department of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available here: Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson. The FDA approved the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in July.

On June 22, the Adams administration announced that New Yorkers aged 6-months and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for more information.

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccines 

A virtual town hall to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation was held by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (A.D. 81) on Thursday, Sept. 23, It can be watched here. Get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines at these sites:




COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state, irrespective of immigration status. To schedule an appointment directly at a New York State-run site, go to New York State’s vaccine scheduler and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible individuals.

The City has expanded its at-home vaccination program to all New Yorkers aged 12+. You can select which of the vaccines you prefer at no cost. To request your in-home vaccination visit https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home. You can also sign up online for an at-home vaccination or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

NYC offers free, at-home, COVID-19 testing for all New Yorkers. The service is available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and appointments can be scheduled by calling (929) 298-9400.

Rapid At-Home Kits Are Also Available Here:

Allerton Library 2740 Barnes Avenue Bronx, NY 10467 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Baychester Library 2049 Asch Loop North Bronx, NY 10475 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Belmont Library 610 East 186th Street Bronx, NY 10458 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Bronx Library Center 310 East Kingsbridge Road Bronx, NY 10458 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Bronx Museum 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10456 Dates: June 7 Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Castle Hill Library 947 Castle Hill Avenue Bronx, NY 10473 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

City Island Library 320 City Island Avenue Bronx, NY 10464 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Clason’s Point Library 1215 Morrison Avenue Bronx, NY 10472 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Eastchester Library 1385 East Gun Hill Road Bronx, NY 10469 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Edenwald Library 1255 East 233rd Street Bronx, NY 10466 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Francis Martin Library 2150 University Avenue Bronx, NY 10453 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Grand Concourse Library 155 East 173rd Street Bronx, NY 10457 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

High Bridge Library 78 West 168th Street Bronx, NY 10452 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Jerome Park Library 118 Eames Place Bronx, NY 10468 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Kingsbridge Library 291 West 231st Street Bronx, NY 10463 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Morris Park Library 985 Morris Park Avenue Bronx, NY 10462 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Mosholu Library 285 East 205th Street Bronx, NY 10467 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Mott Haven 321 East 140th Street Bronx, NY 10454 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Parkchester Library 1985 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY 10462 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Pelham Bay Library 3060 Middletown Road Bronx, NY 10461 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library 2147 Barnes Avenue Bronx, NY 10462 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Riverdale Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Bronx, NY 10471 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Sedgwick Library 1701 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Bronx, NY 10453 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Soundview Library 660 Soundview Avenue Bronx, NY 10473 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Spuyten Duyvil Library 650 West 235th Street Bronx, NY 10463 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Throgs Neck Library 3025 Cross Bronx Expressway Extension Bronx, NY 10465 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Tremont Library 1866 Washington Avenue Bronx, NY 10457 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Van Cortlandt Library 3882 Cannon Place Bronx, NY 10463 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Wakefield Library 4100 Lowerre Place Bronx, NY 10466 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Wave Hill 4900 Independence Avenue Bronx, NY 10471 Dates: June 9 Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

West Farms Library 2085 Honeywell Avenue Bronx, NY 10460 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Westchester Square Library 2521 Glebe Place Bronx, NY 10461 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Woodlawn Heights Library 4355 Katonah Avenue Bronx, NY 10470 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

Woodstock Library 761 East 160th Street Bronx, NY 10456 Dates: June 6 – 10 Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tests can be used on people 2 years and older.

The City of New York runs a COVID-19 hotline. Through this hotline, you can call and get all of your COVID-19 updates, including testing sites, advice from medical staff, quarantine information and mental health support. Call 212-COVID19 or (212) 268-4319.

On May 25, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced it had expanded its COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Tool, which provides New Yorkers direct access to order care packages to help isolate safely and receive COVID-19 therapeutics, including oral antiviral prescriptions and monoclonal antibody treatments. In addition to the resource portal, the quarantine and isolation guidance tool offers personalized guidance to New Yorkers who are exposed to, tested positive for, or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. For more information, go to https://covid19.nychealthandhospitals.org/COVID19help or call the NYC Test & Trace Corps COVID Hotline at 212-COVID19.

Children with Developmental Disabilities & COVID-19 Vaccines 

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, Dr. Lisa H. Shulman, neurodevelopmental pediatrician and interim director of Rose F. Kennedy CERC at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, gave a virtual talk about COVID-19 vaccines for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The event can be watched on YouTube (link below).

All travelers, domestic and international, should continue to follow all CDC travel requirements.

Air Travel COVID-19 Testing Requirements End

The U.S. has ended COVID-19 air travel testing requirements for air travelers entering the country, effective June 12. See attached flier for more information.

Open Enrollment for NYS Health Insurance

The NY State of Health Open Enrollment Period for coverage in a 2022 Qualified Health Plan has been extended indefinitely for the duration of the pandemic, as confirmed on Friday, Jan. 14, by New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan is available. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, at https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or directly through insurers. If you need help choosing a plan, talk to a registration advisor for free. Call 311, text the word “SafeNYC” to 877-877 or visit https://on.nyc.gov/3hEl8JI.

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Applications Open 

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) & City University of New York (CUNY) resident scholarship is now open for applications. General eligibility requirements include:

Authorized NYCHA Residency or Section 8 resident A minimum of 24 credits at the time of application A minimum 3.0 GPA Currently enrolled undergraduate, full-time student at any CUNY community or senior college Applications and specific eligibility requirements are available at the Opportunity NYCHA website

The scholarships represent one of the ways that CUNY and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)  partner to support the academic achievements of public housing residents who attend The City University of New York . All scholarships are made possible with the generous support of public and private partners. In addition, if a resident has applied for one of these scholarships in the past, and still meet the eligibility criteria, both NYCHA and CUNY encourage that person to apply again. Contact scholarships@nycha.nyc.gov for more information. To apply, go to: on.nyc.gov/nycha-cuny.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) now requires owners and developers of new large residential buildings to submit a Waste Management Plan. This requirement is found in a new rule effective April 1, 2022. Visit nyc.gov/wastemanagementplan to learn more and submit your plan.

Running from July 11 through Aug. 19, 2022, “First Step” is a 6-week virtual job training program run by Coalition for the Homeless for women interested in human services employment.

SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center is offering free haircuts by appointment. Taking place Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Bronxites can call the following number if interested: 718-530-7043. The haircuts will take place at the following location: SUNY Bronx EOC, 1666 Bathgate Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457. Vaccination or a negative test within three days is required to receive a haircut.

Free Parenting and Prenatal Classes

The Parenting Resource Center at Catholic Guardian Services, located at 3356 Fort Independence St., Bronx, NY 10463, is providing free, parenting, and prenatal classes for new and expecting parents. Classes will be held in person and will be taught in English and Spanish. Parents that complete the classes will be given a free crib. The four classes will be on breastfeeding, stress or trauma, safe sleep, and women’s health. To sign up, contact Marie at (718) 828-0300 Ext. 209.

Legionnaires’ Disease Cluster in The Bronx 

The City’s health department announced on June 17 that the investigation into the Highbridge community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease has been closed, as reported. “No new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in residents of the area with symptom onset in the last four weeks,” health officials said. There were 30 cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the cluster. Twenty-eight people were hospitalized, 24 have been discharged, and two New Yorkers died.

NYC Schools is providing free, summer breakfast and lunch for everyone 18 years old and younger under from June 28 to September 2 at select public schools, pools, and parks. No registration, documentation or ID is required. Find a location at: http://schools.nyc.gov/summermeals.

Notice from NYCHA / Con Ed re People Who Use Life-Support Equipment 

New York City Housing Authority ae advising residents that if they use life-support equipment or if someone in their household does, it’s important to let Con Edison know. Con Edison keeps a record of such individuals to contact them in case of emergency and make sure they are safe. Call 1-877-58-CONED (1-877-582-6633) or visit https://on.nyc.gov/3tScCuR to complete the online form. Please have your 15-digit account number available when you call. Life-support equipment conditions require certification that must be updated annually.

BronxCare Health System and partners are inviting residents to a community baby shower on Saturday, July 23, in Mullaly Park. See attached flier below for details.

NYC Care  is a health care access program that guarantees low-cost and no-cost services to New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance. All NYC Care  services are provided through NYC Health + Hospitals. With NYC Care , residents can get a unique membership card to access health services, choose their own doctor, and get affordable medications.

Immigrants no longer have to live in NYC for six months to be eligible for NYC Care. Click on the link in the below tweet to learn how to enroll.

Immigrants no longer have to live in NYC for six months to be eligible for #NYCCare! 🎉 It’s now easier than ever to enroll! Learn more about the @NYCHealthSystem program that guarantees care for all New Yorkers: https://t.co/feRboHd8y0 pic.twitter.com/TDLGVjgzx3

— NYC Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (@MayorsPEU) June 22, 2022

In early April, local Social Security offices planned to add more in-person appointments and services. As the agency expands its in-person service, officials strongly encourage residents to continue to go online, call for help, and schedule appointments in advance. Please see the flier below for some important information about:

NYC Human Resources Administration and NYC Department of Social Services are advising New Yorkers that SNAP benefits and Cash Assistance can be managed via the HRA app. See the link in the below Tweet for more information.

Need SNAP? Get the app. To apply for and manage your SNAP benefits and Cash Assistance, use the ACCESS HRA app. Learn more: https://t.co/stpJyqx6mE

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding medical cannabis dispensary operations, provided by PharmaCann in relation to Verilife’s relocation to 25-27 West Fordham Road, Bronx NY 10468. According to its website, PharmaCann [https://www.pharmacann.com/] is one of the country’s “largest vertically integrated cannabis companies, providing safe, reliable, top-quality cannabis products.” For more information about Verilife Bronx, NY, go to https://www.verilife.com/ny/location/bronx. A Bronx Cannabis Forum was recently held in the borough. For more information on what was discussed, click here.

United States Suicide Prevention Hotline 

A National Suicide Prevention hotline is available effective July 1, as confirmed by Assembly Member Nathalie Fernandez (A.D. 80). Call 988 for help.

Taking effect in July, 2022, the United States Suicide Prevention Hotline can be called by dialing 988.

#988 pic.twitter.com/TJm7P9C4NI

— Nathalia Fernández (@Fernandez4NY) June 30, 2022

Friends of Mosholu Parkland (FOMP) said last year, the group received a great donation for the purchase of green compostable 30-gallon trash bags. This year, the group is half-way through the summer youth program and they need the same trash bags for litter patrol. Elizabeth Quaranta from FOMP said if anyone can donate $50, it will cover the 250 trash bags needed, and she provided this link. Contact mosholuparkland@gmail.com for more information.

NYS Deadline Extended for Public Comment on Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria

New York State has extended the deadline for public comment on the draft disadvantaged communities criteria from a climate perspective to Aug. 5. Click here for more information.

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene provides a confidential mental health and substance use support 24/7 via their NYC Well service. See the following Tweet for more information.

Are you experiencing stress, depression or anxiety or having problems with drug use? #NYCWell can help. Get free, confidential mental health and substance use support, 24/7:

☎️ Talk: 888-NYC-Well 📱 Text “WELL” to 65173 💬 Chat: https://t.co/z9vMCu4hxI pic.twitter.com/OMCm8XWYkk

Free Legal Help with Domestic Violence 

The Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project provides free legal help with domestic violence-related matters on the last Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with District 12 City Councilman Kevin Riley. See attached flier below for more information. (If you are in immediate danger, if you can, call 911.)

Suicide Awareness Seminar with The Suicide Network  

The Suicide Network holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month in The Bronx to discuss various mental health matters and other topics. See attached flier for more details.

A Youth Run Farmstand will be held from July 6 to October 26, at Gale Place and Orloff Avenue in Van Cortlandt Village. See attached flier below for more information.

Temporary Bee-Line Bus Stop Relocation 

New York City Department of Design & Construction (DDC) has issued a bulletin regarding a temporary Jerome Avenue bus stop relocation 24/7 until Aug. 31. See attached flier for more information.

DDC officials said the Westchester Bee Bus line stop at Jerome Avenue and East 233rd Street was relocated south on Jerome Avenue. See Google map further below.

Latest Street & Bridge Closures in The Bronx 

For the latest updates on street and bridge closures in The Bronx, click here.

Co-Op City Apartments Application Period Open 

Riverbay Corporation is now accepting applications for apartments at Co-op City. See attached flier below for more information.

An affordable housing lottery launched for units at 2434 Bronx Park East in Allerton. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2022. For more information, click here.

An affordable housing lottery launched for units at Williamsbridge Gardens in Williamsbridge. The deadline to apply is Aug. 18, 2022. For more information, click here.

An affordable housing lottery launched for units at 6327 Broadway in North Riverdale. The deadline to apply is Sept. 8, 2022. For more information, click here.

An affordable housing lottery launched for units 2241 White Plains Road a/k/a 683 Thwaites Place, in the Allerton section of The Bronx. The deadline to apply is Sept. 10, 2022. For more information, click here.

Bronxworks can provide cash assistance to people experiencing an unforeseen crisis. For more information, see the attached flier below.

Community Health Advocates can help residents who are having problems with health insurance. Please see attached flier for details.

New York City Civic Engagement Commission is seeking an advisor for community boards. For more information, click here .

The New York State Department of Labor announced on April 29, that the joint apprenticeship and training committee for New York City District Council of Carpenters will conduct a recruitment campaign from June 1, 2022 through May 3, 2023 for 25 carpenter apprentices. For more information, click here.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has advised it now has a one-stop shop solution allowing customers to complete their Social Security business remotely, rather than visiting a Social Security office. Hundreds of partners across the country are reportedly now using the Social Security Express Icon, including libraries, retirement communities, homeless shelters, job training facilities, prisons, doctor’s offices, veterans’ facilities, motor vehicle administrations, health and human service offices and many more. Customers are being encouraged to avail of SSA’s “flexible, easy and time-saving solution to conduct their Social Security business in one place.” To learn more and get the Social Security Express icon on your public access computers and websites, click here.

Notice of Replacement of Trunk Water Mains, Rehabilitation of Sewers in Norwood and Woodlawn Heights

NYC Department of Design and Construction advises that the replacement of the trunk and distribution water mains and a rehabilitation of the sewers continues to take place in Norwood and Woodlawn Heights during the third quarter of 2022. See attached fliers for more information.

Alternate Side Parking (ASP) Update

As reported, beginning July 5, 2022 alternate side parking regulations for street cleaning will be restored to pre-pandemic frequency as posted on the signage throughout the City. DSNY officials said they are excited to be getting more of the tools they need to carry out their job of keeping the city healthy, safe, and clean.

When ASP is in effect, you can’t park on the side of the street that is being cleaned. Move your vehicle during the posted street cleaning regulations. The rules apply for the entire time posted on the sign, even if a street sweeper has passed. You can look up the ASP rules on street cleaning signs on specific streets by using the Parking Sign Locator map. Learn more about ASP on the City’s 311 information page.

Environmental justice begins at the street level, and clean streets are vital to vibrant neighborhoods and our city’s economic recovery. Mechanical sweeping is the most cost-effective and efficient means of street cleaning. Mechanical brooms pick up several thousand pounds of litter and debris each day and are key components of a comprehensive public health and environmental justice program. Without this brief period of curb access, litter and debris build up causing a cleanliness problem and polluting our waterways.

The latest available weekly construction bulletin for the Bainbridge Avenue Construction Project is attached below.

I’Raise Girls & Boys International Center for Research and Development Survey

I’Raise Girls & Boys International Center for Research and Development wants to observe data related to demographics, experiences with the healthcare system, views of the medical industry, and the information used to make decisions. Your participation in this study helps us understand how we can better serve Latinx and Black individuals in our community.

 Complete our research survey this month and you could win a gift card!  Go to iraiseinc.org/post/vaccineperception  To participate, you must be 18+ years of age and live in New York City

Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, you are encouraged to participate. I’RAISE Center for Research and Development focuses on identifying the needs of vulnerable youth of color and their families in the areas of research, training, and service. I’RAISE promotes the use of evidence-based practices for vulnerable youth of color and equips staff and non-profit leaders and executives in New York State to address the needs of this vulnerable group. Meet the research team! iraiseinc.org/research.

Visiting Nurses Services NY is inviting the public to virtual, exercise classes in Cantonese on Tuesdays, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. See attached flier below for more information.

LISC NYC Developers of Color Training Programs 

LISC NYC is partnering with Infinite Horizons and other partners to provide a Developers of Color Training Program aimed at expanding the capacity of minority-owned business enterprise developers. Click on the link in the tweet below to learn more.

Through the Developers of Color Training Program we're excited to partner with Infinite Horizons and other partners on a platform aimed at expanding the capacity of minority-owned business enterprise developers. Check out this video to learn more. https://t.co/foMOLupiWU pic.twitter.com/hTaV6PjxiO

— LISC NYC (@LISC_NYC) January 15, 2022

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is hosting live, bi-weekly, online Q&A sessions for property owners, registered design professionals, filing representatives and other licensees/registrants, providing a space for attendees to ask job specific questions for filings in DOB NOW, the Buildings Information System (BIS), or general questions about permits, construction codes, zoning regulations, sign-offs, certificates of occupancy, places of assembly, equipment installations, violations and civil penalties, etc. For more information on the July 21 event, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dob-bronx-borough-qa-session-tickets-311826620817?aff=erelexpmlt.

New York City Department of Sanitation is encouraging New Yorkers to make compost, not trash, by using their buildings’ brown bins to deposit food scraps. For more information, see attached flier.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s moratorium on COVID-19-related residential and commercial evictions expired on Jan. 15, 2022. For more information on how to get help, EvictionFreeNY.org is a free tool put together by JustFix and Right to Counsel.

It is illegal for someone to pressure or force you to leave your home. Do not self-evict! Call 311 and ask for the Tenant Helpline to get free legal advice, including information on how to complete the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) application. pic.twitter.com/OknxH0kACN

— NYC Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (@NYCMOPT) March 10, 2022

Rights for Delivery Workers in NYC

As of Jan. 24, delivery workers now have new rights:

Go to: http://on.nyc.gov/33BL6el for more information.

Reduced fares are available for riders who are 65 or older or riders who have qualifying disabilities. The reduced fare is half the base fare. For example, the base fare for subways and local buses is $2.75, so the reduced fare is $1.35. There is also a Reduced-Fare MetroCard for riders who use mobility aids or have service animals. The MTA has resumed processing MetroCard claims, following a pause in processing because of the pandemic.  See how to get help with MetroCard problems.

Qualifying disabilities include receiving medicare benefits for any reason other than age, serious mental illness and receiving supplemental security income, blindness, deafness or hearing loss, ambulatory disability, cognitive disability, or other physical disabilities. You can submit an application online, by mail, or in person. See how to apply.

Effective Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, applications are being accepted for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP) which provides rental assistance for landlords whose tenants are unwilling to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), including where the tenant has left the rental property. Assistance may be provided for households with rent up to 150 percent of the Fair Market rent (FMR) for the county where the property is located. Apply for the LRAP online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. IMPORTANT NOTE: Landlords are encouraged to gather all the information needed before starting an application including proof of ownership and rental amounts, as documentation must be uploaded at the time of application in order to complete and submit the application.

Become a New York City Lifeguard

NYC Parks is recruiting for New York City lifeguards. See attached flyer above for details.

NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program Alert

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program currently has no funds available. However, tenants are encouraged to apply ERAP to get certain tenant protections that could prevent a landlord from taking action by evicting tenants. See attached flier below for more information or go to: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/ for more information.

As of April 28, the 2022-23 State budget includes additional funds to support the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Prior to the addition of these funds, New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA)  anticipated funding applications submitted through October 7, 2021. As a result of the additional funding, OTDA  is processing eligible ERAP applications submitted through March 31, 2022.

Currently, applications submitted through December 31, 2021, are under active review and processing, to be followed in the coming months by applications submitted from January 1 through March 31, 2022. OTDA will update its website on ERAP if additional funding becomes available to pay eligible applications submitted after March 31, 2022.

DDC Anywhere is a central resource for providing information and tools that helps DDC engage with the communities and agencies it serves. Through DDC Anywhere, the agency can collaborate with sponsor agencies and partner companies that share in the design, construction and renovation of civic facilities and surrounding infrastructure. Visit https://ddcanywhere.gov for more information. Contact businessdevelopment@ddc.nyc.gov with any questions.

Discover what projects we're working on in your neighborhood with this interactive map 🔎 https://t.co/WDwtPf44gl pic.twitter.com/Uklvzpd9sh

— NYC DDC (@NYCDDC) April 1, 2022

As reported, NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds New Yorkers that sprinkler caps are allowed, can be attached to fire hydrants, and are available from FDNY. However, opening a fire hydrant at full throttle is ILLEGAL and can create a fire hazard if there is a fire in the area, and the fire hydrant is subsequently found to be empty.

Fire hydrant spray caps installed by @FDNY are a fun way to #BeatTheHeat. Request it at your local firehouse: You must be 18, show ID, & fill out a short form. Opening hydrants yourself depletes water pressure, making it hard for firefighters to fight fires. Stay safe, stay cool! pic.twitter.com/hO07ctOJHP

Bronx Community Board 7 is currently on hiatus for the summer. Meetings will resume in September. The elections for next year’s board and committees will be held in September. Contact kcabreracarrera@cb.nyc.gov to be added to the distribution list for upcoming meetings.

The 52nd Precinct Community Council meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., sometimes virtually and sometimes in person. Call the 52nd Precinct Community Affairs office at 718-220-5824 to be added to the email list. The NYPD’s 52nd Precinct is divided into a number of sectors. Find your sector by entering your address in the map here. The precinct also holds regular Build the Block community meetings and invites feedback from residents to discuss issues of common concern. The council’s fellowship breakfast will be held on July 26. See attached flier below for more details.

Bedford Mosholu Community Association meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. The group usually takes a summer hiatus. The next meeting will be held on on Sept. 7. For further details, contact bedfordmosholu@verizon.net.

Congressional & State Redistricting Update 

Following the 2020 census, the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) held a number of virtual sessions with community residents to discuss the redistricting process over a matter of months. The IRC held a final Bronx County hearing on its proposed redrawn maps for the assembly, State senate, and congressional districts on Nov. 9, 2021. That hearing can be watched here. The maps/plans were submitted by the commission to the State legislature on Jan. 3, 2022.

The State legislature voted on the first set of plans, rejecting it, and could not agree on a second set. Instead, elected representatives voted to approve alternate maps proposed by the Democratic Party, and these were ultimately approved on Feb. 2 by the State legislature, which holds a Democratic majority, and signed off by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Feb. 3, as reported.

The NYS Republican Party immediately mounted a legal challenge, and a judge later overruled the February vote by the State legislature as being unconstitutional, saying the February maps were gerrymandered by Democrats. The court ordered new maps to be redrawn. Lawmakers had until April 11 to submit new maps, but on Monday, April 4, a judge issued a stay on the case, which retained the prevailing February maps in place, allowing candidates time to collect the required number of voter signatures needed to get on the ballot for the June Primaries before the deadline.

As later reported, on April 27, the New York Court of Appeals struck down the congressional and State senate redistricting maps approved by the State legislature in February, and a court-appointed special master was required to come up with new maps by May 20. The court also ordered that the 2022 congressional and State primary elections be postponed to August 23. The new maps by the special master are now available and can be viewed here.

On June 10, a separate legal challenge resulted in the courts also overturning the redrawn maps for the State assembly districts which had been approved by the State legislature in early February 2022. However, it was decided that the June 28 primaries would go ahead based on the State Assembly districts approved by the State legislature in early February. The same maps will remain in place for the November 2022 general elections for State assembly races. The State Assembly districts will later be redrawn by a court appointed special master ahead of the 2024 primaries.

Win Free Yankee Tickets Through Community Service 

Win free Yankees tickets by helping to clean up the community. See attached flier above for more information.

Girls Health & Wellness Resource Fair

NYC Health + Hospitals / North Central Bronx is hosting a Girls Health & Wellness Resource Fair on July 29. See attached flier above for more information.

All NYC public school students who are enrolled in school during the month of June 2022 are eligible for a P-EBT payment of $375. See attached flier above for more information.

Bronx People’s Federal Credit Union

The Bronx People’s federal credit union is launching on July 19. See attached flier above for more information.

A Summer Job Fair is taking place on August 17, hosted by Bronx Community Board 7, Camba Housing Ventures and Bolivar. See attached flier above for more details.

As reported, the NYC redistricting process has kicked off, and hearings are already underway. The July 6th Bronx hearing, held at Hostos Community College, can be watched below. On Friday, July 15, the NYC Districting Commission released the first proposed draft, redrawn maps, based on community feedback collected at the hearings held to date. There is still opportunity to comment. To view the draft maps, to learn how to comment and to check the remaining calendar of hearings, click here.

The next primary elections will take place on Aug. 23, and will cover State Senate and congressional elections. Update your address by Aug. 3. Request your absentee ballot by Aug. 8. Early voting will begin on Aug. 13. For more information on early voting, and for a voting guide, click here.

Bronx Residents Have $353,393,103 in Unclaimed Funds

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced last year that Bronx residents have $353,393,103.00 in unclaimed funds, waiting to be paid. In 2022, New York State returned $208,316,341 so far to New Yorkers. For more information about this topic, and how to check if you are owed unclaimed funds, click here.

Obtaining a High School Equivalency and / or Commercial Driver’s License (free or loan-free)

If you are between the aged between 16 and 24, Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) can help you obtain your High School Equivalency and/or Commercial Drivers License through our Advance & Earn program for free. Limited spots are available right now in the Fall cohort. Learn more at www.mmcc.org/advance-earn/ or call right now at (917) 792-3899. To read one testimony, click here. MMCC also offers loan-free culinary training programs with opportunities for paid internships. Go to www.mmcc.org or call (718) 652 0282 for more information.

Job & Career Assistance for Veterans 

VetConnectPro has tools to help veterans land a great job and launch a career, including military skills translator, a dashboard with NYC.gob job postings, info on civil service exams, recommended online job training. Create or upload your resume to nyc.gov/vetconnectpro.

VetConnectPro has tools to help #veterans land a great job & launch a career, including: – military skills translator – a dashboard w/ NYC gov job postings – info on civil service exams – recommended online job training

Create or upload your resume today: https://t.co/xS9E7ZbR7K pic.twitter.com/DNpYbdsqI4

— NYC Department of Veterans' Services (@nycveterans) November 11, 2021

Free Transportation for Seniors and People with Disabilities 

Free transportation is available with NYC Department of the Aging for seniors and people with disabilities living in certain community districts in the Bronx. See attached flyer for more information.

Price gouging is illegal. Bronxites can report sudden and unexpected increases in consumer goods by calling the consumer hotline toll free at 800-697-1220. This line is available seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for consumers. For more information on this topic, click here.

There will be restrictions to curbside parking and sidewalk access for certain community districts from Oct. 4, 2021 until Summer 2023, at certain times. See attached flyer below for more details.

As reported, the Bronx bus redesign plan was initiated in 2019 by New York City Transit (an agency of the MTA) and the final plan was made available here: https://new.mta.info/bronxbusredesign, while the final plan addendum (published in November 2021) was made available here. Comments from the public were submitted here: https://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/app/comments_bronxbus. On December 15, 2021, the MTA Board of Directors adopted the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign Final Plan. The staff summary and Board proceedings are available for review by clicking on the hyperlinks provided. Earlier this year, preparations got underway to roll out the borough-wide plan, as reported. On Tuesday, June 21, the MTA formally announced the go-live date of June 26 during a press conference held at Fordham Plaza.

Reconstruction Project in Norwood & Woodlawn Heights Fall 2022

NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC) has shared a notice regarding replacement of trunk and distribution water mains and the rehabilitation of sewers in Norwood and Woodlawn Heights during fall 2022. See attached newsletter below for more details.

Free Training from NYC Department of Small Business Services

The NYC Department of Small Business Services is providing no-cost, online training to help business owners and employees in NYC. Click here for more information: http:// nyc.gov/trainingemployees.

In addition and as reported, during National Small Business Week 2022, Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim also encouraged small businesses to avail of a range of other supports available to New York City small businesses. Click here for more information.

A Bronx County Medical Society physician opened a New Urgent Care across the street from Montefiore Hospital at 161 East Gun Hill Road on Wednesday, June 22, “in efforts to reduce inpatient admissions in hospitals, while also educating the public on what Urgent Care can support, especially for non-emergencies as well as supportive care in the community.” For more information, go to: www.mydocurgentcare.com.

NYC SMALL BUSINESS Services offers free training to small businesses. Image courtesy of NYC Small Business Services

Norwood Community Library distributes free books at different pop-up events around the borough but also has a library mailbox based at the Keeper’s House, located at 3400 Reservoir Oval East in Norwood. More information about the library can be found here.

Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC)

Black entrepreneurs face enormous barriers and are vastly underrepresented among New York City’s business owners. While the Black community currently makes up 22% of New York City’s population (1.9 million), just 3.5% of NYC businesses are owned by Black entrepreneurs. There is tremendous potential for more Black-owned businesses to start and grow. In September 2019, in partnership with community members, organizations, advocates, and leaders, Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC), was launched to help create equity of opportunity by advancing Black entrepreneurship. More information is available here.

Cash Assistance from NYC Human Resources Administration

Your family can get cash if you are in need. The funds come on a debit card that you can use at any ATM or store where EBT cards are accepted. More information is available here.

Building Skills NYC is offering a free, 3-month training program in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning). Flyer attached further below with more details.

BUILDING SKILLS NY is offering training, coaching and support to workers. Image courtesy of Building Skills NY

NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Ops has launched a pilot program to help stop illegal dumping, increasing and concentrating their efforts in certain areas. The department has issued summonses, impounded vehicles, initiated an arrest and cleaned up a mess caused by illegal dumping. Department officials said illegal dumping leads to unsightly and unsafe conditions and added that residents and businesses are requested to follow the rules. They said it’s a legal and moral responsibility to put trash in its proper place and they called on residents to report any illegal dumping. For more Information, go to: https://on.nyc.gov/3zjvhmd.

NYPD reminds residents that dirt bikes are illegal. See attached flyer below. Also, if your scooter has an electric or gas motor with no vehicle ID number, then it is illegal and cannot be driven or sold. Violators could face fines and vehicles will be seized by police.

Motorized scooters in New York City are illegal. See below flier for more information.

NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave 

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) advises that paid safe and sick leave is covered for all workers who:

For more information about the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law or to file a complaint, visit nyc.gov/workers. All covered workers have the same rights and protections under the Law, regardless of immigration status. Contact NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection: Call 311 and say “Paid Safe and Sick Leave” | Visit nyc.gov/workers | Email OLPS@dca.nyc.gov.

Protect Your Home Against Scams

New York City Department of Finance offers assistance to homeowners to help protect themselves against loan scams. See attached flyer below for further information.

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center Programs

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center provides a range of helpful programs to the local community for all age-groups. For more information, click here.

Welcome to the Norwood News, a bi-weekly community newspaper that primarily serves the northwest Bronx communities of Norwood, Bedford Park, Fordham and University Heights. Through our Breaking Bronx blog, we focus on news and information for those neighborhoods, but aim to cover as much Bronx-related news as possible. Founded in 1988 by Mosholu Preservation Corporation, a not-for-profit affiliate of Montefiore Medical Center, the Norwood News began as a monthly and grew to a bi-weekly in 1994. In September 2003 the paper expanded to cover University Heights and now covers all the neighborhoods of Community District 7. The Norwood News exists to foster communication among citizens and organizations and to be a tool for neighborhood development efforts. The Norwood News runs the Bronx Youth Journalism Heard, a journalism training program for Bronx high school students. As you navigate this website, please let us know if you discover any glitches or if you have any suggestions. We’d love to hear from you. You can send e-mails to norwoodnews@norwoodnews.org or call us anytime (718) 324-4998.

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