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Thursday, October 16, 2008

New from the Norwood News

Get all the latest from Norwood, Bedford Park, North Fordham and University Heights in the latest edition of the Norwood News, on the streets and online now. Here's a quick preview of some of the stories we're following:

An in-depth look into how the local groups and activists might be able to extract further community benefits from the coming renovation of the Kingsbridge Armory, which, at this point, is looking mostly like a giant shopping mall. Community Benefits Agreements have ensured substantial and enforceable benefits packages in places like California, but because of resistance by the Bloomberg administration, those types of agreements have been slow to catch on in New York City.

Also, a look at the first official public hearing about the Armory project. The Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA), which is seeking a Community Benefits Agreement with the project's developers (The Related Companies), showed up in force to voice it's concerns and wishes for the project.

Three local City Council members -- Joel Rivera, Maria Baez and Oliver Koppell -- support the mayor's plan to extend term limits. Like Bloomberg, all three face a job change or unemployment after next year. The rest of the council is split or undecided.

The warring factions inside the Bronx Democratic Party will battle it out in court, Oct. 27. Why the outcome and Bronx politics in general should matter to everyone who lives here.

A new program in University Heights is fusing basketball and academics to send kids to college and getting fantastic results.

Allen Cleaners, a "cleaner's cleaner" in Bedford Park, just celebrated its 60th year in business.

Plus, check out our Out & About arts and entertainment calendar and our Neighborhood Notes guide to local events, programs and services, which is expanded online.


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