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Thursday, December 11, 2008

New from the Norwood News

A quick preview of the latest issue of the Norwood News, out on streets and online now.

Tenants at a Grand Concourse building are fighting a rent increase that they believe shouldn't have been imposed on them in the first place. In the process, they are underscoring systematic problems at the state agency that grants rent increases at rent-controlled buildings, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

With serious budget cuts looming, the Bx34 and overnight service for the Bx10, among others throughout the city, are on the chopping block, which would be a serious hassle for commuters and the elderly. Elected officials and rider advocates say a tax increase could stave off at least some of these cuts.

At the end of November, three murders hit the 52nd Precinct in the span of a week. The apparently unrelated killings all happened within a four-block radius, rattling a North Fordham neighborhood with a history of drug dealing and violence. [On top of that, the fatal police shooting of a man wielding a baseball bat on Tuesday night happened in this neighborhood as well.]

The Filipino community is making its mark during the holidays at St. Ann's, a Norwood-area church.

University Heights activist Haile Rivera gave up his life to get Barack Obama into the White House. Now, Rivera's following him to Washington in hopes of becoming part of the administration.

The Norwood News opines that the DEP is up to its old dirty tricks by taking more parkland to make room for construction of a parking lot for golfers.

Plus, check our online-expanded Neighborhood Notes section, find out what's happening over the holidays in our Out & About arts and entertainment calendar and see what local residents think about Borough President Adolfo Carrion in our Inquiring Photographer feature.


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