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Job Fair Attracts 1,000 Job Seekers

The lines were long and hopes high at a local job fair organized by Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda on Wednesday, April 5 at the Sonia Sotomayor Community Center in Soundview.

The event drew up to 1,200 job seekers and 72 potential employers from government and private agencies and organizations, retailers, hospitals and healthcare organizations, educational institutions and general contractors among many others.

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By Robert Wirsing

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

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Palminteri Honors Tuozzolo’s Wife, Partner

Bronx native and Oscar nominated actor Chazz Palminteri and Phil Foglia hosted a dinner for Lisa Tuozzolo, the wife of slain 43rd Precinct sergeant Paul Tuozzolo and his partner lieutenant Emmanuel Kwo who was wounded in last November’s shootout on Thursday, April 6 at Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano on 890 2nd Avenue.

Following dinner, the two were guests of the Italian Welfare League at a performance of ‘A Bronx Tale’ on Broadway.

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By Robert Wirsing

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

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Bronx Shotojuku Hosts Jiu Jitsu Seminar

Bronx Shotojuku presented a free Japanese Jiu Jitsu seminar on Saturday, April 8 inside its 2907 Scott Place dojo.

Hosted by certified instructor sensei Richard Schnell, the educational seminar taught crisis avoidance, criminal profiling, 3’ safety zone, empty hand defense, joint locking, combat exercises, police tactics, pick pocket and hand bag defense.

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By Robert Wirsing

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

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East Tremont businesses eye possible grants

 

East Tremont property and business owners will meet Monday to discuss options aimed at helping the neighborhood business community through city and state programs.

Community Board 6 will host the meeting with representatives of the NYC Small Business Services office on Monday, March 27 at Roy’s restaurant located at 880 E. Tremont Avenue.

The main topic will be the application being submitted by SBS for a grant from the state’s New York Main Street program, explained CB 6 district manager John Sanchez

“This program allows the Small Business Services to reimburse businesses for improvements to their storefront facades and their commercial space for up to $50,000,” Sanchez said.

The program, funded by NYS Office of Community Renewal, is aimed at revitalizing downtown areas through improvements such as façade renovations, interior building upgrades and streetscape enhancements.

The program offers matching grants to non-profit organizations and units of local government to work with local business and property owners to complete the improvements.

The program matches investments at a 3:1 ratio, meaning business and property owners will be reimbursed three dollars for every one spent.

The amount available could be as much as a half million dollars and if awarded to East Tremont, would be the only neighborhood in the city to be awarded by the state under the Main Street program this year.

The stretch of East Tremont Avenue impacted runs from Webster Avenue to the west to Southern Boulevard to the east, and is home to numerous locally owned businesses of all kinds: retail, barber shops, discount stores, restaurants and even some clothing and footwear stores.

The wide array of establishments has left the avenue with a somewhat disjointed appearance, Sanchez said.

“When you walk through the strip, a lot of the storefront facades are a little too bulky and big,” he said. “What SBS has been great in doing is using the programs to make the stores more understated, showing the architectural detail of the buildings and the history. It makes for a cleaner (looking) block.”

Sanchez pointed to Arthur Avenue as a business district that is worth emulating.

“There are very few big awnings on Arthur Avenue, but it was just named one of America’s greatest streets. The hope is that in a few years, East Tremont can be similar”

The SBS will also discuss other services available to East Tremont businesses about avoiding environmental and sanitation and health code violations, including free walkthroughs for businesses to help identify potential problems.

“Attractive, well-designed storefronts help make neighborhoods vibrant places to live, work, and play,” said Gregg Bishop, commissioner of SBS. “We offer free resources to help community organizations undertake local storefront improvement work to benefit area residents and small businesses alike.”

Sanchez said the meeting will hopefully help build momentum towards the eventual creation of a business improvement district, or BID, in which members pool resources to help beautify and promote their area to encourage commerce.

“Eventually we want more plantings, more sanitation, more lighting and all of that, but this (grant) is step one,” Sanchez said.

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By Arthur Cusano

Reach Reporter Arthur Cusano at (718) 742?4584. E-mail him at acusano@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @arthurcusano.

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

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Veterinary center selects Westchester Square location

 

Westchester Square will soon be home to the newest branch of the Bronx Veterinary Center.

The center, which will sit at 66 Westchester Square, is the company’s second location providing the veterinary services of Dr. Stephen Katz, his wife Nicole and their team.

Katz, whose other BVC location is in West Farms, said he’s always viewed Westchester Square as a possible destination.

“We love Westchester Square,” he said. “It’s a great area that’s thriving, growing and improving.”

“From the time I first began working in the Bronx 22 years ago,” he continued,” I knew that Westchester Square was a place I would ultimately want to be a part of.”

Domenica Furnari, the assistant manager at the BVC, shared Katz’ view of Westchester Square.

“This was just an area where I felt like we can flourish,” said Furnari who lived in the area for most of her life before recently moving with her husband.

Katz’s first Bronx operation was the Concourse Animal Hospital in 1995.

In 2010, he moved the hospital and made it the first Bronx Veterinary Center on Webster Avenue in West Farms.

Katz always felt the Bronx was underserved in animal health care.

“For me this is sort of playing catch up with the population,” Katz said of opening another center.

The doctor said the BVC strives to make sure taking care of pets isn’t a huge financial burden to pet owners.

“Basically we are giving 5th Avenue care at prices that are absolutely affordable to people of the Bronx,” said Katz.

Furnari said taking care of pets can be costly but it shouldn’t consume pet owners.

“Once you take on that responsibility it does come with some costs,” she said. “But at the same time you don’t want to be spending huge amounts of money that you don’t have any left over to enjoy the time with your pet.”

She added, “Good care at a reasonable cost is not unreasonable to ask for.”

Katz said the hospital provides “the highest level of quality service imaginable” while using state of the art medicine and 21st century technology.

He also said the center provides a host of services including, digital radiology, digital dental radiology, ultrasounds, platelet rich therapies for various conditions, and genetic testing.

In addition, the center provides vaccinations and performs major surgeries if necessary.

Lisa Sorin, president of the Westchester Square Business Improvement District, was pleased to have the BVC moving into the neighborhood.

She said the BVC would be a solid addition to Zoo-Rama Pets on East Tremont Avenue and the Petland at 25 Westchester Square.

She said adding the center would be a “perfect match.”

“It’s almost like they heard our call,” said Sorin.

The BID president added the BVC will also attract people with pets who don’t live in the area and allow them to get to know Westchester Square.

Construction on the new veterinary hospital began in early March.

The location was formerly occupied by a 99 cents store.

Katz is expecting the hospital to open by the second week of April.

Reach Reporter Robert Christie at (718) 260-4591. E-mail him at rchristie@cnglocal.com.

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By Robert Christie

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

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