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Vol. 48 No. 21

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Helen Atkins top vote getter in 2013 Riverbay Board election

Helen Atkins

Bernard Cylich

BY ROZAAN BOONE Helen Atkins easily won re-election to the Riverbay Board of Directors on Wednesday, May 22, scoring 2,142 votes from Riverbay shareholders to take first place in a field of fifteen candidates seeking election to the 2013 Board of Directors. The vote tally began at approximately 9:35 p.m. in Room 31 of the Bartow Community Center overseen by the 2013 Election Committee and Riverbay’s General Counsel who announced the results to the candidates and their designated representatives. From the onset of the vote tally, Atkins catapulted to the top of the chart, remaining in first place for the balance of the count as votes from the individual buildings were reported throughout the night.

Andrea Leslie

“I want to sincerely thank all those who voted to entrust me to another three-year term on the Riverbay Board,” said President Helen Atkins. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President of Riverbay for the past three years, and I’m grateful you have given me the opportunity once again to work to keep Co-op City moving forward.” Atkins added, “I’m also grateful that my running mates, Bill Gordon and Leslie Peterson, were elected to seats on the Board and know both will be responsible Directors who will do what’s best for you, the residents, of Co-op City.” Bernard Cylich and his running mate, Andrea Leslie, both incumbents, placed second and third, respectively, followed by William “Bill” Gordon, who has served on

Applications for Riverbay’s Annual Summer Youth Lottery available starting Tuesday Riverbay Corporation will once again this year be hosting a Summer Youth Lottery for Co-op City high school and college student-residents. Applications for these seasonal grounds worker positions will be available at the Bartow Administration Office, located at 2049 Bartow Avenue, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applicants must apply in person. Applications will be available from Tuesday, May, 28, until Friday, June 21, 2013.

Memorial Day closings; CCT deadline notice The Co-op City Times office and all other Riverbay administrative offices, will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Because of this holiday-shortened week, we ask all Board Directors, religious institutions, community organizations and others who submit articles to the Co-op City Times to please do so as early as possible. Directors viewpoints and club articles not received in our office by 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, May 28, will not be considered for publication in the June 1st edition of the paper. Thanks for your cooperation. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day holiday weekend.

William Gordon

the Board in the past, coming in fourth, and Leslie Peterson capturing the fifth seat. This year’s election was an exact mirror image of 2010, when Atkins was also the top vote getter in that year’s election, winning 2,848 votes, 605 votes more than that year’s second place winner, Bernard Cylich. Atkins was first elected to the Board in 2004, having served as President of the corporation for the past three years, overseeing some major developments in Co-op City’s history, including the historic recently completed $621M refinance of the community’s mortgage underwritten by Wells Fargo and guaranteed by HUD, the City and State of New York, which will save shareholders millions of dollars in mortgage interest payments in the future.

Leslie Peterson

Observers noted that shareholders tended to vote randomly this year, selecting different combinations of candidates, or only voting for two or three in many cases, but the vote did not reflect any consistent support for a respective slate. Cylich, in a statement to the Co-op City Times, said: “The votes that Andrea Leslie and I received in the Riverbay Board election expressed cooperator support for our efforts: To restore competitive bidding for management of Co-op City; To advance democracy in the governance of our cooperative; To hold Board meetings open and with gallery sessions; To fully print first readings of Board resolutions in the Co-op (Continued on page 2)

Bus service restoration to be the focus of two townhall meetings set for Wednesday in Dreiser Auditorium BY BILL STUTTIG With the MTA receiving a $40 million increase in its annual $4.25 billion budget allocation from New York State for fiscal year 2013-14, Co-op City leaders, with the help of Transit Workers Union Local 100, will hold two townhall meetings on Wednesday, May 29th to ask that some of the surplus money be used to help restore much of the bus service the community lost in 2010. In June of 2010, citing a $400 million shortfall, the MTA cut transit service throughout New York City and Co-op City was particularly hit hard as the Bx. 26, Bx. 28, Bx. 30 and Bx. 38 suffered some service cuts. With the Bx. 26 and 28 hardest hit and much of the service to Sections 1 through 4 eliminated on those lines, the significant route cuts made travelling throughout the entire community on one bus next to impossible, making the ride more costly and time-consuming for thousands of Co-op City residents. On top of that, the QBx.1 was eliminated and replaced with two different lines, with

one serving as a shuttle between Co-op City and Pelham Bay station and the other, the Q-50, providing infrequent service to Queens with a stop in Pelham Bay station. With the help of the Transit Workers Union, various Co-op City groups and individuals will be co-sponsoring Wednesday’s pair of townhall meetings in the Dreiser auditorium. The first is scheduled for 10 a.m. and it is hoped it will attract seniors and students affected by the cuts over the last three years, as well as residents who depend of the bus service throughout the day. The second or continuance of the two townhall meetings will begin again at 7 p.m. that same evening, as it is hoped to bring out working people who depend on local mass transit to get to and from their jobs, schools and daily personal appointments. The pair of townhall meetings is being co-sponsored by State Assemblyman Mike Benedetto, City Councilman Andy (Continued on page 4)


Election City Times; To make Co-op City a union town again - stop outsourcing to non-union contractors and employ Riverbay union staff instead; and to fully observe Board resolutions and By-Laws. We will continue working for these goals as members of the Board.” Both Directors Atkins and Cylich were incumbents running on opposing slates in this year’s election. In addition to Atkins, Gordon and Peterson ran on the Progress in Motion slate, while Cylich and Leslie ran with the Team for Change. “I would like to thank my fellow cooperators who participated in the process to elect Board Directors and especially those who voted for and supported myself, Director Cylich and my fellow team/slate members, Mr. Sebastian Ulanga, Lambright and Mr. Charles Phipps,” said Leslie. “My fellow cooperators can rest assured that I will continue to fight for us for the better good for Co-op City with cooperator participation and to move forward the platform on which I ran keeping our eyes on the prize.” “I would like to thank all of the shareholders who took the time to vote in this very important Riverbay Board election,” said Peterson. “I am humbled and inspired by your support. Together, let’s continue the revitalization of Co-op City. Congrats to the winners and kudos to those who ran.” In addition to the Progress in Motion and Team for Change slates, there was a third slate of candidates consisting of Frank Belcher, Dr. Amrendra Singh and William Craft. Belcher came in sixth place with 1,851 votes, Dr. Singh followed in seventh place with 1,781 votes and Mr. Craft came in fifteenth with 1,039 votes. Incumbent Director Raymond Tirado of

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Progress in Motion came in eighth with 1,775 votes. He was followed by another incumbent Director, Evelyn Santiago, who ran as an independent and received 1,507 votes. Manny Torres, a former Board Director who also ran as an independent candidate, received 1,484 votes for a tenth place finish, followed by Team for Change candidate Sebastian Ulanga with 1,398 votes. Another Team for Change candidate, Charles Phipps, finished in twelfth place with 1,379 votes and Progress in Motion team member Emanuel Armfield came in thirteenth with 1,351 votes. In fourteenth place was Lambright who was a Team for Change member. The results announced on Wednesday night following the 2013 election are the unofficial count from the voting machines, as well as emergency ballots used in the election. Next Thursday, May 30th, the re-canvassing of the results will take place at the Brooklyn Board of Election and at that time, all absentee ballots will be factored into the official count before the 2013 election results are certified and the official winners are announced. Those official results will be posted in the Saturday, June 1st issue of the Co-op City Times. Should the results hold up as reflected in the preliminary count that took place on Wednesday night, three of the five incumbent Directors who sought re-election would have been successful in their quest, as would a former Director Gordon, and one newcomer, Peterson. They will join the 2013-2014 Riverbay Board of Directors when the official winners are sworn into office on Wednesday, June 5 and begin serving their new three-year terms. This year, 5,013 votes were needed for a quorum which was achieved before 8:30 p.m.

although the polls remained open until the scheduled 9 p.m. Many agreed the preliminary results seemed to show that despite debate and diametrically opposed platforms on respective slates, shareholders opted for continuity over change. “I am extremely happy that cooperators heeded our call to turn out and vote and we were able to make our quorum to validate the election,” said Director Eleanor Bailey, Chair of the 2013 Election Committee. Bailey added that she thought the 2013 Election Committee did an excellent job in making sure that the election procedures were overseen properly. “The whole process was exciting,” said Director Bailey. “I had a number of new people on this year’s Election Committee who said that they have a new respect for election folks because now they know how hard the work is that has to be done before we can get to the calling out of the numbers. They have spoken about how glad they are that they went through the experience because they know now how things work in an election and they give kudos to anyone who works on election committees.” The co-Chair of the 2013 Election Committee was Board Director Othelia Jones. “Serving on this year’s Election Committee has been a rewarding experience as always and I must say that I’m pleased with the results,” said Director Othelia Jones. “This election would not have been possible without the tireless work of some truly dedicated individuals,” Jones continued, citing Kerri-Ann Sutherland of the Riverbay Legal Department, as the glue that allowed much of the election process to remain coordinated and organized. I also feel that every

Board member should at one time or the other be involved in the work that goes into this annual election for the Board from the beginning to the end so they will have more respect for the election process and its significance to this community. I also want to thank the staff at the Co-op City Times because without them there would have been no articles, statements and ads in the paper and they did an incredible job that they really need to be commended for.” The other members of the committee were Michelle Davy, James Estwick, Lauretta Jaysura, Deborah Henry and Sonja Maxwell. “We hope everybody is happy with the results, and for those who didn’t make it this time, I say don’t give up, try again next year,” said Director Bailey. “I’d like to thank each and every member of the 2013 committee for their contribution to a smooth run, and most of all, I want to thank Ms. Kerri-Ann Sutherland who is the driving force behind this whole election process and does an exceptional job every year. The whole of Co-op City needs to thank this Riverbay employee who went above and beyond to make sure this was a smooth process and did everything she was asked to do graciously,” Director Bailey said. A voting incentive of $2,500 was offered this year by the Election Committee to encourage shareholders to vote in the Board election. Five shareholders from each of the five sections of Co-op City will receive $100 cash if their name is selected during a random computerized drawing and the voting registry shows that they voted in the May 22nd Board election. The drawing will take place in the coming weeks and the winning shareholders will be notified by Riverbay.

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Memorial Day observance planned for tomorrow at Mosley Veterans Memorial Park BY BILL STUTTIG

Co-op City’s Memorial Day ceremony tomorrow The American Legion Co-op City Post 1871 will present their annual Memorial Day ceremony tomorrow, Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the Harley Mosley Veterans’ Memorial Park, Bartow Avenue and Asch Loop. Participants will include elected officials, dignitaries, community groups and various veterans organization. All are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Post 1871 at (718) 320-8165.

Co-op City Community Fair The Co-op City Community Fair and Caribbean Heritage Month celebration will take place on Sunday, June 2, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Section 1 Greenway. There will be vendors, food, drinks, entertainment and much more. For vendor information, please call (718) 320-3300, Ext. 3532.

Free tickets to NY Botanical BRONX DAY Assemblyman Benedetto has obtained free tickets to the New York Botanical Garden’s BRONX DAY with Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon of FREE musical entertainment, fun events for the entire family, including face painting and much more, as well as health, finance and education resource information kiosks. Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. No more than 4 to a household. Tickets are free, but there is a charge for parking. To receive tickets, please contact Assemblyman Benedetto’s office at (718) 892-2235.

We wish our readers a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.


Tomorrow, May 26th, Co-op City residents will honor the memory of those who gave their lives for their country during this nation’s military conflicts as a Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the community’s Harley J. Mosley Veterans Memorial Park on Bartow Avenue This year, the American Legion Post 1871 will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who served in the many wars of the United States and all those who are currently serving in the military on active duty, in the National Guard or in the Reserves. Music for the day will be provided by the New York City Transit Authority Drum and Bagpipes who will begin the proceedings with a rousing rendition of America. This will be followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the playing of the National Anthem and then remarks by invited guests, elected officials and veteran leaders, including State Assemblyman Mike Benedetto and leaders from other veteran organizations in Co-op City and around the Bronx. Event co-organizer Robert Feliciano said that while the American Post 1871 is taking over the host role for this year’s ceremony, all the veteran organizations within Co-op City are responsible for keeping the community’s great Memorial Day tradition alive and thriving year after year. Feliciano gave

special recognition to the community’s Veterans Memorial Council, a coalition for veteran groups throughout the community who organized the annual ceremony each year under the charge of Martin Roth, a long-time leader of Co-op City’s chapter of the Jewish War Veterans and also a longtime leader of Co-op City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Mr. Roth passed away

this past January at the age of 93. He helped organize the touching ceremony for several decades. Feliciano also gave tribute to the late Harley Mosley Jr., a long-time Co-op City resident for whom the community’s Veterans Memorial Park is named. The late veteran leader Mosley helped to begin many of the community’s veteran organizations during the early days of Co-op City. Co-op City community leader and longtime active Post 1871 member Bill Gordon will serve as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

“I encourage the entire community to come out on Sunday afternoon and join us in taking an hour to remember and thank those individuals who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms and also show support for those from this community and others who are serving to protect this nation today,” Gordon said. Following the speeches by many invited guests and elected officials, a wreath will be placed at the community’s Veterans Memorial at the center of the park and then a gun salute will be sounded by the Post 1871 Honor Guard, followed by the playing of Taps on trumpet by legionnaire Feliciano. The New York City Transit Authority Drums and Bagpipes will then perform Amazing Grace and God Bless America which will then be followed by a playing of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, an annual tradition at the community’s Memorial Day commemorations. Following the ceremonies, refreshments will be provided in the Bartow Community Center courtyard by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 1871. Sponsors and financial supporters of this year’s ceremony include the Riverbay Corporation, Apple Bank, Con Edison, Allstate Insurance Agent Anthony Wright, the Municipal Credit Union, Dr. Drezina, Dr. Fishman and Dr. Palmer. For more information, please contact Post 1871 at (718) 320-8165.

Co-op City upgrades

This spring saw a series of significant improvements in and around Co-op City. (Top left). Workers from Mike’s Awning and Signs install a new awning at the main entrance to Riverbay at Bartow Community Center in early April. (Top right) Last week, Riverbay staff installed new pavers at the entrance to Buildings 30A and B. (Bottom left) Riverbay Building and Grounds workers cut the wild grass on the median of Bartow Avenue. The job is the responsibility of city agencies but never gets done despite numerous requests by Riverbay. As in the past, Riverbay decided to take the matter into its own hands for the increased safety of drivers and pedestrians who use the main Co-op City thoroughfare. Photos by Bill Stuttig


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Transit meeting King, Riverbay Corporation, TWU Local 100 and some of the community’s political clubs. Aside from the elected officials, some of the expected speakers and the rallies will include students from Truman High School affected by the cuts in service which has brought far fewer buses directly to the school and has eliminated a long-standing service where extra buses would be scheduled to wait outside the school at dismissal time for students to board immediately and be transported to the neighboring community. More than 80% of Truman students come from outside the community. Co-op City residents, who work for the MTA as drivers, mechanics, or in other capacities, have also been invited to speak and share how the cuts have affected both their jobs and their home life. Riverbay Board President Helen Atkins will also speak and all other Board Directors have been invited to speak as well, if they wish. The cuts to the transit service throughout New York City were first announced by the MTA in January of 2010. The specific and significant cuts to Co-op City bus service as part of the MTA’s overall budget cut plan was first reported by the Co-op City Times later that month after it was first brought to the attention of the newspaper by then and now newly-elected Board Director Bill Gordon. The Co-op City Times then ran a series of front page articles on the cuts

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that winter and into the spring detailing the proposed service curtailments and then providing specific information about the MTA’s public comment process at that time which led directly into the MTA Board’s final vote of which lines to cut later the spring. Democratic District Leader Shirley Saunders was one of the few Co-op City residents to actually take part and voice Co-op City’s concerns at hearings leading up to the MTA Board’s vote. Saunders was quoted in February of 2010 by the Co-op City Times, a week before the official Bronx hearing on the cuts on March 3rd as a warning, “People have to come out on March 3rd and speak out or else we will lose much of our service,” Saunders said. “We have to stop being reactive and start being proactive or else we have other people making decisions for us and we will not be happy with the result.” Despite Saunders’ warning and numerous reminders and articles printed in the Co-op City Times in the weeks leading up to the hearings and the MTA Board’s vote reminding residents about the hearing or other means via the internet or mail to voice their opinion to the MTA Board, very few residents or community leaders took part and the MTA Board approved the cuts to Co-op City’s service later that spring. It wasn’t until the Riverbay Board campaign began in May of 2010 that the issue began to be raised again and used as a political tool by some candidates in that

MetroCard Bus to visit Co-op City next month The MetroCard Bus will be visiting all three Co-op City locations again next month, enabling customers to sign up for or refill their Reduced-Fare MetroCard, purchase or add money to an existing MetroCard, and purchase E-Z Pass On the Go tags. On Thursday, June 6, and again on Thursday, June 20, the MetroCard bus will be at the Bartow Mall on Co-op City Blvd. (in front of the Bingo Hall and the eyecare center), from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; at Dreiser Loop (Park on Debs Place) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at Einstein Loop (Elgar Place) from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MTA New York City Transit advises its customers that there are two kinds of traveling MetroCard Service Centers: the MetroCard Bus and the MetroCard Van. Both vehicles make regularly scheduled stops in all five boroughs each month. The MetroCard Bus, which stops in Co-op City, travels around the city, stopping at senior citizen centers, shopping centers and along major bus routes. Customers can handle all of their MetroCard needs, whether it is applying for or refilling a Reduced-Fare

MetroCard, buying or refilling a regular MetroCard or asking MetroCard-related questions. Senior citizens and people with disabilities may apply for the ReducedFare MetroCard on the Bus. They will need photo ID and seniors must show proof of age (at least 65 years old). The MetroCard Van, like the Bus, travels around the city with helpful onboard staff ready to sell Unlimited and Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards, add money to regular and Reduced-Fare MetroCards and answer questions. Reduced-Fare MetroCard applications are available. EZ Pass On The Go tags are also available for purchase on both the Bus and the Van. The MetroCard Bus and Van do not operate on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Customers may also want to explore the EasyPay Reduced-Fare payment option. EasyPay lets customers link to their credit or debit card to their Reduced-Fare MetroCard so it refills automatically. For more MetroCard information, please visit the MTA’s website at and click on Fares and Tolls.

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campaign to get elected to the Riverbay Board. But by then, it was too late as the cuts were approved without much protest from this community way before the Riverbay Board campaign ever began. When the drastic cuts finally did take effect in late June of 2010, the public outcry was late, but loud. A group calling itself the Co-op City Coalition Against the MTA Cuts organized a series of townhall meetings, petition drives and protests that summer and beyond which resulted in among other things thousands of petitions being delivered to MTA headquarters protesting the service cuts in Co-op City. The Co-op City Times, together with Riverbay Community Relations, ran a survey that summer asking residents to detail how the cuts have affected their commutes and their lives. Thousands of residents responded detailing much longer waits and commutes to their jobs and other personal business. The results of that survey were presented to the MTA as well. State Assemblyman Mike Benedetto used diplomacy to try to get to some of the lost service restored, including hosting several meetings between MTA officials and Riverbay leaders about the lost service. At one point, then-Transit Authority President and now MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast accepted an invitation from Benedetto to tour the community along with Riverbay President Helen Atkins, General Manager Vernon Cooper and other Co-op City leaders to see first-

hand the quality of the service the community was receiving. That visit resulted in the restoration of service along Asch Loop on the Bx. 30, a small improvement but not nearly enough for the thousands of riders affected by the overall cuts. In March of this year, Benedetto again wrote to the acting MTA Chairman at the time to request even greater restoration of the cuts in light of the additional $40 million allocation provided to the MTA by the state legislature in the Spring. Raybblin Vargas, a community organizer for the Transit Workers Union, said earlier this week that on top of the additional funding, the MTA has also received a windfall from the recently instituted $1 fee on the sale of all new MetroCards, in addition to the increased transit fares that went into effect in March. Vargas has been working with Riverbay management and community leaders to organize Wednesday’s Townhall meetings. Residents who attend will be asked to sign letters of protest and petitions, as well as be given instructions on how to submit testimony to the TWU online. All this material will be presented to MTA headquarters in advance of a massive city-wide rally planned by the TWU for July 24th outside the MTA headquarters on Madison Avenue in mid-town Manhattan. Plans are now being made to have transportation provided to the rally for residents from this community who want to participate.


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Improving customer service This week, we’d like to remind coop- Management Corner 320-3300, Ext. CALL erators of two initiatives that came out of (2255) the monthly open management forums I have said to hundreds, that we have been having with shareholdif not thousands, of coopers and which we will resume after the erators that if the issue at summer months. After the forum that hand is brought to the featured the Maintenance Department earlier this attention of the Director, he or she will do whatever year, we increased the number of hours that our they can to resolve the issue and will hold their plumbers and electricians work in order to have these respective staff members accountable for their trades on-site during the evening hours. This initiaactions. If the issue cannot be resolved by the tive enables us in some cases to accommodate coopDirector, they know to discuss the matter with the erators after normal work hours; it also enables us to General Manager and I will do every thing within my reduce, if not eliminate altogether, the use of outside power to resolve the issue. contractors (plumbers and electricians) that in the Residents should also know that we record the past we would call in to handle emergency conditions conversations between cooperators and our staff so at night; as it relates to the electricians, an additional that the Director can go back and review the phone benefit is that lighting conditions that need to be calls between the two parties and make a determinaaddressed can be reviewed at night, which enables the electricians to see first-hand what the conditions are and thereby make it easier for them to effectively determine exactly what is needed to correct the condition because they are seeing the condition and making the changes at night, when the problems exist. The second initiative, which was suggested by our Director of Operations, Kevin Keenan, is designed to help minimize repeated service requests in order to get the same problem or condition corrected, whereby now any repeat requests for service in both the Maintenance and Restorations Departments will result in having a supervisor accompany the utility man, or tradesman who is being sent back to the cooperators’ apartment to address the problem. We believe this change will quickly enable us to get to the root of the problem and stay on top of it until the problem has been resolved, so as to minimize the number of times that a cooperator has to stay home to receive service and the length of time the cooperator has been inconvenienced before the problem is finally resolved. The supervisors will stay involved until the issue has been brought to resolution and in those cases where several families are affected by the problem or condition, the Maintenance Department, by way of the Cooperator Services Department and the Restorations Department, will make sure that all of the families involved are informed of the progress in the matter at hand. During that particular Management Forum, a few comments were also made about the manner in which some staff members respond to cooperators when they call or come into an office. We think it is important to reiterate to cooperators that you should always get the name of the staff person you speak with, whether it is over the phone or in person, and if you feel that the person did a poor job of answering your questions, or that he or she was less than professional in the manner in which he or she spoke with you, we want you to ask to speak with either a supervisor or the Director and if the supervisor is not available at the time, that you leave your name and number for them to call you back regarding the matter at hand. We have also posted customer service signs in each Riverbay service department letting shareholders know that if they are not satisfied with the level of service they received to contact Riverbay at (718)

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tion as to whether or not there is a need to implement disciplinary action against the employee in question. It is also important to note, however, that in some instances, when the Director goes back to review the tape, they may find that the person that conducted themselves poorly may have actually been the cooperator, which is important to know as well, because it helps the Director when he or she has to speak to the cooperator to try to resolve the issues at hand. We appreciate the cooperation we receive from the residents of this community and we want you to know that we are consistently looking for ways to increase and improve the level and quality of service provided on a day-to-day basis. Your feedback is important to us. We’d like to wish Co-op City families a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday.


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Co-op City Times

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for your support To t h e E d it or : This letter is being submitted to the editor several days before the Riverbay Board of Directors elections take place. As you read it, the election is over. Now I want to express deep appreciation to all those whose support for our platform and trust in our candidacy led them to vote for our team. I also wish to express my thanks to the many members and friends of the Coalition to Save Affordable Housing for campaigning on our behalf. Your generous monetary contributions, your heroic distribution of three pieces of campaign literature under every door, your letters to

friends and neighbors, and, of course, your personal appeal to cooperators to support us – all were indispensable in turning out votes for us on election day. And finally, a note to my teammates who accepted the challenge to participate in a principled, energetic, and compassionate campaign: together, we raised issues that the new Board will need to resolve. Will the new Board agree to a competitive bidding process for a manager for Co-op City? Will the Board agree to conduct cooperators’ business in open session for transparency, fulfilling one of the basic princi-

ples established by the weavers in Rochdale, England, who founded the cooperative movement in 1844? Will the Board stop outsourcing work that can be performed by Riverbay union staff? Will the Board comply with all provisions of Riverbay By-Laws and all Board resolutions? Hopefully, those questions will be answered in the affirmative. Otherwise, the work will remain for another day. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of freedom forever bends toward justice.” —Ber n a r d C ylich

Why now? To t h e E d it or : Governor Cuomo’s announcement of additional transportation funding suggests that some bus and Access-A-Ride services may be restored to our community. Relief for Co-op City from those severe cuts imposed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority now seems, at least, possible. It took considerable time and community effort for Co-op City to win this point. For three and a half years, the coalition of organizations, as well as many volunteers, protested, collected petitions, and held townhall meetings, to demand the return of vital transportation services. It is reasonable to ask why, after three years of community struggle for restora-

Annual switch over to AC underway in Co-op City The annual switch over to air conditioning from heat into shareholders’ homes is now underway in preparation for the warm summer days ahead. The Riverbay Power Plant was scheduled to start operating chillers this past week to ensure that the AC would be running for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Power Plant will repair any condensate leaks reported in the first week of operation and then bring the temperature down for summer cooling.

Window Guard Visit 2013 Window Guard forms will be delivered to Buildings 31, 32 and 33 from Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31. Window guard forms will be delivered to those who did not return their forms and those who returned them, but did not fill them out fully. Window guard employees will wear Riverbay IDs. If you are not home, your form, as well as a self-addressed envelope, will be placed under your door. Please fill out the form fully, sign it and return using the envelope provided. Thank you for your cooperation. —River ba y Window Gua r d Office

tion of the MTA cuts, Co-op City’s managing agent, the Marion Scott Real Estate firm, is finally taking an interest in helping us restore our bus routes—now, after three winters during which our working families and disabled residents either had to pay for a third fare zone or find other means to get to their jobs, school and medical appointments. Let’s take a closer look at our community’s fight for restoration. In Co-op City, a group of concerned cooperators formed an organization to rally the community. That organization never received official recognition by Riverbay authorities. Over 5,000 petition signatures were collected and presented to the MTA. Community

delegations attended MTA hearings to call for restoration. Elected officials contributed buses to transport community residents to demonstrations in front of MTA headquarters. This group is still advocating for bus-service restoration along with a coalition including the Transit Workers Union, the Co-op City Coalition Against the MTA Cuts, and other organizations both inside and outside the community. During a Riverbay Board election, cooperators will be surprised to read, in the Co-op City Times, the rhetoric and self-praise emanating from the Marion Scott Company on this issue. —Seb a st ia n Ula n ga

Cooperators urged to check convectors prior to air-conditioning season If cooperators follow the procedures recommended below, the number of malfunctioning convector units can be greatly reduced. C lea n in g P r oced u r e: 1. Make sure all switches are turned off before cleaning the convector. 2. Remove cover by lifting it up and swinging the bottom out. 3. Do not remove Styrofoam trays unless replacing the old one with a new one. 4. Make sure the drain from the drip pan and drip tray is not clogged. Test by pouring one quart of hot water into the long tray. If the water does not go down the drain, or the drain becomes clogged, immediately contact the appropriate Cooperator Services Offices listed below. 5. Fan coils (that row of thin metal sheets inside the convector) should not be cleaned or vacuumed during air cooling season. Never use a sharp object, such as a knife of screwdriver, to clean the fan coil. 6. Filters can be cleaned at anytime. During the winter, filters may be vacuumed and washed; during the summer, they should not be washed. 7. To replace the cover, place it flat against the convector, lift it up one (1) inch, and let it drop into position. 8. If there is a leak, a pot or towel should be placed under the convector until the unit is serviced. 9. Cooperators who are unable to check their convectors because of age or a physical condition can call their CSO and a Riverbay staff member will be sent to check for clogged or malfunctioning drains and convectors. C oop er a t or Ser vices O ffices: CSO 1 (Bldgs. 1-14, Carver, Debs and Defoe Pl. Townhouses) Maintenance Service, Dreiser Center, Rm. 6; (718) 320-3000, and follow the prompts. CSO II (Bldgs. 15-25, Adler, Asch, and Boun Place Townhouses) Maintenance Service, Bartow Center, Rm. B; (718) 320-3300, and follow the prompts. CSO III (Bldgs. 26-35, Earhart Lane Townhouses) Maintenance Service, Einstein Center, Rm. 37; (718) 320-3300, and follow the prompts.

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Public Safety Report

CCPD urges residents to enjoy summer fun by the rules BY LIEUTENANT PAM APOLLO As we enter the Memorial Day weekend, it is a good opportunity to review summer rules. Residents can kick back, relax and enjoy summer fun by the rules. This is a good time to focus on having good, safe summer fun while reviewing Riverbay Corporation’s rules. In Co-op City, it is most important that bicycle riders pay attention to Riverbay Corporation’s rules as they pertain to bike riding. Bicycle riding is prohibited in the areas near the buildings and shopping centers or any areas where it is posted that bike riding is prohibited. The reason for this is that bicycle riding in these areas presents a serious hazard to pedestrians. Cyclists need to afford the same level of consideration to pedestrians as cyclists expect from motorists. Persons observed riding bicycles in restricted areas may receive a Co-op City Community Complaint for “Bike riding in prohibited areas.” Community Complaints can also be issued for “Ball playing in prohibited areas.” All Community Complaints carry a monetary fine which doubles for repeated violations. Parents need to make certain children are aware of these rules. Consuming alcohol in public is a violation of the law within New York City. Public Safety Officers issue New York City Universal Summonses for this violation. As with any other arrest, a Co-op City Community Complaint is also issued for Anti-Social Conduct in connection with the arrest. This Complaint carries a monetary fine of $125 and also doubles with repeated violations. Universal Summonses are also commonly issued by the Department of Public Safety for Possession of Marijuana and Disorderly Conduct. Disorderly Conduct includes a range of behavior, including fighting, being loud or boisterous or blocking a pedestrian walkway causing public annoyance, inconvenience or alarm. Co-op City Community Complaints are issued in these situations as well. Residents are reminded that barbequing is not permitted on any of the public areas of Co-op City. Strict guidelines set forth by the New York City Fire Department are in effect for barbequing only on terraces or townhouse patios at least 10 feet from com-

Public Safety Blotter: May 14-May 17 M a y 17, 100 Dekr u if P la ce CCPD officers responded to a request for assistance regarding a male who was despondent and allegedly threatened suicide. CCPD officers forced entry and the male was taken into custody and removed by EMS to the hospital for evaluation. There were no injuries. M a y 17, C o-op C it y Bou leva r d a n d Ba r t ow Aven ue A cab driver flagged down CCPD officers after a customer in his vehicle was unable to pay his fair. The driver believed the man may have attempted to evade the $50 fare. CCPD officers were able to contact a parent who then showed up with the required fare and settled the matter. M a y 14, 120 Ald r ich St r eet CCPD officers were called to this location to investigate a youth lying on the floor. Responding officers learned that the youth was a runaway and looking for a place to sleep. The youth was reunited with his mother.

bustible material. Propane tanks are strictly prohibited by the New York City Fire Department in any multiple family dwellings. Residents are also reminded that fireworks are illegal, as well as dangerous. New York City put in effect a Zero Tolerance policy regarding the sale or use of illegal fireworks within the limits of New York City. Here in Co-op City, the Zero Tolerance laws are enforced by both the New York City Police Department and the Co-op City Department of Public Safety. New York City offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught selling fireworks within New York City. Call 3-1-1 with information. Co-op City residents are also subject to receiving a Community Complaint if they are arrested by any police agency within the geographical confines of Co-op City. Remember to stay safe this summer, especially near pools and beaches. Some beaches and pools may be open with unknown hazards created from Hurricane

Sandy. Use extra caution if there are no lifeguards on duty. Be sure that children are made aware of the dangers of swimming alone especially in oceans or lakes. Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend. Also, be sure to buckle your seatbelt and avoid distractions when driving. If you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, be sure to designate a driver who will not drink or call a taxi. Police agencies throughout the country are stepping up DWI enforcement for the holiday weekend. Wherever you may travel, always be alert to suspicious persons or packages in high traffic areas. Always remember, if you see something, say something. Call 9-1-1 and the Department of Public Safety at (718) 671-3050 or online at Callers may remain anonymous when giving information. The Coop City Department of Public Safety would like to thank all persons who have called in suspicious activity. It is by your actions that the crime rate remains low and a high quality of life is maintained.

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O P P O RT UNI T I E S AT C O -O P C I T Y Tell you r fr ien d s, r ela t ives a n d em p loyer s a b ou t : C O NT R AC T SUM M ARY Contr act 2834, In sta lla Con tr a ct 2834, Installat ion of Wat er Tr eatm ent Syst em: Complete the Construction, Installation, interconnection, and successful commissioning of a complete Make Up Water Treatment System at the Riverbay Cogeneration Facility. Pr e-Bid Meeting: April 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Bids Due: June 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Bonding: Bonding is required Insur ance: Insurance is required Contr act 2844, Elevator Consultant for Moder nization at

Building 14 and New Elevator at Community Center 2: Design, consulting and project management of the modernization of 2 elevators in Building 14 and a new elevator for Community Center 2. Pr e-Bid Meeting: May 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. Bids Due: May 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Insur ance: Insurance is required Contr act P455, Signs: Various signs that are need of repairs, sprucing up and new signs. Pr e-Bid Meeting: May 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. Bids Due: June 6, 2013 at 2 p.m.

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Applications for River bay’s Annual Summer Youth Lotter y available star ting Tuesday Riverbay Corporation will once again this year be hosting a Summer Youth Lottery for Co-op City high school and college student-residents. Applications for these seasonal grounds worker positions will be available at the Bartow Administration Office located at 2049 Bartow Avenue between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applicants must apply in person. Applications will be available from Tuesday, May, 28, until Friday, June 21, 2013. O p en t o a ll st a ff a n d ou t sid e a p p lica n t s M a y 24 – M a y 31, 2013 O r igin a lly p ost ed : M a y 24, 2013 J ob R efer en ce # 13-21 Requests for transfer/promotion must be received by the Employee Services office by June 3, 2013. Employees who are promoted/transferred will receive the current union scale for respective union positions, or applicable rate increase for non-union positions. Asst . C on t r a ct Sp ecia list C on st r u ction Candidate will be responsible for assisting Contracts Specialist(s) and Purchasing Agent(s) with processing and reviewing bids for contracts. Duties will include creating RFP’s, drafting and following up of purchasing contracts, including coordinating meetings for bid reviews. Responsibilities include maintaining departmental files, handling of departmental mailings and processing monthly projects/reports. Position requires constant interaction with managers, field supervisors, other

departments, and vendors alike. Major duties, also include creation of word documents and spreadsheets, as well as other assignments from supervisor(s). Applicant must possess effective written/oral English communication, as well as good customer service and interpersonal skills. Candidate must be patient, courteous and professional in all communications (verbal & written). Prior knowledge of Purchasing processes a plus. Applicant must be computer literate with intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Applicant must have the abilities to multitask in a fast paced environment and perform multifunctional assignments. Candidate must be able to type forty (40) wpm. Selected candidate must successfully complete aptitude testing (including timed typing), interview/selection process as well as pre-employment screening (urinalysis; criminal background check; verification of previous employment; community complaint review) Work schedule – Monday – Friday (shift may vary)

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Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

The Bronx Symphony Orchestra Firstly, congratulations to the five winners of the Board of Directors race. I trust that they will provide the leadership and integrity that this community expects and deserves. Even though it rained last Sunday, a respectable number of folks who appreciate classical music came out to Harry S. Truman High School for the conclusion of the Bronx Week activities, presented by the Coalition to Save Affordable Housing. The lovely Ebony Rae made the opening remarks and Yolanda C. Schumann the closing. The orchestra played the symphonies of Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude in C Major, Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme and Bizet Symphony in C. I invited two people to join me and they both enjoyed it immensely. There were problems in presenting The Bronx Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 19th. The name of a Riverbay Board candidate, Andrea Leslie, appeared on the flyer and the Election Committee, headed by Eleanor Bailey, distributed a report dated May 15th which recommended “to avoid the appearance of favoritism” that the sponsor, The Coalition to Save Affordable Housing, reschedule the event to any date after the 2013 Election. Although this

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appears to be immediate notice, the Election Committee was unaware of when Director Leslie would pick up her mail, which might have been after the concert took place and Director Leslie would have been devastated. Though Director Leslie was not the sponsor of the event, in my opinion, the Election Committee should have promptly called her to advise of their decision. Fortunately, Director Evelyn Turner attended the Youth Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, picked up her mail, and saw the memo stating that the Election Committee had advised that the concert be rescheduled to a day after the Election. No one from the Election Committee had the common courtesy to contact Director Leslie by phone to give her immediate notice, since the event was scheduled to take place in four days. Following the meeting, Director Turner advised Director Leslie of the

Memorial In memory of Saby Cabanilla-Nesbeth who departed from us on May 25, 1998. Saby was a Bronx-girl at heart; born at Fordham Hospital, graduated from Truman High School, attended Lehman College and worked for a Bronx elementary school. Her presence is still missed in our small family but we thank God for the gift she left for us – her two children, Farah and Donte. They were babies when God Almighty called her home. Today, Farah completed her first year at SUNY-Albany Campus. Donte is finishing his sophomore year at Salesian High School. Our mother, Mrs. F. Romero, has lovingly cared for Saby’s babies since her departure. Saby, your spirit is in our midst every day. Until the day we see each other again sis, we love and miss you. With love, your children, mother, sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, and stepfather.


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cancellation. Director Leslie immediately went into action with the goal to move the event to another venue. Because this event was part of the Bronx Week program, it was essential that it took place on May 19th. With the assistance of her organization members and friends, she was able to secure Truman H.S. I was so happy that she was successful, as it was a wonderful event. A few years ago when I was on the Election Committee and Bill Gordon was the Chairperson, there was an incident that occurred that could have escalated into a huge problem for a candidate. However, Gordon asked, "Who has her telephone number?" I called the candidate, advised her of the problem, she corrected it and the matter was resolved. I cannot help but wonder why this year the Election Committee could not have done the same thing and called both the Sponsor and Director Leslie? My second issue is why the Election Committee, the Board attorney and the Co-op City Times editor allowed Herbert Freedman, MSI, to write a “Letter to the Editor” titled: “Management responds to concerns about operations and maintenance.” Under paragraph E.7.(c) of the 2013 Riverbay Board Election Rules and

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Regulations states, "Information of an operation, maintenance or emergency of a non-political nature may be published by the General Manager during this period of time." In my opinion, This was definitely a "political" piece and should have been rejected by the Election Committee, the Board attorney and the Co-op City Times editor. This is exactly why the word "emergency" was intentionally incorporated into these 2013 Election Rules and Regulations. Several years ago, Management distributed a dvd to all cooperators which highlighted their work activities over the years. This, in my opinion, increased the votes for the pro-management slate. I believe the dvd was wrong, just like the "Letter to the Editor" was wrong. Management should have NO involvement in our election process. This is yet another occurrence in which, I believe, that Management gets preferential treatment by some Board Directors. If you have an issue that cannot be resolved through your building association or your CSO, you may contact me and I will try to help you: Francine Jones, Board Director, c/o Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475 or call me at 718671-5957.


Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

Building 13 Association This is what community is about. ROUND OUR TABLE - So many faces in a circle, as we gather round the table! Sitting, smiling, chatting, reflecting, connecting. Letting go of care, as the meal we share, wine, bread, cheese, sustains us. Letting in all the good, in this our special neighborhood, and drawing strength from one another, moment to moment. The evening's agenda? Floating our visions, discussing our decisions, making life revisions—True, true, a little life review. Much nutrition, such ambition, we ponder our condition. In the circle, at our table—Like a family should always be—lightly salted, sweet, and safe! Poem by: Dominick Bonanno, Building 19. Join your Association, go to forums, participate in

your community. Coming soon on Saturday, June 22, (rain date: June 29th) from 12 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Park between Carver Loop and Casals Place is Summer Fun Day with Buildings 11, 12, 13 and 14, in collaboration with Riverbay Community Relations. The event is a Block Party to celebrate a united community. Can you Name That Tune? Can You Salsa? Do you LOVE watermelon. Are you in shape to run? Join us and enjoy an afternoon of games, music, and other fun activities. Everything is FREE to the community, while supplies last. To participate in games, waiver forms must be signed. There will be FREE TShirts to the first 50 youth to arrive. The cost for adults is $10 (S, M, L, XL)

Be careful when using portable digital devices in public Residents are reminded to be careful when using portable digital devices such as iPhones, iPods and Tablets, out in public to avoid becoming the victim of a crime, especially in isolated areas where the victim can be easily spotted, followed and then have the device forcibly taken away. Students and young residents are often the victims of these types of crimes. To prevent this from happening to you or your children, please make sure that these devices are only used in a safe, secure area, preferably the safety of home, school, or the office, but if not, in a secure public area where you are surrounded by other people and not alone. For most of us, the use of these devices has become part of our daily routine and in some cases, an absolute necessity for staying in touch with family or keeping up with work or study. But we still need to be careful and be mindful that these are valuable devices that are often coveted by criminals.

and $12 for 2X and above. Youth shirts cost $8 (S, M, L). The deadline for payment is June 5th. When ordering, please indicate the number and size shirts you want along with payment.You will receive your shirt prior to the day of the event. Check the bulletin board for lobby collection dates or purchase your shirt at the monthly Association meeting. Support our community entrepreneurs. T h e Sa n d s C a sin o/W in er y/O u t let Sh op pin g/Bu ffet Bona nza in Beth lehem , Pa . event includes: Amore Winery, Sands Casino, Sands Outlet Shopping and Old Country Buffet Dinner on Saturday, September 14, leaving 8:00 a.m. from 100 Casals Place, departing at 7:00 p.m. with a bonus of $15 slot play (offered by Casino subject to change). Cost: $85, $45 by June

15, and $40 by August 1. The outlet stores are on the premises. Drink a little wine, win a lot of money, catch a sale and eat well at the buffet. Who could ask for more? Ha r r a h ’s C a sin o a n d Wa r md a dd y’s Sou l Food Din ner /J a zz a nd Blues C lub in C hester, Pen nsylva n ia . The second payment of $50 is due by May 31. Checks for events should be made payable to Building 13 Assoc. Inc. and mailed to Bldg. 13 Assoc., 100 Casals Place #32K, Bronx, NY 10475. For information, contact Leslie Peterson at 718-320-1370, Gail Sharbaan at 718-671-3801, our website: or email us at Thanks for making our team work. —Na n cy Sa nt ia go

Spring tennis program underway The free Co-op City Tennis Program, directed by Lorraine Alexander and conducted under the auspices of the New York Junior Tennis League, is held from 3 to 6 p.m. each weekday through June on the Co-op City courts directly behind M.S. 181. The program is for all young people between 5 and 18 years old, regardless of playing ability. Registration is on-site on any afternoon of the program. A parent or guardian must be present at the registration. The program is funded by the office of City Council Spe3aker Christine Quinn, and City Councilman Andy King.

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Looking forward to a productive year of Co-op may not ever get A special thanks to our esteemed Bronx a state-of-the-art commuBorough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., for the Director’s Viewpoint nity center. What was awesome activities to celebrate the Bronx. experienced this last year A special thanks to the esteem Principal, Assistant Secretary was an unacceptable alterMrs. Sana Nasser, for assisting Co-op City native when the former in culminating events with a special perBingo Hall became available. Even with a formance by the Bronx Symphony Resolution pending to have Management present a Orchestra at Truman High School on design, it may not go forward depending on who is Sunday, May 19th. elected. One of the saddest commentaries from the The concert was made possible with Youth Committee is this idea that “we have to bring public funds from the N.Y.C. Department someone in to run a program.” In other words, since of Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Council the legacy of Gloria Wise was destroyed, we don’t on the Arts through the N.Y.S. Council on have any cooperators capable of running a “Youth the Arts Decentralization Program. Special Center.” Riverbay Corporation cannot run a Youth thanks go to Yolanda C. Schumann, memCenter, but we can run a Power Plant? ber of the Coalition to Save Affordable Housing, who In the next months, we should be able to know if in contributed to making this concert possible and to Jose fact the Board will or will not block utilizing the forVargas, Bronx United Federation of Teachers, for providmer Bingo Hall for our youth. In my opinion, the ing the rehearsal space essential for this concert. It was youth in this community are not getting the chance for this Director’s first but not last time spending a relaxing services to supplement what parents are doing for evening with the enormous talent of Maestro Jose them. Maybe if we had a facility to “pull up their Alejandeo Guzman and others. Symphony music is in a minds the pants will follow.” Our youth are engaging class all by itself. Hopefully, we will continue to work in in high risk behaviors and WE as a community must do partnership with Truman High School since this May more and not allow corporate greed to deny us this event will always conflict with Riverbay’s Board elecopportunity. All this talk about a Health Facility tions. The door that was opened was the best! ELE CTIONS should instead be talk of what we can do for the “health and well being” of Co-op City youth in all secThe elections are now over, however, there are some tions. We already have several doctors in the commuserious issues that will have to be addressed and nity. What are the plans for them? Children are our resolved before the next election. This Director apprePRESENT and they are worth every dollar a private ciates the concerns of cooperators as to why some elifor profit company can pay us for the former Bingo gible households don’t vote. “Nothing changes so why Hall. Cooperators, please send letters to YOUR Board bother” is a concern of many. I attempted to explain members. Don’t allow Co-op City’s youth to be stuck that if the same people vote the same people will get in a former isolated storage area. elected. Once elected, it is what it is for the next year. Our Community Board 10 Youth Services One thing that will not change is our Management Committee sponsored a very interesting Health Company, Marion Scott Realty, Inc. whose contract Career Fair for high school students recently. Several ends in October. The Board should now take an active of the vendors say that they will come to Co-op City role in who will be our Managing Agent. YO U T H in September. There are several opportunities in the health field that do not require a college degree. Depending on the results of the election, the youth

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Our next College and Career Fair for Co-op City youth and others will be held on Saturday, September 28. Our planning committee, which includes youth, is busy with making sure this one is better than the last one. I N TE RN S H IP S Many months ago, a cooperator made a suggestion that I passed on to Management to consider Internships for some of our youth. Most recently, an inquiry about an Internship that was mentioned in the Power Plant’s Consultant report was made. The opportunity was referred to HR who published it in the paper. Reportedly, the young man did apply. On May 18, it was reported that a young cooperator was a Summer Youth intern with the Riverbay Corporation where he worked in Computer Services. Therefore, cooperators, please personally reach out to the Riverbay Corporation for Summer Youth Internship opportunities which may or may not be published. During the next months, this Director will be sharing ideas with Building Presidents resulting from a forum held by faith leaders & community against violence. By the way, this is a movement, not an organization, which was founded by cooperator/faith leader Deborah Jenkins. There is a big difference between a movement and an organization. In the 60’s, we had a Civil Rights Movement. Movements always get ‘pushback’ and this ‘movement’ which is not going away will get the same as Dr. King received only in a different way. Congratulations, faith leaders of Co-op City. Your leadership is needed and appreciated. You are the backbone of this community. A question was asked by a cooperator that will be explored. ‘Who gets an economic opportunity to earn money on the street corners in Co-op City?” Parents who need a copy of the FREE comprehensive Scholarship Directory compiled for the first College & Career Fair, please call and I will have our Secretary mail a copy to you. Free money is out there! Evelyn M. Turner – 718-320-8088 – evelyntinez

Building 31 Association June will be here in a matter of days and are you like me wondering, where did that time go? Going forward, there are so many things to do and we want you to be part of the association’s goals. Think of ways to improve our lives and become part of the solution, not the problem. We have many new neighbors that may not be aware what we are all about. Do you know who your neighbor is? Are there ways to improve cleanliness on your floor? Together, we can be the best eyes and ears of our building. When you see something, say something. Let’s do this for the balance of 2013.

With deepest condolences It is with much regret that we announce the passing of long time Co-op City resident, Louise Blake, on Friday, May 17, at the age of 90. Mrs. Blake is the grandmother of Joshua Blake, Riverbay Buildings & Grounds Supervisor. Mrs. Blake was laid to rest at Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ. Please join us in keeping Joshua and the entire Blake family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Remember our fallen t roo ps this Memorial Day weekend .

With sadness, we share with you the passing of a neighbor and supportive member of our association this month, Mabel Dorset, who resided on the A-side of our building. To her family, we send our deepest sympathy and prayers. She shared the fun with some of her neighbors at our many Friday game nights and even attended a movie night once in awhile. Her presence will be missed by those that knew her. Our Scholarship Award Committee has been busy preparing for the festivities in June once all applications have been received. As of the writing of this article, there was only one

application received. Depending upon the number of applications received determines amount to be granted to each applicant. To all of you that have supported this program, we ask that you please continue to do so. Remember, it has been said that it takes a village to raise a child and this particular program is our way of helping. Please watch for the next meeting notice which will be posted in our lobby. Also take notice that this will be the last general meeting before taking our summer break. We will be returning in — M ar i l yn M c D an i e l September.

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Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

We must take control of Co-op City This viewpoint was written last Saturday, May 18, before the election, so I didn't have any information on the candidates or the results of the election. Nevertheless, we're going to move this community forward. Tr y i n g t o G a i n L e g a l C o n t r o l There was a viewpoint that appeared last week concerning the Board's ability to get rid of management. The "managing agent cannot be terminated by Riverbay, meaning any Board of Directors, but only by HCR and HUD." It continued by saying the agent must have a "minimum of five years experience managing comparable properties in terms of size, scale, complexity and regulatory requirements." And, then, the managing agent must "post a fidelity bond of between $10 million and $33 million. Really? Now, we have the largest Co-op in the world. And, there aren't too many managing agents that can fit these requirements. So, how do you think these requirements became a part of our loan agreement? Moreover, how do you feel about this type of wording in our agreement? Does management think that they're going to stay here? Look, the Board received a similar message by e-mail. And, my response is that our cooperators and the Board will control every single aspect of this community. Everything! No management company or manager will ever come in here, stay, and dictate policy. Once we can satisfy the legal requirements and have the votes, all of our business matters with management will be terminated--forever! E x c e s s iv e G a s o l i n e Ch a rg e s On August 25, 2012, I wrote an article about employees going back to the gas station a few times on the same

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day to, um, purchase gasoline. In one case, Driver A allegedly purchased 35 gallons of fuel for a vehicle in June 2012. Then, one hour later, Driver B allegedly purchased 19 gallons of fuel for this supposed same vehicle. In another case, Driver C allegedly purchased 14 gallons of fuel, odometer 39,522, in June 2012. Then, Driver D allegedly purchased 13 gallons of fuel, odometer - 6,532 (it dropped from 39,522), for the same vehicle, at the exact same time. This community spent $31,479.94 on that one bill. Now, let's stop here for one moment and realize what's happening. First, this is our money. So, we have the right to demand that our money will be spent in an appropriate manner. Additionally, we have the right to demand that Management enforce appropriate procedures to ensure that these shenanigans are not happening at that gas station. Has Management made changes? Management said that they made a few changes and that each car would have its own gas card. However, let's see what's actually happening. To p i t O f f I just confronted Management with a new bill for, get this, $28,735.13. And,

again, this is just for one month, from March 16, 2013 - April 15, 2013. Now, I believe there are a lot of discrepancies on this bill. For instance, on March 18, 2013, at 8:25 a.m., an employee put $80.02 worth of fuel into a vehicle. Then, at 3:46 p.m., this same employee put $71.01 into this same vehicle. So, just for one day, it appears that this entire community spent over $150 in gasoline charges for just picking up garbage out of the 8 garages. Now, when you look at this bill, we should see similar charges pretty much on a daily basis. However, this bill doesn’t show similar charges on an almost daily basis. In other cases, we have employees typing in bogus odometer readings—99999, 55555—into that gasoline terminal. Why? Well, "The odometers were not working." Another big failure on this gas bill is that employees are using one card to fill up several vehicles. Why? Look, I had a meeting with the treasurer over the charges in this bill. Now, even though we don't agree on many things, we agreed that my analysis on this bill is correct. Now, we're getting another carrying charge increase. How much? We don't know. But, as you can see, Management has done very little to fix these ongoing problems with these tremendous gasoline bills. Now, ask yourself: Why not? Anyway, I want this outrageous $28,735.13 bill to be posted on our site so that the entire community can see exactly what's going on here. Then, I want Management to write their justification in accordance with this bill. By the way, the supervisors for these departments are not signing their names for their portions of these gas bills. Amazing, huh?

Pa y r o l l I've heard several allegations of past and present Board members that have put members of their family, friends, and associates into positions on our payroll. What positions did they take? Are they even qualified for the job? Are they making an inordinate amount of money in relation to their job title? Who is actually controlling these departments here, the families and friends of these Board members or the so-called department heads? So, where does that leave the shareholders? Why should allegiance to a Board member be a dominant factor if two job candidates have similar qualifications and experience? And, guess what? This foolishness has been going on for years! So, can you see why this entire community must stand up and put a stop to this so-called control by a few Board members? Look at all the managers that were fired before. How could so many managers get fired within such a short period of time? Close Don't give up. We must win this fight. Questions or comments? Please send a message to: Daryl Johnson, Riverbay Board Director, c/o Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475. Or, please send a message to me at (Please double-check the spelling of this address.) Also, please call me at 718-6714544 if you don't receive a response from your message. Okay, that’s it for now. So, please have a wonderful week. And, may God bless you and your family. Thank you.

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Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

Congratulations!!!! To newly seated Board Directors Fellow cooperators, I am writing you today to thank you for Director’s your continued support in our annual Board of Directors elections. For me, this is always an exciting time and an important one too. It’s springtime, people are smiling, we are interacting more, and most important, we are discussing real issues. Issues like safety, a youth center, the Power Plant, and carrying charge increases. During this election period, shareholders have asked the right questions of perspective candidates and of current Board Directors elected to uphold what you want most for this community; what have you accomplished as a current Board Director and what can you bring to the table as a new Director? So let’s keep the stride in being heard through the power of voting, volunteering to serve on Board committees and continue working together to move the community we all love in the right direction. In this viewpoint, I would like to be the first to congratulate those who won in this year’s election. As a Board Director who will be sitting at the table to discuss and negotiate the things we were elected to do, I think it is appropriate to welcome publicly my new Board colleagues. It’s so important for the Board to “work as a team,” to respect each other’s viewpoints, listen, agree to disagree and that our decisions/Board votes are based on the right information and what’s most important for the community as a whole. Here are two quotes that inspire me the most about working together: (1) “A house divided against itself cannot stand” – Abraham Lincoln, and (2) “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success - Henry Ford (Ford Motor Car). I am hopeful that this Board can balance and achieve more this year. Why? Because as Board Directors, we do have common goals; oversight of our corporation, the community and the shareholders who live in it. I look forward to seeing you at the Board table. Ot h er Ac c o la d e s Yolanda Canales-Schumann, Coalition to Save Affordable Housing Treasurer along with her team,

friends, colleagues, and Truman H.S. held their 2nd annual Bronx Symphony Orchestra concert in Co-op City on Sunday, May 19. The Orchestra did a fantastic job with classics and a hint of Latin spice. Despite the weather and the Dreiser Center last minute cancellation, many attended but all enjoyed. W h a t ’s o n t h e H o r i z o n ( m y w i s h l i s t ) 1. I would like to see an annual orientation for newly elected Board Directors. An annual orientation could serve as a refresher for existing Directors and introduce key items to new Board Directors. Discussion items could include our By-laws, protocol when communicating with department directors, writing of Director viewpoints, roles & responsibilities of our managing agent along with a copy of their contract, Board committee expectations, a 10-minute presentation from each department director & DHCR, and an overview of our budget. I have prepared a memo request to Counsel and the Board for review and consideration. 2. I would like to see quarterly reports from our Board Treasurers as outlined in our Riverbay By-laws. At my request, we have only received one treasurer’s report this year. 3. I would like Board Directors to sit at the table (preferably bi-annually or quarterly) with HCR and our Finance Director to better manage our budget, streamline processes, and cut costs without negatively affecting services. Our Finance Director should be allowed to make recommendations regarding spending and ways we can improve various budgetary items and not just the reporting aspect of our finances. 4. I would like to see more open Board meetings with a better-structured agenda, and gallery session up front (first 30 minutes the meeting). This would allow shareholders to ask their questions before it gets too late in the evening, then individuals can leave when they need to. When cooperators have to leave without asking their questions that concerns me because engaging the community is vital. 5. I would like to see the Board and our managing


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agent openly solicit volunteers each year to join our Riverbay Board Committees. The Co-op City Times could be used to publish a full-page invitation listing each committee, the Chair, and co-chair assigned, when and how to join. Again, is all about engaging the community and bringing great ideas on community improvement to the table with crucial committees like Construction & Information Technology running year round. My D ir e c to r U p d at e I co-Chair both the Information Technology (IT) and Contracts Compliance Committees. Board Director & VP Khalil Abdul-Wahhab (Committee Chair) and I both believe we have an amazing group of cooperators on our committees. We are accomplishing quite a bit and plan to do more in the weeks to come. I am proud to report that the IT Committee previously addressed an issue with cell phone usage within the corporation. As a result, Management made some modifications, but per Director Johnson’s budget review, there are still areas for improvement. The IT Committee and department director have moved forward with a request to upgrade our YARDI system, property management software, which Management has embraced. The Yardi system is software used in almost every department within Riverbay. With this upgrade, we can improve department efficiency, services to shareholders and ensure accountability of inventory. The IT Committee is also looking at upgrading our Riverbay website and using our crawler channel to record and televise Board meetings. The Contracts Committee will begin pulling together different parts of the contract processes within the departments so appropriate recommendation can be made. One accomplishment is the electronic bidding process for purchase orders will be expanding to include all contract solicitations. In closing, I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Please take a moment to remember the men and women who died while protecting and serving in our U.S. military. We are a better country thanks to all of our military veterans. You may contact me at 718-320-3352, or riverbay Remember, sharing is caring.


Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

NCNW Congratulations! To this year 2013 Bethune/Height Achievers Joyce Miller Howard and Kim Adair Wilson, Esq. Our next Membership meeting is on June 9 at 3:00 p.m., Room 11, Dreiser Community Center. Sa ve t h e Da t es: August 10 and September 28. More information coming.

New p r ogr a m : “Teens Workshop” - Teen ages 12-17 ...Our first 8 weeks sessions is completed. Next session starts up date, June 8, free to all Co-op City girls. Class from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 11, Dreiser Community Center. Open discussion to include hair, skincare, social etiquette and so much more! Be prepared to enjoy yourself…laugh…Meet new friends and more

importantly, learn from each other. For more information, call 646-285-8699 or 718-320-2366. Please contact Sadie Gilmore, 718-671-3721, to notify us of any birthdays, illness or bereavement. Have a safe/fun time this Memorial Weekend. Happy birthday to our May members! —M a xin e Su lliva n

Baychester Visual Arts Association Painting is a wonderful talent and you can learn to paint and draw and discover talent you never knew existed with expert instruction from Mr. Moses Groves, an award winning artist. Lessons are given at a very low cost. Classes are held every Tuesday in the Dreiser Community Center, Room 5. There are 2 sessions to choose from: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Membership dues are $35 for the year and a session of 10 lessons is $60. BVA’s art instructor will guide you along a creative path that will bring hours, weeks and years of joy into the life of those who avail themselves of this opportunity. Our next session started on Tuesday, April 30th. We will be having our June library exhibit at the Baychester Library with the theme being “Land and Sea.” Our paintings will be on display from June 1st until June 29th at the library in celebration of Bronx Month.

Building 32 Association We are definitely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt going to Mt. Airy Casino on Tuesday, June 4 and we hope you can join us. We are leaving from Building 32 at 8:30 a.m. and will be stopping at Asch and Dreiser Loops for drop-offs on the return. The cost for this trip is $35; you will receive $25 for slot play and a $10 food voucher. There is a shuttle bus located steps from the casino entrance which will take you to "The Crossings," a major outlet mall for the nominal sum of $1.25 each way. The bus will be parked opposite Garage 7, on Einstein Loop North. Please don't forget to bring government issued I.D. in order to collect your bonus. There will be round-trip movies, and a breakfast snack. For additional information, please contact our Association President, Eleanor Bailey, at (718) 379-7754 or First Vice President Dolores Rankin at (718) 379-0910. This trip is a fundraiser for the Building Association. Additionally, our Guest Speaker for our last meeting of the season was Mr. Velasquez, Supervisor of Building and Grounds for Section 5. Our meeting was on Wednesday, and on Thursday, it was quite apparent that he had listened to our requests and concerns. Kudos to Mr. Velasquez! —L or n a Sm it h

From the CSO Department:

Noise at night Every cooperator has the right to enjoy the sanctity of their apartment. We ask all cooperators to be kind and keep noise down during the late evening hours. T h ose wh o d o n ot a r e su b j ect t o a com m u n it y com p la in t a n d p ossib le fin e. Please be courteous to your fellow cooperators. Thank you for your cooperation.

All members of BVA can take part in this library show. On June 29th, we will have an outdoor art show located at the Bartow mall which gives people an opportunity to look at the artwork and purchase paintings. On Monday, June 3, we will have a workshop given by Mr. Dmitriy Moshkovich in Room 5 in the Dreiser Community Center. It will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Come enjoy this great workshop where you will

learn how to paint with watercolors. Mr. Moshkovich is an award winning artist with a Masters degree in Fine Arts. Come and join BVA and you’ll be glad you did. For more information about our classes, please call Mr. Groves at 201-862-0847 or K. Klaus at 719-379-6074. Science is for the body, but art is for the soul. —Sylvia L och a n sky


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Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

Cardboard, scrap appliances added to Co-op City recycling program BY JIM ROBERTS One million tons of waste paper, 627,000 tons of commingled plastic bottles and metal cans and more than 100,000 tons of scrap metal sounds like a lot of worthless garbage. But all that waste material, because it was recycled here in Co-op City, earned nearly $70,000 for Riverbay shareholders last year. And, more importantly, recycling cuts down the need for landfill space, reducing the amount of damage done to the environment for everyone. A staggering 40 tons of household waste is handled every day in Co-op City. Recycling a portion of that garbage is a task that pays dividends for shareholders and residents. “Instead of going into a landfill, these recycled products are going to be used over and over again,” said Kevin Keenan, Riverbay Director of Operations. “Whether it’s our waste oil from the motor pool and the power plant, old car batteries, old tires, all that is being recycled.” According to the American Forest and Paper Association, every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,077

kilowatt hours of electricity. Two new initiatives are adding to the amount of garbage that is being recycled in Co-op City. Old appliances that used to be thrown away will now be sold intact to a vendor that won the bid for the job. Riverbay will receive $30 for each unit the vendor removes. “Riverbay never used to get paid for old appliances – stoves, refrigerators. They would be scrapped because there wasn’t a lot of value for them,” Keenan said. “So we went out to bid and now we’re getting paid for each appliance. Believe it or not, some companies will refurbish the units and ship them to South America.” Another new source of revenue is the sale of scrap cardboard that is produced by the commercial stores in the three Co-op City shopping centers. “One of the other new things we’re doing that could be big revenue generator is selling the commercial cardboard,” Keenan said. “It was going into a dumpster and being taken away at no cost to us. We went out to bid and the winning bidder provided us with baling machines for the three commercial centers in Einstein, Bartow and Dreiser. We’ll get 60 cents of every dollar that the card-

board sells for,” Keenan said. Riverbay employees will bale the cardboard that the store owners bring to them. Cooperators have participated in sorting their paper, co-mingles and metal trash out from household garbage in an expanded program of recycling that followed the passage of New York City Local Law 50 in 2007. Keenan estimates that about 70 to 80 percent of all recyclable garbage is recovered and sent off to be reused instead of winding up in landfills. “There’s been significant improvement over time here and it’s pretty consistent now,” Keenan said. Residents leave their newspapers and paper trash in the compactor room and porters then bring those recyclables down to basement. The Buildings and Grounds Department moves the recycled items to the Peartree refuse facility and the papers are crushed in a compactor at Peartree and shipped off in special 30-yard containers. Commingles are also sent to Peartree facility and shipped off from there in 30-yard containers. Bulk garbage is separated at Peartree and one container holds TVs, furniture and other large items while metals are sorted out and placed in a separate container before being removed by Royal Waste.

Broun Place Townhouse Association The weeks are passing very quickly and what has been called “Silly Season” by some, is now hopefully ended. The election is over and in a short time, the new Riverbay Board of Directors will be sworn in and seated. Broun Place Townhouse Association hopes everyone used their vote, placed their ballot, and read the results. This is a very important part of what goes on in Co-op City and you, the cooperator, are the trigger in sending folks willing to volunteer, to the Riverbay Board of Directors. Congratulations to every candidate. It is a formidable achievement to be a candidate.

There are other quality of life issues that continue to manifest problems: litter in the streets; traffic; respect of property and what our parameters in sprucing up our apartments are. These issues and other pertinent ones will be discussed at the next Broun Place Townhouse Association Meeting. Invitations have been extended to professionals who may have the answers. The next meeting is Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 31, Bartow Community Center, light refreshments will be offered. Please plan to attend the association meetings. The association thanks again the great group of cooperators who

NAACP, Co-op City Branch #2210 Mailing address: P.O. Box 75 3111, Einstein Station, Bronx, NY 10475, President: Jerome Rice. Office telephone: (718) 320 3210; Address: 135 Einstein Community Center, Room 36; Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Email: naacpccity AN N OU N CEM EN TS: Newly elected officers President: Jerome L. Rice 1st Vice President: Joyce Wilson Secretary: Brenda Brown Asst. Secretary: Carole Haque Treasurer: Hermena Smith Asst. Treasurer: Terry Gavin Notice is hereby given that the officers will serve March 2013 2015. Please direct all correspondence inquiries, etc. to the mailing address. Application for membership available at all membership meetings and can be requested! by mail or phone.

U p c o m in g C a le n d ar o f E v en t s at E i n st e in Co m m u n it y C e n te r : M a y : 25 - Stop & Frisk Survival Series Part 1, 1 p.m.2 p.m., Room 36 26 - General Membership Meeting, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 36 J u n e : 5 - Executive Committee Meeting, 1 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Room 36 22 - Open House, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Room 36 CPR Workshop at 10:00 a.m. Financial Education 101 - Power Point Presentation 23 - Membership Meeting, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 36 If you are interested in becoming CPR certified, the class fee is $35. Leave your name and number at the office, email us or come by during office hours. Membership applications and payments will be accepted for new, renewals, life members, organizations and churches. Light refreshments. ALL ARE WELCOME! —B r e n d a B r ow n

Building 26 Association Memorial Day greetings to all of our Co-op City residents, neighbors, families, friends, merchants, our new residents, and especially our Veterans (current, retired, and deceased). We thank you for your dedicated service to our country. May God bless you! Congratulations to all who are celebrating birthdays, new births, wedding anniversaries and other celebrated events during the month of May. Well wishes for a speedy recovery to all of you who are sick and shut in and/or suffering with allergies. Our sincere condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chambers, for the loss of your beloved daughter, Jackie. We love you, Jackie, but God loves you best. No more pain or suffering. We wish you eternal peace. And to the Chambers family, we wish you continued strength during your time of bereavement.

Do a good deed today. Check on your elderly, disabled, and/or home-bound neighbor to see if they are okay. Some of our neighbors are unable to travel to the store and/or pharmacy. As you do your shopping, it would be nice for you to shop for them. You will be blessed abundantly for your good deeds. Please help to keep our community clean and green by properly disposing your garbage in the appropriate receptacle. Take out time to recycle your bottles, plastics, and papers. Bulk trash and large cartons are to be taken to the basement. And please be vigilant. If you see something, say something by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies and 3-1-1 for all other non-emergency complaints. The life you save — Yu Vo n n e L e w i s could be your own.

attended our most recent meeting in April and for the important questions they raised. Congratulations to all the graduates and students finishing out the school year 2013. Please neighbors, keep up the recycling efforts and let’s pick up what others have dropped to keep our townhouse cluster clean. We send sincere get well wishes to our neighbors recovering from surgery and illness and condolences to all who are going through the loss of someone dear. Broun Place Townhouse Association looks forward to seeing you at the next meet— Eva L az a ar ing, Thursday, May 30.

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Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

Association of Building 14 Cooperators Summer Fun Day Block Party: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our Summer Fun Day T-shirt orders are off to a great start. Come June 22nd, we are hopeful that the majority of cooperators attending the Block Party will be donning our colorful Summer Fun Day T-shirt!! There are three more opportunities to place your order: Wednesday, May 29th just before and after the Association meeting (Association Room), and in the lobby on Friday, May

31st and Saturday, June 1st. As usual, flyers with specific timeframes for Friday and Saturday will be placed throughout the building as reminders. The complete Tshirt order will be placed the following week. Plans are to distribute the T-shirts the weekend before the event, which will allow time for the order to be processed, received and the shirts separated and packaged for distribution. Association Meeting: The Association

will meet on Wednesday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Attendees will get advance information about Summer Fun Day events and details about various volunteer assignments. Parents can gain firsthand information about the required waiver, which they must sign to allow those under 18 to participate in such activities as the relay races, watermelon eating contest, etc. Volunteers can actually sign up to get choice assignments. A

special raffle will be held on June 1st for those signed up to volunteer for at least three hours. If you are unable to attend the Association meeting, please send an email with your questions or comments to Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Don’t forget to salute and thank our vets and military personnel for risking their lives to protect us and our country! —J D Fer gu son

Defensive driving course sponsored by Riverbay available online and open to general public The defensive driving course offered by Riverbay Corporation to its employees to enhance their driving skills and lower points on their licenses is now available online and open to the general public at a reduced cost. The 6-hour course, which is offered through the National Safety Council of which Riverbay is a member, has been open only to Riverbay’s employees, their family members and friends for the past 10 years, and were generally held once every three months over two evenings during the week or on weekends. Now, the program is going online at a cost of $44.96, and anyone in the general population can enjoy the reduced price by entering Riverbay’s referral code. During the registration process, applicants who use referral code #664 will receive a $5 discount which brings the cost down to $39.95. For participating in the program, Riverbay Corporation, in turn, will receive a rebate of $11.39 per participant which goes back into the corporation’s general fund to help offset the expenses of the corporation. “It is important to point out that anyone interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact their respective insurance company first to ensure that they will be eligible to receive credit for taking the defensive driving course online, which in most cases, will result in a reduction of their insurance premiums,”

said Vernon Cooper, Riverbay’s General Manager. “It is also a plus that the housing company can receive credits for those taking the course when they use our referral code to register and I invite everyone in the development to let their family members, friends and co-workers know about this program. I also thank them because having more conscientious drivers on our roadways benefits everyone.” Cooper noted that Riverbay has been providing defensive driving courses to its employees for the past decade precisely because the corporation recognizes the importance of safety, especially among those staff members who operate vehicles. “We realize how vital it is that the people who drive vehicles for the corporation are in fact operating them safely and are fully aware of the State’s traffic laws particularly as they relate to the work that they do, and this includes the individuals who drive our trucks, vans, construction equipment and passenger vehicles,” Cooper said. “Therefore, I am all for any policy that promotes defensive driving courses and anything that can be done to encourage people to take these courses is beneficial.” Monica Williams, Riverbay’s Loss Prevention Manager in the Risk Management Department, was instrumental in organizing this course offering. “We’ve been a member of NSC for

more than a decade and we’ve been providing defensive driving classes to our employees to help enhance their driving skills and reduce points off their licenses, which also reduces their automotive insurance premiums,” said Williams. “Now, we are able, through this program, to offer it throughout the community so we’re inviting everyone to encourage their friends and family members to take advantage of it.” Williams emphasized that registrants for the course must input the referral code #664 or else they will not receive the discount. To purchase the online version of the NSC’s defensive driving course, log onto its website at The program uses Adobe Flash Player to deliver the course and if a student exits the program before completing it, their

progress is bookmarked. There is also no limit to the number of times you may log in to complete the course, however you must complete the course within 30 days from the date of purchase or else you have to repurchase it. Applicants must complete a minimum of 320 instructional minutes, answer 25 questions at the end of the course and achieve a score of 75% or better to pass the course. Each applicant is allowed three attempts to pass the course, after which it must be repurchased. After successfully completing the course, the defensive driving certificate is mailed to the applicant. The NSC offers support and service via online email help and a toll-free telephone help desk which is open MondayFriday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Coalition of African American Churches & Community Organizations The Coalition’s next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at 12:00 p.m., noon, 177 Dreiser Community Center, Room 15. Please inform the coalition of any suggestions that you may have. Mrs. Joan Murrell is the President of the Coalition. Phone number, (718) 379-3494. The Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of life of cooperators while providing educational and culturally enriching programs for the community. We also act as one voice for all Coalition members where there are issues of common con-

cern and human rights. Members of the Coalition include the following: African-American Association; Co-op City Baptist Church; Retirees of Dreiser Loop; Harriet Tubman Independent Democratic Club; NAACP, Co-op City Branch; St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and Zodiacs Track Club. Please support our efforts by sending us a tax deductible contribution made payable to the Coalition of AfricanAmerican Churches and Community Organizations of Coop City, Inc., P.O. Box 619, Bronx, NY 10475. Churches and organizations that desire to join may

apply for membership by either writing or calling (718) 379-3494 or (718) 671-5957 for a membership application, which should be returned with a letter on your church/organization’s letterhead and signed by the Minister/President. Read the Coalition’s weekly column for information about events and issues. Remember, the Coalition’s motto is, “Coming together is the Beginning, Keeping together is Progress and Working together is Success.” —H a r m a n T. L ea cock

Co-op City Little League All St a r G a m es & M a y H igh ligh t s Today, Saturday, May 25th, Co-op City baseball players from the Junior (13 & 14), Major (11 & 12) and Minor (9-10) Divisions will participate in the Astor/ Co-op Inter League All Star games which will be held at the Astor fields located at 2701 Bruner Ave., off Bartow Ave. and opposite the Storage facility back entrance. There will be a homerun derby for each division prior to the game time scheduled at 1 p.m. for the Minors, 3 p.m. for the Juniors, and 4 p.m. for the Majors. The battle between the two Co-op City Major teams continued as the Montefiore Medical Center Bulldogs faced the Knights of Pythias Lodge 616 Royals in a double header match up which ended up in a tie. In the first game, which was a continuation of a make up, the Royals had a 5-2 lead. However, at the bottom of the 5th inning, the Bulldogs went on a two outs rally to even the score at 5-5. The comeback started when Jaden Chaparro reached first base and was brought home on hit by Bryan Baez.

Then David Torres, Jr. drew a walk to place two men on, and Gabriel Cuilan hit a shot to centerfield that struck the top of the fence but stayed in play for a two runs triple. Jaden Chaparro’s stirring pitching allowed the Bulldogs hitters to strike back. In the second game, the Royals went on to win on an imposing pitching performance by Eric Spradley who only allowed two hits, and struck out fifteen (15) Bulldogs batters. Shawn Harris handled the catching duties and scored two runs. Jordan Nivar had two hits with one RBI and Sebastian Ulanga, Jr., added another run with an awesome hit. It was then on to inter league for the two Co-op Major teams versus Astor LL. Against the Astor Rays, the Bulldogs pitcher Bryan Baez kept the hitters off balance to propel the team to a 76 win. Jaden Chaparro came in relief for the save. In another game, the Bulldogs were defeated by the Rays, but Gabriel Cuilan hit his second homerun of the season

with a 220 foot blast over the left field fence. On May 18th, the Royals defeated the Astor Red Sox, 9-3, to even their record at 6 wins, 6 loss and 2 ties. The battery consisted of pitcher Eric Spradley and catcher Eddie Rosario. Spradley had 14 ks. in another explosive effort. The Royals burst out for 9 runs as Eddie Rosario went 4 for 4 with a triple and 5 RBI, Kai James went 3 for 3 scoring 3 runs and Jestin Martinez went 3 for 4 scoring 2 runs. In an earlier game against the Astor Rays, the Co-op Royals were victorious, 3-2. Shawn Harris pitched an impressive game with 11 ks. Eddie Rosario did a superb job as the catcher. Jestin Martinez, Eddie Rosario and Eric Spadley all had big hits with Spadley just missing a homer off the fence (a double) putting Royals ahead for good. Kudos to the teams’ coaching staff of David Torres, Sr., Earl Williams, Robin Sullivan Luis Marin and Matt Rodriguez. —H ect or Aya la

Harriet Tubman Independent Democratic Club The next meeting of the HTIDC will be held on Tuesday, June 4, Einstein Community Center, Room 35 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing the exciting Board of Directors Election and the five (5) members elected to serve for the next 3 years. The President had a recent conversation/meeting with our State Senator Ruth HassellThompson and will provide an update on how she is doing. A statement of support has been emailed to her. She was one of several elected officials set up at a so called friend’s home for lunch who was wired up! At our last meeting, we had a very successful book

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signing by our own Minister Evelyn Perkins. Members of her family traveled from Queens to show support. The President has also arranged for Minister Perkins to have another book signing in Mount Vernon, New York with a very popular Book Club. On Saturday, May 18, Minister Perkins was able to network with Sharon Preston-Folta at her book signing, "Little Satchmo - Living in the Shadow of my Father Louis Daniel Armstrong." It is widely believed that Louis Armstrong was childless when he died in 1971. In this heart wrenching book, you will find out about his secret longtime mistress and his secret child.

Our club will continue to reach out to Co-op City published authors. If you would like to have a book signing, just call our Secretary, Ms. Cherebin, at 718-320-2960 to schedule an appointment. It's called Caring For And Supporting Our Own! Copies of Minister Perkins' book will be available if you missed our May meeting You are invited to join our club and assist with upcoming political and cultural events. Please call our Secretary for an application. “Love you and of course be a Light unto this world!” —E velyn M . Tu r n er

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Black Forum Next Defen sive Dr iving Our next defensive driving course will be held on Saturday, June 15, Rm. 1, Dreiser Community Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call today to register, 718-320-8035. Please make your check in the amount of $35, payable to “the Black Forum of Co-op City,” and mail to P.O. Box 563, Bronx, N.Y. 10475 at least 1½ weeks before the class, or you can walk in on the day of the class but you must have $35 in cash to pay for the course. H ar r ah’s Casino We will be going to Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pa. on Saturday, May 18. First pick-up is from Dreiser Rehab at 8:30 a.m. sharp, back of the Library on Asch Loop at 8:40 a.m. and 135 Einstein Loop at 8:50 a.m. All payments must be in now. Please bring your government issued photo ID and be on time. No refunds. For information,

call (718) 320-0033. Ret ur n ing t o Aq ueduct We will be returning to Aqueduct Casino on Saturday, June 15 and July 20. First pickup from Dreiser rehab is at 1 p.m., back of the Library on Asch Loop at 1:15 p.m. and 135 Einstein Loop at 1:30 p.m. $20 per person; No refunds. Call (917) 209-5334 for reservations. Not ice: All Sect ion 5 food pant r y p ar ticip ant s All Section 5 residents must pick up their food packages on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Church of Co-op City. You must bring your white cards to be able to pick up your food. For more information, please call (718) 320-8035. Lobst er fest We are going to the Nordic Lodge for Lobsterfest and Foxwood Casino on

Saturday, August 17. The cost is $150. Next payment due Friday, May 17. Seats going fast! Call (718) 320-8035 for your reservation. Bla ck For um Lyon’s Ma ne Tr a ck C lub Summer’s here. Register your child(ren) 6-18 years of age for the Lyon’s Mane Track Club. Call for information, (718) 320-8035. E mer gency Food P r ogr am We are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Room 20 at the Dreiser Community Center. Also, due to budget constraints and shortage of available food, you must live within zip code 10475 to participate in this program. You must also have your card with you and bring two clean plastic shopping bags. In order to receive food, you must present a current photo ID such as a non or driver’s license or any photo ID card with proof of

address. You will then be issued a card in order to pick up food in the future. Volunt eer s wa nt ed We need volunteers for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Call (718) 320-8035. We Need You - J oin Us Toda y Now is the time for us to get involved. Membership is $5 per year/person. Call (718) 320-8035 or write to Black Forum, P.O. Box 563, Bronx, NY 10475; email: Help us keep independent community organizations alive in Co-op City. Everyone is encouraged to join. Call us or visit us in Room 20 in the Dreiser Community Center. Please don’t forget to vote on Wednesday, May 22, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., in your building lobby. —Tony Illis

American Legion Post 1871 Greetings to all of our Post members who are homebound and recovering from various medical operations. We wish you a speedy recovery. Happy birthday to all of our members who will be celebrating their birthday in May: Dennis Dunlop, Carl A. Jones, Antonio Codrington, Larry W. Jackson, James S. Lee, Charles Lirio, Reginald E. McKissck, James H. Montgomery, Mark R. Scheer, M. Simmons, Pablo Santiago, Otis D. Simmons and Cecil A. Williams. If you don’t see your name in this issue, please bring it to my attention and it will be placed in the next issue of the Co-op City Times. Our Post is always looking for new members to join us so if you are a VETERAN from any branch of the military,

stop by our Post and join. Please bring your DD-214 with you. Post 1871 is located in Section #5 in the Community Center, in 135 Einstein Loop, Room 41. Our office number is (718) 320-8165 and you can also reach us by e-mail Thanks for supporting and representing our Post at the Bronx Veterans breakfast at Maestro’s on May 12: Robert Feliciano, Llewelyn Waterman, Donald Fuller, Kenneth Nelson, Richard I. Lawson, Jr., Lowell A. James, Edwin A. Martinez, Rafael J. Alejandro and wife and Andre R. Greene. Roth Brunne, one of our Post members, passed away last month. He will be missed by his family and friends.

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Any Post member who would like to have his military history shared with our youth, contact Mr. Leo Johnson at the Section 5 Youth Center. His contact number is (718) 671-2655. Please leave your name and number. This information will be stored on an electronic scrap book. Please make arrangements before June. Call Monday Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For all of our Post members attending the Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 26, please wear your Post cap and your Post shirt. On June 20, P.S. 160 5th graders will receive a plaque and a gift certificate for $25 for the best composition essay for “I’m proud to be an American.” The award will be presented to the winner by Post member

Silas Stanford. Post 1871 would like to thank some of our Memorial Day sponsors: Riverbay Corporation, Dr. Dreyzina, Dr. Fishman, Dr. Palmer, Municipal Credit Union, NYS Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Anthony Wright (Allstate State Ins.), Co-op City Baptist Church, Con Edison, Co-op City Times and the Riverbay Fund. We, the Post members, thank you for your support. What book do women like the most? Answer: Their husband’s check book. Why did the girl put two quarters in her car? Answer: She wanted to hear 50 cent. This information was provided to you by your post information officer. —Richa r d I. La wson, J r.


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African-American Association S c h o l a r s h i p Aw a r d s P r o g r a m The Association will present its Sixth Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation to high school seniors living in Co-op City on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00 p.m. in the Dreiser Community Center, Room 15. Call 718-379-5555 for an application and guidelines. The deadline for submission is May 31. The following are ongoing programs which the Association sponsors and encourages your participation: Zu mba Fitne ss Clas se s – Mondays, 6:00 p.m. Dreiser Center, Room #2. Fee: $5; Registration: $15. Call 917-459-4491. Yo g a & P i l a t e s M a t C l a s s e s – Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room #2. Fee: $10-$12; Registration: $15. Call 718-671-8364. C o m p u t e r / L a p t o p C l a s s e s – The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room 15. Fee: $5; members get

one free class. Call 718-379-5555. B elly D an c ing C lass es – Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room 2. Fee: $15, discounts available; Registration: $15. Call 646-301-9438. E ve ni n g Li n e D a nc i n g C l a sse s – Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room #2. Fee: $5 per hour; Registration: $15. Call 917-903-7073. J o b s / E n t r e p r e n e u r i a l Wo r k s h o p s – Meets every first Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room 15. Call 718-3201424. E d u c a t i o n – The Per Ankh Study Group meets Monday, 5/13/13, 7:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room 15. J u stic e fo r R ama rley G ra h am – On 5/15/13, Judge Barrett dismissed the indictment because the District Attorney failed to properly instruct the Grand Jury. On 2/2/12, NYC Police Officer Richard Haste illegally entered Graham’s home at East 239th Street and shot and killed the

unarmed 18-year-old. On 6/13/12, Haste was indicted at the Bronx Courthouse and arraigned on $50,000 bail. The family intends to continue their fight for justice. Lend your support by requesting that DA Robert Johnson re-present this case to the Grand Jury. Call 718-590-2000. G e n e ra l Me mb e rs h ip M ee tin g S u m m a r y c o n t ’d . ** AAA schedule for 2013-14 - There will be further discussion regarding the Bazaar & Bake Sale and the Valentine’s Day Dance. ** Broadway show: “Motown: The Musical” for Sunday, August 18th, 3 p.m. – Tickets: $80. A few tickets remain. Call 718-379-5555. ** Coalition of African-American Churches & Com. Orgs. in working on Friends & Family Day. Father Lucas has been invited to be the keynote speaker. ** 24th Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors - Sat., 6/8/14, Noon-Sunset,

Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. ** Central Park 5 - The case was adjourned to 6/18/13. The Association is considering adding its name to the list of supporters in their fight for Reparations. Next Meeting: SUNDAY, June 9, 4:00 p.m., Dreiser Ctr., Rm. 15. If you are unable to attend, you may obtain updated information by reading this weekly column. Also, if you wish to join or update your membership, you may send your membership check or money order (DO NOT MAIL CASH) of $15 for a single membership and $25 for families ($7.50 and $12.50 between March and August) to: AfricanAmerican Association of Co-op City, P.O. Box 702, Co-op City Station, Bronx, NY 10475. Donations are also welcomed. Like us on Facebook: “CoopcityAfricanamericanassoc” and contribute your news and information. — F r a nc i n e R. J o ne s

Retirees of Dreiser Loop The RETIREES’ 41st Annual LUNCHEON will be held on Wed., June 19th at the beautiful Marina Del Rey, featuring Carol/DAD Productions, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Donation: $75. Please advise if transportation needed. (Contacts: Beverly Waller and Ida Morton, 718-379-0377). T R AV E L E V E N T S : (Departing from Dreiser Loop). Come join us on the following dates: • June 29th (Sat.), SENIOR DAY Picnic, Holiday Hill. Price: $75. This beautiful 200-acre resort has been providing first-class food, service, facilities and entertainment for many years. The RETIREES would love to have you join us for a day of fun and relaxation filled with music, games, and endless mouth-watering food. Traveling by coach bus and seats are filling up. Final payment due. (Contacts: Beverly James, 718-379-

0377 and Claudette Davis, 718-379-4784). • Sept. 16th -18th, (Mon.-Wed.), WASHINGTON, DC. (3 days/2 nights). During your tour, you’ll see all the DC monuments and memorials up close and personal, and learn the history and trivia surrounding the US capital. Photo stops are made at major Washington, DC monuments including the White House photo opportunity. Price: $319 double/$399 single. (Contacts: Beverly James, 718-3790377 and Claudette Davis, 718-3794784). N OT E : Deposit, $75+ accepted for Washington, DC trip to hold your seat. Final payment due August 8th. • Nov. 12th & 13th (Tues. & Wed.) OVERNIGHT CASINO GETAWAY, CT. Price: $129 double/$179 single; 2 days/1 night. Play at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos and stay overnight at Howard Johnson Inn. (Casino bonuses

and 3 meals), eat, stop and shop at Olde Mistick Village. Deposit, $50, required to hold seat. Transportation on Coach Bus. (Contacts: Beverly James, 718-3790377 and Claudette Davis, 718-3794784). T H E AT R E C O M M I T T E E : Ticket holders for MOTOWN show on Tuesday, May 28th - meet van at 4:45 p.m. on Dreiser Loop/across from deli. Departing 5:00 p.m. SHARP! MOTOWN, the musical play, at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. If interested, sign up ASAP with payment - WAIT LIST. Thursdays (from 3:00-5:00 p.m.), Committee members will be in clubroom 19. AFTER 7 p.m., questions regarding theatre shows, call 718-324-7847 or 718671-8637. G O O D A N D W E L FA R E : Some good news, both Evans

Mitchell and Gladys Williams are now back home. Get well wishes to all of you for a quick recovery and know that you are thought of warmly. (Contact: Elinor Gordon, Chair, at 718-379-8755 regarding illnesses and bereavements.) The RETIREES’ Clubroom is located at - Dreiser Loop Community Center, Room 19, Bronx, New York 10475 (718379-0377). N O T E : The next/last General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m. in the Dreiser Auditorium. Annual membership dues, $20. Monthly (Sept. to June) meetings are held on the FIRST Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Vacation months July and August. We return and resume the General Meetings on Sept. 5. Mark your calendars! “When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time’.” — Cl a u de t t e Dav i s

Co-op City Toastmasters Club Co-op City Toastmasters welcomes one and all to its meetings held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., 2049 Bartow Ave., Bronx, NY 10475. Why, you ask? It’s simple. If you are 18yrs. of age, have the #1 Fear of public speaking, then we are the place for you.

Mark your Calendar: May 30th, June 6, and June 20th. We would certainly enjoy having you visit and see what the Toastmasters program is all about. We guarantee a warm, encouraging and supportive atmosphere to all who enter. We clap a lot and laugh a lot. Please come.

In addition, congratulations to the club and following members who received awards at the recently held 59th Annual District 46 Spring Conference at the NY LaGuardia Marriott Hotel: Ralph Dunniehigh, Lauretta Jaysura and Kathy Blount. Our club is strong and its members

self-committed. You too can enjoy the recognition and reward that come with being a Toastmaster. All that is required is take the first step and visit the Co-op City Toastmasters Club. We’ll be looking for —J. B ritt you.




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Community Protestant Church On behalf of our Pastor, Reverend Dr. Calvin E. Owens, and our church family, welcome to Community Protestant Church, a church of love and understanding, located at 1659 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10469; telephone: (718) 862-9172. C H UR C H SC H E DUL E : Sunday School - 9:00 a.m. Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Communion Service - Every first and third Sundays Prayer Meeting and Bible Study – Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. T h e followin g p r ogr a m s a r e a t t he C hu r ch ’s Ann ex: 2053 Asch L oop Nor t h (C o-op C it y) Morning Prayer Services - Tuesday, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m. Neighborhood Bible Study - Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Extension of Prayer and Worship

Service – Every first and second Fridays at 7:00 p.m. OT HE R SC H E DUL E D E VE NT S: Saturday, June 22, 1:00 p.m. – You are invited to a wonderful worship experience in song! The New Generation Youth Choir’s Concert “Perfected Praise.” Donation: $10. For tickets and/or additional information, call (646) 244-2746; (917) 806-2672 or the Church Office, (718) 862-9172. Saturday, July 13 – CPC Tours’ Annual Lobsterfest at the Nordic Lodge, Charlestown, RI, home of the Giant Viking Buffet. Includes visit to Foxwoods Casino. Cost per person: $140. For additional information and/or reservations, call (718) 671-1182. Wednesday, July 17 - Friday, July 19 - Join the Shepherd’s Ministry for some great fun and relaxation on their Annual Delaware Tour. Tour includes: Deluxe

accommodations at the Dover Hotel; All you can eat Crabfeast at Old Mill Crab House; Festival buffet lunch and two breakfasts at Dover Downs, Shopping spree at Rehoboth Beach Outlets; baggage handling. Cost per person: $395/double occupancy; $497/single. For reservation and/or additional information, call: (718) 652-2906 or (347) 309-8787. August 29 – September 2 – Come join the Nurses’ Ministry on their fantastic 4-day Cruise to St. John, Canada, leaving from the “Big Apple”! Price: Inside Cabin - $750; Ocean View $860; Balcony - $930. Initial deposit: $150. For additional information, call Joyce Fowler (718) 671-7935 or Travel Arranger Monica Smith (212) 4977674. September 23-27 – Come away with the Women’s Guild on a fabulous 5-day

vacation at the Pine Grove Dude Ranch situated in the picturesque foothills of the Catskills Mountains. Trip includes: deluxe round trip motor coach transportation; 4 nights’ accommodations at the Dude Ranch; 3 All You Can Eat Meals daily; fun fest parties, 2-hour boat cruise on the Hudson River, nightly entertainment, social programs, indoor and outdoor activities and many more amenities. Cost per person: $585/double; single supplement of $75 additional. For reservations and additional information, call (718) 671-5961; 320-2608; 379-7867; 320-1435. The doors of Community Protestant Church are open to all to worship and fellowship with Christian believers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are cordially invited to come in, join in and receive your blessing. E va n G . M it ch ell —E

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church Fr. Taylor and the congregation of St. Joseph’s cordially invite you to worship with us in Co-op City at 155 Dreiser Loop, lower level. All are welcome. Weekly Schedule: Sunday service with Holy Communion and Sunday School are both at 9 a.m. Every 4th Sunday, our children participate in the reading of the lessons and every 5th Sunday, our young adults assist in the service. Bible study is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal is on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The (ECW) Episcopal Church Women meet immediately after service on the 1st Sunday of each month. Membership is open to all women of the church and dues are $2 per month. We look forward to welcoming everyone at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, when we will celebrate The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday. F u n d r a isin g Act ivit ies: Saturday, June 22 - St. Joseph’s Sixth Annual Luncheon will take place at Eastwood

Manor, 3371 Eastchester Road in the Bronx. The event, which starts at 12:00 p.m., features a cocktail reception and a rolling bar. Tickets are $75 p.p. Saturday, August 10 - Day trip to the Sight & Sound Theatre to see “NOAH.” The bus trip includes an all-you-can eat buffet lunch and discount shopping at Rockvale Outlets Mall. Adult tickets are $125 and children under 12, $100. Payment plan options are available. Outreach Programs - Tomorrow is the

last day to bring in your clean used summer clothing for donation to St. Margaret’s Church in the South Bronx. We also continue to collect non-perishable food for Grace Church in West Farms. For additional information on the above, please call the church at 718-3200844, or visit our website: “O Lord our Governor, how exalted is your Name in all the world.” (Psalm 8:1) —M . C h a m b er s


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Pentecostal Tabernacle The Pentecostal Tabernacle welcomes everyone to attend worship service at 120 Benchley Place, Building 24, Bronx, N.Y. 10475. Sunday School for all age group begins at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday morning. Worship service starts at 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. WEDNESDAYS: Prayer and fasting service will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Prayer meeting and Bible study will also be held every Wednesday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. FRIDAYS: Youth service will be held at 7 p.m. for all young people who would like to participate in Bible study, music and singing. F O C U S : The faith of the apostle Paul was active and visibly impacting the lives of multitudes everywhere he went. Likewise, our faith in Jesus Christ should impact those around us. PAUL was a native of Tarsus in Asia

Minor, and although he was Grecian Jew, he was a strict Pharisee. Paul was born a Roman citizen and after receiving his education in Tarsus, he came to Jerusalem and studied at the feet of Gamaliel who was a Pharisee and a celebrated doctor of the law. However, he bitterly opposed the church and became one of the leaders in persecution against the Christians, until he came in contact with Jesus who said Saul, Saul why persecutes thou me? Saul’s conversion shows how a man can be fearfully wrong and yet think that he is right; it also shows how no case is hopeless when we turn our lives over to God. Here we see how Paul wrote words of encouragement to the church. They are as follow: {Romans 1:14-17} I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel

of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jews first, and also to the Greeks For therein is the Righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith. (I am a debtor) Paul described his debt as being one to two cultures, to the Greeks and those who are not Greeks, Whom the Greeks considered to be Barbarians, in other words, he was prepared to discharge his debt to all men, whether educated or uneducated, whether cultured or uncultured. His commitment included the people of Rome, the most influential and cosmopolitan city in the world. The heart of Paul’s message was faith in Jesus Christ, by which all could come before the presence of God with equal standing and all could receive the gift of eternal life. For further information, call 718-324-0334. — R e v. R . S i b b l i e s

Co-op City Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and the Co-op City Baptist Church family invite you to join us tomorrow for worship service at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School is held at 9:15 a.m. for children and adults. We invite you to worship, study, and pray with us. The Co-op City Baptist Church is located at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 50 (lower level). Our telephone number is 718-320-3774. Visit us on the web at Join us for a mid-week spiritual pick-up at our midweek worship service which is held on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Bible study is held on Wednesdays at 1:00 and 7:30 p.m. Bible study will also be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. Prayer Service is held on Fridays at noon and

7:30 p.m. Men’s prayer service is held monthly at 7:30 p.m. We invite the men of the community to join us on Tuesday, June 12. Tomorrow, Sunday, May 26, at our 11 a.m. service, which will be held in Room 45, Einstein Center, we will celebrate the anniversary of the Praise Dance Ministry. Rev. Keisha Agard, Associate Minister, Greater Centennial AME Zion Church in Mt. Vernon, NY will be the guest speaker. We invite all to this celebration as Jesus is lifted up in praise. The First Lady’s Ministry presents A Gospel Brunch on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m., featuring The Ecstatistics. The brunch will be held here in the Einstein Center, Room 45. Donation for adults is $25 and for chil-

The Circle of Christ Church family extends a warm welcome to you and your family and invites you to come and worship with us at 147 Dreiser Loop, patio level. (Located in the Dreiser Community Center). T h o u g h t f o r t h i s w e e k : His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts, (Isaiah 55:9) The stories of our lives are very different; each one of us has something to say. We have had good experiences in life and very tragic, sad experiences. Those moment in life in God’s hands can impact and minister many people. God can turn your pain in to a purpose, the misery into ministry, and your devastation into anointed messages of hope and restoration. Difficult times are pregnant with glory moments just waiting to be birth in the lives of those willing to labor through the pain. The key is not to allow bitterness and anger to make our hearts infertile to God’s gift. One way to avoid the darkening of the soul is by constant communication seasoned with thanksgiving and a continual acknowledgment of his presence. Glory moments in difficult times do not depend on our circumstances, but on our focus. Focus in the difficulty and God is difficult to see. Focus on God and glory penetrates to the broken places. God is interested in developing our character than doling out a life of comfort and ease. C. S. Lewis notes, “If you

think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable; think of it as a place of training and connection and is not so bad.” We are his students. He is the teacher. Trials rip away the self-sufficiency and become the raw material for God’s miracles in our lives. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20) We remind you that we are collecting non-perishable items and supplies in order to provide and support families in need of food. We also are providing counseling and referral services for families in the community. If you need or know someone in need, please call 347-945-1992.

dren 6-12 years old is $5. For tickets or additional information, call 718-862-9243, 646-842-248 or 718-3203774. Rev. Dr. Williams is the author of Principle Centered Living: 9 ReasonsTo Maintain Your Values in a Pressure Filled World and founder of SEW Universal, Inc. Visit his websites: or The Co-op City Baptist Church exists to glorify God and to establish a living community of people who follow the teachings of Jesus the Christ through worship, prayer, Bible study and fellowship. We seek to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the church through ministry. —H a t t i e L . Lu c as

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Happy 66th Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Kalter!

Please leave a message and we will gladly call you back. Come join us at Circle of Christ Church and experience the love of God. C H U R C H S E RV I C E S C H E D U L E Wednesday – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Prayer & Bible Study Friday – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Youth Night and Children’s Bible Club Sunday - 11 a.m., Worship and the Word Children’s Church - 5 years old to 12 years old Little Lambs - Potty trained Special Events Bilingual Service – June 1 at 11:00 a.m. ALL ARE WELCOME. — R e v. S a m C o l o n

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Personalized & Professional Care • 46 Years Serving Our Community It was June 7, 1947 that Irene & Alan “tied the knot.” The reception took place at the Olcott Hotel on 72nd Street and Broadway. When the Kalters “tied the knot,” it was very tight and remains so to this day!! The Kalters are also celebrating 41 years in Co-op City this June. God bless America! — A lan K a lter

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Church of the New Vision Pastor Anne L. Palmore and the congregation of the Church of the New Vision extend a warm and friendly invitation to everyone to worship with us every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. We are a church where inspirational messages from the Word of God, the Bible, are delivered every Sunday morning. We also invite the youth of our community to attend our Sunday Morning services, which are designed to meet the special needs of our young people. Prayer Service takes place every Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. followed by Bible Teaching from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Be with us to learn the truth from the Word of God. L ist of P r ogr a m s a nd E vent s: Adult Sunday School is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School is also from

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of the month. Youth Sunday takes place on the second Sunday of the month. Missionary Sunday takes place on the third Sunday of the month Memorial Sunday (Men’s Day) takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month Seniors’ Sunday takes place on the fifth Sunday of the month. Singles’ Ministry meets every third Tuesday evening of the month at 6 p.m. Next Generation Choir & Club meets 1st & 2nd Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Seniors’ Ministry meets 1st Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Mid-day Bible Study meets every Tuesday afternoon from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Please come out and support the Seniors Ministry with their cake sale on

Saturday, June 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Church of the New Vision. The Usher Board and Senior Ministry are sponsoring a trip to Canada, August 21 thru 23 – Valid passport required – Departing: Einstein Loop Mall. Return transportation, 2night hotel accommodations (Canadian side), guided tour of Niagara Falls, skyline tour, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, Niagara Falls Casino, duty free shopping and Maid of the Mist boatride. Double occupancy $455 per person; Triple $455 per person. Few seats still available. Contact: Sister Y. Brightman at 917-989-0761 or call the church office at 718-671-8745. Please come out and support the Seniors Ministry with their cake sale on Saturday, June 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the New Vision.

Senior, Family and Friends Day will be held on Sunday, June 9 during the 11:00 a.m. service, with dinner served immediately after. Come join New Vision’s “Partners in Reading Program” every Sunday afternoon from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Students in Grades 1 through 8 discover the joy of reading while exploring and improving their literacy levels through small groups and reading partners. Registration is ongoing. Contact the church at the number listed below. The Church of the New Vision is located at 115 Einstein, Bronx, NY, 10475; Telephone: (718) 671-8746 or (718) 320-0409. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 753037, Bronx, NY 10475. Please visit our website at —C a r ole H a q ue

Faith In God Church & Bible Institute Rev. Dr. Gladys R. Little, Apostle, and Pastor & Evangelist Vernon Little greet everyone in the name of Jesus, that name which is above every name. We want you to know that you are welcome in this house of the Lord! It is His house by ownership: it is our house by stewardship: and it can be your house by membership; so come on in and join with us. May God bless you in this house! Do you know people who need supernatural help as they spread the good news of Christ? Remember Paul’s appeal, “Brethren, pray for us,” and intercede for

them before the throne of our powerful God. Intercede for others in prayer; God’s throne is always accessible. Let’s look at scripture that supports this. 2n d T hessa lon ia n s 3: 1-5 sa ys: 1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. I nvit a t ions: Our Sweet Hour of Prayer will be today at 3 p.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Our Sunday Morning Worship Service is at 11 a.m. Every 3rd Sunday following the morning worship, we serve Holy Communion. Thank you to all of those who attended our one night Revival

service on April 14. God gave me my church in order to fellowship with others and meet with Jesus. We love you, and may God forever bless you is our prayer. We don’t worry about anything, but we pray about everything. Thank you, Father! We are located at 171 Dreiser Loop in Section 1. Our phone #’s are (347) 2764925 & (718) 671-3627. If you will, go to and listen to and download ‘The Chance To Tell You’ by Vernon Little. Jesus loves you, and so do we. —Ap ost le G la d ys R . L it t le

Iglesia Cristiana Marcos 16:15 Pastor Fernando Figueroa and Pastor Thomas Garrett and the congregation of Iglesia Cristiana Marcos extend an invitation for you to come together and celebrate the day that the Lord has made, worshipping his precious and holy name. “...Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the

prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God...” - Hebrews 12: 2 There are so many things in life that can distract us. Not all of it is bad in itself either. But, nevertheless, if we allow ourselves to become preoccupied by something, it can often distract us from being preoccupied with Jesus. We are reminded here to look away

from all that would distract us, and to look to Jesus. He is the leader and source of our faith. He is the reason we believe. He is also its finisher - bringing it to maturity. Jesus never allowed the issues of life, or the pleasures of life, to distract Him from the ‘cross’ - which was the reason He came. May we be mindful of the distractions, and not become so preoccupied with other things. We need to always remain on track

For life has so much that distracts C H UR C H HO UR S: Sp a n ish Tuesday: Prayer Service, 8:00 p.m. Friday: Bible Study, 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.— Evangelistic Service: 12:00 p.m. C h u r ch H ou r s: E n glish Sunday: Evangelistic Service, 4:00 p.m. All are welcome. We are located in the Section 5 community center, Room 33. —P a st or s F igu er oa /Ga r r et t

Co-op City Department of Public Safety (718) 671-3050 • If you SEE something, SAY something!


Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

Mon., May 27









Soups, Breads and Desserts

Mon., May 27




Chicken marsala Whole wheat herbed cous cous Broccoli/carrots

Whole wheat bread Apple sauce

Whole wheat bread Orange

Alt: Egg salad

Flounder w/sauce Brown rice and red beans French green beans

Homemade baked breaded filet of Sole Broccoli souffle Parsley red whole potatoes Alt: Tuna fish

Tuna salad plate Potato salad Romaine w/cucumbers/tomatoes

Whole wheat bread Cantaloupe

Chicken noodle soup Eggplant Napoleans w/meat sauce Whole wheat shells w/Sauce California Blend

Whole wheat roll Pineapple chunks

¼ Chicken cacciatore Spaghetti w/parsley & garlic Italian cut green beans

Tues., May 28

Thurs., May 30

Wed., May 29

Tues., May 28

Alt: Vegetable Liver Current Events 10 a.m., Rm. 31 Bingo 1-3:30 p.m., Rm. 31 Dominoes 2:30 p.m., Rm. 31 Word Games 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Rm. 31 Card Games 2-4 p.m., Rm. 31 Jazz Dance & Music Class 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m., Rm. 31 Blood Pressure 1st & 3rd Wed 9;00-10:00am, Rm. 31 Stay Well Exercise 10:00am-11:00am, Rm. 31 Line Dancing w/Voncile 11:00am-12:30pm, Rm. 31 Dominoes 2:30 pm, Rm. 31 Word Games, Rm. 31 9:30am - 11:30am Bingo 1:00 – 3:30pm, Rm. 31 Card Games 2:00pm-4:00pm, Rm. 31

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Rm. 7 Alert & Alive 10:30-11:30 a.m., Rm. 7 Mixed Cultural Dance 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aud. B Mind Teasers 12 – 1 p.m., Rm. 4 Zumba 1-2 p.m., Aud. A Tuesday Movie w/ popcorn 2-4 p.m., Rm. 7

Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 49 Tai Chi 11 a.m., Rm. 45 Bingo 1 p.m., Rm. 49 Matinee Movie w/George 2-4 p.m., Rm. 45

Dominoes 10:00am, Rm. 45

Spelling Bee 10:00am, Rm. 49

Spanish Practice Class 10:30 am, Computer Lab Bingo 1:00pm, Rm. 49

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session



9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rm. 31

10 a.m., Rm. 45

Chat Session

Stay Well Exercise

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Rm. 31

10 -11 a.m., Rm. 45

Blood Pressure 1st & 3rd Thursday


Spelling Bee

10 – 11:30 a.m., Rm. 7

2:30 p.m., Rm. 31

11 a.m., Rm. 49

Word Games


Line Dancing every Thurs. 10–11a.m., Aud. A Mind Teasers

9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Rm. 7

9:30 -11:30 a.m., Rm. 31

Bingo 1:00 pm-3:30 p.m., Rm. 31

Card Games 2-4 p.m., Rm. 31

1 p.m., Rm. 49

12 – 1 p.m., Rm. 4 Drama 1:30 – 4 p.m., Rm. 7

Basic Computer Training w/Bernice 10 - 11:30 a.m., Rm 35

Piano Sing Along 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Rm. 7

Men’s Line Dancing w/Voncile 9:00-10:00am, Rm. 31

Jazz, Dance & Music Class

Fri., May 31

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30 – 10:30am, Rm. 7 Sewing w/Raymonde 9:30am 11:30am, Rm. 7 Tai Chi 11:00am-12:00pm, Rm. 2 Mind Teasers 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Rm. 4 Art Class 1:00pm-3:00pm, Rm. 7 YOGA w/Bhadra Every Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm, Rm. 2

10:00am-11:15am, Rm. 31

Sing along Carrington


11:00am-12:00pm Rm. 31

Women’s Line Dancing w/Jenifer 12:30 – 1:30pm, Rm. 31 Chat Session 10:00am, Rm. 31 Dominoes 2:30pm, Rm. 31 Word Games 9:30am – 11:30am, Rm. 31 Bingo 10:30am – 12:00pm, Rm. 25 Card Games 2:00-4:00pm, Rm. 31

Dominoes 10:00am, Rm. 45 Art 10:00 am, Rm. 45; 10:00 -11:00am, Rm. 36 Bingo 1:00pm, Rm. 49 Card Games 2:00pm-4:00pm, Rm. 49 Blood Pressure 2nd and 4th Friday 10:00 -11:30am, Rm. 49

Crochet and Knitting 10:00am-12:00pm, Rm. 7 Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30-10:30 am, Rm. 7 Meditative Moments 11:00 – 12:00, Rm. 2 Mind Teasers 12:00pm-1:00pm, Rm. 4 Card Games, Dominoes 2:00pm-4:00pm, Rm. 7 Therapeutic Yoga 1:30pm – 2:30 pm, Rm. 8 Schedule subject to changes without notice*

(Schedule subject to change without notice)




1st Mondays:

Stew Leonards Super Wal-Mart



Bartow Dreiser $5 1:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. $15 8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. $2.50 11:00am 11:30am (for transportation)

1st Mondays:

PICK-UP TIMES Einstein 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:15am

To register for trips, please call: (718) 320-2066 New Payment Schedule - Payments trips @ the Bartow office can be made Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Only) Funded by: The NYC Department for the Aging, The NYS Office for the Aging and Riverbay Corporation.

Braised beef/pan gravy Kasha & bow ties Carrots

Wed., May 29

Thurs., May 30 Fri., May 31

Roasted chicken Brown rice and mushrooms Creamed spinach w/garlic Alt: Gefilte Fish

Effective April 1, 2013 - Fee for lunch is $1.50 & $3.50 for guest

ALL meals served w/margarine and fresh milk *Menu subject to change without notice. We ask that the members please call their center in order to register for lunch for the week. Registr a tion for lu n ch a da y in a dva n ce h a s been discon tin u ed.

Bartow Center (718) 320-2066, Ext. 2010 Dreiser Center (718) 320-1345 • Einstein Center (718) 671-5161

Upcoming Events/Trips Attention a ll senior s: There will be no refunds for all trips. To register for trips, please call (718) 3202066, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Effective Apr il 1 – Fee for lunch is $1.50 & $3.50 for guest. I nt er gen er at iona l P r ogr a m - JASA is seeking individuals interested in participating in an oral history service-learning art project involving Co-op City youths and senior citizens. If interested in participating, or to learn more, please contact Yamit Alpern Kol, JASA NORC Director, 718-320-2066. (F R E E ) Dia b etes Self-M an agem en t Wor k shops – J un e 10, 17, & 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 8. Contact: Yamit Alpern Kol, JASA NORC Director, 718-320-2066. (10 seats available). (FR EE ) Diabetes Com mu nity P r ogr am – Mondays at 1 p.m. through July 1, 2049 Bartow Ave., Room 25. Contacts: Yael Reich, 347-8862940, or Yamit Alpern Kol, 718-320-2066. Deer Par k (Tan ger Ou tlet) – Fr iday, May 31 - $15 – includes round trip transportation. Pick-ups: Bartow - 8:30 a.m., Dreiser - 8:45 a.m. & Einstein – 9:00 a.m. To reserve a seat, please call the Bartow office at 718-320-2066. (18 seats available). Mor ning Ext r avagan za @ Dr eiser Senior Center – Fr iday, May 31 - $2 - Auditorium “B,” 177 Dreiser Loop. Doors open 9:45 a.m. – entertainment promptly 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., featuring Fashions by Raymonde Crocheting Group & Modeling Fashions. Alluring fashions by Raymonde & sewing circle, Mother’s Day performance by Dreiser Drama Bunch, special guest appearance by the Gents of Co-op City. Wa l-Mar t – Monda y, J un e 3 - $15 – Includes transportation. Pick-ups: Bartow, 8:30 a.m.; Dreiser, 8:45 a.m. & Einstein, 9:00 a.m. Mohegan Sun Ca sino – Tuesday, J u ne 4 $30 – 6 hours at the casino – Includes round trip transportation, box breakfast, $15 for food and $15 for wheel. Pick-ups: Dreiser, 9:00; Einstein, 9:15 and Bartow, 9:30. To reserve a seat, please call at Bartow office 718-320-2066. Coach Bus. JASA Co-op City are partners with JASA Throggs Neck. Mar iach i Real de Mexico – Wedn esday, J une 5, 42 free seats, first come, first served. Mariachi Real de Mexico present the quin-

tessential Mexican folk derived music with a full mariachi band of violinists, guitarists and singers performing traditional and popular Mariachi songs including Cielito Lindo (beautiful sky), Viva Mexico (Long Live Mexico) and Canta, Canta (Sing, Sing) in celebration and understanding of United States cultural neighbor to the South and build identity and community pride. Pick-ups: Bartow, 9:45, Dreiser, 10:00, and Einstein, 10:15. To reserve a seat, call Bartow at 718-320-2066. Fair way – Fr iday, J une 7 - $3 - 2 hrs. – Includes round trip transportation. Pick-ups: Einstein, 9:00 a.m.; Bartow, 9:15 a.m. and Dreiser, 9:30 a.m. New Yor k Botanical G ar den – Fr iday, J u ne 14 - $10 – Come join us for a wonderful Exhibition on Wild Medicine Healing Plants around the World/ Renaissance Garden. Includes round trip transportation. Pick-ups: 9:30 a.m., Bartow; 9:45 a.m., Einstein; 10 a.m., Dreiser. Please call Bartow office to reserve a seat 718-320-2066. (15 seats available). Come celebrate the first day of summer at the Magnificent M ar ina Del R ey! Fr iday, J u ne 21, 11:00 a.m .-5:00 p.m ., $65. Includes cocktail hour of deluxe smorgasbord table, carving station, soda, fruit juices and cocktails served throughout the afternoon. Dinner choice of Sea Bass, prime rib, Salmon, or chicken francese, vegetables, coffee, tea and desserts. Round trip transportation included. Pick-ups: TBA. Weigh t M ana gem ent Supp or t Gr oup Next meeting, Monday, June 3, 10 a.m. A Diabetes Educator will be our guest speaker. 2049 Bartow Ave., Room 25. Every Monday. Facilitated by social workers. Learn techniques and information that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Contact JASA, 718-320-2066. Car egiver Sup por t Gr oup - Next meeting Tuesday, May 28, 1:00 p.m., 2049 Bartow Ave., Room 31. Offers resources, as well as an atmosphere of understanding and support, whether you care for a loved one from a distance or in your home. Facilitated by a social worker. Contact JASA, 718-320-2066. Disa bility Suppor t/Socia lization Gr oup – The group meets every 1st Friday of the month. For more info., contact John Sullivan at 718671-2090, Ext. 2142. Transportation provided, if available.


Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013


AARP Chapter #4997 F YI: Our Holiday Luncheon has been scheduled as followed: Thursday, December 12th at Marina del Rey; 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - $75/person. Tickets will be available at the June 10th meeting – see Stella. Th a nk you wishes for your cards, calls and prayers from Jean Mickens. Get well wishes to Eloise Coleman. NOT E : To our sick, on the mend and shut-in members, and those bereaved members, please know that you are in our prayers. Contact Frances Wilson, Good & Welfare Coordinator, 718-671-5493. 2013 TO UR AC T I VI T I E S June 3 – 4 – TRIP CANCELLED — Sands Casino, Shopping in Bethlehem, PA and the show “Noah’s Ark” … contact Jean, 718-379-3742. July 25 – Spirit of Baltimore Cruise includes a delightful buffet luncheon and entertainment on board; followed by a

stay at the Maryland Line Casino with Vegas-style machines (bonus to be announced)…$117/person…contact Daisy, 718-671-3241. August 22 – 23 – “ Menopause” the Musical (Lancaster, PA), Shopping & the Sands Casino (Bethlehem, PA) First stop will be Rockvale Square Outlets (Lancaster, PA); hotel check-in; Buffet dinner w/the performance of “ Menopause” the Musical at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater; full American Breakfast in the hotel; enjoy a narrated Amish Farmlands tour; then to the Sands Casino, w/a casino bonus of $30 in free slot play + $5 food coupon; depart for home in the late afternoon…$220 per person/double; $275 single; $216 per person triple; Travel insurance available - $21/person….contact Jean, 718-3793742. —Delor es Deb n a m

Goose Island Seniors


Th e Libr a r y will be closed for Memor ia l Da y, Sa tu r da y 5/25 - Mon da y, 5/27. UPCOMING EVENTS Film - Saturday, May 25th - NO FILM Book Donation - Now through Saturday, 6/8 - Must be in good condition. WEEKLY EVENTS Toddler Time - Every Tuesday, 11 a.m. (Except 5/28) Teens TAG - Every Tuesday, 4 p.m. (Except 5/28) Teen Lounge - Every Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Chess Club - Every Thursday, 3 p.m. Teen Lounge - Every Friday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The New York Public Library Baychester Branch • 2049 Asch Loop • Bronx, NY 10475 (Fully Wheelchair Accessible)

HOURS: Monday & Wednesday, 10-7; Tuesday & Thursday, 10-6; Friday & Saturday, 10-5. Libros En Español (Books in Spanish). HORARIO DE LA BIBLIOTECA: Lunes 10-7, Martes 10-6, Miércoles 10-7, Jueves 10-6, Viernes 10-5, Sábado 10-5, Domingo Cerrado


Su n d a y, M a y 26—NO BINGO IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY. M on d a y, M a y 27—All centers will be closed. Tu esd a y, M a y 28—Going to Foxwood Casino in Conn. Price is $30. Rebate is $10 Keno, and $10 towards food. Pick-up time is 8 a.m. at our 3 usual bus stops: Einstein Loop, Asch Loop (back of library) and Dreiser Loop. Wed n esda y, M a y 29—NO BINGO. Our next Bingo will be Wednesday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 39. Tu esd a y, J u ly 11—Going to Brauhaus in Pomona, N.Y. Price is $58. Pick-up time is 9 a.m. at our 3 usual bus stops—Einstein and Asch Loop, and Dreiser. Menu: On arrival you have warm danish and donuts, coffee, tea. Luncheon: Hamburgers, frankfurters, sausages and peppers, french fries, all kinds of salads, corn on cob, watermelon. Dinner: Salad, bread and butter; Entrees, roast beef, roast

chicken, and poached Tilapia, potato, vegetable, soda, beer, coffee, tea, ice cream. Entertainment: Music, dancing, large swimming pool, mini Golf, Bingo game and lovely shop. T h u r sd a y, Au gu st 15—Crab Shanty in City Island for members. Price $20. If you bring an AIDE, price is $25. Time: 1:00 p.m. Menu: 1 lb. lobster, broiled or fried shrimps, broiled or fried filet of Sole, BBQ chicken with ribs, chicken Parmigiana and snow crab legs. With great sadness, we announce the passing of Audrey Chambers’ daughter, JACKIE. The staff and members send their condolences and sympathy to the family. For more information, see Ann or Mary at 135 Einstein Loop in Room 39 or call 718-379-9613, Monday – Thursday, l0 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or call in evening –Ann, 347-267-4751, or Mary at 718-379-4899. GOOD HEALTH TO ALL. —M a r y P illa

Handicapped Adults Association Office – We are open 2 days a week, Monday and Thursday. Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. F lea M a r k et – We are now selling jewelry, many choices of necklaces and earrings and bracelets. Our soft covered

books are 25¢ each or 5 for $1, hard covered books are 50¢ each. There is also a small selection of canes for $5, walkers for $10, one shower chair for $20, a fairly new wheelchair for $50. —Ar len e R od r iq u ez

Einstein Cancer Fund Tu esd a y, J u n e 4t h — Members luncheon at Crab Shanty Restaurant. Cost per member, $22. If members wish to bring a friend, it will be $5 more. The lunch menu is a choice of lobster, filet of Sole, crab legs, fried or shrimp scampi, chicken parmesan, BBQ chicken with ribs, dessert, soda, coffee or tea. Time of luncheon: 1:00 p.m. Payments must be paid by June 1st. Tu esd a y, J u n e 18t h , Taj Mahal for the tribute to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Cost per person is $75 which includes a $25 slot play, buffet, show and transportation. Pick-up at all three regular stops at 8 a.m. Final payments are due by June 4th. We have made reservations to Woodloch Pines — Poconos on Sunday,

August 18th, for their Sunday smorgasbord and entertainment including swimming, boat ride, etc. Cost per person is $78. A more detailed agenda will be in our next article. For all of the above, please call Mildred at 718-320-0288, Loretta at 718671-2958, Lydia at 718-671-3005. Our prayers go out to Audrey Chambers and family on the passing of their beloved daughter, Jacqueline Chambers. We also extend our condolences to Nancy Francomano and family on the passing of their beloved mother and our member, Sophie Francomano. Health and healings go out to all. Remember the homebound and those in nursing homes. Give them a call. —Lyd ia R u a s


Co-op City Times / May 25, 2013

Reflections by Rabbi Solomon I. Berl Spiritual Leader of Young Israel Synagogue

Once a small boy was asked to draw a circle and found himself without a compass. He could not remember the name of the instrument and not meaning to be impolite to his teacher, he turned to her and asked “Mrs. Jones, may I take your circumference?” Perhaps some of us may be a little sensitive about our physical circumferences, but we would do well to ask ourselves: What is my spiritual circumference? How large is the area of my curiosity? Whom and what do I include in my circle of interests? Are you interested in just a fifth of

whiskey or are you willing to also sample Beethoven’s Fifth? Do you read only today’s best sellers or are you also curious about the best literature of the ages? Do you only notice the color of the paint in your living room and kitchen walls or do you also occupy yourself by looking at paintings in museums? The fact is that he who ceases to grow becomes smaller; and the stationary condition is the beginning of the end. If a man does not widen the circumference of his concerns, he will be trapped in the tiny circle of selfhood.

Young Israel of Co-op City Young Israel of Co-op City (lower level of the Dreiser Loop shopping center) is a house of worship that opens its doors every morning from 6 until 7 a.m. Anyone who wishes to start the daily routine with prayers, during which our spiritual leader, Rabbi Solomon I. Berl, offers a brief Bible teaching is welcome. On Friday evening, Sabbath services begin at 7 p.m. Saturday morning services

start at 9 a.m. Rabbi Berl delivers his sermon at 10:30 a.m. The Rabbi’s class on the Ethics of our Fathers begins one hour before sunset every Saturday afternoon. For office hours or any information you may seek, feel free to call (718) 671-2300 and leave your name, phone number and a brief message on the synagogue’s answering machine, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Jewish War Veterans Post 500 There will be a meeting of Co-op City Post 500 on Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Seven Seas Restaurant in the Bartow Shopping Center. After the meeting, we will participate in the Co-op City Memorial Day Observances. At the Bronx County Jewish War Veterans Convention, which was held on May 5th, the following members were

installed as officers of Post 500: Marvin Warm, Commander; Leon Weinstein, Sr. Vice Commander; and Alan Kalter, Jr., Vice Commander. Due to the Manhattan VA Hospital still not completely repaired, the next Department of New York JWV meeting will be held at the Bronx VA Hospital on —M a r vin Wa r m Kingsbridge Road.

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Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City The Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City, Young Israel of Baychester, Section 5 (new address) at Bldg. 27B at 120 Erdman Place (behind the lobby), welcomes you to pray with them. Tel. for the Shule (same old number) 1-718-3796920. Not e: Office hours are on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Candle lighting on Friday, May 31, is before 8:02 p.m. Shabbat ends today, Saturday, May 25, at 9:03 p.m. S.O.S. Urgent! Calling all Jewish men to make a Minyon. M en , you a r e n eed ed for a M in yon . A Minyon is the number of men needed to read the Torah. The important number needed is 10. Please be counted as part of the 10 men and make the Minyon. You will be doing a Mitzvah (a good deed). Thank you! The community is always welcome to attend our various functions and enjoy a great day of fun and friendship. C om in g E ven t Sunday, June 2, at 1:00 p.m. – The Sisterhood sponsors an afternoon of Bingo. The cost of $3 per person includes admission, snacks and refreshments. Come to us and have an afternoon of fun.

Saturday, June 15 – Services are at 9 a.m. Following services, we will have a Kiddish in honor of Father’s Day. Sunday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. – The Synagogue sponsors a friendly fun afternoon of Bingo. The cost is $3 per person. The price includes admission, snacks and refreshments. Looking forward to seeing you all. Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day observed. Honor the Armed Forces. G ood a n d Welfa r e: Happy birthday to Sharon Abel who celebrates her special day on June 29. Many more happy birthdays to you. Please honor your Yiskor pledges. This is greatly appreciated. Do you need a tree certificate sent “in Honor of” or “in Memory of” a special occasion or a condolence? You can give a living gift for the cost of $15 per tree. For more information, you can call Mimi at 1347-427-4526. We can accommodate you. If you are feeling under the weather, we wish you all a speedy, painless and complete recovery in double quick time. Your help is always appreciated. Thank you. Shalom! M ir ia m E velyn Ber lofsky —M

Building 30 Association This organization cannot work without the participation of the cooperators of Building 30 A&B. I hope that we can help each other. Our last meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Election results: Pres., Linda Werner; Vice Pres., Carlos Moray; Sect., Miriam E. Berlofsky and Treas., Arlene Tupe. Congratulations and wishing all a good successful year. C om in g E ven t s: The next meeting of the Association Wed., June 5 at 7:00 p.m. Pokeno is Friday, June 7. We meet in the Association Room on the “B” side of the building. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your nickels and have some fun. Snacks are served. Crochet class is always on Wednesday afternoons. The class starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. We meet at the Building 30 Association Room on the “B” side. The last class before the summer hiatus is on Wednesday, June 19, at 1:00 p.m. Happy summer! Movie Night is Friday, June 21. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. G ood & Welfa r e: Speedy get well wishes to all who are under the weather. If you are celebrating a special occasion, an anniversary or a birthday, we hope that you enjoy your day. Have a safe and healthy summer. SEE YOU SOON. M ir ia m E . Ber lofsky —M

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Co-op City Seventh-Day Adventist Church Tr u stin g God’s Goodn ess “ ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea’” (Habakkuk 2:14) To many people, the mention of the name of God brings to mind a vindictive and angry deity who brings punishment upon those who do not obey him; an image of fear and darkness instead of love and joy is what many people remember when they hear Christians talk about God. That this is happening shows how much we have forgotten about God. In the Bible, a man named Moses asked God to show him his glory (Exodus 33:18). In response, God told him that he

will make his goodness to pass before him and proclaim his name. When God finally decided to that, this was what happened; And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty...Exodus 34:6,7 We see here that while justice is a part of God’s character, he is also full of mercy and kindness. It is in Jesus that these two aspects find their most perfect expression. Therefore, while we are deserving of

his judgement, we can also trust and hope on his goodness which he has demonstrated in sending his son to die for our sins; so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life. God loves you and he longs for you to know him. Message from the Co-op City Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1010 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475. Our Services are open to everyone. Br ea d M in ist r y: Please stop by on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and get some for yourself or a neighbor who may need food. R e gu la r M eet in gs: Wednesday Prayer Meetings: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Morning Bible Studies: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday Worship: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Bible Studies at 3:00 p.m. Adventist Youth and Pathfinder programs on Saturday at 5:00 pm for children ages 6-17 Children’s Exercise Program Sundays, 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Free Adult Exercise Program Sundays, 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Pastor Okezie Erondu can be reached at 718-320-0518. Visit us on the web at —Ak in sola O yela kin

Church of the Savior Rev. Dr. Robert A. Smith, Jr., Pastor; Lady Theresa M. Smith, co-founder; Rev. McMillian, Assistant Pastor, and the Church of the Savior family extend an invitation to every person to worship with us. We are a non-denominational, interracial, inter-cultural, inter-generational fellowship of believers. We care about you, not your W2. We are not church as usual. Come as you are, we leave the judging to God. The Church of the Savior family extends love and affirmation to the Co-op City community; a warm welcome awaits you!! A very special invitation to our new neighbors in Co-op City. We love you for who you are, not what you have. Please call us at 718-320-0002 or 917-7344058 for more information. Do you want

a place that allows you to meet the living God? Do you want to be connected to people who care about you, not what you have on or how much money you make? A special seat and friend awaits you. Church of the Savior is located at 120 DeKruif Place – street level, (under Building #7 near Dreiser Loop). Take the 38 to Dreiser Loop and DeKruif Pl. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 86, Bronx, NY 10475. Su n d a y Sch ed u le: Adult Bible Study - 9:05 -10:15 a.m. Prayer, Meditation and Devotion 10:15 a.m. Divine Worship - 10:30 a.m. Come and be blessed; we want an opportunity to love you. See you in church.

Our children’s Sunday School will teach and nurture your child/children in the word of God. All sessions are during worship service. Dr. Sm it h ’s Ser m on Top ic: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Scr ip t u r e R ea din g for t h e Week: Micah 8:6. T h ou gh t of t h e Week : “We love the Lord, of course, but we often wonder what God loves in us.” Week ly Act ivit ies – Every person is welcomed. Bereavement Group - Mondays at 6:15 p.m. All sessions are confidential! Bible Study - Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Smith will be teaching on the subject,

“Living in the Spirit.” Comparison or the Resurrection and Passover. Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. - Channel 70, Bronxnet. Every other Saturday - food pantry. For more information in donating or receiving food, please call 718-925-5052. Because of the increase of persons attending our Food Pantry, we are reaching out to the community for assistance, Here’s how you can help: WE NEED NON-PERISHABLE FOOD. No soda, potato chips, condiments, etc...Please check expiration date on all items. You can drop off your donations at the church: Mon., 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.; Tues., 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.; or Sun. morning, 9:00 - 10:00. Thank you and God bless you all! For more information, call Dr. Smith, 917-734-4058.

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