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Vol. 53 No. 28

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Anonymous Reporting ‘Whistleblower’ Hotline Opens The vast majority of employees report to their jobs each day and carry out their work assignments in an honest and professional manner. The nearly 1,000 employees of the Riverbay Corp., just like the workforce in companies across the nation, behave in an ethical manner while providing the services that make Co-op City a great place to live for shareholders. But in any business, there are opportunities for some employees to break the rules and harm the company. “The Riverbay Corporation has developed a Whistleblower Policy to encourage employees, members of the board of directors, and other persons or entities affiliated with Riverbay, to report to responsible persons possible violations of federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations, accounting irregularities, or other suspected wrongdoing, including their own harmful violations,


45th Precinct Neighborhood Policing Kick-Off Interested Co-op City residents are invited to attend a “meet and great” event hosted by the 45th Precinct at 7 p.m. this Tuesday evening, July 17th at Edward R. (Continued on page 6)

before such violations can disrupt Riverbay’s business operations,” said Averil James-Bonnette, Riverbay director of Internal Audit. “The goal of this policy is to discourage and discover illegal or dishonest activity and business conduct that damages Riverbay’s good name, corporate interests, and its relationships with shareholders, vendors, sponsors, and the community at large.” Riverbay hired Lighthouse Services, a prominent company that provides whistleblower reporting programs to many of the leading corporations in the nation, to establish the Riverbay program. The phone number to report a complaint is 833-290-0009 and the website is While internal controls and audits can catch these actions, there is no better way for a company to ensure (Continued on page 4)


Evolution of Co-op City President’s Message

Linda Berk President

Recently I was speaking with a shareholder about the excitement of celebrating Co-op City’s 50th anniversary and all the reasons we had to celebrate. Sometimes when we’re in the trenches working to overcome obstacles, we forget the long view of the accomplishments over time. As I shared with this shareholder the successes of the recent past, the resident and I were both were taken aback by the progress that has been made. We all know that there is still much work to be done, but when the new Board was elected in 2014, we made some head-spinning changes and have not looked back.

Why are we celebrating 50 years of Co-op City? Because Co-op City stands as a beacon to our nation and the world as the largest, affordable, diverse, cooperative housing community. We can say this despite the construction defects, a thirteen-month rent strike, gross management negligence, corruption, loss of $100 million on our parking garage rehab, and over $100 million in other grafts, power plant errors and irregular change orders! We withstood a lot and we are still standing. This is a testament to the many shareholders who were engaged, got involved and tire(Continued on page 2)

Riverbay Providing Free Transportation To BP’s Public Hearing On Animal Shelter Riverbay is providing free bus transportation to and from the Bronx Borough President’s public hearing Thursday evening, July 19, on the city’s proposal to build the Bronx Animal Care Center on the lot at 2050 Bartow Avenue. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Borough President’s office, 851 Grand Concourse, room 600. Residents interested in going to the hearing via the bus must register in advance by calling the Riverbay Board office at (718) BY BILL STUTTIG

320-3351. Seating on the bus is limited and residents interested in attending the hearing are asked to call as soon as possible. Those who reserve a seat on the bus are asked to begin boarding at 4 p.m. sharp Thursday evening. The bus will be leaving from the front of the former Bingo Hall on Bartow Avenue shortly after 4 p.m.

It’s A Dance Party!!!

The hugely popular Tunes on Tuesday summer concert series, sponsored by the Riverbay Fund and City Councilman Andy King, got off to a rousing start this week as the disco/funk band GQ performed their hits including Boogie Oogie Oogie. Hundreds got up to dance including Councilman King himself (center). The fun continues this Tuesday evening at 7 on the Greenway with Malika Mo and the Band of Soul. Photos by Leandra Alexander Peterson

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Board Affirms Ban On Attachments To Apartment Door After evaluating Management’s report, the Riverbay Board has decided there should be no exemption for surveillance cameras from the Occupancy Agreement’s prohibition on unauthorized hardware, signs or any other items being exposed on, or attached to, entrance doors. Management recommended that no exception be made since there is no demonstrated need, as well as privacy concerns of neighbors and a report from the door manufacturer that unauthorized hardware may cause the doors to lose their NYC Board of Standards & Appeals fire rating. Residents who may have installed such devices must remove by them no later than July 31, 2018. Failure to do so may result in the issuance of a community complaints. —Riverbay Management


President’s Report

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lessly committed themselves to making a difference. As the president of this Board of Directors, I have kept my eye on the prize and provided the leadership necessary to continue to build on the progress we have made. When it is all said and done, we, the shareholders of Co-op City, will be proud of our community. Not only must we acknowledge our greatness, we must never forget that this community is the desire of real estate developers. As we improve our curb appeal and enjoy the incredible water views of this property, and as the City of New York builds a Metro North station here in our community, we become more desirable. So, we will celebrate loud and clear for the nation to hear us – Co-op City indeed stands as a beacon to our nation as the largest, affordable, diverse, cooperative housing community. Our testament to the country is that this housing community has gone through many challenges, survived many tests, and we will celebrate who we are and protect what we have. Recent Accomplishments and Savings Worth Celebrating • Payroll cuts and combining departments to date – $4.6M saved • New management contract – $2.0M saved • Department budgets held flat despite union salary increases – $.10M saved • Brought painting/plastering in-house – $.50M saved • Pre-paid water bills – $1.6M saved • Power plant savings – standby credit, ability to shed load, export power – $3.0M saved • Successfully switched timely from gas to oil on short notice – $5.0M saved • Discovered and use of new 21st century product to repair high-pressure hitemp water leak over 18 months saving $.5M • Heating water and water charges – $.45M saved • New power plant water treatment facility – $.65M saved • Reintroduced – after more than ten years – competitive bidding process for $8.5 worth of annual insurance policy contracts, reducing insurance cost by $.5M annually • New AIA contracts including improved scope of work, bonding and performance penalties • Reduced a federal tax bill by $.44M saved • Garage Dept. rented new blacktop spaces & unrented hallway closets – $.30M earned • Commercial rents for new and renewed leases raised to market value – $.90M earned • Introduced new 21st century Board election technology — $.10M saved • Increased Riverbay Corporate cash from $900,000 to over $54M  • Corrected numerous Federal Fair Labor Standards Act violations ending

Riverbay exposure to major lawsuits • Introduced electronic carrying charge payment • Hired a Director of Internal Audit after 8 years without one • NAES power plant operation and maintenance company • Hired a director of IT, director of Human Resources, director of Capital Projects, Power Plant Asset Manager, director of Risk Management, director of Procurement • Approved new Yardi contract with consultant to enhance transition and capabilities •Introduced painting public hallways program in 35 high-rise buildings. • Are enforcing OSHA safety standards in all construction projects Negotiated a cost saving contract with Local 94, 32BJ and Public Safety officers •First time in history of Co-op City, introduced televised Board meetings and held open town hall meetings •Distributed to every shareholder a copy of annual Riverbay Corporation financial statement. • Lawsuit against HCR and MSI • Board of Directors Annual Training and Development As this list of accomplishments and savings indicates, we are moving forward, headed into the 21st century and we are not turning back. Our 50th anniversary comes at a perfect time in our history. On December 10, 2018 we will kick off our celebrations with a gala event at Marina del Rey. Announcements will be going out within the next month, and we will roll out the calendar of events for the spring and summer this fall. Stay tuned for more details as we plan this exciting milestone. Animal Shelter Please make every effort to come out to the borough president’s hearing on the proposed animal shelter for Bartow Avenue. Co-op City will have a bus to take shareholders on a first come, first served basis. Please see the announcement in this paper. I am always interested in your thoughts and ideas, so please contact me at the following: 347-913-4224, 2049 Bartow Ave., Bronx, NY 10475 or

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I recently submitted a request for a fun-filled trip for our youth and their parents. Thank you to the Riverbay Fund Board members for approving this event. Last weekend (July 7), I had the opportunity to accompany a bus-load of youth and parents to the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory and the Golden Corral. They could milk a cow, create packaging,


make flavors and learn about the healing properties of various teas. It was an interesting concept in learning how this business was started. To top it off, they made their own commercial and tasted various ice creams and teas. I polled the parents and youth and received a resounding “yes,” they hope this trip and others will be repeated. Photos by Leslie Peterson

Free Summer Youth Tennis The Co-op City Tennis program of New York Junior Tennis and Learning is offering free tennis instruction and play for children between 5 and 18 years old from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday this summer on the Co-op City Tennis Courts behind M.S 181. Specialized instruction for children age 5 is offered from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. each Wednesday and Friday. The program provides free racquets and equipment for use, free instruction regardless of skill level, and scheduled tournaments and specials events. Registration is in-person, on-site every morning the program is in session. The program is directed by Lorrain Alexander and funded through the office of City Councilman Andy King.

Splash Days! 2018 Kente Festival

Come experience the Trackless Train, Aqua Extreme, Giant Slip & Slide and Lil Splash Slide at Splash Day, to be held on Sat., July 21, and Thurs., Aug. 2, on the Sect. 1 Greenway, 140 Benchley Pl., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Thurs., July 26, and Sat., Aug. 11, on the Sect. 5 Greenway, 120 Erskine Pl., 11 .am. – 3 p.m. Bring your beach towel and chairs and come enjoy some summer fun! Splash Day is sponsored by the Riverbay Fund and Councilman Andy King.

Board Director Francine Reva Jones and Deborah C. Nelson, first vice president of the African-American Association, were guests at the Second Annual Kentefest last Saturday sponsored by the Agotime Development Association of North America. Room 45 of the Einstein Center was beautifully and colorfully decorated; everyone enjoyed cultural music, dancing and delicious food. All the women wore gowns made of kente cloth and the men were draped in kente cloth robes. We were honored with the presence of His Excellency Professor Samuel Amoako, Consulate General of the Republic of Ghana and Bishop Dr. Alexander BY FRANCINE REVA JONES

Outdoor Summer Concert Series The Summer Outdoor Concert Series, sponsored by the Riverbay Fund and Council Member Andy King, is back in session with Tunes on Tuesdays on the Section 1 Greenway from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and Wicked Wednesdays on the Section 5 Greenway from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tunes on Tuesdays will continue on July 17 with Malika Mo & the Band of Soul on the Section 1 Greenway. Wicked Wednesdays will commence in Section Five on Wednesday, July 18, when Harvey Morris & Deep Cover Groove will shake things up! Grab a blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy these free summer concerts. In case of rain, come to room 31 in the Bartow Center for Tunes On Tuesdays and room 45 of the Einstein Center for Wicked Wednesdays.

Ms. Kente and her husband.

Deborah C. Nelson and Patience Patatit.

Adu-Gyamfi, Presiding Bishop of Bible Believers’ Tabernacle. There was a salute to the elders who were recognized for their longtime membership in the organization, followed by a display of many different patterns of woven kente cloth and an auction to purchase them. Five beautiful women competed for the title of “Miss Kente” and the winner was crowned. Mrs. Patience Patatit, a Co-op City resident, was awarded for Exemplary Membership of the Executive Team. She was also the creative organizer of the event. It was a delightful event aimed at inWomen were dressed in kente cloth creasing Ghanaian tourism. gowns and the men in kente cloth robes.

Photos by Francine Jones

Ms. Kente contestants.

Honoring the elders during the program.


Whistleblower Program

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that its employees act ethically than by offering a means to report allegations through a third party. “Most cases of fraudulent behavior and illegal activity within a company come to light not necessarily through an audit, but through a whistleblower program, Ms. James-Bonnette said. “Having an independent, third-party vendor receive reports assures reporters that their concerns will be addressed objectively. People tend to utilize a third-party, anonymous reporting hotline because of the level of confidentiality and protection from retaliation,” she said. The new Riverbay whistleblower program was launched this month following a resolution passed by the Board of Directors in April that called for the creation of a Whistleblower Policy and a way for complaints to be made to an independent thirdparty toll free number and website. The resolution stated that complaints should be referred to Riverbay Counsel and Internal Auditor “… for review and investigation utilizing Riverbay resources and, when warranted, external resources …” Each Feb. 1, General Counsel will submit a report to the Board of whistleblower complaints received and action taken, according to the resolution. The resolution passed by a vote of 14-0 with one Board member recorded absent for the vote. An employee or shareholder who has first-hand knowledge of serious workplace misconduct can often be driven to report what they know, but need to feel assured that they will be protected and that something will be done. “I think the motivation for someone to report through the whistleblower program is often their moral and ethical standards,” Ms. James-Bonnette said. “In general, people believe that there are certain types of work place behaviors or practices that are wrong or unethical and may want to report these incidents in good faith without fear of retaliation. Their goal is to ensure that by reporting such incidents, the appropriate actions will be taken against the perpetuators.” The whistleblower program is intended to receive reports of fraudulent or illegal activity from shareholders, employees, Board directors, commercial tenants, contractors and vendors. Types of incidents covered by the whistleblower program include, but are not limited to, ethical violations, discrimination, internal controls, conflict of interest, fraud, vandalism and sabotage, unsafe working conditions, threats, bribery and kickbacks, theft and embezzlement and misuse of company property. Regular business issues and matters not requiring anonymity should be directed to supervisors or the Riverbay HR department. All complaints through the whistleblower system are guaranteed to protect the anonymity of the reporting party, who (Continued from page 1)

will be notified of the outcome of any investigation of their complaint, if requested. No company is immune from the damage caused by unethical or illegal behavior by employees or officers of the corporation. Ten years ago, a former Board president of Riverbay pled guilty to taking kickbacks from a painting contractor and served six months in federal prison. If an anonymous whistleblower program had been available in Co-op City then, that criminal behavior might have been stopped early on. “I hope that everyone will remember the saying ‘if you see something, say something’,” Ms. James-Bonnette said. “The corporation has provided the avenue to report misconduct or unethical practices anonymously through a third-party vendor and therefore everyone is encouraged to utilize the hotline and web services.”

Small Child Found Wandering Around Dreiser Loop Returned To Safe Custody

In a case illustrating the value of saying something after seeing something, a four-year-old child found wandering around alone near the Dreiser Loop Shopping Center Wednesday morning was returned to safety after a local store owner approached the child and asked where his family was, while simultaneously alerting Public Safety officers to the concerning situation. According to reports, the child, when asked where his mother was, gave the phone number of a relative living in the immediate area. According to a Public Safety source, the relative who was called then alerted the child’s mother to the situation. The child’s mother reportedly then quickly ran down to retrieve the lost child. As the mother was doing this, officers from Public Safety and the 45th Precinct went to her home and also found a three-year-old child left alone in the apartment, according to police. As a result, the mother was placed under arrest and was charged with failure to exercise control of a minor, according to the NYPD’s Public information office. Chief David Perez of Co-op City’s Public Safety Department commended the local merchant who quickly intervened and possibly prevented serious harm from coming to the lost child. Captain Carlos Ghonz of the 45th Precinct said that the case is now being handled by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.


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Friends Celebrate 80th Birthday Of Ms. Helen Atkins

Long time Co-op City shareholder Ms. Helen Atkins celebrated her 80th birthday surrounded by family and friends. The auspicious occasion took place in the Community Protestant Church Annex in the Bartow Center on Saturday, June 30. Ms. Atkins is a former president of the Riverbay Board of Directors who oversaw the negotiations for a low-interest loan from Wells Fargo Bank, guaranteed by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), ensuring the community’s financial stability for decades to come. In addition to serving as an administrative assistant for the JASA program in Co-op City, Ms. Atkins also currently serves as project director of the ArchCare TimeBank Program at JASA, as well as president of her building association. She is a dedicated community volunteer and devoted member of Community Protestant Church, pastored by Rev. Dr. Calvin E. Owens, a former member and officer of the Riverbay Board. Ms. Atkins graciously thanks all of her friends and church family who planned such a memorable birthday celebration, her family who traveled from near and far to join her, and all who made the time in their busy calendars to attend and share this special occasion with her.

Well wishers from Community Protestant Church where Ms. Atkins is a Deaconess share a joyous moment with the birthday girl.

Helen with two very special people in her life, son Bernard (left) and brother Amos.

Ms. Helen Atkins

Current Riverbay Board President Linda Berk (right) and Board Director Leslie Peterson (left) were on hand to congratulate and celebrate with Ms. Atkins.

Family members in attendance at the birthday celebration included, Helen's sister-in-law, nieces and their families.

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Census Bureau Hiring Field Reps. Testing date: Wednesday, Aug. 1

A testing session to work as a Field Representative for the U.S. Census Bureau will be held in New Rochelle on Wednesday, August 1, at 9 a.m. at 10 Lockwood Avenue (Off North Avenue), New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801. Registration is required; please call the New York Regional Recruitment Office at (212) 584-3495. Two unexpired forms of ID are required, one of which must be a photo ID. If you would like to take the test on August 1, and do not get the chance to register, walk-ins are welcome. If you would like a different testing date and/or location, submit your contact information via email ( or call the Recruitment Office and leave your name, email address, zip code and phone number. Candidates must be US citizens, at least 18 years, have a valid Social Security number, private phone, driver’s license and insured vehicle. You must also pass a background check, and male candidates born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System. For information on local Census jobs, visit: For Federal employment, visit:

The NYC Disability Pride Parade, organized annually by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, will be held this Sunday, July 15, at 11 a.m. This year, the parade route has been reversed. It will begin at Madison Square Park, marching down Broadway and ending in Union Square Park, where the celebration will continue with entertainment and a festival with food, live music and informational booths. For further information, please visit the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities or call 3-1-1.

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Bus Trip

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The public hearing hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is the second phase of a required ULURP process which will determine if the Animal Care Center can be built on the city-owned land on Bartow Avenue, directly across from Co-op City. The first phase of the process was a public hearing hosted by Community Board 10 on June 18th in Co-op City’s Bartow Community Center. Nearly 300 residents turned out for that hearing and the vast majority expressed their vehement opposition to the animal shelter being placed adjacent to their community. That opposition, in turn, led the community board to unanimously recommend against placing the animal center at the proposed site. As part of the second phase, the borough president is expected to announce his recommendation shortly after Thursday evening’s hearing. Residents who wish to speak can sign-up just prior to the hearing. Speaking time will be limited to two minutes per person.

Neighborhood Policing Byrne Middle School, 2750 Lafayette Avenue in Throggs Neck. The evening will serve as the introduction of the NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing Program in the 45th Precinct Service Area. Residents will get the chance to meet with the new neighborhood coordination officers, including those officers who will be assigned to the co-op city area. Guest speakers for the evening will include NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill and other top NYPD commanders including the 45th Precinct’s Own Commander, Captain Carlos Ghonz. If planning to attend, prior registration is requested. Interested Co-Op City residents are asked to call the precinct’s Community Affairs Officer John Souhrada at 646-568-0011 or Officer Anne Marie Morrison 646-373-5599. (Continued from page 1)

SAVE THE DATE! History Committee Meeting

The History Committee of the Riverbay Board will meet on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. in room 26A (Board room), in the Bartow Center. All members of the committee are urged to mark the date and plan on attending. Director Bernard Cylich chairs the History Committee.

Sincere Thanks!

To my family of friends and neighbors, namely, the Retirees of Dreiser Loop, the AARP Chapter #4997 and parishioners of St. Michael’s Church, my sincerest thanks for the cards and prayers. —Wini Saltus Article SIXTH of your Occupancy Agreement provides, in part, that your lease automatically renews for an additional three (3) year period. You need to do nothing if you want your lease to extend for another three (3) year period. If you will be moving out at the end of your lease, notify Riverbay, in writing, Attention: Sales Support Office, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475, ninety (90) days prior to lease expiration.

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Ralph Henriquez Production Manager The Co-op City Times welcomes issue-oriented letters to the editor to be considered for publication. All letters, in prose, not poetry, must be addressed to the editor, not to third parties. All letters must be signed by the writers and include their addresses and phone numbers, which will be kept confidential, so that the editor can verify the authenticity of the authors. Writers will be limited to one letter per topic. Anonymous or unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Letters cannot exceed 350 words. Ideally, they should be typed. All letters must be in the Co-op City Times office in Room 21, Bartow Community Center, by 3 p.m. every Monday to be considered for publication in that week’s edition. Views and opinions expressed in letters and Directors’ Viewpoint are solely the writer’s, and not necessarily shared by the Co-op City Times or Riverbay Corp. Advertisements and classified advertisements in the Co-op City Times do not necessarily reflect an endorsement from Riverbay Corporation of goods and services, but present greater options to cooperators of products and services available. The Riverbay Corporation does not assume any responsibility nor is it a party to any contract or agreement between the cooperator and the vendor. All matter published herein is copyrighted by the Co-op City Times. Permission for reprints of advertising or editorial contents produced by the Co-op City Times must be obtained in writing from Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Ave., Bronx, New York 10475.

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Public Safety Report

Lobby Attendants Are The EYES And EARS Of The Co-op City Department Of Public Safety


a Section 4 lobby attendant noticed that a young child wandered out of their The Co-op City Department of Public Safety utiapartment, onto the elevator and down to the lobby. This lobby attendant immelizes the Lobby Attendant program as one of the tools diately notified Public Safety and the child was returned safely to their home. to help keep the community safe. Co-op City’s 65 lob(Continued on page 26) bies are manned by lobby attendants during the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and from 4:00 p.m. and midFor information on CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY, please contact: night on Fridays and Saturdays. This coverage is Lenya Garcia at Lgarcia@riverbay; and Anatoliy Budnitskiy at provided by a total of 67 lobby attendants and three Please note that emails should be sent to both parties. supervisors. Please DO NOT email resumes for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES to the aforementioned emails. Lobby attendants respond out to their post immeFor EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, please see bottom of the employment listings for specific directions. diately following Roll Call. When they arrive at their post, they set up their podium and equipment. CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES The lobby attendant proceeds to conduct an inspecThere are no contract opportunities to list this week. Please check back again next week. tion of the lobby. This inspection includes the elevators, doors and windows. They are responsible for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES noting any broken items, malfunctioning equipment or hazardous conditions. Any deficiencies are noted in the Log Book and Public Safety is notified. During the course of their tour of duty, a lobby attendant monitors the lobby for illegal activity or violations of the lease. Illegal activities include any crimes, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and public consumption of alcohol or use of controlled substances. Violations of the lease monitored by the lobby attendant include smoking, loitering, bike riding and dogs without permits entering the building. Public Safety is to be notified when any violations of the law or lease are observed. Log Book entries documenting this notification are also to be made. All lobby attendants are responsible to maintain an up-to-date Log Book. In this Log Book, all inspections, referrals and notifications are recorded. All move-ins, move-outs, deliveries and other visitors are entered into the Log Book. Public Safety is to be notified if a move-in or move-out does not have a valid permit. Log Book entries are also made when Public Safety, New York City Police Department, Fire Department or any other authorized agency enters the building. Public Safety is to be notified if there is any question regarding allowing access to any party. The lobby attendant must also make entries in the Log Book when leaving post for any reason, such as a meal period or a break. Lobby attendants are not authorized to receive mail, packages or any other deliveries. Lobby attendants are not required to hold or open the front door except in the event of a disabled person or elderly person carrying packages. Residents are required to utilize their key for entry into the building. Lobby attendants are not permitted to run errands or perform outside jobs for cooperators or other Riverbay employees. Lobby attendants are not permitted to leave their assigned area without permission. Engaging in unnecessary conversation is also against the rules. Lobby attendants may not identify themselves as Public Safety officers, police officers or security officers. Lobby attendants are not permitted to arrest or detain violators. In the event a violation of the lease or the law is observed, it is the responsibility of the lobby attendant to notify the Department of Public Safety. As the “civilian” EYES and EARS of the Co-op City Department of Public Safety, lobby attendants effectively serve to reduce crime and maintain a high quality of life within the community. By being aware of the duties and responsibilities of the lobby attendants, residents can feel comfortable with the extra level of security their presence brings. Lobby attendants have a long list of outstanding Please Visit The Bartow Administration Office To See All Jobs Posted. accomplishments including a few months ago when BY LIEUTENANT PAM APOLLO



Building 27 Association

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Greetings, neighbors. Hope all are being careful in the heat wave. Drink plenty of water, walk under an umbrella. Congratulations To All Graduates – have a blessed summer and stay safe. My fellow cooperators, attending the public hearing was being proactive and getting involved surely makes a difference. Mark Your Calendar – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has called for a public hearing on Thurs., July 19, on the proposed animal shelter to be built at 2050 Bartow Ave. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at 851 Grand Concourse, rm. 600, Bronx, NY. Get your transportation together and let’s go. This is our community, and we have the right to express our opinions and viewpoints; to inform the Bronx boro president about how Co-op City has requested and waited years for a state-of-the-art facility for our youth, and the city will spend $60 million, more or less, for an animal shelter over our youth? The Fundraising Committee – invites you to join us on the Spirit of Philadelphia Scenic Cruise along the Delaware River. Buffet lunch on cruise; entertainment on Saturday, October 6. Cost: $110. Leaving from Einstein Loop/Center, Sect. 5 at 8:00 a.m. Three installments – First payment of $40 due July 12; August 9, $35; final payment, Sept. 13 of $35. No refunds after Sept. 13. Make checks, money orders to: Building 27 Cooperators Association and mail to Lillian Sumpter, 140 Erdman Pl., Apt. 6D, Bx, NY 10475. Contact phone numbers, Margie at 718-379-4629 and Sharon at 718-671-1905 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The association expresses our profound sympathy and condolences to Riverbay and the family of Mr. Donovan Plummer. Happy birthday to those celebrating this month, and the best of health to all. Contact Lydia Rondon at (718) 583-3040 to share of any sickness or if a neighbor has deceased. Pray for peace amongst the nations and world leaders. At the end of the day, be nice, respectful and offer genuine kindness and love to your neighbor; life is so short, and we do not know who will be there to lend a helping hand. —H. Overman Throwing garbage/objects from apartment windows is UNLAWFUL, DANGEROUS and could cause you to receive a community complaint and fine.

Section 5 Association

The Section Five Association Annual Family Fun Day will be Saturday, August 18th. Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rain date will be Saturday, August 25th, on the Section 5 Greenway. Buildings 26 thru 35 and the Earhart Lane Townhouses will be celebrating with families, neighbors and friends. Join us for positive, fun and free face painting, balloon animals, tap dance, women’s self-defense demos, fashion show and much more, so stay tuned. Organizations And Churches – are welcome to set up a table. Contact chairperson, Ms. Evelyn Turner, at 917-324-1033 or Mr. Robert Hedgepeth, president of the Section 5 Association, at (718) 320-2656. Volunteers – If you do not have a Section 5 Fun Day tee-shirt, please contact Mr. Robert Hedgpeth at 718-320-2656, give your name and size of tee shirt ASAP. Public Hearing – called by the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on Thursday, July 19, regarding the proposed animal shelter to be built at 2050 Bartow Ave. The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at 851 Grand Concourse, rm. 600, Bronx, NY. Get your transportation together and let’s go as a community. We have the opportunity to speak and let your voices and wishes be known concerning our community and for our youth as well. Keep in mind our community has waited for years for a state of the art facility for our youth and the city is willing to spend $60 million, more or less, for an animal shelter as priority over our youths. —H. Overman

Online Payment Of Monthly Carrying Charges

Shareholders can pay their carrying charges online by logging onto the Riverbay website at, and clicking on the “PayLease” icon on the home page, or by signing in directly at the PayLease website at Go green, go paperless! Register today.

Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018

Building 8 Association

It’s official! Summer has finally arrived, and it’s in full blast. On June 30th, the Building 8 Association held its summer Kick-off Bash. The event consisted of an all-day BBQ in the park and ended in the building’s association room with the movie “Black Panther.” Although the weather was incredibly hot, cooperators had a great time. We’d like to thank everyone who came out to support the event. I also want to give a super thanks to the building’s board members. They were fantastic, and an extra super thanks to Lou, who did all the grilling for the BBQ. Despite the unbearable weather condition, Lou handled the grill like a pro. Lou, you’re the best. Thanks!! Congratulations to all the building and community graduates of 2018, may you continue to soar. Also, a big congratulation to the five 2018 Board election winners. Effective July 1st, the building association will be breaking for the summer. However, for me, I’ll be spending a good part of my summer working on the Committee for Section One Family Fun Day. In the celebration of Co-op City’s 50th year Anniversary, the committee is working a little harder to make this year’s Section One Family Fun Day extra special. So, while we’re planning for the event, make sure to save Saturday, September 15th, on your calendar. Building cooperators, make sure to check out Building’s 8 garden during the summer, especially during the night when it’s lit up. The garden is in Building 8’s courtyard. We also encourage the cooperators to take advantage of the many summer events that have been planned by Co-op City. Check your building bulletin board or the Co-op City Times newspaper for date and time of events. Tickets are still available for the Bus Ride to Foxwoods on Saturday, July 28th. There are three pick-up locations: Dreiser Loop @ 9:00 a.m., Asch Loop @ 9:15 a.m., and Einstein Loop @ 9:30 a.m. Anticipate returning by 8:30 p.m., drop-off will be made at all three locations. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Lee @ 718-8629017. You can also check the building’s bulletin board for the posted flyer. We’d like to thank everyone who paid their association dues. This year, 128 apartments paid their association dues, and 257 did not pay. We are getting better, but we still have a long way to go. Building 8 Association Summer Rules 1) Try to stay out of the sun, especially during the hours of noon to 4:00 p.m. 2) Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. 3) Check on the elderly and handicapped. 4) The last and most important rule is “Have lots and lots of fun.” Enjoy your summer —Lee Rivers

Cooperators United Of Co-op City

Greetings! Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Bartow, room 31. Our agenda will be on updates on the Conner Street Post Office. We are still collecting building/townhouse dues for 2018. A reminder that you can file a complaint with the USPS by calling 1-800275-8777. Let me know that you have filed a complaint. Our thoughts and prayers to go out to all who have suffered a loss or who are sick and shut-in. Congratulations to all graduates. Make sure you check to see whether or not your front door locks need to be upgraded and, above all, lock both locks when entering or leaving your apartment. We can be reached at or 718-379-7841. —Sonja Maxwell

Building 10 Association

Hello and Happy Saturday, everyone, Once again, our recent 4th of July celebration did not disappoint. The fireworks were amazing and the orderly crowd was larger than ever. A big thank you to those Building 10 neighbors (Naomi, Donald, Lisa, Jeannie, Lenise, Carla, Roy, Cynthia and Tiny) who supplied us (and so many others) with food, beverages and other refreshments. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is always appreciated. We'd be remiss if we didn’t thank the groundskeepers who have the unenviable task of restoring some "normalcy" to the grounds the morning after. We know they get paid, but we thank them just the same. As expected, last Saturday's Pizza/Ice Cream Social was well-attended. Slices were quickly devoured and were followed by healthy servings of ice cream with a variety of toppings. What a treat! Thanks to our hostess, Lisa, and her trusty team for another successful association event. Please remember that this Thursday, July 19th, there will be a public hearing on the city's proposal to build an animal care center on Bartow Avenue next to Red Lobster restaurant. The hearing, scheduled by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., will take place at 851 Grand Concourse, rm. 600. This is the next step in the process and it's imperative that we, as a community, step up and continue to have our voices heard. Silence gives consent. New Theatre Club – A few tickets are available for orchestra seats for the Saturday, August 4, matinee musical production, Smokey Joe's Cafe. Tickets are $55. If interested, please call (718) 320-2366. Our Saturday, July 28th, Nordic Lodge Lobsterfest Buffet bus trip is sold out! Bus leaves from 140 Debs Place at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Please be on time. Have a wonderful week. —Carol Campbell

Donizetti Bldg. 4 Association


Our Fish Fry and Bake Sale is today! Remember check-off lists are still available to shareholders to help report repair issues in your apartments and building. You may place a note with your name and apt. # to request a form under our association room door located in the rear lobby of Building 4B and we will make sure you receive one. Summer Activities And Events Are As Follows July 14th – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Scholarship Award Ceremony to be held in our association room. July 14th – 1 p.m.-3 p.m., annual Ice Cream Social held under the portico between Buildings 4B and 4C. July 28th – Section 1 Family Fun Day presents a fundraiser bus ride to Foxwoods Casino. The cost is $40 and pick-up locations will be Dreiser Loop, Asch Loop and Einstein Loop. For tickets and more information, contact Dawn Mitchell at 347-570-9638 or Diane Windley at 646-271-7377. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our Section 1 event (see below). August 4th – (1st building fundraiser). A bus ride to Splish Splash LI Water Park. Departing from Donizetti Place at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Cost $86; includes: round trip transportation, park entrance fee, continental breakfast before departure and “All You Can Eat” private catered lunch at park. Hurry and make your reservations…You can either pay in full or make a deposit of $50 with the balance due on or before July 16th. To make your payment and reserve your seat, call Steven Vega, 212-942-8645; Dawn Mitchell, 347-570-9638, or Diane Windley, 646-271-7377. The all-you-can-eat lunch includes: Kosher All Beef Hotdogs • All Beef Hamburger • Vegetarian Baked Beans • Macaroni Salad • Ice Cream Cup • Watermelon Slices • Unlimited Fountain Beverages • Garden Salad & Pickle Platter August 25th – (2nd building fundraiser). A bus trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Cost $40 with $15 slot play. Come try your luck at the casino, shop at mall and/or just enjoy the boardwalk/beach. Info to be posted shortly. September 15th – 3rd Annual Section 1 Family Fun Day (rain date is September 22nd). If the spirit of many in body, but one in mind prevail among the people, they can achieve all their goals. Have a joyful and safe summer. Please remember to check on your elderly and disabled neighbors especially on those days when the temperature is extremely hot. Congratulations to those celebrating a special occasion in July. —Steven Vega/DW


Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018

Director’s Viewpoint

Mary Pearson Secretary

Hello, Co-op citizens. I remember how airless life was in the East Village when the temperature hit ninety. Not here. A week of 90 degree plus days is a comparative breeze in Co-op City, comfortable inside and bearable outside. Things heated up internal-politics-wise, too. There have been grumblings about the price tag for the nine-month long celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary, and more specifically, the Gala scheduled for December 10th of this year. I don’t know all the details and neither does anyone else. It’s still in the planning stage. I do know that 12/10/18 marks the day the first shareholders moved in fifty years ago and the Anniversary Committee doesn’t want that moment celebrated with a six-pack, pizza, and popcorn. A Well-Deserved Celebration I have absolutely no experience in planning a catered social event for 600 people. In many aspects of life, we need to rely on experts and to trust that the necessary research has been done in choosing those experts. The fact that fifty years later, Co-op City is still standing, and still filled with people of modest means, deserves a celebration. I’m grateful Co-op City was built. I’m grateful that for the last 24 years (come August 1st), I’ve been able to live a less stressful and more comfortable life because a group of people had the forethought to build it. Through the years, people have actively fought to keep it clean, affordable, and safe. Fifty years later, people continue to fight to keep our sought-after homes in our own hands and out of the hands of real estate speculators. And who are these people? They are us. They are the residents who, despite the endless struggle to keep it together in these trying times, both financially and emotionally, manage to stay positive. We’re not asked to do much, we, co-operators. We’re asked to be considerate in the laundry room, keep the noise down, not mess up the compactor room, not litter, and find a bathroom when nature calls. We’re asked to be marginally neighborly and cooperative. We do, after all, live in Co-op City, which is short for Co-operative City. Money! This place is huge. Numbers are bandied about that are hard to wrap one’s mind around. Earlier this year, when our front door lock broke at midnight – not the key, the lock – just getting into the apartment cost $668. I commented that we should have stayed in a hotel and dealt with it in the morning. The locksmith joked, “A 5-star hotel.” That event and that dollar amount killed the month. A piece of metal inside a fifty year old lock gave out, arbitrarily, with one last turn of the key at an inconvenient hour. $668! What’s about to give out in our infrastructure? There was a water leak near the Cooper Place Townhouses. It was sourced back to the spot where the pipe ruptured. The team dug up the area, replaced the pipe and covered it back up all within two weeks. Similarly, a gas leak around the Section Five Earhart Townhouses was resolved in a matter of days. Again with the digging, the repair, the covering up the trench, without the residents losing the use of their stoves for a minute because of a thoughtful gas bypass system some clever people came up with. I don’t know the price tags for those particular jobs, but I’ve seen the numbers for other repairs currently being addressed. The numbers are huge, but they’re no secret. They’re described in the Co-op City Times every time repair expenditure resolutions come up for a vote. The resolutions are filled with “whereas’s and therefore’s,” but the gist is, we have problems, contractors bid, the most reasonable one wins the contract. Our carrying charges pay for these emergency repairs, for maintenance, and for improvements. Those carrying charges increase when necessary. They don’t arbitrarily increase because some outside owner wants to make a bigger profit, they increase when maintenance costs rise or arise. Electing the Board Who decides what projects are necessary? Management does, overseen by the Board. And you

The Heat Is On

know who chooses the Board. Too few shareholders vote in the Board elections, year after year. Money incentives don’t work and threats probably won’t either. I voted to fine households that don’t vote. The resolution didn’t pass. I didn’t think it would since a similar resolution didn’t pass the last time. We’ve got another year to figure out how to get people to take that one simple action, to vote. Maybe two actions: to vote and to get involved. To paraphrase Councilman Andy King’s motto: People appreciate people who participate. Participate! I’ve been retired for the past few years. Well, semi-retired. I have time to read more than just the front page of the Co-op City Times, to take more of an interest in politics, to take a more active role in Co-op City, to be involved in our community. Find me at the fun stuff – line-dancing classes and karaoke in Section Five and at concerts (especially the free

ones) all over the place. I’m involved with Working Families and the Coalition to Save Affordable Housing, I’ve been more conscientious about attending my building association meetings, I’m a member of the History Committee, and I’ve taken on some Riverbay Board and Riverbay Fund duties. If I weren’t retired, well, semi-retired, I couldn’t do all of that, or even much of that. But every time I participate, I feel more a part of the community. I betcha you would too. Just think how involved those Co-op City pioneers had to have been fifty years ago to build this community that we still enjoy, all these years later. Coming Next Week: Co-operators’ Comments, Complaints, Concerns. Due to a technical glitch, this viewpoint didn’t make it into last week’s paper. I’ll catch-up next week with what’s going on. Contact: mpearson@ or 718-219-2211. Thanks.

Building 9 Association


Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018

Greetings. On Saturday, July 7th, Velocity Track Club New York traveled to Reminder: Expected 1.9% carrying charge Memorial Stadium, New Brunswick, NJ for the 29th Annual Johnson & increase effective August 2018. Johnson HONOR Meet, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. MetroCard bus due on Thursday, July 19th. With over 400 athletes in attendance from the Tri-State area, the top Mr. Prela Vidhja is one of the most respectful, three athletes in individual events were awarded trophies and the top hard-working, knowledgeable, skilled and helpful three finishers in the relays were awarded medals. Maintenance professionals employed by Riverbay The following events were contested: 4x100 meters. 4x400 meters, 1500 meters, 100 meters, 50 meters for 6 & under (all received medals), Corporation. For the past two years, Mr. Prela Vid800 meters, 200 meters, triple jump, long jump and shot put. Velocity hja has performed above and beyond what was was faced with some tough competition, but the athletes kept their deterexpected. He not only performs the tasks at hand exceptionally well, he takes the time to explain the mination to bring home a trophy. As a team, we were blessed with 20 problem and future preventive measures. Thank trophies (6 - Gold, 9 -Silver, 5 - Bronze and 4 Gold medals). you, Mr. Prela Vidhja. The following athletes won awards in their perspective areas. Brianna Burrell and Pierce Parker Our July 3rd fireworks display was awesome. each collected two trophies in the 9-10 age division, The music was old school. Council Member Andy while teammate Shyenne Blake won one trophy for King and Dr. Alvin Ponder took to the dance floor. Velocity. In the 11-12 age division, Olyvia Burrell They were lit! Thank you for coming out Maria & collected two trophies during the meet while, Jada son, Shirley, Pat & Gwen, Linda & Jaime, Anyah & Clarke and Matthiaus Love-Anderson each won one Brianna and Denise. trophy in their events. The 45th Pct. Community Council’s ‘Pizza with A Cop’ event on Friday, June 29th at Bartow Center Velocity dominated the 13 – 14 age division with a total of 10 trophies and four gold medals from Hanwas packed with our young people positively internah Gadpaille, Allyson Wright, Dontae Lindo, Julian acting with our law enforcement community. Of Caldwell, Kyle Reinosa, Khalil Mitchell and Darius course, Camryn was the “Belle of the Ball.” I met Gordon. As a recent graduate from Equality Charter our 45th Pct. Neighborhood Coordination Officers at School, Gordon will be attending Bronx Community the event. They are two additional sets of eyes, ears College in September with a career goal to design and hands. Please call Public Safety if you smell video games. marijuana in the building or if you see people hanging out in our stairwells or basement/laundry room Congratulations to all the athletes who competed or any other quality of life issues. NYPD and Public in the 29th Annual Johnson & Johnson HONOR Velocity Track Club athletes sporting their awards Meet. Thank you, Johnson & Johnson, for giving Safety will make a concerted effort to address our at the Johnson & Johnson meet! back to the community! pressing concerns. If our building becomes a known If you know a child who may be interested in joining this outstanding family, we are having orientation hangout, it will be hard to re-gain our quality of life. on Thursday, August 23rd, in the Bartow Community Center of Co-op City. Parent/guardian must attend Pay attention. If you see something, say something. orientation for child to enroll for the team. Our District 12 Council Member Andy King is Our next meet will be on Thursday, July 12th to Sunday, July 15th, the USATF Region 1 and National sponsoring 501(c)(3) workshops for non-profit organizations within Co-op City (which includes Qualifier Championship building and townhouse associations) to prepare the at Icahn Stadium, NY. participants to successfully complete the 501(c)(3) Velocity Track Club application process. Please call Michelle Sajous at New York is a 501(c)3 the Riverbay management office to register for not-for profit. One hunTuesday, July 17th, 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at Bartow Center. dred percent of your Public Hearing: Bronx Borough President, the donation will go towards Honorable Ruben Diaz Jr., scheduled the hearing for helping our children. SECTION 5 • BUILDING 29C Thursday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m., to be held at the Support our youth, so 4240 HUTCHINSON RIVER PARKWAY EAST Bronx County Court, 851 Grand Concourse, room they can continue to do 600. The matter to be heard: Bartow Avenue Full great things! For addiService Animal Shelter. The application submitted tional information, you by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene can go to our website, and the Department of Citywide Administrative, or DIRECTOR Services, for the property to be developed as a full contact Coach Winston service animal shelter. Dinkins at 914-441-6196 Anyone wishing to speak may register at the or via email, watclt@ hearing. A maximum of two minutes will be —Winston Dinkins cated for those wishing to speak. Please direct any The in-office surgical correction of questions concerning this matter to the office of the BUNIONS • HAMMERTOES • INGROWN TOENAILS borough president, 718-590-6124. PAINFUL CORNS and CALLOUSES * Please continue to call and write ahead of the meeting to ensure your voice is heard. Your voice matters when you speak out. We must unite to fight for our families and our community in order to ensure our The treatment of traumatic foot injuries, heel spurs, burbest quality of life. Freedom is not free. The cost of freedom is commitment, steadsitis and arthritis of the joints of the feet, toenail and fastness, passion, compassion and unity. Please join us. Yes, we can. Si, se puede. skin infections, as well as other conditions. Seek out the teachable moments. Pray for our school children, our community, our country and our Constitution. Most Union and Insurance Plans Accepted. “Chance favors the prepared mind.”—Louis Pasteur —Linda Collins

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Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018

Director’s Viewpoint

Francine Reva Jones Assistant Secretary

In addition to my last week’s viewpoint entitled “A Great Place to Live,” I need to add that the Independence Day Fireworks are a wonderful and spectacular event in our community. I believe it to be one of the best community organized firework displays in the Bronx and Westchester area. This community will also enjoy outdoor concerts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during July and August, thanks to the diligent work of the Riverbay Community Relations Department. This department is also responsible for the many fun activities for our youth, including Splash Days, the Halloween Costume Party and Haunted House, the Easter Egg Hunt, and much more. Co-op City is a great place to live. The Best and Brightest Congratulations to Director Rod Saunders for another year of celebrating the best and brightest students of our community. Last year, I attended the Best and Brightest for the Pre-K and Kindergarten youngsters. It was fun for them and their parents. This year, I attended the afternoon event for the 5th, 8th and 12th graders. It was exciting to see them walk down the red carpet to receive special awards certificates, laptops or computers and be greeted by keynote speaker, NY State Senator Jamaal Bailey, as well as Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and Riverbay General Manager Noel Ellison. They were also treated to a trip to Washington, D.C. This community pays attention to families who see the importance to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Congratulations to Director Saunders and his Education Committee members on a job well done. Board Committees Each year, following an election, the Board offers several committees that shareholders may join. Cooperators should consider joining one of the following committees: 1. Construction/Power Plant/Restoration 2. Security 3. Commercial Leasing 4. Residential Sales

Independence Day Fireworks 5. Parking Facilities and Storage 6. Disabilities and Accommodation 7. Contract Compliance/Inventory and Purchase 8. Information Technology 9. Buildings and Grounds 10. Legislative 11. 2018 Ad Hoc Riverbay Board of Directors Election Committee Please write to the Riverbay Board of Directors, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475 and request to join a committee; or, you may call (347) 913-4224. Whistle-blower Program The Board has approved a Whistle-blower program with Lighthouse Services, effective July 2, 2018. It is used by someone who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity. You can report information anonymously and your identity will remain confidential. Lighthouse provides a toll-free number, 833290-0009; Fax: (215) 689-3885; Website:; Email:, along with several other reporting methods, all of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your concern will be investigated with an aim to resolving the impropriety. Large Mail Boxes The residents of Building 20 are very pleased with the large mail boxes in the lobbies. Packages and boxes that are too large for the mailbox are placed in these cabinet boxes. This prevents the residents from having to call the Post Office for redelivery or from going to the Post Office to pick up the package. The key to the large box is placed in your mailbox so that you may retrieve your package. It is a win-win situation, especially for the postal customer. Thanks to all involved in making the process of obtaining large packages more convenient. Food Pantry Many cooperators are requesting the reestablishment of the Food Pantry that was located in Dreiser Community Center, room 20, on the 2nd floor. The pantry was closed due to a fire at the Townhouse Restaurant located on the ground floor, below the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry director has requested a temporary location until room 20 is restored and available again for their use. There is a need for the food services that the pantry provides to our commu-

nity and cooperators are asking when it will reopen. Management is working with the pantry director to attempt to obtain a temporary space as soon as possible. I hope that a location will be assigned quickly so that the pantry may continue servicing our community. 2018 Kente Festival I was honored to attend the Second Annual Kentefest last Saturday sponsored by the Agotime Development Association of North America. It was held in the Einstein Community Center, room 45, which was beautifully and colorfully decorated. Everyone enjoyed cultural music, dancing and delicious food. All the women wore gowns made of kente cloth and the men were draped in kente cloth robes. We were honored to be in the company of His Excellency Professor Samuel Amoako, Consulate General of the Republic of Ghana and Bishop Dr. Alexander Adu-Gyamfi, Presiding Bishop of Bible Believers’ Tabernacle. There was a salute to the elders who were recognized for their longtime membership in the organization. This was followed by a display of many different patterns of woven kente cloth and an auction to purchase them. It was enjoyable to watch the competition among five beautiful women vying for the title of “Miss Kente.” They were required to model, dance and respond to a question they were asked. Congratulations to Ms. Evelyn, who was crowned “Miss Kente.” It was a delightful event aimed at increasing Ghanaian tourism. Mrs. Patience Patatit, a Co-op City resident, was awarded for Exemplary Membership of the Executive Team. She was also the creative organizer of the event. Condolences My sympathy is extended to the family of Donovan Plummer, director of the Riverbay Buildings and Grounds Department, who died in June. He was an exemplary employee and will be missed by many. I mourn the passing of “Joe” Jackson on June 27, 2018 at the age of 89. Joseph Jackson was the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty. He left a legacy of great music and entertainment by his family for all the world to enjoy. Contact Continue enjoying the wonderful summer weather. Come out to the Tunes on Tuesday and Wicked Wednesday concerts. I can be reached at or 718-671-5957.

Building 21 Association

Ice Cream Social - Cancelled – The Section 4 Partnership meets every Friday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in “The Gathering Room” in the rear lobby of Building 21B (120 Bellamy Loop). While there will be no Ice Cream Social this year, we are planning other events and activities for the remainder of 2018. Note: The Building 21 Association and The Section 4 Partnership of Co-op City are 2 separate group entities. Pictured (right) are Section 4 Partnership executive board members at the Fireworks Spectacular on July 3rd. (L-R) S4P Ombudsman, Theron Marbury; S4P Secretary and Riverbay Board director, Francine Reva Jones, S4P president, Michelle Marbury, S4P vice president, Marita Anderson-Taylor and S4P Sergeant-at-Arms and Riverbay Board director, Kevin Lambright. The Section 4 Partnership The Section 4 Partnership is comprised of every building in Co-op City that makes up the sectional geographic which is referred to as Co-op City’s Section 4 (i.e., Building 20 - Asch Loop, Building 21 - Bellamy Loop, Building 22 - Co-op City Boulevard, Buildings 23, 24, 25 - Benchley Place, the Adler Place Townhouses and the Broun Place Townhouses). Section 4 Partnership Mission Statement The Section 4 Partnership’s purpose is to promote a community of more than just neighbors, but as one family of many cultures, that proactively embraces greatness and promotes neighborhood interaction. The goal of the organization is to offer solutions that will educate, elevate, inspire, and mobilize our community in unity, to sustain affordability and growth in order to remain environmentally

sound and vibrant for generations to come. Think Tank at Building 21 is in session every Friday at 8:30 p.m. This is where we listen to your ideas with the intention of empowering each and every shareholder in Co-op City. Think Tank at Building 21 is where we develop these ideas to make your dreams for this community a reality. Come and join us in “The Gathering Room” in the rear of the B-Section. Your community needs your dreams, your strength and your fortitude. ALL are welcome. Come and bring a friend with you. Come, and be a part of something good, to change your life and the lives of others for the better. What are you doing for your community to help make it better? What is your dream for Co-op City? Do you have 21 Association Inquiries? Email; Call 347.504.1821. Attend the monthly meetings which are held every fourth Thursday in the rear of the B-section at 7 p.m. We are passionate about our community. Don’t you share this positive energy and passion? Come join us at Building 21 anytime. Each one of us, multiplied by all of us, equals a force for good. Happy summer!!! See you around the neighborhood! —Michelle Marbury

Shareholders, not tenants! Become involved in your building association!

Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018

Co-op City Toastmasters Club

Greetings, everyone and Happy New Year. That’s right, July 1 marks the beginning of a new Toastmasters year and we congratulate our new incoming officers: President Harriet Joseph, VP Education Andrea Haye, VP Membership Joyce Wright, VP Public Relations Leah Richardson, Treasurer Lauretta Jaysura, Secretary Moses Githaibi and SAA Novella Thomas/Lincoln Presseley. This team will lead us successfully to achieve our individual communication and leadership goals for the year. Meetings…Join us at our next meeting on Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m., 2049 Bartow Mall (lower level), and meet these fine people dedicated to helping you in your Toastmasters journey, a journey guaranteed to improve and enhance your public speaking and leadership skills if you stay on the path. Membership…Our membership has grown this past year and we are excited and eagerly await hearing and learning from the varied members we now have. Growth is good. It signifies a healthy club, providing a warm environment and one that meets the communication needs of its members. Why not come and see what it is about Co-op City Toastmasters that is all the buzz in public speaking? You may come on the first and third Thursday of each month and meet others who are working on improving their speaking skills, one speech at a time, while also having a really fun time. Will we see you on Thursday, July 19? Mark your calendar. We hope so and are looking forward to making your acquaintance either for the first time or returning Toastmaster. Youth are welcome, but you must be 18 years or over to join. More information may be found at; or —L. Jaysura

National Council Of Negro Women

Mary McLeod Bethune & History of NCNW – When Mary McLeod Bethune, NCNW founder and 1st national president decided to step down as president of NCNW in 1949, she helped ensure that Dr. Dorothy Ferebee, her personal physician and NCNW’s national treasurer, would be elected the next NCNW president. Not surprisingly, Ferebee put increased emphasis on healthcare education. Under her leadership, NCNW also focused on ending discrimination against Blacks and women in the military, housing, employment and voting. During her presidency, Ferebee also issued a “Nine Point Program” which called attention to the need to achieve “basic civil rights through education and legislation.” In November 1953, the Council elected Vivian Carter Mason, NCNW’s 3rd national president. Mason served as president when NCNW marked its 20th anniversary in 1955. At a celebration in February, Mary McLeod Bethune praised the council members by saying, “I am very grateful to you, my daughters. I have been the dreamer. But, oh, how wonderfully you have interpreted my dreams.” A few months later, Bethune died of a heart attack at her Daytona Beach home on May 18 at age 79. During her lifetime, Bethune witnessed the tremendous growth of the organization she founded. Over its first 20 years, NCNW helped African American women break down barriers that often isolated them from mainstream America. Sight and Sound Theatre – Join us on Saturday, August 18, to see the performance of “Jesus.” Your friends who have seen it told you how fantastic it is. We will also have lunch at the Shady Maple Buffet and have time for shopping at the Farmers’ Market. It is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience for $175 (adults) or $120 (children under 12). We will leave the theater at 5:30 p.m. to return home. Please send check or money order made out to NCNW Co-op City Section to P.O. Box 93, Bronx, NY 10475. If you have any further questions, contact (718) 379-3788 or (917) 670-4012 or (347) 602-5600. There will be no refunds. Health Program – Save the date, Saturday, September 15, for our Health Program. In room 4, Dreiser Community Center, from 1 – 4 p.m., we will have eight medical professionals discussing Medicaid, Medicare and information about health topics that we are concerned about. NCNW 58th National Convention – The 58th National Council of Negro Women, Inc. National Convention will take place Friday, November 9, to Sunday, November 11, at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street, NW. Washington, DC 20001. The convention opens at noon, November 9th. Online registration has already begun and will close once capacity is reached. All members are strongly encouraged to register and attend the convention and Gala. There will be opportunities for everyone to learn, share best practices, ideas and ideals, grow together and have a little fun. —Joyce Howard

DID YOU KNOW... There is a Lost and Found located in the Bartow Community Center Public Safety office. Please check there if you have recently lost keys, glasses, or other items.

Building 31 A/B Association


Congratulations to all 2018 graduates Our Scholarship Committee once again committed themselves to select a high school graduate for our 2018 scholarship award. We interviewed Carlos Velazquez from the A-side who submitted his completed application along with all required documents. He then was selected to be the recipient of our building’s 2018 award. We usually give a certificate and monetary awards in June, however, our timeline did not allow us the time for the celebration party to happen before the association has their summer break, but it will happen when the association returns in September. Carlos has been accepted for college upstate and will be staying on campus. He will give us a date once he gets his schedule from school letting us know when he can return in September to celebrate with us along with his family and friends to receive his award. We are so proud to honor him in his accomplishment so far in his educational journey and wish him well. The committee: Robert Hedgepeth, Sharon Clarke, Sharon Julian, Marilyn McDaniel, thanks all who have assisted us in raising funds to make this happen and hopefully many more graduates will follow to receive the grants we give in the future. Without participation from all of you, we would not be in a position to give. During our summer break, we will not have knitting and crochet group in July, however, the Pokeno game night will be in play on alternate Fridays. Next date is 7/13, come join us. Reminders: We are neighbors who share many common areas. Please pickup after yourself if you drop garbage in the compactor room on your floor. With laundry room dryer sheets, you put one in, take one out and throw it away in a garbage receptacle once finished. Laundry baskets are not to be removed from laundry room; they are costly and we all have to pay for replacements in one way or another. Check on the elderly and or sick neighbor to see if they need your help during these hot days or whenever. Contact us via email: for new ideas or general information. Family Fun Day for Section 5 in August. Watch for flyers with exact date and time. —Marilyn McDaniel


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Director’s Viewpoint

Jerome L. Rice

I ran for director, not to accept any handouts, but to be the voice for those who elected me. I didn’t run to look the other way or be silent on any potential wrongdoing or engage in violating anyone’s rights as an employee. Directors must maintain a high level of ethical standards and closely watch over shareholder’s money and property, because it’s not your money. That means we must be fiscally responsible for all we do. Power, status or any political group shouldn’t be our distraction. I ran on transparency and responsibility and I plan to stick to those standards. We should not wait until election time to impress anyone with what we are already supposed to be doing. As directors, we are public servants who oversee Management on behalf of the shareholders. Serving also as a branch president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), my job is to protect your civil rights, and I plan to do so, “because no one is above the law.”

Why I Chose To Serve How Media Censorship Affects The News You See Media censorship takes many forms in the way you get your news. While news stories are often edited for length, there are many choices that are made that are designed to keep some information from becoming public. Sometimes these decisions are made to safeguard a person's privacy, others to protect media outlets from corporate or political fallout. NYS Whistleblower Policy & Procedures Riverbay Corporation, Inc. (the "Corporation") requires its directors, officers, employees and volunteers (each, a “Protected Person”), to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the performance of their duties on the Corporation's behalf. As employees and representatives of the Corporation, Protected Persons are expected to practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities and are required to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The objectives of this Whistleblower Policy are to encourage and enable Protected Persons, without fear of retaliation, to raise concerns regarding suspected unethical and/or illegal conduct or practices on a confidential and, if desired, anonymous basis so that the Corporation can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions.

Broun Place Townhouse Association

From Broun Place, we are so lucky and happy to be residents of Co-op City and be able to enjoy so many wonderful community events, fireworks, outdoor music and activities, etc. For the heat, why not freeze a few damp washcloths to apply at nap or sleep time? Many organizations and committees are on summer break, but Riverbay–Co-op City has lots of activities that will bring fun and cultural entertainment. We encourage you to read the Co-op City Times for information. Please communicate if you have a problem or question that a townhouse association could help you with. Have you tried to ask a question of CSO lately and not been responded to? Please let us know. Other cooperators are having similar problems getting repair jobs accomplished. These cooperators have exterior brickwork and crumbling foyer walls. The cooperator has been trying to get this repaired since the end of March. By the way, it is time for the word “Tenant” to be exchanged for “Cooperator” on forms that repairmen use. We had a campaign for this change, but nothing was done. Let’s try again! The garbage in the streets, gutters and everywhere has increased by the buckets-full. Please be conscious of it and help by picking up bottles and plastic bags. We have an abundance of waste cans, please use them. The double-parked and gathering of people blocking traffic is concerning. We support Public Safety taking a role. This week, Buildings and Grounds holds their last

meeting till September. A report on that is planned for next week. Special thanks and recognition to Sonia Feliciano and Marie Smith for their leadership of the Buildings and Grounds committee, their actions and reports. This committee’s meetings get the job done and they bring our activists together. Please read Ms. Feliciano’s columns for important community information and updates. Be alert for scam emails, for example: an email questioning if you were dead and if not to contact a given agent, etc. Last week, a letter addressed to our home, but to a made-up occupant came. Similar to the phone scam, it asked us to contact them in order to consolidate a debt. Neighbors, be alert to phony letters, emails and telephone scams. Look at where the correspondence comes from. A cooperator received an email claiming it was from Chase Bank, but the telltale address of origin was not Chase, delete. The phone scams keep coming, do not press for more options or think a lower APR is on the other side. Only “trouble” is on that side! Prayers and best wishes to all suffering and ill neighbors and residents for their speedy and total recovery. The Kindaichi-Lazaar family, Dave and Eva, Mai Kindaichi, Ayano Kindaichi-Miranda and Miki Kindaichi suffered the loss of their father this week. Broun Place Association sends prayers and love to the Kindaichi family; may my children know no more pain. — Eva Kindaichi-Lazaar

Coalition to Save Affordable Housing… Presents!... On Saturday, July 21st, from 7 p.m. to midnight in Bartow, rm. 31, the Coalition to Save Affordable Housing is delighted to present: “Co-op Pop-Up Jazz.” Mary Pearson, our newest, energized member of the Co-op City Board of Directors and an accomplished Jazz musician, has assembled some very talented musicians and special guests for what promises to be an enjoyable evening of music in the key of Jazz. It’s a BYOB night out with set-ups, finger food, a 50/50 raffle and complimentary coffee and cake. The $15 in advance and $20 at the door tickets will help the Coalition continue its mission to promote affordable housing. For tickets, please call either Mary at 718-219-2211 or Stuart at 718-671-0142. We hope you’ll join us and support the Coalition and enjoy a very special, musical summer night out. —Bruce Silberman

Shareholders, not tenants! Become involved in your building association!

Clear And Present D________ In my opinion, the problem with dogs is that some with service dogs are not keeping their dogs on a leash, stopping continuous barking and cleaning up after their dog. I suggest that Management create signs that are clear and in plain view of the rules and fines should they fail to comply. I also call on CCPD to enforce the law. We Can’t See Everything Recently, a shareholder was in the laundry room complaining about some of the washing machines not working. However, that same person chose to depart the laundry room without taking time out to fill out a service ticket or create a sign indicating that the machine is out of order. Their actions would only get another shareholder upset for the same reasons. The directors can’t see or know everything. It requires a little help on your end. If you see something, say something; don’t assume that the directors see or know everything. Directors’ responsibility is to see that the complaint was properly addressed. Let’s Talk Any shareholder wishing to contact me regarding various concerns, please call me directly at 718 3203210.

Rivers Run Community Garden

I ate my first home-grown cucumber of the season. Well actually, I shared that cucumber with everyone crossing my path. Excitement is such a small word in comparison to how it felt, knowing that it was once the tiniest of seed in my hand. Watching the peaches, Asian pears, apples, figs and other goodies mature with mouthwatering anticipation. Bomba is back on Sunday, July 22nd. Bring a friend, bring your music maker – bring your enthusiasm! This is a fun-filled family adventure. The Burrus’ – renamed Mr. and Mrs. HotPepper – harvested the first 37.5 pounds of serrano peppers for the Bronx Hotsauce Company. Looks like another 37 pounds were ripe for the picking before they got in the car to deliver the batch. That is what we definitely call greenthumbs! Please tell your friends and family about this amazing place where we not only grow fruits and vegetables, but we grow knowledge and friendships. Rivers Run Community Garden is a movement towards improved mental and physical health. We provide all types of workshops including nutrition, meditation, edible and medicinal wilds identification, planting, building and crafting. We are the outdoor classroom for the local schools, daycares, as well as residents and neighbors. We are a place of beauty and peace. Visit. Stay. Experience us. Important dates (All are welcome) • Saturday, July 21st – Membership meeting @ 1 p.m. • Sunday, July 22nd – Bomba by the River @ 1 p.m. • Saturday, July 28th – Jazz Brunch with Ronald Scott @ 1 p.m. (bring food) Rivers Run is open: • Tuesday – 4:00 p.m. to dusk • Wednesdays & Fridays – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Saturdays & Sundays – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Membership requirements: $20 per year fee and 20 hours of work. There is a waiting list for beds. Members who are actively fulfilling the 20 hours of volunteer work requirement are moved up on the waiting list. Volunteers are welcome. If you’d like to reach out to us, please email us at or call Denise Shelley at 917232-2982 or me at 718-671-3801. We are located on Co-op City Blvd. (between Bellamy Loop and Peartree Ave.), Bronx, NY 10475. —Gail Sharbaan


Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018

Black Forum

Food Pantry Update Black Forum food pantry is still displaced after a fire which occurred at a restaurant in March 2018. We want to thank community members who have supported us through making phone calls on our behalf or signing petitions. We will not give up until the pantry reopens or we are able to find a temporary location within Co-op in order to continue serving the community. Black Forum was born from this community over 20 years ago and we have no plans on leaving it behind. We look forward to the day that we write about the pantry reopening. We continue to seek signatures for the petition being circulated. It asks Riverbay to act now to make every effort to provide a viable, independent space for the food pantry to exist. Black Forum is in constant talks with Riverbay to find a space so that we can restart operations. The voice of the community is critical to helping us reopen. Please sign the petition. To those who stop us on the street or call the office expressing the need for pantry services, we hear you. Please know we are doing all that we can to reopen, but we need your help. Call 718-320-8035 if you are able to work with us as we get petition signatures from Co-op City residents. We seek your support whether you are a guest of the pantry or not. The petitions will be delivered to Riverbay management and elected officials. Defensive Driving Course Defensive Driving courses have ended for the season. The classes will return in September 2018. The dates will be posted during the summer. Thank you to all students who joined us this season. We look forward to meeting new ones come fall. Remember, you can lower your liability insurance cost by 10% and remove up to 4 points from your driver’s license. The class is $35 and is held in Dreiser Loop. Hope to see you this fall. Sugar House Casino - Philadelphia, PA Saturday, September 22. A few seats remain. The cost is $45.00 with a $20.00 slot play casino rebate. No refunds. We are accepting monies now. Payment is due by September 8. Seats are issued when complete payment has been received. No exceptions. We look forward to winning with you! Please call 917-209-5334 or 718-320-0033 if you have questions. Nordic Lodge & Foxwoods Casino Trip (TWO available seats) The Saturday, August 18, trip to Nordic Lodge and Foxwoods Casino has two seats available. Cash payment is due by July 20. Pick-up and drop-off are at Dreiser Loop, Asch Loop and Section 5. Pick-up times are as follows: Dreiser, 8:45 a.m., Asch Loop, 9:10 a.m., Section 5, 9:20 a.m. Please be on time because we will not wait. Please call 917-209-5334 or 718-320-0033 if you have questions. Contact: (718) 320-8035 or We look forward to hearing from you. —D. Illis

Building 13 Association

Retirees Of Dreiser Loop

Travel Events: (price includes Coach Bus; located at Dreiser Loop, in front of H&R Block) • Sept. 9-14th (Sun.-Fri.), Myrtle Beach & Charleston, SC. Price: double, $729.00 pp/single $819.00. Deposit required ASAP, $100 payment each for doubles and for single as follows: double, $243, and single, $273, due by each date – 5/2, 6/4 & final, 7/2/18. Travel protection insurance available. Contact: Serita G., 347-564-5722/Barbara W., 718-320-0500. Theatre Committee: (price includes van transportation, from Dreiser Loop opposite Rehab Center) • Aug. 8th (Wed) “Donna Summer Musical at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, W. 46 St. Showtime: 2 p.m. Price: $107. SOLD OUT! Contact: Lois Scott, 347-207-0523. • Oct. 24th (Wed.) “Phantom” play, "…a gripping story, richly drawn characters, and music that can break your heart with its beauty.” Showtime: 11:00 a.m. at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Price: $75.00. Deposit: $40.00/balance $35.00 due by Sept. 20th (Thurs.). Contact: Marie Green-Ryan, 718-671-4949. Remember – Your deposit, along with your name and telephone number, is required to reserve your trip &/or theatre seat. A check or money order only payable to Retirees Of Dreiser Loop will be accepted. Committee members will be available in the Dreiser clubroom 19 (718-379-0377) on Mondays and/or Thursdays, 2:005:00 p.m. Good And Welfare Those of you still under the weather, know that you are thought of warmly and wished brighter days. Call Josephine Flowers, 718-320-0539, regarding illnesses and bereavements. Our next Jazz Up Your Health With A Senior Spa Day will be Wednesday, July 25th. Call Claudette D, 718-379-4784, or Hattie L, 718-671-8449, if interested in joining us on our upcoming Senior Spa Day. Attention! The Retirees need experienced part-time freelance drivers ASAP with a CDL license with passenger endorsement with at least 3 years’ experience and a clean driving record. This volunteer position requires transporting members and friends safely to and from special events within the Bronx, as well as to outer boroughs. Stipend can be expected for each trip. Please call C. Davis at 718-379-4784 and leave your name, telephone number and a brief message. Summer is here. “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” — Russell Baker —Claudette Davis

We are on our way – Today, Saturday, July 14, Lobsterfeast at the Nordic Lodge, and 4-hour casino stay at Foxwoods with outlet shopping at Tangers. The bus will leave from 100 Casals Place at 7:30 a.m. Our first stop is at the Nordic Lodge where we will break bread together. We will leave Nordic at 1:30 p.m. and head to the Foxwoods Casino/Tanger Outlets departing for home at 6:30 p.m. We have reservations at the Nordic Lodge, so please arrive on time to board the bus.  Animal Shelter Update: If you want to reserve a seat on the bus to attend the public hearing, call the Riverbay Board office at 718-320-3351. This public hearing is being called by the president of the Borough of the Bronx, Honorable Ruben Diaz Jr., on Thursday, July 19, commencing at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the office of the borough president, 851 Grand Concourse, room 600, Bronx, NY 10451. Anyone who wishes to speak may register at the hearing. Free Non-Profit (501c3) Workshop: FYI: An opportunity for organizations to learn and understand the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit entity is being offered. Many groups ask for funds, but do not understand that granting most NYC funds to organizations comes with restrictions, one being you must have the 501c3 status. Check your bulletin board for information so you can RSVP and attend the upcoming workshop, the first will be held on July 17, at the Dreiser Center, room 10. Community Garden – Jam at the “Bombazo.” Join Rivers Run Community Garden for Bomba by the River on Sunday, July 22. The event will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. The garden is located near the Little League Baseball Field on Co-op City Blvd. Come and enjoy this cultural experience. Whistleblower Hotline: Is up and running with a toll-free number along with several other reporting methods, all of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Soon you will see poster and information regarding this program.  Website: Toll-Free Telephone: English speaking USA and Canada: 833-290-0009 Spanish speaking USA and Canada: 800-216-1288 Email: (must include company name with report) Fax: (215) 689-3885 (must include company name with report) Checks for Building 13 events should be made payable to Building 13 Assoc. Inc. and mailed to 100 Casals Place #32K, Bronx, NY 10475. Contacts: Sherrie Hernandez at 914-837-5970, Gail Sharbaan, treasurer, at 718-671-3801 or Leslie Peterson at 718-320-1370 ( Our website is  http:// or email us at  Again, enjoy the summer and thanks for making our team work. —Leslie Peterson


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Maintenance Department - Improvements Are Needed

Animal Shelter about our history. Then, have a nice outdoor event It’s interesting to know that the city is willing to with some music, dancing, and food. spend $60 million for a shelter for animals. However, But, currently, the estimate for the celebrations can you imagine the impact of spending that amount of indicate that the cost might run around $400,000. money could have on creating a nice center for everyThen, um, it’s possible that we might hear that some one in our community? For instance, imagine what people might make some donation promises to offA lot of cooperators are complaining about the would happen if we could work along with the city and set these costs. Really? Look, put up or shut up! I way that calls are being handled by the Maintenance put up a large multi-story building in that same location. will gladly write a viewpoint and congratulate anyDepartment. And, unfortunately, they feel that servThereafter, imagine having educational and recreone that will cover the amount of money that is ices are going down. ational programs on different floors. spent on these celebrations. We Can Do Better For instance, do you think that a nice job training Chipotle Mexican Grill - Bay Plaza? Based on the complaints that I’m receiving, it program could benefit some of our residents? Is Do you remember that store in Bay Plaza that seems like we’re going back to the old days with the there a possibility that our students can perform at was called the ‘The House of Cupcakes’? What Maintenance Department. For instance, here are the higher levels in school if they had after-school proabout that ice cream store that used to be next to it three biggest complaints that I’m receiving. “I grams that offer tutoring and Science, Technology, called, ‘Haagen-Dazs’? Those stores went out of called that office several times and no one picked up Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs? business some time ago. But, now, it seems like the phone.” Next, “They picked up the phone and Do you think that our residents can benefit from those stores are being combined to make way for a put me on hold for 20 minutes.” Then, “Someone is various programs that focus on exercise and nutripopular restaurant named, ‘Chipotle Mexican Grill.’ picking up the phone and slamming it back down.” tion? Then, of course, do you think that this center But, let’s wait and see what happens. Sometimes, things can get hectic when you work in would be beneficial if it would employ 100 or more Close an office. So, yes, it’s possible that workers can get residents from our community? I hope that our officials will consider the possiinundated with a lot of calls. But, does that justify putBottom line: Is it a better idea to have a commubility of creating a really nice center for our comting someone on hold for 20 minutes? No! Therefore, nity center with these outstanding programs or an munity. As mentioned, this center can offer a lot of Riverbay should address this matter with employees animal shelter at 2050 Bartow Avenue? great programs that can help a lot of people. that are performing their duties in this manner. Fireworks Show Thank you. Personally, I think that Riverbay needs to Lots of residents and visitors came out for RiverQuestions or comments? Please send a letter to: develop a new policy for handling calls. Therefore, bay’s fireworks show on July 3. And, during this Daryl H. Johnson, Riverbay Board Director, c/o they should consider getting a voicemail system that show, we had a lot of nice music and dancing. HowRiverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, can handle far more calls than they’re currently ever, there is talk of expanding our fireworks show NY 10475. receiving in this department. Then, calls should be for our 50th anniversary celebration. Why? Did anyAlso, please call me at 718-671-4544 if you would directed to this voicemail system when the phones one miss anything from this show? Um, of course, like to have a discussion with me. Okay, that’s it for are busy. Thereafter, workers can retrieve these calls someone can answer that we can’t touch the Macy’s now. So, please have a wonderful week. And, may God and return them. fireworks show. But, then, they need to understand bless you and your family. Thank you. To improve productivity, the initial message should that Macy’s and the city contain instructions so that callers can state their genspend millions of dollars eral information – name, address, and telephone numon their computerized ber. Then, callers can briefly state the reason for their fireworks show. Blood Shortage In NYC; Donate On July 19 call. “My bathroom sink is clogged.” Workers can However, depending on & Receive 2 Free Mets tickets then type up a service request for that call. the length of a show, a Too many calls? Too many voice recordings? typical fireworks show for The Riverbay Community Blood Bank, with the assistance of Riverbay Cooperators should be able to send a message via Co-op City can cost around Corporation, is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 19, in the Bartow Cenemail to the Maintenance Department. And, these $20,000. Then, of course, emails should contain all relevant information from there are costs for the band, ter, room 31, 3:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. There is a severe shortage of blood for the New York City area. The New the sender. Thereafter, workers can type up service employees, and other items. requests for these messages. Regardless, thousands of York/Hudson Valley Blood Services is appealing for donations. Because of the Then, the best solution for handling complaints is people can sit down, relax, severe shortage of blood all who respond to this call will receive two free ticto have a website wherein there is an account for and enjoy some really nice kets to a Mets game. Anyone who is rejected for one reason or another will every apartment in this community. Too big? Nontimes with their family and also be given tickets. This year, donors will have the opportunity to choose the sense! We only have 15,372 apartments here. So, friends. Thereafter, they date, game, and seats they wish through a website and will then be able to print cooperators can access their account and type up can walk home. out their voucher. Available dates are determined by the Mets Organization. their own service requests. Then, that information So, this is why I believe Anyone in good health between the ages of 17 and 75, a minimum of 110 lbs. can be shared directly with the managers and the that we need to keep things and who has not donated within the last 56 days is an eligible blood donor. maintenance workers. And, cooperators can get simple for our 50th anni- Those above the age of 75 may donate provide they have a note from their doctheir service requests fulfilled in a far more producversary celebration. Make tive way than calling up the Maintenance Departa nice video about Co-op tor stating that they may do so. Individuals 16 years of age may donate provided ment. City and let people learn they have a consent form completed by a parent or legal guardian. Consent forms are available at the donation site, or online at www.nyblood Also available will be the use of the Alyx System which allows a donor to donate the same one pint of blood; the difference being that as you donate, the Alyx System will separate your blood components into two, allowing two perPastors Kenneth Hodge and Deborah Hodge and the New Vision congregasons the opportunity to receive a complete blood transfusion from your one tion invite you and your family to come and worship the Lord with us. donation. The Alyx System only takes a few minutes longer when donating, Church of the New Vision is designed to meet the spiritual needs of God’s and the collection syringe is smaller than that used in the conventional method. people. Serving the community for over 45 years, we offer a warm, friendly, The choice is yours, you will be asked at the time of registration which type spirit-filled atmosphere of Christian love. All are welcome. donation you wish to make, the conventional method or by using the Alyx SysOrder of Services tem. The blood center staff is available to answer your questions. All donors must show picture ID. Please bring your NYBC donor card or Sunday Worship Service: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. identification with your signature and/or photo. Adult and Youth Sunday School: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Donating blood is relatively quick and easy. Most persons who are in reaMid-day Bible Study: Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. sonably good health are eligible to donate; even those on medications may Youth Ministry: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. donate with few exceptions. Should you have any questions regarding medical Events eligibility, you may contact the Hudson Valley, NY Blood Center at 1-800688-0900. Please be sure to eat prior to donating. Light refreshments will be • Sunday, July 15th, you are invited to join us for our Women’s Fellowship available upon completion of your donation. Anniversary at the 11:00 a.m. service. The speaker will be our very own Rev. Remember, close to 2,000 men, women and children, including cancer, Deborah Hodge, asst. pastor. transplant and surgery patients, trauma victims, newborn babies and many • Sunday, August 11th, there will be one service at 9:30 a.m. • The Food Pantry at our church in Section 5 is suspended due to a fire at the more in our community need blood transfusions each day. distribution center. We are closed until further notice. Please be a caring person and donate; the life you help to save may be that of a family member, friend or neighbor. For additional information, please Church of the New Vision is located at 115 Einstein Loop, Bronx, NY 10475. contact Joe Boiko at 718-320-3300, Ext. 3409. Office: (718) 671-8746 or (203) 374-3020. Mailing address: P.O. Box 75303, “Live and Let Live is Good – Live and Help Live is Better.” Bronx, NY 10475. Visit our Facebook page: Church of the New Vision, con—Joe Boiko cerning upcoming events and trips, or call the church. —Sis. Carol Haque

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Evangelical Church of Co-op City – UMC Come & Visit Us – We welcome you to God’s House – Your House – One Family in Christ. We are a congregation with spirit-filled worship, offering a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship and service to God and our community. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and bilingual congregation and all are welcome. Services are at the church at 2350 Palmer Avenue, across the street from Building 30. Parking is available. Our pastor is Rev. Arnaldo Sanchez and our phone number is (718) 320-3795; please leave a message, if there is no answer. Sunday Services – Come and Receive a Blessing The first Sunday of the month is a bilingual service with communion at 10 a.m. Each Sunday, the English Service is at 10 a.m. and the Spanish Serv-

ice is at 12:30 p.m. Children: Sunday School time will be at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children, they will have a great time while learning God’s word. Sunday morning Bible study for adults at 8:45 a.m. Prayer Night (English) & Prayer/Bible Study Afternoon (Spanish): The Lord said: “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday mornings at noon to 1 p.m. Come and bring your prayer needs so we can pray together. Remember that prayer brings many blessings, which God has promised to all his children that have a personal relationship with Him. Friday Family Fun Night: starts at 7:30 p.m.

Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds

Come and enjoy the different groups for young adults and teens. Learn the Bible and also other activities. It’s a fun time for all. Dinner Concert: The church will be having a dinner concert on July 14th at 6 p.m. in the church. The cost is $30/person and the money raised will go help pay costs for our youth and teens to go to Quinipet Retreat, where they have a great time with fun & games and also have a great spiritual time. Remember the Bible says: “Start children off on the way they should go, and they will not turn from the right way.” Proverbs 22:6. If you’re interested, please see Marilyn at the church for tickets. It will be an enjoyable time for all, we hope to see you there. God bless. —Barbara Penn

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. Summer Church Schedule (Dress-Down Attire, July 1 – September 2) Adult Sunday School – 9:00 a.m. Worship Service — 10:00 a.m. Communion Service — Every first and third Sundays The following program is at the Church’s Annex: 2053 Asch Loop North (Co-op City) Neighborhood Bible Study — Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Worship Service begins at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this special moment set aside each Sunday morning to be in the presence of God. We will be delighted to blend our spirits with yours as we bend both body and soul before our Heavenly Father. We encourage you to spend time with God, and if it be His will, with us at Community Protestant. Other Scheduled Events Shirley Caesar At CPC Saturday, August 25th – Bro. Gary Radio Show presents the Living Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar, Live in concert, at Community Protestant Church. Tickets: $60. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; Showtime: 6:00 p.m. For tickets and or additional information, call the church at (718) 862-9172. September 4 - 7 – The Missionary Ministry sponsors a trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, the only entertainment park that celebrates the Biblical Word of the Christian Faith. Package includes: round trip airfare; round trip airport transportation from Bartow Ave. (Co-op City, Bronx); 4-days/3-nights hotel accommodation; 3 buffet breakfasts; 1 group dinner, 2-day admissions to the Holy Land Experience; Lunch-To-Go at the Holy Land Experience; transportation from the hotel to the Holy Land and Travel Insurance. $1,055.00 per person double occupancy; $1,003.00 per person triple; $1,295.00 single. $113.00 Deposit due May 3, (non-refundable after 7/3/2018). For reservation and/or additional information, call (718) 671-0425 or (718) 379-8514. Save The Date!! Saturday, October 13th, 3:00 p.m. at the church – The Sepia Players Ministry presents a Religious Comedy, The Devil On Trial, Case #666, written by Roosevelt Wright Jr. Donation: $20.00. For tickets and/or additional information, call (718) 513-3308, (718) 655-7241 or (718) 379-8643. 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. —Evan G. Mitchell



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Director’s Viewpoint

Leslie Peterson

Get on the Bus: If you want to reserve a seat on the bus to attend the Public Hearing, call the Riverbay Board office at 718-320-3351. A recommendation regarding the proposed animal shelter must now be made by the borough president. A Public Hearing is being called by the president of the borough of the Bronx, Honorable Ruben Diaz Jr. on Thursday, July 19, 2018 commencing at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the office of the Borough President, 851 Grand Concourse, room 600, Bronx, NY 10451. Anyone who wishes to speak may register at the hearing. You will be given a maximum of two (2) minutes. The borough president needs to know the community’s concerns and sentiments about this project. Regardless of your position, it is imperative that you have a voice in your community. There will probably be other Bronx neighborhoods attending to voice their opinion about what should be in our community, they need to hear what you have to say. It would be nice to have a presence similar to that displayed at Bartow a couple of weeks ago. Unless changes are made going forward, I have been informed the bus will leave at 4:30 p.m. from the former Bingo Hall/Sangria Café location. A couple of days prior to the 4th of July, I received We had our last meeting before breaking for the summer on June 21st. Our guest speaker, Asst. Dir. of Sales Janine Nelson, discussed subletting which is not allowed and explained that it is primarily up to shareholders to report any suspected subletting they witness to Public Safety. Although it may not affect Riverbay financially, it is unfair to people who applied for an apartment legally by causing longer waiting periods for an apartment. Our laundry room Children’s Book Shelf is making a comeback after many of the books were removed by someone. Some people, however, are contributing books that are not really suitable for a children’s book shelf. Religious tracts and adult romances are more

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Animal Shelter Update numerous calls from various shareholders regarding repair requests and the inability to reach the Maintenance/Restoration office for confirmation or followup. In some instances when work required various stages and days, the shareholder waited only to be told by the employee it was not their job. Although we are in the process of changing to a more technical system that should help resolve this problem, shareholders have jobs and cannot remain home day after day only to be told it can’t be done. This has been a recurring complaint and we have to find a better way to address this problem. Free Non-Profit (501c3) Workshop: An opportunity for organizations to learn and understand the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit entity is being offered in two sessions on July 17, at the Dreiser Center, room 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the second on September 13, same place and time. The second session will consist of a one-on-one to review your paperwork. If additional assistance is required, appointments will be offered. Appreciation is extended to Councilman King who helped make this possible. SoBro will facilitate the program. FYI: In order to receive funding from New York City and most corporations/organizations, one of the conditions is that you have a 501c3. Depending on your business or organization, there are various types of non-profit 501c’s. To reserve your group seating, call 718-320-3300, ext. 3532. You must RSVP to attend. This information is also located in your lobby bulletin board.

Whistleblower Hotline: Is up and running with a toll-free number along with several other reporting methods, all of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Soon you will see poster and information regarding this program. Riverbay Corporation’s reporting hotline can be utilized by shareholders, employees, Board directors, commercial tenants, contractors and vendors, or any member of the public, to anonymously report any of the following incidents: Ethical Violations,  Discrimination, Internal Controls, Conflict of Interest, Fraud, Vandalism, Unsafe working conditions, Threats, Bribery and Kickbacks, Theft and Embezzlement and Misuse of Company Property to name a few. Website: Tele: Toll-Free Telephone: English speaking USA and Canada: 833-290-0009 Spanish speaking USA and Canada: 800-2161288 Email: (must include company name with report) Fax: (215) 689-3885 (must include company name with report) “You must never be fearful about what you do when it’s right.” —Rosa Parks I am always interested in hearing your thoughts. I can be reached by mail at: Leslie Peterson, Riverbay Board Director, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bx, NY 10475, Tel. @ 718-320-1370, or email at

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now will be moved to the lawn next to the rear exit path from the building where it will beautify that area. We hope the two new trees will create a more impressive entrance to the courtyard and also symbolize the affordable housing movement. I hope the changes are welcomed by all. The building association will start meeting again in September. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. —Bruce Silberman

suitable for adults and although I previously said we would make room for books for adults, with the loss of many of the children’s books, we want to rebuild that collection before accepting other books. So please hold all adult book donations until the fall when we’ll try to find room for them. Children’s book donations are still welcome. We’re going ahead with the purchase of two Cedar trees for the large pots at the entrance to our courtyard. The tree that occupies one of the pots

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Co-op City Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and the Co-op City Baptist Church family invite you to join us tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for worship service. Sunday School for children and adults is held at 9:15 a.m. We invite you to worship, study, and pray with us. The Co-op City Baptist Church is located at 135 Einstein Loop, lower level, room 50. Our telephone number is 718-320-3774. Wednesday midday worship service, all Bible Study classes, the Prayer Warriors and Friday noon prayer service are on hiatus for the summer and will resume in September. Sunday School classes and the Friday evening Prayer conference call line are also on hiatus and will resume in September. Tomorrow, Sunday, July 15, at our 11 a.m. service, the Pastoral Lay Shepherd Ministry will celebrate their 8 years of service. All are invited to attend this celebratory service. Come one, come all and have a ball. The Building Fund Ministry is proud to announce their Gospel Evening of Elegance on Saturday, October 13. The event will be held at 135 Einstein Loop, room 45 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The evening will include dinner, entertainment by The Inspirational Gospel Singers of New Castle, Delaware, performance by

CCBC Praise Dancers and a Fashion Show. Ticket prices until September 30 are adults (18 and over) $60, Youth (13-17), $20, Children (6-12), $5. Children 5 and under, free. After September 30th, tickets will be $65. For tickets or additional information, call 718-515-6090, 646-418-7102, 718-862-9243, or 718-320-3774. On Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, the Scholarship Ministry will be going to Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Trip includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations, one breakfast, one all you can eat buffet dinner, and admission to the museum. We will also spend time at National Harbor in Baltimore, MD. Cost is $310.00 pp double room. A nonrefundable deposit of $100.00 is due on or before July 29. For additional information, call 917-7474338, 718-671-1271 or 718-320-3774. 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. —Hattie L. Lucas

Open Door Ministries Genesis 2:18 Now the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper, one who balances him - a counterpart who is suitable and complementary for him.”  (Man needs companionship on earth. Abstention from marriage is never commanded in Scripture, although some are given the gift of celibacy for service. The word “helper” entails his inadequacy, not her inferiority.) 19 So the LORD God formed out of the ground every animal of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 And the man gave names to all the livestock, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. 22 And the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man He fashioned into a woman, and He brought her and presented her to the man. 23 Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed or embarrassed.

(join; hold fast to – This is the language of covenant commitment. Humans are never more like the covenant-keeping God than when they pledge themselves in covenant to one another. Marriage pictures God’s relationship to His people. one flesh – A phrase pointing to the profound solidarity of the marriage relationship. The singular and total commitment involved implies that God intended marriage to be monogamous.) 1 God desired that humans be in communion – not alone – we yearn for companionship 2 The person we are joined to complements us – they make us whole – fill in what we lack 3 Animals while good companions are not equal to humans – man exercises power over them 4 God planned that men and women bear equal responsibility for each other – no blame game 5 In joining each other relatives are removed from the equation – they do not fit – they hinder 6 Oneness is in sexual union, thought patterns and actions – the ability to give in to each other 7 There is no shame in the marriage relationship but a godly regard for each other Sunday Services are @ 11 a.m. in Bartow Community Center, room 28. Contact Pastor Luis by text 917-334-4407 or email Blessings in Christ. —Pastor Luis Ramos

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Annual Dues 2019 It is that time of the year again when we begin to receive mail from the National Headquarters reminding us of our dues. Kindly make every efforts to honor those letters now, rather than leaving it till later. Although our 2018 cards are valid for the rest of the year, the fiscal year for American Legion starts from July 1st through June 30th of the following year. It is different from the calendar year that the card addressed. I have come to realize that with members paying their dues late, when these mails come in, it seems as if they are duplicating their payment. It is not so. If you just paid your 2018 dues within the past couple of months, you are still responsible for paying your 2019 dues from now till June 2019. There are several options for payment of our dues. We can create a profile online through, to pay the dues using our bank or credit card. Another method is to mail in to the post, or stop by the office and drop it off. If you walk-in, you will get your membership card immediately. When you pay online, it goes to the national headquarter directly, but when you walk into the post or mail it in, it goes through the department in Albany before getting to national. All these methods are safe. Above all, the final method of paying your dues, which is the most sure and the simplest way, is to apply to become a Paid-Up-For-Life member (PUFL). Once you adopt this method, you will be saved from the trouble of inflation that leads to membership dues increases. So, I enjoin you to become a PUFL today. Bus Ride To National Museum Of African American History A reminder that the American Legion is organizing a bus tour to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC in October. It is a two-day, one night bus ride (October 20-21) with lots of fun. You don’t need to be a veteran to attend. It’s an opportunity to learn about African American history & culture. So, spread the word and make it an event. The initial deposit to get a space on the trip is due on July 13thfor just $30. Next payment of $100 is due by August 15th. If you have any question, kindly call the American Legion Post (7183208165) or the Commander Toba (347-327-6288) or Auxiliary President Cornelius (929-286-1345). Department Convention The 100th Annual Department Convention of the Legion family to include the Auxiliary and the Sons will take place in Rochester, New York from July 1921. This Convention will be the 98th for the Auxiliary and the 44th for the Sons. I encourage Legionnaires and their families to try and attend this noble event, especially as we celebrate 100 years of gathering in New York State. If you have any question on how to attend and what to do, kindly call the office. —Lsjc Adeyemi LaCrown O'toba




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Word Games 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Library 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Health & Wellness Support Group, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Arthritis Exercises 11 a.m. - noon Bingo 1-2 p.m. Card Games 2-4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m.

Library 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Line Dancing 10-11am, Rm. 45 Artopia w/Ivan 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Around The Lunch Table 11:30 a.m. Word Search 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bingo 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Rm. 35 Diabetes Support Group 2nd Monday - 1:00 p.m. Computer Class for Beg, Int. & Adv., 9:30 a.m., Rm 34

Word Games 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Walking Club 10:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Caregiver Support Group 1:00 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tues. Card Games 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m.

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Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Stay Well Exercise Vacation until Sept. 10 Color Your Stress Away 11 a.m., Rm. 4 Basic Cell Phone & iPad training 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Rm. 7 Mind Teasers 12 - 1 p.m. Rm. 4 Diabetes Support Group 1:00 p.m. – Last Monday of the month Bereavement Counseling 1:00 p.m., Rm. 13 Gentle Yoga 1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m., Rm. 2 Intermediate Yoga 2-3 p.m.

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Alert & Alive Vacation until Sept. 5 Matinee Movie 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Computer Class – Rm. 13, Beginner 11:00 a.m. – noon Health & Wellness Support Group Cultural Dance 10:30–11:30 a.m., Aud. B 10–11 a.m. Mind Teasers 12–1 p.m., Rm. 4 Zumba 1–2 p.m., Aud. A Karaoke by Steven 1–2 p.m., Rm. 45 Matinee 1:00 p.m. Computer Class – Rm. 13 Blood Pressure Every 1st & 3rd Wed. Beginner 10:00-11:00 a.m. 9:00 -10:00 a.m. Walk Group 9:30 a.m. Rm. 40 Intermediate 11:00 a.m. -12 p.m. Games 9:30-11:00 a.m. Only 6 seats available Stay Well Exercise – Vac until Sept 5th Dominos 10 a.m. Rm. 45 Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30Line Dancing 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Spelling Bee 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Thurs @ the Movies 12:45 Spanish Practice Class 10:30 a.m. NEW S.A.I.L Exercise Class 10-10:45 a.m. Card Games 2-4 p.m. Sewing 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Dominos 2:30 p.m. Computer Lab Tai Chi 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Smartphone Class Bartow Main office Zumba 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Rm. 4 Art Class 1-3 p.m. Beginner – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Yoga 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Rm. 2 Intermediate 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Library 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Word Games 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Grandparent Connection 1st Thurs., 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Blood Pressure 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1st & 3rd, Rm. 8 Rm. 35 10:30 a.m. Spanish Class 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Line Dancing 10 – 11 a.m., Aud. A Arthritis Exercise 11 a.m., Rm. 45 Bartow Main Office Piano Sing Along 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Spelling Bee 11 a.m. Chat Session 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (New) Purple Life Trail Fitness w/Damion Word Search 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Card Games 2–4 p.m. 1:00–2:00 p.m. Section 1 - Greenway Dominoes 2:30 p.m. Karaoke by Steven 1 p.m., Rm. 45 Drama Club Vacation until Sept. 13 Men’s Line Dancing 9a.m.-10 a.m. Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Word Games 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Art 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Women’s Line Dancing 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bingo 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Chat Session 10 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Pokeno 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Rm. 35 Piano Sing-along 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Meditative Moments Vacation until Sept. 7 Blood Pressure 2nd & 4th Fri., 10 Karaoke 12:45 – 2:45pm Pokeno 3rd Fri., 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m., Rm. 45 Bingo 1 p.m. -2 p.m. Free Oil Painting Classes Room 38, Bingo 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Card Games 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Dominoes 10 a.m.

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(Schedule subject to change without notice) Payments for trips @ the Bartow office can be made Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., & 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. only Funded by: The NYC Department for the Aging, The NYS Office for the Aging and Riverbay Corporation. JASA WELCOMES EVERYONE AGE 60 AND OLDER! Payments for trips can be made at all 3 centers. Trip registration policy: There will be no refunds for all trips. All trips include roundtrip transportation! All trips must be paid in advance – JASA will not accept checks under $5 (FREE) LiveOn NY – SCRIE/SNAP (Food Stamps) Assistance – Friday July 20, Aug. 3 & 17 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. JASA Main Office 2049, Bartow Ave. No appointments! Walk-ins! First come! First served! Please make copies of your documents before coming to the office. Bartow & Einstein Advisory Council Back To School Supplies Drive – Please drop off books, pencils, backpacks, lunch bags and all other school supplies you would like to donate. Accepting new items only. Last day of drop off is Friday, August 10. Supplies can be dropped off at the Bartow Senior Center, 2049 Bartow Avenue, room 31 and the Einstein Senior Center, 135 Einstein Loop, rm. 49. NEW – Yoga with Damion – Thurs., 9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Bartow Center, room 31. NEW – Thursdays at the Movies - Bartow Center, room 31, 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NEW – Karaoke w/Bob Rhythm – Fridays, Bartow Center, room 31, 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NEW – Body in Motion with Ola – Wed., 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Einstein Senior Center.



Orange juice Beef Hamburger Hamburger Bun Red Bliss Potatoes Mixed Green Salad Fresh fruit Alt: Egg salad

Italian sausage Sautéed onions & peppers Penne Steamed broccoli & Cauliflower

Apple juice Shake and Bake Chicken Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Cole Slaw Whole wheat bread Canned Pears Alt: Salmon salad

Beef meatballs in tomato sauce Spaghetti Sautéed spinach

Orange pineapple juice, Turkey and Beef Salisbury Steak w/Mushroom Gravy Curried chicken legs Black beans & rice Orzo, Creamy Cabbage w/shredded Spinach, Whole wheat carrots bread, Wildberry and Applesauce Alt: Tuna Fish salad Orange juice, Baked Salmon, Smashed Baked fish w/garlic Red Potatoes, Calisauce fornia Blend VegetaRice w/vegetables bles, Whole Wheat Sautéed string beans bread, Fresh Fruit, Alt: turkey salad Apple juice Roasted chicken Kasha Varnishkes Steamed carrots Challah bread Fresh fruit Alt: Gefilte fish

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Empire – Tues., July 17, $5.00. Bartow – 9:00 a.m. Einstein – 9:15 a.m. & Dreiser – 9:30 a.m. Wait list. Throggs Neck Shopping Mall – Target, TJ Maxx, Skechers etc. – Wed., July 18. Bartow – 9:30 a.m., Einstein – 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser 10:00 a.m. Wait list. (NEW) Purple Life Trail Fitness with Damion 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays – Section 1 Greenway. Fairway/BJ’s – Fri., July 20, $3. Bartow – 9:30 a.m., Einstein – 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser 10 a.m. Wait list. IKEA – Mon., July 23, $15. Bartow – 9:00 a.m., Einstein – 9:15 a.m. & Dreiser – 9:30 a.m. Woodbury Commons – Wed., July 25, $15. Bartow – 8:30 a.m., Einstein – 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 9 a.m. Wal-Mart – Tues., July 31, $15. Bartow – 8:30 a.m., Einstein – 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser 9 a.m. Wait list. Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City – Thurs., August 2, $45. Bonus package - $25 Slot play & $25 food voucher. Pickup: 8:00 a.m. Bartow; 8:15 a.m. Dreiser Loop; 8:30 a.m. Einstein Loop. Coach bus. Departure from casino at 5 p.m. Continental breakfast served on bus. Payment deadline is Mon., July 2nd. Wait list. National Museum of African American History – Washington, DC – Thurs., Oct 4, $85. Payment due by Sept. 1st. Light breakfast served on bus.

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Bartow - 7:15 a.m., Dreiser - 7:30 a.m., Einstein7:45 a.m. Return 5:15 p.m. No refunds. Fairway/BJ’s – Fri., August 3, $3. Bartow – 9:30 a.m., Einstein – 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser 10:00 a.m. Shoprite – Mon., August 6, $3. Bartow – 9:30 a.m., Einstein – 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser 10 a.m. Wait list. Costco – Mon., Aug. 6, $5. Bartow – 9:30 a.m., Einstein – 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser 10:00 a.m. Central Ave. – Thurs., Aug. 9, $13. Bartow – 8:30 a.m., Einstein – 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 9:00 a.m. Aldi – Thurs., Aug 9, $2. Bartow – 9:30 a.m., Einstein – 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser 10:00 a.m.

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Scheduling Activities Calendar

Goose Island Seniors

Foxwoods—Thursday, October 18th. Time: 8:30 a.m. Price: $35, July 14, 2018. Mohegan Sun Casino—Thursday, July 19th in Uncasville, CT. This Thursday, we are leaving from our usual bus stops. Times: Einstein Loop, 8:30 a.m.; Asch Loop by library, 8:40 a.m. and Dreiser Loop by hardware store, 8:50 a.m. Please be on time. We will try to be also. Looking forward to a great time. See you Thursday. Bingo—Monday, July 18th and Friday, July 20th, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. After July 31st, membership dues required. $7 for rest of 2018, $15 dues starting January 1, 2019. Bingo—Wednesday, July 18th, with Stephen, in our club room #39. Members only. Admission, $5 for 3 cards, 12 games and jackpot. Extra cards are 25¢ each. Refreshments available. Game Days—Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our club room is set up for our members to play games, Mahjong, Dominoes, Kalooki, Bowling, Tennis, etc.) from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Members may bring a friend or two. $1 is collected for refreshments. Wi-Fi available. Matinee Movie—July 24th, the fourth Tuesday this month, at 9:45 a.m. in room 45. Feature movie: “Black Panther.” After his father’s death, young

T’Challa returns home to take his rightful place as king of Wakanda, 2 hrs. 15mins. Come early for refreshments. $1 collected for refreshments. Nunsense—Thursday, August 2nd at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton, NJ. Time: 8:30 a.m. Price: $86 for lunch and show. Joyce DeWitt (Janet from “Three’s Company”) takes the stage in this musical hit comedy with tap & ballet. Run For Your Wife—Thursday, September 27th at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton, NJ. Very funny play. Time, 8:30 a.m. Price, $86 for lunch and show. Eddie Mekka from Carmine “The Big Ragu” and “Laverne & Shirley” takes the stage in one of the funniest farces of all time! To all members: Happy Birthday to all members who celebrate their day in the month of July: Carmen Ponce, Helena Kent, Jonathan Felix, Regina S. Usher, Ann Perez, Audrey Chambers, Rosa Copeland and Richardine Sullivan. Special Mass & Memorial—September 16th, at 8:30 a.m. for Lydia Ruas, Cancer Care Fund president. Mass given at St. Michael’s Church, presented by Mary Pilla & Joyce Wilson. There will be a Memorial for Lydia Ruas after the Mass at the Goose Island Club, room 39, at 135 Einstein Loop Center. Time: 11 a.m. All are welcome.

AARP Chapter #4997

FYI: AARP Smart Driver class scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 718379-0377 to register. $20 for National AARP members; $25 for non-AARP members. Check or Money Order payable to AARP only – no cash. Reminder #1: AARP Peachtree Chapter & Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment presents Free one-on-one Technology Sessions. Bring your mobile devices and you will be shown how to set-up an email, log-in to social media, save your pictures, create flyers and more. Dates: July 9th - August 15th; 5 sessions daily: 9 – 10 a.m., 10 – 11 a.m.; 11 -12 p.m., 12 – 1 p.m. and 1 - 2 p.m. Location: 177 Dreiser Loop, 2nd floor, room O. Please call 718379-3159 or 718-320-1946 to reserve a session. Reminder #2: Our Holiday Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th at Marina Del Rey; $90/person, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. See Stella B. for tickets. Good & Welfare – Please contact our Good & Welfare Coordinator, Frances Wilson, 718-6715493, if you have a family member who has passed or one of our members who is sick, in the hospital or in a nursing home. 2018 Tour Activities July 21: Nordic Lodge & Foxwoods Casino – All-You-Can-Eat lobster buffet; 4-hour stay at Foxwoods Casino; deluxe motor coach transportation. $170. Departure Info: Arrive at 8:00 a.m., Asch Loop in front of the library to receive bus seat assignment; Leaving at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Contact Hannah, 718-379-7962. September 5 – September 6 – Dover Downs Hotel & Casino w/Live Marvin Gaye Tribute Show, $50 slot play; 1 night stay at hotel; 1 breakfast, 1 dinner; tour of Dover Delaware & farmers market. Price: $309/person double; $395 single; $100 deposit due ASAP; $100 due May 1; balance due June 30. Contact Hannah, 718-379-7962. 2019 Tour Activities April 1-12, 2019: Panama Canal 11-night Cruise on the Norwegian Jade – Price includes roundtrip flight to Miami (FL); ports of call include Cantagina, Columbia; Panama Canal/Gatein Lake; Puerto Limon; Roatan Bay Islands; Harvest Cape, Costa Maya, Mexico; 3 days at sea; valid Passport is required; all meals on board the ship. Only single Oceanview Category available - $3,954 (price change); $350/person deposit due immediately to hold your reservation; insurance available and must be paid with deposit; final payment due October; only 5 cabins available in each category. Contact Judith, 718-379-3370. Attention: When signing up for the above trips, please give your name, phone number and a deposit. Checks/money orders made payable to AARP Chapter 4997 with the name of the trip in the memo section of your check/money order. Room 0 (Dreiser Community Center) is opened Monday or Thursday, noon – 3 p.m. for checks to be dropped off (in an envelope w/Group/Trip Leader Name). They may be mailed to the Group/Trip Leader. —Delores Debnam Sick & Shut-in—Joan Brown is in Willow Towers, 355 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805. Note: Call Ann or Stephen at Goose Island Seniors, 718-379-9613, or visit us at 135 Einstein Loop, rm. 39, Bronx, NY 10475. Visit Ann, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visit or call Stephen in room #39, every Mon. & Fri. from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Wed., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call Stephen on cell at 347-847-1941. Good health to all. —Stephen Roberts Sr.


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Greater Love Refuge Ministries “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:8 Spiritual Wisdom: Do not lose your forward momentum. You can take advantage of opportunities that are presented to you, and in some cases, you can create your own opportunities. Keep your eyes wide open so that you do not miss what God is doing on your behalf, says the Lord. The spiritual implications far outweigh natural potential as you continue to focus on the everlasting Kingdom. Senior Pastor Boyce Landrum and Pastor Carol Landrum and the Greater Love family welcome you to fellowship with us on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. Interactive Sunday Bible Study/School for children & adults begins at 10:00 a.m.Worship at Greater Love Baptist Church means gathering with people of all ages and cultures to express our love for God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, our Savior. All things considered, the Holy Spirit reserves the right have His way in our worship. Greater Love is conveniently located at 900 Co-op City Blvd. (Bldg. 2A), on the ground level, Bronx, N.Y., 10475; main entrance – red button. Parking for a nominal fee is available in Garage #1 on Darrow Place – parking passes will be validated at the church. The Greater Love’s MOSAIC Women (Ages 18+) will host their Summer Afternoon Fellowship event on Saturday, July 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The theme is, We All Have Issues but… “Do You Believe?” Faith that Releases the Power of God. The speakers for the afternoon are: Sis. Dina Keller, Chaplain Gunjia Fullwood and Sis. Louise Birthwright, with a special New Testament reenactment by Sis. Shanna Chapman. Light lunch will be served. Come out and be encouraged by the Spirit of God moving through our Sisters in Christ. Kindly RSVP, church telephone: 347-920-5607. Our Annual Beach Baptism at Orchard Beach is scheduled for Sunday, July 29th at 10 a.m. Mandatory pre-baptism classes are now underway on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Following the baptism, there will be a noonday worship service and celebratory refreshments served afterward. If you don’t have a Christian church home and have a desire to be baptized, please call the church and leave a message for Pastor Carol Landrum. Food Pantry: Two Fish and Five Loaves food pantry will reopen shortly as we have the ability to replenish the supplies in order to adequately meet your needs. We regret the inconvenience and ask for continued prayers and donations. Weekly Schedule Church phone: 347-920-5607. Sunday Morning Bible Study (Adult): 10:00 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Continental Breakfast: 11 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 11:30 a.m. Children’s Church: 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday: 11:30 a.m. Holy Communion – First Sunday Salvation Teaching (Combined Class): First Sunday, 10 a.m. -11 a.m. Adult Bible Study/Discipleship Class: Tuesday evenings: 7:00 p.m. Prayer Line: Thursday, 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Dial 712.770.4010 – Access code: 527976) —Pastor Carol Landrum

Traditional Synagogue

General Information: The Traditional Synagogue is located in Section 5, 120 Erdman Place, in the rear lobby of Building 27B. It is on the ground floor of Building 27B. It’s handicap accessible, no steps. Phone: 718-379-6920. Office hours are Thursday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Please call the office before you attempt to come over. If no one is in the office, please leave a message. The synagogue has services Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. After services, we always have a kiddush. The synagogue has a Facebook page, Traditional Synagogue. The synagogue needs men to help make a minyan. There are a lot of Jewish men who live in Co-op City who don’t come to service. Please come by 9:30 a.m. so we can take out the Torah. The Traditional Synagogue is the only synagogue in Co-op City and it is air conditioned. Sabbaths ends on Saturday, July 14, at 9:16 p.m. Candle lighting for Friday, July 20, at 8:04 p.m. Good & Welfare: We sell Tree Certificates in honor or memory of a loved one. The cost is only $15 per tree. Mazel tov to all having simchas. If you’re ill, wishing you good health. If you asked the rabbi to say prayers for a sick person, you should make a donation to the synagogue. Get well, speedy recovery to Beverly Davidoff, Karla Klaus, Marty Linder and Gary Schwartz. July Birthdays: Wishing Beverly Davidoff and Mike Lubliner a happy and healthy birthday. Also wishing Martin and Shelia Linda a happy 47th anniversary. Fun And Games: After services and kiddush, some men and women play rummy-cube. Your support of the Traditional Synagogue and Men’s Club is greatly appreciated. Wishing all our members and friends peace and good health. —Gary Schwartz

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church

The congregation of St. Joseph’s cordially invites you and your family 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. Please join us for an uplifting midday 15-minute service on Wednesdays starting promptly at noon. Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and we are always looking for new members. The (ECW) Episcopal Church Women meet immediately after service on the first Sunday of each month. Membership is open to all women of the church. The men hold their meeting after service on the second Sunday of each month. We look forward to welcoming you to service at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, when we will celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Our Supply Priest is Father Simeon O. Johnson who will be the preacher and celebrant. Members who have not yet submitted their 2018 Pledge Cards are encouraged to complete and submit them as soon as possible. Fundraising Event Our next event is a Gospel Cruise on board The Spirit of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 22. The package includes transportation by Deluxe Motorcoach, two-hour delightful buffet luncheon, cruise with live Gospel music and time at Philadelphia Premium Outlets with discount coupons. All seats are $110. Balance due by August 1. Motorcoach departs from Dreiser Loop at 7:45 a.m. Please arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. This event is now sold out. Thanks for your support. Outreach Program: Collection of non-perishable food for the feeding program at Grace Episcopal Church in West Farms is ongoing. Please remember to donate. For additional information on ALL of the above, please call the church at 718-3200844. You may also visit our website at http: // for information on St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church, Co-op City, Bronx, New York. “Righteousness shall go before him, *and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.” — Psalm 85:13 —Merville Chambers

Co-op City Times / July 14, 2018 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). La familia de la Iglesia Circulo de Cristo les extiende una cálida invitación a usted y su familia para que vengan a alabar a Dios junto con nosotros. Nos encontramos en el 147 de Dreiser Loop, al nivel del patio (localizado en el centro Comunal de Dreiser). We are a multicultural church that embraces God’s love for all. Family unity is very important to us. We have a wonderful Children Ministry focused on learning God’s word. Somos una Iglesia multicultural que recibe y da del amor the Dios para todos. La unidad de la familia es muy importante para nosotros. Our Youth Ministry is very active and dynamic. The youth are involved in music, retreats, concerts, debates, conferences, drama, counseling among many other activities. Tenemos un ministerio para los jóvenes que es Co-op City Pentecostal Tabernacle invites everyone to attend worship service at 100 Co-op City Blvd., Building 22A, Bronx, NY 10475. Sundays: Sunday School for all age groups begins @ 10:30 a.m. Midday Worship Service starts @ 11:45 a.m. Wednesday: Prayer and fasting service every Wednesday morning @ 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer meeting will also be held Wednesday evening starting @ 7:30 p.m. Effective Fervent Prayers change things. Come and experience the power of Biblical prayer. God’s power is released through His Word. Come and study the word of God; it can change your life Friday: Youth service will start @ 7:30 p.m. Focus: Micah Prophet of Right Living Micah 6: 1-9 Hear ye now what the Lord saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains; and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. O my people, what have I done unto thee?

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And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord, Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shown thee O man, what is good; and what doeth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name; hear he the rod, and who hath appointed it.

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paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” 12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” –Mark 2:1-12 (NLT) The paralyzed man had some great friend’s, didn’t he? These guys cared enough to invest their time and energy into trying to help their friend. A good friend will not only say they care, but they will show that they care! However, even the best of friends, with the greatest of intentions, are still limited in what they can do. Notice that these friends were powerless to provide what their friend truly needed. Far too often, we rely on others to do for us what only God can do. Our friends can bring us to Jesus, but only Jesus can set us free from our sin. Our friends can help to carry our burdens, but only Jesus promises to lift them from us. As good as your friends are, they’re going to have a bad day too. They’re going to forget to call you back, they’re going to be unavailable at some point, and they’re going to let us down. Only Jesus can be a friend that will never leave us or forsake us. He sees our deepest needs, He’s able to right every wrong, and heal every hurt. Jesus will never let you down…He’s your “ride or die” trust in Him today! Join us this Sunday as we continue our teaching series, “The Gospel of Mark!” —Pastor Mike Tolone

Newsong Church

This Sunday’s Schedule Location: 135 Einstein Loop (room 45). Validated Parking available in Einstein Garage. Service Time: 11 a.m. • Kidsong available in rm. 49 • Deaf Interpretation available during adult service For more information about Newsong Church, our beliefs or our ministries, please go to our website, Jesus, My “Ride Or Die” When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7 “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” 8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the

muy dinámico. Los jóvenes disfrutan de música, retiros, conciertos, debates, conferencias, dramas, consejería y mucho mas. We also have a food pantry for those in need in our community. Our phone number is 347-945-1992 in case there is no one in the office please feel free to leave a message, we will call you back. Suplimos comida a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que lo necesitan. Nuestro teléfono es 347-945-1992 de no haber nadie en la oficina sientancen libres de dejar un mensaje, le devolveremos su llamada.  Thought for the week Joshua 22:5 English Standard Version 5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. Reflexion para la semana Josué 22:5 5 Pero asegúrense de obedecer todos

25 los mandatos y las instrucciones que Moisés les dio. Amen al Señor su Dios, anden en todos sus caminos, obedezcan sus mandatos, aférrense a él y sírvanlo con todo el corazón y con toda el alma. English services Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Prayer & Bible Study Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Youth Night Sunday, 11:00 a.m., Worship and the Word Children Church, 5 years old to 12 years old Little lamb nursery. Thursday, 9:00 a.m., Prayer and the Word Horario de Servicios en Español Domingo, 9:00 a 10:30 a.m., Alabanzas y Predicación Jueves, 12:00 p.m., Oración y Estudio Bíblico. Special Events Vacation Bible School starting July 16, to July 20. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration on Monday, July 16, at 9:00 a.m. This is a free event. —Pastor Sam Colon The Requirements The prophet questioned, in Micah 6; 6-7, “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousand of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? The answer is no. God does not want mere outward signs of contrition or a mere show of repentance. The Lord requires us to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God Micah 6:8 In the New Testament, Jesus simplified the Law into two commandments. First, we must love the Lord with all our hearts. Second, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-39 For further information, call 718-324-0334, 646345-6707. —Rev. R. Sibblies


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Public Safety Report

The actions of this lobby attendant were instrumental in maintaining the safety and well-being of a very young child. Public Safety is honored to have this member on our team. This is just another example of a lobby attendant doing a great job. Be sure to buckle your seatbelt, obey speed limits and avoid distractions when driving. Texting while driving carries a minimum fine of $150 plus five (5) points added to your license. Texting while driving has proven to be one of the leading causes of accidents in this country. Be sure all drivers in your family are aware of this law. According to the National Safety Council, more than 100,000 accidents per year involve a driver who was texting. Young adults and teens are the most susceptible to getting in an accident due to texting, yet they continue to do so. Seventy-five percent of teens state texting while driving is common among their friends as per the National Safety Council. Texting & Driving can change your life in an instant. No text is worth the risk. Take a pledge with your family members, TEXTING & DRIVING – IT CAN WAIT at Never drive if you have been drinking; never drink if you will be driving. Penalties for drunk driving are severe and can be very costly. Drunk driving enforcement is heightened during the holiday season. SCHOOL is open drive carefully; never pass a stopped school bus from either side of the street with its red lights flashing or its “STOP” sign out. Children are a precious resource, we must keep them safe. 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 Co-op 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. (Continued from page 7)

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If you are having work done in your apartment, shareholders – especially those who are elderly and/or who live alone – are reminded that all personal items should be secured in a safe location. This is for your own peace of mind, as well as the protection of the Riverbay workers/ contractors coming into your home. Riverbay employees wear identification badges and so do the various Riverbay-approved contractors seeking access to your home. Ask to see identification before allowing anyone to enter your apartment. If you are unsure, you should contact your local CSO at (718) 320-3300 (follow prompts), or Public Safety at (718) 6713050.

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• Press 1 if you have a Public Safety emergency • Press 2 to dial an extension or access the directory • Press 3 to report a maintenance problem in your apartment to reach your CSO Manager, CSO Director, Ombudsman • Press 4 to call the Restorations Department • Press 5 to reach a Rent Bookkeeper • Press 6 to reach Parking Facilities & Storage • Press 7 to schedule a Community Room • Press 8 to reach Residential Sales • Press 9 to reach the Co-op City Times • Stay on the line to speak to an Operator Public Safety Emergency: 718-671-3050 MATV – Camera Service Desk: 718-320-3529 Coin-Mach (laundry issues): 800-734-8851 Cablevision: Service: 718-617-3500 Sales: 866-218-1931

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY July 14, 1798 Sedition Act Becomes Federal Law

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