Co-op City Residents Offset Animal Shelter Advocates At CPC Hearing Wednesday
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Two Arrested By Public Safety For Setting Fires In Buildings 3 And 9
In response to a troubling series of small, but potentially dangerous, fires being set in the upper floor stairwells of Buildings 3B and 9B over a span of a few weeks, the Department of Public Safety assigned plainclothes detectives to survey the areas and gather evidence, leading to the arrests of two Co-op City residents for arson on July 28th. According to Public Safety’s commanding officer, Acting Chief David Perez, evidence was gathered through video surveillance of the buildings in question and by onsite detective work. The chief said that before Public Safety moved in to arrest the suspects, they consulted with prosecutors from the Bronx District Attorney’s office who then advised them to make the arrest based on the evidence presented. (Continued on page 4) BY BILL STUTTIG
Lightning strikes the city during a sudden downpour last Tuesday evening, which halted National Night Out celebrations. Photo by Stuart Basem
City Set Aside $7.5M For Youth Center On Bartow Avenue In Early 2000's Refuting claims that no money was ever set aside for a youth center on Bartow Avenue made by the proponents of the Bronx Animal Care Center proposed for Bartow Avenue, two major players in Co-op City politics and youth funding from the early 2000s both stated independently earlier this week that $7.5 million in capital funding from the City of New York was set aside for the development of a youth center on Bartow Avenue. The funding dates back to the early and mid-2000s. Charlie Rosen, the former executive director of the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, which was the major youth program serving Co-op City for close to three decades through 2005, said that City Councilman Larry Seabrook, working with the Gloria Wise program at the time, set aside $7.5 million in capital funding expressly for the construction of a youth center at 2050 Bartow (Continued on page 4) BY BILL STUTTIG
Saturday, August 11, 2018
With little or no notice about a City Planning Commission (CPC) public hearing regarding the Bronx animal shelter proposed for Bartow Avenue, more than a dozen Co-op City residents rushed to the hearing site at 2120 Broadway in Manhattan on Wednesday morning and helped offset much of the testimony of the shelter proponents. News of the hearing surprised Co-op City residents with less than 24-hours-notice. Also seemingly not aware that the hearing was scheduled was Community Board 10, the office of City Councilman Andy King, the office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and the office of State Assemblyman Mike Benedetto, all key players in the community’s efforts to combat the city-proposed animal shelter. Had they known, each office would have sent a representative to give testimony at the hearing, but none did, likely due to the lack of adequate notice. Riverbay President Linda Berk heard about the hearing early Tuesday afternoon and quickly asked Riverbay staff to send out a robo call to all Co-op City residents. Approximately 12 to 15 answered the call and heroically trekked from Co-op City to the lower Manhattan hearing room before the 10 a.m. start. Those residents included Board Directors Leslie Peterson and Mary Pearson, and other residents, namely Nelson Sweeting, Yolanda Grant, Marlene Smith, Michelle Marbury and Lee Rivers, to mention a few. The result of their actions and words was to have the voice of Co-op City and its (Continued on page 2)
BY BILL STUTTIG
Submitting Comments To City Planning Commission On Proposed Animal Shelter
Co-op City residents who could not attend the City Planning Commission hearing on the Bartow Avenue Animal Shelter can still submit their comments on the project online or by mail. Rachel Raynoff, a spokesman for the City Planning Commission, said that comments will be taken for the next few weeks, but it is best to submit the comments sooner, rather than later. A comment form is available online and can be submitted directly to the commission. Residents can go to NYC.gov and click on “City Planning” or go to www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/index.page. On that page under “City Planning Commission,” click on “agenda and videos.” On the next page that comes up, scroll down to “Comment on Active Land Use Application” and click on the highlighted words “CPC Comments.” A comment form will appear. Click on “select borough,” and select the Bronx. Then click on “select project,” and select “Bartow Avenue Animal Shelter.” Fill out the rest of the form which includes space for 500 words of comments. Then hit “submit” to file your comment with the commission. Comments can also be mailed to City Planning Commission, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271.
‘I Challenge You To Challenge Yourselves,’ Smith Tells Riverbay Summer Intern Class
Riverbay Assistant Executive General Manager Cary Smith III shared words of wisdom learned during his younger days of working his way up in the world when he spoke with this year’s class of Riverbay’s Summer intern program. “I was in an awesome outreach program when I was younger for boys at risk,” Smith told the group who gathered in the Bartow Center on August 3 during the Riverbay Learning Institute Internship 2018 Midpoint Review feedback session. “We took trips to suburban areas out to the suburbs and we learned all about grounds keeping. I didn’t want to do it – I hated it. But it helped me to learn the importance of the hustle and maximizing (Continued on page 9) BY JIM ROBERTS
Riverbay Assistant Executive General Manager Cary Smith III related his experiences starting out in the work place for the Riverbay Learning Institute’s Internship class on Aug. 3. Photo by Bill Stuttig
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opposition to the animal shelter placed into the records of the City Planning Commission as that body weighs testimony before making a decision as to whether to oppose or propose placing the Bronx Animal Center at 2050 Bartow Avenue. The arguments for and against placing the animal shelter on Bartow Avenue are familiar to all who have been following the proposal as it proceeds through the Uniformed Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). During the first two phases of ULURP – the Community Board 10 hearing and the Bronx Borough President’s Hearing – the community was given ample notice of the hearing dates and turned out in force at both hearings, potentially resulting in both CB10 and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recommending against placing the animal shelter near Co-op City. While not outnumbering the animal shelter advocates this time around at the CPC hearing, Co-op City shareholders were at least able to fairly match and offset some of the testimony by the advocates. As one of the planning commissioners Anna Hayes Levin said at the end of the hearing: “We have to weigh the needs of the community against the needs of the city. There were powerful arguments made on both sides so it is not going to be easy in this case.” The commission’s decision on this issue is not expected for at least a month, said CPC press representative Rachel Raynoff, adding that in the meantime, residents can still submit testimony for the commission to consider for at least a few more weeks, but the sooner the better, she said. (See box on page 1 for details about how to submit testimony.) The CPC hearing began at approximately 10:40 a.m. with a presentation by the developers, a similar presentation that was made to Co-op City residents and CB10 and the Borough President’s office over the last two months. The presentation was made by Alexandra Silver of the Animal Care Centers of New York City and Deputy Mayor Jeff DuPee, who represented the Mayor’s office at three hearings in the ULURP process, so far speaking in favor of the site selected for the animal shelter. Just as what happened at the borough president’s hearing, commissioners on the CPC panel asked tough questions specifically about the site selection process, which the presenters maintained involved 11 different sites in the Bronx, including seven that were city-owned and four that were privately-owned – always maintaining – as they had at several of the past hearing – that Bartow Avenue was by far the best site. The commission’s vice chairman, Kenneth J. Knuckles, specifically asked about the curiously long time frame of building and completing the 47,000 square foot Animal Care Center – six years from now – and when he was told about the two years of architectural planning and the additional time to request for and select a contractor, he said, “That is an extraordinary amount of time for such a relatively small project.” Commissioner Orlando Marin also questioned the little or no outreach made to the community or the borough’s leaders about the site selection process, the same point that Borough President Diaz made repeatedly in his statement recommending against the project on Bartow Avenue saying in his report that if the city had reached out to his office, it could have been involved in selecting one of many available and suitable sites around the borough. Board Director Mary Pearson, who spoke at the hearing on behalf of the community, said afterwards that she felt a lack of communication and a lack of respect is a recurring theme throughout this whole process. “They came to us for an informational presentation in May and they seemed to be saying then, ‘Here’s the project whether you like it or not’ and that same lack of regard for our community and the Bronx, in general, has now been continuing throughout.” Five Co-op City residents were invited to speak after the initial presentation and one of them was Yolanda Grant who identified herself as a 20-year resident of the community who always enjoyed the peace of a dog-free community. Ms. Grant also brought up the “out-of-control traffic” that already exists in the Bartow-Bay Plaza area, fearing that it only would get worse if a 47,000 square foot Animal Care Center was added to the vicinity. Board Director Leslie Peterson, who, like Director Pearson, complained about the lack of notice for the CPC hearing, also maintained that this long-coveted vacant land should be used to meet the needs of the community in the form of a youth and community center that was promised to this community many years ago by the city (see related story on page 1). Marlene Smith said that she has been a resident of Co-op City since 1977 and argued that this site selection was not appropriate for many reasons, one being that there is no direct train service to Co-op City and reaching the community from other areas of the Bronx requires several bus transfers. Section 5 community leader Nelson Sweeting brought up the promised youth center and said that he finds the whole process to be disrespectful due to the fact that no community input was ever sought. Michelle Marbury identified herself as a long-time resident of the community who remembers as a child moving to Co-op City without the family dog because back then – more than 40 years ago – the community had a strict no-dog policy. She said that using this coveted vacant land for an animal shelter does nothing to meet the needs of the immediate community and the youth and elders of the community. When asked about spaces in the community that are now used, she said that does not compare to what is truly needed – a state-of the art community (Continued from page 1)
center with swimming pools and classrooms and recreational space. Director Pearson brought up the recent history of Co-op City’s attempts to bring such a center within Co-op City property by using the space on Bartow Avenue that was once a movie theater and then a Bingo Hall. She told the commission that that proposal was turned down by the government agencies that supervise Co-op City as they require that space to be used by a commercial enterprise that generates substantial revenue for the cooperative. Recently, the Board approved a ten-year lease for the former bingo hall to be used as a nail salon and spa. The lease will generate $360,000 in annual revenue for the community. Building 8 president, Lee Rivers, simply asked the commission and the city representatives present why the city would bring an animal shelter to a no-pet community. “This does not benefit Co-op City and you are not helping us,” Mr. Rivers said. Below is an example of the online form you can use to make your comments.
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2018 National Night Out Short-lived By Summer Thunderstorm Every year, Co-op City holds one of the most spectacular NNO events found anywhere. But nothing could top that spectacular storm that hit New York City just as NNO was getting underway on Tuesday, August 7.
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NCNW Back To School Supply Drive NCNW will be collecting much needed school supplies that will be donated to the students at Phipps Neighborhood Residence Home and to selected students at selected schools in the Co-op City community. We welcome our community to help support our efforts by donating. Drop off Dates: Mon., 8/13 and Wed., 8/15, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 8/25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Mon., 8/27 and Wed., 8/29, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Dreiser Loop Shopping Center 1, room 14. For more info., call (917) 399-2643.
Food Pantry Open At Faith @ Work The Faith Pantry and Faith Cafe will be open on August 19, from noon to 2 p.m. The produce and fresh foods pantry have been combined with the church’s regular monthly pantry. There will no longer be first Fridays, fresh produce food pantry. Only third Sundays in Dreiser Community Center, room 4. For further information, contact Faith @ Work Christian Church, (347) 202-7006.
Velocity Track Club Holds Orientation Velocity Track Club is holding orientation for the upcoming season on Thursday, August 23, at 7 p.m. Orientation will be held at 2049 Bartow Ave., in the Bartow Community Center, rm. 28. A parent must attend orientation for the child to be eligible to try out. Since 2015, Velocity Track Club athletes have won over 59 national medals and even broke an AAU Junior Olympic record. For additional information, visit velocitytrack.org or contact Coach Winston Dinkins at 914-441-6196.
Tunes on Tuesdays The Summer Outdoor Concert Series, sponsored by the Riverbay Fund and Council Member Andy King, continues this week with Inner Roots, at the August 14 Tunes on Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Section 1 Greenway stage, 140 Benchley Place. Come out and lively-up yourself! Wicked Wednesdays returns on August 15, with Raine Torae, on the Section 5 Greenway, 120 Erskine Pl. 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.
eleven-year old Olivia Kwakye and little two-year old Joel McKormack, both residents of Co-op City, were the evening’s lucky winners of the bike raffle. Mr. Bob Bieder, 45th Precinct Community Council president, served as emcee, thanking Ms. Michelle Sajous, Riverbay’s director of Community Relations, as well as the Riverbay Fund, for always supporting community events. Pastor Angel Rosario of Church of God’s Children offered the Invocation to officially start the evening off. The NYPD and CCPD officers and young Explorers participated with gifts and prizes for everyone. Mentioning that he was happy to be at his “second National Night Out in Co-op City,” 45th Precinct’s Captain Carlos Ghonz amicably took the stage and greeted the crowd. He also introduced Police Officer Dean Cassells and Officer Jessica Griesinger who are the two new Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) assigned to Co-op City and said, “Get to know them.” Riverbay Board Directors Daryl Johnson, Jerome Rice, Leah Richardson and Rod Saunders were seen among the
It was a typically hot, humid and cloudy summer evening and a sizable crowd was gathering outside on the Greenway in Section 4 hopeful there would be no rain until the roar of thunder and lightening made it clear rain was on the way. NNO is about fighting crime in the neighborhood and it brings the local police and communities together in a united way. Here in Co-op City, it is a highly anticipated annual event hosted by the Riverbay Fund, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, NYPD’s 45 Precinct and the 45th Precinct Community Council. Many of Co-op’s various civic and social groups, and religious institutions, man tables as well, sharing helpful and important safety news suitable for all ages, as well as give-aways. Food, fun and games are provided in addition to the local talent that can be counted on for amaz- many shareholders enjoying themselves. NYC Mayor Bill de ing performances. Two lucky and excited youngsters, Blasio, Congressman Elliot Engel, Senator Jamaal Bailey, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Public Advocate Letitia James, and City Councilman Andy King were all unable to attend this year, but sent representatives who presented citations to Capt. Ghonz and officers of the NYPD Community Affairs department for their dedication and hard work in the community. Before the storm, the Greenway was full as folks enjoyed the music and dancing. Most of the scheduled performances had to be scrapped, however, and when the downpour came and it was obvious there would be no featured movie “under the stars,” an audible sound of disappointment could be heard. The featured movie was the very popular box-office hit “Black Panther.” See page 13 for more pictures. Photos by Lauretta Jaysura
Father Arrested In Death Of Baby Taken From Co-op City Apartment A Bronx man seen on video leaving his apartment last Sunday with what appears to be a backpack containing the body of his seven-month-old child was arrested by NYPD Thursday evening following his capture and return from Thailand. James Currie, 37, appears on a surveillance tape entering an apartment in Co-op City on Saturday, Aug. 4, carrying the child in his arms after picking him up from his mother from a different home in the Bronx for a custody visit, according to the NYPD. Police have been able to trace Currie’s movements from Sunday when he left the apartment with the backpack and was spotted on lower Manhattan. The child’s lifeless body was discovered in the East River on Sunday afternoon. Currie is not a shareholder of record in Co-op City. He might have moved into a relative’s apartment last fall when he first moved here, according to a published report. Police said he worked as a subway cleaner for the MTA. Currie and the deceased child’s mother had a visitation agreement and the mother sent text messages trying to locate her son after the father did not bring him to daycare on Monday morn- James Currie WNBC photo ing and called 9-1-1 Monday evening to report the child missing, according to police. At a press conference this week, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea described her call to 9-1-1 as “blood curdling” when the mother cries as she tells the operator that she heard of the discovery of the dead baby on Sunday and feared the worst. Police believe the child was dead when Currie left Co-op City on Sunday. NYPD executed a search warrant on the apartment, but did not disclose what evidence might have been recovered. Police arrested Currie on a charge of concealment of a corpse, a Class E state felony, and expect that the charges against him could be upgraded as the active investigation continues. He fled to Thailand on Monday and was detained there before entering that country. BY JIM ROBERTS
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Avenue. Mr. Rosen added that the Gloria Wise program also set aside $1 million in its own funding for the construction of such a center. Riverbay’s Second Vice President Rod Saunders, who suggested to the Co-op City Times that it should contact Mr. Rosen for details about the Bartow Avenue lot now in question, said that he too remembers clearly that designs for a youth center on that lot were in the works. “Money was set aside,” Mr. Saunders said, “and we should now go forward in pursuing that project once again.” Former City Councilman Larry Seabrook when reached by phone Thursday morning, confirmed all of what Mr. Rosen said, including the $7.5 million capital allocation for the youth center which remained on the books for several years, he said. Even after the Gloria Wise program was closed in 2005, Mr. Seabrook said that he was advised by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to keep the funding allocated and work with YMCA executives at developing the youth center on Bartow Avenue. Seabrook said that that offer from Mayor Bloomberg was the basis for him endorsing the mayor in one of his campaigns, despite the party differences of the two public officials. Mr. Seabrook said that the plans went as far as commissioning several architectural renderings for a youth center on Bartow Avenue. Mr. Rosen confirmed that those renderings were left behind in his offices at the Yellow School House at 850 Baychester Avenue when he left the Gloria Wise program in 2005. “There were many different renderings including a federal 202 housing development and a community/youth center and just a youth center,” Rosen recalled. “In all our planning, there was a competitive swimming pool and also a competitive track and gym spaces, as well as classrooms and specialty and performance areas.” Mr. Rosen added that during that time frame, he not only worked with the councilman’s office in trying to make such a center a reality, but he was also involved with the administrations of two different Bronx borough presidents – first Fernando Ferrer and then Adolfo Carrion – both of whom expressed to him their desire to establish a major community center on that Bartow Avenue site across the street from Co-op City. A 2005 memo from Riverbay management at that time to the then-Board of Directors reveals that both entities were aware of the ongoing negotiations with the city to fund a youth center at the Bartow Avenue site adjacent to Red Lobster. The memo from management states, “Additionally, in a consensus vote of July 13th, the Board of Directors instructed management to endeavor to obtain site designation and funding for a Co-op City Youth Center for the Riverbay Fund, which is the Riverbay Corporation 501C3, on the space next to the Red Lobster. “The mayor’s office on contracts advised us that there is no designation of a developer for the space on Bartow next to Red Lobster. We were advised that $7 to $8 million has been allocated by the City of New York for a facility on that site.” Mr. Rosen added earlier this month that he is very familiar with the plot of land at 2050 Bartow Avenue which has become such a source of controversy due to the city’s stated intention to build an animal shelter there against the wishes of the Co-op City community. He maintains that the plot of land is actually larger than is currently being stated. He said in a recent letter to Community Board 10 District Manager Matt Cruz, “…I can attest that the current fencing, determined by the mall developers, is at least 25,000 sf. less than the surveyed property originally allocated.” Rosen told the Co-op City Times that his claim involves the portion of the vacant land behind the Red Lobster restaurant, saying that originally, the land behind the restaurant that is now used by the mall was part of the city-owned parcel slated for the youth center more than a decade ago.
Advisory Notice – Garage #3
Please be advised that during the week of August 20 – August 24, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Parking Facilities Department will begin distribution of the new RFID parking tags, as well as upgraded visitor parking passes for all those parking in Garage #3. Tag distribution will take place at the rear entrance of the garage (facing Casals Place) and in the office. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the office at 718-320-3300, option #6. Thank you for your attention and cooperation with this matter. —Parking Facilities Dept.
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The suspects, a male and a female, were arrested on July 28th, Public Safety said. Chief Perez said the activity leading to the small fires were related to the smoking of marijuana in the stairwells and each involved setting papers and other materials on fire. All the fires caused minor visible damage to the stairwells. The two suspects were charged with arson and their case is now being handled by the Bronx DA’s office. Chief Perez reported that since the arrests, the fire setting incidents have stopped. In all, there were four stairwell fires reported during the month of July – three in Building 3B and one in Building 9B. The chief credits three detectives for doing the work leading to the arrests and stopping the trend of fire setting before it led to serious consequences. The three detective are: Mike Driska, Julio Ramirez and Jacinto Cruz. Chief Perez said that all three will be publicly recognized at a future event. “They did great work requiring hours of surveillance and plainclothes work. Their hard work possibly stopped a more serious incident from occurring,” said Acting Chief Perez. (Continued from page 1)
Riverbay Summer Intern Spotlight
The 2018 Riverbay Institute Summer Internship Program kicked off on July 9. This week, our spotlight is on intern Ketirah Felder-Hogan, who is assigned to the Riverbay Buildings and Grounds department. Some of her responsibilities so far have involved sanitation, garbage removal and helping to keep the Bartow Community Center clean for cooperators. She is also currently a rising senior at American International College majoring in Communications. Ketirah plans to pursue a career as a journalist after graduation. Photo by Brandon Ortiz
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HAPPENING in Co-op City !
Come Join Us For The Final Splash Day, August 18
The last Splash Day held on Thursday, July 30th was fun and full of energy. There was a choo-choo train that the kids and parents could ride on around the Section 5 Greenway. The train was such an attraction that some people even rode it about six times. It was a fun little ride to take a break from the waterslides and a chill way to relax for a few minutes. If you haven’t yet come down to Splash Day, be sure not to miss the last event for this year which will take place at the Section 5 Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, on the Section 5 Greenway, 120 Erskine Place, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring your beach towels and chairs, and have some summer fun. Splash Day is sponsored by the Riverbay Fund and Councilman Andy King. BY BRITTNEY WHITE
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Accessible Taxis Are Not New To the Editor: I greatly appreciate Director Mary Pearson responding to my letter of July 28th about the need for an on-demand ride service for disabled commuters, particularly those who depend on a motorized scooter. Her information is helpful and the service that she highlighted is certainly a small step in the right direction. Nevertheless, New York City is way behind the times. I visited London in 1983 – 35 years ago – and even then, there were plenty of accessible cabs available to accommodate disabled people like me who depend on motorized scooters. In fact, I and a close friend toured the huge, wonderful historic city using nothing but accessible cabs. New York City is taking small steps to improve accessibility in all forms of public transportation but as the person who Mary quoted in her letter indicated and, I agree, the subway is not a viable option for the disabled because of the fear of being stranded and the feeling of vulnerability. I know there is a mandate to make 25% of all for-hire NYC cars accessible by 2022, but that only gives us the same services that London had more than a half-century ago. —John Rose
To the Editor: I was pleased to see that the newly installed Board has moved swiftly to appoint the chairs of the Board committees. However, I was disappointed that the appeal I made at the Board's Open Town Hall back in February for reinstatement of the Board's long standing Contracts Committee has not been fulfilled. At the Townhall meeting, it was said that the issue would be discussed by the Board's Committee on Committee's (COC). I have to respect the COC's judgment if they decided not to reinstate Contracts as a committee open to shareholders to serve on and assist with contract oversight. In the two years I served on the Contracts Committee, I learned a lot about just how many of our community's general operations, operating supplies and repair or upgrade projects are backed by contracts of varying lengths with vendors subject to a myriad of compliance obligations. A regular comprehensive review of contract status, adherence to agreed-upon compliance check points and contract renewal deadlines for the hundreds of contracts that are entered into by the Riverbay Corporation annually is a necessary and important task for the Board. I would think that Board members, who already are inundated with so many responsibilities for oversight, would welcome the help from their fellow shareholders in managing this enormous task. Perhaps the Board has decided to make this part of the review they are doing in their Budget & Finance Committee (which in the past was also open to shareholder participation) or the Audit Committee (some of whose members had often also attended our Contracts Committee meetings). If so, then it would be my hope that going forward, periodic reports on the financial issues that are under discussion or reviewed by the Board's committees that focus on financial concerns will also be shared in committee reports printed in our Co-op Times and in quarterly treasurer’s report as in the past, and not just when the Board needs to inform the community on the budgets to be submitted to DHCR. —Vivian Burrus
History Committee Meeting The Riverbay Board of Directors’ History Committee will meet on Thursday, August 16, at 7 p.m. in the Riverbay Board of Directors’ room (26A) in the Bartow Center. All members of the committee are urged to mark the date and plan on attending this meeting. Director Bernard Cylich chairs the Board’s History Committee.
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CCPD Offers Safety Tips For College Students
disabled smoke alarms were factors which contributed to some of the fatalities. As back to school time approaches, it is imporCareless disposal of smoking materials and impaired judgment from alcohol tant for students going off to college to be sure they consumption or drug use were also to blame in some fires. are as safe away from home as they are at home. College students are known to be on a limited budget, but make sure whatever housing your student selects has a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. The United States Senate, the House of RepresentaThese can readily be purchased at any large retailer or hardware store. Many tives and most states recognize September as Campus come with lifetime batteries and can last for up to 10 years with no battery Safety Month. Campus and off-campus living presents changes required. Be sure to include a smoke detector on your “Back to College” a set of hazards for young adults. By being aware of the shopping list. hazards and taking steps to protect against them, students (Continued on page 26) can be safe while attending college. As we approach the end of August, some students are still packing up, while some are on their way to orientaFor information on CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY, please contact: tion this weekend. Lenya Garcia at Lgarcia@riverbay corp.com; and Anatoliy Budnitskiy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make certain that the student has a plan of action, Please note that emails should be sent to both parties. including at least two different exit routes wherever Please DO NOT email resumes for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES to the aforementioned emails. they are. About one quarter of all university housing For EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, please see bottom of the employment listings for specific directions. fires occur in September and October so it is best to the school year prepared to avoid a problem. start off CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES All residents of the dwelling should be aware of the There are no contract opportunities to list this week. Please check back again next week. plan. A portable smoke and carbon dioxide detector which plugs into an outlet is a good item to bring EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES along to college. Purchasing and learning how and when to use a fire extinguisher is a good idea especially if cooking facilities exist. Never try to extinguish a large fire, it is always best to leave and call 9-1-1. From January of 2000 to the present, there have been over 90 fatal fires that have occurred on a college campus, in fraternities or sororities or in offcampus housing within 3-miles of the campus. College-related fires have claimed a total of 170 victims since 2000. During the school year 20152016, there were zero campus-related fires with deaths for the first time since this has been tracked. This year, there was one fire with five deaths in offcampus housing near Texas State University. Last year, one campus fire death was reported in February. Fire deaths have been trending downward which is great news. This number needs to be zero each and every year. This can be achieved with education and prevention. The past three years, all of the deaths occurred in off-campus housing. Historically, 87% of campus fire deaths occur in off-campus housing. Residence hall, sororities and fraternities were also affected. Lack of automatic fire sprinklers and missing or
Public Safety Report
BY LIEUTENANT PAM APOLLO
OPPORTUNITIES AT CO-OP CITY
Public Safety Blotter July 29 – Aug. 4, 2018
July 29 – 120 Elgar Place CCPD officers and the FDNY responded to this location to investigate a report of a fire. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown male did intentionally set fire to a stack of newspapers. FDNY Arson investigators arrived and determined said act to be an arson. This matter is under investigation. August 01 – 100 DeKruif Place NYPD and CCPD responded to a location where a male apparently barricaded himself within and threatened to harm himself. After intense negotiations with the male, NYPD ESU made entry and were able to take male into custody and get him to a hospital without further incident. August 2 – 4200 Hutchinson River Pkwy East A major flood occurred at this location as a result of the negligence of the cooperator. This flooded several apartments. A community complaint was issued for the action. August 03 – 98 Co-op City Boulevard An Acura SUV had all four tires removed by an unknown person(s). This matter is under investigation. August 04 – 120 Casals Place A cooperator reported their vehicle being broken into and items removed.
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Mary Pearson Secretary
Greetings, Co-op citizens. I want to start by praising two of our past Board directors, Marie Smith and Evelyn Turner, for continuing to serve our community. Their letters in last week’s Co-op City Times contained a Section 5 inspection report and a reminder to come up with enhancement project ideas, respectively. Ms. Smith and fellow Section 5 leaders completed a walk-around with Community Board 10 District Manager Matt Cruz, pointing out important quality of life issues that need to be addressed. Certain problems are beyond Riverbay Corporation’s purview and need to be addressed by outside agencies. Who ya gonna call? Matt Cruz has the answer, or at least a road map to find the answer. Of course, the wheels of government can turn excruciatingly slowly, so even when one’s concerns are properly directed, remedies can still take forever. Case in point: I refer to the jersey barriers of “killer curve” (the road from Bartow Avenue to the Hutchinson River Parkway East in Section 5) as an unsightly hodgepodge of indifference. I asked our assemblyman Michael Benedetto in June of last year when they would be replaced or at least repaired and painted. He told me he had recently reached out to the Department of Traffic and the problem would be tackled. I asked when that would happen and Assemblyman Benedetto shrugged. It’s been thirteen months and counting! Matt Cruz is also indirectly mentioned in Ms. Turner’s reminder to submit Capital Expense Requests to Community Board 10 for long term improvements to our complex. He’ll be submitting 25 requests on behalf of CB10. Let’s help him come up with a list. Here’s an idea. Our library branch could use more space. If an entire floor cannot be added atop the structure, perhaps enclosing the unused rooftop/patio space adjacent to its north wall could solve the problem. We’re always looking for activities for our youth and the library already has a well-attended after school program that could use some extra elbow room. Two of our long term co-operators and local music teachers are interested in forming and finding space and support for an intergenerational Co-op City Community Band comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion players that would meet weekly. Perhaps one of our vacant professional offices could get a Capital Expense boost to make that so.
And, (I hate to harp on the subject) how about a pool? I see plenty of space in Section 5 that could accommodate an enclosed open-air delight for all. I often hear grumblings that despite 10 of our 35 residential buildings being clustered right here in Section 5, we’re treated like a stepchild. Just see how popular we’d be with a pool! I’ll be sending these ideas to Matt Cruz of Community Board 10 at email@example.com. Send your ideas, too, or call him at 718-892-1161. Thanks for the reminder, Evelyn Turner. Voter Expansion, Not Repression New York State really needs to pump up its voting turnout. We came in 41st in the 2016 general election and 49th in the primary of that year. That’s ninth from last in the general and second to last in the primary in voter turnout. While some groups want to restrict voter participation for their own advantage, others want to make voting as easy as possible, also for their own advantage. I’m with the latter group. I’ve rallied and petitioned the NYS Senate to expand voting rights, such as Early Voting, Automatic Voter Registration, and flexibility in changing party affiliation. For a state that considers itself progressive, we are even behind Texas… at least in Early Voting. September 13th Primary Don’t suppress your own vote! The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary is next Sunday, August 19th. You can register online at the NYC.gov site or the dmv.org site. It only takes a few minutes. Your vote is your voice. It’s time to shout! You might want to check your registration status while you’re at it to make sure you haven’t been purged from the voter rolls due to inactivity. But wait, there’s one more hurdle! Because the Dreiser Auditorium is closed for renovations, poll sites have been moved. For the past 24 years, I’ve voted in the Einstein Community Center, but this year the local elementary school P.S.160 is my site. The new poll sites are spread out all over the place. For example: 100 Dreiser Loop is at Dreiser, room 4, for now. 100 Benchley is in Dreiser, room 9; 100 Carver Loop is in Dreiser, room 2. Residents of 900 Co-op
City Blvd. vote in a place called Council Towers (777 Co-op City Blvd.), 100 Donizetti Pl. votes in Truman High School. Look for your notification in the mail or go to the Board of Elections in the City of New York site: http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/where.shtml So who is running in the primary? Our state assemblyman Michael Benedetto and our state senator Jamaal Bailey have no primary challengers; their next contests are in November. However, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be facing primary challengers Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams, respectively, on Thursday, September 13th. Yes. Thursday. Primary Voting Day has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday this year and from September 11th to September 13th in order to honor Patriot’s Day and to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which both fall on the 11th. There’s another race for Co-op City voters on September 13th. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman needed to step down in May of this year due to accusations of domestic violence. That opened the field to four democratic Primary contenders: Leticia James, Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Leecia Eve. Save the Date Plans to host a Democratic gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates’ forum are underway, scheduled for early evening Sunday, August 26th, in Bartow Center. Details are being ironed out, so stand by and do save the date. Thanks for reading. firstname.lastname@example.org; 718-320-1922.
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everything that you do.” Smith told the group that he and his brother learned to always challenge themselves to see the big picture whenever they took on a new job and to find ways to use the experience to further their career path. “When my brother and I were cutting grass like some of you in grounds are now, we would challenge ourselves to find out how we were going to maximize the opportunity at hand. Why am I doing this for this person when I can do it for myself? We did other internship programs where I did janitorial work. I didn’t want to mop those floors, but I mopped them to the best of my ability and at the same time thinking how can I turn this into something that will work for me.” The two young men took what they learned in those grass cutting summer jobs and built their own business. “My brother and I had a lawn care company, we cut grass and we shoveled snow. We took this service and offered it in areas where the large houses were. Our business began to establish a financial base and we continued to save and save. When my brother and I went away to college, our base was so solid that we went on to bigger jobs and were able to buy houses to flip them in D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. It all started from the concept that our financial base was solid,” Smith told the group. Smith told the Riverbay interns that he and his brother were able to start their own business by first earning, and then saving, money that they could invest in themselves. “Try to save a quarter out of every dollar and put it aside,” he said. “If you are doing something that you are not really enthused about, maximize your time while you are there. Absorb as much knowledge as you can. “I’ve done these internships and other jobs you’ve done and my hustle and perfection and mastering myself as a person has allowed me to turn them into a toplevel executive here in Co-op City managing a community of over 50,000 people because of my hustle from where I was when I was your age.” During a lively Q&A with the young Riverbay intern class, Smith advised them to tackle each humdrum task with a fresh perspective and find better ways to work more efficiently. He suggested to one employer that they add covers to chair legs and replace missing and unbalanced legs after folding the same tables and chairs three times a day for two weeks. “Change it up — think of ways to change what you’re doing, use the opportunity (Continued from page 1)
to find different ways to move the chairs and tables. I was given a bonus for my suggestions. I challenge you to think about different ways of doing things,” Smith said. “I challenge you all to continue to challenge yourselves to take every situation and think about how you are going to maximize that situation like my brother and I did. Get your brains going and get your adrenaline going.” This year’s Riverbay Learning Institute Internship program ends on Aug. 24.
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We Can Build A Nice Community Center
Some residents are saying that we need to build a youth center here. That point might be good and true. However, as you continue to read, you'll see that we need to build a nice center that can help our entire community. Building Up The Community In Akron, Ohio, superstar basketball player LeBron James' Family Foundation, along with the Akron School District, recently opened a school to help students and parents. This school offers the following programs and services to the community: 1. Long school days and a long school year; 2. A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program; 3. Free college tuition to the University of Akron for graduating high school students; 4. A food pantry; 5. GED and job placement assistance for parents; and 6. Free uniforms, breakfast, lunch, snacks, a bicycle, and a helmet for all students. The annual cost for these programs and services will be $8 million. Nevertheless, lots of students and parents will have the opportunity to make tremendous improvements on a personal and professional level. In reference to Co-op City, my opinion is that we should think about bringing similar programs and services here. For instance, we should work with the state and the city and build a nice community center here. And, with their approval, I think that we can design a nice after-school program that can offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) courses. Plus, we can offer a variety of recreational programs. Now, do we have a problem with unemployment here? Yes! What about substance abuse problems? Yes! In fact, some people are drinking and smoking marijuana in front of our buildings. So, they need help to overcome these issues. And, that's why we need to meet with the state and the city to see if we can develop this project. Money? The state and the city have money. In fact, as you'll see, the state recently came up with millions of dollars for several youth centers. The Bronx Gets Money For Youth Centers As you know, a young man named Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was brutally murdered by gang members. Thereafter, Governor Cuomo announced several investments to help the Bronx. "This aggressive, multi-pronged investment is in direct response to the voices of the leaders and the community in the Bronx to ensure that the state is most effectively helping this community combat violence and giving young people opportunities to thrive," he stated. Now, based on this statement, you can see that he listened to our Bronx leaders. Thereafter, they decided to make investments into the following programs in targeted areas: 1. The Police Athletic League, The Webster Center, The Madison Boys & Girls Club, and The Columbus Clubhouse Community Centers will get up to $1 million for repairs and after-school activities. 2. The Webster Center will receive $250,000 for after-school programs. Additionally, some Bronx schools and community centers will receive $250,000 for after-school programs to deter gang activity. 3. Community-based organizations, schools, and other providers will receive $250,000 for, "programs that train young people to be peer educators and leaders in their community and schools against violence and gang involvement." 4. PS 163 will receive $150,000 for school activities. Another $25,000 will be issued for, "mental health support to youth who have been impacted by trauma." 5. Roberto Clemente State Park will receive $8 million for renovations. Additionally, NYS, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Dream Academy will create a youth baseball and softball academy. 6. NYS parks will receive $5.5 million for outdoor summer youth camps at Harriman State Park and the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Fahnestock State Park. 7. Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program will receive $1 million. Thereafter, they, "will refund up to $1,000 of the field trip costs for visits to a New York State Park, Nature Center, or Historic Site, or a Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Education Center, fish hatchery, or selected DEC sites."
8. A program named 'My Brother's Keeper' will receive $2 million to, "support the development of Family Resource Centers in Bronx Community School Districts." Now, did you read one word about Co-op City? If the answer is no, then do you think that we need to reach out and work with other Bronx leaders and the governor? What about that animal shelter that some people wanted to force onto this community? Do you think that an animal shelter would have been good for this community? Bottom line: Bronx leaders received this money because they worked with the governor. Thereafter, the governor invested over $18 million into Bronx youth programs. So, we need to reach out and let him know what we would like to do for Co-op City. As far as the city is concerned, I don't think that we burned our bridges just because we rejected that animal shelter. On the contrary, I believe that some of those supporters will find a suitable location in the Bronx for that animal shelter. Regardless, we
need to stay focused, make good plans, and get what we need for this community. If LeBron James and other Bronx leaders did it, then we can do it. Close What do you think about some of these "community-based organizations, schools, and other providers" receiving $250,000 for after-school programs to deter gang activity? Did you know about this program and all of this money? If not, then we need to reach out and see if we can get some funding for a new community center and for some of our current programs and services. Thank you. Questions or comments? Please send a letter to: Daryl H. Johnson, Riverbay Board Director, c/o Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475. Also, please call me at 718-671-4544 if you would like to have a discussion with me. Okay, thatâ€™s it for now. So, please have a wonderful week. And, may God bless you and your family. Thank you.
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Blood Bank Hosting Blood Drive August 16 in Bartow Center Blood Shortage Has Been Declared In NYC; Donate & Receive Two Mets Tickets
There is an extremely severe shortage of blood for the New York City area. The New York/Hudson Valley Blood Services is appealing to all for donations. The Riverbay Community Blood Bank will be hosting this blood drive on Thursday, August 16, in the Bartow Community Center, room 31, from 3:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. with the assistance of Riverbay Corporation. Given the severe shortage of blood, all who respond to this call for giving blood will receive two (2) free tickets to a Mets game. Those who are not accepted as a donor for one reason or another will also be given tickets. This year, donors will have the opportunity to choose the date, game and seats they wish to attend through a website and then be able to print out their voucher. Available dates and seats are determined by the Mets organization. Anyone in good health between the ages of 17 and 75, a minimum of 110 lbs. and who has not donated within the last 56 days is an eligible blood donor. Those above the age of 75 may donate provided they have a note from their doctor stating that they may donate. Individuals 16 years of age may donate provided they have a consent form completed by a parent or legal guardian. Consent forms are available at the donation site, or online at www.nybloodcenter.org. Also available will be the use of the Alyx System should you choose to use it.
The Alyx System allows a donor to donate the same one (1) pint of blood, the difference is that as you donate, the Alyx System will separate your blood components into two, allowing two persons the opportunity to receive a complete blood transfusion from your one donation. The Alyx System only takes a few minutes longer when donating, and the collection syringe is smaller than that used in the conventional method. The choice is yours, you will be asked at the time of registration as to which type donation you wish to make, the conventional method or by using the Alyx System. The blood center staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have. All donors must be able to show picture ID. Please bring your NYBC donor card or identification with your signature and/or photo. Donating blood is relatively quick and easy. Most persons who are in reasonably good health are eligible to donate, even those on medications may donate with few exceptions. Should you have any questions regarding medical eligibility, you may contact the Hudson Valley, NY Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900. Please be sure to eat prior to donating. Light refreshments will be available upon completion of your donation. For additional information, please contact Joe Boiko at 718-320-3300, ext. 3409. “Live and Let Live is Good – Live and Help Live is Better” —Joe Boiko
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. The association and members thank Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for his support of the wishes of the Co-op City community in the matter of the proposed animal shelter being built without the respect of consultation of this community in the planning process of this endeavor. Join us for positive fun and free face painting, balloon animals, Tap dance, women’s self-defense demos, fashion show, Vargas and Tamara face painting/balloons, Winston Dinkins and the Velocity Track Team, Ellie and the Marvelous Minors, Voncile and the Bartow Swingers, DJ Kevin Green (Smooth), Master Brown on the grill, free hot dogs, icings, popcorn, long as they last and more activities, stay tuned. Better yet, come on out and enjoy the day with us. Waivers – All youth under the age of 18 years old, parents or an adult must sign a waiver form at the registration table for the youths to participate in the games. Organizations And Churches – are welcome to set up a table. Contact chairperson Ms. Evelyn Turner at 917324-1033 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. Volunteers – Please
meet with the association on Monday, August 13, at 7 p.m., Bldg. 33, on the ground floor. Please follows the arrows directing you to the Section 5 Association room. Shredder Truck – Will be here on Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Section 5 at 120 Erskine Place in the Circle. Sponsored by NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer in partnership with Congressman Eliot Engel, Council Member Andy King and AARP. Note: Limit of three boxes per household. If there are any questions, please call Comptroller Stringer’s Community Action Center at 212-669-3916. —H. Overman
Section 5 Association
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Prior to going on vacation, I attended the borough president’s public hearing regarding the proposed animal shelter. Upon my return, I learned of his appearance on News12 “Ask the Borough President” and was pleased to hear our Bronx Boro. President Ruben Diaz Jr. express his agreement with the disrespect that was shown. In the August 3rd article in the Bronx Times, he revealed, “At my public hearing, the applicant stated that 14 sites were reviewed, yet I was not aware that such a review was being undertaken,” stated Diaz in his recommendation. “I cannot help but think that had my office been aware that this process was underway, a suitable site that satisfied all stakeholders could have been identified.” What happens next? According to the flow chart, the City Planning Commission should hold a public hearing, approve, modify or disapprove the application and then it will go to the City Council (that process should take 60 days) so we must “follow the bouncing ball” and stay informed. As the year comes closer to an end, there are issues that remain and we should be able to clean up, close out, move forward and not leave them unaddressed. One such issue is resolution 17-72 prepared December 13, 2017 requesting the parcel of land in the “Memorandum of Donation” be appraised by a NYS Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. The resolution directed the Board to refrain from taking a vote until the written report has been provided. Mentioned, but not written in the resolution, was the suggestion to know the value of our entire property. In fact, the appraisal should be inclusive of all the land belonging to the Riverbay Corporation. If a report was done, I am not aware and apologize in advance, however, I do not recall receiving any information. I will be requesting an update. Since 2014, I advocated for enabling shareholders to downsize without additional equity payment. When resolution 2014-07 was presented, I was not in favor of it then and I am not in favor of it now. In most instances, transferees would incur debt, not logical for seniors especially. Not wavering over the years, I was pleased to hear Management present that option to the Lt. Governor when she visited. Management was asked for a transfer plan to accomplish this task. I asked for resolution 14-07 to be rescinded and was told the request will be a part of the resolution drawn up based on the management plan. The Lt. Governor visited in January, I hope we will see a plan sometime in September. In March, resolution 2018-06 was proposed. This resolution was a request to change the current equity from $4,500 per room to $6,000 per room. Although I am told it was withdrawn some have asked questions about the pros and cons of raising the equity. Harmful or helpful? Will this generate income for us? Will this help offset some of our expenses? Will we suffer vacancy loss? Will under-occupied transfer requests decrease? Prices are always rising and we must try and find ways to meet that challenge. How can we generate income that does not have an overwhelming impact on “we, the people.” Your suggestions are welcome. I have been asked to chair the Commercial Leas-
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Finishing What We Started ing Committee. If you are interested in joining, you can send an email, call or drop a note at the management office to the information below. Please include your name, building number, address and apartment number, email address and telephone number where you can be reached. FYI: An opportunity for organizations to learn and understand the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit entity Part I was 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 sta-
tus. The date (September 13th) for Part II of the workshop may have to be changed due to the Board of Election schedule change. Check your bulletin board for information so you can attend the next workshop, at the Dreiser Center room 10. “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 email@example.com.
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Co-op City Times / August 11, 2018
Building 25 Association
Preparing your children for back to school mode is never too early for a parent or child. Starting the new school year can be a time of excitement, anxiety and fear of the unknown. Consider these few tips to help calm you and your child’s fears. Take your child to school’s open house; together, tour the school, introduce yourself and child to the teacher, discuss with teachers if phone calls/emails is an option of staying in touch during the school year for the working parents. Obtain the class supply list, shop for school supplies, clothing or uniforms early for sales and beat the long lines urgency, having the right tools will help them feel prepared. Read all letters from school with your child, not just the problematic letters. Connect with friends by calling parents to find out which children are in your child’s class this year from last year’s class, refresh relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date. It is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember. Changing from summer fun to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Start practicing the routine change a few days in advance, have a drill, i.e., set an alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and time out the door. Believe it or not, routines help children feel comfortable, establishing a solid school routine in advance will make the first day of school go much smoother. Below are websites for public and catholic schools calendar year 2018: schools.nyc.gov Calendar; 2) catholicschoolsny.org Our first meeting after summer break will be Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m., notices will be posted should this date change. Today, we are having a Bake Sale in our lobby starting at 12:00 p.m. Make back to school a breeze with the following quote: “The first day of school! The day when the countdown to the last day of school begins.” (Some ecards) —Wanda Bailey Greetings. Please join us in welcoming Savannah, the newest member of our Building 9 family. Congratulations to Michael and Cynthia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Building 9 executive board members and our member volunteers for another standout year of meetings, social events and service. As we discussed last year, I wrote two grant proposals for Neighborhood Grants from Citizens Committee for New York City. We declined one of the two awarded project grants due to time and resource constraints. The accepted grant proposal project will be geared toward identifying, celebrating, empowering, engaging and enhancing the life and times of our most ‘mature’ neighbors. We will implement the outreach portion of our project in the next few weeks. We will discuss the project at our September meeting. Please see our Neighborhood Grant “winner” poster (in photo). On Monday,August 6th, I met with the 45th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers (P.O.s Griesinger, Cassells and Hirschman) assigned to Co-op City. We discussed some of the ongoing building concerns, such as trespassing, loitering, marijuana smoking, activities in the rear bench areas, basement and stairwells. We discussed strategic optimization of community policing resources. Remember, if you see something, say something. The flooring of the Building 9 lobby rear was replaced this past week. The installation of our garage #2 RFID access system is almost completed. The approved RFID vehicle tags should be affixed to our vehicles soon. New garage speed and directional signage has been installed. The project to remove the exposed steel beams on the garage roof areas will soon begin. We are in expectation of our new chevron-style building entrance construction project to commence within the next year. The replacement of our elevator motors and refacing of the interior elevators is also expected to commence within the next year.
Building 21 Association
A Fair to Remember What a beautiful memory we all made again at the Annual CO-OP City Fair. Many of you, over 100 of you, in fact, stopped by the Building 21 Association table and took our Wealth Survey. We were happy to give a free gift for your participation. Remember that? We asked questions like; do you agree with raising the minimum wage to $15.00 and other questions that pertain to health and finances. Health, you ask? Yes, that is correct. If you understand how healthy finances make a wealthy life, then your future is looking pretty good. The real question is: What do you want and what are you willing to do to have what you want? We address that question and whatever you bring to the TANK, in our “THINK TANK at Building 21” every Friday, 8:30 -10 p.m. We are located in the rear of 21B in “The Gathering Room,” and ALL are always welcomed. Any questions regarding the 21 Association, you have three ways of gaining information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call: 347.504.1821. Attend the monthly meetings which are held every 4th Thursday during the fiscal year (September through June). Note: We are here and open for you all throughout the summer in forums like the Section 4 Partnership and Think Tank. The Section 4 Partnership of Co-op City is planning our 2nd Christmas “Surprise” Extravaganza and activities for the remainder of 2018. The date is Friday, December 14th. The Section 4 Partnership meets every Friday, 7:30 8:30 p.m. in “The Gathering Room” in the rear lobby of Building 21B (120 Bellamy Loop). Come, have some fun and lend a helping hand. Be involved. Make a difference. Come join us at Building 21 sometime. We are dedicated to the self-development and empowerment of every shareholder in CO-OP City. We are passionate about our community. Don’t you share this positive energy and passion? What do YOU want? Come and tell us. Make your voice heard. Bring a friend. Bring a skeptical friend. Bring a young friend. Come, and let’s begin again! Each one of us, multiplied by all of us, equals a force for good. See you around the neighborhood! —Michelle Marbury
Our groundsman, Mr. Charles, our Grounds supervisor, and our Grounds director have invested considerable time and resources to beautify and maintain our building grounds area. Our newly installed enclosed flower beds are flourishing. Millions of dollars are spent to upgrade, beautify and maintain our buildings, grounds and our community. Please consider changing your perception of our collective home and about how you, your family and visitors respect and maintain our home. There is no excuse for public littering, throwing items out of the windows, loitering and trespassing in stairwells, creating noise nuisances, etc. This is our home. Please do your part to preserve and protect our building and our community. Be the change you wish to see. Thank you to members Evelyn and Michelle and the many others who attended the Animal Shelter Hearing at the Bronx Borough President’s Office. Community Board #10 voted in our favor, the borough president voted in our favor, our City Council Member Andy King has pledged his support when the City Council hears the matter. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Maintaining our standard of living and quality of life is everyone’s responsibility. We experience success when we cooperate and participate. “Chance favors the prepared mind.” –Louis Pasteur —Linda Collins
Building 9 Association
Building 32 Association
Family Fun Day Volunteers are still needed for the Section Five Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 8. Please call our association president, Ms. Bailey, at (718) 3797754 to volunteer. Our executive board also needs to replace former members. The time commitments are small, one hour once a month from September to June and two hours once every two months when there is a general meeting. Please contact Ms. Bailey for additional information. Meetings and other planned activities will resume in September/October. What should never stop is our commitment to show consideration to our fellow cooperators. Examples of consideration are as follows: get to the laundry room in a timely fashion; don’t slam your apartment door or staircase door; take your boxes and household items to the basement; if you spill something, clean it up and if you drop something, pick it up; and clean up after your dog. Remember, with ownership comes responsibility. —Lorna Smith
Co-op City Times / August 11, 2018
Co-op City Toastmasters Club
Food Pantry Update Did you know? 1. Black Forum food pantry was started by long-time cooperator, Tony Illis. It is not managed by the government. It's an offshoot of the Black Forum of Co-op City organization. 2. The organization partners with the Department of Youth and Community Development to employ NYC youths – many from Co-op City – year-round. 3. We distributed 459,251 pounds of canned, fresh and frozen food for FREE to the community in 2017. Please send notes of support to let Riverbay and elected officials know that the Black Forum food pantry needs a viable space to continue serving the community. The note can be as long or as short as you want. It can be a simple sentence that says, “I need the pantry open because I am on a fixed income.” Your submission can be anonymous or you can share your name. The notes can be mailed, emailed or dictated over our voicemail. Paper and pens for writing notes are available outside Dreiser, room 20. Please leave your note in the provided envelope. We'll also be accepting notes on Saturday, August 18, at the Section 5 Fun Day. Contact: email@example.com, 718-320-8035, P.O. Box 563, Bronx, NY 10475. Defensive Driving Course Classes resume Saturday, September 8; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dreiser Center, room 1. Please arrive ten minutes early. Lower your liability insurance cost by 10% and remove up to 4 points from your driver’s license. Please make checks of $35, payable to ‘Black Forum of Co-op City,’ and mail to P.O. Box 563, Bronx, NY 10475 at least 1½ weeks before class. Include name and phone number. Walk-ins are welcomed, but only a $35 cash payment will be accepted the day of the class – no checks. Call by noon the Friday before to register for seating. Please bring your current driver’s license and a pen. (718) 320-8035. Sugar House Casino, Philadelphia, PA (only 4 seats remain) Saturday, September 22. The cost is $45.00 with a $20.00 slot play casino rebate. NO REFUNDS. We are accepting monies now. Payment is due by August 31. 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 – SOLD OUT (again). Don't worry - we'll return next year! Saturday, August 18. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest. Pickup 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. Call 917-209-5334 or 718-320-0033 if you have questions. Contact (718) 320-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. —D. Illis
Building 27 Association
Greetings, neighbors. Hope all are being careful under the heat wave. Drink plenty of water, walk under an umbrella. My fellow cooperators, attending the public hearing was being proactive. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. supported the wishes of the Co-op City community. For this, we thank him. Did you email or called in your thanks to him? Folks, we have to stand together as a community for what we want. The MTA hearing has taught us that when we neglect to attend these public hearings to voice our opinions, it will and can affect the outcome of a decision. So let’s continue to stand together. Dog Logo Sign – is eye catching and positive, reminding the owners to clean up after their dogs. They are posted right at the lobby door entrance; you can’t miss it. National Night Out – August 7, 6 to 11 p.m. on the Section 1 Greenway, hosted by the Riverbay Fund, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, 45th Precinct and the 45th Precinct Council. Bring your chairs, and enjoy. Section 5 Family Fun Day – is Saturday, August 18th, 12 to 6 p.m. Bring your chairs, neighbors and children and let’s enjoy the day. Shredder Truck – will be here also on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limited three boxes of documents per household. Location: 120 Erskine Pl. in the circle. 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. Note – The fundraising committee will be in Bldg. 27C lobby on Thursday, August 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. to collect payments for the Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise. August 9, $40, to hold your seat, and final payment Sept. 13. 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. Happy Birthday to those celebrating this month, and the best of health to all. Contact Lydia Rondon at (718) 583-3040 to share news of any sickness or if a neighbor has deceased. At the end of the day, be nice, respectful and offer genuine kindness and love to your neighbor, life is so short. To get the full value of joy, you must have people to divide it with. (Mark Twain). —H. Overman
Co-op City Toastmasters (CCTM) welcomes one and all to join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. No, we don’t make toast, but it’s certainly the place to be if you want to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Come out to our next meeting on Thursday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m. and see if “what we do” will help you. At our next meeting, you will also meet the 2018 “Toastmaster of the Year.” IP District Director Nancy Garlick will be our special guest as she comes to honor one of our very own. Your presence, of course, will ensure a very special occasion complete with light refreshments and socializing. Remember, mark your calendar to attend the CCTM meeting on Thursday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m. in rm. 28, Bartow Community Center. Friends and neighbors, communication is not an option. If you tend to get nervous when speaking in front of strangers or just want to get better at it, then we can help. It is never ever too late; you only need to be 18 yrs. to join and have a commitment of self-improvement. Toastmasters can help you and we have fun and make new friends in the process. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 p.m. in the Bartow Center, 2049 Bartow Ave., lower level. If you have long wanted to find easy ways to rid yourself of all the silly grammatical infractions that we constantly make, ahs and ums, then we are the place to be for support, encouragement and fun. Come, bring a friend see for yourself on any 1st and 3rd Thursday at 7:30 p.m.. To find more information on Toastmasters International, please visit www.Toastmasters.org or toastmasters46.org or 3824.toastmastersclubs.org. You may also call us at 718-344-6719. —H. Joseph
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Velocity Track Club
On July 23rd to July 29th, Velocity Track Club New York competed in the 2018 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC. It was a life-learning experience for our athletes, parents and coaches. I enjoyed attending the Junior Olympics because it gave us the opportunity to interact with other coaches from around the country and observe how their athletes work out. The coaches and parents were also able to interact with college/university scouts. The scouts that attended are in search of new talent and there’s no better place to find the most elite track & field athletes in the country than at the Junior Olympics. We had 17 athletes who competed in the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics and one in the AAU Junior Olympics. Unfortunately, we didn’t return home with any medals, but our children gave their best and I’m proud of each and every one of them. They didn't place in the top eight in their events, but they are still considered some of the best athletes in the country. This is a big accomplishment for them because track and field is very competitive and only the best of the best make it to the Junior Olympics. In retrospect, there are more than eight universities in the country looking to give out scholarships to young promising athletes in track and field. We came close in many events to earn a medal and I’m positive that next year we will definitely surpass our Junior Olympics medal count of five from the previous year. We had six student athletes in the top 25 and 11 athletes who broke their personal record. The coaches were delighted to see 11 athletes perform their best on the biggest stage of the season. The following studentathletes are ranked in the t o p 2 5 a t t h e U S AT F Hershey National Junior Olympics: In the Girls 9 & 10 Division, Brianna Burrell is ranked 14th in the Velocity Track Club long jump. In the 11 &12 Girls Division, Tiarra Jackson is ranked 14th, and Adonijah Washington is ranked 20th in the 1500-meter race walk. Olyvia Burrell is ranked 12th in the long jump. Jada Clarke is ranked 10th in the high jump, 19th in the pentathlon and long jump. In the girls 15 & 16 age division, Hannah Gadpaille is ranked 16th in the 100-meter dash and 15th place in the 200 meters. With continued hard work and the Lord’s blessings, they will get that well-eserved scholarship. The coaches are extremely pleased with the athletes that PRed (broke their personal record)! Great job goes out to the following: Adonijah Washington, Tiarra Jackson, Hannah Gadpaille, Brianna Burrell, Olyvia Burrell, Julian Caldwell, Hannah Deflorimonte, Ryann Joseph, Jenelle Bryan, Shyenne Blake and Jada Clarke. If you know a child who may be interested in joining this outstanding family, we are having orientation on Thursday, August 23rd in the Bartow Community Center, room 28, in Co-op City. Parent/guardian must attend orientation for your child to enroll with the Velocity Track Club. Velocity Track Club New York is a 501(c)3 notFamily Owned and Operated for-profit. One hundred percent of your donation will go towards helping our children. Support our youth, • Large Chapel • Pre-need counseling so they can continue to do great things! For addion premises tional information, you can go to our website, Veloc• Out of town services • Ample Parking itytrack.org, or contact Coach Winston Dinkins at on premises 914-441-6196 or via email email@example.com. • Cremations —Winston Dinkins • Casket Showroom
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Matthew Miller Wins Black Belt Division At Annual US Capitol & China Open
Matthew Miller (left) and his father, Michael, display his trophies won at the Annual US Capitol and China Open.
Last Saturday, Aug. 4, Co-op City resident Matthew Miller, a Black sash, represented the Martial Way Kung-Fu Center here in Co-op City at the 36th Annual US Capitol and China Open in Maryland. Matthew won 1st Place in the black belt kata (forms) division, 1st Place in the Black Belt Weapons Division and 1st Place in the sparring division. Matthew also took 3rd Place in the Kung-Fu forms division where nearly all of the spectators thought he had won and one of his competitors should have won 2nd place, but placed next to last in the Weapons division. Nearly all of the spectators were in complete shock at the ruling and came over to congratulate Matthew. Next stop for Matthew will be later on this month in Southern New Jersey and in November, Matthew will be inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh and then later on in November, Matthew will participate in the 2018 Karate Tournament of Champions (KTOC). —Michael Miller
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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. Cancelled. 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. Sold Out! Contact: Lois Scott, 347-207-0523. • Aug. 15th (Wed) “Donns Summer Musical” at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. By popular demand, we are going again. About 10 seats are available, come join us. Showtime: 2:00 p.m. Price: $107. Deposit $57/Balance due ASAP. 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 a.m. at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Price: $75. Deposit: $40/Balance $35 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. We will accept your check or money order only payable to Retirees Of Dreiser Loop. Committee members will be available in the Dreiser clubroom 19 (718-379-0377) on Mondays and/or Thursdays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Good And Welfare Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ruby Fuller who recently passed away. Those of you still under the weather, know that you are thought of warmly and wished brighter days. Call Josephine Flowers, 718-3200539, regarding illnesses and bereavements. Our next Wednesday Jazz Up Your Health With A Senior Spa Day will be in September – date to be determined. Call Claudette D, 718-379-4784, or Hattie L, 718-671-8449, if interested in joining us on our next 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. “There are no negatives in life, only challenges to overcome that will make you —Claudette Davis stronger.”
National Council Of Negro Women
Sight and Sound Theatre – We are just a week away from Saturday, August 18, and our trip 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. We have just a couple of seats left. If you are interested, 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. On July 31, 1965, Medicaid and Medicare were signed into law. Come find out what are the current benefits of both of these programs 53 years later. NCNW Installation Ceremony – On Saturday, August 11, officers for New York State sections of NCNW, will be installed as a group by our State Convener Johnnie Walker at Jackson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Hempstead, NY. These officers will serve from 2018 to 2020. Our speaker at the Joint Installation Ceremony will be Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate. 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
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. Month of August: 1. On Sundays, there will be service with Holy Communion at 9 a.m. 2. No midday service on Wednesdays 3. The following groups will be on break for the entire month • Sunday school • Choir • ECW (Episcopal Church Women) • Men’s group • Vestry We look forward to welcoming you to service at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, when we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. Our Supply Priest is Father Simeon O. Johnson who will be the preacher and celebrant. Fundraising Event Our next event is a Gospel Cruise onboard The Spirit of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 22. The package includes transportation by Deluxe Motorcoach, 2-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, 2018. 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 718320-0844. You may also visit our website at https://www.stjosephsepcbronxorg for information on St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church, Co-op City, Bronx, New York. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; * happy are they who trust in him!” — Psalm 34:8 —Merville Chambers
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Co-op City Times / August 11, 2018
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, www.newsongchurchnyc.org. The Danger of Unbelief 4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. -Mark 6:4-6 (NLT) There’re only two places in all of scripture where Jesus is “amazed” by something. He’s amazed by the faith of a Roman Centurion in Luke chapter 7, and the result of that faith was a miracle. Here in Mark chapter 6, Jesus is amazed at the unbelief He encountered in His hometown of Nazareth. What was the result of that unbelief? “He couldn’t do any miracles among them.” Jesus is moved, even amazed at the smallest amount of faith that is exercised. He’s amazed when we trust Him with our circumstances and our struggles. He’s amazed when we come to Him believing that He can save, He can heal, He can deliver, He can restore! The writer of Hebrews says…
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. –Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) The problem in Nazareth was that the people were full of unbelief. You see, this was Jesus’ hometown, and the people already had their minds made up about who Jesus was. They were so convinced that this was “just Jesus the carpenter, Mary’s son” that they missed out on the miracle of knowing who Jesus really is. Our world is full of unbelief today. People think they know who Jesus is, and because their minds are made up, they miss out on the miracle of knowing Him. Notice in verse 5 that Jesus “did heal a few sick people.” It’s not that Jesus didn’t want to work a miracle in all the others, it’s that only a few people came to Him to be healed! What about you? Has unbelief so filled your heart that you don’t even ask Jesus to help you? Are you trying to find your answers in other people or places, only to be disappointed when they’re powerless to help you? If you’re bound by an addiction, Jesus can break those chains. If your marriage is falling apart, Jesus can put it back together. Friend, there’s a God in heaven who loves you. He can make right your every wrong, and He wants you to have just a little bit of faith in Him. He still saves, He still heals, He still works miracles, you just need to ask Him! —Pastor Mike Tolone
Faith @ Work Christian Church
Evangelical Church of Co-op City – UMC
Faith @ Work Christian Church is located at 120 DeKruif Place (street level). Praise and Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Church telephone (347) 202-7006; email: email@example.com; www.faithatworkchurch.org. Weekly Worship Experiences: Tuesday Prayer Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study cancelled until September. Sunday Morning Worship, 9:30 a.m. Teen church, 10:00 a.m., 2nd Sundays; Children’s Church, 3rd Sundays (K3); Older Children’s Church, 4th Sundays (4th-7th). Church Motto: “We are Christ-centered, family-focused with power and authority.” Church Mission: To empower, educate and motivate men, women, boys and girls to reach their full potential and live abundant lives through preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Come worship with us, where we honor tradition, but are not bound by it! All are welcome to join us any and every Sunday because our goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in love, through teaching and preaching the Word of God from the Bible. Food Pantries Third Sundays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Dreiser, room 4. NO I.D. required (August 19th). Fourth Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registered Senior Citizens only until further notice. This is a USDA-funded program and registration is frozen until further notice. Remember, it’s never about us, but always about the goodness of the Lord. —Pastor Deborah D. Jenkins
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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 Service is at 12:00 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. Tuesday afternoon at noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 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 who have a personal relationship with Him. Summer Outdoor Fire Pit Service: On Friday, August 10th, there will be a picnic from 6-7 p.m. (bring a dish to share) and at 7 p.m. until, as the Holy Spirit leads, we will have a fire pit service. This will be a fun and spiritual time to spend with each other. It will be held outside of the church building at 2350 Palmer Avenue across from Building 30. Hope to see you there. God bless. —Barbara Penn
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Room 31 unless otherwise noted 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.- 12 p.m. Card Games 2-4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m. (New) YOGA w/Peggy Hill 11 a.m. 12 p.m., JASA Main Office
Room 49 unless otherwise noted
Room 7 unless otherwise noted
Alternate Kosher Meals are also available
Library 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Line Dancing 10-11am, Rm. 45 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
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 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rm. 7 Mind Teasers 12 - 1 p.m. Rm. 4 Diabetes Support Group 1 p.m. – Last Monday of the month Bereavement Counseling 1 p.m., Rm. 13 Gentle Yoga 1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m., Rm. 2 Intermediate Yoga 2-3 p.m.
Apple juice Turkey burger Whole wheat hamburger bun Potato salad Tossed salad w/dressing Canned pineapple Alt: Tuna salad
Beef stew Perfect white rice Green bean Sautéed
Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Orange juice Alert & Alive Vacation until Sept. 5 Pepper steak Oven fried chicken Matinee Movie 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Computer Class – Rm. 13, Beginner White rice Cous Cous 11- a.m. – 12 p.m. Asian cabbage Italian blend Health & Wellness Support Group vegetables Cultural Dance 10:30–11:30 a.m., Aud. B Whole wheat bread 10–11 a.m. Fresh fruit Mind Teasers 12–1 p.m., Rm. 4 Alt: Egg salad Zumba 1–2 p.m., Aud. A Karaoke by Steven 1–2 p.m., Rm. 45 Matinee 1 p.m. Computer Class – Rm. 13 Blood Pressure Every 1st & 3rd Wed. Dominoes 10 a.m. Rm. 45 Orange Pineapple Beginner 10 -11 a.m. 9 a.m. -10 a.m. juice Intermediate 11 a.m. -12 p.m. Spelling Bee 10 a.m. Games 9:30 a.m. -11 a.m. Baked breaded Only 6 seats available Beef Salisbury steak Stay Well Exercise – Vac until Sept 5th (New) Body in motion with Ola chicken cutlet Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30w/ mushroom sauce Line Dancing 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Kasha Varnishkes 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Card Games 2-4 p.m. Egg noodles Beet salad Dominoes 2:30 p.m. Spanish Practice Class 10:30 a.m. in Sewing 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sautéed spinach Whole wheat bread Smartphone Class Bartow Main office Computer Lab Tai Chi Vacation until August 29th Fresh fruit Beginner – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Art Class 1-3 p.m. Zumba 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Rm. 4 Alt: Salmon Salad Intermediate 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Yoga 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Rm. 2 Library 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Orange juice Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Word Games 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Baked fillet of Sole fish 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Grandparent Connection 1st Thurs., Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Dill lemon sauce Pork Stir-Fry 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., Green beans & tomatoes w/ vegetables Line Dancing 10 – 11 a.m., Aud. A Bartow Main Office Mashed butternut Arthritis Exercise 11 a.m., Rm. 45 Piano Sing Along 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yellow rice squash Chat Session -9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Spelling Bee 11 a.m. (New) Purple Life Trail Fitness with Damion Whole Wheat bread Steamed broccoli NEW Yoga w/Damion 9:45–10:45 a.m. Word Search 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Section 1 - Greenway Applesauce Card Games 2–4 p.m. Karaoke by Steven 1 p.m., Rm. 45 Drama Club Vacation until Sept. 13 Alt: Turkey salad Dominoes 2:30 p.m. Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Men’s Line Dancing 9a.m.-10 a.m. Apple juice Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Art 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Word Games 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Spanish style roast Tuna fish salad Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Women’s Line Dancing 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bingo 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. chicken Classic Macaroni 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Pokeno 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Rm. 35 Chat Session 10 a.m. Roasted potatoes salad Piano Sing-along 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Blood Pressure 2nd & 4th Fri., 10 - Meditative Moments Vacation until Sept. 7 Steamed carrots Pita halves Pokeno 3rd Fri., 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Karaoke 12:45 – 2:45pm 11:30 a.m., Rm. 45 Challah bread Garden salad Card Games 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free Oil Painting Classes Room 38, Bingo 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Fresh fruit Dominoes 2:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Alt: Gefilte fish
Word Games 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Walking Club 10:30 a.m. Caregiver Support Group 1 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tues. Card Games 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m.
Dominoes 10 a.m.
For information, please call: (718) 320-2066
(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 three 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 – Fri., Aug. 17th, 31st & Sept. 7th & 21st, 9 a.m. - 12 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. Dreiser Back to School Supplies Drive – Beginning Aug. 7th – Sept. 1st, rm. 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please drop off notebooks, pencils, sharpeners, binders, lined writing paper, erasers, crayons, pens, construction paper, pocket folders, staplers, calculators, rulers, hand sanitizer, tissue napkins, etc. All donations go to local schools. Diabetes Self-Management Program – Join us for a FREE 6-week workshop to help manage your chronic conditions. All seniors are welcome – 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, Sept 5th & 12th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FREE light breakfast included. To register or get more information, please contact Julissa Reynoso, 646-946-1252, or register in the JASA NORC office. Seats for 20 people. Throggs Neck Shopping Mall – Target, TJ Maxx, Sketchers, etc. $3; Wed., Aug. 15th; Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m.
Fee for lunch is $2.00 & $5.00 for guest
ALL meals served w/margarine and fresh milk *Menu subject to change without notice. Alternate Kosher Meals are also available Bartow Center (929) 399-1394 Dreiser Center (718) 320-1345 • Einstein Center (718) 671-5161
Wal-Mart – Wed., Aug. 15th; $15. Bartow, 8:30 a.m.; Einstein, 8:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 9 a.m. Wait list. Farmers Market Coupons will be distributed on Mon., Aug. 13th, at 10 a.m. in all three senior centers. You must be 60 years or older. Only one booklet may be issued to a household. Seniors must provide proof of income and sign the 2018 statement of eligibility form. First Come, First Served! St. Mary’s Pool – Fri., Aug. 17th & 24th; $3. Pool aerobics for seniors, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Bartow, 8:30 a.m.; Einstein, 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser, 9 a.m. There is a $25 yearly fee to use the facility, which can be paid at the pool by check or money order. IKEA – Mon., Aug. 20th; $15. Bartow, 9 a.m.; Einstein, 9:15 a.m.; Dreiser, 9:30 a.m. Empire – Tues., Aug. 21st; $5. Bartow, 9 a.m.; Einstein, 9:15 a.m.; Dreiser, 9:30 a.m. Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA – $30; Sat., Aug. 25th. Bonus: $30 slot play and $5 food voucher. Dreiser, 8 a.m.; Bartow, 8:15 a.m.; Einstein, 8:30 a.m. Depart from casino 6 p.m. Lunch will be provided on bus. Payment deadline Wed., Aug. 15th. Cash only no checks (Wait list). Shoprite – Mon., Aug. 27th; $4. Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m. Wal-Mart – Tues., Aug. 28th; $15. Bartow, 8:30 a.m.; Einstein, 8:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 9 a.m. Fairway/BJ’s – Thurs., Aug. 30th; $4. Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m. Central Ave. – Thurs., Aug. 30th; $13. Bartow,
8:30 a.m.; Einstein, 8:45 a.m.; Dreiser. 9 a.m. Open House @ the Einstein Sr. Ctr. – Sat., Sept. 1st, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit your local Sr. Ctr. Sign up as a new member and receive a free lunch. Lunch: $2. Jerk chicken, red beans & rice, steamed vegetables. Kosher meal by request. JASA Closed Mon., Sept. 3rd in observance of LABOR DAY. Computer Classes – Einstein Loop, rm. 40; Mon., Sept. 10th; Beg. - 9:30 a.m.; Int. - 10:30 a.m.; Adv. - 11:30 a.m. Call 718-320-2066 to register. (Only 6 seats available.) Computer classes – Dreiser Loop, rm. 13; Tues., Sept. 11th; 11 a.m.; Wed., Sept. 12th; 10 & 11 a.m. Call 718-320-1345 to register. National Museum of African American History, Washington, DC – Thurs., Oct. 4; $85. Payment due by Fri., Aug., 31st. Light breakfast served on bus. Bartow, 7:15 a.m.; Dreiser, 7:30 a.m.; Einstein, 7:45 a.m. Return: 5:15 p.m. No Refunds. Wait List. Renault Winery and Atlantic City Resorts Casino – $110. $15 bonus slot play. Sat., Oct. 6th. Guided tour of Winery, family-style lunch. Menu: chicken francaise, sliced roast beef with gravy, garden fresh salad, chef’s choice of starch and vegetable, pickled beets, rolls, chef choice of dessert, wine tasting bar, coffee, tea, champagne toast, DJ music for dancing. Deadline for payment: Mon., Aug. 20th.
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Scheduling Activities Calendar
Goose Island Seniors
I would like to thank everyone who came with us to see the play “Nunsense” on Thursday, August 2nd. It was a gorgeous day with a wonderful group of people, a delicious meal and a lovely play. I hope you enjoyed it, too. Bingo—Monday, August 13th; Wednesday, August 15th and Friday, August l7th. We’ve made a slight change in time. We will be starting all Bingos at 1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. with Stephen in our club room #39. Members only. Admission, $5.00 for 3 cards, 12 games and Jackpot. Extra cards are 25¢ each. Refreshments available. Sunday Bingo this month: August 26th. Game Days—Tuesdays and Thursdays, our club room is set up for our members to play games, Mahjong, Dominoes, Kalooki, Wii Bowling, Tennis, etc.), 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Members may bring a friend or two). $1 collected for refreshments. WiFi available. Matinee Movie—August 21st. Third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., room# 45. Feature: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Run For Your Wife—Thursday, September 27th, 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 timer. A meek and mild taxi driver has found himself with two wives in two areas of town all due to his inability to say “no” to a woman in need. “Virtually continuous laughter” –The NY Post
Foxwoods—Thursday, October 18th. Time, 8:30 a.m. Price, $35. Rebate, $10 food. Christmas In The Air—Monday, November 5th at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, NJ. Their most popular show of the year. Song, dance, comedy sketches, original songs with live onstage orchestra. Price, $95, for table served entrée, dessert buffet and show. To pay for trips, you may drop off, mail, or call for pick up. To all members: Happy birthday to all members celebrating their day in August: Amy Rindner, Rose F. Koerner, Marvine Holiman, Roberta McGee, Archangle K. Ortiz, Sylvia Polite, Bonnie Silverman, Evelyn Foster, Diana Gordan, Ella Thorne, Joann Evans and Angel Rondon. Special Mass & Memorial—September 16th, at 8:30 a.m. for Lydia Ruas, Cancer Care Fund president, Einstein. 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. 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 on 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.
Reminder: Only three days available, August 13, 14 & 15, for AARP Peachtree Chapter & Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment 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 – five 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 0. Please call 718-3793159 or 718-320-1946 to reserve a session. Reminder: 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 September 5 – September 6 – Dover Downs Hotel & Casino w/Live Marvin Gaye Tribute Show; $50 slot play; one-night stay at hotel; one breakfast, one dinner; tour of Dover Delaware & farmers market. Seats available. Price: $309/person double; $395 single; balance due ASAP. Contact Hannah, 718-379-7962. October 11 – Legends & Laughter at Resorts Casino (Atlantic City) – A musical journey with impressions of Rod Stewart, The Temptations, Tony Orlando, Prince and others starring Jimmy Mazz; $25 slot play; deluxe Motorcoach transportation; $79/person. Contact Judith, 718-379-3370. 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 five 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
AARP Chapter #4997
No Standing/Parking In Dumpster Pads
Shareholders are reminded that there is no standing or parking in the dumpster pads. These areas are strictly for the use of Riverbay Corporation vehicles. All unauthorized vehicles will be towed at vehicle owners’ expense. Thank you for your cooperation.
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It’s that time of year again, the High Holidays are coming up: Rosh Hashanah – September 9 thru 11, 2018 Yom Kippor – September 18 thru 19, 2018. Therefore, it time for our members to reserve their seats. Please send in your payment for your seat as soon as possible. For non-members, please call the office at 718-379-6920 and leave your name, the number of seats required and a phone number so that we can reach you. We will get back to you with all the information you will need to reserve your seat. General Information: The Traditional Synagogue is located in Section 5, 120 Erdman Place in the rear Lobby of 27B. It is on the ground floor of Building 27B. Its handicap accessible, no steps. Phone: 718379-6920. 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 9 a.m. After services, we always have a kiddush. The synagogue has a Facebook page, Traditional Synagogue. The synagogue needs donations. Whatever amount you can donate would help the synagogue’s finances. 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 services. 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 its air conditioned. Candle Lighting for Friday, August 10, is at 7:42 p.m. Sabbath ends on Saturday, August 11, at 8:49 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. August Birthdays: A special 94th Birthday to Nora Singer, Happy Birthday to Barbara Rose, Michael Schwaiger, Howard and Steven Schwartz. Fun and Games: After services and kiddush, some men and women play Rummy-cube. Your support of the Traditional Synagogue is greatly appreciated. Wishing all our members and friends’ peace and good health. —Gary Schwartz
Chavurah Temple Beth El
Chavurah Temple Beth El of Co-op City is having services for the High Holidays this year in the Dreiser Center. We look forward to seeing you and please bring your friends. Your support is rewarding as we keep Judaism alive in Co-op City. Hear the sound of the Shofar. Bring in the new year 5779. The High Holidays – Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur are just around the corner and you are invited to worship with us. Services are as follows: Rosh Hashanah Evening: Sunday, September 9, 8:00 p.m., Dreiser, room 4 Morning: Monday, September 10, 10:30 a.m., Dreiser, room 4 Yom Kippur Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Dreiser, room 4 Yom Kippur Day: Wednesday, September 19 Morning Service – 10:00 a.m., Dreiser, room 4 Public Yiskor – 1:00 p.m., Dreiser, room 4 Public Yiskor – 2:30 p.m., Dreiser, room 4 Mincha & Neliah – 4:00 p.m., Dreiser, room 4 All services are to be held in Dreiser, room 9. There is no charge for tickets for all services. Just come. Tickets will be mailed out to all our members, along with the form for names to be read or added on our Yartzeit list. If you have names you wish to have read, please fill out the form and mail it back. Please come and worship with us, as many of you have done in the past. On Yom Kippur, we will read the list of the departed loved ones who are dear to your hearts, and are on our temple’s Yartzeit list, and the names of those that have also been given to us. For further information, please email Rabbi Dennis Tobin at RabbiDennisTobin@aol.com, or call him at 973-769-3915. We look forward to beginning the year of 5779 with you and your families. —Rabbi Dennis Tobin
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Open Door Ministries Unbroken Fellowship Full sermon at opendoorministries.net
Where are you headed? Exodus 20:2 “I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. Romans 6:6 We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Christ, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. 7 For the person who has died with Christ has been freed from the power of sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe we will also live together with Him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to glorify God in unbroken fellowship with Him. 11 Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin and your relationship to it +broken, but alive to God in unbroken fellowship with Him in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts and passions. 13 Do not go on offering members of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness. But offer yourselves to God in a decisive act as those alive [raised] from the dead to a new life, and your members [all your abilities—sanctified, set apart] as instruments of righteousness yielded to God. 14 For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under Law as slaves, but under unmerited grace as recipients of God’s favor and mercy. 1 God offers freedom through service and honor given to Him only 2 Distractions in worship lead to idols of the heart – our focus must be on God 3 We are free from sin not to sin – the decisions are left up to us and consequences follow 4 If we continue in sin we grieve and quench the Holy Spirit and begin to die spiritually 5 We are dead to sin and alive in Christ if we surrender, submit and seek him continually 6 We can choose sin, or we can choose Christ, but we can’t have both 7 Whatever masters us owns us – our bodies and minds should be instruments of God Sunday Services are @ 11 a.m. in Bartow Community Center, room 28. Contact Pastor Luis by text, 917-334-4407, or email opendoorministries .net. Blessings in Christ. —Pastor Luis Ramos
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Church of the New Vision
Pastors Kenneth Hodge and Deborah Hodge and the New Vision congregation invite you and your family to come and worship the Lord with us. Church of the New Vision is designed to meet the spiritual needs of God’s people. Serving the community for over 45 years, we offer a warm, friendly, spirit-filled atmosphere of Christian love. All are welcome. Order of Services Sunday Worship Service: 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Adult and Youth Sunday School: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Mid-day Bible Study: Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Youth Ministry: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Events • Sunday, August 12th, there will be one service at 9:30 a.m. • Youth Ministry’s Free to Worship Dance Camp, Wednesday, 8/15, to Saturday, 8/18. Time 8:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m. A mission to reach youth to transform their lives and impact others. Filled with passion, love and dedication that God shows us. We will use Liturgical Dance Ministry as a powerful tool of praise and worship to honor and worship God. Encouraging this generation to be free to worship. Open to all ages 3-23. 3-7 years old, $40.00 8-12 years old, $50.00 13-18 years old, $60.00 19-23 years old, $70.00 Prices cover the fee for all four days. Breakfast and lunch included. • The Food Pantry at our church in Section 5 is suspended due to a fire at the distribution center and will be closed until further notice. Church of the New Vision is located at 115 Einstein Loop, Bronx, NY 10475. Office: (718) 671-8746 or (203) 374-3020. Mailing address: P.O. Box 75303, Bronx, NY 10475. Visit our Facebook page: Church of the New Vision concerning upcoming events and trips or call the church. —Sis. Carol Haque
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 9:00 a.m. for worship service. Please note our summer worship schedule has begun. We will have one worship service at 9:00 a.m. The summer schedule will remain in effect through Sunday, September 9. 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. 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 30th 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 718320-3774. 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 pp double room. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due on or before July 29. For additional information, call 917-7474338, 718-671-1271 or 718-320-3774. The Scholarship Ministry invites you to mark the date to join them on their upcoming cruise to the Greek Isles and Italy on August 9, 2019. This 11day cruise includes port charges, taxes, transfers and airfare. Additional information will be available next week. 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
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Community Protestant Church
On behalf of our pastor, Reverend Dr. Calvin E. Owens, and our church family, welcome to Community Protestant Church, a church of love and understanding, located at 1659 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10469; telephone, (718) 862-9172. Summer Church Schedule (DressDown 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; three buffet breakfasts; one group dinner, two-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, 2018 (nonrefundable after 7/3). 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. 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
Co-op City Times / August 11, 2018
Public Safety Report
More information about campus fire safety can be obtained on the Campus Firewatch website at www.campus-firewatch.com. Campus Firewatch is a national newsletter focusing on campus fire safety issues. They have been a leader in raising awareness of the importance of fire safety at our nation’s campuses. Campus Firewatch has also been the catalyst for numerous projects and efforts over the years. Campus Firewatch believes that a student with fire safety knowledge can change the outcome of an otherwise fatal fire. Additional resources have been made available by a $497,000 grant by the Department of Homeland Security. This money has been used to put on fire safety education pamphlets, as well as a website www.igot2kno.org. This website has valuable information and videos especially designed for young adults. Videos on the website include a survivor’s fire story and how alcohol use can increase fire risk. The website is put out by The People’s Burn Foundation and has groups on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Every year, awareness of this hazard increases. If your child is going off to college be sure to take steps to ensure their safety. College students also need to be aware of the fact that callers with bad intentions may intentionally target blocks of campus and off-campus telephone numbers. Callers may try to obtain information from students under false pretences. College students can be the victim of identity theft or other types of scams. Telephone calls obscene in nature may also be received. Students should use caution and never give out personal information over the telephone to somebody they do not know. Campus and local police should be notified of any incidents. A future article will feature “Back to school safety tips” for elementary to high school age students. As we approach the last weeks of summer, we remind cooperators of these summer rules. Consumer fireworks of any type are highly dangerous and are illegal in New York State. Zero-tolerance enforcement will be conducted by the Co-op City Department of Public Safety, as well as the New York City Police Department. Barbequing is also not permitted on any of the public areas of Co-op City.
Strict guidelines set forth by the New York City Fire Department are in effect for barbequing only on terraces or townhouse patios. Propane tanks are strictly prohibited by the New York City Fire Department in any multiple family dwellings. Residents are also reminded that Bike Riding is not permitted near buildings, in shopping malls or anywhere else signs prohibiting bicycle riding are posted. Have a safe and healthy summer. Use caution near pools, beaches and other bodies of water. Ocean beaches are particularly dangerous this time of the year due to the effects of offshore tropical storms. Only swim in areas where and when lifeguards are on duty. Parents must supervise children at all times. Never swim alone. If summer fun includes consuming alcoholic beverages, be sure not to operate a motor vehicle. Also be sure to buckle your seatbelt, obey speed limits and avoid distractions when driving. 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 www.ccpd.us. 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 or sent information via our website. It is by your actions that the crime rate remains low and a high quality of life is maintained. Co-op City is a diverse community with people of all ages, abilities and characteristics. All persons should remember to respect each other and embrace their differences. Don’t forget to say “hello” to your neighbors when you pass each other in the hallway or in the street. Co-op City strives to accommodate all persons. As Stevie Wonder said at the Grammys, “We need to make every single thing accessible to every person with a disability.” It is also important to remember that not all disabilities are visible. Someone who appears to be healthy may have a physical or developmental disability. August is known as Cataract Awareness Month, Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and Children’s Vision and Learning Month. This is a good opportunity to learn about disabilities or conditions that may affect your friends, family members or neighbors. It is also a good opportunity to schedule an eye examination. Knowledge is power, the more you learn the stronger you become.
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Seats Are Still Available We have two fundraiser bus trips coming up. Splish Splash on August 18, and the newly renovated Resorts Casino in Atlantic City the following Saturday, August 25th. So hurry up and get your tickets before we sell-out. For tickets, contact: Steven Vega, 212-942-8645; Dawn Mitchell, 347-5709638, or Diane Windley, 646-271-7377. Splish Splash Date: Saturday August 18th; Departure: 8 a.m. sharp! Return time: 8 p.m. Ticket price: $86, includes Transportation on a Motorcoach bus with DVD player and private bathroom, park entrance and two meals. A Continental Breakfast @ 7 a.m. in our association room located in the rear lobby of 120 Donizetti Pl. (Bldg. 4B) and a private catered lunch by Splish Splash from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Resorts Casino in Atlantic City Date:Saturday August 25th; Departure: 8 a.m. sharp! Return Time: 8 p.m. Ticket price: $40 includes transportation on a Motorcoach bus with DVD player and private bathroom, $15 slot machine money and a Continental Breakfast in our association room @ 7 a.m. We wish everyone a continuous fun, safe Summer and please remember to check in on your elderly and handicap neighbors especially during extreme hot weather. If the spirit of many in body, but one in mind prevails among the people, they will achieve all their goals, whereas if one in body but different in mind, they can achieve nothing remarkable. –Nichiren Daishonin —Steven Vega
National Night Out American Legion of Co-op City, led by Adjutant Codrington, a former military police, and Chaplain Lawson, will be amongst the various organizations that will gather on Tuesday, August 7, to celebrate the NNO to promote police-community relationships. There is no better time to form this coalition than now when the NYPD has adopted the issue of community policing in combating crimes. Post 1871 has a lot of former cops in its membership, including the commander who was a former cop himself. Others were former detectives, transit cops and even correctional officers. National Convention The American Legion will be conducting its 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, MN, from Friday, August 24 - 30. The Legion is proud that the state of Minnesota and specifically the city of Minneapolis will be welcoming the American Legion family members to its fine city. These members gather at the National Convention to help further their cause of patriotism and support for our service members past and present. The National Convention of the American Legion includes the following separate events: the American Legion Auxiliary’s National Convention, the Sons of the American Legion’s Convention and the American Legion Riders Legacy Run. The combined membership of these organizations is nearly 3 million worldwide. Along with the above-mentioned and the annual business meeting, other significant elements of the National Convention include a parade, patriotic memorial service, exhibits, general sessions with nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, color guard and band contests, receptions and banquets. Thus, I am wishing the members to plan around attending this event, especially being the centennial celebration of the organization Post Everlasting With a heavy heart, I regret to announce the passing away of Ruby Fuller, who was the wife of Legionnaire Fuller. Donald Fuller was the former Sgt.-at-Arms of the Post, who spent some time taking care of his wife until she answered the call to post everlasting. Ruby worked for 28 years with the NYPD where she was decorated with several awards. Ruby and Donald Fuller were married for 53 years until her time of death. Our prayer is that God will sustain Don and the entire family in this time of great loss. Bus Ride To National Museum Of African American History The bus ride to DC is in October for two days, one night (October 20-21). We hope you will join us on this trip as a way of educating yourself. Do not forget to write out the next installment of $100 for this month of August. Commander Toba has warned that individuals who showed interest without committing any amount of money will be deleted from the list to make room for others who are ready to pay. The earlier we fill up the space, the better, as we will be able to make plans in advance. Invite your loved ones, your friends and associates to join us on this experience as we tour the nation’s capital for a visit to the National Museum of African American History. —Lsjc Adeyemi LaCrown Toba
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