Vol. 57 No. 34
Saturday, August 20, 2022
NYC Districting Commission Holds Bronx Public Hearing
Working Collaboratively to Deliver Improved Services to Cooperators President’s Report
BY BRANDON ORTIZ
The NYC Districting Commission held their Bronx Public Hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to give borough residents an opportunity to voice their opinion on the Preliminary Plan for the new NYC Council District Map. Residents expressed their concerns in-person and through Zoom regarding the new map for just over three hours. Participants included Riverbay Board President Sonia Feliciano and Board Director Rod Saunders. One of the main issues discussed by those delivering public testimony centered around the changing of Council District 12. While Co-op City is not directly impacted by the new Council District 12, the district would potentially lose a portion of the Gun Hill neighborhood that includes Evander Childs High School and also dilute an important Riverbay Board Director and chair of the Board’s Legislative Committee, voting bloc of Black homeowners. Rod Saunders, speaks at the hearing.
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Arrests Made in Fatal Attack of Co-op City Cab Driver BY ROZAAN BOONE
morning killing of a Co-op City cab driver in the Edgemere section of Far Rockaway, NY have been arrested. Fifty-two year old Kutin Gyimah was attacked by the suspects at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, after he dropped them off in Queens Kutin Gyimah and they refused to pay the fare and tried to rob them. The driver chased after the group and was repeatedly kicked and punched. Towards the end of the attack, which was captured on video, one of the suspects now in custody hit Mr. Gyimah twice causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground. Mr. Gyimah later died at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide resulting from blunt force trauma to his head. (Continued on page 4)
Early Voting for Republican Primary Reminder Early voting for the August Republican Primary election continues today, Saturday, August 20, and ends tomorrow, Sunday, August 21. The District 36 and House of Representatives Congressional District 14. Registered Democrats are not voting in this August Primary as State Senator Jamaal Bailey is running unopposed. Registered Republicans vote early at Villa Maria Academy, located at 3335 Country Club Road, Bronx, NY., between the following hours this weekend: Saturday, August 20: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Republican Primary for the 14th Congressional district is between candidates Tina Forte and Desi Joseph Cuellar. There is no Republican Primary scheduled for the 36th Senate district. Election day for the August Republican primary is on Tuesday, August 23. Polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. See page 5 for a list of poll locations for registered Republican voters in Co-op City, compiled by former Board director, Mary Pearson.
Sonia Feliciano Dear Fellow Shareholders, Hope everyone is doing well. We had a very challenging day on Monday, August 15, 2022, in our Call Center as we suffered a one-day outage that affected the operations of the center and services to our residents. We are waiting a sub-division of Altice that manages the server for our calls. We won’t speculate at this time, but we will have more information as the investigation is completed. While we expected this outage to last about 2 hours, it became 4 hours and then the whole day. The Call Center was able to initiate the Avaya system we had prior to hiring Altice. Once the Avaya system became operational, emergencies and calls were then handled by CSO and the Call Center dispatchers. They also worked with (Continued on page 2)
NYCDOE Updates Covid-19 Guidance for 2022 School Year BY BRANDON ORTIZ
The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) updated their Covid-19 guidelines for the upcoming 2022 academic year. A majority of the previous Covid-19 rules will still apply with some exceptions as the NYCDOE prepares to welcome children back into classrooms next month on September 8. Below is a rundown on the updated policies and prevention methods in place regarding Covid-19 safety, according to the NYCDOE website: Vaccination Starting with vaccinations, the NYCDOE continues to encourage parents to get (Continued on page 5)
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the related departments to get emergencies dispatched via radio and email to ensure that anything critical was given the utmost attention. On this day, we had 706 calls with a wait time of approximately an hour whereas hold time normally runs about 4 minutes depending on the volume. Since the start of the air-conditioning season, the Call Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., then it transfers calls to the emergency desk. On average, we get about 500 to 1,000
llamadas al dia. El centrol de llamadas mantendrá ese horario hasta la primera semana de octubre y volverá a las 8:00 am una vez que comience la temporada de calefacción. Operamos en varios turnos con 28 empleados para garantizar
and then move back to an 8 a.m. start time once the heating season begins. We
través del sistema de aviso de Phone Tree. Reanudamos operaciones el martes, 16 de Agosto. Lo que necesitamos es un
The outage was an anomaly, and regrettable. We applaud the quick action of the Call Center staff and the CSO staff working in a collaborative manner to reduce the impact of the outage on our residents. A great job was done to notify We resumed operations on Tuesday, Aug. 16. A redundant system is what we need that provides a seamless transition to another operating system in the event of an outage. We are working on some upgrades that will give our residents more options on how they call to report concerns to the Call Center. We have discussed a chat, email, and an App. The different uses of technology gives us power and a voice in improving systems through education that makes it easier for us to manage. About a year ago, working with the Buildings and Grounds presidents on how we can have a properly lighted building address signage for delivery persons, taxi drivers, and people looking for a particular address, this topic was discussed at great length. Installing LED lighted building signs was approved by our management team. Increasing visibility, at dusk and during the wintertime when it gets dark early, provides a person with navigation and avoids confusion when looking for a building. We are in the process of installing the For those buildings where Local Law 11 is in progress, the installation will be postponed until LL11 is completed. Some other buildings are pending due to supply and demand. Currently, Buildings 1A - 8 are delayed, Buildings 9A - 14 have had the electrical hook-up and pending painting. Buildings 15A - 18 and 21C are delayed, Buildings 22A - 26C are pending fabrication and expected electrical hook-up and painting, and Buildings 28A - 35 are pending fabrication We have a “Comments & Suggestions” link at the bottom of the Home page provide thoughts on how we can make things better. Thank you for allowing me to represent you.
Saludos Compañeros Accionistas, Espero que todos estén bien.
Call Center, ya que sufrimos una interrupción de un dia que afectó las operaciones del centro y los servicios a nuestros residentes. Estamos esperando una istra el servidor para nuestras llamadas. No especularemos en este momento, pero tendremos más información a medida que se complete la investigación. Esperábamos que esta interrupción durara aproximadamente 2 horas, se convirtió en 4 horas y luego todo el dia. El centro de llamadas pudo iniciar el sistema de Avaya que teniamos antes de contratar a Altice. Una vez que el sistema de Avaya estuvo operativo, las emergencias y las llamadas fueron atendidas por CSO y los despachadores del Call Center. También trabajaron con los departamentos relacionados para enviar las emergencias por radio y correo electrónico para garantizar que se prestara la máxima atención a cualquier situación critica. Ese dia tuvimos 706 llamadas con un tiempo de espera de aproximadamente una hora, mientras que el tiempo de espera normalmente es de unos 4 minutos, según el volumen. Desde el inicio de la temporada de aire acondicionado, el centro de emergencia al equipo de la tarde. De medida recibimos entre 500 y 1,000
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lamentable. Aplaudimos la rápida acción del equipo del centro de llamadas y el personal de CSO que trabajaron en forma colaborativa para reducir el impacto
en caso de una interrupción. Estamos trabajando en algunas actualizaciones que brindarán a nuestros residentes más opciones sobre cómo llamar para informar inquietudes al centro de llamadas. Hemos discutido un chat, correo electrónico y una aplicación. Los diferentes usos de las tecnologia nos dan poder y voz para mejorar los sistemas a través de la educación que nos facilitan las gestión. Hace aproximadamente un año, se discutió extensamente trabajar con los pressonas que buscan un dirección en particular. Nuestro equipo de administración de la visibilidad, al anochecer y durante el invierno, cuando oscurece temprano, Estamos en el proceso de instalación de las señalización LED. Esperamos que en los que esté en curso la Ley Local 11, se aplazará la instalación hasta que
ientes de fabricación y se esperan para la primera semana de octubre. Tenemos un enlace de “Comentarios y Sugerencias” en la parte inferior de que lo utilice para proporcionar ideas sobre como podemos mejorar las cosas. Gracias por permitirme representarlos.
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NYC Test & Treat Corps’ Mobile “Test To Treat” Program Immediately Provides Paxlovid to New Yorkers The NYC Test & Treat Corps announced this week that
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Assemblyman Benedetto Hosts ‘Coffee With Mike’ Assembly Member Michael R. Benedetto is introducing a new interactive session with his Co-op City constituents starting on Saturday, Aug. 27, 9:3010:30 a.m. ‘Coffee with Mike’ will be held on the third Saturday of every month and the assemblyman invites shareholders to enjoy a cup of coffee on him while they share their local concerns. The coffee klatch will take place at the Section 5 Pizza, located at Einstein Loop N. This new engagement opportunity follows the assemblyman’s lobby visits which he has held in Co-op City for years.
Co-op City Fridge Needs Volunteers The Co-op City Community Fridge is looking for volunteers to assist with Saturday distribution of fresh fruits, vegetables and dry goods. If you are interested, please come to the location next to the Mosholu Community Center in Section 5 on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Masks Mandatory in Co-op City Common Areas
JASA NORC’s Painting Class
Shareholders and their guests must wear a face mask and observe social distancing while in common areas: elevators, laundry rooms, stairways, hallways, lobbies, community centers and garages. No more than four people per elevator ride or in a laundry room simultaneously. Masks must be worn properly, covering both your mouth and nose. Failure or refusal to wear a mask when approached by a ance of a $50 Community Fine.
Farmer’s Market Harvest Home Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Asch Loop and Aldrich St. next to the Fire Station, until Nov. 23. Enjoy healthy, naturally-grown fruits, vegetables and more!
The JASA Senior Services NORC Program held a Painting Class on at 2049 Bartow Avenue. More than 20 seniors registered for the class and enjoyed approximately two hours of relaxation and creativity as they sketched and painted their masterpieces. Photos by John Crow
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Advocates for keeping District 12 the same highlighted the progress made within the current District 12 lines, and the need to keep those lines intact to sustain the advancements.
echoed a similar message in a statement to the Co-op City Times where she un
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Clean-up of Baychester Avenue
Earlier this week, NYC Department of Sanitation employees cleaned up the median along Baychester Avenue in Co-op City which had become unsightly with overgrown weeds and garbage build-up. Photo by Omar DeLosAngeles
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not cost effective. We need proper trucks to pick up and the city to donate three trucks – for paper, recycling and garbage. Our elected leaders must understand they can’t rely on getting votes with parties, music and other promotions for their political agenda. And when a politician runs for reelection, ask yourself, what has s/he done for me lately without the use of spending your tax money?
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man last week. She not only spoke of the fantastic Tunes but she also explained the expenses we incur due to rising water assessments. She solicited our help. as follows: “Please help us reduce the current and future water assessments by a roll
fee assessment.” that some of the professional spaces on the buildings’ Co-op City Times
management company. Unbelievable! I walked the grounds I would like to express my appreciation to our manag-
tion project. The waterfront park will afford all cooperators an even greater appreciation of our lovely community. In addition, the green space will help to keep our area cooler in hot and humid weather. Neighbors will have another space to water. Now, cooperators, it’s our responsibility to maintain a clean, healthy environment. So please, once we have access to the space, clean up after yourself. Use the space wisely and be mindful of the rights of others. Follow posted rules and regulations. We have been given a fresh, clean slate; let’s work to keep it that way. It will only be a plus for us in the long run. Thanks again to all for their hard work and service to
spaces could be used for revenue. I even solicited the residents to inform me of any vacant spaces and received their responses. The funds that our community lost due to the former management failing to rent these spaces became the responsibility of the shareholders. While that matter was resolved, another one has arisen. are vacant. There is the large space near the supermarket, the beauty supply store and the former diner. Two of these properties have been vacant for approximately three years. That means our community lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If funds are not being collected from lessees, the burden falls on the shareholders. Our community might need another carrying charge increase, but I believe it would not
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Public Safety Report
CCPD Offers Crime Prevention Tips for Package Deliveries BY LIEUTENANT PAM APOLLO
There has been a large increase of package deliveries since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March of 2020. For a variety of reasons, many people opt to replace in-person shopping with delivery from online websites. With this increase in package deliveries comes an increase in potential for errors to occur and for thieves to take advantage. The Department of Public Safety recommends steps you can take to keep your packages safe. The first step in the actions you can take to increase the likelihood that your package arrives at its destination is to en-
Public Safety Blotter August 7 – August 13, 2022
August 7 – 99 Dreiser Loop A cooperator reported that an unknown individual with an air pistol approached him on the roof of Garage 2 and demanded his personal items. The cooperator refused and the unknown individual fled with two other males. No property was removed and no injuries to report. 900 Baychester Avenue A cooperator reported returning to her parked vehicle and observing personal items inside the vehicle in disarray with no personal items removed. 177 Dreiser Loop A cooperator reported leaving his bicycle unattended outside of Capri Pizza. An unknown individual removed the bicycle without his permission. CCPD is investigating. 140 Benchley Place A cooperator reported being attacked which caused an injury by an individual known to her during a verbal dispute. CCPD is investigating. August 8 – 120 Erdman Place A cooperator reported an unknown individual showing his private parts while in the laundry room. CCPD is investigating. 120 Alcott Place A Community Complaint was issued to a shareholder who was playing loud music in the early morning hours. 100 Benchley Place A shareholder was issued a Community Complaint for Improperly Disposing Garbage. August 9 – 100 Bellamy Loop A Community Complaint was issued to a shareholder who was moving beyond authorized hours with an expired permit. 120 Einstein Loop A cooperator reported leaving her clothes unattended in the laundry room and upon returning, she noticed that her clothes had been removed by an unknown individual without her permission. 4220 Hutchinson River P’kwy CCPD responded to a call for a damaged lock to the laundry room door. A report was prepared and the matter is being investigated. Also, Maintenance was notified to perform necessary repairs. 99 Bellamy Loop CCPD responded to Garage 6 where a cooperator, while driving her vehicle, suffered a medical emergency causing her to accidentally strike the yellow pole and Pay Machine at the front entrance. There was some minor damage to both.
EMS was present on scene along with NYPD. The cooperator was transported to Montefiore Hospital by EMS for evaluation. August 10 – 99 Earhart Lane A cooperator reported returning to her vehicle parked on the blacktop of Garage 8 and observing the rear driver’s side window of her vehicle shattered with no property missing. The cooperator will contact her insurance company and NYPD for reporting purposes. August 11 – 140 Alcott Place A cooperator reported a confirmed delivered package by FedEx removed from in front of her apartment door by an unknown individual. August 12 – Parking lot opposite 120 DeKruif Place A cooperator reported returning to the area where she last parked her vehicle and observing the vehicle missing. A canvas was conducted by CCPD with negative results. The cooperator contacted 311 to see if the vehicle was towed. 900 Baychester Avenue A cooperator reported an unknown individual removed a package from in front of her apartment door that was recorded on her Ring camera. CCPD is investigating. August 13 – 600 Baychester Avenue A cooperator reported returning to his parked vehicle and observing both passenger side tires removed from his vehicle by an unknown individual. NYPD was present on scene. 2060 Bartow Avenue A Rite Aid employee reported an individual removing items from the shelves and leaving the store without paying and leaving the store in an unknown direction. BLOTTER BONUS: There continues to be thefts of unattended delivery packages from in front of apartment doors. These are often referred to as “crimes of opportunity,” however, they are also crimes easily preventable. Shareholders should request that a signature be obtained by the courier before dropping packages. It is also recommended to have packages delivered to a friend or relative who is usually home during normal delivery times. It is also advisable to have a package delivered to one of our available lock boxes. It is time to be attentive. Collectively, let’s remove the “opportunity” for these callous thieves. So now that we have a plan, let’s protect that package – yes we can!
sure that the address is accurate and complete when you are placing your order. Always include the apartment number when entering your address. Early Co-op City addresses only included the floor but not the letter of the apartment. Cooperators should ensure that their mailing address always includes the full apartment including the letter of your apartment. Using the “Zip plus 4” is also a good idea. So many different delivery companies and merchants offering their own delivery service can be observed daily in Co-op City. If you are handwriting an address on a package, be sure to write clearly, print in all capital letters, if possible. This is true for any packages you may send or receive. If a package from a merchant used regularly arrives with an error in the address, be sure to notify the merchant for correction. Be sure to share all of the above information with friends and family members who might be sending you mail or packages. When ordering online, pay attention to the expected delivery time. Some merchants are better than others at giving a reliable delivery date. Plan for the delivery window to be for a time you expect to be home. Some merchants provide one or two-day delivery and are accurate in regards to these projections. These projected delivery dates are never 100% accurate but can often give an idea of when the package will arrive. Ordering items online can be a convenient option but there has been a significant increase in reports of stolen packages in Co-op City, New York City, and, in fact, it is an expanding national issue. Public Safety patrols the buildings but Co-op City is a large complex with many buildings with many floors and hallways. It is best if you can minimize the amount of time your package spends in the hallway. You can request delivery with a signature from certain delivery methods. Ask a trusted neighbor to be on the look out for your packages and do the same for them. Try to order items to arrive at a time when someone will be home. Both Amazon and UPS have secure drop boxes in Co-op City and the surrounding areas. Amazon is one company that allows its “Prime” members to select one day of the week to receive all of their deliveries on a selected day. Contact the merchant if you learn that your package ended up at an incorrect address. Notify the merchant for resolution. Also, be wary of texts regarding an attempted delivery. Never click on a text or email about a package delivery, unless you are, in fact, expecting a delivery. Clicking on a text or email can download malware or spyware onto your device. For more information about crime prevention, contact the National Crime Prevention Council at 1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 13th floor, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 466-6267, or on their website, www.ncpc.org. If consuming alcoholic beverages is part of your agenda be sure to designate a driver who will not drink. Phone a friend or use a ride share service, if necessary. Never operate a motor vehicle if you have consumed any amount of alcoholic beverages; buzzed driving is drunk driving. The consequences of drunk driving are severe. Always buckle your seatbelt; it can save your life in a serious collision. Avoid distractions and excess speed when driving; these are the two leading causes of collisions within New York State Always remember, if you see something, say something. If you see suspicious persons in the garage or lurking near parked vehicles on the street, an auto crime (Continued on page 23)
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Co-op City Times / August 20, 2022 Director’s Viewpoint –
Kevin Lambright, Treasurer
NSP The way to go!!! Most often, before I put in a resolution or make a motion for a major/minor change in policy or the normal directional operation of business, I survey opinions of fellow Board members. The reasoning behind this is to learn the mindset of those who are also in the position to extract change. This also allows me to challenge my own thoughts and actions whether for or against. For many years, I have promoted the fact that a Navigational Systematic Process is the foundation of any successful program, business or organization. Note: (NSP originally coined by Kevin Lambright). What Is It? A proper, fully functional NSP allows any group they are trained and follow instructions. Personality, ego and prejudice are removed from the menu. We recognize that there is a human element that processes eliminate repeat human factor negatives. We also need a creative branch of management. This branch will eliminate the need to primarily look A creative management division will always seek to bolster revenue through outside means. No Blame, No Shame In my opinion, although we have many successes, we are always playing catch-up. We are constantly correcting mistakes. Many professionals might say, agree, if that’s where you set your measuring bar. I believe success starts with a mindset. If your iniprobably what you will get. Meanwhile, you call it a success because that’s what your projection was initially. Once again, in my opinion, the people you
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serve will lose every time but you will look successful in your own eyes. I believe that is the system that we have adopted over the years. It is a destructive one that leads to apathy and loss of interests in the very things that hold communities together. Although there are some who believe that it is designed that believe that this community is brainwashed into destroying itself. Help!! That is why I am asking for your help and your strategic opinions. I am also reaching out publicly to my fellow Board members and Management. Let’s (before the end of 2022) encourage Navigational
encourage a creative branch of management that recognizes our buying power and respects our needs. This is not just a request. It is a call to action! These are times when we need to keep an eye on our family, friends and neighbors. There are people who want what we have and look for opportunities to take it. We must protect and defend one another and our property. Remember, this all belongs to us. If you see something that seems suspicious, do not hesitate to call Public Safety. I look forward to your correspondence and feedback. I can be reached at klambright@river-
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Get up and Dance with Bass Camp at Tunes on Tuesdays
BY P.M CAMPBELL
On August 17, Michelle Sajous, Riverbay Director of Community Relations, told the audience of Tunes on Tuesdays to “hold on to the back of your chairs” and dance to the musical stylings of Bass Camp. A collaboration between Lewis and Kirk and Riverbay, the show was funded by Councilmember Kevin Riley. “I’m so glad I got this opportunity to entertain you, I’ve been doing this back to back, but [I’ll] give it 100%,” said lead singer and pianist Billy “Bad” Dubois, joined by songs like, “What’s Going On,” Dubois said, “Let’s take them back to Marvin Gaye,” and later, he went “back a little further” singing Sam Cooke’s, “A Change is Gonna Come.” Continuing last week’s trend, the audience got on their feet to dance in front of the stage multiple times throughout the show. The crowd waved Photos by P.M Campbell
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GameOver Basketball Camp
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Co-op City Times / August 20, 2022 Director’s Viewpoint –
Michelle Marbury, Assistant Treasurer
“I Will Step Up My Game; Will You Step Up Yours?” Your energy, your faith, your resilience, your pain, your spirituality, your belief, your patience, your talent, your God given gifts, your experiences, your votes at the BOE and the Riverbay Election, and your love is needed now… Here, in your neighborhood, in your community, where you live your life. However small or in spite of how immense your offerings may be… You are needed. You matter. Let’s make it happen. Together! Greetings, Shareholders, Residents, Friends and Neighbors… I bid you peace from a familiar place. Not a place bered. A place tucked away. A place only we can we
“One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade.”
“Change only happens when we get involved.” –Barack Obama Zoom
Fix It all I promise again to step up my game; will you, yours? my will take part in the
Dog Owners, Remember to curb your dog! It’s the LAW!
follow If you don’t understand that statement, please come and talk about it at one of the building association meetings or community gatherings). We Are a Deserving Community
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community. Let’s get it done! All of us divided by each one of us, equals a force for good.
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Black Forum Emergency Food Pantry 920 Baychester Ave., Bldg. 1A (entrance faces basketball court). The pantry opens Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. for grocery distribution. Guests are eligible to pick up food once a month. Look at the last date on your pantry card. The next pick up would be one month from the last pick up or after. It is a 30/31-day rotation on average. Black Forum will text registered guests if items outside of regular distribution become available. All guests must present a pantry card to receive food. Remember to bring at least four clean shopping bags with handles and a shopping cart. Masks required and physical distancing observed. New registrants can receive food the same day they register. Please show a valid ID NYC card, a non-Driver’s, or Driver’s license with a 10475 address to register. Section 5 guests should visit the Co-op City United Methodist Church, 2350 Palmer Avenue, on Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to pick up groceries. Guests do location for Section 5 residents. to pick up groceries in 2022. No exceptions. Required documentation is as follows: NY State Driver’s license, NY State Non-Driver’s or NYC I.D. (zip code Ride I.D.s are not acceptable.
Closure Black Forum Emergency Food Pantry will be closed on Tuesday, August 23. If your monthly pick up dates fall within August 20 - 22, you can come on Friday, August 19. Those scheduled to pick up on August 23 or 24 can pick up on Thursday, August 25. Defensive Driving Class An online version of the course is available at the Empire Safety Council website: https://www.empiresafetycouncil.com/. Use the promo code “WRIGHT” to receive a discount. We will inform the public when we resume in-person classes. Contact Us: Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ––D. Illis
National Council of Negro Women NCNW Co-op City Section – year will be Sunday, September 11, at 3 p.m. The mission of NCNW is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their famnational and community-based services, and programs on issues of health, education and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. If you are School Supplies – nual school supply drive organized by our Youth Committee. This year, we have been blessed by the children of former member Ann Hunter who connected us with Volunteers of America of Greater New York. They have already supplied pens, erasers, pencil cases and index cards. We are still in need of loose-leaf paper, binders, crayons, markers, folders and backpacks. We have always been able to depend on the Co-op City community to support us in our efforts to help the children. If you are able to donate school supplies, our Youth Committee will be collecting supplies in Dreiser Community Center room 14 today, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the last time. Supplies will be distributed on September 3, during the Co-op City Labor Day Fair and Fireworks show. Health Committee – Our section’s Annual Health and Wellness Fair is fast the Bartow Community Center outdoor area. Stay tuned for more information. This community event is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent and manage disease and connect you to resources. There will be health information on mental health, diabetes, healthy heart, Covid-19, skin diseases and more. Put Friends of Co-op City Section will be walking again this year in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 16, at Orchard Beach. If you are interested in joining our team for a wonderful day of fellowship and this great cause, please email us at email@example.com. College Students Returning to School – Studies show that the mental health of college students across the United States has been on the decline. Experts suggest that parents and teenagers take proactive steps now to preserve mental well-being. Practice basic wellness habits during the summer before college. Drinking, drug use and sexual situations should be considered, and boundaries of color are less likely than white students to use mental health services offered on campus, in part because of the stigma associated with mental health care and because of a lack of diversity among counseling staff. One way that students of color can protect their mental health is by taking an African American history or ethnic studies class and exploring some of the structural problems that contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. ––Joyce Howard
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
On Saturday, August 13, Co-op City ‘s community fridge and pantry distributed fresh produce to shareholders with the assistance of community volunteers and the Co-op City branch of the National Council of Negro Woman, Inc. (NCNW). Photos by Yolanda Ramirez
Building 27 Association Hello, neighbors. Summer is here and the weather is comfortable thus far. Children are out of school for summer break. We wish our children safety, happiness and peace as they enjoy the summer. It seemed like the summer went by so fast. It is time for the kids to return to school already. Community– I must give my appreciation to Mr. Rick Schmidt of Riverbay Technical department. Mr. Schmidt took care of an essential issue in my apartment in less than two weeks. Mr. Schmidt contacted me promptly and gave me the day and time he will come to assess the situation. He did just that and gave me the day and time when he will come back to try to resolve the matter. Mr. Schmidt kept his word and took care of the situation. I thank him for that. Time and accomplishments means so much in resolving solutions. Also thank you to Ms. Bowman, CSO of Section 5, and Warren Mitchell. Civil Service Exams– The key is to Google what you are looking for. The Google search is a great place and source of information. There are many jobs open at this time. Cooperators and leaving the residue on our street in the circle in front of our Triple Core and the walkways. It may be outsiders, regardless, the littering is getting worse. Certainly, we love our apartments, buildings and community. Therefore, it is pertinent that we all work together to keep our community clean and beautiful. Please do not just walk by or over the trash. Instead, speak about it. If not, things will get worse and continue. This is the fact right here in Section 5. ways are in dire need of power washing. Also, we need new outside garbage containers so trash may be disposed of. Happy birthday to those celebrating this month. We continue to offer our sincere sympathy and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. We wish all the best of health and safety. Contact Lydia Rondon at 718583-3040 and she will gladly acknowledge your birthday by sending you a card. She is excellent in sharing good will. Also, notify her of any illness, or a neighbor who has become deceased and if anyone is in a nursing home. “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” –Coretta Scott King ––H. Overman
Co-op City Times / August 20, 2022 Director’s Viewpoint –
We Must Make Some Major Changes Here Co-op City is a wonderful place to live. Why? Well, we have lots of nice and friendly cooperators that live here. Plus, we have lots of good things here. However, we need to make improvements in the way that Riverbay conducts our business operations. Money Issues Soon, you’re going to see some articles in the Co-op City Times For instance, where are we going to get money for a monstruous $16-18 million water bill? Then, there
Thereafter, an announcement will be made about a carrying charge increase for this community. Recently, statements were made about a 10 percent carrying charge increase. However, it now seems like this carrying charge increase might exceed 10 percent. If yes, then, some of our cooperaPreviously, I published numerous viewpoints in this newspaper to encourage the concept of reducing our budget. So, with that point, I thought that we could have intelligently reduced our expenses and saved Also, 1,000 cooperators would go to Bartow on the last business day of every month because they had trouble paying their carrying charges. Then, some of our cooperators really wanted to get into the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. However, they found out that their moderate incomes didn’t allow them to qualify for this program. So, without SCRIE, a large increase might force some of our cooperators out of this community. Therefore, sadly, we might lose some of our good cooperators if they can’t pay their carrying charges. Management Changes? Will there be some management changes in this community later on this year? Well, we’ll see. Anyway, please continue to read this newspaper so that you can be aware of what is going on here. Financial Management As you probably know, the thought has always been to turn to our cooperators for more money if Riverbay’s budget is overspent. Then, explanations would be offered to justify spending practices: “Everything goes up. So, you should expect to pay more to live here. We can’t cut anything. Your services will be diminished. Do you want problems in your building? It’s only a small increase.” Personally, I have always tried to inform Riverbay to review their budget to avoid large increases. budget. Then, we should tell our cooperators about
This way, they’re well informed about what’s going on here. Moreover, then, they will be able to respect an increase. However, everyone needs to understand that our cooperators are paying almost $250 million a year to live here. So, Riverbay makes big money every single year. But, as you can see, making big money can be good. However, maintaining a lot of money in an account is another story. For instance, under normal circumstances, we can pay all of our bills and save some money. But, in our case, $65 million was paid out on expenses for our community in just three short years. Then, our bank balance was $900,000 in March 2022. Now, a lot of good things may have been purchased for our community. However, from my perwe’re making good plans with our money. Then, we’re going to make purchases in such a way so that we won’t end up with little or no money. So, with this point, I believe that this is why we’re partly in nances and make a good business plan for our community? Can this business plan show how we’re going to make improvements here? Can we properly additional ways to reduce our expenses? Everyone that we know cannot work for Riverbay. So, can we make some good plans to reduce our $110 million annual payroll? Can we terminate agreements with our contractors that force us to buy and supply materials to them? Can we stop paying $15,000 to our contractors to restore a 1-bedroom apartment? Again, they’re restoring 40-60 apartments a month.
From my perspective, we can bring in other contractors that will buy, store, and use their own materials. Plus, they must accept our reasonable prices for restoration work. Also, we’re spending $1,600 for new kitchen cabinets for incoming cooperators. So, can we stop this practice and start charging new cooperators for upgrades to their apartment? Think, why are we letting other businesses make good money for apartment upgrades when we can make a lot of money doing this same work? Again, we restore about 40-60 apartments. Therefore, we can offer a wide variety of designs for kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms. And, these designs will make our apartments look really nice and beautiful. Bottom line: Do you think that we can make a lot of extra money if we sell apartments with upgrades? Yes! Do you think that a lot of other cooperators would be willing to pay Riverbay for upgrades throughout their apartment? Absolutely! Close nances. We can stop the overspending and relentless carrying charge increases. We can then save a lot of money for our community. However, we must have a good board and management team that will work positively with our community. Thank you. Contact Information Please do not send a letter to me at this time. However, you can send an email to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. you would like to have a brief discussion with me. week. And, may God bless you and your family. Thank you.
African-American Association of Co-op City Join us in September! Platforms, until the pandemic is completely over, are presented via Zoom meetings and webinars. There may be some outdoor meetings until the cold weather sets in. Remember, membership is only $15.00/year for a single membership and only $25.00/year for your household. Email: email@example.com or call 929-430-3255. The African American As-
The African American Association sponsors the following programs for your participation: (Contact respective instructor below for updates) Belly Dance Classes with Xonia Wilson – Contact: Xonia, 646-301-9438. Evening Line Dance Classes with Cynthia Dixon Salsa Class with Keith Witherspoon – Contact:
Noteworthy dates! Sunday, Sept. 18 – General Membership Meeting Sunday, Oct. 16 – General Membership Meeting Sunday, Nov. 20 – General Membership Meeting Saturday, Dec. 10 – Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration with Coalition of African-American Churches and
Yoga & Pilates Classes with Meena SharpeHicks Co-op City Baptist Church “Gospel Line Dancers” w/Joyce Smith All of us, multiplied by each one of us, equals a force for good. ––Michelle Marbury
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Building 22 A&B Association
Hi, neighbors. Summer is over and the children are going back to school. Parents, it is time for vaccinations, so talk to your family doctor. Welcome, to all our new cooperators. Looking forward to seeing you when we have our next building meeting in September. Please pick up the Co-op City Times in the lobby every week for more community news. Dog Owners: Please continue to curb your dogs. Pick up the poop. Early voting for the Republican Primary is at Villa Maria Academy. Dates and times are listed in the Co-op City Times. Election day is Tuesday, August 23. Polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Compactor Room: Continue to recycle all garbage. Put papers on wooden ledge. Bottles and containers should be washed out and put in the plastic bag. Smaller boxes should be folded and put on or under the ledge. Larger boxes go to the basement. Laundry Room Etiquette: Please return to remove your clothes from the washer and dryers. Cooperators are still leaving their clothes in machines. This is unfair to others. Your clothes can be removed so others can use the machine. There is a board about laundry room etiquette with rules for the laundry room; please read it. Happy birthday to all. Our prayers to all who lost loved ones. Please check on the sick and shut-ins. If you see something, say something. Thank you. ––Betty Leak
Mission Statement: Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Known as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), it profoundly affected the struggle for civil rights and the course of 20th Century American History. Thank you to all who stopped by NAACP table at the Resource Fair held in Dreiser CC on Thursday, August 11. It was a great success. Thank you, Senator Bailey and Councilman Kevin Riley, for the opportunity to work together. Brittney Griner Doesn’t Deserve This: regarding Russia’s decision on Brittney Griner’s harsh conviction and sentencing
Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment Are you ready for the challenge? How many informative facts do you know about Youth Caregivers? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Grab a pencil and paper and answer the questions below. Remember, it is ok if you do not get everything correct because this quiz aims not only to test your knowledge but also to help you gain more insight into the “hidden population”: youth caregivers. 1. As many as 1.4 million youth caregivers between the ages of 8 and 18 provide care for an older adult or sibling. True or False? 2. Youth caregivers do not experience caregiver burnout. True or False? 3. Thirty percent of young caregivers help with medication. True or False? 4. Children who are caregivers are more likely to have trouble with their school performance, achievement and participation in school activities. True or false? Below are the answers to each question. Test and see how well you did. For those who answered some questions incorrectly, let us look at a few facts surrounding the population of youth caregivers. Go online to apa.org/pi/about/ publications/caregivers/practice-settings/intervention/young-caregivers. Answers: 1. True, 2. False, 3. True, 4. True. According to a report by the National Alliance of Caregivers and United Hospital Fund, as many as 1.4 million children in the U.S between the ages of 8 and 18 provide care for an older adult or sibling. Youth caregivers are often seen as the “hidden population” because they and their struggles are not discussed enough in caregiving. For example, according to caregivers.org, “young caregivers are faced with the unique problem of caring for a loved one while they still need care. And while adult caregivers may have the option of taking leave their studies while taking on duties ranging from increased household chores to helping manage a parent’s medication schedule.” Youth caregivers also tend to struggle with caregivers burnout due to having to take on challenging roles at a young age. It was also reported that youth caregivers exhibit more anxious and depressive behaviors than non-caregivers. They also experience trouble in school and achievement because of the stress and caregiver burnout. Moreover, we must pay attention to this growing population of youth caregivers and support them with support groups, more guidance in schools and even family members or friends can be resourceful by sharing the caregiver duties. Let us not forget that caregivers need caring too. Do you know a youth caregiver? Nominate a Youth Caregiver to be recognized at our upcoming Annual Caregivers Recognition Gala via Zoom in November. Nomination forms are on our website at comeoutreach.org. ––Diane Cooper
MetroCard Bus the month. The bus only makes one stop in Co-op City: between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. by the Bartow Mall on Co-op City Boulevard. Some services offered by the bus are: • Help with reduced-fare applications • Transfer MetroCard balances (both full fare and reduced-fare) • Exchange a damaged reduced-fare MetroCard for a temporary replacement • Report a lost/stolen reduced-fare MetroCard • Help with any MetroCard-related issues For more MetroCard information, please visit new.mta.info/fares.
system. This outcome is unacceptable! Urge Congress to protect Black Americans abroad and ensure the humane treatment of refugees of color. Join us in taking action to ensure the fair treatment and safe passage of the Black community abroad. To add your name to the petition to show support, go to: support.naacp.org/a/protect-black-lives-abroad. For the most up-to date information, go to: VOTE.NYC, or call 1-866-VOTENYC. Reminder: Early voting ends August 21. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 23. There will be no Democratic Primary for Co-op City residents because our State Senator is uncontested. Additionally, as a result of redistricting, we are in a new Congressional District and there is no contest for the position in the House of Representative. For Republican Primary voting locations, check out VOTE.NYC, or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC for additional information. • U. S. House of Representatives • State Senate We Need You in the Fight: Each and every NAACP member makes a difference to the complex, ongoing work of advancing racial equality. Join this multi-generational network of activists dismantling structural racism by using your power to take action on the most pressing issues of our time. Follow us on Facebook: Co-op City NAACP. Become a member or gift a membership: adults are $30 and youths are $10. Make checks/money orders payable to: NAACP Co-op City #2210, and mail to: N.A.A.C.P. Co-op City Einstein Station, P.O. Box 75-3111, Bronx, N.Y. 10475. ––Brenda Brown
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Walk w/Odessa (on break till Sept.) Blood Pressure w/Willa 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (1st and 3rd Tues.) Health and Wellness w/Ann (on break till September 13) Smartphone and Tablet Class w/Julesa, 2-3 p.m. Dinner Hour, 3-4:30 p.m.
Never Too Old To Learn Spanish, 10-11 a.m.
Stay Well Exercise w/Odessa, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Bereavement w/ Dorine, 1st & 3rd Wed., 12-1 p.m. Line Dancing w/Cynthia 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Weight Mgt. Support Group w/ Gigi, 2nd Wed., in rear of JASA main office, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Dominoes w/Jose, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner Hour, 3-4:30 p.m.
Hair Care, 9:00 a.m. by appt.
Fri., Aug. 26
Thurs., Aug. 25
Mon., Aug. 22
Mindful Mornings Tai-Chi 9-10 a.m. True Lifers Movie Club 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Always Grand Line Dancing 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Hot Topics, 1:00 p.m. Ageless Facials & Self Care 1 p.m.-3 p.m. by appointment
Tues., Aug. 23
Room 49 unless otherwise noted
Wed., Aug. 24
Room 31 unless otherwise noted
Arthritis exercise w/Damion 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Arts w/Laura via Zoom 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bridge To Care Arthritis Exercise, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Creative Arts & Painting, 1 p.m.
Room 7 unless otherwise noted Chair Yoga w/Charles Tyler, 10-11 a.m. Zoom only, 1-646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 995 6534 1173, Passcode: 855423 Piano Sing Along Class (In-person) 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Stay Well Exercise w/Denise 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Room 2 Smartphone and tablet literacy with Julesa, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in person
Bingo, 1 p.m., in-person
Action Bodies In Motion 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Arthritis Exercise, in-person, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rm. 2
Caring Hands Body Massage 1-3 p.m. by appointment Sultry Salsa Dancing, 10-11 a.m. Prize BINGO 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Beginners Crochet and Tea and Books, 2-3 p.m. Knitting w/Lynne, 11:30 a.m.Go Easy On Us Computers 12:30 p.m. 2-3 p.m. Dinner Hour, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening 10:00 a.m. Young At Heart Karaoke Manicure, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Let’s Get It On Zumba Line Dance with Cynthia 1-2 p.m. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Coloring for Calmness Dinner Hour, 3-4:30 p.m. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Massage Therapy 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
For information, please call: (718) 320-2066
(Schedule subject to change without notice) Payments for trips at 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.
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Zumba w/Ola, 1-2 p.m., in-person, Roast Turkey Room 2. Mashed Sweet Computer Learning w/Ralph, Potato Zoom meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. DiRoasted String al-in: 929-205-6609, Meeting ID: Beans 936 8132 9040, Passcode: 259554, Whole Wheat Virtual only. Bread Blood Pressure, 1st & 3rd Tues. Fresh Fruit 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Rm. 2 and Juice Digital Photography Class Alt: Baked In-person, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tai-Chi, In-person, 2-3 p.m., Rm. 2 Breaded Flounder
Spring in Your Step Stretch & Tone, 10-11 a.m.
BuddyNess Board & Card Games, 1-2 p.m.
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Self Defense Class, in-person 2 p.m., Rm. 2
Line Dancing w/Ellie 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Spanish Class, in-person, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Manicure 2:00-3:30 p.m. Alert and Alive, in-person, 10-11 a.m., Rm. 2 Knitting & Crochet, Rm. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Art Class w/Dmitry Virtual 1-3 p.m. Massage Therapy, Room 2, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., in-person Bingo, in person, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Brown Stew Chicken Yellow Rice Cabbage w/ Shredded Carrots
Pepper Steak Brown Rice Oriental Blend Vegetables Whole Wheat Bread Fresh Fruit and Alt: Asian Tofu
Beef Meatballs w/Sofrito Whole Wheat Spaghetti Baby Carrots w/ Parsley
Baked Flounder Quinoa Mixed Vegetables Whole Wheat Bread Fresh Fruit and Juice Alt: Chicken Wrap
Stewed Codfish w/Eggplant Barley Steamed Green Beans
Malaysian Chicken, Yellow Rice, Green Bean Sautee, Whole Wheat Bread Fresh Fruit and Juice Alt: Gefilte Fish
Arroz con Pollo Chicken Breast w/Rice Broccoli w/ Toasted Garlic
Fee for lunch is $2.00 & $5.00 for guest ALL meals served w/margarine and fresh milk Menu subject to change without notice. Bartow Center (929) 399-1394 Dreiser Center (718) 320-1345 Einstein Center (718) 671-5161
JASA Co-op City NORC Program Invites You for These In-Person & Virtual Activities Common Pantry – Tues., August 23, in the rear of Room 31, Bartow Center, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. SAVE THE DATE: October 27 – Oktoberfest; $116. Breakfast: Pancake, maple syrup, apple cinnamon scone, apple cider & coffee. Lunch at noon. Beer, wine & soft drinks from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Live music and dancing from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Purchase a pumpkin and join a group for pumpkin painting from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p. m. End the day at 4 p.m. with a knockwurst sandwich for the ride home. Are You Interested In Free Steel Pan Lessons? Call us at 718-320-2066. This is in a collaboration with Agatha House Foundation. Bereavement Hour w/Dorine – 12 noon - 1 p.m., In-Person, Room 28, Bartow Center, every 1st and 3rd Wed. Please call 718-320-2066 to register. Bereavement Support Group w/Dr. Smith – Mon., 1:00 p.m. Dial-in number: 929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 839 6918 9974, Passcode: 520396. Painting Class w/Dmitriy – Mondays, 1 p.m. - 3
p.m. Dial-in number: 929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 846 0511 1606, Passcode: 585936. Chronic Pain – “Giveaways” to participants, Mon., Laura Brea, 646-982-8254, or Julissa, 646-946-1252. Crochet Club – Tues., 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Rear of or Julissa, 646-946-1252. Crochet Class w/Sandra Ramirez – In rear of In-Person, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Please call 718-320-2066 to register. Crochet Class w/Sandra Ramirez Virtual – 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dial-in number: 646-558-8656, 81636224412#, Meeting ID: 816 3622 4412. JASA Bartow is seeking retired professionals to teach Conversational Spanish, Conversational French and Sign Language to seniors. If interested, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible. Notary – Appointment ONLY. Call 718-3202066. Available at
Tues., 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Weds., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Thurs., 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. - noon. Deliver Health Workshops to Help Others in the community and get GIFT CARDS. For further information, please call or email: Julissa Reynoso, firstname.lastname@example.org; Laura Brea, email@example.com. Painting Classes – Every Wed., 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Zoom: Dial-in number: 929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 920 9563 1147, Passcode: 024057. Meditation Class – GPC (Grandparents), 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 3rd Thurs. every month. Dial in number: 929-2056099, Meeting ID: 991 1390 5105, Passcode: 170462. Technology class – (Smart devices and computer) Thurs., 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dial in number, 929-2056099, Meeting ID: 862 5043 9695, Passcode: 896989. Line Dancing with Bartow Swingers – Mon., 12 noon - 1 p.m., Bartow Center, Room 31; Wed. and Fri., 12 noon. - 1 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room 1.
Co-op City Times / August 20, 2022
Co-op City Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and the Co-op City Baptist Church family invite you to join us for Worship Service tomorrow in-person at 9:00 a.m. The summer schedule will continue through Sunday, September 11. We are located at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 50 (lower level). Masks are required. The service is also available on Zoom using the following Zoom information: https://us04web.zoom. us/j/9623430102 or Zoom Telephone Conference Line: (646) 568-7788, or Conference ID: 962 343 0102, Password: 788175#. Rev. Williams is encouraging everyone that calls into the Sunday Worship service or Wednesday Bible class to use Zoom, which can be accessed through your computer or dialing in using the Zoom information shown above.
Newsong Church We saved a seat for you! “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs in to it and is safe.” –Proverbs 18:10 People seek security in all kinds of things: money, health, success, family, friendships, etc. The probat any moment they could be taken away from us. Solomon drops some amazing truth for us in (Proverbs 18). The name of the Lord is a strong tower! When the walls of wealth come tumbling down, when sickness threatens our health, when our relationships start to crack and crumble around us, there is a tower that is able to withstand all of life’s uncertainties, and keep us safe from the destruction of death itself! This strong tower is a person and His name is Jesus! Jesus paid the ultimate price for your salvation, something that your money, success, or friends could never do for you! Peter puts it this way: “knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19) This weekend, you will be doing a lot of running. Your schedule is full, and you have got a lot going on. I totally get it. But, I would like to encourage you to set aside two hours out of your Sunday and run into the house of God! Run into His presence, run into His love, run into His mercy and grace! So, what are you waiting for? Register you and your family today, and experience Jesus in a fresh way. We have saved a seat for you! Here are some FAQ’s: Where is Newsong Church located? 135 Einstein Loop (upstairs). Registration and face coverings required. You can pre-register on our website: www.newsongchurchnyc.org. Where is Newsong Deaf Church? Our adult worship experience for the deaf and hearing impaired is located in Room 38. What time does everything start? 11 a.m. What should I wear? Dress comfortably and casually. What about the kids? We have an amazing children’s ministry called Kidsong, where your child will have fun and learn about Jesus! Kidsong is located in room 49. How long is the service? About 90 minutes. Can I attend if I’m ___________? Fill in the blank with whatever fear you have about not being accepted: divorced, a single parent, broke, an addict, a skeptic, etc. Everyone is welcome at Newsong! So, what are you waiting for? There is a God in heaven who loves you and has a purpose and plan for your life! We want to help you get to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Your Purpose, and Make a us this Sunday at 11! Contact Us: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100, BX, NY 10475. Email: CentralTeam@newsongchurchnyc.org. Website: www.newsongchurchnyc. org. Social Media: Instagram: @newsongchurchbx; Facebook: @newsongchurchbx; Twitter: @newsongchurchbx; YouTube: Newsong Church NYC. ––Pastor Mike Tolone
The Free Call Conference.com Line dial in number is 857-357-0254, the Access Code is 660065#. All Bible Study classes, children’s Sunday school and the Friday evening prayer service will be on hiatus during July and August. Friday Prayer is on hiatus and will resume on Friday, September 16. Co-op City Baptist Church will be celebrating Rev. Williams’ 30th Pastoral Anniversary on Saturday, October 1, at Eastwood Manor, located at 3371 Eastchester Road. Donation is $100.00 for adults and $75.00 for children 5-17 years old. Children under 5 are free. Please contact Joyce Hamilton Williams, 718-671-1918, or Brenda Robinson, 718-671-1271 for additional information. The church now has a free app, which can be found
by going to your app store, Apple, Android, Google, etc. CBC.” The app is open to all. Please keep each other in prayer and be wise in your decisions. Please continue to mask-up, practice social distancing and stay safe! through this storm. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) 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
Church of God’s Children Church of God’s Children invite you to in-person bi-lingual service every Sunday at 10 a.m. at 127 Dreiser Loop in the lower level with Bishops Angelo and Nancy Rosario. Watch the service also on Facebook Live. We invite you to Tuesday in-depth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. with Bishop Rosario via Zoom, ID# 85390211953, Access Code: 12345. We will be teaching on spiritual warfare. Moses had an extreme amount of patience with Israel as he led the hopeless generation through the wilderness for 40 years. They praised God one minute and then were complaining about God the next minute. We get bent out of shape over trivial nuances, but Moses even though distraught with Israel led them
with great patience for four decades. Daniel is one to model after. His faith and devotion with King Nebuchadnezzar’s food and wine, and requested only vegetables and water (Daniel 1:8-16). When the decree was issued that no one could pray to any god or man except to the king for 30 days, Daniel prayed consistently three times a day to the one true God, knowing that the punishment was getting thrown into a den full of lions. And he was thrown into the den after being caught by the schemers (Daniel 6:10-16). Daniel did not fear man or death. He was completely devoted to God. God bless you, stay safe, come and worship. ––Bishop Nancy Rosario
Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City High Holidays – It is that time of the year. The High Holidays are coming up soon and it is time to reserve your seat as a full member or non-member with seats only. You can call Marilyn at (347) 4495005 for reservations and costs. The synagogue will be serving a hot Kiddush meal after Sabbath morning services. Saturday morning services will start at 10 a.m. General Information – The Traditional Synagogue is located in Section 5, 120 Erdman Place in Building 27B, it is handicap accessible, no steps. are Thursday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Please . If no The synagogue has a Facebook page, Traditional Synagogue. The synagogue needs donations. Whatever amount you can donate, big or small, would help. The synagogue needs men to help make a minyan. There are a lot of Jewish men who live in Co-op City who do
not come to services. Please come by 10 a.m. so we can take out the Torah. The Traditional Synagogue is the only synagogue in Co-op City. Sabbath ends on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8:39 p.m. Candle Lighting for Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:17 p.m. Good and Welfare – honor or memory of a loved one. The cost is only $15 per tree (if you want to buy a tree, call 347-4495005). Mazel Tov to all having simchas. If you are ill, we wish you good health. If you asked the Rabbi to say prayers for a sick person, you should make your donation to the synagogue. To All Members – Happy birthday to Barbara Rose, Michael Schweiger, Howard and Stevan Schwartz, Fern Brand and all of our other members celebrating their birthday in August. Please send me your names and I will add them to the list. Fun and Games – After services and Kiddush, members play games. Your support for the Traditional Synagogue is greatly appreciated. Wishing all our members and friends peace and good health. ––Bruce Gitelson
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St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church St. Joseph’s is located at 155 Dreiser Loop, lower level, Co-op City, Bronx, NY 10475. Greetings! Due to the ongoing pandemic, St. Joseph’s Church has suspended services until further notice. However, we continue to worship via teleconference on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. You are invited to participate in the service by calling 1-425-436-6344, Access Code: 509 898, followed by the # sign. We are taking a little summer break! From August to September 9, there will be NO weekday service at noon. We will resume on Monday, September 12. Grace and peace! ––M. Chambers
Iglesia Evangelica MU de Co-op City Co-op City United Methodist Church
Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds “If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.” –Psalm 91:9-1.1 offer a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and service to God and our community. We are a multi-ethnic, multicultural and bilingual congregation – All are welcome! We are changing with the times and now offer online service. We are located at 2350 Palmer Avenue, across from Building 30 (entrance on Boller Ave.). Parking is available on Palmer Ave. Our Pastor is Rev. Arnaldo ministrative secretary, Marta Medina, by phone: 917-740-0256, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remote Schedule for Sundays – Come and Receive a Blessing: We would love for you to join us on Sundays. We are currently sharing our services online through our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UMCofCoopCity/. We are also holding services via Zoom. For more information, visit our website at https://www.coopcityumc.com. If you would like to join our Worship Service through Zoom phone: +19294362866,,9044685745# US (New York) We are open on Sunday and Thursdays! Sundays at 10 a.m., Bilingual Service until September. Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Prayer. Save the Date: Aug. 27, Health Fair on Boller and Flea Market on Palmer Ave. Food Pantry: Open June 16 at 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Blessings, —Marta Medina
Co-op City Pentecostal Tabernacle 100 Co-op City Blvd. Building 22A, Bronx, N.Y. 10475. Our phone number: 718-324-0334. All services are held online. Call in #7207409746, Access Code: 8876631. Services are as follows: Sundays: Worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday: Prayer and fasting service every morning from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer meetings will also be held Wednesday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. Effective Fervent Prayers change things. Come and experience the power of Biblical prayer. God’s power is released through His Word. Come and study the word of God; it can change your life! Friday: Bible study will start at 7:30 p.m. Focus: God has an eternal desire for fellowship with humans and has orman community, making fellowship possible. He demonstrated His interest in entering that community by visiting their home, the Garden of Eden. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:8-9) This event revealed God’s desire to fellowship with people under normal circumstances. God visited the Garden of Eden regularly to be with Adam and Eve, however, one day when God went on his routine visit to be with them, they heard his voice and hid themselves from his presence. God called and said, “Where art thou?” Adam responded by saying, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.” Although it is that His eyes are watching them every day. However, despite their sin, God did not abandon Adam and Eve after they disobeyed him and ate from the tree that He told them not to touch. Instead, He made coats of skins and covered them, and discussed the consequences of their sin, and announced an arrangement that would result in the possibility of full reconciliation between people and God. He then said to the serpent: I will put enmity between thee and the women, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. “To have sweet fellowship with God we must walk in the light.” (1 John 1:7) But if we walk in the light, as he is the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Jesus also stated in (John 8:12), “I am light of the world: he that followed me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” The Intensity of God’s desire to fellowship with people is demonstrated by His willingness to give His only begotten Son to make reconciliation possible between humans and Himself. ––Rev. R. Sibblies
Church of the New Vision Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Church of the New Vision and Pastors Kenneth and Deborah Hodge welcome you to worship with us at 115 Einstein Loop, Bronx, NY 10475. Church phone: (718) 671-8746, and pastor’s phone: (914)-522-5039. There is one service at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday School will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Masks are required and temperature will be taken. Services can also be viewed on YouTube after 1:00 p.m. Our verse for 2022 is: (Isaiah 54:17) “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from, Me, say the Lord.” Wednesday Night Prayer Service and Bible Study starts at 7:00 p.m. The Conference Line Number: (646) 769-9900, Access Code: 3099388. Once prayer has begun, please mute your phone so all can hear with clarity. Sunday, August 13th Worship Service: “Cast Your Burdens on the Lord.” Scripture: (Psalm 55:22-23) “Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved, but thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 37:5) 50th Anniversary Banquet – Saturday, October 8, from 1-6 p.m. at Eastwood Manor. Anniversary Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr. Shelton Williams. Adults: $100. Youths: $50. For tickets and information, contact: Sadie James, 718-6528943, or Hermena Smith: 718-708-5035. Journal Committee: In celebration of the church anniversary, a commemorative journal is being compiled. If you would like to purchase an ad, contact Brenda Brown at 718-671-3748 or Hermena Smith at 718-708-5035. The ad prices are as follows: inside front/back cover, $200; full-page, $100; half page, $60; quarter page, $40; eighth page, $30; business card, $25; booster, $5; add a photo, $20. Ads must be purchased by September 15. The Lord has blessed Church of New Vision for the past 50 years and through it all we are still here in unity by God’s grace – abiding in faith, hope and love. Because a small group of believers saw a need and had a mission to move forward in unity with a purpose: Church of the New Vision was established November 12, 1972 in the Co-op City community located in Section 5. Today, as members, visitors and friends of the Church of the New Vision, you can be a participant in this 50th Golden Anniversary Fundraiser with your contribution of the New Vision and note: 50th Golden Anniversary. Thank you for your contributions. Mailing address: Church of New Vision, P.O. Box 75-3037, Einstein Station, Bronx, N.Y. 10475. ––Brenda Brown
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